10 Day Enchanting Italy with Umbria & Pompeii

10 Day Enchanting Italy with Umbria & Pompeii


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Italy

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Italy
Depart for Italy

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Venice
Arrive in Venice and transfer to your hotel; remainder of the day is at leisure in this magical city built over a hundred small islands and connected by 400 bridges, before tonight's orientation meeting with your Tour Manager on the upcoming journey that awaits you in Italy, followed by a Welcome Dinner
Overnight: Venice
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Monday - Murano & St. Mark's Square
The Island of Murano is known for its artistic and colorful Murano glassware. This morning, visit one of the factories to witness the art of glass blowing. Afterward, take a boat ride to Venice. The guided walking tour of this romantic city begins at St. Mark's Square. View the Golden Basilica of San Marco, built over several centuries in a fusion of Byzantine, Roman and Venetian architecture. Walk via the Bridge of Sighs, created at the beginning of the 17th century to serve as a link between the prisons. Continue to the pink marble Doge's Palace, the official residence of the Venetian ruler; its facade is highlighted by a massive late-Gothic gate, known as the Porta della Carta. The rest of the day is yours to explore Venice independently. Or, participate in this afternoon's optional Gondola Ride, offering a different perspective of this unique city built on water
Optional: Gondola Ride (PM)
Overnight: Venice
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Tuesday - Tuscany & Pisa en route to Florence
Depart Venice and travel through the stunning golden landscape of Tuscany, dotted with olive and fig trees. Visit a typical Tuscan farm in the countryside for a wine tasting coupled with delectable local specialties. On to Pisa, to view the famous Piazza dei Miracoli with its Leaning Tower, among the most instantly recognizable structures on earth. The monuments on the extraordinary Piazza create a unique architectural blend of Romanesque and Gothic styles. Then, travel to the lively Renaissance city of Florence, with its priceless art and architecture for overnight
Overnight: Florence
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Wednesday - Tour of Florence
Today's tour of Florence begins with a visit to the Accademia of Fine Arts, where Michelangelo's David is housed; stand in awe of this glorious work of art. Walk to the Duomo, celebrated for its magnificent dome designed by Brunelleschi, and view the Baptistery's renowned "Gates of Paradise" by Ghiberti. Continue on a walk through the open-air museum at Signoria Square, ending at the splendid Ponte Vecchio. Florence is indeed the center of the world's finest art and architecture. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure in this spectacular Renaissance city, or participate in the optional guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery* that provides insight into the history of the structure and its collections. The tour highlights include exceptional examples of Florentine painting to help you better understand the works of the masters, including Giotto, Botticelli, and Leonardo da Vinci. Tonight, a delightful evening that begins with a ride through the Tuscan hills to a lovely restaurant where a sumptuous Tuscan dinner is served along with unlimited wine and entertainment*(Optional Uffizi Gallery Tour PM, US $62): available for purchase only in Italy from your Tour Manager. Tour Participation guarantees immediate entry to the Gallery, with no lengthy waits in line. Please note: The museum has a limited maximum capacity and therefore reserves the right to restrict admission. In this case, we may not be able to offer the tour. Price is based on minimum number of passengers.
Overnight: Florence
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Thursday - Medieval Siena and Umbria
Delight in the scenery as you drive through the Chianti area, en route to Siena where you will take a step back to medieval Tuscany. The heart of the city, Il Campo, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its celebrated centuries-old Palio horse race takes place twice every summer, with participants riding bareback around the spectator-packed square, along with non-stop 24 hour celebrations. The city sits over three hills accented by the huge square where the Roman Forum once stood and dominated by the red Palazzo Pubblico and its tower. Stroll leisurely on your own before departing for Umbria. Enjoy dinner tonight at your hotel
Overnight: Torgiano
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Friday - Assisi, Vatican Museums & Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel
This morning visit the small medieval town of Assisi perched high on a hill in the Umbria region, with its Roman ruins, winding streets and sacred shrines. Assisi is best known as the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi - patron saint of Italy. Its main attraction is the 13th-century Basilica di San Francesco, one of the artistic highlights of medieval Europe which contains the sacred relics of St. Francis and Giotto's astonishing frescoes. The town of Assisi has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its significant art and architecture. Enjoy time on your own before departing for Rome. Visit the Vatican Museums and Michelangelo's masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel. Stroll through one of the most important art collections of the world. Admire the Gallery of Tapestries and the Geographical Maps before arriving to the Sistine Chapel, with its great frescoes by Michelangelo
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Saturday - Tour Ancient Rome
The historic tour of ancient Rome begins at the legendary Roman Forum, the central area of the city from which ancient Rome developed. Next, view the triumphal Arch of Constantine, erected by the Roman Senate to commemorate Constantine’s tenth year of leadership over the Eternal City. On to the mighty Colosseum, the largest amphitheater built in the Roman Empire that seated over 50,000, where gladiator contests and public events were attended by the rich, the poor and by the Emperor himself. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure, or join the optional walking tour of the Eternal City’s grand piazzas that begins at the Spanish Steps and continues to the legendary Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and the baroque Piazza Navona. Linger and explore, stop at a local café and just people-watch, or perhaps enjoy the local Roman cuisine
Optional: Piazzas of Rome (PM)
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Sunday - Pompeii Excursion
Depart Rome this morning on a full day excursion to Pompeii. Drive along the Sun Route motorway through the scenic regions of Lazio and Campania, rich in astonishing natural beauty. At a distance, you can view (weather conditions permitting) the magnificent Abbey of Montecassino perched high on the mountaintop, scene of a huge battle near the end of World War II in which the Abbey was completely destroyed, but now lovingly restored. As you pass the Bay of Naples, majestic Mt. Vesuvius marks the way to Pompeii, visit the city that was frozen in time under a thick carpet of volcanic ash almost 2,000 years ago. The tragic fossils of people attempting to escape, along with their children and dogs are still visible, along with the preserved ruins of the Temples of Apollo and Jupiter, and the Forum. Leisure time for lunch on own before returning to Rome. Tonight join a scenic drive through the city and dinner in a typical Roman restaurant with wine and music
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Monday - Depart Italy
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Venice, Rome-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 8 nights First Class accommodations
  • 2 nights Venice
  • 2 nights Florence
  • 1 night Torgiano
  • 3 nights Rome
  • Italian city hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 13 meals: 8 breakfasts, 5 dinners with wine
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
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    Special Features

