Booking must be made and under deposit between August 17, 2016 and November 28, 2017 for travel in 2018. Not applicable to custom tours. Discount will apply to individual members of groups adding a name and non-refundable per person deposit WITHIN the promo window. Not applicable on TBA space. Applies to new 2018 bookings only. Offer reliant on space availability. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply. May be withdrawn any time.
Reduction varies by vacation and may not available on all packages. Does not apply to custom groups or Escapes by Globus. Additional restrictions may apply.
Offer does not apply to Escapes by Globus. Must be a Journeys Club member at the time of booking to receive 5% discount on the land-only portion of Globus, Cosmos, Monograms, or Avalon Waterways core tour, package, or cruise, not including extra night accommodations, extensions, taxes/fees, tips, and supplements. Must have traveled within the last five years of your booking date to receive discount. Journeys Club discount is not available retroactively. Applies to new 2017 bookings only. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Does not apply to custom groups. Additional restrictions may apply.
On this Italy tour—our most popular vacation—not only will you visit the main Italian cities—Rome, Venice, Florence, and Assisi—you'll also get to stay two nights at beautiful Lake Maggiore and enjoy some of the smaller towns and scenic attractions. You'll visit the must-see sights in the cities, such as the Vatican Museums in Rome, Michelangelo's David in Florence, St. Mark's Square and Basilica in Venice, the glass-domed Galleria in Milan, and much more. One tour highlight is Pompeii, which was completely buried during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. This preserved town gives you an amazingly detailed look into life at the peak of the Roman EmpireYou'll also have an opportunity to relax in the laid-back town of Sorrento. Explore the cobblestone streets lined with shops and restaurants, delight in the amazing views, watch the sunset dip into the sea, and see Mount Vesuvius across the bay. You'll also have time in beautiful Capri, where celebrities go to "get away from it all." On this Italy tour, Globus has also arranged special experiences for you, such as a visit to Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a visit to the Gardens of Augustus in Capri. Here, you'll have incredible views of the Tyrrhenian Sea from the tranquil gardens. From the relaxing towns of Sorrento and Stresa on Lake Maggiore to the faster-paced cities, this tour of Italy offers it all. You're sure to have plenty of stories and photos to share with friends and family back home.
Day 1: Arrive in Rome, Italy.
Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a special welcome dinner with wine at one of Rome's lively restaurants. (D)
Day 2: Rome.
Globus' unique guided sightseeing includes inside visits to the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL with Michelangelo's ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment, and monumental ST. PETER'S SQUARE and BASILICA to admire Michelangelo's Pietà. Then, drive to the Roman Forum, visit the amazing COLOSSEUM, where gladiators once fought. An optional walking tour with a Local Guide is available to further explore famous sites for those who wish to see it all. (B)
Day 3: Rome-Pisa-Florence.
Travel to Pisa and take the traditional picture pushing back the legendary Leaning Tower, then on to Florence, "Cradle of the Renaissance." Tonight is your chance to join an optional dinner to try out Tuscan specialties. (B)
Day 4: Florence.
Follow your Local Guide to the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS and see Michelangelo's David. Admire the magnificent cathedral, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistry's "Gate of Paradise," and sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE, and see Ponte Vecchio. To enhance your stay, an optional excursion is available to San Gimignano, Italy's most picturesque medieval town. (B)
Day 5: Florence-Cinque Terre-Lake Maggiore.
Prepare for an exciting day: drive to La Spezia on the Mediterranean Coast and [LF] enjoy your excursion to CINQUE TERRE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including a BOAT RIDE (departures April 4-October 24 weather permitting) with a Local Guide. The name dates back to the 15th century and is derived from five little medieval villages standing on stony spurs along five miles of the rocky coastline: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso. From here, continue by TRAIN and coach to elegant Stresa on beautiful Lake Maggiore. (B,D)
Day 6: Lake Maggiore. Boat Trip to Isola Dei Pescatori.
A leisurely morning with the chance to join an optional excursion to the baroque palace and peacock gardens of enchanting Isola Bella. Later, join a scenic BOAT CRUISE to [LF] ISOLA DEI PESCATORI, where dinner with local specialties awaits you. (B,D)
Day 7: Lake Maggiore-Lugano, Switzerland-Venice Island.
Cross the Swiss border and stop in Lugano. Time to stroll along the spectacular lake and on Via Nassa, or sip an espresso on Piazza Riforma. Back in Italy, arrive in romantic Venice and enter in style by PRIVATE BOAT. You may wish to join an optional gondola ride through the canals. (B)
Day 8: Venice Island.
Highlights of your guided walking tour are ST. MARK'S SQUARE and the byzantine BASILICA, lavish DOGES' PALACE and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Then, watch a skilled GLASSBLOWER fashion delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner. A wonderful optional excursion is available to colorful Burano Island. (B)
Day 9: Venice Island-Assisi.
Arrive in peaceful Assisi, where your Local Guide takes you for a visit to ST. CLARE'S CHURCH and ST. FRANCIS' BASILICA, built on top of his tomb. (B,D)
Day 10: Assisi-Sorrento.
Leave the province of Umbria and turn south to the charming, bayside resort of Sorrento. Time for shopping and an optional excursion to the Amalfi Coast and Positano. (B)
Day 11: Sorrento. Excursion to Capri.
