A TASTE OF ITALY
Duration: 8 Days Tour Code:ZH
This perfect one week vacation to Italy covers Rome, Florence, and Venice with enough time to do your own explorations. Sightseeing tours with a Local Guide in all cities cover the must-see sights, such as the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, St. Peterâs Square and Basilica, the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel in Rome; Michelangeloâs celebrated David statue, the cathedral, and sculpture-studded Signoria Square in Florence; St. Markâs Square and Basilica, and the Dogesâ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs in Venice. The full day at leisure in Venice gives you the opportunity to join an optional excursion to the island of Burano. Of course, a special welcome dinner in Rome and a private boat-ride in Venice are included on this tour. If you want to see the highlights of Italy, this vacation is for you!
Departs From: Rome
Tour Type: Regional Discoveries
Board your overnight transatlantic flight.
Arrival in Rome, Italy. Time to rest or start exploring the âEternal City.â At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and leave the hotel for a special welcome dinner with wine at one of Romeâs lively restaurants. (D)
Rome. Sightseeing with your Local Guide this morning concentrates on ancient Rome: visit the COLOSSEUM and the ROMAN FORUM, where Roman legions marched in triumph. Then, time for independent activities and exciting optional excursion possibilities. (B)
RomeâFlorence. Start with a guided visit to the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL, world famous for Michelangeloâs ceiling paintings and The Last Judgement. Next, visit monumental ST. PETERâS SQUARE and BASILICA. In the early afternoon, drive along the Highway of the Sun north into Tuscany and its hill-clad vineyards which house the famous Chianti wine, to Florence, âCradle of the Renaissance.â (B)
Florence. During your walking tour with a Local Guide, visit the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS with Michelangeloâs celebrated David and the magnificent CATHEDRAL. Admire Giottoâs Bell Tower, the Baptistryâs heavy bronze âGate of Paradise,â and sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. The afternoon is free. Florentine leather goods and gold jewelry sold by the ounce are attractive buys. You may wish to join an optional dinner outing to a fine Tuscan restaurant and try out the Chianti wines. (B)
FlorenceâVenice. Through the wooded Apennine Hills and the lush plains of the River Po, the largest river in Italy, to Venice, a powerful magnet for romantics and art lovers from around the globe. Enter in style by PRIVATE BOAT to meet your Local Guide. Highlights of your walking tour are ST. MARKâS SQUARE and the byzantine BASILICA, lavish DOGESâ PALACE and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Also watch skilled GLASSBLOWERS fashion their delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner. (B)
At Leisure in Venice. A whole day to explore Venice on your own, join the locals, have a cappuccino at a sidewalk cafÃ©, or wander through the narrow streets and discover Rialto Bridge. To top it all, why not join an optional cruise to the charming island of Burano, followed by dinner with local specialties to celebrate the success of your Italian vacation? (B)
Your homebound flight arrives the same day. (B)
More Details City Highlights: Rome: Welcome dinner at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Colosseum and Roman Forum, the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peterâs Square and BasilicaFlorence: Guided walking tour, visit Michelangeloâs David, the cathedral, and Signoria SquareVenice: Private boat ride, guided walking tour, visit St. Markâs Square and Basilica, Dogesâ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs; glassblowersâ demonstration
Meals: Buffet breakfast daily (B); one special welcome dinner (D) with wine in Rome
Hotels: Rome Albani (F), Florence Athenaeum (F), Venice Boscolo Bellini (F) or AllâAngelo (F)