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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

All roads may lead to Rome, but we know the scenic avenues to reach all the enchanting cities on your Italy bucket list. That serene passageway in Assisi, that chic leather boutique in Florence, that off-the-beaten-path bridge in Venice—we know the way! We’ve mapped out the iconic experiences of Italy, leading you through the historic streets and piazzas of the “Eternal City,” the vine and olive-clad hills of Tuscany, and the romantic canals of the “Floating City” so you can experience the art, architecture, vino, and espresso you’ve long imagined. On this dreamy tour of Italy’s great cities, stroll through the medieval-walled city of Siena, ponder the curious tilt at the Tower of Pisa, and happily lean into the delicious plates of pasta, pizza, and pastries along the way.

Countries Visited

Italy

  1. Day 1
    ARRIVE IN ROME, ITALY
    Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (D)

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    Meals:   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    ROME–ASSISI
    Roman Holiday ROME Guided sightseeing includes the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Fontana di Trevi, the Pantheon, and Piazza Navona. *
    Take a scenic drive en route to Assisi.
    ASSISI Enjoy [LF] wine tasting at a local Cantina. (B,D)
    124 mi / 200 km

    * For operational reasons, schedule changes for the Rome program cannot be excluded.

    LOCAL FAVORITE
    LOCAL TASTES For two generations, the same family has cared for hectares of fertile ground: an expanse of vines and olives, figs and fruit trees stretching through the valley to the foot of Assisi. Take in the scent of the excellent wine in this timeless cellar and experience a wine tasting in in this blissful vineyard in the Umbrian countryside.


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  3. Day 3
    ASSISI–VENICE ISLAND
    Medieval Marvels ASSISI See the Basilica of St. Francis before a scenic drive en route to Venice. (B)
    280 mi / 450 km

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    ICONIC FOOTSTEPS Walk in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi with a visit to the Basilica named after the deacon, friar, and mystic, who became one of the most venerated religious figures in Christianity. Revered for his love of the Eucharist and the Earth, Francis found communion with God through nature here in this Italian village where he lived and died. Marvel at the magnificent frescoes by Italian master Giotto that adorn the Basilica where the saint is buried.


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    Meals:   Breakfast
  4. Day 4
    VENICE ISLAND
    Benvenuti a Venezia VENICE ISLAND Take a private boat ride on the canals, followed by a guided walking tour to see St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doges’ Palace, and the Bridge of Sighs, followed by a glassblowing demonstration. Free time this afternoon and evening. (B)

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    HISTORIC SPOT Locals simply call Piazza San Marco “la piazza.” As paired with the smaller Piazzetta, it forms the social, religious, and political hub of Venice, which Napoleon called “the drawing room of Europe.” St. Mark’s Basilica dominates the square, offering visitors a spectacular view of the great arches, marble embellishments, and the Romanesque carvings of its façade. Also gracing the square is Doge’s Palace – a masterpiece of Venetian Gothic architecture. The enclosed Bridge of Sighs, connecting the palace with the prison, is named for the prisoners breathing in their last view of the Rio di Palazzo on their walk to the prison’s interrogation rooms.


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    Meals:   Breakfast
  5. Day 5
    VENICE ISLAND–PISA–FLORENCE
    The Tilted Tower PISA See the Leaning Tower en route to Florence. (B)
    280 mi / 450 km

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    ART & ARCHITECTURE See architecture gone askew from the viewpoint of the Piazza dei Miracoli in Pisa. Take the ultimate selfie in front of the Leaning Tower with a tilt of the head or other popular poses to commemorate your visit to the site of medieval art in this beautiful piazza.


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    Meals:   Breakfast
  6. Day 6
    FLORENCE
    Fine Art in Firenze FLORENCE Guided sightseeing includes Michelangelo’s masterpiece, David, at the Academy of Fine Arts, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gates of Paradise,” and Signoria Square. Free time this afternoon and evening. (B)

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    ART & ARCHITECTURE Those lucky enough to visit the Tuscan capital are witness to some of the world’s most magnificent art. Home to a wealth of Rennaissance masterpieces, Florence is famous for Michelangelo’s Marble Masterpiece, David, standing ready for battle in the Academy of Fine Arts. Outside, the Piazza del Duomo and Signoria Square offer spectacular sights of Florentine Gothic and Renaissance art, architecture, and monuments.


