Simply Italy

Tour Length
12 days
From
US$2025
Overview Reviews

  • Liz Palmer
  • Liz Palmer
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 2 Countries
Simply Italy
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Simply Italy was stunning!

21 Aug 2016 - 01 Sep 2016

Italy is stunning and this tour is a fantastic way to see a snapshot of the regions. Mixing ancient wonders and lazy beach-side days, this tour was a good mix of fast and relaxed days. Our tour guide Maite was fantastic, she was passionate about her country, always willing to go 110% for us and you could tell she loved sharing her Italy with us. If it wasn't for her, I would not have had as good of a time.

Some of the inclusions were not great (i.e the walking tour in Florence) and the wine tasting in Tuscany. The optional extra's were good, the paid dinners were fantastic!

Really recommend this tour for those who want to explore one country that has a unique and welcoming culture. Hopefully you will get Maite and have a fantastic time.

Review written Sep 2016

My Contiki was: Historic, Stunning, fun

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  • Liz Palmer
  • Liz Palmer
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 2 Countries
Simply Italy
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Simply Italy was stunning!

21 Aug 2016 - 01 Sep 2016

Italy is stunning and this tour is a fantastic way to see a snapshot of the regions. Mixing ancient wonders and lazy beach-side days, this tour was a good mix of fast and relaxed days. Our tour guide Maite was fantastic, she was passionate about her country, always willing to go 110% for us and you could tell she loved sharing her Italy with us. If it wasn't for her, I would not have had as good of a time.

Some of the inclusions were not great (i.e the walking tour in Florence) and the wine tasting in Tuscany. The optional extra's were good, the paid dinners were fantastic!

Really recommend this tour for those who want to explore one country that has a unique and welcoming culture. Hopefully you will get Maite and have a fantastic time.

Review written Sep 2016

My Contiki was: Historic, Stunning, fun

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Simply Italy
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Food, wine and views

02 Jul 2013 - 14 Jul 2013

Honestly still one of my favorite trips and ive been on three other contikis since this. The views and culture is amazing, the food will meet every expectations you have and the wine is fantastic ( try the limoncello as well). Do all the options, try all the food and get ready to have the time of your life. I would for sure go back to Italy and now I know my favorite places. You will meet the best people and have the time of your life. Our day song was Macklemore- cant hold us and it still brings back memories years later.

Review written Aug 2016

My Contiki was: Views, Food, Culture

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Simply Italy
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Food, wine and views

02 Jul 2013 - 14 Jul 2013

Honestly still one of my favorite trips and ive been on three other contikis since this. The views and culture is amazing, the food will meet every expectations you have and the wine is fantastic ( try the limoncello as well). Do all the options, try all the food and get ready to have the time of your life. I would for sure go back to Italy and now I know my favorite places. You will meet the best people and have the time of your life. Our day song was Macklemore- cant hold us and it still brings back memories years later.

Review written Aug 2016

My Contiki was: Views, Food, Culture

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  • Maddie K
  • Maddie K
  • Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 6 Countries
Simply Italy
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Such a great way to see Italy!

15 May 2016 - 26 May 2016

This was my 3rd Contiki trip in Just over a year, I left the day my first trip started.
This was the first time dealing with a different language and I had been told not to worry to much... almost everyone spoke english or could figure out what you wanted.
I had such a great group of people! My bus driver Enzo was Italian and didn't speak much english. Our tour manager Vivienne didn't tell us into after we did the trip reviews that it was actually her first time with Contiki! She had done smaller groups before but our group was 51! A few things got switched around and we never would have known!
The best part was spending my 23rd birthday traveling to Pisa then having an afternoon and evening in Rome! Everyone made it such a great day for me!

I just have to figure out where to go next! Tiki tiki! :)

Review written Jun 2016

My Contiki was: Sights, Once in a lifetime, People

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  • Maddie K
  • Maddie K
  • Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 6 Countries
Simply Italy
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Such a great way to see Italy!

15 May 2016 - 26 May 2016

This was my 3rd Contiki trip in Just over a year, I left the day my first trip started.
This was the first time dealing with a different language and I had been told not to worry to much... almost everyone spoke english or could figure out what you wanted.
I had such a great group of people! My bus driver Enzo was Italian and didn't speak much english. Our tour manager Vivienne didn't tell us into after we did the trip reviews that it was actually her first time with Contiki! She had done smaller groups before but our group was 51! A few things got switched around and we never would have known!
The best part was spending my 23rd birthday traveling to Pisa then having an afternoon and evening in Rome! Everyone made it such a great day for me!

