Ultimate Italy

Ultimate Italy information and booking

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  • Duration
    14
    Days
  • Service
    Standard
  • Difficulty
    Moderate
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Highlights

Experience medieval and Renaissance delights, discover a passion for regional wines and Italian cuisine, savour the sea views and Tuscan hills, explore the elegant countryside of Lake Como by boat, enjoy an authentic Roman meal with new friends

Tour description provided by G Adventures

From the villages of the Cinque Terre to Tuscany's medieval splendour, this is an adventure for those looking to indulge in all of Italy’s delights. Walk through grand piazzas and winding lanes, stroll the canals of Venice and float past villas on Lake Como. Marvel at the ancient grandeur of Rome and the Renaissance masterpieces of Florence. Your CEO will take care of the details so you can travel at a leisurely pace and appreciate the scenery, whether it’s sipping vino in Tuscany or sampling local delicacies within the walls of charming Lucca. Experience the best of Italy in this all-encompassing tour.

Itinerary

Day 1 Rome
We recommend booking pre-accommodation to fully explore this magnificent city. There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Rome (1B, 1D)
Included Activities Orientation Walk
Day 3 Rome/Siena (1B)
Travel by comfortable long-distance coach to Siena to explore within the medieval city walls. Get the lay of the land on an orientation walk (you'll still get lost!) and sample the local vintage of Chianti during a wine tasting. Spend some free time exploring this small city. Included Activities Orientation Walk Chianti Wine Tasting Transport Local bus (3.50 hour(s))
Day 4 Siena (1B)
Siena is a fascinating and charming city with many historical highlights and excellent shopping.
Day 5 Siena/Florence (1B)
Continue travelling by bus to the inimitable Firenze. Walk through the city catching a glimpse of the Duomo, Piazza Indipendenza, Piazza della Signoria, and the Ponte Vecchio. Continue to Piazzale Michelangelo for the most famous and photographed vista of the city. Opt to visit the local leather markets and souvenir stalls set up all over the city. Included Activities Piazzale Michelangelo Walk Transport Local bus (1.50 hour(s))
Day 6 Florence (1B)
For the foodies, check out the Mercato Centrale and any number of cafés and trattorias. If you came to shop, start at one end of the city and just keep going. There's beautiful architecture, famous museums, Renaissance art pieces, and charming cobblestone streets everywhere. You could spend a lifetime exploring this fantastic city. If you want to go further afield, take a wine tasting bike tour up to Fiesole and the vineyards of Chianti.
Day 7 Florence/Lucca (1B)
Take a local train to the beautiful little Tuscan town of Lucca. Enjoy a free afternoon to discover the city and its history. The best way to do this is to hire one of the hundreds of bikes for rent around the town and take to two wheels. In the evening, opt to take in a classical music concert in one of the town's historic churches — don't forget that this is the birthplace of the maestro Puccini. Transport Local train (2.00 hour(s))
Day 8 Lucca/Riomaggiore (1B)
Head by train to Pisa and stop for a visit at the Field of Miracles to see the famous leaning tower (entrance fee not included). Later, head on to the coastal paradise of Cinque Terre. Included Activities Pisa Visit Transport Local train (0.50 hour(s))Local train (2.00 hour(s))
Day 9 Riomaggiore/Monterosso al Mare (1B)
The national park pass and daily unlimited train ticket is included. Opt to follow your CEO along centuries-old footpaths and mule tracks leading through olive groves, vineyards, and orchards on a full day hike, or hop on and off the train, experiencing each town on your own. Choose to rest in each of the 5 villages, sampling delicacies in each place, such as local pesto, espresso, or delicious gelato. Included Activities National Park Pass and Unlimited Train Ticket Cinque Terre Coastal Path Hike Transport Local train (0.50 hour(s))
Day 10 Cinque Terre/Varenna (1B)
Set out from Cinque Terre on a train journey with a few changes en route, passing through Milan and on to elegant Varenna, located on the shores of Lake Como. On the border with Switzerland, enjoy the spectacular backdrop of the snowy-peaked Alps. Arrive in the late afternoon and start exploring the town. Transport Local train (5.00 hour(s))
Day 11 Varenna (1B)
Set out by boat to explore the lake and its many elegant villas and towns, such as Bellagio with its shops, restaurants, and fine residences. In the afternoon, there is plenty of free time for soaking up the elegant atmosphere in one of the lakeside cafés or restaurants. Take some time for shopping — some of the finest Italian designers are to be found in Como's chic boutiques. Included Activities Lake Como Boat Ride
Day 12 Varenna/Venice (1B)
Travel east to captivating Venice, the unique "city of canals," full of magnificent monuments. There will be plenty of time to wander the narrow cobblestone streets and wide piazzas, crossing hundreds of tiny bridges and, of course, getting lost in Venice's labyrinth. Included Activities Orientation Walk Transport Local train (5.00 hour(s))
Day 13 Venice (1B)
;;; We recommend staying an extra day or two to fully experience all this beautiful city has to offer.