Enjoy an Italian Espresso...for real

Enjoy an Italian Espresso...for real

Italian Espresso – 8 days


Italy including Rome, Vatican City, San Gimignano, Florence, Pisa & Venice

Description A full week of la dolce vita, pronto. This one is pure Italian travel condensed into 8 days, covering all the big bucket-list destinations of Venice, Florence & Rome, plus the smaller cities of Chianti, Pisa, Verona, and the 'Medieval Manhattan' of San Gimigano. We'll ooh and aah over antipasto & Chianti in a 16th century Tuscan winery, dine on regional specialties in local trattorias, boat through the canals and islands of Venice, and explore the architecturally magnificent city of Florence. Expect comfy hotels and plenty of world-famous espresso & pizza on the way.
Travel Dates  

Trips operate on selected departure dates from 4 April 2020 to 13 March 2021.

Below price based on lead in for departures from 4 April 2020 to 2 May 2020.

 Valid from  1 November 2019
 Valid until  18 December 2019
 Price   From R19 402* per person sharing
 Inclusions  Accommodation
  • 7 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation
  • Modern, air-conditioned coach
  • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges


  • 7 continental breakfasts
  • 2 Regional Dinners


  • An experienced & professional Trip Manager & Driver team
  • Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations

Included Experiences

  • Special access Rome sightseeing coach tour
  • See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, The Vatican, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona
  • Locally guided tour of the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica & the art of the Vatican Museums
  • See St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City
  • Discover Renaissance Florence on foot including the statue of David, Ponte Vecchio & the Medici Palace
  • See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistery & Piazza della Signoria
  • Leather craft demonstration
  • Guided tour of a 16th century Tuscan winery while enjoying local Chianti & antipasto
  • Visit San Giminiano and see its medievil towers and town square
  • Visit the iconic Tower of Pisa and pose for the classic insta snap
  • Visit romantic Verona and see Casa Giulietta (Juliet's Balcony)

Free Time Add-Ons (F)

  • Walk in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum and Roman Forum
  • Learn how to make fresh pasta in Rome's most historic district followed by a pasta dinner
  • Share a family-style dinner with an aperitivo overlooking the Tuscan Hills
  • Florence Food Tour
  • Make & paint your own Venetian mask and wear it while you enjoy a delicious aperitivo

Free Wifi

  • Available on all Contiki coaches
 Exclusions Flights, visas, travel insurance, spending money and items of a personal nature
 Itinerary Day 1: Arrive Rome

Italy - you have our attention! These are the 8-days we've been dreaming of since the day we booked. Our group of globe-roamers will meet up at 4pm at our Rome digs before hitting the streets for our first dinner and a taste of the city. La perfezione!

Day 2: Rome

Then take off to explore the city - get the lowdown on where to go from your Trip Manager, perhaps you'll want to opt in to a guided tour of the famous Gladiator fighting location - the Colosseum? Tonight – it's all about food! If you want to do as the Italian's do and make your own food - definitely join the rest of your new travel squad for a Italian Cooking Class!

Day 3: Rome to Florence via Vatican City

Today we will need to swing by the Pope's house and gawk at the magnitude of the Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica. After last night's sample of Rome, your appetite for all things Italian will be well and truly whet. And you'll be wildly thankful we're coming back for more of this city at the end of the trip.

The famous dome of Duomo Cathedral sits above the city, making certain we know we have arrived in Florence. Tonight you can continue your Tuscan love affair with a stroll along River Arno & ponder the prettiness of Florence over another vino or two.

Day 4: Florence

Explore the city's markets complete with gelato in hand; marvel at artworks from the likes of legends like Michelangelo; and be impressed by the skillful art of leather at an included demonstration. These are the sorts of activities likely to fill your Florence agenda. Tonight, you have the chance to sign up for a traditional Tuscan evening with dinner full of Italian flavours. Top off your night with an optional Space Electronic Disco at one of Florence's hippest nightclubs.

Day 5: Florence incl Chianti Region and San Gimignano

Endless lines of olive trees & the golden Tuscan sun will have us in a stupor of happiness. And that's before we've pulled up at a 16th century Tuscan winery to explore an old cellar & try a local drop paired with delicious antipasto.

Spend the morning in San Gimignano, the stunning hill-top town that is often dubbed “Medieval Manhattan”. Dotted with ancient towers, San Gimignano serves up sweeping views over the region’s rolling hills. Explore the village and pick up some local specialties like wild-boar salami or pecorino cheese.

We're back in Florence for the evening. You're free to do your own thing tonight, or make the most of your last night in the capital of Tuscany with an optional Florence food tour.

Day 6: Florence to Venice via Pisa and Verona

From one romantic city to the next, today we're venturing on to Verona and Venice to find Shakespearean vibes and a city that floats.

Before we leave Tuscany for Venice today, there is one more famous building to grab a photo of. Which means a final stop in Pisa to ogle at the world's most famous #AwkwardLean no less.

In fair Verona, we'll be lapping up the city where the story of Romeo & Juliet was set. The Roman Arena is deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its urban structure and architecture. There will be time to find a spot to eat before our next destination.

Already in the spirit of Italian history and romance, tonight we'll land in the nest of Venice, which rivals the beauty of any other body of canals in the world, it's immensely charming thanks to drifting gondolas. You'll get the chance to explore this city tomorrow with a full free day on the agenda.

Day 7: Venice

Day 8: Depart Venice/Rome

The trip ends after breakfast in Venice and it’s time to say "arrivederci" to your new friends. Or if you prefer, catch a complimentary transfer back to Rome where your trip ends when you arrive.

T's & C's
  1. Europe Summer 2020 Early Payment Offer -  25% off discount is only valid on trips 7 days or more departing March 2020 to October 2020
  2. Offer is subject to availability and can be withdrawn at any time. Europe Summer 2020 Early Payment Offer applies to new bookings only, made between 1 November 2018 and 18 December 2019. 
  3. A non-refundable deposit of R5000 per person, per trip is required within 7 days of booking (per standard deposit terms) and full payment is due on or before 18 December 2019.
  4. Europe Summer 2020 Early Payment Offer may be combined with regular brochure discounts if applicable but cannot be combined with any other promotional offer. 
  5. Discount applies to the land portion of the trip only. 
  6. Offer not valid on special departures and interest groups, selected cruises, festivals and short breaks, and pre and post accommodation. 
  7. Early Payment Offers are subject to availability and maybe withdrawn at any time without prior notification.
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