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Italian Holiday 2014

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Ponte Vecchio in Florence, ItalyColosseum in Rome, Italy
Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy
Colosseum in Rome, Italy
  • Duration: 7 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
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  • Style: Regional
  • Description: Roman monuments, Venetian canals and Florentine artistry complement the tranquil beauty of Lake Garda, your base for one night of this perfect introduction to Italy. It's Insider moments like… bypassing the main queues and stepping straight from the sun-drenched streets of Rome into the cool calm of the holiest place in the eternal city. Discovering why no photo can ever capture the beauty of the Sistine Chapel, as you stand before Michelangelo's greatest work. And listening to our expert recount secrets of the Vatican's past and present, unfolding the story of this incomparable Renaissance masterpiece, and the biblical lessons it depicts.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    ARRIVE ROME (2 NIGHTS)

    Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! Relax after your journey or take a leisurely stroll through ancient streets. This evening, join your Travel Director and travelling companions for a Welcome Reception and evening orientation drive to see St. Peter's Basilica. This is the perfect introduction to the sights which await you!


    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Cardinal St Peter

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  • Day 2

    ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Visit St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City and view Michelangelos Pietà. View the Forum during your sightseeing tour with a Local Expert. Visit the mighty Colosseum, site of public events, and see the Circus Maximus. Spend the rest of the day seeing the sights of your choice. Shop for souvenirs or relax and watch the world go by.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 3

    ROME – VENICE

    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. Follow the valley of the River Tiber north into Umbria and pass the impressive hilltop towns of Orte and Orvieto. Through Tuscan landscapes and terraced olive groves, over the Apennine hills, past Bologna and finally across the Veneto plains before arriving at your hotel in Venice. Enjoy dining at your hotel this evening.


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

    Hotel: NH Laguna Palace

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  • Day 4

    VENICE SIGHTSEEING – LAKE GARDA

    Savour the sights and sounds of this floating Byzantine city on your included canal cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square. View the Bridge of Sighs and the ornate Doge's Palace. Visit a Local Speciality glass-blowing workshop, with free time afterwards to explore on your own. Later, travel to the Italian Lake District.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Poiano

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  • Day 5

    LAKE GARDA – FLORENCE

    Enjoy stunning views of Lake Garda this morning. Perhaps take the opportunity to join a boat ride across its waters before continuing your journey to Florence. This evening, enjoy a memorable Be My Guest dining experience in a Tuscan villa situated on an organic olive-oil estate overlooking Florence and the Tuscan hills.


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

    Hotel: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo

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  • Day 6

    FLORENCE – ROME

    In Florence, the city's rich medieval and Renaissance history is brought to life by your Local Expert. See Piazza della Signoria, with its impressive sculptures and imposing palazzi. View the multi-coloured marble Duomo and the famous Baptistery with its bronze doors. View the Ponte Vecchio, a spectacular feat of engineering dating from the Middle Ages. Travelling south, the Tuscan landscape − characterised by rolling hills and picturesque olive groves − is breath-taking. Through Umbria's shady valleys, with olive and cypress trees, you reach the valley of the Tiber River, which leads you back to Rome. Spend leisure time relaxing or exploring. In Rome tonight, celebrate the end of your holiday with your companions at a Farewell Dinner.


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

    Hotel: Executive Style

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  • Day 7

    DEPART ROME

    After breakfast say 'arrivederci' to Rome and your travelling companions as you return home with wonderful memories of Italy. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest Visit an organic olive oil estate dating back to the 15th century in the Tuscan hills. The villa has been used as a location for many famous films and it is in here that you will be welcomed by the family and have a delicious dinner of local specialities.
  • Local Expert in Rome 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.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Speciality Visit a traditional glass-blowing workshop in Venice.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City Tours in Rome and Florence.
  • Orientation of Venice.
  • Visit St Peter's Basilica, the amazing Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and the Roman Colosseum.
  • Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice.
  • View the Roman Forum, the Byzantine St Mark's Basilica, Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence.

Dining

  • 6 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • 4 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, three course dinner 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.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.

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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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