Italian Espresso

Tour Length
8 days
From
US$1439
Overview Reviews

Italian Espresso
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

THE BEST TRIP EVER!!!

06 Sep 2014 - 13 Sep 2014

I loved this trip and it was the most amazing experience!! Our tour manager Giuseppe and our driver Stefano were the best I could have asked for! They helped make this trip so fantastic!!! Giuseppe took the extra mile to help us, and give us extra tips on where to eat and where to go in our free time! He was so happy and always got us excited for the day to come! Everyone needs to do this Contiki!! Our group had 47 people and everyone got along, and I made some life long friends! I was a solo traveler from Canada and my roommate was from the UK...needless to say we are now best friends and planning to visit each other sooner then later! :) I did every Me Time optional and it was worth every penny! We got to go and tour and see the most impressive sites of Rome, Florence, Pisa, San Gimignano (DO THIS ME TIME OPTIONAL!! It was beautiful!) Verona and Venice.

It was hard to pick out cons with this trip! I felt Pisa and Verona were rushed, and I would cut down time spent in the outlet designer mall. I would also add the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia Museum in Florence as Me Time optionals since it is hard to book tickets for them otherwise. I would also say to budget about 20-30 euros for water and bathroom usage ha ha! You have to pay for the bathroom and sometimes water is hard to find! Also bring comfortable shoes since there is A LOT of walking! That is the biggest tip I could give anyone. Also...buy something made of Florentine leather at the Leather demonstration store! They have beautiful and well priced items, and you will regret it if you don't :) I went back later in the day and got a leather box and I am so happy I did that!

Those are just some tips :) EVERYONE BOOK THIS TOUR ASAP! You won't regret it! It will change your life forever! Message me if you have questions! :)

Review written Sep 2014

My Contiki was: Life Changing, Fun, Culture

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Italian Espresso
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

THE BEST TRIP EVER!!!

06 Sep 2014 - 13 Sep 2014

I loved this trip and it was the most amazing experience!! Our tour manager Giuseppe and our driver Stefano were the best I could have asked for! They helped make this trip so fantastic!!! Giuseppe took the extra mile to help us, and give us extra tips on where to eat and where to go in our free time! He was so happy and always got us excited for the day to come! Everyone needs to do this Contiki!! Our group had 47 people and everyone got along, and I made some life long friends! I was a solo traveler from Canada and my roommate was from the UK...needless to say we are now best friends and planning to visit each other sooner then later! :) I did every Me Time optional and it was worth every penny! We got to go and tour and see the most impressive sites of Rome, Florence, Pisa, San Gimignano (DO THIS ME TIME OPTIONAL!! It was beautiful!) Verona and Venice.

It was hard to pick out cons with this trip! I felt Pisa and Verona were rushed, and I would cut down time spent in the outlet designer mall. I would also add the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia Museum in Florence as Me Time optionals since it is hard to book tickets for them otherwise. I would also say to budget about 20-30 euros for water and bathroom usage ha ha! You have to pay for the bathroom and sometimes water is hard to find! Also bring comfortable shoes since there is A LOT of walking! That is the biggest tip I could give anyone. Also...buy something made of Florentine leather at the Leather demonstration store! They have beautiful and well priced items, and you will regret it if you don't :) I went back later in the day and got a leather box and I am so happy I did that!

Those are just some tips :) EVERYONE BOOK THIS TOUR ASAP! You won't regret it! It will change your life forever! Message me if you have questions! :)

Review written Sep 2014

My Contiki was: Life Changing, Fun, Culture

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Italian Espresso
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

AWESOME AND LIFE CHANGING

26 Apr 2014 - 03 May 2014

Loved every second of this tour especially with Enzo being the tour guide! I highly recommend this to tour anyone!!

Review written Jul 2014

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Italian Espresso
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

AWESOME AND LIFE CHANGING

26 Apr 2014 - 03 May 2014

Loved every second of this tour especially with Enzo being the tour guide! I highly recommend this to tour anyone!!

Review written Jul 2014

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  • Paulus
  • Paulus
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 2 Countries
Italian Espresso
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

A Nice Cuppa!

