Picturebook Italy

12 days from £799pp.


Venice

Visit: Venice, Italy

Siena

Visit: Siena, Italy

Colosseum

Visit: Colosseum, Italy

Florence

Visit: Florence, Italy

Borromean Islands

Visit: Borromean Islands, Italy

Verona

Visit: Verona, Italy

A grand tour of Italy’s majestic cities and sights - from the beautiful shores of Lake Garda, the canals of Venice, and the cobbled streets of Siena, to the majesty of Rome and the stunning Bay of Naples and Sorrento. And that’s all before exploring renaissance Florence, Pisa’s famous Leaning Tower and the captivating Lake Maggiore on this magnificent holiday taking in the best that Italy has to offer. This holiday is part of our GRAND EXPLORER range.

Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to northern France or Belgium for an overnight stay.

Continue south to Lake Garda for a three-night stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Lake Garda (Sirmione)

Lake Garda (Sirmione)

A full day included excursion along the shores of Lake Garda visiting some of the picturesque villages on its shoreline. We travel along the eastern side of the lake where we visit Malcesine dominated by Monte Baldo, a 2218-meter high mountain. We continue to Garda, the principal town of the area. Spend time exploring the narrow streets of the old village or relax in one of the many cafes. We also see the ancient fortified town of Sirmione, from where you can take an optional cruise around the peninsula, which lasts approximately 30 minutes. Sit back, relax and enjoy the picturesque views of the surrounding area from the lake itself.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Venice

Venice

Join our optional excursion to Venice, the largest city in the Veneto area. Venice is renowned for its beauty, architecture and its artwork. It is the world’s only pedestrian city, which makes it easy to explore on foot. Be sure to see some of the famous sights such as the Doge’s Palace, the symbolic seat of Venetian power and the enclosed Bridge of Sighs. A visit to St. Mark’s Square, the main public square of Venice, is also a must. It is dominated at its eastern end by the magnificent St. Mark’s Basilica, a superb example of the Romanesque-Byzantine style. Perhaps take a ride on a gondola, with your expert gondolier steering you through the busy waterways of Venice (at own cost) or maybe sit back and relax at Harry’s Bar with one of their famous Bellini cocktails, the choice is yours.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Siena

Siena

We leave Lake Garda and call in at Siena, a picturesque, Tuscan medieval town, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Piazza del Campo is one of the most famous squares in the world on account of its beauty and architectural integrity. It is also the place where the famous horse race, the Palio di Siena, is run. Continue to the Fiuggi or Tivoli area near Rome for a three-night stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Sorrento

Sorrento

A day of choices today with two different optional excursions available. You may wish to join our optional visit to the popular Neapolitan resort town of Sorrento where you can spend the full day exploring at your leisure. The town and area have been a popular holiday resort for over 2000 years with all nationalities and is the perfect place to watch the world go by. If you wish to be introduced to all Sorrento has to offer then join our optional Taste of Sorrento excursion, where you can combine your visit to Sorrento with a guided walking tour of the town and a visit to a Limoncello factory. Limoncello is the signature lemon liqueur of the area, and our visit will include a short tour of the factory and orchard along with a sampling of this famous drink. The choice is yours!

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Colosseum

Colosseum

Today you have the full day to discover the Italian capital city of Rome on our included excursion. The Historic Centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with wonderful palaces, churches, basilicas, Roman ruins, monuments and fountains. It has an immensely rich historical heritage and cosmopolitan atmosphere. There will be ample free time for you to explore this wonderful city at your leisure. To make the most of your visit, why not join our optional guided sightseeing tour. The sightseeing tour takes place on both coach and foot and will introduce you to the city’s wonderful sights, including Piazza Venezia and the imposing Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of Italy. We also see the exterior of the mighty Colosseum (entrance not included). Note: Although Rome is a relatively compact city, we would remind you that this is a walking tour, not suitable for anyone with mobility difficulties and we would recommend you wear suitable shoes for the day.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Florence

Florence

We leave our hotel and travel to our overnight stay in the Montecatini Terme area, Tuscany. En route we visit the Renaissance city of Florence. There will be time at leisure to explore the endless historic sights. See the shops in and around the centuries old Ponte Vecchio, or even have your portrait painted by one of the street artists who usually gather in the square next to the medieval Duomo (cathedral). To get the most from your visit, join our optional guided sightseeing tour with local guide. The tour starts by coach and takes us up the hills behind the city, to Piazza Michelangelo. Here you can enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of the city and surrounding countryside. Once you have taken your photos the coach will take you back to the city, where your guide will lead you on a walking tour through the delightful streets of Florence, pointing out the major sights. See the Santa Croce church, the burial place of Michelangelo, the famous statues in Piazza della Signoria and also the magnificent Santa Maria Duomo.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Pisa

