Italian Tour

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Dates:   May 04, 2020 - May 24, 2020

Days:     21 days

Hosts:    J.W. & Howie

Detailed Itinerary  (basic itinerary - 15 day)

Day 1:  May 10, 2020 – Sunday
 

Venice:  You will be picked up at the airport and transported to your hotel in Venice where you can have a rest or take in some of the local sites. After your rest or visiting local sites you will meet your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner.

Day 2:  May 11, 2020 - Monday
 


Venice:  St. Mark’s Basilica & Doge’s Palace
Combine the top 2 sights in Venice in a hassle-free tour led by an expert local guide. With pre-reserved tickets and skip-the-line access, you get straight inside the Doge's Palace for an intimate small-group tour.
First, step inside Venice's most important church, St. Mark's Basilica, and admire the east-meets-west architecture. With access to the first-floor terrace, get close to the beautiful gold mosaics, see the gold horses, and admire beautiful views from the balcony over St. Mark's Square. Led by an expert guide, hear how most of the basilica's prized possessions ended up here by less than honest means.


Your second stop is no less beautiful. Palazzo Ducale, or the Doge's Palace, was home to the doge, or duke, of Venice and his seat of government. Skip the line with pre-reserved tickets and walk straight inside to explore huge council chambers, incredible audience rooms, and a stunning ballroom with works by renowned Venetian masters such as Veronese and Tintoretto.


Hear the intriguing history of this building that housed the world's oldest republic as well as its most fascinating government and even an incarcerated Casanova. You even see the New Prisons and walk on the renowned Bridge of Sighs


Inclusions:

Guided tour of St. Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace
Skip-the-line entrance at Doge’s Palace
Priority access to the terraces of St. Marks’s Basilica    
Live tour commentary provided in English
Hotel pick up and drop off

Exclusions:

Food and drinks
Gratuities (Optional)    

Notes:

Occasionally St. Mark’s Basilica is closed to the public, without previous notice, due to high tides or particular festivities.  If St. Mark’s Basilica is closed, an extended tour of the outside of the basilica and of St. Mark’s Square will be given instead. 

 

The Doge’s Palace is subject to unforeseen closures due to high tides or festivities; when this occurs, an alternate date is offered.

Day 3:  May 12, 2020 - Tuesday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Venice:  Murano, Burano & Torcello Tour
Discover a different side of Venice via private, luxury water taxi. With a small group and free prosecco on board, you’ll feel like a VIP as you island hop to see blown-glass masterpieces, lush gardens, and artisan lace makers.


Your trip begins at a convenient spot in central Venice, where you’ll meet your local, expert guide and board your boat for the island of Murano. On the way, enjoy gorgeous views of the Venetian lagoon while you learn about the history of the island you’re about to see.


After a short trip, you’ll arrive to Murano’s most famous glass factory for a live demonstration from one of its master artisans. Next, head to the factory’s private Art Gallery to view more incredible glass masterpieces.


Then it’s back on your boat to travel to the tiny island of Torcello. This picturesque island is aptly called “the garden of Venice”. Here, you’ll have free time to soak up its gorgeous greenery or climb the local bell tower for views of the lagoon.


The last stop of your tour is Burano, an island famous for its colorful houses, used to help sailors off shore identify which home belonged to them. But this island isn’t just a pretty photo op; there is also a rich tradition of lacemaking. Your visit will introduce you to some of the women who are continuing the legacy of this ancient craft and allow you time to shop for some of these souvenirs yourself.


Finally, head back to Venice in style, with free-flowing Prosecco, magnificent scenery, and memories to last a lifetime!
 

Inclusions:

Glassmaking demonstration at a factory in Murano with commentary in English.
Visit to the Art Galleries with glass masterpieces    
Lacemaking demonstration at a shop in Burano
Visit to Torcello Island
Round-trip transportation on board of a historic luxury boat, with free prosecco on board!
Hotel pick up and drop off

Exclusions:

Gratuities (Optional)
Food and Drink

 

Day 4:  May 13, 2020 – Wednesday
 

 

Venice:  Walking Tour of Venice & Gondola Ride
Walk through the beautiful streets of Venice with an experienced guide and learn about a millennium of the city’s history. Admire some of the city's main monuments as you walk its cobbled streets and then set off on a relaxing gondola ride through the iconic romantic canals.


