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DAY 1 - Depart the Italy
Depart for Italy. Your international flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment

DAY 2 - Arrive in Milan, Transfer to Como
Arrive in Milan and then transfer to your hotel in the town of Como, home to exquisite Lago di Como, one of Italy's most romantic destinations. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Tonight, a briefing with your Tour Manager about the wonderful journey that awaits you in Italy, followed by a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers at a local restaurant
Overnight: Como
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3 - Cross Lake Como to the Village of Bellagio
Today, a scenic morning cruise on Lake Como to the charming village of Bellagio, termed one of the most beautiful towns in Italy and "The Pearl" of Lake Como. Nestled amidst cypress groves, its earthy-colored buildings climb up from the lakeside promenade. Wander along the narrow streets and alleyways, lined with craft shops, boutiques and cafés. Or, visit some of the gorgeous gardens with manicured lawns and fountains at Villa Melzi or Villa Serbelloni. Sail back to Como in the afternoon with time to experience the delights of this lakeside town with its spectacular mountain views, wonderful restaurants, and boutiques
Overnight: Como
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4 - Verona Walking Tour, Travel to Venice
After breakfast, we set out for Verona, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the richest cities in Roman remains. Enjoy a guided orientation tour of the city followed by free time to savor the atmosphere here. Continue to Venice
Overnight: Venice
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5 - Boat Ride to Murano, Tour of Venice
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)
Overnight: Venice
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6- Tuscany, Pisa, Arrive in 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
Overnight: Florence
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7 - 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. Tonight, a delightful evening that 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 PM, US $65): **available for purchase Only in Italy from your tour manager. **
Florence and the fine arts are synonymous. This guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery provides insight to the history of the structure and its collections. Originally the private collection of the Medici family, the palazzo was opened to the public in 1765. Your tour highlights exceptional examples of Florentine painting with an aim to help you better understand the works of masters including Giotto, Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci. Following the tour, enjoy a refreshment break and complimentary beverage at the museum's cafe, which features a breathtaking view of the city. Tour participation guarantees immediate entry to the Gallery, with no lengthy waits in oftentimes two-three hour queues. ** Important: Please note that the Museum has a limited maximum capacity and therefore reserves the right to restrict admission. In this case we may not be able to offer the tour. Price is based on minimum number of passengers.
Overnight: Florence
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8 - Medieval Assisi 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
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9 - Vatican Museum & Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel
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, time on your own to discover a romantic hideaway to enjoy a sumptuous candlelit dinner
Optional: Piazzas of Rome (PM)
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10 - Tour Ancient Rome
The historic tour of ancient Rome begins at the legendary Roman Forum, the central area of the city from which ancient Rome developed. Next, we view the triumphal Arch of Constantine, erected by the Roman Senate to commemorate Constantine’s tenth year of leadership over the Eternal City. On to the mighty Colosseum, the largest amphitheater built in the Roman Empire that seated over 50,000, where gladiator contests and public events were attended by the rich, the poor and by the Emperor himself. Discover the delights of Rome this afternoon on your own. Stop at a local café for lunch and just people-watch, or savor a cappuccino, indulge in a delectable gelato or try a perfect Italian pizza. There is so much to see, and so much to do. Tonight, dinner in a typical Roman restaurant with wine and music, then enjoy an illuminated tour of the city
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11 - Depart Italy
Transfer to the airport in Naples for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

Gate 1 itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.


Optional Tours

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Gondola Ride with Music

Day #5 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.

Piazzas of Rome

Day #9 01 May 2014 - 30 Apr 2016 $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).


Dates & Prices

Hotels Available for Departure Dates

Featured Hotels
Grand Hotel Principe - details ★★★★ Venice
Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal - details ★★★★+ Venice
Grand Hotel Mediterraneo - details ★★★★ Florence
Grand Hotel Adriatico - details ★★★★ Florence
Grand Hotel Palatino - detail ★★★★ Rome
Hotel Metropole Suisse - details ★★★★ Como
Hotel Villa Mabapa - details ★★★★ Venice Lido
Hotel Bonvecchiati - details ★★★★ Venice
Hotel Gabrielli - details ★★★★ Venice

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Sunday Mar 15 $2999*
Wednesday Mar 18 $2999*
Friday Mar 20 $2999*
Wednesday Mar 25 $3099*
Sunday Mar 29 $3199*
Friday Apr 10 $3399*
Sunday Apr 12 $3399*
Wednesday Apr 15 $3399*
Sunday Apr 19 $3599*
Wednesday Apr 22 $3399*
Sunday Apr 26 $3399*
Friday May 29 $3299*
Friday Jun 5 $3599*
Sunday Jun 7 $3899*
Friday Jun 19 $3899*
Sunday Jun 21 $3799*
Wednesday Jun 24 $3699*
Friday Jun 26 $3699*
Sunday Jun 28 $3699*
Sunday Jul 12 $3699*
Sunday Jul 19 $3599*
Wednesday Jul 22 $3699*
Friday Jul 24 $3699*
Sunday Jul 26 $3599*
Wednesday Jul 29 $3699*
Friday Jul 31 $3399*
Sunday Aug 2 $3599*
Wednesday Aug 5 $3699*
Sunday Aug 9 $3599*
Wednesday Aug 12 $3499*
Friday Aug 14 $3499*
Sunday Aug 16 $3499*
Wednesday Aug 19 $3599*
Sunday Aug 30 $3599*
Sunday Sep 20 $3599*

*Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.

Additional Information:
Milan Linate Airport to Como transfers available at an additional cost.

Accommodation Details:
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.
May 10 departure will be accommodated at Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal in Venice.
May 17 departure will be accommodated at Grand Hotel Mediterraneo in Florence.

Entry Requirements:
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.