Italy Tours & Trips 2020

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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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$ 429 $ 10,000+

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Solo Friendly Solo Friendly Good for Singles Trips that specifically cater to travelers looking to meet other singles.
No Single Supplement Trips where single supplement is usually not required for solo travelers.

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Rome, Florence & Venice
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Rome, Florence & Venice

Collette
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8 days
$ 244 / day
$ 1,949
From : $ 2,397
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Dine in true Italian style with wine at your included dinners.
  • Enjoy tastings of cheese, cured meats, bread, chocolate, gelato and more during a Bologna food walking tour.
  • Join a local expert and explore the rich history of Rome’s Colosseum.
  • Visit the Academy Gallery to view Michelangelo’s extraordinary David.
  • Take in a glass-blowing demonstration on Venice’s Murano Island.
  • Join a local guide on your panoramic tour featuring Rome's treasures.
  • Embark on a walking tour featuring Florence's artistic and architectural gems.
  • Come to know Venice, one of Italy's most unique cities, with a local expert.
Visits:
Bologna, Florence, Rome, Venice, Italy
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Classic Italy tour
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Classic Italy

Intrepid Travel
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21 days
$ 229 / day
$ 5,040
From : $ 6,480
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Wander around Rome's famous landmarks including the Colosseum, Vatican City, Sistine Chapel, St Peter's Basilica and much more. This is a city that bucket lists were made for
  • Meet Michelangelo's David in Florence and discover the city beneath the centuries of Renaissance art
  • Cycle across the Tuscan hinterland and work up an appetite for incredible feasts of delicious local ingredients
  • Walk along Cinque Terre's rocky coastal pathways, calling into the sleepy pastel villages of Manarola, Riomaggiore and Vernazza
  • Spend a day exploring the beautiful villages, estates and gardens dotted around Lake Como, criss-crossing the lake by ferry. Taking a turn about the grounds of Bellagio's grand Villa Melzi can make you truly feel La Dolce Vita
  • Romantic Venice is like no other city in the world, a watery wonderland literally sinking under the weight of its iconic sights
  • Explore the masterpiece medieval town of Gubbio – centuries of history around every corner and the requisite cobblestone streets, gothic palaces and churches, all with stunning views straight across the valley
  • Visit the birthplace of St Francis, Italy's second holiest city, to explore the imposing basilica built in his name
Visits:
Assisi, Cinque Terre, Colosseum, Florence, Forum, La Spezia, Lake Como, Lucca, Pantheon, Pisa, Rome, Sistine Chapel, Tuscany, Umbria, Venice, Milan, Vatican Museum, Italy
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Reflections of Italy
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Reflections of Italy

Collette
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10 days
$ 215 / day
$ 2,149
From : $ 2,643
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Enjoy a special welcome dinner featuring regional delicacies and fine Italian wines.
  • Visit a historic winery in the heart of the Chianti region and enjoy a chef-led cooking class with lunch.
  • Step to the front of the line to see Michelangelo’s famous statue of David.
  • Enjoy a boat trip to Murano Island for a glass-blowing demonstration.
  • Behold medieval Perugia, the historic capital of Umbria.
  • Enjoy a scenic journey through Tuscany’s graceful low-lying hills.
  • Set out on a locally guided panoramic tour of Rome.
Visits:
Assisi, Florence, Milan, Perugia, Rome, Siena, Venice, Italy
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Rome & Tuscany

10 days
$ 240 / day
$ 2,395
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic (2*)
Highlights
  • Enjoy the Roman Forum, Largo Argentina  and the Circus Maximus.
  • Enjoy the  tiny cobblestone streets and music-filled trattorias
  • Visit culminates in the Sistine Chapel, renowned for its Renaissance art
  • Visit the Baptistery with its renowned Gates of Paradise doors.
Visits:
Rome, Italy
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Sardinia & Corsica Sailing Adventure

Intrepid Travel
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8 days
$ 199 / day
$ 1,591
From : $ 2,148
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Swim in the crystal clear waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea, and explore the ancient citadel of Bonifacio
  • Hike the wild landscape of Isola Caprera, and cycle around the lively city of La Maddalena
Visits:
Porto, France, Italy
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Rome & the Amalfi Coast

Collette
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10 days
$ 245 / day
$ 2,449
From : $ 3,012
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • In Minori, sample some of the local specialties at a family-owned limoncello factory.
  • Enjoy a tasting and lunch at a local winery at the foot of Mount Vesuvius.
  • Discover the amazing mountaintop monastery of Montecassino.
  • Tour a buffalo milk mozzarella factory.
  • Visit the fascinating National Archaeological Museum in Naples.
  • Take a panoramic tour of Classical Rome featuring an in-depth, guided visit of the spectacular Colosseum.
  • Visit the seaside resort town of Sorrento.
  • Discover the excavated ruins of Pompeii at the foothills of Mount Vesuvius.
Visits:
Amalfi Coast, Isle of Capri, Naples, Rome, Sorrento, Italy
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Amalfi Coast Sailing Adventure

