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Italy's Renaissance Cities
SMALL GROUP

9 days
From $1,895
TOUR ONLY
From $2,395
TOUR + FLIGHTS
per person, double occupancy*

Rome - Assisi - Siena - Florence - Padua - Venice -

Travel to Italy on this 9-day immersion into “la dolce vita” and revel in renowned attractions and exquisite sites of its renaissance cities of Rome, Florence and Venice. But we are sure your heart and soul with delight in the unforgettable sights disseminated along the way. The ceiling frescoed by the artist in the Sistine Chapel in Rome, the grandeur of St. Peter's Square in the Vatican city, St. Francis' town of Assisi, a Unesco World Heritage Site, Michelangelo's masterpiece of the David at the Academia in Florence and Piazza San Marco in Venice.

Travelers will live the tapestry of sights, sounds, flavors and feelings of the true Italy on this small group tour traveling on your deluxe motor-coach and staying in well appointed, centrally located first class hotels while enjoying Italy's renowned and savory cuisine at each lunch or dinner plus such included extras as wines, mineral water, coffee or cappuccino.

Although the included city tours will show the "essential" sights of each city, there will be unlimited art, monuments, landmarks to be discovered and side walk cafes, trattorias and places to mingle with Venetians, Florentines and Romans to enjoy the leisurely way life is lived in Italy.

Featuring

FLIGHTS

FLIGHTS

GUIDES

GUIDES

HOTELS

HOTELS

MEALS

MEALS

Motor Coach

Motor Coach

TRANSFERS

TRANSFERS

Gateway Departures
JFK - New York, NY | LAX - Los Angeles, CA | SFO - San Francisco, CA | BOS - Boston, MA | BWI - Baltimore, MD | ORD - Chicago, IL | ATL - Atlanta, GA | MIA – Miami, FL | DFW – Dallas Forth Worth, TX
Package Type

SMALL GROUP

Travel with a small, intimate group of 15-24 likeminded travelers and enjoy a unique experience to intimately explore new cities and regions escorted by an English speaking guide and/or tour manager for some or all of your journey.
Highlights
  • ROME - Navona Square, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter Basilica, Colosseum and Roman Forum
  • ASSISI - Visit to the Basilica of St. Francis, World Heritage Site
  • SIENA - Piazza del Campo & Cathedral of San Domenico
  • FLORENCE - Cathedral Square, Cathedral of Santa Maria, Giotto’s bell Tower, the Baptistery of St. John and Santa Croce
  • PADUA - Cathedral of St. Anthony, Italian “Spritz” Aperitivo
  • VENICE - St. Mark’s square, the Basilica, the Doge’s Palace, the bridge of sighs and the prisons & Murano
  • FERRARA - Estense Castle, Diamond Palace
Notes

Single Supplement:$445

Note: Inside visits and special features are shown in BOLD in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Depart USA

Today board your international flight to Italy. 

Day 2 - Rome (City tour included)

Arrival in Rome and transfer to the hotel.  Your afternoon is dedicated to the guided visit of city the centre to admire the famous squares, baroque buildings and the magnificent fountains: Navona Square, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Campo de’ Fiori, Farnese Square. At the end of the visit, come back to the hotel, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel Oxford (or similar)
Meals: Dinner
Day 3 - Rome - (Vatican, Sistine Chapel, St Peter's & Colosseum Tour included)

After breakfast departure to Vatican City. Guided visit of the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter Basilica. The tour starts from Vatican Museums: we enter the Pinecone Courtyard, crossing the collection of Greek and Roman sculpture, admiring the famous statue of Apollus, the Laocoon and the Belvedere Torso, the statues of animals, the Coffins of St. Helen and St. Constance, the Galleries of Tapestries and the frescoed Maps of all Italy painted in 1585. The Rooms painted by Raphael and his pupils, ending with the amazing Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. Afterward the tour will lead you inside the highest temple of Christendom: St. Peter’s Basilica with the Pietà by Michelangelo, the Jubilee Gate, Bernini’s main altar, the staircase enlightened by eternal lamps leading to the tomb of Saint Peter. Lunch in a typical restaurant. In the afternoon enjoy a guided visit of the ancient Rome including Colosseum and Roman Forum. Dinner in a typical restaurant in Trastevere.

