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  • Hotels: Standard Class

  • 06/15/2022 - 06/28/2022

  • Max Participants: 16

  • 14 Days / 13 Nights

Overview

From the villages of the Cinque Terre to Tuscany's medieval splendor, this is an adventure for those looking to indulge in all of Italy’s delights. Walk through grand piazzas and winding lanes, stroll the canals of Venice, and float past villas on Lake Como. Marvel at the ancient grandeur of Rome and the Renaissance masterpieces of Florence. Your tour leader will take care of the details so you can travel at a leisurely pace and appreciate the scenery, whether it’s sipping vino in Tuscany or sampling local delicacies within the walls of charming Montepulciano.

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What's Included::
  • Orientation walk of Montepulciano (Tuscany)
  • Day trip to Siena
  • Piazzale Michelangelo evening visit (Florence)
  • Pisa visit (half-day)
  • Cinque Terre park fee, unlimited train ticket and tour leader-led hike
  • Lake Como boat day pass
  • Venice orientation walk
  • G Adventures Tour Leader throughout and local guides
  • 13 breakfasts – allow $510-$665 USD for meals not included
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities by boat, public bus, train
  • Hotels (13 nts)
What's Not Included::
  • International air travel
  • Incidentals
  • Travel health and cancellation insurance
  • Applicable visas
  • Tips or gratuities
  • Airport taxes
  • Beverages
  • Meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • Optional tours and admissions
  • Airport transfers

Itinerary Download PDF

Arrive in Rome at any time. On Day 1, there are no planned activities until your Group Meeting that evening around 6:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m., so check into the hotel – check-in time is approximately 3:00 p.m. – and enjoy the city. Check the notice boards or ask at reception for the exact time and location of the group meeting. After the meeting, you might like to take the option of heading out for a meal in a nearby local restaurant to further get to know your tour leader and traveling companions. Please make every effort to arrive on time for this important welcome meeting. If you are delayed and will arrive late, please inform us. Your tour leader will then leave you a message at the front desk informing you of where and when to meet up. We recommend booking pre-tour accommodation to fully explore this magnificent city. We will be in touch 90 days before departure to take your extra hotel night requests. Please note that if Vatican City is on your must-see list, we highly recommend purchasing your tickets online several weeks prior to your trip. Advance tickets can be reserved online through https://www.weekendinitaly.com/en/rome. Same-day entrance to St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Museums (including the Sistine Chapel) cannot be guaranteed without advance tickets. We also recommend pre-booking your ticket to the Colosseum to guarantee entrance and avoid long lines. Please note: All GEEO trips to Europe use public transportation. This means you will need to have luggage you can easily carry with you up and downstairs, on and off trains and buses, etc.

Learn all about a different side of Rome with a newcomer to Italy as your guide with Migrantour, a social enterprise that trains immigrants to give tours of the city - with their own flair. Our travelers receive a unique experience as guides give them rare insight into Italian society through an immigrant's eyes. From ancient landmarks to the history of migration to Rome, expect this to be a guided tour like no other. There's plenty to see and do in Rome, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like visiting the Colosseum, exploring the Pantheon, or sit down to a plate of pasta at a local trattoria. Your tour leader has more ideas if you need them. Just ask! Another option is opt to pre-book the Rome Vintage Vespa Tour. Live "la dolce vita" and hop onto a Vespa! Make your way around the city (like the locals do) on a vintage Vespa scooter. Visit Rome's must-see landmarks with a local guide, who will also be your Vespa driver, on this 3-4 hour afternoon excursion. Opt to add a photography package to your Vespa tour, so you can relax, immerse yourself in this ancient city, and still have all those unforgettable snaps from your classic Roman holiday. We can book this for you 90 days before departure.

Travel to Montepulciano in the heart of the Tuscan countryside. Explore this medieval and renaissance hill town with an orientation walk. You will then have the rest of the day to explore on your own. Montepulciano is famous for producing delectable local pork, cheese, "Pici" pasta, and honey. It is also major wine producing area. Take in the stunning vistas, wander cobbled lanes, or opt to sample the local delicacies in small, family-run establishments. We suggest you make your way to the  Piazza Grande, the center of day to day life in Montepulciano. You'll find some of the town's most impressive architecture, such as the Palazzo Comunale, and Town Hall. Climb to the tower in the Palazzo Comunale for great views of Lake Trasimeno and Val d'Orcia. This region is known for Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (made with Sangiovese grapes), and the Montepulciano red. Step into one of the quaint wine shops on the hill to indulge in a sampling. Another option is renting a bike from a local shop and head out to explore. Approximate travel time: 2.5 hrs by train, 30 minutes by bus.