Intrepid Travel
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7 days
$ 273 / day
$ 1,909
From : $ 2,577
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Get away from the bustle of mainstream tourism in the pastel bay of Procida. This is a great way to start your trip, as this place exudes relaxation
  • Fresh honey, olives, rabbit stew, snails and sea urchin – these are just some of the local delicacies offered within Ischia
  • Buried in ashes, visit the Roman city of Pompeii or peak inside the steaming crater of the volcano that once destroyed it
  • Explore the serene countryside of the Amalfi Coast, passing through flourishing vineyards and olive groves
  • Spend your nights aboard a yacht, with the soothing sounds of waves nursing you to sleep. There will also be a great communal sea-spirit among your travel group
  • Row into the glowing caves of Capri’s Grotta Azzura and swim in the clear waters nearby
Visits:
Amalfi Coast, Naples, Sorrento, Blue Grotto, Isle of Capri, Italy
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Northern Italy and Its Lakes featuring Padua and ...

Collette
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9 days
$ 208 / day
$ 1,869
From : $ 2,299
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
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  • Witness a glassblowing demonstration on Murano Island.
  • Cruise Lake Como, a beloved retreat of the rich and famous.
  • Make your way through the iconic St. Mark's Square in Venice.
  • See the famous sinking castle in the Sirmione peninsula.
Visits:
Lake Como, Padua, Venice, Italy
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Southern Italy & Sicily featuring Taormina, M ...

Collette
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12 days
$ 204 / day
$ 2,449
From : $ 3,012
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Wine is included with every meal.
  • Indulge in a delicious regional dinner inside a winery's agriturismo restaurant.
  • Sample some local specialties at a family-owned limoncello factory.
  • Be amazed by the Greek Theatre in Taormina.
  • Sample fine wine during a vineyard tour.
  • Experience Mt. Etna Volcano National Park with a local expert.
  • Venture to the breathtaking Amalfi Coast.
  • Experience the excavated ruins of Pompeii at the foothills of Mount Vesuvius.
  • Journey to “Sassi di Matera,” the ancient town known for its cave dwellings.
Visits:
Agrigento, Amalfi Coast, Matera, Rome, Sorrento, Italy
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Splendid Sicilia featuring Palermo, Siracusa and ...

Collette
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10 days
$ 257 / day
$ 2,569
From : $ 2,668
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Learn to make ricotta at a family farm in the countryside.
  • Savor an unforgettable homemade farmhouse lunch.
  • Sample Sicilian ‘street food’ at a local market in Palermo.
  • Join a sommelier for a wine pairing dinner.
  • Explore Corleone and learn about the anti-Mafia movement.
  • Visit a medieval palace where you’re welcomed by a countess.
  • Spend 4 nights in both Palermo and Taormina and explore the island’s most impressive sights.
  • Immerse yourself in ancient history with numerous visits to UNESCO World Heritage sites: Palermo, Agrigento, Siracusa, and the cathedrals of Cefalù and Monreale.
  • Journey to the beautiful seaside town of Cefalù.
Visits:
Agrigento, Italy
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Italian Vistas
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Italian Vistas

Collette
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13 days
$ 227 / day
$ 2,949
From : $ 3,627
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
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  • Get an in-depth tour of the famous Colosseum.
  • Relax on a scenic boat ride to the enchanting Isle of Capri.
  • Enjoy a boat trip to Murano Island for a glass-blowing demonstration.
  • Visit the Academy Museum in Florence to see Michelangelo's famous statue of David.
  • Stroll the streets of Verona – the backdrop for Romeo and Juliet.
  • Enjoy the magic of the Italian lakes in the captivating resort town of Stresa.
Visits:
Florence, Rome, Sorrento, Venice, Verona
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Treasures of Europe from London to Rome
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Treasures of Europe from London to Rome

Collette
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12 days
$ 296 / day
$ 3,549
From : $ 4,242
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Sample delectable wines and traditional cuisine at a vineyard in the Chianti region.
  • Enjoy an unforgettable dinner during a cruise on the Seine River.
  • Travel across two countries on high-speed trains.
  • Enjoy free time in Paris and Rome to explore at leisure.
  • Stroll through the floating city of Venice.
  • Stand in awe in Rome’s Colosseum.
  • Cross the majestic Swiss Alps into Italy.
  • See Michelangelo’s David.
Visits:
Florence, London, Lucerne, Paris, Rome, Venice
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Rome, Florence & Venice
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Rome, Florence & Venice

