Come experience what makes Italy the most magical of places in Europe on our 12-day Timeless Italy odyssey. Your journey takes you to this romantic country's most beautiful cities and sights, from exquisite Venice to alluring Capri. Gaze in awe at Rome's Colosseum, step back in time in Pompeii and admire the splendors of Florence and Pisa. By selecting the most captivating route through this bewitching land, we make your journey one of true discovery and delight.
Itinerary at a glance
Board your international flight bound for Milan, eager to begin our Italy discovery.
Arrive in Milan, Italy’s capital of commerce, fashion and media. Meet tour guide at airport and transfer to hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure, so you can explore the city as you choose. If you are interested, you may book on site to join an optional tour to the charming city of Lugano and visiting Lake Como.
This morning, we take a walking tour of Milan. Marvel at the Milan Cathedral and world-renowned La Scala Opera House which faces a statue of the genius Leonardo da Vinci. Next, stroll inside the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, one of the world’s oldest shopping arcades. Afterward, depart for Verona famed as the fictional setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Straddling the River Adige, Verona was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 2000 and is filled with timeless monuments. Upon arrival, view the highlights of the city’s fascinating monuments, including the Juliet’s House. Later, journey to Venice. Stay overnight in Padova and enjoy dinner at hotel.
Included: Breakfast, Dinner at hotel
Called La Serenissima or the "most serene", Venice is like no other city. Mostly built on water, this canal-woven city brims with palaces and churches that reflect its one-time domination of trade between Europe and the Orient. Take a boat ride to the island of Murano to see a fascinating glass-blowing demonstration at the Murano Glass Factory, and then ride a ferry* to the city to view the “Bridge of Sighs”. Next, stroll around the vast St. Mark’s Square and wonder at stunning St. Mark's Basilica. Afterward, consider a serenaded gondola ride along the stunning Grand Canal, to appreciate the grand palazzos lining the water.
Have your camera ready as we drive across the Apennine Mountains to San Marino. Stopping on the way for some time in Ravenna. Pause in this historic city, eulogized for its glorious Byzantine mosaics and as the seat of the Papacy in the 5th century. Enjoy an orientation tour to explore the Piazza del Popolo and Dante's Tomb, and adore the famous mosaics. Other attractions include its downtown basilicas and baptisteries. Later, continue to the tiny Republic of San Marino, entirely encircled by Italy. Spend some time at leisure to buy souvenirs or absorb the breathtaking views overlooking the Adriatic Sea and Mount Titano. Stay overnight at the charming seaside city, Rimini.
This morning, we make our way to the alluring Tuscan city of Siena. Once a major adversary to Florence, Siena’s charm lies in its medieval buildings and rich Gothic art. Embark on a walking tour of the city, left relatively untouched for centuries. Afterward, travel to Pisa to see the famous Leaning Tower. Tonight, stay over at the handsome spa town of Montecatini.
Included: Breakfast, Dinner at hotel
Today, head for Florence, known as the birthplace of the Renaissance. Take a walking tour, seeing its spectacular Duomo - one of the world's largest cathedrals. Admire the bronze doors of the octagonal Baptistery before touring Santa Croce Basilica and the marvelous Piazza della Signoria, Lastly, contemplate the panoramic views from Michelangelo Square, before driving to Assisi. Here join our orientation tour of the past home of St. Francis, taking in UNESCO-listed jewels such as the Basilica of St. Francis and other Franciscan sites. Later, walk the city streets with your guide, marveling at the Roman ruins and medieval relics.
A highlight of your vacation comes today with a visit to Pompeii*. In 79 AD, this flourishing city was destroyed by a massive volcanic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Afterward, drive to Sorrento, a colorful cliff-top town overlooking the sparkling Bay of Naples. Enjoy an orientation tour of its center, characterized by buzzing streets, cafe-lined piazzas and tempting restaurants.