24 May 2014 - 31 May 2014

This was my first Contiki trip, went not knowing what to expect, and it turned out to be an awesome and unforgettable time! Met a lot of wonderful friends! Our tour guide Claudia was bubbly, caring, helpful and entertaining and the driver was a cool, suave "Italian Stallion", simply a master-class driver!
Many of the activities of this trip were quite interesting such as showing you how wine was made, or the leather, the glass blowing etc. but I know they also wanted to promote their products. I guess that's a good opportunity to make some money off some travelling tourists.
The tour covered a lot of places for the time we spent there, however, I felt not enough time to spend in some places eg. Pisa for an hour and shopping for an hour (either more time to shop/ eat or just eat and skip the shopping)
I really enjoyed the dinners and the optional activities although some of the dinners were a tad expensive, it was a good experience nonetheless. Don't really think the walking tour or the photo was worth it for me.
If you really wanted, you could save a bit doing it yourself, but then again, its not as safe, you'd have to do a lot of research and planning and you'd miss out on meeting a lot of like-minded and awesome people.
Overall, it's a great taste of Italy, just enough of an intro to make you want to come back to your favourite cities.

Review written Jun 2014

My Contiki was: Cultural, Scenic, Action-packed

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  • Paulus
  • Paulus
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 2 Countries
Italian Espresso
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

A Nice Cuppa!

24 May 2014 - 31 May 2014

This was my first Contiki trip, went not knowing what to expect, and it turned out to be an awesome and unforgettable time! Met a lot of wonderful friends! Our tour guide Claudia was bubbly, caring, helpful and entertaining and the driver was a cool, suave "Italian Stallion", simply a master-class driver!
Many of the activities of this trip were quite interesting such as showing you how wine was made, or the leather, the glass blowing etc. but I know they also wanted to promote their products. I guess that's a good opportunity to make some money off some travelling tourists.
The tour covered a lot of places for the time we spent there, however, I felt not enough time to spend in some places eg. Pisa for an hour and shopping for an hour (either more time to shop/ eat or just eat and skip the shopping)
I really enjoyed the dinners and the optional activities although some of the dinners were a tad expensive, it was a good experience nonetheless. Don't really think the walking tour or the photo was worth it for me.
If you really wanted, you could save a bit doing it yourself, but then again, its not as safe, you'd have to do a lot of research and planning and you'd miss out on meeting a lot of like-minded and awesome people.
Overall, it's a great taste of Italy, just enough of an intro to make you want to come back to your favourite cities.

Review written Jun 2014

My Contiki was: Cultural, Scenic, Action-packed

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  • Paulus
  • Paulus
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 2 Countries
Italian Espresso
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

A Nice Cuppa!

24 May 2014 - 31 May 2014

This was my first Contiki trip, went not knowing what to expect, and it turned out to be an awesome and unforgettable time! Met a lot of wonderful friends! Our tour guide Claudia was bubbly, caring, helpful and entertaining and the driver was a cool, suave "Italian Stallion", simply a master-class driver!
Many of the activities of this trip were quite interesting such as showing you how wine was made, or the leather, the glass blowing etc. but I know they also wanted to promote their products. I guess that's a good opportunity to make some money off some travelling tourists.
The tour covered a lot of places for the time we spent there, however, I felt not enough time to spend in some places eg. Pisa for an hour and shopping for an hour (either more time to shop/ eat or just eat and skip the shopping)
I really enjoyed the dinners and the optional activities although some of the dinners were a tad expensive, it was a good experience nonetheless. Don't really think the walking tour or the photo was worth it for me.
If you really wanted, you could save a bit doing it yourself, but then again, its not as safe, you'd have to do a lot of research and planning and you'd miss out on meeting a lot of like-minded and awesome people.
Overall, it's a great taste of Italy, just enough of an intro to make you want to come back to your favourite cities.

Review written Jun 2014

My Contiki was: Cultural, Scenic, Action-packed

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  • Paulus
  • Paulus
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 2 Countries
Italian Espresso
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

A Nice Cuppa!

24 May 2014 - 31 May 2014

This was my first Contiki trip, went not knowing what to expect, and it turned out to be an awesome and unforgettable time! Met a lot of wonderful friends! Our tour guide Claudia was bubbly, caring, helpful and entertaining and the driver was a cool, suave "Italian Stallion", simply a master-class driver!
Many of the activities of this trip were quite interesting such as showing you how wine was made, or the leather, the glass blowing etc. but I know they also wanted to promote their products. I guess that's a good opportunity to make some money off some travelling tourists.
The tour covered a lot of places for the time we spent there, however, I felt not enough time to spend in some places eg. Pisa for an hour and shopping for an hour (either more time to shop/ eat or just eat and skip the shopping)
I really enjoyed the dinners and the optional activities although some of the dinners were a tad expensive, it was a good experience nonetheless. Don't really think the walking tour or the photo was worth it for me.
If you really wanted, you could save a bit doing it yourself, but then again, its not as safe, you'd have to do a lot of research and planning and you'd miss out on meeting a lot of like-minded and awesome people.
Overall, it's a great taste of Italy, just enough of an intro to make you want to come back to your favourite cities.

