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Italy Top to Toe



This marvellous journey, in the classic tradition of 19th-century 'grand tours', begins with the glories of Venice. Take in Tuscan treasures, beautiful Florence and timeless Rome. Rest and relax near idyllic Sorrento, experience the dizzying Amalfi Drive, perhaps visit exquisite Capri, and see Sicily's towering Mount Etna.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • Visit magical Venice, La Serenissima
  • Discover and explore Florence, the 'Cradle of the Renaissance'
  • The chance to visit Tuscan gems Siena and San Gimignano on an optional excursion
  • Spa-town Fiuggi - high in the Apennine Hills
  • See Orvieto's ornate, golden-fronted cathedral
  • Enjoy the wonders of Rome on a full-day visit
  • Take in fascinating, tragic Pompeii
  • Enjoy breathtaking views on the Amalfi Drive
  • Visit towering Mount Etna and exquisite Taormina
  • Discover Agrigento's ancient treasures
  • 13 nights' bed and breakfast accommodation in a series of good-quality hotels in Mirano (2 nights), Chianciano Terme (3), Fiuggi (2), Sorrento (3) and Acireale (3)
  • 11 evening meals
  • Return flights to Italy, flying to Venice and returning from Catania, Sicily
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement


Day One

Fly to Venice, meet your tour manager and make the short transfer to your four-star hotel. You'll enjoy a two-night stay here, in the historic Veneto town of Mirano.

Day Two

In the early afternoon begin your Grand Tour in incomparable Venice. Our guided walking tour includes highlights such as the Grand Canal, the stunning Accademia, the Rialto Bridge and St Mark's Square. You'll have the opportunity to enjoy dinner at your leisure in Venice before you return to the hotel late this evening.

Day Three

You'll journey south across Emilia-Romagna, today, towards the rolling hills of Tuscany. En route, call at exquisite Ferrara, former home to the wealthy and powerful Este dukes. Arriving in Chianciano Terme this afternoon, you'll spend three nights close to the heart of the celebrated spa-town.

Day Four

An included tour of stunning Florence will be one of the undoubted highlights of this holiday. See the magnificent Florentine skyline, Santa Croce and the medieval Ponte Vecchio, and perhaps visit a world-famous gallery. You'll then return to Chianciano Terme for dinner.

Day Five

Choose to join an optional excursion through the Tuscan hills to Siena, today, one of Europe's most perfectly preserved medieval cities, its centrepiece the vast piazza il Campo. From here we'll head to another exquisite Tuscan gem, San Gimignano, with its hilltop setting, towers, medieval walls and cathedral.

Day Six

You'll leave Chianciano Terme and head south into the Apennine hills for a two-night stay at the spa town of Fiuggi. En route, visit Orvieto, which rises out of the Umbrian countryside, crowned by its great Gothic cathedral. Dinner will be served in the hotel this evening.

Day Seven

Spend an unforgettable day discovering Rome, the 'Eternal City', where over two thousand years of history come alive. A guided tour takes in the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Trevi Fountain, and St Peter's in the Vatican City. Window shop along the Via Condotti and enjoy 'la dolce vita'.

Day Eight

Head to the Bay of Naples, beneath Vesuvius' brooding cone, to spend three nights close to idyllic Sorrento. En route you'll call at the haunting ruins of Roman Pompeii, one of the Mediterranean's most extraordinary sites, where excavations have rediscovered this ancient city that was buried by a volcanic eruption in AD79.

Day Nine

Today, experience the breathtaking Amalfi Drive, which winds its way around the cliffs above the blue Bay of Salerno. It passes high above Positano's Moorish-style pink and white houses heading to beautiful Amalfi, at the foot of Monte Cerreto, and its equally beautiful cathedral.

Day 10

Rest and relax in Sorrento - perhaps exploring its two tiny ports, taking a seat in a Piazza Tasso cafe or strolling stylish Corso Italia. Alternatively join today's optional excursion to the glorious Isle of Capri, and explore picturesque Anacapri, beautiful Villa San Michele and chic Capri Town. While there, why not take a boat trip to the famous Blue Grotto?

