Italy full itinerary

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Day 1: Departure Flight

Depart on your overnight flight to Venice.

Day 2: Arrive Venice [D]

Welcome to Venice! You’ll be met at the airport by your tour manager, and transferred by coach to your hotel for check-in. After arrival, you’ll have some free time to relax or to explore your surroundings.

In the evening, join us for a group “Welcome to Italy” dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight in Venice

Day 3:    Venice [B/L/D]

Breakfast will be served at your hotel.

Afterwards we’ll travel by coach, and then by water taxi, to Venice Island for a full day’s sightseeing tour in the company of a local guide.

We’ll start with a two-hour walking tour of the island, encompassing the main sights, such as St Mark’s Square, Torre dell Orologio, the Bridge of Sighs, the Rialto Bridge and the Doge’s Palace.

Lunch will be included at a local restaurant

In the afternoon, we’ll ride by boat to the nearby island of Murano, home of the city’s legendary glassblowers, and watch the master craftsmen at work in a glass factory. Murano has been the base of the glassblowers’ guild since the 1920s.

Afterwards we’ll return to Venice Island, and the rest of the day will be free to explore the city.

Dinner will be served at a local restaurant.

A Venezia water taxi will take us back to our hotel on Mestre.

Overnight in Venice-Mestre.

Day 4: Venice / Florence [B/L/D]

Breakfast will be served at your hotel.

After breakfast and check-out, we’ll board our coach and travel in comfort across the neck of Italy to Florence.
Along the way, we’ll stop in Maranello for a guided tour of the Ferrari Museum.

The museum looks at the past, present and future of the famous automobile company. It includes a permanent exhibition dedicated to Formula 1 and the World Championship, complete with cars, and a “pit stop wall” where visitors can get an up-close view of the modern racing cars from the perspective of the drivers. Other attractions include five rooms of exhibits, a screening room showing themed movies, and Formula 1 simulators – including both an advanced one for adults, and a junior one for children – based on actual Formula 1 cars.

Lunch at a local restaurant will be included.

Afterwards we’ll continue to Florence by coach.

Dinner at a local restaurant in Florence will be included.

Overnight in Florence.

Day 5: Florence [B/L/D]

Breakfast will be served at your hotel.

Afterwards, join us for a half day’s guided sightseeing tour of Florence.

Sights include the Accademia, home of Michelangelo’s Statue of David, the Piazza della Signoria, the Ponte Vecchio, the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise and Giotto’s Dome.

Lunch will be included.

In the afternoon there will be a tour of the world-famous Uffizi Museum.

Dinner will be included in the evening.

Overnight in Florence

Day 6: Lucca and Pisa day tour [B/L/D]

Breakfast will be served at your hotel.

Afterwards, board the coach for a full day’s guided tour of Lucca and Pisa. These historically rich Tuscan cities are close together geographically, but very different in personality.

Lucca is on the road that leads to the Tyrrhenian coast from Florence. It is a city of art and the Renaissance, and is enclosed by high walls that are interspersed by beautiful stone gates and ramparts. Enjoy a pleasant walk on the walls with your guide, and take in the gorgeous views over the rooftops, alleyways, towers, churches and elegant palazzi.  Then walk to the old town centre to visit Piazza Anfiteatro, Guinigi tower, St. Martin’s Cathedral and a street of antique shops.

Your tour will continue to Pisa. Lunch will be included at a local restaurant on arrival. Then your guide will show you the most important squares and monuments of Pisa: the famous Piazza dei Miracoli with the Leaning Tower, the Cemetery and the Cathedral.

After the tour you will have some free time in Pisa.

We will return to Florence by coach.

Dinner will be included in the evening.

Overnight in Florence.

Day 7: Sienna and San Gimignano [B/L/D]

Breakfast is served at your hotel.

Then take a full day’s guided tour of Siena and San Gimignano.

