Holiday Itinerary - Splendours of Italy

Day 1: Arrive Rome, Italy.

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore this ancient capital. This evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Day 2: Rome.

The “Eternal City” is steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Start the included introduction to Rome’s landmarks from St. Peter’s Square with a Local Guide. Enjoy a drive along the iconic landmarks of the city: the Tiber River, the Caius Cestius Pyramid, the Aurelian Walls, and the Caracalla Baths. Complete the experience with a walk back in time from the Circus Maximus to the Arch of Constantine and to the fascinating Colosseum, symbol of the Roman Empire. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit the treasures of the Vatican museum and the Sistine Chapel on our optional excursion. Included meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Rome - Orvieto - Siena.

Journey to charming Orvieto in the Umbria region to visit its black basalt and yellow limestone CATHEDRAL, an excellent example of Italian gothic architecture. Reach Siena, with time to visit this jewel of Tuscany. Sit in one of the cafés surrounding the Piazza del Campo and admire one of Italy’s most unique squares, famed all over the world for its medieval-style Palio horse race. Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Siena - San Gimignano - Greve - Montecatini

Arrive in San Gimignano and discover one of Tuscany’s greatest attractions. Its medieval squares, town walls, streets, alleyways, and 14 towers are truly unique. Continue into the very heart of the Chianti vineyards, where Chianti Classico wines are produced. Stop in Greve for wine tasting at a local wine estate. Arrive in Montecatini in time to join the optional Tuscan farm dinner. Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

Day 5: Montecatini. Excursion to Florence.

This Renaissance gem and city of the Medicis will keep you enthralled the entire day. Wander at leisure and admire the city’s timeless beauty. Don’t miss out on the included walking tour with a Local Guide, which features special city highlights. You will see Piazza Santa Croce; beautiful Piazza Signoria; Palazzo Vecchio and its courtyard; Loggia dei Lanzi; and, to top it all, Piazza del Duomo and its cathedral with the Giotto Campanile, and the magnificent East Doors of the Baptistry, known as the “Gates of Paradise.” Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Montecatini - Pisa - Venice area.

This morning, drive to Pisa and enjoy a mini-train ride to see the impressive Square of Miracles with the amazing Leaning Tower—180 feet high and approximately 4 degrees out of the perpendicular. Head across the wooded Apennine hills into the farmlands of the Po Valley to the Venice area. Included meals: Breakfast 

Day 7: Venice area. 

Venice is more like a marvelous film set than a real-life city, with its crisscrossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and piazzas. Your included orientation starts with a boat ride to St. Mark’s Square and is followed by time at leisure and a chance to watch Venetian glassblowers create their delicate works of art as they did centuries ago. Spend some time at leisure or join one of our optional excursions, such as the gondola trip, gliding along the picturesque canals with a local troubadour to serenade you. Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Venice area - Assisi - Rome.

Travel across the Po Delta, then into the green Apennines to Umbria. Stop in medieval Assisi, where St. Francis was born in 1182. Visit the town and the world-famous basilica with a Local Guide, then head for Rome. Included meals: Breakfast 

Day 9: Rome - UK.

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

December 21 Departure – Christmas lunch in Florence.
December 30 Departure – New Year’s Eve in Rome, including festive dinner.

Departure Dates 2022 The Splendours of Italy : 7% Discount on all Dates

Prices shown exclude flights and transfers, call Cosmos to add flights

Cosmos brochure price in black from £1209

Travel 55 discount price in red from £1125

Telephone Cosmos on 0330 0588 237 and quote Travel 55 code TR55C

Tour 6400 starts and ends in Rome - Prices shown exclude flights and transfers, call Cosmos to add flights

Dates 2022
Prices from Dates 2022
Prices from
March 13

£1209
£1125

August 14 (small group)

£1539
£1432

March 13 (small group)

£1459
£1357

August 28

£1369
£1274

April 10 (small group)

£1539
£1432

September 4 (small group)

£1569
£1460

April 24

£1399
£1302

September 11, 18, 25

£1399
£1302

May 8, 22

£1399
£1302

October 2 (small group)

£1539
£1432

June 5 (small group)

£1569
£1460

October 9

£1399
£1302

June 19

£1399
£1302

December 21

£1209
£1125

July  3 (small group)

