Cosmos

Italy's Best (6390) - 2014

13 Day Tour from Rome to Rome


Italys Best
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Enjoy the gorgeous views of Rome
Venice Canal
Enjoy the beautiful architecture in Rome
Venice is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world
Lake Maggiore
Stunning view of the beautiful Lake Maggiore
Stresa
Venice is world-famous for its canals
TOUR FOR 8+ PEOPLE

Vacation Overview

Italy is home to a wealth of “magnificents,” and this vacation features them all. Overnight in Rome with its famed archaeological sites; Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance;” enchanting Lake Maggiore; the unique floating city of Venice; Perugia, capital of Umbria; and the lively resort of Sorrento. You’ll also experience Pisa’s amazing Leaning Tower; Milan, capital of fashion; Italian-speaking Lugano, Switzerland; Romeo and Juliet’s Verona; Ravenna with its precious Byzantine mosaics; Assisi’s frescoed St. Francis Basilica; Pompeii’s remarkable archaeological site; and the jet-set Isle of Capri. Enjoy it all amid the warmth of the Italian people and the beauty of the panoramic landscapes.

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Headsets throughout the tour

Sightseeing:
Visits to Pisa, Milan, Lake Maggiore, Lugano, Verona, Venice, Ravenna, Assisi, Sorrento, Capri

Scenic Highlights:
Tuscany, Italian Lake District, Bay of Naples

Guides:

Local Guides for city sightseeing in Rome, Florence, Pompeii. Professional Tour Director while touring

NOTE:

  • December 24 Departure - Christmas lunch in Rome


Day 1Arrive in Rome, Italy

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

Day 2Rome

The ”Eternal City”—a city steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts in St. Peter’s Square, followed by a visit to the Roman Forum and the mighty Colosseum. (B)

Day 3Rome–Pisa–Florence

This morning, vistas of undulating hills, austere rows of cypress trees, terraced vineyards, olive groves, and rural villages form the backdrop of your journey through beautiful Tuscany. Stop in Pisa for a visit and see the Square of Miracles and the amazing Leaning Tower. Arrive in Florence for two overnights. (B)

Day 4Florence

Today, enjoy the included walking tour with a Local Guide, featuring most of the 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 Door of the Baptistry, known as the “Gate of Paradise.” (B,D)

Day 5Florence–Milan–Lake Maggiore

This morning, leave hilly Tuscany to travel north into the plains of Lombardy, crossing the great River Po with new and quite different scenery as you approach Milan for a stop to see its great Duomo. Overnight in Baveno in the Lake Maggiore area. (B)

Day 6Lake Maggiore. Excursion to Lugano

Time to relax and get to know the area. Lake Maggiore is one of Italy’s largest lakes and is located on the very edge of Alpine Switzerland. In fact, on clear days you can see the peaks of the Swiss Alps. Take advantage of the included excursion to visit Lugano and its lake in Switzerland. (B)

Day 7Lake Maggiore–Verona–Venice Area

Travel across the Po River plain and stop in the romantic city of Verona to see Romeo and Juliet´s balcony, and enjoy some time at leisure before reaching the Venice area. (B)

Day 8Venice

Venice is more like a marvelous film set than a real live city, with its criss-crossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and piazzas. The included orientation starts with a boat ride and is followed by time at leisure and a chance to watch Venetian glassblowers fashion 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. (B,D)

Day 9Venice Area–Ravenna–Assisi–Perugia

An interesting drive southwards right across the Po Delta to Ravenna. In the afternoon, journey to Assisi, enclosed by ramparts and little changed since the Middle Ages. This is the town of the deeply mystical and poetic St. Francis—see the Church of St. Clare, founder of the Order of Poor Clares, the medieval castle, and cathedral. Overnight in beautiful nearby Perugia, capital of Umbria. (B,D)

Day 10Perugia–Pompeii–Sorrento

Drive south on the autostrada to Pompeii. Time stopped for the rich, aristocratic town of Pompeii with the terrible eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. On the included visit you can see the remains of luxurious villas, temples, theater, and forum. Next, Sorrento, set on a plateau above the waters of the Bay of Naples. Wander the winding streets lined with shops and stalls, and sit with a glass of wine, absorbing the easygoing life of this charming resort. (B)

Day 11Sorrento. Boat Trip to Capri

This legendary island is surrounded by rocky coastline where the crashing sea has formed awe-inspiring caves. The town with its pretty piazza, maze of streets, fashionable boutiques, and smart restaurants is a mecca for the jet set. An optional island tour is available. (B,D)

Day 12Sorrento–Rome

This morning, enjoy an optional excursion to Positano, before a comfortable drive northwards for an afternoon arrival in Rome. (B)

Day 13Rome

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Transportation:
Scheduled transatlantic flights and airport transfers in Rome if Cosmos issues the air tickets. Touring by private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach. Canal transfer boat in Venice; boat transfer to Capri


ROME Pineta Palace (F)
FLORENCE Italiana Hotel Florence (F)
LAKE MAGGIORE Simplon (F) at Baveno
VENICE AREA Poppi (F) at Mira or Holiday Inn (F) at Marghera
PERUGIA Meridiana (F)
SORRENTO Grand Hotel Vesuvio (F) or Ascot (ST)

Buffet breakfast; 4 dinners


With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

GIUSEPPE MOZZONI

Years of Experience: 8 years

There's sage travel advice that "When in Rome, do as the Romans do!" That's my goal...to help every traveler experience Italy through an Italian perspective. We'll get to the heart and soul of each town-the sights, sounds, and flavors that make each place so unique. You'll definitely come away with a better understanding of why we say, "Italians do it better!"

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