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Simply Italy

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The one that gives you 12 days of pure Italian bliss

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  • Duration

    12 days

  • Places

    15 places

  • Meals

    11 Breakfasts, 3 Regional Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach

  • Group Size

    Average 45 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

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

Top Experiences

12 included & 9 free time add-ons available to add later

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

    Included

    Rome

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

    Included

    Florence

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

    Included

    Verona

Simply Italy (Winter)

12 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, and La Scala Opera House in Milan
  • 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

9 Free Time Add-Ons

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

  • Bay of Naples Feast EUR 41.00
  • See lemon groves and taste homemade limoncello on the dramatic Amalfi Coast EUR 19.00
  • Take a guided tour of the lost Roman city of Pompeii EUR 24.50
  • 'Montebuoni' Tuscan Dinner EUR 49.00
  • Glide down the canals of Venice on a traditional gondola EUR 23.00
  • Burano Island Cruise and Cicchetti EUR 44.00
  • Lake Como Cruise EUR 14.00
  • Walk in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum and Roman Forum EUR 41.00
  • Rome Like a Local EUR 40.50

Where I'll Stay?

Learn more about the accommodation available on this trip

  • 11 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    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.

About this trip

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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Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
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  • Via location
  • River route
  • Plane route

Nights spent per location

  1. 1 1 night

    Rome

  2. via via

    Vatican City

  3. 2 2 nights

    Sorrento

  4. via via

    Amalfi

  5. via via

    Pompeii

  6. 2 2 nights

    Florence

  7. via via

    Verona

  8. 2 2 nights

    Venice

  9. via via

    Lake Como

  10. 1 1 night

    Milan

  11. via via

    Cinque Terre

  12. 1 1 night

    Italian Riviera

  13. via via

    Pisa

  14. via via

    Chianti Region

  15. 2 2 nights

    Rome

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DAY 1 - Arrive Rome

Rome

Italy - you have our attention! These are the 12-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!

Stay

Polo Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Special access Rome sightseeing tour

  • See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, The Vatican, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona

DAY 2 - Rome to Sorrento via Vatican City

Rome

What better way to spend our last day in Rome than by swinging by the Pope's house? It would be rude not to. We'll head to Vatican City, a.k.a. the smallest country in the world, and take a locally guided tour of the Sistine Chapel, gawping at Michelangelo's masterpiece on the ceiling, St Peter's Basilica & the art of the Vatican Museums

Vatican City

Sorrento

"So so so so in love with Sorrento" are about the only words you'll muster up tonight as you sit seaside watching the sunset in this famous town of beauty.

Stay

3-4 Star Standard Hotel

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

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

  • See Mt. Vesuvius

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Bay of Naples Feast

    EUR 41.00

DAY 3 - Sorrento via Amalfi Coast

Sorrento

Rise and shine! When we’re in this part of the world, it would be rude not to uncover the rugged beauty of the Amalfi coast.

Amalfi

This has to be one of the most scenic drives in Europe, as we soak in the plunging mountainsides, lush woodlands and glittering waters that make this landscape a UNESCO World Heritage site. You’ll have the opportunity today to explore a stunning lemon grove and meet a local family while enjoying local delicacies like limoncello and lemon cake. When life gives you lemons, make all your days as sweet as this.

Sorrento

We’ll arrive back in Sorrento with full stomachs and full camera rolls. It’s definitely been a day to remember.

Stay

3-4 Star Standard Hotel

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • See lemon groves and taste homemade limoncello on the dramatic Amalfi Coast

    EUR 19.00

DAY 4 - Sorrento to Florence via Pompei

Sorrento

See you, Sorrento! Thanks for making our Instagram feeds look like shoots for Italian Vogue!

Pompeii

Once a totally vibing hang-out of the Romans, Pompeii is now an archaeological site showing remains of what was destroyed by a mountain eruption in the year ... wait for it...79AD. The saying "stepping back in time" is about to take on a whole new meaning.

Florence

The famous dome of the 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.

Stay

3-4 Star Standard Hotel

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Take a guided tour of the lost Roman city of Pompeii

    EUR 24.50

DAY 5 - 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.

