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.
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
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
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
Explore the masterpiece medieval town of Gubbio – centuries of history around every corner and the requisite cobblestone streets, gothic palaces and churches, all with stunning views straight across the valley
Visit the birthplace of St Francis, Italy's second holiest city, to explore the imposing basilica built in his name
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 trains, and up and down stairs at train stations and at hotels, 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. You may want to consider taking a backpack rather than a wheelie bag, however this is up to your personal preference and what you feel more comfortable with.
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. 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. 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. Hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together. This trip is a great opportunity to get to know other travellers, so embrace it while you can. Please also note that many accommodations offer shared bathrooms rather than en-suite facilities.
As this is a combination of 2 trips, your leader and the composition of your group may change in Venice.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2018 to 22 October 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2019 - 31 December 2019
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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 to 6 - Lucca
- Days 7 and 8 - La Spezia / Cinque Terre
Our Classic Italy trips score an average of 4.8 out of 5 based on 5 reviews in the last year.
these trips can be hard work but the experiences and fun had make it well worthwhile.. lots of fun and laughter and happy times..this was one of my best holidays ever and i am 69... do it or you will regret it... you cannot take the money with you.. if you don't spend it your children will.. happy days..
Review submitted 04 Aug 2018
A great introduction to what Italy has to offer. I had an incredible time and have no regrets, there was so much to eat, drink, see and do. Be the best prepared by studying the trip notes, book sights that are a must see for you well in advance and aim for carry on luggage only - you will thank yourself later.
Review submitted 15 Jun 2018