Italy’s Best

$2,399.00

June 20 – July 3

Description

 MEALS

Buffet breakfast daily; 4 dinners

Notes:

December 24 Departure – Christmas in Rome and New Year’s Eve in Venice, including festive dinner

 ITINERARY

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

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 fresco The Last Judgment.

Breakfast

 Breakfast

DAY 3 ROME–PISA–MONTECATINI

Vistas of rolling hills, rows of cypress trees, terraced vineyards, olive groves, and rural villages form the backdrop of your journey through beautiful Tuscany. Stop in Pisa, and take a mini-train ride to see the SQUARE OF MIRACLES and the amazing Leaning Tower. Arrive in Montecatini.
Today’s Distance: 273 mi/ 440 km

Breakfast

 Breakfast

DAY 4 MONTECATINI. EXCURSION TO FLORENCE

Today, enjoy an included excursion to Florence. Your Local Guide will show you the city highlights on the walking tour. You will see Piazza Santa Croce; beautiful Piazza Signoria; Palazzo Vecchio and its courtyard and Loggia dei Lanzi. To top it all, see 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

Breakfast

 Breakfast

Dinner

Dinner

DAY 5 MONTECATINI–LA SPEZIA–CINQUE TERRE–GENOA

Travel towards La Spezia, where you’ll hop aboard the train to discover some of the five spectacular CINQUE TERRE villages. The beauty of the rugged cliffs and romantic fishing villages once inspired poet Lord Byron. From Levanto, head towards Genoa, birthplace of explorer Christopher Columbus.
Today’s Distance: 186 mi/ 300 km

Breakfast

 Breakfast

DAY 6 GENOA–MILAN–LAKE MAGGIORE

Today’s included guided tour is an excellent introduction to Genoa. A maze of squares and alleys, the city grew around the port, a natural inlet, and boasts the largest medieval historical center in Europe. Next, head north into the plains of Lombardy, and stop in Milan to marvel at its magnificent gothic DUOMO. Then, continue to Baveno on Lake Maggiore.
Today’s Distance: 155 mi/ 250 km

Breakfast

 Breakfast

DAY 7 LAKE MAGGIORE. EXCURSION TO LUGANO, SWITZERLAND

Time to relax and get to know Lake Maggiore, one of Italy’s largest lakes, located on the very edge of Alpine Switzerland. On clear days, you can see the peaks of the Alps. Take advantage of the included excursion to visit Lugano in Italian-speaking Swiss Canton Ticino.
Today’s Distance: 124 mi/ 200 km

Breakfast

 Breakfast

DAY 8 LAKE MAGGIORE–VERONA–VENICE AREA

Travel across the Po River plain, and stop in the romantic city of Verona for some time at leisure, marveling at the Roman Arena, shopping, or tasting some of the excellent local wines. Continue to the Venice area.
Today’s Distance: 236 mi/ 380 km

Breakfast

 Breakfast

DAY 9 VENICE

Venice is more like a romantic film set than a real-life city, with its crisscrossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and piazzas. The 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 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.

Breakfast

 Breakfast

Dinner

Dinner

DAY 10 VENICE AREA–RAVENNA–ASSISI–ASSISI AREA

Enjoy an interesting drive southward right across the Po Delta to Ravenna, renowned for its treasure of Byzantine mosaics, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Continue 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 BASILICA OF ST. FRANCIS with its famous frescoes by Giotto, with history brought to life by a Local Guide. Overnight in the beautiful area of Assisi, in the heart of Umbria.
Today’s Distance: 249 mi/ 400 km

Breakfast

 Breakfast

Dinner

Dinner

DAY 11 ASSISI AREA–POMPEII–SORRENTO COAST

Travel to POMPEII, where time stopped for the rich, aristocratic town with the terrible eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. On the included guided visit, see the remains of luxurious villas, temples, theater, and forum. Carry on to 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 easy-going lifestyle of this charming resort.
Today’s Distance: 273 mi/ 440 km

Breakfast

 Breakfast

DAY 12 SORRENTO AREA. BOAT TRIP TO CAPRI

Enjoy a day trip to the legendary island, surrounded by a rocky coastline where the crashing sea has formed awe-inspiring caves. The town with its pretty piazzetta, maze of streets, fashionable boutiques, and cozy restaurants, is a mecca for the jet set. Explore on your own or take an optional island tour.

