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Ultimate Italy tour

Ultimate Italy

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: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
17 days
From: $ 2,939 $ 173 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Float through the Venetian canals aboard a traditional gondola
  • Step into the Renaissance in Florence
  • Indulge in Italian food and wine while taking in the Tuscan countryside
  • See the best of ancient Rome, the Vatican and Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel
  • Take in the turquoise waters and coastal views of luxurious Capri
  • Go on a breath-taking tour of Pompeii, the city buried in ash in 79 AD
  • Soak up the sun on the beach in Catania

Short Description

From the sapphire water of Capri, luxe Milanese fashion and unrivaled culinary creations, Italy is the place to be. Take in the scenic vistas in Cinque Terre, travel back in time to ancient Rome and relax on the beach amidst volcanic Mt. Etna in Sicily. Wash it all down with a glass of Tuscan wine. Who said you can’t have it all? On Ultimate Italy, you can.

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.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value (3*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport
Start City Venice
End City Mt. Etna Italy

Itinerary

Day 1: Overnight flight

Board your overnight flight, bound for Europe.

Day 2: Arrive in Venice + Welcome Mixer

Welcome to Venice! Situated on 118 islands, intersected by 175 canals and spanned by more than 400 bridges, this city has had more praise showered upon it from travelers, writers and artists than any other city in the world. Threatened by rising tides, you’ve arrived at the perfect moment.

Today's Highlights:

Arrive at the airport. Your Tour Director will be waiting to show you how to get around the city

Explore on your own. Venture into Venice proper or see the area surrounding your accommodation

Once everyone is situated, you’ll meet your new friends over drinks and light appetizers at the Welcome Mixer.

Day 3: Tour Venice

Head to St. Mark’s Square to begin your sightseeing with a local guide.

Today's Highlights:

Enter St. Mark’s Basilica and bask in the mosaics inlaid in the golden ceiling

See several historic churches and amble through picture-perfect piazzas

Follow the winding Grand Canal through the heart of Venice

See the historic Rialto bridge, the oldest in the city

After your sightseeing, you have the afternoon free!

Day 4: Travel to Milan

Say goodbye to Venice; you’re on to Milan, the design, fashion and commerce center of Italy.

Today's Highlights:

Drive to Milan via Verona

Pay a visit to Juliet’s famous balcony and get in touch with your inner romantic

Arrive in Milan and take an introductory walk of the area with your Tour Director

Day 5: Excursion to Lake Como + Free Day in Milan

Cruise Lake Como on a full-day excursion or enjoy a full free day in Milan to explore on your own.

Excursion: A Day in Lake Como Extra Cost

Cruise the serene Lake Como, where views of the Alps, villas and small medieval towns line the shore. Then, explore the towns of Como and Bellagio, celebrity hotspots brimming with charm. This is your day to sit back, relax and enjoy two of the swankiest, most beautiful cities Italy has to offer.

If you choose a free day, try these suggestions:

Trek up the stairs of the Milan Duomo for sweeping views of the city skyline

Wander Zona Tortona for unique boutiques, art galleries and cafes

GOL!!! Soccer fans, tour the San Siro Stadium and museum, home to AC Milan

Taste traditional aperitivos as the Milanese do

Day 6: Travel to Florence via Cinque Terre

Board your private coach for Florence via Cinque Terre, the five colorful fishing villages that will make for the best photo op of the entire trip.

Today's Highlights:

Explore Cinque Terre and travel by train through the villages

Stop in Riomaggiore, the tranquil and unspoiled village that is too beautiful for its own good

Visit Vernazza for vibrant views and picturesque perspectives

Hit the beach in Monterosso and relax after a long day of exploration

After your day in Cinque Terre, arrive in Florence in the evening. Get settled, then take an introductory walk with your Tour Director to get acquainted with the area. The rest of the evening is yours.

Day 7: Tour Florence

Join a local guide for a walking tour of Florence, the compact capital of Tuscany known for its famous Renaissance artwork.

Today's Highlights:

Cross the Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in Florence, home to many of Florence’s jewelers and art merchants.

Stroll the Piazza della Signoria, home to the Uffizi Gallery and Michelangelo’s David

Visit the Duomo Cathedral. Return during your free time and challenge yourself to climb the 463 steps to the top for stunning views of the city

Day 8: Travel to Tuscany

Leave Florence behind as you board your private coach en route to the Tuscan countryside.

Today's Highlights:

Take in views of the Italian rolling hills, olive groves, cypress trees and incredible vineyards

Spend an evening in the quaint countryside before diving back into the city life

DAY 9: Travel to Rome via Orvieto

Board your private coach, bound for Rome via Orvieto.

Today's Highlights:

On the way to Rome, stop in Orvieto, a quaint Italian hill town perched atop a rock cliff

Marvel at the artistry of the facade of Orvieto’s stunning cathedral

Look out at the cypress-dotted plains of Umbria

Benvenuti a Roma!

DAY 10

Colosseum + Roman Forum

Skip the line and go back in time with tours of the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Then, do as the Romans do and learn how to make authentic pasta by hand.

Today's Highlights:

Experience the heart of ancient Rome with visits to the Colosseum and Forum

Walk the Via Sacra, the ceremonial and public main street of Ancient Roman life

Stand where gladiators battled to the death in mortal combat

See the ruins of several Roman temples, including the Temple of the Vestal Virgins

Excursion: Taste of Italy: Pasta-Making Class  Extra Cost

When in Rome, do as the Romans do best: cook awesome food. It starts with crafting the dough for homemade pasta, and finishes with a delicious meal prepared by your own hands. Along the way, you’ll get to taste some of the finest olive oil and vinegar with a local food guide while learning about Italian food traditions throughout the ages. This is truly an authentic cuisine experience you can’t find anywhere but Italy itself.

