Not only do Italy tours vary in prices, but there are several travel styles to choose from. The most common Italy tour travels by motor-coach. On a budget Italy tour the bus fits up to 50 travelers. On a first class tour, the guest capacity is only 40 to 44 travelers and there is a washroom on board. On deluxe coaches there are even less guests, providing more leg room and overall comfort.
For those that want a deluxe coach along with a more personalized experience, there are Italy small group tours where you have only 12 to 26 travelers. These tour also tend to stay in upscale properties, including most if not all sightseeing in one up front price and offer unique highlights that a large group cannot experience due to time constraints. For example some of the unique highlights may include a private after hours tour of the Doge Palace or Sistine chapel.
If you prefer to travel by train, there are several tours that offer first class rail between the major cities of Rome, Florence, Venice and Milan. Some of these train trips offer a tour guide, but there are also Italy hosted vacations where you have your hotels, breakfast daily, 1/2 a day of sightseeing in each city, 1st class rail between cities and access to a local host, but the rest of the time you are on your own.
are also specialty trips designed for family travel, adventure and
even culinary vacations. We can also create a privately guided trip
for you with a custom itinerary.
Yes, you will need a converter while in Italy.The voltage requirements are 220 volts.
For the most part Italians do speak English in the major
cities like Rome, Florence and Venice. That being said, you can always
use Google translate or learn a few phrases before you go.
Quanto CostaÃ??Ã?Â (how much does it cost?)
Boungiorno (hello/good morning)
Come sta (how are you?)
Grazie (thank you)
Parla inglese (do you speak
Scusi, dove il bagno? (where is the bathroom)
Yes. Please call our office with group travel inquiries. We will assist you in booking the best price for your group. Group leaders receive travel benefits. Call at 1-866-475-7023.
Each supplier offers travel insurance with their itineraries. We also offer separate coverage through outside companies offering a broad range of protection for situations such as medical emergencies, weather, luggage loss or delays, and other coverage. Both options will be discussed with you prior to booking to see which would provide the best coverage, at the best price.
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Yes we use ZVS Passport and Visa service
Passport and Visa requirements are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year through ZVS's website.
ZVS obtains the following travel documents:
* PASSPORT RENEWALS
* PASSPORT AMENDMENTS (adding pages, changing name)
* NEW and LOST PASSPORTS
* SECOND PASSPORTS
* INTERNATIONAL DRIVING PERMITS
AIRPORT DELIVERY OF DOCUMENTS is also available.
To check availability & pricing, simply call 1-800-942-3301. Agents are available from Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. year round, and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. January through May. If you prefer, you can email your request to email@example.com.
Reservations including airfare must be made at least 21 days prior to travel. Land only bookings can be made up to 10 days prior to travel. Because the peak travel season is limited, tours sell out quickly, so we recommend booking at least 3 to 4 months in advance.
Rome: The ancient Forums, Palatino Hill, Foro di Traiano, Piazza del Campidoglio and Colosseo (the Colosseum); Basilica di San Pietro; the fountains of Piazza Navona; the Spanish Steps; The Pantheon; Trevi Fountain; Circo Massimo; the catacombs and monuments along the ancient Appian Way; Piazza del Popolo and the Pincio Gardens above it; Castel Sant'Angelo.
Florence: The Duomo (The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore) and its dome; Battistero di San Giovanni (the Baptistery) and its intricate doors; Palazzo Pitti; Ponte Vecchio; Basilica di San Miniato al Monte with the splendid view from the Piazzale Michelangelo; the tomb sculptures by Michelangelo at the Cappelle Medicee; the view of downtown from the rooftop of The Continentale hotel.
Venice: Basilica di San Marco; Piazza San Marco; the Grand Canal by boat or gondola; the islands of Burano, Murano and Torcello; the Lido in fair weather.
Milan:The Duomo and Piazza del Duomo; Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II; Leonardo da Vinci's famous work The Last Supper; the 15th-century Castello Sforzesco.
Amalfi Coast: The Amalfi Coast encompasses several amazing towns, here are somethings to see in each town-
Capri- Grotta Azzurra (Blue Grotto); the famous Il Faraglioni Rocks; Arco Naturale; Monte Solaro.