I just have to figure out where to go next! Tiki tiki! :)

Review written Jun 2016

My Contiki was: Sights, Once in a lifetime, People

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  • KathyL
  • KathyL
  • Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 5 Countries
Simply Italy
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

August 2015

02 Aug 2015 - 13 Aug 2015

This trip was awesome! Had a great time beginning to end. Though it says easy pace you are moving and hopping around to the different cities within Italy at a fast pace. You are pretty much in each city for a day so try to maximize your time and plan out 2-3 things you would want to see/do. I recommend adding a day or two at the beginning or end of the tour in Rome.

We had a nice group of 50 including couples, solo travelers and friends joining from all over and diff age ranges. By the end of the trip we were tied at the hip.

It was hottt in August so dress light/airy, wear comfortable shoes and carry water and a fan.

Most of the optionals were worth it especially the dinner in Sorrento, the Tuscan Feast and the last dinner in Rome. The dinner meal in Verona was probably the least tasteful. Hotels were decent. If you stay extra days in Rome I recommend getting a hotel that is more center city. When you are in Cinque Terre at the bed and breakfast, if you are offered the homemade meal....have it! Best lasagna ever.

Our tour guide Maggie did a great job of keeping the group together and on schedule. She made sure we got to know each other, using the hours on the coach to play games. She was also super helpful and shared many tips and tricks.

Overall would recommend if you want to see a lot of Italy in a short time with the goal of one day returning to your favorite places.

Review written Feb 2016

My Contiki was: Great Time in Italy - August '15

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  • KathyL
  • KathyL
  • Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 5 Countries
Simply Italy
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

August 2015

02 Aug 2015 - 13 Aug 2015

This trip was awesome! Had a great time beginning to end. Though it says easy pace you are moving and hopping around to the different cities within Italy at a fast pace. You are pretty much in each city for a day so try to maximize your time and plan out 2-3 things you would want to see/do. I recommend adding a day or two at the beginning or end of the tour in Rome.

We had a nice group of 50 including couples, solo travelers and friends joining from all over and diff age ranges. By the end of the trip we were tied at the hip.

It was hottt in August so dress light/airy, wear comfortable shoes and carry water and a fan.

Most of the optionals were worth it especially the dinner in Sorrento, the Tuscan Feast and the last dinner in Rome. The dinner meal in Verona was probably the least tasteful. Hotels were decent. If you stay extra days in Rome I recommend getting a hotel that is more center city. When you are in Cinque Terre at the bed and breakfast, if you are offered the homemade meal....have it! Best lasagna ever.

Our tour guide Maggie did a great job of keeping the group together and on schedule. She made sure we got to know each other, using the hours on the coach to play games. She was also super helpful and shared many tips and tricks.

Overall would recommend if you want to see a lot of Italy in a short time with the goal of one day returning to your favorite places.

Review written Feb 2016

My Contiki was: Great Time in Italy - August '15

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  • Simran
  • Simran
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 3 Countries
Simply Italy
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Breath taking, out of this world

24 Aug 2013 - 05 Sep 2013

This was my first major trip I've ever taken and decided to trust Contiki. Smart choice!!

I was not expecting to see SO much with the time we had and I loved every bit of it. I got to see all the major cities and hot spots that I know on my own, I wouldn't have managed it.

Ill give you a bit of my view for each day and some advice on how to prepare your self for this trip.

Day 1: Its a chilling day. If you land the day of then you wont get much time to check out Rome on your own. You do however get time again in Rome at the end of the trip. However I would have liked to arrive early and go out for a bit - so recommend you do the same!

Day 2: Pompeii Tour was great - highly recommend it. If you dont, then your kinda stuck on your own and cant do much either. Plus this is a great time to know the rest of your travel pack. You learn alot about what happened in Pompeii.

Day 3: 100% - DO THE CRUISE! Omg the sites, the water and the Blue Grotto - WOW. Capri is a beautiful city; one of my favorites. And as suggested, you must try Limoncello - just for the sake of it!

