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Great Italian Cities - 10 day(s), Europe, Italy


Floating islands, Papal splendour and Renaissance masters. Italy's greatest cities are in the spotlight on this epic discovery of Rome, Florence and Venice. You'll enjoy Insider moments like… meeting the family of Count Fulcis in their 15th century villa, where the love story ‘Room with a View' was filmed, learning about olive oil production and dining with them in their gardens.

What’s Included

  • Professional Tour Director
  • 13 meals (9 breakfasts, 4 dinners)
  • Travel by luxury motorcoach
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees, restaurant gratuities, and local taxes included
  • VIP entry to many sights

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Day 1 – Rome
Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! Relax after your journey or explore this fascinating city on your own. Later, meet your companions and Tour 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 - a great start to your Italian vacation. Meal: Welcome Reception
Day 2 – Rome
Your included sightseeing tour with a local guide begins at the Vatican Museums. 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 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. Meal: (B)
Day 3 – Rome
Spend today as you please. Your Tour Director will be able to help you get the most from your day at leisure. Alternatively, consider joining an optional experience to the renowned excavations at Pompeii, in the Bay of Naples. Meal: (B)
Day 4 – Assisi and Florence
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. Arrive later in Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Meal: (B)
Day 5 – Florence
Learn about Florence's rich cultural history during your sightseeing tour with a local guide. Visit Piazza della Signoria with its impressive sculptures and imposing palazzi. View the multi-coloured marble Duomo and Baptistery, famous for its bronze doors with relief sculptures. Enjoy scenic views of the Ponte Vecchio, one of the city's most famous landmarks. Afterwards, explore on your own or shop for souvenirs in Florence, renowned for high quality leather and 18-carat gold jewellery. Meal: (B)
Day 6 – Florence and Pisa
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. This evening travel to a Tuscan olive oil estate for a special dinner. Meals: (B, D)
Day 7 – Bologna and Venice
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 sublime island 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: (B, D)
Day 8 – Venice
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, St Mark's Basilica, and the ornate Doge's Palace. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work at a glass-blowing workshop on Giudecca island. Free time is an opportunity to visit the Fine Arts Academy, relax at a café on St. Mark's Square, or consider a boat trip to the Island of Burano for a delicious seafood meal. Measl: (B)
Day 9 – Venice
Enjoy a boat trip along the canals to the Rialto Bridge to join your walking tour with a local guide 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: (B, D)
Day 10 – Venice
Say ‘arrivederci’ to Italy and your newfriends at the end of your memorable Italian vacation. Transfers are available, conditions apply. Meal: (B)

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