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Rome: Full day Hop on Hop off bus tour
Florence: Half day trip to Pisa (Tower of Pisa)
Milan: Full day Hop on Hop off bus tour
Venice: Day trip to the islands of Burano & Murano via water taxi
27 May – 05 June | 19 – 28 June | 12 -21 July | 02 – 11 September | 25 September – 04 October | 18 – 27 October
16 – 25 March | 08 – 17 April | 01 – 10 May | 24 May – 02 June | 16 – 25 June | 09 – 18 July | 01 – 10 September | 24 September – 03 October | 17 – 26 October
You are free to choose your own activities and add-on tours. Your tour leader will recommend the best value for money tours in and around your area when you arrive at your base town. He/she will also be available for any last minute bookings each day.
Please click on the following link to view all add on tours from base towns: Add-on tours
Economy class pre-booked train tickets
Rome to Florence to Milan
Milan to Venice to Rome
Twin-share accommodation + breakfast
Within easy walking distance of train stations
Choose your own add-on activities and day tours from your base city according to your interests and budget.
Local tour leader to recommend best value add-on tours and to assist in getting you safely from A to Z.
Afternoon check-in into your night’s accommodation on day 1 – welcome to the Eternal City! Rome will be your base for the next 3 nights. Should you wish to visit, for example, Naples, Pompeii, Capri or the Amalfi Coast as a day trip from Rome – click on the ‘see add-on tours’ button under optional activities to book.
You will meet up with your tour leader in the evening for a welcome drink and to meet your fellow explorers.
Hop on Hop off bus ticket covering all the main sights (there are audio guides on the bus) for day 2 included.
Should you wish to add more days in Rome at the end of your tour, simply speak to your booking agent with regards the adding of extra days. Subject to availability.
Colosseum | Arch of Constantine | Forum | Victor Emmanuel Monument | Pantheon | Spanish Steps | Via Dei Condotti | Piazza Venezia | Piazza Navona | Trevi Fountain | Vatican City | Sistine Chapel | Pantheon
Breakfast is included.
Backpacks are banned at almost most museums/art galleries/historic sights with security check-ins. Rather invest in a cross-body bag that can fit your phone, water bottle, sunblock and glasses to avoid turning back once you’ve (finally!) reached the front of the queue.
Museums are open and free to all on the last Sunday of the month (very busy). Check opening times for the Vatican (vatican.va) before you visit. Note that the Vatican museum is closed on most Sundays
When visiting Rome it’s always best to start early in the morning to allow enough time to navigate the large crowds around the main sights.
Afternoon check-in into your night’s accommodation on day 4. Capital of the Tuscan region of Italy – Florence: The heart of art and architecture masterpieces. Florence will be your base for the next 2 nights.
Half day trip to the town of Pisa (leaning tower of Pisa) included on day 5.
For day trip ideas in and around Florence – click on the ‘see add-on tours’ button under optional activities to book. Your tour leader will be available in the evenings to assist with the booking of add-on tours and activities.
Ponte Vecchio | Galleria Degli Uffizi | Piazza della Signoria | Roma Duomo | Piazza della Repubblica | Pitti Palace | The Boboli Gardens | Piazza Santo Spirito | St Trinity Bridge
Breakfast is included.
As with all main tourist towns in Italy, Florence is always busy. We recommend that you pre-book your Uffizi museum tickets asap as the queue is normally about 5 hours long.
Avoid spending your free time standing in a queue – pre book!
Afternoon check-in into your night’s accommodation on day 6. Capital of the Lombardy region of Italy – Milan: The city of big fashion names, the Italian stock exchange and home to two of the biggest Italian football teams, AC Milan and Inter Milan.
Full day Hop on Hop off bus ticket included on day 7 – 3 routes to choose from. Options of routes will be confirmed prior to arriving in Milan to ensure availability.
For day trip ideas in and around Milan – click on the ‘see add-on tours’ button under optional activities to book. Your tour leader will be available in the evenings to assist with the booking of add-on tours and activities.
Duomo di Milano | Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II | Sforzesco Castle | The Last Supper | Teatro alla Scala | Santa Maria delle Grazie | Pinacoteca di Brera | Sempione Park | Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio
Breakfast is included.
Take note that most museums are closed on Mondays. There is however more than enough to explore in and around Milan should your tour be in Milan over the weekend. The Italian Lakes (Como and Maggiore) is easily reachable by train and takes approx. one hour – perfect as a day trip from Milan.
It is advisable to pre-book tickets to the Duomo and the roof of the Duomo if you don’t want to spend your whole day waiting in line. Your tour leader can assist.
Afternoon check-in into your night’s accommodation on day 8. Capital of the Veneto region of Italy – Venice: The city of 118 small islands. Linked by over 400 bridges – some of them private – Venice is any photographer’s dream!
On day 9 you will travel via water taxi to see the beautiful islands of Murano (glass blowing) and Burano (colourful houses, lace-making). Demonstrations of both glass blowing and lace-making are free and you are welcome to watch. Do watch out for fake Chinese lace in Burano though – if it’s cheap, it’s most likely fake!
For day trip ideas in and around Venice – click on the ‘see add-on tours’ button under optional activities to book. Your tour leader will be available in the evenings to assist with the booking of add-on tours and activities.
Please note: Venice will be your final stop on this tour. On the morning of day 10 you will check out of your accommodation and head back to Rome. You have the following options:
– Store your luggage at Venice train station and spend another few hours in the city before making your way back to Rome via train. You can specify at which time you would like to board the train back to Rome – this is a 3 hour 40 minute journey.
– Book another 1 or 2 nights in Venice (subject to availability) and travel back at a later stage.
– Travel back to Rome and book another 1 or 2 nights in Rome.
Saint Mark’s Basilica (Basilica di San Marco) | Grand Canal | Rialto Bridge (Ponte di Rialto) | Teatro La Fenice | Campanile di San Marco | St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco) | Bridge of Sighs | Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale)
Breakfast is included.
Venice is almost everyone’s favourite city in Italy. With tourist numbers increasing month on month, Venice will, from July 2019, impose a tourist tax on visitors entering the city (approx between 5 and 10 Euro) to assist with keeping the city free of rubbish. Pre-plan your visit to Venice in order to see all your favourites.
Verona (Juliet’s balcony) can be done as an easy day trip from Venice. Train tickets cost about Euro10 one way.