Holiday Itinerary - Italy's Best

Day 1: Arrive in Rome, Italy.

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Italy’s 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! Included sight-seeing with a Local Guide starts with St. Peter’s Square and Basilica. Other highlights are the iconic Colosseum, the largest amphitheatre ever built, and Circus Maximus. An optional visit is available to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, world famous for Michelangelo’s fresco The Last Judgement. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3: Rome - Pisa - Montecatini.

Vistas of rolling hills, rows of cypress trees, terraced vineyards, olive groves, and rural villages form the backdrop of your journey through beautiful Tuscany. Stop in Pisa, and take a mini-train ride to see the Square of Miracles and the amazing Leaning Tower. Arrive in Montecatini. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4: Montecatini. Excursion to Florence. 

Today, enjoy an included excursion to Florence. Your Local Guide will show you the city highlights on the walking tour. You will see Piazza Santa Croce; beautiful Piazza Signoria; Palazzo Vecchio and its courtyard and Loggia dei Lanzi. To top it all, see Piazza del Duomo and its cathedral with the Giotto Campanile, and the magnificent East Doors of the Baptistry, known as the “Gates of Paradise.” Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Montecatini - La Spezia - Cinque Terre - Genoa.

Travel towards La Spezia, where you’ll hop aboard the train to discover some of the five spectacular Cinque Terre villages. The beauty of the rugged cliffs and romantic fishing villages once inspired poet Lord Byron. From Levanto, head towards Genoa, birthplace of explorer Christopher Columbus.

Day 6: Genoa - Milan - Lake Maggiore.

Today’s included guided tour is an excellent introduction to Genoa. A maze of squares and alleys, the city grew around the port, a natural inlet, and boasts the largest medieval historical centre in Europe. Some of the highlights include the remains of the city’s 17th-century fortifications. Next, head north into the plains of Lombardy, and stop in Milan to marvel at its magnificent gothic DUOMO. Then, continue to Baveno on Lake Maggiore. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7: Lake Maggiore. Excursion to Lugaon, Switzerland.

Time to relax and get to know Lake Maggiore, one of Italy’s largest lakes, located on the very edge of Alpine Switzerland. On clear days, you can see the peaks of the Alps. Take advantage of the included excursion to visit Lugano in Italian-speaking Swiss Canton Ticino. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8: Lake Maggiore - Verona - Venice area. 

Travel across the Po River plain and stop in the romantic city of Verona to see Juliet´s balcony, and enjoy some time at leisure marvelling at the Roman Arena. Continue to the Venice area. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9: Venice.

Venice is more like a romantic film set than a real-life city, with its crisscrossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and piazzas. The 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 objects as they did centuries ago. Don’t miss out on the optional gondola trip, gliding along the picturesque canals with a local troubadour to serenade you. Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: Venice area - Ravenna - Assisi - Assisi area.

Enjoy an interesting drive southward right across the Po Delta to Ravenna, renowned for its treasure of Byzantine mosaics, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Continue to Assisi, enclosed by ramparts and little changed since the Middle Ages. This is the town of the deeply mystical and poetic St. Francis. Visit the Basilica of St. Francis with its famous frescoes by Giotto with a local guide, who brings history to life as you walk along the isles. Overnight in the beautiful area of Assisi, in the heart of Umbria. Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11: Assisi - Pompeii - Sorrento area.

Travel to Pompeii, where time stopped for the rich, aristocratic town with the terrible eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. On the included guided visit of the archaeological site, see the remains of luxurious villas, temples, theater, and the forum. Carry on to Sorrento, set on a plateau above the waters of the Bay of Naples. Wander the winding streets lined with shops and stalls, and perhaps stop for a limoncello, absorbing the easy-going lifestyle of this charming resort town. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 12: Sorrento Coast. Boat trip to Capri.

Enjoy a day trip to the legendary island, surrounded by a rocky coastline where the crashing sea has formed awe-inspiring caves. The town with its pretty piazzetta, maze of streets, fashionable boutiques, and cozy restaurants, is a mecca for the jet set. Explore on your own or take an optional island tour. Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13: Sorrento area - Rome.

Today, enjoy time at leisure or visit Positano on our exciting optional excursion, before returning to Rome. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 14: Rome.

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. Meals included: Breakfast

December 24 Departure – Christmas in Rome and New Year’s Eve in Venice, including festive dinner

Departure dates 2022 Italy's Best : 7% discount on all dates

Prices shown exclude flights and transfers

Cosmos brochure price in black from £1789

Travel 55 discount price in red from £1664

Telephone Cosmos on 0330 0588 237 and quote the code TRAVEL55

Tour 6390 starts and ends in Rome. Prices shown exclude flights and transfers, call Cosmos to add flights
Dates 2022
Prices from Dates 2022
Prices from
April 3 (small group)
£2209
£2055
August 14 £1939
£1804
April 17
£1969
£1832
August 28 (small group) £2199
£2046
May 1, 8, 15 £1969
£1832
September 4, 11 £1969
£1832
May 22 (small group)
£2299
£2139
September 18 (small group) £2209
£2055
May 29
£1969
£1832
September 25 £1969
£1832
June 5
£1969
£1832
October 2, 9 £1969
£1832
June 12 (small group) £2209
£2055
October 16 (small group) £2209
£2055
June 19
£1969
£1832
November 6 (small group)
£2199
£2046
June 26 (small group)
£2209
£2055
November 20
£1789
£1664
July 3 £1939
£1804
December 24 £1879
£1748
July 17 (small group) £2199
£2046

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

Lake Maggiore

Venice

Cosmos Tours
Italy's Best

7% discount - 14 Days fully escorted touring holiday

2022 discount prices from only £1664

With its magnificent architecture, beautiful landscapes, sumptuous cuisine, ancient ruins, and brilliant art, Italy is a country like no other. On this affordable Italy’s Best tour, you’ll experience all of this and more.

