South Ockendon Single traveller
- A little too rushed sometimes. Too many places in a week.
Published on: 03 November 2016
Discover seven of the best Italian cities, all in a single holiday.
With so many enthralling cities to explore, choosing where to go on holiday in Italy can prove a tricky task; if can't decide which you'd like to see most, why not see them all on one grand tour?
Discover the dolce vita as you embark on a whistle-stop journey to Verona, Venice, Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Rome and Assisi. And, as well as excursions that reveal the unique character of each destination, you're free to discover them at your own pace.
Art, architecture and ambience, the ability to experience seven unique cities in one great value, eight-day holiday: what more could you ask for?
Take a look at what awaits you on this tour of Italy, then book today.
The option of single rooms for a supplement
Must try: Tagliatelle al tartufo, a traditional Tuscan dish of delicious pasta covered in a truffle sauce.
Fascinating fact: Siena was originally divided into three areas, called Terzi, or Thirds. The first one, called Terzo di Citta, was the earliest inhabited area of the city, and in its Piazza Postierla you'll find the smallest window in the world - it's situated on the building on the right of the square.
You say: "As a holiday, it's been absolutely fantastic. There are so many highlights?"
This escorted holiday sees us based in three Italian resorts.
On the western shore of Lake Garda, Moniga del Garda is a small town with a pretty harbour area and wide pebble beaches. It is famous for its local rose wine, Chiaretto, and offers a selection of bars, restaurants and cafes.
The spa-resort of Chianciano Terme lies about 60 miles south of Florence. Boasting a wonderful climate, Chianciano comprises two settlements: the old hill-town and the modern spa town below it. The resort offers some excellent shops, and many small bars, cafes and restaurants serving local food and wine.
This small village, just a few miles to the west of Verona, is ideally situated for a relaxing final day and transfer to the airport.
Every day a new experience
Fly to Italy and transfer to your hotel in Moniga del Garda, situated right beside the lake. After a chance to relax and familiarise yourself with your surroundings, enjoy dinner at the hotel.
Today, you can explore Verona, the historic backdrop for the tale of Romeo and Juliet, and home to the famous opera season, held yearly in its Roman amphitheatre. Stroll along its pretty streets and past its fascinating architecture, then take a seat in an open-air cafe in Piazza Bra to watch the world go by.
Venice is considered one of the world's most beautiful cities. Explore it at your own pace or join our included guided tour. With its distinctive labyrinth of alleys and waterways, spectacular St Mark's Square and Cathedral, the bell tower, the Doge's Palace, the Rialto Bridge, the Palace of the Prisons and the Bridge of Sighs, Venice has to be seen to be believed.
Leaving Garda's shores behind, 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.
Today, you'll journey into the rolling Tuscan hills to reach Siena, the historic centre of which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the magnificent Piazza il Campo, home of the traditional Palio horse race, then continue northwest to see the famous hill-top fortress of San Gimignano.
Travel south, to Rome, and take a guided tour around the ancient Colosseum and Forum, the great basilicas and the Baroque fountains. In the Vatican City, marvel at the great dome of St Peter's, and visit the nearby Sistine Chapel, ornately decorated with Michelangelo's fabled frescoes.
Head through Umbria, to Assisi, birthplace of Italy's patron St Francis, and home to the magnificent Basilica - the inside of which is decorated with beautiful frescoes by Giotto, Cavallini and Martini.
After your visit, you'll head to Lugagnano, just outside Verona, and settle in to your final hotel of the tour.
Transfer back to the airport for check-in and your flight home from a grand tour of Italy.
|Departure Airport||Date||Price From|
|Aberdeen||02 Jul 2017||£1019.00|
|Birmingham||21 May 2017||£899.00|
|Birmingham||11 Jun 2017||£969.00|
|Birmingham||25 Jun 2017||£969.00|
|Birmingham||02 Jul 2017||£979.00|
|Birmingham||09 Jul 2017||£979.00|
|Birmingham||27 Aug 2017||£989.00|
|Birmingham||03 Sep 2017||£979.00|
|Birmingham||10 Sep 2017||£979.00|
|Birmingham||24 Sep 2017||£959.00|
