Tage 8

Style Basix

Preis ab EUR 1.175

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How long does it take to fall in love? In a country where history spills from the world-class museums and on to the streets, where tiny osterias serve up life-changing pasta and sumptuous architecture sits on canals and perched on cliffs, we think eight days can easily do the trick. Discover the best of Italy on this highlights tour. Begin amid the canals of Venice, hike through the charming towns of the Cinque Terre, soak up beauty and history in Florence and wind up in the piazzas of Rome. With plenty of free time for independent exploration and the freedom to discover Italy's history and culture at your own pace, there's no better way to see this wonderful pocket of Europe.

Übersicht

Start
Venice
Ende
Rome
Besuchte Länder
Italien
Style
Basix
Theme
Explorer
Trip Code
ZMRR
Gruppengröße
16
Physical rating

Highlights

  • Explore rock rocky coastal pathways and pastel-coloured villages with a Cinque Terre day pass that allows you to hike at your leisure and use the coast's public transport.
  • Get lost in the floating city of Venice and wander the city's maze of alleyways, canals and lagoon islands, and choose whether to enjoy an optional gondola ride.
  • Spend two days in Florence, a city known for its beauty and rustic Tuscan cuisine, and choose to discover the cities culinary traditions on optional food excursions.
  • Squid ink spaghetti, rich Tuscan soups, a slice of pizza eaten while you gaze on centuries-old architecture – the food culture in Italy is intoxicating.
  • Discover the landmarks of Rome with your leader and wander around the Colosseum, Arch of Constantine, the Forum, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, Via Dei Condotti and more.

Reiseprogramm



Day 1
Venice
Welcome to Venice! This watery wonderland of bridges, towers, piazzas, canals, churches and gondolas – practically unchanged for 600 years – is literally sinking under the weight of its iconic sights. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. If you arrive early and with time to spare the Grand Canal is a great place to start, as you can stroll over the Rialto Bridge and browse the endless amounts of boutique shops that sell Venetian masks and handmade Murano glassware. After tonight’s group meeting perhaps enjoy an optional dinner with your fellow travel companions at a local restaurant.

Day 2
Venice
Today you are free to explore Venice at your own pace. There are only two ways to get around this city – on foot or by boat. Some of the more popular sights include Doge’s Palace, the Piazza and Basilica di San Marco and the Bridge of Sighs. Maybe take the vaporetto (water bus) over to the island of San Giorgio to climb the bell tower for views over the city. Or perhaps fulfil a bucket list favourite and take journey down the Grand Canal in a Venetian gondola. It really is the perfect way for visitors to see the major canal routes from an immersive perspective. Venice is famous for its specialities of fresh lobster and squid ink spaghetti dishes, so perhaps give one of them a try this evening.

Day 3
La Spezia
Board a morning train to the once important naval base of La Spezia (approximately 6-7 hours) through the scenic north of Italy. La Spezia is known mainly as the gateway to the gorgeous Cinque Terre (Five Lands). The name comes from the five tiny villages – Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore – positioned on a series of coves between sheer cliffs. On arrival in La Spezia there won’t be too much time to explore (that’s what tomorrow is for), but after checking into your hotel perhaps get your bearings with a short walk around the pedestrian zone on Via del Prione or head out for dinner with the group.

Day 4
Cinque Terre / La Spezia
Spend today exploring winding footpaths and pastel coloured villages with your included Cinque Terre Pass. The pass gives you access to the paths and trains of the area for 24 hours. Please consult your leader on which section is right for you as some have challenging uphill stretches, narrow paths, steep cliffs and foot bridges. It’s also possible to take the train between any of the villages, or back to the group’s base in La Spezia whenever you want. After working up an appetite, maybe take advantage of an optional pesto class. Focaccia is also a speciality in this area and makes a great start to lunch, if you’d prefer.

Day 5
Florence
Depart La Spezia today and catch a train to Florence (approximately 3.5 hours). On arrival, check into the hostel and go for a brief walk around the immediate area to get your bearings. Florence is one of the most culturally rich and beautiful cities in Italy, known to many as the beating heart of Tuscany. The Medicis, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Brunelleschi, Machiavelli, Donatello and Michelangelo all lived in Florence at the height of their creative reign. Food is a major part of the city’s identity and the optional activities on offer reflect this. Maybe explore the city’s culinary history (and taste some local treats) on a Florence Foodies Walk with Urban Adventures. Carnivores might be drawn to try the Bistecca alla Fiorentina, the Florentine Beef Steak, essentially a huge T-bone steak that comes with classic sides.

