Summary of The Day: 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!
Summary of The Day: 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.
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).
Summary of The Day: 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.
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).
Summary of The Day: 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.
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).
Summary of The Day: 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.
Summary of The Day: 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.
Summary of The Day: 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.
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).
Summary of The Day: Today your exploration of Venice continues.
Summary of The Day: After breakfast depart at any time.
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* 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.
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