10 days

Secrets of Italy

Secrets of Italy

The old Roman town of Spello

Venice - the 'City in the Sea'

The five villages of the Cinque Terre


Florence - the birthplace of the Renaissance

Cinque Terre's Lover’s Walk

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  • From the canals of Venice to the historic streets of Rome, Italy is constantly familiar and endlessly surprising. Catch the top-tier sights – Venice’s bridges, Pisa’s Leaning Tower and Rome’s Colosseum – and combine them with the humble delights of fine food, natural vistas and unearthed cultural treasures. This journey will have you living la bella vita in no time.

    Why we love it

    • Travel the romantic, winding waterways of Venice in a traghetto
    • Hike to one charming village after another along the picturesque Cinque Terra
    • Discover the breathtaking amount of art and culture in Florence, the outdoor museum of Italy
    • Indulge in Italy's finest food and wine in Spello
    • Fall in love with Rome, a city that makes you gasp at every turn.


    Day 1-2 - Venice

    • Buongiorno! Welcome to Italy.
    • Your Italian adventure will begin with a welcome meeting. Check with the hotel reception or a nearby noticeboard for details.
    • Keep in mind that you will need to bring your insurance details to this meeting.
    • Other than this, there are no activities planned for Day 1, so you are welcome to arrive at your leisure.
    • After the meeting, you will enjoy dinner with your fellow travel companions at a local restaurant.
    • If you arrive early, we recommend that you get out and explore the winding canals and streets of beautiful Venice. Essentially a series of islands connected by over 400 bridges, Venice is a city like no other – it is a place known for its art and beautiful architecture and it can only be explored by foot or boat.
    • The Grand Canal, the bustling tiny shops that line the Rialto Bridge and the Piazza and Basilica di San Marco are all worthy sights to visit, but simply meandering the tiny cobbled streets and discovering the beautiful markets, cafes, galleries and churches that line them is just as satisfying.
    • You can take a vaporetto (water bus) to the island of San Giorgio, where you can climb the bell tower and enjoy expansive views of Venice. A Venetian gondola ride down the canals is a must, as is a taste of the region’s speciality, tiramisu. On Day 2 you will take an orientation walk in the Morning with the afternoon free to visit museums or take a trip to outlying islands.
    Kosher House Giardino Dei Melograni or similar
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 3-4 - Cinque Terre

    • Cinque Terre (Five Lands) is a region of Italy famed for its rugged coastline and the colourful villages that seem to cling to it. The footpaths that run between the villages were once the only way to travel in the region. Day 3 is spent travelling to Cinque Terre by train via Milan, then on Day 4, if you feel like an adventure, you can walk these well-trodden paths and enjoy the majestic scenery of this beautiful area. The entire path is 12 kilometres and it takes around 5 hours to walk, but you can also choose to walk just a few sections.
    • There is a train that connects the villages as well, so if you would prefer to enjoy a more relaxing day, you are welcome to use this option as well.
    • Indulging in a delicious Mediterranean feast is the perfect way to fuel you for the walks ahead. Pesto and Foccacia are local specialities. You will have some free time in the late afternoon.
    Hotel Genova or similar

