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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 the most famous cities and discover the unique sights as you visit Rome, Siena, Montecatini, and Venice. This affordable Italy tour offers the opportunity to step back in time. Imagine what life was like in Rome 2,000 years ago, as the city was the political, social, and trading center of 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. Visit Florence—the Renaissance gem—with a walking tour featuring beautiful Piazza Signoria, the hub 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. Peter’s Basilica and square. In Orvieto, the Cathedral is a great example of Gothic architecture in Italy. In Assisi, where St. Francis was born, the world-famous Romanesque and Gothic Basilica is a permanent exhibition of Giotto’s frescoes. 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. From a more secular viewpoint, experience a wine tasting in Greve, the capital of Chianti, and visit 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 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 travel lover.

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  1. Day 1
    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 travel companions.
  2. Day 2
    The “Eternal City” is steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Start the included introduction to Rome’s landmarks from St. Peter’s Square with a Local Guide. Enjoy a drive along the iconic landmarks of the city: the Tiber River, the Caius Cestius Pyramid, the Aurelian Walls, and the Caracalla Baths. Complete the experience with a walk back in time from the Circus Maximus to the Arch of Constantine and to the fascinating Colosseum, symbol of the Roman Empire. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit the treasures of the Vatican Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel on our optional excursion. (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  3. Day 3
    Journey to charming Orvieto in the Umbria region to visit the black basalt and travertine cathedral, an excellent example of Italian Gothic architecture. Reach Siena, with time to visit this Tuscan jewel. The focal point of the town is Piazza del Campo, a special square, famed all over the world for its medieval-style Palio horse race.
    Today’s Distance: 152 mi/ 245 km (B,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  4. Day 4
    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. Continue 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: 109 mi/ 175 km (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  5. Day 5
    Florence, the 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; 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: 62 mi/ 100 km (B,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    This morning, drive to Pisa and enjoy a mini-train ride to see the impressive Square of Miracles with 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: 236 mi/ 380 km (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  7. Day 7
    Venice is more like a magical 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 create their delicate works of art as they did centuries ago. Spend some time at leisure or join one of our optional excursions, such as the gondola trip, gliding along the picturesque canals with a local troubadour to serenade you. (B,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  8. Day 8
    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 upper and lower basilicas with a Local Guide, then head for Rome.
    Today’s Distance: 317 mi/ 510 km (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  9. Day 9
    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Buffet breakfasts daily; 3 dinners

Cosmos offers Small-Group Discoveries on select Europe dates. A Small-Group Discovery is limited to an average of just 24 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Cosmos escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery trip is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.

Health and Safety Protocols for Cosmos Tours

The world is waiting to be rediscovered! And Cosmos helps you reunite with your favorite destinations through our ongoing commitment to travel with the ease and confidence travelers have come to expect on tour with us. No matter where you travel, our global network of travel experts has you ready to reconnect.

And along the way, we’re step-for step with you to remove the worries and hassles that might make aspiring globetrotters hesitate when taking that first step in discovering dream destinations once again. With exceptional health and safety protocols and on-trip contingency plans for unexpected surprises, Cosmos travelers see more of the world with more peace of mind.


We will conduct tour check-in procedures and pre-trip health screenings to offer guests a safe start and peace of mind throughout the journey. This includes proof of vaccination for all guests. See our complete Health & Safety Pre-Trip Screening Instructions on our website for full details.


There may be times on tour or on the motorcoach when social distancing is required. We will take care in assuring any local guidelines are followed in a safe and comfortable way for our guests. For any cases where masks are required due to local guidelines, we ask that guests bring their own approved N95 (FFP2) masks for their own comfort and safety. Our wireless listening technology enables safe distances between our guests and other travelers during excursions.


To ensure a healthy environment for each of our guests and our team, our Tour Directors, Local Hosts, and motorcoach drivers are fully vaccinated, and we are also requiring that all travelers are fully vaccinated before joining our trips. Additionally, we will conduct regular guest checks, and, when required by local guidelines, masks will be worn by our guests and by our team when accompanying guests. In all other cases, masks are optional for guests.


Traveling with Cosmos removes many of the “touch points” of travel, including luggage handling, check in/out, expedited entry into attractions and more. Cosmos are further reducing risk with hands-free service, meaning all self-services replaced by staff, including buffet meals replaced with table service. Cosmos will also ensure hand sanitizing is available throughout each trip, on coach and in hotels.


As a part of Cosmos' commitment to clean, Cosmos is requiring enhanced cleaning procedures with hotel partners, on motorcoaches, vehicles and throughout every trip, including additional daily disinfecting procedures that go above-and-beyond already strict health and safety procedures. And our motorcoaches are equipped with air filters that clean the air as well as provide constant ventilation.


Cosmos has strict health and safety protocols, which have been in place for years, focused on ensuring all aspects of operation- from vehicles and equipment used on trip to excursions and hotel procedures. This process will continue with new, elevated health and safety checks, to maintain their promise that each touch-point on tours and cruises are considered in their commitment to guest and team member well-being.

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Rome: Grand Fleming Hotel
Siena: Executive
Montecatini: Settentrionale Esplanade
Venice Area: Poppi
Rome: American Palace Eur

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Questions & Answers

Question: We want to visit Pacentro, in the Abruzzo region. If we did the 9 day Rome tour, would we be able to break free for a day to go to Pacentro?

Leaving the tour is not advised as they run on a regimented schedule. The best option would be to extend your vacation by a day or two at the start or end of the tour to visit Pacentro.

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

Yes, accommodations are included in the overall price.

Question: Can you assist with airfare?

Yes, plus our dedicated travel consultants are experts at finding great airfare at competitive prices.

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.

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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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