Day 4: The wine tasting was fun - a bit disappointed that we didnt get to see more of Tuscany. Be prepared...youll be in the coach for a long time. Another thing I did not like. The siteseeing was amazing but being locked up inside was a bit of a downer.

Day 5; FLORENCE - My absolute FAVORITE. I fell in love with this city. If I ever decide to come back to Italy, I would go to Florence. The club was really good but I dont think it was the Space club we went too. However this night was the BEST night. Did the group dinner - it was spaghetti and meatballs and my oh my...mouthwatering DELICIOUS! Start of the day we did go see the leather crafts man - dropped a few bills there. Leather is amazing - try to get something for yourself! And the Secrets of Michelangelo's Florence was really informative and had a great time. While here - BEFORE you leave to Venice, you MUST climb the INFINITE stairs. When you reach the top - the city view is amazing. Ask your tour guide about this!

Day 6: This was an okay day. If you like to shop, then hav fun! Its like a shop market - all cobblestone and everything. You do see Juliets Balcony but its not an 1hr thing. Its quick so make the most of your time here and check it out.

Day 7: Get ready to SHOP! Another great place to shop - so many vendors! And you MUST take the Gondola ride. I think for this day, I opt out the Walking Tour. Go on your own - explore. Have fun. Check out St. Mark;s Square - some really good restaurants.

Day 8: If you want to drop some major $$ on name brands - this is the place. Top name brands and very poshy. I wasnt too impressed with Milan. Again Im not a major spender. I enjoy siteseeing so this was more of a chilling day for me which it is actually.

Day 9: To be honest - I cant remember what I did this day...sorry!

Day 10: Ah yes - the Leaning Tower of Pisa. You wont spend too much time here - hopefully your tour guide will make you take funny pictures and compete with one another. Glad they included this on the way to Rome. However again - another long ride in the coach!

Day 11: Back in ROME! Def check our the Colosseum if you didnt arrive early and do it on your own. Its a must see and just learning the history behind it is great. Make the most of your day as this is your last!!

So, things I wasnt too impressed/or would like to change:
1) Long coach ride - cant avoid it and its nice they added in pit stops (Tuscany, La Spezia). But prepare yourself...bring something to occupy you or catch up on some MUCH needed rest...why...

2) Get ready for EARLY mornings! If you are not a morning person or like to take it easy, prepare yourself for a rude awakening. This is after all an 'In-Depth Explorer' style. I didnt mind it but at times it does get to you. But you get to catch up on SOME sleep on the coach...

3) Was not impressed with breakfast at all. I LOVE my breakfasy - one of the meals I will TRULY pig out on. There is only SO MUCH bread I can consume :(

4) If you like cheese, bread and oil for dipping then great! If not - as Im lactose intolerant and sensitive to wheat...then oh boy! lol Its Italy - what was I thinking! Home of PASTA AND PIZZA.

5) WATER WATER WATER - buy a water bottle and REFILL when you can. With the heat and walking, you will get dehydrated.

6) Washrooms - YUP - you gotta pay in order to use them unless you dine in which then you can use it for free!

7) Coffee - YUMMY! However I guess I forgot that they serve coffoe/americano is small cups - not what Im used to here 8OZ or more actually :)

Oh and DEF try the GELLATO's! I think everyday I treated myself. BEST one is in Florence and Rome.

Overall -this trip was amazing! You wont have regrets - the early mornings pay off...eventually ;)

Review written May 2015

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  • Simran
  • Simran
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 3 Countries
Simply Italy
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Breath taking, out of this world

24 Aug 2013 - 05 Sep 2013

This was my first major trip I've ever taken and decided to trust Contiki. Smart choice!!

I was not expecting to see SO much with the time we had and I loved every bit of it. I got to see all the major cities and hot spots that I know on my own, I wouldn't have managed it.

Ill give you a bit of my view for each day and some advice on how to prepare your self for this trip.

Day 1: Its a chilling day. If you land the day of then you wont get much time to check out Rome on your own. You do however get time again in Rome at the end of the trip. However I would have liked to arrive early and go out for a bit - so recommend you do the same!

Day 2: Pompeii Tour was great - highly recommend it. If you dont, then your kinda stuck on your own and cant do much either. Plus this is a great time to know the rest of your travel pack. You learn alot about what happened in Pompeii.

