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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.
This perfect one-week vacation covers Rome, Florence, and Venice with enough time to explore on your own. Sightseeing with a Local Guide in all cities covers the must-see sights such as, the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel in Rome, Michelangelo’s celebrated David statue, sculpture-studded Signoria Square in Florence, as well as St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, the Doges’ Palace, and the Bridge of Sighs in Venice. Enjoy a special dinner with Tuscan specialties and wine in Florence, and in Venice, enjoy a glassblowers’ demonstration, and receive a surprise gift. Of course a special welcome dinner in Rome and a private boat ride in Venice are included, as well as a farewell drink at famous Caffé Florian on St. Mark’s Square. The full day at leisure in Venice gives you the opportunity to join an optional excursion to the charming island of Burano.
Day 1: Arrive in Rome, Italy.
Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and leave the hotel for a special welcome dinner with wine at Ambasciata di Capri restaurant. (D)
Day 2: Rome
. Enjoy Globus’ unique guided sightseeing, including inside visits to all highlights of religious and ancient Rome: the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL with Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment, monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà. To make the most of your stay, join our optional Roman Highlights excursion, and see the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, and other sites and squares of medieval Rome made famous in the movie Angels & Demons. (B)
Day 3: Rome–Florence
. A guided visit to the magnificent COLOSSEUM brings the days of the gladiators alive. Also admire the Arch of Constantine, and enter the ROMAN FORUM, where Roman legions marched in triumph. In the early afternoon, drive through Umbria along the Highway of the Sun north into Tuscany and its hill-clad vineyards, which house the famous Chianti wine, to Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance.” (B)
Day 4: Florence
. During your walking tour with a Local Guide, visit the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS with Michelangelo’s celebrated David, admire the magnificent cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gate of Paradise,” sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE, and take pictures of Ponte Vecchio. Time to shop for Florentine leather goods and gold jewelry, sold by the ounce. This afternoon is your chance to join an optional excursion to the picturesque town of San Gimignano. This evening, [LF] a special dinner with Tuscan specialties and wine awaits you at Finisterrae restaurant. (B,D)
Day 5: Florence–Venice Island.
A spectacular drive through the wooded Apennine Hills brings you to Venice, a powerful magnet for romantics and art lovers from around the globe. Enter in style by PRIVATE BOAT to meet your Local Guide. Highlights of your walking tour are ST. MARK’S SQUARE, a favorite location for many movies, and the byzantine BASILICA, lavish DOGES’ PALACE and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Also watch [LF] a skilled GLASSBLOWER fashion delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner, and receive a surprise gift, just for you! (B)
Day 6: Venice Island.
Immerse yourself in the wonderful atmosphere of Venice. Wander through the narrow streets, discover Rialto Bridge, and top it all off by enjoying a [LF] farewell drink at famous CAFFÉ FLORIAN while musicians entertain you. Later, why not join an optional cruise to the charming island of Burano, followed by a delicious meal of local specialties? (B
Day 7: Venice Island.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Welcome dinner with wine at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Colosseum and Roman Forum, the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica
[LF] Dinner at a local restaurant; guided walking tour, visit Michelangelo’s David and Signoria Square
Private boat ride, guided walking tour, visit St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs; [LF] glassblower demonstration with surprise gift; [LF] farewell drink at Caffé Florian
Headsets throughout the tour
Full buffet breakfast (B) daily; 2 three-course dinners (D): a special welcome dinner in Rome and a special dinner in Florence; farewell drink in Venice
Prices based on double room occupancy.
Single room supplement:
Triple room reduction per person:
Extra nights per person in Rome:
in single room $208, in twin $150, in triple $128
Extra nights per person in Venice:
in single room $235, in twin $205, in triple $173
Transfers for sea/ocean cruises may be available from your hotel to the port on the last day of your vacation. For more information and pricing, please contact your Travel Consultant.
2015 departures are subject to itinerary and price modification. Details will be available in September 2014.
The tour operator, Globus, was excellent. The coach was clean and comfortable, and the driver was very good, especially considering traffic conditions in Italy. Special kudos to our tour director who was on top of every situation and handled them with a high degree of professionalism. We have been on a number of bus tours, and she has been, without question, the best tour director we have had. For example, my wife has a food allergy that, after we notified her of it, she made arrangements at every meal for a special meal to be served.
Our trip was marvelous. The guides were knowledgeable and courteous, hotel rooms were very nice, included meals were mostly good (first night in Rome an exception). We flew from Paris to Rome, Venice to Nice, and Nice back to Paris on EZJet, and found them to be no frills but comfortable, timely, and very affordable. Would recommend EZJet highly.
Just returned from the Globus Taste of Italy Tour and it was wonderful. Exceeded our expectations! We were very happy with Globus. The buses were clean and spacious and driven safely and courteously.The accommodations exceeded our expectations. The tours were well planned and enjoyable. The local guides were knowledgeable and very pleasant and our Globus representative did everything she could to ensure our trip was comfortable and pleasurable.
The overall trip was incredible. It exceeded my expectations. I liked the hotels and their locations. Professional director and tour guides. Accurate scheduling. The extra tours were the best since we were taken to very good restaurants with very good food and wines and also good entertainment.
The hotels on this trip far exceeded my expectations. They were immaculate and central to many attractions. We stopped booking the extra side trips after getting back so late that there was little time to freshen up and go to dinner. That was too rushed. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and the local guides were outstanding in their knowledge of history. The motorcoach should have an actual bathroom. We should not be told that it is an inconvenience to set up whatever it is they had. It's embarrasing. All in all, however, this was an excellent tour and I would recommend it to my friends.
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