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2015 SEASON
Sep 2015 - Oct 2015
2016 SEASON
Apr 2016 - Oct 2016

7 Day Jewels of Italy

Costsaver Guided Tour starting in Rome and finishing in Venice

Enjoy all the Jewels of Italy on this adventure of a lifetime. A Local Guide will take you on a tour from the Vatican City to glorious Ancient Rome to view the Forum and mighty Colosseum. Push the Leaning Tower of Pisa over in a photo to send home to the family, stand on Juliet's balcony in Verona and watch Venetian craftsmen...read more

Overview

Operator: Costsaver
Style: CostSaver
Duration: 7 Days
From: Rome to Venice
Tour Code: IJWL
Our Price From:
$ 1,325
Per Person
Save This Month:
$ 70
Per Person
Countries Visited: Italy

Day By Day

1

Arrive Rome (2 Nights)

Welcome to Rome! After check-in, relax and unwind. Later meet with your Travel Director and fellow travellers. This evening, consider a stroll around this fascinating ancient city and mingle with the locals in beautiful squares with stunning architecture! Stay: Ergife Palace
2

Rome Sightseeing And Free Time

Your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour with a visit to the Vatican City. Visit the awe-inspiring St. Peter's Basilica to view Michelangelo's statue, the Pietà. Don't miss the opportunity to join an optional experience to visit inside the famous Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums. In ancient Rome view the Forum and the mighty Colosseum. Afterwards you have free time to take in the sights or explore the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. (BB)
3

Rome - Pisa - Florence (2 Nights)

Today head north to Pisa. Visit the Field of Miracles, featuring the Leaning Tower, Cathedral and Baptistery. There is time to shop for souvenirs and take pictures! Later arrive at your hotel near Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. (BB) Stay: Villa Stanley
4

Florence Sightseeing And Free Time

There are few cities in the world with an artistic legacy to equal that of Florence. Your Local Specialist gives a superb commentary of the city's history during your walking tour, which includes views of the Baptistery, Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiori, the impressive Giotto's Bell Tower, and a visit to Piazza della Signoria. Experience a demonstration of fine leatherwork with time to explore on your own. Shop for high quality leather and 18-carat gold jewellery for which Florence is renowned and don't forget to try the gelato! Later enjoy dinner at the hotel. (BB/D)
5

Florence - Verona - Venice (2 Nights)

Your journey continues north across the dramatic Apennine Mountains to Verona, the home of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers. View the vast Roman Arena, where concerts are still held regularly each year, and walk to see Juliet's balcony. Head east to the magical, romantic city of Venice. (BB/D) Stay: Antony
6

Venice Orientation And Free Time

Your day starts with a cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square in the heart of Venice. Admire the Bridge of Sighs, the ornate Doge's Palace and the Byzantine Basilica of St. Mark. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialities at a glassblowing workshop on Giudecca Island. Spend free time afterwards exploring this fascinating city or perhaps take a cruise across the lagoon to the Island of Burano for a relaxing seafood meal. (BB)
7

Depart Venice

This morning, say 'arrivederci' to Italy, your Travel Director and newfound friends at the end of an unforgettable holiday. Transfers are available to Venice Marco Polo Airport. Conditions apply. (BB)

Trip Inclusions

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Florence Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes views of the Cathedral and Piazza della Signoria
  • Pisa Visit the Field of Miracles to view the Leaning Tower
  • Rome Sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist includes a visit to St. Peter's Basilica plus views of the Forum and Colosseum
  • Venice Cruise by private boat to St. Mark's Square. Visit a traditional glassblowing workshop on Giudecca Island
  • Verona View the Roman Arena and Juliet's balcony

What's Included

  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply. Please refer to the price panel
  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom
  • Hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your trip
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.

Fine Dining

  • 6 buffet breakfasts
  • 2 three course dinners

Operator Details

Region: Europe
Style: CostSaver
Accommodation: 3+ Star
Hotels: Central - Sometimes
Guided: Tour Host & Driver
Coach: 5 Star
Average Age: 35-60
Flights: Not Included
Airport Transfers: Available
Tips: Option to Pre Purchase
Max Group Size: 49 (Avg. 40)
Free Coach WiFi: No
* Source: Costsaver for tours in Europe. Some variances may occur on this tour and information is provided as a guide only.

