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ITALY in DEPTH - LAND ONLY
2017
10 DAYS

ROME / ASSISI / SIENA / FLORENCE / BOLOGNA / PADUA / VENICE / MONTEPULCIANO / TUSCANY WINE REGION / ROME / NAPLES /
POMPEII / SORRENTO / CAPRI / ROME  
                                                  

You will be traveling with regular passengers but, paying travel agent rates

Departures
September  1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29
October       1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29

Day 1   Rome   WELCOME TO ITALY !!!
You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
     Overnight ROME GARDEN HOTEL,  Rome

Day 2   Rome / Assisi / Siena / Florence
Departing at 7:15 am from your hotel by a deluxe coach, you will arrive in Assisi, ready to explore, at your own leisure, this tiny town surrounded by walls, built in the Middle Ages. Take your time to visit the basilica of St. Francis, where you will see masterpieces by Giotto and Cimabue and, then, have free time for lunch (not included).

Board on the bus to reach Siena, a Unesco World Heritage Site, world-known for the Palio, the historical horse race around the shell-shaped town square: Piazza del Campo.

Next, you will continue on to Florence, where you will check in at your hotel before enjoying dinner and a well-earned night of rest. 
     Overnight MEDITERRANEO HOTEL,  Florence

Day 3    Florence
After breakfast, you will spend the day venturing around beautiful Florence, the “Cradle of Renaissance, where, with the help of Michelangelo, Italian art reached its pinnacle. Based on Etruscan-Roman origins, the city flourished in the Middle Ages as a free “Comune” and was further refined during the Renaissance. You will be fascinated by the uncountable monuments, churches and buildings as Santa Maria del Fiore, more commonly referred to as the Duomo.

On your visit, you will be amazed by its magnificent dome built by Filippo Brunelleschi. Cross a small piazza to see the “Campanile” tower (partly designed by Giotto) and the Baptistery, with its bronze doors where Michelangelo imagined the “Gates of Paradise.” In the heart of the city, you will see Piazza della Signoria, (also known as Palazzo Vecchio), and the Basilica of Santa Croce.

Lunch in a typical Tuscan restaurant in Piazza Santa Croce. Spend the afternoon strolling the cobblestone streets of Florence on your own.     

OR OPTIONAL short trip to Pisa, one of the four main historical Marine Republics of Italy. There, you will tour the Piazza dei Miracoli with the Duomo, Pisa’s symbol “the Leaning Tower” and the Baptistery.

Dinner at leisure, overnight stay in Florence.
       Overnight MEDITERRANEO HOTEL,  Florence

Day 4   Florence / Bologna / Padua / Venice
After breakfast in Florence, departure to Bologna. There, you will discover the elegant city centre with its “porticos”, shopping streets.  From Piazza Malpighi you will walk to Piazza del Nettuno and Piazza Maggiore (Neptune square and Major square) in the heart of the city, then King Renzo’s Palace; Palazzo Podestà and the basilica of San Petronio, one of the biggest in the world. Bologna it’s a real gourmet’s heaven, don’t miss a tasty meal at your own leisure.

In the afternoon, continue toward Padova, with Sant’Antonio Basilica: one of the most visited churches by pilgrims of the catholic world. Later in the afternoon, arrival in Venice: the City of Love, one of the most beautiful city built by man! Check in at your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
       Overnight DELFINO HOTEL, Mestre
       (4 star hotel, 15 minutes away from Venice)

Day 5   Venice
After breakfast, enjoy your private water-taxi transfer to Piazza San Marco, with “no waiting in line” tickets to visit the splendid St. Mark’s Basilica and, check out the most iconic places of the “Floating City”: the Palazzo dei Dogi, symbol of Venice’s glorious past, the legendary “Bridge of Sighs”. 

Spend the afternoon roaming along Venice’s canals at your leisure and then return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
        Overnight DELFINO HOTEL, Mestre
       (4 star hotel, 15 minutes away from Venice)  

Day 6   Venice / Montepulciano (Tuscany wine region) / Rome
After breakfast, departure from Piazzale Roma heading to Tuscany, world-known for its landscapes, its churches and castles and its delicious wines.

You will proceed to Val di Chiana with a stop in Montepulciano, a medieval town rich in history and art. Known for its “Nobile” wine, on purchase in local wine houses, Montepulciano also hosts an annual jazz and wine festival every July. Spend the afternoon discovering Montepulciano at your own pace, enjoying free wine tastings in many wine shops and free time for shopping. 

In the evening, you will arrive in Rome to check in into your hotel.
        Overnight HOTEL ROME GARDEN, Rome

Day 7    Rome
Between 7:45 - 8:00 am, after breakfast, departure from the hotel for the included tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica with our exclusive “NO waiting in line” access.  No stress to reach the area: upon arrival, your guide will lead you into the museums where you’ll visit one of the most important art collections of the world. Walk along the beautiful Galleries of Tapestries and Geographical Maps before admiring Raphael’s Rooms and, then, the amazing Sistine Chapel. After this incredible masterpiece, you will be taken by a privileged door to St. Peter’s Basilica: the biggest church in the world.

The tour ends on St. Peter’s Square. Enjoy the rest of the day to explore the city at your own leisure or get any one of our selected tours for the afternoon or at night.

Afternoon at leisure.
         Overnight HOTEL ROME GARDEN, Rome

Day 8   Rome / Naples / Pompeii / Sorrento
After breakfast, pick up at your hotel at 7:00 am approximately. Departure by coach heading south crossing the regions of Lazio and Campania. Arrival in Naples and short panoramic tour seeing sites such as the Mergellina, Castel dell’Ovo, Santa Lucia, while heading to Pompeii.

Lunch before entering Pompeii and then visit the ruins of the famous Roman city destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D.

Leaving Pompeii, you will drive along the Sorrentine Coast, arriving in Sorrento for dinner and an overnight in your new hotel.
        Overnight MICHELANGELO HOTEL, Sorrento

Day 9   Sorrento / Capri / Rome
After breakfast, get ready for an exciting excursion to the island of Capri: one of the most exclusive summer destinations of the Mediterranean.  Depending on weather and sea conditions, you will admire the dreamy Blue Grotto on a small rowboat. Afterward, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and then roam the island at your own pace.

Once back on the mainland, return to Rome in the evening for your last overnight.
     Overnight HOTEL ROME GARDEN, Rome

Day 10   Rome / departure
Breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to the airport. (b)

INCLUSIVE FEATURES
- All transfers and multilingual sightseeing by motor coach
- All hotels (or similar) as per itinerary
- Daily breakfast, two lunches and four dinners
- All taxes and service charges

Not included is city tax that has to be paid directly to hotel upon checking out approximately 5 euros

COST PER PERSON LAND ONLY
Based on double occupancy
Travel agents from            $1840.00 (US)
Companions from             $1940.00 (US)

for UPGRADED hotel in Venice - CARLTON CANAL and upgraded hotel in Rome - BETTORJA -please add $300.00 (US) $382.00 (Canadian dollars) extra per person.

We can arrange extra hotel nights in Rome at the beginning or end of trip

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