Day 3: 100% - DO THE CRUISE! Omg the sites, the water and the Blue Grotto - WOW. Capri is a beautiful city; one of my favorites. And as suggested, you must try Limoncello - just for the sake of it!

Day 4: The wine tasting was fun - a bit disappointed that we didnt get to see more of Tuscany. Be prepared...youll be in the coach for a long time. Another thing I did not like. The siteseeing was amazing but being locked up inside was a bit of a downer.

Day 5; FLORENCE - My absolute FAVORITE. I fell in love with this city. If I ever decide to come back to Italy, I would go to Florence. The club was really good but I dont think it was the Space club we went too. However this night was the BEST night. Did the group dinner - it was spaghetti and meatballs and my oh my...mouthwatering DELICIOUS! Start of the day we did go see the leather crafts man - dropped a few bills there. Leather is amazing - try to get something for yourself! And the Secrets of Michelangelo's Florence was really informative and had a great time. While here - BEFORE you leave to Venice, you MUST climb the INFINITE stairs. When you reach the top - the city view is amazing. Ask your tour guide about this!

Day 6: This was an okay day. If you like to shop, then hav fun! Its like a shop market - all cobblestone and everything. You do see Juliets Balcony but its not an 1hr thing. Its quick so make the most of your time here and check it out.

Day 7: Get ready to SHOP! Another great place to shop - so many vendors! And you MUST take the Gondola ride. I think for this day, I opt out the Walking Tour. Go on your own - explore. Have fun. Check out St. Mark;s Square - some really good restaurants.

Day 8: If you want to drop some major $$ on name brands - this is the place. Top name brands and very poshy. I wasnt too impressed with Milan. Again Im not a major spender. I enjoy siteseeing so this was more of a chilling day for me which it is actually.

Day 9: To be honest - I cant remember what I did this day...sorry!

Day 10: Ah yes - the Leaning Tower of Pisa. You wont spend too much time here - hopefully your tour guide will make you take funny pictures and compete with one another. Glad they included this on the way to Rome. However again - another long ride in the coach!

Day 11: Back in ROME! Def check our the Colosseum if you didnt arrive early and do it on your own. Its a must see and just learning the history behind it is great. Make the most of your day as this is your last!!

So, things I wasnt too impressed/or would like to change:
1) Long coach ride - cant avoid it and its nice they added in pit stops (Tuscany, La Spezia). But prepare yourself...bring something to occupy you or catch up on some MUCH needed rest...why...

2) Get ready for EARLY mornings! If you are not a morning person or like to take it easy, prepare yourself for a rude awakening. This is after all an 'In-Depth Explorer' style. I didnt mind it but at times it does get to you. But you get to catch up on SOME sleep on the coach...

3) Was not impressed with breakfast at all. I LOVE my breakfasy - one of the meals I will TRULY pig out on. There is only SO MUCH bread I can consume :(

4) If you like cheese, bread and oil for dipping then great! If not - as Im lactose intolerant and sensitive to wheat...then oh boy! lol Its Italy - what was I thinking! Home of PASTA AND PIZZA.

5) WATER WATER WATER - buy a water bottle and REFILL when you can. With the heat and walking, you will get dehydrated.

6) Washrooms - YUP - you gotta pay in order to use them unless you dine in which then you can use it for free!

7) Coffee - YUMMY! However I guess I forgot that they serve coffoe/americano is small cups - not what Im used to here 8OZ or more actually :)

Oh and DEF try the GELLATO's! I think everyday I treated myself. BEST one is in Florence and Rome.

Overall -this trip was amazing! You wont have regrets - the early mornings pay off...eventually ;)

Review written May 2015

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  • Bailey
  • Bailey
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 6 Countries
Simply Italy
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Absolutely No Regrets.

19 Apr 2015 - 30 Apr 2015

Let me start off by telling you I didn't want to go on this trip. I had bought it as a surprise gift for my boyfriend. You see Italy was on his bucket list, not mine. However, he said no to the trip and I went anyway. Contiki is about no regrets and I wasn't going to let buying a trip for someone be one of mine.

Am I ever glad I went! Italy is such a beautiful country with so many things to see, experience and eat! Boy oh boy, do you ever eat. So many pastas, pesto, gelato, pizza, wine and more!