Spend the day as you choose! The Tuscan region is known for natural hot springs, so you may opt to travel further afield to the thermal springs of Bagni San Filippo. Take a 30-minute ride out of town and find yourself in a picturesque setting of calciferous formations, waterfalls, and natural pools; this scene is made more spectacular by the vivid color of the water made bright blue by the effect of the hot springs meeting the cool river water. Sit back, relax, and be healed. Another option is to travel outside of Montepulciano through the rolling vineyards to one of the surrounding wineries, such as the legendary Avignonesi estate or Cantina Fattoria della Talosa. Enjoy strolling through the hectares of greenery, indulging in a sample of local wines, and a guided tour of the cellars.

Continue to the incomparable Firenze. Join your tour leader for an orientation walk through the city, then spend the rest of the day exploring at your leisure. You may choose to catch a glimpse of the Duomo, Piazza Indipendenza, Piazza della Signoria, and the Ponte Vecchio. This medieval bridge over the Arno River epitomizes the romance of Florence. Jewelers, art dealers, and souvenir shops run the length of the bridge, featured in many master paintings. Continue to Piazzale Michelangelo for the most famous and photographed vista of the city. This green-pink-white marbled 13th-century basilica is one of Italy’s largest churches and its brick dome is the largest ever constructed. You may opt to visit the local leather markets and souvenir stalls set up all over the city. Approximate travel time: 2 hrs by local train and bus

The day is yours to explore. There's plenty to see and do in Florence, and we want to make sure that you have some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or create your own adventure. Check out the Mercato Centrale or any number of cafés and trattorias. If you came to shop, start at one end of the city and just keep going. There's beautiful architecture, famous museums, Renaissance art pieces, and charming cobblestone streets everywhere. If you wish to go further afield, take a wine-tasting bike tour up to Fiesole and the vineyards of Chianti. For a truly local experience, indulge your inner gastronomer on a culinary tour of the city. The GEEO team can help you book this and other options about 90 days prior to departure. If you wish to visit popular museums like the Uffizi and Accademia Galleries, we strongly advise reserving tickets in advance to avoid waiting in line for a long time (especially during the high season from May-September, where this can take several hours). Advance tickets can be reserved online through sites like https://www.weekendinitaly.com/en/florence.

Enjoy a day trip to vibrant Siena. After an orientation walk, wander this medieval walled city where options abound! You may opt to visit Torre del Mangia, Battistero, il Campo, or the Duomo or to take a "passeggiata" and meet the Sienese locals. The Piazza del Campo is the main public square in the center of Siena. One of the best examples of medieval European squares, the architecture of this area is striking. The Torre del Mangia is in the center of the shell-shaped piazza and is worth climbing for the beautiful views it affords. Twice a year, the tiny square is transformed by the ancient Palio horse race. Other optional activities that can be booked through GEEO 90 days before departure include Chianti wine tasting and visits to the Duomo di Siena and the Torre del Mangia. Return to Florence at the end of the day. Approximate travel time: 3 hrs by local train (1.5 hrs each way)

Board a train to Pisa and stop for a visit at the Field of Miracles to see the famous leaning tower (~€18 entrance fee not included). Wander the area and take photos to your heart's content. Opt to enter the Pisa Cathedral, or enjoy lunch at a nearby restaurant. Later, continue to the coastal paradise of Cinque Terre by train. Approximate travel time: 2 hrs by local train

Walk the Cinque Terre coastal path from Riomaggiore to Monterosso (approximately 5-6 hrs of hiking, stopping in the villages along the way), giving you the best taste of the villages and countryside, terraced hills, and vineyards sloping down to the sea. The national park pass and a daily unlimited train ticket are included; opt to take the train if you don't feel like hiking. You'll follow your tour leader along centuries-old footpaths and mule tracks leading through olive groves, vineyards, and orchards on a full day hike, or hop on and off the train, experiencing each town on your own. Choose to rest in each of the 5 villages, sampling delicacies in each place, such as local pesto, espresso, or delicious gelato. Please note that some popular hiking paths along the Cinque Terre have been temporarily closed due to water erosion and damage caused by landslides in 2016. Your tour leader will guide you on the best, most accessible path for the hike. Approximate travel time: 30 min local train, 5-6 hrs hiking

Set out from Cinque Terre on a train journey with a few changes en route, passing through Milan and on to elegant Varenna, located on the shores of Lake Como. On the border with Switzerland, enjoy the spectacular backdrop of the snowy-peaked Alps. Approximate travel time: 5 hrs by local train

Lake Como is made up of small towns nestled along the coast of this Mediterranean-Alpine retreat. Take a full-day boat pass and cruise up and down the lake, stopping off at various charming towns. Explore the lake and its many elegant villas and towns, such as Bellagio with its shops, restaurants, and fine residences. In the afternoon, there is plenty of free time for soaking up the elegant atmosphere in one of the lakeside cafés or restaurants. Take some time for shopping — some of the finest Italian designers are to be found in Como's chic boutiques. You may choose to enjoy a funicular ride (€3-6 per person) from Como town to the hilltop village of Brunate. In operation since 1894, the historic lift is the best way to get a bird's eye view of the stunning region. Or, head to the piazza in the historic part of the city to visit one of the most stunning sites in Como, the Como Cathedral. With its ornate and unique architecture, you won't be able to miss it.

