Splendour of Italy

ITINERARY

Day 1-Board your overnight transatlantic flight

 

Day 2-Arrival in Rome Saint Peter's Square in Rome, Italy

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore this ancient capital. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

Day 3-ROME

The ˝Eternal City“—a city steeped in history, vibrantly alive, and exciting and absolutely unique! Included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts in St. Peter’s Square, followed by a visit to the Roman Forum and the mighty Colosseum

 

Day 4-ROME-SIENA

Journey northwest to the charmingly located city of Orvieto in the Umbria region to visit its black basalt and yellow limestone cathedral, an excellent example of Italian Gothic architecture. By early evening you’ll be in Siena with time to visit this jewel of Tuscany Sit in one of the cafés surrounding the Campo and admire one of Italy’s most unique squares, famed the world over for its Palio horse race. (B)

 

Day 5-SIENA-Florence Visit stunning Florence and the Ponte Vecchio

Drive this morning to San Gimignano one of Tuscany’s greatest attractions. Its medieval squares, town walls, streets, alleyways, and 14 towers make it unique. Next, into the very heart of the Chianti vineyards; watch out for names such as Castellina in Chianti, Badia, Gaiole, and Brolio, where classical Chianti wines are produced. Stop in Greve for some wine tasting at a local wine producer. Arrive in the Florence area in time to join the outing for an optional Tuscan dinner. (B)

 

Day 6-FLORENCE

This Renaissance gem and city of the Medicis will keep you enthralled for a whole day. Traffic is banned in part of the historic center so visitors can wander at leisure and admire the city’s timeless beauty in relative peace and quiet. Don’t miss out on the included walking tour with a Local Guide, which features most of the city highlights. You will see the Piazza Santa Croce; the beautiful Piazza Signoria; the Palazzo Vecchio and its courtyard; the Loggia dei Lanzi; and, to top it all, the Piazza del Duomo and its cathedral with the Giotto Campanile, and the magnificent East Door of the Baptistry known as the “Gate of Paradise.” (B,D)

Day 7-Florence area  excursion to Pisa

Leaning Tower of Pisa Venice

Venice is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world

AREA

This morning, drive to Pisa for a visit to its Square of Miracles and the amazing Leaning Tower, 180 feet high and no less than 16 feet out of the perpendicular. Later, head across the wooded Apennine Hills into the farmlands of the Po Valley for two overnights in the Venice area. (B)

Day 8-Venice

Venice is more like a marvelous film set than a real live city, with its criss-crossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and little quiet piazzas. The included orientation starts with a boat ride and is followed by time at leisure and a chance to watch Venetian glassblowers fashion their delicate objects as they did centuries ago. Don’t miss out on the optional gondola trip, gliding along the picturesque canals with a local troubadour to serenade you. (B,D)

Day 9-Venice are- Assisi is a town in the province of Perugia, Italy

An interesting drive southward, cutting across the Po Delta, then crossing the Apennines. Stop in Assisi, where St. Francis was born in 1182. Visit the world-famous Basilica with its beautiful frescos by Giotto, then head for Rome. (B)

Day 10-YOUR HOMEBOUND FLIGHT ARRIVES THE SAME DAY

San Gimignano is a small walled hill town in the province of Siena

See the vineyard covered hillsides of Tuscany

Visit the world famous Roman Forum

Visit the great Colosseum in Rome (B)

 

 

Accommodations

MEALS - (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner

8 buffet breakfasts (B); 2 dinners (D)

HOTELS -(F) First-Class (ST) Superior Tourist-Class (T) Tourist Class

Rome Fleming (F), Siena Italia (ST) or Sangallo (ST), Florence Area Europa (ST) at Signa or Meridiana (ST) at Florence, Venice Area Poppi (ST) at Mira, Rome Buenos Aires (ST) or Parco Tirreno (F)

 

 

Price: $ 1419.00 in double occ

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