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Rome, Venice, Florence, Rome Italy Tour Winter 2016

Away from the summer crowds, Rome, Venice and Florence are all yours to enjoy on the winter Italy tour. This tour explores the history and culture of Italy’s great cities. There is time for leisure in each city and escorted tours of the sightseeing highlights. The tour also includes a lunch at a Tuscan castle with the local Tuscans. Christmas & New Year’s Eve Highlights: The 19 December 2015 departure will celebrate Christmas in Florence. Enjoy a traditional festive meal with all the trimmings. The 26 December 2015 departure will celebrate New Year’s Eve in Florence. Each of these specially arranged festive meal celebrations will replace one of the included meals featured in the itinerary. Venice: 23 January 2016 and 30 January 2016 departures will be staying in Venice during the Carnival of Venice 2016. For more information and to book yourRome, Florence, Venice, Rome tour submit the form or call ItalianTourism.us 800.227.1577.

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Italy Tour Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Rome and Florence
  • Orientation of Venice, Pisa and Siena
  • See the Forum in Rome and the canals of Venice
  • View St. Mark’s Basilica and the Bridge of Sighs in Venice,
  • View the Leaning Tower of Pisa,
  • View the Duomo in Florence
  • Visit the Piazza del Campo in Siena
  • Visit the Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Colosseum in Rome
  • 11 Included Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch & 3 Dinners

Italy Tour Winter 2016 Travel Inclusions

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Hand-picked 4 or 5 star accommodation
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • VIP entry with skip the line tickets to sights

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Italy Tour Winter 2016 Itinerary

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Day 1: Depart overnight flight for Rome

Day 2: Arrive Rome (2 NIGHTS)

Today you’ll arrive in Rome the Eternal City. Check-in to your hotel. This afternoon you have time to stroll around. This evening you’ll meet your tour director and other travelers at a welcome celebration authentic Roman dinner. After you’ll enjoy an evening tour of Rome to see Rome’s sightseeing highlights illuminated.

Meal(s): Welcome Reception
Hotel: Grand Tiberio

Day 3: Rome Sightseeing and Free Time

This morning you’ll begin the day with a tour of The Vatican Museum. You’ll skip by the lines and be guided through the priceless art collection by a local expert tout guide. The  VIP Vatican Tour includes access to the otherwise closed to the public step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante. The Vatican Museum tour includes visiting the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica, where you’ll see Michelangelo’s famous frescoed ceiling and his famous Pietà sculpture. After lunch you’ll see the Ancient Roman Forum, which was the center of ancient Rome. There you’ll visit the Colosseum, the largest in the Roman Empire. After a full day of touring you have the late afternoon and evening to enjoy strolling around Rome. Or join the option tour of Rome’s piazzas and fountains.

Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast
Hotel: Grand Tiberi

 

Rome Optional Tour

Backstreets, Piazzas and Fountains of Rome – $40 per person

With a local Roman expert tour guide you’ll explore the winding streets of Rome’s historic center. You’ll visit the beautiful piazzas including the Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, and Piazza Navona.

Day 4: Travel from Rome to Venice (2 NIGHTS)

Travel through scenic Umbria and see the impressive hilltop towns of Orte and Orvieto before entering into Tuscany. Make your way past Chianti vineyards and terraced olive groves before crossing over the forested Apennine hills. Arrive later in Venice – one of the most unique and serene cities in the world. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast & Dinner with wine
Hotel: Boscolo Bellini

Day 5: Venice Cruise and Glassblowing Demonstration

A visit to the magical city of Venice would not be complete without an orientation cruise by private motor launch along the canals to St. Mark’s Square, with views of the Doge’s Palace and the renowned Bridge of Sighs. Enjoy a Cultural Insight during a demonstration of the ancient art of glassblowing at a workshop on Giudecca island. Then there’s time on your own to join an Optional Experience on offer or explore the labyrinth of streets and canals.

Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast
Hotel: Boscolo Bellini

Venice Optional Tours

Lagoon Discovery Cruise With Lunch And Drinks – $80 per person

Come with us on a private boat trip to the lagoon in Venice and you’ll see the island of Murano, where the renowned glassblowers live. You’ll enjoy lunch with drinks at the nearby ‘Island of the Fishermen’, Burano, which is famous for its multi-coloured houses and a photographer’s paradise.

Discover The Magic Of Venice – $80 per person

Join us for a scenic cruise by private water taxi along Venice’s Grand Canal. You’ll admire the magnificent palazzos, as well as catching a glimpse of the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark’s Square. Later on, you’ll glide gracefully on a gondola along Venice’s dreamy, narrow waterways.

Day 6: Travel from Venice to Florence with Pisa Excursion (2 NIGHTS)

This morning cross the Veneto plains then travel over the steep Apennine Mountains to the city of Pisa. See the incredible Leaning Tower, the amazing carved marble Cathedral and the Baptistery in the Square of Miracles. Later, travel through the province of Tuscany to Renaissance Florence for your two night stay.

Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast
Hotel: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo

Day 7: Florence Walking Tour

Your Local Specialists shows you the multicoloured Duomo, Ponte Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria during your guided walking tour. Enjoy a panoramic view over the city from Piazzale Michelangelo before free time to shop for high quality leather and gold. Alternatively consider visiting the Fine Arts Academy to see the famous statue of David by Michelangelo. Today enjoy an authentic Tuscan lunch experience made with locally sourced fresh produce.

Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast & Authentic Tuscan Lunch
Hotel: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo

Florence Optional Tours

Flavour Of Florence – $75 per person

Join us for a chance to sample the flavours of medieval Florence. You’ll enjoy an evening of delicious local food, while at the same time entertained by live music at this distinctive historic venue. Subject to availability.

Dinner, Wine And Music In The Tuscan Hills – $75 per person

Come for a scenic drive through the beautiful Tuscan countryside. We’ll stop off at a delightful restaurant set among the pines and cypress trees, where you’ll be served regional favourites alongside local music.

Visit Michelangelo’s David – $45 per person

Enjoy an insight into the world of artistic genius Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. You’ll get VIP entry to the Academy of Fine Arts, where you’ll learn all about the artist’s life and his world-famous sculpture.

Day 8: Travel Florence to Rome with Siena Excursion (1 Night)

Drive through the Chianti vineyards to the medieval city of Siena. Here an orientation includes the Piazza del Campo, scene of the famous Palio Horse Races. There is time at leisure to shop for Tuscan specialities before returning to the Eternal City of Rome. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and fellow travellers.

Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast & Farewell Dinner
Hotel: Sheraton Parco De Medici

Day 9: Rome, Florence, Venice tour ends in Rome

Say ‘arrivederci’ to your Travel Director and fellow travellers at the end of this remarkable Italian holiday. Airport transfers are available to Rome Fiumicino. Conditions apply.

Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast

Note: Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip.

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Italy Tour Winter 2016 Accommodations

2 Nights Rome – Grand Tiberio

 

2 Nights Venice – Boscolo Bellini

 

2 Nights Florence – Grand Hotel Mediterraneo

 

1 Night Rome – Sheraton Parco De Medici

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