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7-Night Great Cities of Italy Escorted Tour, round trip from Rome
2018 DEPARTURES: September 2, 7, & 21 October 5
From $2,509(1)(2) per person, based on double occupancy (airfare not included)
Includes hotel accommodations; 9 meals; on-tour motorcoach transportation
Amazing architecture, sumptuous food, delicious wine, breathtaking art, historical treasures and beautiful landscapes are on the itinerary of this Globus escorted tour of Italy. Stand in the Vatican and St. Peter’s Square, where people gather to hear the Pope. Visit the Colosseum in Rome, where gladiator contests took place. See St. Francis Basilica in Assisi, built over his tomb. Marvel at Michelangelo’s David and watch a skilled glassblower fashion glass in the age-old, traditional manner. Arrive by private boat in Venice, a powerful magnet for romantics and art lovers from around the globe. Have a photo snapped of you pushing back at the Leaning Tower in Pisa, and visit the Piazza del Campo in Siena, where the world-famous Palio horse race is held. But that’s not all! On this Italy tour, motorcoach rides between cities will take you through some of the country’s most dramatic scenery: the flat Po area, the wooded Apennine Mountain range, and Tuscany’s Chianti wine country, with its vine- and olive-clad hills. Plus Globus has arranged special experiences to give you a true local perspective, such as dinners with wine at local restaurants in Rome and a taste of traditional gelato in Florence. It’s the vacation of a lifetime!
- Hotel accommodations in Rome, Venice and Florence
- Full buffet breakfast daily
- Welcome Dinner with wine in Rome
- Farewell Dinner with wine in Rome
- Tour Director & Local Guides
- VIP Access at must-see attractions
- Private boat ride to Venice Island
- Motorcoach transportation
- Taxes and service fees
Day 1 — Rome
Welcome to Rome! This evening meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a special Welcome Dinner at one of Rome’s lively restaurants.
Day 2 — Rome
Globus’ unique guided sightseeing includes inside visits to the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment, and monumental St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, where you can admire Michelangelo’s Pietà. Then drive to the Roman Forum and visit the amazing Colosseum, where gladiators once fought. 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 – Venice Island
Entering the province of Umbria, arrive in peaceful Assisi and visit St. Francis Basilica, the hub of a religious order devoted to the ideals of humanity, forgiveness, simplicity and love for all God’s creatures. Arrive in Venice, a powerful magnet for romantics and art lovers from around the globe, entering in style by private boat.
Day 4 — Venice Island
Meet your Local Guide and take a walking tour featuring St. Mark’s Square and the byzantine Basilica, lavish Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. Watch a skilled glassblower fashion delicate objects in the age-old, traditional manner. Afterwards enjoy Venice at your own pace, or join an optional cruise to the charming island of Burano.
Day 5 — Venice Island – Pisa – Florence
Drive through the Apennine Mountains to Pisa and marvel at the Leaning Tower. Then continue to Florence, the “Cradle of the Renaissance.” Tonight is your chance to try out local specialties during an optional dinner at a fine Tuscan restaurant.
Day 6 — Florence
Guided sightseeing features a visit to the Academy of Fine Arts to see Michelangelo’s celebrated David. Admire the magnificent marble cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gate of Paradise” and sculpture-studded Signoria Square. A highlight is your visit to the Santa Croce Basilica to see the tombs of Michelangelo, Dante, Rossini and other historic and famous figures. Taste a gelato artigianale (traditional ice cream).
Day 7 — Florence – Siena – Rome
Arrive in Siena for an orientation walk through ancient, narrow lanes to Piazza Del Campo. See the square where the biannual Palio, Siena’s spectacular medieval-style horse race, is held. Return to the “Eternal City” and tonight enjoy a special Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant to celebrate the success of your Italian vacation.
Day 8 — Rome
Your vacation ends after breakfast this morning.
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