Italy Explorer

Italy Explorer

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Italy Explorer

17 Days Starting and ending in Rome

Visiting: Rome, Venice, Florence, Cinque Terre, Pompeii, Amalfi Coast, Alberobello, Taormina, Syracuse, Palermo

Tour operator:

Expat Explore Travel

Tour code:

ITX

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

10 - 51

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

10-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

From:
$3775
$2816 (USD) Operator discount: -$959

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Tour Overview

Discover must-see destinations on this Italy Explorer tour; Rome, Venice, Florence, Pompeii and more! See the Leaning Tower of Pisa and drink in the beauty of Cinque Terre. Admire the Tuscan countryside and explore stunning Sicily - a hotspot for Italian summer vacations! Experience ancient cities, historic monuments and marvel at Renaissance art. Not to forget the fantastic food, rich culture and beautiful landscapes at every turn - this is how to explore Italy! One of our favourite, all-encompassing tours to Italy, it's everything you could want on an Italian holiday and more!
If you're looking for a shorter tour of Italy, the first and second parts of this itinerary are available as individual tours - take a look at the Taste of Italy tour and Highlights of Southern Italy & Sicily tour.

Highlights

  • Walking tours of Rome and Florence with expert local guides

  • Explore Cinque Terre and the ruins of ancient Pompeii

  • Free days to explore Rome, Venice, Tuscany, the Amalfi Coast and Sicily

  • See the Trulli houses of Alberobello

  • Take a photo with the Leaning Tower of Pisa! 

Itinerary

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Day 1: Start Of Tour In Rome
Location: Rome
Meals Included: Dinner

Welcome to Rome; the Eternal City! Meet up with your tour leader at the hotel this morning and prepare for the tour of a lifetime! Then, head into the city to see some of the sites that make Rome famous the world over. See ancient Roman architecture, medieval buildings, Renaissance artworks and more remnants of Rome’s illustrious past as capital of this incredible country and the Roman Empire at large. Tonight, taste delicious Italian cuisine and enjoy an included welcome dinner at a local restaurant with your tour group. Then, join a local guide for a guided walking tour to learn more about Rome’s fascinating history.

Walking tour of Rome: This city has so much to see and do, we can’t even list everything here! See the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Arch of Septimus Severus, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona (Fountain of the Quattro Fiumi), the Spanish Steps, and the other attractions that make Rome a perennial favourite with travellers all over the world!


Welcome dinner: Celebrate the first night of your Italy tour with a welcome dinner! Join your tour leader and the rest of the Italy tour group, and head to a nearby local restaurant for a delicious dinner.

Day 2: Rome - Orvieto - Venice
Location: Venice
Meals Included: Breakfast

Leaving the capital behind, drive through the scenic Umbria region and look forward to the truly incredible sight of Orvieto. This small but beautiful city is perched atop a sheer vertical volcanic rock. Take the funicular up to the historic centre and enjoy some free time to explore. See the city’s top sights including the 14th-century Cathedral of Orvieto, the papal residence, and the Albornoz fortress. Next, travel on to Venice!  The evening is free. Choose to relax at the hotel or join your tour leader on an optional twilight water taxi cruise of the floating city’s iconic canals and see the twinkling lights of Venice!

Funicular ride in historic Orvieto: Take a funicular up to the historic centre. Here, enjoy some free time to explore and see the sights, including the exquisite facade of the Cathedral of Orvieto.

Day 3: Venice: Free Day
Location: Venice
Meals Included: Breakfast

Start this full day in Venice with an orientation tour led by your tour leader. The rest of the day is free to explore this magical city at your leisure. A gondola ride, which can be organised by your tour leader, is highly recommended today as no trip to Venice is complete without this quintessential experience! An optional trip further out into the lagoon to visit Murano and Burano is also available today. These islands are famous for their glass-blowing and lace-making crafts respectively, and rows of beautiful multi-coloured houses. Alternatively, if the weather is good, relax and soak up the sun on the sandy beaches at Jesolo or Lido. The choice is yours!

