The Splendors of Italy 2020

The Splendors of Italy 2020


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Italy

Tour Itinerary

You’ve dreamed about Italy—its magnificent architecture, majestic cathedrals, ancient ruins, world-class art, sumptuous cuisine and wine, and relaxing cafés—and now it is your time to experience it. On this affordable Italy tour, explore its most famous cities and discover its unique sights as you overnight in Rome, Siena, Montecatini, and the Venice area.This affordable Italy tour offers you the opportunity to step back in time -- to imagine what life was like 2,000 years ago –– the political, social, and trading center during the Roman Empire. Imagine life during the Middle Ages as you explore San Gimignano’s medieval squares, town walls, streets, alleyways, and 14 towers still standing from the Middle Ages. Visit Florence -- the Renaissance gem – with a walking tour featuring the beautiful Piazza Signoria, the center of Florence’s social and political life since the 14th century. On this affordable tour of Italy, you’ll discover some of its magnificent cathedrals. In Vatican City, wonder at the masterful St. Peters Basilica and square. In Orvieto, the Cathedral is a great example of gothic architecture in Italy. In Assisi, where St. Francis was born, visit the world-famous Romanesque and gothic Basilica, where the saint is buried. See Pisa’s Square of Miracles – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – with its three famous buildings (Leaning Tower, Cathedral, and Baptistery) that have historically been central to religious life. You’ll also experience a wine tasting in Greve, the capital of Chianti, and a visit to Venice, including a boat ride to St. Mark’s Square. Witness Venetian glassblowers create works of art just as they did centuries ago, and spend some free time admiring the crisscrossing canals, the legendary gondolas passing under the arched bridges, the palaces, and the quaint piazzas.All of this and more—including views of the most scenic Italian landscapes—are included on this fabulous Italy vacation designed for the value-minded traveler.

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.
The “Eternal City” is steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts with St. Peter’s Square and Basilica. Other highlights are the iconic Colosseum, the largest amphitheater ever built, and Circus Maximus. An optional visit is available to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, world famous for Michelangelo’s impressive fresco of The Last Judgment. (B)

Day 3: ROME–ORVIETO–SIENA.
Journey to charming Orvieto in the Umbria region to visit its black basalt and travertine CATHEDRAL, an excellent example of Italian Gothic architecture. Reach Siena, with time to visit this Tuscan jewel. Sit in one of the cafés surrounding the Piazza del Campo and admire one of Italy’s most unique squares, famed all over the world for its medieval-style Palio horse race.
Today’s Distance: 174 mi/ 280 km (B,D)

Day 4: SIENA–SAN GIMIGNANO–GREVE–MONTECATINI.
Arrive in San Gimignano and discover one of Tuscany’s greatest attractions. Its medieval squares, town walls, streets, alleyways, and 14 towers are truly unique. Next, head into the very heart of the Chianti vineyards, where Chianti Classico wines are produced. Stop in Greve for WINE TASTING at a local wine estate. Arrive in Montecatini in time to join the optional Tuscan farm dinner.
Today’s Distance: 93 mi/ 150 km (B)

Day 5: MONTECATINI. EXCURSION TO FLORENCE.
This Renaissance gem and city of the Medicis will keep you enthralled the entire day. Wander at leisure and admire the city’s timeless beauty. Don’t miss out on the included walking tour with a Local Guide, which features special city highlights. 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 Doors of the Baptistry, known as the “Gates of Paradise".
Today’s Distance: 81 mi/ 130 km (B,D)

Day 6: MONTECATINI–PISA–VENICE AREA.
This morning, drive to Pisa and enjoy a mini-train ride to see its SQUARE OF MIRACLES and the amazing Leaning Tower—180 feet high and approximately 4 degrees out of the perpendicular. Head across the wooded Apennine hills into the farmlands of the Po Valley to the Venice area.
Today’s Distance: 261 mi/ 420 km (B)

