its magnificent architecture, beautiful landscapes, sumptuous cuisine,
ancient ruins, and brilliant art, Italy is a country like no other. On
this affordable Italy’s Best tour, you’ll experience all of this and
more. One of the tour’s highlights is the excursion to the Cinque
Terre—five medieval seaside villages. The area is noted for its natural
beauty with terraces built into the mountainside on cliffs that drop
down into the sea. Delight in the unique charm of the area and take in
the breathtaking views. On your journey through Tuscany, watch the
undulating hills, terraced vineyards, olive groves, and rural villages.
More stunning scenery awaits at Lake Maggiore, one of Italy’s largest
lakes. Located on the edge of the Swiss Alps, it’s the perfect place to
relax and soak in the beauty. Briefly cross the border into Switzerland
to Lugano, a lakeside town with a Mediterranean flair. In southern
Italy, witness magnificent views of the crystal-clear, blue sea in the
vibrant town of Sorrento, and enjoy a day trip to Capri where the
crashing sea has formed awe-inspiring caves. On this comprehensive
Italy tour, history comes alive. Visit Pompeii, buried during the
eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. This amazingly preserved
archaeological site gives you a detailed insight into ordinary life at
the peak of the Roman Empire. In Rome, during the city sightseeing tour
with a local guide, see the main sights, as well as Vatican City with
St Peter’s Basilica. In Genoa, boasting Europe’s largest medieval
historical district, view the remains of the city’s 17th-century
fortifications. Visit St Francis’ Basilica in Assisi, a medieval town
set in the Umbrian hills. Guided city sightseeing tours are planned in
Rome, Florence, Assisi, and Genoa. Your visit to Venice includes a boat
trip to St Mark’s square to see the maze of canals forming this unique
romantic city. These are just some of the many highlights of this
affordable tour of Italy!
ROME Guided sightseeing, see St.
Peter’s Square PISA See the Leaning Tower FLORENCE Guided walking tour CINQUE TERRE Excursion GENOA Guided sightseeing MILAN See the gothic Duomo LUGANO, SWITZERLAND Visit VERONA Visit VENICE Boat ride to St. Mark’s
Square, visit glassblowing workshop RAVENNA Visit ASSISI Guided tour including St.
Francis Basilica POMPEII Guided walking tour of
the excavations CAPRI Excursion by boat
Inside visits and
special features: Shown in UPPERCASE in
the tour description including admission charges where applicable.
NOTES: December 24
Departure – Christmas in Rome and New Year’s Eve in Venice, including
Choice of optional excursions at reasonable prices to customize your
own experience. Please find a detailed list in your travel documents
throughout the tour
ROME BV Oly Hotel (F) or Grand Fleming
GENOA Starhotels President (F)
LAKE MAGGIORE Simplon (SF)
VENICE Poppi (ST)
ASSISI AREA City Hotel &
SORRENTO AREA Central Park
(ST) HOTELS -
(SF) Superior First-Class (F) First-Class (ST) Superior Tourist Class
(T) Tourist Class
breakfasts; 4 dinners
TRANSPORTATION Touring by private, first-class,
air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; mini-train to Pisa; canal
transfer boat in Venice; boat transfer to Capri; train La Spezia-Levanto
Local Guides for city sightseeing in Rome, Florence, Genoa, Assisi,
Pompeii archaeological site; professional Tour Director while touring
AIRPORT TRANSFERS Airport transfers
may be included when you make your flight arrangements.
Day 1 Arrive in ROME, Italy Check into your hotel. The rest of the
day is free for you to explore this ancient capital. This evening, meet
your Tour Director and travel companions.
Day2ROMEThe “Eternal City” is steeped in
history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Start the
included introduction to Rome’s landmarks from St. Peter’s Square with
a Local Guide. Enjoy a drive along the iconic landmarks of the city:
the Tiber River, the Caius Cestius Pyramid, the Aurelian Walls, and the
Caracalla Baths. Complete the experience with a walk back in time from
the Circus Maximus to the Arch of Constantine and to the fascinating
Colosseum, symbol of the Roman Empire. Don’t miss out on the
opportunity to visit the treasures of the Vatican Museum and the
Sistine Chapel on our optional excursion.
Day 3 ROME–PISA–MONTECATINIVistas of rolling hills, rows of cypress
trees, terraced vineyards, olive groves, and rural villages form the
backdrop of your journey through beautiful Tuscany. Stop in Pisa and
take a mini-train ride to see the Square of Miracles with the amazing
Leaning Tower. Arrive in Montecatini.
