Classical Italy with Charm
Classical Italy with Charm Flyer
8
Days
7
Nights

DAY 1 I ARRIVE I VENICE
Upon arrival at Venice airport, meet your local tour manager, board the water taxi, and transfer to your 4-star hotel located in the heart of Venice. Check in to your rooms and have some time to relax before a welcome drink in the lobby with your tour manager for an orientation briefing. Then, transfer to a restaurant for a welcome dinner with view on the Grand Canal. Overnight Venice. (D)

DAY 2 I VENICE
After breakfast in hotel, go meet your local guide for a guided walking tour of Venice. Admire Doge's Palace, from where the doges of Venice once ruled: you will see masterpieces of famous artists, such as Titian, Veronese and Tintoretto, as well as richly decorated rooms, sumptuous sculptures and decorative elements. You will also cross the famous Bridge of Sighs and visit the terrible dungeons where the famous Giacomo Casanova was imprisoned. Then head inside St Mark's Basilica to see Italian Byzantine architecture at its finest. Head back outside and stop for photos by St. Mark's Campanile - the cathedral's iconic, red bell tower - and learn about the three interconnecting buildings next to it that are known collectively as the Procuratie. In the afternoon, enjoy an excursion to the islands of Murano and Burano. When you reach Murano, walk through the silent streets to reach San Donato Cathedral, a rare sample of Roman style architecture with an ancient mosaic floor, a wooden keel ceiling, and a gold mosaic Madonna on the apse. Walk to the city center and visit a glass factory for a glass blowing demonstration. Your next stop is Burano Island for a walk to discover hidden and picturesque corners, followed by a trip to a lace factory. Return to Venice by boat in the afternoon and take part in a typical happy hour in Venice and enjoy a real 'bacaro tour', one of the most entertaining traditions of Venetian culture! The Venetian happy hour takes place in the 'bacari', which are small bars offering an intimate atmosphere and a large variety of delicious 'cicchetti' made of fish, meat, and vegetables. Enjoy a glass of wine and one 'cicchetto'. Immerse yourself in this amazing Venetian after-work tradition and enjoy the original experience of an aperitif in Venice! Rest of the evening is free. Overnight Venice. (B)

DAY 3 I VENICE I MARANELLO I MODENA I FLORENCE
After breakfast, check out your hotel and transfer by private boat to the car terminal, where you'll board the coach to Florence. On the way you will stop in Maranello: proceeded to the Ferrari Museum for a free visit. After this full immersion in the Ferrari's World, it's time for some history of Modena Area, so you will have a guided tour in an Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale House (the real black gold minimum age is 12 years), with tasting at the end of the visit of a 12 years old balsamic, 25 years old balsamic, and a gelato with Balsamic. Afterwards, it will be time for a good traditional lunch in a real Italian trattoria. After lunch, continue on to Florence and check in your 4-star centrally located hotel. Free evening and overnight Florence. (B,L)

DAY 4 I FLORENCE

This morning meet your local guide and travel to the neighborhood of San Lorenzo, a popular spot with visitors and locals alike for its open-air market, which sells a wide array of leather goods, clothing, and more. As you go, your guide will discuss the rule of the Medici family and their significant impact on the city's politics and art during the Renaissance. Head past the Medici Chapels, designed by Michelangelo and Matteo Nigetti, and check out the Basilica of San Lorenzo. Next, wander over to one of Florence's most iconic landmarks, the Duomo, where Brunelleschi's Dome famously sits. Visit the Baptistery and Giotto's Bell Tower while learning the history of the architecture. Continue through the bustling square of Piazza della Signoria, home to the Palazzo Vecchio, outdoor cafes and a collection of famous sculptures, including Giambologna's Rape of the Sabine Women. Visit Il Porcellino, the bronze piglet statue that offers luck to those who rub his nose. In the afternoon, board the coach and journey out of the city, heading deeper into the rolling vineyards and olive groves of Tuscany's Chianti wine region. Arrive at a rustic villa and meet your Chef and prepare a delicious, full meal. Learn the ins and outs of Tuscan produce, tips on how best to prepare it and the fine art of creating pasta from scratch. Reward your efforts afterward by sitting down to feast on your dishes, complemented by local wine. After dinner, return to Florence for overnight. (B,D)

