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Great Italian Cities

Great Italian Cities

  • Destination: Florence, Rome, Venice
  • Duration: 11 days
  • Runs On: Thursday
  • Price: $3425

Your glorious exploration of the great Italian cities takes you from the Papal magnificence of Rome to the Renaissance splendors of Florence and Pisa, the beauty of Assisi and the romantic waterways of Venice. Three nights in every city. Skip-the-line VIP tour access. Perfect for singles, couples, first time travelers to Italy and groups. Local Expert in Rome, Assisi, Florence, Bologna and Venice.

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2014 Italy Tour 

  • Local Expert in Rome, Assisi, Florence, Bologna and Venice.
  • You will be welcomed by the owners of a magnificent castle in the Tuscan hills and taken on a tour of the castle and the cellars.
  • Enjoy a memorable dinner in the Great Hall or Castle gardens and taste some delicious Chiantis.
  • In Venice, enjoy a walking tour with a Local Expert of ‘Secret Venice’ and the Rialto food market. Then take a cruise along the Grand Canal.
  • Follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and da Vinci when visiting the Vatican Museums. Ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante, in a part of the Vatican not open to the public.
  • Visit St. Francis Basilica, St. Peter’s Basilica, the amazing Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and the Roman Colosseum.
  • Cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square.
  • View Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Byzantine St. Mark’s Basilica and the Roman Forum.
  • 9 hot buffet breakfasts
  • 4 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, three course dinner with wine and Farewell Dinner).
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.

2014 Italy Tour

Day 1

Depart USA – Thursday

Overnight flight to Rome. International airfare from the United States to Rome, Italy is not included. 

Day 2

Arrive in Rome, Italy – Friday

Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! Relax after your journey or explore this fascinating city on your own. Later, meet your companions, and our Travel Director for a Welcome Reception. It’s the perfect opportunity to get to know everyone! An orientation drive will take you to view St. Peter’s Basilica – the perfect start to your Italian holiday!

Meals: Welcome reception includes light snacks and welcome drinks with our Travel Director in Rome.

Hotel: Grand Palatino

Day 3

An Introduction to Rome – Saturday

Join our local Guide at the Vatican Museum. Experience a Unique Insight in the Vatican when you ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante. Admire Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and then visit St. Peter’s Basilica to see his famous Pietà. Later, see the Forum, centre of daily life in ancient Rome and visit the impressive Colosseum, the largest in the Roman Empire. See the Circus Maximus where Ben Hur-style chariot racing took place. Spend free time discovering more of the city or relax at a pavement café and watch the world go by.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast

Day 4

Explore Rome on your own – Sunday

Spend today as you please. Our Travel Director will be able to help you get the most from your day at leisure. Alternatively, consider joining an excursion to the renowned excavations at Pompeii, close to the Bay of Naples.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast

Day 5

Rome to Assisi to Florence – Monday

Drive north to the mystical town of Assisi on the slopes of Mount Subasio. Your Local Guide shows you all the sights. Visit St. Francis’ Basilica and see Giotto’s enchanting frescoes. Visit the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli, which stands on the site where St. Francis died. Arrive later in Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance.

Note: Labor Day, US Holiday

Meals: Buffet Breakfast

Hotel: Ambasciatori

Day 6

Explore Florence, Italy – Tuesday

Learn about Florence’s rich cultural history during your sightseeing tour with your Local Guide. See Piazza Signoria, with its impressive sculptures and imposing palazzi, and the multi-colored marble Duomo and Baptistery, famous for its bronze doors with relief sculptures. View the Ponte Vecchio, one of the city’s most famous landmarks.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast

Day 7

Florence with an Excursion to Pisa – Wednesday

Cross the Arno Valley to Pisa, a former maritime city on the Ligurian Sea. In the Square of Miracles, home to some of the city’s most famous sights, see the incredible Leaning Tower and the beautifully sculpted marble Cathedral. See the Baptistery and the cemetery, built on soil brought from Calvary in the Holy Land. Spend free time shopping for souvenirs in Florence, renowned for high quality leather and 18-carat gold jewelry.

This evening, travel to a Tuscan wine and olive oil estate for a special Be My Guest Dinner in a historic castle. You will be welcomed by the owners of a magnificent castle in the Tuscan hills and taken on a tour of the castle and the cellars – once used as the dungeons! Enjoy a memorable dinner in the Great Hall or Castle gardens and taste some delicious Chiantis.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast and Special Be My Guest Dinner

Day 8

Florence – Bologna – Venice – Thursday

Travel through the Apennines to Bologna, home to one of the oldest universities in Europe and famous for sausages and salamis! Your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide includes views of the Kissing Towers, which lean towards each other, seemingly poised to embrace. Later, cross the Veneto plains to Venice. This Byzantine city, constructed in a lagoon, has an incredibly rich cultural and artistic heritage. This evening, you might like to take a gondola ride along enchanting canals – it’s the perfect introduction to this magical city! Dine tonight at your hotel.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast and Dinner

Hotel: Boscoli Bellini

Day 9

Venice Canal Cruise – Friday

Savor the unique sights of Venice as you cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square. See the Bridge of Sighs, Palladian Churches, Customs House, Grand Canal, St Mark’s Basilica and the ornate Doge’s Palace. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialties at a glass-blowing workshop on Giudecca island. Free time is an opportunity to visit the Fine Arts Academy, simply relax at a café on St. Mark’s Square or consider a boat trip to the Island of Burano for a delicious seafood lunch.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast

Day 10

Secret Venice Walking Tour & Market – Saturday

Enjoy a boat trip along the Grand Canal to the Rialto Bridge to join your Small Group Sightseeing walking tour of the colorful, centuries-old fish market and narrow ‘calle’ or streets. See the beautiful architecture, including Marco Polo’s house. For the rest of the day you are free to visit the sights of your choice. Celebrate this evening with your fellow travelers at a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast and Farewell Dinner with Wine

Day 11

Depart Venice to the USA – Sunday

Say ‘arrivederci’ to Italy and your new found friends at the end of your memorable Italian vacation! Transfers are available. Conditions apply. International airfare from Venice, Italy to the United States is not included.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast

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