Enjoy a grand five day vacation through some of Italy's finest cultural hot-spots including Assisi, Siena, Florence, Bologna, Padua, Venice, and Montepulciano. Discover the spiritual hilltop town of Assisi to visit the Basilica of St. Francis before winding your way through the Tuscan hill country to the charming medieval town of Siena to see the Piazza del Campo. In Florence, lose yourself in the architectural beauty of the city and make a stop at one of its famous art galleries or take an optional excursion to the Square of Miracles in nearby Pisa. Then explore the culturally rich towns of Bologna and Padua before spending a full day in romantic Venice where you can enjoy a magical gondola ride. We can't think of a better way to end your tour of Italy!
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: Assisi, Siena, Florence, Bologna, Padua, Venice, Tuscany Countryside, Montepulciano
DAY 01: ROME, ASSISI, SIENA, FLORENCE
You will be picked up at the assigned meeting point in the historical center of Rome to start your sightseeing tour of Italy. The first stop will be in charming Assisi, where you will have free time to explore the beautiful city center. We suggest stopping by the famous Basilica of St. Francis—the breathtaking frescoes in the Upper and Lower Churches are a must-see. After you enjoy lunch on your own, the tour will continue through the panoramic Tuscan hill country. Along the way you will stop in the enchanting city of Siena, known for its rich medieval history and the Palio horse race held twice a year in the famous Piazza del Campo (the main city square). Be ready to take plenty of beautiful photos during your stroll through the lovely historical center. Later in the afternoon, continue to Florence where you will have dinner and get a good night's rest.
DAY 02: FLORENCE
Enjoy a nice breakfast to prepare you for a pleasant day of sightseeing. This morning you will explore Florence's historic city center during a guided tour. Nicknamed the Cradle of the Renaissance, you will marvel at Florence's art, architecture and churches created by the Masters. You will admire the famous Duomo, with its Dome designed by Brunelleschi as well as Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Baptistery, with doors so beautiful that Michelangelo called them the Gates of Paradise. Other highlights of the tour include Piazza Della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio and the Santa Croce Basilica. Lunch on your own (not included). The afternoon will be at your leisure, where you can choose to shop or visit the Accademia Gallery with the famous David by Michelangelo or the Uffizi Gallery (optional, not included; skip the line reservations recommended and can be arranged separately upon request). You may decide you would rather go on an optional tour of Pisa, and see its famous Leaning Tower and adjoining Cathedral and Piazza dei Miracoli (optional, not included). In the evening you will enjoy dinner and a final night in Florence.
DAY 03: FLORENCE, BOLOGNA, PADUA, VENICE
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and board the motor coach to Bologna, Italy's food capital and the city of porticoes. As you explore Bologna's historic streets, you will have the opportunity to admire many examples of its breathtaking architecture including the Podesta' Palace, Piazza del Nettuno and the Basilica of San Petronio. After lunch (not included), you will continue on to Padua, home to many beautiful churches and the oldest botanical garden in the world. You will stop at the Basilica of St. Anthony, with its lovely frescoes. The motor coach will then continue on to Venice, known for its scenic canals, art and gondolas. You will have dinner and spend the night in Venice.
DAY 04: VENICE
After breakfast, you will start your day in St. Mark's Square for a visit of St. Mark's Basilica (interior visit) and the Doge's palace (external visit). Along the way you will also see the Bridge of Sighs, which connects to the prison where Casanova was held for 5 years. The afternoon is free, giving you time to shop, take a tour to Murano Island with a visit to one of its famous glass workshops, enjoy a Bellini in front of the Grand Canal or take in more of Venice's art at one of the many local museums (optional, not included). Dinner will be with the group and you will spend the night in Venice.
DAY 5: VENICE, TUSCANY, MONTEPULCIANO, ROME
Breakfast will be enjoyed at the hotel, and, afterwards, you will board the motor coach to Tuscany. Be ready to take countless photos of the postcard-perfect countryside with its rolling landscapes, charming farm houses, historic churches and magnificent castles. The group will stop in Montepulciano, a town rich in art and history, where you will have free time to explore at your leisure. Wine lovers will certainly want to visit one of the local wineries to sample the famous Montepulciano wine, a medium-bodied red. The motor coach will continue back to Rome, arriving in the evening. Upon arrival in Rome, the tour and our services will end.
We had a wonderful time! If you can give us a few days we can let you know what we liked the most and least. Brett took
"Tommaso, Venice, Florence, San Gimignano, Siena were wonderful! Just arrived in Rome. Ciao!"
PACKAGE START AT $898.00 INCLUDES:
- Transportation by Deluxe motor coach as per itinerary;
- Accommodation in Tourist Category with overnight stay in Venice Mestre or in First Category Hotels with overnight stay on Venice Island in double/twin rooms with private facilities;
- Daily Breakfast;
- 4 Dinners as per itinerary;
- English Tour-Escort; (Multi-ligual Tour-Escort During low Season);
- Panoramic Visits as per itinerary;
- Vat Taxes and service Charges.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:
- All Land & Air prices: Additional U.S. & Foreign Departure Taxes and Surcharges Fee(s) assessed by the Airlines.
- Hospitality city tax which varies by city and hotel category. Where applicable it must be paid locally to the hotel.
- Porterage service.
- Entrance Fees to Monuments or Museums, Tips, Extras.
- All which is not listed under “PACKAGE INCLUDES”.
Multi language escorted group tour during low season.
From April to October the Tour will be in ENGLISH ONLY.
All departures are Guaranteed.
Due to technical and logistic reasons, the itinerary may be reversed or modified.
(*) Rate based on two adult persons sharing a double or twin bedded room with private bathroom. Single rooms are available at an additional supplement. Children’s, triple room rates and alternative accommodation arrangements are available upon request. (Additional and different charges may apply).
CHILDREN POLICY :
- Children (0-3 Yrs Old) share double room with parents. Cot available upon request (Extra fees may apply).
- Children (0-3 Yrs Old) travel on parents laps. (Seat space available upon request, extra fees may apply).
- Beverages and Meals for Children are not included (To be paid locally upon consumption).