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Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between March 8, 2017 and April 4, 2017 for travel in 2017. 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. Not applicable to custom tours. Applies to new 2017 bookings only, and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Offer reliant on space availability. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply. May be withdrawn at any time.
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 and 2018 bookings only. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Does not apply to custom groups. Additional restrictions may apply.
To receive the Young Traveler discount, the age of the traveler must qualify at start date of the vacation. Does not apply to custom groups. Discount is applicable to any accommodation. Additional restrictions may apply.
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With its magnificent architecture, beautiful landscapes, sumptuous cuisine, ancient ruins, and brilliant art, Italy is a country like no other. On this Italy's Best tour, experience all of this and more.One of the tour's highlights is the excursion to the Cinque Terre, a name given to five medieval villages on the sea. The area is noted for its natural beauty with terraces built into the mountainside on cliffs that drop down into the sea. Delight in the unique charm of the area and take in the breathtaking views. On your journey through Tuscany, watch the undulating hills, terraced vineyards, olive groves, and rural villages. More breathtaking scenery awaits at Lake Maggiore, one of Italy's largest lakes. Located on the edge of the Swiss Alps, it's the perfect place to relax and soak in the beauty. From here, you'll even take an excursion to Lugano, a lake-side town in Switzerland. Witness breathtaking views of the crystal-clear, blue sea in the laid-back town of Sorrento and take a day trip to Capri, where the crashing sea has formed awe-inspiring caves.History comes alive on this Italy tour. Visit Pompeii, which was completely buried during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. This preserved town gives you an amazingly detailed look into ordinary life at the peak of the Roman Empire. See where gladiators fought during the Roman Empire in Rome's Colosseum and where the center of political and social life took place at the Roman Forum. In Genoa, boasting Europe's largest medieval historical center, see the remains of the city's 17th-century fortifications. Visit St Francis' Basilica in Assisi, a medieval town set in the Umbrian hills. Guided city sightseeing tours are foreseen in Rome, Florence and Genoa, and the orientation in Venice includes a boat trip to St Mark's square to see the maze of canals forming this unique romantic city.These are just some of the many highlights of this affordable tour through Italy!
Day 1: Arrive in Rome, Italy.
Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore this ancient capital. This evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
Day 2: Rome.
Rome, the "Eternal City," is steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts in St. Peter's Square, followed by a visit to the ROMAN FORUM and the mighty COLOSSEUM for full immersion into life during the Roman Empire. (B)
Day 3: Rome-Pisa-Montecatini.
Vistas of rolling hills, rows of cypress trees, terraced vineyards, olive groves, and rural villages form the backdrop of your journey through beautiful Tuscany. Stop in Pisa to visit the Square of Miracles and see the amazing Leaning Tower. Arrive in Montecatini. (B)
Day 4: Montecatini. Excursion to Florence.
Today, enjoy an included excursion to Florence. Your Local Guide will show you most of the city highlights on the walking tour. You will see Piazza Santa Croce; beautiful Piazza Signoria; Palazzo Vecchio and its courtyard; Loggia dei Lanzi; and, to top it all, Piazza del Duomo and its cathedral with the Giotto Campanile, and the magnificent East Door of the Baptistry, known as the "Gate of Paradise." (B,D)
Day 5: Montecatini-La Spezia-Cinque Terre-Genoa.
Travel towards La Spezia, a province in Italy's Liguria region. Then, hop aboard the TRAIN to discover some of the five spectacular Cinque Terre villages. Here, the beauty of the rugged cliffs and romantic fishing villages once inspired poet Lord Byron. From Levanto, head towards Genoa, birthplace of explorer Christopher Columbus. (B)
Day 6: Genoa-Milan-Lake Maggiore.
Today's included guided tour is an excellent introduction to Genoa. A maze of squares and alleys, the city grew around the port, a natural inlet, and boasts the largest medieval historical center in Europe. Some of the highlights include the remains of the city's 17th-century fortifications. Next, head north into the plains of Lombardy, and stop in Milan to marvel at its magnificent gothic DUOMO. Then, continue to Baveno on Lake Maggiore. (B)
Day 7: Lake Maggiore. Excursion to Lugano.
Time to relax and get to know Lake Maggiore, one of Italy's largest lakes. Located on the very edge of Alpine Switzerland, on clear days you can see the peaks of the Swiss Alps. Take advantage of the included excursion to visit Lugano in Italian-speaking Canton Ticino. (B)
Day 8: Lake Maggiore-Verona-Venice Area
. Travel across the Po River plain and stop in the romantic city of Verona to see Romeo and Juliet´s balcony, and enjoy some time at leisure marveling at the Roman amphitheater before reaching the Venice area. (B)
Day 9: Venice.
