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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 included 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.
Your group
Travel with other 18-35 year olds from around the world
Our trips are exclusively 18-35. This means you'll be travelling with people just like you, from all over the world- laughter and friendships always guaranteed.
Experiences
10 included, 9 optional that you can add
Prepare to get a taste of all the best bits of Italy - and we're not just talking about the food. Soak up the history and culture of Rome, navigate the cobbled streets of romantic Florence with a local guide and wind through the canals of Venice in a private boat.
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So damn bellissimo is this country that you may never want to leave. We'll see you oohing and aahing over Chianti & antipasto in a 16th century Tuscan winery, boating through the canals and islands of Venice, and learning about leather craft in the architecturally magnificent city of Florence. This is so much more than pizza & coffee.
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Florence
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Chianti Region
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Pisa
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DAY 1 - Arrive Rome
Rome
Italy - you have our attention! These are the 8-days we've been dreaming of since the day we booked. Our group of globe-roamers will meet up at 4pm at our Rome digs before hitting the streets for our first dinner and a taste of the city. La perfezione!
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Special access Rome sightseeing coach tour
See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, The Vatican, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona
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Regent Hotel (or similar)
DAY 2 - Rome
Rome
Then take off to explore the city - get the lowdown on where to go from your Trip Manager, perhaps you'll want to opt in to a guided tour of the famous Gladiator fighting location - the Colosseum? Tonight - its all about food! If you want to do as the Italian's do and make your own food - definitely join the rest of your new travel squad for a Italian Cooking Class!
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Rome of the Emperors and Gladiators including the Colosseum
EUR 30.00
Pasta Cooking Class and Dinner
EUR 49.00
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Regent Hotel (or similar)
DAY 3 - Rome to Florence via Vatican City
Rome
Today we will need to swing by the Pope's house and gawk at the magnitude of the Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica. After last night's sample of Rome, your appetite for all things Italian will be well and truly whet. And you'll be wildly thankful we're coming back for more of this city at the end of the trip.
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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
Vatican City
Florence
The famous dome of Duomo Cathedral sits above the city, making certain we know we have arrived in Florence. Tonight you can continue your Tuscan love affair with a stroll along River Arno & ponder the prettiness of Florence over another vino or two.
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BB Hotel Firenze Centro (or similar)
DAY 4 - Florence
Florence
Explore the city's markets complete with gelato in hand; marvel at artworks from the likes of legends like Michelangelo; and be impressed by the skillful art of leather at an included demonstration. These are the sorts of activities likely to fill your Florence agenda. Tonight, you have the chance to sign up for a traditional Tuscan evening with dinner full of Italian flavours. Top off your night with an optional Space Electronic Disco at one of Florence's hippest nightclubs.
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Discover the Secrets of Michelangelo's Florence – see Ponte Vecchio, the Medici Palace & much more on our locally guided walking tour of Florence
See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistery & Piazza della Signoria
Learn about Florence's leather craft with a demonstration
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Group Photo
EUR 12.00
Tuscan Evening
EUR 42.00
Space Electronic Disco
EUR 16.00
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BB Hotel Firenze Centro (or similar)
DAY 5 - Florence incl Chianti Region and San Gimignano
Florence
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Guided tour of a 16th century Tuscan winery while enjoying local Chianti & antipasto
Visit San Giminiano and see its medievil towers and town square
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Florence Food Tour
Chianti Region
Endless lines of olive trees & the golden Tuscan sun will have us in a stupor of happiness. And that's before we've pulled up at a 16th century Tuscan winery to explore an old cellar & try a local drop paired with delicious antipasto.
San Gimignano
Spend the morning in San Gimignano, the stunning hill-top town that is often dubbed “Medieval Manhattan”. Dotted with ancient towers, San Gimignano serves up sweeping views over the region’s rolling hills. Explore the village and pick up some local specialties like wild-boar salami or pecorino cheese.
Florence
We're back in Florence for the evening. You're free to do your own thing tonight, or make the most of your last night in the capital of Tuscany with an optional Florence food tour.
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BB Hotel Firenze Centro (or similar)
DAY 6 - Florence to Venice via Pisa and Verona
Florence
From one romantic city to the next, today we're venturing on to Verona and Venice to find Shakespearean vibes and a city that floats.
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See the Leaning Tower of Pisa
See the Roman Arena in Verona
Pisa
Before we leave Tuscany for Venice today, there is one more famous building to grab a photo of. Which means a final stop in Pisa to ogle at the world's most famous #AwkwardLean no less.
Verona
In fair Verona, we'll be lapping up the city where the story of Romeo & Juliet was set. The Roman Arena is deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its urban structure and architecture. There will be time to find a spot to eat before our next destination.
Venice
Already in the spirit of Italian history and romance, tonight we'll land in the nest of Venice, which rivals the beauty of any other body of canals in the world, it's immensely charming thanks to drifting gondolas. You'll get the chance to explore this city tomorrow with a full free day on the agenda.
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Michelangelo Hotel Mestre (or similar)
DAY 7 - Venice
Venice
Today you're likely to burst out of bed and ready to explore the city. Find hidden lanes & story book bridges, & take our private boat ride through character filled canals. Cruise through the canals of Venice on an optional gondola ride, or opt in for a magical trip to Burano for a Venetian dinner this evening.
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Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice
See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Square
See Venice's iconic canals & gondolas
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Burano Island Cruise & Dinner
EUR 50.00
Gondola ride
EUR 23.00
Secrets of Venice walking tour
EUR 11.50
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Michelangelo Hotel Mestre (or similar)
DAY 8 - Depart Venice/Rome
Venice
The trip ends after breakfast in Venice and it’s time to say "arrivederci" to your new friends. Or if you prefer, catch a complimentary transfer back to Rome where your trip ends when you arrive.
