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The Papal Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Assisi, ItalyFlorence, ItalyThe Roman Forum in Rome, ItalyVenice, Italy
The Papal Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Assisi, Italy
Florence, Italy
The Roman Forum in Rome, Italy
Venice, Italy
  • Duration: 16 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe Preview 2014
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  • Style: Italy and Combinations Regionals
  • Description: From art treasures to cuisine and beautiful countryside to elegant fashion, Italy has it all. Your Italian Discovery is designed to show the very best the country has to offer in a host of towns and cities including Rome, Florence, Siena, Milan, Pompeii and the Island of Capri.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    ARRIVE ROME (2 NIGHTS)

    Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! Unwind after your journey. Later, enjoy a Welcome Reception with your companions and your Travel Director, an expert on history and culture. Then take an orientation drive to see the Tiber and St. Peter’s Basilica a perfect introduction to this magical city.


    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

  • Day 2

    ROME SIGHTSEEING

    Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Guide begins at the Vatican Museums. Experience a Unique Insight when you ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante. Admire Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and then visit St. Peter’s Basilica to see his famous Pietà. Your tour continues in ancient Rome. See the Forum and also Circus Maximus, where chariot races were held. Visit the impressive Colosseum. There’s time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by!


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 3

    ROME - ALBEROBELLO

    Drive eastwards through the spectacular Abruzzi Mountains to the Alberobello region near the Adriatic coast. Enjoy a special Be My Guest Dinner in Alberobello.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest)

  • Day 4

    ALBEROBELLO - SORRENTO (2 NIGHTS)

    See the unique limestone houses – trulli – during your orientation of the town of Alberobello. Continue your journey to Sorrento. Your orientation includes views of Piazza Tasso and Corsa Italia.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 5

    ISLE OF CAPRI EXCURSION

    Watch a demonstration at an inlaid-wood workshop, followed by a cruise to the beautiful Isle of Capri. See Capri town and view the Faraglioni Rocks and Marina Piccola during your guided walking tour. Visit the Piazzetta where the rich and famous sip their cappuccinos. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 6

    SORRENTO - POMPEII - ASSISI

    Visit the excavations of the city of Pompeii, which lay buried for centuries after Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. Your Local Guide provides insight into this UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery near Monte Cassino. Continue your journey through the hills of Frascati and Umbria to arrive at Assisi on the slopes of Mount Subasio. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 7

    ASSISI - VERONA - VENICE (2 NIGHTS)

    Meet your Local Guide this morning for a walking tour of Assisi, including a visit to St. Francis’ Basilica, featuring frescoes by Giotto, and the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli. Continue your journey and visit the fair city of Verona for views of Juliet’s balcony and the Roman arena. Arrive later in the magical Byzantine city of Venice, Queen of the Adriatic.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 8

    VENICE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Venice is a very special city. View the Bridge of Sighs, Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica during your cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialities at a glass-blowing workshop on Giudecca island. Spend free time afterwards shopping, or perhaps enjoy a local seafood lunch on the Island of Burano.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 9

    VENICE - CORTINA D' AMPEZZO (OR BOLZANO)

    Traverse the Veneto plains to Cortina d’Ampezzo in the Dolomites - a winter sport resort which hosted the Winter Olympics in 1956. See the world-famous Olympic ski-jump and spend the rest of the day relaxing in the mountains. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 10

    CORTINA D' AMPEZZO (OR BOLZANO) - ITALIAN LAKES - PAVIA - MILAN

    This morning, travel via the Italian Lake district and Pescheria del Garda, to visit the Carthusian Abbey in Pavia, renowned for the exuberance of its architecture, and (when available) gain an insight into the monastic lifestyle from a Local Expert. Continue to Milan for your overnight stay.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 11

    MILAN - SANTA MARGHERITA (2 NIGHTS)

    This morning, visit fashionable Milan. See the Duomo, the Galleria, and the famous La Scala Opera House during your walking tour with your Local Guide. Then continue past Genoa, Columbus' birthplace, en route to the Italian Riviera. Cruise to the resort of Portofino (weather permitting) before returning to your hotel in Santa Margherita. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 12

