9-Day Winter in Italy Tour From Rome W/ Venice Carnival
Product Code: 1113-77140
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Rome
  • • Florence
  • • Pisa
  • • Venice
  • • Venice Carnival &bul; Leaning Tower of Pisa
Tour Code
1113-77140
Duration
9 days
Departure City
Rome
End City
Venice
Tour Type:
Bus/Coach
Language:
English
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Experience: UNESCO, Backpacker

Visit locations designated as World Heritage Sites by the United Nations; Geared to the "Get up and go!" traveler who wants to enjoy independent or semi-guided adventures

Style: Escorted

Tour director/guided escort is available from the beginning to the end of the vacation

Group Type: Small group

Take an intimate and semi-private trip with a small group

Activity Level: Moderate

Designed for travelers in good health who are comfortable with light walking or hiking

Quality: Standard

Travel with professional guides, enjoy more time at attractions and/or stay at comfortable accommodations

Itinerary
Day 01
Rome

Rome

Hotel: Hotel Stella or similar

Today arrive in Rome at any time and transfer to your hotel. There are no planned activities on day of arrival. Feel free to explore, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) will review the details of your tour.

Once you arrive at the hotel, look for a note or bulletin board in the reception with a note from the local representative. This note will give the details of your Welcome Meeting on 6:00pm, where you will get a chance to meet your representative and other travelers, as well as learn more about how the tour will run. If you don’t see a note, please ask reception for details!

Tips:
Joining hotel: Hotel Stella, Via Castelfidardo, 51, Rome

Hotel information of the following nights would be revealed after your booking is confirmed.

Visiting Attractions

Day 02
Rome

Rome

You'll begin today with an orientation walk of the Eternal City with your CEO. They'll give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs.

Then enjoy a free day to explore a myriad of options. You can enjoy a trip to Vatican City, cross the river to charming Trastevere, eat some gelato in Piazza Navona, or swing by the Colosseum and Forum. In the evening, enjoy a true taste of Italy with a traditional Roman meal.

Optional Activities

Vatican Museum Visit - The Vatican Museums are near St Peter's Basilica and contain priceless works of art from ancient to modern times. There are many different galleries but seeing all of them is definitely not possible in one day, so do a little research before visiting and decide what you really want to see. Two of the most well-known exhibits in the Vatican Museums are the Sistine Chapel and the Raphael rooms. This excursion will last 2-3 hours (own expense, subject to availability).

Colosseum Visit - Enjoy a visit to this famous spot, the scene of many bloody gladiator fights for the entertainment of ancient Rome's aristocracy. Take a tour of the old venue - a UNESCO World Heritage site - and feel free to walk around on your own (own expense).

Roman Forum Visit - Even with the bustle of modern day Rome whizzing past on Vespas, you can still lose yourself in the fragmented columns and ancient ruins of this plaza, conjuring images of the rich Romans sauntering by in togas. This excursion will last 1-2 hours (own expense).

Pantheon Visit - The Pantheon is one of the most famous buildings in Rome. Originally built during the reign of Augustus (27 BC - 14 AD), the building was rebuilt under Hadrian in 126 AD. The roof is still the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome, and it contains a circular opening (an oculus). It is easily one of the best-preserved of all the ancient Roman buildings (own expense).

Visiting Attractions

Day 03
Florence

Rome - Florence

Today we'll travel to Tuscany and settle into Florence for three days of exploring. While here take some time to visit the leather markets, the stunning Duomo, or the famous Ponte Vecchio. Above all, be prepared to eat well.

Fill your days with a visits to the marvelous multicoloured Duomo, the Uffizi Gallery, the medieval Ponte Vecchio, or the Medici Chapels. Take a break at Piazza della Signoria with a gelato or an espresso before hitting lively Piazza San Lorenzo to bargain for discounted woolen and leather goods. You may also enjoy a local bus or train to nearby Siena to see more of what this province has to offer.

On one of the evenings in Florence, walk up to Piazzale Michelangelo, and enjoy the magnificent view over the River Arno and the city.

