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Great Italian Cities

Everyday Price From

$2,444

$2,875

10 days

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Overview

Explore Italy's café culture, Renaissance frescoes and feats of classic architecture - all must-see highlights of this leisurely jaunt through the cities of Rome, Florence and Venice.

Locations Visited

Rome, Assisi, Florence, Pisa, Venice, Bologna, Innsbruck

Countries Visited

Italy, Austria

Travel Style

At Leisure

Accommodations

9 nights included

Age Requirements

Minimum age 5

Itinerary

COLLAPSE ALL EXPAND ALL

Day 1

Arrive Rome (3 Nights)

You're in for a bellissimo journey through the spectacular cities of Italy, which kicks off in the Eternal City of Rome. Join your travel companions and Travel Director for a memorable Welcome Reception. Your introduction to la dolce vita begins with a short walk this evening to see the timeless Roman Colosseum and the ancient centre of Rome - the Forum.

  • Accommodation

    Grand Palatino

  • Meals

    Welcome Reception

Day 2

Rome and Castel Gandolfo Sightseeing

We embark on a very special included 'Dive Into Culture' sightseeing tour with our 'Local Specialist' at the Vatican this morning. Skip the queue and wander through its Museums, Sistine Chapel and Gardens, admiring the artistry of great masters and walking in the footsteps of popes who have found peace within its beautiful green landscapes for centuries. We'll enjoy a rare opportunity to board a train within the Vatican Walls bound for the Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo, the Pope's Summer Residence. Here, we'll embark on a tour through its beautifully manicured green heart before enjoying an included lunch against the backdrop of this enchanting setting.

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3

Rome At Leisure

The narrow lanes and expansive piazze of Rome are yours to explore today. Ask your Travel Director for tips on what to see and do, or consider an Optional Experience delving into the fascinating history of Pompeii.

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 4

Rome – Assisi – Florence (3 Nights)

This morning meet with your 'Local Specialist' to visit St. Peter's Basilica. Then we journey north to the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi where your 'Local Specialist' will take you to the Basilica of St. Francis, the final resting place of this famous saint where we will see Giotto's enchanting frescoes. Later we continue our journey through the scenic Tuscan countryside to Florence.

  • Accommodation

    Ambasciatori

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 5

Florence Sightseeing and At Leisure

Enjoy a leisurely encounter with the artistic and architectural marvels of Florence during your walking tour with a 'Local Specialist'. Visit the striking Piazza della Signoria with its impressive sculptures and palazzi. Amble through the charming cobblestone lanes to the multi-coloured marble Duomo and Baptistery, before admiring the scenic view of the Ponte Vecchio straddling the Arno River. Learn about the quality and workmanship of two of this city's historic industries at demonstrations of Florentine leathercraft and 18-carat gold. Spend the rest of the afternoon sauntering through the historic centre of Florence, shopping for high-quality leather for which the city is famous, or admiring the artistic contribution of the Medici at every turn.

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 6

Florence – Excursion to Pisa

After free time in Florence, cross the fertile Arno Valley to Pisa and join a 'Local Specialist' to visit the Square of Miracles, home to the incredible Leaning Tower and beautifully sculpted marble Cathedral. See the ornate Baptistery and the Camposanto, built on sacred soil brought back from the Holy Land during the Crusades. Your unforgettable encounter with Tuscany continues this evening as you 'Connect With Locals' over a 'Be My Guest' dinner, joining Count Miari Fulcis on his 15th-century organic olive oil estate that has featured in many famous films.

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Be My Guest

Day 7

Florence – Bologna – Venice (3 Nights)

Travel north, through the Apennines, to the medieval city of Bologna, perhaps best known for the delicious spaghetti sauce that bears its name. Your sightseeing tour with a 'Local Specialist' includes views of the Kissing Towers which lean towards each other, seemingly poised to embrace. Then it's off to the romantic island city of Venice with its rich cultural and artistic heritage. Spend time at leisure gliding along its enchanting canals in a gondola or wander through the city's labyrinthine lanes, over bridges and into quiet campi.

  • Accommodation

    Principe

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 8

Venice Canal Cruise, Orientation and Free Time

'Dive Into Culture' and gain insights into the delicate Venetian art of glassblowing on Giudecca Island. Savour the iconic and unexpected highlights of Venice as you cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square to admire the Bridge of Sighs, Palladian churches, Customs House, St. Mark's Basilica and the ornate Doge's Palace. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure.

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 9

Secret Venice Walking Tour and visit to the Rialto Food Market

Sites made famous in poetry, song and prose are explored today when we join a 'Local Specialist' for a Small Group Sightseeing walking tour from our hotel along the canals to the famous Rialto Bridge, where all the flavours of Italy come to life at a centuries-old food market. Amble through the narrow calle of Venice and admire the beautiful architecture, before spending the rest of the day to visit the sights of your choice. Tonight, enjoy dinner with your fellow travellers.

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 10

Depart Venice

For now it's time to say a fond arrivederci to Italy and newfound friends who have shared in the memorable sights, sounds and flavours. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Highlights

  • Sightseeing Highlights
  • VIP ADMISSION to the Vatican Museums

  • SMALL GROUP SIGHTSEEING guided walking tour of 'Secret Venice' to the Rialto food market, with a group size of no more than 25 guests

  • VISIT the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, the Villa Barberini Gardens in Castel Gandolfo and the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi

  • VIEW the Colosseum and Forum in Rome, Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and St. Mark's Basilica in Venice

  • SCENIC CRUISE by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice

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What's Included

  • Dining Highlights

  • 9 breakfasts

  • 1 lunch

  • 3 dinners (including Be My Guest)

  • First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

  • Optional Experiences and free time

  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

  • Handcrafted Highlights

  • VIP entry to many sights

  • Terms & Conditions

    Trip Notes:

    • ​Please note that airfare to and from your start/end destinations are not included in the cost of your trip.
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    Terms & Conditions:

    • ​Prices listed are land only & do not include airfare to and from the start/end of the tour.
    • Prices listed are per person, based on twin or multi-share. If you’re traveling solo, we can pair you with a same-sex roommate at no extra cost or you can upgrade to a single for an additional cost, based on availability.
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