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13 nights hotel-style accommodation
Delicious meals: 13 breakfasts
All transport between destinations - including public bus, train, boat
Guidance from an amazing G Adventures Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
Orientation walk of Montepulciano (Tuscany)
Day trip to Siena
Piazzale Michelangelo evening visit (Florence)
Pisa visit (half-day)
Cinque Terre park fee
Lake Como boat day pass
Venice orientation walk
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What to Expect
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 on this 2 week tour of Italy.
Marvel at the ancient grandeur of Rome and the Renaissance masterpieces of Florence alongside your expert local CEO (Chief Experience Officer) who will take care of the details, so you can travel at a leisurely pace and appreciate all 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!
Day 1: Rome
Arrive at any time on Day 1 of your tour. We recommend booking pre-tour accommodation to fully explore this magnificent city prior to meeting your CEO and fellow travellers in the evening.
Day 2: Rome
Learn about a different side of Rome alongside your guide, a newcomer to Italy, on this Migrantour - a social enterprise that trains immigrrants to give tours of the city with their own flair. Enjoy a 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.
Today, you can also 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 rent a Vespa for the day? For the ultimat "la dolce vita" experience.
Day 3: Rome/Montepulciano
Travel to Montepulciano in the heart of the Tuscan countryside 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. You'll also get the chance to explore the medieval and renaissance hill town with an orientation 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.
Transport: You'll travel by train today for approx 2 hours from Rome to Chiusi. You'll also spend 30 minutes aboard a local bus from Chiusi to Montepulciano.
Climb aboard, take your seat, and get around like the locals do.
Day 4: Montepulciano
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.
Day 5: Montepulciano/Florence
Today, you and your group will continue on to Florence. Enjoy an evening walk to Piazzale Michelangelo for a fantastic panoramic view of the city and discover why this is the most famous and photographed vista. Also enjoy catching a glimpse of the Duomo, Piazza Indipendenza, Piazza della Signoria and the Ponte Vecchio.
Transport: You'll travel by bus today for approx 30 minutes before catching a 1 hour 30 minute train to Florence.
Day 6: Florence
With a free day, the choices are endless with the city yours to explore. Opt to visit the Duomo, David, the Uffizi Gallery, medieval Ponte Vecchio, or the Medici Chapels.
Check out the Mercato Centrale or any number of cafés and trattorias, or, 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.
Day 7: Florence
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: You'll travel by local bus today for approx 3 hours (1 hour 30 minutes each way) from Florence to Siena (and return).
Day 8: Florence/Cinque Terre
Visit Pisa en route to the coast 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 before settling into the colourful, charming coastal paradise of Cinque Terre.
Transport: You'll travel by train today for approx 1 hour from Florence to Pisa, and for approx 1 hour from Pisa to La Spezia in the afternoon.
Day 9: Cinque Terre
With your national park pass included, today you can 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 with your daily unlimited train ticket also included! Choose to rest in each of the 5 villages, sampling delicacies in each place, such as local pesto, espresso, or delicious gelato as you take in the beautiful coastal path between Riomaggiore and Monterosso.
Please note: Some popular hiking paths along the Cinque Terre have been temporarily closed due to water erosion and damage caused by landslides. Your CEO will guide you on the best, most accessible path for today's hike.
Transport: You'll travel by train today for approx 30 minutes from Spezia to Monterosso al Mare.
Day 10: Cinque Terre/Lake Como
Set out from Cinque Terre on a train journey with a few changes en route, passing through Milan and on to elegant Como Town, located on the shores of Lake Como. On the border with Switzerland, enjoy the spectacular backdrop of the snowy-peaked Alps with your arrival time set for the late afternoon. Take some time to explore this picturesque region laden with villas and lush gardens.
Transport: You'll travel by train today for approx 5 hours from La Spezia to Como.
Day 11: Lake Como
Spend the day on Lake Como with a day pass for the Lake Como boat. 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.
Day 12: Lake Como/Venice
Travel east to captivating Venice, the "city of canals," and enjoy an orientation walk over bridges and canals and view Piazza San Marco. 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.
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.