Day 7: VENICE AREA.
Venice is more like a marvelous film set than a real-life city, with its crisscrossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and piazzas. Your 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 works of art 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 8: VENICE AREA–ASSISI–ROME.
Travel across the Po Delta, then into the green Apennines to Umbria. Stop in medieval Assisi, where St. Francis was born in 1182. Visit the town and the world-famous BASILICA with a Local Guide, then head for Rome.
Today’s Distance: 332 mi/ 535 km (B)

Day 9: ROME.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Inclusions

December 21 Departure – Christmas lunch in Florence
December 30 Departure – New Year’s Eve in Rome, including festive dinner

Sightseeing & Activities:

ROME
Guided sightseeing, see St. Peter’s Square

ORVIETO
Visit the cathedral

SIENA
See Piazza del Campo

SAN GIMIGNANO
Visit

GREVE
Wine tasting at a country estate

FLORENCE
Guided walking tour

PISA
See the Leaning Tower

VENICE
Boat ride to St. Mark’s Square, visit glassblowing workshop

ASSISI
Guided tour including St. Francis BasilicaTouring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; canal transfer boat in Venice; mini-train in Pisa

Meals:
Buffet breakfasts daily; 3 dinners


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Accommodations

Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:
$340

No triple room reduction.

Additional accommodations before or after your tour may be available.

2021 departures are subject to itinerary and price modification. Details will be available in September 2020.

Rome: Buenos Aires
Siena: Four Points by Sheraton Siena
Montecatini: Settentrionale Esplanade
Venice: Poppi
Rome: Holiday Inn Eur Parco Dei Medici

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Questions & Answers

Question: Is the Hotel cost included in the overall tour price?

Yes, accommodations are included in the overall price.

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Question: Looking for tours in January 2020 wondering when these dates will be released and also what currency are the prices in that are advertised on this site

2020 tour dates will be officially released in late 2019 (September / October ). All pricing on our website is in US dollars.

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
3.9
Accommodations
3.3
Itinerary
4.1
Professional Staff
4.4
Repeat with Operator
4
Value for Money
3.7

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Ratings based off 85 reviews - currently showing 23 reviews with comments only

Everything was good except the airline bookings I had major changes both going and coming home to the point I had to fly from Frankfort Germany to JFK New York and rent a car and drive home to Boston they did not give us Enough time to change plains.

Although it was a low cost tour but the hotel locations were at a location that made it difficult to utilize the free time. They far away from the city centers.The hotels were too warm and the temperature could not be controlled from the room.

Our tour director Sonja was amazing! Energetic, friendly, funny, extremely knowledgeable about local sites, shopping, food, history and culture, which differ so much from city to city. She got us to places off the beaten path. Sonja motivated us to keep moving to meet all of our vacation goals. Salvatore was an amazing, friendly and safe driver for the many hundreds of miles we covered. He kept us stocked up on water, desperately needed for these warm days The motor coach was very very comfortable. The included and excursion meals were all wonderful, with plenty of surprises. No weight lost on this tour, despite all the walking! Only complaints were about some of the hotels - insufficient AC in a few places made it difficult to sleep. And the hotel pools closed at ridiculously early hours, making it impossible for us to jump in the pool after a long hot day. All in all, service was terrific and a great value vacation

The trip was excellent and the tour director was a joy to be with. She filled us with knowledge of the sites we visited and made us laugh during the coach rides to each location Ursula was the best and would be a reason I book a tour again with that operator. The one item I do want to point out was the hotels were not 4 stars as listed except for 2. And those were from the American chains. Rooms were extra small in some locations with showers that a full size male could not fit into. In one location I did request a new room and was given a much larger room with larger shower. Should have been given that room to begin width!

I thought overall the whole trip was terrific, the best vacation experience I've had! We were able to see a lot of things in 9 days, so I didn't mind getting up early every day to stay on schedule. The tour director was great, although maybe she could have been a little more flexible on things, such as seating assignments on the bus and also, she was repeating things more than necessary. I loved at all the sites we saw, but wished we had more time to spend at Pisa and the coliseum. I didn't have time to climb in the tower of Pisa and I would have liked to actually go inside the coliseum, instead of just walking around the perimeter of it. I understand the schedule was tight, but after all, those 2 are among the highest tourist attractions in Italy. One of the optional excursions that I did, the Tuscan farm dinner was wonderful, but a little too pricey. Also, I don't drink wine, so I could have skipped the winery tour. Other than that, it was a wonderful tour for somebody going to Italy for the first time, like myself.