DAY 5 I FLORENCE I SAN GIMIGNANO I SIENA I ROME
This morning check out of your Florence hotel, board the coach and depart for Rome. Your first stop will be the walled medieval city of San Gimignano. Resting on the top of a hill, explore the area's impressive Romanesque and Gothic architecture, frescoes, towers and more. Enjoy a wine tasting tour, improving your wine knowledge and learning about wine-making techniques while tasting genuine local wines. Then, continue on to Siena: begin with a private tour of the Siena Cathedral, admiring the unique marble stripes of its interior as well as the Piccolomini Library, which hosts illuminated choir books and frescoes. Your tour will continue to the Piazza del Campo, the famed site of the Palio di Siena, the horse races held twice a year. Reunite with the driver and continue on to Rome. Check in to your 4-star hotel and enjoy a free evening. Overnight Rome. (B)

DAY 6 I ROME
In the morning, you'll be visiting the Vatican including the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel, the official residence of the Pope, in Vatican City. Its fame rests on its architecture, which evokes Solomon's Temple of the Old Testament, its decoration, frescoed throughout by the greatest Renaissance artists, including Michelangelo whose ceiling is legendary. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided walking tour of Baroque Rome. Take a stroll through the streets and alleys of the city center to visit the most famous squares, fountains and palaces of the baroque art. From the Spanish Steps to the spectacular Trevi Fountain, on to the amazing architecture of the Pantheon, and the lively atmosphere of Piazza Navona, with the Fountain of the Four Rivers by Bernini. At the end of the tour, return to the hotel by private coach and enjoy a free evening. Overnight Rome. (B)

DAY 7 I ROME

This morning get ready for a guided tour of Ancient Rome. You will meet your private guide at the Colosseum, where you will enter with skip-the-line tickets and bypass the long queue. Once inside the world's most famous amphitheater your guide will explain to you all about the bloody gladiator combats and other spectacles that took place inside. Your tour will continue to the picturesque Palatine Hill, where the Emperors built their houses. Your next stop will be the impressive Roman Forum, the meeting point of Ancient Rome, your guide will bring to life these Ancient ruins and recount to you the fascinating history behind them. Enjoy a free afternoon at leisure before a farewell group dinner at a local restaurant in Rome. Overnight Rome. (B,D)

DAY 8 I ROME TO USA
After breakfast in the hotel, private transfer to Rome airport for your return flight. Arrivederci Italia! (B)

(B) - Breakfast, (L) - Lunch, (D) - Dinner
Hotel and Itinerary are subject to change.
  • Hotel accommodation for 7 nights
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • Welcome dinner at a local restaurant in Venice including mineralwater and a glass of wine
  • Lunch in a trattoria in Modena including mineral water and a glassof wine
  • Farewell dinner at a local restaurant in Rome including mineralwater and a glass of wine
  • Touring by private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach
  • Assistance of a professional English speaking tour escort for theentire length of the tour
  • Complete program of sightseeing tours and excursions with entrance fees
    - Half day guided tour of Venice including St. Mark's Basilicaand Doge's Palace
    - Half day boat excursion to Murano and Burano
    - Bacaro tour in Venice
    - Visit to the Ferrari Museum in Maranello
    - Balsamic vinegar tasting in Modena
    - Half day guided tour of Florence including Accademia Gallery
    - Cooking Class including dinner
    - Wine tasting in the San Gimignano area
    - Half day guided tour of Siena including the Siena Cathedral
    - Morning guided tour of the Vatican including theVatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
    - Afternoon guided walking tour of Baroque Rome
    - Half day guided tour of Ancient Rome including the Colosseum and Roman Forum
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Baggage handling
  • Document holder and luggage tags
  • Hotel taxes and service charges
  • City Taxes

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