Style : Group tour
Ultimate Italy tour

Ultimate Italy

Travel Style: Array Mixed
Physical Level: All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. 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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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.

Style 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


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.


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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Price Per Day: $ 173 per day
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  • Deposit Price: $ 150

93 EF College Break (EF Ultimate Break) Travel Reviews & Ratings

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Disappointing 5
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Ultimate Italy

Do not use this travel agency

My trip to Italy has been a nightmare. I've been stuck in a tiny town outside of Florence since December 15th and still can't get home. Ive been stuck in covid testing hell!! I've been tested at least 5 times and all of my tests are negative and still can't get a flight out of Italy. The travel agency has washed their hands and will not help us get out of Italy. My mom has contacted s Congressman from Texas and they are also working on getting me out of here.

HELP!!! Do not use EF Ultimate Break. Everyone is incompetent and don't have a clue what the hell is going on.
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Company Reviews

Terrible Service and Outright Theft

booked a trip in 2019 for a 2020 trip. EF cancelled it during Covid and didn't offer any travel during my desired time. I scheduled my own trip and went to Europe. I then rebooked a Australian trip (because I could not receive a refund) for 2023. Around Aug. 2022 I realized the trip would cost nearly 12k grand, I again requested a refund on my initial $4k down payment. I was told they would keep $600 to cover incurred cost for a trip that was over 250 days out. They handled this very poorly and I was spoken to very poorly. I would not recommend this travel agency. They are simply trying to take advantage of consumers at every opportunity.
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I'm posting on here because EF doesn't…

I'm posting on here because EF doesn't post reviews 3 stars or less on their website (which is automatically a huge red flag). I just recently came back from a trip with EF, and it was so beyond disappointing. The only really great thing about this trip was the people. I loved my group and I loved my tour director.

But be warned, EF will give you terrible and cheap meals, accommodations, and flights. Starting with the meals, EF plans trips in some amazing cities, and the food is probably the most exciting part of these cities and a huge part of what makes it fantastic. Eating good quality food with good people is what makes any trip or event memorable. But the places EF led us to to eat, was so awful. It was so upsetting, and a waste of money. For flights, from where I live there are plenty of nonstop flights going to where I was going to for this trip. EF gave me long, grueling, inconvenient layovers in some random cities - and this was obviously to cut corners on the flights to keep more of my money. All of the hotels were dirty, outdated, and cheap.

If I'm paying so much money for a trip, EF must be pocketing a lot of it. Because it definitely did not go towards a good trip.

You can do as you will, but if I could go back in time and tell myself to not do the trip with EF...I would do it in a heartbeat. Don't say I didn't warn you.Just don't let them rob you.
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Taking legal action

*I cancel my trip and is almost 3 months after and I still haven’t received my money *
May 9,2023 i ask to cancel my trip, I ask to be refunded to the original card that I used(credit card) they told me no that they would send me a check.Mia Kelly send me a confirmation email stating that the check at most would that 2 weeks to get to me.June 1,2023 I emailed them saying I have not received the check, Ashley Palmer responded saying that checks that 4 weeks.June 10,2023 send another email, Ashley Palmer responded saying that the check was issue on May 17,2023.June 22,2023 send an email stating that I haven’t received my check,Ashley Palmer responded asking me what is my address.June 28,2023 I send another email saying that I haven’t received the check.On june 29,2023 Siena Cashan email me asking to confirm my address again.I send an email on July 1,2023.Ashley Palmer responded July 5,2023 saying that they send a new check.July 5,2025 Lara Bone( manager) send me an email saying that a new check was issue.July 11,2023 I send an email saying that I haven’t received my check,Ashley Palmer responded that the check was issued on June 29,2023.July 11,2023 Lara Bone(manager) tells that they are going to void that check and send a new one.They told me they Can issued an refund to my card on file(credit card), that they previously told they could not do.July 14,2023 I emailed them saying that I haven’t received any refunds.July 17,2023 I got a check I send an email to Lara Bone(manager) saying that I got the check.She responded saying that the claim was close.On July 20,2023 I got a notification from my bank saying that my account was overdrawn I call my bank and they told me that the check that I deposit did not have funds.I email back to Lara Bone(manager) telling her that my bank account was overdrawn because of them and she told that they send the check so I shouldn’t have any issue.She call me staying that it was a miscommunication issue on MY part and they would send a new check I decline and told them that they need to fix it today.She told me that was impossible after I threatened to take legal action she ask me for my checking account information when I ask when I would see the money in the account she told me that they send it immediately but it takes my bank account a couple of days to approve it.Couple of hours later she send me an email saying that they send the money.I call my bank because I don’t trust them(Ef trip) and my bank tells that they haven’t received anything.I send an email to Lara Bone and she responded that it takes Ef 2- 5 days to put the money in the account so she lied again.I have screenshot if anyone wants them please DONT USE THIS COMPANY.
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It be nice if they didn't discriminate…

It be nice if they didn't discriminate against older people and I think the whole 18 to 35 thing loses them a lot of business and I'm married to and older man and it be nice to be able for him to come on your too but he is in his 50s they don't give you what they say the will in advertising
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They hide the bad reviews on their website

I just came off of this trip and it was not worth it. The first hostel we were put in had 8 girls stuffed into ONE room with ONE bathroom. There was no air conditioning, and we were in the middle of a heatwave. If we had been given a warning that there's a chance we could be with 8 girls, we could have at least prepared mentally. Instead, we were blatantly lied to as the description and the EF app told us the maximum amount of people to a room is 4-6. The second hostel had 4 girls to a room, with a 3 inch gap under the bathroom door. This meant you could even hear the person breathing inside, not just their personal business. This hostel at least had AC. The third hostel was fine and we got individual rooms and AC. Besides that, our group was the smallest EF group ever with 12 people. Our tour director "revealed" to us at the end of the trip that this was his first tour but that was pretty obvious throughout the whole trip. I think EF allowed such a small group as guinea pigs for his first tour. As nice and lovely as as a person he was, he had little knowledge about any area we were in, got us on metros going wrong directions, and showed little interest in us. Our bus broke down while heading to an excursion and cut into our 2 hours + we got no tour guide, which was also paid for us by us. Our tour guide in Madrid was fighting random people on the street, yelling at people in museums. She took us to a museum and chose 3 paintings that she amateurly interpreted and then forced us all out of there presumably so she could get her tip outside. We did not get breakfast one day while travelling even though it's on the itinerary and supposed to be provided. There were other issues, but the biggest thing is they hide bad reviews on their website.
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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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