Pisa

This morning we leave our hotel and head north pausing at the beautiful city of Pisa, home to the world famous Leaning Tower. There will be time at leisure for you to explore all the city has to offer. The area around the Leaning Tower is geared more towards the tourists so you will find lots of small souvenir kiosks selling all kinds of merchandise with the leaning tower motif. Pisa is also famous for its biscotti biscuits and bakeries all through the town sell different varieties. To introduce you to the most important sights why not join our optional guided walking tour? The tour starts at the Piazza dei Miracoli or Field of Miracles. The piazza is a UNESCO World Heritage site and contains the city’s most famous sights. The Leaning Tower or Torre Pendente has to be the most legendary of them all. From here the tour will continue to the historic centre of the town including such places as Via Santa Maria and Piazza dei Cavalieri. Later today we travel to Lake Maggiore for a two night stay, (suitable refreshment stops will be made en route).

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Isola Bella

Isola Bella

Join our optional excursion to the southern shores of beautiful Lake Maggiore and the lakeside town of Baveno, from where we board a boat for the short cruise out to the picturesque Borromean Islands with their landscaped gardens and parks.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

To the outskirts of Paris for an overnight stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Return home.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

At a Glance

Tour Includes

  • 11 or 13 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 9 or 11 evening meals
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by executive coach or upgrade to Silver Service or Luxuria

Included Excursions & Visits

  • Lake Garda - Charming lakeside villages
  • Siena - UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Rome - Wonderful ancient sights
  • Florence - Rich architectural splendours
  • Pisa - Famous leaning tower
  • Verona (14-day tour)

Optional Excursions & Visits

  • Lake Garda Cruise - Superb scenery
  • Venice - Floating city of canals and gondolas
  • Sorrento - Popular Neapolitan Riviera resort
  • Lake Maggiore & the Borromean Islands - Stunning beauty
  • Rome Guided Sightseeing - See the ancient sights
  • Florence Guided Sightseeing - See the highlights
  • Pisa Guided Sightseeing - Discover more than the Leaning Tower
  • Verona Walking Tour ( 14-day tour )

Notes


Single Room Supplement from £199.00 (12 days), £239.00 (14 days).

Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to northern France for an overnight stay.

Continue south to Lake Garda for a five-night stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Lake Garda (Sirmione)

Lake Garda (Sirmione)

A full-day, included excursion along the shores of Lake Garda, visiting some of the picturesque villages on its shoreline including Sirmione, from where you can take an optional cruise on the lake.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
St. Mark’S Square

St. Mark’S Square

Join our optional excursion to Venice with its maze of ornate bridges, weaving canals and elegant Byzantine and Renaissance architecture.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Juliet's Balcony

Juliet's Balcony

Join our included excursion to the beautiful and ancient city of Verona. To discover its charms, join our optional guided walking tour, seeing the 1st century arena and many of the fine palaces, churches and monuments which adorn alleyways and squares.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Lake Garda

Lake Garda

Spend your final day on Lake Garda, relaxing and enjoying some last minute sightseeing.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Siena

Siena

We leave Lake Garda and call in at Siena, a picturesque, Tuscan medieval town, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Piazza del Campo is one of the most famous squares in the world on account of its beauty and architectural integrity. It is also the place where the famous horse race, the Palio di Siena, is run. Continue to Fiuggi or Tivoli area near Rome for a three-night stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Sorrento

Sorrento

Join our optional excursion to the popular Neapolitan resort town of Sorrento where you will have free time to explore and relax. The town features beautiful architecture, many cafés, restaurants and lots of shops for you to explore.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain

Included visit to the ‘eternal city’. Our optional, guided sightseeing tour by coach and on foot will introduce the city’s wonderful sights, including the Colosseum (admission is extra), Piazza Venezia and the Trevi Fountain.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Florence

Florence

We leave our hotel and en route to our overnight stay in the Montecatini Terme area, Tuscany, we visit the Renaissance city of Florence, which is rich in architectural splendour. To get the most from your visit, join our optional, guided sightseeing tour.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Pisa

Pisa

Included visit to Pisa, famed for its Leaning Tower. Our optional, guided sighteeing tour is a good way to see the best of this city. We then travel to Lake Maggiore for a two-night stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Baveno

Baveno

Join our optional excursion to the southern shores of beautiful Lake Maggiore and the lakeside town of Baveno, from where we board a boat for the short cruise out to the picturesque Borromean Islands with their landscaped gardens and parks.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

To the outskirts of Paris for an overnight stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Return home.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

At a Glance

Tour Includes

  • 11 or 13 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 9 or 11 evening meals
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by executive coach or upgrade to Silver Service or Luxuria

Included Excursions & Visits

  • Lake Garda - Charming lakeside villages
  • Siena - UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Rome - Wonderful ancient sights
  • Florence - Rich architectural splendours
  • Pisa - Famous leaning tower
  • Verona (14-day tour)

Optional Excursions & Visits

  • Lake Garda Cruise - Superb scenery
  • Venice - Floating city of canals and gondolas
  • Sorrento - Popular Neapolitan Riviera resort
  • Lake Maggiore & the Borromean Islands - Stunning beauty
  • Rome Guided Sightseeing - See the ancient sights
  • Florence Guided Sightseeing - See the highlights
  • Pisa Guided Sightseeing - Discover more than the Leaning Tower
  • Verona Walking Tour ( 14-day tour )

Notes


Single Room Supplement from £199.00 (12 days), £239.00 (14 days).