Orientation tour of Venice: Follow your tour guide to get your bearings in Venice before setting out on a full day of solo exploration.

Day 4: Lake Garda - Florence - Tuscany
Location: Florence
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today, travel to Florence and the beautiful region of Tuscany. Along the way, stop at the gorgeous Lake Garda. This is the biggest lake in Italy, and a destination that has inspired artists of all persuasions for centuries. On arrival in Florence, join a passionate local guide and explore the iconic sights and landmarks of this magnificent city. A cultural and political focal point during the Renaissance, the city is endowed with a huge variety of Renaissance artworks and Roman ruins. Next, it’s time to visit Leonardo Leather for a leather-making demonstration. Later, enjoy an included dinner at a local restaurant.

Stop at Lake Garda: Stop at the gorgeous town of Sirmione on the shores of Lake Garda, the biggest lake in Italy, to take some keepsake photos. 


Locally guided tour of Florence: See some of the cultural and historic sights that have made the city of Florence a favourite among travellers. Discover top sights including the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Ponte Vecchio, Piazza Della Signoria and the replica statue of David. Known as the ‘Jewel of the Renaissance’, Florence boasts a huge variety of important buildings and famous artworks.


Leather-making demonstration: Step inside the world of Italian leather crafting; visit a local leather shop and factory, Leonardo Leather and Gold, for insight into how bespoke Italian leather goods are produced. Italy has been famous for leather production for centuries!


Dinner at a restaurant in Florence: Join the group for a delicious meal at a local restaurant in Florence.

Day 5: Cinque Terre - Pisa - Tuscany
Location: Cinque Terre
Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning, drive north to La Spezia in the Liguria region. This city is the gateway to Cinque Terre; five picturesque fishing villages on the rugged Italian Riviera coastline. The harbours are filled with fishing boats, vines climb the terraces and the houses are painted in bright colours. It’s a photographer’s dream! Each village is linked by hiking trails and a railway, allowing for exploration without any cars or traffic. This afternoon, head back to Tuscany, stopping off on the way at the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa. A highlight of any tour to Italy, enjoy snapping photos of this legendary structure and explore the grounds that include a cathedral and baptistery.

Explore Cinque Terre: Make your way along the cobbled walkways that link the five picturesque villages to experience life in the slow lane, as the locals do. This beautiful region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and boasts some of the best seafood in Italy.


Visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa: See the famous architectural marvel up close, and take those must-have travel pictures. Be sure to get a classic picture of you ‘holding up’ the tower!

Day 6: San Gimignano - Siena - Rome
Location: Rome
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today, the tour makes its way through Tuscany’s idyllic countryside. During the drive, admire rolling hills complete with Tuscan farmhouses, vineyards and olive groves. The first stop is the walled hilltop town of San Gimignano. Known as the 'Town of Fine Towers', San Gimignano is home to incredible Romanesque and Gothic architecture and 14 well-preserved medieval tower houses. Then, drive to Siena; a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for the Palio horse race. Here, taste some local Italian wines. Then, travel back to Rome and round off the day with an included dinner.

Visit San Gimignano: Enjoy a comfort stop to admire the beautiful scenery and drink in the restful ambience of this stunning town. San Gimignano is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its 14 well-preserved medieval towers which create an unforgettable skyline.


Wine tasting in Siena: Taste some local wines in the ultimate Italian setting. Siena is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for the Palio horse race. This bareback horse race has taken place since the 14th century in the main town square of Siena, and the 17 participants represent local families.

Day 7: Rome: Free Day
Location: Rome
Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day to explore Rome and discover more of the city’s famous sights. Wander the streets, do some shopping and be sure to sample local food. An optional excursion to the ancient Colosseum and Roman Forum is highly recommended. Join an expert local guide and walk in the footsteps of gladiators! Alternatively, use this time to take a short trip to the Vatican City, the world’s smallest country and home of the Pope! Visit the Vatican museums and marvel at the artistic masterpieces, as well as Michaelangelo’s incredible frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. The “Eternal City” is your oyster today and no matter what you choose to do, this free day is sure to include many memorable sights and moments.