    Day 5-6 - Pisa / Florence

    • You will depart Cinque Terre today and catch a train to Pisa.
    • Here you will visit the famed Leaning Tower, along with the Duomo and baptistery.
    • Due to the precarious state of the tower, it is not always possible to climb it, but you will definitely have the opportunity to photograph it from the ground. Your tour leader will take you to the ticket office to purchase tickets to the Cathedral, Baptistry, Museums, Campo Santo and Torre Pendente, should you wish to visit them.
    • From Pisa, you will take a two-hour train ride to Florence. Florence is one of the most culturally rich and beautiful cities in Italy, and is known as the heart of Tuscany.
    • The Medicis, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Brunelleschi, Machiavelli, Donatello and Michelangelo all lived in Florence at the height of their creative reign.
    • You should visit the Uffizi while you are here, which is one of the oldest galleries in the world, and a building of great beauty. Similarly, a visit to Galleria dell'Accademia, where you can see Michelangelo's famous statue of David, is a must. All of the Florentine State Museums require tickets and the queues can be long. We recommend booking your tickets online in advance (www.uffizi.org and www.accademia.org). The earlier the better.
    • A walk to Piazzale Michelangelo to take in beautiful views of the city is a lovely way to while away the day.
    • While you are in Florence you will have plenty of time to explore the city and sample some of the culinary delicacies on offer from across Tuscany. Regional dishes are renowned for their simplicity and ingredient-driven quality. Olive oil, beans and fresh herbs are a feature here. Two standout dishes of the region are bistecca alla fiorentina, essentially a big t-bone steak that is shared between multiple diners, and ribollita, a simple hearty soup of bread, vegetables and beans. Panforte is the sweet delicacy of the area.
    Hotel Ester or similar
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 7-8 - Perugia / Spello

    • You will leave beautiful Florence and travel by train to Perugia today (approximately 2.5 hours). Positioned atop a rocky hill and presiding over the Umbria region below, Perugia was once a Roman settlement. It is now a busy university town, with a vibrant nightlife.
    • After a free morning in Florence you will travel to Perugia, with an orientation walk of the city on arrival.
    • The national Gallery of Umbria is worth a visit in your free time, as is the Palazzo dei Priori.
    • You will visit the nearby medieval town of Spello by train, a pretty place known for its ancient Roman monuments, beautiful wine and rural charm. You will have the chance to sample the local wine and regional delicacies here (mushrooms like tartufo and porcini feature heavily, along with whole stuffed pig) when you lunch at a local enoteca before returning to Perugia in the late afternoon. On the way back there is the opportunity to visit Assisi (no bookings necessary).
    Hotel San Gallo Palace or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch

    Day 9-10 - Rome

    • From Perugia, you will travel by train on to the ancient heart of Italy, Rome. From the incredible ancient monuments and religious structures that line the streets, to the beautiful fashion, fine restaurants and vibrant nightlife, Rome is a city of great beauty and diversity.
    • Upon arrival you will be taken on a walking tour of the city, which will encompass iconic sights such as the Forum, the Victor Emmanuel Monument, the Pantheon, the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona and Venezia, the Spanish Steps and Via Dei Condotti.
    • As you wander the city, you can stop in at a bar for a quick coffee or indulge in some delicious gelati. The rest of the day is free for you to further explore this great city.
    • You will also have the opportunity to visit the majestic Vatican City and St Peter’s Basilica. The view from the dome of St Peter’s is breathtaking. You can pre-book tickets online, which we recommend to avoid the snaking queues (http://biglietteriamusei.vatican.va/musei/tickets/do).
    • Roman food is world renowned, and the abundance of local trattorias that line the streets are the perfect place to sample the local pasta delights like Carbonara (egg, cheese and bacon) and amatriciana (tomato, bacon and chilli). Sampling the (very well priced) local wine is also a must here.
    • You will enjoy a farewell dinner with your travel companions to end the trip.
    • The tour will come to an end after breakfast on Day 10.
    Hotel Galles or similar
    Breakfast | Dinner
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • • Welcome dinner
    • • San Giorgio Bell Tower in Venice + Traghetto across the Grand Canal
    • • Venice vaporetto
    • • Cinque Terre hike
    • • Pesto Making Class
    • • Pisa half-day trip
    • • Dinner in Florence
    • • Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence
    • • Enoteca wine tasting in Spello
    • • Farewell dinner
    • • Gratuities for essential services in tour package

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Arrival and departure transfers
    • Departure taxes
    • Visas
    • Travel insurance (compulsory on all trips)
    • Meals (where not listed as included in the itinerary)
    • Optional additional tours or activities during free time
    • Gratuities for tour leader
    • Items of a personal nature
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Trip Code PEIT
Start City: Venice
End City: Rome
Style: Small Group

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