Siena, San Gimignano and the Chianti region have retained a medieval atmosphere and visitors can. Your tour will start at Siena, including stops at the Gothic cathedral (admission is included) and the Palazzo Comunale ,or town hall. This palace is situated in the picturesque Piazza del Campo, in which the famous Palio, or horse race, takes place every year.

We will stop for lunch at a local restaurant.

The tour will then proceed to San Gimignano. Declared by UNESCO to be a world heritage site, San Gimignano is also known as the “city of the beautiful towers.” Here you can still admire fourteen towers, built as symbols of the city’s power and wealth during the Middle Ages. You will also have a chance to taste what may well be the best ice cream in the world: We will visit a gelateria that has won the Ice Cream World Championships two times in a row!

Afterwards your coach will take you back to Florence.

Dinner will be included at a local restaurant.

Overnight in Florence.

Day 8: Florence / Rome [B/L/D]

Breakfast will be served at your hotel.

After check out, we’ll travel by coach to Rome.

Along the way, we’ll stop at Orvieto for a short sightseeing tour and lunch This city boasts a great historical heritage from different periods, from the early Etruscans to the Romans into the Middle Ages. Sights include the Palazzo del Popolo and the Duomo. You’ll also be taken on a special underground tour of the city’s catacombs.

Lunch will be included at a local restaurant.

The trip will continue to Rome. After arrival at the hotel and check-in, there will be a dinner included at a local restaurant.

Overnight in Rome.

Day 9: Rome [B/L/D]

Breakfast will be served at the hotel.

Welcome to Rome, “the Eternal City.” After breakfast, join us for a full-day’s sightseeing tour of this astonishing and historic capital.

Your guide will show you the greatest sights of ancient Rome. You’ll visit the Colosseum, the largest Roman amphitheater in the world, where more than 45,000 people witnessed gladiatorial combats and spectacles with wild beasts. You’ll visit the Roman Forum, once the political and religious center of the world, view the Pantheon and the Circo Massimo, walk the Appian Way, and step inside the Church of Domine Quo Vadis.   Then we’ll ride through Piazza Venezia en route to the Capitoline Hill, notable for the significant architecture designed by Michelangelo. There will also be a chance to tour the city’s historic catacombs. Along the way, we’ll also stop for lunch at a local restaurant.

Dinner will be included in the evening.

Day 10: Rome [B/L/D]

Breakfast will be served at your hotel.

Afterwards join us for a short ride to a foreign country – the Vatican City, home of the Roman Catholic Church and the smallest sovereign territory in the world.

Here we’ll have a full day to tour St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museum, and the Sistine Chapel.

 St. Peter’s Basilica is considered to be one of the holiest sites and the greatest of all churches of Christendom. The Vatican Museum holds masterpieces by Raphael, da Vinci, Bernini, and Michelangelo. The Sistine Chapel’s legendary frescoes by Michelangelo uniquely chronicle the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.

You’ll also visit the Castel Sant’Angelo, a fortress, castle and mausoleum of the Rome Emperor Hadrian, and Hadrian’s Tomb. This day will also include visits to see the Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps back in Rome.

Lunch will be included during the day.

Dinner will be included in the evening.

Overnight in Rome.

Day 11:  Rome [B,L,D]

Breakfast will be served at your hotel.

This day will be free so you can explore the many wonders of this astonishing city at your leisure. Your tour manager and coach will be available for possible excursions.

Today we take a day trip to Pompeii. This ancient site is perhaps the most famous archeological excavation in the world. Pompeii was once a major port and a city of great wealth and power. When Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, the city was almost instantly buried beneath 30 feet of volcanic ash and cinder. The debris also filled in some of the bay, leaving the ruins some distance from today’s shoreline. Buried for 1,700 years, the town has been resurrected and presents a clear picture of daily life in ancient times. At the height of its influence, 20,000 people lived in Pompei, and it is estimated that 2,000 of them died instantly when volcanic ash rained down on the city

Day 12:  Departure [B]

Breakfast is served at your hotel.

Meet your coach and transfer to the airport for your departure flight home.

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