Sorrento- Cathedral of Sorrento; Piazza Tasso; the charming fishing village atmosphere of the Marina Grande.
Positano- The gardens of Palazzo Murat; the beautiful domed church of Santa Maria Assunta; the hilltop villages of Montepertuso and Nocelle.
Amalfi- The Duomo and its Cloister of Paradise, Museum and Crypt; Piazza Duomo; Piazza dei Dogi.
Ravello- Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo
Pompeii- The Forum, Vesuviano museum, Villa dei Misteri, Temple of Apollo and Temple of Jupiter.
San Gimignano: The Piazza della Cisterna, the Palazzo del Podesta (a former prison) and Palazzo del Popolo.
Lucca: The Palazzo Pfanner,Tomb of Ilaria del Carretto,Torre Dell'Ore, Torre Guinigi, National Museum of Villa Guinigi and Duomo San Martino.
Siena:Visit the city's Duomo, Giovanni Pisano's wonderful black-and-white Gothic cathedral, the Palazzo Comunale, Torre del Mangia, Piazzo del Campo and Basilica of San Domenico.
When you visit churches, it is important that you cover your shoulders, upper arms, knees & toes. Capris & regular pants are the best option as skirts must be below the knee. Sandals are not an option. Some people carry a jacket or small sweater just to put on when entering churches. This dress code applies to churches only and not museums or other areas you will visit.
A custom trip involves you working closely with a
travel specialist to design the Italy trip that is perfect for you. You
choose how many nights you want to spend in each city, the type of hotels,
transfers to & from the airport and train stations and then you decide if
you want to include any meals or sightseeing as well. It's flexible and
designed just how you want it.
It is recommended that you go to Italy mid-April to mid-June or mid-September to the end of October, when the days are usually in the 70-80s F/20-32 C, with nights in the 50-60s F/10-20 C. July, August and the first half of September are generally quite hot (high 90s F/34-37 C), humid and very crowded with tourists.
The winters in the north are chillyÃ¢??50s F/10-15 C or colder in the day and much colder at night (often below freezing). In the south, winters are milder, but you'll still find it too cool to lie on the beach or too drizzly to tour happily.
The currency in Italy is the Euro. Sometimes you can convert money at your local bank but if not there will be kiosk at most abroad airports.
Make the most of your money & purchase a tour package for your next vacation. We are pleased to offer a variety of tours to fit all budgets & desires. The tour companies we work with have tours that range from the budget category with basic sightseeing and some meals, to luxury tours where everything is included. Escorted tours offer better rates than if you were to travel on your own, and the local guides with years of experiences help you discover more sights and understand the culture more than you could by traveling on your own.
The list continues through companies that will include nearly every conceivable activity as preplanned and prepaid. The deluxe tours which feature unique itineraries, most meals and sightseeing. We offer tours with a specialty focus such as hiking, biking, cruising, Oktoberfest, Christmas Markets and tours for the 18 - 35 year old. Each of the tour types have their own unique features and benefits and each meets the needs of a variety of travelers.
The budget tours are offered by the large tour companies: Each company offers slightly different itineraries, but the general features are the same. The budget tour is best suited to the traveler who wishes to have a good basic introduction to travel in Europe but who also wishes to have option of selecting some of the sights to see while traveling. A budget tour will include basic sightseeing, some meals and hotels which are Tourist or Superior Tourist class, with rooms that offer private baths.
Please note that hotels in Europe are normally smaller than U.S. hotels. Hotel locations will not always be in the center of the major cities you will be seeing. Buses normally carry over 55 passengers on sold out tours. There is no wash room on-board the busses, but the tour makes frequent stops.
Budget tours appeal to all age ranges & are a great way for single travelers who are willing to share a room to not have to pay a single supplement. These tours allow you to see the real Europe for a down to earth price. The itineraries are similar to, but do not come in the extensive variety that the first class tours come in. A list of optional tours are included with your documents so that you will know what is offered and the cost in advance to traveling.
Budget tours typically run from $95 to $135 per person, per day for the land portion of the tour.
First Class Tours
The first class tours are offered by the sister companies of the budget tours. Each of these companies offers slightly different itineraries, but the general features are the same. First call operators travel to more than 70 countries, with escorted tours, independent hotel packages and leisure style vacations.
