ITALY - Latium - Rome

Cities of Art Escorted Tour

  • Escorted tour , Tours , Bus tours , Cultural Travel
  • 8 days / 7 nights
  • Standard 3 / 4 stars
  • As per program

This is the perfect tour for travellers in search of Italy’s artistic side at its best, with the comfort of a deluxe motorcoach transport and English speaking escort throughout the tour! Take you seats and enjoy this journey from North to South of Italy and be inspired by its superb artistic heritage. Your will visit Rome and its worldwide famous attractions, UNESCO Heritage Site Assisi, in Umbria Region, Romantic FlorenceSiena and Montepulciano in Tuscany Region, Bologna in Emilia Romagna, known to host the most ancient university of the western world, one-of-a-kind Venice as well as Padua in Veneto Region. What a rich country, what a unique tour!


Regular guaranteed departures in English!
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customise your trip with additional overnights and excursions before or after the tour.

Details

Itinerary: Rome, Assisi, Siena, Florence, Bologna, Padua, Venice, Montepulciano, Rome


DETAILED ITINERARY

1st day: Rome
Welcome to Rome! Meet & greet at the airport. Transfer to the hotel included. Free time depending on your arrival time. Overnight stay.


2nd day: Rome - Assisi - Siena - Florence
Departure from hotel at 7:15 by deluxe coach to Assisi, where you will explore this tiny town surrounded by walls, built in the middle ages, at your own leisure. Make sure you have spare time to visit the Basilica of St. Francis, where you will see masterpieces by Giotto and Ciambue and to have lunch (not included). Board the bus for Siena, a medieval town surrounded by ancient walls, known for the Palio, an annual horse race held in summertime around the shell-shaped town square, Piazza del Campo. Next, departure to Florence. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight stay.


3rd day: Florence
Breakfast at the hotel. You will spend the day venturing around beautiful Florence, the “cradle of renaissance”, where with the help of Michelangelo, Italian art reached its pinnacle. Based on Etruscan-Roman origins, the city flourished in the middle ages as a free “comune” and was further refined by the renaissance. You will be fascinated by its numerous monuments, churches, and buildings, as Santa Maria del Fiore, more commonly referred to as the Duomo. On your visit, you will be amazed by its magnificent dome built by Filippo Brunelleschi. Cross a small piazza to see the campanile tower (partly designed by Giotto) and the baptistery, with its bronze doors that Michelangelo dubbed the “gates of paradise.” In the heart of the city, you will see Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo della Signoria (also known as Palazzo Vecchio), and the Basilica of Santa Croce. Lunch in a typical Tuscan restaurant in Santa Croce Square. Spend the afternoon strolling the cobblestone streets of Florence on your own or take a short trip to Pisa (optional), one of the four main historical marine republics of Italy. There, you will tour the square of miracles, which houses the Duomo, the leaning tower, and the baptistery. Free time for dinner. Overnight stay.


4th day: Florence - Bologna - Padova - Venice
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Bologna where you will wander through the city's 38km worth of elegant arcades (or porticos), for which the city is famous. From Piazza Malpighi, we will walk to Piazza del Nettuno and Piazza Maggiore (Neptune Square and Major Square) in the heart of the city, where you will find the Neptune fountain, the King Renzo Palace, Podestà Palace and Basilica of San Petronio, one of the biggest in the world. Bologna is a real gourmet heaven... don't miss a tasty meal at your own leisure. In the afternoon, departure to Padova, to visit its original Basilica of Sant’Antonio. Later on, departure to Venice, worldwide renowned for its classic gondola boats and its elegant, refined art. Check in at your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.


5th day: Venice
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer by private water-taxi to San Marco Square. Visit of the splendid Basilica (skip the line) and after that check out the most iconic places of the "Floating City": Palazzo dei Dogi, symbol of Venice's glorious past, the legendary Bridge of Sighs. Spend the afternoon roaming along Venice’s canals at your leisure and then return to the hotel for dinner. Overnight stay.


6th day: Venice - Montepulciano - Rome
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Tuscany, known for its romantic churches and castles and worldwide famous wines. The tour proceeds to Val di Chiana with a stop in Montepulciano, a medieval town rich with history and art. Known for its “nobile” wine, which can be purchased in wine houses in town, Montepulciano is also the host of an annual jazz and wine festival every July. Spend the afternoon getting to know Montepulciano at your own pace. Enjoy free wine tasting in many shops and free time for shopping. Transfer to Rome. Overnight stay.


7th day: Rome
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from the hotel for the included tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica with out exclusive "skip the line" access. Free time to explore the rest of the city at your own pace. Possibility to purchase one of our extra excursions for the afternoon or the night. Overnight stay


8th day: Rome
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport. Arrivederci!


SELECTED HOTELS
1st choice:
Florence: Hotel Mediterraneo 4 stars or similar
Venice: Hotel Carlton Grand Canal 4 stars or similar
Rome: Hotel Bettoja 4 stars or similar

Tourist Superior:
Florence: Hotel Mediterraneo 4 stars or similar
Venice Mestre: Hotel Delfino 4 stars or similar
Rome: Hotel Santa Costanza 4 stars, Hotel Garden 3 stars or similar


EXTEND YOUR STAY
Request additional overnights and excursions before or after the tour.

DEPARTURE DATES 2017
HIGH SEASON
March: 26
April: 2 9 16 23 30
May: 5 7 12 14 19 21 26 28
June: 2 4 9 11 16 18 23 25
August: 27
September: 1 3 8 10 15 17 22 24 29 
October:  1 6 8 13 15 20 22 27 29


SHOULDER SEASON
June: 30
July: 2 7 9 14 16 21 23 28 30
August: 4 6 11 13 18 20 25



Nota bene:
- Due to technical and/or logistic issues, the itinerary could be slightly changed.
- In case of loss or damage to the headsets a 55EUR fee per device shall apply.


Dates and prices
Price
from 7/17/20 to 12/31/20
Price on request
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Including/Excluding

The package includes
- Accommodation in tourist superior or 1st category hotels with breakfast included
- Transfer in/out
- Deluxe motor coach transport
- English or bilingual Spanish/Portuguese tour-escort
- Entrance ticket to Vatican Museums and St. Peter Basilica (skip the line)
- Meals as per itinerary
- Visits with expert local guides as per itinerary


Not included
- International flights
- Italian Visa, if applicable
- Travel insurance
- Tips
- Portage service
- Entrance fees to monuments or museums, unless otherwise specified
- Drinks during meals and meals not specified in the program
- City taxes, to be paid onsite according to each city council rules
- New Year's Eve dinner for departure on 27th December
- Anything that is not mentioned in “The package includes”


Nota bene:
- Supplements for single room are available upon request


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