Simply Italy | Summer | 2024

Simply Italy | Summer | 2024

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Simply Italy | Summer | 2024

15 Days Starting in Rome and ending in Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome Capital, Italy

Visiting: Rome, Siena, Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Cinque Terre, Como, Milan, Verona, Venice, Bologna, Naples, Positano, Capri, Amalfi Coast

Tour operator:

Contiki

Tour code:

BBIYMA19

Specialist Group:

18-30 Somethings

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

2 - 38

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

18-35

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
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Tour Overview

Welcome to 15 days of pure Italian travel immersion. Covering Rome, Florence, Milan, Venice and beyond, this one brings you the blissful best of this soul-stirring country. Explore Rome's historical highlights, travel through the streets of Michelangelo's Florence, soak up some rays on the Amalfi Coast...and that's just an aperitivo. Beauty, romance and all the pasta you can fit in; the good life just got even better. That's amore!

Highlights

  • See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistery & Piazza della Signoria on a locally guided walking tour of Florence.

  • Ramble around the cobbled streets of this Renaissance walled city in Tuscany. It’s an Insta post waiting to happen!

  • Experiencing the glitz and glamour of Lake Como, with its attractive villages and gorgeous gardens in como.

  • The sight of this famous Juliet's Balcony will turn even the most hardened cynic into a romantic soul at Verona.

  • A perfect guided walking tour of the fascinating Roman town that was destroyed by Vesuvius and then perfectly preserved in volcanic ash.

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Start Rome

Location: Rome

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Genova (or similar)

Meals Included: Dinner

Welcome to Rome! Once known as the 'capital of the world' this richly historic, passionate and elegant city will steal our hearts as soon as we arrive. We'll meet and greet our Contiki crew at 4pm, before heading on an orientation tour of the city. With our eyes wide and camera roll full, we'll head to the streets for an included Italian feast.

Day 2 : Rome To Florence

Location: Rome, Siena, Florence

Accommodation: Hotel, Hotel

Accommodation Name: BB Centro (or similar)

Meals Included: Dinner, Breakfast, Dinner

Rise and shine, we're headed to another historical heavyweight today...

But not before stopping off at Siena for lunch. This place has medieval masterpieces and the historic city center has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. We'll soak up all of that historic beauty and grab a bite before heading onto Florence...

Florence is one of the foodie capitals of Italy, so we won't waste any time trying the local delicacies with an included feast. Then we'll turn in for the night, dreaming of the Florentine adventures that await us tomorrow.

Day 3 : Florence

Location: Florence

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: BB Centro (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Florence is often referred to as a 'walking museum', and today we'll find out why. With a locally guided walking tour, we'll discover Renaissance Florence on foot, swooning at Giotto's Bell Tower, Basilica Santa Croce, and Piazza della Signoria. We'll also see the Duomo, one of the world's most remarkable architectural feats. Later, we’ll get together for a Tuscan evening of wine from the nearby vineyards. Our hosts have cooked up a feast of antipasto and Italian specialties. Save some room for ‘dolce’ i.e a mystery homemade dessert!

Day 4 : Florence To Cinque Terre

Location: Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Cinque Terre

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Le Grazie (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Farewell, Florence. We'll never forget you. But we've got more dreamy Italian hot spots to hit up.

We can't be this way of the world without a sneaky visit to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Depriving you of the chance to perfect the holding-up-the-tower shot would be criminal.

Another stopover will let us check out lovely Lucca, with its charming piazzas, Renaissance architecture and historic cafes. Opt for a sample of wines at the local vineyards here. Or it's a perfect spot to grab a bite before we hit the road again.

Welcome to the Italian Riviera! You're going to fall head over heels with this region over the coming days...

Day 5 : Cinque Terre

Location: Cinque Terre

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Le Grazie (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Some people think Cinque Terre is just one place, but it actually translates to the ‘five lands’ and is made up of 5 stunning towns with their own unique identity and traditions. Included in your trip is an unlimited Cinque Terre hike and train ticket, and whichever way you choose to get around will be sure to make you fall in love with the dramatic cliff-faces and pastel colored buildings. The food here is pretty special too, why don’t you try a Pesto Making Class in La Spezia where you can make your own pesto from local ingredients and enjoy it later at dinner in a variety of local dishes.

