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LIST: UK TOUR OPERATORS TO ITALY

These are UK-based tour operators and specialist travel agencies featuring holidays, tours and travel in Italy.
Abercrombie & Kent 020 7730 9600 Upmarket tailormade holidays
ATG Oxford 01865 315 678 The Alternative Travel Group have been working their home town, Oxford, into their brand name recently and now with the re-launch of their website, they've become simply 'ATG Oxford'. What they do has remained the same as when they started back in 1979: walking tours, cycling tours and special interest tours, for independent travellers or escorted groups. Italy is the cornerstone of their programme with a huge range of cycle tours and guided & independent walks throughout the country with many of them focused on historical or cultural themes.
Back-Roads Touring Co 020 8987 0990 Fully-escorted, small group, scheduled and customised tours by mini-coach.
Bellini Travel 020 7437 8553 A specialist Italy travel portal/agency selling components & advice. They also have an 'arts & heritage' brand, Fine Art Travel.
Boxwood Tours 01341 241717 Horticultural holidays visiting private & historic gardens in Italy.
Bridgewater Travel 0161 787 8587 Villas, farmhouses, castles, hotels & apartments mainly in Tuscany
Citalia Holidays 0843 249 8139 Citalia have been around a bit - 89 years actually (2016)- and Italy is their patch! They have a huge programme of hotels, s/c villas and tours throughout Italy.
Classic Collection 01903 823088 Glamorous 5/4-star hotels in Sorrento & the Amalfi Coast.
Colletts Mountain Holidays 01763 289660 Summertime (and winter) mountain activities in the Italian Dolomites.
Cottages to Castles 01622 775217 Cottages to castles in Veneto, Tuscany, Umbria, Lazio, Sicily and the Neapolitan Riviera
Cresta Holidays 0871 895 0075 Short breaks specialists staying in hotels in cities and towns all over Itay. Part of the Thomas Cook group.
Crusader Travel 020 8744 0474 Villas, apartments and country hotels in Umbria & Sicily. They also have properties on Sicily's neighbouring islands (Ustica & Pantelleria) and offer scuba diving opportunities. (Crusader are also dive specialist operators in the Red Sea).
Design Holidays 0870 727 3755 Holidays in resort hotels and villas on Sardinia.
Essential Italy 01223 460100 A small villa agency run by a brother & sister team offering hand-picked villas, apartments and hotels in Tuscany, Umbria, Sardinia, Puglia, Sicily and the Amalfi regions of Italy, with an emphasis on customer service before, during and after a holiday.
Expert to Italy 0207 5203100 Tailor made holidays all over Italy. Much coverage in national newspapers. Part of Lai Travel.
Expressions 01752 878075 Short breaks and longer holidays in a range of grand hotels, boutique hotels, castles & country-house hotels throughout Italy.
Exsus Travel 020 7292 5050 Luxury tailormade holidays in top hotels in Sicily, Venice, Florence and the Amalfi Coast.
Ferrari Tours 0808 234 6830 Ferrari Tours design and operate exclusive, tailor-made supercar tours for individuals and private groups to Italy.
Headwater Holidays 01606 369702 Cycling, walking and cookery holidays in Tuscany & Umbria.
Hedonistic Hiking 0845 6801948 Owner-operated company offering fully-inclusive gourmet walking holidays and tailor made tours in Italy. Boutique accommodation with a focus on delicious food and fine wines.
Home in Italy 020 7404 4911 A selection of exlusive elegant private villas, cottages, farmhouses, apartments and other properties in regions all over Italy. Also cooking holidays and weddings.
Ilios Travel 0845 675 2601 Villas and farmhouses with private pools in rural locations in Umbria, Tuscany, Le Marche, Lazio and Abruzzo. Sardinia, the Islands and Sicily, as well as some exclusive country house hotels and city apartments.
Invitation to Tuscany 0121 429 5016 Property rental in Tuscany
Italian Connection, The 01424 728900 Tailor-made holiday specialists.
James Villa Holidays 0800 074 0122 Pound sign Villas in Puglia, Umbria, Tuscany, Scicily, Sardinia and the Amalfi Coast
Just Sardinia 01202 484858 Independent company launched in 2000, specialising in tailor-made and package holidays to Sardinia, based on a selection of hotels, villas, apartments and farm accommodation. They claim in-depth local knowledge of Sardinia, not least because the directors have lived and worked there since 1982.
Kirker Holidays 020 7593 2283 Luxury short breaks specialist offering characterful, privately-owned hotels in Italy. What started in 1986 as a small programme of three cities – Venice, Florence and Rome – now includes some 40 towns and cities and over 90 relaxing rural and coastal hotels.
Kudu Travel 01722 716167 Kudu operate a number of guided 'cultural' tours to Italy focusing on the arts, food, wine and chocolate!.
