Ultimate Italy

Start: Rome Finish: Venice

Visiting: Rome, Vatican City, Chiusi, Montepulciano, Bagni San Filippo, Florence, Siena, Pisa, La Spezia, Cinque Terre, Monterosso al Mare, Riomaggiore, Como, Lake Como, Varenna, Piazza San Marco, Venice, St. Mark's Square, Murano, Burano


Duration: 13 Nights

Physical rating: 2 - Light

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Vegans

Tour Operator: G Adventures

Group size: 12 - 16

Age range: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

From the villages of the Cinque Terre to Tuscany's medieval splendour, this is an adventure for those looking to indulge in all of Italy’s delights. Walk through grand piazzas and winding lanes, stroll the canals of Venice, and float past villas on Lake Como. Marvel at the ancient grandeur of Rome and the Renaissance masterpieces of Florence. Your expert local CEO (Chief Experience Officer) will take care of the details so you can travel at a leisurely pace and appreciate the scenery, whether it’s sipping vino in Tuscany or sampling local delicacies within the walls of charming Montepulciano. Experience the best of Italy in this all-encompassing tour.

Highlights

  • icon Wander over the canals and bridges of Venice.
  • icon Discover a passion for regional wines and Italian cuisine.
  • icon Explore the elegant countryside of Lake Como by boat.
  • icon Experience me dieval and Renaissance delights.
  • icon Savour the sea views and Tuscan hills.

Places You'll See

Countries:
Ultimate Italy
Rome
Vatican City Visit
Rome
Florence
Montepulciano
Cinque Terre.
Lake Como
Cinque Terre
Funicular Ride.
Lake Como
Venice
Venice
Doge's Palace (Palazzo D ucale) Visit

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Rome

Location: Rome

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Stella (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

Arrive at any time.

There are no planned activities until tonight's welcome meeting.

Additional Information: We recommend booking pre-tour accommodation to fully explore this magnificent city. Please speak to a G Adventures representative about booking accommodations in Rome before Day 1 of this itinerary. Please note that if Vatican City is on your must-see list, we highly recommend purchasing your tickets online several weeks prior to your trip. Advance tickets can be reserved online through sites like https://www.weekendinitaly.com/en/rome. Same-day entrance to St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Museums (including the Sistine Chapel) cannot be guaranteed without advance tickets. We also recommend pre-booking your ticket to the Colosseum to guarantee entrance and avoid long queues.

ACTIVITY: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.

icon Day 2 : Rome

Location: Rome, Vatican City, Rome

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Stella (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a G Adventures supported migrant led walk of Rome before enjoying a free day to explore a myriad of options. Opt to tour Vatican City, cross the river to charming Trastevere, eat some gelato in Piazza Navona, or swing by the Colosseum and Forum.

While you're here, why not opt to rent a Vespa for the day? Live "la dolce vita" and opt to pre-book the Rome Vintage Vespa Tour on the checkout page ahead of time, to include this optional on your tour.

ACTIVITY: Learn all about a different side of Rome with a newcomer to Italy as your guide with Migrantour, a social enterprise that trains immigrants to give tours of the city - with their own flair. G Adventures travellers receive a unique experience as guides give them rare insight into Italian society through an immigrant's eyes. From ancient landmarks to the history of migration to Rome, expect this to be a guided tour like no other.

FREE TIME: FULL DAY With heaps to see and do, don't waste a minute in the Eternal City.

icon Day 3 : Rome/Montepulciano

Location: Rome, Chiusi, Montepulciano

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Albergo il Marzocco (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Travel to Montepulciano in the heart of the Tuscan countryside. Explore the medieval and renaissance hill town with an orientation walk.

Montepulciano is famous for producing delectable local pork, cheese, "Pici" pasta, and honey. It is also major wine producing area. Take in the stunning vistas, wander cobbled lanes, or opt to sample the local delicacies in small, family-run establishments.

TRANSPORT: MORNING Climb aboard, take your seat, and get around like the locals do.

TRANSPORT: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

icon Day 4 : Montepulciano

Location: Montepulciano, Bagni San Filippo, Montepulciano

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Albergo il Marzocco (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Spend the day in the Italian countryside. The famous wine-producing region is the perfect place for an optional vineyard tour and wine tasting, or a bike ride in the rolling hills.

Opt to travel further afield to the thermal springs of Bagni San Filippo.