There was no problem with Affordable tours . Our problems were with Cosmo. Some of the places we stopped on the road were really not all that good . The tour was a constant go but some of the places we visited was justed stopped at the door . Eveything else was Extra !!!!!!

There was a lot of walking, your tour tips that you published suggested to wear comfortable shoes and clothing, and that is what I did. It was a plus. It was awesome seeing the historical places and being there than just reading and seeing them in books and video. I felt I became part of history.

The trip was excellent. The tour director was very good. Few concerns were the time given at an attraction locations was very small. For example, at Pisa we were given only one and a half hours to look around that included walking to and from bus to the location. There were no local tour guides provided at most locations.

We had an absolutely perfect time. Out tour director was fabulous. He is a wealth of information about every city and village that we went through and the places that we passed along the way. He was incredibly helpful when it came to places to shop and places to eat and managed to personalize the trip for each of us, even though it was a very large group.

Cosmos Tours should have explained the optional tours in detail versus what was covered on our regular itinerary. That way we could weighed our option on what additional tours we can take.

the only negative comment I have is that I felt the accommodations--especially for the last night--were not up to par. Honestly, it's only the hotel the last night in Rome that I really thought was unsatisfactory. Unfortunately, we completed our satisfaction surveys with BEFORE that last night of lodging, or I would have made note of it. Personally, I would rather pay a bit more and have nicer accommodations, but I may be an outlier on this...

Love every minute of our tour!!!

Everything and places we went were fantastic, but I do think it was an excessive amount of walking, and it would have been helpful to know this prior to trip.

Our agent was very patient and responsive. She was always very pleasant and able to answer our questions. I really enjoyed the Cosmos tour. Our guide was excellent and so was our driver. I look forward to taking another tour. Thank you.

Our Cosmos Tour Director was outstanding and knowledgeable. He gave histories and tips that I wouldn't have known if I had done the tour myself. 

The plumbing in the hotel rooms were generally unacceptable with mainly showers that were broken in most of our hotel rooms (had to be moved to another room in one case) and strong sewer gas smells in the Venice hotel. Hot breakfasts at hotels were were not hot (e.g. eggs, meats etc.). Otherwise the hotel rooms were clean and comfortable and staff freindly and helpful.

My wife and I were happy over all with the tour offered by Cosmos and cordinated by Affordable Tours. We very much appreciated the services provided by the tour director. She is not only excellent in interpersonal skills, she demonstrtaed her depth of knowledge in her articulation of her commentary. Her sense of humor also made the journey more enjoyable We feel that she should be given the responsibility of training other tour directors, particularly the the not so experienced ones. We were unhappy with accomodations provided in Rome, particularly the Fleming. The hotel in Montecatini was particularly disappointing. There was only one small, slow elevator for the entire hotel and we often had to trudge up and down 4 flights of stairs in order to save time. Regarding the two included dinners: we were shocked to see that even mineral water was not included with dinner (we had to buy it). At a minimum, the dinner should include mineral water.

As far as the operator was concerned there were too many optional packages that could have been incorporated into the actual tour and we had too much time to ourselves to tour certain areas and shop. At times I felt that it was a shopping tour and not a sightseeing tour. If all cosmos tours are like this one I would rather find a new operator.

the tour to Italy was pretty nice. 

The tour director and the bus driver were professional, friendly, and truly excellent. I highly recommend them both and would be very happy having them on any other tour I might take in Italy. The tour director was very accommodating when I fell ill and had to cancel from an excursion. The extra excursions, for the most part, were interesting and fairly priced. Some of the included experiences were more aimed at separating us from our money than in truly showing us the culture and art of Italy - a bit disappointed in that aspect. Really liked the free times - was quite nice. Overall, a pretty good tour. Glad I went.


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