Heart of Italy small group tour - max. 16 participants
2017 depart Fri: Apr 14, 28. May 05, 19. Jun 02, 16, 30. Jul 14, 28. Aug 11, 25. Sep 08, 22. Oct 06, 20. Nov 03.
On request: extension private tour - Heart of Italy Cinque Terre & Milan, Heart of Italy Cinque Terre & Piedmont, Heart of Italy Cinque Terre & French Riviera.
day 01 Friday Rome Arrival
Arrive in Rome and transfer independently to your hotel. You will meet your tour leader and your travel companions at the bar of the hotel. Then, walk together to the restaurant and enjoy a tasty welcome dinner.
day 02 Saturday Rome
This morning meet your assistant in the lobby and walk to Piazza Navona, where you will start your exploration of the heart of Rome: Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and the Baroque quarter. Then, you will have some free time for lunch before your transfer to the Vatican for a guided visit. After the visit, you will have the evening at leisure.
Optional: Tonight experience the real Roman food! Meet your tour leader and enjoy a relaxed walking along the narrow streets of ancient Rome. End the tour at your restaurant for a tasty Roman Dinner. Return to hotel with your tour leader.
day 03 Sunday Rome-Siena-Florence
Meet your tour guide at hotel in Rome and transfer to Florence by private coach. The drive itself is a magnificent path along the roads of Tuscany, where it is possible to enjoy the view of hills covered by vineyards, olives tree, small villages and original bell towers. En route stop in Siena, probably Italy's loveliest medieval city. The town offers magnificent masterpieces and incredible views. Upon arrival, enjoy a “farmer lunch”: “Original Tuscan Food with wine tasting with cheese and salami. After lunch, free time to explore the city. Continue to Siena. Before arrival, stop in a vineyard in Chianti for a wine tasting. Late afternoon arrival in Florence and enjoy your evening at leisure.
day 04 Monday Florence-Pisa-Lucca-Florence
Today visit Pisa & Lucca with a driver guide. Pisa is worldly famous for its Leaning Tower, but there is much more. Piazza dei Miracoli is a real jewel of Romanesque architecture: the magnificence of the square will overwhelm you as you pass through Porta Nuova, one of the ancient gates of the Medieval city walls. The Duomo, Piazza dei Cavalieri, The Baptistry will surprise you. Across San Giuliano Terme and S. Maria del Giudice, on a beautiful plain surrounded by mountains and hills scattered with ancient castles, villas and picturesque villages, Lucca will unveil its quiet yet unique beauty. Lucca was successively an important Roman colony, the Lombards' headquarters in Tuscany, one of the main stations on the pilgrims' route to Rome (the Via Francigena), a center for the silk trade and a flourishing Renaissance town.
day 05 Tuesday Florence
Start your exploration of Florence from the unknown and most picturesque sides of the city: visit the fresh market of San Lorenzo where is possible to find the food arriving fresh everyday from Tuscan Countryside. It will be a great opportunity to taste many varieties of cheese, fruits and vegetable and breads. Enjoy some free time for lunch and meet your guide in the hotel to explore the heart of the town. Lorenzo de Medici transformed Florence into the cradle of the Renaissance by attracting the best artists, architects and writers of the time such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Botticelli to whom he commissioned various works. Visit Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio (from outside), the Dome with Giotto's bell tower (from outside), Ponte Vecchio. Finally, visit the Accademia and see the masterpiece of Michelangelo: the statue of David. Tuscan Dinner with a sunset walking. This moment of the day is spectacular and the great to shoot your photos.
day 06 Wednesday Florence
Your tour comes to an end after the breakfast. Own arrangements for departure.
Inclusions: twin share in 4* accommodation, breakfast daily, welcome dinner, one lunch, wine tasting, farewell dinner, Tuscan dinner with a sunset walking, multilingual tour escort, entrance fees, transfers as per itinerary, deluxe coach, professional English-speaking guides, local taxes, porterage at hotel and train station.
Sightseeing: guided visit of the heart of Rome, guided visit of Vatican Museums & Sisitine Chapel with skip the line reservation, guided visit of Florence with Academia & Michelangelo’s David with skip the line reservation, bus guided tour to Pisa & Lucca.
Exclusions: arrival & departure transfer, beverages and meals not mentioned on the program, porterage from Venice dock to hotel (on request), city tax to be paid locally, tips, travel insurance, optional excursions.
Hotels: Rome-Savoy, Florence- Palazzo Castri (or similar).
Note: Private transfer & triple share rates on request