For one country, there is so much to experience -- from the rugged beauty of the island of Sicily and the compelling historical sites of Pompeii, to the exciting vitality of Rome and the vine-clad Tuscan hills. Come to Italy with us on this 22-day adventure and discover its diversity, beauty and passion for yourself.
We saunter through narrow alleyways in the dramatically situated Erice in Sicily; investigate archaeological remnants from one of the world's greatest ancient empires at Herculaneum; explore Rome, truly a city like no other; and take time to stop in at the Vatican.
Pisa's famous Leaning Tower proves a fascinating sight indeed, though it is but one of many attractions we'll take in while we're in the area and ending our tour by spending time in Florence and Venice serves as the perfect conclusion to this magical experience.
Seasonality and Weather
This tour is offered in spring, summer, and fall, the most popular being spring and fall when temperatures are mild, crowds thinner, and air fares lower. Spring is popular with visitors who enjoy green landscapes and wildflowers. The region has a mild Mediterranean climate with early springs, long hot and dry summers, and autumns that are bright and warm into late October. Showers are possible in spring, rare in summer, and possible in fall.
Transport and Travel Conditions
Transport throughout by private air-conditioned motor coach, 24-36 seats depending on ultimate group size (see 'group size'). Though we will have some full bus days, road travel is not particularly arduous as there are plenty of stops of interest and beautiful scenery along the way. Road are in good condition, though a little winding on some stretches. Short daytime ferry crossing. Walking tours on cobbled surfaces.
Well-located, air- conditioned, mid-range hotels and inns (3-star) used throughout. Some hotels are smaller properties (3-4 story) that may not have elevators. All hotels have en suite bath, though some may have shower only. Porter service is sometimes available (see 'inclusions') though you should be independent with your luggage. Single rooms are limited and likely smaller than twins.
Staff and Support
Tour Leader throughout, driver (s), local step-on guides in various locales.
10-21 (plus Tour Leader)