10 DAYS | GREAT ITALIAN CITIES

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GREAT ITALIAN CITIES
10 DAYS | 1 COUNTRY | 11 CITIES
Italy’s greatest cities are in the spotlight on an epic discovery of Venice, Florence and the Eternal City, Rome.
“A most outstanding adventure” – John from USA

ABOUT THIS TRIP
Merchant Palaces, 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 sharing warm regional cuisine together.

9 NIGHTS accommodation
13 MEALS: 9 hot buffet breakfasts. | 4 dinners (including Be My Guest).
ON-TRIP TRANSPORT: All transport shown.
ITINERARY:
DAY 1: ARRIVE ROME (3 NIGHTS)
Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City. Relax after your journey or explore this fascinating city on your own. Later, meet your companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception. It’s the perfect opportunity to get to know everyone. An orientation drive will take you to see St. Peter’s Basilica – a great start to your Italian holiday.

HOTEL: Grand Palatino
MEALS
Welcome Reception

DAY 2: ROME SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE
Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist 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 and see his famous Pietà. Later visit the impressive Colosseum, the largest amphitheatre 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.

MEALS: Buffet Breakfast

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES:
Piazzas and Fountains of Rome: Discover the most charming areas in the city with a Local Specialist. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares of Rome’s historic centre, leading to highlights such as the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon, as well as hidden corners of the Eternal City.
Adult Price: €33.00

Delights of Rome with Dinner: Spend an evening getting to know Rome. We’ll take you via coach where you’ll have the chance to see some of the city’s much-loved sights. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a delicious light dinner of Italian specialities, alongside local music and drinks.
Adult Price: €49.00

DAY 3: ROME AT LEISURE
Spend today as you please. Your Travel 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, near the Bay of Naples.

MEALS: Buffet Breakfast

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES
Discover Pompeii And Naples:  Join our expert on a tour of the excavations of Pompeii, the perfectly preserved Roman town which was engulfed by Mount Vesuvius’ eruption in AD 79. You’ll witness the devastating destruction it had at the time, as well as the opportunity to go back in time and get a glimpse of everyday Roman life, frozen for almost 2,000 years. Later, enjoy a panoramic tour of Naples, before returning to Rome, passing the abbey of Monte Cassino.
Adult Price: €100.00

DAY 4: ROME – ASSISI – FLORENCE (3 NIGHTS)
Drive north to the mystical town of Assisi on the slopes of Mount Subasio. Visit St. Francis’ Basilica and see Giotto’s enchanting frescoes, with your Local Specialist. Arrive later in Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance.

HOTEL: Ambasciatori
MEALS: Buffet Breakfast

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES
Dinner, Wine And Music In The Tuscan Hills: Join us for a scenic drive through the beautiful Tuscan countryside. We will enjoy a meal at a charming restaurant where a selection of regional favourites is served, accompanied by a selection of local wines and live music. A truly unforgettable experience, with an atmosphere that is the essence of all things Tuscan.
Adult Price: €64.00

DAY 5: FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE
Learn about Florence’s rich cultural history during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Visit Piazza della Signoria with its impressive sculptures and imposing palazzi. View the multi-coloured marble Duomo and Baptistery, famous for its gilded bronze doors. 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.

MEALS: Buffet Breakfast

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES:
Michelangelo’s ‘David’ & Accademia: Enjoy an insight into the world of Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. We have fast track entry to the Academy of Fine Arts and its Michelangelo collection, where you’ll learn all about the life and works of this immortal Renaissance genius through the expert commentary of our Local Specialist.
Adult Price: €40.00

Visit To San Gimignano: Join us for a drive to the nearby hilltop town of San Gimignano, known as the ‘medieval Manhattan’ of Tuscany. Surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, this is Italy’s best preserved medieval city and will give you a taste of day-to-day life in Italy during the Middle Ages.
Adult Price: €35.00

DAY 6: FLORENCE – EXCURSION TO 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 Be My Guest dinner.

MEALS: Buffet Breakfast & Be My Guest Dining

DAY 7 : FLORENCE – BOLOGNA – VENICE (3 NIGHTS)
Travel through the Apennines to Bologna, home to one of the oldest universities in Europe and famous for sausages and salami. Your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist 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. Later today 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.

HOTEL: Boscolo Bellini
MEALS: Buffet Breakfast & Dinner with wine

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES
Gondolas and the Grand Canal: Join us for a scenic cruise by private water taxi along Venice’s Grand Canal. You’ll admire the magnificent palazzi, as well as catching a glimpse of the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark’s Square. Later on, you’ll glide gracefully on a gondola along Venice’s dreamy, narrow waterways.
Adult Price: €70.00

DAY 8: VENICE – CANAL CRUISE AND ORIENTATION
This morning enjoy a Cultural Insight into the Venetian tradition of glass making on Giudecca Island. Savour 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. This afternoon you have free time 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 meal.

MEALS: Buffet Breakfast

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES
Lagoon Cruise to Burano with Food and Drinks: Join us as we discover the Venetian Lagoon by private boat. You will enjoy a delicious meal with a selection of drinks on the fishermen’s island of Burano, famous for its multi-coloured houses – a real photographer’s paradise.
Adult Price: €70.00

DAY 9: SECRET VENICE WALKING TOUR AND VISIT TO THE RIALTO FOOD MARKET
Enjoy a boat trip along the canals to the Rialto Bridge to join your Small Group Sightseeing walking tour with a Local Specialist who’ll reveal a centuries-old food 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 travellers at a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant.

MEALS: Buffet Breakfast & Farewell Dinner

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES
Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica: Accompanied by a Local Specialist, you’ll visit the magnificent Doge’s Palace and its elegant courtyards, which were home to the rulers of the Venetian republic. Afterwards, we’ve booked an entrance into the Byzantine Basilica of St. Mark the Evangelist, patron saint of Venice.

Adult Price: €42.00

DAY 10: DEPART VENICE
Say ‘arrivederci’ to Italy and your newfound friends at the end of your memorable Italian holiday. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

MEALS: Buffet Breakfast

WHAT’S INCLUDED

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS

    • City tour in Rome, Assisi, Florence, Bologna and Venice

    • Orientation of Pisa

    • Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the amazing Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum in Rome and St. Francis’ Basilica in Assisi

    • Cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square in Venice

    • View Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Byzantine St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice

    • See the ancient sites of Rome

WHAT’S INCLUDED
DINING

    • 9 HOT BUFFET BREAKFASTS.

    • 4 DINNERS
      (including Be My Guest)

WHAT’S INCLUDED

TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • Porterage and local charges included

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • VIP entry to many sights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

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