Day 6 : Cinque Terre To Milan

Location: Cinque Terre, Como, Milan

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: BB Milano Sesto (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

We're hitting the road today to one of the most elegant cities in Europe.

But not before experiencing the glitz and glamour of Lake Como, with its attractive villages and gorgeous gardens. The showstopper is the lake itself, of course, and we'll have the option to get out on the water and take a cruise to beautiful Bellagio.

Welcome to Milan, the sophisticated cityscape that rewards the curious traveler. We have a free night to check out the local nightlife, and eat some of the local delicacies. As always, your Trip Manager will have the top tips on where to go and where to avoid...

Day 7 : Milan To Venice

Location: Milan, Verona, Venice

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Centro Soggiorno San Servolo (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

The dreamy destinations just don't stop coming...

Welcome to Verona, the heart of Renaissance romance (and the setting for Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet). Beautiful architecture, rich history and plenty of jaw-dropping art makes this place a very worthy stopover. We'll check out Juliet's balcony, part of a gorgeous 13th century house, as well as the epic Roman Arena. Then it's onto another very romantic city...

Welcome to Venice! Our hearts will swell at the mazy canals and ancient architecture. First up, we’ll check into tonight’s snazzy accommodation – a Contiki Special Stay on the peaceful island of San Servolo, with breathtaking views of the Venice lagoon. Your jaw is sure to drop, but don’t let it stay on the floor for too long! Tonight we'll have the option to go for a progressive food walking tour, to try different bits of cicchetti and local wines - the perfect way to kick-start our adventures here!

Day 8 : Venice

Location: Venice

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Centro Soggiorno San Servolo (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Wake-up sleeping beauties! Venice is yours for the entirety of this glorious Italian day. We'll be jumping aboard our own private boat and hitting the canals en route to the historical heart of the city. A gondola ride will be up for grabs, or you can always choose to get lost on your own and see where the maze takes you. Later, maybe opt to cruise to the UNESCO-listed island of Burano and enjoy a sumptuous seafood dinner.

Day 9 : Venice To Rome Via Bologna

Location: Venice, Bologna, Rome

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Genova (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

See ya, Venice. You'll always have a piece of our hearts. Today we're headed back to Rome to explore the city in more depth.

But not before making a quick stop in Bologna. Home of prosciutto, mortadella, bolognese sauce and many more tasty Italian delights, Bologna is known far and wide as La Grassa (the Fat One). Come hungry, but make sure you’re not too full to explore the Unesco-listed porticoes either.

With our eyes wide and camera roll full, we'll have a free night for dinner and a chance to discover the finest food Rome has to offer. Washed down with some fine Italian wine? If you say so.

Day 10 : Rome

Location: Rome

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Genova (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Rome wasn't built in a day - so get up and get going early to make the most of this ancient city. This is also the day to do a bit of your own exploring, an included dinner tonight will refuel us after a day of sightseeing.

Take a guided tour of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel. Religious or not, the Vatican's Italian Renaissance church will send shivers down your spine.

Day 11 : Rome To Naples

Location: Rome, Naples

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Real Orto Botanico (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today we're headed to another richly historical and cultural city, known for it's naturally beautiful sights and excellent cuisine. 



Welcome to Naples, the rough and ready but oh so charming city which encapsulates everything we love about Italy. The home of pizza, a hub of culture, and a bundle of passionate Italian energy, this is also the site of Mt Vesuvius, the infamous active volcano. Today we have the option to check out the ruins of Pompeii, the fascinating Roman town that was destroyed by Vesuvius and then perfectly preserved in volcanic ash. Another option today is to take a tour, learning about the city, it's history and it's food culture.

Day 12 : Naples To Amalfi Coast

Location: Naples, Positano, Capri, Amalfi Coast

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: A conveniently located hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We're headed to the coast today to check out some of the most glamorous seascapes in Europe.

