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Italian Showcase / Jewels of Italy


tour code: 6370T
Italian Showcase / Jewels of Italy

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UK - Rome


Day 1

Fly to Rome where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for the night.



No meals included





Rome - Orvieto - Tuscan Hills


Day 2

Drink in the Umbrian countryside as you head for Orvieto, a winemaking town on a high volcanic outcrop. Admire its black and yellow 14th-century cathedral, which took 300 years to build and overflows with frescoes and works of art. Afterwards, drive through classic Tuscan landscapes past the hill towns of Chianti before arriving at your hotel for four nights.



Meals included:



  •  Breakfast





Tuscan Hills at leisure


Day 3

Spend today relaxing at leisure or take our optional excursion to two of Tuscany's most enchanting towns. With its pepperpot-shaped towers, cobbled streets and tall townhouses, hilltop San Gimignano looks as if it has bypassed time itself. Another medieval masterpiece, Siena's narrow lanes and russet-painted mansions cluster around its famous Piazza del Campo. Shaped like a scallop, this café-lined square is the setting for its fabled Palio horse race.



Meals included:



  •  Breakfast

  •  
  •  Dinner





Tuscan Hills - Florence - Tuscan Hills


Day 4

Brimming with artistic and architectural treasures, Renaissance Florence is heaven for culture vultures. Your full day excursion makes the most of this glorious city, ruled over for centuries by the Medici family. Enjoy a guided walk around its architectural treasures.



Meals included:



  •  Breakfast 

  •  
  •  Dinner





Tuscan Hills - Greve - Pisa - Tuscan Hills


Day 5

This morning we visit one of the celebrated wine estates in the Chianti Classico valley to see the magnificent environment in which the wine is created, and where we enjoy a wonderful lunch. Afterwards, we drive to Pisa to see its world-famous Square of Miracles, home to the Leaning Tower. Building started in 1173, this extraordinary tower started to lean soon afterwards due to poor foundations, before being completed in the 14th century. Admire the nearby Duomo, Baptistry and Campo Santo cemetery.



Meals included:



  •  Breakfast

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  •  Lunch

  •  
  •  Dinner





Tuscan Hills - Verona - Venice area


Day 6

Travel through the Po Valley to Verona on the River Adige. Laid out in a grid by the Romans, Verona, called the 'Pink City' serves up a wealth of sights, including 'Juliet's Balcony', which Shakespeare had Romeo climb to meet his lover. Take in all of the city's sights with a guided walking tour before continuing your travels to the Venice area.



Meals included:



  •  Breakfast





Venice


Day 7

After a short drive and a boat trip along the Giudecca Canal, arrive in what is arguably the world's most beautiful city, Venice. An independent state and major maritime power during the Middle Ages, its narrow canals, ornate footbridges and exquisite architecture never fails to impress. Enjoy a simply unforgettable canal boat ride and a demonstration of the historic Venetian delicate art of glass blowing. Get to know this magical city at your will, exploring piazzas, palazzos and churches.



Meals included:



  •  Breakfast

  •  
  •  Dinner





Venice area - Ravenna - San Marino


Day 8

This morning, depart the Venice area and begin your journey to San Marino. En-route make a stop in Ravenna, known for its domed churches before arriving in San Marino, Europe's third smallest independent state.



Meals included:



  •  Breakfast

  •  Dinner





San Marino - Urbino - Gubbio - Assisi area


Day 9

Today the first stop is Urbino, the birthplace of Raphael. Nestling on a hillside, this walled town is dominated by a twin-towered Ducal Palace, the setting for 15th century Europe's most illustrious court. Next, carry on to medieval Gubbio, whose fairytale Palazzo Dei Consoli commands sweeping views over its rooftops and countryside beyond. Finally, drive towards Fuego, the birthplace of St Francis.



Meals included:



  •  Breakfast

  •  Dinner





Assisi area - Naples


Day 10

Your day begins at the major Catholic pilgrimage site of Assisi. Admire Giotto's frescoes in its breathtaking 13th century Basilica, before crossing the Apennines to the Mediterranean coast for three nights in historic Naples.



Meals included:



  •  Breakfast

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  •  Lunch

  •  
  •  Dinner





Naples - Capri by Ferry - Naples


Day

11

Depart Naples and cross into Capri by way of ferry. Stroll through this island's pretty piazza's and exclusive avenues studded with boutiques and restaurants. Return to Naples this evening for to overnight stays.



Meals included:



  •  Breakfast





Naples - Pompeii - Sorrento - Naples


Day 12

Get to know bustling Naples on an orientation drive before heading for Pompeii. Walk with your guide to its astonishing archaeological sites before spending the evening in colour Sorrento.



Meals included:



  •  Breakfast





Naples - Montecassino - Rome


Day 13

Leave Naples this morning and stop in Montecassino. This famous hilltop Benedictine Abbey, was the site of a important World War II battle. Continue to Rome, where you'll have free time to acquaint yourself with the 'Eternal City'. Alternatively, dig deeper into the city on one of our optional sightseeing tours.



Meals included:



  •  Breakfast





Rome


Day 14

 


With its ancient monuments, Renaissance art and grand fountains and palaces, Rome spans the millennia like no other city on earth. Today's included sightseeing takes in its greatest sights, from St Peter's Square to the inside visits of the Roman Forum and majestic Colosseum - the largest ever built in the Roman Empire. Afterwards, there's time to explore on your own or take one of our optional excursions.