Accommodation: Hotel Oxford (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4 - Rome - Assisi - Siena - Florence (City tour in Assisi & Siena included)

After breakfast depart to Assisi, a town in Umbria region, well known all over the world as a pilgrimage destination with Saint Francesco’s life places. You will enjoy a guided visit of the Basilica of San Francesco d’Assisi (St. Francis), World Heritage Site, to admire the wonderful frescos of Cimabue and Giotto.  Continue to Siena for a walking tour of the gothic town admiring Piazza del Campo, where the renowned “Palio horse race” takes place every year, “Palazzo Comunale” (Town Hall), the Cathedral and the majestic Basilica of San Domenico. Depart to Florence for dinner and overnight at your hotel. 

Accommodation: Hotel Palazzo Ricasoli (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast - Dinner
Day 5 - Florence - (City tour Included)

Start your day with a guided walking tour of the city center will include the beautiful Cathedral Square, Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Giotto’s bell Tower, the Baptistery of St. John and Santa Croce, the 13thcentury Franciscan Church with Cimabue’s famous crucifix. Lunch in restaurant. In the afternoon free time at leisure. We suggest to visit Uffizi Gallery to admire magnificent paintings of Leonardo, Giotto, Michelangelo, Botticelli and Raffaello. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Optional Tour: Ufizzi Gallery 

Accommodation: Hotel Palazzo Ricasoli (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 6 - Florence - Padua - Mestre, Venice - (City tour in Padua included)

After breakfast, depart to Venice. On the way stop in Padua, one of the most important cities of Veneto Region, well-known as the city of Saint Anthony. Enjoy a guided walking tour of the city center from the Prato Della Valle Square to the Cathedral of St. Anthony, guarded by Donatello’s sculpture Gattamelata”. At the end, savor typical Italian “Spritz” Aperitivo, in one of the crowded squares of the city center. Lunch in restaurant. Departure to Mestre the urban area of Venice.  As a suggestion, why not to have a stroll in Stra to visit the magnificent Villa Pisani and its gardens, one of the most important villas of Palladio with Tiepolo frescos.  Arrival in Mestre, area close to Venice for dinner and overnight. 

Accommodation: Hotel President in Mestre (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner - Tasting
Day 7 - Venice - (Island of Murano & Venice City tour included)

After breakfast, depart to Venice coach station by coach and transfer by boat to the city center.  Included is a guided walking tour of this unique city: St. Mark’s square, the Basilica of St. Mark, the Doge’s Palace, the bridge of sighs and the prisons. Lunch in restaurant. In the afternoon enjoy an excursion to the island of Murano where you can assist to a demonstration of glass blowing. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel President in Mestre (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 8 - Venice - Rome (Stop in Ferrara with city tour included)

After breakfast depart to Rome. On the way, stop in Ferrara, another important Renaissance city in Italy where the Estense court left indelible signs everywhere. Guided visit of the city centre with the magnificent Estense Castle, Diamond Palace. Lunch in restaurant. Continue to Rome for dinner and overnight at your hotel. 

Accommodation: Hotel Oxford (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 9 - Rome

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight home. 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation

Hotel Oxford

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Rooms

The rooms come with air conditioning and a private bathroom, and some have a balcony. Apartments are also available, and are located in separate buildings in nearby Via Piave or Via Flavia.

Facilities

- Car, bike, scooter rentals 
- Limo service to and from airports 
- Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel

Resturant

Start your day with an Italian buffet breakfast. In the evening, try some typical Roman cuisine at the traditional restaurant. Choose from a mix of fresh pasta, pizza, and meat and fish dishes. Save room for a delicious dessert or fresh seasonal fruit. 

Amenities

-Laundry service

-Room service

-Kid-friendly

-Restaurant

Hotel Palazzo Ricasoli

A 2-minute walk from a bus station, this 16th-century palace-turned-hotel is an 8-minute walk from the Accademia Gallery (home of the David statue) and 13 minutes from the famous Florence Cathedral. Located in San Lorenzo, this hotel is

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Rooms

The functional studio, 1- and 2-bedroom apartments offer free Wi-Fi, kitchenettes and living/dining areas.

Resturant

A complimentary hot/cold buffet breakfast is served each morning between 7 AM and 10 AM.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Amenities
  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • Soundproofed rooms  
  • Laundry facilities  
  • Refrigerator  
  • Cribs/infant beds (complimentary) 

Hotel President in Mestre

The Hotel President is a convenient hotel choice for those travelling by car to the Venice area. The hotel is just 10 minutes bus ride from the historic centre of Venice, making easy to leave the car at the hotel, take

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Rooms

The no-nonsense, old-school rooms come with free Wi-Fi, minibars and flat-screen TVs with satellite channels. Room service is on offer.

 

Facilities
  • Free WiFi
  • Pets allowed
  • Airport shuttle
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Bar

Amenities
  • Air-conditioned
  • Laundry service
  • Business center

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