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THE SPLENDORS OF ITALY - 2017

Tour Code - 6400 9 days - ROME to ROME $1399 USD
Italy—a country filled with history, amazing art, delicious cuisine, remarkable architecture, and splendid beauty. You’ll see and feel it all on this affordable tour through Italy. Explore the maze of streets in Venice, and discover hidden treasures and restaurants in their back alleys. Stand in awe as you admire the Leaning Tower of Pisa, a must-see icon in Italy. Have your camera ready as you explore the historical sites of Rome, including the Colosseum, the amphitheater used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles during the Roman Empire. Sit in a café as you admire one of Italy’s most unique squares in Siena. Enjoy wine tasting in Italy’s Chianti wine region, and shop for local goods in Italy’s Tuscany region. What do you want from your Italian vacation? Amazing architecture, sumptuous food, delicious wine, breathtaking art, historical treasures, or scenic beauty? Whatever it is, this Italy vacation delivers it!

Extend your tour with a Sorrento extension.

Extend your tour with a Sicily extension.

Standard Features

Destinations

  • INDIVIDUAL HEADSETS.
  • INSIDE VISITS AND SPECIAL FEATURES
    Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.
  • SIGHTSEEING
    Visits to Orvieto Cathedral, Siena, San Gimignano, Greve in Chianti with wine tasting, see the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Venice, Assisi's St. Francis Basilica.
  • SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS
    Chianti Valley.
  • GUIDES
    Local Guides for city sightseeing in Rome, Florence; professional Tour Director while touring.
  • TRANSPORTATION
    Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; canal transfer boat in Venice.
  • HOTELS
    Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage, tips,and service charges.
  • MYACCOUNT
    Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions. Visit our website for details and conditions.

Meals

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
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3

Buffet breakfasts (B) daily
3 dinners (D), including a dinner at a local restaurant in Siena.

Day by Day

  1. ARRIVE IN ROME, ITALY.
    Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore this ancient capital. This evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

  2. ROME.
    Rome, the "Eternal City," is steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts in St. Peter's Square, followed by a visit to the ROMAN FORUM and the mighty COLOSSEUM to understand more about life in ancient Roman times. In the evening, you have a chance to join an optional Rome by Night excursion. (B)

  3. ROME-ORVIETO-SIENA.
    Journey to charming Orvieto in the Umbria region to visit its black basalt and yellow limestone CATHEDRAL, an excellent example of Italian Gothic architecture. Reach Siena, with time to visit this jewel of Tuscany. Sit in one of the cafes surrounding the Piazza del Campo and admire one of Italy's most unique squares, famed all over the world for its medieval-style Palio horse race. Tonight, enjoy a special dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

  4. SIENA-SAN GIMIGNANO-GREVE- MONTECATINI.
    Arrive in San Gimignano and discover one of Tuscany's greatest attractions. Its medieval squares, town walls, streets, alleyways, and 14 towers make it unique. Next, head into the very heart of the Chianti vineyards; watch out for names such as Castellina in Chianti, Badia, Gaiole, and Brolio, where Chianti Classico wines are produced. Stop in Greve for some WINE TASTING at the Vicchiomaggio wine estate. Arrive in Montecatini in time to join the optional Tuscan dinner outing. (B)

  5. MONTECATINI. EXCURSION TO FLORENCE.
    This Renaissance gem and city of the Medicis will keep you enthralled the entire day. Wander at leisure and admire the city's timeless beauty. Don't miss out on the included walking tour with a Local Guide, which features most of the city highlights. You will see Piazza Santa Croce; beautiful Piazza Signoria; Palazzo Vecchio and its courtyard; Loggia dei Lanzi; and, to top it all, Piazza del Duomo and its cathedral with the Giotto Campanile, and the magnificent East Door of the Baptistry, known as the "Gate of Paradise." (B,D)

  6. MONTECATINI-PISA-VENICE AREA.
    This morning, drive to Pisa to see its SQUARE OF MIRACLES and the amazing Leaning Tower, 55 metres (180 feet) high and no less than 5 metres (16 feet) out of the perpendicular. Head across the wooded Apennine hills into the farmlands of the Po Valley to the Venice area. (B)

  7. VENICE AREA.
    Venice is more like a marvellous film set than a real-life city, with its criss-crossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and quiet piazzas. The included orientation starts with a BOAT RIDE to St. Mark's Square and is followed by time at leisure and a chance to watch Venetian GLASSBLOWERS fashion their delicate objects as they did centuries ago. Don't miss out on the optional gondola trip, gliding along the picturesque canals with a local troubadour to serenade you. (B,D)

  8. VENICE AREA-ASSISI-ROME.
    Travel across the Po Delta, then into the green Apennines to Umbria. Stop in medieval Assisi, where St. Francis was born in 1182. Visit the world-famous BASILICA with its beautiful frescoes by Giotto, then head for Rome. (B)

  9. ROME.
    Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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15 Oct 2017 23 Oct 2017 $1549 USD $1949 USD View Hotels View Excursions Book Now Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
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29 Oct 2017 06 Nov 2017 $1449 USD $1849 USD View Hotels View Excursions Book Now Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
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19 Nov 2017 27 Nov 2017 $1449 USD $1849 USD View Hotels View Excursions Please Call
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21 Dec 2017 29 Dec 2017 $1399 USD $1799 USD View Hotels View Excursions Book Now Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
Pre/Post City Start Date End Date Single Price
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Twin Price
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Triple Price
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PRE ROME 01 Nov 2017 31 Dec 2017 $116 USD $83 USD $75 USD
PRE ROME 01 Sep 2017 31 Oct 2017 $127 USD $88 USD $88 USD
PRE ROME 01 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 $104 USD $72 USD $66 USD
POST ROME 01 Nov 2017 31 Dec 2017 $116 USD $83 USD $75 USD
POST ROME 01 Sep 2017 31 Oct 2017 $127 USD $88 USD $88 USD
POST ROME 01 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 $104 USD $72 USD $66 USD
Charge Type Name Price
OPTIONAL Gratuity $81 USD

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