Day 11

After a restful few days, you'll have an early start, today, as you begin the 'final leg' of your Italian odyssey. Make the long journey down to Italy's 'toe' in the province of Calabria, then cross to the island of Sicily. Dinner will be served on arrival at the hotel, in the shadow of Mount Etna.

Day 12

Spend today relaxing in your hotel or exploring the surrounding area.

Day 13

See Mount Etna, Europe's highest active volcano, with its strange landscape of petrified lava and old craters dotted across its slopes. The hill town of Taormina is no less stunning, with its stupendous Greek Theatre and peerless views of distant Etna and the sea.

Day 14

Transfer to the airport for the return flight to the UK, at the end of a truly Grand Tour.

Italy Top To Toe Touring Hotels 

You will be staying in a series of well-located, three- and four-star hotels.

Further Information

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 30 minutes.

Entrance Fees

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.

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. In some instances, individual guests who have booked with the hotel independently may be offered a different menu from those who are staying at the hotel as part of a package tour.

Special requirements

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.

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.

Disabled access

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.

Italian hotel room tax

Some regions of Italy have introduced a room tax of between 1 € and 3 € 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.

Itinerary changes

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.

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Italy Top to Toe reviews verified by Reevoo

Italy Top to ToeScores 8.0 out of 10 based on 85 reviews
(8 out of 10)


Anstey Couple
Due to the cost presumably, the standard and location of the hotels used was lower than expected.
Confirmed traveller: 06 July 2016
Published on: 22 July 2016
(10 out of 10)


Halling, Rochester, Kent. Couple
My wife and I had a marvellous time on this tour which we both felt was up to Newmarket's usual high standard. Wonderful scenery, comfortable hotels and a conscientious tour guide all helped to make it a marvellous two weeks.

We will certainly be trying Newmarket again and will recommend you to our family and friends. Thank you all again.
Confirmed traveller: 06 July 2016
Published on: 20 July 2016
(9 out of 10)


Church Stretton Couple
Excellent Tour Manager.Thoughtful,interesting and very well organised.The trip exceeded our expectations.
Confirmed traveller: 29 June 2016
Published on: 22 July 2016
(9 out of 10)


Wareham - Dorset Couple
This was a brilliant holiday which we thoroughly enjoyed, mainly due to the exceptional efforts of our tour manager Alex. He was knowledgable , very professional , and did everything possible to make our visit the best it could be. Both drivers were courteous and professional , and, excellent drivers in some difficult situations.
The only criticism we have is of the Hotel Dania, some of the rooms were large with balconies , whilst others including ours were very small, with just a small window in the room which created an unfair situation amongst the party. Other than that, the hotel was in a beautiful position and the staff were amongst the most helpful of the holiday.
Confirmed traveller: 29 June 2016
Published on: 05 July 2016
(10 out of 10)


milton keynes Couple
Having never gone on a tour holiday we had a fantastic time and our tour manager was so helpful and very knowledgeable . So would consider another holiday with Newmarket.
Confirmed traveller: 29 June 2016
Published on: 05 July 2016
(9 out of 10)


Chelmsford Couple
An excellent trip and many thanks to Alex for being such a good guide. We should have been much better advised of the cost of all the activities. These should either have been included in the initial price or told to us separately so that we could ensure that we had enough cash with us. All of us always seemed to be looking for a cash machine!
Confirmed traveller: 29 June 2016
Published on: 05 July 2016
(8 out of 10)


Stockport Family
The only thing that let this holiday down were a couple of the hotels, especially the one in sorrento. The smell in the bedroom was totally unacceptable, when we complained we were told there was nothing that could be done. After saying that, totally enjoyed the holiday and Alex the tour guide was second to none. He worked tirelessly to ensure that everything ran like clockwork.
Confirmed traveller: 15 June 2016
Published on: 05 July 2016