La Bella Toscana 01986 892333 Specialise in villas, farmhouses & apartments in medieval San Grimignano and Colle de Val d'Elsa bewteen Florence & Sienna.
Landmark Trust 01628 825925 The Landmark Trust is all about putting protected historic buildings to work as rental properties in the UK, but they do have a small number of extraordinary heritage properties for rent in Italy too.
Living Italy   Year round programme of cultural tours based in Umbria
Long Travel 01694 722193 Small specialist operator, set up by Annie Long in 1987, offering tailor-made holidays in personally selected (and rather special) hotels, villas, and farms in southern Italy, Sicily and Sardinia. Long Travel is a member of AITO
Montisi Magica 0161 904 7884 Ann Alexander creates "magical" personalised holidays in Montisi, Tuscany, with a focus on painting, cooking, wine tasting and local culture. It's worth reading the enthusiastic testimonials on the site.
Oliver's Travels 0800 133 7999 Luxury property rental brand launched Nov 2013 by Oliver Bell & Ravi Sabharwal combining 2,000 luxurious and quirky properties from the portfolios of Simply Chateau (their first brand in 2003), Simply Caribe, Simply Italy and Stately Escapes, all in one brand.
Painting in Italy 0808 118 5729 Relaxed painting holidays with expert guidance in Tuscany and Umbria.
Peter Sommer Travels 01600 888 220 Pound sign starExpert-led cultural tours by sea to the Amalfi Coast and the Aeolian Islands (Stromboli, Vulcano, Lipari, etc) using chartered gulets. Last year (2016) were named ‘Tour Operator of the Year’ by AITO, the Association of Independent Tour Operators.
Quality Villas 01442 870 055 Quality villas is a family-run business set up by Margaret Rees in 1986, specialising in luxury villas & farmhouses with private pools, in Tuscany, Umbria & Lazio.
Real Holidays 020 7359 3938 Real have a "Italian Portfolio" with its own dedicated brochure featuring holidays in a range of properties from 4-star hotels to Agriturismo apartments with pools in Umbria, Marche, Calabria, Campania, Puglia and Sicily.
Sardatur Holidays 020 7242 2455 Sardinia specialist with some lovely hotels (4/5-star) and apartments all over the island.
Sardinian Places 0845 330 2049 Personally selected apartments, villas with pools, and small hotels on Sardinia. Part of the Serenity group.
Sicilian Experience 020 7828 9171 Specialists for Sicily, Ustica and the Aeolian Islands (north of Sicily around Stromboli).
SoloSicily 020 7193 0158 Sicilian villa specialist. They also feature boutique hotels and offer weddings, car hire and other services.
Summer's Leases 0845 230 2223 Small independent villa rental specialist for Tuscany and Umbria.
Sunvil 020 8758 4722 Fly-drive and tailor-made itineraries throughout mainland Italy & Sicily.
Tastes of Italy 020 8788 2337 Gourmet breaks in Italy combining luxurious food with Italian culture, plus cookery and wine courses.
thinkSicily 020 7377 8518 Specialist operator to Sicily offering spectacular escorted walks, beautiful villas & apartments and sumptuous hotels on Sicily itself and the Aeolian islands.
To-Tuscany 020 7193 7782 Independent villa rental specialist to Tuscany
Traditional Tuscany 0700 488 7226 Farmhouses, villas & apartments in Tuscany, Umbria and the Marches.
Travel à la Carte 01635 863030 Villas & farmhouses in Tuscany
Travel Department, The 020 7099 9665 Escorted holidays with a planned itinerary and a local guide, bookable online as an "all-in" package, with departures, particularly to the Italian Lakes, from regional airports in the UK.
Travel Editions 020 7251 0045 Small company operating a programme of pre-scheduled cultural short breaks for escorted groups. There regular tours to the Tuscany, the Aeolian Islands & Sicily, and to see classical performances & events in Venice (Carnival), Verona, Milan, etc.
Travelsphere 0844 318 8132 Pound sign Direct sell operator with air, coach and rail holidays to the lakes and a range of popular cities/destinations in Italy.
Tuscan Holidays 015394 31120 Holiday homes on vinyards in Tuscany
Tuscany Now 020 7272 5469 Villas throughout Italy
Vacansoleil 0333 700 50 50 European camping & mobile home holidays with 50 campsites featured in Italy.
Venice Prestige 020 3356 9667 Exclusive upmarket private properties in Venice, Florence, Rome & Verona
Wish Sicily 020 7193 7302 Villa specialist to Sicily with an extensive portfolio of villas, cottages and apartments, on the coast and inland. Bookings are made directly with the property owner.

Notes

  • If you are looking for a quiet and contemplative break, Monastery Stays is a specialist online agency in the USA taking bookings for over 270 monasteries and convent guesthouses in Italy.

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