Great Italian Cities Winter 2016-2017

Bridge of Sighs, Venice
11 Days

Merchant Palaces, Papal splendor 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.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. 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 vacation.
    hotel:Grand Palatino
  3. 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 amphitheater 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 sidewalk café and watch the world go by.
  4. 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, in the Bay of Naples.
  5. 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.
  6. 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-colored 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 jewelry.
  7. 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.
    meal(s):BB, BG
  8. 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. 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.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Boscolo Bellini
  9. This morning enjoy a Cultural Insight into the Venetian tradition of glass making on Giudecca Island. 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. 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.
  10. 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 travelers at a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant.
    meal(s):BB, FD
  11. Say ‘arrivederci' to Italy and your newfound friends at the end of your memorable Italian vacation. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

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  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels

9 nights' accommodations, 9 hot buffet breakfasts, 4 dinners.

Your included sights

  • 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

Your Insider Experiences

  • Local Specialist: For included sightseeing in Rome, Assisi, Florence, Bologna and Venice. Secret Venice Small Group Sightseeing with a Local Specialist.
  • Cultural Insight: Ascend the spiral staircase designed by Bramante, in a part of the Vatican not open to the public. Venetian glassblowing demonstration.
  • Be My Guest: You will be welcomed by the owners of a magnificent villa in the Tuscan hills.
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount AvailabilityPrice
3 Nov 16 13 Nov 16 checkmark $2,250pp
17 Nov 16 27 Nov 16 checkmark $2,250$2,138pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$2,250 $2,138 pp
22 Dec 16 1 Jan 17 checkmark $2,675pp
$2,675 pp
27 Dec 16 6 Jan 17 checkmark $2,550pp
$2,550 pp
5 Jan 17 15 Jan 17 $2,125$2,019pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$2,125 $2,019 pp
19 Jan 17 29 Jan 17 $2,125$2,019pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$2,125 $2,019 pp
26 Jan 17 5 Feb 17 $2,125$2,019pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$2,125 $2,019 pp
2 Feb 17 12 Feb 17 $2,125$2,019pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$2,125 $2,019 pp
9 Feb 17 19 Feb 17 checkmark $2,125$2,019pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$2,125 $2,019 pp
23 Feb 17 5 Mar 17 $2,125$2,019pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$2,125 $2,019 pp
2 Mar 17 12 Mar 17 $2,275$2,161pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$2,275 $2,161 pp
9 Mar 17 19 Mar 17 checkmark $2,275$2,161pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$2,275 $2,161 pp
16 Mar 17 26 Mar 17 checkmark $2,325$2,209pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$2,325 $2,209 pp
23 Mar 17 2 Apr 17 checkmark $2,325$2,209pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$2,325 $2,209 pp
30 Mar 17 9 Apr 17 checkmark $2,450$2,328pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$2,450 $2,328 pp
6 Apr 17 16 Apr 17 checkmark $2,695$2,560pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$2,695 $2,560 pp
6 Apr 17 16 Apr 17 checkmark $2,695$2,560pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$2,695 $2,560 pp

These departures will be staying in Venice during the Carnival of Venice 2017

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $440.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $68 per person.

Airport Transfers: On arrival to Rome Fiumicino Airport transfers will operate at 9:30am, 12:30pm and 3:30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Venice Marco Polo Airport at 9:30am.

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