Ancient wonders in Rome. Incredible coastline at Cinque Terre. Romantic culture in Florence. Breathtaking architecture in Venice. And stunning landscapes everywhere in between. Enjoy a taste of enchanting Italy on our eight-day tour.
Welcome to Italy! Once you've been transferred to your hotel, you're free to get your first glimpse at the capital. Tonight at 19:00, you'll meet your tour leader and fellow travellers at dinner.
- Transfer from the airport to your hotel
Overnight: 3-4* hotel in Rome | Dinner
Your adventure has begun! Today's first stop is the Roman Forum, once the beating heart of Rome's religion, politics, and trade. Then we'll venture into the legendary Colosseum - following the ancient footsteps of emperors and gladiators.
This afternoon, you're free to explore! Relax amid the city's carefree cafe culture. Or get a few other sites ticked off your Rome bucket list - the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain are just a walk away!
Overnight: 3-4* hotel in Rome | Breakfast
Your first taste of Tuscany
Rome - San Gimignano - Florence. After breakfast, we'll head north from Rome towards San Gimignano. Here, we'll wander through vineyards, sample local wine, and explore this charming Chianti town. Then we'll carry on north to Florence - home to all things Renaissance and romance.
Overnight: 3-4* hotel in Florence | Breakfast
This morning we'll explore the cobbled streets of Florence. And with every step, we'll uncover a new work of art and a captivating piece of culture. We'll step back through history and past age-old sites, including the towering Duomo and Ponte Vecchio. The afternoon is free to explore.
Overnight: 3-4* hotel in Florence | Breakfast
Hidden piazzas and leaning towers
Florence - Pisa - Montecatini. Another day, another iconic view. Today, we'll visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa. You can have lunch in the city, before heading to Lucca - a captivating medieval town, with countless spots of history. Here, you can wander along the city walls, or unwind in a quaint Lucchesi wine bar.
Later, we'll drive over to Montecatini: a Tuscan town famous for its serene spas and revitalising baths.
Overnight: 3-4* hotel in Montecatini | Breakfast
Rainbow villages on the Italian Riviera
Pastel-coloured streets and rugged Riviera coastline. Today we'll land along the Cinque Terre coastline on a day trip. You can visit each village along the way, travelling by rail. For the best views? Wander the lengths of the coastal trails. And take a moment to marvel at the breathtaking scenery. We return to Montecatini for dinner and the evening is at leisure.
Overnight: 3-4* hotel in Montecatini | Breakfast, Dinner
Montecatini - Venice. After waving goodbye to our tour leader, we'll board the fast train to Venice. Here we'll explore its narrow waterways and winding streets with a local guide. We'll admire the bewitching architecture, the ancient sites, and the creative culture of the famous floating city. From crossing the Rialto Bridge and the Grand Canal, to standing beneath the golden domes of St Mark's Basilica, we'll take you to the very best of Venice.
Your final evening is all yours. For us, a lantern-lit gondola ride would be on the cards.
Overnight: 3-4* hotel in Venice | Breakfast
And just like that, our Italian adventure has reached its end. After breakfast, it's time to bid your fellow travellers - and new friends - a fond farewell. Although we're sure we'll see you again soon!
- Transfer from your hotel to the airport
Combine Italy & Croatia Sailing
Extend your stay in Venice and consider combining Italian Expresso with our 4 day Venice to Split tour which departs Venice on a Wednesday and arrives into Split on a Saturday in perfect time to start one of our Croatia sailing holidays. A wonderful way to take in the highlights of Italy and enjoy a relaxing island hopping adventure in Croatia.
Prices & Dates
Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 4 persons. Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' is compulsory for solo travellers or if your booking party cannot reach the minimum of 2 persons in a room and the amount needs to be added to the per person price. The single supplement offers the comfort of your own room and is also available to any other person wanting their own room.
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.
Smooth Termini, Rome
Set in a 19th century building, this designer hotel has a young and contemporary feel. Its guestrooms feature modern furnishings with tile flooring and are equipped with essential amenities including tea and coffee making facilities and WiFi access. Guests can enjoy a tasty sweet and savoury breakfast before they head out to explore Italy’s magnificent capital. Boasting an excellent location in the heart of Rome, you’ll find yourself within walking distance of many great eateries and close to The Baths of Diocletian and beautiful Piazza della Repubblica.
De La Pace Hotel , Florence
Featuring 41 bright and cosy rooms, the De La Pace Hotel is housed in a perfectly restored 19th century art nouveau building. Conveniently located in the historical centre of the city, it's within easy walking distance of the Duomo and Michelangelo’s David. Buffet breakfasts are provided each morning and rooms feature air-conditioning as well as free Wi-Fi. In the evening guests can relax with a drink in the American bar, which is open until 11pm each night.