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    Meals:   Breakfast
  7. Day 7
    FLORENCE–SIENA–ROME
    Siena with Sugar on Top SIENA Your orientation walk includes Piazza del Campo. Taste the traditional sweets of [LF] panforte and ricciarelli before returning to Rome. (B)
    199 mi / 320 km

    LOCAL FAVORITE
    LOCAL TASTES A mouth-watering mix of almonds, egg white, honey, sugar, and the pleasing aroma of almond paste are baked into each bite of ricciarelli. Doused with sugar, these oval shaped biscuits are sold by the dozens throughout Siena. Why not make it a baker’s dozen of delight with a slice of panforte? This chewy flourless cake is rich with candied fruit and almonds with a hint of spices. What was once a medieval delicacy prepared for monks and nuns in The Lands of Siena, panforte (strong bread) is now a sweet staple served in virtually every pastry shop you’re lucky enough to pass.


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    Meals:   Breakfast
  8. Day 8
    ROME. EXCURSION TO CASTEL GANDOLFO
    Arrivederci, Roma CASTEL GANDOLFO Take a guided visit of the Papal Palace and the Barberini Gardens.
    ROME Join a guided visit of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà. Enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant this evening. * (B,D)
    50 mi / 80 km

    * For operational reasons, schedule changes for the Rome program cannot be excluded.

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    ICONIC FOOTSTEPS Enjoy an extraordinary, guided visit to explore the Papal Palace and beautiful Barberini Gardens. Stroll the spectacular grounds of the grand papal retreat of Castel Gandolfo, where Holy Fathers and world dignitaries walked and talked about faith and the world at large.


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    ROME
    Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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    Meals:   Breakfast

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Full buffet breakfast daily; 3 three-course dinners

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Accommodations

Rome: Cicerone
A 250 room centrally located hotel in the Prati area within pleasant walking distance along the River Tiber to historic Castel Sant'Angelo. The hotel has an elegant restaurant, cozy sitting rooms, and an American bar.
Address:
Via Cicerone, 55/C
Rome , Italy
Assisi: Valle Di Assisi
Valle di Assisi Hotel & Spa offers air-conditioned rooms fully equipped with a flat-screen TV, Free Wi-Fi, a minibar, and a bathroom complete with a hairdryer and complimentary toiletries. A buffet breakfast is served daily and includes homemade cakes, local cheese and meat, eggs, yogurt, cereals and fresh fruits from the garden. The Recanto restaurant serves traditional Umbrian dishes and a wine tasting is also available. Relax at the Assisi Cantico Spa or enjoy the seasonal outdoor pool with panoramic views o f the Assisi countryside.
Address:
Via San Bernardino Da Siena, 116
S.Maria Degli Angeli - Assisi , Italy
Venice Area: Carlton on the Grand Canal
A plush traditional Venetian style hotel set in a majestic four story building with refined interiors such as Murano glass wall lamps and gilt-edged furniture. Perfectly placed on the Grand Canal, with a vaporetto stop right outside and close to the main train station, this property offers great transportation access with the Rialto Bridge close by. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the property which has an elegant fine-dining restaurant, a lobby bar, and a lovely rooftop terrace where drinks are served with views of the spired city skyline as a backdrop. 145 air-conditioned classically styled guestrooms offer coffee/tea-making facilities.
Address:
Santa Croce, 578
Venezia , Italy
Florence: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo
Modern hotel situated on the banks of the river Arno, steps away from the city center. The Duomo and Palazzo Pitti are nearby.
Address:
Lungarno Del Tempio, 44
Florence , Italy
Rome: Della Conciliazione
This elegant 67 room hotel is just a few minutes walk away from St. Peter's Basilica and offers modern comforts within the charming atmosphere of a historic building. A hearty breakfast buffet is served in the c hic breakfast room and drinks can be enjoyed at the lobby bar.
Address:
Via Borgo Pio 164
Roma , Italy

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Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.3
Accommodations
3.8
Itinerary
4.6
Professional Staff
4.6
Repeat with Operator
4.4
Value for Money
4.1

Ratings based off 108 reviews - currently showing 26 reviews with comments only

Good trip with knowledgeable tour director and site guides. Hotels went from what was unexpected (Venice) to disappointed (Florence). The crowds of tourists was overwhelming at times. The sites we visited were absolutely wonderful. Overall we enjoyed our trip.