Collette
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8 days
$ 231 / day
$ 1,849
From : $ 2,274
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Enjoy tastings of cheese, cured meats, bread, chocolate, gelato and more during a Bologna food walking tour.
  • Dine in true Italian style with wine at every included dinner!
  • Join a local expert and explore the rich history of Rome’s Colosseum.
  • Visit the Academy Gallery to view Michelangelo’s extraordinary David.
  • Take in a glass-blowing demonstration on Venice’s Murano Island.
  • Join a local guide on your panoramic tour featuring Rome's treasures.
  • Embark on a walking tour featuring Florence's artistic and architectural gems.
  • Come to know Venice, one of Italy's most unique cities, with a local expert.
Visits:
Bologna, Florence, Rome, Venice, Italy
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Tuscany & the Italian Riviera

Collette
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8 days
$ 246 / day
$ 1,969
From : $ 2,422
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Partake in an interactive pasta-making demonstration.
  • Savor regional wines with every included dinner.
  • Experience a guided tour including a visit to the beautiful Cathedral of San Martino.
  • Spend 3 nights in a beautiful Tuscan estate.
  • Journey to Florence for a tour of the "Cradle of the Italian Renaissance."
  • Explore the medieval city of Siena.
  • Stop in the medieval city of Lucca, encircled by 16th-century walls.
Visits:
Cinque Terre, Florence, Lucca, Siena, Tuscany, Italy
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Spotlight on Tuscany

Collette
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9 days
$ 185 / day
$ 1,669
From : $ 1,868
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Sample delectable wines during a wine tasting in the Chianti region.
  • Spend time at a cheese farm to taste flavorful pecorino cheese.
  • Step to the front of the line to see Michelangelo’s famous statue of David.
  • See the Gothic Line, one of the Germans’ last lines of defense during WWII.
  • Visit the Museum of Liberation and see WWII fortifications and bunkers.
  • Stay in the famous spa resort town of Montecatini Terme for seven nights!
  • Journey to Florence for a tour of the "Cradle of the Italian Renaissance."
  • Stop in the medieval city of Lucca, encircled by 16th-century walls.
Visits:
Florence, Lucca, Pisa, Siena, Italy
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Top Italy Experiences and Attractions

Top Italy Experiences

Taking a gondola ride through the famous Venice canals

Experiencing Italy’s world famous cuisine

Taking a walking tour through the modern city of Naples

Visiting the historic city of Florence and gazing upon renowned art pieces

Wandering the ruins of the Roman Forum, where an empire was overseen two millennia ago

Touring Vatican City and the Sistine Chapel, as well as St. Peter’s Basilica - the world’s largest cathedral (in the world’s smallest state) 

Visiting the ancient ruins of Pompeii near Naples

Taking a boat trip on the Po River

Drinking in the views from atop the cliffside city of Taormina in Sicily, including the Straits of Messina and volcanic Mt. Etna in the distance 

Enjoying a picnic and wine tasting in Tuscany, one of the most beautiful regions in all of Italy

Snorkeling in the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea in Sicily. 


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Italy Trip Reviews

6,601 Italy Tour Reviews - Summary 95% Recommend

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Excellent 4,799
Great 1,421
Average 250
Disappointing 66
Terrible 65
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Guide
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Activities
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Lodging
4.6
Transportation
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Meals
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Iguana 2020

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Our trip to Peru and Galapagos was absolutely spectacular. Active Adventures didn't miss a detail and their primary objective was to make us happy and safe in everything we did. Our family of four - my husband and me, and our two college-age kids, loved all the activity which included hiking, biking, kayaking, scuba, and snorkeling. We started every day early in the morning and didn't end until well after 8:00 pm. The trip also included planes, trains and automobiles that was much like the movie of that name, but no reason to dwell on that. I felt like we got to be with the local culture and were immersed in our South American environment. Our group was also fantastic and will hopefully travel again with our new friends.

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Peru is a hilly Country/ Galapagos has towns !

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

The Iguana trip really is 2 trips taken over a 2 week period of time just as advertised. The Peru portion definitely is activity level 4 compounded by the Altitude. I would definitely suggest that guests arrive a few days early in an attempt to acclimate to the altitude. We stayed in the Inka 1 hotel for the 2 days we had arrived in advance & highly recommend this hotel . They transported us from the airport & allowed us to check in @ 8 am to get some much needed shut eye after an overnight flight . Our tour actually went out of the Hotel San Agustin- very nice hotel but very noisy which made it difficult to sleep . The visit to Sacsayhuman was perfect for day 1 . Day 2 bike / Hike was simply awesome & the surprise lunch was fantastic. Our tour guide for the week in Peru was Arturo and he was everything anyone could ask for - attentive, articulate, knowledgeable and pleasant . The Day 3 hike had to be changed due to mudslides- thus an already long & Challenging hike was made even more difficult. ( 9 am- 6 pm at altitude). A rescue horse was available although the team did not use it . We had excellent weather and I don

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Operator Active Adventures

Great Introduction to Lake Titicaca

4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0

Although it was just a short trip down to Puno and Lake Titicaca, it was a great way to see the area and visit some of the islands.

