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DAY 1 - Depart the USA
Depart the USA for Italy. Your international flight includes meals, drinks and in-flight entertainment.
DAY 2 - Arrive in Venice
Arrive in magical Venice and transfer to your hotel; remainder of the day is at leisure. Time to rest before tonight's Welcome Dinner and briefing by your Tour Manager on the upcoming journey that awaits you in Italy.
DAY 3 - Venice City Tour
The discovery of Venice begins with a boat ride to the Island of Murano, known for its artistic and colorful Murano glassware. Afterwards, to St. Mark's Square where we begin the guided walking tour of this romantic city. View the Golden Basilica of San Marco, built over several centuries in a fusion of Byzantine, Roman and Venetian architecture. Walk via the Bridge of Sighs, created at the beginning of the 17th century to serve as a link between prisons. Then, to the pink marble Doge's Palace, official residence of the Venetian ruler; its facade is highlighted by a massive late-Gothic gate, known as the Porta della Carta. The rest of the day is yours to explore Venice independently. Or, participate in this afternoon's optional Gondola Ride with music - it's definitely one of the highlights of any Italian holiday!
Optional: Gondola Ride with Music (PM)
DAY 4 - Pisa Sightseeing En Route to Florence
Depart Venice and travel through the stunning golden landscape of Tuscany, dotted with olive and fig trees. Visit a typical Tuscan farm in the countryside for a wine tasting coupled with delectable local specialties. On to Pisa to view the famous Piazza del Miracoli with its Leaning Tower, among the most instantly recognizable structures on earth. Continue to the Baptistery, the Duomo, and the Monumental Cemetery. The four monuments on the extraordinary Piazza del Duomo create a unique architectural blend of Romanesque and Gothic styles. Then, we travel to the lively Renaissance city of Florence, with its priceless art and architecture for overnight.
DAY 5- Florence City Tour
Today's tour of Florence begins with a visit to the Accademia of Fine Arts, where Michelangelo's David is housed; stand in awe of this glorious work of art. Walk to the magnificent Duomo, celebrated for its magnificent dome designed by Brunelleschi, and view the Baptistery's renowned "Gates of Paradise" by Ghiberti. Continue on a walk through the open-air museum at Signoria Square, ending at the splendid Ponte Vecchio, also known as the "Old Bridge". Florence is indeed the center of the world's finest art and architecture. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure in this spectacular Renaissance city, or participate in the optional guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery* that provides insight into the history of the structure and its collections. The tour highlights include exceptional examples of Florentine painting to help you better understand the works of the masters, including Giotto, Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci. After, complimentary beverages at the museum's cafe, with its breathtaking views of the city. Tonight, a delightful optional evening begins with a ride through the Tuscan hills to a lovely villa where a sumptuous Tuscan dinner is served along with unlimited wine and entertainment.
*Optional Uffizi Gallery Tour - Available for purchase only in Italy from your Tour Manager. Tour participation guarantees immediate entry to the Gallery, with no lengthy waits in 2-3 hour lines
Optional: Dinner at a Tuscan Restaurant with entertainment
DAY 6 - Assisi City Tour, Transfer to Rome
Depart Florence to the small medieval town of Assisi perched high on a hill in the Umbria region, with its Roman ruins, winding medieval streets and sacred shrines. Assisi is best known as the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi - patron saint of Italy. Its main attraction is the 13th-century Basilica di San Francesco, one of the artistic highlights of medieval Europe which contains the sacred relics of St. Francis and Giotto's astonishing frescoes. The town of Assisi has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its significant art and architecture. Afterwards, continue to Rome, the astonishing city built on seven hills. Dinner together at the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 7 - Tour Vatican Museum
Today, we visit the Vatican Museums and Michelangelo's incomparable Sistine Chapel. Stroll through St. Peter's Square, passing Bernini's famous colonnade to St. Peter's Basilica. Stand in awe as you view Michelangelo's Pieta. This highly-finished marble sculpture depicts the body of Jesus in the arms of Mary after the Crucifixion - considered to be among the most compelling of all works of art in the Western world. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure or join the optional walking tour of the Eternal City's grand piazzas that begins at the Spanish Steps and continues to the legendary Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and the baroque Piazza Navona. Tonight's optional tour in Rome includes a delicious four-course Italian dinner along with entertainment, unlimited wine and a tour of illuminated Rome.