Day 11: Vatican City + Free Evening

Peace be with you as you stroll the home of the Pope and capital of Catholicism: Vatican City.

Today's Highlights:

Get an in-depth look into Papal history and politics with an expert guide

Cross another country of your list (Vatican City is an independent nation)

View the frescos of the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo’s greatest work

Visit the Vatican Museum, one of the largest, most renowned art collections in the world

Day 12: Travel to Naples via Capri

Board your private coach en route to Naples via Capri, the upscale, coastal city known for limoncello, crystal-clear water and posh resorts.

Today's Highlights:

Spend a full day on the Isle of Capri for an afternoon cruise and tour with a local guide

Cruise the turquoise waters around the island and see the limestone arch of Arco Naturale

Go up to the center of Capri via funicular train from Marina Grande

Take in panoramic views of the water from the Gardens of Augustus

Day 13: Explore Pompeii

Join a local guide for a walking tour of the ancient city of Pompeii, which stands frozen in time post-eruption from Mt. Vesuvius.

Today's Highlights:

Travel back to imperial Roman times and learn about Pompeii, the city preserved in volcanic ash

See Mt. Vesuvius, the deadly volcano that annihilated this city, up close and personal

Experience the buildings, artifacts and even people that are still preserved in volcanic ash

After Pompeii, you'll head back to the ferry port in Naples to board your overnight ferry to Palermo, Sicily. Enjoy dinner aboard the ferry, then retire to your cabins for the night as you sail the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Day 14: Travel to Catania

After arriving in Palermo, it's on to the lively city of Catania. Upon arrival, your Tour Director will take you on an introductory walk of the area.

Today's Highlights:

Visit the energetic fish market of La Pescheria (behind the Piazza del Duomo) where fishermen serve up every sea creature imaginable

Relax at an outdoor cafe, espresso in hand, in the Piazza del Duomo

Enjoy a day at La Playa, the most popular beach in Catania, known for its fine golden sand and nightlife

Day 15: Explore Taormina + Beach Day

Explore the posh, mountainside town of Taormina before hitting the Isola Bella beach in Mazzaró.

Today's Highlights:

Bask in the spectacular views of Mt. Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe

Explore the 7th-century Taormina Greek Theater, which is still in use today

Ride the cable car from the top of Taormina down to Mazzaró to enjoy a day on the beach

Enjoy a free afternoon to tan at the beach or amble through town, taking in the baroque architecture and quaint, pedestrian-friendly cobblestone streets. Then, have lunch at a traditional Sicilian trattoria before returning to Catania in the evening.

Day 16: Free Day + Mt. Etna Excursion

The day is yours to explore. Enjoy your free time or take an excursion to the apex of Mt. Etna, a massive active volcano on the eastern coast of Sicily.

Excursion:

Mt. Etna: Volcanos and Vineyards  Extra Cost

Mount Etna, standing at almost 11,000 feet high, is the tallest active volcano in Europe. Catch breathtaking views of the landscape and Sicilian coast from 5,000 feet up Etna itself. Then head another 1,500 feet up to explore the craters and learn Etna’s historic and scientific significance with a local guide. After your tour, sit back, relax and enjoy a glass of authentic Sicilian wine, whose vines are nourished from the rich, volcanic soil.

Farewell Dinner

In the evening, freshen up at the hotel and head to your farewell dinner with the group.

Day 17: Fly Home

It's time to say your goodbyes. Head to the airport for your flight back home.

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Flight & Transport Inclusions

Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport

Group Size

Standard Group - 25 + people

Cancellation policy

You have 48 hours to cancel and receive a full refund. You can also switch trips up to 99 days before you leave.

The full amount paid upon enrolment is refundable if you cancel in writing within 48 hours of booking the tour. After 48 hours, the deposit is non-refundable and the following standard cancellation fees apply.

If you are booking 30 days or less prior to the scheduled departure date for your trip, you are required to pay in full at the time of booking and standard cancellation fees then apply; you are not eligible for the 48 hour risk-free period.

Based on the date EF receives written notification of your cancellation, you will be refunded for monies paid minus the cancellation fee and any non-refundable fees. (See refund and non-refundable Fee description above for more details.) In addition to notifying us of your cancellation in writing, we also recommend you call so that we can best review your options.

Days Prior to Departure and Cancellation Fee

30 days or less is all monies paid

30-60 days will be $2000

61-99 will be $1000

100-364 days is  $450

365+ days will be $150

Age Notes :

Min. Age: 18

Max Age: 28

Additional Information

Perfected stress-free travel

  • Full-time Tour Director
  • Round-trip flights
  • Handpicked Lodging
  • Guided Sightseeing
  • Breakfast Daily
  • Transportation Between Cities

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What's excluded

  • Rooming upgrades
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Protection
  • Beverages, lunch, and dinner (except where specified in the itinerary)
  • Transportation to free-time activities
  • Customary gratuities (for your Tour Director, bus drivers and local guides)
  • Porterage
  • Any applicable baggage-handling fees imposed by the airlines
  • Expenses caused by airline rescheduling, cancellations or delays caused by the airlines, bad weather or events beyond EF’s control (see Flight Information section for details)
  • Passport, visa and reciprocity fees
  • Fees associated with Special Travel Arrangements (See Special Travel Arrangements section)
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