The Splendors of Italy

Description

Vacation Overview

You’ve dreamed about Italy—its magnificent architecture, majestic cathedrals, ancient ruins, world-class art, sumptuous cuisine and wine, and relaxing cafés—and now it is your time to experience it. On this affordable Italy tour, explore its most famous cities and discover its unique sights as you overnight in Rome, Siena, Montecatini, and the Venice area.

This affordable Italy tour offers you the opportunity to step back in time — to imagine what life was like 2,000 years ago –– the political, social, and commercial center during the Roman Empire.

Imagine life during the Middle Ages as you explore San Gimignano’s medieval squares, town walls, streets, alleyways, and 14 towers still standing from the Middle Ages. Visit Florence — the Renaissance gem – with a walking tour featuring the beautiful Piazza Signoria, the center of Florence’s social and political life since the 14th century.

On this affordable tour of Italy, you’ll discover some of its magnificent cathedrals. In Vatican City, wonder at the masterful St. Peters Basilica and square. In Orvieto, the Cathedral is a great example of gothic architecture in Italy.

In Assisi, where St. Francis was born, visit the world-famous Romanesque and gothic Basilica, where the saint is buried. See Pisa’s Square of Miracles – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – with its three structures (Leaning Tower, Cathedral, and Baptistry) that have historically been central to religious life.

You’ll also experience a wine tasting in Greve, the capital of Chianti, and a visit to Venice, including a boat ride to St. Mark’s Square. Witness Venetian glassblowers create works of art just as they did centuries ago, and spend some free time admiring the crisscrossing canals, the legendary gondolas passing under the arched bridges, the palaces, and the quaint piazzas.

All of this and more—including views of the most scenic Italian landscapes—are included on this fabulous Italy vacation designed for the value-minded traveler!

Itinerary

Day 1 ARRIVE IN ROME, ITALY

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore this ancient capital. This evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

Day 2 ROME

The “Eternal City” is steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts with St. Peter’s Square and Basilica. Other highlights are the iconic Colosseum, the largest amphitheater ever built and Circus Maximus. An optional visit is available to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, world famous for Michelangelo’s impressive fresco of The Last Judgment.

Breakfast

Day 3 ROME–ORVIETO–SIENA

Journey to charming Orvieto in the Umbria region to visit its black basalt and yellow limestone CATHEDRAL, an excellent example of Italian Gothic architecture. Reach Siena, with time to visit this jewel of Tuscany. Sit in one of the cafés surrounding the Piazza del Campo and admire one of Italy’s most unique squares, famed all over the world for its medieval-style Palio horse race.

Breakfast Dinner

Day 4 SIENA–SAN GIMIGNANO–GREVE–MONTECATINI

Arrive in San Gimignano and discover one of Tuscany’s greatest attractions. Its medieval squares, town walls, streets, alleyways, and 14 towers are truly unique. Next, head into the very heart of the Chianti vineyards, where Chianti Classico wines are produced. Stop in Greve for a WINE TASTING at the Vicchiomaggio wine estate. Arrive in Montecatini in time to join the optional Tuscan dinner outing.

Breakfast

Day 5 MONTECATINI. EXCURSION TO FLORENCE

This Renaissance gem and city of the Medicis will keep you enthralled the entire day. Wander at leisure and admire the city’s timeless beauty. Don’t miss out on the included walking tour with a Local Guide, which features most of the city highlights. You will see Piazza Santa Croce; beautiful Piazza Signoria; Palazzo Vecchio and its courtyard; Loggia dei Lanzi; and, to top it all, Piazza del Duomo and its cathedral with the Giotto Campanile, and the magnificent East Door of the Baptistry, known as the “Gate of Paradise.”

Breakfast             Dinner

Day 6 MONTECATINI–PISA–VENICE AREA

This morning, drive to Pisa and enjoy a mini-train ride to see its SQUARE OF MIRACLES and the amazing Leaning Tower—180 feet high and no less than 16 feet out of the perpendicular. Head across the wooded Apennine hills into the farmlands of the Po Valley to the Venice area.

Breakfast

Day 7 VENICE AREA

Venice is more like a marvelous film set than a real-life city, with its crisscrossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and piazzas. Your included orientation starts with a BOAT RIDE to St. Mark’s Square and is followed by time at leisure and a chance to watch Venetian GLASSBLOWERS fashion their delicate works of art as they did centuries ago. Don’t miss out on the optional gondola trip, gliding along the picturesque canals with a local troubadour to serenade you.

