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Ponte Vecchio in Florence, ItalyColosseum in Rome, Italy
Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy
Colosseum in Rome, Italy
  • Duration: 14 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
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  • Style: Regional
  • Description: Cities, lakes and coastlines converge. All points of the compass are covered on this extensive journey into the cuisine, history and landscapes of Italy. It's Insider moments like… the ripple of waves and reflection of the sky, as you speed by private boat towards Isola Madre, a secluded island where young princes used to play. As Signor Telli welcomes you he brings the history of the island to life, and the story behind its nickname 'La Piratera'. Then he introduces you to the family over traditional lakeside cuisine, and crisp chilled Gavi wine, as they explain how the childhood fantasies of a prince inspired their family restaurant, the setting for your delicious dinner.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    DEPART USA

    Overnight flight to Rome.

  • Day 2

    ARRIVE ROME (2 NIGHTS)

    Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! Spend the rest of your day relaxing or take a leisurely stroll around the city. Join your companions and your Travel Director later for a Welcome Reception. Then enjoy an orientation drive to see St. Peter's Basilica and other sights - a great introduction to this beautiful city.


    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Il Cantico

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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. Your tour continues in ancient Rome. View the Forum and see the Circus Maximus, where chariot races were held. Visit 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)

  • Day 4

    ROME – POMPEII – SORRENTO (2 NIGHTS)

    Visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery near Monte Cassino. Your Local Expert tells you all about the devastation caused by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79 during your walking tour of Pompeii. Arrive later at your hotel in Sorrento where you dine tonight.


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

    Hotel: Johanna Park/Corallo

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  • Day 5

    ISLE OF CAPRI EXCURSION

    Witness the art of inlaid wood-working, a Local Speciality for which Sorrento is famous. Later, embark on an included excursion by ferry to the Isle of Capri. See the local gardens and other sights during an orientation walk of Capri town. Spend time exploring this lovely island on your own. Perhaps consider visiting the villa of the Swedish doctor, Axel Munthe.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 6

    SORRENTO – ASSISI

    Assisi is a mystical town perched on the slopes of Mount Subasio overlooking the peaceful Umbrian landscape. Under the protection of St. Francis this city is still enclosed by medieval ramparts. Your Local Expert takes you on a walking tour, which includes a visit to the Basilica of St. Francis, famous for its frescoes depicting the life of this much-loved saint. Spend time afterwards exploring on your own and shopping for souvenirs. Dine at your hotel this evening.


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

    Hotel: Cenacolo

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  • Day 7

    ASSISI – VENICE (2 NIGHTS)

    Today, enjoy the glorious countryside and historic architecture of the Emilia Romagna region. The area is also renowned for its cuisine such as Tortellini, Mortadella and Parmesan cheese, which you could sample during your lunch stop. Arrive later in Venice, Queen of the Adriatic.


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

    Hotel: Grande Albergo Ausonia & Hungaria

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  • Day 8

    VENICE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square is magical! View the Bridge of Sighs, the beautiful Doge's Palace and the Basilica. Watch a Local Speciality demonstration of the ancient art of glass-blowing at a traditional workshop on Giudecca island. Spend free time seeing the sights of your choice. You might like to cruise across the lagoon to the Island of Burano and enjoy a delicious seafood meal.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 9

    VENICE – VERONA – MILAN – LAKE MAGGIORE (2 NIGHTS)

    This morning travel to Verona, the home of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, to admire the Roman arena and Juliet's balcony. Cross the plains of Lombardy to Milan for a walking tour of this fashionable city with your Local Expert. See the Gothic Duomo, La Scala Opera house and the famous Galleria. Dine tonight at your hotel.


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

    Hotel: Simplon

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  • Day 10

    LAKE COMO EXCURSION

    Travel to the beautiful Lake Como with free time to explore or simply soak up the scenery. This evening, take a private boat to an island on Lake Maggiore for a special Be My Guest dinner experience.


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

  • Day 11

    LAKE MAGGIORE – PISA – FLORENCE (2 NIGHTS)

    Cross the Plains of Lombardy, the forested Apennine Mountains, and pass by Genoa to Pisa. View the extraordinary Leaning Tower before arriving in Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Tonight, you might like to sample some local Tuscan cuisine.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo/Adler Cavalieri

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  • Day 12

    FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your Local Expert brings the city's rich history to life during your walking tour. See the Cathedral and Piazza della Signoria and view Ponte Vecchio. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo. Spend free time exploring or shop for high quality leather and gold.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 13

    FLORENCE – SIENA – ROME

    Set in scenic Tuscan countryside, visit the medieval town of Siena, famous for its exciting Palio horse race. This evening in Rome, join your Travel Director and new found friends for a Farewell Dinner.


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

    Hotel: Sheraton Golf Parco de Medici

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  • Day 14

    ROME - USA

    Say ‘arrivederci Roma’ at the end of your memorable vacation in Italy. Transfers are available to Rome Fiumicino Airport. Conditions apply.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest Enjoy a unique experience by taking a boat to an Island on Lake Maggiore for a delicious meal.
  • Local Guide in Rome, Pompeii, Assisi, Milan 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 Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian Arts. See glass-blowing artisans and other craftsmen in action.
  • Local Speciality Visit a traditional inlay wood workshop in Sorrento.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City Tours in Rome, Pompeii, Assisi, Milan and Florence.
  • Orientation of Venice.
  • Cruise to the beautiful Isle of Capri and by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice.
  • Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museum, the Roman Colosseum, the Commonwealth War Cemetery, the excavations at Pompeii, St. Francis Basilica in Assisi, picturesque Lake Como and the medieval city of Siena.
  • View the Roman Forum, the ancient Romanesque Abbey at Pomposa, the Byzantine St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, the Roman Arena and Juliet's Balcony in Verona, the Gothic Cathedral and La Scala Opera House in Milan, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Duomo in Florence.

Dining

  • 12 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • 7 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, 4 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.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.

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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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