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Una meravigliosa avventura (A Wonderful Adventure) awaits you when you unpack just twice on this Italy by Rail Guided Vacation. You’ll see the highlights of Rome and have free time to explore on your own. Then take the high Speed Rail from Rome to Pompii and the Italian Coast. Then you will travel by deluxe Motor Coach from Rome to Florence, then again travel by rail to Venice.
Italy is full of fascinating vistas, glorious architecture, and magical cities just waiting for you to savor and enjoy. History comes alive when you see where much of it first began – hear the stories, see the remains, feel the glory and the power of famed cities and fill your soul with the grandeur that is traditional Italy.
Tour the celebrated hills of Tuscany and you just won’t believe the picturesque hill top town that will be your home away from home for a few nights. Tour historic Pompeii and drive through the famed Italian Coast. La vita buona (The good life) is yours on this sojourn from Rome and ending in Florence- you will love it all and everything in between.If you love to learn, laugh and let the child that lives inside of you come out to play, enjoy this tour, you’ll experience far more than the itinerary promises.
|PRICING DETAILS (Cost Per Person)||PRICING – LAND ONLY *|
|Deposit per person||$350|
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|Travel Insurance||Call for quote|
|Vacation Pace||Moderately Active Pace|
|SAVE $125||Book by April 1st|
* Airfare is not included, available approximately 6 months prior to departure. Call for pricing from other departure cities.
Cancellation policy: if travel insurance is not purchased, cancellation charges are: 150 days and earlier: full refund. 150 – 76 days prior to final payment: $350 plus the cost of any non-refundable air tickets; 75 and less days prior to departure: no refund. A valid passport is required with expiration greater than 6 months from return date.
Day 1: Overnight Flight to Italy
Today board your overnight flight to Europe. (IFM)
Day 2: Arrive Italy
Arrive in Rome, meet your Tour Director and transfer to your hotel in Rome for a four-night stay. Tonight enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers. Hotel Donna Laura, Rome, IT or similar (D)
Day 3: Rome Sightseeing
Today enjoy a full day Rome City Tour. Visit the Treasures of the Vatican Museum, home to one of the world’s most extensive collections of art including Michelangelo’s impressive Sistine Chapel. Later visit St. Peter’s Basilica then see the Colosseum, The Arch of Constantine, Circus Maximus & Piazza Venezia. Later return to your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure. (B)
Day 4: Naples, Pompeii & The Italian Coast by High Speed Train
Today travel south by High Speed Train to Naples. Upon arrival, travel to Pompeii and enjoy a Pompeii Excavations Tour featuring the Roman city preserved by ash and mud almost exactly as it was on the day Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD 79. Continue the leisurely journey to the beautiful Italian Coast dotted with picturesque towns, villages and rocky cliffs. Enjoy spectacular views and some time at leisure. Return to Naples and board your High Speed Train back to Rome. (B)
Day 5: Rome at Leisure
Enjoy the day at leisure in Rome to relax and enjoy the ‘eternal city’ at your own pace. Sip a cappuccino at the Spanish Steps or stroll the boulevards of designer Italian goods. A optional excursion will be available. (B)
Day 6: Rome / Siena / Pisa / Florence
This morning travel by motorcoach to Siena, the heart of Tuscany. Enjoy a Siena City Tour as you stroll the medieval streets to the dramatic Campo, scene of the annual Palio horse race. Also see the town’s famous black and white striped cathedral. Later visit one of the most famous cities in Italy, Pisa. Here you will stroll into the Piazza Dei Miracoli to see the Duomo, the historic Baptistery and the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. The tower is 180 feet high and no less than 13 feet off of the perpendicular; an amazing sight to see. Arrive in Florence, one of the world’s most incredible cities & check in for a four-night stay. Enjoy dinner tonight with your fellow travelers. Grand Mediterraneo, Florence, IT or similar (B,D)
Day 7: Florence Sightseeing
This morning enjoy a Florence City Tour featuring a visit to the Academy Gallery to see Michelangelo’s awesome original Statue of David. Then view the Duomo to see Giotto’s Belltower, Bruneleschi’s Dome and the Baptistery with its impressive Gates of Paradise. Continue to Piazza Della Signoria and Santa Croce. The insightful walking tour also features a stroll across the famous Ponte Vecchio Bridge lined with shops. The afternoon is free to shop, enjoy an outdoor cafe and explore on your own. (B)
DAY 8: Venice by High Speed Train
After breakfast, board your High Speed Train to Venice and enjoy a leisurely ride to this incredible city. Start your Venice City Tour with a water taxi ride to St. Mark’s Square to see St. Mark’s Basilica, the lavish Doge’s Palace, Clock Tower and the Bridge of Sighs. Also enjoy the quintessential Venetian experience – a Venice Gondola Ride on the canals. Later enjoy a Venetian glass making demonstration. This afternoon enjoy some time at leisure to wander through this exceptional city. This evening return to Florence via High Speed Train. (B)
Day 9: Florence at Leisure
Enjoy the day at leisure in Florence. Maybe stroll along city streets & shop, enjoy a tasty pizzeria lunch or perhaps visit a museum. A full day optional excursion will be available. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers at a popular local restaurant. (B,D)
Day 10: Flight Home
This morning transfer to the airport and fly home with wonderful memories of your Classical Italy by Rail experience. (B, IFM)