For art lovers, there are no better vacation destinations than Italy's historic cities of art. This 7 day escorted group tour focuses on 6 of Italy's most famous art cities including Rome, Assisi, Siena, Florence, Padua and Venice. During the tour you will marvel at Rome's historic architecture and stunning outdoor monuments, such as the Trevi fountain. In Assisi, you will visit the famous Basilica of St. Francis with its beautiful frescoes made by great masters such as Giotto and Cimabue. In Siena you will admire the medieval architecture and visit the breathtaking Cathedral, considered to be one of the most beautiful in Italy. Florence is filled with remarkable Medieval architecture as well as a wealth of Renaissance art that can be admired in the Uffizi and Accademia Galleries. The final stops will be in Padua to admire the picturesque Basilica of St. Anthony and Venice, famous for its canals, St. Mark's Basilica and the islands of Murano and Burano. With so many noteworthy cities filled with a vast wealth of art and architecture, it's easy to understand why Italy is a dream destination for many lovers of art.
From Rome to Venice
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: Rome, Assisi, Siena, Florence, Pisa (Optional), Padua, Venice
DAY 01 - Saturday: ROME
The first day brings you from the airport to the lively city of Rome where you will check into your hotel in the historical city center. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore the breathtaking city with its magnificent views and colorful attractions. Dinner is not included on this day, and you are free to find the restaurant of your choice to indulge in the local offerings.
DAY 02 – Sunday: ROME
The day starts off with a mouthwatering buffet breakfast, provided by the accommodating hotel. Afterwards you will begin an informative three hour walking tour led by an English speaking guide. During the tour you will see many notable attractions, including the sunken ruins of Largo di Torre Argentina, the ancient buildings and statues of Campo de’ Fiori, the beautiful Baroque period Piazza Navona and the historic Pantheon where two former kings of Italy are buried. Another stop will be the famous Spanish Steps, which bridge the gap between Piazza di Spagna and Piazza Trinita dei Monti. The breathtaking view of the Trevi Fountain, which is the largest Baroque fountain in the city, will finish out the tour for the day. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to do with as you wish. Dinner will be on your own this evening follow by a comforting overnight stay at your hotel.
DAY 03 – Monday: ROME-ASSISI-SIENA-FLORENCE
Depart the hotel early in the morning and travel to the city of Assisi. As you travel through the magical town of Saint Francis, surrounded by its ancient walls, behold the long-lasting Basilica of Saint Francis, which houses Renaissance masterpieces crafted by Giotto and Cimabue. Following Assisi, we will travel through the countryside to reach the medieval city of Siena, which is renowned for its timeless art, magnificent museums, fine cuisine and the annual Palio horse races. You will then proceed to Florence and check in at a centrally located four star hotel. A delightful and filling dinner will then be provided.
DAY 04 – Tuesday: FLORENCE, PISA (Optional, not included)
A delicious breakfast will be served at the hotel, followed by a lively and informative guided tour of Florence, Italy. This historic city, also known as the Cradle of the Renaissance, is dotted with colorful attractions to pique your interest. The tour will begin at the heart of the city, the Piazza del Duomo. This is one of the most visited attractions in all of Europe. The Piazza is home to the beautiful Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Baptistery of St. John, which has the status of a minor Basilica. The Basilica of Santa Croce, the famous 13th century Franciscan Church which holds Cimabue’s famed crucifix will also be visited. This is one of three crucifixes still in existence created by the world-renowned artist. The remainder of the day will be at your leisure. You may use it for shopping or additional sightseeing, such an excursion to the city of Pisa to see the famous Leaning Tower (optional activity, not included).
A delightful dinner and a cozy night’s stay at the hotel will end this exciting day.
DAY 05 – Wednesday: FLORENCE-PADUA-VENICE
The day will begin with a breakfast buffet at your hotel. A departure by coach from Florence to Venice will follow breakfast. Along the way you will stop in the small but lively city of Padua. This city houses the famous Cathedral of St. Anthony. The stunning architecture is unique and breathtaking to view. Following the tour of Padua is the artistic city of Venice. A panoramic walking tour of Venice Island will bring you to the famous St. Mark’s square and the majestic St. Mark's Basilica. As you continue on this delightful walking tour, you will see the Bridge of Sighs that connects the historical prisons to the Doge's Palace. During the evening, a delicious dinner and relaxing overnight stay will be had at the hotel in Venice.
DAY 06 – Thursday: VENICE
A breakfast buffet will be served at the hotel to start off the day. A morning escort through Venice will be taken by way of boat. The trip will start with a crossing through the Venetian Lagoon offering views of the islands and impressive scenery. A short stop will be taken at the island of Murano, where you will admire a demonstration of the traditional art of glass blowing. This small but well-populated island was once an independent commune, but is now a territorial suburb of Venice. The afternoon will be at your leisure, with extra time that will allow for shopping and additional sightseeing as you choose. A delicious dinner will be provided at the local hotel, along with a peaceful night’s sleep.
DAY 07 – Friday: VENICE
A final and tasty breakfast will be served after which the tour and our services will end.
PACKAGE START AT $1,486.00 INCLUDES:
- Transportation by Deluxe motor coach as per itinerary;
- Accommodation in 4 Star Category Hotels City center located in double/twin rooms with private facilities (in Venice the hotel may be 3 or 4 star category on Venice Lido);
- Daily Buffet Breakfast;
- 4 Dinners as per itinerary;
- Sightseeing Tours as per itinerary;
- 3 Hours Guided Tour in Rome;
- English Tour-Escort from day 3 to day 7;
- English Speaking Local Guides (Guest will be provided with professional headsets to improve the hearing experience)
- Panoramic Visits as per itinerary;
- Transfer from Rome FCO/CIA Airport;
- 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.
- Other Entrance Fees to Monuments or Museums, Tips, Extras.
- All which is not listed under “PACKAGE INCLUDES”.
English Speaking only escorted group tour. 2 Departure dates per month English and French Speaking group tour.
All departures are Guaranteed.
Itinerary may be reversed or modified for technical reason.
(*) 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).