Day 6
Florence
Enjoy another day in beautiful Florence. It’s impossible to see everything in this Renaissance wonderland, so the best idea is to relax and pick a few things you really want to do. Maybe start with a visit to the Galleria dell’Accademia where you can see Michelangelo’s famous statue of David, or perhaps stop by the Uffizi, one of the world’s oldest art galleries. Active types might want to walk up to Piazzale Michelangelo, which is set on a hill on the south bank of the Arno River, to take in beautiful views of the city – a lovely way to while away the day. There are plenty of optional activities on offer during your time here, so be sure to grill your leader for the details on each so you can get a sense of what interests you.

Day 7
Rome
Take the morning train to Rome (approximately 2 hours). Join your leader on an orientation walk around the city to see icons such as the Colosseum and Arch of Constantine, the Forum (centre of ancient Rome), the Victor Emmanuel Monument, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, Via Dei Condotti and Piazza Venezia. Phew. After all that history it’s probably time for lunch. Maybe grab a slice of the good stuff and a strong espresso at the Piazza Navona. You can spend your afternoon how you wish and there are plenty of heavy hitters to choose from. Maybe enter the Vatican and check out St Peter’s Basilica. Art-lovers could visit the Sistine Chapel to admire the timeless work of Michelangelo, while history buffs may enjoy a jaunt through the ancient halls of the Pantheon. Rome is packed full of trattorias that cater to every taste and budget, so this evening maybe link up with the group for dinner.

Day 8
Rome
Your adventures comes to an end today. There are no activities planned and you’re free to depart the accommodation at any time after check-out. As there is so much to see in Rome, we recommend you stay a little longer to soak it up. We are happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). Please speak to your agent at the time of booking.

