1, arrive Venice, Sunday
in Venice airport where you will be met and transferred
to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Welcome dinner and overnight. (D)
2, in Venice, Monday
begins with a sightseeing tour Venice. Start your
walking tour in St. Mark’s Square, visit
St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge's Palace,
and view the Bell Tower and Bridge of Sighs. Also
visit a glass blowing factory where you will see
the demonstration of a traditional Venetian glass
blowing. Balance of the day is at leisure. Enjoy
Venice at your own pace, shop or join an optional
3, to Florence, Tuesday
to Ferrara, a renaissance gem in the Emilia- Romagna
region standing on the banks of the Po River.
Orientation tour with your Tour Director. Continue
to Pisa to view the famous Piazza del Miracoli
with its Leaning Tower, the Baptistery and Duomo.
End your day in Florence with dinner in your hotel.
4, in Florence, Wednesday
morning city tour begins at the majestic Piazza
del Duomo to see the Cathedral crowned by Brunelleschi’s
Dome, the Giotto’s Bell Tower, and the Baptistery
with Ghiberti’s bronze “Gate of Paradise”.
Then, visit the Academy of Fine Arts, where Michelangelo's
David is displayed. Tour ends at the Piazzale
Michelangelo with the most spectacular view over
Florence. Remainder of the day is at leisure to
independently savor the renaissance splendor of
the Tuscan capital. (B)
5 , to Rome, Thursday
towards Rome through the stunning panorama of
Tuscany, and afterwards, travel through Umbria
to Assisi for a walking tour of the main square
and a visit to the Basilica of St. Francis. Continue
to Rome for dinner and overnight. (B, D)
6, in Rome, Friday
full day sightseeing tour shows you all the highlights
of the Eternal city. Visit the Vatican Museums
with Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica.
Then continue on to visit the Colosseum, ancient
Palatine Hill overlooking the Circus Max imus
and the I mperial Palace, and the Roman Forum.
Overnight.(B, L )
7, in Rome, Saturday
full day free in spectacular Rome.Your Tour Director
will have suggestions on how to spend your time.
You might want to visit some of the wonderful
shops, galleries and museums, or relax in a sidewalk
cafe. An optional excursion to Pompei is available.
Once a prosperous port city, it was buried under
volcanic ash when Mt.Vesuvius erupted in late
August of 79 A.D. Your excursion will bring to
life the sights and history of this fascinating
town. Tonight, a farewell dinner in a local restaurant,
complete with wine and music, is the perfect way
to celebrate your glimpse of Italy. (B, D)
8, departing Rome, Sunday
transfer to Rome airport. Your homebound flight
arrives the same day. (B)