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The Papal Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Assisi, ItalyFlorence, ItalyThe Leaning Tower of Pisa, ItalyGrand Canale
The Papal Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Assisi, Italy
Florence, Italy
The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy
Grand Canale
  • Duration: 10 Days
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  • Brochure: Costsaver 2014
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  • Style: Regional
  • Description: The effortless beauty of Italy is both natural and man-made. The legacy of the Romans and the Renaissance thrives in cities like Rome, Florence and Venice, but in between these cities are the gorgeous Bay of Naples, the towering Apennines, picture-perfect Italian Lakes and endless rolling vineyards.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    ARRIVE ROME (2 NIGHTS)

    Welcome to Rome! After check-in, relax and unwind. Later meet with your Travel Director and fellow travellers. This evening, consider a stroll around this fascinating city and take in the vibrant atmosphere.

    Hotel: Ergife Palace

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  • Day 2

    ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Don't miss the opportunity to join an optional excursion to the famous Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums. Later, your Local Guide takes you on a sightseeing tour starting with a visit to the Vatican City and the awe-inspiring St. Peter's Basilica to view Michelangelo's statue, the Pietà. Cross the Tiber in ancient Rome and view the Forum and the mighty Colosseum.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 3

    ROME – SORRENTO – BAY OF NAPLES

    Today head south to the Bay of Naples. Drive to the nearby resort of Sorrento to visit an inlaid-wood workshop. Then consider an optional excursion to Positano and the Amalfi Coast. Later enjoy dinner at the hotel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Grand Moon Valley

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  • Day 4

    BAY OF NAPLES – MONTE CASSINO – ASSISI

    Perhaps join an optional guided walking tour of Pompeii, which lay undiscovered beneath a layer of ash for centuries after Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD 79. Afterwards, leave the Bay of Naples and stop for views of the monastery at Monte Cassino, the scene of fierce fighting during the Second World War. Continue north to the mystical town of Assisi, built on the fertile slopes of Mount Subasio in Umbria.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Il Castello

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  • Day 5

    ASSISI – VENICE (ORIAGO) (2 NIGHTS)

    Your morning orientation tour of Assisi reveals a town that has changed little since the time of St. Francis, who was born here in 1182. There is time to visit the great Basilica and see the Saint's tomb. Later see the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels, built on the site where St. Francis died in 1226. Your journey continues north across the dramatic Apennine Mountains to near the magical, romantic city of Venice.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Il Burchiello

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  • Day 6

    VENICE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME

    Your day starts with a cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square in the heart of Venice. Admire the Bridge of Sighs, the ornate Doge's Palace and the Byzantine Basilica of St. Mark. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialities at a glass-blowing workshop on Giudecca island. Spend free time afterwards exploring this fascinating city or perhaps take a trip out across the lagoon to the island of Burano for a relaxing seafood meal.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 7

    VENICE (ORIAGO) – VERONA – ITALIAN LAKES (SARONNO)

    Head west across the plains of the Veneto to Verona, the home of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers. View the vast Roman Arena, where concerts are still held regularly each year, and walk to view Juliet's balcony. Continue north to the Italian Lake District to visit Lake Como, a favoured summer retreat of the rich and famous, before arriving at your hotel where you dine tonight.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Starhotels Grand Milan

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  • Day 8

    ITALIAN LAKES (SARONNO) – PISA – FLORENCE

    This morning leave the Lakes and travel south to the famous town of Pisa. In Pisa, explore the Field of Miracles, featuring the Leaning Tower, Cathedral and Baptistery. There is time to shop for souvenirs and take pictures! Arrive later at your hotel near Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Novotel Firenze Nord

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  • Day 9

    FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING – ROME

    There are few cities in the world with an artistic legacy to equal that of Florence. Your Local Guide gives a superb commentary of the city's history during your walking tour, which includes views of the Baptistery, Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiori, the impressive Giotto's Bell Tower, and Piazza della Signoria. Experience a demonstration of fine leatherwork with time to explore on your own. Shop for high quality leather and 18-carat gold jewellery, for which Florence is renowned and don't forget to try the ice cream! Later travel back to the Eternal City. This evening in Rome you might like to celebrate the end of your holiday in style!


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Raganelli/Ergife Palace

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  • Day 10

    DEPART ROME

    This morning, say 'arrivederci' to Italy, your Travel Director and newfound friends at the end of an unforgettable holiday. Transfers are available to Rome Fiumicino Airport. Conditions apply.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • RomeSightseeing tour with your Local Guide includes a visit to St. Peter's Basilica plus views of the Forum and Colosseum.
  • SorrentoVisit this popular resort.
  • Monte CassinoViews of the monastery high on the hill.
  • AssisiOrientation of this beautiful town dedicated to St. Francis.
  • VeniceCruise by private boat to St. Mark's Square. Visit a traditional glass-blowing workshop on Giudecca Island.
  • VeronaView Juliet's Balcony and the impressive Roman Arena.
  • Italian LakesVisit Lake Como.
  • Italian RivieraDrive this scenic route.
  • PisaVisit the Field of Miracles to view the Leaning Tower.
  • FlorenceSightseeing with a Local Guide includes views of the cathedral and Piazza della Signoria. Stop for breathtaking views of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo.

Dining

  • 9 buffet breakfasts
  • 4 three course dinners

Travel Highlights

  • A stylish wallet, travel documents and map.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.

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