13 Day Italy Tour

Italy Tour

13 Day Splendours Italy Tour

departures from April 21 thru Oct 20, 2018

from USD $ 1690.00 per person based on double

LAND ONLY (airfare to be added, may be available from most major airports)

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS

  • Assisi : Orientation tour includes St. Francis' Basilica
  • Florence : Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes Piazza della Signoria, Cathedral and Baptistery
  • Italian Lakes : Enjoy a free day with spectacular views
  • Lugano: Visit this magnificent lakeside resort
  • Pisa : View the Square of Miracles and the famous Leaning Tower
  • Rome : Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes a visit to St. Peter's Basilica and views of the mighty Colosseum
  • Siena : Visit the Piazza del Campo famous for the Palio horse race
  • Sorrento : Visit a traditional inlaid wood workshop
  • Venice : Cruise by private boat to St. Mark's Square. Visit a traditional glassblowing workshop on Giudecca Island
  • Verona : View the Roman Arena and Juliet's Balcony

ITINERARY & OPTIONALS

DAY 1 ARRIVE ROME (2 NIGHTS)

Welcome to Rome. After check-in at your hotel, relax and unwind before meeting with your Travel Director in the afternoon. This evening why not take a stroll around this fascinating city and soak up the amazing atmosphere.

HOTEL Ergife Palace

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES

Delights of Rome with Dinner

Spend an evening getting to know Rome. We’ll take you via coach where you’ll have the chance to see some of the city’s much-loved sights. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a delicious light dinner of Italian specialities, alongside local music and drinks.

Adult Price: €49.00

DAY 2 ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

Your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour of the city, starting with a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, one of the largest and most inspiring churches ever built. Your trip continues across the Tiber River with views of the iconic Colosseum and the ancient sites of Rome. Spend free time exploring the wonderful sights on your own. Perhaps take an Optional Experience offered by your Travel Director.

MEAL(S) Buffet Breakfast

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES

Piazzas and Fountains of Rome

Starting with a lovely drive and continuing on foot, you'll discover hidden backstreets, piazzas and fountains of the 'Eternal City' with a Local Specialist. Along the way, you'll marvel at the timeless Pantheon, the best-preserved Roman temple in the world. Many additional highlights are revealed on this relaxed tour that also offers free time in a gorgeous Baroque square with street artists, trattorias and gelaterias!

Adult Price: €33.00

Inside The Vatican & Colosseum

We skip the lines at the Vatican Museums for this tour that shows not just remarkable works of art collected and commissioned over the history of the Papacy, but also Michelangelo’s amazing ceiling frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Later we hear fascinating tales of gladitorial combat and more on our visit to the Colosseum, again with time-saving VIP entrance.

Adult Price: €79.00

DAY 3 ROME – BAY OF NAPLES (2 NIGHTS)

This morning perhaps join an Optional Experience to the Vatican Museums. Then journey south past the Abbey of Monte Cassino to the Bay of Naples, your home for the next two nights. This afternoon why not take an Optional Experience to Positano and the Amalfi Coast?

MEAL(S) Buffet Breakfast & Dinner

HOTEL Stabia

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES

Amalfi Coast and Positano

Come with us for a drive along the famous Amalfi Coast. You’ll have a chance to visit the exclusive artists’ paradise of Positano, which is magnificently positioned on the Mediterranean coast.

Adult Price: €43.00

DAY 4 SORRENTO EXCURSION

Your excursion to the nearby resort of Sorrento starts with a visit to an inlaid wood workshop, for which the area is renowned. Enjoy free time to shop for souvenirs and make sure you sample some of the delicious Limoncello produced from local lemons for which the region is famous.

MEAL(S) Buffet Breakfast & Dinner

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES

Sorrento Countryside and Farmhouse Meal

Enjoy a beautiful drive into the Sorrentino countryside, where you'll explore the gardens, mill and ancient wine cellar of an 18th-century olive oil mill. During a tour of its lemon, orange and olive groves, your hosts will show you how mozzarella and other cheeses of the region are made. And then you'll get to try cheeses, salamis and marinated vegetables, washed down with local wine and homemade bread.

Adult Price: €44.00

DAY 5 BAY OF NAPLES – ASSISI

This morning consider an Optional Experience to see the excavations of Pompeii, which lay undiscovered for centuries beneath a layer of volcanic ash after Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. Later drive through the rolling hills of Umbria to the mystical town of Assisi on the slopes of Mount Subasio, birthplace of St. Francis. Enjoy an orientation tour which includes St. Francis Basilica, renowned for its fresco paintings.

MEAL(S) Buffet Breakfast & Dinner

HOTEL Frate Sole

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES

Discover Pompeii

Join our expert on a tour of the excavations of Pompeii, the perfectly preserved Roman town which was engulfed by Mount Vesuvius' eruption in AD 79. You'll witness the devastating destruction it had at the time, as well as the opportunity to go back in time and get a glimpse of everyday Roman life, frozen for almost 2,000 years.

Adult Price: €46.00

DAY 6 ASSISI – VENICE (ORIAGO) (2 NIGHTS)

Enjoy a scenic drive across the dramatic Apennine Mountains to the magical floating city of Venice. Dine at your hotel this evening.

