The Splendors of Italy
You've dreamed about Italy-its magnificent architecture, majestic cathedrals, ancient ruins, world-class art, sumptuous cuisine and wine, and relaxing cafes-and now it is your time to experience it. On this affordable Italy tour, explore its most famous cities and discover its unique sights as you overnight in Rome, Siena, Montecatini, and the Venice area.
- ROME Guided sightseeing, see St. Peter's Square
- ORVIETO Visit the limestone cathedral
- SIENA see Piazza del Campo
- SAN GIMIGNANO Visit
- GREVE Wine tasting at a wine estate
- FLORENCE Guided walking tour
- PISA See the leaning tower
- VENICE Boat ride to St. Mark's Square, visit glassblowing workshop
- ASSISI Visit St. Francis Basilica
- Headsets throughout the tour
- December 21 Departure - Christmas lunch in Florence
- December 30 Departure - New Year's Eve in Rome
- Sight Seeing Tours
- Tour Manager
Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore this ancient capital. This evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers
The "Eternal City" is steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts with St. Peter's Square and Basilica. Other highlights are the iconic Colosseum, the largest amphitheater ever built and Circus Maximus. An optional visit is available to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, world famous for Michelangelo's impressive fresco of The Last Judgment.
Journey to charming Orvieto in the Umbria region to visit its black basalt and yellow limestone CATHEDRAL, an excellent example of Italian Gothic architecture. Reach Siena, with time to visit this jewel of Tuscany. Sit in one of the cafes surrounding the Piazza del Campo and admire one of Italy's most unique squares, famed all over the world for its medieval-style Palio horse race.
Breakfast and Dinner
Arrive in San Gimignano and discover one of Tuscany's greatest attractions. Its medieval squares, town walls, streets, alleyways, and 14 towers are truly unique. Next, head into the very heart of the Chianti vineyards, where Chianti Classico wines are produced. Stop in Greve for a WINE TASTING at the Vicchiomaggio wine estate. Arrive in Montecatini in time to join the optional Tuscan dinner outing.
This Renaissance gem and city of the Medicis will keep you enthralled the entire day. Wander at leisure and admire the city's timeless beauty. Don't miss out on the included walking tour with a Local Guide, which features most of the city highlights. You will see Piazza Santa Croce; beautiful Piazza Signoria; Palazzo Vecchio and its courtyard; Loggia dei Lanzi; and, to top it all, Piazza del Duomo and its cathedral with the Giotto Campanile, and the magnificent East Door of the Baptistry, known as the "Gate of Paradise."
Breakfast and Dinner
This morning, drive to Pisa and enjoy a mini-train ride to see its SQUARE OF MIRACLES and the amazing Leaning Tower-180 feet high and no less than 16 feet out of the perpendicular. Head across the wooded Apennine hills into the farmlands of the Po Valley to the Venice area.
Venice is more like a marvelous film set than a real-life city, with its crisscrossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and piazzas. Your included orientation starts with a BOAT RIDE to St. Mark's Square and is followed by time at leisure and a chance to watch Venetian GLASSBLOWERS fashion their delicate works of art as they did centuries ago. Don't miss out on the optional gondola trip, gliding along the picturesque canals with a local troubadour to serenade you.
Breakfast and Dinner
Travel across the Po Delta, then into the green Apennines to Umbria. Stop in medieval Assisi, where St. Francis was born in 1182. Visit the world-famous BASILICA with its beautiful frescoes by Giotto, then head for Rome.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
- Starting from AED 5546* per adult on Twin / Triple Sharing
- Child above 8 years are allowed on this tour
Apr 19: 7, 14, 21 & 28
May 19: 5, 9, 19 & 23
Jun 19: 2, 6, 16, 20 & 30
July 19:4, 14, 18, & 28
Aug 19: 1, 11, 15, 25 & 29
Sep 19: 8, 12, 22 & 26
Oct 19: 6 & 10
Nov 19: 17
Dec 19: 21 & 30
Mar 20: 15
HOTEL ACCOMMODATION DETAILS
- Rome: Grand Fleming Hotel / Buenos Aires or similar
- Siena: Four Points by Sheraton Siena or similar
- Montecatini: Settentrionale Esplanade or similar
- Venice: Poppi or similar
- Rome: Holiday Inn Eur Parco Dei Medici or similar