I had Margherita as my tour manager and Enzo as our Driver. Margherita is an amazing person with such a passion for her job and it shows. If you end up with Margherita you wont be disappointed. Enzo is such a lovely driver with some serious driving skills. Italy has got some tight bends to it and I never felt unsafe in his bus once. A big shout out to both as they both made this a unforgettable trip for me.

The places you will visit are breathtaking. This is a trip where you make it what you want it to be. Rain or Shine! We had a day of rain in Rome, and let me tell you it dumped buckets. Be prepared for the wet, but also for the beautiful sun! Italy has a beautiful personalty to it and it will give you many great memories.

I don't have much bad things to say about this. The only thing I didn't like was the Autogrill. Like mentioned by others, you make a few stops at them. You do spend some time on the coach and as a result you will have to make stops. You could complain about the stops but you will probably be to busy sleeping on the coach, laughing with your new friends, or watching Italy go by to really notice.

Contiki is about adventure, memories and no regrets. This trip had everything and more then I had expected. To be honest with you I had no idea what to expect when I booked it, but I'm glad I booked it and I can't wait for my next adventure with Contiki.

Review written May 2015

My Contiki was: No Regrets, Adventures, la dolce vita

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  • Bailey
  • Bailey
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 6 Countries
Simply Italy
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Absolutely No Regrets.

19 Apr 2015 - 30 Apr 2015

Let me start off by telling you I didn't want to go on this trip. I had bought it as a surprise gift for my boyfriend. You see Italy was on his bucket list, not mine. However, he said no to the trip and I went anyway. Contiki is about no regrets and I wasn't going to let buying a trip for someone be one of mine.

Am I ever glad I went! Italy is such a beautiful country with so many things to see, experience and eat! Boy oh boy, do you ever eat. So many pastas, pesto, gelato, pizza, wine and more!

I had Margherita as my tour manager and Enzo as our Driver. Margherita is an amazing person with such a passion for her job and it shows. If you end up with Margherita you wont be disappointed. Enzo is such a lovely driver with some serious driving skills. Italy has got some tight bends to it and I never felt unsafe in his bus once. A big shout out to both as they both made this a unforgettable trip for me.

The places you will visit are breathtaking. This is a trip where you make it what you want it to be. Rain or Shine! We had a day of rain in Rome, and let me tell you it dumped buckets. Be prepared for the wet, but also for the beautiful sun! Italy has a beautiful personalty to it and it will give you many great memories.

I don't have much bad things to say about this. The only thing I didn't like was the Autogrill. Like mentioned by others, you make a few stops at them. You do spend some time on the coach and as a result you will have to make stops. You could complain about the stops but you will probably be to busy sleeping on the coach, laughing with your new friends, or watching Italy go by to really notice.

Contiki is about adventure, memories and no regrets. This trip had everything and more then I had expected. To be honest with you I had no idea what to expect when I booked it, but I'm glad I booked it and I can't wait for my next adventure with Contiki.

Review written May 2015

My Contiki was: No Regrets, Adventures, la dolce vita

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  • Sherrie
  • Sherrie
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 5 Countries
Simply Italy
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Italian Adventures--something for everyone :)

05 Oct 2013 - 17 Oct 2013

This review is a bit overdue, but this tour was Simply Awesome!

This tour has it all--art, laughter, culture, dancing, great food and of course, friendships. You're definitely limited to the amount of time you spend in each area (only got to see the Pantheon for 15 min and did a quickie tour of the Vatican), but that's a small price to pay for all the amazing sights and adventures you have. You can choose not to do the Contiki optionals, but I definitely recommend it--from classic monuments/sites like Pompeii, opera singers at an underground restaurant to dancing to old school hip hop in Rome--no regrets! It's true that some of the optionals are pretty pricey, but it gives you a chance to experience something different--like seeing a braised pig lit up with sparks in an elegant restaurant overlooking the water.

Pics: Here's some pics from Capri http://shaireproductions.com/photos-capri-island/

Hotels: Generally nice accommodations, except the first night in Rome--the vent/air-conditioning was so loud, I couldn't sleep, while my tourmates next door complained of some flies buzzing around in their room, but aside from that it a was pleasant experience. In Sorrento, we were booked at a hotel right next to the beach--incredible! It was like a dream, falling asleep to the sound of the ocean. In some of the hotel locations, you'll have to carry your luggage up/down stairs, so try not to pack a super heavy suitcase :)


Tour Guide: Enzo. Great character and so accommodating. He blasted Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" every morning on the bus, so it's forever etched into my brain as the Italian Trip song, but he added a great vibe to the tour. We picked up fun facts and history like Italian hand gestures and such.