  • Walking tour of St. Mark's Square in Venice, with its extraordinary treasures and architectural wonders
  • Stop at a typical farm in the Tuscan countryside for wine tasting and local specialties
  • See Pisa's Piazza dei Miracoli with its famous Leaning Tower
  • Stand before Michelangelo's David in Florence
  • Stop in Siena, a lovely medieval city, known for its famous Palio horse race
  • Visit the 13th century Basilica di San Francesco in Assisi
  • Tour of the Vatican Museums and Michelangelo's incomparable Sistine Chapel
  • Historic tour of Ancient Rome including the Roman Forum and the Colosseum
  • Travel past the Bay of Naples and Mt. Vesuvius to visit Pompeii, the city frozen in time
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    *Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

    New Rome Bus Regulation for 2019: - It was recently announced that the city of Rome will be implementing new regulations for tourist bus access to the historical city center, including the areas near the Colosseum, Forum and Vatican City. These regulations are expected to take effect on Jan 1 2019. At this time, we are uncertain of the impact these regulations will have on our itineraries, but we are closely monitoring the situation and still planning to operate as usual. Due to the uncertainty of these new regulations, the means of transportation and order of your scheduled itinerary may be subject to change.


    Accommodation Details:
    Some departures are operated with more than one coach. Hotels of similar standard may be substituted.

    Jul 6, Aug 3, Aug 31, Oct 5 & Oct 19 departures will be accommodated at Hotel Diplomat in Florence.

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    Accommodations

    Hyatt Centric Murano Venice
    This first class hotel is situated on the island of Murano.

    Hotel Ambasciatori
    This first class hotel is located nearby the Santa Maria Novella railway station.

    Hotel Diplomat
    This first class hotel sits within walking distance of Florence's main shopping center and the Exhibition Halls.

    Hotel Le Tre Vaselle
    This superior first class hotel is situated in the village of Torgiano.

    The Hive Hotel
    This first class hotel is about a five minute walk from the Roma Termini railway station.

    NH Collection Roma Centro
    This first class hotel is located in Rome's residential district of Prati.

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