Classic Italy Overview

Discover why Italy is one of the world's premier destinations on this culture-rich tour. See the classics of Italy from ancient Florence to modern Milan, Venice to Vatican City.

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Take a comprehensive journey that captures the best parts of Italy

Experience the very best of northern Italy on this superb adventure. Wander through medieval villages like Assisi and Florence and along the rugged coastline of the Cinque Terre. Explore ancient wonders in the eternal cities, cycle through the rolling hills of Tuscany and feast on Umbrian delicacies. From Rome, north to Venice and back again - join us to experience the classic essence of Italy.

  • Cycle through Tuscan landscapes
  • Explore the canals and laneways of Venice
  • Find out why Pisa's famous tower leans
  • Relax by Lake Como
  • Stroll among the artistic outdoor attractions in Florence
  • Travel up to Milan and discover the height of fashion
  • Visit medieval towns in Umbria
  • Wander the ancient streets of Rome, Italy's vibrant capital

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Rome, Italy
  • Finish:

    Rome, Italy
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 12
  • Ages:

    Min 12
  • Meals:

    8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 0 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Hotel (17 nts), Private apartment (3 nts)
  • Transport:

    Bicycle, Boat, Bus, Cable car, Metro, Train
  • Included activities:

    Bicycle tour, Cinque Terre day pass, Duomo roof visit, Enoteca wine tasting, Guided tour of Basilica di San Francesco, Hike and cable car ride, Lake Como ferry pass, Milan half-day trip, Orientation Walk Assisi, Piazzale Michelangelo, Pisa visit, Walk to Portofino and return boat ride, Winery visit

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    258kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    1. A single supplement is available on this trip. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information.

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Day 1 Rome

Begin this all-encompassing Italian adventure in Rome. Why not arrive early to visit Vatican City, channel the spirits of ancient gladiators at the Colosseum or see the latest fashions in boutiques on Via Condotti.

Days 2-3 Florence

Before leaving Rome, take a guided walk to see some of the city’s better-known sights like the Arch of Constantine and the Spanish Steps. Travel north by train to revel in the artistry of Florence. In free time, experience the decadent surrounds of the Palazzo Pitti, walk along the Arno River front or be dazzled by jewellery stores along the Ponte Vecchio.

Days 4-6 Lucca/Pisa

Embark on a cycling tour following the scenic Serchio River through the Tuscan countryside, stopping to sample fresh local produce. Travel to Pisa and learn why the city's famous tower leans. Spend evenings chilling out in Lucca, one of Italy's hidden gems, and enjoying private apartments tucked inside the city's ancient ramparts. While here, perhaps also take in a Puccini concert or roam amid the lush gardens of Palazzo Pfanner.

Days 7-8 Cinque Terre

Hike through the Cinque Terre. This superb World Heritage-listed region where villages perch on rocky outcrops and pebbled beaches meet the welcoming waters of the Mediterranean.

Days 9-10 Portofino/Piedmont

After a stop in the ritzy seaside town of Portofino and a boat trip to Santa Margherita, tickle the tastebuds in Piedmont, home to the white truffle and excellent red wine.

Days 11-12 Milan/Italian Lakes

Be awed by Milan's magnificent Duomo and perhaps see Da Vinci's masterpiece, The Last Supper, before venturing further afield to picturesque Lake Como. Take the ferry to Bellagio and use free time to visit the stunning Villa Carlotta or Villa Balbianello, the latter made famous by Hollywood blockbusters such as Casino Royale.

Days 13-15 Venice

Be inspired by Venice, a city of canals, piazzas, ornate churches and elegant eateries. While in this most charming of cities, explore some famed Venice sights including the Grand Canal, Doge’s Palace and the nostalgic Bridge of Sighs.

Days 16-17 Gubbio

Travel by cable car up to the Basilica di Sant'Ubaldo - the final resting place of Gubbio's patron saint - and absorb 360 degree panoramas of the Umbrian countryside. Hike to tiny hillside towns and dine on more scrumptious Italian fare.

Days 18-19 Assisi/Spello

Follow the footsteps of pilgrims in Assisi, home of Saint Francis and Saint Clare. Take a day trip to medieval Spello and drop by an enoteca to sip local wines and feast on regional dishes.

Days 20-21 Rome

Once the journey comes full circle back to Rome, visit further sites, collect some last-minute souvenirs or perhaps score some cheap tickets to the opera before saying arrivederci to Italy.
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