Travel east to captivating Venice, the unique "city of canals," full of magnificent monuments. Enjoy a brief orientation walk with your tour leader, then continue exploring on your own or with others in your group. Your tour leader will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended. There will be plenty of time to wander the narrow cobblestone streets and wide piazzas, crossing hundreds of tiny bridges and, of course, getting lost in Venice's labyrinth. Don't miss Saint Mark's Square and Basilica. Enter the picture-perfect Piazza San Marco from one of the many winding alleyways and stare in awe at the grandeur. With the massive, ornate basilica standing tall at one end, pigeons gathering and flying around, and violinists playing a Vivaldi tune at a café table — this is Venice. Wander the square and people watch or duck inside the glittering basilica for more Venetian inspiration. Approximate travel time: 5 hrs by local train

Spend the day getting lost in Venice. Opt for a vaporetto (water taxi) ride to the islands of Murano and Burano, take a gondola under the Ponte Rialto (Bridge of Lovers), explore the Doge's Palace and Bridge of Sighs, or get lost in the twisting maze of the city. Your tour leader has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

We recommend staying an extra day or two to fully experience all this beautiful city has to offer. Want more adventure? Book two or more GEEO trips in the same year and receive a discount! GEEO will give you 10% off of the lesser value program(s) (up to 3 programs). If you don’t see a program that interests you that pairs with this trip, but still would like to extend your time abroad, let us know. We will work with you to find a non-teacher trip from our tour operator’s much larger catalog. Even better, if you are an educator, we can still offer you a discounted price on the trip you choose!

