8 Day holiday - Flights from 20 UK airports
Seven Cities of Italy
Marvel at mysterious Venice, Shakespeare's Verona and Florence. See the Eternal City of Rome and the hill-top shrine at Assisi, and explore two of Tuscany's iconic towns: Siena and San Gimignano. Based in a series of comfortable hotels on the shores of Lake Garda, in the heart of the Tuscan countryside and just a few miles outside of Verona, this great-value eight-day tour of Italy has been enchanting Newmarket customers for almost 20 years.
Highlights in Brief
Time to relax by the shores of beautiful Lake Garda
Explore Verona, Shakespeare's city of "star-crossed lovers", and experience the sweeping Piazza Bra and impressive Roman amphitheatre, the Verona Arena
Visiting incomparable Venice
Take in the Renaissance majesty of Florence, home of Michelangelo, Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci
Visit Siena, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see the Piazza il Campo
The hill-top fortress of San Gimignano
Discover Rome on an included guided tour
Visit Assisi, the birthplace of Italy's patron saint
Fly to Italy and transfer to your hotel, situated just a short distance from Lake Garda's shoreline in Moniga del Garda.
Day Two: Included Verona tour
Today's tour takes you to Verona, on the banks of the River Adige. Highlights include Italy's best preserved Roman amphitheatre, famed for its Opera Festival, the sweeping Piazza Bra, crowded with folk watching the world go by from a seat in one of the numerous pavement cafes, and the maze of 13th-century streets that formed the backdrop to Shakespeare's tragic tale of "Juliet and her Romeo".
Day Three: Included Venice tour
Today we'll visit one of the world's most famous and most beautiful cities: Venice. Join our guided tour to see spectacular St Mark's Square and Cathedral, the clock tower, the Doge's Palace and the Rialto Bridge, and discover the many stories of the Palace of Prisons and the Bridge of Sighs, then wander the mysterious labyrinth of narrow alleys and waterways at your own pace.
Day Four: Included Florence tour
Leaving Garda's shores behind, today, you'll travel south, to Florence. There, you'll see the magnificent Florentine skyline, explore Santa Croce and cross the medieval Ponte Vecchio. Art lovers can visit the Accademia to see Michelangelo's peerless statue of David, or wander the Uffizi and admire Botticelli's 'Birth of Venus' (gallery entries payable locally).
In the late afternoon, you'll head further into Tuscany to the tour's second base, Chianciano Terme.
Day Five: Included Siena and San Gimignano excursion
Siena, our destination today, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most perfectly preserved medieval cities in Europe. Its centrepiece is the shell-shaped Piazza il Campo where the traditional Palio horse race is held each year. From here, we head northwest to discover the ancient towers and medieval architecture of the hill-top fortress of San Gimignano.
Day Six: Included Rome tour
Travel south, to Rome, and take a guided tour around the ancient Colosseum and Forum, the great basilicas and the Baroque fountains. We'll stop in the Vatican City to marvel at the great dome of St Peter's, and visit the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo's unmistakable and priceless ceiling.
Day Seven: Included Assisi excursion
Today we'll travel through Umbria, to Assisi, birthplace of Italy's patron Saint and home to Umbria's greatest glory - the magnificent Basilica Papale di San Francesco d'Assisi. After time to see the beautiful frescoes by Giotto, Cavallini and Martini in the basilica's upper and lower churches, we'll head to Lugagnano, just outside Verona, and settle in to the final hotel of your tour.
Day Eight: Fly back to the UK
Transfer back to the airport and check in for your flight home at the end of an unforgettable tour of Italy.
Seven nights' dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation in four-star hotels in Moniga del Garda (3 nights), Chianciano Terme (3) and Lugagnano (1)
Return flights from your chosen UK airport to Italy
A trip to Verona
A trip to Venice
A trip to Florence
A trip to Rome
Visits to Siena and San Gimignano
A visit to Assisi
Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
The services of a friendly, experienced Tour Manager
Your Italy Accommodation
Seven Cities of Italy Touring Hotels
You will be staying in three well-located hotels, all of which will be of at least European four-star standard.
Four-star Hotel Riva del Sole, Moniga del Garda (nights 1-3)
In the sunny south-western corner of Lake Garda, with easy access to Verona and Venice, this hotel sits in an elevated position a short distance from the shore. It boasts splendid views of the water from its outdoor terrace. With its traditional breakfast room/restaurant, and its well-appointed, air-conditioned rooms - all of which offer satellite TV, hairdryers, mini-bars and safes - this is an excellent base for the first three nights of your holiday.
Four-star Hotel President, Chianciano Terme (nights 4-6)
This hotel sits at the entrance of Chianciano, a short distance from the town's many spas. It has a rooftop swimming pool (open mid May to mid September) and bar, as well as a restaurant serving buffet breakfasts and dinners with traditional Tuscan antipasto dishes. The guest rooms have air conditioning, balconies, safes, hairdryers and fridges.
Four-star Antico Termine, Lugagnano (night 7)
Close to Verona, and ideally positioned for the airport, this four-star hotel has a bar, lounge and restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, a reception area and a lift. The bedrooms are air-conditioned and have private facilities, telephones and TV.
Seven Cities of Italy
Deposit is only £100pp
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time to your hotel is approximately one hour from Verona, and three hours from Milan and Venice. The transfer time back to the airport from your hotel is approximately 10 minutes from Verona Airport and three hours from Milan.
Combining hotel transfers
We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Meals in Italy
Guests on half-board arrangements will be served a three-course evening meal, and can expect a first course of traditional pasta or soup, a main meat or fish course accompanied by one or two types of vegetable, and a simple dessert of fruit, cake or Italian ice cream. Breakfasts will usually consist of bread rolls, jam, cereal, ham, cheese, fruit juice, tea and coffee. Menus will vary from hotel to hotel, but choice will be more limited than in a normal restaurant.
The extensive programme of your holiday will often involve early starts on most days. This will give you as much time as possible in the cities you visit and ensure you return to you hotel in time for dinner each day.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Since some attractions visited offer free admission to visitors at certain times of year, we do not include entrance fees. These will be payable locally where applicable. This applies to excursions that are included in the price of your holiday and to excursions booked as optional extras.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Changes to your hotel
This holiday is very popular, and we have limited rooms in the hotels described. If demand is high on a particular date we may accommodate you in an alternative hotel, of a similar standard, in a convenient location for the tour. Full details of your hotel will be sent with your Joining Instructions.
Italian hotel room tax
Some regions of Italy have introduced a room tax of between 1 EURO and 3 EURO per person per night, payable directly by the guest to the hotel on check-out. You will be advised by your tour manager in resort if a particular hotel is implementing this charge.
Airport development fees
An Airport Development Fee has been introduced at a few UK Airports. You will be required to pay this charge at the following airports prior to checking in for your flight: Blackpool, Durham Tees Valley, Newquay and Norwich. The amount varies from airport to airport, but it is generally between £5 and £10 per person. Please visit the airport's website for further information.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.