Today’s Distance: 273 mi/ 440 km Breakfast
Day4MONTECATINI. EXCURSION TO FLORENCEToday, enjoy an included excursion to
Florence. Your Local Guide will show you the city highlights on the
walking tour. You will see Piazza Santa Croce; beautiful Piazza
Signoria; Palazzo Vecchio and its courtyard and Loggia dei Lanzi. To
top it all, see Piazza del Duomo and its cathedral with the Giotto
Campanile, and the magnificent East Doors of the Baptistry, known as
the “Gates of Paradise".
Today’s Distance: 81 mi/ 130 km Breakfast Dinner
Day 5 MONTECATINI–LA SPEZIA–CINQUE TERRE–GENOATravel towards La Spezia, where you’ll
hop aboard the train to discover some of the five spectacular Cinque
Terre villages. The beauty of the rugged cliffs and romantic fishing
villages once inspired poet Lord Byron. From Levanto, re-join the coach
and head towards Genoa, birthplace of explorer Christopher
Today’s Distance: 149 mi/ 240 km Breakfast
Day6GENOA–MILAN–LAKE MAGGIOREToday’s included guided tour is an
excellent introduction to Genoa. A maze of squares and alleys, the city
grew around the port, a natural inlet, and boasts the largest medieval
historical district in Europe. Next, head north into the plains of
Lombardy, and stop in Milan to marvel at its magnificent Gothic Duomo.
Then, continue to Baveno on Lake Maggiore.
Today’s Distance: 155 mi/ 250 km Breakfast
Day 7 LAKE MAGGIORE. EXCURSION TO LUGANO,
SWITZERLANDTime to relax and get to know Lake
Maggiore, one of Italy’s largest lakes, located on the very edge of
Alpine Switzerland. On clear days, you can see the peaks of the Alps.
Take advantage of the included excursion to visit Lugano in
Italian-speaking Swiss Canton Ticino.
Today’s Distance: 124 mi/ 200 km Breakfast
Day8LAKE MAGGIORE–VERONA–VENICE AREATravel across the fertile Po River
plain. Stop in the romantic city of Verona for some time at leisure
being awed by the Roman Arena, perfectly preserved and still hosting
concerts and festivals during the summer, shopping, or tasting some of
the excellent local wines. Continue to the Venice area.
Today’s Distance: 236 mi/ 380 km Breakfast
Day 9 VENICEVenice is more like a romantic film set
than a real-life city, with its crisscrossing canals, gondolas and
water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and piazzas. The included
orientation starts with a BOAT RIDE to St. Mark’s Square, and is
followed by time at leisure and a chance to watch Venetian GLASSBLOWERS
fashion their delicate objects as they did centuries ago. Don’t miss
out on the optional gondola trip, gliding along the picturesque canals
with a local troubadour to serenade you.
Day10VENICE AREA–ASSISI–FOLIGNOEnjoy an interesting drive southward
right across the Po Delta, through the Emilia-Romagna region to Assisi,
enclosed by ramparts and little changed since the Middle Ages. This is
the town of the deeply mystical and poetic St. Francis. See the
Basilica of St. Francis with its famous frescoes by Giotto, with
history brought to life by a Local Guide. Overnight in Foligno, a town
in the green heart of the Umbria region.
Today’s Distance: 249 mi/ 400 km Breakfast Dinner
Day 11 ASSISI AREA–POMPEII–SORRENTO COASTTravel to Pompeii, where time stopped
for the rich, aristocratic town with the terrible eruption of Vesuvius
in 79 AD. On the included guided visit of the archaeological site, see
the remains of luxurious villas, temples, theatre, and forum. Carry on
to Sorrento, set on a plateau above the waters of the Bay of Naples.
Wander the winding streets lined with shops and stalls, and sit with a
glass of wine, absorbing the easy-going lifestyle of this charming
Today’s Distance: 273 mi/ 440 km Breakfast
Day12SORRENTO AREA. BOAT TRIP TO CAPRIEnjoy a day trip to the legendary
island, surrounded by a rocky coastline where the crashing sea has
formed awe-inspiring caves. The town with its pretty piazzetta, maze of
streets, fashionable boutiques, and inviting restaurants, is a mecca
for the jet set. Explore on your own or take an optional island tour.
Day 13 SORRENTO COAST–ROMEToday, enjoy time at leisure or visit
Positano on our exciting optional excursion, before returning to Rome.