We'll visit two spectacular Amalfi jewels today. Dramatic cliffs and idyllic buildings await us in picturesque Positano.

Next up is Capri, with its gorgeous cragged coastline and opulent cafes. Its easy to see why this is such a playground for the rich and famous. An optional Capri cruise will let us check out plenty of swim stops to beat the heat.

We'll settle on the Amalfi Coast after a day of postcard pretty sun bleached buildings and sparkling sea.

Day 13 : Amalfi Coast

Location: Amalfi Coast

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: A conveniently located hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

We've got a free day on the Amalfi coast today. Lucky us. We've got plenty of optionals, including two MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® experiences. First up, we'll visit a lemon farm to learn how these huge, sunshine-colored fruits are harvested and turned into limoncello. Next, we're off for a Tastes of Amalfi dinner on an eco-sustainable farm, washed down with... you guessed it... lemon liqueur.

Day 14 : Amalfi Coast To Rome

Location: Amalfi Coast, Rome

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Genova (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

We're headed back to Rome today. Time for the Colosseum?

Back in Rome, you don't want to miss our optional Emperors & Gladiators tour, where you'll skip the queues, enter the jaw-dropping Colosseum through the exclusive Emperor's gate and learn all about this paragon of Roman history. Afterwards, you'll have the chance to head out to a local restaurant and make (and eat) your very own pasta.

Day 15 : End Rome

Location: Rome

Meals Included: Breakfast

Hold our gelato. Our hearts are melting as we bid a final ‘Ciao’ to our Contiki crew after a trip we’ll never forget.

What's Included

  • Meals

    As detailed in the itinerary.

  • Fully Guided

    Yes, An expert trip manager, driver team and local guides on this tour.

What's Not Included

  • Insurance

  • International Travel

Check out our Q&As

  • Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

    Yes

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in itinerary.

  • What is the maximum group size?

    The maximum size of group is 38 people.

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    No, minimum age limit is 18 years.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, An English speaking local guide on this tour.

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    Low

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    In 1961, a guy called John Anderson founded Contiki in New Zealand. Whilst later bought by The Travel Corporation, the tour company had already been using the name ‘Contiki’ since its inception.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Contiki trips are designed & operated exclusively for those aged 18-35 years. Your travelling companions will be like-minded adventurers within that age range. The age range is adhered to strictly.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® is our commitment to protect people, wildlife and the incredible planet we all share. Powered by The TreadRight Foundation, a non-profit organisation and Contiki’s guiding hand when it comes to making travel matter.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    All documentation will be sent via email around 21 days prior to your trip departure. You can also access information on your trip by signing up to My Contiki via the top right icon of the homepage.

Reviews of this operator

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Northern Choice plus Kaikoura

16-Jan-2023

The trip ran so smoothly and was well organised! The extra add ons were amazing and all the services were spot on. Food places were reasonable. I'm definitely booking my next contiki trip again soon!

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Sophie  

Exceptional customer service

14-Jan-2023

Contiki were exceptional in providing customer service. They provided me with lots of information and were quick in responding to all my questions. I found that they were super helpful.

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First time traveling with Contiki. Highly recommend! You’ll have a blast

17-Jan-2023

First time traveling internationally since Covid and glad I spent the trip with Contiki. The travel, lodging, meals, activities everything was planned effortlessly. Going to Greece in may with contiki. Highly recommend

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Trusted Customer  

Amazing trip. Made great friends and memories. Can’t wait for my next trip

15-Jan-2023

I had 24 people on my contiki and I think it was the perfect number, we all got to know each other well and got along great. Our tour guide was fun and knowledgeable, the hotels were nice and in great locations.

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Tanner Stokes  

My amazing trip to Africa

13-Jan-2023

Sherif was an excellent tour guide. He was extremely knowledgeable about every single small detail at each site that we visited. In addition to his great service, he has a glowing spirit that made me feel like I had family with me the entire trip. Anything that I was concerned about, he always had an answer and was there to help. I truly enjoyed my experience and will purchase a tour with him in the future

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