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Florence, ItalyPonte Vecchio in Florence, ItalyColosseum in Rome, ItalyThe Trevi Fountain by night in Rome, ItalyRialto BridgeSt Mark's Square
Florence, Italy
Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy
Colosseum in Rome, Italy
The Trevi Fountain by night in Rome, Italy
Rialto Bridge
St Mark's Square
  • Duration: 10 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2013-2014
  • Style: At Leisure
  • Description: Experience the culture of Ancient Rome, the Colosseum, Circus Maximus and the Sistine Chapel. Be amazed at the Renaissance treasures of Florence and the unique cities of Assisi, Pisa and Bologna. Be swept up in the romance of Venice as you navigate its network of canals by gondola and admire distinctive Italian art and architecture.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! Relax after your journey or explore this fascinating city on your own. Later, meet your companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception. It’s the ideal opportunity to get to know everyone! An orientation drive will take you to view St. Peter’s Basilica - the perfect start to your Italian holiday!

    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Il Cantico

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 2


    Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Guide 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, centre 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 pavement café and watch the world go by.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 3


    Spend today as you please. Your Travel Director will be able to help you get the most from your day at leisure. Alternatively, consider joining an excursion to the renowned excavations at Pompeii, close to the Bay of Naples.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 4


    Drive north to the mystical town of Assisi on the slopes of Mount Subasio. Your Local Guide shows you all the sights. Visit St. Francis’ Basilica and see Giotto’s enchanting frescoes. Visit the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli, which stands on the site where St. Francis died. Arrive later in Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Ambasciatori

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 5


    Learn about Florence’s rich cultural history during your sightseeing tour with your Local Guide. See Piazza Signoria, with its impressive sculptures and imposing palazzi, and the multi-coloured marble Duomo and Baptistery, famous for its bronze doors with relief sculptures. View the Ponte Vecchio, one of the city’s most famous landmarks. This evening, travel to a Tuscan wine and olive oil estate for a special Be My Guest Dinner in a historic castle.

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

  • Day 6


    Cross the Arno Valley to Pisa, a former maritime city on the Ligurian Sea. In the Square of Miracles, home to some of the city’s most famous sights, see the incredible Leaning Tower and the beautifully sculpted marble Cathedral. See the Baptistery and the cemetery, built on soil brought from Calvary in the Holy Land. Later, spend free time shopping for souvenirs in Florence, renowned for high quality leather and 18-carat gold jewellery.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 7


    Travel through the Apennines to Bologna, home to one of the oldest universities in Europe and famous for sausages and salamis! Your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide includes views of the Kissing Towers, which lean towards each other, seemingly poised to embrace. Later, cross the Veneto plains to Venice. This Byzantine city, constructed in a lagoon, has an incredibly rich cultural and artistic heritage. This evening, you might like to take a gondola ride along enchanting canals - it’s the perfect introduction to this magical city! Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Boscolo Bellini

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 8


    Savour the unique sights of Venice as you cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square. See the Bridge of Sighs, Palladian Churches, Customs House, Grand Canal, St. Mark’s Basilica and the ornate Doge’s Palace. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating Local Specialities at a glass-blowing workshop on Giudecca island. Free time is an opportunity to visit the Fine Arts Academy, simply relax at a café on St. Mark’s Square or consider a boat trip to the Island of Burano for a delicious seafood lunch.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 9


    Enjoy a boat trip along the Grand Canal to the Rialto Bridge to join your Small Group Sightseeing walking tour of the colourful, centuries-old food market and narrow ‘calle’ or streets. See the beautiful architecture, including Marco Polo’s house. For the rest of the day you are free to visit the sights of your choice. Celebrate this evening with your fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner.

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

  • Day 10


    Say ‘arrivederci’ to Italy and your newfound friends at the end of your memorable Italian holiday! Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Local Speciality Visit Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian arts. See glass-blowing artisans and other craftsmen in action.
  • Be My Guest You will be welcomed by the owners of a magnificent castle in the Tuscan hills and taken on a tour of the castle and the cellars – once used as the dungeons! Enjoy a memorable dinner in the Great Hall or Castle gardens and taste some delicious Chiantis.
  • Local Guide In Rome, Assisi, Florence, and Bologna.
  • Small Group Sightseeing In Venice, enjoy a walking tour with a Local Guide of ‘Secret Venice’ and the Rialto food market with a group size of no more than 25 guests to enhance your experience. Then take a cruise along the Grand Canal.
  • 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.

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 Pietà. Visit the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel. Visit the Colosseum.
  • AssisiWalking tour includes a visit of St Francis’ Basilica.
  • FlorenceAdmire the panoramic views from Piazzale Michelangelo. Your walking tour takes you to Signoria Square and includes views of the Duomo, Baptistery, Ponte Vecchio and Santa Croce Basilica.
  • PisaView the Leaning Tower and the Square of Miracles.
  • BolognaWalking tour includes views of the Kissing Towers and Neptune’s Fountain.
  • VeniceCanal cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square. View the Byzantine Basilica, the Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs.


  • 9 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • 4 evening meals including:
    • Welcome Reception including light snacks and welcome drinks with your Travel Director in Rome.
    • 1 three course dinner with local wine.
    • Be My Guest dinner on a Tuscan wine and olive oil estate.
    • Farewell Dinner with wine in Venice.
  • Christmas & New Year's Eve Highlights:

    • The 20 December 2013 departure
      Celebrate Christmas the 'Italian way' in Florence. Enjoy a traditional festive meal with all the trimmings in this magnificent Renaissance city - it will be a Christmas to remember forever.
    • The 27 December 2013 departure
      Celebrate New Year's Eve in Florence. After a delicious meal celebrate by toasting your newfound friends with a glass of 'prosecco'.

      Each of these specially arranged Festive meal celebrations will replace one of the included meals featured in the itinerary.

Travel Highlights

  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin 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 throughout your journey.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.
  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.

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