A touring holiday to Italy is a desirable and enriching experience, allowing you to experience the diversity of the countryside, landscapes and horizons that this country has to offer. Whether you wish to fly into Italy and then explore by hire-car, travel between destinations by train, or even drive all the way to Italy, we can tailor-made the perfect touring holiday for you. Discover dramatic coastline, peaceful countryside, magnificent islands and fascinating cities. Browse our suggested touring itineraries which can all be modified according to your requirements, click here to download a pdf with information about some of our suggested Italian touring holidays or call us so that we can create a bespoke touring holiday just for you. You have the freedom to choose where you would like to travel and how long you would like to stay in each place - please contact us for advice and ideas. All the hotels that we feature in mainland Italy can be reached by car or by train from the UK after stopovers in France or Switzerland. Alternatively, if you are looking for a single-centre holiday where you arrive by plane then collect a hire-car, click here to find out more about the full range of destinations that we offer.Travel arrangementsWe will tailor-make your touring holiday to suit your requirements, including the modes of transport that are most appropriate for you. The travel options we provide reflect the diversity of the range of holidays to Italy we are offering. Certain means of travel are more appropriate to certain destinations and the travel option you choose may depend upon where you’re travelling from in the UK. We can offer you:• Fly-drive holidays which include flights and a hire-car in Italy,• Self-drive holidays which include a channel crossing,• Rail holidays which include travel on the Eurostar and then all trains to and within Italy,• Rail-drive holidays that include train travel to Italy with the use of a hire-car. Browse our suggested touring itineraries to find inspiration.Touring holiday destinationsDiscover the true flavour of Italy, combining stays in different regions to get the most out of your holiday. Although popular regions such as Tuscany, the Amalfi Coast and the Italian Lakes are immensely satisfying to visit, Italy also possesses a wealth of country, coast and island destinations that are not quite as well known. From Piemonte and Veneto in the north, to Umbria in the centre and Puglia in the south, there are many stunning off-the-beaten-track destinations to discover. Take time to explore these regions by car, travelling at your own pace as you travel between charming and characterful hotels.
Italian Expressions organises tailor-made touring holidays that allow you to discover the true flavour of Italy, staying in as many destinations as you like for as long as you like.Your touring holiday can be as simple or as complex as you wish – you can choose to follow one of the sample itineraries which we have created, you can modify one of these itineraries according to your requirements, or you can allow us to develop a whole new itinerary based on your preferences. We will use our expertise to create a bespoke touring holiday just for you, offering advice to ensure that everything runs smoothly. As we work with a huge selection of hotels throughout Italy, you have the freedom to choose where you want to stay and how long for. Don’t forget that we also offer a great range of hotels throughout France, many of which are ideal as overnight stops en route to Italy. We also provide directions to each hotel that you are visiting during your touring holiday, as well as our own suggestions for sightseeing and local visits.Our HotelsEach of the luxury hotels that are featured by Expressions Holidays has been personally selected to offer you high standards of comfort, service and cuisine. Our hotels are renowned for their charm and character, whilst others provide rest and relaxation amid an atmosphere of luxury and style.Holidays by airTravelling to Italy by air is the most obvious and popular way to travel. With regular scheduled flights from London and other regional airports on a daily basis to major Italian cities and a flying time of about two hours, this is a quick and easy way to start your holiday. Charter flights from UK regional airports offer convenient alternatives albeit without the frequency.Our holidays are based on scheduled flights with British Airways. This allow s our clients to choose the departure date and holiday duration, with the possibility of a premium cabin such as Club Europe. Wherever these scheduled airlines fly from and to, we can offer you their services. If there is no direct flight from your local airport, we offer a connecting flight with British Airways at a small supplement. We can also include flights with no-frills airlines or charter flights if this is more convenient. A popular option for touring holidays is to fly into one airport and back from another. Hire-car: A hire-car is essential for many, but not all, of our hotels in Italy. We include a hire-car for most holidays as this is actually a very cost-effective means of getting from the airport to your hotel and back and also provides the means to explore the area during the course