 



Meals included:



  •  Breakfast





Rome - UK


Day 15

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.



Meals included:



  •  Breakfast






Hotels


Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.





  • Rome: Buenos Aires or Holiday Inn Express S Giovanni

  • Tuscan Hills: Aquaviva at Casole d'Elsa or Toscana Ambassador Poggibonsi

  • Venice area: Poppi at Mira or Holiday Inn at Marghera

  • San Marino: GHSM Group

  • Assisi area: Holiday Inn Express at Foligno

  • Naples: M Gallery Palazzo Caracciolo or Holiday Inn

  • Rome: Buenos Aires or Holiday Inn Express S Giovanni








What's included




  • VIP private home pick-up service

  • Flights

  • Transfers





  • Services of a tour director

  •  Accommodation

  • Selected meals





  • Porterage

  • All airport taxes

  • Single share option




  • Florence Explore the city’s architectural treasures on a guided walking tour.

  • Greve Enjoy a hearty lunch at the Vicchiomaggio Wine Estate.

  • Chianti Classico Valley Enjoy a wine cellar and lunch tasting

  • Pisa Tour the world-famous Square of Miracles.

  • Verona Gaze up at the 13th century balcony where Juliet is said to have stood.

  • Venice canal boat ride See the Palazzos, the Bridge of Sighs and St Mark's Square.

  • Rome Visit the largest colosseum ever built as part of your guided city tour.








    Optional Excursions

     

    To help you plan and make the most of your holiday, below is a list of optional excursions available to you.

     

    TREASURES OF ROME BN & DINNER

    An evening tour including some of the city's fountains and majestic squares: Piazza Barberini, Triton Fountain, Via Veneto, Villa Borghese and Trevi Fountain. Finish the evening with a meal in a typical Roman restaurant with wine and music included.

    €55 (Euro)

    TUSCAN DINNER

    A lovely typical meal in the Tuscan countryside. La Certosa Restaurant is situated in front of the Charterhouse of Florence, which was built in the 13th century and formed from the old chemist of the Monks. The historical residence enjoys an enchanting and privileged panoramic position.

    €52 (Euro)

    SAN GIMIGNANO & SIENA

    Drive through rolling Tuscan countryside to San Gimignano, famous for its 14 grey stone towers, each one representing noble medieval families. Set on a hilltop and enclosed within an outer wall including five gates, it is a charming medieval town. Continue to Siena, site of the famous Palio delle Contrade horse race held in the Piazza del Campo. See the cathedral in Piazza del Duomo, of multicolored marble and a richly decorated interior.

    €33 (Euro)

    UFFIZI GALLERY

    Admire the world's greatest collection of Italian and Florentine art. The gallery exhibits works by Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli and Michelangelo.

    €35 (Euro)

    VENETIAN NIGHT OUT & DINNER

    Enjoy a motorboat ride along the impressive Giudecca Canal with a commentary of the most important sights. A leisurely walk to St. Mark's Square, passing famous buildings, small bridges and inner canals, will take you to a typical Venetian restaurant for an aperitif before your four-course dinner including wine, mineral water and coffee.

    €65 (Euro)

    GONDOLA SERENADE

    This is one of the highlights of any European holiday - a gondola ride through centuries-old canals, under famous arched bridges, and past lavish palaces and quaint piazzas.

    €40 (Euro)

    DISCOVER THE VENETIAN LAGOON

    By private boat cross the lagoon to the picturesque fishing island of Burano with its gaily painted houses. See lace makers at work; then there's time to explore this unforgettable island on your own before returning to Venice.

    €33 (Euro)

    CAPRI ISLAND TOUR

    This romantic island, one of the jewels of the Mediterranean, has always inspired artists and poets. Once the "In" place for Roman emperors, today it is a rendezvous for the jet set. Take a chair lift to Monte Solaro for a breathtaking view of the entire Bay of Naples or visit Capri Miniature if the chair lift is closed.

    €55 (Euro)

    SORRENTO FLAVOURS

    Enjoy an evening out dining in a typical restaurant, with a mixed starter, pizza and pasta, dessert, wine, mineral water and coffee or tea or the famous Sorrento lemon liquor "Limoncello".

    €28 (Euro)

    VATICAN MUS.& SISTINE CHAPEL

    A tour around the Vatican museums to admire the beautiful tapestry gallery and the Sistine Chapel with masterpieces by Botticelli and Signorelli. See the "Genesis" and Michelangelo's "Last Judgement".

    €55 (Euro)

    CASTELLI ROMANI WITH DINNER

    Drive through the ancient villages in the Alban Hills, a landscape of rare beauty, myths, legends and history. Take pictures of the Pope's summer residence, Castel Gandolfo. Then to Frascati where one of the famous local white wines is included with your dinner in a tavern.

    €50 (Euro)

    FAREWELL DINNER

    Why not round off your Italian experience in the company of new found friends while enjoying dinner in a typical restaurant? Soak up "la dolce vita" of this romantic but pulsing capital to the sound of clinking glasses as you "saluti" your way through the evening. Before or after dinner you will have a tour including some of the city's fountains and majestic squares.

    €50 (Euro)

    Please note that optional excursions and prices are subject to change.