See classic Italy from Rome to romantic Venice
La dolce vita - the good life - is exactly what the Best of Italy trip is all about. Starting in the 'Eternal City' of Rome and ending by the canals of Venice, uncover the best of northern Italy. Experience classic Italian food, wine, history and style - all the things this wonderful country is famous for - and discover immense natural beauty while travelling through this spectacular corner of Europe.
Wander around Rome's famous landmarks including the Colosseum, Vatican City, Sistine Chapel, St Peter's Basilica and much more. This is a city that bucket lists were made for
Meet Michelangelo's David in Florence and discover the city beneath the centuries of Renaissance art
The Leaning Tower of Pisa may be Pisa's most iconic image, but the city offers so much more. The Piazza dei Miracoli and Pisa Baptistry are masterpieces in Medieval-Italian architecture
Cycle across the Tuscan hinterland and work up an appetite for incredible feasts of delicious local ingredients
Walk along Cinque Terre's rocky coastal pathways, calling into the sleepy pastel villages of Manarola, Riomaggiore and Vernazza
Head to a tiny hamlet in the heart of Piedmont and sample world-class local wines from unique gapes grown only in this region
Spend a day exploring the beautiful villages, estates and gardens dotted around Lake Como, criss-crossing the lake by ferry. Taking a turn about the grounds of Bellagio's grand Villa Melzi can make you truly feel La Dolce Vita
Romantic Venice is like no other city in the world, a watery wonderland literally sinking under the weight of its iconic sights
The primary means of transportation on this trip is by train. Train travel is a fast way to traverse long distances, allowing you to avoid traffic jams and arrive right into the city centre. Trains are comfortable and all have toilets, however can often be quite busy. Please note that you'll have to carry your own luggage on and off the train, so make sure it doesn’t exceed our weight and size recommendations. You can find this information in the 'What to Take' section of the trip notes.
As there are cobblestones in many Italian cities, it's recommended that you leave any wheelie bags/cases at home and bring a backpack instead. A large backpack should be enough to carry all of your belongings. A backpack also comes in handy as often there are no lifts or escalators in train stations or in the hotel, so you will have to carry your bags up and down the stairs.
Summer temperatures can be extreme in many of the regions visited (over 40°C), which can be uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water. Many hotel rooms in Europe are not equipped with air-conditioning. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.
As accommodation on this trip is twin-share, single travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same sex. This trip is a great opportunity to get to know other like-minded people, so embrace it while you can. If you’d prefer not to share, a single room supplement is available at an additional charge. Please ask your travel consultant for more details, and please note that in some hotels a single supplement exclusion applies where single rooms are not available. Hotel rooms in Europe can seem rather small by American or Australian standards and often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together. Please also note that often hotels offer shared bathrooms rather than en-suite facilities.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2017 to 30 October 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018
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A Single Supplement is available on this trip, please ask your booking agent for more information. The price of the Single Supplement doesn't include the following nights where single rooms may not be available. If a single room becomes available at check-in for these nights, there may be the option to upgrade to a single room and pay the surcharge locally for that night:
- Days 4-6 - Lucca
- Days 7-8 - La Spezia/Cinque Terre
Our Best of Italy trips score an average of 4.71 out of 5 based on 49 reviews in the last year.
I highly recommend this trip to anyone considering travelling to this part of Italy. In our tour there was a 22 year old and a 78 year old, fit people and those more like myself.. not so fit. The flexible itinerary gave you the chance to focus on the attractions that appealed to you without the need to go along to things that did not. This trip would appeal to someone who liked the idea of some guidance and support when travelling in a new country but does not want the structure of a large guided tour. Our wonderful tour leader Sylvia, really made a difference. She made me feel as if my personal interests were important even though she had 12 others to accomodate as well. Fantastic.
Review submitted 18 Aug 2017
A fantastic way to see the highlights of Italy. The combination of bigger cities and smaller towns gives a perfect view into Italian life. And all the incredible food, wine and customs.
Review submitted 17 Aug 2017