Optional Activities

Il Duomo di Firenze Visit - This green-pink-white marbled 13th century basilica is one of Italy’s largest churches and its brick dome is the largest ever constructed (own expense)

Uffizi Gallery Visit - Head to the Uffizi Gallery to see spectacular Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci paintings in person (own expense).

Ponte Vecchio Visit - Walk across this medieval bridge and look over the Arno River to feel the romance of this city. Jewelers, art dealers and souvenir shops run the length of the bridge, featured in many master paintings (own expense).

Medici Chapels Visit - Admire the opulence of the two Medici Chapels. The Sagrestia Nuova was designed by Michelangelo and built as a mausoleum for the powerful Medici family (own expense).

Visiting Attractions

Day 04
Florence

Florence

Today you'll continue to explore this lovely Italian city. You may enjoy a visit to the city's famous museums like the Uffizzi or the Accademia to see Michelangelo's 'David' or the Mercato Centrale. Above all, be prepared to eat well.

From Florence, you can take an optional trip to visit the nearby Siena or head into the hills above the city for Chianti wine tastings.

Optional Activities

David (Galleria dell'Accademia) Visit - Visit Michelangelo's most famous statue, 'David'. Marvel at the massive piece of marble and Michelangelo's obvious genius (own expense).

Mercato Centrale (Mercato di San Lorenzo) Visit - Pick up a purse (or several!), leatherbound journals, Florentine paper, and any off-colour David statue souvenirs you wish (own expense).

Visiting Attractions

Day 05
Pisa

Florence - Pisa - Florence

Today we'll head to Pisa by local train and spend time at the famous leaning tower. You can opt to go inside the tower or church. With easy access back to Florence, spend as much or as little time here as you want.

Day 06
Venice

Florence - Venice

From Florence we'll head to Venica, a unique and magical city that comes alive during 'carnevale.' Spend time getting to know its hidden streets and canals.

Visiting Attractions

Day 07
Venice

Venice

With gondolas bobbing in the Grand Canal and the spires of the Basilica looming over the festivities, there's no better stage for a festival than ancient Venice. It all culminates on Martedí Grasso, Fat Tuesday, and you'll be right there for all the fun. Put on a traditional mask and join the other revelers in wandering the labyrinthine streets. Drink mulled wine and walk over bridges and canals until you reach the big party in St Mark's Square.

Optional Activities

Murano and Burano Islands Visit - Take a quick trip across the lagoon and experience Venice’s artisanal roots. Explore the island of Murano, famous for its skilled glassblowers, and walk along the colourful streets of Burano, known for a centuries-old tradition of lacemaking (own expense)

Saint Mark's Square and Basilica Visit - Enter the picture-perfect Piazza San Marco from one of the many winding alleyways and stare in awe at the grandeur. With the massive,ornate basilica standing tall at one end, pigeons gathering and flying around, and violinists playing a Vivaldi tune at a café table - this is Venice. Wander the square and people watch or duck inside the glittering basilica for more Venetian inspiration. This excursion will last 1-3 hours (own expense).

Gondola Ride - Sit back and enjoy a different point of view as you glide through the historic canals of Venice on a gondola. The gondola ride usually lasts between 30-45 minutes (own expense).

Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale) Visit - Visit this former palace, rebuilt and restored numerous times, and admire the Gothic Venetian architecture. Once the seat of the government, the Palazzo Ducale is now a grand museum. Enjoy the stellar artwork, ornate chambers, and courtyards (own expense).

Visiting Attractions

Day 08
Venice

Venice

Today your exploration of Venice continues.

Visiting Attractions

Day 09
Venice

Venice

After breakfast depart at any time.

Visiting Attractions

Please note that order of day-to-day itinerary is adjustable depending on tour start day.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • Traditional local dinner (Rome)
  • Orientation walk in Florence
  • Day trip to Pisa
  • 8-night standard hotel accommodations
  • 8 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • Three nights in Venice for carnival, including Fat Tuesday
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Package Excludes

