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Italian Espresso

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The one that gives you La Dolce Vita over 8 days in Italy’s most bellissimo cities

Duration
8 Days
Places
8 places

Visiting Rome, Florence, Venice, Vatican City, Chianti Region, San Gimignano, Pisa, Verona

Is this trip for me?

Travel Style

In-Depth Explorer

Group Size

Average 45 people

Transport Style

Coach

Highlights

  • Special access Rome sightseeing tour
  • See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, The Vatican, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona
  • Walk in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum and Roman Forum
  • Only $200 deposit to book
  • Pay over time, interest free
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  • No booking fee, no change fees
  • Financing available with UpLift

What's included?

7 nights accommodation

7 nights in Hotel

Rest your head in twin or triple-share rooms in cosy hotels located in brilliant downtown locations. If you prefer to sleep solo, you can pay a bit extra to upgrade to single room.

9 Meals

2 Regional Dinner, 7 Breakfast

Welcome to the land of indulgence - think creamy pasta, tasty pizza finished with a tangy scoop of gelato. In addition to 7 continental breakfasts, we'll treat you to 2 scrumptious regional dinners at local trattorias.

Team

Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.

Transport

All transport included during the trip

Included in your trip is transport across Europe on our fleet of comfy, state of the art coaches. They're kitted out with all the necessities: USB charge points, WiFi, Air Con and a rocking sound system. You bring the other essentials, like tunes, friendships and stories from the night before.

Experiences

11 included, 7 optional that you can add

TOP EXPERIENCES ON THIS TRIP:

- Hit up Rome's most iconic spots in one go, including the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain & Pantheon
- Step into Vatican City & admire Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel masterpiece with a local guide
- Discover the secrets of Michelangelo's Florence in a locally guided walking tour
- Sample chianti and antipasto in a stunning 16th Century Tuscan winery
- Line up your best insta shot at the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa
- Jet to colourful Burano Island in Venice on a traditional motoscafo, and enjoy a seafood feast*

*This experience is a Free Time Add-on and not included in trip costs
A full week of la dolce vita, pronto. This one is pure Italian travel condensed into 8 days, covering all the big bucket-list destinations of Venice, Florence & Rome, plus the smaller cities of Chianti, Pisa, Verona, and the 'Medieval Manhattan' of San Gimigano. We'll ooh and aah over antipasto & Chianti in a 16th century Tuscan winery, dine on regional specialties in local trattorias, boat through the canals and islands of Venice, and explore the architecturally magnificent city of Florence. Expect comfy hotels and plenty of world-famous espresso & pizza on the way.

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Top Experiences

Some are available to purchase while on the trip

Locally guided tour of the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica & the art of the Vatican Museums

Rome

Discover Renaissance Florence on foot including the statue of David, Ponte Vecchio & the Medici Palace

Florence

Guided tour of a 16th century Tuscan winery while enjoying local Chianti & antipasto

Chianti Region

Visit romantic Verona and see Casa Giulietta (Juliet's Balcony)

Verona

Walk in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum and Roman Forum

EUR 41.00

Rome

Learn how to make fresh pasta in Rome's most historic district followed by a pasta dinner

EUR 50.00

Rome

Italian Espresso

11 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Special access Rome sightseeing tour
  • See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, The Vatican, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona
  • Locally guided tour of the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica & the art of the Vatican Museums
  • See St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City
  • Discover Renaissance Florence on foot including the statue of David, Ponte Vecchio & the Medici Palace
  • See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistery & Piazza della Signoria
  • Leather craft demonstration
  • Guided tour of a 16th century Tuscan winery while enjoying local Chianti & antipasto
  • Visit San Gimignano and see its medieval towers and town square
  • Visit the iconic Tower of Pisa and pose for the classic insta snap
  • Visit romantic Verona and see Casa Giulietta (Juliet's Balcony)