Today’s Distance: 168 mi/ 270 km
Today’s Distance: 168 mi/ 270 km Breakfast
Day 14 ROMEYour vacation ends with breakfast this
14 Day Tour
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than three decades ago Cosmos
pioneered the idea of quality value
to Europe. Since then we've developed and refined the concept of
packages. Over a million people have come back to us for a second or
repeat business is the best testimony to the incredible value and
If you've never
taken a package vacation, consider this: Traveling with Cosmos is less
expensive, more comfortable, and far easier than going it alone. Our
contracting for hotels and services provides you with travel at
prices. A Cosmos package is carefully planned to make the best possible
use of your time.
Our team of
experts has refined our itineraries to combine the must-see sights with
significant time on your own, offering more choice and flexibility. You
can travel relaxed and hassle-free, knowing that we've taken care of
the details. Once you've
discovered the special advantages of traveling with Cosmos, you'll
want to travel any other way again. Cosmos is "A Smart Way To Go."
the heart of every great Cosmos tour are the friendly, knowledgeable
folks who show you around and help you maximize your free time. We go
to incredible lengths to find the most professional Tour Directors and
Local Guides. They deliver commentary in English, but are multilingual
so they can navigate Europe with ease and give you the richest
For all guided visits and included sightseeing in Europe, Cosmos will
provide personal audio headsets. See tour itinerary for details.
The Right Balance
No one enjoys a vacation where every second is spent on a schedule. We
build free time into every Cosmos vacation, so you can eat, shop, and
explore the way you want. Your Tour Director and Local Guides can offer
suggestions for things to see and do-or you can join one of our many
intriguing optional excursions.
Our packages include guided sightseeing and scenic highlights that
reveal the best of Europe, North America, and South America. Enjoy
inside visits of the must-see sites with knowledgeable Local Guides who
will bring each destination to life. Inside visits and special features
are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description. See individual
itinerary pages to learn what is included in your vacation.
Vacation with MyCosmos
Cosmos lets you enhance your tour with optional excursions that are
meaningful to you. Whether you enjoy art, music, food, wine, history,
or whatever, we give you the freedom to truly personalize your trip.
Best of all, you can make your selections-and even pre-pay-in advance
online at Cosmos.com/MyCosmos.
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you stay makes all the difference After a day's
traveling you want to relax at a comfortable, clean, and attractive
We have chosen hotels with the best rooms, service, and food for the
Of course, they vary as different countries have different standards.
we ensure that everywhere you get the best available in cleanliness and
are always located in good neighborhoods, some more centrally and
in residential areas. Especially in large cities we sometimes prefer
hotels in residential areas on the outskirts to less desirable or
Rooms at all
our hotels include private facilities: private bath or shower and a
are usually no larger than twin rooms and the third bed is often a
bed put into a twin-bedded room just for the night.
your hotels Our hotels
are mainly superior tourist-class (ST) and tourist-class (T)
but we also feature some first-class (F) hotels. Cosmos hotel ratings
standards set by the independent Official Hotel Guide (OHG) or by
tourist boards. The specific rating for each contract hotel is
by our quality controllers.
the right to substitute hotels listed on the tour pages with hotels of
equivalent standard. With your Cosmos travel documents you'll receive a
list of hotel addresses, telephone numbers, and fax numbers for your
Vacation Dollars Value-packed
vacations at bargain prices. With Cosmos,
a company that specializes in package travel arrangements, you'll visit
the world without spending a fortune. Because all our buying power is
to package travel, our clout with suppliers is powerfully concentrated
-- and we pass the savings on to you with affordable vacation packages
for every budget.
with "guaranteed share" rates More than one-third
of all people traveling with Cosmos are traveling independently. We
accept reservations on a "guaranteed share" basis. We charge singles
basic price and match up singles of the same gender in twin-bedded
For mutual comfort we adopt a no-smoking rule in shared rooms.
shares" are not available for extra nights before or after your tour,
tours with overnight trains, or on train or cruise extensions. If we cannot
find a roommate for a traveler who has booked on a "guaranteed share"
we'll absorb the single room supplement, and that traveler will be
in a single room at no extra charge. Of course we
do offer single rooms when available to those who prefer to travel solo
and pay the single supplement.
reduction Cosmos grants
a reduction to three people who travel together and share the same
Triple room reductions, when available, are listed in the Dates and
box on the tour page.