Start today with a ferry ride* to the island of Capri, Italy's most glamorous seaside getaway. Arrive at Marina Grande and enjoy a Capri sightseeing tour showcasing its white hillside houses, charming squares and narrow alleyways, all favored as holiday haunts by Italy's jet set. If weather permits, perhaps take an optional tour to the azure waters of the Blue Grotto and later, visit Capri's second city, Anacapri, tucked high into the hills.
Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Take time at leisure this morning. Unwind at the deluxe hotel or elect for our optional drive to Amalfi Coast and excursion to Positano. Be ready to be blown away by the jaw-dropping Amalfi Coast, as we drive its coastal road around cliffs dotted with picturebook towns. Visit romantic Positano and explore the picturesque lanes of Amalfi. Later, head for the "Eternal City" of Rome, a treasure trove of historic monuments and artistic riches.
Today is dedicated to the UNESCO World Heritage Site that is Rome. Start at the resplendent Vatican City, home of St. Peter’s Basilica, the world's largest church at 18,000 square yards. Outside, admire sublime St. Peter's Square. Next, contemplate the elegant Old City and explore the majestic Colosseum, scene of many bloody gladiatorial contests, and the ruins of the Roman Forum. We also admire the Spanish Steps and toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain to ensure your return to the city. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to see more of Rome's riches and attend an Italian Farewell Dinner this evening.
Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Leave this unforgettable country on board your international flight, arriving home later today.
Excellent bilingual (English & Chinese speaking) tour manager throughout the tour in Europe.
Sightseeing with specialist local guides in select cities.
Full breakfast or buffet breakfast daily at hotel.
Lunches or dinners included as specified in the itinerary.
Admission fees for sightseeing attractions as denoted by an asterisk* in tour itinerary:
Pompeii - The Ruins of Pompeii
Capri - Ferry Ride
Venice - Ferry Ride
Deluxe air-conditioned tour coach with professional service of drivers.
Airport group transfers in Europe on arrival (Milan) and departure (Rome). (Land+Air Packages only).
Group identification badge, luggage tag and document holder provided for your convenience and easy recognition.
Create your ideal getaway with the following upgrade options. Extensions and upgrades can be added during the booking process or speak to one of our travel advisors to tailor your perfect trip.
Treat yourself to the most sought-after seats on our coaches — those in the first two or three rows. We assign 10 seats in the front rows on a first-come, first-served basis subject to availability. To pre-book these seats for less than $10 per day, select the front of coach seating option online in your Peony Tours account.
Airfares included in the advertised Land + Air Package prices are from New York(JFK), including fuel surcharge and taxes/fees, not including any baggage fees or seat assignment fees.
Departures from other gateway cities, please add appropriate U.S. domestic add-on fares. For time zone of your gateway city, please call Peony Tours.
*Fares are subject to availability; for detailed gateway fares please view our dates & pricing
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The Crowne Plaza Milan Linate is located near Milan Linate International Airport and just 7 Km far from Milan city centre. Piazza Duomo, the shopping area of Via Montenapoleone is also easy reachable by public transport. The Crowne Plaza Milan Linate hotel rooms provided with internet Wi-Fi access and Sat-TV. The hotel fitness centre and the sauna are at guests' disposal.
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Stylish Padova hotel with a refined restaurant, complimentary Wi-Fi and extensive meeting facilities. At this hotel you can enjoy: A sauna and mini-gym, Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, Free parking, Our elegant, air-conditioned rooms all have desks and LCD TVs.
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The Mercure Rimini Artis is a modern, stylish hotel in a privileged location in the heart of the Adriatic Riviera, directly on Rimini's seafront promenade, one of Europe's most famous beaches, surrounded by fantastic opportunities for shopping, fine dining and fun. It boasts American bar open 24 hours a day, an outdoor heated pool with hot tub corner available all year round, fitness center, meeting room and a large underground parking garage with controlled access.