MEAL(S) Buffet Breakfast & Dinner

HOTEL Il Burchiello

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES

Gondolas and the Grand Canal

Join us for a scenic cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal. You’ll admire the magnificent palazzi, as well as catching a glimpse of the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's Square. Later on, you'll glide gracefully on a gondola along Venice’s dreamy, narrow waterways.

Adult Price: €70.00

DAY 7 VENICE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME

Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialities at a glassblowing workshop on Giudecca island. You are surrounded by magnificent sights and sounds as you cruise by private launch along the Giudecca canal to St. Mark's Square. Admire the Bridge of Sighs, the ornate Doge's Palace and the Basilica of St. Mark. Explore the city during your free time or maybe take a trip to Burano Island in the lagoon for a delicious meal.

MEAL(S) Buffet Breakfast

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES

Venice's Secrets and St. Mark's Basilica

Explore the hidden maze of streets which make up this unique city as your Local Specialist gives you a fascinating insight into Venice's past and present. You’ll visit the majestic Basilica of St Mark, where you’ll have a chance to view some of the prized trophies looted by the Venetians in their rise to power. Alternatively, we’ll visit the outside terrace for exceptional vistas.

Adult Price: €36.00

Lagoon Cruise to Burano with Food and Drinks

Join us as we discover the Venetian Lagoon by private boat. You will enjoy a delicious meal with a selection of drinks on the fishermen's island of Burano, famous for its multi-coloured houses - a real photographer's paradise.

Adult Price: €70.00

DAY 8 VENICE (ORIAGO) – VERONA – LUGANO – ITALIAN LAKES (2 NIGHTS)

Journey west to Verona, the setting for Shakespeare's most famous play, and stop to admire the Roman Arena and Juliet's Balcony. Continue across the Swiss border and visit the pretty lakeside resort of Lugano. Arrive at your hotel where you dine tonight.

MEAL(S)  Buffet Breakfast & Dinner

HOTEL Starhotels Grand Milan

DAY 9 FREE DAY OR MILAN AND LAKE COMO EXCURSION

Today you have a full day to enjoy the facilities at your hotel including the swimming pool. Alternatively consider an Optional Experience to Milan and Lake Como.

MEAL(S) Buffet Breakfast

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES

Milan and Lake Como

We'll start with a visit to Lake Como where you'll enjoy views of the elegant villas and gardens as you cruise on the Lake, one of the most beautiful spots in Northern Italy. Later, you’ll visit Milan, the bustling fashion and financial capital of Italy. Highlights will include: views of the spectacular Duomo, the glass-roofed Galleria and the world-famous La Scala opera house.

Adult Price: €52.00

DAY 10 ITALIAN LAKES REGION – PISA – FLORENCE (2 NIGHTS)

Cross the Apennine Mountains, travel along the Italian Riviera arriving in Pisa. Here we see the famous leaning tower in the Square of Miracles. Later arrive at your hotel near the Renaissance city of Florence. Tonight you may wish to enjoy a wonderful dinner in the Tuscan hills.

MEAL(S) Buffet Breakfast

HOTEL Wall Art

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES

Dinner, Wine And Music In The Tuscan Hills

Join us for a scenic drive through the beautiful Tuscan countryside. We will enjoy a meal at a charming restaurant where a selection of regional favourites is served, accompanied by a selection of local wines and live music. A truly unforgettable experience, with an atmosphere that is the essence of all things Tuscan.

Adult Price: €64.00

DAY 11 FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

Florence is one of the liveliest and most creative cities in Europe and home to some of the world's greatest works of art and architecture. Your Local Specialist gives you an excellent account of the city's history during your walking tour, which includes views of the Baptistery, the Ponte Vecchio, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the impressive Giotto's Bell Tower and a visit to Piazza della Signoria. Experience a demonstration of fine leatherwork and in your free time visit one of the many museums or simply relax and enjoy the ambience.

MEAL(S) Buffet Breakfast

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES

Michelangelo's 'David' & Accademia

Enjoy an insight into the world of Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. We have fast track entry to the Academy of Fine Arts and its Michelangelo collection, where you’ll learn all about the life and works of this immortal Renaissance genius through the expert commentary of our Local Specialist.

Adult Price: €40.00

Visit To San Gimignano

Join us for a drive to the nearby hilltop town of San Gimignano, known as the ‘medieval Manhattan’ of Tuscany. Surrounded by fields of sunflowers, vineyards and olive groves, this is Italy’s best preserved medieval city and will give you a taste of day-to-day life in Italy during the Middle Ages.

Adult Price: €35.00

DAY 12 FLORENCE – SIENA – ROME

Admire the beautiful scenery as you drive through the Chianti region of Tuscany to Siena, a medieval city famous for its biannual Palio horse race. Marvel at its rich heritage during your orientation tour. This evening in Rome you might like to mark the end of an enjoyable holiday with a meal out.

MEAL(S) Buffet Breakfast

HOTEL Raganelli

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES

Arrivederci Roma

Rome comes alive this last evening of our trip as you savour her unforgettable sights! We then celebrate together with a Farewell Dinner including entertainment in one of our favourite places.

Adult Price: €50.00

DAY 13 DEPART ROME

This morning say 'arrivederci' to Italy, your Travel Director and fellow travellers as you prepare to return home with wonderful memories. Transfers are available to Rome Fiumicino airport. Conditions apply.

MEAL(S)  Buffet Breakfast