  • Service fee
  • Personal expenses
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • Additional food and drink
  • Optional activities (availability and prices subject to change, please discuss with local representative):
    - Colosseum & Roman Forum (combined ticket): EUR 12.00/EUR 20.00
    - Vatican Museums including Sistine Chapel: EUR 16.00
    - St Peter's dome climb: EUR 8.00
    - Capitoline Museum + Exhibitions Combined ticket: EUR 13.00
    - Time Elevator: EUR 12.00 (EUR 9.00 child)
    - The Christian Catacombs: EUR 8.00
    - Borghese Gallery: EUR 11.00
    - Roma Pass: EUR 34.00
    - Uffizi Gallery: EUR 6.50
    - Duomo: EUR 8.00
    - Accademia Gallery: EUR 6.50
    - Walking Tour: EUR 25.00
    - Tourist Bus (hop-on, hop-off - 2 routes): EUR 20.00
    - Medici Chapels: EUR 6.00
    - Venezia Concerto: EUR 30.00
    - Gondola ride: EUR 80.00-100.00 for up to 5 people
    - Accademia Gallery: EUR 9.00
    - Campanile San Marco: EUR 8.00
    - Museum Pass: EUR 24.00 ( includes Doge's Palace, Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Ca’ Rezzonico - Museum of 18th-Century Art, Museum of Palazzo Mocenigo, Carlo Goldoni's House, Ca’ Pesaro, Internazional Gallery of Modern Art + Oriental Art Museum, Glass Museum - Murano, Lace Museum - Burano)
    - Guggenheim Museum: EUR 14.00
    - Clock tower: EUR 12.00
    - Scuola Grande di San Rocco: EUR 10.00 (incl. audioguide)
    - Vaporetto Day Pass (12 hours): EUR 18.00
Special Notes
  • Service level: standard. Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.
  • Physical grading: light. Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
  • Travel style: classic. All of the highlights, culture, access, and I-can't-believe-we-did-that moments, all at a great price.
  • Trip type: small group. Group trips average 12 travelers per departure, depending on the adventure. The maximum is usually no more than 16.
  • Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on the tour. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your leader, who will take note of your insurance details. A minimum coverage of USD 200.00 is required.
  • In Europe it is very rare to find elevators in train stations, hotels or other public places. We use public transport on this trip, which means you will need to carry your luggage from platform to platform, in and out of trains and buses etc. and also possibly up several flights of stairs. We highly recommend travelling with a backpack or duffel bag over any wheeled luggage options.
  • Please note that if you wish to visit popular museums such as the Vatican Museums (Sistine Chapel) and Villa Borghese in Rome, and the Uffizi or Accademia Galleries in Florence, to avoid waiting in line for a long time, it is advisable to reserve tickets in advance. There may be the possibility of arranging tickets on arrival on Day 1, with the help of the local representative, but availability cannot be guaranteed at such short notice.
  • On this trip you can expect to stay in small family-run hotels or pensions (with the exception of the start and finish hotels, which are often larger city hotels), which will vary a little in standard and facilities: some may not have elevators, air-conditioning or English-speaking staff, but most importantly all are locally-run, with some traditional character, and in excellent central locations to give you maximum time for exploring the sights. You can expect to find clean, safe, simple accommodation in convenient locations.
  • While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
  • To protect your own property, please carry all valuable items on your person at all times. Do not leave any valuable items on the bus or at the hotel, attraction, restaurant, etc. Tours4fun, local operators, drivers and tour guides are not responsible for any loss or theft at any location.
  • This tour/activity is overseen by a select local operator in the region. Upon booking your tour or activity and after receiving confirmation, you will be issued an e-ticket detailing the local operator's name and contact information. If you require assistance finding a specific tour, please contact us for more information.

Pricing Info

Your reservation is always subject to confirmation by email, normally within one to two business days.

* Prices are per person on double occupancy basis. Single travelers joining the tour will be paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex. You would be refunded the single supplement after the pairing is successful. Please contact our service team for further assistance.
* Child: 12-17 years old. Travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
* Children younger than 12 are not permitted.
* Double occupancy price applies when two people stay in one standard hotel room.

Reservation Info

    1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
    2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
    3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
    4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.

Terms and Conditions

    - Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
    - Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
    - Please refer to our Standard Amendment, Cancellation and Refund Policy before you make reservation.
    - Please refer to Customer Agreement before you make reservation.
    - Local tour provider reserves the right to make modifications to tour arrangements including order of tour activities, hotel and its location if deemed necessary.
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