DAY 1 - ARRIVE ROME ( 2 NIGHTS )
Welcome to Rome. After check-in, relax and unwind. Later meet with your Travel Director and fellow travellers. This evening consider a stroll around this fascinating ancient city and mingle with the locals in beautiful squares with stunning architecture.
Hotel: Ergife Palace
DAY 2 - ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
This morning after a leisurely start, your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour with a visit to the Vatican City. Visit the awe-inspiring St. Peter's Basilica to view Michelangelo's statue, the Pietà. Take the opportunity to join an Optional Experience visiting the interior of the iconic Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums. Relive the glories of Ancient Rome by viewing the Forum and the mighty Colosseum. Afterwards you have free time to take in the sights or join an Optional Experience to explore the Pantheon and Piazza Navona.
DAY 3 - ROME - PISA - FLORENCE (2 NIGHTS)
This morning leave Rome and head north towards Central Italy. Travel through picturesque scenery in Umbria and Tuscany before arriving in the town of Pisa. Visit the Square of Miracles featuring the Leaning Tower, Cathedral and Baptistery. There is time to shop for souvenirs and take pictures before reaching your hotel near Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance.
Buffet Breakfast Hotel: Novotel Firenze Nord/Antony Hotel
DAY 4 - FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
Few cities in the world can boast an artistic legacy matching that of Florence. Your Local Specialist gives a superb commentary of the city's history during your walking tour, which includes views of the Baptistery, Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the impressive Giotto's Bell Tower and a visit to Piazza della Signoria. Experience a demonstration of fine leatherwork with time to explore on your own. Shop for high quality leather and 18-carat gold jewellery for which Florence is renowned and don't forget to try the gelato! Later enjoy dinner at the hotel.
DAY 5 - FLORENCE - VERONA - VENICE (2 NIGHTS)
Your journey continues north across the dramatic Apennine Mountains to Verona, the home of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. View the vast Roman Arena, where annual concerts are still held, and see Juliet's Balcony. Hear the story of the play, which begins with a street brawl between Montague and Capulet servants who, like their masters, are sworn enemies. Head east to the romantic city of Venice.
Buffet Breakfast/Dinner Hotel: Antony
DAY 6 - VENICE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME
Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialities at a glassblowing workshop on Giudecca Island. Then cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square in the heart of Venice. Admire the Bridge of Sighs, the ornate Doge’s Palace and the Byzantine Basilica of St. Mark. Spend free time afterwards exploring this fascinating city or perhaps take a cruise across the Venetian lagoon to the island of Burano, with its brightly coloured houses, for a relaxing meal.
DAY 7 - DEPART VENICE
This morning, say ‘Arrivederci' to Italy, your Travel Director and newfound friends at the end of an unforgettable holiday. Transfers are available to Venice Marco Polo Airport. Conditions apply.
# WHAT'S ALWAYS INCLUDED
Sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist includes a visit to St. Peter's Basilica plus views the mighty Colosseum and see the ancient sites
Visit the Square of Miracles to view the Leaning Tower
Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes views of the Cathedral and Piazza della Signoria
View the Roman Arena and Juliet's balcony
Cruise by private boat to St. Mark's Square. Visit a traditional glassblowing workshop on Giudecca Island
- Luxury air-conditioned coach
- Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
- Optional Experiences and free time
- An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
- All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
- Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
- Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day
- Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply.
This trip reveals all that's special about Italy, including Ancient Rome, Pisa, Florence, Verona and Venice. Visit the Colosseum and the Vatican on this trip that takes you inside the heart of this great city. Historic giants the Colosseum and the Vatican meet show-stopping fountains in Tivoli's beautiful gardens, taking you inside the heart of this great city and surrounding area. Push the Leaning Tower of Pisa over in a photo to send home to the family, stand on Juliet's balcony in Verona and watch Venetian craftsmen at work at a glass-blowing workshop in Venice.
Jewels of Italy
- Hand-picked 3 and 4 star accommodation