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Frequently Asked Questions
Please click here to go to our general FAQ, which has essential information that applies to all of our programs.
Resources to Learn & Teach about Italy
Visit our recommended reading page to see the list of books GEEO recommends reading before your program (this is not required reading). We also have lesson plans and Pinterest boards that may be useful for you as you learn about your destination and prepare to bring lessons back to your classroom.  
Terms and Conditions
It is very important for you to visit our Terms and Conditions page before signing up for this program.
Cancellation policy
All cancellations must be submitted to GEEO in written form by emailing your request for cancellation to travel@geeo.org. If you do not receive a confirmation that we have received your written cancellation request, please call us at 1-877-600-0105. Verbal cancellation requests will not be honored.
  • If you cancel 60 days or more prior to departure, all your program fee payments will be refunded besides your $350 deposit which is kept on file for future use
  • If you cancel between 30 and 59 days prior to departure, you will receive a 50% refund and your deposit is kept on file for future use
  • If you cancel within 30 days of departure, you will receive no refund, but your deposit is kept on file for future use
Trip Notes
  1. LUGGAGE: In Europe, it is very rare to find elevators in train stations, hotels, or other public places. We use some public transport on this trip, which means you will need to carry your luggage from platform to platform, in and out of trains and buses, etc., and possibly up several flights of stairs. You will also need to be able to stow your luggage safely on trains and buses. You should be able to comfortably walk for 10-30 minutes at a time with your luggage. It is therefore essential that you pack light and bring luggage that is compact and lightweight. Carrying your luggage remains your responsibility at all times. We highly recommend traveling with a backpack or duffel bag over any wheeled luggage options.
  2. PACE: This trip has a rapid pace and the heat of the summer can make it quite exhausting. Please know in advance that you will see a lot, but this isn't a relaxing vacation.
  3. ORIENTATION WALKS: The orientation walking tours on this trip are often on cobblestone roads at steep grades and can last several hours in the heat of the summer. Feel free to opt-out of these walking tours if you wish to, as they can be very physically taxing. In some cases, on the other side of the coin, they may move a bit too slow for you. If you have a map, a travel app, or a guidebook, feel free to go off on your own. GEEO wants you to have the experience you desire, and sometimes that means separating yourself at times from the group.
  4. GUIDES: In Europe, all guiding is based around local guides, all of whom are licensed to work only in a particular city. As such, our leaders are able to provide orientation walks that will show you the layout of each town and city as well as the location of local services such as post offices and laundromats but are legally unable to share historical facts and figures in public places. Your tour leader will be able to help you find a locally guided tour in each location if you would like one.
  5.  RESERVE TICKETS IN ADVANCE: Please note that if you wish to visit popular museums such as the Vatican Museums (Sistine Chapel) and Villa Borghese in Rome, or the Uffizi and Accademia Galleries in Florence, we strongly advise reserving tickets in advance to avoid waiting in line for a long time (especially during the high season from May-September, where this can take several hours). Tickets can be reserved online through sites like https://www.weekendinitaly.com/en/rome and https://www.weekendinitaly.com/en/florence. Please refer to your full itinerary to ensure you reserve tickets for the correct dates you will be in Rome and Florence. There may be the possibility of arranging tickets on arrival on Day 1 with the help of your tour leader, but availability cannot be guaranteed at such short notice.
  6. AIR CONDITIONING: Occasionally hotels in Italy lack air conditioning units in rooms. However, nearly all hotels will provide a standing or desk fan for your room on hot nights. If you do not already have one in your room, please ask your tour leader to organize one for you with reception.
Group Leader Description
All GEEO/G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of G Adventure's group leaders, which they refer to as Chief Experience Officers (CEO). The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues, and introduce you to our local friends. Our itineraries often have plenty of free time to explore on your own. While not being guides in the traditional sense, you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious, and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting – we think it’s the best of both worlds.  
Fitness Level
This trip includes light walking and hiking that is suitable for most fitness levels. In the cities, you can split apart from the group to go at your own pace. It is very hot in Italy during the summer, so make sure you stay hydrated.  
Single Travelers
Half of the people that travel with GEEO are traveling by themselves, so please don’t worry if you have no one who can join you on your trip. Our pricing is based on double occupancy or, in other words, two people to a room. You never have to pay for a single room unless you want one. GEEO can find you a roommate of the same gender. Most of our trips have a "My Own Room" option, also known as a "Single Supplement," which is an extra fee that will allow you to have a room to yourself. If you want to room alone, please email travel@geeo.org. To see the price for the "My Own Room" option, please click here where you can look up your trip in the extra services spreadsheet. Please be aware that single room accommodations in European hotels are often smaller, and may not be to the same service level as double-occupancy rooms. Please note that if you have booked the "My Own Room" option for this tour, you will receive your own single accommodation for all night stops, with the following exceptions: Nights 3/4 in Montepulciano, and 10/11 in Lake Como.  
Joining Instructions
