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Essence of Italy Summer 2020

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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Italy

Tour Itinerary

Embrace an ancient past and fiery present when you explore all the icons of Italy on this 10-day journey through Rome, Florence and Venice, with stops in Pisa and Verona thrown in for good measure. Admire Rome's magnificence, twirl spaghetti like an Italian mamma in Bologna and trace the earthy façades of hill top Siena as you embrace centuries of history, culture and the locals' zest for life.

Day 1 - Arrive Rome (2 Nights)
Ciao Roma! Get swept away in the effervescent energy of the 'Eternal City', once the centre of the ancient world and today a dizzying collection of archaeological treasures and Renaissance architecture. After checking in, indulge in the sweetness of doing nothing, which the city's residents seem to have mastered as they loll in piazze people-watching. Later, you'll meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a glimpse into what lies ahead. Embrace life lived the Italian way - to the fullest. Take a leisurely stroll and follow your nose into a local trattoria for a heaped plate of Italian pasta to set the tone for the rest of your trip.
Accommodation: Ergife Palace

Day 2 - Rome Sightseeing
Start your day, the Italian way - slow and relaxed, or perhaps join an Optional Experience to Michelangelo's famous Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums. Get to grips with the city's main attractions, joining a Local Specialist at the Vatican City, the world's smallest city. Stand in St. Peter's Square, sharing your space with devoted pilgrims and pigeons. Visit St. Peter's Basilica and view Michelangelo's greatest work, the sorrowful Pietà. Cross the Tiber next, to view the mighty Colosseum and the countless other ancient sites which featured prominently in the days of the powerful Roman Empire.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - Rome – Siena (1 Night)
Catch glimpses of the medieval town of Siena through lush Tuscan landscapes as you make your way to this hilltop settlement surrounded by fortified walls and towers. This former economic and military power today hosts the biannual Palio horse race, injecting a shot of colour amidst the burnt sienna façades of the city's Il Campo. Your orientation tour will reveal the city's rich heritage, architecture and cuisine, most notably why Siena is renowned for its signature panforte fruit cake, which you should try to sample during a visit to a pasticceria. Dinner is included tonight.
Accommodation: Executive
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 4 - Siena – Pisa – Montecatini (2 Nights)
Head north through Tuscany, stopping in Pisa to snap a few strategic selfies with the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Admire the Pisan Romanesque Square of Miracles in all its striped marble glory. Its structures are said to symbolise the three main stages of human life - the Baptistery (birth), the Cathedral (life) and the Camposanto (death). Continue through the scenic Tuscan hills to the thermal spa resort of Montecatini, the largest and most famous spa town in Italy. You may wish to spend some time admiring the town's many glorious fountains.
Accommodation: Tuscany Inn
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 - Florence Day Excursion
The birthplace of the Renaissance beckons and you'll head to Florence for the day where a Local Specialist will reveal the splendid treasures left behind by the Medici dynasty and famous artists like da Vinci and Michelangelo. Embark on a walking tour of its historic centre, including views of Ponte Vecchio, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Giotto's Bell Tower and the Baptistery. Visit Piazza della Signoria, the city's main square where many of the political and artistic treasures of the city can be seen, then head to Piazzale Michelango and admire Florence's signature skyline.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 - Montecatini – Verona – Venice (Mestre) (2 Nights)
Today's first stop is the legendary city that served as a backdrop for Shakespeare's famous love story and you'll have an opportunity to view the very balcony where the fictional Juliet once called for her Romeo. Admire the Roman Arena where gripping performances are held to this day. Your journey continues to Venice, one of the world's most romantic cities. Upon arrival, maybe embark on an optional Gondola ride. After dinner at your hotel, maybe spend the evening enjoying an Aperol Spritz. It's the perfect way to end the day. Salute!
Accommodation: Apogia Sirio
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 7 - Venice Sightseeing and Free Time
Meet the master craftsmen of Giudecca Island to learn about the centuries-old glass-blowing tradition. See how exquisite glassworks are crafted before returning to the waters of the canal. Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square, the gateway to the city. Admire the ornate Doge's Palace, the Basilica of St. Mark and the Bridge of Sighs, whose bittersweet views once elicited sighs from prisoners who were unlikely to see their beloved city ever again. Later, consider an Optional Experience to the vibrant rainbow-coloured façades of Burano Island, which beckon to resident fishermen seeking a safe beacon for their return journey home through the lagoon's thick fog.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 - Venice (Mestre) – Bologna (1 Night)
Travel west to Bologna, the gastronomic capital of Italy. A special treat awaits at our stop at FICO, the largest food park in the world, where you can learn about the culture, traditions and craftsmanship that make Italian food the most famous in the world. You'll delve into the heritage of Italian agri-food biodiversity before joining a Local Specialist for a city sightseeing tour to view the Kissing Towers and Il Gigante, commonly known as Neptune's Fountains. Dinner is included at your hotel.
Accommodation: NH Villanova
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 9 - Bologna – Passignano Sul Trasimeno – Rome (1 Night)
Your return journey to Rome this morning features a stop in beautiful Passignano sul Trasimeno, boasting over a thousand years of art and architecture on the shores of Lake Trasimeno, secluded within the medieval walls of this resort town. You'll arrive in Rome later just in time to enjoy an Optional Experience dinner with your fellow travellers, toasting the end of a wonderful trip through Italy.
Accommodation: Ergife Palace
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 - Depart Rome
You'll have a hard time saying goodbye to Italy and new friends after a mesmerising round trip from Rome to the Italy's iconic cities and stunning Tuscan landscapes. Get your final fix of Rome and secure your speedy return by tossing a coin in the Trevi Fountain, then bid your Travel Director and travel companions a fond farewell before taking a transfer to Rome Fiumicino Airport. Conditions apply.
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Bologna Sightseeing tour with Local Specialist including the Kissing Towers
  • Florence Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes views of the Cathedral, Piazza della Signoria and Ponte Vecchio
  • Passignano Sul Trasimeno Visit this beautiful lakeside resort town
  • Pisa Visit the Square of Miracles to view the Leaning Tower
  • Rome Sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist includes a visit to St. Peter's Basilica and views of the mighty Colosseum
  • Siena Visit the Piazza del Campo famous for the Palio horse race
  • Venice Cruise by private boat to St. Mark's Square. Visit a traditional glassblowing workshop on Giudecca Island
  • Verona View Juliet's Balcony and the impressive Roman Arena

