Italian Mosiac

Rome to Rome
 
DAY 1: Arrive in Rome, Italy:

Time to rest or start exploring the “Eternal City.” At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a special welcome dinner with wine at one of Rome’s lively restaurants. (Dinner)

 

DAY 2: Rome:
Sightseeing with your Local Guide starts with a visit to the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL, world famous for Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment. Continue to monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA. Cross the Tiber and visit the COLOSSEUM and the ROMAN FORUM, where Roman legions marched in triumph. Then, time for independent activities and exciting optional excursion possibilities. (Breakfast)


DAY 3: Rome–Pisa–Florence:
North to Pisa for pictures of its amazing Leaning Tower. Continue to Florence, the capital of Tuscany and home to Renaissance splendor. Why not join an optional dinner at a Tuscan restaurant? (Breakfast)

DAY 4: Florence:
Follow your Local Guide to the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS with Michelangelo’s David. Admire the magnificent cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s “Gate of Paradise,” and sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE, and see Ponte Vecchio. Afternoon free to relax or to find out more about Florence’s artistic wealth. (Breakfast)


DAY 5: Florence–Milan–Lugano, Switzerland–Lake Maggiore, Italy:
Drive through the Apennine hills past Bologna, home of Europe’s oldest university, to dynamic Milan. An orientation features its gothic Duomo, glass-domed GALLERIA, and famed La Scala Opera House. Then, continue to Lugano in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland. A leisurely break to stroll along the lake, window-shop on the refined Via Nassa, or sip an espresso on the Piazza Riforma. Next, a scenic drive along Lake Maggiore, one of Italy’s most beautiful areas. Spend two nights at your elegant resort. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 6: At Leisure by Lake Maggiore:
A restful day to sleep in or maybe join an optional excursion to the baroque palace and peacock gardens of enchanting Isola Bella (open Mar. 26-Oct. 23, subject to change). (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 7: Lake Maggiore–Verona–Venice:
East to Verona, medieval setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, to see Juliet’s balcony and the well-preserved Arena. Join the locals for lunch before continuing to Venice, deemed by some the most romantic city in the world. Enter in style by PRIVATE BOAT. (Breakfast)

DAY 8: Venice:

Highlights of your guided walking tour are ST. MARK’S SQUARE and the byzantine BASILICA, lavish DOGES’ PALACE and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Then, watch skilled GLASSBLOWERS fashion their delicate objects in the age-old manner. Later, discover Venice at your own pace or take an optional gondola ride. (Breakfast)


DAY 9: Venice–Ravenna–Assisi:
Follow the sparkling Adriatic coast to Ravenna to see the mosaics in the 6th-century BASILICA OF ST. APOLLINARIS IN CLASSE. Afternoon arrival in Assisi. Visit ST. CLARE’S CHURCH and ST. FRANCIS’ BASILICA with a Local Guide. (Breakfast, Dinner)


DAY 10: Assisi–Pompeii–Sorrento:
Today, visit POMPEII, the Roman city both destroyed and preserved by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Overnight in the charming, bayside resort of Sorrento. (Breakfast)


DAY 11: Sorrento. Excursion to Capri:
Speed across the bay by JETFOIL to the Isle of Capri. Ride the FUNICULAR to Capri village for a guided visit of this pretty town. Free time to explore the little shops on the Piazzetta before returning to Sorrento. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (Breakfast)


DAY 12: Sorrento–Rome:
Return to Rome. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with wine in a local restaurant to celebrate the success of your vacation. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 13: Rome:
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

Extend Your Vacation To SICILY


Days 1 to 12:
Italian Mosaic Tour


Day 13 | ROME-SICILY:
You will be transferred by air and coach to your hotel in Giardini Naxos. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (B)


Day 14 | SICILY:
Morning guided sightseeing includes a walking tour of picturesque Taormina and a visit to the Greek-Roman amphitheater. (B)

Day 15 | SICILY:
Full day at leisure. Ask your Local Host for suggestions.(B)

Day 16 | SICILY:
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning (the nearest airport is Catania). (B)

Your hotel is the Hilton Giardini Naxos at Giardini Naxos – rooms with sea view. Extension is subject to availability at time of booking. Additional $250 per person deposit required when booking Sicily extension.

Package Includes:

All local taxes & service charges. Gratuities are NOT included.

Accommodations:
12 nights Hotel stays throughout Italy: 2 nights Albani, Rome
2 nights Grand Hotel Mediterraneo, Florence
2 nights Grand Hotel Bristol at Stresa, or Starhotels Ritz at Milan, Lake Maggiore
2 nights All’Angelo, Venice
1 night San Francesco, Assisi
2 nights Grand Hotel Cesare Augusto or Michelangelo, Sorrento
1 night Holiday Inn Rome Aurelia, Rome

Transportation: Private luxury motorcoach with air-conditioning, extra leg room and emergency washroom
Services of a professional Tour Director

Other Inclusions:
Full Buffet breakfast daily (B); 5 three-course dinners (D) (departures 1/22, 2/19, 10/22-12/17 have 4 three-course dinners included), including special welcome and farewell dinners with wine in Rome and a special dinner with wine at Lake Maggiore (except departures 1/22, 2/19, 10/22-12/17 and 1/21-2/18, 2014) that have 4 three-course dinners included.
Complete sightseeing program as detailed in the itinerary including: Rome; Pisa; Florence; Milan; Lugano (Switzerland); Verona; Venice; Ravenna; Assisi; Pompeii; Sorrento-Capri by jetfoil; Capri
Headsets throughout the tour

Airport transfers are included if you purchase air from Sceptre.
Transfer times - Arrivals in Rome: 7am, 10am, 1pm, 3pm, 6pm, 9pm; Departures from Rome: 24 hours.


 






 


 

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