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Francia & Quirinale Hotel sits in a prestigious yet quiet area of downtown Montecatini Terme, within walking distance from the town’s thermal springs and its beautiful park.
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The hotel is located in Umbria, Italy’s green central region, known through the centuries for its spiritual significance that regenerates the soul. A UNESCO listed World Heritage Site, nearby Assisi is within easy reach, while just outside the hotel stands the Porziuncola chapel of St Francis. Our guests are therefore strategically placed to visit Umbria’s main tourist attractions such as Perugia, Gubbio, Spoleto, Todi, etc.
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The Towers Hotel Stabiae Sorrento Coast, located between the magnificent Gulf of Naples and the famous rocks of the Sorrento Peninsula,.Its strategic location places the hotel in the center of the most enchanting touristic itineraries of the Campania region, due to its proximity to the Amalfi Coast, Naples, Sorrento, Capri, Pompeii and Herculaneum.
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The Holiday Inn® Rome Eur Parco Dei Medici in Rome that combines the high standards of the famous brand with the hotel s elegant style. Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport is a short shuttle ride away, with the hotel scheduled shuttle bus(with fees). Explore Rome's sights, such as the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and Pantheon, all-around 30 minutes by public transport from the hotel. Shopping centres and a multiplex cinema are nearby.
Why not check out the optional excursions available on your tour and pre-book? Booking them in advance will save you money and hassle. Optional tours must be purchased 7 days prior to departure.
Special exchange rate: When you pre-book optional excursions in US Dollars you enjoy a discounted exchange rate, saving you money. Online prices are in USD for our European tours; on-site prices will be in Euros (EUR) or British Pounds (GBP) in the UK.
Easy budgeting: Pre-booking your excursions makes budgeting for your vacation easy. You’ll find it easier to plan your spending money and you’ll need less cash during your vacation.
Eddie Chen was excellent tour manager. He was knowledgeable and organized which made the trip interesting and stress free. He constantly reminded us for personal safety. He was very thoughtful and kind when he got take out breakfast for a couple who had missed breakfast. Only had about 50 minutes in Pisa. Maybe more time to explore Pisa and Rome. Less shopping at brand name stores.More Less
Tour Manager James Wang is an excellent and professional tour manager. This is my sixth European tour with Peony Tours. A quality tour manager like James Wang is the reason why I continue choosing Peony Tours in a competitive tourism marketplace. Please continue to have James Wang as Tour Manager at Peony Tours. I appreciate James' efforts in brining me a great experience in Italy.More Less
Freddy Leung is the best guide we ever had. Not only is he experienced and knowledgeable, he is enthusiastic, energetic and always available. He exudes warmth and camaraderie, sings and laughs and entertains us all the way. He knows how to handle different people in various cases, and makes us feel like a big family. Freddy is honest, fair and responsible. If he retires next year, we will truly be missing him. The local guides tend to talk too much. The precious time we had should not be consumed by lengthy lectures. Fortunately, Freddy knows how to stop them in time.More Less
James Wang was an excellent tour manager. He showed a lot of patience which is no small task considering the large diverse group we had. He has good time management, knowledge on the history and culture of Italy, humor with his stories-very entertaining, and much energy. I'm also glad he is bilingual. I would do another trip with James as my tour manager again.Overall the tour was great. We got to see so many places on one trip which is what I wanted. My only compliant is the time allotted for shopping which I found to be too much. It was difficult to use that time to visit different sites due to long lines and waiting. I don't know if anything can be changed to re-organize free time to allow for on your own site seeing instead of shopping.More Less
Italy Depth Tour Guide Miss. Ann Tsao, Thank You for a good Services. Sincerely, Geary Ko 9/21/2016Dear Ann Tsao, A Senior Tour Guide Experience, You're taking good care to us. We are appreciated of your serious with warm heart to taking care. Thank you very much, We are hoping God Been with You Always. Thank You Ann, Geary Ko And Joyce He 9/21/2016More Less