Hotel Settentrionale Esplanade, Montecatini
Situated in the heart of Montecatini, this family-run hotel offers comfortable and elegant guestrooms, featuring large windows to allow in plenty of natural light. They’re fully equipped with all the modern amenities you’d expect, including WiFi access, and some also have balconies with views of the surrounding hills. The onsite restaurant serves Tuscan and Mediterranean cuisine across two dining halls or, during in the summer, you can dine out on the beautiful terrace overlooking the pool and garden. Guests can also enjoy a cocktail in the hotel’s cosy bar or on a sun lounger down by the water.
Hotel Belle Epoque, Venice
Well-located in the bustling Cannareigo district of Venice, this prestigious hotel features décor in the style of the Belle Epoque. This was a period of peace in 19th century Europe, translating from French to mean the ‘Beautiful Era’. Each guestroom has a white-marble bathroom and classical Murano glass chandeliers, as well as modern conveniences such as air conditioning. A generous breakfast buffet is served in the hotel’s stylish dining hall and guests can find a wealth of shops and restauarants just footsteps away.
Our guide Susannah was AMAZING, with excellent knowledge and always a smile on her face. ”
Our guide Susanna was warm and helpful. Great knowledge of anything we asked. This was a wonderful trip giving us a well supported taste of Italy. ”
Great tour, really enjoyed the pace, attractions, hotels & transport. ”
Suzanne was very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. She went out of her way to make sure everyone was ok and was an excellent guide. Would have been good to have a guided tour in each place we visited, however generally a very enjoyable and beautiful trip! ”
We loved the fact that we were able to cover so much ground in so little time! Having an overall tour guide for the tour (who stayed with us always) and then a specialist tour guide in each city was a wonderful way to get all the details, feel informed, feel safe, and keep our energy and engagement high.
Paola was wonderful as our constant companion guide, and kept everything on track each day while filling us in with great details. Fiona was spectacular in Venice. Francesca was fabulous in Verona. Anna Maria was a dream in Milan. The Creativvando group in Genoa was lovely. Our bus driver, Gianmarco, kept us safe, managed difficult luggage, and drove comfortably.
The hotels were all delightful, especially the one in Montecatini! We would definitely return to any one of them. Some people expressed disappointment in the B&B hotel in Como, but that was likely because it was farther out from the main parts of Como, but we personally liked the setup and modernity of the B&B.
Thanks to the tour's great coverage of the Veneto, Lombardy, Perugia, and Tuscany regions, I now know great places to return to and take more in-depth time to explore. Thanks "On the Go" tours for all the arrangements and detailed planning that go into making this kind of trip so seamless and successful! We recognise it's a lot of hard work and know it takes a lot of people behind the scenes (like our great tour contact, Sam Webster Bell) to coordinate such an experience!
We knew we would be active, but "On the Go" truly takes you on-the-go. I clocked between 5 and 8 miles of walking every day. Thanks to this kind of leisurecize (leisure + exercise) I actually lost 5 pounds--even while eating the wonderful regional food! It was a nice plus to come home and fit in the skinny jeans!
We also made wonderful connections with interesting people from other countries who were touring alongside us. How fun to spend time with diverse people who are ready to explore the sites in foreign cities! We are eager to plan our next trip.
The opening meal at Giardino and the closing meal (at a place whose name I can't recall) in Lucca were great ways to start and finish our marvellous trip! ”
Paola was very flexible and accommodating to ensure we had maximum time sightseeing. She arranged dinner for us one night when we had a late arrival. Gran Marco (bus driver) was great! Always in the good mood and willing to make extra stops. He ensured our luggage was secure. Good driver too! ”
Paola is a delight, energetic, happy, funny, efficient. Love her! She made a 50th birthday and a 10 year wedding anniversary s trip of a lifetime. This tour is the perfect way to get a taste of so many regions/cities in a short amount of time. We can't say enough about how much we enjoyed this tour and how much we enjoyed Paola! ”
Susanna went over and above to help and advise us at any time. Both tour guide (Susanna) and bus driver (G Marco) were just great. ”
Wonderful time. Susanna was informative and knew her stuff. The trip was great. ”
Thank you to Gerardo for making our tour extra special. He's very caring, helpful, and takes extra time to help with information on Italy. He's also very funny. I would recommend to anyone.
Thank you to our driver Gian Marco who is the best safe driver, very friendly and love how he makes an effort to speak English, and went out of his way to drop us off at hotels separately at the end of the tour. Very lovely of On The Go Tours to take us. Thank you so much!”