Tuscany & Venice
Rome-Assisi-Siena-Florence-Bologna-Padua-Venice-Tuscany Wine Region (Montepulciano)-Rome
8 days/7 nights, Rome/Rome
2019 Depart: Jan 13, 27. Feb 10, 24. Mar 10,17, 24, 31. Apr 07,14,21,28. May 03,05,10,12,17,19,24,26,31 June 02,07,09,14,16,21,23,28,30. July 05,07,12,14,,19,21,26,28. Aug 02,04,09,11,16,18,23,25,30. Sep 01,06,08,13,15 ,20,22,27,29
4* from: $1598 pp twin/triple share (s/sup $565) Jan to Mar
4* from: $1987 pp twin/triple share (s/sup $671) August (except 30 Aug)
4* from: $2086 pp twin/triple share (s/sup $686) Mar 23 & 31, Apr-July, Aug 30 & Sep-Oct
day 01 Rome–Arrival
Welcome to Rome! After a meet & greet at the airport, you will be transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
day 02 Rome-Assisi-Siena-Florence
Departing at 7:15am from the Hotel Massimo D’Azeglio by a deluxe coach, you will arrive in Assisi, Where you can explore this tiny town, surrounded by walls built in the middle ages, at your own leisure. Make time to visit the Basilica of St Francis, where you will see masterpieces by Giotto and Cimabue, and to have lunch (not included). Board the bus for Siena, a medieval town surrounded by ancient walls that is known for the Palio, an annual summertime horse race around the shell-shaped town square, Piazza del Campo. Next, you will continue on to Florence, where you will check in to your hotel before enjoying dinner and a well-earned rest.
day 03 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, Palazzo 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 take a short trip to Pisa (optional), 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.
day 04 Florence-Bologna-Padua-Venice
After breakfast in Florence, departure to Bologna. There, you will discover the elegant city centre with its “porticos”, it’s shopping streets and so on. 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 Padua, 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 romantic cities of the whole world and, undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man! Check in at your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
day 05 Venice
After breakfast, enjoy your private water-taxi transfer to Piazza San Marco, with “Skip the Line” tickets to visit the splendid St Mark’s Basilica and, after this, 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.
day 06 Venice-Montepulciano-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.
day 07 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 Peters’s Basilica with our exclusive “Skip the 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 Peters’s Basilica: the biggest church in the world! The tour ends on StPeter’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!
day 08 Rome
Your tour comes to an end after breakfaSt Own arrangements for departure.
Inclusions: twin/triple share in 4* hotels, breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 4 dinners, deluxe coach, fully escorted English speaking tour, local tour guides.
Hotels: Florence-, 4*Vittoria Firenze/Raffaello. Venice-4*Carlton Grand, Rome-4*Bettoja Hotel (or similar).
Excluding: entrance fees not mentioned and city taxes.
Note: only 1 piece of hand luggage allowed per person, supplements may apply for each additional luggage.
Child up to six years old free, sharing the room with their parents.