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Itinerary

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

DAY 2 - Arrive in Venice
Arrive in Venice and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure. This evening, enjoy a welcome cocktail and orientation with your tour director.
Overnight: Venice

DAY 3 - Venice City Tour
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.
Optional: Gondola Ride with Music (PM)
Overnight: Venice
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4 - Pisa Sightseeing En Route to Florence
Travel through the stunning panorama of Tuscany to Pisa. En route, visit a local Tuscan farm in the countryside for a wine tasting with local specialties. Upon arrival in Pisa, 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. Then, continue on to Florence.
Overnight: Florence
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5 - Florence City Tour
Today's morning tour begins with a visit to the Accademia of Fine Arts, where Michelangelo's David is 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 this spectacular Renaissance city.
Optional: Dinner at a Tuscan Restaurant
Overnight: Florence
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6 - Assisi City Tour, Transfer to Rome
Today travel along the famous "Sun Route" motorway to the medieval the city of Assisi, world-renowned for its 13th-century Basilica of St. Francis and Giotto's frescoes. Afterward, continue to Rome.
Optional: Dinner with Musical Entertainment & Illuminated Drive
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7 -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 is considered one of the most powerfully moving works of art in the Western world. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.
Optional: Piazzas of Rome (PM)
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8 - Depart for the USA
Transfer to the airport 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

Gondola Ride with Music Day #3 01 Jun 2013 - 31 May 2014 $65
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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.

Dinner at a Tuscan Restaurant Day #5 01 Dec 2013 - 15 Apr 2014 $85
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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.

Dinner with Musical Entertainment & Illuminated Drive Day #6 01 May 2012 - 30 Apr 2014 $89
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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.

Piazzas of Rome Day #7 01 May 2013 - 30 Apr 2014 $44
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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.


Dates & Prices

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Grand Hotel Principe - details ★★★★ Venice
Hotel Carlton & Grand Canal - details ★★★★ Venice
Grand Hotel Mediterraneo - details ★★★★ Florence
Grand Hotel Adriatico - details ★★★★ Florence
Grand Hotel Palatino - details ★★★★ Rome

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2013 & 2014 Travel Dates Groupon Price
Dec 24 '13 & Jan 11 '14 $1999*
Jan 25 & Feb 1 '14 $1899*
Feb 8, Feb 15, Feb 18 & Feb 22 '14 $1799*
Feb 25 '14 $1899*
Mar 1, Mar 4 & Mar 8 '14 $1999*
Mar 11 '14 $2099*

*Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.

Additional Information:
Dec 24 and Feb 18 departures will be accommodated at the Hotel Carlton & Grand Canal in Venice.

Feb 18 departure will be accommodated at the Grand Hotel Adriatico in Florence.

A few departures may be accommodated at the Amadeus Hotel in Venice.

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.