Day 8: Rome: Free Day
Location: Rome
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

It’s another free day in Bella Roma! By now you will have likely seen most of the city’s top tourist attractions so today offers a great opportunity to explore at a more leisurely pace. Why not visit one of Rome’s many celebrated museums or simply relax at a local café. Later on, meet back up with your tour leader and fellow travellers, including those joining from the Highlights of Southern Italy & Sicily Tour. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant tonight.

Day 9: Rome - Pompeii - Amalfi Coast
Location: Pompeii
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Leaving Rome, head to the spectacular Amalfi Coast region, stopping off along the way to see Mount Vesuvius and explore the ancient ruins of Pompeii, destroyed in 79 AD in a catastrophic volcanic eruption. Get transported to a different time and gain fascinating insight into life during the Roman empire during a guided tour before enjoying an included lunch. Later this afternoon, settle in for a two-night stay in the Amalfi Coast. This area is famous for limoncello (a sweet lemon liqueur); the perfect way to say cheers to the end of a fun-filled day!

See Mount Vesuvius and the ruins of Pompeii: See Mount Vesuvius, and stop off to explore the ancient ruins of Pompeii with a local guide. Pompeii was famously destroyed in 79 AD in a catastrophic volcanic eruption. Visiting this UNESCO World Heritage Site provides a fascinating insight into the ancient Roman Empire.

Day 10: Amalfi Coast: Free Day
Location: Amalfi Coast
Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in the Amalfi Coast! Make the most of this area’s stunning coastline and spend a day on the beach soaking up the sun or explore the quaint and colourful surrounding towns. Or, choose to join the optional excursion to the famous Isle of Capri. Here, look forward to an orientation tour before spending some free time exploring the rugged coastline, ancient Roman ruins and stylish piazzas of this glamorous island. A private cruise around the island and its crystal clear waters and grottos is a definite highlight of this day trip!

Day 11: Amalfi Coast - Matera - Alberobello
Location: Alberobello
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today, head southeast to explore the southern Italian region of Apulia, taking a comfort stop along the way in the ancient cave city of Matera. Known as "la Città Sotterranea" (the Subterranean City), it is famous for its extensive cave-dwelling districts; the ‘Sassi’. Later, arrive in Alberobello, and enjoy a walking tour with a local guide to see the region's famous ‘trulli’ houses. These beautiful 14th-century whitewashed stone huts have iconic conical roofs and are specific to the Itria Valley. This evening, enjoy free time to further explore Alberobello - check out the trullo church of St Anthony and the Trulli Museum!

See the ancient cave city of Matera: Known as "la Città Sotterranea" (the Subterranean City), it is famous for its extensive cave-dwelling districts; the ‘sassi’.


Walking tour of Alberobello: Discover the area’s beautiful 14th-century whitewashed stone huts that have iconic conical roofs, and are specific to the Itria Valley, with a local guide.

Day 12: Alberobello - Taormina
Location: Taormina
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner


This morning, take a coastal drive beside the Ionian Sea before leaving the mainland. Take a short ferry ride over to the island of Sicily; home to the spectacular Mount Etna. Prepare for stunning views as the tour makes its way to Taormina. Upon arrival, your tour leader will guide an orientation walk of this hilltop town, pointing out some of the highlights that can be explored further on the free day tomorrow. Top attractions include the historic Porta Catania and the Villa Comunale. This evening, get your first taste of Sicilian cuisine with an included dinner at tonight’s beachside hotel.


Ferry ride to Sicily: Take a scenic ferry ride to the island of Sicily; the home of Mount Etna. Admire the views as the ferry makes its way to Taormina.


Orientation tour of Taormina: Your tour guide will take the group on an orientation tour of this charming hilltop town. See top sights including the historic Porta Catania and the Villa Comunale. Explore more attractions on the free day tomorrow!


