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11 Day Enchanting Italy - Sunday Departure

11 Day Enchanting Italy - Sunday Departure


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Italy

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1, Sunday - Depart for Italy
Depart for Italy

DAY 2, Monday - Arrive in Venice
Arrive in Venice and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure in this magical city built over a hundred small islands and connected by 400 bridges. Tonight, attend an orientation meeting at approximately 6 PM (exact time will be advised on tour arrival day) with your Tour Manager on the upcoming journey that awaits you in Italy, followed by a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers
Overnight: Venice
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, 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 and bridges 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 at leisure, or to 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, 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 paired 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 5, 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 6, Friday - Medieval Assisi City Tour en route to Rome
This morning, depart Florence and travel to the small medieval town of Assisi perched high on a hill in the Umbria region with its rugged, winding streets and sacred shrines. Participate in a walking tour of Assisi, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its significant art and architecture and 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. Afterward, continue to Rome, the astonishing city built on seven hills. Tonight, savor dinner together
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Saturday - Vatican Museums & 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 8, Sunday - Tour Ancient Rome
The historic tour of ancient Rome begins with a walk along the uneven and irregular paths of the Roman Forum, the original central plaza 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 9, Monday - Pompeii Tour en route to the Amalfi Coast
Traveling south to the Amalfi Coast, at a distance, you can view the magnificent Abbey of Montecassino perched high on the mountaintop (weather permitting). This was the scene of a huge battle near the end of World War II in which the Abbey was completely destroyed, but has since been lovingly restored. As you pass the Bay of Naples, majestic Mt. Vesuvius marks your way to Pompeii. Visit the city that was frozen in time under a thick carpet of volcanic ash almost 2,000 years ago. Walk through the original sloping streets of Pompeii and view the tragic fossils of people attempting to escape beside their children and dogs, along with the preserved ruins of the Temples of Apollo and Jupiter, and the Forum. Tonight, enjoy a lovely dinner together with the group
Overnight: Vietri Sul Mare, Amalfi Coast
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Tuesday - Full Day on the Amalfi Coast
A day at leisure on the picturesque Amalfi coast awaits, strikingly beautiful with its seaside setting and soaring cliffs plunging into the sea. Don't miss the optional full day tour to the enchanting and picturesque Isle of Capri by boat - it will be a highlight! Here, you'll walk through the narrow lanes of Anacapri, with its chic boutiques and shops offering tastings of the island's famous limoncello. Then continue on to La Piazzetta, where everyone gathers to socialize, and to the Gardens of Augustus, a natural paradise, from where you can see splendid views of the sea and the famous Faraglioni rock formations, one of the island's natural wonders. After a lovely day in Capri, return to your hotel. Tonight, savor dinner together
Optional: Full Day Capri
Overnight: Vietri Sul Mare, Amalfi Coast
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

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Inclusions

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Venice, Naples-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 9 nights First Class accommodations
  • 2 nights Venice or Venice Lido
  • 2 nights Florence
  • 3 nights Rome
  • 2 nights Sorrento or Amalfi Coast
  • Italian city hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 15 meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 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

  • Walking tour of Venice including St. Mark’s Square with its extraordinary treasures and architectural wonders
  • Stop at 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
  • Travel past the Bay of Naples and Mt. Vesuvius to visit Pompeii, the city frozen in time
  • Stay on the Sorrento or Amalfi Coast with its panoramic views of the azure-blue Gulf of Naples
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    *Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


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    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.


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

    Some departures may stay at the Amadeus Hotel in Venice instead of the Grand Hotel Principe, the Rivoli Boutique Hotel in Florence instead of the Grand Hotel Adriatico, and at the Hotel Cristina in Sorrento instead of the Hotel Central.

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    This superior first class hotel is situated on the romantic Canal dei Tolentini, a few steps away from Piazzale Roma and the Grand Canal.

    Hotel Londra
    This first class hotel is located right in the heart of Florence, close to the Palazzo dei Congressi and the Fortezza da Basso conference center.

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

    Lloyd's Baia Hotel
    This first class hotel overlooks the Gulf of Salerno.

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