Reviews (6)

Overall Rating

We chose Global Journey's 'Jewels of Italy' 7 day tour as it hit many of the right notes for us. I had always had a desire to see and experience Italy, but had the language barrier of only speaking English; my husband on the other hand had never been overseas and also did not speak a second language. This is why we initially decided a guided tour would best suit our situation. Our tour guide Tony was fabulous! We were surprised initially that our guide was Australian as well, but had the added insider knowledge of Italy, having moved, lived, breathed the Italian life for over 20 years. This tour, covers a lot of things with the guide and provides plenty of free time to experience things on your own terms. We did opt to do all the optional activities to make sure we saw and made the most of everything. Even with all the inclusions, it was still an amazingly great prices for what we experienced and will treasure for the rest of our lives.

The only negative, which was out of the control of Global Journey's and Trafalgar, was one of the accommodation locations/hotel itself. Due to a fashion event in Florence, we were unable to stay in the brochured hotel due to hotels overbooking for the event. As a result, the hotel we did end up in was well away from anything and had recently been taken over with a rushed opening to accommodate for the fashion event and a grande prix. So it was disorganized, the European adapters purchased in Australian stores were no longer compatible with their power points (they have been made slightly slimer), no wifi, tasteless food, and inexperienced staff. I did try giving them benefit of the doubt, giving their circumstances but would strongly advise against Trafalgar to use that location as a backup point in future (even Tony the tour guide was very embarrassed about the accommodation and kept apologizing on behalf of himself and Trafalgar). Don't expect 5 star experiences...however saying that, I didn't feel like we had a cheap tour, it felt very luxurious for what we could have gotten. Will happily use Global Journey's again.

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Had a great time Roberto our tour guide and bus driver Marchello were excellent made everyone feel at ease we had quite a few laughs along the way which made the tour all the more enjoyable as well. Being our first time to Italy we loved the whole experience of it, history, food, wine and the people were very friendly we would recommend it to anyone.

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At first we thought the tour coach was not very comfortable and a bit squashy. The first tour guide Juan Carlos was difficult to understand mainly because the PA was not very good from where we were about half way down. Also listening to everything in the 3 languages was tedious but I guess that's the way it is. Once we got to Pompeii and had a new tour guide everything was good. The accommodation was fantastic and the meals lovely especially in Amalfi they were quite gourmet. The guide for Capri, Marco, was also very entertaining and we had a lovely day at the Blue Grotto and Capri. We liked having free time in Amalfi to do our own thing and the small bus trips to and from Amalfi were excellent with time to stop and take photos too. Overall we enjoyed our holiday with Costsaver tours and would recommend them to others. So thank you Georgie for all your help.

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The tour director, Chris, was excellent. His knowledge of Italy was never ending. He was also a lot of fun and organised everything smoothly. The coach was comfortable and we made friends with lots of people on board. All the cities were beautiful and the tour was paced to our liking. Our main disappointment was that the hotels were so far out of each city it made it difficult to go into town by ourselves. By the time we added on the optional tours it made the holiday a lot more expensive. The standard of the hotels was good.


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2015 SEASON
Sep 2015 - Oct 2015
2016 SEASON
Apr 2016 - Oct 2016

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06 Sep 2015 12 Sep 2015 $ 1,355
13 Sep 2015 19 Sep 2015 $ 1,355
18 Sep 2015 24 Sep 2015 $ 1,355
20 Sep 2015 26 Sep 2015 $ 1,355
27 Sep 2015 03 Oct 2015 $ 1,355
04 Oct 2015 10 Oct 2015 $ 1,325
11 Oct 2015 17 Oct 2015 $ 1,325
18 Oct 2015 24 Oct 2015 $ 1,325
Note: The majority of departures above will proceed or are guaranteed to depart. Your Tour Consultant will outline the status of your departure date in your quote along with all applicable discounts and specials.

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