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Serendipity in Travel

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

An unexpected tour hiccup pushed me onto the Chinchilla in a serendipitous turn of events that allowed me to discover the beauty and wonders of Lake Titicaca and the Uyuni Salt Flats. Whilst my original intent was to do the Inca Trail, the Chinchilla was not a lesser alternative, as all the usual bells and whistles of an Active trip were still in abundance, plus the bonus of the spectacular sights I saw instead. (I did manage to do an abbreviated Inca trail on my own, with Rainbow Mountain thrown in. Which led to this epiphany: the Jaguar and Chinchilla would make an incredible combination.) That said, I did find the Chinchilla less strenuous than the Jaguar (as described), and would have wanted a little more Active with the Adventure. In part, this was because the supplemental tour guides may not have gotten the memo, and failed to incorporate certain activities that were advertised (e.g., the hike to the highest point on Taquile Island didn't happen). There is a fair amount of travelling involved, shuttling from Cusco to Puno to Copacabana to La Paz, which could have been a factor, but I would have been perfectly happy to start earlier, as well, if it allowed for more activities.

Or in some instances, tweak the itinerary. I was underwhelmed by the visit to Isla de la Luna, as we spent considerably more time travelling on the boat, than on the island itself, and the ruins were not particularly interesting or impressive. I wonder if a visit to Isla del Sol would have been better, despite being overrun by tourists. Maybe from a cultural perspective?

And maybe a little less time in Copacabana. The climb up and the view from Calvary Hill redeemed this stop for me, but other than this, there wasn't much in terms of cultural interest. The scene by the lake shore was busy and frenetic, but the water was too cold for me to venture in.

Nevertheless, the trip was incredible. I was impressed and awed by the beauty of Peru and Bolivia. I tried to stay awake during the long drives because the scenery, from the mountains to Lake Titicaca, were almost always spectacular. And don't get me started on the Uyuni Salt Flats. Beyond words. And the Luna Salada Hotel was simply amazing. I couldn't believe we were staying there.

As with Active trips, the food is usually an attraction in itself, moreso in Peru. The restaurants in Cusco and Puno were stellar. But also dominated by tourists. I was always itching for the opportunity to try more authentic local cuisine in establishments that are popular with the residents. The smaller group size for this trip afforded us the opportunity to go off the tourist track on a number of occasions, which led to wonderful discoveries, as well. The chicharron I had in Puno was the best I had in South America, and the fast food chicken (Pollo Copacabana in La Paz) that our driver in Uyuni recommended was flavorful and delicious. Perhaps that's an option you may want to include in your future tours. Other travellers may not be as adventurous, but I would welcome alternatives if offered, even if it was on my own.

Finally, the guides. Wilson did an excellent job of shepherding our small group around, even if he was under the weather. He was quick to respond to our questions, as well as to accommodate our requests. He managed the logistics seamlessly, and provided guidance and direction, especially on what foods to try.

And a special shout out to Israel Villaroel and Juvenal of Sande Andino. They made the trip to the Uyuni Salt Flats truly spectacular. They knew the territory well, and brought us to the best spots for photographs or to admire the view, especially at sunset. Our day at the salt flats was hands down, the best of the whole trip.

All in all, another amazing trip.

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18-Dec

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

We had a fun, exciting, wonderful trip of a lifetime! We did not want to be driven around on a bus with old people, and this sure was nothing like that! It also was manageable for those of us who wanted to be outdoors and active, but are not military buff. Erick was very accommodating about adjusting the trip activities to fit our abilities, and he was fast thinking, capable and resourceful about getting help when I got in trouble with altitude sickness and its effects. He and Pablo were both enthusiastic, fun and engaging guides. They both took us to a wonderful variety of great restaurants with fabulous food throughout the trip.

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Packed In All The Highlights Of Peru And Galapagos

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

This trip was exactly what we hoped for - packed with gorgeous views, amazing history, beautiful handcrafts and lots of time being out in the beautiful landscapes. Our time in the Galapagos was equally magnificent - we swam with turtles and sharks, saw many unique birds and enjoyed the unique culture on 3 separate islands. The guide were incredibly knowledgeable and skilled at managing the group. We were thrilled with this second trip with Active after a wonderful time in New Zealand last year.

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