A replica of Michelangelo's David outside the Palazzo Vecchio | Florence | Italy
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Italian Expresso - 5 days map

COACH TOUR: Perfect for those short on time, this 5-day express tour takes in all the main highlights of Italy. Starting and ending in Rome, you will visit UNESCO-listed Siena and tour the 'Cradle of the Renaissance' in Florence. Enjoy a wander around Bologna, visit Padua, and take a guided sightseeing tour of Venice. Drive through Tuscany's beautiful wine region, tuck into lunch in medieval Montepulciano, and then return to the Italian capital.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

Siena - Visit this famous UNESCO-listed town, known for its narrow streets and picturesque town square
Bologna - Take in the highlights of this classical Italian city independently, and find a local restaurant in which to enjoy lunch
Venice - Join a guided tour to highlights including St Mark's Square, sip a glass of prosecco and perhaps take a gondola ride independently
Florence - Explore the home of Michelangelo on a guided tour, taking in the Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio, Basilica of Santa Croce and more
Padua - See the Basilica of St Anthony, one of the most visited churches by pilgrims in the Christian world
Tuscany - Drive through idyllic scenery and tuck into lunch in the medieval Tuscan town of Montepulciano - remember to try the wine!

Included

4 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 1 dinner
Escorted by an English-speaking Italian tour guide with specialist guides for some sightseeing
Guided sightseeing in Florence and Venice
Note: Touring is operated in conjunction with other tourist groups, not solely On The Go. You will join travellers who booked through other operators for sightseeing each day, some staying in different hotels, and spend your evenings at leisure. The group can vary in size from 20 - 50 persons. Guiding may be in an additional language to English
4 nights 4 star hotels
Transportation by deluxe coach with Wi-Fi, audio headsets and onboard toilet
Cicchetti & Prosecco or Spritz experience in Venice

Not Included

International flights and visas
Airport transfers
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
Additional meals and drinks unless specified
Entrance fees not mentioned in Inclusions
City tax of €1 - 6 per person per night (tax varies by city), to be paid directly to the hotel at check-in/out. See Trip Notes for details. Please note we recommend paying your city tax when checking in or in the evening during your stay to save time on check out!

Itinerary

Day 1

Assisi, Siena & Florence

Rome - Assisi - Siena - Florence. Welcome to Italy! It's an early start as we depart Rome at 07:15 and journey to the medieval walled town of Assisi. There's time to visit the picturesque Basilica of St Francis independently if you choose.

Then we continue to Siena, a UNESCO-protected town known for its incredibly narrow streets, medieval brick buildings and fan-shaped main square: Piazza del Campo. After a short visit, we continue to our hotel in Florence, where dinner is included.

Please note: The tour departs at 07:15 on Day 1 from the Hotel St Martin in Rome. Please arrive in Rome the day before your tour to ensure you don't miss the coach.
Overnight: Florence  |  Dinner

Day 2

Florence sightseeing

Today we enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour of Florence, 'Cradle of the Renaissance' and home of Michelangelo. Take in the beautiful Duomo, formally known as the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Other highlights of the city include the town hall - Palazzo Vecchio and the Basilica of Santa Croce, burial place for illustrious Italians including Michelangelo, Galileo, and Machiavelli. We tuck into lunch at a typical Tuscan restaurant in Piazza Santa Croce, and the rest of the day is at leisure. We recommend pre-booking a visit to the Uffizi Gallery or the Academia (home to the original David).
Overnight: Florence  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3

Bologna, Padua & Venice

Florence - Bologna - Padua - Venice. Departing Florence, we drive to beautiful Bologna, capital of the Emilia-Romagna region. Stroll through the elegant city centre to see some of the beautiful porticos and shopping streets. Stroll from Piazza Malpighi to Piazza del Nettuno and Piazza Maggiore in the heart of the city, and see the Basilica of San Petronio. There's free time to find a good restaurant for lunch.

In the afternoon we pay a short visit to Padua, a riverside city west of Venice. We'll see the Basilica of Saint Anthony, which is one of the most visited churches by pilgrims in the Catholic world. Then it's on to Venice, where we check into our hotel for the next two nights.
Overnight: Venice  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Venice

After breakfast, it's time to explore perhaps Italy's most famous and romantic destination. The floating city is a photographer's dream, and we'll be taking in the main highlights. Our tour begins in Piazza San Marco, in English known as St Mark's Square. It's the focal point of the city, dominated by St Mark's Basilica. We also see the Gothic Doge's Palace and the legendary Bridge of Sighs.

After our tour, we enjoy some cicchetti (Italian tapas) and a glass of prosecco in our beautiful setting and there is free time for you to explore further - we strongly recommend a gondola ride on Venice's famous canals!
Overnight: Venice  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

Tuscany & return to Rome

Venice - Tuscany wine region - Rome. Leaving Venice, we head into Tuscany, one of Italy's most idyllic regions. A land known for its beautiful scenery, historic castles, and some of Italy's finest wines. We enjoy a stop in the medieval town of Montepulciano for lunch, where you can try a glass or two of the region's vino. Then we have a short amount of free time to explore the town further, before returning to Rome. Our tour arrangements ends when we get back to the city.

Please note: We will not arrive back in Rome until late afternoon or early evening, so please be aware of this when arranging your flights. We would encourage you to stay in Rome for an extra night, and book your onward flight for the day after our tour concludes.
Breakfast, Lunch

Prices & Dates

Departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to those who don’t have anyone to share a room with or anyone wanting the privacy of a single room.

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Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

Raffaello Hotel, Florence

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The recently renovated Raffaello Hotel is located in an atmospheric residential area, just a 10-minute tram ride from the city centre. When in the hotel guests can relax in the Raffaello Garden with a drink, or tuck into delectable Tuscan cuisine at Restaurant La Fornarina. A buffet breakfast is included and served daily and there is free Wi-Fi throughout. Rooms come with Sky television, minibar, safe and ensuite bathrooms and are tastefully decorated, as they should be in the city of the Renaissance!

Hotel Delfino Venezia Mestre, Venice

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Hotel Delfino Venezia Mestre is located in the lively Corso del Popolo in the heart of Mestre, the mainland section of Venice. The hotel is just 10 minutes by bus from Venice itself, with a stop across the road - reception can arrange bus tickets for guests if needed. Rooms at this 4-star hotel are well appointed and spacious, equipped with ensuite bathrooms, air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi and television. Buffet breakfast is served onsite and there is a bar and lounge area where guests can enjoy cocktails and apertifs.

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Rome
Ends
Rome
Departs
Mondays & Saturdays
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 50
Hotel Rating
4-star hotels
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 4, Lunch: 3, Dinner: 1
Countries
Minimum Age
No minimum age
Arr. Transfer
No
Dep. Transfer
No
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