Globus was an excellent tour operator. The tour director often exceeded my expectations. I would definitely rebook with this operator.

Cicerone Hotel was a disappointment. Hotel location is fantastic however the room is dated and needed upgrading. The Murano hotel and NH were superb. Overall was satisfactory. This is our third trip with Globus and very likely will use globus for future trip.

The tour in Rome was a half day The options for pm should NOT have been optional. Very disappointed with this part

The tour was very well-organized but could be a bit hectic if one joins all the optional tours, but these optional tours actually enhanced my appreciation of the places we visit and allowed close and friendly interactions with other people in the tour.

This was a wonderful trip, which exceeded our expectations.

We just returned from our trip to Italy with Globus (booked through Affordable Tours). It was a magnificent trip that covered a lot in just a few days. We covered Rome, Assisi, Venice, Siena and Florence. The accommodations were very good (all 4 star hotels). We have to remember that European Hotels are very different from American Hotels. They were all charming and provided with the services necessary for a pleasant trip. While in Venice, the excursion to Burano is a must. While in Florence, the excursion to a Tuscany Farm Restaurant was the highlight of the trip. The Tour Guide was very knowledgeable and communicated well with most of the participants. My entire family of 5 had an excellent experience and we would not hesitate to book another tour with Globus. Affordable Tours has booked 3 consecutive tours for me and my family and has essentially been a pleasant experience every time. Thanks.

The trip was excellent and so was service by Globus. 

The Globus tour guide was excellent. 

This was a fast paced trip. For us we would not choose to change hotels every 2 nights again. The Vatican tour was done at light speed. 15 minutes in the Sistine Chapel is too little. Photo ops are by chance. Not once did a bus stop so we could get a great photo.

We were very pleased with Affordable Tours and with Globus.

We really appreciated all of the suggestions included in our travel folder and recommendations for traveling to Italy. The only thing missing was information about the local guides in each city. A suggestion, please include an envelope for each tour guide as well a tour director and bus driver. At least give a recommended amount to tip each local guide. Thank you so much. We LOVED this trip!

We had an amazing trip will definitely keep you I mind for any if our other trips.

We had a wonderful trip. Globus was amazing. The entire trip from our flight to and from ran very smoothly. I can honestly say I do not have one comlaint....only positives. Thank you!

The hotels on this Globus tour were a disappointment. The itinerary scheduled for the Carlton Grand Canal hotel in Venice, but that was changed to the Ambasciatori hotel on the mainland in Venice...so not the canal experience we had hoped for (& a reason we had booked this tour). A lot of time was wasted in Venice because we had to transfer by bus to the boats. We didn't find out about the change of hotel in Venice until the first day of the tour. The other hotels in Rome & Florence did not meet expectations.

Our Tour Director was excellent. Hope we will have another one like him the next time we have our trip. We enjoyed very much and was a very pleasant and memorable experience to all of us. Thank you Globus and Affortable Tours....

We only had one problem - getting to the Hotel in Rome. We did not see any offer for transfer on arrival by air in Rome. Fortunately, a tour guide with another travel company that we met on our flight into Rome, was able to set up the transfer for us!

It was a great vacation and would recommend both Globus Affordable Tours without any reservations.

Hotel rooms were way too small for two. Understand that is the European standards, but it's not worth the price. The Kraft and Villa Pamphili room sizes met the standards for the price of the room.

A few of the optional trips thru Globus did not provide transport back to hotel. I was little disappointed about the additional cost and trying to find my way in a new city. I will keep this in mind dealing with Globus.

The Globus tour guide was fabulously great. She was very knowledgeable, kind, organized and had great sense of humor. I really enjoy my experience. I learned a lot. The places were amazing. I really had an unforgettable time in Italy. =)

Tour Guide was excellent. Personal radios were a good idea--I just wish they worked more consistently.

The trip to Italy went off without a hitch and the extended time and tour we booked was easy to access once we got there.

We had a great time and look forward to the next trip. Hotels and our tour guide were great.

Overall it was a good experience and I did enjoy our vacation. The agent from Affordable Tours was great to work with.  Our Tour Director from Globus and Driver were excellent as well!

Globus is an exceptional organization. I am very pleased that we were able to tour a foreign land and see the highlights and have everything put together so well.

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