April 2024 / March 2025
Detailed day by day description
This tour is part of our flexible coach touring range, guaranteed with a minimum of 2 people. Once the tour is booked, it is guaranteed so it will definitely go ahead, and will never cancel.
This tour is guided in English only. Please note if English speaking attendance numbers are low, the tour can become bilingual either accompanied by two tour leaders, one for each language, or a single tour leader providing explanations in both languages.
The tour offers flexibility, allowing you to customize it to your preferences. By clicking 'Quote or Book,' you will have the choice to select your desired start and end dates and destinations within the tour's defined parameters. Given this flexibility, it's important to note that the same people, tour guides or drivers may not be on your entire journey.
IMPORTANT: - Remember that hotels check-in time is usually at 14:00 hrs. If you require more hours of room availability, consider booking an additional night at the beginning of your trip.
- IF YOU REQUESTED ADDITIONAL NIGHTS upon arrival at the hotel, you would have your room booked, but your trip guide would normally contact you at the beginning of the included activities. At the reception you can also find an informative sign, indicating the telephone number and hours of assistance of our staff. YOUR TIME THEREFORE BEFORE THIS MOMENT IS FREE. The hotel staff can help you with all the information you need.
Note: The schedules that you will find in this itinerary are indicative. The guide, depending on the situation and in order to improve the development of the trip, may adjust the schedules.
In the morning, we have a 2 hrs scenic tour of the city , which will be a great introduction to “The Eternal city”. In the panoramic you will know the ancient Rome called Imperial Rome: Colosseum, Arch of Constantine, Piazza di Venezia with its monument to Italian unification, Quirinal Hill with the Palace of the President of the Republic, Marcelo Theater, Capitol Hill, Roman Forums , Circus Maximus, Church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin with the mouth of truth, Republican Temple, Termas de Caracalla, Aureliana Wall, Basilica di Santa María Maggiore and Archbasilica of St. Johm Lateran, Church of Santa María in Dominica (Navicella), Cestia Pyramid , San Paolo Gate, Lungo Tevere avenue with the Jewish synagogue of Babylonian style, Tiberina Island in front of the Castel St. Angelo. This tour ends at St. Peter´s Square in the Vatican. The Vatican Museums are closed on Sundays, so, if you are interested, we recommend you to do it at this time. Free afternoon.
18.30 hrs.- In the evening we provide transport to the Trastevere area, where you will find restaurants serving Italian, Indian, Chinese and international food. Return to hotel.
Note: Because the new municipal regulations on the circulation of tourist coaches in Rome are still being defined, the panoramic visit described may vary accordingly.
Scenery: pleasant landscapes; historical towns along the route.
Note: we recommend you wear comfortable shoes as the city tour of Florence involves walking.
08:00h Rome – Departure (may slightly vary, depending on the departure points).
12:30h Florence – upon arrival we will make a stop to take a photo at the Michelangelo viewpoint , where we can have one of the most beautiful views over the city. After that we include a sightseeing tour with a local guide of the capital of Tuscany, one of the most visited cities in the country, considered the cradle of the Renaissance and few of the most influential artists and thinkers in history, such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Botticelli or Raphael. Highlights include the Gothic cathedral (duomo), the ancient Stone Bridge (Ponte Vecchio) with its goldsmiths´ shops and the Signoria square - the political heart of the city with the town hall in a medieval building.Free time in the afternoon. We recommend visiting one of its impressive museums, such as the Accademia Gallery or the Uffizi museum.
Countryside: Today is a day by the sea. The Ligurian coastline presents one of the prettiest sceneries and maritime corners of Europe.
07:30 hrs - Florence -departure.
09:15 hrs - Pisa –Arrival-. We are obliged to leave you in the car park for tourist coaches. From here, we include the tourist train to take you to the monumental complex. Time to visit the impressive monumental complex of Pisa with its leaning tower, Baptistery and Cathedral.
11.00 hrs - Pisa –Departure-. We continue travelling along the Mediterranean coast. The mountains where Carrara marble is produced look snow-covered.
12:45 hrs- Levanto –Arrival-. In this town we take a train to one of its charming towns, usually Vernazza, although on busy tourist dates, it could be Manarola or Corniglia, very similar towns but somewhat less crowded. The departure time of the train is scheduled for 13:05 hrs. (modifications possible) which, through long tunnels next to the sea, takes us into the Cinque terre region, which is impossible to access by buses due to its difficult geography of mountains that fall into the sea. The area remained isolated and preserved its traditions today it is a region declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
13:30 hrs - Vernazza- Arrival by train. Arrival in one of the 5 villages of the Cinque terre region, which maintains its maritime appearance. Its church of St. Mary stands out, built in 1318 on the seashore. Time for lunch.
15:44 hrs - Vernazza - Approximate departure of our train from Vernazza (timetables may change). We continue by train to Levanto, where our bus awaits us to continue on our way along the coast towards Genoa.
NB: The train to Cinque terre is a regular local railway service and not a tourist service. Places cannot be booked and sometimes the trains are full and passengers have to travel standing.