Review written Jun 2014

My Contiki was: Cultural, Scenic, Action-packed

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  • Claudia
  • Claudia
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 0 Countries
Italian Espresso
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Great Italian Intro

27 Sep 2013 - 05 Oct 2013

This was my first Contiki trip, went alone not knowing what to expect, and it turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life! Met a lot of wonderful friends, our tour guide was helpful and entertaining. The tour was long enough where I didn't feel rushed from place to place, but short enough where I didn't feel homesick. It's a great taste of Italy, just enough of an intro to make you want to come back to your favorite cities. Definitely recommend Italian Espresso!

Review written Feb 2014

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  • Claudia
  • Claudia
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 0 Countries
Italian Espresso
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Great Italian Intro

27 Sep 2013 - 05 Oct 2013

This was my first Contiki trip, went alone not knowing what to expect, and it turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life! Met a lot of wonderful friends, our tour guide was helpful and entertaining. The tour was long enough where I didn't feel rushed from place to place, but short enough where I didn't feel homesick. It's a great taste of Italy, just enough of an intro to make you want to come back to your favorite cities. Definitely recommend Italian Espresso!

Review written Feb 2014

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  • Eunice
  • Eunice
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 3 Countries
Italian Espresso
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Amazing beauty.

30 Jun 2013 - 08 Jul 2013

I absolutely enjoy this trip. Let's start by saying that the city of Florence was MAGICALLLL!!!. It was my favorite from all the places we visited. The Italian food was to die for from pastas, real homemade pizzas to delicious desserts. I would for sure return to Italy. The tour was exhausting, but fun. My tour manager Vincenzo was really nice and funny. He made the tour even better. The optionals were very good. At least I was able to know how much Euros to spend and save. You will for sure need money for lunch and other extra things you want to do. The venice shops were sooooo awesome and beautiful. Venice is quite a peaceful place with many hot gondola guys.. jee jee..

Review written Jul 2013

My Contiki was: Beauty, Peace, yummy cappuccinos

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  • Eunice
  • Eunice
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 3 Countries
Italian Espresso
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Amazing beauty.

30 Jun 2013 - 08 Jul 2013

I absolutely enjoy this trip. Let's start by saying that the city of Florence was MAGICALLLL!!!. It was my favorite from all the places we visited. The Italian food was to die for from pastas, real homemade pizzas to delicious desserts. I would for sure return to Italy. The tour was exhausting, but fun. My tour manager Vincenzo was really nice and funny. He made the tour even better. The optionals were very good. At least I was able to know how much Euros to spend and save. You will for sure need money for lunch and other extra things you want to do. The venice shops were sooooo awesome and beautiful. Venice is quite a peaceful place with many hot gondola guys.. jee jee..

Review written Jul 2013

My Contiki was: Beauty, Peace, yummy cappuccinos

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  • SaraM25
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 2 Countries
Italian Espresso
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

May 10th-18th Italian Espresso

10 May 2013 - 18 May 2013

I got to meet great friends, and taste amazing food. This was an incredible experience. Rome was such a huge city, we spent two days there at the coliseum and Vatican City. Our tour manager, Enzo, was so funny!! He was very informative and had good suggestions for extra places to eat and shop.

The Vineyard was really nice, settled in the Tuscan hills. Florence was beautiful, the hotel was walking distance from the main streets. We got to see Pisa, the leaning tower, and the charming Verona, in the rain! I wish we had more days in Venice, it was lovely with its canals. Italy is such a nice country, I want to go back soon! Thank you Enzo for a memorable trip!

Review written May 2013

My Contiki was: delicious, friendly, sightseeing

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  • SaraM25
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 2 Countries
Italian Espresso
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

May 10th-18th Italian Espresso

10 May 2013 - 18 May 2013

I got to meet great friends, and taste amazing food. This was an incredible experience. Rome was such a huge city, we spent two days there at the coliseum and Vatican City. Our tour manager, Enzo, was so funny!! He was very informative and had good suggestions for extra places to eat and shop.

The Vineyard was really nice, settled in the Tuscan hills. Florence was beautiful, the hotel was walking distance from the main streets. We got to see Pisa, the leaning tower, and the charming Verona, in the rain! I wish we had more days in Venice, it was lovely with its canals. Italy is such a nice country, I want to go back soon! Thank you Enzo for a memorable trip!

Review written May 2013

My Contiki was: delicious, friendly, sightseeing

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  • DanaS
  • DanaS
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 3 Countries
Italian Espresso
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

SO MUCH FUN!

