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Italy Tour – In A Small Group Setting
Upscale Italy Tour to Rome, Florence, Venice, The Vatican, Countryside of Tuscany
GROUP SIZE – 8 to 12 PEOPLE
Main Destinations: Rome, Florence, Montepulciano and Cortona in Tuscany, Venice
Book this upscale, escorted Italy tour that includes Italy’s most important cities – Rome, Florence and Venice. On this group tour of Italy you will travel a trio of cities filled with historic, artistic and architectural treasures everyone should see in their lifetime. This Italy tour package begins its tour in Rome, where you will see the ancient wonders that have drawn visitors to this capital for centuries: the Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican, the Sistine Chapel, the ancient city wall and gates, Circus Maximus, Piazza Navona, Trevi fountain and much more.
This escorted Italy tour includes a day trip to Tuscany to enhance your Italy travel experience. This upscale Italy tour package also includes the Renaissance city of Florence. The architecturally stunning city of Florence, famous for gold, leather and other artisan products, is a must especially for first time visit to Italy. The last stop in this Italy tour package is Italy’s elegant and magical “floating” city, Venice, a great ending to this fantastic “best of Italy” tour.
Book this Italy tour that includes the classical cities of Italy and a fantastic tour through the countryside of Tuscany, experiencing small walled towns and hilltop villages while experiencing the fantastic food and wine it offers.
NOTE: Pre-tour and post-tour accommodations are available. Arrive early or depart later. We’ll make all the arrangements for you.
Note: Activities or order of activities are subject to change due to unforeseen closures, etc. We reserve the right to replace an activity.
(B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
DAY 1: Arrival in Rome, Orientation Stroll, Welcome Dinner, Overnight in Rome
This fabulous Italy tour starts in Rome, your home for the next three nights.
Our driver will pick you up at the airport and to take you to your hotel. An orientation stroll later in the afternoon is planned followed by our Welcome Dinner. (D)
DAY 2: Morning Tour of Ancient Rome Tour, Overnight in Rome
This morning, our excellent tour guide in Rome will take you on a walking tour of Ancient Rome and see some of the finest feats of Roman architectural engineering. Hear about fascinating stories about the Colosseum, which stands near the center of present-day Rome. You will tour the Forum, once the administration, business and commercial center of Ancient Rome, and see its numerous temples, Basilicas, arches and more. Other sites you will visit include the Arch of Constantine and Piazza del Campidoglio, designed by Michelangelo. Group lunch is planned after the tour. After lunch, you will explore around the Spanish Steps area, see the Trevi fountain. Remainder of the day is yours.
NOTE: Your tour director will have suggestions on how you may spend all your leisure times. Restaurant suggestions will also be provided daily. Your tour director is available if you want company. (B, L)
DAY 3: Morning Vatican Tour: St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, Overnight in Rome
Note: Modest dress to enter the cathedral, as in all churches in Italy. Shoulders and knees must be covered. No shorts please.
Our expert licensed guide in Rome will take you on a guided tour of the Vatican. You will have a reservation for a quick entry.
In your private tour of the Vatican, you will discover a treasure trove of art, history and religion today. The Vatican Museum’s art collection, which our tour group will visit, is one the most important in the world. You will also see the recently restored Sistine Chapel, home to Michelangelo’s Last Judgment frescoes; and tour St. Peter’s Basilica and view Michelangelo’s famous Pieta, and Bernini’s amazing bronze Baldacchino. (B)
DAY 4: Private Transportation to Florence, Tuscany – Montepulciano & Cortona, Wine Tasting, Overnight in Florence
Today, you will depart Rome for Florence. We included this wonderful day in Tuscany so you can enjoy the peaceful and beautiful countryside. A stop in Montepulciano for some wine tasting and exploration is planned. From here you will head to Cortona and before continuing onto Florence. Evening stroll is planned before your group dinner. (B, L, D)
DAY 5: Morning Walking Tour of Florence with Accademia Museum, Afternoon Tour of the Uffizi Gallery, Overnight in Florence
Today, our fantastic tour guide in Florence will take you on a guided walking tour of Florence to see it’s beautiful historical squares and other famous sites like Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) and the duomo. You will also visit Accademia museum to view some of Michelangelo’s works, including his Statue of David. Your guide will take you to a restaurant where you may have lunch. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
After lunch, guided tour of the Uffizi gallery. The Uffizi Gallery occupies the top two floors of a building originally designed by Giorgio Vasari, a leading 15th century painter and architect. Today, it is one of the most famous and important art museums in the world. The Uffizi museum houses acclaimed masterpieces by Botticelli, Fra Angelico, Felippo Lippi, Raphael, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci and many others. German, Flemish and Dutch masters like Rubens and Rembrandt are also well represented. Group lunch is planned after your guided tour. (B, L)
Available are Optional Tours of any of the following: Pitti Palace & Boboli Gardens, Pisa, Lucca, Bologna or Cinque Terre.
Today, you’re free to explore Florence on your own. Florence has many more museums, palaces, shops and open markets. You can also visit the Boboli Gardens – a 16th-century sculpture garden — or go shopping for Florence’s trademark leather and gold. Day trips to other cities are available. (B)
DAY 7: Venice Guided Tour, including St. Mark’s Square, St. Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace, Bridge of Sighs; Overnight in Venice
Note: Modest dress to enter the cathedral as in all churches in Italy. Shoulders and knees must be covered. No shorts please.
You’ll leave Florence early this morning and travel to Venice by train. A private transfer to the train station in Florence will be arranged with assistance in getting you and your bags onto the train. In Venice you will be met at the train station and taken to your hotel.
After your lunch stop, our fabulous tour guide in Venice will give you a tour of Venice’s most important sites, starting with a tour of St. Mark’s Square. You will also tour the Gothic Doge’s Palace, the ancient political and administrative center of the Republic of Venice; the famous Bridge of Sighs, so-called as it was the last view convicts saw before their imprisonment; and St. Mark’s Basilica with its fantastic gold mosaics. (B)
DAY 8: Leisure Day, Farewell Dinner, Overnight in Venice
Enjoy exploring Venice on your own. Today is the last day of your Italy tour so simply wander the different neighborhoods. You may want to view the brilliant contemporary art collection housed in the Peggy Guggenheim museum, which is wonderfully located in a less touristy part of Venice. The Guggenheim mansion, which faces the Grand Canal, has a lovely garden and cafe.
You may consider one of Venice’s nearby islands, like Murano, famous for its glass blowing or Burano. Both are a short ride away on a public water bus or water taxi. Your tour director can assist you in planning your day.
A special dinner is planned tonight to mark the end of this fantastic tour. (B, D)
DAY 9: Departure Day
Explore Venice one last time before you catch your flight today. (B)