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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Your dream of visiting the shining cities of Italy with budget travel in mind can easily come true. With seven days to see the sights from Rome to Venice—including Pisa, Verona, and Florence—your guided Italy tour is waiting. Majestic Rome, with its historical sites beyond compare, is your first discovery on this affordable Italy vacation. From St. Peter’s Square at the heart of the Vatican to the Colosseum, you’ll see why this “eternal city” is a must-see on every travel bucket list. From Rome, your escorted Italy tour takes you to Pisa and Florence through a gentle landscape of exquisite vineyards, olive groves, and the rolling hills of Tuscany. In Pisa, visit the Square of Miracles and see the famed leaning tower before heading to Florence— “Cradle of the Renaissance.” Take a guided walking tour of Florence to soak up the world-famous squares and palazzos of the ornate city, including the Duomo and the Baptistery’s bronze door (“Gate of Paradise”). Off to Venice, stop in Verona—the setting for Shakespeare’s fabled tragedy of Romeo & Juliet. See the ancient Roman Arena, which today is the home of the summer Opera Festival. From Verona, continue to romantic Venice, the city of unparalleled beauty. Take a boat to St. Mark’s square and gaze upon the canals with their gondolas and bridges. You can visit an original glassblowing workshop, discover the calli (narrow alleyways of Venice) and admire the exquisite palaces at your leisure for the perfect end to your inspiring Italy tour.

Countries Visited

Italy

Cities Visited

Florence , Pisa , Rome , Venice , Verona

  1. 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 travel companions.
  2. Day 2
    ROME
    Steeped in history, the “Eternal City” is 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. (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  3. Day 3
    ROME–PISA–FLORENCE
    Vistas of rolling hills, cypress trees, terraced vineyards, olive groves, and charming villages form the backdrop as you journey into the heart of Tuscany. Stop in Pisa to enjoy a mini-train ride to the Square of Miracles and see the legendary Leaning Tower. Then, head east to magnificent Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance.”
    Today’s Distance: 273 mi/ 440 km (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  4. Day 4
    FLORENCE
    Today, discover the wonders of Florence, starting with a guided walking tour, featuring some of the city’s greatest attractions. See Piazza Santa Croce; world-famous Signoria Square; 13th-century Palazzo Vecchio with its collection of artistic masterpieces; Loggia dei Lanzi; the unique Duomo with Giotto’s Gothic Bell Tower and the Baptistry’s ornate bronze door known as the “Gate of Paradise.” (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  5. Day 5
    FLORENCE–VERONA–VENICE AREA
    Travel north and cross the Po River to Verona, setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. Marvel at the ancient Roman Arena, built for gladiator fights but now still used as a popular venue for festivals and concerts; shop in Via Mazzini, or just wander the cobblestone streets of the city center. Continue to the Venice area.
    Today’s Distance: 217 mi/ 350 km (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  6. Day 6
    VENICE AREA
    Venice is a place of unmatched beauty and a feast of fantastic sights. View the delightful crisscrossing canals, the gondolas, arched bridges, palaces, and piazzas. Your included orientation features a boat ride to St. Mark’s Square and a visit to a Venetian glassblowing workshop. You’ll have time to explore at leisure on your own, or join one of our optional excursions, like a ride on one of the most iconic boats in the world, the romantic gondola. Otherwise, just relax, sipping a cappuccino or the typical Venetian drink called spritz at one of the many bars or cafés. (B,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    VENICE AREA
    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Buffet breakfasts daily; 2 dinners

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Accommodations

Rome: Holiday Inn Eur Parco Dei Medici
Florence: Wyndham Garden Florence
Venice Area: Poppi

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Questions & Answers

Question: can i have vegetarian meals (i.e. include milk eggs and cheese but excludes meat chicken and fish

Breakfast is included every day and there are vegetarian options for breakfast (fruit, yogurt, pancakes, eggs, etc.) Lunch and most dinners are on your own and your tour director will be able to make recommendations for restaurant options. There is a Farewell Dinner in Venice and pasta with tomato sauce and salad are just some of the options you will have.

Question: All meals and guided tours included?

Some meals and some sightseeing is included. You will have the choice of paying for optional tours or doing your own thing for free time. You'll be responsible for some of your own meals as well.

Question: Do you have any packages with airfare included? The biggest airport in my area would be LAX International (Los Angeles, Ca). Would I fly into Rome and out of Venice?

Airfare is not included in the base price shown on our website. One of our travel consultants can quote you the lowest price for airfare available at the time by requesting a free quote online or calling us at 1-800-935-2620. And you are correct, you'd fly into Rome and out of Venice.

Question: Can you make payments on the purchase price?

Yes- if you deposit early enough, you'll have until 45 days prior to departure date to pay in full.

Question: Does this package include train rides between cities?

This package does included transportation on private motor coach between cities.

Question: Is this tour has Vatican entry we would like to see Vatican

Entry into the Vatican is not included on this particular itinerary, but Cosmos does offer an optional excursions (with an additional fee) to visit Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.

Question: Are hotels included in this price?

Accommodations are included in the price of the trip.

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
Itinerary
4.3
Professional Staff
4.6
Repeat with Operator
4.1
Value for Money
3.8

Ratings based off 59 reviews - currently showing 29 reviews with comments only

First tour experience, very pleased and would recommend it.

Beautiful tour! The hotel rooms were not nearly as nice as we had hoped, but this is to be expected I think for the price we paid. Our tour director was excellent! Thank you! We hope to be traveling with you again. 

