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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Countries Visited

Italy

Cities Visited

Florence , Rome , Venice

DAY 1, Friday - Depart for Italy
Depart for Italy

DAY 2, Saturday - 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. Your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 6 PM (exact time will be advised on tour arrival day), followed by dinner. We recommend you to select flights that arrive no later than 4 PM
Overnight: Venice
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Sunday - 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. 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, Monday - 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, Tuesday - 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 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. Accademia Gallery tickets are included for an independent visit of one of Italy's most famous museums of Art, allowing you to explore on your own. This evening, travel through the Tuscan hills, where dinner with wine and entertainment awaits
Overnight: Florence
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Wednesday - 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 for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Thursday - 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. Spend the afternoon at leisure, or join the optional walking tour of the Eternal City's grand piazzas that includes the Spanish Steps, the legendary Trevi Fountain, view of the Pantheon, and the Baroque Piazza Navona. Tonight, explore on your own and choose one of the numerous restaurants offering delicious local cuisine
Optional: Piazzas of Rome (PM)
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Friday - Depart Italy
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Venice, Rome-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 6 nights First Class accommodations
  • 2 nights Venice
  • 2 nights Florence
  • 2 nights Rome
  • Italian city hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 9 meals: 6 breakfasts, 3 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
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    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♦
  • ♦ Monday departures do not include the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel but instead will visit the Forum & outside view of the Colosseum.

    †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

    Your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 6 PM. We recommend you to select flights that arrive no later than 4 PM.


    Accommodation Details:
    Some departures may stay at the in Venice instead of the Grand Hotel Principe and at the Rivoli Boutique Hotel in Florence instead of the Grand Hotel Adriatico. In case Grand Hotel Adriatico in Florence is unable to accommodate triple rooms, two rooms will be confirmed based on hotel's availability.

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    At Gate 1 we take your safety and security very seriously. We have a strong network of tour managers, local offices, ground operators and colleagues which help us stay informed in all the destinations that we operate. We closely monitor local situations which enable us to make the operational decisions necessary to keep our tours running safely. Millions of people travel the world each year and experience enjoyable and safe trips but crimes against people and property are sadly a fact of life. It is very important to be aware of your surroundings and avoid drawing attention to yourself. Please remember that you have the same responsibility for your personal safety and possessions as you do at home. It is essential to prepare for a safe and healthy travel abroad. Therefore before you travel, we strongly recommend that you visit the website of the US Department of State at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel.html for up-to-date travel advice on the countries that you are visiting. The website provides useful information on subjects such as safety and security information, health precautions and medications, health insurance and additional tips for traveling abroad. If you do not reside in the United States, we recommend you check your government's travel advisory website for any country you will be visiting. We recommend that you review the safety guidance that may be provided by us, our agents or suppliers, either before you go or when you arrive in your destination. You can also find helpful tips on our website in the "Trip Preparation" tab of each of our tour packages. We do know that in-spite of careful planning, things can sometimes still go wrong, so rest assured, we will be there to help and support you.

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    Accommodations

    NH Venezia Santa Lucia
    This first class hotel is ideally located on the Grand Canal of Venice, in the city's Cannaregio district.

    Starhotels Michelangelo
    This first class hotel is located in the center of Florence, near the Arno River.

    Starhotels Metropole
    This first class hotel is located in the heart of Rome, within walking distance of the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps.

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    Questions & Answers

    Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

    Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

    Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

    Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

    Customer Reviews

    Overall Rating
    4.3
    Accommodations
    3.9
    Itinerary
    4.5
    Professional Staff
    4.5
    Repeat with Operator
    4.5
    Value for Money
    4.3

    Ratings based off 30 reviews - currently showing 11 reviews with comments only

    This was an excellent experience. Well organized and great selection of places to visit in Italy. The tour continued 2 days beyond our booking. We used our free time to see what we wanted to in Rome so there was only a little loss with the shorter trip.

    Had a great tour. Tour manager was very good.

    The tour director was not very amicable, in fact we experienced various instances where she was rude with other tourmates.

    For this Gate 1 independent travel trip: Hotel: our stay at Hotel Puccini was very nice, and it's location is central and convenient, both within the town of Montecatini Terme and in Tuscany in general. Rental car: insurance coverage included in Gate One's package was quite good--a pleasant surprise--we only added glass protection, which was not expensive.

    Myriam, our travel guide, was the best. I would definitely book another tour with her.

    Our tour guides were very knowledgeable and personable. Our Tour Manager Viviana was AMAZING! Vivi definitely elevated our tour experience and I believe that my fellow travelers would agree. Vivi ensured that all of us were well taken care of and because of her we all kept talking about taking more Gate1 tours. The tour itself can be amazing but the tour manager ensures that the travelers get the most out of their experiences! The meals and meal experiences in Tuscany and Florence were wonderful. The group dinner (meal itself) at the Metropole in Rome left a lot to be desired but the hotel amenities & staff were great.

    This was the best tour guide I have had in my travels. He was always available, courteous, most helpful, full of energy and always with a smile. Whatever you pay him, you should double it.

    The trip to Italy exceeded my expectations in many ways. The hotels were clean & adequate. The tour manager was amazing. She was immensely helpful and we were grateful to be on tour with her daily. The bus was very comfortable & she gave us a lot of interesting history that was above and beyond. It was fantastic to have a tour guide to interpret, made the trip much more informative, chose excellent places (for example the Tuscany lunch and traditional dinner with music, opera dinner in Rome), which we never would have found ourselves. The day in Capri was unbelievably beautiful. Travelling with a group of 30 was great, to have English speaking companions at meal time & got to be friends with many. Also being on tour, we were able to skip the cue lines at the Vatican and the museums. I have recommended the tour to a few friends already & would definitely do another gate 1 tour.

    I enjoyed the trip immensely and I am looking forward to booking another trip soon.

    This was an amazing trip with wonderful guides both locally and for the entire tour. Last moment change of hotels was to our great benefit. Most hotels were as described on tripadvisor. Would definately recommend this tour and company again

    This is our second tour thru Gate 1 and booked thru Affordable Tour.....Very well organized + great value. Our tour guide was exceptional!...............We had great time!

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