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Wonders of Italy Summer 2020

Wonders of Italy Summer 2020


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Italy

Tour Itinerary

Indulge in an enduring exploration of Italy's alluring art, architecture and history. See the imposing towers of San Gimignano and the seas of pastel shades that cling dramatically to Cinque Terre's cliffs.

Day 1 - Arrive Rome (2 Nights)
Benvenuti a Roma! Open your heart to a whirlwind of fiery passion, antiquities and hearty flavours crafted by Italian mammas over centuries. Enjoy a leisurely first encounter with the Eternal City before joining your travel companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and orientation drive to see the bustling cityscape.
Accommodation: Il Cantico
Meals: Welcome Reception

Day 2 - Rome Sightseeing and Free Time
'Dive Into Culture' on an included sightseeing tour with a 'Local Specialist' at the Vatican Museums. Admire the works of great masters - the Bramante staircase, magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and the sorrowful Pietà inside St. Peter's Basilica. In Ancient Rome, we pay tribute to the brave gladiators who fought for supremacy at the Colosseum during our included visit. We'll see the Circus Maximus where chariots thundered to the applause of thousands before a free afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - Rome – Lucca (2 Nights)
We stop in Pisa and visit its UNESCO-listed Square of Miracles to view the architectural feat that is the Leaning Tower. Then, travel to Lucca and enjoy time to wander through the medieval streets and admire the 14th-century San Martino Cathedral and Piazza dell'Anfiteatro, built on the site of an ancient Roman arena. Relax in Piazza San Michele or ascend one of the city's ancient towers for panoramic views in your free time.
Accommodation: Best Western Grand Guinigi
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 - Cinque Terre and Pisa Excursion
A sea of pastel pinks, yellows and blues cling dramatically to the Ligurian cliffs in the Cinque Terre UNESCO World Heritage Site, which we will have an opportunity to explore today on our included excursion. Join a 'Local Specialist' and delve into daily life in these picturesque fishing villages. Stop in Pisa and visit its UNESCO-listed Square of Miracles to view the architectural feat that is the leaning tower.
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 5 - Lucca – San Gimignano – Florence (2 Nights)
The gentle Tuscan landscape gives way to our next destination, the hilltop town of San Gimignano, famed for its stunning medieval architecture and historic towers, which stand today as a testament to the wealth and power of aristocratic families who lived here centuries ago. We 'Connect With Locals' over a 'Be My Guest' lunch with wine in a beautiful family owned vineyard overlooking the rolling Chianti Hills, before arriving in Florence, our home for the next two nights.
Accommodation: Grand Mediterraneo
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 6 - Florence Sightseeing and Free Time
Discover Renaissance treasures, extraordinary art and exquisite architecture in one of the cultural capitals of the world. We join a Local Specialist who will bring the legacy of the influential Medici family to life. Walk along narrow lanes into expansive piazze, viewing the magnificent marble Duomo and a replica of the David statue in Piazza della Signoria. View the Ponte Vecchio, over 670 years old, and admire spectacular panoramic views from Piazzale Michelangelo. You'll also learn about the quality and workmanship of two of this city's historic industries at demonstrations of Florentine leathercraft and 18-carat gold. The rest of the day is yours to explore the 'Cradle of the Renaissance'. Visit the masterpieces of Michelangelo, Botticelli and Da Vinci at Uffizi Gallery, wander through the architectural wonder of Palazzo Pitti or shop for high-quality leather and gold.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 - Florence – Verona – Venice (2 Nights)
Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers are remembered today during our jaunt to the romantic city of Verona where we will view Juliet's Balcony and the 1st-century Roman Arena, still used today to host spectacular operatic performances. We venture to Venice next, spending the rest of the afternoon exploring the city's labyrinthine calli on our own in search of hidden treasures. Wander along the Grand Canal, watch the sun set over St. Mark's Square or join an Optional Experience.
Accommodation: Le Boulevard
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 - Venice Orientation and Free Time
On the island of Giudecca, we 'Dive Into Culture' and witness the centuries-old tradition of Venetian glassblowing before seeing St. Mark's Basilica, the ornate Doge's Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. Cruise by private launch to see the city's most iconic attractions before enjoying free time to explore the city on your terms. Wander through the labyrinthine alleys, over ornate bridges and into quiet campi as you get lost in this enchanting city.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 - Venice – Bologna – Assisi
Travel through scenic countryside to the mystical town of Assisi, stopping en route in the city of Bologna to view its Kissing Towers that lean towards one another, seemingly poised to embrace. Continue to your hotel in Assisi where you'll dine this evening.
Accommodation: Grand
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 10 - Assisi Sightseeing – Villa d'Este Gardens – Rome
Discover the legacy of St. Francis of Assisi in his home town on the slopes of Mount Subasio. Join a 'Local Specialist' for a visit to the Basilica of St. Francis, renowned for its beautiful frescoes depicting the life of this beloved saint. We continue to Tivoli for a guided visit with a 'Local Specialist' of the UNESCO-listed terraced hillside Renaissance gardens of Villa d'Este. Wander past bubbling fountains, manicured hedges and ornate statues as you soak up the tranquil atmosphere of this historic hill town. This evening we enjoy a special Farewell Dinner with our fellow travellers and Travel Director.
Accommodation: Sheraton Parco de' Medici
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 11 - Depart Rome
It's time to say a fond arrivederci to Italy and our newfound friends after a memorable journey. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.
Meals: Breakfast

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Sightseeing Highlights

  • VIP ADMISSION to the Vatican Museums
  • ORIENTATION of Pisa, San Gimignano, Verona, and Venice
  • VISIT St Peter's Basilica, the Colosseum in Rome, San Gimignano, the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi and Villa d'Este Gardens in Tivoli
  • VIEW the ancient sites of Rome, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Santa Croce Basilica and Duomo in Florence, Juliet's Balcony in Verona, St. Mark's Basilica in Venice and the Kissing Towers of Bologna
  • SCENIC CRUISE by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice

Dining Highlights

  • 10 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)
  • 4 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • VIP entry to many sights

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This trip was beyond all our expectations, our Tour Director was by far the BEST Director we have ever had. I would highly recommend Jeff for his outstanding job making this trip a wonderful experience. Our Bus Driver was also the best, Antonello! Accommodations were also very good, Italian accommodations are very different than American but the hotels we stayed at were very fine and in great areas. All in all I would highly recommend this tour, it was for us, the trip of a lifetime. The only thing I would add is that the walking is moderate to heavy as some of the ruins have many stairs and no elevators.

Affordable Tours did an excellent job of coordinating with Trafalgar to ensure we were able to book our trip easily. Our Wonders of Italy Tour was a family event and I had to assist my older brother and sister in booking the tour. Maya made it super simple for my brother who is technologically challenged. Looking forward to doing business with you again.

The Wonders of Italy was an exception trip. Alex, from Affordable tours made sure that we were prepared with all the information we needed to get there and back. The trip was very well run and organized with a wonderful, fun guide who spoke clearly and was concerned about each passenger. The coach was from Trafalger, The guide's name was Lisa.


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