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Treasures of Italy - 11 day(s), Europe, Italy

Overview

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.

What’s Included

  • Professional Tour Director 
  • Luxury motorcoach transportation
  • Hotels service charges, taxes, restaurant tips, and porterage
  • Airport transfers at scheduled times
  • 10 breakfasts, 5 dinners

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Itinerary

Day 1 – Welcome to Rome - Tour begins
Welcome to Rome, former religious, political and commercial heart of a vast empire. You are met on arrival at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport. At 9:30, 12:30 & 3:30 transfers 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
This morning, you are joined by a resident expert who leads 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. Now cross the Tiber to overlook the Roman Forum and visit the Colosseum, scene of bloody contests, wild beasts and Gladiators. Rome is now yours to discover at your own pace. Maybe head for the Piazza Navona with its pavement cafes, 17th century fountains and architecture? Meals: (B)
Day 3 – Ancient 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. 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. For your dining pleasure tonight, you are invited to choose from a selection of local restaurants. Meals: (B, D)
Day 4 – Capri
Wake up refreshed on this delightful island. Visit Capri town, with its whitewashed houses, winding alleyways and small cafés. A local expert escorts you to the luxuriant Caesar Augustus Gardens for views of the Faraglioni rocks and a crunchy, refreshing lemon granita, a specialty of the island. 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
Take the hydrofoil across the bay to Naples and follow the ‘Motorway of the Sun' north, past Rome through the Province of Umbria. Continue through idyllic Tuscan landscapes to Florence, centre of art and culture, and heart of the Italian Renaissance. Meals: (B, D)
Day 6 – Florence
After breakfast, join a local expert for a tour of the Academy Gallery to see Michelangelo's beautiful statue of David. Continue to Giotto's belltower next to the cathedral and see the ‘Gates of Paradise' before visiting the Piazza della Signoria, an open-air museum and still the political heart of Florence. Stroll on to Piazza Santa Croce, famous for its cathedral and luxury shops. The joys of Florence are varied so the afternoon is free for your own personal exploration. Meal: (B)
Day 7 – The Cinque Terre - Portofino - Santa Margherita Ligure
Head for the famous Italian Riviera and a highlight of your journey, the Cinque Terre. A UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Italy's most beautiful landscapes! 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 gaily-coloured houses, browse the boutiques, stay a while in the café bars on the piazzetta and watch the yachts moored in the harbour. Weather permitting, return along the rugged Ligurian coast by boat to the resort of Santa Margherita. Meals: (B, D)
Day 8 - The Italian Lakes
This morning, head north to the beautiful Italian Lake District, a favourite 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? Meal: (B)
Day 9 – Verona - Venice
Follow the southern fringes of the European Alps to the vineyards, close to the shores of Lake Iseo. Wine making traditions run deep here and you get to taste the delicious vintages produced with a master vintner at a family owned estate. Continue to Verona, setting for one of history's 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. Now on to the unique city of Venice - a complete step back in time to the 16th century. Tonight take your first stroll by the canalside, and listen to the romantic songs of the gondoliers as they drift beneath the bridges. Meal: (B)
Day 10 – Venice - La Serenissima
Cruise to a traditional arts centre on the island of Giudecca to admire the skill of glassblowers and gondola builders. Visit St. Mark's Square where the city's former wealth and power is evidenced by the riches of St. Mark's Basilica. Admire also the Doges' Palace and its adjoining Bridge of Sighs. Take your seats in a traditional gondola for a serenade through the myriad of beautiful canals. Then, you have free time to lose yourself in the hidden parts of the city. Relax and enjoy the atmosphere, music and songs as you drift along in romantic awe. This evening, celebrate your tour finalé with good food, good wine and good company in a magical setting. Meals: (B, D)
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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