Breakfast

 Breakfast

Dinner

Dinner

DAY 13 SORRENTO COAST–ROME

Today, enjoy time at leisure or visit Positano on our exciting optional excursion, before returning to Rome.
Today’s Distance: 168 mi/ 270 km

Breakfast

 Breakfast

DAY 14 ROME

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast

 Breakfast

Transportation:

Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; mini-train to Pisa; canal transfer boat in Venice; boat transfer to Capri; train La Spezia-Levanto

 TOUR DIRECTOR

Read More at: https://www.cosmos.com/tour/Italys-Best/6390/

With COSMOS, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of a Tour Director. We’d like you to meet one of our Tour Directors, who average over a decade of experience and are representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

FRANCESCO NARDIN

Escorting tours for more than 5 years

“Buongiorno everyone! I’m Francesco Nardin and I’ve been rendering my services as a Cosmos Tour Director in Italy, Greece, South France and Spain. Following in the footsteps of my parents, I’ve always loved travelling and exploring new countries, meeting new people and cultures. Clients need to know what Italy is, what is the feeling of the Mediterranean breeze and how much we can offer to them… this is why I’m here, to create memories and to turn travel dreams into real experiences. Bellissimo!”

Tour Director - FRANCESCO NARDIN

 ACCOMMODATIONS

RomeMontecatiniGenoaLake MaggioreVenice AreaAssisi AreaSorrento Area

ROME

Ele Green Park Pamphili
Ele Green Park Pamphili
Ele Green Park Pamphili
Ele Green Park Pamphili
Ele Green Park Pamphili

ELE GREEN PARK PAMPHILI

MODERATE FIRST-CLASS

Hotel as shown or similar

Ele Green Park Pamphili Largo Lorenzo Mossa 4, Roma, Italy

Largo Lorenzo Mossa 4
Roma, Italy

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Sourrounded by a beautiful private park, Green Park Hotel Pamphili is located in a strategic and quiet area that connects one of the main highways or the city, ‘GRA’, to various streets leading to the city centre in few minutes. It is located only 5 minutes away by bus or 15 minutes walking from the closest subway station ‘Cornelia’ and 10 minutes drive from the Vatican City while Fiumicino Airport is about 20 minutes drive.The hotel provides 153 rooms. All Rooms are conditioned and furnished with a classic and elegant design; they are very spacious, sunny and comfortable. The Hotel also provides a free parking, a cozy bar, an italian restaurant and a brand new 34 sq gym equipped with the latest generation Technogym machines.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Luggage Storage
  • Concierge desk
  • Elevator
  • Fitness Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Parking/Valet
  • Restaurant On-Site

Room Amenities

  • Desk
  • Mini-bar
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Window Opens
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Television
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • In-Room Safe
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
Holiday Inn Eur Parco Dei Medici
Holiday Inn Eur Parco Dei Medici
Holiday Inn Eur Parco Dei Medici
Holiday Inn Eur Parco Dei Medici
Holiday Inn Eur Parco Dei Medici
Holiday Inn Eur Parco Dei Medici

HOLIDAY INN EUR PARCO DEI MEDICI

FIRST-CLASS

Hotel as shown or similar

Holiday Inn Eur Parco Dei Medici Castello D. Magliana 65, Roma, Italy

Castello D. Magliana 65
Roma, Italy

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

The Holiday Inn® Rome Eur Parco dei Medici hotel offers 317 spacious rooms to suit both business and leisure visitors. Catch a taxi to the Colosseum and Vatican in 25 minutes, or catch a train from nearby Muratella station or a metro from EUR Magliana station

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry Available
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Pool
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hot Tub
  • Fitness Room
  • Ice Machine
  • Concierge desk
  • Luggage Storage

Room Amenities

  • Alarm Clock
  • Window Opens
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access
  • Voicemail
  • In-Room Safe
  • Climate Control
  • Hair Dryer
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • Coffee Maker
  • Desk
  • Air Conditioning
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone

 OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you’ll have in your destination, so you’ll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyCosmos site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

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