Breakfast             Dinner

Day 8 VENICE AREA–ASSISI–ROME

Travel across the Po Delta, then into the green Apennines to Umbria. Stop in medieval Assisi, where St. Francis was born in 1182. Visit the world-famous BASILICA with its beautiful frescoes by Giotto, then head for Rome.

Breakfast

Day 9 ROME

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast

Vacation Highlights

ROME

Guided sightseeing, see St. Peter’s Square

ORVIETO

Visit the limestone cathedral

SIENA

See Piazza del Campo

SAN GIMIGNANO

Visit

GREVE

Wine tasting at a wine estate

FLORENCE

Guided walking tour

PISA

See the leaning tower

VENICE

Boat ride to St. Mark’s Square, visit glassblowing workshop

ASSISI

Visit St. Francis Basilica

Headsets throughout the tour

December 21 Departure – Christmas lunch in Florence

December 30 Departure – New Year’s Eve in Rome

Meals

Buffet breakfasts daily; 3 dinners

Hotels

Rome

Grand Fleming Hotel

Modern hotel offering popular amenities and comforts, restaurant and bar is located 40 km from FCO Airport; staff is multilingual.

Buenos Aires

Hotel Buenos Aires welcomes its guests with old-fashioned hospitality in tastefully renovated surroundings, for a pleasant stay in one of Rome’s most fashionable neighborhoods, 20 minutes within walking distance from Via Veneto.

Siena

Four Points by Sheraton Siena

Located on the threshold of the historic city walls, a few minutes from the city center with its medieval atmosphere and the splendor of the Piazza del Campo.

Montecatini

Settentrionale Esplanade

In the heart of Montecatini Terme offering hospitality and courtesy. The centrally located hotel has always been managed by the owners and is one of the cornerstones of the traditional hotels of Montecatini Terme.Restaurant, outdoors pool.

Venice

Poppi

Situated on the Riviera del Brenta and founded in 1965,the hotel is still family run. hotel Poppi offers 100 rooms and a renowned restaurant.

Rome

Holiday Inn Eur Parco Dei Medici

The Holiday Inn® Rome Eur Parco dei Medici hotel offers 317 spacious rooms to suit both business and leisure visitors. Catch a taxi to the Colosseum and Vatican in 25 minutes, or catch a train from nearby Muratella station or a metro from EUR Magliana station

Pricing

Tour
Start Date
Return
Date
Land/Cruise
Price Only
3/17/2019 3/25/2019 $1,499
3/24/2019 4/1/2019 $1,529
3/31/2019 4/8/2019 $1,569
4/7/2019 4/15/2019 $1,599
4/14/2019 4/22/2019 $1,599
4/21/2019 4/29/2019 $1,599
4/28/2019 5/6/2019 $1,639
5/5/2019 5/13/2019 $1,639
5/9/2019 5/17/2019 $1,639
5/19/2019 5/27/2019 $1,639
5/23/2019 5/31/2019 $1,639
6/2/2019 6/10/2019 $1,639
6/6/2019 6/14/2019 $1,639
6/16/2019 6/24/2019 $1,639
6/20/2019 6/28/2019 $1,639
6/30/2019 7/8/2019 $1,589
7/4/2019 7/12/2019 $1,589
7/14/2019 7/22/2019 $1,589
7/18/2019 7/26/2019 $1,589
7/28/2019 8/5/2019 $1,589
8/1/2019 8/9/2019 $1,589
8/11/2019 8/19/2019 $1,589
8/15/2019 8/23/2019 $1,589
8/25/2019 9/2/2019 $1,589
8/29/2019 9/6/2019 $1,589
9/8/2019 9/16/2019 $1,639
9/12/2019 9/20/2019 $1,639
9/22/2019 9/30/2019 $1,639
9/26/2019 10/4/2019 $1,639
10/6/2019 10/14/2019 $1,639
10/10/2019 10/18/2019 $1,639
11/17/2019 11/25/2019 $1,449
12/21/2019 12/29/2019 $1,499
12/30/2019 1/7/2020 $1,499
3/15/2020 3/23/2020 $1,539

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We can make planning your tour easy – all you need to do is complete the following information. An agent consultant will get in touch with you to provide you a quote on your escorted tour. You can also call us at 281-530-4979 to speak to someone right away.