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Must be a Journeys Club member at the time of booking to receive 5% discount on the land-only portion of Globus, Cosmos, Monograms, or Avalon Waterways core tour, package, or cruise, not including extra night accommodations, extensions, taxes/fees, tips, and supplements. Must have traveled within the last five years of your booking date to receive discount. Journeys Club discount is not available retroactively. Applies to new 2015 and 2016 bookings only. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Does not apply to custom groups. Additional restrictions may apply.
Reduction varies by vacation and may not available on all packages. Does not apply to custom groups. Additional restrictions may apply.
Explore Italy’s most famous cities on this unique vacation. Start in romantic Venice and enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant, guided sightseeing including visits to St. Mark’s Basilica and Doges’ Palace with its Bridge of Sighs, and a glassblower demonstration. On the way to Florence, enjoy a Leonardi Acetaia vinegar tasting near Modena. In Florence, admire Michelangelo’s David and sculpture-filled Signoria Square. In Siena, visit the impressive Piazza del Campo, and enjoy an exclusive lecture by a Contrada representative about the biannual, medieval-style Palio horse race. Via Pienza, continue to Rome, where guided sightseeing includes a visit to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. Next is Pompeii, where a guided walk takes you through the excavations of the Roman city both destroyed and preserved by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. End your vacation in the charming resort of Sorrento, where you will stay for two nights and enjoy an excursion to the Isle of Capri, and a special farewell dinner at a lemon farm.
Day 1: Arrive in Venice Island, Italy.
Welcome to Venice! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a special welcome dinner with wine at a local restaurant. (D)
Day 2: Venice Island.
Highlights of your walking tour with a Local Guide are ST. MARK’S SQUARE and the Byzantine BASILICA, lavish DOGES’ PALACE and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Also watch skilled GLASSBLOWERS fashion their delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner. To enhance your stay, choose from our optional activities: a serenaded gondola ride and/or an excursion to the picturesque island of Burano. (B)
Day 3: Venice Island–Modena–Florence.
Enjoy a special treat today: a [LF] Leonardi Acetaia VINEGAR TASTING near Modena. Continue through the fertile Po area and the Apennine Mountains into Italy’s most popular province, Tuscany, and arrive in Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance.” Time for independent sightseeing and browsing through the shops. Florentine leather goods and gold jewelry sold by the ounce are attractive buys. Tonight is your chance to join an optional dinner to try out Tuscan specialties. (B)
Day 4: Florence–Siena.
This morning, follow your Local Guide to the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS to see Michelangelo’s celebrated David. Also admire the magnificent marble cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gate of Paradise,” and sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Next is Siena, Italy’s best-preserved medieval town, enjoy an exclusive [LF] LECTURE by a Contrada representative, one of the city subdivisions that regularly competes in the biannual Palio, held in the center of town. Lively stories of past races will bring this one-of-a-kind event to life! (B)
Day 5: Siena–Pienza–Rome.
Your guided walking tour takes you inside its historic ramparts to the duomo and to the PIAZZA DEL CAMPO, where the Palio is held. Next, join the Via Cassia, named after the antique road leading to Rome, and stop in Pienza, famous for pecorino cheese. This picturesque town has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thanks to a member of the Piccolomini family who became Pope Pius II in the 15th century and redesigned the town in perfect renaissance style. Tonight, in the “Eternal City,” an optional dinner with local specialties is available at one of Rome’s famous restaurants. (B)
Day 6: Rome.
Morning guided sightseeing features visits to the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL, world famous for Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings; monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA; and the COLOSSEUM and ROMAN FORUM, where Roman legions marched in triumph. To make the most of your stay, join our optional Roman Highlights excursion, and see the sites and squares of medieval Rome made famous in the movie Angels and Demons. (B)
Day 7: Rome–Pompeii–Sorrento.
A scenic drive southwards along the Highway of the Sun. Arrive in fascinating POMPEII, the Roman city both destroyed and preserved by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Your Local Guide will walk you past patrician homes, public baths, and commercial districts that strikingly recall day-to-day life when Rome was at the apex of her power. Overnight in the charming, bayside resort of Sorrento. (B)
Day 8: Sorrento. Excursion to Capri.
Speed across the glittering bay by JETFOIL to the world-famous Isle of Capri. Ride the FUNICULAR to Capri village for a guided visit of this beautiful town. Free time to explore the little shops on the pretty piazzetta before returning to Sorrento. The remainder of the day is at leisure, and this evening, a [LF] special farewell dinner with wine at a local agriturismo has been arranged to celebrate the success of your Italian vacation. (B,D)
Day 9: Sorrento.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning (the nearest airport is Naples). (B)
Welcome dinner with wine at a local restaurant; guided walking tour, visit St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs; glassblower demonstration
[LF] Leonardi Acetaia balsamic vinegar tasting
Guided walking tour, visit Michelangelo’s David and Signoria Square
[LF] Lecture on the Palio; guided walking tour, admire the Duomo and visit Piazza del Campo
Visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site
Guided sightseeing, visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, the Colosseum and the Roman Forum
Guided walking tour of the excavations
Funicular ride; guided sightseeing
[LF] Special farewell dinner with wine at a lemon farm
Headsets throughout the tour
Full buffet breakfast daily (B); 2 three-course dinners (D): a special welcome dinner with wine in Venice and a special farewell dinner with wine in Sorrento
Prices based on double room occupancy.
Single room supplement:
Triple room reduction per person:
Extra nights per person in Venice:
in single room $226, in twin $198, in triple $167.
Extra nights per person in Sorrento:
in single room $142, in twin $115, in triple $106.
Just a great experience and a fabulous trip
My tour to the Natural Parks was beyond my expectations. It was so beautiful and enjoyed everyday with the group. Great excursions and very organized.
I just wanted to say that booking my excursions through Globus was fine but i wish they would have said that if there were not enough people that were signed up to do the excursion that it would be cancelled. We booked a Gondola ride and had already paid for it before the trip and since half of the other people on the trip did not want to do the gondola ride because it was raining a little, it was cancelled.
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