TIPS: Bring a small first aid kit--tissues and some Vitamin C tablets or something. With 50 people packed onto a bus for hours & hours together, everyone got sick by the end of the tour :( Though, it was worth the trouble--lifetime of memories!

Chocolate Lovers--there's great quality of chocolate in Italy, so load up! Keep an eye out for Ferrero's Pocket Coffee too (small chocolates loaded with liquid espresso)--amazing treat! I wish I bought more.

Overall, this tour has a good mix of large cities, small towns and beaches. You can choose to check out the museums, party or just kick back with a drink. There's definitely something for everyone. Good luck!

Review written Mar 2015

My Contiki was: Amazing, Artistic, Diverse

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  • Sherrie
  • Sherrie
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 5 Countries
Simply Italy
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Italian Adventures--something for everyone :)

05 Oct 2013 - 17 Oct 2013

This review is a bit overdue, but this tour was Simply Awesome!

This tour has it all--art, laughter, culture, dancing, great food and of course, friendships. You're definitely limited to the amount of time you spend in each area (only got to see the Pantheon for 15 min and did a quickie tour of the Vatican), but that's a small price to pay for all the amazing sights and adventures you have. You can choose not to do the Contiki optionals, but I definitely recommend it--from classic monuments/sites like Pompeii, opera singers at an underground restaurant to dancing to old school hip hop in Rome--no regrets! It's true that some of the optionals are pretty pricey, but it gives you a chance to experience something different--like seeing a braised pig lit up with sparks in an elegant restaurant overlooking the water.

Pics: Here's some pics from Capri http://shaireproductions.com/photos-capri-island/

Hotels: Generally nice accommodations, except the first night in Rome--the vent/air-conditioning was so loud, I couldn't sleep, while my tourmates next door complained of some flies buzzing around in their room, but aside from that it a was pleasant experience. In Sorrento, we were booked at a hotel right next to the beach--incredible! It was like a dream, falling asleep to the sound of the ocean. In some of the hotel locations, you'll have to carry your luggage up/down stairs, so try not to pack a super heavy suitcase :)


Tour Guide: Enzo. Great character and so accommodating. He blasted Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" every morning on the bus, so it's forever etched into my brain as the Italian Trip song, but he added a great vibe to the tour. We picked up fun facts and history like Italian hand gestures and such.

TIPS: Bring a small first aid kit--tissues and some Vitamin C tablets or something. With 50 people packed onto a bus for hours & hours together, everyone got sick by the end of the tour :( Though, it was worth the trouble--lifetime of memories!

Chocolate Lovers--there's great quality of chocolate in Italy, so load up! Keep an eye out for Ferrero's Pocket Coffee too (small chocolates loaded with liquid espresso)--amazing treat! I wish I bought more.

Overall, this tour has a good mix of large cities, small towns and beaches. You can choose to check out the museums, party or just kick back with a drink. There's definitely something for everyone. Good luck!

Review written Mar 2015

My Contiki was: Amazing, Artistic, Diverse

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Simply Italy
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Simply Amazing

28 Sep 2014 - 09 Oct 2014

I can not really add much to the already 5 star trip and reviews below. Simply Italy, simply do it! :-)

Review written Oct 2014

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Simply Italy
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Simply Amazing

28 Sep 2014 - 09 Oct 2014

I can not really add much to the already 5 star trip and reviews below. Simply Italy, simply do it! :-)

Review written Oct 2014

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Simply Italy
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Amazing!!!

24 Aug 2014 - 04 Sep 2014

It was my first time with Contiki and also my first time travelling solo. I had the time of my life!!
First of all, our tour manager, Margherita, was the best ever!! She made everything to make every moment unforgettable! She gave us a lot of information about history, italian culture, best places to eat, best drink, maps with all the tips we need it. Our trip wouldn't have been as amazing without her!!!
Our driver, Enzo, did a great job of driving safely despite the crazy traffic of Italy. He also did his best to communicate with us despite the language barrier. He was always ready to get in and even when it was not their obligation.
I made a lot of friends from Canada, USA, Australia, France, Puerto Rico. Although my English was not fluent, I could talk, laugh and have a lot of fun.
The itinerary couldn't be more perfect! We discovered differents Italies in each city we went to.
I'm really in love with Italy, their food, people, culture and everything!
Thank you Contiki, Megghy and Enzo!