On some dates, due to excess tourism, we can take it in another nearby town, or in Levanto, but there may be long waits to board it. In these cases we suggest walking to the monumental site (approximately 900 meters).
17:45 hrs -Genoa –Arrival-. The city, where Christopher Columbus was born, time to see its monumental center.
NB: By boat, we reach the enclave of Portofino. It is recommendable to have some warm clothes to hand to be able to enjoy the trip on deck.
08:30 hrs - Genoa –Departure-. We travel along the Italian Riviera.
09.00 hrs - Sta Margherita Ligure –Arrival-..
10:15 hrs - We take a boat for a 20-minute crossing to PORTOFINO , one of the most exclusive places in Europe. Time in Portofino, a beautiful town.
12.00 hrs - we return to Santa Margherita, a very pleasant coastal town. Time to have a walk and lunch.
NB: Sometimes the boat to Portofino is not running due to weather conditions. In these cases urban micro-buses will be used to get to the town (poor quality service, sometimes lengthy waits).
14.00hrs - Santa Margherita –Departure-.
16:30 hrs - Milan -Arrival. - Free time until 19:30 hrs. We recommend to have a walk around its historic center full of commercial life, and where its Gothic cathedral stands out.
Countryside: We will see the beautiful region of the Italian lakes; the mountain scenery with snow peaked summits and large Alpine lakes surrounded by beautiful villages are unforgettable.
NB: Have some warm clothes to hand, you may need them to enjoy the boat trips included.
NB: On days of bad weather, the stop in Stressa may be shorter.
07:30 hrs - Milan -departure. We take the motorway to the great lakes. We first of all travel to Lake Orta; its rather more isolated position and its smaller size give it a special charm.
09.00 hrs - Orta de San Giulio -Arrival. A beautiful intact mediaeval town by the lake. In the centre of the lake, we will immediately see the Island of San Giulio with its monastery. On a small tourist train we reach the town where we have hired launches to sail across the lake to the island. Time to see the town and its island.
11.00 hrs - Orta de San Giulio -departure. We travel to Lago Maggiore .
11:45 hrs - Stressa. - Arrival in this tourist town by Lake Maggiore. Time to have a stroll and for lunch. If you want, there is time to take a boat trip to the Borronean Islands which face the town.
15:45 hrs . Stressa –Departure-. We will leave the mountains and travel through the industrious areas of the Poo Valley.
19:30 hrs - Verona –Arrival
Scenery: A pretty entrance to Verona over its large bridge.
Verona - Time to stroll in the city of Romeo and Juliet.
11:30 hrs - Verona –Departure-.
NB: depending on the time of year, the sunlight and the traffic on the way, sometimes we will see Verona on arrival from the lakes. In these cases, there will be an earlier start for Venice.
13.00 hrs - Venice –Arrival-. We include a boat transfer to Saint Mark’s Square, the place where, after time for lunch, a local guide will take us around Saint Mark’s Square , the Basilica, the Campanile, etc.; we will also see a popular Murano glass factory , where we can admire the technique of working with glass. Free time. Do you fancy a ride on a gondola?
19.30 hrs- Transfer to the hotel in the evening (normally in the area of Mestre / Marghera).
Scenery: The arrival in San Marino stands out, with its fortress on top of the mountain. Pretty scenery crossing the Apennines.
07:30 hrs - Venice -departure.
08:15 hrs - Padua –Arrival- We are in the city of San Antonio, a beautiful mediaeval basilica which receives pilgrims, bustling streets in the centre. Time to visit the basilica.
09:30 hrs - Padua –Departure-. -We travel to the Adriatic coast and to San Marino, a tiny independent country surrounded by Italy.
13:30 hrs - San Marino -Arrival. Free time at the top of the heavily fortified mountain. Time to stroll, have lunch and do some shopping.
16.00 hrs - San Marino –Departure-. Beautiful countryside crossing the Pennines.
18:15 hrs - Gubbio . -Arrival- A small, marvellously preserved city, where the Palace of Consuls and the twelfth-century cathedral stand out. Time for a walk.
19:30 hrs - Gubbio –Departure-.
20:30 hrs - Perugia –Arrival and accommodation-.
Scenery: Pleasant scenery of Umbria.
NB: In the basilica of St Francis of Assisi, discreet dress is required; make sure you remember this for this stage.
In the Umbría region, Perugia is a surprising mediaeval historic city. With a local guide , we include a tour of the city (normally leaving the hotel at 08.00hrs), and on escalators we cross the rocky outcrop and see the surprising historic centre of the city of chocolate!
10:15 hrs - Perugia –Departure-.
11.00 hrs - Assisi -Arrival. Time for lunch and to see this artistic jewel of Umbría. Free time to see the basilicas.
13:30 hrs - Assisi - Departure.
16:30 hrs - Rome -Arrival.
Note: Remember that hotels check-out time is usually at 10.00 hrs. In most cases, you can leave your luggage at the hotel reception at check-out time, so you can enjoy the city and pick it up at the time you require that same day. If you need more time to use your room, please consider booking an additional night at the end of your tour.