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Optional Tours

Gondola Serenade (#10) Day #3 01 Apr 2014 - 31 Mar 2015 $56

Enjoy 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. Gondolas may depart in groups, with one singer offered per group).

Departs at 7:30 pm (Apr - Oct), 3:30 pm (Nov -Mar). Pick-up 15 minutes prior to departure time from Santa Maria del Giglio gondola pier. Drop-off at Santa Maria del Giglio gondola pier. Approximate tour duration is 30 minutes.

Walking Tour of Venice (#1) 9:10 AM Day #3 01 Apr 2014 - 31 Mar 2015

This morning's walking tour through the most charismatic and important historical places in the unique city of Venice begins with an orientation of St. Mark's Square, considered the historical heart of the city, where you will learn about the Square's main monuments including the Golden Basilica of San Marco, Ducal Palace, the Bell and Clock Towers, and the Procuratie buildings. Proceed to Santa Maria Formosa Square and Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo, the second largest square in Venice. Continue on to the corner of Marco Polo's House and Malbran Theater. Then, return to St. Mark's Square through the Mercerie, a series of interconnecting streets that connect Ponte di Rialto and St. Mark's Square, and are the main streets in the city for shopping. Please note: This is a walking and orientation tour of Venice that does not include entry into any landmarks.

Departs daily at 9:10 am from the Exchange Office under the Clock Tower in St. Mark's Square. Drop-off at Tourist Information Office in St. Mark's Square. Approximate tour duration is 1.5 hours.

Florence Morning City Tour 9:30 AM Day #5 01 Nov 2014 - 07 Apr 2015

Enjoy our 2 hours walking tour through Florence's most important squares and winding backstreets. Discover unexpected and unknown secrets passing by the Duomo Square, the Bargello Palace, the Signoria Square, and the world famous Old Bridge. The Tour ends in front of the majestic Pitti Palace.

#3C Vatican Museums 8:30 AM Day #7 02 Nov 2014 - 07 Apr 2015

This morning, depart from Piazza del Risorgimento, corner of Via Ottaviano, and travel along Via Bissolati and Via Veneto. Pass by Villa Borghese, one of Europe's most elegant parks, and previous estate of the noble Borghese family. The tour continues to the Vatican Museum and Galleries, where you will find galleries of chandeliers, tapestries, geographical maps, the Sobiesky Hall and the Immaculate Conception Hall. From here, visit the Sistine Chapel and behold the great frescoes by Michelangelo. Passing through the Vatican Hall, continue to the Basilica of Saint Peter, one of the four major basilicas of Rome, and burial site of its namesake, Saint Peter.

Please note that on Wednesdays during the Holy Father's Audience, the visit inside St. Peter's Basilica will not take place.

Departs at 8:30 am from Piazza Del Risorgimento, corner of Via Ottaviano. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

*Please note that conservative clothing should be worn when visiting the Vatican, meaning legs and shoulders should be covered.

#2B Ancient Rome 2:30 PM Day #7 01 Nov 2014 - 07 Apr 2015 $40

Today's tour will feature the classic splendor of the Roman Empire. Leave via di San Gregorio at the marble fountain, opposite side of the entrance to Palatine Hill, and head to Piazza Venezia where you will admire the Memorial to King Vittorio Emanuele II and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Continue to the square of the Capitol, where you can climb Palatine and Capitoline Hill to admire the unique sight of the Forum and the Colosseum, one of Rome's most ancient districts. Walk along the pavement of the original Roman grid, which crosses the ruins of the Roman Forum, the Curia, and the Reggia. Enjoy views of the Temple of Vesta, the Arch of Titus and the Triumphal Arch of Constantine. Continue with an inside tour of the Colosseum, a giant amphitheater used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles, and the largest building ever built in the Roman Empire.

Departs 2.30 pm from Via di San Gregorio at the marble fountain, opposite side of the entrance to Palatine Hill. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

#8 Illuminated Rome by Night 8:45 PM Day #8 01 Nov 2014 - 07 Apr 2015

This evening, depart Piazza San Bernardo for an illuminated tour of the Eternal City. Along the way to the famous Piazza della Repubblica, enjoy flood-lit views of the Via Veneto, Palazzo Margherita, Porta Pinciana, Villa Borghese, Piazzale Flaminio, Via Flaminia, Piazza del Popolo, Piazza Augusto Imperatore, and Via del Corso. Arriving at the Piazza della Repubblica, visit Trevi Fountain, the largest and most exquisite Baroque fountain in Rome. Continue to Piazza Venezia and enjoy charming views of the Capitol, Imperial Forum, Colosseum, Palatine Hill, Aventine Hill, and Circus Maximus. Compliment this fascinating tour of Rome by night with traditional Roman cuisine in a typical restaurant, accompanied by folk music.

Departs at 8:00 pm from Via V. E. Orlando, 95. Pick-up from hotel 45 minutes prior to departure time. Drop-off at hotel if in the city center, or near a taxi stand if your hotel is located outside the city center. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

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2014 Travel Dates Groupon Price
Nov 5, Nov 12, Nov 19 & Dec 3 $1399*
Dec 10 $1499*
Dec 17 $1599*
2015 Travel Dates Groupon Price
Jan 3 & Jan 7 $1499*
Jan 10 $1399*
Jan 12 $1299*
Jan 14 & Jan 21 $1399*
Jan 28 & Feb 18 $1299*
Feb 25 & Mar 4 $1399*
Mar 7, Mar 11, Mar 18 & Mar 25 $1499*

*Not Included:
Newly introduced Italian City Taxes (payable locally), transfers, optional tours, and gratuities.

Additional Information:
Your standard rail tickets will be based on a set schedule and may not be altered. Exact times will be provided closer to your departure date. Upgraded tickets are not available.

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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.