11 Day Romantic Italy - Friday Departure

11 Day Romantic Italy - Friday Departure


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Itinerary

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Italy

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1, Friday - Depart for Italy
Depart for Italy

DAY 2, Saturday - Arrive in Milan, Transfer to Baveno
Arrive in Milan and then transfer to your hotel in the town of Baveno, on Lake Maggiore, one of Italy's most romantic destinations. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Tonight, attend an orientation meeting at approximately 6 pm (exact time will be advised on tour arrival day) with your Tour Manager to discuss the upcoming journey that awaits you in Italy, followed by a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers
Overnight: Baveno, Lake Maggiore
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Sunday - Cross Lake Maggiore, Visit Isola Bella & Isola dei Pescatori
Today, cruise Lake Maggiore to Isola Bella and visit the palace of Prince Borromeo with its splendid gardens and famous white peacocks. Continue to the charming Fishermen's Island (Isola dei Pescatori) that gets its name from the occupation of its inhabitants. Walk along the windy medieval streets and marvel at the incredible views of the lake. Sail back to Baveno with time to experience the delights of this lakeside town with its spectacular mountain views
Overnight: Baveno, Lake Maggiore
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Monday - Verona Walking Tour, Travel to Venice
After breakfast, set out for Verona, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the richest cities in Roman remains, representing today one of the best examples of a fortified city. Its urban structure developed progressively and without interruption over the last 2000 years. Verona is also known worldwide as the setting of Shakespeare's famous play Romeo and Juliet. Participate in an orientation walking tour followed by free time to savor the atmosphere of this unique city. Continue to Venice and enjoy dinner together
Overnight: Venice
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Tuesday - Boat Ride to Murano, Tour of Venice
The discovery of Venice begins with a boat ride to the Island of Murano, known for its artistic and colorful glassware. While here, visit a local factory to witness the art of glassblowing. Afterward, continue to the main Venice Island and take a walking tour with your local guide through the maze of narrow alleyways before reaching St. Mark's Square. Upon reaching the square, stop to view its most prominent monuments, the pink marble Doge's Palace, Bridge of Sighs, and golden Basilica of San Marco. The Doge's Palace was the official residence of the Venetian ruler. The Bridge of Sighs offers one of the most notable scenes of this Romantic city. Marvel at the golden Basilica of San Marco, that is one of the city's most recognizable landmarks. It was built over several centuries in a fusion of Byzantine, Roman and Venetian architecture. 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 6, Wednesday - 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 local 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 Baptistery, the Duomo, the Monumental Cemetery, and its famous Leaning Tower, among the most instantly recognizable structures on earth. The four 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 7, Thursday - Tour of Florence
Today, take a guided walking tour through the heart of Florence. View the magnificent Duomo, with its Brunelleschi-designed dome, the renowned "Gates of Paradise" of the Baptistery by Ghiberti and Giotto's Bell Tower. You'll be enchanted as you walk through the open-air art museum of Signoria Square, with its Palazzo Vecchio, first residence of the Medici family that today houses the seat of the city government. Continue to the splendid Ponte Vecchio, also known as the "Old Bridge”. Florence is indeed the center of the world's finest art and architecture. Spend the afternoon at leisure in this spectacular Renaissance city. This evening, travel through the Tuscan hills, where a sumptuous dinner with unlimited wine and entertainment awaits
Overnight: Florence
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Friday - Medieval Assisi City Tour en route to Rome
Depart Florence and venture on to 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 amazing frescoes. The town of Assisi has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its significant art and architecture. Afterward, continue to Rome, the astonishing city built on seven hills. Tonight, savor dinner together
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Saturday - Vatican Museum & Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel
Today, 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. Continue to St. Peter's Square, passing Bernini's famous colonnade to view St. Peter's Basilica*, built on the burial site of Saint Peter, with the most famous Michelangelo's Pieta. Spend 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. Tonight, explore on your own and choose one of the numerous restaurants offering delicious local cuisine * Due to Religious events, the opening times of St. Peter's Basilica are subject to change without notice. In these cases, you will visit the Vatican Library instead of the Basilica
Optional: Piazzas of Rome (PM)
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Sunday - Tour Ancient Rome
The historic tour of ancient Rome begins at the 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 gladiatorial contests and public events were attended by the rich, the poor and by the Emperor himself. Discover the delights of Rome this afternoon on your own. Tonight, embark on a scenic drive through the city before stopping for dinner in a local restaurant with wine and music
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Monday - Depart Italy
Transfer to the airport in Rome for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Milan, Rome-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 9 nights First Class accommodations
  • 2 nights Lake Region
  • 2 nights Venice or Venice Lido
  • 2 nights Florence
  • 3 nights Rome
  • Italian city hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 14 meals: 9 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
  • Special Features

  • Discover the Lake Region with a scenic cruise
  • Stop in the town of Verona, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Walking tour of St. Mark's Square in Venice, with its extraordinary treasures and architectural wonders
  • Visit a local farm in the Tuscan countryside for wine tasting and local specialties
  • See Pisa's Piazza dei Miracoli with its famous Leaning Tower
  • Explore the Renaissance city of Florence with a guided walking tour
  • 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
  • †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.

    Milan Linate Airport to Como or Baveno transfers available at an additional cost.


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

    Apr 3, Apr 17, and Oct 19 departures will be accommodated at the Grand Hotel Bristol in Stresa instead of Baveno.

    Some departures may stay at the Grand Hotel Dino in Baveno or Grand Hotel Bristol in Stresa instead of the Hotel Simplon in Baveno, Amadeus Hotel in Venice instead of the Grand Hotel Principe, and the Cristina Hotel in Sorrento instead of the Hotel Central.

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    Accommodations

    Hotel Simplon
    This first class hotel is located in the town of Baveno.

    Hotel Simplon
    This first class hotel is located in the town of Baveno.

    Hotel Simplon
    This first class hotel is located in the town of Baveno.

    Hotel Simplon
    This first class hotel is located in the town of Baveno.

    Grand Hotel Bristol
    This first class hotel is nestled in a garden and overlooks the beautiful Lake Maggiore.

    Grand Hotel Bristol
    This first class hotel is nestled in a garden and overlooks the beautiful Lake Maggiore.

    Grand Hotel Bristol
    This first class hotel is nestled in a garden and overlooks the beautiful Lake Maggiore.

    Grand Hotel Principe
    This first class hotel is a prestigious ancient palace situated on the Grand Canal, just after the Scalzi Bridge.

    Starhotels Michelangelo
    This first class hotel is located in the center of Florence, near the Arno River.

    Grand Hotel Palatino
    This first class hotel is located in the heart of ancient Rome, just a short walk from the Colosseum.

    Grand Hotel Palatino
    This first class hotel is located in the heart of ancient Rome, just a short walk from the Colosseum.

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

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