Day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned. Upon arrival to the city on Day 1, or earlier if you have booked pre-accommodation with us, please make your way to the joining hotel. Check-in time will be in the afternoon. Once you arrive at the hotel, look for a note at reception from your tour leader. This note will give the details of your Welcome Meeting on Day 1, usually between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., at which you will get a chance to meet your tour leader and other travelers, as well as learn more about how the tour will run. If you don’t see a note, please ask reception for details! If you miss the Welcome Meeting, your tour leader will leave a note at reception for you with any information you may need and with instructions for the next morning. GETTING TO HOTEL STELLA: By Bus from the Airport: Shuttle buses run from Fiumicino airport and Ciampino Airport to Termini station in the city center approximately every half hour. Look for the Terravision stand at the arrival terminal. Cost is €5 one way and takes approximately 1 hour. By Train from the Airport: The Leonardo Express is the name of the train that will shuttle you from Rome's main international airport, Fiumicino, to central Rome's Termini station. A Leonardo Express train leaves every half hour in each direction. Trains to Roma Termini Station start at 6:35 in the morning with trains running at 5 and 35 minutes after the hour. The last train of the day departs at 11:35 pm. The train station is open from 4 am to 1 am and covers 35 km (21.75 miles) in around 30 minutes. The cost is €14 per person. Tickets for Leonardo Express are available at the rail ticket office, newspaper seller tobacconist's, and self-service tellers, each located in the railway station atrium. NOTE: You must always stamp tickets in the machines on the platform before starting your journey. To find the hotel, exit Termini train station via the right-hand exit, if you have your back to the trains, and walk toward the sign posted Via Marsala. Cross the street into Via Marghera and then take the third street on your left, Via Varese. Continue straight across piazza Indipendenza At the end of the piazza, the street will become Via Castelfidardo. Hotel Stella is at number 51. By Taxi from the Airport: Please allow between €55 - €75 for a taxi from Fiumicino Airport to your start hotel. Rates may vary based on the number of passengers in your taxi (maximum of 4) and the amount of luggage you are bringing.
Emergency Contacts
Should you need to contact G Adventures during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call their local G Adventures office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible. EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS G Adventures UK office (manned UK 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.) +44 20 7243 9870 For absolute emergencies after office hours please contact: +44 7817 262 559 If you are unable for any reason to contact the local office, please call the numbers listed below, which will connect you directly with the 24-hour Sales team, who will happily assist you. Toll-free, from calls within North America only: 1 888 800 4100 Calls from within the UK: 0844 272 0000 Outside North America and the UK: +1 416 260 0999 If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, and your call will be returned as soon as possible.
Packing List
Please read this article on GEEO’s blog for our staff’s suggestions on the best gear to pack for your upcoming travels. You must be prepared to carry your own bags and be comfortable carrying them up and downstairs, on and off transportation, and to hotels. As a rule, we try not to have to walk more than 15-20 minutes with your bags, which is why we recommend keeping the weight of your bags between 22-30 lb. Most travelers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size. No XXL bags, please! A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person plus a daypack per person. In Italy, shoulders should be covered while visiting churches and cathedrals. Ask your tour leader for more specific advice.
 Suggested Checklist
  • Light windproof/waterproof jacket or umbrella
  • Personal clothing for hot weather – we recommend packing 8-9 days of outfits so you only have to do laundry once; covering shoulders is advisable
  • One set of modest clothing that covers knees and shoulders
  • Sturdy walking or running shoes
  • Sport sandals or flip-flops
  • Bathing suit and towel
  • Daypack
  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Water bottle
  • Watch or alarm clock
  • Toiletries – Important: Some hotels do not give you soap and shampoo
  • Camera
  • First-aid kit, including lip salve, Aspirin, bandaids, anti-histamine, Dramamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, electrolyte powder, insect repellent, extra prescription drugs you may be taking
Optional Checklist
  • Travel pillow
  • Money belt
  • Phone/Tablet for internet – most hotels have WiFi
  • Chargers for electronics as well converters/adapters, if needed
  • Packing cubes
  • Ear Plugs
  • Snacks – packing a few granola bars is a good idea; you can buy snacks when you get there too, so don't go crazy here
  • Ziplock bags
  • Reading/writing material
  • Hand sanitizer/baby wipes
  • Light fleece top
Document Checklist
  • Passport (with photocopies)
  • Travel insurance (with photocopies)
  • Airline tickets (with photocopies)
  • EUR/USD cash
  • Credit or debit card
  • G Adventures vouchers, pre-departure information, and dossier
  • Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
  • GEEO Classroom action plans for your group – this is sent 10-30 days before departure
Laundry
Laundry facilities are sometimes offered by the hotels. You can also use a local laundromat if need be. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap.
Passports and Visas
All visitors to the EU (European Union) and EEC (European Economic Community) countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity). Please see our general FAQ for information on obtaining a passport. As with all of our trips, we try to provide the most accurate information we can, but governments sometimes change visa rules. It is your responsibility to double-check the information we provide below by searching here. Americans do not need a visa to travel in Italy. Non-American participants should check with their government to find out if they need a visa.  
Money Exchange
Italy is in the Eurozone and the unit of the currency is the Euro (EUR). As currency exchange rates fluctuate, we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com. ATMs are also widely available that distribute the local currency, and this is what we recommend as your primary source of cash while traveling. Please make sure you bring at least $200 USD in cash as emergency money just in case you have trouble with the ATMs or lose your bank card. Major credit cards are accepted in most shops but they may charge a 2-4% transaction fee. Visa and MasterCard are useful for cash advances in an emergency situation. Please note that, if you are carrying U.S. Dollars, they should be in good condition (i.e., not torn, wrinkled, or marked on in any way) and printed recently.
Tipping
It is customary in Europe to leave a small tip for service providers such as waiters if you are pleased with the service (€1-2 EUR for snacks or 10% of a meal bill). Tipping is an expected – though not compulsory – component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. Also, at the end of each trip, if you felt your G Adventures Tour Leader did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference. As a budgeting guideline, $35-$45 USD per person per week can be used.
Vaccinations
You do not need any vaccinations to travel on this program outside of COVID-19.
