ITALY CLASSIC including VENICE
Starting from: &1879 (Euros) per person based on double occupancy
8 days and 6 nights
Includes: Land only plus taxes
Hotel accommodations (BF)
2 nights Venice, 2 nights Florence, 2 nights Rome,
8 meals: 6 buffet breakfasts, 2 dinners with wine
Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach,
Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout, Services of local
guides in all major cities
Entrance fees per itinerary
Prices may vary basead on availability *Restrictions apply.
Capital city of Italy, on the Tiber River, in the central part of the country near the Tyrrhenian Sea. Vatican City, most of which is located in an enclave within Rome, is the seat of the papacy of the Roman Catholic church and has been recognized as an independent state by the Italian government since 1929. The majestic dome of Saint Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City dominates the Roman skyline. Once the center of the Roman Empire, Rome has been the capital of united Italy since 1871. Rome’s economy remains essentially based on government operations and tourism.
Day by Day
Travel! a lot to see! Much to do!
Day 1, Sunday – Depart the USA to Italy.
DAY 2, Monday – Arrive in Venice
Arrive in Venice and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure.
DAY 3, Tuesday – Tour Venice
Today begins with a boat ride to the Island of Murano, known throughout the world for its glass manufacturing industry. Visit St. Mark’s Square to begin a guided walking tour of romantic Venice. View the Golden Basilica of San Marco, the Bridge of Sighs and visit the Doge’s Palace, whose facade features a massive late-Gothic gate, known as the Porta della Carta. Take the remainder of the day to explore Venice on your own.
DAY 4 , Wednesday – Venice, Pisa, Florence
Travel through the stunning panorama of Tuscany to Pisa. On arrival, view the famous Piazza del Miracoli with its Leaning Tower, the Baptistery, the Duomo, and the Monumental Cemetery. The four monuments of this extraordinary piazza make for a unique architectural blend of Romanesque and Gothic styles. En route to Florence, visit a local Tuscan farm in the countryside for a wine tasting with local specialties.
DAY 5, Thursday – Tour Florence
Today’s morning tour begins with a visit to the Accademia of Fine Arts, where Michelangelo’s Davidis housed. Walk to the Duomo, celebrated for its magnificent dome designed by Brunelleschi, and view the Baptistery’s renowned “Gates of Paradise” by Ghiberti. Continue to explore the open air art museum of Signoria Square ending at Ponte Vecchio, known as the “Old Bridge.” Enjoy the afternoon at leisure in Florence.
DAY 6, Friday – Florence, Assisi, Rome
Today travel along the famous “Sun Route” motorway to the medieval the city of Assisi, world-known for its 13th century Basilica of St. Francis and Giotto’s frescoes. Continue to Rome.
DAY 7, Saturday – Tour Vatican Museum
Today begins with the visit to the Vatican Museums and Michelangelo’s breathtaking Sistine Chapel. Stroll through St. Peter’s Square, passing Bernini’s famous colonnade, to visit St. Peter’s Basilica, where you will view Michelangelo’s Pieta. This highly-finished marble sculpture depicts the body of Jesus in the arms of Mary after the Crucifixion, and was created for the funeral monument of French cardinal Jean de Billheres. Remainder of the day at leisure.
DAY 8, Sunday – Depart for the USA
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
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