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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)

Your day is free in spectacular Rome! Your Tour Director will have suggestions on how to spend your time. You might want to visit some of the chic shops, galleries, and museums; do some more sightseeing on your own or relax in a sidewalk cafe with a glass of fine Italian wine, a cold Limoncello, some refreshing gelato, or a hearty dish of pasta. Tonight, a festive farewell dinner with your fellow travelers is the perfect way to
celebrate your glimpse of Italy. (B, D)

One last breakfast in Italy before you are transferred to Rome’s airport. Your home bound flight arrives the same day. (B)

Inclusions

”” Centrally located 4-star hotels
”” Buffet breakfast daily
”” 1 lunch and 4 dinners (coffee or tea included)
 Airport transfers
 Touring by modern air-conditioned motor-coach
 Professional English Speaking Tour Director throughout
 Licensed Local Guides
 Entrance fees included where indicated in bold letters
 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 

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.

 

 

Trip Highlights

Venice - Ferrara - Pisa - Florence - Assisi - Rome

Fixed-Departure

04 Oct, 2020
AUD 3,989 P P twin share
AUD 5,346 P P single

11 Oct, 2020
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AUD 5,346 P P single

18 Oct, 2020
AUD 3,989 P P twin share
AUD 5,346 P P single

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