FREE TIME: Get out and explore this charming town by foot or bicycle.

icon Day 5 : Montepulciano/Florence

Location: Montepulciano, Chiusi, Florence

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Nuova Italia (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Continue on to Florence. Enjoy an evening walk to Piazzale Michelangelo for a fantastic panoramic view of the city.

Continue to the inimitable Firenze. Walk through the city catching a glimpse of the Duomo, Piazza Indipendenza, Piazza della Signoria, and the Ponte Vecchio. Continue to Piazzale Michelangelo for the most famous and photographed vista of the city. Opt to visit the local leather markets and souvenir stalls set up all over the city.

TRANSPORT: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

TRANSPORT: Climb aboard, take your seat, and get around like the locals do.

ACTIVITY: Cross through the centre of the city and over the Arno. Climb to the top of the hill and check out the vista over the river from Piazzale Michelangelo. It's worth every step!

icon Day 6 : Florence

Location: Florence

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Nuova Italia (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

With a free day, the choices are endless. Opt to visit the Duomo, David, the Uffizi Gallery, medieval Ponte Vecchio, or the Medici Chapels.

The day is yours to explore. Check out the Mercato Centrale or any number of cafés and trattorias. If you came to shop, start at one end of the city and just keep going. There's beautiful architecture, famous museums, Renaissance art pieces, and charming cobblestone streets everywhere. If you wish to go further afield, take a wine tasting bike tour up to Fiesole and the vineyards of Chianti. For a truly local experience, indulge your inner gastronome on a culinary tour of the city. Opt to pre-book the "Florence Food Tour" on the checkout page ahead of time, to include this optional on your tour.

Additional Information: If you wish to visit popular museums like the Uffizi and Accademia Galleries, we strongly advise reserving tickets in advance to avoid waiting in line for a long time (especially during the high season from May-September, where this can take several hours). Advance tickets can be reserved online through sites like https://www.weekendinitaly.com/en/florence.

FREE TIME: FULL DAY There's plenty to see and do in Florence, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like a visit to the Uffizi Gallery to see the works of the Renaissance masters. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

icon Day 7 : Florence

Location: Florence, Siena, Florence

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Nuova Italia (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a day trip to vibrant Siena. After an orientation walk around this medieval city, opt to visit Torre del Mangia, Battistero, il Campo, or the Duomo or to take a "passeggiata" and meet the Sienese locals. Return to Florence at the end of the day.

TRANSPORT: Climb aboard, take your seat, and get around like the locals do.

ACTIVITY: Head to nearby Siena and wander this medieval walled city. Options abound! Visit the gorgeous Duomo and the Piazza del Campo, where the famous Palio horse race is held each summer. Climb the Torre del Mangia for fantastic views of the Tuscan landscape.

FREE TIME: Make the most of your time.

TRANSPORT: EVENING Climb aboard, take your seat, and get around like the locals do.

icon Day 8 : Florence/Cinque Terre

Location: Florence, Pisa, La Spezia, Cinque Terre

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Genova (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Visit Pisa en route to the coast. Settle into the colourful, charming town in the Cinque Terre.

Head by train to Pisa and stop for a visit at the Field of Miracles to see the famous leaning tower (entrance fee not included). Later, head on to the coastal paradise of Cinque Terre.

TRANSPORT: MORNING Climb aboard, take your seat, and get around like the locals do.

ACTIVITY: Take the train to Pisa and check out its famous leaning tower. Wander the area and take photos to your heart's content. Opt to enter the Pisa Cathedral, or enjoy lunch at a nearby restaurant.

TRANSPORT: AFTERNOON Climb aboard, take your seat, and get around like the locals do.

icon Day 9 : Cinque Terre

Location: Cinque Terre, La Spezia, Monterosso al Mare, Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Genova (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Walk the coastal path between Riomaggiore and Monterosso or opt to take the train. Visit charming, colourful towns along the way.

The national park pass and daily unlimited train ticket is included. Opt to follow your CEO along centuries-old footpaths and mule tracks leading through olive groves, vineyards, and orchards on a full day hike, or hop on and off the train, experiencing each town on your own. Choose to rest in each of the 5 villages, sampling delicacies in each place, such as local pesto, espresso, or delicious gelato.

Additional Information: Please note that some popular hiking paths along the Cinque Terre have been temporarily closed due to water erosion and damage caused by landslides in 2016. Your CEO will guide you on the best, most accessible path for today's hike.

