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Overview
Rome, a magnificent eternal City with truly stunning architecture, the capital of Italy, fountains, churches, and sublime food. Vatican City, the seat of the Roman Catholic Church Assisi with the Basilica of St. Francis Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, The Santa Maria del Fiore, culture, art and monuments. Pisa with the famous Leaning Tower. Venice, a fabled city with palazzos, bridges, masks, churches, canals and gondolas. Opatija, Adriatic sea-side city with rich history and picturesque surroundings. Split built around Diocletian's Palace

Program Type

Escorted Experience

Detailed Itinerary

Arriving at Rome’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)

This morning, we visit the Colosseum, a symbol of Rome. After our
visit, we continue to see the splendid Arch of Constantine, climb the
ancient Palatino Hill, overlook Circus Maximus and the Imperial Palace;
and stop on the legendary Via Sacra or “Sacred way”. In the afternoon
we have time at leisure for more discoveries and activities on your own
or join an optional tour of the Grand Piazzas & food tour. (B)

Today we visit the Vatican Museums, located within that city’s
boundaries. We see the works of Raphael & Michelangelo and admire the
Sistine chapel’s magnificent frescoes. We continue to St. Peter’s Square
where some of the most important Papal ceremonies take place.
In the afternoon you might want to visit some of the shops, galleries, and museums; do some more sightseeing on your own or
relax in a sidewalk cafe with a glass of fine Italian wine, some refreshing
gelato, or a hearty dish of pasta. (B)

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

Our 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, we 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 free to savor the Renaissance splendor of the Tuscan capital on your own or take an optional tour Visit of San Gimignano with wine
tasting. (B)

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

We begin our exploration of Venice at St. Mark’s Square with a walking
tour which includes visits to the St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s
Palace. We take in the amazing views of the Bell Tower and the
Bridge of Sighs. We also take a boat ride to Murano Island, famous
for its artistic glassware. Visit a glassblowing factory, where you will
watch a demonstration of traditional Venetian glassblowing by master
craftsmen. The balance of the day is at leisure to enjoy Venice on your
own or join an optional Gondola serenade with Aperol spritz Venetian
style drink. (B)

Drive to the seaside town of Opatija. A gem on Croatia’s Adriatic coast,
nestled along the striking Gulf of Kvarner. Afternoon is at leisure to
explore the town on your own. Perhaps take a stroll along the “Lungo
Mare” seaside and enjoy beautiful views of the Gulf, sheltered by
soaring mountains. Enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers (B, D)

Enjoy a full day at leisure in the seaside town of Opatija, with its rich
history, picturesque surroundings and once a gathering spot for the
Austro-Hungarian nobility. Alternatively, join the optional tour to the
Istrian Peninsula that begins in Pula, a strategic port since the times of
the ancient Romans. Afterwards, the tour continues to the resort town
of Rovinj. Tonight, return to Opatija and explore the charming town
with its wealth of fine seafood restaurants (B)

Depart today for a drive along spectacular Adriatic coast to Split.
Comfortable stop on the way for a delicious lunch included. Continue
traveling passing by old fishing villages and new resorts, to the city of
Split. Upon arrival, enjoy a city tour featuring the historic inner city,
built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO
World Cultural Heritage site. Finally, see the remnants of Split’s Roman
heritage, its Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter’s Temple, the
Peristyle and the Cathedral. The reminder of the day is at leisure. (B, L)

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight or continue with
Adriatic Cruise.

Inclusions

Airport transfer from Rome airport to the hotel
Centrally located first class hotels
Breakfast daily
Welcome dinner in Rome (glass of wine, beer or soft drink)
1 Lunch and 3 dinners (coffee or tea included)
Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach
Professional English-Speaking Tour Director throughout
Licensed Local Guides
Baggage handling at hotels
Whisper technology enhanced touring
Admission included where indicated in bold letters
Hotel taxes and service taxes
Departure transfer from hotel to Split airport

Exclusions

International / Domestic Airfare

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

Rome: Starhotels Metropole or similar
Florence: Starhotels Michelangelo or similar
Venice: Carlton Grand Canal or similar
Opatija: Adriatic I or similar
Split: Hotel Corner or similar

This tour can be extended with an Adriatic Cruise

Trip Highlights

Rome - Florence - Venice - Opatija - Split

Fixed-Departure
28 Sep, 2022

5 Star
AUD 4,741 P P twin share
AUD 6,110 P P single
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