Stay

3-4 Star Standard Hotel

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • 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

  • Learn about Florence's leather craft with a demonstration

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Share a family-style dinner with an aperitivo and learn how to make risotto overlooking the Tuscan Hills

    EUR 49.00

DAY 6 - Florence to Venice via 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.

Verona

In fair Verona, we'll be lapping up the city where the story of Romeo & Juliet was set. Deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its urban structure and architecture, we'll absorb it over a stroll past the Roman Arena and 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, but tonight, you have the chance to head out onto the lamplit streets and get your bearings with an optional evening walking tour.

Stay

Holiday Inn Marghera Hotel Venice (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

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

DAY 7 - Venice

Venice

Wake-up sleeping beauties! Venice is yours for the entirety of this glorious Italian day. We'll be jumping aboard our own private boat and hitting the canals en route to the historical heart of the city. A guided walking tour and a gondola ride are up for grabs, or you can always choose to get lost on your own and see where the maze takes you.

Stay

Holiday Inn Marghera Hotel Venice (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Glide down the canals of Venice on a traditional Gondola

    EUR 23.00

  • Burano Island Cruise and Cicchetti

    EUR 44.00

DAY 8 - Venice to Milan via Lake Como

Venice

Now that Venice has charmed us, it's time to strut our way to Milan for all things fashion & good taste.

Lake Como

En route, we'll stop at Lake Como to gaze upon lakeside villas, dramatic scenery, a funicular, and even a fable-like Italian castle. For those keen to get snaps at the foothills of the Alps & suss out celebrity lake life, this is the place to be.

Milan

Here we are in the Capital of Cool. Spend your free evening faking fabulous at the glam shopping arcade of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. You'll also need to put La Scala Opera House and Duomo Cathedral on your Milan must-do list. Tonight you have the chance to head to the trendy neighborhood of Navigli and check out the area's many canal side bars city's to enjoy aperitivo.

Stay

Milano Sesto Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the Duomo, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II & La Scala Opera House in Milan

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Take a cruise on Lake Como and wander the cobbled streets of Bellagio framed by the distant Alps

    EUR 14.00

DAY 9 - Milan to Italian Riviera via Cinque Terre

Milan

This morning we make an exit from Milan with coastal villages on the mind. Get your camera at the ready and on max charge; this will be a day of pretty.

Cinque Terre

Today is truly one for the bucket list, as we arrive in the glamorous Cinque Terre. You’ll get your included one day Cinque Terre one day travelcard, allowing you to take the train or access hiking trails between the ‘5 lands’, each with their own unique culture and charisma.

Italian Riviera

We'll train hop our way back to our base, La Spezia, in time for an optional Pesto Making class and dinner tonight. We say optional - but learning how to make pesto in its spiritual home of Italy is one experience you're not going to want to miss.

Stay

3-4 Star Standard Hotel

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • One-day Cinque Terre travelcard with access to trains and hiking trails

DAY 10 - Italian Riviera to Rome via Pisa and Chianti Region

The Italian Riviera

Walk away from the Italian Riviera with plans to come back here for a few weeks or months, why not?

Pisa

It's our last leg before we loop back to Rome, and we plan to make the most of it. Which means a final stop in Pisa to ogle at the world's most famous #AwkwardLean, no less.

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.

Rome

Now that you're 10-days deep in your Italian odyssey, you will set your eyes upon Rome with heightened love and appreciation for the great country she's nested in. Get a glimpse of the greats, maybe down some pizza and stroll the streets in la mode of leisure knowing you have all day tomorrow to see the sites.

Stay

Polo Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • 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

DAY 11 - Rome

Rome

The end might be near, but we're in no great hurry to start winding down the adventure. As it's our last night on our trip, an optional dinner has been organised in a Roman restaurant complete with an opera singer, live music and pasta. We like to end things on a high note - no opera pun intended.

Stay

Polo Hotel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

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

    EUR 41.00

  • Rome Like a Local

    EUR 40.50

DAY 12 - Depart Rome

Rome

That's a wrap! Our Italian love affair has officially come to a close but will carry on filling our thoughts way into the future. Particularly when we're back in the real world dreaming of the good life on tour.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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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.

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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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