Transport: You'll travel by train today for approx 5 hours from Como to Venice.
Day 13: Venice
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. With so much to see and do, don't waste a minute -- get out and explore the "city of canals".
Day 14: Venice
Today is the last day of the tour so feel free to depart at any time. We recommend staying an extra day or two to fully experience all this beautiful city has to offer!
Frequently Asked Questions
Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.
Nope! There's plenty of light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
Allow $510 - $665 USD for meals. Eating is a big part of traveling. On this tour, you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip.
We have specifically chosen unique accommodations to give local flavour to your trip.
Singles: Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
To arrange an arrival or departure transfer, we recommend you book through our preferred transfer provider - HolidayTaxis - by copying the link below into your web browser:
Choose from a range of transport options including both private and shared transfers at a discounted rate.
We advise that you book both your arrival and departure transfers in advance. Please make sure you have the following details before booking:
- Flight number
- Flight Arrival Time and Date
- Flight Departure Time and Date
- Passenger's Name
- Number of Passengers
- Valid Mobile Telephone Number
- Drop off and/or Pick Up Address
Please note that day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned on this day. Upon arrival to the city on day 1 (or earlier if you have booked pre-accommodation with us), please make your way to the joining hotel (note that check-in time will be in the afternoon). Once you arrive at the hotel, look for a note or bulletin board in the reception with a note from your CEO. This note will give the details of your Welcome Meeting on day 1 (usually between 5pm and 7pm), where you will get a chance to meet your CEO and other travellers, as well as learn more about how the tour will run. If you don’t see a note, please ask reception for details!
We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage. You must be prepared to carry your luggage up and down stairs, on and off transportation, and to hotels (max 15-20 mins.)
• Modest clothing that covers knees and shoulders (Long pants, long skirts, shirts that cover shoulders)
• Shawl or scarf (for temple visits)
• Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
• Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
• Passport (required) (With photocopies)
• Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)
• Vouchers and pre-departure information (required)
• Binoculars (optional)
• Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries)
• Cash, credit and debit cards
• Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights)
• Ear plugs
• First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
• Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal)
• Fleece top/sweater
• Locks for bags
• Long pants/jeans
• Outlet adapter
• Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)
• Reusable water bottle
• Small travel towel
• Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)
• Watch and alarm clock
• Waterproof backpack cover
• Windproof rain jacket
Health & Safety:
• Face masks (required)
• Hand sanitizer (required)
• Pen (Please bring your own pen for filling out documents.)
• Rubber gloves
• Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended)
• Sun hat/bandana
All visitors to the EU (European Union) and EEC (European Economic Community) countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity). USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand passport holders do not need a visa to visit the Schengen area (see below), however they may not stay longer than three months in any 6-month period.
For other nationalities, travelling in Europe has been simplified with the introduction of the Schengen visa. As a visitor to the Schengen area (Austria, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Greece, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Portugal, Finland, Italy, Spain, France, Luxembourg, Sweden, Czech Republic, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland) you will enjoy the many advantages of this unified visa system. Generally speaking with a Schengen visa, you may enter one Schengen country and travel freely throughout the Schengen region during the validity of your visa. There are limited border controls at Schengen borders, if any at all.
The minimum age for clients traveling on this tour is 12
An adult over the age of 18 must accompany each child under the age of 18. It is imperative that one adult accompany each child
The supplier reserves the right to restrict the number of travelers under the age of 18 on tours
Date of birth must be submitted for this product
For a tour departing between January 19, 2022 and April 30, 2023, travellers will be permitted to cancel their confirmed tour services, pre or post-tour accommodation services, extra services, or transfer services at any time prior to 14 days from the date of tour departure at no charge if they also rebook another tour service and/or reschedule travel to a later date, which later date must be within two years of the initial departure date.
The traveller must rebook their deferred travel at the same time as their cancellation in order for the policy to be applicable.
For tours booked to depart between January 19, 2022 and April 30, 2023, the traveller will be responsible to pay the difference if the rebooked tour is priced higher than the original tour and will receive a travel credit for the difference that will be kept on file with The Supplier for two years from the date of rebooking if the rebooked tour is priced lower than the original tour.
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