Dining Highlights

  • 9 Breakfasts
  • 3 Three course dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • City orientation tours
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes

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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.

Costsaver Tours Customer Reviews

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Accommodations
3.6
Itinerary
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Professional Staff
4.5
Repeat with Operator
4.1
Value for Money
4.1

Ratings based off 492 reviews about Costsaver Tours - currently showing 15 reviews with comments only

This was a great trip. It included things that I never would have chosen on my own that I really enjoyed. The tour director was great. I would use CostSaver again. Great value.

I will strongly refer your company to my friends and relatives

Steve our travel director is excellent! He went above & beyond to give us a trip of a Lifetime. Very well organized and had some fun activities while on the road to make our ride time less boring. Very professional and courteous but treat everyone like Family. Very knowledgeable about geography & history of the places we were visiting. Our driver Giuseppe has a top knotch driving skills and very professional and courteous. Keeping us all safe on the road as well as helping everybody while getting off the bus. And looking out for our luggage's safety. I would definitely recommend to my friends & Family and I will book a trip with Costsaver again.

Hotels were even better than expectrd. We saw do many and wonderful attractions.

The trip itinerary was very detailed. From the booking to the end of my trip I was totally satisfied. It was my second trip, but I think I will book my future trips again. The trip director and all local guides were very knowledgeable and had great sense of humor, never boring. The optional excursions were excellent.

If people would ask me if I got my money's worth, I would reply that I got much much more than my money's worth. My trip was beyond wonderful, beyond amazing, beyond breathtaking.... Trent Plaine gave great background history of every country we visited; he took us to places morning noon and night... if there were places on the way out of a country he'd have us visit them and stop for great views. He was knowledgeable on flavors, food... the road trip was fantabulous!

The trip was well organized,the director Annarika is excellent in all aspects .our driver Marco is excellent too.They are both highly recommended in the fields they chose.In my next travel I wish I will be with them again.

Another excellent trip from start to finish. I am looking forward to my next trip already!!

We had a great experience with this company on this tour and would recommend this trip to anyone.

This was my first Costsaver tour and it was amazing. Our consultant, Maureen and tour guide Rose were top notch, extremely knowledgeable, and true professionals. I will definitely use Costsaver again!

Novotel Hotel was disappointing.

The trip to Italy was beyond my expectations! Our tour guide Amedeus was knowledgeable, kind, intuitive and made sure each one of us felt like royalty!

Our tour director Gianmarco was enthusiastic, informative and engaging. If I could pick him as my personal tour director to with me as I travel the world I would. The locations and sites were awe inspiring, but Gianmarco made this a very memorable experience. One I will cherish for a long time.

This was my 6th trip with Costsaver/Trafalgar, and I look forward to my next.


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