Venice is more like a marvelous film set than a real-life city, with its criss-crossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and piazzas. The included orientation starts with a BOAT RIDE to St. Mark's Square, and is followed by time at leisure and a chance to watch Venetian GLASSBLOWERS fashion their delicate objects as they did centuries ago. Don't miss out on the optional gondola trip, gliding along the picturesque canals with a local troubadour to serenade you. (B,D)
Day 10: Venice Area-Ravenna-Assisi-Perugia.
An interesting drive southwards right across the Po Delta to Ravenna, renowned for its treasure of byzantine mosaics, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to Assisi, enclosed by ramparts and little changed since the Middle Ages. This is the town of the deeply mystical and poetic St. Francis—see the BASILICA OF ST. FRANCIS with its famous frescoes by Giotto, brought back to life by a Local Guide. Overnight in beautiful nearby Perugia, capital of Umbria. (B,D)
Day 11: Perugia-Pompeii-Sorrento.
Drive to POMPEII, where time stopped for the rich, aristocratic town with the terrible eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. On the included guided visit, see the remains of luxurious villas, temples, theater, and forum. Carry on to Sorrento, set on a plateau above the waters of the Bay of Naples. Wander the winding streets lined with shops and stalls, and sit with a glass of wine, absorbing the easygoing life of this charming resort. (B)
Day 12: Sorrento. Boat Trip to Capri.
Enjoy a day trip to the legendary island, surrounded by rocky coastline and where the crashing sea has formed awe-inspiring caves. The town with its pretty piazza, maze of streets, fashionable boutiques, and cozy restaurants is a mecca for the jet set. Explore on your own or take an optional island tour. (B,D)
Day 13: Sorrento-Rome.
This morning, time at leisure or enjoy an optional excursion to Positano before returning to Rome. (B)
Day 14: Rome.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
December 24 Departure - Overnight in Milan instead of Lake Maggiore
December 24 Departure - Christmas in Rome and New Year's Eve in Venice including reveillon dinner
Prices based on double room occupancy.
Single room supplement:
No triple room reduction.
Extra nights per person in Rome:
in single room $93-$158, in twin $60-$96, in triple $57-$91
My wife and I really enjoyed this tour of Italy and the itinerary was what we wanted and has met our expectations. Though the tour was hectic, which we expected at the start, we really like (and it was less tiring) staying for two nights in a city (like in Rome, Montecatini (Tuscany), Venice and Sorrento) which the itinerary in this tour had nicely scheduled. We had a well-experienced and caring tour guide. Overall, it was an enjoyable tour!
The trip was amazing our tour director was very friendly and knowledgeable. I would like to have the tour director eat with the group at least on the last night.
Italy's Best is the best value for your money, it's a great introduction to Italy, we have seen amazing things in a short period of time! Our tour director is amazing and our driver as well
Trip exceeded our expectations.
This tour had the right amount of free and structured time. I appreciated the included guided tours. It was wonderful to be driven around Italy, and we saw many beautiful things. The tour guide and the bus driver were a great team. In the future though, I will avoid flying with British air. The plane was horribly crowded, the seats were small, and the attendants were curt. Flying American Airlines home was a pleasure. We wish that we had flown in a day or two early to acclimate.
Fast paced, loved every second. Wish it did not come to an end.
My only reservation, which I expected but not to the degree that emerged, was that the tour was very organized generally, but left one feeling somewhat "culturally force-fed" and under the pressure of being bused inter-city and with limited time intra-city for self-exploration. My biggest disappointment was the "small-town and geriatric mentality" of most but not all of the other participants (especially the women most of whom were in female pairs of sisters or neighbors)" who appeared more history in shop-window gazing (aka. "shopping") than in the culture and history around them.
This was a great way to see Italy for the first time. I got a taste of each area. I discovered many places there I want to revisit. The tour was led by a really great guy who knew the English-language and was knowledgeable about many things. Our group got to know each other and it was very comfortable to visit with all. Our rooms were the best. And we had free time to do things on our own. Our guide was helpful with information about where to eat on our own or things to see on our own. Our bus driver was the best. I felt very safe and the bus vas VERY nice and clean.. i would definitely go on another tour!
This trip was amazing! The scenery, the accommodations, and the optional excursions were truly an experience! I loved this trip so much, I have been telling everyone about it and encouraging them to go.
This was our second Cosmos tour, and this time it was much more apparent that the hotels were way outside the cities. This was not as much of a problem in Ireland for some reason but we were very isolated in just about every hotel.
I would like to take this opportunity to specially thank our tour operator. He is very knowledgeable and courteous. He offered great help in our trip to Italy. We highly recommend him to anyone who wants to go to Italy.
Affordable tours did a fine job, the tour director for Cosmos was a little too hard sell on the optional tours...and some of the included dinners and optional dinners were not very good value. One or 2 of the hotels we not so hot , but others were ok. One was superior. All were clean. All in all , a good trip and we saw much more than we would have on our own. Our group of travelers was great too, made many new friends.
I had a great time in Italy with Cosmos tour. Everything was well-organized during the tour.
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