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Simply Italy Winter 2014/2015

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Florence, Italy
The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy
Colosseum in Rome, Italy
The Roman Forum in Rome, Italy
The Trevi Fountain by night in Rome, Italy
Venice, Italy
  • Duration: 9 Days
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  • Brochure: Autumn, Winter & Spring 2014/2015
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  • Style: Regional
  • Description: Rome, Venice, Florence – away from the summer crowds, the country's most iconic cities come into focus, on a nine day journey into the traditions and culture of Italy. It's Insider moments like… ascending the Bramante staircase and feeling the smooth marble underfoot as you reach the top, revealing jaw-dropping views of the city, in a part of the Vatican off-limits to the general public. Marvelling at the beauty of the Sistine Chapel, and finding out the story behind it from an expert historian. Exploring Rome at your leisure, the scent of roasting chestnuts floating on the breeze. And getting to know the Baj Macario family over hearty Tuscan dishes, enjoyed in their castle home.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    DEPART HOME

    Overnight flight to Rome.

  • Day 2

    ARRIVE ROME (2 NIGHTS)

    Welcome to Rome! After check-in, relax or start to explore this magical ancient city. This evening enjoy a Welcome Reception with your Travel Director and fellow travelers. Afterwards, a drive to see the city lights and a stop to view the magnificent St. Peter's Basilica will be the perfect introduction to the Eternal City.


    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Grand Hotel Tiberio

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  • Day 3

    ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Expert begins at the Vatican Museums. Experience a Unique Insight in the Vatican 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. Later, view the Forum, center of daily life in ancient Rome as well as visit the impressive Colosseum, the largest in the Roman Empire. See the Circus Maximus where Ben Hur style chariot racing took place. Spend free time discovering more of the city or relax at a sidewalk café and watch the world go by.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 4

    ROME – VENICE (2 NIGHTS)

    Travel through scenic Umbria and see the impressive hilltop towns of Orte and Orvieto before entering into Tuscany. Make your way past Chianti vineyards and terraced olive groves before crossing over the forested Apennine hills. Arrive later in Venice - one of the most unique and serene cities in the world. Dine tonight at your hotel.


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

    Hotel: Boscolo Bellini

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  • Day 5

    VENICE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME

    A visit to the magical city of Venice would not be complete without an orientation cruise by private motor launch along the canals to St. Mark's Square, with views of the Doge's Palace and the renowned Bridge of Sighs. Witness a Local Specialty demonstration of the ancient art of glassblowing at a workshop on Giudecca island. Then there's time on your own to join the various optional experiences on offer or to explore the labyrinth of streets and canals.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 6

    VENICE – PISA – FLORENCE (2 NIGHTS)

    This morning cross the Veneto plains then travel over the steep Apennine Mountains to the city of Pisa. See the incredible Leaning Tower, the amazing carved marble Cathedral and the Baptistery in the Square of Miracles. Later, travel through the province of Tuscany to Renaissance Florence for your two night stay.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo

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  • Day 7

    FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your Local Expert shows you the multicolored Duomo, Ponte Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria during your guided walking tour. Enjoy a panoramic view over the city from Piazzale Michelangelo before free time to shop for high quality leather and gold. Alternatively consider visiting the Fine Arts Academy to see the famous statue of David by Michelangelo. Today enjoy an authentic Be My Guest Tuscan lunch experience made with locally sourced fresh produce.


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

  • Day 8

    FLORENCE – SIENA – ROME

    Drive through the Chianti vineyards to the medieval city of Siena. Here an orientation includes the Piazza del Campo, scene of the famous Palio Horse Races. There is time at leisure to shop for Tuscan specialties before returning to the Eternal City of Rome. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and fellow travelers.


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

    Hotel: Sheraton Golf Parco De Medici

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  • Day 9

    ROME - RETURN HOME

    Say 'arrivederci' to your Travel Director and fellow travelers at the end of this remarkable Italian vacation. Airport transfers are available to Rome Fiumicino. Conditions apply.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest Specialty Tuscan lunch experience, made with locally sourced fresh produce and served with wine.
  • 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.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Expert for included sightseeing in Rome and Florence.
  • Local Specialty Visit Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian arts. See glassblowing artisans and other craftsmen in action.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Rome and Florence.
  • Orientation of Venice, Pisa and Siena.
  • Visit the Vatican Museum, St. Peter's Basilica and the Colosseum in Rome.
  • View the Forum in Rome, St. Mark's Basilica and the Bridge of Sighs in Venice, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Duomo in Florence and Piazza del Campo in Siena.
  • See the canals of Venice.

Dining

  • 7 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • Be My Guest lunch.
  • 3 evening meals (including Welcome Reception, 3 course dinner with wine and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day.
  • Audio HeadsetsProvided throughout your vacation to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • Hotel accommodations featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an onboard restroom.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.

Airport Transfers

  • For full details on transfers, please click here.
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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. 
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