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Anonymous
Traveled Feb 2019
The name is not just random. Its a fast paced quick tour of all the highlights, perfect for some stellar Instagram pics. But it doesn't have much scope for exploring and experiencing the country in full. Your schedule is packed full, and it can feel like you're just being ferried from one photo op to the next.
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Anonymous
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The cost was reasonable I purchased it on a Black Friday or Boxing Day sale.
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Kaitlin Haynes
Traveled Jan 2019
The tour manager alone is worth millions. Having someone passionate about Italy showing you around such a beautiful country is a blessing and the sights and activities just make it even better. 10/10 would do it again.
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Leroy Wilson
Traveled Jan 2019
Was a overall great experience - loved the people and the travel plans. Our Guide was the BEST.
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Anonymous
Traveled Dec 2018
The things included were hotel, bus transfers, a few dinners and 2 city tours. It's nice that they give us a lot of free time so that we can make the trip what we want, but I would've liked more inclusions or add-ons of historical landmarks and such. On past trips, we've gotten museum or transportation passes for major cities (like Rome) and that was really great to have.The bus was nice and kept clean and our tour manager was great and very informative of how to get around the cities and offered us multiple options when it came to what to do for our free time. Our tour was done in late November and it was a little colder than I expected, so like a good traveler, just look ahead at the weather and pack accordingly. Our group was also more "mature" than I expected after reading reviews, which was good because everyone behaved themselves where appropriate (Vatican, restaurants, ect.). The cities were "small" enough that we would run into each other when exploring, so it was easy to jump from group to group throughout the day if you wanted. Because the trip was only a week, it goes by very quick and you have to make sure you make the most of your time. For me, I had traveled internationally before so I was kind of use to the atmosphere and how things go, but if you are new to international traveling, I would not recommend this specific tour as you may be disappointed in "not being able to see everything". We stopped by the leaning tower of Pisa for an hour or so on our way to Venice and it was just one of those "now I can say I've seen it" areas. Nothing else there besides the church, so I'm glad we spent little time there, but I would've rather spent that having more time in Verona or another city with more character.
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Rony Gomes
Traveled Dec 2018
Rome should need it 1more day.
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Jeffrey Vanover
Traveled Dec 2018
Having done multiple Contiki’s this rates right up there with the best
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Sasha Naidoo
Traveled Dec 2018
It was perfect although the last day we spent in venice should have had a walking tour that was included and not as an add on
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Thomas Ribadeneira
Traveled Nov 2018
The tour director Margherita was amazing! She was so fun and full of energy and her insights were great!
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Anonymous
Traveled Nov 2018
The tour itself and especially our tour manager, margehrita, was amazing. Maggie went above and beyond to make the trip unforgettable and to run so smoothly. She was the best, 10 stars! The only thing holding back from 5 stars were the accommodations in Rome and Venice. Those hotels left a lot to be desired but overall the trip was so much fun and I would recommend it to anyone.
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Anonymous
Traveled Nov 2018
The tour manager took every possible stress associated with a trip out of it. We spent exactly the right amount of time at each location and went to the right spots.
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Anonymous
Traveled Nov 2018
I am not pleased that I spent my money on the hotel in Venice and was not given any refund or compensation for a place that obviously did not care to fix up my accommodations.
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Liam
Traveled Nov 2018
This trip was excellent value for money, and I know I wouldn't have been able to complete it on the same budget if I tried to book everything myself.
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Anonymous
Traveled Sep 2018
The tour had good cities selection but not enough time to explore as there was so much crammed in the span of week
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Dylan Bordonaro
Traveled Sep 2018
Again, I would definitely recommend that other restaurants are found for the Included-Dinners, the food quality was really bad and my group and I found ourselves wanting to skip out to go to other restaurants to try good Italian food.
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Omar
Traveled Sep 2018
Very poor value for the money paid. The hotel accommodations were terrible; location was well outside city centers, unclean, and very outdated. The included food was so unappetizing, that contiki managed to give Italian food a bad reputation! All of included breakfasts and dinners were just plain bad, how can you mess up spaghetti and meat balls for goodness sake?!? It just seems that contiki cheaps out so much on the food that it forces the restaurants to serve terrible meals. I understand that since these were included meals that I should have lower expectations on quality, however, twice my wife and I signed up for dinners as part of the time add-Ons (Tuscan dinner 43 euro/ person, and Burano dinner 50 euro/person), and had reasonable expectation to be served a good meal, but yet again contiki through partnering with such crappy restaurants left us with horrible experience.
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Rashi Bhaya
Traveled Sep 2018
I loved the trip but would have liked better accommodations in Rome and Venice.
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James Green
Traveled Sep 2018
The Italian Espresso tour was the best holiday I had taken for quite some time. I thoroughly enjoyed this tri - contiki made it easy for me to enjoy the trip by taking care of the admin and providing great care to everyone involved. For those interested, the trip was as the name implies 'Espresso' - short and quick burst through Italy. We covered a lot of ground in a short space of time and is a great way to just get a taste of Italy which will no doubt leave you wanting to return at some point in the future.
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Anonymous
Traveled Aug 2018
I was so grateful to be able to pay one price up front, then never think about money again. There were optional add-ons that we could decide on while on the trip, which was awesome.
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Traveled Aug 2018
The tour was everything I wanted and more!
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