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Splendors of Italy tour

Splendors of Italy

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
9 days
From: $ 2,286 $ 254 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Admire the art & architecture of Florence, the Cradle of the Renaissance.
  • Siena is one of the best preserved medieval cities in Italy.
  • Admire the ancient Colosseum in Rome- one of the most iconic landmarks in Italy.
  • Stay in charming and ideally located properties in each city!
  • Visit the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa and capture the perfect photo!

Short Description

Spend 8 nights discovering the most beautiful cities in Italy including Rome, Florence, Venice, Pisa and more! With this escorted vacation you'll have included sightseeing, a professional Travel Director and more to amplify your vacation.



Note:

  • Arrival transfer is included if your flight arrives in Rome between 7:30 am and 8:30 pm
  • Gratuities for tour directors, drivers and local guides are not included and are discretionary.
  • This is an escorted tour. It’s perfect if you prefer not to do your own driving and want to see as many sights as you can during your vacation.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City Rome
End City Rome

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip economy class airfare to Rome (FCO)
  • Round-trip airport transfers
  • Accommodations in hotels listed, or similar:
  • 2 nights in Rome at the Fleming Hotel or similar
  • 1 night in Siena at the Four Points by Sheraton Siena
  • 2 nights in Montecatini at the Settentrionale Esplanade
  • 2 nights in Venice Area at Poppi or Holiday Inn Venezia
  • 1 night in Rome at the Fleming Hotel or similar
  • Buffet Breakfast daily
  • 3 three-course dinners
  • Guided sightseeing as described in itinerary, including:
  • Guided tours of Rome and Florence
  • Sightseeing in Orvieto, Siena, San Gimignano. Greve in Chianti with wine tasting, Pisa, Venice, and Assisi
  • Services of a Professional Travel Director
  • Transportation by private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach (with complimentary Wi-Fi)
  • Hotel tips, taxes, porterage and service charges.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Rome, Italy!

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Fleming, B&B Hotel Roma Tuscolana – San Giovanni (Formerly Holiday Inn Express Roma San Giovanni) and Holiday Inn Eur Parco Dei Medici

Upon arrival you will be transferred to check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the Eternal City!

Transfer to Rome hotel

Day 2: Rome

Rome is affectionately referred to as the Eternal City. It is steeped in history, has a vibrant atmosphere and is absolutely unique. Embark on a sightseeing tour and get acquainted with the city.

A Tip For Your Trip: Breakfast is included today.

Sightseeing Tour of Rome

Explore beautiful Rome today with help from a local guide! You'll start 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.

Day 3: Rome - Orvieto - Siena

Accommodation: Four Points by Sheraton Siena

Journey northwest to the charmingly located city of Orvieto in the Umbria region to visit its black basalt and yellow limestone cathedral, an excellent example of Italian Gothic architecture. By early evening you’ll be in Siena with time to visit this jewel of Tuscany. Sit in one of the cafes surrounding the Campo and admire one of Italy's most unique squares, famed the world over for its Palio horse race. Tonight, enjoy a special dinner at a local restaurant.

A Tip For Your Trip: Breakfast and dinner are included today.

Day 4: Siena - San Gimignano - Greve - Montecatini

Accommodation: Settentrionale Esplanade

Drive this morning to San Gimignano, one of Tuscany's greatest attractions. Its medieval squares, town walls, streets, alleyways, and 14 towers make it unique.

A Tip For Your Trip: Breakfast is included today.

Wine Tasting in Greve

Enjoy a wine tasting at a local wine producer in Greve! Classical Chianti wines include names such as Castellina in Chianti, Badia, Gaiole, and Brolio.

Day 5: Montecatini - Excursion to Florence

Embark on a full-day excursion to Florence today, and discover the birthplace of the Renaissance.

A Tip For Your Trip: Breakfast and dinner are included today.

Excursion to Florence

This Renaissance gem and city of the Medicis will keep you enthralled the entire day. Traffic is banned in part of the historic center, so visitors can wander at leisure and admire the city's timeless beauty in relative peace and quiet.

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".

Day 6: Montecatini - Pisa - Venice Area

Accommodation: Hotel Poppi and Holiday Inn Venezia Mestre Marghera

This morning, drive to Pisa for a visit to its Square of Miracles and the amazing Leaning Tower, 180 feet high and no less than 16 feet out of the perpendicular. Later, head across the wooded Apennine Hills into the farmlands of the Po Valley for two overnights in the Venice area.

A Tip For Your Trip: Breakfast is included today.

Day 7: Venice Area

Venice is more like a marvelous film set than a real life city, with its criss-crossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and little quiet piazzas.

A Tip For Your Trip: Breakfast and dinner are included today.

Sightseeing Tour of Venice

Start your guided Venice adventure with a boat ride, then enjoy some time at leisure before the final showstopper: Venetian glassblowers fashioning their delicate objects as they did centuries ago.

Day 8: Venice Area - Assisi - Rome

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Fleming, B&B Hotel Roma Tuscolana – San Giovanni (Formerly Holiday Inn Express Roma San Giovanni) and Holiday Inn Eur Parco Dei Medici

An interesting drive southward, cutting across the Po Delta, then crossing the Apennines. Stop in Assisi, where St. Francis was born in 1182. Visit the world-famous basilica with its beautiful frescoes by Giotto, then head for Rome.

A Tip For Your Trip: Breakfast is included today.

Day 9: Depart Italy

Your vacation ends this morning. After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for departure.

A Tip For Your Trip: Breakfast is included today.

Transfer to Rome airport (FCO)

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