TRANSPORT: Climb aboard, take your seat, and get around like the locals do.

ACTIVITY: Use the included park fee and train ticket for this trip. Opt to follow your CEO along centuries-old footpaths and mule tracks leading through olive groves, vineyards, and orchards on a full day hike, or hop on and off the train, experiencing each town on your own.

ACTIVITY: Walk the Cinque Terre coastal path from Riomaggiore to Monterosso (approximately 5-6 hrs of hiking, stopping in the villages along the way), giving you the best taste of the villages and countryside, terraced hills, and vineyards sloping down to the sea. An unlimited train pass is included; opt to use this if you don't feel like hiking.

icon Day 10 : Cinque Terre/Lake Como

Location: Cinque Terre, La Spezia, Como, Lake Como

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Montecodeno Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Travel to Lake Como, a perfectly picturesque region laden with villas and lush gardens. Arrive in the late afternoon and start exploring the town.

Set out from Cinque Terre on a train journey with a few changes en route, passing through Milan and on to elegant Varenna, located on the shores of Lake Como. On the border with Switzerland, enjoy the spectacular backdrop of the snowy-peaked Alps.

TRANSPORT: Climb aboard, take your seat, and get around like the locals do.

icon Day 11 : Lake Como

Location: Lake Como, Como, Lake Como

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Montecodeno Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Spend the day on Lake Como with a day pass for the Lake Como boat. Visit multiple towns along the shores. Opt to take the funicular to Brunate for a fantastic view over the area.

Set out by boat to explore the lake and its many elegant villas and towns, such as Bellagio with its shops, restaurants, and fine residences. In the afternoon, there is plenty of free time for soaking up the elegant atmosphere in one of the lakeside cafés or restaurants. Take some time for shopping — some of the finest Italian designers are to be found in Como's chic boutiques.

ACTIVITY: Lake Como is made up of small towns nestled along the coast of this Mediterranean-Alpine retreat. Take a full day boat pass and cruise up and down the lake, stopping off at various charming towns. Explore each one and discover their unique personalities.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Set out and explore this elegant lakeside town.

icon Day 12 : Lake Como/Venice

Location: Lake Como, Varenna, Piazza San Marco, Venice

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Albergo Marin (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Travel to Venice, the "city of canals," and enjoy an orientation walk over bridges and canals and view Piazza San Marco.

Travel east to captivating Venice, the unique "city of canals," full of magnificent monuments. There will be plenty of time to wander the narrow cobblestone streets and wide piazzas, crossing hundreds of tiny bridges and, of course, getting lost in Venice's labyrinth.

TRANSPORT: Climb aboard, take your seat, and get around like the locals do.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Head out through the winding alleyways for your first taste of magical Venice.

icon Day 13 : Venice

Location: Venice, St. Mark's Square, Murano, Burano, Venice

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Albergo Marin (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Spend the day getting lost in Venice. Opt for a vaporetto (water taxi) ride to the islands of Murano and Burano, take a gondola under the Ponte Rialto (Bridge of Lovers), explore the Doge's Palace and Bridge of Sighs, or get lost in the twisting maze of the city.

FREE TIME: FULL DAY With so much to see and do, don't waste a minute.With so much to see and do, don't waste a minute -- get out and explore the "city of canals".

icon Day 14 : Venice

Location: Venice

Meals: Breakfast

Depart at any time.

We recommend staying an extra day or two to fully experience all this beautiful city has to offer.

What's Included

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    Your Discover Moment: Florence

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    Lake Como boat day pass

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    Meals

    13 breakfasts Allow USD510-665 for meals not included.

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    Cinque Terre park fee, unlimited train ticket and CEO-led hike

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    Fully Guided

    CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout.

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    Your Discover Moment: Venice.

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    Day trip to Siena

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    All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

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    Your Discover Moment: Rome

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    Orientation walk of Montepulciano (Tuscany)

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    Venice orientation walk

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    Your G for Good Moment: Migrantour Rome, Rome

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    Accommodation

    Hotels (13 nts).

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    Pisa visit (half-day)

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    Piazzale Michelangelo evening visit (Florence)

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group

What's Not Included

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    Tipping and Gratuities

Accommodation

Hotels (13 nts).

Transport

Public bus, train, boat, walking

Meals Included

13 breakfasts

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    G Adventures requires a deposit of 200 GBP to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 60 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


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