The first class tour is best suited to the traveler who wishes to have more of the activities preplanned and prepaid and includes more meals in the tour cost. The host hotels for the first class tours will have more features & be more similar to U.S.-style lodging.
These tours still allow for free time to explore on your own but allow the semi-adventurous traveler to see a great deal of Europe. In many of the cities your regular tour guide will be joined by a local guide who will bring the specialized knowledge that only a local can have.
Quite often the first class tours include two night stays at many locations to allow for maximum time in the location. While Globus offers perhaps the widest variety of tours, Trafalgar and Insight offer popular tours with different dates and stops. Hotel accommodations are always first class. The buses feature less passengers than the budget tours, to provide more comfort for the traveler. Washroom facilities are located on the busses. First class tours include more meals, normally providing buffet breakfast daily and 3 course dinners on selected nights. Optional excursions are available on these tours as listed in the individual itineraries. A comprehensive list of these tours are provided with your tour documents. Travel bags are given as part of package.
First class tours typically run from $165 to $275 per person, per day for the land portion of the tour.
The deluxe tours offer the discerning traveler the opportunity to partake of an escorted tour that is not your usual tour. Deluxe tours offer smaller, quaint lodging that has modern features, including most if not all meals at fine restaurants. Deluxe tours offer inclusive sightseeing and features that are not available on the first class tour. On a deluxe tour you will experience a tour like you imagine in your dreams.
These tours include entertainment such as folklore shows, concerts & special events, no need for tipping and a good balance of unscheduled leisure time. These tours feature the concept of "lifeseeing," which focuses on the lifestyles and culture of Europe.
You will see the famous and sought after destinations, but also experience the delights of the small inn, quaint restaurant and culture of Europe. Dollar for dollar these tours will provide an excellent return on your purchase. These tours are for the travel lover, helping to make special memories to savor before the next experience. Even more than the first class tours, the deluxe tour will offer a variety of modes of transportation, including mountain railroads and river cruises to supplement the first-class motor-coach travel.
Deluxe tours typically run from $375 to $575 per person, per day for the land portion of the tour.
Young Adult Travel
For the young adult (ages 18 - 35) who wishes to travel with others. These tours are an alternative to the Eurail/Youth Hostel travel and feature many unique stops and activities.
For those in that age range we can also recommend a variety of other tours, should a specific itinerary be of interest. Do not feel that you will be surrounded by older people on many of those tours. The young adult tours appeal to those who want the piece of mind not possible with a youth hostel style trip. These tours stay in special villages and hotels as well as modest inns and pensions. Most of the rooms are twin rooms but occasionally there will be four to a room. These tours feature all breakfasts and about half of the dinners. Optional excursions, similar to those available on the other tours (like folklore dinners and lake cruises), are available as well as a few options of interest to young adults like white water rafting.
These tours typically run from $105 to $195 per person, per day for the land portion of the trip.
No matter which style or length of tour you wish to use, a tour specialist will provide you with information so that you are best prepared to make the right choices for your travel. Airfare is always available for tours and we will research all avenues to find the lowest available fare from your chosen city to your destination.
Italy is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and 6 hours ahead of eastern time.
In general, Italians dress quite well, particularly in the large cities and towns. The dress is more casual in coastal and resort towns, particularly in the summer. In the summer months, June-September, you will generally need only very light clothing, although in the north, and on the coast, it is wise to carry a light sweater, particularly in the evenings.
Sturdy shoes are recommended and are very useful for narrow pedestrian streets and cobblestones, and particularly for the hill towns of central and southern Italy. In general if you are visiting many churches and museums, avoid wearing skimpy shorts, short skirts and bare-shoulder topsÃ¢??you will be asked to cover your shoulders or may even be refused entry. Shorts, tank tops and sandals are generally acceptable in the seaside and resort towns.
Business meetings call for a more conservative and stylish dress code, with a suit jacket for men and a dress or suit for women. Black is generally always smart, even in the summer.
If you are visiting Italy in the winter, particularly in the north, make sure to pack a warm jacket, boots and/or rain gear. In Rome and southern Italy, a light jacket and layers are sufficient. If visiting in the spring or fall, layers and a light jacket are best for most areas, as well as an umbrella for sudden showers.