Dinner at a beachside hotel in Taormina: Taste authentic Sicilian cuisine and join the group for dinner at a restaurant overlooking the ocean.

Day 13: Taormina: Free Day
Location: Taormina
Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day to relax on Sicily's beautiful beaches or explore the island's quaint towns. The town of Taormina is one of Italy’s most popular summer destinations. Perched on the side of a mountain, Taormina is home to medieval churches, a castle and a Greek amphitheatre. Today also offers two top optional excursions. The first is a trip to the towering Mount Etna. Take a funicular up the mountain, walk in Volcanic ash and marvel at the otherworldly views. Afterwards, enjoy an indulgent lunch at a local Enoteca featuring local wine and delicious produce grown in volcanic soil. The perfect way to end this memorable day is with a sunset cruise with swim stops back in Taormina!

Day 14: Taormina - Syracuse - Agrigento
Location: Syracuse
Meals Included: Breakfast


Drive through the heart of Sicily, enjoying a visit to the enchanting city of Syracuse along the way. Syracuse is a city that was founded as a Greek colony in 734 BC. Today, it boasts a UNESCO-listed historic centre and beautiful Baroque buildings. Later this afternoon, get your cameras ready for a tour of the ‘Valle dei Templi’ (Valley of the Temples) led by an expert local guide. This is one of the world’s most outstanding examples of Magna Grecia art and architecture! Afterwards, travel to tonight’s accommodation near Agrigento.


Visit Syracuse: The historically significant Sicilian city of Syracusa (as the locals call it) is located on the southeast coast of Sicily. Syracuse was originally a Greek colony, and today is home to a number of Greek remains. Its Greek theatre dates back to the 5th century BC. Be transported back in time while meandering cobbled lanes, pavement cafes and baroque architecture. While here, shop locally-grown pistachios, almonds and sun-dried pachino (tomatoes).


Explore the Valley of the Temples: The ‘Valle dei Templi’ is a national monument of Italy and an archaeological site in Agrigento. The Valley includes the remains of seven temples built in the Doric style. It is famous for being home to incredible examples of Magna Grecia art and architecture.

Day 15: Agrigento - Cefalù - Palermo
Location: Palermo
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner


Leaving Agrigento this morning, take a scenic drive through central Sicily en route to the town of Cefalù. Embark on an orientation tour of the town before enjoying free time for lunch. This historic town boasts some of Italy’s finest beaches so don’t miss the chance to enjoy a meal by the sea! Arriving in Palermo in the early afternoon, enjoy a walking tour which will showcase the city’s highlights. Founded more than 2,700 years ago by the Phoenicians, Palermo is noted for its history, culture, architecture and food. Top sights on the walking tour include the Piazza Indipendenza, Porta Nuova (The New Gate) and the Cathedral of Palermo.


Visit Cefalù: Travel to the historic city of Cefalù where you have free time to find a place to enjoy lunch. This coastal city is famous for its incredible beaches as well as its Norman cathedral complete with soaring towers and Byzantine mosaics. 


Walking tour of Palermo: Enjoy a guided walking tour of Palermo. Look out for popular attractions like the Piazza Indipendenza, Porta Nuova (The New Gate) and the Cathedral of Palermo.

Day 16: Palermo: Free Day
Location: Palermo
Meals Included: Breakfast


Make the most of this full day to further explore Sicily’s capital. Over the centuries, Palermo has been colonised by many different rulers, including the Greeks, Romans and Normans, making it a melting pot of cultures and architectural styles. Palermo is an enticing mix of ancient relics, Italian history, rich culture and mouthwatering cuisine - it’s a fantastic destination for travellers to enjoy! Revisit top sights from yesterday’s tour, explore the historic old town and visit the art galleries. Alternatively, join today’s optional excursion to visit some local markets and tuck into authentic Sicilian dishes such as arancini and caponata! This evening, the group will take an overnight ferry back to the Italian mainland.