of your. If you are combining a stay in a city with another region (for example, Venice and the Veneto), we would arrange for you to collect your hire-car at the end of the stay in Venice, have the use of it for your stay in the Veneto and then return it to the airport at the end of your holiday. It is also possible to collect a hire-car in one place and return it to another at no additional cost with the vast majority of car types. We include a basic group A car with Avis with all our fly-drive holidays to Italy. This is usually a Peugeot 107 or similar with air-conditioning which is adequate for just two people, a short break or if you don’t intend to do much driving. However, you might want to upgrade to something larger or more powerful. Find out more about our fly-drive touring holidays in Italy.Domestic flights: If you want to combine two different regions in Italy, it can be most appropriate to fly in between. For example, to combine the Lakes with the Amalfi Coast, it makes most sense to fly from Milan to Naples. We are skilled at making these arrangements for clients, so please ask us for advice.Boats and hydrofoils: For visiting Capri, Ischia and the Aeolian Islands you will need to travel by boat or hydrofoil. In some cases transfers can be pre-arranged or else they are booked locally. We will advise you.Holidays by railRail travel to Italy and within Italy is an increasingly popular option. You can travel to Paris by Eurostar and then take the overnight sleeper to Venice and stops in between or you can overnight in Switzerland and enjoy a scenic journey over the Alps to Italy. Many clients now combine stays in various Italian cities, travelling by train in between. For a special occasion or for a leisurely, nostalgic rail journey, we offer the Venice-Simplon-Orient Express. Find out more about rail holidays to Italy, or find out more about our rail-drive holidays to Italy which include the use of a hire-car.Holidays by carEnjoy the freedom of the open road and the excitement of feeling the landscape of Europe change as you head south by taking your own car all the way to Italy. We offer you the choice of a crossing with P&O Ferries or by Eurotunnel. We can book overnight stops for you at the hotels we work with in France or you can make the arrangements yourself. Find out more about our self-drive touring holidays in Italy.
Italian Expressions is an independent specialist tour operator which was established in 1989 and offers tailor-made holidays to Italy, providing personal service with a professional approach. We pride ourselves on interpreting your demands and requirements to provide you with the holiday that you want, ensuring a successful match between client and holiday.Personal and professional serviceWe personally know the majority of the hotels that we feature, and we put together our holidays with our clients in mind. Contact with Italian Expressions means contact with the people who know the holidays, who will share their knowledge and experience with you – our team of Italian travel consultants know the country, culture and language very well, and operate a concierge service that helps you to explore every aspect of special interest or activity that fits with your holiday. All aspects of your holiday are personalised, from the itinerary to your holiday confirmation and documentation which provides you with information that is relevant to you. From the point of initial contact with us, you will deal with the same sales consultant, who will handle all aspects of your booking and ticketing. We approach your holiday in a way that offers you the arrangements you want, not to slot you in to pre-existing arrangements. This might mean juggling dates, securing the last available room at a hotel or tailoring a complex itinerary involving numerous components. Your holiday is as individually fashioned and tailor-made as you want it to be.How we price your holidayAll prices mentioned on our website and in our brochure are simply guides, as there are many variations that might affect the price including exchange rates, flight costs and special offers. To find out exact prices for the holiday that you are interested in, contact us for a tailor-made quotation.All our holiday arrangements have been designed to afford you maximum flexibility and freedom of choice. We include travel arrangements, whether it be flight, ferry or tunnel crossing or rail travel as well as many nights' hotel accommodation as you want, in as many different places.Our Price GuaranteeWe guarantee that once you have made a firm booking with a deposit payment, there will be no increases in the price of your holiday due to currency movements. If, for any reason, there have been changes in the price of the holiday you want, you will be advised at the time of booking.Full Financial ProtectionFull financial protection is offered when you book a holiday with us. Our air holidays are ATOL protected, and we are a member of the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited to protect non-flight packages. We are also members of ABTA and AITO (the Association of Independent Tour Operators), an organisation of some of Britain’s best specialist tour operators.
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