Meet your guide by the Clock Tower in the Piazza San Marco and begin your tour exploring the city's main monuments, including the Procuratie, Saint Mark's Basilica, and the Palazzo Ducale. Then, you will go to the church of Santa Maria Formosa, visit the square of Campo Santi Giovanni e Paolo, and walk past Marco Polo's house and the Malibran Theater, and then you will arrive at the Rialto Market.


At the end of the tour, step into a gondola for a relaxing ride along the Canal Grande. The gondolier leads you along the city's gorgeous waterways allowing you to gaze at the Venetian pathways and minor streets. During the gondola ride you will admire The Mozart's house, “La Fenice” Theatre, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, La salute Church and the wonderful Saint Mark's basin with the island of San Giorgio.


You will also have the opportunity to join an optional glassblowing demonstration at a glass factory very close to Saint Mark’s square.

Day 5:  May 14, 2020 - Thursday

Florence:

You will be picked up at your hotel in Venice and taken to the Train station for a High speed train ride to Florence. When you arrive in Florence we will escort you to your local hotel. We will have the rest of the day to take in some local sites. 

Day 6:  May 15, 2020 – Friday
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Florence:  David, Uffizi, Duomo and walking tour
Don't just see Florence's sights—understand them with the help of your expert guide. In a small group, gain a deeper understanding of Florence's history, art, and culture. Meanwhile skip-the-line access at busy attractions saves hours and allows you to make the most of your time.


Start with Florence's most beloved resident, Michelangelo's David at the Accademia Gallery. With pre-reserved tickets and a set entry time, breeze past lines to see the famed sculpture in the flesh. Inside, your expert art historian guide tells you what makes David so special and introduces you to other Michelangelo works that you may not have noticed otherwise.


Then head to Florence's crowning glory, il Duomo or Florence Cathedral. As you admire the Dome from outside and inside (skipping the insanely long line) you’ll hear the story of how its architect Brunelleschi recovered lost knowledge and expanded the realm of what was deemed humanly possible all in his pursuit of building it.


Your walking tour is where you really feel the benefit of a small group. Explore the winding streets and art-strewn piazzas with your local guide, learning about the Ponte Vecchio bridge and Piazza della Signoria sculptures. After a break for lunch, reconvene for a tour of the Uffizi Gallery, skip the line, and follow a specially crafted itinerary through its corridors for a true understanding of art history.
 

Inclusions:

Guided walking tour of Florence
Skip-the-line entrance to the Accademia Gallery and the Uffizi Gallery
Admission fees
Live tour commentary provided in English
Hotel pick up and drop off

Exclusions:

Food and Drink
Gratuities (Optional)        

Day 7:  May 16, 2020 – Saturday
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Florence:  Ancient Wine Cities:  Montalcino, San Gimignano and Chianti

See the square of the Fortress and visit the ancient town of Montalcino
Visit a winery to taste the fine Brunallo wine and the Rossso of Montalcino

Visit the City of the Vernaccia Wine and the Manhattan of the Middle Ages. Enter San Gimignano city gates and go back in time. Taste the world Champions Gelato (Gelateria Dondoli).

Visit the historical town of Castellina in Chianti and walk to the Fortress

Inclusions:

Bottled water
Two wine tastings:  Brunello, Shianti Classico, Supertuscan, Olive Oil and Vynegar
Air conditioned Vehicle
Entry/Admission – Montalcino 564

Exclusions:

Food and Drink other than water
Gratuities (Optional)


Day 8:  May 17, 2020 – Sunday
 

Florence:  Pisa & the Leaning Tower

See one of Italy’s many symbols on this half-day tour from Florence to the town of Pisa, home to the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. Arriving in the Tuscan town of Pisa, you will walk along the still standing Medieval walls through the main entrance gate, Porta Santa Maria and into the breathtaking Piazza dei Miracoli.


Standing in front of you will be the impressive Cathedral, Baptistery, and of course, the Leaning Tower. With your guide, enter the Cathedral and admire the elegant example of Romanesque art. If you select the optional entrance to the tower, you will not only get to view it, but climb to the top without waiting in line! Afterwards, enjoy free time to take in the grandeur of the whole Piazza, and to get the perfect photo!

