Peaks, Ports & Palazzi
Discovering north-east Italy from Piedmont to the Ligurian coast including the treasures of former royal capital of Turin and Genoa, home port of Christopher Columbus plus elegant Portofino and dramatic ‘Cinque Terre’
Visitors have been flocking to this picturesque country for centuries to enjoy its unique, charming character. Italy tours are the perfect way to explore the wonders of the Renaissance and Baroque architecture, delicious cuisine, fine wine, cultural cities and the sun-kissed coastline.
This warm and welcoming country is a treasure trove for travellers, revealing gems in every port, town and city. From historic rolling vineyards to characterful coastline, there is an array of charming sights to discover during our Italy trips.
The lakes hold a great deal of allure – attracting and inspiring poets, painters and botanists for many centuries. Explore pastel pink and yellow houses set against a backdrop of the Alps during our magical Villas and Gardens of the Italian Lakes tour.
Admire the astonishing natural beauty of the Amalfi coast on our hugely popular Secret Naples and Ravello tour. Enjoy striking waterfronts and breathtaking views of the Gulf in Naples, as well as palaces, castles, churches, catacombs and Medieval and Renaissance monuments. Then, embark on an expedition to the nearby volcanic island Ischia for hot springs, numerous bays and tropical vegetation.
Italy’s cities offer a vibrant character that is truly unique. During our Italy tours to Venice & the Ducal Cities, you can do so much – float down the canals in Venice, meander narrow cobbled streets in Vicenza, discover the famous Romeo and Juliet balcony in Verona and explore Romanesque, Renaissance and medieval architecture in Parma. Italy is a treasure trove for travellers, revealing gems in every port, town and city. From Puglia’s unique and mysterious Trulli and Sassi buildings, to the preserved towns of Pompeii and its neighbour Herculaneum. Furthermore, you’ll find elegant spa towns, rolling green hills and secret streets filled with history.
It really is impossible to paint a perfect picture of what’s on offer in this colourful country. Come and see it for yourself with our carefully curated range of escorted tours to Italy.
Italy has a Mediterranean climate, which varies greatly across the country. The south usually has hot, sun-drenched summers, while northern areas experience slightly milder temperatures. The best time of year to visit the country really depends on which of our Italy tours you choose.
Between April and June, you can witness the spectacular bloom of the gardens and olive groves surrounding the northern lakes. Pleasant temperatures in the mid-20s mean you can explore the beautiful villages, mountains and water in comfort.
If you’re planning on embarking on one of our Italy trips to the Amalfi coast, the summer months are the best time to visit. Warm weather, long sun-filled days and luscious green vegetation makes for a wonderful experience.
Or, if you’d like to meander around the cobbled streets of Italy’s cities, this can be enjoyed all-year round. Spring and summer months are perfect for those seeking warm sunshine, and the autumn months ideal for travellers who prefer cooler temperatures as they explore.
No matter when you choose to visit, our guided tours to Italy have been created by our experts to ensure you have a luxurious and comfortable holiday. By travelling in a small group, you can experience the true character of each destination in a relaxed and informal manner. Browse our Italy guided tours below to start your journey to the holiday of a lifetime.
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Departures up to 2020!
Welcome to our Worldwide Journeys bringing you innovative itineraries delivered by travel experts.
An exceptional collection of small group, inspirational journeys and extraordinary experiences
Welcome to our new River & Coastal Cruises brochure bringing you 55 innovative cruise itineraries delivered by travel experts.
Within this compilation of travel arrangements we have sought to ‘amaze and surprise’ the first-time visitor and enthral the returning traveller.
An exceptional collection of Solo Groups and Classic Tours, all with No Single Supplement
Our ‘Secret’ itineraries have been specifically designed to introduce lesser-visited places that afford a more personal but equally rewarding experience
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Weather & Climate in Italy
The weather in Italy varies considerably from north to south. Summer lingers longer in city centres. In the south, summers are far hotter and drier and temperatures more akin to those in North Africa prevail, often reaching above 30°C.
When to go to Italy
Around the northern Italian lakes a mild microclimate prevails, benefiting the olive groves and tropical gardens that surround the lake, most of which come into spectacular bloom between April and June. Depending on your Italy holidays, tour and and trip plans, there are a number of ways to make the most of the gentler Italian climate.
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"Visit the 'home of Inspector Montalbano' at Punta Secca; a picture perfect setting for the series of Inspector Montalbano"
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For all 2020 bookings made by 30th January 2020, deduct £35 per person
Visit Venice and cruise the lagoon on board the MS Michelangelo with time to explore independently or on optional excursions
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19 October 2019 and 28 March & 24 October 2020
Stay at the stunningly beautiful centre of Italy’s most exclusive lake with included cruises to its villas – relax or explore by boat, bus and train
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For all 2020 bookings made by 30th January 2020, deduct £50 per person
Cruise from Venice on the Venetian lagoon to Mantua along the Canal Bianco on board the MS Michelangelo including excursions to Vicenza, Verona, Mantua, Cremona and Parma