Flights
We often find the best prices for purchasing flights around 60 days before departure, but of course, this varies greatly from route to route and year to year. You must wait until this trip is confirmed with the minimum number of required participants before you book your flights. Typically, we reach the minimum number needed at least 90 days before departure. GEEO and G Adventures bear no responsibility for any flights purchased before the trip is confirmed. You can find out whether this trip has been confirmed here. Your trip begins in Rome and ends in Venice. Please double-check our itinerary for the date by which you must arrive in Rome. You can arrive at any time of the day you choose, but you may want to arrive in Rome several days early if you have never been before, as there is a lot to see. You can depart from Venice at any time on the final day of the trip. This itinerary only includes a day in Rome. We recommend arriving a day or two early to see the major sights. We include one and a half days in Venice, which is enough time to see the major sights. It is one of the most beautiful places in the world, so if you want to relax or explore more, staying an extra day or two would be worthwhile.
Plugs and Converters
There are two components to provide external power to your device: adapters and transformers. The adapter is the plug, adapting the prongs on a standard U.S. two to three-pronged power cord to match the prongs required by the local outlets. The transformer changes the local voltage to that required by your device. Italy uses a European-style two circular prong plug. Their voltage is 220-240 Volts. U.S. outlets are 120V. Most new devices (phones and laptops) can handle the different voltage rates, but some devices only work on the U.S. standard of 120V. Check your device to see what voltage range it handles. Most transformer blocks will have an "Input" line that defines its voltage capacity. For example, "Input: 100-240V" means that it will work on voltages from 100V to 240V. If your transformer can't handle the different voltage, you'll need to purchase a voltage converter. You can find world regional voltage converters power packs at various vendors.
Expectations
Before you decide on traveling with GEEO, it is important that you read all of the information about the program you are considering. Remember, our programs are quite adventurous.
  • The purpose of the accommodation is to provide a safe, well-located place for you to sleep. Sometimes you will be pleasantly surprised, but do not expect luxury as we are trying to keep these trips as inexpensive as possible. Sometimes the accommodation is not air-conditioned.
  • The same goes for transportation. We use a mix of transportation that gets our guests from location to location safely. Sometimes you will have full days and nights of transportation as our trips tend to cover a lot of ground. The transportation will often be an adventure in itself.
  • You must be able to carry or roll your luggage easily, so do not over-pack.
  • Many of our programs occur in locations where it is very hot during the day. Please make sure you have thoroughly read the itinerary and can handle the group activities, which sometimes include day hikes with your daypacks.
  • We recommend always carrying snacks with you because sometimes meals can be far apart.
  • Please make sure you understand the role of your tour leader on this trip as they are not the traditional “guide” you may be expecting. While our trips are educational, they aren’t study/lecture trips. We want you to learn through exploring and much of your experience will be based on how active you choose to be in acquiring knowledge and interacting with locals.
Hopefully, this is the kind of adventure you are interested in!  
Itinerary Disclaimer
While it is our intention to adhere to the routes described on our website, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The information on our website is a general guide to the tour and region, and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.  
Advice From Jesse
"Our trip starts at 6 PM at our start hotel (Hotel Stella) on Day 1 of the tour. Our itinerary only includes a day in Rome. In my opinion, you will need at least three or four days to see the major sites of Rome so I highly recommend arriving a few days early. Make sure you check when sites will be closed as some take days off. If you are coming in early, you may want to stay in a hotel that is a bit closer to the heart of the city. If you like cheap, Spartan hotels like I do, I recommend booking yourself into the Hotel Adriatic. It is very close to the Vatican and walking distance to many of the main attractions. The price and location cannot be beaten. I would spend one full day doing the following: Visit the Colosseum (When I was there the time to arrive was 8:15 AM to get in line for opening at 8:30 AM, but you should double-check the times online), Palatine Hill, Roman Forum, Capitoline Museum, Vittoriano and Trajan's market. All of these locations are close to each other and it is easiest to visit them in the order I listed. I would spend another day doing the following: Arrive early to St. Peters Basilica to avoid lines (Like 8:00 AM), the visit the Vatican Museum w/ Sistine Chapel. Make sure you wear long pants and cover your shoulders for your visit to St. Peters. You will not be permitted in otherwise. In the afternoon, visit nearby Castel St. Angelo. For dinner or lunch, you may want to visit the lovely neighborhood of Trastevere, which was one of my places to spend time when I lived in Rome. I really love the pizza at La Renella. On day 2 of your tour you will have your immigrant walking tour. I am not sure where they will take you. You will have the afternoon free. Depending on where the tour took you, I would recommend spending your afternoon of this day in the heart of Rome visiting sights such as the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and Piazza Navonna. These places are amazing at night too! The monuments look very different lit up at night and you are able to avoid the heat of the day. That said, make sure you have a chance to go into the Pantheon during the day when it is open for free. In terms of architecture and history it is one of the most important buildings in the world. If you have spare time, an open-top bus tour can take you to parts of Rome that are not within walking distance of the city center, such as Santa Maria Maggiore. You may want to look online or a guidebook as there are many things to see besides the sights listed above. I found the OMNIA card to be a great deal. It allowed us to avoid the lines at St. Peters, the Vatican museum, and the Colosseum. They have a 24 hour and 72 hours version of the card. As long as you use its many features it should save you a lot of money too. The included unlimited open-top bus is very handy for getting around the city as well as unlimited public transportation for three days."  
Weather
Italy is hot and dry in the summer, with temperatures typically in the 80s and 90s F.

