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Rome - Piazza di Spagna

Italian Dream

Florence - Duomo

"Italian Dream" Escorted Tour
9 days from $ 1,490 pp

Day 1 - Depart USA
Overnight flight to Rome.
Day 2 - Arrive Rome (2 nights)
Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City. After checking into your hotel, you will have time to relax and unwind before meeting with your Tour Director in the afternoon. This evening why not take a stroll around this fascinating city and admire the beautiful squares and fountains by night
Hotel: Carlo Magno
Day 3 - Rome sightseeing and at leisure
We have an included sightseeing tour with a local guide this morning who introduces us to this ancient city. The highlight of the tour is the visit to the awe-inspiring St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City. Then we cross the Tiber River to enjoy views of the Forum and the iconic Colosseum, the scene of gladiatorial combat in ancient Rome. Later we have time at leisure to explore the city further or maybe to take an optional excursion to see the catacombs, the underground burial places of the early Christians, or maybe to drive out of Rome to visit the splendid Tivoli Gardens with their unique and elaborate fountains. (Buffet breakfast)
Day 4 - Rome – Venice (Oriago) (2 nights)
This morning we head north from Rome following the upper Tiber valley until we reach the region of Umbria with its gentle hills and fields of bright yellow sunflowers. We see several of the medieval towns which cling to the top of these former volcanic hills, including Orvieto, former stronghold of the popes, and Orte, which lies just a short distance from the highway. Then we enter Tuscany with its unique landscape, so admired by generations of artists, which features the silver grey olive groves and clusters of dark green cypress trees. From here we climb through the forested Apennine Mountains, known as the spine of Italy, and descend on to the flat plain of the River Po, which we cross to reach the magical city of Venice, set in the lagoon. (Buffet breakfast / Dinner) 
Hotel: Il Burchiello
Day 5 - Venice sightseeing and at leisure
We start with a cruise by vaporetto to the heart of Venice, St. Mark’s Square. On the way we have the chance to savour the sights and sounds of this unique floating city where all services must be provided either by water or on foot. On arrival we can marvel at the Bridge of Sighs, immortalized by Lord Byron, the magnificent and ornate Doge’s Palace and the Byzantine Basilica of St. Mark adorned with colourful glass mosaics. We have the opportunity to watch a demonstration of the ancient craft of glass-blowing, which originated on the Island of Murano. Then time at leisure to explore this fascinating city or maybe to take a trip across the lagoon to the fishermen’s Island of Burano where we can enjoy a delicious seafood lunch. (Buffet breakfast / Dinner)
Day 6 - Venice (Oriago) – Verona – Florence (2 nights)
Our day starts with a drive to the home of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, in Verona. We see Verona’s answer to the Colosseum, the vast Roman Arena, where concerts are still held every summer as part of the Verona Music Festival. Then we walk on to see Juliet’s balcony with memories of the famous scene from Romeo and Juliet in our minds. Time to explore further before we drive through the gastronomic region of Emilia Romagna on our way to the beautiful region of Tuscany and its magnificent capital city Florence, which witnessed the birth of the Renaissance. (Buffet breakfast / Dinner) Hotel: Relais Certosa
Day 7 - Florence sightseeing and at leisure
Our morning sightseeing tour on foot with a local guide shows us the baptistery, which is renowned for its carved bronze doors, the domed cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore which is constructed with many different shades of coloured marble, the impressive bell tower designed by Giotto, the Piazza Signoria, which is now an outdoor art gallery, and the Basilica of Santa Croce, the burial place of Michelangelo and many other great figures of the Renaissance, including Galileo. We enjoy a demonstration of fine leatherwork before we have time to explore further, sample the delicious local ice cream or shop for high quality leather goods and 18-carat gold jewellery. (Buffet breakfast)
Day 8 - Florence – Assisi – Rome
This morning we embark on a drive that will take us back to the province of Umbria and mystical Assisi, which lies perched on the slopes of Mount Subasio and overlooks the peaceful Umbrian landscape. This city, under the protection of St. Francis, is still enclosed by medieval ramparts. Here we have time to visit the great basilica and see the saint’s tomb, and later we see the Basilica of St Mary of the Angels, built on the site of where St. Francis died. Later we travel southwards back to Rome, the Eternal City, and this evening, we must remember to throw a coin or two in the wonderful Trevi fountain to ensure that we return to this unique city one day! (Buffet breakfast)
Hotel: Prime Hotel Cassia
Day 9 - Rome - USA
This morning there are transfers to the airport, conditions apply. (Buffet breakfast)


Rates in US$ per person

2012 Departures

Rate

April: 10-17-24

May: 01-08-15-22-29

June: 05-12-19-26

July: 03-10-17-24-31
August: 07-14-21-28

September: 04-11-18-25

October: 02-09-16

December: 24-31

$ 1,490

Supplements & Reductions

Single Room Supplement

$ 148

Triple Room Reduction

$ 35

Young Traveler (5-17 years) Reduction

10%

Extensions Available on Request!



The Tour Includes

  • Deluxe motorcoach with air conditioning

  • Superior Tourist or Tourist class Hotels in all cities

  • Meals as indicated in the program

  • Multilingual tour escort during tour

  • Sightseeing and excursion mentioned in the program with local guide

Not Included

  • Air fare

  • Airport transfers

  • Tips, beverages and extra services

  • Everything not mentioned in the program


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