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Simply Italy

(Winter)

4.4
273 reviews
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The one that gives you 12 days of pure Italian bliss

Duration
12 Days
Places
15 places

Visiting Rome, Sorrento, Florence, Venice, Milan, The Riviera, Italian Riviera, Vatican City, Amalfi, Pompeii, Verona, Lake Garda, Cinque Terre, Pisa, Chianti Region

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
  • Locally guided tour of the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica & the art of the Vatican Museums
  • Only $200 deposit to book
  • Part pay financing available with UpLift
  • No change fees
  • No booking fees

What's included?

11 nights accommodation

11 nights in Hotel

For 11 nights, you'll be snoozing in twin or triple-share rooms in homely Italian hotels. If you prefer to sleep alone (or your loud snores mean no one wants to sleep with you), you can splash a bit more cash on a single-share upgrade.

14 Meals

3 Regional Dinner, 11 Breakfast

Delight your taste buds with delicious, traditional fare from the food capital of the world. Wake up to a continental breakfast each day and enjoy 3 regional dinners on us.

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 WiFi, you bring the other essentials, like tunes, friendships and stories from the night before.

Experiences

13 included, 8 optional that you can add

TOP EXPERIENCES ON THIS TRIP:

- Cruise around dramatic Italian coastline to the enchanting Isle of Capri*
- Jet to colourful Burano Island in Venice on a traditional motoscafo, and enjoy a seafood feast*
- Indulge in a regional feast overlooking the beautiful Bay of Naples*
- Sample chianti and antipasto in a stunning 16th Century Tuscan winery
- Cruise through the dreamy pastel villages of Cinque Terre
- Line up your best insta shot at the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa

*This experience is a Free Time Add-on and not included in trip costs
Welcome to 12 days of pure Italian travel immersion. Covering Rome, Florence, Milan, Venice and beyond, this one brings you the blissful best of this soul-stirring country. Explore Rome's historical highlights, travel through the streets of Michelangelo's Florence, enjoy some antipasto and chianti in a 16th Century Tuscan winery and drop by the cove-studded Isle of Capri...and that's just an aperitivo. Beauty, romance and all the pasta you can fit in; the good life just got even better. That's amore!

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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

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

Verona

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

Chianti Region

Dinner ‘La Dolce Vita’

EUR 40.50

Rome

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

EUR 36.00

Rome

Simply Italy (Winter)

13 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 Mt. Vesuvius
  • 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
  • Visit romantic Verona and see Casa Giulietta (Juliet's Balcony)
  • See the Duomo, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II & La Scala Opera House in Milan
  • Visit Sirmione
  • One-day Cinque Terre travelcard with access to trains and hiking trails
  • Visit the iconic Tower of Pisa and pose for the classic insta snap
  • Guided tour of a 16th century Tuscan winery while enjoying local Chianti & antipasto

8 Free Time Add-Ons

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

  • Bay of Naples Feast EUR 37.00
  • See lemon groves and taste homemade limoncello on the dramatic Amalfi Coast EUR 18.00
  • Take a guided tour of the lost Roman city of Pompeii EUR 24.50
  • Tastes of Venice Food walking tour and Passeggiata EUR 41.00
  • Dine on Italian family recipes in the homes of locals with EatWith, Milan EUR 35.00
  • Lake Cruise EUR 9.50
  • Dinner ‘La Dolce Vita’ EUR 40.50
  • Walk in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum and Roman Forum EUR 36.00

Itinerary

Nights spent per location
1
1 night
Rome
via
via
Vatican City
2
2 nights
Sorrento
via
via
Amalfi
via
via
Pompeii
2
2 nights
Florence
via
via
Verona
2
2 nights
Venice
via
via
Lake Garda
1
1 night
Milan
via
via
Cinque Terre
1
1 night
Italian Riviera
via
via
Pisa
via
via
Chianti Region
2
2 nights
Rome
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are flights included in my trip?

International flights to/from the destination your trip starts and ends in are not included in the cost of the trip, and must be purchased separately. You can book these independently if you want to shop around for the best quote, or through your travel agent.

Any flights you take during your Contiki are included in the cost of your trip. On certain European trips we use planes to get you from A to B as quickly as possible, and all of this is included.

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.

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