Costs

Please keep in mind that this trip offers some free time to pursue activities that interest you. Make sure you look over all of the optional activities and note these additional costs when deciding whether you can afford this program. The prices below are in U.S. Dollars and are rough estimates for budgeting your trip.
Tour Company Fee
See our price in the top right corner
Optional Activities
$200-$600 USD
International Airfare from the United States
Roughly $600-$1,200 USD If you require assistance in booking your international airfare, we would be happy to help you.
Insurance
$25-$200 USD Please note: It is mandatory for all of our travelers to have Emergency Medical insurance that covers both emergency evacuation and repatriation to the sum of $200,000 USD. We also strongly recommend purchasing cancellation insurance as well.
Tipping
We recommend $70-$80 USD for your G Adventures tour leader. Budget another $30 for tipping local guides and drivers.
Meals Not Listed in the Itinerary
$510-$665 USD
Laundry, Drinks, Phone Calls, etc.
Make sure you budget for these types of expenses
Airport Transfers
$40 to $100
Souvenirs
Variable. At your personal discretion.
Non-Educator Donation
$100 USD (Suggested donation) This is only for non-educator guests traveling with an educator on a GEEO trip. Educators and retired educators should not make this donation.

Optional Activities

Most optional activities are booked and paid for locally in the local currency. You do not have to decide in advance which activities you would like to sign up for. The prices listed are based on the latest information we have received from our participants and G Adventures. They are not guaranteed to be accurate. Please feel free to use them as a guide for budgeting your trip.
Rome
St Peter's Basilica Visit: Free St. Peter's is the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture and the largest church in the world by interior measure. While it is neither the mother church of the Catholic Church nor the cathedral of the Diocese of Rome, St. Peter's is regarded as one of the holiest Catholic shrines. Christian Catacombs: 8EUR per person Follow a guide through this ancient underground cemetery. Borghese Gallery: 25EUR per person Take a visit to the beautiful Borghese Gallery villa to indulge in a rich collection of ancient sculptures, relics, mosaics, and paintings. Pieces from Renaissance masters such as Bellini, Raphael, Bernini can be found here. Roman Forum Visit: 24EUR per person Even with the bustle of modern-day Rome whizzing past on Vespas, you can still lose yourself in the fragmented columns and ancient ruins of this plaza, conjuring images of the rich Romans sauntering by in togas. Please note, this must be booked in combination with the Colosseum Visit and will include a visit to Palatine Hill. Pantheon Visit: Free The Pantheon is one of the most famous buildings in Rome. Originally built during the reign of Augustus (27 BC - 14 AD), the building was rebuilt under Hadrian in 126 AD. The roof is still the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome, and it contains a circular opening (an oculus). It is easily one of the best-preserved of all the ancient Roman buildings. Colosseum Visit: 24EUR per person Enjoy a visit to this famous spot, the scene of many bloody gladiator fights for the entertainment of ancient Rome's aristocracy. Take a tour of the old venue—a UNESCO World Heritage site—and feel free to walk around on your own. No battles, please! Please note that this must be booked in combination with the Roman Forum Visit and will include a visit to Palatine Hill. Trevi Fountain: Free Built above an ancient water source, Trevi Fountain takes its name from the three streets (tre vie) that intersect at this world-famous fountain. Sculpted from travertine stone, the fountain as we know it today was completed in the 18th century. Work your way through the crowds to toss a coin in (with your right hand, over your left shoulder) for good luck - it's also your best chance to see the fountain's marvelous detail. Spanish Steps: Free Built to connect the hilltop Trinità dei Monti church with the Piazza di Spagna (or Spanish Square) below, the Spanish Steps are a colorful example of Baroque architecture from 18th century Rome. Opt to climb its 136 steps, or simply watch the crowds weave through this popular tourist attraction. Trastevere Visit: Free Cross the Tiber River to reach the quaint medieval neighborhood of Trastevere. This is a great opportunity to escape the crowds and get a glimpse into local life. Rome Vintage Vespa Tour: $213 USD per person when booked in advance with GEEO When in Rome... live "la dolce vita" and hop onto a Vespa! Make your way around the city (like the locals do) on a vintage Vespa scooter. Visit Rome's must-see landmarks with a local guide, who will also be your Vespa driver, on this 3-4 hour afternoon excursion. Opt to add a photography package to your Vespa tour, so you can relax, immerse yourself in this ancient city, and still have all those unforgettable snaps from your classic Roman holiday. Bike Rental: 20-40EUR per person
Vatican City
Vatican City Visit: Free Get ready to tick something off the bucket list. Visit the smallest country in the world—Vatican City! Stand in St Peter’s Square and be wowed by colossal colonnades, numerous statues, and the obelisk. Opt to take in the magnificence of St Peter’s Basilica, Michelangelo’s Pietá, and the Sistine Chapel while you are in the area. Sistine Chapel: 10EUR per person Although the Sistine Chapel is always very crowded, it is a must-see for any visitor to the Vatican. The magnificent frescoed ceiling of the chapel painted by Michelangelo depicts over 300 figures from the Book of Genesis, the most well-known being “The Creation of Adam,” showing God touching the finger of Adam. “The Last Judgment” on the west wall depicts a scene from the Book of Revelations. Art aficionados, get ready to cross one of your list!
Montepulciano
Piazza Grande Visit: Free Make your way to the highest point in town to the Piazza Grande, the center of day-to-day life in Montepulciano. You'll find some of the town's most impressive architecture, such as the Palazzo Comunale, and Town Hall. Climb to the tower in the Palazzo Comunale for great views of Lake Trasimeno and Val d'Orcia. Montepulciano Wine Tasting: price varies This region is known for Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (made with Sangiovese grapes), and the Montepulciano red. Step into one of the quaint wine shops on the hill to indulge in sampling or travel outside of Montepulciano through the rolling vineyards to one of the surrounding wineries, such as the legendary Avignonesi estate or Cantina Fattoria della Talosa. Enjoy strolling through the hectares of greenery, indulging in a sample of local wines, and a guided tour of the cellars. Bike Rental: 20-40 EUR per person