Speed across the bay by JETFOIL to the Isle of Capri. Ride the FUNICULAR to Capri village for a guided visit of this pretty town, visit [LF] the GARDENS OF AUGUSTUS, terraces overlooking the sea, offering a spectacular panoramic view, and taste a granita (semi-frozen drink). Free time to explore the little shops on the piazzetta before returning to Sorrento. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (B)
Day 12: Sorrento-Pompeii-Rome.
Stop for a guided visit of POMPEII, the Roman city both destroyed and preserved by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. This evening, back in the "Eternal City," a special farewell dinner with wine and opera entertainment awaits you at Tanagra restaurant as a proper way to say arrivederci, Roma. (B,D)
Day 13: Rome
. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Prices based on double room occupancy.
Single room supplement:
Triple room reduction per person:
Extra nights per person in Rome:
Pre tour: in single room $145-$255, in twin $87-$144, in triple $75-$121
Post tour: in single room $93-$127, in twin $65-$89, in triple $62-$84
2018 departures are subject to itinerary and price modification. Details will be available in September 2017.
Hotels were city-centric. Although nice hotels, it seemed that as a single traveler and despite paying a supplement, my room was often smaller and without a view.
Great tour. Saw a lot of beautiful places. It was busy, but that is the reason I want to travel. I want to see and do as much as possible.
Our experience with the Globus - Italian Mosaic Tour was exactly as we hoped it would be. The itinerary included several iconic historical and cultural sites in Italy that we had heard about but never actually visited. These were awesome to say the least. The tour director was great - knowledgeable, entertaining, caring and attentive to everyone's needs. The hotels were varied but all were located in the heart of the action at each city which made it easy to get to places we wanted to visit. One thing travelers choosing this (and other tours) should always check on is that several of the best experiences are called "Excursions" and they cost extra. We wanted to do many of these things so we signed up for them adding to our total cost. Without them, we would have missed several of the best experiences on our tour. The ones we skipped were generally just large feasts at local restaurants, unless there was more to it than just a meal, we did not think it was worth the cost. Some were great cultural experiences with meals so we did those. The other excursions we liked were historical, cultural, or artistic in nature and all were extremely good experiences.
The trip was very demanding with a lot of walking. We were up just about everyday around 6AM. The tour director was extremely knowledgeable and some of the local were very good. The trip was very worthwhile, but I don't think I will ever take another tour that is this long.
Staff was helpful and patient, listening to questions and promptly addressed our concerns. It showed understanding of our needs and flexibility to address suggestions. Congratulations
Although this was the first tour group I used to plan a vacation, it well exceeded my expectations. The tour guide was fabulous...if only I could retain half of what we learned! Walking was extensive so if you need to take a few pounds off....do it before the trip.
This trip was exceptionally wonderful. I love that our hotels was close to shops and restaurantd, centered at the heart of everything. We were able to wander off on our own during the leisure times. Didn't have to wonder how we can get from here to there.
Our trip actually exceeded our expectations. Our tour guide was fabulous and the driver was excellent. We were busy the entire day with little down time.
The trip, overall, was wonderful, with so many extras included. I never thought I'd see so much in such a short time. Very active though, and a lot of walking. Make sure you get yourself in shape. The tour director and our driver were both a pleasure to spend time with. The only real glitch was the absence of AC in one of the hotels in the middle of a heat wave, which was a little rough. All the hotel offered was free water for our inconvenience, and I had to beg for a fan before finally receiving one (it was 33C in my room!)
tour guide was lots of fun... We got to see a lot of beautiful places and eat great meals.
perfect trip ...agent was wonderful...
The schedule was a little bit tight, especially the first day, when we still had jet lag. The first full day program in Rome should be spread into two. It would be less physically demanding.
The room in Assisi, Italy was NOT a 4-star hotel. The room was dirty. The beds were cots. The bathtub was dangerous. Also, "air-conditioned rooms", it is not turned on until Mid-May or June. This applies to all of the cities we visited.
The Globus Italian Mosaic trip my husband, sister, brother-in-law, and I took in October was a trip of a lifetime! Our travel consultant was of great help in planning our trip. We would definitely plan other trips with Affordable Tours. The Globus itinerary provided us with such an opportunity to travel to so many parts of Italy. We would take more Globus Tours in the future.
This was just the best trip ever! We have been to Germany with Globus and Great Britain & Ireland with Cosmos. My travel partner has also been to Israel with a church group and numerous missions trips all over the world. For overall satisfaction (accomodations, food, schedules, ESPECIALLY the tour director, optionals, and experiences) this was just top notch. We will never forget this trip and look forward to another one in the future. Our decision after this trip - we will always choose Globus for an out of country trip!
The tour director in Italy was super excellent. His abilitiy to communicate his extensive knowledge to the tour group was astounding. Local guides selected in each city were excellent as well. The tour bus was extremely comfortable and made treking through the country extremely enjoyable. My hat goes off to the bus driver as well. He showed great skill handling the driving assignments in some very challenging areas.
I have already recommended your service and that of Globus Tours to several of my friends interested in European travel next year and this fall. Globus tour director and driver were fantastic. The whole tour process and organization was above my expectations at this pricepoint.
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