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Una meravigliosa avventura (A Wonderful Adventure) awaits you when you unpack just twice on this Italy by Rail Guided Vacation. While in Rome and Montecatini, you will day-trip out to Naples, Florence and to Venice on the high-speed, state of the art Italia Rail. Then you will travel by deluxe Motor Coach to Pompeii, the Amalfi Coast, Montecatini, Siena, Pisa and Luca.
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. Let the beauty of the Vatican City seduce you and the magnificence of Michelangelo’s David and Pieta reduce you to tears – there simply are no words to describe their intricate beauty.
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 Amalfi Coast. Ride the Grand Canal Ferry in Venice and enjoy unbelievable shopping and a guided walking tour. 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 with Chris. On this Italy Tour by High Speed Rail, you’ll experience far more than the itinerary promises.
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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: Fly to Rome, Italy
Overnight flight to Rome. (IFM)
Day 2: Rome
Arrive in Rome to begin your guided tour of Italy with your 4 night hotel stay. Free time prior to your Get Acquainted Dinner. Hotel Universo (or similar), Rome, IT (D)
Day 3: Rome / Vatican City Tour / Free Time
Enter Vatican City to tour St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel. Return to your hotel. Another free afternoon to explore Rome. Dinner this evening is on your own. Hotel Universo (or similar), Rome, IT (B)
Day 4: Pompeii & Amalfi Cooast
High speed rail from Rome to Naples. Meet our motorcoach to tour the impressive ancient ruins of Pompeii. View the unearthed 2,000 year old city that was buried by a volcanic eruption. Next, drive along the famed Amalfi Coast, past ancient villages clinging to the cliffs, and pause in Positano. Return by train to Rome. Hotel Universo (or similar), Rome, IT (B)
Day 5: Rome Highlights Tour / Free Time
Experience the highlights of Rome with our step on guide. Tour the ancient Colosseum, the famed Roman Forum, Pantheon, Circus Maximus, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and much more. This afternoon, enjoy free time. Hotel Universo (or similar), Rome, IT (B)
Day 6: Rome / Coach Through Tuscany / Siena / Montecatini
Today we travel by deluxe motorcoach as we drive north through the famed hills of Tuscany en route to Montecatini. Tour the fantastic city of Siena before arriving at our picturesque hill top town and home for the next 4 nights. Hotel Tettuccio, Montecatini, IT (B, D)
Day 7: Rail Day Trip t o Pisa
Ride the rails once again as you journey on to nearby Pisa. Enjoy a walking tour of Pisa, home of the “leaning tower.” Return by train to your hotel. dinner is included tonight. Hotel Tettuccio, Montecatini, IT (B,D)
Day 8: Rail Day Trip to Venice/ Optional Gondola Ride
Board the High Speed Train in Florence as we ride in luxury on our way to magical Venice. Ride a ferry down the Grand Canal to St Mark’s Square to meet our local guide for a walking tour of this historic merchant city. Tour the St. Mark’s Church & the Doges Palace. Free time for lunch, shopping, or an optional gondola ride. Return by High Speed Rail to our hotel. Hotel Tettuccio, Montecatini, IT (B)
Day 9: Florence Tour
Join your local guide for a morning tour of this Renaissance City. See the Duomo (domed church)and the Baptistery. Tour the Academia to view Michelangelo’s David statue. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore on your own. Tonight, gather for your Farewell Dinner together. Hotel Tettuccio, Montecatini, IT (B,D)
Day 10: Departure: Florence, Italy / Fly home
Transfer by private motorcoach to the airport in Florence for your return flights home. (B, IFM)