|Birmingham||08 Oct 2017||£899.00|
|Birmingham||15 Oct 2017||£879.00|
|Bournemouth||04 Jun 2017||£1019.00|
|Bristol||04 Jun 2017||£939.00|
|Bristol||18 Jun 2017||£939.00|
|Bristol||25 Jun 2017||£939.00|
|Bristol||09 Jul 2017||£949.00|
|Bristol||16 Jul 2017||£949.00|
|Bristol||03 Sep 2017||£949.00|
|Bristol||10 Sep 2017||£949.00|
|Bristol||17 Sep 2017||£949.00|
|Bristol||01 Oct 2017||£889.00|
|Bristol||08 Oct 2017||£869.00|
|Bristol||15 Oct 2017||£849.00|
|Cardiff||04 Jun 2017||£1019.00|
|Durham Tees Valley||28 May 2017||£969.00|
|Durham Tees Valley||10 Sep 2017||£1029.00|
|Durham Tees Valley||17 Sep 2017||£1019.00|
|East Midlands||21 May 2017||£879.00|
|East Midlands||28 May 2017||£929.00|
|East Midlands||04 Jun 2017||£949.00|
|East Midlands||25 Jun 2017||£949.00|
|East Midlands||02 Jul 2017||£959.00|
|East Midlands||09 Jul 2017||£959.00|
|East Midlands||03 Sep 2017||£959.00|
|East Midlands||10 Sep 2017||£959.00|
|East Midlands||24 Sep 2017||£939.00|
|East Midlands||01 Oct 2017||£899.00|
|East Midlands||08 Oct 2017||£879.00|
|East Midlands||15 Oct 2017||£859.00|
|Edinburgh||21 May 2017||£919.00|
|Edinburgh||28 May 2017||£949.00|
|Edinburgh||11 Jun 2017||£989.00|
|Edinburgh||25 Jun 2017||£989.00|
|Edinburgh||02 Jul 2017||£999.00|
|Edinburgh||27 Aug 2017||£1009.00|
|Edinburgh||03 Sep 2017||£999.00|
|Edinburgh||17 Sep 2017||£999.00|
|Edinburgh||24 Sep 2017||£979.00|
|Edinburgh||01 Oct 2017||£939.00|
|Exeter||09 Jul 2017||£1019.00|
|Exeter||08 Oct 2017||£969.00|
|Humberside||11 Jun 2017||£1019.00|
|Humberside||18 Jun 2017||£1019.00|
|Humberside||17 Sep 2017||£1019.00|
|Humberside||24 Sep 2017||£1009.00|
|Inverness||25 Jun 2017||£1009.00|
|Inverness||03 Sep 2017||£1029.00|
|Isle Of Man||11 Jun 2017||£1019.00|
|Isle Of Man||24 Sep 2017||£1019.00|
|Jersey||10 Sep 2017||£1029.00|
|London Gatwick||21 May 2017||£829.00|
|London Gatwick||28 May 2017||£849.00|
|London Gatwick||04 Jun 2017||£889.00|
|London Gatwick||11 Jun 2017||£889.00|
|London Gatwick||18 Jun 2017||£889.00|
|London Gatwick||25 Jun 2017||£889.00|
|London Gatwick||02 Jul 2017||£899.00|
|London Gatwick||09 Jul 2017||£899.00|
|London Gatwick||16 Jul 2017||£899.00|
|London Gatwick||27 Aug 2017||£909.00|
|London Gatwick||03 Sep 2017||£899.00|
|London Gatwick||10 Sep 2017||£899.00|
|London Gatwick||17 Sep 2017||£899.00|
|London Gatwick||24 Sep 2017||£879.00|
|London Gatwick||01 Oct 2017||£839.00|
|London Gatwick||08 Oct 2017||£819.00|
|London Gatwick||15 Oct 2017||£779.00|
|London Heathrow||28 May 2017||£959.00|
|London Heathrow||11 Jun 2017||£999.00|
|London Heathrow||18 Jun 2017||£999.00|
|London Heathrow||25 Jun 2017||£999.00|
|London Heathrow||03 Sep 2017||£1009.00|
|London Heathrow||17 Sep 2017||£1009.00|
|London Heathrow||01 Oct 2017||£949.00|
|London Heathrow||08 Oct 2017||£929.00|
|London Luton||21 May 2017||£829.00|
|London Luton||04 Jun 2017||£889.00|
|London Luton||11 Jun 2017||£889.00|
|London Luton||25 Jun 2017||£889.00|
|London Luton||09 Jul 2017||£899.00|
|London Luton||27 Aug 2017||£909.00|
|London Luton||10 Sep 2017||£899.00|
|London Luton||17 Sep 2017||£899.00|
|London Luton||24 Sep 2017||£879.00|
|London Luton||01 Oct 2017||£839.00|
|London Luton||08 Oct 2017||£819.00|
|London Luton||15 Oct 2017||£799.00|
|London Stansted||21 May 2017||£829.00|
|London Stansted||28 May 2017||£879.00|
|London Stansted||04 Jun 2017||£889.00|
|London Stansted||11 Jun 2017||£919.00|
|London Stansted||18 Jun 2017||£949.00|
|London Stansted||25 Jun 2017||£889.00|
|London Stansted||02 Jul 2017||£899.00|
|London Stansted||09 Jul 2017||£959.00|
|London Stansted||16 Jul 2017||£929.00|
|London Stansted||27 Aug 2017||£909.00|
|London Stansted||03 Sep 2017||£929.00|
|London Stansted||10 Sep 2017||£899.00|
|London Stansted||17 Sep 2017||£929.00|
|London Stansted||24 Sep 2017||£879.00|
|London Stansted||01 Oct 2017||£839.00|
|London Stansted||08 Oct 2017||£819.00|
|London Stansted||15 Oct 2017||£799.00|
|Manchester||21 May 2017||£879.00|
|Manchester||04 Jun 2017||£949.00|
|Manchester||18 Jun 2017||£949.00|
|Manchester||02 Jul 2017||£959.00|
|Manchester||16 Jul 2017||£959.00|
|Manchester||03 Sep 2017||£959.00|
|Manchester||10 Sep 2017||£959.00|
|Manchester||24 Sep 2017||£939.00|
|Manchester||01 Oct 2017||£899.00|
|Manchester||15 Oct 2017||£859.00|
|Newquay Cornwall||21 May 2017||£939.00|
|Newquay Cornwall||01 Oct 2017||£969.00|
|Norwich||18 Jun 2017||£1019.00|
|Norwich||25 Jun 2017||£1019.00|
|Norwich||01 Oct 2017||£969.00|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.