Heart of Italy with Cinque Terre

7 Nights/8 Days


Fancy contrasting magnificent metropole with the quiet relaxing Tuscan countryside? Then this is the tour for you! Explore the bustling capital of Rome and it’s astounding ancient architecture, and then head on to see Florence’s artistic masterpieces. Afterwards you will then be able to escape to the countryside for a completely different take on Italian life. From the panoramic seaside fishing villages of the Cinque Terre, to a boutique winery in the rolling Chianti countryside – where you’ll get to see how they turn vine to vino – this tour will give you an exclusive insight in to Italian country life that you wouldn’t get if you just stayed in the city.

Tour Information

Tour Code: HEIT19
Tour Type: Small Group Journeys
Tour Category: Coach/Bus Tours
Departure Type: Guaranteed Departure
Starting Point: Rome, Italy
Ending Point: Florence, Italy
Grade/Difficulty: Easy To Moderate
Duration: 7 Nights/8 Days
Transport Mode: Walking + Coach
Scheduling: Small Group Fully Escorted
Languages: English
Children Allowed: Yes
Min. Pax: 2
Max. Pax: 16


Be welcomed to Italy by your private driver upon your arrival at the airport, who will transfer you to your hotel in the heart of the bustling Italian capital. Relax and become acquainted with your surroundings until you meet your Tour Leader in the late afternoon, when you will have the opportunity to meet your fellow travel companions and learn more about the exciting adventure to come. Finish your first day with a tasty welcome dinner at a nearby restaurant. Overnight in Rome.
Meals : Welcome Dinner
After a tasty Italian breakfast, meet up with your driver and Tour Leader and make your way to the Vatican Museum in your private transportation. Skip the queue with your pre-booked tickets and follow the guide’s planned route which takes in all the major sights of one of the world’s foremost museums of Classical Antiquity, including the Belvedere Courtyard (home to the famous Apollo Belvedere), the statue of Laocoön and his sons being attacked by goddess Athena’s snakes, the Raphael Rooms, the Galleries of the Candelabra, Michelangelo’s incomparable Sistine Chapel, and of course St. Peter’s Basilica. Exit the museum and head onto Piazza San Pietro to enjoy a magnificent view of the historic Cathedral – a perfect photo opportunity – before returning to your hotel to relax and absorb all the information from your jam-packed morning. Set out again in the late afternoon to meet your leader to wander around ancient, narrow Roman streets, and head off on walking tour around the iconic sites of the city, from Piazza Navona (also known as the artists’ square) to the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps to the Piazza di Spagna, and even the Italian parliament! Head back to the hotel with your guide or finish off your day with a well-deserved dinner (not included) in the heart of the Eternal City. Overnight in Rome.
Meals : Breakfast
Enjoy a free day to explore the city at your own leisure and choose experiences best suited to your interests. History buffs may want to explore the might of Imperial Rome by visiting the imposing Colosseum and the Roman Forum, whereas art aficionados may prefer to head to Palazzo Borghese to visit one of the most beautiful art collections in Europe. Or, if you fancy escaping the city for a day, take advantage of the new high-speed train connecting Rome to Naples, and head to the renowned ruins of Pompeii, or take a boat trip to the idyllic and stylish island of Capri. Overnight in Rome.
Meals : Breakfast
Meet your guide in your hotel reception before your transfer from the capital of Italy to the capital of art – Florence! En-route you will be able to enjoy views of rolling Tuscan hills covered in neat vineyards, as well as enchanting villages and medieval castles. Before arriving at your destination, stop in Siena – the previously powerful city state that historically warred with Florence for dominance - to enjoy food and wine in the heart of the old town, and also experience a walking tour, taking in the Piazza del Campo, the site of the city’s famous and deadly Palio horse race. Time permitting, you may also enjoy a second stop in the medieval hill top, walled village of Monteriggioni, well known for its fortifications and watchtowers. Overnight in Florence.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Stay at : Executive, Hotel Pierre or similar
Explore the fascinating city of Florence, starting your day at the market of San Lorenzo, where you will see food – including local cheeses, fruits, vegetables and breads - arriving from the Tuscan countryside, which you of course, will also be able to taste. If you’re still hungry, head out for lunch on your free time, before reconvening with your guide at the hotel for a walking tour of the town. Take in the stunning Renaissance art and architecture created by the likes of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Botticelli as you explore the Piazza della Signora, the Palazzo Vecchio, the Duomo (complete with Giotti’s bell tower) and the Ponte Vecchio. Finish up at the Florentine Accademia to see, among many other masterpieces, the iconic symbol of Florence, Michelangelo’s statue of David. Overnight in Florence.
Meals : Breakfast
Stay at : Executive, Hotel Pierre or similar
Leave Florence in the early morning with your guide to head to the North West Riviera in comfortable air-conditioned transportation. During the journey you will enjoy views of rolling Tuscan hills and even the Southern Alps, before you arrive at the Cinque Terre national park, a spectacular corner of Italy famous for its coastal panoramas, wine, food and hiking opportunities. Here you will enjoy the panoramic views of the idyllic seaside villages whilst you either take a walking trail along the cliff or head out on an exciting boat tour. Follow up your exploring with a sumptuous seafood lunch and wine tasting in a local restaurant, before heading back to Florence in the late afternoon. Overnight in Florence.
Meals : Breakfast
Stay at : Executive, Hotel Pierre or similar
Enjoy a free morning to relax or discover a new area of Florence at your own leisure, before meeting your guide in the afternoon to begin your tour of the Chianti region. Take a short journey in a shuttle bus out of the bustling city to the idyllic, rolling hills of the Chianti wine region, which is populated by vineyards and olive groves. Finish your journey at a hill-top boutique winery, where you will be met by a wine expert who will guide you around the venue. They will explain the process of turning vines to vino as you explore 500-year-old cellars and taste the winery’s variety of products. The tasting will be followed by a fine dinner, which will of course be accompanied by 4 different wines, so you can learn how to pair food and wine together to create a taste sensation. You will also try the region’s finest olive oil with typical unsalted Tuscan bread. On your way back to Florence, you will stop off at the Piazzale Michelangelo Belvedere to take in a breath-taking view of the city. Overnight in Florence.
Meals : Breakfast
Stay at : Executive, Hotel Pierre or similar
Bid farewell to your Italian adventure as you independently head to the necessary airport or train station.
Meals : Breakfast
Stay at : Hotel Kraft, Executive, Hotel Pierre or similar

What's Included

  • 3 nights in Rome
  • 4 nights in Florence
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Tour Escort service
  • Welcome briefing
  • Welcome dinner in Rome
  • Arrival Transfer
  • Walking tour in the heart of Rome
  • Guided visit of Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel with skip the line reservation
  • Transfer from Rome to Florence via Siena
  • Wine & food experience in Siena
  • Walking tour in the heart of Siena
  • Tour of fresh food markets in Florence
  • Guided tour of Florence, including skip the line entry to see Michelangelo’s David in the Accademia
  • Guided visit to the Cinque Terre with lunch and wine tasting
  • Wine & Oil Experience with dinner in Chianti

Not Included

  • City Tax to be paid locally
  • Drinks on meals
  • Departure Transfer

Please Note

  • Hotel names will be communicated 30 days before arrival date