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Trip Overview

from $3,995 per person with air

Inclusions

  • Air from Most Major U.S. Gateways
  • Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
  • Professional Tour Manager
  • 8 Nights Quality Accommodations
  • 15 Meals: 8 Breakfasts, 1 Lunches, & 6 Dinners
  • Admission to All Included Activities/ Attractions in Itinerary
  • Luggage Handling at Hotels

Highlights

  • Vatican Museum
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Rome City Tour w/ Colosseum
  • Assisi Walking Tour
  • Florence City Tour
  • Wine Tasting Dinner
  • Bolognese Cooking Demonstration
  • Venice Gondola Ride

 

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Fly to Italy

    Our Italian adventure begins as we depart on our overseas flight to Rome. Sit back in anticipation of our visit to the Eternal City. During our stay here we will see the glories of the Caesars, experience the awe that is St. Peter’s, and become acquainted with the city that was the birthplace for much of our civilization.

    Meals: In-Flight
    Overnight: Flight

  • Day 2

    Arrive in Rome

    After clearing customs, we’ll gather our luggage and enjoy a drive through the small towns and villages in the mountainous region just south of Rome. Lake Albani provides nice views as we shake off the jet lag and head to our hotel for a two-night stay. Tonight, we’ll gather for a welcome dinner with our fellow travelers.

    Meals: Dinner
    Overnight: Hotel Quirinale - Rome, Italy

  • Day 3

    Vatican City and St. Peter's Basilica / Tivoli

    This morning we visit the Vatican City and St. Peter’s Basilica, home of the Roman Catholic Church and the world’s largest Christian building. Also included is a visit to the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel. After scattering for some lunch, we’ll take an afternoon drive to nearby Tivoli, used by the Romans over the holidays as a resort. This well-preserved town boasts beautiful buildings, gardens, and statues offering incredible insight into ancient Rome. Tonight we’ll enjoy a delicious, Italian dinner.

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Overnight: Hotel Quirinale - Rome, Italy

  • Day 4

    Rome Touring

    Roman history will come alive this morning as we follow our local guide into the Capitoline Hill area, from which we see the Roman Forum, as well as the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, Navonna Square, and more. The afternoon and evening will be at your leisure to explore this historic city.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Overnight: Hotel Quirinale - Rome, Italy

  • Day 5

    Travel to Assisi

    Today, we’ll enter the region of Umbria and the beautiful town of Assisi. Here, a local guide will acquaint us with the life of Saint Francis and show us the magnificent Basilica di San Francesco where he is buried. The afternoon is at your leisure. Perhaps you will want to visit the medieval castle, climb to the top of its keep, and enjoy the splendid view of Assisi and the surrounding countryside.

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Overnight: Grand Hotel Assisi - Assisi, Italy

  • Day 6

    Siena / San Gimignano

    A short drive brings us into the region of Tuscany, which is often described as the “Heart of Italy.” Arrive in the lovely city of Siena. A locally-guided tour of this fabulous medieval town will acquaint us with its sunken “Piazza del Campo” and the Duomo, perhaps the finest Gothic cathedral in Italy. In the afternoon, we’ll drive north into Chianti country for a stop in San Gimignano and view its medevial skyscrapers. Continue to our home for two nights in Montecatini Terme.

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Overnight: Hotel Tettuccio - Montecatini Terme, Italy

  • Day 7

    Florence Touring / Wine Tasting Dinner

    Today we’ll explore Florence, the Cradle of the Renaissance. A local guide will introduce us to the splendors of this city, including the Duomo with its famed baptistery, Giotto’s Tower, the Accademia Gallery with Michelangelo’s incomparable “David,” and Santa Croce Church, where both Michelangelo and Galileo are buried. There will be free time this afternoon for exploring the sprawling San Lorenzo leather market and the shops along the Ponte Veccdio. This evening, we’ll visit a local winery to enjoy dinner and a tasting.

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Overnight: Hotel Tettuccio - Montecatini Terme, Italy

  • Day 8

    Bologna Cooking Class / Padua

    We’ll learn how Bologna, as the food capital of Italy, has also earned the nickname “Bologna la Grassa” (Bologna the Fat). An included cooking demonstration will teach us some of the techniques and ingredients used in traditional Bolognese cooking. Our food preparation will culminate in our lunch today! This afternoon, we’ll travel to Padua, our home for the final two nights. This town has broad streets and numerous palaces dating from the 14th century and 15th century. For its beauty and cultural importance it has been qualified by UNESCO as World Heritage Site. The balance of the day is yours to explore.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Overnight: Methis Hotel & Spa - Padua, Italy

  • Day 9

    Venice Touring / Gondola Ride

    A short drive brings us to Venice. Built on 117 islands, it is an endless mosaic of canals, plazas, and fascinating markets. Every minute spent here makes memories; every step a photographer’s paradise! We meet our local guide at St. Mark’s Square for a tour of the Cathedral, the Dogue’s Palace and Dungeons, as well as the Bridge of Sighs. Our day in Venice will also include a Gondola ride through the famous canals.

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Overnight: Methis Hotel & Spa - Padua, Italy

  • Day 10

    Travel Home

    Our Italian adventure comes to an end today as we travel to the Venice airport for our flight home.

    Meals: Breakfast

Accommodations

Dates & Prices

Tour cost includes airfare from most major U.S. gateway airports.

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Tour Dates Per Person (Double) Per Person (Single) Availability
November 4 - 13, 2020 $3,995 $4,595 Available
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