Exploring on a Budget:
Tour of Italy
Italy has always drawn those who love beauty and culture. The villages, cities, and countryside you visit on this tour will help you see why Italy is so beloved.
Cars, Train, Boat
Holiday Parks / 3-Star Hotels
DAY 1: TRAVEL DAY
Begin your travels by meeting the group at the Salt Lake International Airport. We will travel overnight, arriving in Milan the following day.
DAY 2: ARRIVAL IN ITALY
After arriving at the Milan airport, we will travel to our accommodations near 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! Overnight at Lake Garda.
DAY 3: VENICE
We will travel by train from Verona to Venice. Cruise the Grand Canal, stroll through St. Mark’s basilica, visit the shops and wander the alleyways and canals of Venice. Be sure to admire the Murano glassware and the ever-present gondolas as you enjoy this unique and unforgettable city. Overnight at Lake Garda.
DAY 4: VERONA
Famous as 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 Roman amphitheater, a traditional Italian castle, a clock tower providing an incredible aerial view, churches, markets, shops and more. Overnight at Lake Garda.
DAY 5: TORRECHIARA AND CINQUE TERRE
Travel across the scenic Italian countryside from northern Italy to the Mediterranean coast for a relaxing visit to the picturesque villages that make up Cinque Terre. On the way south, we will stop at the Castle of Torrechiara, which sits atop a terraced hilltop overlooking a lush valley. Overnight in Cinque Terre.
DAY 6: CINQUE TERRE
Cinque Terre is composed of 5 seaside villages. In each of these centuries-old places, colorful houses and vineyards cling to steep terraces, harbors are filled with fishing boats and trattorias turn out seafood specialties along with the region’s famous sauce, pesto. Overnight in Cinque Terre.
DAY 7: PISA AND TUSCAN COUNTRYSIDE
Continue our tour of Italy by traveling south to Pisa, where you can climb its fabled 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! Overnight near Florence.
DAY 8: FLORENCE
With too much to see in Florence to pack into a single day, we will spread our visit over two days. First, we will explore the Medici Chapel, with its stunning marble interior and collection of reliquaries. We will also visit Santa Croce church and view the city from Piazzale Michelangelo. Overnight near Florence.
DAY 9: FLORENCE
Continuing our tour of Florence, we will take in the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, also known as Il Duomo, its corresponding bell tower (campanile), and ornately painted baptistery. Consider climbing the Duomo cupola for an awe-inspiring experience. Overnight near Florence.
DAY 10: SIENA
Heading south towards Rome, we will visit beautiful Siena. Siena is a bustling town surrounding a clam-shaped central piazza known as Il Campo. It is adorned with a striking clock tower that the adventurous can climb to look out over the piazza and city. Overnight in Montepulciano.
DAY 11: CIVITA
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 for over 2500 years. We will spend a few hours exploring here before making our final journey south. Overnight near Rome.
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. Overnight near Rome.
DAY 13: ANCIENT ROME
Our final day of visiting Italy 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, and the Altar of the Fatherland. There will be time for souvenir shopping and packing for the return flight. Overnight near Rome.
DAY 14: RETURN HOME
Travel back to Salt Lake City from the Rome. 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.
Reservations have been made in 3 holiday parks (Lake Garda, Florence, and Rome) and 2 hotels (Cinque Terre, Montepulciano). Holiday Park stays will be in 3 bedroom, 2 bath double wide caravans. Pictures, floor plans and video of the caravans can be found here.
Each caravan has a full kitchen, living room area and private decking with table and chairs. Food for breakfast will be purchased at grocery stores and can be prepared in the fully equipped caravan.
For those who choose the quad occupancy price option, 4 individuals will share each caravan. For those who choose the double occupancy price option, 2 individuals will share each caravan.
Tour Pricing & Payment Schedule
The Exploring on a Budget: Tour of Italy scheduled for May 2022 will be $2,800 per person for quad occupancy and $4,000 per person for double occupancy. The following payment schedule applies, per person:
For Quad Occupancy (per person):
- Initial deposit of $800 reserves spot
- Payment of $500 due on Sept 15th, 2021
- Payment of $500 due on Dec 15th, 2021
- Payment of $500 due on Feb 15th, 2022
- Final payment of $500 due on Apr 15th, 2022
For Double Occupancy (per person):
- Initial deposit of $800 reserves spot
- Payment of $800 due on Sept 15th, 2021
- Payment of $800 due on Dec 15th, 2021
- Payment of $800 due on Feb 15th, 2022
- Final payment of $800 due on Apr 15th, 2022
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 quad- or double-occupancy in caravans, and 3-star hotels
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.