Splendors of Italy

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This is an escorted tour. It’s perfect if you prefer not to do your own driving and want to see as many sights as you can during your vacation. GOOD NEWS - The local tour operator will no longer require a COVID-19 vaccination for travelers as of March 1, 2023.  For travelers departing before March 1, the tour operator requires that travelers aged 12 and...

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Trip type
Group Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Moderate
Trip pace
Flexible schedule

Highlights

    • Admire the art & architecture of Florence, the Cradle of the Renaissance.
    • Siena is one of the best preserved medieval cities in Italy.
    • Admire the ancient Colosseum in Rome- one of the most iconic landmarks in Italy.
    • Stay in charming and ideally located properties in each city!
    • Visit the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa and capture the perfect photo!

What's this trip about?

    This is an escorted tour. It’s perfect if you prefer not to do your own driving and want to see as many sights as you can during your vacation. GOOD NEWS - The local tour operator will no longer require a COVID-19 vaccination for travelers as of March 1, 2023.  For travelers departing before March 1, the tour operator requires that travelers aged 12 and older provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination in the form of written documentation (paper or electronic copy), in English, for all vacations. Proof of vaccination must be completed at least 14 days prior to the tour start date. *Exceptions apply to children who do not qualify for vaccination. You’ve heard about Italy - its magnificent architecture, majestic cathedrals, ancient ruins, world-class art, sumptuous cuisine and wine, and relaxing cafés - and now it is your turn to experience it! Explore Italy's most famous cities and discover its unique sights as you overnight in Rome, Siena, Montecatini, and the Venice area. Take a step back in time and imagine what life was like 2,000 years ago when you visit Rome’s Colosseum, the amphitheater used for deadly gladiatorial contests, and Roman Forum, 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, where your walking tour features most of the city’s highlights, including the beautiful Piazza Signoria, the center of Florence’s social and political life since the 14th century. On this Italy tour, you’ll discover some of its magnificent cathedrals and squares, from the Gothic cathedral in Orvieto to Pisa's Square of Miracles. You’ll also enjoy a wine tasting in Greve, the capital of Chianti, and an orientation in Venice including a boat ride to St. Mark’s Square, Venice’s most popular square. Witness Venetian glassblowers create works of art just as they did centuries ago and spend some free time admiring the crisscrossing canals, the pretty gondolas passing under the arched bridges, the palaces, and the quaint piazzas.

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Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeIndependent
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityRome, Italy
End CityItaly

Travel Themes

  • Culinary & Wine
  • Local Immersion & Homestays
  • Relaxing Retreats

Destinations

  • Europe
  • Italy

Attractions

  • Nice
  • Rome
  • Venice

Activities

  • Culture
  • Historic sightseeing
  • History
  • Homestays & Cultural Immersion
  • Relaxing Retreat
  • Ruins & Archaeology
  • Winetasting

Trip includes

    • Round-trip economy class airfare to Rome (FCO)
    • Round-trip airport transfers*
    • Accommodations in hotels listed, or similar: 2 nights inRome at the Holiday Inn Eur Parco Dei Medici or the Buenos Aires Hotel
    • 1 night in Siena at the Four Points by Sheraton Siena
    • 2 nights in Montecatini at the Settentrionale Esplanade
    • 2 nights in Venice Area at Poppi
    • 1 night in Rome at the Holiday Inn Eur Parco Dei Medici or the Buenos Aires Hotel Buffet Breakfast daily
    • 3 three-course dinners
    • Guided sightseeing as described in the itinerary, including: Guided tour of Rome
    • Visits to Orvieto, Siena, San Gimignano
    • Wine tasting in Greve
    • Walking tour of Florence
    • Boat ride in Venice and visit to a glassblowing workshop
    • Visit to St. Francis Basilica in Assisi Services of a Professional Travel Director
    • Transportation by private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach (with complimentary Wi-Fi)
    • Headsets throughout the tour
    • Hotel tips, taxes, porterage and service charges. *Note: Arrival transfer is included if your flight arrives in Rome between 7:30 am and 8:30 pm **Note:Children must be 8 years or older at time of travel. ***Note: Starting in 2022, porterage will no longer be offered on this tour. Travelers will be responsible for transporting their own luggage for the duration of their tour. Gratuities for tour directors, drivers and local guides are not included and are discretionary.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Welcome to Rome, Italy!

Upon arrival you will be transferred to check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the Eternal City!

Day 2 Rome

Rome is affectionately referred to as the Eternal City. It is steeped in history, has a vibrant atmosphere and is absolutely unique. Embark on a sightseeing tour and get acquainted with the city.

Day 3 Rome - Orvieto - Siena

Journey northwest to the charmingly located city of Orvieto in the Umbria region to visit its black basalt and yellow limestone cathedral, an excellent example of Italian Gothic architecture. By early evening you’ll be in Siena with time to visit this jewel of ...

Day 4 Siena - San Gimignano - Greve - Montecatini

Drive this morning to San Gimignano, one of Tuscany's greatest attractions. Its medieval squares, town walls, streets, alleyways, and 14 towers make it unique. 

Day 5 Montecatini - Excursion to Florence

Embark on a full-day excursion to Florence today, and discover the birthplace of the Renaissance. 

Day 6 Montecatini - Pisa - Venice Area

This morning, drive to Pisa for 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. Later, head across the wooded Apennine Hills into the farmlands of the Po Valley for two overnights in the Venice area.

Day 7 Venice Area

Venice is more like a marvelous film set than a real life city, with its criss-crossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and little quiet piazzas. 

Day 8 Venice Area - Assisi - Rome

An interesting drive southward, cutting across the Po Delta, then crossing the Apennines. Stop in Assisi, where St. Francis was born in 1182. Visit the world-famous basilica with its beautiful frescoes by Giotto, then head for Rome. 

Day 9 Depart Italy

Your vacation ends this morning. After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for departure. 

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