Optional: Piazzas of Rome (PM)
Optional: Dinner with Musical Entertainment & Illuminated Drive (PM)
DAY 8 - Depart for the USA
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight to the USA.
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|Day #3||01 May 2014 - 30 Apr 2016||$67|
One of the highlights of any Italian holiday! Enjoy a relaxing gondola ride with music along the famous Grand Canal, and experience a piece of Venetian history. Glide along the centuries old canals, past lavish palaces and under famous arched bridges (the Gondola holds a maximum of six passengers. Please note that this is not a private gondola ride).
Pick-up details to be advised locally.
|Day #5||01 May 2014 - 15 Apr 2015||$85|
Come join us for a Tuscan Feast tonight! An enjoyable ride through the lovely Tuscan hills will take us to a villa where a sumptuous Tuscan dinner will be served. As we enjoy the appetizers, the home-made pastas, the meats and dessert, let the wine flow and the music accompany our experience! Includes round-trip transportation, 5-course dinner with entertainment, and unlimited wine. Pick-up details to be advised locally.
|Day #7||01 May 2014 - 30 Apr 2015||$49|
This half day walking tour takes you to explore the grand piazzas of the Eternal City. Stand in awe in front of the majestic Spanish Steps, the longest and widest decorative steps in Europe, and with your local guide stroll through the most characteristic "piazzas and vias " of Rome. Stop to admire the breathtaking grandeur of the Trevi Fountain* and take the opportunity to toss in one, two, or three coins, each of which is supposed to bring a unique kind of good fortune. View the monumental Pantheon, the best preserved of any Roman building and admire the baroque Piazza Navona, which follows the shape of the ancient Roman Diocletian Stadium, with Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers and the Egyptian Obelisk. Pick-up details to be advised locally.
*The Trevi Fountain is currently undergoing restorations, but a special walkway has been built to enable visitors to continue visiting the fountain as it’s being cleaned and restored (restorations expected to be completed by the end of 2015). The Trevi Fountain is currently undergoing restorations, but a special walkway has been built to enable visitors to continue visiting the fountain as it’s being cleaned and restored (restorations expected to be completed by the end of 2015).
|Day #7||01 May 2014 - 30 Apr 2016||$89|
Your evening includes a four-course dinner with delightful entertainment, and unlimited wine, culminating with an illuminated tour of Rome by night. Pick-up details to be advised locally.
|2014 Travel Dates||Groupon Price|
|2015 Travel Dates||Groupon Price|
|Jan 24 & Jan 31||$1999*|
|Feb 7 & Feb 14||$2199*|
|Feb 17 & Feb 21||$1999*|
Optional tours and gratuities.
Some departures are operated with more than one coach. Hotels of similar standard may be substituted.
Some departures may stay at the Amadeus Hotel in Venice instead of the Grand Hotel Principe and the Rivoli Hotel in Florence instead of the Grand Hotel Adriatico.
Nov 29, Dec 27, Feb 7 and Feb 14 departures will be accommodated at Grand Hotel Carlton in Venice.
Mar 3 and Mar 14 departures will be accommodated at the Grand Hotel Principe in Venice.
Nov 25 departure will be accommodated at the Grand Hotel Adriatico in Florence.
Nov 29, Dec 20, Dec 27 and Mar 14 departures will be accommodated at Grand Hotel Mediterraneo in Florence.
Dec 2, Dec 27, Feb 21, Mar 10 and Mar 14 departures will be accommodated at Hotel Massimo D’Azeglio in Rome.
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.