26 Apr 2013 - 04 May 2013

I just got back from the Italian Espresso trip and it was a total blast. Our tour manager, Yannick, was the most fabulous guide and our group could not have been more fun. The sights were amazing and all the optional activities were wonderful. The only activity we skipped was the leather making demonstration but other than that I'd highly recommend everything. This was my first trip to Italy and I gotta say it would be damn near impossible to have done/seen everything we saw if I had done it on my own. The access to some of the bigger tourist attractions (the Vatican, Colosseum and things like that) were amazing. If you were on your own you would stand in line for forever, with the Contiki group we walked right in. All in all I had the most wonderful time in Italy and would absolutely not hesitate to recommend this tour to anyone - espeically if you can have Yannick as your tour manager. Ciao ciao! :)

Review written May 2013

My Contiki was: breathtaking, once in a lifetime, amazeballs

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  • DanaS
  • DanaS
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 3 Countries
Italian Espresso
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

SO MUCH FUN!

26 Apr 2013 - 04 May 2013

I just got back from the Italian Espresso trip and it was a total blast. Our tour manager, Yannick, was the most fabulous guide and our group could not have been more fun. The sights were amazing and all the optional activities were wonderful. The only activity we skipped was the leather making demonstration but other than that I'd highly recommend everything. This was my first trip to Italy and I gotta say it would be damn near impossible to have done/seen everything we saw if I had done it on my own. The access to some of the bigger tourist attractions (the Vatican, Colosseum and things like that) were amazing. If you were on your own you would stand in line for forever, with the Contiki group we walked right in. All in all I had the most wonderful time in Italy and would absolutely not hesitate to recommend this tour to anyone - espeically if you can have Yannick as your tour manager. Ciao ciao! :)

Review written May 2013

My Contiki was: breathtaking, once in a lifetime, amazeballs

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  • Fifi85
  • Fifi85
  • Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 5 Countries
Italian Espresso
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Italian Espresso - Bellissimo!

27 Apr 2013 - 04 May 2013

A perfect mixture of history, sight-seeing and partying! Accomm was basic but it was fine because you're out all day anyway! From the history of Rome to the romance of Verona and Venice - it really did give us a taste of just about everything! A tip for anyone in Florence - don't think twice about buying a leather jacket! Just do it!! Trust me!! You want one!!

Review written May 2013

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  • Fifi85
  • Fifi85
  • Level 4 Traveler
  • 4 Contikis
  • 5 Countries
Italian Espresso
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Italian Espresso - Bellissimo!

27 Apr 2013 - 04 May 2013

A perfect mixture of history, sight-seeing and partying! Accomm was basic but it was fine because you're out all day anyway! From the history of Rome to the romance of Verona and Venice - it really did give us a taste of just about everything! A tip for anyone in Florence - don't think twice about buying a leather jacket! Just do it!! Trust me!! You want one!!

Review written May 2013

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  • Rochelle_b
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 3 Countries
Italian Espresso
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Fantastic first taste of Italy

24 Sep 2011 - 01 Oct 2011

Had an amazing time, loved all the places we visited and soaked in the culture (and the food)! We had a fantastic tour guide, who was a lot of fun, had lots of great suggestions and ideas for day and night activities. The group was also lots of fun, lots of different personalities but we meshed really well. Trip was just long enough and we didn't spend too much time on the bus which was good. Have recommended this trip to any one whose asked- a must for those who want to see some culture and party a little too.

Review written May 2013

My Contiki was: Inspiring, Eventful, Thrilling

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  • Default_avatar
  • Rochelle_b
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 3 Countries
Italian Espresso
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Fantastic first taste of Italy

24 Sep 2011 - 01 Oct 2011

Had an amazing time, loved all the places we visited and soaked in the culture (and the food)! We had a fantastic tour guide, who was a lot of fun, had lots of great suggestions and ideas for day and night activities. The group was also lots of fun, lots of different personalities but we meshed really well. Trip was just long enough and we didn't spend too much time on the bus which was good. Have recommended this trip to any one whose asked- a must for those who want to see some culture and party a little too.

Review written May 2013

My Contiki was: Inspiring, Eventful, Thrilling

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What's Included

All of this & more, included as standard on your trip.

Accommodation

  • 7 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation
  • Modern, air-conditioned coach
  • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Team

  • An experienced & professional Trip Manager & Driver team
  • Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations

Food

  • 7 continental breakfasts
  • 3 Regional Dinners: pizza making experience & local trattoria dining

Inclusions

  • 6 World Heritage Sites visited
  • See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona
  • Learn to make pizza Italian-style from the locals
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Me Time

  • Rome of the Emperors and Gladiators including the Colosseum
  • Folklore Dinner Rome
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On a budget?

  • The average cost per day for this tour is US$179
  • You only need a US$200 deposit to book and pay in full 45 days before you travel.
  • Pay in installments, with Contiki Easy Pay

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