Exploring on a Budget:
Tour of Italy
Hit all of the highlights of Italy in this tour that mixes history with fun! Interwoven with time in cities, cathedrals and palaces are an amusement park, beach time and resort activities.
Hostels / Holiday Parks
DAY 1: TRAVEL DAY
Begin your travels by meeting the group at the Salt Lake International Airport for your international flight to Italy. The trip, which will include layovers, will begin day 1 and arrive in Italy day 2 after traveling overnight. Travel will be in Economy Basic unless traveler upgrades to different class.
DAY 2: ARRIVAL IN ITALY
After arriving at the Milan airport, you will be driven to your accommodations outside of Verona. You will be given some time to settle into your room before heading out for an afternoon of Italian treats. Be sure you save room for some gelato!
DAY 3: VENICE
Travel along the Grand Canal, stroll through St. Mark’s basilica, visit the shops and wander the alleys and canals of Venice. Be sure to admire the Murano glassware and the ever-present gondolas as you enjoy this unique and unforgettable city in elegant decay.
DAY 4: VERONA
Famous for being the setting of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”, Verona is a beautiful city surrounded by the river Adige. Within its walls you will find a 1st century Roman amphitheater, a traditional Italian castle, a clock tower providing an incredible aerial view of Verona, churches, markets, shops and more.
DAY 5: MIRABILANDIA THEME PARK
Enjoy a day at Italy’s largest theme park, which covers 40 hectares, and includes Mirabilandia Beach. For lunch, marvel at a vending machine that dispenses pizza or pasta. Enjoy the thrill-inducing Katun inverted roller coaster, the heart-stopping iSpeed launched coaster and the suspenseful Hot Wheels City Stunt Car show. For those disinclined to spend the day at a theme park, the nearby coastal beaches offer a relaxing alternative for the day.
DAY 6: RAVENNA MOSAICS
Spread out over several churches and baptisteries around Ravenna is one of the world's most dazzling collections of early Christian mosaic artwork. Ninety-five percent of the mosaics here are originals. Wandering through the unassuming town center today, you'd never imagine that for 300 years, Ravenna served as capital of the Western Roman Empire. Take an afternoon stroll along the Adriatic coast within walking distance of your accommodations.
DAY 7: TUSCANY
Spend the morning traveling across the Italian countryside from the Adriatic into Tuscany. Settle into your accommodations and then take a train into Florence. Visit the Medici Chapels in Basilica San Lorenzo and Santa Croce’s famous tombs. View the city from above at the Piazzale Michelangelo and visit Church of San Miniato al Monte nearby.
DAY 8: FLORENCE
Visit Florence’s most famous sites, including the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, also known as Il Duomo, its corresponding bell tower (campanile) and ornately-painted baptistery. The Duomo is considered one of the top cathedrals to see in Italy. Don’t miss out on the chance to climb the Duomo to get a stunning view of Florence from above. If you are really energetic, you can climb the campanile as well.
DAY 9: PISA AND TUSCAN COUNTRYSIDE
Start the day climbing the almost 300 steps to the top of the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. You will also have time to get one of those must-have pics of you “leaning” against the tower. Spend the afternoon visiting villages and vineyards in Tuscany. The scenery is stunningly beautiful, the villages are quaint and picturesque, and the food is delicious!
DAY 10: SIENA AND CIVITA
Spend the day traveling south towards Rome, taking in Siena and Civita along the way. Siena is a bustling town surrounding a clam-shaped central piazza known as Il Campo. It is adorned with a massive clock tower that the adventurous can climb in around 500 steps to look out over the piazza and city. Civita di Bagnoregio is an ancient hilltop village teetering atop a rocky crest high above a vast valley. The only way in or out is by footbridge. People have lived here since the time of the Etruscans 2500 years ago.
DAY 11: ANCIENT ROME
After traveling into Rome by train, the day will be filled with visits to all of the most famous sites of Rome, including the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, the Altar of the Fatherland and plenty more. Be sure to bring good walking shoes and lots of storage space on your camera.
DAY 12: THE VATICAN
Visit the Vatican to see the famous museums, gaze at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, stroll through St. Peter's basilica and admire the square where the Pope regularly addresses the public. Be sure to catch the sunset from the Saint Angelo bridge nearby.
DAY 13: RETURN HOME
Travel back to Salt Lake City from the Rome airport on an international, Economy basic flight with layovers. Because of the difference in time zones when traveling from Europe to the United States, you will leave Europe in the morning and return to the Salt Lake International airport the evening of the same day.
Tour Pricing & Payment Schedule
The Exploring on a Budget: Tour of Italy scheduled for Oct 2021 will be $2,000 for students under 24 and $2,600 for accompanying adults, based on quad occupancy. Minors must be accompanied by a responsible adult. The following payment schedule applies, per person:
- Initial deposit of $800 reserves spot
- Payment of $600 due on Apr 15th, 2021
- Final payment of $600 for students due on Aug 15th, 2021
For Accompanying Adults:
- Initial deposit of $800 reserves spot
- Payment of $600 due on Apr 15th, 2021
- Payment of $600 due on Jun 15th, 2021
- Final payment of $600 due on Aug 15th, 2021
If signing up after any deposit deadline, payment for any previous deposits will be due upon sign-up. Prompt payment is appreciated. Late payments are assessed a $25 late fee.
Tour Inclusions and Exclusions
Included in the tour cost:
Pre-tour information, such as what to pack and how to exchange currency
Round-trip airfare and taxes, economy class and non-refundable
Expertise of a tour guide throughout the tour
All sight-seeing and visits, as noted in the itinerary (unless otherwise specified)
All on-tour transportation, including trains, local flights, rental vehicles, and buses
One carry-on suitcase and one personal item which fits under airplane seat
All accommodations, based on quadruple-occupancy in caravan parks
Not included in the tour cost:
Expenses due to flight delays, strikes, inclement weather or other irregularities
Passport fees, visas and visa photos as required
Personal items such as souvenirs, laundry services, beverages, snacks and healthcare/personal needs
Optional excursions as indicated in the itinerary
Meals as indicated in the tour itinerary
Checked baggage fees and excess baggage charges
Seat requests and seat upgrades
Single traveler supplement
Refunds for tour services not utilized
Other items not specifically mentioned as included
Terms and Conditions
Please thoroughly review the Terms and Conditions on our website. Submitting a deposit for services constitutes a contractual agreement with Aticus Travel and represents your acceptance of the Aticus Travel, LLC Terms & Conditions.
Liability Waiver and Release Form
Please sign and return the Liability Waiver and Release Form for each tour participant. A parent or guardian must sign the form for any minor participants. A tour request is officially submitted when both the tour deposit and the Waiver and Release form are received by Aticus Travel, LLC for each tour participant.
Due to the strict cancellation policy, in order to protect your investment, and to provide you with peace of mind, we strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance. Many reputable companies exist and you can look into any of them, but here are a few recommendations to consider: Allianz Global Assistance, TravelEx, World Nomads and Travel Guard.
Packing Checklist and Tips
Please review the packing list for suggestions and tips on what to pack, how much you can take and what to leave at home.