Description

Travel to Italy and revel in renowned attractions and exquisite sites; Doge's Palace in Venice where travelers will see the beautiful rooms decorated by 16 century artists, Piazza Della Signoria in Florence, Rome's Colosseum, plus so much more during their 9-day immersion into "la dolce vita"! Travelers will live the tapestry of sights, sounds, flavors and feelings of the true Italy on this Escorted tour. They will travel in deluxe motor-coaches and stay in well appointed, centrally located first class hotels. Enjoy Italy's renowned and savory cuisine at each lunch or dinner plus such included extras as wines, mineral water, coffee or cappuccino. With this tour to Italy you can experience vinegar tasting in Modena and a wine tasting at a castle in Umbria. But we are sure your heart and soul with delight in the unforgettable sights disseminated along the way. Piazza San Marco in Venice, Michelangelo's masterpiece of the David at the Accademia in Florence and the ceiling frescoed by the artist in the Sistine Chapel in Rome, the grandeur of St. Peter's Square in the Vatican city, St. Francis' town of Assisi, a Unesco World Heritage Site. Even though the included city tours will show the "essential" sights of each city, there will be unlimited art, monuments, landmarks to be discovered and side walk cafes, trattorias and places to mingle with Venetians, Florentines and Romans to enjoy the leisurely way life is lived in Italy.


Itinerary

Day 1 - MON I VENICE

Morning arrival into Venice’s Marco Polo Airport. Here you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel in Venice. The balance of the day is at leisure. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner at a popular restaurant. (D)

Day 2 - TUE I VENICE

Your morning tour of Venice is on foot and will highlight the Basilica of St. Mark and the Doge’s Palace, the Bridge of Sighs and Piombi Prison. Afternoon is at leisure with enough time for more sightseeing, shopping or relaxation. (B)

Day 3 - WED I VENICE I PADUA I MODENA I FLORENCE

This morning depart Venice and stop in Padua to visit the Basilica of St. Anthony and its art, including the large bronze works of Donatello. Continue your scenic drive to Modena where you’ll be treated to a special balsamic vinegar tasting session plus lunch, featuring local specialties and Lambrusco wine. After lunch continue to Florence, the home of Michelangelo. (B, L)

Day 4 - THU I FLORENCE

Your morning tour takes you to Michelangelo Square for a panoramic view of the city. Then visit: the Accademia to see Michelangelo’s original “David” statue, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistery with its “Gates of Paradise” doors, Signoria Square and Santa Croce Church. enjoy your afternoon to explore the treasures of Florence on your own or embark on an optional tour to Pisa featuring a dinner at an authentic farmhouse and winery in the enchanting Tuscan countryside. (

Day 5 - FRI | FLORENCE | SIENA | SAN GIMIGNANO | FLORENCE

After breakfast today, head-out for a day of discovery to Siena and San Gimignano. medieval Siena, known for its famed Palio horse races and expansive central il Campo plaza, awaits your exploration. Visit Siena’s Duomo, considered to be one of the finest Gothic cathedrals in Italy. in San Gimignano, stroll the old world center and take in the fascinating architecture and towers that offer amazing views of the city and the surrounding valley. Tonight we will share in a delicious dinner at an acclaimed local restaurant near your Florence hotel. (B,D)

Day 6 - SAT I FLORENCE I MAGIONE I ASSISI I ROME

Morning departure for Rome. Drive through the serene Tuscan and Umbrian countryside, passing by the shores of Lake Trasimeno with a stop at the Magione Castle, presently the private residence of the Prince and Grand Master of Sovereign Military Order of Knights of Malta. Here a wine expert will lecture on the vinification process that takes place at the castle, followed by a delicious tasting of the varieties of wines produced at the castle and a light lunch. Continue to Assisi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and enjoy your guided tour of St. Francis Basilica. Arrive in Rome in the late afternoon. (B, L)

Day 7 - SUN I ROME

Rome is filled with monuments, fountains, antiquities and other sites worth exploring. Use this free day to discover, on your own, all the Eternal City has to offer. Take an optional tour or discover why Roman trattorias are famous for their fine cuisine. (B)

Day 8 - MON I ROME

This morning experience a very special privately guided tour of the priceless collection of art and treasures in the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museum. Then proceed to the Piazza Venezia and Roman Forum, with a stop at the Colosseum – a testament to the greatness of Rome’s past. Continue your full day tour by viewing the Arch of Constantine, Circus Maximus, the Great Synagogue, Isola Tiberina and Castel Sant’Angelo. Tonight bid arrivederci to Rome at a special dinner with wine in a lovely Roman restaurant. (B, D)

Day 9 - TUE I ROME TO USA (OR EXTEND YOUR STAY)

Morning transfer to airport for your return flight home. (B)

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Includes

  • First class hotel accommodation for 8 nights
  • 13 included meals consisting of:
    - 8 buffet breakfasts
    - 3 gourmet dinners with mini a-la-carte menu at local restaurants
    - 1 gourmet lunch with mini a-la-carte menu at local restaurant
    - 1 light lunch at magione Castle
  • Wine, mineral water and coffee or cappuccino served with meals at hotels and restaurants
  • Touring by private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach
  • Assistance of a professional tour director for the entire length of the tour
  • Complete program of sightseeing tours and excursions with entrance fees
    - Walking tour of Venice, including Doge’s Palace
    - Balsamic vinegar tasting in modena
    - Visit of St. Anthony’s Basilica in Padua
    - Walking tour of florence, including the Accademia
    - Excursion Siena and San Gimignano
    - Wine tasting at magione Castle
    - Tour of Assisi and visit of St. francis Basilica
    - Tour of rome, including the Vatican museums, Sistine Chapel, and the Colosseum
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers (see restrictions on page 82)
  • Baggage handling
  • Document holder and luggage tags
  • Personalized audio system to hear your guide from a distance
  • Hotel taxes and service charges
  • City tax

Excludes

    • Airfare, Airport taxes & Fuel Surcharges 
    • Visa upon arrival (and upon re-entry) if required 
    • Tips and Personal items 
    • Travel Insurance 
    • Optional Tours

Notes

    PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • Marvel at the magic of Venice from the Bridge of Sighs and Doge’s Palace to St. Mark’s Square
  • Sample local favorites of Lambrusco wines and balsamic vinegar with lunch in Modena
  • Explore the Renaissance city of Florence and the medieval towns of Siena and San Gimignano
  • Enjoy a private wine tasting experience at Magione Castle
  • Tour amazing Assisi and visit the Basilica of Saint Francis
  • Delve into Rome from the Roman Forum and the iconic Colosseum to the Eternal City’s piazzas and trattorias

Departures & Rates

Single Supplement: $754
Reduction for third person sharing twin-bedded room: $90
(*) Price is per person based on double occupancy.
Rates for additional nights at first and last city are available.

International air will be provided based upon your requested dates .
Best Price starting at $ 2116 (Based on per person in Double Occupancy)

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