Italian Sampler

Day 1 - Arrive on Rome, Italy. Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and leave the hotel for a special welcome dinner with wine at one of Rome's lively restaurants. (D)
Day 2 - Rome. Enjoy Globus' unique guided sightseeing, including inside visits to all highlights of religious and ancient Rome. This morning, visit the amazing COLOSSEUM and the ROMAN FORUM, where Roman legions marched in triumph. Balance of the day at leisure. An optional walking tour with a Local Guide is available to further explore famous sites for those who wish to see it all. (B)
Day 3 - Rome - Monteriggioni - Chianti Hills. In the morning, visit the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL with Michelangelo's ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment and monumental ST. PETER'S SQUARE and BASILICA to admire Michelangelo's Pieta. Then, leave the "Eternal City" and follow the Apennine Hills to [LF] the medieval walled town of Monteriggioni, which dates back to the early 13th century, and still has the original 14 towers. Walk to the main square, Piazza Roma, enjoy some free time, and try out traditional cantucci alle mandorle (local almond biscuits). Continue through unforgettable vine-clad landscapes to your hotel, perfectly situated in the renowned Chianti hills. (B,D)
Day 4 - Chianti Hills - San Gimignano - Florence - Pisa. Walk through the center of picturesque San Gimignano, one of Italy's most perfectly preserved medieval towns. Continue to Florence, "Cradle of the Renaissance," and follow your Local Guide on a walking tour. Visit the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS to admire Michelangelo's celebrated David. Marvel at the magnificent marble cathedral, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistry's heavy bronze "Gate of Paradise," and sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Afterwards, time to shop for leather goods and gold jewelry, which Florence is famous for. Before arriving in Pisa, enjoy [LF] dinner at Tenute di Badia restaurant. (B,D)
Day 5 - Pisa - Mantua - Verona Area. Marvel at the legendary Leaning Tower before arriving at the fascinating city of Mantua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, surrounded by three artificial lakes that were created in the 12th century. Guided sightseeing features a walk through the historical center and the Percorso del Principe (Path of the Prince), and a visit to TEATRO BIBIENA, designed by Antonio Galli Bibiena in late baroque/early rococo style. Mozart performed here at the age of 13 in January 1770, a few weeks after the theater opened. (B,D)
Day 6 - Verona Area. Explore Verona, medieval setting of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Take pictures of Juliet's balcony and rub the shining breast on her statue for good luck. Continue to the Arena, an incredibly well-preserved pink marble Roman amphitheater, where gladiators once fought. Built in the 1st century AD, it is now the magical venue for world-famous opera performances. Balance of the day is at leisure. An exciting optional excursion is available to Lake Garda and Sirmione. (B)
Day 7 - Verona Area - Trento - Bassano - Padua. Follow the valley of the Adige River to Trento, a modern city in the Dolomites, the "Rocky Mountains" of Europe. Over the centuries, Trento was always an important commercial and strategic city, Italy's "Gate to Northern Europe," with Brenner Pass through the Alps to nearby Austria. In the 14th century, Trento province was under Austrian rule, and until the end of World War I, the city was practically on the Austrian border. Your orientation shows you how Italian Renaissance and German styles have mixed over time. Next, a spectacular drive through the Dolomites brings you to the area of Bassano, where [LF] you will enjoy a GRAPPA TASTING, accompanied by some local specialties at the famous Poli Museo della Grappa (Grappa Museum). Later, continue to Padua and see St. Anthony's Basilica. (B)
Day 8 - Padua. Excursion to Venice. A short drive brings you to Venice. Enter in style by PRIVATE BOAT and meet your Local Guide. Highlights of your walking tour are ST. MARK'S SQUARE and the byzantine BASILICA, lavish DOGES' PALACE and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Also watch a skilled GLASSBLOWER fashion delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner. Time at leisure to further explore Venice at your own pace or to join an optional gondola serenade. Later, follow your Tour Director through narrow streets to Al Colombo restaurant near Rialto Bridge, where the owner, Domenico Stanziani, has prepared [LF] a special farewell dinner with wine. Afterwards, enjoy a PRIVATE WATER-TAXI RIDE through the Grand Canal as a proper arrivederci. (B,D)
Day 9 - Padua. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning (the nearest airport is Venice). (B)

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  Tour Name   Italian Sampler
  Tour Code  
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  Tour Duration    9 Days
  Start City:   Rome
  End City:   Padua
  Price From   USD $1,999.00   See in Cart
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2017-04-24 USD $1,999.00 See in Cart
2017-05-15 USD $2,149.00 See in Cart
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    Prices based on double room occupancy.

    Single room supplement:
    $213

    Triple room reduction per person:
    $35

    Extra nights per person in Rome:
    in single room $137-$163, in twin $109-$129, in triple $101-$118

    Extra nights per person in Padua:
    in single room $80-$88, in twin $55-$63, in triple $54-$62
 

Features

  • City Highlights
  • ROME
    Welcome dinner at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Colosseum and Roman Forum, the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Square and Basilica
    MONTERIGGIONI
    [LF] Visit the medieval walled town and taste cantucci alle mandorle
    SAN GIMIGNANO
    Walking tour
    FLORENCE
    Guided walking tour, visit Michelangelo's David and Signoria Square
    TENUTE DI BADIA
    [LF] Enjoy dinner with wine
    PISA
    Marvel at the legendary Leaning Tower
    MANTUA
    Guided sightseeing, visit Teatro Bibiena
    VERONA
    Walking tour including Juliet's balcony and the Arena
    TRENTO
    Orientation
    BASSANO
    [LF] Taste the local grappa at the Poli Museo della Grappa
    PADUA
    See St. Anthony's Basilica
    VENICE
    Private boat ride; guided walking tour, visit St. Mark's Square and Basilica, Doges' Palace and the Bridge of Sighs; glassblower demonstration; [LF] farewell dinner at Al Colombo restaurant and a ride by private taxi boat through the Grand Canal
    Headsets throughout the tour
  • Launch Date
  • 09/13/16 8:00pm
  • Meals
  • Full buffet breakfast daily; 5 three-course dinners with wine: a special welcome dinner in Rome, a special dinner in Tenuto di Badia, and a special farewell dinner in Venice
  • Title
  • Italian Sampler
  • Transportation
  • Motorcoach; private boat ride and private water-taxi ride in Venice. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
 
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