 

Inclusions:

Expert multilingual escort
Journey by fully – fitted GT Coach
Leaning Tower entrance tickets
Admission to Pisa Cathedral – if accessible
Hotel pick up and drop off

Exclusions:

Food and Drinks
Gratuities (Optional)

Note:

Please note that the Cathedral of Pisa is now free and in the most crowded days it could not be possible.to visit its interior due to a long queue.  In such cases, we will offer a tour of Piazza Cavalieri instead.

Day 9:  May 18, 2020 – Monday
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Florence:  Culture & Cuisine Tour
Feast your way through the best food in Florence on a small group walking tour of the city's diverse culinary scene. Taste samples of delicious local favorites including truffles, gelato, olive oil and chocolates, while learning all about the region’s most famous products.


Your tasting tour begins at a shop selling one of the most expensive offerings in Florence – the truffle. Here you will enjoy a decadent truffle panini with a glass of Prosecco. You’ll then visit a skilled chocolatier's workshop for a chocolate tasting, followed by a visit to a local olive oil boutique for a balsamic vinegar and olive oil tasting.


Your foodie journey continues through Florence's charming streets, soaking up the sights and learning about the history of Florence’s local and regional cuisines from your guide. Your guide will also point out foodie gems in local areas along the way.


Next, it’s time for a true Florentine delicacy with a taste of the best gelato in town. The tour ends with some authentically made focaccia bread and a glass of Chianti, the esteemed Tuscan red wine.
 

Inclusions:

Local English-speaking guide
Food tour of Florence
Food samples
Prosecco and wine

Exclusions:

You must be 18 years of age and present a valid photo ID in order to consume alcohol    
 

 

Day 10:  May 19, 2020 – Tuesday
 

Rome:  You will be picked up at your hotel in Florence and take you to the Train station for a High speed train ride to Rome. When you arrive in Rome we will escort you to your local hotel where you will have to rest or take in some local sites. 

 

 

Day 11:  May 20, 2020 – Wednesday
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Rome:  Colosseum & Forum Tour with Special Gladiator’s Gate & Arena Floor Access
Stand in the spot where gladiators once clashed swords and battles raged before throngs of spectators as you visit the mighty Colosseum and get special access to the arena floor. Afterward, learn what daily life was like in ancient Rome as you walk in the footsteps of everyday citizens among the ruins of the Roman Forum.
Meet your guide near the formidable hulk of the Colosseum, the gigantic arena that drew Romans of all walks of life to watch violent fights between gladiators and beasts. Skip the long line to head inside, and enter the Colosseum through a special gate once used by gladiators themselves. Walk right onto the arena floor—an area not usually accessible to the public—and learn about the harrowing events that took place here for entertainment's sake centuries ago.
Spend a full hour exploring the rest of the Colosseum, from the ground floor up to the top, where you can see the Roman Forum from a distance before making your way across to Palatine Hill. Bypass the lines at this storied collection of ruins, and listen to your guide rebuild ancient Rome from the ground up through captivating stories. Hear tales of war, politics, and betrayal, and get introduced to some of the ancient world's larger-than-life characters as you roam around the markets, roads, and temples where the empire's citizens once lived, played, and prayed.

 

Inclusions:

Guided walking tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill
Skip-the-line entrance to the Colosseum vie the Gladiator’s Gate
Skip-the-line entrance to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
Live tour commentary provided in English
Hotel pick up and drop off

Exclusions:

Food and Drink
Gratuities (Optional)

Day 12:  May 21. 2020 – Thursday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Rome:  Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica
Dig a little deeper at the Vatican, visiting all the highlights of the collection – plus some incredible gems not often seen by the public. As part of this Official Vatican Partner tour, you’ll also receive No-Wait entry through a private, partner entrance so you make sure to get the most out of your visit.


Your carefully crafted tour begins with the Pinacoteca, the Vatican Paintings Gallery. Often overlooked by independent sightseers, this is one of the quietest parts of the Museums. Enjoy the hush as you view masterpieces by Raphael, Caravaggio and the only Da Vinci left in Rome.