Accommodations were good. Tour guide Francesco was amazing. Quality of included meals varied greatly! Some was very poor. Optional excursions were also good.

Daniella, our tour guide was very personable and treated us like family. I really loved the whole experience.

This was my first Cosmos trip. I have traveled with Globus and Gate 1 and found that Cosmos is less expensive. I believe the Tour Director was oustanding.

Very well organized tour and Francesco, our Cosmos tour guide is the best! Francesco was very knowledgeable and provided useful information and details throughout the trip, was sensitive to the needs of each guest, and was very thorough in the way in which he planned and executed on the guide itinerary. The Italy tour overall was definitely one of the best tours we've taken and we enjoyed every location and it's highlights. The optional excursions that we purchased were also great though we felt a couple of them (Rome evening highlights, Verona walking tour) could be part of the per purchased package. Great value overall.

This trip was well planned/organized. Maureen, our consultant, and Francesco our tour guide were extremely knowledgeable and professional.

The tour exceeded my expectations. To be truthful, I was not sure what to expect since this was my first trip to Italy. I'm very happy I took the tour and I'd do it again.

Thank you so much Maya You make my dream came true. I love everything on the trip the tour guide GP and the driver Luigi was soo nice I am so impressed.

Except for a few minor inconvenience , the trip was excellent

Our one complaint is that the trip was advertised as light walking... We were putting in over 10,000 steps per day, up to 15,000.. My husband has had 3 hip surgeries and has plates in his ankle. We do not consider this light walking. It was very difficult for him to try to keep up with the group and actually gave up a couple of times and stayed behind. If there had been an option for a transfer from the bus to the tour starting point or to dinner we would have gladly paid for him to ride...

Great time. Booking again with affordable tours for next trip.

The location of the hotel in Rome was in an area far from everything. The area was completely covered in graffiti and appeared to be an area that was not safe to walk about. The 2 dinners that were included in the tour were not very good. This was especially true with the buffet dinner the last night in Venice. Terrible. Not what was expected as all as the rest of the food in Italy was great. Also, knowing our time of arrival at the airport in Rome I would expect not to have to wait 2 1/2 hours for pick up to the Hotel.

Most of the accommodations are good.In Rome the accommodation is very poor .In three days we moved to 3 rooms all are bad.Ants moving in the bath room and the drainage did not work well.Only one dinner was nice.However there is appreciation for the tour director.Heis awesome.

Two of the three hotel rooms were very small. The information warned me but, as an American with size expectations, you may want to reinforce this idea of small hotel rooms even more. I'm petite and my legs were hanging off of a twin size bed.

Alessia tour director was so nice and knowlegable. Smiling all the time and helpful. We love her.Laurentia hotel some loud noises at night, no coffee inside the room . Italiana hotel no coffee jnside the room .

I've done four trips with Cosmos, and each time I've been impressed with the level of planning and the strength of the tour leaders. I feel like I'm in good hands on Cosmos trips.

Our Tour Director Francesco was wonderful. The tour as described. Many excursions offered (for additional cost).

Transfer pick up from airport was great. The motor coach was there when I arrived. Very punctual.

Our travel consultant, Alfonso was excellent. He was very knowledgable, attentive, and professional. We had a great time visiting Italy; seeing Rome, Florence, and Venice! Our Tour director, Alessia was awesome. She had great energy, experience, clarity, and personalization which made our honeymoon very special. Our bus drivers, Ivan and his father Pino made us feel very safe and no time was wasted. We stayed on schedule and there were no problems. We especially enjoyed meeting all kinds of people from all over the world who shared our vacation with us. We also found time to explore on our own and I would highly recommend using AffordableTours/Cosmos. We are already looking into booking our next trip to see France.

I would like to say that this was a very Pleasant experience ,the only advice I would add to this is if you are going to Europe make sure you exchange you Dollars for Euros before you get to Europe, so you get a better exchange rate, do your home work on the dollar compared to the Euro it will make things easier when buying items don't be afraid to haggle with vendors, and make sure you take a Mastercard and let your bank know ahead of time that your going to Europe.

Though the tour guide and bus driver were excellent, the hotels that were chosen on this tour were not up to standards compared to the tour we took with CIE in Ireland.

AffordableTours did a FANTASTIC JOB in setting up this trip for us.

Honestly, it would be nice if some of the optional excursions were included in the all ready paid for costs. The Vatican and Sistine Chapel are a must see in Rome, in my opinion. I didn't realize at first that I had to pay additionally to be included in the tours. Thank you!

Meals at hotels need to be improved, or not included.

Accomadations were fine but there were very far from any of the attractions.

I was very disappointed with hotel Santa Costanza in Rome. I had ants in my bathroom and bed. Also location wasn't favorable. Hotel Italiana in Florence was very nice. I was disappointed with the single room size at Hotel Poppi in Venice. It was a shoebox and very uncomfortable. the location was way too far away. I would probably not want to book again with Cosmos due to the hotel accommodations.

It was a wonderful trip. The tour Director and the driver were wonderful! They were very friendly and they explained to us every single detail. I wanted to thank Clendon for booking a great tour for us. I will definitely recommend Cosmos

Since I have participated in order Cosmos tour, it was in line with what I expected. The only comment I would make is that the hotel in Rome was so far from the main area that it was costly to get there on our own. I know they pushed for us to take the metro, but not everyone is interested in getting to a new city and learning how to get to the main square using public transportation.

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