    SANTA MARGHERITA FREE TIME

    Relax or explore this famous Ligurian resort. Or, consider joining an excursion to the beautiful Cinque Terre.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 13

    SANTA MARGHERITA - FLORENCE (2 NIGHTS)

    Travel south into Tuscany and the Renaissance city of Florence. Your walking tour with a Local Guide includes views of the magnificent Duomo, Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Baptistery. View the Ponte Vecchio, one of Florence’s most famous landmarks. You might like to shop for high quality leather and 18-carat gold, or simply relax and enjoy the atmosphere.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 14

    FLORENCE FREE TIME

    Enjoy a full day to explore this fascinating city. You might like to visit the Academy of Fine Arts and see Michelangelo’s statue of David or visit gardens and palaces like the Boboli and Pitti Palace. Whatever you decide, your Travel Director will be on hand to help you get the most out of your day.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 15

    FLORENCE - SIENA - ROME

    Past the sprawling vineyards of Chianti you arrive at the medieval city of Siena. See the Piazza del Campo, scene of the annual Palio horse races, and the Cathedral. Enjoy free time to shop for souvenirs and Tuscan specialities before returning to Rome. Celebrate the end of your holiday this evening with your companions at a Farewell Dinner.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

  • Day 16

    DEPART ROME

    After breakfast, say ‘arrivederci’ to Rome and your new found friends at the end of your Grand Italian experience. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Local Speciality Visit an inlaid-wood workshop in Sorrento.
  • Local Speciality Visit Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian Arts. See glass-blowing artisans and other craftsmen in action.
  • Be My Guest In the heart of Murgia enjoy warm hospitality with a local Puglian family at their Masseria (farmhouse). Enjoy a traditional meal prepared with organic ingredients and sample the farm’s own wines.
  • Local Guide in Rome, Pompeii, Assisi, Milan and Florence.
  • Unique Insight Follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and da Vinci when visiting the Vatican Museums. Ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante, in a part of the Vatican not open to the public.
  • Local Expert Visit the Carthusian Abbey in Pavia and enjoy guided commentary from one of the monks (when available).
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • RomeSightseeing tour with a Local Guide includes views of the ancient Roman Forum and Circus Maximus. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and see Michelangelo’s Pieta. Visit the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel. Visit the Colosseum.
  • Isle of CapriCruise to the beautiful island and take the funicular to Capri town. View the Faraglioni Rocks, the Marina Piccola and visit the Piazzetta.
  • PompeiiVisit of the excavations at Pompeii with a Local Guide.
  • Monte CassinoVisit the Commonwealth War Cemetery.
  • AssisiWalking tour with your Local Guide includes a visit of St Francis’ Basilica.
  • VeronaSee Juliet’s balcony and the Roman arena.
  • VeniceCanal cruise by private launch. View St. Mark’s Square, Doge’s Palace and more.
  • Cortina d' AmpezzoVisit this ski resort.
  • MilanSightseeing with your Local Guide includes views of the Glass Domed Galleria, the Gothic Cathedral and La Scala Opera House.
  • PaviaVisit the Carthusian Abbey.
  • PortofinoCruise to this exclusive resort on the Italian Riviera.
  • FlorenceAdmire the panoramic views from Piazzale Michelangelo. Your walking tour with a Local Guide takes you to Signoria Square and includes views of the Duomo, Baptistery, Ponte Vecchio and Santa Croce Basilica.
  • SienaOrientation includes the Piazza del Campo and the marble Cathedral.

Dining

  • 15 hot buffet breakfasts.

  • 7 evening meals including:

  • Welcome Reception including light snacks and welcome drinks with your Travel Director in Rome.
  • 4 three-course dinners with local wine.
  • Be My Guest Dinner in Alberobello.
  • Farewell Dinner with wine in Rome.

Travel Highlights

  • Return cruise to the Isle of Capri.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring two-bedded rooms and private facilities
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • Travel by luxury, air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom
  • The services of a professional Travel Director
  • Audio headsets to clearly hear your guide’s commentary on all included sightseeing
  • A travel wallet with your documentation
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map
  • Airport transfers are included on the arrival and departure days of your trip.

Airport Transfers

  • For full details on transfers, please click here.
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