Cox & Kings offers a selection of luxury group tours to Italy which allow you to travel with peace of mind and in the company of a guide and a small group of like-minded travellers, allowing you to get the most out of your trip.
Cox & Kings offers more than just general interest tours. With its foodie delights and top notch wines, where better than Italy to go on a culinary tour? And, indeed, where better to go on an art tour? Italy offers outstanding art, architecture and archaeological sites in abundance.
If all this is sparking your interest but you’re a Solo traveller and sceptical of single supplements and a small pokey room, make sure to take a look at the Solo traveller tours, designed specifically to avoid such problems.
Picturesque Lake Maggiore, just south of
the Alps, is a relaxing holiday destination
with a temperate climate, pristine
mountain views and splendid villas
dotted around the lake. This well-paced
6-day itinerary includes a boat trip on
Lake Maggiore, a...
The Bay of Naples was once one
of the greatest centres of Roman
civilisation. The excavated remains of
Pompeii and the well-preserved ruins
of Herculaneum offer an unrivalled
glimpse into the everyday life of the
Roman elite. Combined with the...
Uncover Ravenna's glittering past with
experts Rowena Loverance or Dr Sally
Dormer. In 401AD, the city became the
capital of the western Roman empire
and mosaic-decorated churches were
built. Ravenna flourished during the
early sixth century under the...
Known as ‘the heel of Italy’, the region of
Puglia offers some of the country's most
remote coastline and countryside, dotted
with ancient sites and whitewashed
towns. The neighbouring Basilicata
region is a rustic area with both historic
Travel to the heart of Emilia-Romagna
with experts Olivia Dobell or Andrew
Spira. Home to the oldest university in
the west and world famous for its cuisine,
Bologna is one the most diverse and
overlooked cities in Italy. Graced with an
Stay in a beautiful lakeside location on
Lake Como, surrounded by panoramic
vistas and pristine waters. From here
take a boat trip on Lake Como to the
delightful town of Bellagio; travel on
the Bernina Express, a scenic narrowgauge
rail journey over th...
This tour aims to go behind the scenes
to explore some of Venice’s lesser-known
gems that lie beyond the regular tourist
trail. Much of Venice remains more or
less as it was more than 500 years ago,
with many important works of art still in
From a rich history and long-held
traditions to a remarkable artistic legacy,
picturesque landscapes and superb
cuisine, discover all aspects of this
extraordinary Italian region. Visit the
great rival Renaissance cultural cities of
The region of Emilia-Romagna has a
fascinating history and is renowned as
the producer of the best Italian cuisine,
from prosciutto, parmesan cheese and
balsamic vinegar to other specialities such
as tortellini and lasagne. Bologna is home
to the oldes...
Uncover the mysteries of the Bay of
Naples, once one of the greatest centres
of classical Roman civilisation, with
experts Dr Steve Kershaw or Stephen
Nelson. The excavated remains of
Pompeii, Boscoreale and Villa Oplontis,
entombed in ash in the...
Travelling in the footsteps of
St Francis and the painters of the early
Renaissance, explore and study the
glowing frescoes of Italy’s 14th- and
15th-century painters with experts
Lydia Bauman or Dr Nigel Spivey. From
Simone Martini, Pietro Lorenzetti,...
The Mediterranean’s largest island, Sicily,
is as culturally rich as it is beautiful. It
is home to superb Norman architecture,
vibrant Roman floor mosaics, Arabinspired
gardens, and probably the finest
Greek temples to be found anywhere in
Uncover the artistic riches of Florence
with experts Siân Walters or Gayna
Pelham. In the 15th century, Florence
was an immensely wealthy and powerful
city state, where the principal Florentine
families were able to commission great
For over 2,000 years, the obelisks of imperial Egypt, older than Rome itself, have been at the heart of the city's story. Erected by emperors as symbols of their power, they were excavated centuries later by popes, so that they could be set up again as...
Explore Rome's artistic past with experts
Dr Nigel Spivey or Olivia Dobell. When
the papacy returned to Rome in 1420,
after more than a century in exile,
Pope Martin V found the city in ruins.
Humanists, patrons and artists sought to
return Rome to its...
Occupying an important position
between Europe and North Africa, Sicily
has interested many great rulers over
the centuries. Their legacies can be
found in the treasures that they left
behind. Delve into the heart and soul
of this captivating island an...
Explore Puglia and Basilicata, situated
upon the heel of Italy, with experts Dr
Colin Bailey or Stephen Nelson. These
provinces encompass a wide stretch
of the beautiful Adriatic coastline and
offer some of Italy’s best food and
finest wines. Discover ...
Visit Sicily's fine Greek temples,
exuberant Roman floor mosaics, Arabinspired
gardens and superb Norman
architecture with experts Olivia Dobell
or Thomas Abbott. Visit the island’s
principal sites, including the Valley of
the Temples, the Palatine...
We have highlighted the standard of accommodation featured on a tour immediately above the tour itinerary.
In some cases, tours include some departures in one category and some in another: you can see and select the different tour types under ‘tour variations’. For these tours, the itinerary is generally the same and just the standard of accommodation varies. However, if there are any variations in the excursions included, these are shown within the itinerary.
Superior: Most Cox & Kings tours fall under this category and are based in 4- or 5-star accommodation, or the best available.
Luxury: These tours will usually feature 5-star de luxe accommodation throughout.
Standard: Simpler in emphasis, these itineraries typically feature 3- and 4-star accommodation throughout.
Discovery: This type of holiday is best suited to the hardier traveller, as it will typically include some quite basic accommodation, possibly longer and rougher road journeys and, in some cases, more arduous activities, such as trekking.