6-Night Italian Escape Guided Tour, Rome to Venice
2018 DEPARTURES: November 4 & 25; December 2, 9 & 16
2019 DEPARTURES: January 27; February 10, 17 & 24; March 3, 10 & 17
From $999(1)(2) per person, based on single, double or triple occupancy (airfare not included)
Includes hotel accommodations; 8 meals; on-tour motorcoach transportation
Limited single rooms available. Extra nights in Rome or Venice are available; ask us about pricing.
Experience the passion of Italy on a Globus Escape Tour at a time of year when the crowds are down and without the high-season prices. Discover the historical sights of Rome, including St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums. See Michelangelo’s world-famous ceiling paintings in the Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum, the amphitheater used for deadly gladiatorial contests. Take a step back among ancient buildings and ruins and imagine what life was like thousands of years ago. Enjoy a walk through the Old Town of Assisi and visit St. Francis Basilica before arriving in Florence, one of the most beautiful cities in the world and often referred to as the art capital of Italy. Enjoy a guided walking tour that includes a visit to see Michelangelo’s famous statue David. Spend time shopping for local Florentine goods, and then marvel at the Leaning Tower of Pisa. In romantic Venice, bask in the sun on a private boat ride and visit the must-see sights, such as St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. You’ll also have time to explore the maze of streets and discover hidden treasures in their back alleys, or relax at an outdoor café in a prime people-watching spot. Globus has arranged VIP access throughout this Italy tour, so you’ll get right to the front of the line at all the famous sights. This gives you more time to experience the sights and more time to taste Italy’s sumptuous cuisine, shop for Italian goods, explore the stunning churches and museums, and participate in optional excursions.
- Hotel accommodations in Rome, Florence and Venice
- 9 meals (full buffet breakfast daily; 1 lunch; two three-course dinners with wine)
- Welcome Dinner in Rome
- Farewill Dinner in Venice
- Tour Director and Local Guides
- Audio headsets
- Private boat ride in Venice
- Motorcoach transportation
- Baggage handling
- Taxes and service fees
Day 1 — Rome
Welcome to Italy! This evening meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and leave the hotel for a special Welcome Dinner with wine at a local restaurant.
Day 2 — Rome
Enjoy Globus’ unique guided sightseeing, including inside visits to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment. Enter monumental St. Peter’s Square and Basilica to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà. Also see the magnificent Colosseum next to the Roman Forum and the Arch of Constantine and hear about the gladiators who fought here. An optional walking tour with a Local Guide is available to further explore famous sites for those who wish to see it all.
Day 3 — Rome – Assisi – Florence
Enjoy a morning break in peaceful Assisi. Visit the massive 13th-century Basilica of St. Francis, the hub of a religion devoted to the ideals of humility, forgiveness, simplicity and love for all God’s creatures. Enter Tuscany and arrive in Florence, the “Cradle of the Renaissance.”
Day 4 — Florence
During your walking tour with a Local Guide, visit the Academy of Fine Arts where you’ll see Michelangelo’s celebrated statue David. Admire the magnificent cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gates of Paradise” and sculpture-studded Signoria Square. Enjoy an included lunch next to Santa Croce Square, with time to shop for Florentine leather goods and gold jewelry sold by the ounce.
Day 5 — Florence – Pisa – Venice Island
This morning drive to Pisa. In the spectacular Square of Miracles, take the traditional picture pushing back the amazing Leaning Tower. Then enjoy a drive through the wooded Apennine Hills, known as the backbone of Italy, to Venice, a powerful magnet for romantics and art lovers from around the globe.
Day 6 — Venice Island
Take a private boat to join your Local Guide on a walking tour. Highlights are St. Mark’s Square, a favorite location for many movies, and the byzantine Basilica, lavish Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. Watch a skilled glassblower fashion delicate objects in the age-old traditional manner. Immerse yourself in the wonderful atmosphere of Venice. Wander through the narrow streets and discover Rialto Bridge. You may wish to take an optional gondola ride with a serenade. This evening a Farewell Dinner with wine awaits you at one of Venice’s restaurants to celebrate the success of your Italian Escape.
Day 7 — Venice Island
Your vacation ends after breakfast this morning.
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