ROME YOUR WAY
- Duration:7 nights / 8 days
- Countries Visited: Italy
- Highlights: The Affordable – Flexible Rome Tour Visit the Highlights of the Eternal City with the opportunity to create your own thematic educational program
- Tour Inclusions:
- Airfare NYC/Rome/NYC
- Accommodations in tourist class or first class hotels
- Airport transfers
- Breakfast and dinner daily (beverages are not included)
- Professional English speaking tour director throughout.
- Comprehensive sightseeing and admissions as listed
- Full day tour to Florence
- Transportation by private air-conditioned motor coach during sightseeing.
- Baggage handling of one suitcase per person no more than 50lbs.
- Select International Travel Portfolio
DAY 1: DEPART USA
Board an overnight flight from your hometown to Rome.
DAY 2: ROME
Welcome to the Eternal city where you are greeted by your English speaking tour director and transferred to the city. Our tour starts with a visit to one of the majestic Cathedrals of Rome, St. Paul Outside the Walls. You are then settled into the hotel where the tour director has an orientation session explaining the customs, the transportation system, the exchange rates and more. Overnight Rome. (D.)
DAY 3: ROME – ANCIENT ROME
Today we explore the Colosseum, considered the symbol of Rome’s eternity, and the ruins and excavations of the Roman Forum, featuring the remains of magnificent temples, basilicas and triumphal arches, which once formed the heart of the Empire. Our tour concludes with a brief visit to the Mamertine Prison, where St. Peter and St. Paul were imprisoned , then on to Trajan’s Column and Markets and the grandiose Vittorio Emmanuelle Monument, also called the Wedding Cake. We then walk over to the Pantheon, one of the grandest and the best-preserved Roman monuments, which today houses the tombs of Raphael, Vittorio Emmanuelle II, and Queen Margherita and Piazza Navona, which was built on the foundations of Domitian’s Circus. This magnificent square, designed in the 17th century by Bernini, is full of life and is highlighted by one of Rome’s most spectacular fountains, the fountain of the Four Rivers. After dinner we walk over to the Spanish Steps, the”the sitting room” of the city. The day concludes with the spectacular Trevi Fountain, where it is traditional to toss a coin into the fountain to ensure a return to the Eternal City. Overnight Rome. (B.D.)
DAY 4: ROME
Today we explore the Vatican, the world’s smallest independent nation, and home of St. Peter’s Basilica. We visit the Vatican Museums, on a guided tour, with head phones we see the map rooms, the tapestry rooms, and the magnificent Raphael Rooms, as well as the spectacular Sistine Chapel, highlighted by Michelangelo’s ceiling and Last Judgment. We continue with a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica, to see the The Pieta by Michelangelo, the tomb of St. Peter and Bernini’s magnificent Baldacchino. We then drive outside of Rome to see the Catacombs and the underground cells and churches used by the early Christians. Overnight Rome. (B.D.)
DAY 5: FLORENCE
We start early today as we head out on a full day excursion to Florence, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, the Renaissance city. We start our sightseeing at Piazza del Duomo, where we tour the Duomo and see the Ghiberti’s famous Bronze Doors, called by Michelangelo “Doors of Paradise”. The nearby Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore is the second largest in Italy and has a central dome larger than St. Peter’s in Rome. We’ll see the Church of Santa Maria Novella and the Church of Santa Croce. We walk the Piazza della Signoria, an outdoor sculpture museum, and then to the Accademia, to see Michelangelo’s “David”. After a stop for lunch we see the Ponte Vecchio bridge and the area lined with shops of jewelers, goldsmiths and other craftsmen. Near to Ponte Vecchio is the Loggia del Mercata Nuovo (new market) where we have time for a little souvenir shopping. High on a hill above the Pitti Palace is Piazza Michelangelo with breathtaking views of the city, where we stop for picture taking. Overnight Rome. (B.D.)
DAY 6 / 7: ROME
Two days at leisure for optional tours to Tivoli Gardens and Hadrian’s Villa, or a full day visit to Naples, Pompeii and Sorrento or to Assisi, home of St, Francis and St. Clare. Or you may wish to stay in Rome and explore the city through an your own education program. Overnight Rome. (B.D.)
DAY 8: DEPART ROME FOR USA
This morning you are transferred to the airport and flight home. (B.)