Then, you’ll make your way to one of the highlights of our tour: the Bramante Staircase. A Vatican Guard will escort you beyond a velvet rope to this engineering marvel. It’s usually closed to the public, so you’ll have this stunning helical staircase to yourself, with space to admire spectacular views overlooking Vatican City.


Next, visit some of the well-known sights of the Vatican including the Gallery of Maps, Raphael Rooms, and the stunning Sistine Chapel. Of course, no visit to the Vatican would be complete without seeing this iconic masterpiece, and your expert guide will be sure to give you all the background you need to truly appreciate Michelangelo’s most famous work.


Finish your tour with privileged access to St. Peter’s through a door leading directly from the Sistine Chapel, avoiding the lines so you have more time inside to discover works like Michelangelo’s ‘La Pietà’.
 

Inclusions:

Guided tour of the Vatican Museums, The Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica.
Admission fees 
Skip-the-line entrance to the Vatican Museums
Live tour commentary is provided in English
Hotel pick up and drop off

Exclusions:

Food and Drinks
Gratuities (Optional)

 

 

Day 13:  May 22, 2020 – Friday
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Rome:  Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps & Pantheon
Often described as an outdoor museum, wandering the streets of the Eternal City, exploring its hidden gems is even more rewarding when you do it with an expert guide trained in the Rome’s art and history.
You hear anecdotes that bring the iconic sights to life as you start a relaxing stroll at the famous Spanish Steps. Find out the meaning behind the name, before continuing on cobbled streets to the baroque architectural masterpiece of the Trevi Fountain. Witness the people tossing coins in the water hoping to return to this magical place one day.


Stop for a delicious Italian gelato or a creamy cappuccino in lively Piazza Navona, and watch the world go by from your seat on the terrace of a local café. Marvel at the impressive dome of the Pantheon, before making your way to Campo dè Fiori, known for its lively market scene. Pick up the vibe, learn what locals call “il dolce far niente”, the sweetness of doing nothing.


Inclusions:

Guided tour of the historical center of Rome
Italian gelato or soft drink (hot Chocolate, coffee, cappuccino)
Commentary in English
Hotel pick up and drop off

Exclusions:

Food and Drink
Gratuities (Optional)

 

 

Day 14:  May 23, 2020 – Saturday
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Rome:  Crypts & Catacombs Tour
Descend into the chill of Rome’s mysterious underworld with the longest running crypts and catacombs tour. Beneath the sun-baked streets lie layer upon layer of history. Travelling in an air-conditioned coach, you’ll skip the line to unearth three of the city’s strangest discoveries.


First, visit the hallowed catacombs where, beneath their persecutors’ feet, early Christians practiced their forbidden faith. Almost 2,000 years ago, this secret network of tunnels doubled as a place of worship and burial ground. As you explore tombs carved out of solid rock, your guide – a local, expert English-speaker – will relate the fascinating history of this sacred spot.


From here, the coach will whisk you to the Basilica of San Clemente. To descend below this structure is to go back in time, through the remains of 12th and 4th century basilicas, a 2nd century cult temple, and ruins dating back to AD 64, when Nero watched Rome burn. Here you’ll find a long-buried aqueduct that, incredibly, still functions.


Your final destination is the Capuchin Crypt. Capuchin monks used the bones of nearly 4,000 of their brothers to decorate this sombre space in intricate floor-to-ceiling designs, lending it the macabre nickname of ‘the Bone Chapel’. Your guide will tell you the theories, but it’s up to you to draw your own conclusions about the meaning of the crypt’s robed skeletons and vertebrae chandeliers.
After exploring Rome for the day return to your hotel and freshen up for a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers.

 


Day 15:  May 24, 2020 – Sunday
Rome:  We will pick you up at your hotel in Rome and take you to the train station for a train ride to the Airport. (The train you will take will end at the Airport non stop)

 

 

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Inclusions:
- Transport via taxi, train, and boat
- Airport pickup and hotel drop off and pickup
- Accommodation in 4 or 5 star hotels

- Shared rooms
- Meals: 
complimentary hotel breakfasts

Exclusions:
- Travel and medical insurance
- Visas
- Inbound and Outbound flights
- Cameras and batteries

- Meals: lunch, dinner and snacks at your discretion.

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