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Cosmos Italy's Best (6390)

14 days from Rome to Rome 
With 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 breathtaking 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.

From here, you’ll even take an excursion to Lugano, a lake-side town in Switzerland. Witness breathtaking views of the crystal-clear, blue sea in the relaxing town of Sorrento, and take a day trip to Capri where the crashing sea has formed awe-inspiring caves.

History comes alive on this Italy tour. Visit Pompeii, which was completely buried during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. This preserved town gives you an amazingly detailed look into ordinary life at the peak of the Roman Empire. In Rome, during the city sightseeing tour with a local guide, you’ll see the main sights, as well as Vatican City with St Peter’s Basilica.

In Genoa, boasting Europe’s largest medieval historical center, see 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, 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 through Italy!

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Cosmos Highlights & Sightseeing

Guided sightseeing, see St. Peter’s Square

See the Leaning Tower

Guided walking tour


Guided sightseeing

See the gothic Duomo


see Juliet’s balcony

Boat ride to St. Mark’s Square, visit glassblowing workshop


Guided visit St. Francis Basilica

Guided walking tour of the excavations

Excursion by boat

Itinerary (2019)

 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 fellow travelers.
Day 2ROME.
 The “Eternal City” is steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts with St. Peter’s Square and Basilica. Other highlights are the iconic Colosseum, the largest amphitheater ever built, and Circus Maximus. An optional visit is available to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, world famous for Michelangelo’s fresco The Last Judgment. (B)
 Vistas 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 and the amazing Leaning Tower. Arrive in Montecatini. (B)
 Today, 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.” (B,D)
 Travel 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, head towards Genoa, birthplace of explorer Christopher Columbus. (B)
 Today’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 center in Europe. Some of the highlights include the remains of the city’s 17th-century fortifications. 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. (B)
 Time 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. (B)
 Travel across the Po River plain and stop in the romantic city of Verona to see Juliet´s balcony, and enjoy some time at leisure marveling at the Roman Arena. Continue to the Venice area. (B)
 Venice 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. (B,D)
 Enjoy an interesting drive southward right across the Po Delta to Ravenna, renowned for its treasure of byzantine mosaics, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Continue 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 the beautiful area of Assisi, in the heart of Umbria. (B,D)
 Travel to POMPEII, where time stopped for the rich, aristocratic town with the terrible eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. On the included guided visit, see the remains of luxurious villas, temples, theater, 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 life of this charming resort. (B)
 Enjoy 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 cozy restaurants, is a mecca for the jet set. Explore on your own or take an optional island tour. (B,D)
 Today, enjoy time at leisure or visit Positano on our exciting optional excursion, before returning to Rome. (B)
Day 14ROME.
 Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Included Cosmos Meals

Buffet breakfast daily; 4 dinners

Cosmos Pricing Details

Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:
$520, $620 (departure September 22 & 25)

No triple room reduction.

Extra nights per person in Rome:
Pre tour: in single room $114-$132, in twin $71-$88, in triple $66-$83
Post tour: in single room $146-$168, in twin $85-$102, in triple $80-$97

Cosmos Notes

December 24 Departure – Christmas in Rome and New Year’s Eve in Venice, including festive dinner

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Cosmos Tour Dates

Guaranteed Departure  indicates Guaranteed Departure
*Tour Land StartCosmos RetailRequest Quote
Guaranteed Departure 06/30/2019 $2,289.00
Guaranteed Departure 07/07/2019 $2,189.00
Guaranteed Departure 07/28/2019 $2,189.00
Guaranteed Departure 08/11/2019 $2,189.00
Guaranteed Departure 08/18/2019 $2,189.00
Guaranteed Departure 08/28/2019 $2,289.00
Guaranteed Departure 09/01/2019 $2,329.00
Guaranteed Departure 09/15/2019 $2,329.00
Guaranteed Departure 09/22/2019 $2,399.00
Guaranteed Departure 09/29/2019 $2,249.00
Guaranteed Departure 10/06/2019 $2,249.00
Guaranteed Departure 10/13/2019 $2,249.00
Guaranteed Departure 10/27/2019 $2,219.00
Guaranteed Departure 11/03/2019 $2,129.00
Guaranteed Departure 12/24/2019 $2,199.00
03/22/2020 $2,189.00
03/29/2020 $2,289.00
04/05/2020 $2,369.00
04/12/2020 $2,369.00
04/19/2020 $2,369.00
04/26/2020 $2,369.00
05/03/2020 $2,369.00
05/10/2020 $2,369.00
05/17/2020 $2,369.00
05/20/2020 $2,389.00
05/24/2020 $2,369.00
05/31/2020 $2,369.00
06/03/2020 $2,449.00
06/07/2020 $2,449.00
06/14/2020 $2,449.00
06/17/2020 $2,459.00
06/21/2020 $2,409.00
06/28/2020 $2,409.00
07/01/2020 $2,349.00
07/05/2020 $2,299.00
07/12/2020 $2,299.00
07/15/2020 $2,299.00
07/19/2020 $2,299.00
07/26/2020 $2,299.00
07/29/2020 $2,299.00
08/02/2020 $2,299.00
08/09/2020 $2,299.00
08/12/2020 $2,299.00
08/16/2020 $2,299.00
08/23/2020 $2,409.00
08/26/2020 $2,409.00
08/30/2020 $2,449.00
09/06/2020 $2,449.00
09/09/2020 $2,449.00
09/13/2020 $2,449.00
09/20/2020 $2,519.00
09/23/2020 $2,519.00
09/27/2020 $2,369.00
10/04/2020 $2,369.00
10/11/2020 $2,369.00
10/18/2020 $2,329.00
10/25/2020 $2,329.00
11/01/2020 $2,239.00
11/15/2020 $2,239.00
12/24/2020 $2,309.00
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