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Detailed Itinerary

Arriving at Venice’s airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure until you gather for a Welcome Dinner with your Tour Director and traveling companions. (D)

We begin our exploration of Venice with a boat ride to the Murano Island, famous for its artistic glassware. Visit a glassblowing factory, where you will watch a demonstration of traditional Venetian glassblowing by master craftsmen. Then, on to St. Mark’s Square, for the walking tour, visiting St.
Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace, and enjoying views of the Bell Tower and Bridge of Sighs. The balance of the day is at leisure to enjoy Venice at your own pace, shop, or perhaps join an optional gondola ride. (B)

Drive to Ferrara, a Renaissance gem in the Emilia-Romagna region, standing on the banks of the Po River. After an orientation tour, continue to Pisa where you’ll view the famous Piazza del Miracoli with its Leaning Tower, Baptistery,
and Duomo. Then on to Florence for dinner and a free evening. (B, D)

Today’s morning city tour begins at the majestic Piazza del Duomo to see the Cathedral crowned by Brunelleschi’s awe inspiring Dome, Giotto’s Bell Tower, and the Baptistery with Ghiberti’s splendid bronze “Gates of Paradise.” Then, visit the Academy of Fine Arts, where Michelangelo’s David is displayed. The tour ends at the Piazzale Michelangelo with a spectacular view over Florence. The remainder of the day is yours to savor the Renaissance splendor of the Tuscan capital your own way. (B)

Travel through the stunning panorama of Tuscany with its iconic landscapes as you make your way to Assisi, the hometown of St. Francis. Here, take a walking tour to see the main square and visit the impressive Basilica of St. Francis. Continue to Rome for dinner and an evening at leisure. (B, D)

A full-day sightseeing tour shows you all the highlights of the incomparable Eternal City. Visit the Vatican Museums with moving Sistine Chapel and grand St. Peter’s Basilica. Then on to visit the Coliseum, ancient Palatine Hill overlooking Circus Maximus and the Imperial Palace, and the Roman Forum. (B, L)

A day free to explore Rome your way. Your Tour Director will have suggestions on how to spend your time. You might want to browse through some of the stylish shops and galleries, visit a museum, sightsee, or relax in a sidewalk cafe. Tonight, dinner with your fellow travelers is the perfect way to celebrate your Italian adventure. (B, D)

Departing Rome, travel to Pompeii, a destroyed & buried under ashes and forever preserved by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. After a visit to the haunting site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, continue to Sorrento. Enjoy dinner at your hotel, then a free evening. (B, D)

Glide across the glistening bay to the beautiful Isle of Capri. Here, you’ll visit the magnificent Gardens of Caesar Augustus and view the famed Faraglioni Rocks. Then there’s time to wander through the winding streets and browse in the elegant boutiques before returning to Sorrento. (B)

Take in the sights of Sorrento your way with a full free day. You might want to wander through the shops, indulge in a spa treatment, or simply relax & enjoy the views. Tonight, enjoy dinner in hotel. (B, D)

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport in Naples for your departure flight. (B)

Inclusions

”” Centrally located 4-star hotels
”” Buffet breakfast daily
”” 1 lunch and 6 dinners (coffee or tea included)
”” Airport transfers
”” Touring by modern air-conditioned motor-coach
”” Professional English Speaking Tour Director throughout
”” Luggage handling at hotels
”” Complimentary whispers with sightseeing tours
”” Service charges and hotel taxes

Exclusions

International airfares
Optional activities
Other meals, drinks, tips and other personal expenses or services not specified on the program
Personal equipment
Travel insurance
Gratuities
Voluntary tips for guides or drivers
Travel and medical insurance
Any items not mentioned as included

Notes

HOTELS:
”” Venice: Carlton on the Grand Canal 
”” Florence: Starhotels Michelangelo 
”” Rome: Starhotels Metropole 
”” Sorrento: Central Hotel 

OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS - Supplement cost is available on request

VENICE / GONDOLA SERENADE 

An ideal way to enjoy this unique and magical city. A gondola ride along the colorful Venetian canals, with serenade music in the background, during which you’ll have a chance to enjoy the Grand Canal with its magnificent and elegant palaces that witness the past splendors of the ‘Serenissima’. 

 

VENICE / PUB CRAWL “VENETIAN STYLE” 

What would Venice be without a bar hop, this amazing city is already outstanding with her magnificent palaces, churches, and architectural monuments and yet we noticed that there was something missing! A great alternative to the generally slow night life of Venice, and one of the best ways to meet fellow travelers from around the world. Meandering through the labyrinth of small alleyways and campi, we visit a local bars known as bacari in the Venetian dialect. In each bar, you will be offered an “ombra”, a glass of local wine, and a small snack called cichetti.

 

FLORENCE / VISIT TO SAN GIMIGNANO WITH WINE TASTING 

We drive to the nearby hilltop town of San Gimignano, a tiny city that has remained intact through the centuries. Situated on a hilltop, it is famous for its numerous towers, frescoes and other art treasures. Upon arrival, we will discover this fascinating city, followed by a wine tasting to enchance your experience. During the return journey, you can admire the medieval village of Monteriggioni enclosed by its famous walls, still intact.

ROME / WALK THE ROME WITH STREET FOOD TOUR 

Your walking tour takes you to explore the grand piazzas of the Eternal City. Visit the majestic Spanish Steps, the longest and widest decorative steps in Europe, and the Trevi Fountain. View the monumental Pantheon, the best-preserved of any Roman building and admires the baroque Piazza Navona, which follows the shape of the ancient Roman Diocletian Stadium, with Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers and the Egyptian Obelisk. While strolling, make several food stops to sample local specialties.

SORRENTO / POSITANO, AMALFI & RAVELLO 

Amalfi coast is among the most spectacular in Europe. From Sorrento, the winding cliff top road offers breathtaking views at every turn. Stop just above Positano, a splendid jewel of this coastline, which boasts picturesque pink and white villas perched dramatically on the steep hillside. Then on to Amalfi, once a thriving maritime republic in the Mediterranean and today a beautiful resort. The unmistakable cluster of white, tightly-packed houses rising up the hillside is dominated by beautiful Cathedral Housing the remains of Patron Saint of Amalfi and Scotland, St. Andrew. Continue to Ravello, nestled 1100 feet above the sea, where you may visit Villa Rufolo that gave the composer Richard Wagner the inspiration to create some of his most famous works.

Trip Highlights

Venice - Ferrara - Pisa - Florence - Assisi - Rome - Pompeii - Sorrento - Capri - Naples

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18 Oct, 2020
AUD 4,895 P P twin share
AUD 6,398 P P single

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