£1539
£1432

December 30

£1319
£1227

July 17, 31

£1369
£1274

Prices above do not include international air travel. To add flights and overseas transfers to your holiday, please call Cosmos. Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy. Extra nights before and after your tour may be available, call Cosmos. Please see Cosmos Terms & Conditions  for further details. Please check tour details with the operator at time of booking as Cennet Ltd cannot be held responsible for any errors showing on it’s website

San Gimignano

Siena

Venice

Cosmos Tours
Splendours of Italy

9 Days fully escorted touring holiday - 7% discount

2022 discount prices from only £1125

You’ve dreamed about Italy—its magnificent architecture, majestic cathedrals, ancient ruins, world-class art, sumptuous cuisine and wine, and relaxing cafés—and now it is your time to experience it. On this affordable Italy tour, explore its most famous cities and discover its unique sights as you overnight in Rome, Siena, Montecatini, and the Venice area.

This affordable Italy tour offers you the opportunity to step back in time -- to imagine what life was like 2,000 years ago –– the political, social, and trading center during the Roman Empire.

Imagine life during the Middle Ages as you explore San Gimignano’s medieval squares, town walls, streets, alleyways, and 14 towers still standing from the Middle Ages. Visit Florence -- the Renaissance gem – with a walking tour featuring the beautiful Piazza Signoria, the center of Florence’s social and political life since the 14th century.

On this affordable tour of Italy, you’ll discover some of its magnificent cathedrals. In Vatican City, wonder at the masterful St. Peters Basilica and square. In Orvieto, the Cathedral is a great example of gothic architecture in Italy.

In Assisi, where St. Francis was born, visit the world-famous Romanesque and gothic Basilica, where the saint is buried. See Pisa’s Square of Miracles – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – with its three famous buildings (Leaning Tower, Cathedral, and Baptistery) that have historically been central to religious life.

You’ll also experience a wine tasting in Greve, the capital of Chianti, and a visit to Venice, including a boat ride to St. Mark’s Square. Witness Venetian glassblowers create works of art just as they did centuries ago, and spend some free time admiring the crisscrossing canals, the legendary gondolas passing under the arched bridges, the palaces, and the quaint piazzas.

All of this and more—including views of the most scenic Italian landscapes—are included on this fabulous Italy vacation designed for the value-minded traveler.

To book this wonderful Splendours of Italy tour and receive a 7% discount, call Cosmos direct on 0330 0588 237 and quote the code TRAVEL55

Travel 55 in association with Cosmos. To book call direct on 0330 0588 237 and quote the code TRAVEL55 you will then receive a 7% discount from the Cosmos price. 

At a glance - Tour Highlights

  • ROME Guided sightseeing, see St. Peter’s Square
  • ORVIETO Visit the cathedral
  • SIENA See Piazza del Campo
  • SAN GIMIGNANO Visit
  • GREVE Wine tasting at a country estate
  • FLORENCE Guided walking tour
  • PISA See the Leaning Tower
  • VENICE Boat ride to St. Mark’s Square, visit glassblowing workshop
  • ASSISI Guided tour including St. Francis Basilica

PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR

TRANSPORTATION: Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; canal transfer boat in Venice; mini-train in Pisa

HOTELS: Listed below or equivalent. Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel and city taxes, required local taxes, porterage plus any mandatory service and resort fees.

  • ROME Grand Fleming Hotel
  • SIENA Four Points by Sheraton
  • MONTECATINI Settentrionale Esplanade
  • VENICE AREA Poppi at Mira
  • ROME Holiday Inn Parco dei Medici (F)

MEALS: 8 Breakfasts. 3 Dinners

HEADSETS: throughout the tour

December 21 Departure – Christmas lunch in Florence.
December 30 Departure – New Year’s Eve in Rome, including festive dinner.

Small Group Discovery

Cosmos offers Small-Group Discoveries on select North America dates. A Small-Group Discovery is limited to an average of just 24 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Cosmos escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery trip is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.

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Our packages include guided sightseeing and scenic highlights that reveal the best of Europe. Cruise down the Rhine River, through the Greek Isles, or across the Straits of Gibraltar. Bask in the beauty of Tuscany, the Swiss Alps, Scottish Highlands, French Riviera, Costa del Sol, and more. See the must-see sites with knowledgeable Local Guides who will bring each destination to life. Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

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