Day 17: End Of Tour In Rome
Location: Rome
Meals Included: Breakfast


The ferry will arrive in Naples this morning. Continue on the coach with the tour leader and travel back to Rome, where the coach will drop off the group. After 17 days of unforgettable Italian adventures, the tour concludes back in Rome. Arrivederci!


What's Included

  • Accommodation

    15 nights in 2, 3 & 4* hotel accommodation in twin rooms with private bathrooms
    1 night's accommodation in twin share cabin on ferry with private bathrooms
    Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room/cabin (subject to availability)

  • Transport

    Modern air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and toilet onboard
    Overnight ferry from Palermo to Naples
    Any public transport used as part of the tour days (excludes free days)

  • Meals

    16 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 6 Dinners*Vegetarian options available for all meals on request

  • Experiences

    Discover Rome on a guided walking tour
    Enjoy a welcome dinner in Rome
    Take a funicular ride to historic Orvieto
    See the top sights of Venice on an orientation tour
    Stop at Lake Garda; Italy’s biggest lake
    Explore Florence; the “Jewel of the Renaissance”
    Learn about the craft of Italian leather-making
    Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant in Florence
    Explore the colourful villages of CinqueTerre
    See the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa
    Visit the gorgeous hill town of San Gimignano
    Taste local wine and antipasti in Siena
    See Mount Vesuvius and explore the ruins of Pompeii
    Visit Matera; an ancient cave city
    Explore Alberobello; famous for its conical houses
    Catch a scenic ferry from mainland Italy to Sicily
    Discover Taormina; a hilltop town in Sicily
    Enjoy dinner at a beachside hotel in Taormina
    Visit Syracuse; a historic Sicilian city
    Explore the Valley of the Temples
    Visit Cefalù; home to Italy’s finest beaches
    See the sights on a walking tour of Palermo

What's Not Included

International flights
Travel to the start point and from the endpoint is not included. We recommend using Skyscanner to find the best deals on international flights.


Travel insurance
For a relatively small price, travel insurance provides you with the peace of mind so that you can enjoy your tour without any worries. 


All passengers travelling on an Expat Explore tour are required to have valid travel insurance cover and you are responsible for arranging your own insurance. Click here for more information.

Mode of Transport


  • Modern air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and toilet onboard

  • Overnight ferry from Palermo to Naples

  • Any public transport used as part of the tour days (excludes free days)

Accommodation


  • 15 nights in 2, 3 & 4* hotel accommodation in twin rooms with private bathrooms

  • 1 night's accommodation in twin share cabin on ferry with private bathrooms

  • Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room/cabin (subject to availability)

Traveller Comfort - *COACH* tours

We welcome all travellers on our tours but we would like to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible. In light of this, please ensure that you are happy with the below information and level of fitness required.


Expat Explore tries to be as accommodating as possible, however, our tours are unfortunately not designed for people travelling with wheelchairs or severe mobility issues.


Our tours are fast paced because they are designed for you to see the most a destination has to offer. We also want to ensure that you explore as much as possible, which may require long periods without stops on the coach as we drive to a new destination.


We offer walking tours in most cities (up to 3 hours), and a wheelchair is not always a practical option as there are often cobbled streets and stairs on these tours.


For travellers in wheelchairs, you will only be able to store your wheelchair under the coach with the other luggage. Thus, on the long drives between cities you will not necessarily have access to your wheelchair if we make a quick bathroom stop along the way. Please note that travelling with a wheelchair could prove difficult as our coaches don't have wheelchair lifts, as such you will need to be able to board and alight the coach on your own.


With regards to our accommodation, not all hotels have lifts and this means potentially having to carry bags up and down stairs.


For more information regarding traveller fitness please see our Terms and Conditions.

Check out our Q&As

  • Is the tour coach air conditioned?

    Yes, Full air-conditioning

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    All our tours are conducted in English.

  • What currencies are required for this tour?