One of the tour’s highlights is the excursion to the Cinque Terre – five medieval seaside villages. The area is noted for its natural beauty with terraces built into the mountainside on cliffs that drop down into the sea. Delight in the unique charm of the area and take in the breathtaking views.

On your journey through Tuscany, watch the undulating hills, terraced vineyards, olive groves, and rural villages. More breathtaking scenery awaits at Lake Maggiore, one of Italy’s largest lakes. Located on the edge of the Swiss Alps, it’s the perfect place to relax and soak in the beauty. From here, you’ll even take an excursion to Lugano, a lake-side town in Switzerland. In southern Italy, witness breathtaking views of the crystal-clear, blue sea in the relaxing town of Sorrento, and take a day trip to Capri where the crashing sea has formed awe-inspiring caves.

History comes alive on this Italy tour. Visit Pompeii, which was completely buried during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. This preserved archaeological site gives you an amazingly detailed insight into ordinary life at the peak of the Roman Empire. In Rome, during the city sightseeing tour with a local guide, you’ll see the main sights, as well as Vatican City with St Peter’s Basilica.

In Genoa, boasting Europe’s largest medieval historical center, see the remains of the city’s 17th-century fortifications. Visit St Francis’ Basilica in Assisi, a medieval town set in the Umbrian hills. Guided city sightseeing tours are planned in Rome, Florence, Assisi and Genoa. Your visit to Venice includes a boat trip to St Mark’s square to see the maze of canals forming this unique romantic city.

To receive 7% discount on this Italy's Best tour 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
  • PISA See the Leaning Tower
  • FLORENCE Guided walking tour
  • CINQUE TERRE Excursion
  • GENOA Guided sightseeing
  • MILAN See the gothic Duomo
  • LUGANO, SWITZERLAND Visit
  • VERONA Visit
  • VENICE Boat ride to St. Mark’s Square, visit glassblowing workshop
  • RAVENNA Visit
  • ASSISI Guided tour including St. Francis Basilica
  • POMPEII Guided walking tour of the excavations
  • CAPRI Excursion by boat

PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR

TRANSPORTATION: Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; minitrain to Pisa; canal transfer boat in Venice; boat transfer to Capri; train La Spezia-Levanto

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 Ele Green Park Pamphili
  • MONTECATINI Grand Hotel Ambasciatori
  • GENOA Starhotels President
  • LAKE MAGGIORE Simplon
  • VENICE AREA Poppi
  • ASSISI AREA City Hotel & Suites
  • SORRENTO COAST Central Park

HEADSETS: throughout the tour

Notes: December 24 Departure – Christmas in Rome and New Year’s Eve in Venice, 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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Transportation

Spectacular train rides, breathtaking cable car ascents, Aegean cruise ships, scenic day ferries, private first-class motorcoaches (most with free Wi-Fi )—Cosmos offers a wonderful variety of transportation for a memorable travel experience. And with Cosmos, you never have to worry about getting to the ferry on time, buying tickets for the train, or waiting in long queues to take the cable car. Just sit back and enjoy the ride! Each itinerary lists daily travel distances in kilometers and miles, so you’ll see just how close each country and destination are to each other.

Meals

When it comes to meals, Cosmos strikes a perfect balance. We include some meals to save you time and money, yet we also leave enough free time so you can sample Europe’s gastronomic delights on your own. See individual itinerary pages for specifics about which meals are included on your holiday.

Sweet Dreams

After a day of travelling, you want to relax at a comfortable, clean, and attractive hotel. We select hotels with the best guestrooms, service, and food for the money. See individual itinerary pages for hotels.

Sights and Sounds

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.

Friends in Local Places

At the heart of every great Cosmos tour are the friendly, knowledgeable folks who show you around and help you maximise your free time. We go to incredible lengths to find the most professional Tour Directors and Local Guides. With commentary delivered in English, our Tour Directors are multilingual so they can navigate Europe with ease and give you the richest experience possible. When in London, the Cosmos hospitality desk is available at your hotel for any help or information you may need. Our expert staff can suggest what to do and where to go, and arrange excursions, evening entertainment, and theatre outings for you.

Personalise with MyCOSMOS

No one enjoys a holiday where every second is scheduled. We build free time into every Cosmos holiday, so you can explore the way you want. Whether you’re into art, music, food, wine, or history, we give you the freedom to truly personalise your trip with optional excursions that are meaningful to you. Best of all, you can make your selections, and even prepay for most of them, in advance online at cosmos.co.uk.

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