DAY 1 - ARRIVE ROME ( 2 NIGHTS )
Welcome to Rome. Relax and unwind after check-in and meet with your Travel Director this afternoon. Tonight perhaps take a stroll through the city and soak up the vibrant atmosphere.
Hotel: Pinewood/Ergife Palace
DAY 2 - ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
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. Don't miss the opportunity to join an Optional Experience to visit the interior of the iconic Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums. View the mighty Colosseum and see the ancient sites of Rome. 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 - VENICE (MARGHERA) (2 NIGHTS)
Follow the Upper Tiber Valley past the medieval hilltop towns of Orte and Orvieto in Umbria to Tuscany, a unique, fertile landscape with olive groves and vineyards stretching into the distance. Cross the dramatic Apennine Mountains and arrive later in the vicinity of magical Venice.
Buffet Breakfast/Dinner Hotel: Mercure Marghera
DAY 4 - VENICE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME
Watch the Venetian craftsmen creating their local specialities at a glassblowing workshop on Giudecca Island. Savour the unique sights of Venice as you cruise by private launch to its heart, St. Mark’s Square. Marvel at the Bridge of Sighs, the magnificent Doge’s Palace and the Byzantine basilica adorned with glass mosaics. Explore this fascinating city in your free time or perhaps take a cruise across the lagoon to Burano Island for a delicious meal.
DAY 5 - VENICE - VERONA - FLORENCE (2 NIGHTS)
Drive west to Verona, the home of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. During your walking orientation, view the vast Roman Arena, where concerts are still held, and then see Juliet's Balcony. Your journey continues through the gastronomic region of Emilia Romagna to Tuscany and on to your hotel near the Renaissance city of Florence.
Buffet Breakfast Hotel: Novotel Firenze Nord
DAY 6 - FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
Florence enjoys a unique artistic heritage. Experience the delights on foot during your sightseeing tour t with a knowledgeable Local Specialist. View the Baptistery renowned for its carved bronze doors, as well as the marble Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiori, Giotto's impressive Bell Tower and the Piazza della Signoria. Enjoy a demonstration of leatherwork, with time afterwards to explore or shop for high quality Italian goods and 18-carat gold jewellery.
Buffet Breakfast/ Dinner
DAY 7 - FLORENCE - ASSISI - ROME
Passing through the rolling countryside of Tuscany into Umbria, you arrive at the mystical town of Assisi on the slopes of Mount Subasio. See the sights of St. Francis' birthplace, including the medieval ramparts. Later, on your final night in Rome, why not celebrate the end of your holiday with a special dinner?
Buffet Breakfast Hotel: Pinewood
DAY 8 - DEPART ROME
After breakfast say ‘Arrivederci’ to Rome and your travelling companions as you return home with wonderful memories of Italy. Transfers are available to Rome Airports. Conditions apply.
# WHAT'S ALWAYS INCLUDED
Sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist includes a visit to St. Peter's Basilica plus views of the mighty Colosseum
Cruise by private boat to St. Mark's Square. Visit a traditional glassblowing workshop on Giudecca Island
View the Roman Arena and Juliet's balcony on an orientation walk
Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes views of the Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiori and Giotto's Bell Tower
Orientation of this beautiful town dedicated to St. Francis
- Luxury air-conditioned coach
- Hand-picked 3 and 4 star accommodation
- Variety of Optional Experiences
- 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.
Explore the artistic heritage of three great Italian cities - Rome, Venice and Florence. Get a close look at the Romans' legacy through the impressive Colosseum, immerse yourself in Venice's effortless beauty and the influence of the Renaissance through Florence's art. Inspiring, romantic and unique, the wonders of Italy will hold you enthralled forever!