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Welcome to Rome. Relax and unwind after check-in and meet with your Travel Director this afternoon. Tonight perhaps take a stroll through the city and soak up the vibrant atmosphere.
Your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour with a visit to the Vatican City. Visit the awe-inspiring St. Peter’s Basilica to view Michelangelo’s statue, the Pietà. Don’t miss the opportunity to join an Optional Experience to visit inside the famous Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums. View the mighty Colosseum and see the ancient sites of Rome. Afterwards you have free time to take in the sights or join an Optional Experience to explore the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. (BB)
Follow the Upper Tiber Valley past the medieval hilltop towns of Orte and Orvieto in Umbria to Tuscany, a unique and fertile landscape with olive groves and vineyards stretching into the distance. Cross the dramatic Apennine Mountains and arrive later close to the magical city of Venice. (BB, D)
Savour the unique sights of Venice as you cruise by private launch to its heart, St. Mark’s Square. Marvel at the Bridge of Sighs, the magnificent Doge’s Palace and the Byzantine basilica adorned with glass mosaics. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialities at a glassblowing workshop on Giudecca island. Explore this fascinating city in your free time or perhaps take a cruise across the lagoon to Burano island for a delicious lunch. (BB)
Drive west to Verona, the home of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet. View the vast Roman Arena during your walking orientation, where concerts are still held, and then see Juliet’s Balcony. Your journey continues through the gastronomic region of Emilia Romagna to Tuscany and your hotel near the Renaissance city of Florence. (BB)
Florence enjoys a unique artistic heritage. Experience the delights during your sightseeing tour on foot with a knowledgeable Local Specialist. View the Baptistery renowned for its carved bronze doors, the marble Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Giotto’s impressive Bell Tower and visit Piazza della Signoria. Enjoy a demonstration of leatherwork, with time afterwards to explore or to shop for high-quality Italian goods and 18-carat gold jewellery. (BB, D)
Through the rolling countryside of Tuscany into Umbria. You arrive at the mystical town of Assisi on the slopes of Mount Subasio. See the sights of St. Francis’ birthplace, including the medieval ramparts. Later on your final night in Rome, you might like to celebrate the end of your holiday with a special dinner. (BB)
Say ‘arrivederci’ to Rome, your Travel Director and newfound friends as you prepare for your journey home. Transfers are available to Rome Fiumicino airport. Conditions apply. (BB)
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