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Best of Italy - 13 day(s), Europe, Italy

Overview

The essence of ‘la dolce vita' is explored through the cuisine, art and landscapes of Italy, from its iconic cities and turquoise lakes to its balmy southern shores. Visit ancient Rome, Pompeii, the Isle of Capri, Sorrento, Assisi, Venice, Verona, Milan, Siena, Pisa, and Florence.

What’s Included

  • Professional Tour Director
  • 19 Meals (12 breakfasts, 7 dinners)
  • Travel by luxury motorcoach
  • First Class hotel accommodations
  • All hotel service charges, and tips, baggage handling fees, restaurant gratuities, and local taxes 

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4/19/15
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Itinerary

Day 1 – Rome
Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! Spend the rest of your day relaxing or take a leisurely stroll around the city. Join your companions and your Tour Director later for a Welcome Reception. Then enjoy an orientation drive to see St. Peter's Basilica and other sights - a great introduction to this beautiful city. Meal: Welcome Reception
Day 2 – Rome sightseeing and free time
Your included sightseeing tour with a local expert begins at the Vatican Museums. Experience a cultural 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. Your tour continues in ancient Rome. View the Forum and see the Circus Maximus, where chariot races were held. Visit the impressive Colosseum. There's time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by. Meal: (B)
Day 3 – Rome - Monte Cassino - Pompeii - Sorrento
Visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery near Monte Cassino. A local expert tells you all about the devastation caused by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79 during your walking tour of Pompeii. Arrive later at your hotel in Sorrento where you dine tonight. Meals: (B, D)
Day 4 – Isle of Capri
Witness the intricate art of inlaid woodwork, a cultural insight for which Sorrento is famous. Later, embark on an included excursion by ferry to the Isle of Capri. Visit Capri Town and other sights during your tour with a local expert. Spend time exploring this lovely island on your own. Perhaps consider visiting the villa of the Swedish doctor, Axel Munthe. Meal: (B)
Day 5 – Sorrento - Assisi
Assisi is a mystical town perched on the slopes of Mount Subasio overlooking the peaceful Umbrian landscape. Under the protection of St. Francis this city is still enclosed by medieval ramparts. Your local expert takes you on a walking tour, which includes a visit to the Basilica of St. Francis, famous for its frescoes depicting the life of this much-loved saint. Spend time afterwards exploring on your own and shopping for souvenirs. Dine at your hotel this evening. Meals: (B, D)
Day 6 – Assisi - Venice
Today, enjoy the glorious countryside and historic architecture of the Emilia Romagna region. The area is also renowned for its cuisine such as Tortellini, Mortadella and Parmesan cheese, which you could sample during your lunch stop. Arrive later in Venice, Queen of the Adriatic. Meals: (B, D)
Day 7 – Venice
Your cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square is magical! View the Bridge of Sighs, the beautiful Doge's Palace and the Basilica. Gain insight into the ancient art of glassblowing at a traditional workshop on Giudecca Island. Spend free time seeing the sights of your choice. You might like to cruise across the lagoon to the Island of Burano and enjoy a delicious seafood meal. Meal: (B)
Day 8 – Verona - Milan - Lake Maggiore
This morning travel to Verona, the home of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, to admire the Roman arena and Juliet's balcony. Cross the plains of Lombardy to Milan for a walking tour of this fashionable city with your local expert. See the Duomo, La Scala Opera house and the famous Galleria. Dine tonight at your hotel. Meals: (B, D)
Day 9 – Lake Como
Travel to the beautiful Lake Como with free time to explore or simply soak up the scenery. This evening, take a private boat to an island on Lake Maggiore for a special dinner experience. Meals: (B, D)
Day 10 – Pisa - Florence
Cross the Plains of Lombardy, the forested Apennine Mountains, and pass by Genoa to Pisa. View the extraordinary Leaning Tower before arriving in Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Tonight, you might like to sample some local Tuscan cuisine. Meals: (B)
Day 11 – Florence
Your local expert brings the city's rich history to life during your walking tour. View the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio and visit Piazza della Signoria. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo. Spend free time exploring or shop for high quality leather and gold. Meal: (B)
Day 12 – Siena - Rome
Set in scenic Tuscan countryside, visit the medieval town of Siena, famous for its exciting Palio horse race. This evening in Rome, join your Tour Director and new friends for a Farewell Dinner. Meals: (B, D)
Day 13 – Rome - Tour ends
Say 'arrivederci Roma' at the end of your memorable vacation in Italy. Transfers are available to Rome Fiumicino Airport. Conditions apply. Meal: (B)

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Tour Code:
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