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Reviews

Debbie Craft
Great short trip, easy, wonderful, great destinations espcially Chinque Terre a definite must see.
Sharna-Lee England
Although we could have organised everything ourselves, it’s the knowledge, information and support from the tour guides that is priceless. Being exposed to local food, accomodation and locally run activities I left saying “this is why we left the planning to someone else” Thanks guys, we will be back.
Sonja Howard
Intrepid is a wonderful company, and the tour 'Highlights of Italy' was simply fantastic! I look forward to travelling with them again.
Qi Chen
organised schedule, with a small group of people from all around the world travel together
Karen Lumba
This trip was a wonderful "taste of Italy"! A couple days at each city and we packed in as much as we could in those couple of days. Italy is such a beautiful country and it was fantastic having someone guide us around, yet also have a lot of free time on our own. I will definitely try Intrepid tours again!
Kayla Bajars
Intrepid was a fantastic way to structure a trip and see part of the world. It is very well organised with a guide who is friendly and knowledgeable. Depending on what level you choose it is great as you get to set your own own pace. I would go through Inteepid again!
Rodney Gabriel
Solo traveler friendly for those who come alone. Lots of walking, please pay attention to the weather and dress accordingly.
Wendy Joss
This trip was excellent with a great guide to show us around. Everything was well organised and I got to see some beautiful places in Italy, eat amazing food and make new friends! It's perfect if you're travelling alone as you can meet new people and you can either join the group activities or do your own thing.
Ellen Ticknor
This company is excellent for providing a good introduction to a country. They provided transportation, accommodations and an overview by an experienced guide. We could then choose to stay with the guide for the day or go off on our own for a day. This freedom made the trip work well for a travelers of different ages and different experience levels. I really enjoyed the flexibility.
Claire Baxter
The highlights of Italy tour was absolutely beautifully organised, with a fantastic guide. The cities and places we visited were so much more beautiful and vivid than I ever imagined. The trip is great because you can focus on seeing a lot of amazing stuff and having time to choose specifically what you are interested in doing, a very relaxed and stress free holiday with short trips between places. I would recommend 100% . Travel light but bring enough suitcase room to shop as you will want to buy everything! enjoy!
Grace Boll
I absolutely loved travelling with Intrepid. I appreciated the free time offered by the Basic travel packages. The guides are knowledgeable and after their orientation walks, you feel like you know how to get around the city. I couldn't recommend Intrepid more! Wonderful time!
Fernando Bedregal
i am a tour leaders who understand the expectations of thye travellers, and there is a reason i chose Intrepid they really make sure you will end up filling up all your expectations and give you even more such a great travel company
Rachael York
Pack light, be prepared to travel, hike, bite, bike, and see amazingly beautiful sights you'll have exciting times.
Samantha Harty
Great trip if you want free time for yourself. The orientation walks help you get your bearings so as to get around easily on your own. Definitely book things like the Vatican, dome climb Uffizi and collosseum at least a week in advance to avoid lines and get the times you want, we only just managed to get tickets with the help of our tour leader. 1 night either side of the tour is great to get settled and see more as well.
Caitlin Cutter
This itinerary hits all the most visited spots of Northern Rome. It provides the flexibility of an individual traveler for activities during the day with the security of a group for travel arrangements and fun activities such as dinners. The tour guide provided good perspectives and suggestions for activities. Good for those traveling in pairs or individuals!
Chelsea Harman
Such a great experience. Don't come in with super high expectations. Be willing to go with the flow and be open to trying new things.
Natalie Richards
We saw so much in so little time and found ourselves saying "wow" at every destination.
Belinda Albietz
What an amazing experience and in a short time. I truly saw the highlights of Italy and loved every minute!
Kathryn Ruddick
If you have never been to Italy and want a fuss free, stress free trip which includes some of the best highlights, we highly recommend this tour. We thoroughly enjoyed the orientation walks learning about local history and customs from our tour leader, and our free time to explore cathedrals, museums and other sites with or without other members of our group.
Amelia Siljuk
Such an enjoyable trip. For an inexperienced traveler like myself, it was the perfect trip to learn about countries and travelling while still allowing me to travel independently around the cities and do my own thing
Guillermo Salazar
The Highlights of Italy tour is a great introduction to such a culturally rich country. The tour has the perfect balance of organized activities and solo time for exploring. Our guide was awesome and the trip wouldn't have been the same without her - recommendations were spot on and I definitely wouldn't have stumbled upon some of the things I did had I been traveling on my own. Other than that, the only real tips I can provide are to pack light and go with the flow!
David Flack
Intrepid blew me away with their accommodations and their experienced staff. Whenever I look to travel, I will always check to see if Intrepid has trip for what I am looking to do. Intrepid is well worth the experience and it is a great price for everything included.
Nicola Scott
While I tried my best to stick to the bag limit weight range suggested (and the others on the group did), mine was a little heavier. This was still manageable, but they are not exaggerating when you might need to carry your bags up stairs, or a 20 min walk to the hotel, or on and off the train. I had a wheelie bag (with big wheels which made it much easier to walk the cobblestone streets), and could still lift it into the train myself (important, as the leader does not have time to do it for you as you are often all rushing up subway steps and to the right platform).
Jenna Flack
Worth every penny!
Ankita Gupta
This was a great tour for travelers who like to wander but don't want to deal with logistics of going between cities and accommodation. I liked that we hit so many cities and a smaller location (La Spezia) to break up the touristy cities.
Hayley Shaw
Intrepid was an awesome way to see the highlights of Italy. Using Intrepid took all the hard stuff like transport and sorting accommodation out of it. We did the Intrepid tour as a couple, so this gave us a great opportunity to meet new people but also explore as a couple without the group whenever we liked, it is very tailored to fit everyone.
Elizabeth Martinez
Intrepid not only took the worry out of traveling but also made it extra enjoyable with an amazing trip leader, other like-minded travelers in the group and a fantastic itinerary with enough time to see all of the important sites as well as wander on your own!
David Erickson
This was the best trip I have had going solo. Great way to meet like minded people from all over the world and I was surprised that I enjoyed getting to know members of the group just as much as I enjoyed the tour of Italy. I would not hesitate to do another solo travel with Intrepid as everything was a no stress or worry free adventure.
Neil Mccorkell
An outstanding trip for a first time traveller with Intrepid. Loved the experience as it offered a perfect balance of freedom and organization. Tour leader was invaluable and provided the reassurance needed. Pace of trip was ideal for a 52 year old man !!! Highly recommend Intrepid if this is the quality of experience offered.
Lisa Mcintosh
Well organised tour with small group. Transport and accommodation was good.