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Italian Glory 2014

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Florence, ItalyPonte VecchioSt Peter's BasilicaSt Mark's Square
Florence, Italy
Ponte Vecchio
St Peter's Basilica
St Mark's Square
  • Duration: 13 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
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    At Leisure 2014
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    Italy 2014
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  • Style: At Leisure
  • Description: All roads lead to Rome. That's why we start in Milan, our exploration of the beauty and culture of Como, Venice, Florence and the Amalfi Coast leading us on to the vibrant Italian capital. It's Insider moments like… the fruity explosion of olive oil on your tongue while sampling the fresh produce of the Fattoria di Maiano. At the heart of Tuscany, you'll meet the family of Count Fulcis in their 15th century villa, where the love story a 'Room with a View' was filmed, and learn about the principles of organic olive oil production. Later, the smell of tomatoes, garlic and fresh baking bread beckons you from the formal gardens, to sit down together to a meal of lush local flavour framed by the rolling hills of Tuscany.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    ARRIVE MILAN – COMO (2 NIGHTS)

    Welcome to Milan - capital of the Lombardy region! Transfer to your hotel in Como. Unwind or take a leisurely stroll to see the exquisite villas and gardens. Meet your travel companions and your Travel Director later for a Welcome Reception.


    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Barchetta Excelsior

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  • Day 2

    MILAN EXCURSION

    Enjoy an orientation tour of Como before heading to Milan. In fashionable Milan, your Local Expert shows you the impressive sights. View the Gothic cathedral, La Scala and the Galleria.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 3

    COMO – VERONA – VENICE (3 NIGHTS)

    See the Roman arena and Juliet's balcony in Verona, the setting of Shakespeare's most famous play. There's time to relax or shop on the Via Mazzini. Arrive later in the Renaissance city of Venice, your home for the next three nights. Consider a gondola ride this evening – the perfect introduction to this romantic city! Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with wine)

    Hotel: Best Western Villa Mabapa

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  • Day 4

    VENICE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Admire Venice in all its glory as you approach St. Mark's Square by private launch. See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge's Palace and the Byzantine Basilica. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating a Local Speciality at a glass-blowing workshop on Giudecca island. Spend the afternoon exploring the city on your own.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 5

    SECRET VENICE WALKING TOUR AND VISIT TO THE MARKET

    Cruise along the Grand Canal to the Rialto Bridge. Your Local Expert brings the city to life during your walking tour. See how the locals shop for food and find out about some of the regional cuisine including the delicious seafood. Cross the Rialto Bridge and see the beautiful architecture including Marco Polo's house. The rest of the day is free to explore, or perhaps consider an optional experience to Burano for some delicious local seafood!


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 6

    VENICE – FLORENCE (2 NIGHTS)

    Travel through picturesque Tuscan countryside to Florence for a two night stay.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Roma

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  • Day 7

    FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Learn about Florence's artistic heritage during a walking tour with your Local Expert. See the multi coloured Duomo and the Piazza della Signoria. View the Ponte Vecchio bridge, one of the city's most famous landmarks. Enjoy panoramic views of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo. Spend free time shopping for high quality leather and gold or consider an optional experience to the Fine Arts Academy to see Michelangelo's 'David'. Tonight, join your fellow travellers and Travel Director for an authentic Be My Guest dinner in a local restaurant with stunning views over the rolling Chianti hills.


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

  • Day 8

    FLORENCE – AMALFI COAST (MAIORI) (3 NIGHTS)

    Drive south from Florence through the Arno Valley and past the Bay of Naples to your hotel in Maiori on the Amalfi coast. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with wine)

    Hotel: Pietra Di Luna/San Pietro/Panorama

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  • Day 9

    AMALFI COAST AT LEISURE

    Spend the day relaxing on this magnificent coastline. Sip a cappuccino, browse in the shops or perhaps take a dip in the Mediterranean. The choice is yours!


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 10

    ISLE OF CAPRI AND AMALFI TOWN EXCURSION

    Take a ferry to the Isle of Capri, and continue to Capri town by funicular railway. See the famous Piazzetta, during your guided walking tour. Spend time exploring on your own. Perhaps visit the house of Dr. Axel Munthe or shop for souvenirs. Later, cruise to the charming town of Amalfi to see the Romanesque Church and other interesting sights. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with wine)

  • Day 11

    AMALFI COAST (MAIORI) – POMPEII – ROME (2 NIGHTS)

    Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, leaving Pompeii covered for centuries by a layer of volcanic ash. Your Local Expert tells you the history of this partially buried ancient town during a Small Group Sightseeing walking tour. Later, enjoy views of the Abbey of Monte Cassino on the way to Rome. Tonight, consider an evening excursion in the city.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Grand Hotel Tiberio

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  • Day 12

    ROME SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE

    This morning join your Local Expert to visit St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City and view Michelangelo's Pietà. Your sightseeing tour continues in ancient Rome. View the Forum and see Circus Maximus, where chariot races where held. Visit inside 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 / Farewell Dinner)

  • Day 13

    DEPART ROME

    Say 'arrivederci Roma' at the end of a memorable holiday! Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Local Expert in Milan, Venice, Florence, Pompeii and Rome.
  • Be My Guest Dinner in an elegant Tuscan country villa with frescoed reception rooms overlooking the Chianti hills.
  • Small Group Sightseeing In Pompeii, enjoy a guided visit to the excavations with a group size of no more than 25 guests to enhance your experience.
  • 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.
  • Unique Insight Walking tour of 'Secret Venice' with your Local Guide includes a visit to the colourful fish market and views of Marco Polo's house.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Speciality Visit Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian Arts. See glass blowing artisans and other craftsmen in action.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City Tours in Milan, Venice, Florence, Pompeii and Rome.
  • Orientation of Lake Como.
  • Visit the excavations at Pompeii, St. Peter's Basilica and the Roman Colosseum.
  • Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice and to the Isle of Capri.
  • View the Gothic Cathedral and La Scala Opera House in Milan, the Byzantine St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, the Duomo in Florence, the Abbey at Monte Cassino and the Roman Forum.
  • See the Roman Arena and Juliet's Balcony in Verona.

Dining

  • 12 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • 6 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, 3 three course dinners with wine and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • Return cruise to the Isle of Capri.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.

Airport Transfers

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Notes
  • * For single travellers purchasing the twin-share option, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 
  • ^Twin-share option not available for trips to South America., Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey.

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