A word of caution:
Triple rooms usually are no larger than twin rooms, and the third bed,
if there is one, is often a rollaway bed put in a twin-bedded room for
young tour members Cosmos grants
a 10 percent discount on the land tour price to travelers who are under
18 years old on the tour departure date, provided they are accompanied
by an adult. We do not accept children under eight on our tours because
we have found that they are too young to enjoy these vacations.
Offer Flexibility Joining late and
Many Cosmos land arrangements start and end in London. If you have
already spent time in the British capital, you may want to skip one or
more of the included London nights or even join at the first overnight
hotel on the Continent. Call your Travel Agent for any reductions that
apply to your vacation for joining late or leaving early. Vacations
with these reductions are sold on a land-only basis.
professional team takes care of you in London
For any help or information you might require during your London stay,
please contact the Cosmos hospitality desk at your hotel. Our
knowledgeable staff will serve you with a smile; give you guidance on
what to do and where to go; and arrange excursions, evening
entertainment, and theater outings for you.
If you'd like more hotel nights than we've provided at the start or end
of your tour, we can make reservations for you at the rates quoted
below, provided you request them at the time you book your vacation.
Rates are per person, per night, and include room with private bath,
breakfast, service charges, and taxes.
Extra nights are only available immediately prior to or after your
tour. Extra pre-tour nights in London are not available if you join
your tour later than Day 2.
Every effort is made to reserve extra nights at the hotel where your
tour stays. If space at the tour hotel is not available, alternative
accommodation will be reserved at a hotel of equivalent standard. When
this is the case, the transfer to and from the tour hotel is at our
As hotel space is limited, we cannot reserve more than two extra nights
before and/or after a tour, unless they are needed to bridge the gap
between two Cosmos vacations. During particularly busy periods, hotel
space in certain cities can become so tight that we may be unable to
sell extra nights.
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and The Globus
More than 90
years ago, Antonio Mantegazza bought a rowboat to transport commercial
goods across Lake Lugano in Switzerland. Who could know that rowboat
would launch the world's leading escorted travel company? Today Globus
is a global, family-owned company reaching every corner of the world.
Globus is now the first choice among individuals looking for vacations
with both domestic and international travel in a variety of styles to
six continents and hundreds of itineraries to choose from (see Globus History video right).
frequent trips across the scenic lake led him to
consider opportunities in a different market - tourism. His
entrepreneurial instinct pushed him to gradually acquire some
motorcoaches to transport tourists around the Lake Lugano area. In
1928, Antonio opened a company specializing in motorcoach touring
called Globus Viaggi. The company began with a fleet of 12 coaches
which operated local excursions for European tourists in Switzerland.
1950, Globus Viaggi had grown to a fleet of 33 coaches
and featured overnight excursions to Rome, Venice, the Dolomites and
the French Riviera. Gradually, these became regularly scheduled tours
and grew longer to cover more ground. Later that decade, under the
leadership of Werner Albek, Antonio's business partner, Globus
pioneered the concept of Grand European Touring by offering first-class
European tours to North Americans. By 1961, the company launched its
Cosmos arm, which featured affordable, value-priced European touring
for the cost-conscious British traveler.
coach tours were so successful that Cosmos soon
introduced another form of travel for the British market: air holiday
packages to the sunny destinations of southern Europe. By 1968, Cosmos
air holidays became so popular the company formed its own airline,
Monarch Airlines. Monarch Airlines started out modestly with two used
Britannia aircraft and eventually blossomed into one of the most
successful European charter companies with a large fleet of modern jets
and its own engineering division.
the flagship of Sergio Mantegazza, current president
and son of Antonio, Globus began expanding its markets beyond Great
Britain and North America. Since 1974, travel packages have been sold
in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and most recently in Southeast Asia.
Starting in the 70s, the company also aggressively expanded its
offerings, introducing travelers to more countries than any other tour
operator with packages to Africa, South and North America, Europe, the
South Pacific and Asia.
the Globus family of brands is marketed and operated
by a network of more than 32 independent tourism and aviation
businesses, serviced by a group of more than 5,000 professionals
worldwide. Combined, Globus, Cosmos, and Monograms carry over 500,000
passengers a year, making the organization the leading operator of
guided vacations worldwide. Globus attributes its success to the ideals
of founder Antonio Mantegazza. For three generations, his vision, hard
work, love for travel, and commitment have guided the company. These
values are the cornerstone on which Globus was built and will continue
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