7 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Walk in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum and Roman Forum EUR 41.00
  • Learn how to make fresh pasta in Rome's most historic district followed by a pasta dinner EUR 50.00
  • 'Montebuoni' Tuscan Dinner EUR 49.00
  • Taste local favourites in a street food walking tour of Florence EUR 50.00
  • Glide down the canals of Venice on a traditional gondola EUR 23.00
  • Uncover a hidden Venice with an in-depth walking tour followed by an aperitivo EUR 17.00
  • Cruise to the UNESCO-listed island of Burano followed by sumptuous seafood dinner EUR 57.00

Itinerary

Nights spent per location

  1. 2 2 nights

    Rome

  2. via via

    Vatican City

  3. 3 3 nights

    Florence

  4. via via

    Chianti Region

  5. via via

    San Gimignano

  6. via via

    Pisa

  7. via via

    Verona

  8. 2 2 nights

    Venice

  9. Rome

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What documents do I need to travel?

Dependent on where you’re travelling and your nationality, you'll need a valid passport and may also need visas to enter into certain countries - please check this well in advance of your trip departure date. The majority of our Europe trips travel in countries that are covered by the Schengen Agreement which relates to visas. Citizens of many countries - e.g. Australia, New Zealand, United States, Canada - can travel in the Schengen area without a visa. If you require a visa to enter the Schengen area you only need to obtain one visa which will allow you to travel in all Schengen countries. For non-Schengen countries, you may be able to obtain a visa upon arrival, depending on your nationality. Some countries also require passports to have 3-6 months left on them before the given expiry date, so be sure to double check this before booking your travels.

IMPORTANT
1. Visas can take up to six weeks & a fee is normally charged.
2. Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to miss part or all of your trip & will result in you incurring considerable expense & inconvenience.
3. It is better to apply for all visas through your travel agent or local consular services before you leave home.
4. Contiki will provide you with visa contacts from our London base at the Royal National Hotel, if necessary.

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our European trips, you can bring one bag or suitcase of 73cm x 50cm x 25cm (29” x 20” x 10”), with a max weight of 20kg (44lbs) to be stored in the hold & one small day bag to take on board. Your day bag should be a backpack, duffel bag or satchel only (no small luggage cases or suitcases with wheels on board the coach).

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. 
Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Your Drivers are the experts on getting you from A to B efficiently and safely in Europe. They know their way around better than google maps & they’ll drop you at your door & unload your bags for you. Local Guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's not included that I should budget for?

Aside from essentials like flights, how much spending money you’ll need will depend on the duration of the trip and how much you anticipate spending on personal expenses like alcohol or shopping. Before you travel, it’s also a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen European destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
 
- Cost of a local lunch
 
- Cost of a local dinner
 
- Cost of a local taxi
 
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot


In all areas of the service industry in Europe, from restaurants, bars, hotels & taxis, it is common practice to tip if you feel that the service received has been excellent.
The same goes for your Contiki Team. If you feel that your Trip Manager & Driver’s service has been exceptional, then feel free to tip them if you feel they’ve done a great job. If you choose to tip, we recommend around 2 Euros per day, however whether or not you choose to tip (& how much) is completely up to you.

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

Yes! Our fleet of modern, sleek coaches are kitted out with WiFi in all places except Greece, as are most hotels & hostels across the continent, so you’ll always be able to effortlessly get online and update everyone back home about your incredible adventure.

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation’s family of brands. From street tours that support local residents, refugees and the vulnerably housed, to dining experiences that support local farmers, our consciouc travel experiences let you see things from a different perspective. Find out more at https://www.contiki.com/uk/en/about/contiki-cares.

How do I redeem the % off deal?

Our great deals and offers are only in market for a limited time are subject to pay in full deadlines. If you cannot pay in full by the specified date shown alongside the offer/deal you can still  lock in the trip date of your choice at our Standard Price where normal payment terms of pay in full 45 days prior to your trip departing apply.  Visit the deals page for the full terms & conditions. Discounts apply to the land portion of your trip price only (this excludes taxes, included flight costs, extra accommodation & optional activities. Your trip price does not include the costs of international flights that start or end your trip).

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