    Euro

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    We have searched and invested in excellent accommodation options, either located in cities or well placed with public transport connections. Clean linen, towels is always included. Toiletries (shampoo, shower gel etc) and hair dryers are not always included, so you may wish to bring these with you. Accommodation is provided in twin share en-suite rooms. We use a mix of mostly 2, 3 & 4-star hotels.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No, you will need to make your own arrangements to get to the meeting point for the first day of your tour. Please see the meeting point information for details on how to reach the meeting point.

  • Is there a limit to luggage that can be brought on the tour?

    Due to weight and space limitations, you are allowed to bring one main piece of luggage weighing no more than 20kg, and one small soft bag for hand luggage weighing a maximum of 7kg. On all tours, you will have to carry your own luggage (e.g. into hotels and up to your room if hotels don’t have elevators). Please bear this in mind when you are deciding what to pack

  • Is free Wi-Fi available in the accommodation used?

    All of the hotels on this tour offer Wi-Fi, which is available free of charge as part of your Expat Explore tour.

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    No, visas are each traveler’s personal responsibility, and we recommend that plenty of time is allowed for visas to be applied for. When applying for your visa, please ensure that the proper research is carried out before you apply, and that you deal directly with the embassies or certified agents with regard to acquiring correct and timely information. We cannot take responsibility for customers

  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    We are committed to curating excellent travel experiences and to do so we need all of our travelers to feel safe.
    In order to ensure the peace of mind and safety of our travelers and staff on board the coach, we are still requesting that all travellers, regardless of their vaccination status, produce a negative Covid test. This test can be a PCR test

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

    Yes

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    There is an optional single supplement/private room upgrade available for single travellers who wish to have a private room. This can be added at the time of booking or by contacting our customer services team. Please note that the room provided may be a single room with a single bed.

  • What is the maximum group size?

    It depends on how many other people book! There could be up to 51 other passengers, so you will have the opportunity to make lots of friends!

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    No, entrance fees are not included.

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    Certain nationalities may require a visa(s) for this tour.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No, you will need to make your own arrangements to get to the meeting destination for the first day of your tour. Make sure you keep departure times and possible delays in mind when booking flights.

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

    All travellers are required to carry their own bags, get on and off the coach, and use public transport. Our city walking tours can last up to 3 hours and certain places involve walking up and down lots of steps. We want you to enjoy your tour, so read through the itinerary thoroughly and make your own conclusions as to whether you feel that you are fit and healthy enough.

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Our tours are not suitable for young children, so we set a minimum age limit of 10 years old.

  • What is the tipping policy?

    Whilst we fully understand that some nationalities are not accustomed to tipping, this is a normal part of the culture in many of the countries we visit. Tipping has become an increasingly accepted practice in all areas of the service industry, but particularly in restaurants, bars and taxis worldwide.Expat Explore crew members

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

    A full list of confirmed accommodation names and addresses for your particular departure will be emailed to you around 1 week before the tour starts.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    If you are travelling alone there is no compulsory charge - you will share a twin room with another passenger of the same gender. There is an optional single supplement/private room upgrade available for single travellers who wish to have a private room. This can be added at the time of booking or by contacting our team.

  • Children on tour?

    Our tours are not suitable for young children which is why we have a minimum age limit of 10 years old. However, at the discretion of Expat Explore we may consider younger children on certain tours if they meet certain criteria and a request is received in writing via email. Minors (between 10 and 18 years of age) must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who accepts full responsibility for them. Unaccompanied minors will not be accepted on tour. Expat Explore reserves the right to decline any booking at our discretion. Any minor (between 10 and 18 years of age) is priced the same as an adult.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    The health and safety of our travellers and employees are our top priority. Which means, when you travel with us, our enhanced hygiene protocols will ensure you do so in a safe and responsible way - ask for details of current policies.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 2005

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    At Expat Explore we value responsible travel and are committed to exploring the world consciously and kindly. We are proud to make responsible travel possible with a number of our sustainable travel practices!

  • Am I contributing to any charity by booking the tour?

