Treasures of Italy

Member price from
$3,550
Nonmember price from $3,650
11 days
Europe, Italy
1
Regional

This tour certainly ticks a lot of boxes. Historic cities, idyllic fishing villages, islands, lakes, canals, a wealth of art and heritage buildings, not to mention the fabulous food, all complemented by a backdrop of breathtaking scenery. This tour is comfortably paced - expertly planned with just the right combination of touring, sightseeing and leisure time. Use the free time to relax and soak up the atmosphere or, if you wish, add optional components to maximize your time in Italy.

Included
  • Professional Tour Director
  • Luxury motorcoach transportation
  • Hotels service charges, taxes, restaurant tips, and porterage
  • Airport transfers at scheduled times
  • 10 breakfasts, 5 dinners
Member Benefits
  • $40 optional excursion voucher
Highlights
  • Gain VIP access into the Vatican Museums and be among the select few to admire the famous Bramante Staircase. Admire the Popes' treasure-trove and confront the genius of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel
  • Sightsee the local way with a leisurely passeggiata through the backstreets, where a friend in Rome will explain how modern life takes place around ancient treasures
  • Pompeii: Walk with a Local Expert through the cobbled streets of this ill-fated town
  • Cinque Terre: Take a short cruise to visit two of the villages of this UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Venice: To the tune of accompanying musicians, you will be serenaded through the atmospheric canals by gondola, past water-lapped doorways and Rococo palaces
  • Isle of Capri: Get a flavor of the jet-set lifestyle with two nights on this famous isle. Ride by open-top taxi and enjoy sightseeing with a Local Expert

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Day 1 – Welcome to Rome - Tour begins
Rome is the former religious, political and commercial heart of a vast empire. You will be met on arrival at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport. At 09:30, 12:30 & 15:30 your transfer departs for your hotel. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine. Meal: Welcome Reception and Dinner
Day 2 – Papal and Imperial Rome
In the morning, you will be joined by a Local Expert to lead you through the priceless art collection of the Vatican Museums culminating beneath Michelangelo's famous ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. Your VIP visit includes fast-track entry and a behind-the-scenes look at the Bramante Staircase, a part of the Vatican closed to the general public. More of Michelangelo's genius is on display next door in St. Peter's Basilica. There's free time to do as the Romans do, or perhaps join a tour inside the Colosseum. Rome is about art, antiquity, piazzas and pizzazz, and our included walking tour this afternoon has it in abundance. Toss a coin into the spectacular Trevi Fountain, see the Pantheon, the best preserved monument from the Roman period, and enjoy free time for dinner in Piazza Navona. Saturday departures will visit the Vatican and St Peters Basilica on Day 3. Meals: (B)
Day 3 – Pompeii - Capri
Journey to the ill-fated town of Pompeii, frozen in time when it was engulfed by an eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD. Walk with a Local Expert through the cobbled streets to learn about Roman life in the first century before enjoying a refreshing lemon granita. Then continue to the Bay of Naples and board your hydrofoil to the Isle of Capri. In brilliant sunshine, enjoy a scenic drive by open-top taxi past orange and lemon groves to your hotel, then appreciate the glorious vistas over the rugged coastline and sparkling sea. Saturday departures will visit Pompeii on Day 4. Meals: (B, D)
Day 4 – Capri
Wake up refreshed on this delightful island. Visit Capri town, with its whitewashed houses, winding alleyways and small cafes. A Local Expert escorts you to the luxuriant Caesar Augustus Gardens for views of the Faraglioni rocks. The afternoon is yours to devote to Capri's fashionable boutiques, craft shops and artisans studios. As the glow of twilight descends and the day-trippers have gone home, the island is yours to saunter along scenic paths, gather with the locals in the piazzetta or relax with a glass of wine at an al-fresco restaurant. Meals: (B)
Day 5 – Florence
Descend to the port by open-top taxi and take the hydrofoil across the bay to Naples. Follow the ‘Motorway of the Sun', north past Rome, through the Province of Umbria. Continue through idyllic Tuscan landscapes to Florence, center of art and culture, and heart of the Italian Renaissance. Meals: (B, D)
Day 6 – Florence
Join a Local Expert to see Giotto's bell tower and the 'Gates of Paradise' which adorn the baptistery. Visit the Piazza della Signoria - an open-air museum and still the political heart of Florence. Stroll on to Piazza Santa Croce, famous for its basilica and leather goods. The joys of Florence are varied so the afternoon will be free for your own personal exploration. Meal: (B)
Day 7 – The Cinque Terre - Portofino - Santa Margherita Ligure
The famous Italian Riviera and the Cinque Terre - a highlight of your journey as a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Italy's most beautiful landscapes. With a Local Expert, appreciate the views as you approach one of the picturesque fishing villages by boat. Spend some time exploring the old medieval quarter or the popular sandy beach before continuing along to the elegant seaside village of Portofino, epitome of La Dolce Vita. Admire the colorful houses, browse the boutiques or stay a while in the cafe bars on the piazzetta and watch the yachts moored in the harbor. Weather permitting, return along the rugged Ligurian coast by boat to the resort of Santa Margherita. Meals: (B, D)
Day 8 - Lake Maggiore
In the morning, head north to the beautiful Italian Lake District, a favorite retreat of the rich and famous where alpine scenery combines with luxuriant subtropical vegetation. Relax and enjoy an afternoon at leisure at this popular resort and beautiful lake or perhaps take a cruise out to the lovely Borromean Islands? For your dining pleasure, you are invited to choose from a selection of local restaurants. Meal: (B, D)
Day 9 – Verona - Venice
Follow the southern fringes of the European Alps to the vineyards, close to the shores of Lake Iseo. Winemaking traditions run deep here and you will get to taste the delicious vintages produced with a master vintner at a family-owned estate. Continue to Verona, the setting for one of history's most romantic love stories. Walk with your Tour Director to Juliet's balcony in the inner courtyard of the Capulet home and see the well-preserved Roman Arena, still used for open-air opera performances. Head on to the unique city of Venice - a complete step back in time to the 16th century. In the evening, celebrate your tour finale with good food, good wine and good company in a magical setting. Meal: (B, D)
Day 10 – Venice - La Serenissima
Cruise to a traditional arts center on the island of Giudecca to admire the art of glassblowing. Visit St. Mark's Square where the city's former wealth and power is evidenced by the riches of St. Mark's Basilica. Also admire the Doge's Palace and its adjoining Bridge of Sighs. Take your seat in a traditional gondola for a serenade through the myriad of beautiful canals. Relax and enjoy the atmosphere, music and songs as you drift along in romantic awe. Meals: (B)
Day 11 – Venice - Tour ends
Alas, you must bid farewell to this enchanting city today. Your departure transfer arrives at Venice Airport at 08:00 and 09:30. Meals: (B)
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