8 Day Guided Tour from Rome to Venice or Rome with Contiki
Read 2 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Contiki's 8 Day Italian Espresso. A full week of la dolce vita, pronto. This one is pure Italian travel condensed into 8 days, covering all the big bucket-list destinations of Venice, Florence & Rome, plus the smaller cities...read more of Chianti, Pisa, Verona, and the 'Medieval Manhattan' of San Gimigano. We'll ooh and aah over antipasto & Chianti in a 16th century Tuscan winery, dine on regional specialties in local trattorias, boat through the canals and islands of Venice, and explore the architecturally magnificent city of Florence. Expect comfy hotels and plenty of world-famous espresso & pizza on the way.
Italy - you have our attention! These are the 8-days we've been dreaming of since the day we booked. Our group of globe-roamers will meet up at 4pm at our Rome digs before hitting the streets for our first dinner and a taste of the city. La perfezione! (RD) Stay: Regent Hotel (or similar)
Then take off to explore the city - get the lowdown on where to go from your Trip Manager, perhaps you'll want to opt in to a guided tour of the famous Gladiator fighting location - the Colosseum? Tonight - its all about food! If you want to do as the Italian's do and make your own food - definitely join the rest of your new travel squad for a Italian Cooking Class! (B)
3 Rome to Florence Via Vatican City
Today we will need to swing by the Pope's house and gawk at the magnitude of the Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica. After last night's sample of Rome, your appetite for all things Italian will be well and truly whet. And you'll be wildly thankful we're coming back for more of this city at the end of the trip. The famous dome of Duomo Cathedral sits above the city, making certain we know we have arrived in Florence. Tonight you can continue your Tuscan love affair with a stroll along River Arno & ponder the prettiness of Florence over another vino or two. (B/RD) Stay: BB Hotel Firenze Centro (or similar)
Explore the city's markets complete with gelato in hand; marvel at artworks from the likes of legends like Michelangelo; and be impressed by the skillful art of leather at an included demonstration. These are the sorts of activities likely to fill your Florence agenda. Tonight, you have the chance to sign up for a traditional Tuscan evening with dinner full of Italian flavours. Top off your night with an optional Space Electronic Disco at one of Florence's hippest nightclubs. (B)
5 Florence Incl Chianti Region and San Gimignano
Endless lines of olive trees & the golden Tuscan sun will have us in a stupor of happiness. And that's before we've pulled up at a 16th century Tuscan winery to explore an old cellar & try a local drop paired with delicious antipasto. Spend the morning in San Gimignano, the stunning hill-top town that is often dubbed “Medieval Manhattan”. Dotted with ancient towers, San Gimignano serves up sweeping views over the region's rolling hills. Explore the village and pick up some local specialties like wild-boar salami or pecorino cheese. We're back in Florence for the evening. You're free to do your own thing tonight, or make the most of your last night in the capital of Tuscany with an optional Florence food tour. (B)
6 Florence to Venice Via Pisa and Verona
From one romantic city to the next, today we're venturing on to Verona and Venice to find Shakespearean vibes and a city that floats. Before we leave Tuscany for Venice today, there is one more famous building to grab a photo of. Which means a final stop in Pisa to ogle at the world's most famous #AwkwardLean no less. In fair Verona, we'll be lapping up the city where the story of Romeo & Juliet was set. The Roman Arena is deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its urban structure and architecture. There will be time to find a spot to eat before our next destination. Already in the spirit of Italian history and romance, tonight we'll land in the nest of Venice, which rivals the beauty of any other body of canals in the world, it's immensely charming thanks to drifting gondolas. You'll get the chance to explore this city tomorrow with a full free day on the agenda. (B) Stay: Michelangelo Hotel Mestre (or similar)
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 guided walking tour and a gondola ride are up for grabs, or you can always choose to get lost on your own and see where the maze takes you. (B)
8 Depart Venice/Rome
The trip ends after breakfast in Venice and it's time to say "arrivederci" to your new friends. Or if you prefer, catch a complimentary transfer back to Rome where your trip ends when you arrive. (B)
Special access Rome sightseeing tour
See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, The Vatican, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona
Locally guided tour of the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica & the art of the Vatican Museums
See St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City
Discover Renaissance Florence on foot including the statue of David, Ponte Vecchio & the Medici Palace
See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistery & Piazza della Signoria
Learn about Florence's leather craft with a demonstration
Welcome to the land of indulgence - think creamy pasta, tasty pizza finished with a tangy scoop of gelato. In addition to 7 continental breakfasts, we'll treat you to 2 scrumptious regional dinners at local trattorias.
Rest your head in twin or triple-share rooms in cosy hotels located in brilliant downtown locations. If you prefer to sleep solo, you can pay a bit extra to upgrade to single room.
Your Tour Guides
A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.
Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
Price is for land, cruise and internal flights as specified. Flights not specified are not included
“Tour was well set out and tour manager was awesome”
Sarah Chapman - Australia Aug 20131 Helpful Votes
Our tour was amazing. Had such a good time. A lot of things to see and do in 8 days, but it was well set out and our tour manager was awesome. I would recommended doing this tour as well as booking through Global Journeys. Very easy and they assisted us with all our inquiries. Thanks again Georgie for all of your help :)
“A wonderful experience that Laura and I will never forget”
Claudia Barbera - Australia Sep 20123 Helpful Votes
I loved the entire tour. The cultural experience was priceless and our Contiki Manager Laura made the trip even more incredible. With a group of 50, and only 8 days to experience Italy, I thought that I wouldn't be able to fully experience the culture or get to know everyone else on the tour but it worked out so well. I still keep in contact with people from the tour, including Laura and I will never forget what a wonderful experience the entire trip was.
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