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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 2015 and 2016 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.
Italy is home to a wealth of “magnificents,” and this vacation features them all. Overnight in Rome with its famed archaeological sites; Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance;” enchanting Lake Maggiore; the unique floating city of Venice; Perugia, capital of Umbria; and the lively resort of Sorrento. You’ll also experience Pisa’s amazing Leaning Tower; Milan, capital of fashion; Italian-speaking Lugano, Switzerland; Romeo and Juliet’s Verona; Ravenna with its precious Byzantine mosaics; Assisi’s frescoed St. Francis Basilica; Pompeii’s remarkable archaeological site; and the jet-set Isle of Capri. Enjoy it all amid the warmth of the Italian people and the beauty of the panoramic landscapes.
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 afternoon, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
Day 2: Rome.
The ”Eternal City”—a city 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. (B)
Day 3: Rome–Pisa–Florence.
This morning, vistas of undulating hills, austere rows of cypress trees, terraced vineyards, olive groves, and rural villages form the backdrop of your journey through beautiful Tuscany. Stop in Pisa for a visit and see the Square of Miracles and the amazing Leaning Tower. Arrive in Florence for two overnights. (B)
Day 4: Florence.
Today, enjoy the included walking tour with a Local Guide, featuring most of the 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 Door of the Baptistry, known as the “Gate of Paradise.” (B,D)
Day 5: Florence–Milan–Lake Maggiore.
This morning, leave hilly Tuscany to travel north into the plains of Lombardy, crossing the great River Po with new and quite different scenery as you approach Milan for a stop to see its great Duomo. Overnight in Baveno in the Lake Maggiore area. (B)
Day 6: Lake Maggiore. Excursion to Lugano.
Time to relax and get to know the area. Lake Maggiore is one of Italy’s largest lakes and is located on the very edge of Alpine Switzerland. In fact, on clear days you can see the peaks of the Swiss Alps. Take advantage of the included excursion to visit Lugano and its lake in Switzerland. (B)
Day 7: 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 before reaching the Venice area. (B)
Day 8: Venice.
Venice is more like a marvelous film set than a real live city, with its criss-crossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and piazzas. The included orientation starts with a boat ride 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 9: Venice Area–Ravenna–Assisi–Perugia.
An interesting drive southwards right across the Po Delta to Ravenna. In the afternoon, journey 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 Church of St. Clare, founder of the Order of Poor Clares, the medieval castle, and cathedral. Overnight in beautiful nearby Perugia, capital of Umbria. (B,D)
Day 10: Perugia–Pompeii–Sorrento.
Drive south on the autostrada to Pompeii. Time stopped for the rich, aristocratic town of Pompeii with the terrible eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. On the included visit you can see the remains of luxurious villas, temples, theater, and forum. Next, 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 11: Sorrento. Boat Trip to Capri.
This legendary island is surrounded by rocky coastline where the crashing sea has formed awe-inspiring caves. The town with its pretty piazza, maze of streets, fashionable boutiques, and smart restaurants is a mecca for the jet set. An optional island tour is available. (B,D)
Day 12: Sorrento–Rome.
This morning, enjoy an optional excursion to Positano, before a comfortable drive northwards for an afternoon arrival in Rome. (B)
Day 13: Rome.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Prices based on double room occupancy.
Single room supplement:
No triple room reduction.
Transfers for sea/ocean cruises may be available from your hotel to the port on the last day of your vacation. For more information and pricing, please contact your Travel Consultant.
2015 departures are subject to itinerary and price modification. Details will be available in September, 2014.
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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