    Relate is a South African based not-for-profit organisation that Expat Explore supports. The group aims to help those less fortunate create better lives for themselves through a variety of fundraising initiatives. On our South Africa tours, each passenger will receive an Expat Explore branded Relate bracelet. We donate the cost of these bracelets to our chosen Relate charity: the Nelson Mandela Sc

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

Back of the bud crew  

Amazing experience with the best tour guide ever!

I was so excited to participate in the 17 day Ital

I was so excited to participate in the 17 day Italy tour. My expectations were blow away all because of our tour guide Vivian. She is the most professional, fun energetic individual. She handled every situation calming and answered every question the group through at her. She is the perfect represe tative of your company! The tour was everything it stated, great local tours who were all so passionate and knowledgeable. Absolutely loved the excursions that were available. I did every one… local foods were delicious! Beautiful places and sights. The bus was so comfortable, I fell asleep so much! Overall the s was a trip of a lifetime and I made some great new friends, who we are already making plans for a new trip! I will definitely use this tour coming again… I will request Vivian!! Thank you so much! Forever grateful! Kelly

Sandy  

See A LOT with a great guide

This was such a fun trip. We saw so many beautiful

This was such a fun trip. We saw so many beautiful places. There were also many options for additional excursions. I like this trip because I didn't have to plan anything. The Expat team took care of everything. Our guide, Marysol, was very knowledgeable and kind.

Curious traveler  

The Great Escape

So many places, during this 17 day tour. Vivien ou

So many places, during this 17 day tour. Vivien our tour guide was excellent! To describe this tour in words is hard. I was not disappointed with every place we visited. Our group was amazing, can't remember when I have had so much fun. The bus rides, boat rides, walking tours and cuisine experienc s were fun and did not disappoint. Made many new friends!!

Michelle & Dennis  

Wow Wow Wow

Such a wonderful, stress free experience. Our tour

Such a wonderful, stress free experience. Our tour guide Vivien was extremely organised and patient.We just got up every morning, had breakfast, hoped on the bus and then we were taken to our next amazing destination. We couldn't have asked for anything better. Thanks Expat. We will definitely be back.

Lachron  

Great price, great service & an amazing tour leader

Vivien was an amazing tour leader! Teaching us the

Vivien was an amazing tour leader! Teaching us the tips and tricks of Italy, she is extremely knowledgeable, patient and making sure we were all having an amazing time. She made this tour one to never forgot! Vivien showed us the best places to get cheap good food/drinks. She is a huge asset to exp t explore. If your lucky enough to get Vivien as your tour leader you know your garuanteed an amazing experience! Our driver Franco was also amazing navigating the small roads of Italy! I've had a trip of a lifetime, meeting a great group of people. I would recommend this tour if you want to see as much of Italy as you can in a short amount of time!

Shez  

TRIP OF A LIFETIME!!

I just returned from the most amazing holiday with

I just returned from the most amazing holiday with my sister to Italy & Sicily with Expat Explore. This was our first experience with Expat and we could not fault anything!! We were certainly blessed to have the most fun loving, charismatic & knowledgeable tour guide in Shabby. We loved her grasp of the history of every town we visited together with her first hand knowledge of the best local restaurants and things of interest.

Renee  

Incredible leader and a fantastic tour!!

Tour was everything I'd hoped for and more. This w

Tour was everything I'd hoped for and more. This was my fourth tour with Expat so no surprises. Roma makes this more than just a tour. She brings the ancient world to life and holds your hand through it all. Give this girl a raise!! I will definitely travel with both Expat and Roma again.

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  • Free Date Changes

    Expat Explore Travel allows you to make 5 free date changes, as long as the change is made at least 76 days before the start of the tour.

  • Low Deposit

    Expat Explore Travel requires a minimum deposit of 10% or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 45 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of expat explore travel charges.

    Up to 45 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 44 days before tour starts: Forfeit 40% of booking price.

    At 29 days before tour starts: Forfeit 70% of booking price.

    At 14 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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