Review written Sep 2014

My Contiki was: best staff, friends, differents Italies

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Simply Italy
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Amazing!!!

24 Aug 2014 - 04 Sep 2014

It was my first time with Contiki and also my first time travelling solo. I had the time of my life!!
First of all, our tour manager, Margherita, was the best ever!! She made everything to make every moment unforgettable! She gave us a lot of information about history, italian culture, best places to eat, best drink, maps with all the tips we need it. Our trip wouldn't have been as amazing without her!!!
Our driver, Enzo, did a great job of driving safely despite the crazy traffic of Italy. He also did his best to communicate with us despite the language barrier. He was always ready to get in and even when it was not their obligation.
I made a lot of friends from Canada, USA, Australia, France, Puerto Rico. Although my English was not fluent, I could talk, laugh and have a lot of fun.
The itinerary couldn't be more perfect! We discovered differents Italies in each city we went to.
I'm really in love with Italy, their food, people, culture and everything!
Thank you Contiki, Megghy and Enzo!

Review written Sep 2014

My Contiki was: best staff, friends, differents Italies

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  • Victoria W
  • Victoria W
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 2 Countries
Simply Italy
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Simply Amazing!

15 Jun 2014 - 26 Jun 2014

As a solo traveller having never used Contiki before, I did not know what to expect. However, based on this trip, I'd have no hesitation in travelling with Contiki again.
We had the best tour manager (Maité) and bus driver (Alessandro), who made sure everything on tour was great - even when dealing with difficult dietary requirements in the restaurants we visited (such as vegetarianism and allergies). As much as Italy was an amazing country by itself (the places, food and wine are beyond extraordinary - the highlight for me being the family-run restaurant we ate at in CinqueTerre suggested by Maité ), it was the Contiki staff that made this tour unforgettable. I've been home just 2 days and miss it already!
I would definitely recommend Contiki to anyone, especially this tour (fingers crossed you will get Maité - honestly the best tour manager I've ever had). Brilliant sights, food, wine and people!

Review written Jun 2014

My Contiki was: amazing, unforgettable, cultured

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  • Victoria W
  • Victoria W
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 2 Countries
Simply Italy
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Simply Amazing!

15 Jun 2014 - 26 Jun 2014

As a solo traveller having never used Contiki before, I did not know what to expect. However, based on this trip, I'd have no hesitation in travelling with Contiki again.
We had the best tour manager (Maité) and bus driver (Alessandro), who made sure everything on tour was great - even when dealing with difficult dietary requirements in the restaurants we visited (such as vegetarianism and allergies). As much as Italy was an amazing country by itself (the places, food and wine are beyond extraordinary - the highlight for me being the family-run restaurant we ate at in CinqueTerre suggested by Maité ), it was the Contiki staff that made this tour unforgettable. I've been home just 2 days and miss it already!
I would definitely recommend Contiki to anyone, especially this tour (fingers crossed you will get Maité - honestly the best tour manager I've ever had). Brilliant sights, food, wine and people!

Review written Jun 2014

My Contiki was: amazing, unforgettable, cultured

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What's Included

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

Accommodation

  • 11 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

  • 14 meals:
  • 11 continental breakfasts
  • 3 Regional Dinners: pizza making experience & local trattoria dining

Inclusions

  • 9 World Heritage Sites visited
  • Scenic drive along the coast
  • See Mt. Vesuvius
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Me Time

  • Pompeii Guided Walking Tour
  • Capri Cruise
  • Bay of Naples Feast
  • Souvenir group photo
  • Space Disco
  • Tuscan Evening
  • Secrets of Venice walking tour
  • Gondola ride
  • Burano Island Cruise & Dinner
  • Lake Cruise
  • Rome of the Emperors and Gladiators including the Colosseum
  • Dinner ‘La Dolce Vita’
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On a budget?

  • The average cost per day for this tour is US$168
  • 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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