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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Accommodation

12-day tour

You will stay for three nights at the 3-star Hotel Bristol in Riva del Garda, or similar, on Lake Garda; three nights at a 3-star hotel in Fiuggi or Tivoli area, south of Rome; overnight at a 3-star hotel in the Montecatini Terme area, Tuscany; then two nights at a 3-star hotel on Lake Maggiore such as the Hotel Campagna in Cannobio or the Hotel Ghiffa in Ghiffa.

14-day tour

You will stay for five nights at a 3-star hotel on Lake Garda; three nights at a 3-star hotel in the Fiuggi or Tivoli area, south of Rome; overnight at a 3-star hotel in the Montecatini area, Tuscany; then two nights at a 3-star hotel on Lake Maggiore.

Overnight stays in the northern France and the Paris area will be in city-style hotels.

Italy

Bristol

Bristol

Italy

Campagna

Campagna - Cannobio

Italy

Green Park Madama Hotel

Green Park Madama Hotel

Bristol


The Hotel Bristol is located on the outskirts of Riva Del Garda, approximately one mile from the resort. All bedrooms are elegantly furnished, with en-suite facilities, hairdryer, telephone, satellite television and safe. Some rooms feature air-conditioning, and others have balcony. The restaurant, bar and television lounge are air-conditioned and from the panoramic terrace you can enjoy the stunning scenery. After a dip in the outdoor swimming pool, relax in the sauna or on one of the loungers in the garden with a cool drink and a tasty snack. The hotel has a lift.

  • English Speaking Staff
  • Guest Lounge
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Telephone

Campagna - Cannobio


The Hotel Campagna is a charming 3-star family run hotel, situated on the shores of Lake Maggiore. The hotel is a 10-minute walk from the centre of Cannobio. It has a private beach equipped with sun beds and parasols, a 24 hour reception, restaurant and a bar. All rooms are equipped with satellite T.V., en-suite facilities, telephone and safe.

  • English Speaking Staff
  • Guest Lounge
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • WiFi Available
  • TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Telephone

Green Park Madama Hotel


The Green Park Madama is ideally suited to provide a peaceful and relaxing stay and is surrounded by 8 hectares of green countryside. All bedrooms have en-suite facilities, hairdryer, telephone, television and safe. The hotel also offers 24 hour reception, restaurant, fitness centre and a bar/lounge, as well as free WiFi in public areas.

  • English Speaking Staff
  • Guest Lounge
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • WiFi Available
  • TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Telephone

Campagna - Cannobio


The Hotel Campagna is a charming 3-star family run hotel, situated on the shores of Lake Maggiore. The hotel is a 10-minute walk from the centre of Cannobio. It has a private beach equipped with sun beds and parasols, a 24 hour reception, restaurant and a bar. All rooms are equipped with satellite T.V., en-suite facilities, telephone and safe.

  • English Speaking Staff
  • Guest Lounge
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • WiFi Available
  • TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Telephone

Green Park Madama Hotel


The Green Park Madama is ideally suited to provide a peaceful and relaxing stay and is surrounded by 8 hectares of green countryside. All bedrooms have en-suite facilities, hairdryer, telephone, television and safe. The hotel also offers 24 hour reception, restaurant, fitness centre and a bar/lounge, as well as free WiFi in public areas.

  • English Speaking Staff
  • Guest Lounge
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • WiFi Available
  • TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Telephone

If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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Travel Information

Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

Front row seats can be reserved for £14pp (up to 6 days duration), £22pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £25pp (9 days duration and over) on all European tours. In addition to this seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £15pp (9 days duration and over). This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on feeder journeys to/from the U.K. port. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law.

Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port are not allocated.
Hot and cold drinks are served on the main tour coaches. Prices are approximately £1 or 1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by the driver. Drinks may also be served on the transfer coaches but this is not guaranteed.

Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure and will depend on where passengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air or TGV holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
We operate a passenger interchange at the Channel port. Transfer coaches, including taxis, minibuses, Megabus and National Express operate to and from the U.K. port. You will join your main tour coach at the port.
One medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage can be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach.
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