Italy is a country whose name instantly evokes rich flavours, magnificent culture and history and beautiful scenery to the mind all in one go. There are many different facets of Italy you can explore on your next trip, be it the food, the wines, the countryside or even the architecture. Any theme you choose to concentrate on is sure to delight you.
Fortunately, there are many Italy Tour Packages out there which give you exactly that option and flexibility to decide how your trip turns out. Italy is one of the more popular destinations to vacation in for Indians, and it’s not hard to see why. In many ways, Italy is reminiscent of home – the people are warm and hospitable, the climate resembles India the most out of all mainland European countries, and the food is most suited to our palates.
Due to its popularity, many tour companies have honed in on what makes a trip to Italy special for Indian travelers. So if Italy is next on your travel agenda, these are the Italy Tour Packages that can ensure you have a vacation of a lifetime.
Flavours of Italy by Kesari
Italy Tour Packages – Rome
This tour by Kesari is 8 days and 7 hotel nights long and packs a punch when it comes to getting an overview of Italy. It’s specialty are definitely the little touches it offers that sets it apart from other Tour Operators – complimentary ice cream in Pisa and Venice Island, headphone service at key monuments and museums so you don’t have to keep reaching out for those pesky Euro coins at every turn. These little gestures make you feel well taken care of and pampered.
These Italy Tour Packages begin in Rome with an inside tour of the majestic Colosseum. You have to use your imagination a bit to imagine it back in its awesome glory, but if you’ve watched the movie Gladiator, you should have no problem with that.
In Rome, make sure to have your camera ever ready, for you will encounter delightful historic architecture at every street corner. From Rome, you proceed to Naples with your group, where you visit Pompeii as a day trip, the most visited archaeological site in all of Italy. With Naples still as your base, visit the Isle of Capri on a jet foil and later go to Anacapri by cable car.
From Naples you go back to Rome via the Vatican City, where you will see all the wonders of the Christian world you can imagine. If you’ve read or watched the Da Vinci Code or Angels and Demons by Dan Brown, you are in for further delight. In the Vatican, do the works – St. Peter’s Cathedral, considered the cornerstone of the Catholic Church, Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo’s frescoes, including the famous Pieta.
If you happen to be there on a Wednesday, be advised that the Pope actually conducts a public mass in St. Peter’s Square in the morning! And you can most likely attend it entirely for free. In the evening, take an orientation walk around Rome, visiting the majestic Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and the Tiber River.
Keep sampling the famous Italian gelato in the many shops around as you walk. Next on agenda is Pisa, where among other things, you take the famous photo of saving the Leaning Tower from falling down. From Pisa is a short train ride to Florence, where you have the world famous, one of its kind Ferrari museum.
You end your trip with a bang, in the most breathtakingly beautiful city in the world – Venice. Enjoy a gondola ride through its canals, walk through this magical city built entirely on water, and make sure to be with a loved one under the Bridge of Sighs. A memorable end to a memorable trip. Departures are from Mumbai and the entire trip will set you back Rs. 1,43,000.
Wonders of Italy Holiday by Yatra
Italy Tour Packages – Venice
If you’re looking for a little more flexibility in your tour, then perhaps you’d like a more customizable option for your Italy Package Tour. With Yatra, you can book a 7 day tour starting at Rs 60,000 which will include airport to hotel transfers, 3-star hotels, breakfast, a few excursions like Florence to Pisa, the gondola rides in Venice, but will leave the details to be filled out by yourself as you please.
You will also be required to book your return flights at your own cost. You start your trip in Rome with two nights in the city at the Madison Rome, a centrally located hotel with fairly good reviews across the board. You have breakfast included in your meal plan, so that you can ensure an energetic start to your day.
Your best option in Rome would be the 24-hour hop-on hop-off ticket, already included in the package, which will enable you to dictate how much time you want to spend in each place. Moreover, you can decide which places you want to get off at, and don’t have to compulsorily tag along with a larger group at a stop not to your liking.
For example, given a choice, most people would skip out on the Roman Forum. Sure, it has Cesar’s temple in it, but unless you know your Roman history really well, it’s not that interesting a place for the lay visitor. Better spend that time at a Piazza perhaps, or just sitting around and soaking in the atmosphere around the Trevi Fountain.
Although, be advised that the ticket for the Roman Forum is actually included in the ticket fare for the Colosseum, so if your Indian gut wants to get its full value for money satisfaction, a quick trip to Cesar’s tomb might not be that bad an idea.
After two days in Rome, it is time to head to the railway station for a train to Florence, 230 km north. Florence is indeed quite beautiful, and its majestic city centre is inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a major attraction for cultural enthusiasts. Florence also forms an excellent base for making a day trip out to Pisa.
It’s a compact university town, so everything you could want to see would be within walking distance of each other. After two nights at the Florence hotel, it’s time to pack your bags again and board the train to Venice. The first day there, enjoy a gondola ride in the canals by yourself, but on the next day, you will have the convenience of an excursion tour planned for you to the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello.
Murano especially is an important center of excellent Venetian glass making and glassware is a typical souvenir to pick up from here. After two nights in Venice, your tour ends on the third day, and you are free to depart for your onward journey home.
The Magic of Italian Lakes by Cosmos
Italy Tour Packages – Lake Como
If frenetic sightseeing is not your idea of a vacation and all you want to do is soak in the spectacular scenery that nature has to offer, then what better place to relax than the Italian Lakes. George Clooney would know what we’re talking about, since he’s actually bought a property on Lake Como which he frequents quite often.
For all you know, you might bump into him taking a stroll at the lakeside during your vacation! The best part about this tour is that it gives you the best of both worlds – everything is organized for you and there’s a professional tour guide with you at all times, but at the same time you have the freedom to fill your days whatever way you please.
These Italy Tour Packages by Cosmos begin in Milan, one of the fashion capitals of the world, which you can explore in an orientation tour the first day. The next three days you hop from one exquisite lake to another, beginning with Lake Garda, then on to Lake Como, with a stopover at beautiful Verano to check out Juliet’s balcony from the famous Shakespeare play. At Lake Como, enjoy the included boat trip to Bellagio.
An extra treat is a bonus trip to Lake Lugano in Switzerland, with its stylish promenade surrounded by beautiful alp mountains. Your trip ends with a couple of days at scenic Lake Maggiore, set between the mountains of Lombardy and Switzerland, and home to the magnificent Borromeo Palace, which is shaped like a whacky ship.
The trip includes all your breakfasts and four dinners, and touring the region in a comfortable, air conditioned motor coach. For the rest of your meals, may we suggest that you try the regional specialty of northern Italy, which is pesto pasta? We promise you, it will be unlike any pesto pasta you’ve had back home for sure. Pure bliss on a plate. For more on price quotes and available dates, check out tour details here.
How to choose the best Italy Tour Packages?
The answer to this question depends on your expectations from your trip. Are you hoping to soak in the magnificent history and culture of Italy in a deeply rewarding, educational experience? Then the Kesari Flavours of Italy is definitely for you. But if you’re looking to strike out on your own adventure, then perhaps Yatra‘s Wonders of Italy Holiday is a better bet for you.
However, if rather than history, it is the natural beauty of Italy that you seek, then naturally The Magic of Italian Lakes by Cosmos is the way to go. Be warned that apart from Kesari, the other two do not include international flight tickets in their packages and have to be included as an add on.
There you have it. Three perfect Italy Tour Packages hand picked for you for the perfect Italian vacation!
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