ITALY FOR ALL

  • Duration:12 NIGHTS/13 DAYS
  • Countries Visited: Italy
  • Highlights:Featuring Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento, Florence, Venice, Ravenna, Lake Maggiore, Lugano and Milan
  • Tour Inclusions:
    • Airfare NYC/Rome X Milan/NYC
    • Accommodations in first class hotels
    • English speaking tour escort throughout
    • Buffet breakfast daily and dinners as noted
    • Comprehensive sightseeing as listed
    • Transportation by private motorcoach
    • Baggage handling
    • Select International travel bag and portfolio

 

DAY 1: DEPART U.S.A.

Depart this evening on an overnight flight to Rome.

DAY 2: ROME

Welcome to Italy. Upon arrival in the Eternal City, we are greeted by our English-speaking tour guide. After checking into the hotel, you have time to become acclimated to a new time zone. Overnight in Rome. (D.)

DAY 3: CHRISTIAN ROME

Today you are at the center of Western civilization and the heart of modern Italy. The “Eternal City” where three millennia of Mediterranean civilization exist is full of larger than life monuments, all of which we will see during the Ancient and Christian tour. See the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, Piazza Venezia, Via Veneto, Aurelian Wall, Castle Sant’ Angelo, the Pantheon, the Major Basilicas, St. Paul Outside the Walls, and the Holy Stairs. Enjoy the treasures of the Vatican City and the Museum including the incomparable Sistine Chapel, and learn about the life of followers of St. Peter and St. Paul, as you walk along the chambers of the Catacombs, where the early Christians buried their dead. Overnight in Rome. (B.D.)

DAY 4: POMPEII-SORRENTO

After a leisurely morning in Rome, we depart for Sorrento and tour the most visited attraction in Italy- Pompeii. As you walk through the ancient ruins, which are in many ways unchanged in the last 2000 years, marvel at the idea of this city and its people who came to their end in such a sudden and terrifying way. Overnight in Sorrento. (B.D.)

DAY 5: ISLE OF CAPRI

Today you have time to explore Sorrento. In the afternoon visit the scenic isle of Capri. Weather permitting, we’ll visit the famous Blue Grotto. Overnight in Sorrento. (B.)

DAY 6: FLORENCE- MONTECATINI

Today, we head north towards the groves of silvery olive trees, majestic cypresses and the sage green hills of Tuscany to the Renaissance City. The afternoon is at leisure to exlore this lovely quintessential Tuscan town, or perhaps enjoy a spa treatment at the famous Montecatini Spa, where Borghese cosmetics are made. Overnight in Montecatini. (B.D.)

DAY 7: FLORENCE

The city of visual splendor awaits you. Florence is graced with majestic monuments, magnificent churches and unparalleled works of art. We take a morning tour of Michelangelo’s city, which includes a visit to the Academia to see the Statue of David, “Gates of Paradise” of the Baptistery and the Duomo, Giotto’s Bell Tower, Signoria Square, and Santa Croce Church. In the afternoon you may wish to visit the famous Uffizi Gallery Medici Chapel. Overnight in Montecatini. (B.D.)

DAY 8: TUSCANY

Today is at leisure. Explore the sweeping scenery, shop for leather or take a full day excursion to Pisa and Lucca passing by the hilltop castle the villages and lush vineyards of Tuscany. Overnight Montecatini. (B.)

DAY 9: RAVENNA-PADUA- VENICE

The astounding brilliance of Ravenna’s mosaics will glow in your memory long after you depart. Explore Ravenna’s splendid collection of mosaics including the Basilica of St. Apollinaris in Classe, the Tomb of Galla Placidia and the Church of St. Vitalis. Before arriving Venice, we stop in Padua to see the impressive Basilica of St. Anthony with bronze works by Donatello. We also visit the beautiful Cathedral of St. Anthony. Overnight Venice area. (B.D)

DAY 10: VENICE

Venice is a city of mystery and fancy. Tour Venice and see the Bridge of Sighs, St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, and the Doge’s Palace, marvel at the play of light on the canals of the city and the feeling of romance which permeates the air. In the afternoon, explore the unforgettable city or visit the islands of Burano and Murano. Overnight Venice area. (B.)

DAY 11: MILAN-LAKE MAGGIORE-STRESA

We drive to Milan, the corporate and the fashion capital of Italy. Here you see the famous La Scala Opera, the Duomo and the Sforza Castle, before you leave for Lake District and your hotel on the shores of Lake Maggiore. Overnight Stresa. (B.D.)

DAY 12: LUGANO

Today, we take an excursion to Switzerland and the beautiful town of Lugano, the land of the majestic mountains and valleys, glaciers, lakes and unspoiled villages. Overnight Stresa. (B.D.)

DAY 13: RETURN TO THE U.S.A

Transfer to the airport for your flight back home. (B.)

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