Bagni San Filippo
Bagni San Filippo Thermal Springs: price varies The Tuscan region is known for natural thermal springs. Take a 30-minute ride out of town to Bagni San Filippo and find yourself in a picturesque setting of calciferous formations, waterfalls, and natural pools; this scene is made more spectacular by the vivid color of the water made bright blue by the effect of the hot springs meeting the cool river water. Sit back, relax, and be healed.
Florence
Il Duomo di Firenze Visit: Free This green-pink-white marbled 13th-century basilica is one of Italy’s largest churches and its brick dome is the largest ever constructed. Ponte Vecchio Visit: Walk across this medieval bridge and look over the Arno River to feel the romance of this city. Jewelers, art dealers, and souvenir shops run the length of the bridge, featured in many master paintings. David (Galleria dell'Accademia) Visit: 22.50-26.50EUR per person Visit Michelangelo's most famous statue, 'David'. Marvel at the artistry on display in the intricately carved piece of marble. Please note that pre-booking your admission online will be 26.50EUR and booking on-site will be 22.50EUR. We highly recommend reserving your tickets in advance to avoid hours-long wait times. Medici Chapels Visit: 8EUR per person Admire the opulence of the two Medici Chapels. The Sagrestia Nuova was designed by Michelangelo and built as a mausoleum for the powerful Medici family. Pitti Palace - Palatine Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art: 17.75EUR per person Major artworks collected by the Medici dynasty displayed in sumptuous rooms in a Renaissance palace. Uffizi Gallery Visit: 20.75EUR per person Head to the Uffizi Gallery to see spectacular Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci paintings in person. National Museum of Bargello: 15.75EUR per person Explore this museum, housed in one of the earliest buildings in Florence (dating to 1255). Stroll through the corridors to learn about the history of this site and its many uses, and see the fantastic works from master artists such as Donatello and Michelangelo. Florence Food Tour: $89 USD per person, booked in advance with GEEO Uncover the treasures of Florence, savored by locals for generations, on this 4-hour walking tour through Oltarno. Experience the unique flavors and foods that make the cuisine of this region so distinct from the rest of Italy. Famous for being the birthplace of the Renaissance and home to Michelangelo’s famous statue of David, Florence is a city rich with culture, history, and of course, some of the tastiest Tuscan food in the region. Wander the streets and soak up the bohemian vibe as you stop to sample wine and salami. There is even the chance to get hands-on as you learn how to make Italian cantucci (cookies).
Siena
Chianti Wine Tasting (20EUR per person): Learn about more the production of Chianti and sample a few kinds of this wine. Salute! Il Campo Visit: Free Visit the Piazza del Campo, the main public square in the center of Siena. One of the best examples of medieval European squares, the architecture of this area is striking. The Torre del Mangia is in the center of the shell-shaped piazza and is worth climbing for the beautiful views it affords. Twice a year, the tiny square is transformed by the ancient Palio horse race. Duomo di Siena: 4EUR per person The Duomo of Siena is one of the most stunning cathedrals in Italy. The green and white marble running around the sides is highlighted by red marble in front, and detailed carvings adorn the entire structure. Originally built between 1215 and 1263, this ancient edifice is a must-see. Torre del Mangia Visit: 8EUR per person Torre del Mangia stands tall in the center of the famous Piazza del Campo. Visit this medieval building and climb the tower for fantastic views over the Tuscan countryside.
Como
Funicular Ride (3-6EUR per person): Enjoy a funicular ride from Como town to the hilltop village of Brunate. In operation since 1894, the historic lift is the best way to get a bird's eye view of the stunning region. Como Cathedral (Free): Head to the piazza in the historic part of the city to pay a visit to one of the most stunning sites in Como. With its ornate and unique architecture, you won't be able to miss it.
Venice
Piazza San Marco Visit: Free Enter the picture-perfect Piazza San Marco from one of the many winding alleyways and stare in awe at the grandeur. With the massive, ornate basilica standing tall at one end, pigeons gathering and flying around, and violinists playing a Vivaldi tune at a café table — this is Venice. Wander the square and people watch or duck inside the glittering basilica for more Venetian inspiration. Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale) Visit: 17EUR per person Visit this former palace, rebuilt and restored numerous times, and admire the Gothic Venetian architecture. Once the seat of the government, the Palazzo Ducale is now a grand museum. Enjoy the stellar artwork, ornate chambers, and courtyards. Gondola Ride: 80EUR per group Sit back and enjoy a different point of view as you glide through the historic canals of Venice on a gondola. Murano and Burano Islands Visit: 20EUR per person Take a quick trip across the lagoon and experience Venice’s artisanal roots. Explore the island of Murano, famous for its skilled glassblowers, and walk along the colorful streets of Burano, known for a centuries-old tradition of lacemaking. Campanile San Marco Lookout: 8EUR per person Climb to the top of the Campanile - Venice's tallest building - to take in a great bird's eye view of the cityscape and lagoon. Scuola Grande di San Rocco: 10EUR per person Noted for its collection of more than 60 paintings by Italian master Tintoretto, Scuola Grande di San Rocco is the last remaining "scuole" or confraternity dedicated to charitable works. The Upper Hall, which contains Tintoretto's ceiling masterpiece, allows visitors a peek into opulent Venetian court life. Guggenheim Museum Visit: 15EUR per person While walking down the Grand Canal, stop into this museum to see its extensive modern art collection. Gallerie dell'Accademia: 12EUR per person Featuring works from famed artists including Bellini, Tintoretto, and Veronese, there is no better place to delve into the history of Venetian art.