Classic Italy

Rome, Florence & Venice

  • Date

    October 4-13, 2019 | Fri / Sun – 10 Days

  • Location

    Rome | Siena | Monteriggioni | Florence | Pisa | Padua | Venice

Overview

Italy’s most notorious and most beloved cities of Rome, Florence, and Venice deliver an abundance of fine treasure on this classic, yet remarkably varied, itinerary.

Begin in Rome, the “Eternal City,” and be seduced by its history and beauty, from ancient Roman buildings such as the dramatic Colosseum and Roman Forum to the Renaissance cathedrals, fountains, and masterpieces by Michelangelo. The city is like the world’s largest open-air museum, with great squares (piazzas), monuments, and unforgettable architecture. Explore Florence, the driving force of the Renaissance, with its abundance of cultural treasures and dramatic architecture. Discover the model sights of romantic Venice, a city comprised of a mosaic of islands linked by an intricate network of canals. Along the way, visit the medieval towns of Siena and Monteriggioni in the beautiful region of Tuscany.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

  • Visit the favorite Italian cities of Rome, Florence, and Venice
  • Locally guided tours and included sightseeing in each city
  • Guided tour inside the Roman Colosseum & Roman Forum with Skip the Line Ticket
  • Guided tour inside Vatican Museums and Saint Peter’s Basilica with Skip the Line Ticket
  • See Michelangelo’s David at the Accademia Gallery with Reserved Entry Ticket
  • Visit the beautiful city of Padua and the Basilica of St. Anthony
  • Stop in Tuscan medieval towns of Siena and Monteriggioni
  • Glassblowing demonstration by Venetian craftsmen
  • Optional day trip to Pisa

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Roundtrip commercial air from Indianapolis to Rome, Italy and from Venice, Italy
  • Escorted
  • 8 nights accommodations
  • Breakfast daily
  • 2 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary
  • Ground transportation
  • Hotel baggage handling

NOTE:

PASSPORT REQUIREMENT!

A passport is required to travel to this destination and must be valid for at least six months after your return.

This itinerary includes activities where moderate walking, possibly on uneven terrain, is required. Some of the most unique sightseeing can be restrictive to motorcoaches, especially in historic areas.

ITINERARY

Fri, Oct 4: Overnight flight to Rome, Italy.

Sat, Oct 5: Arrive in Rome in the morning and transfer into the heart of the city, where you will visit the world-famous Roman Colosseum — the main symbol of Ancient Rome, and Palatine Hill, the location of the Roman Forum Archeological Area. Your local guide will walk you through these iconic places with a Skip the Line Ticket. Discover the House of the Vestal Virgins, Capitol Palace, Senate House, and Triumphal Arches. Lunch is on your own before checking in to your centrally located hotel, Le Meridien Visconti. This evening, reunite with the group for a Welcome Dinner with wine. (Meal: Dinner)

Sun, Oct 6: Today is free to explore Rome at your leisure. Perhaps visit some of the famous fountains and plazas, the Spanish Steps, and any of the delightful cafes and restaurants situated throughout the city. (B)

Mon, Oct 7: See more of Rome including a guided walking tour of the Vatican Museums and Saint Peter’s Basilica, with a Skip the Line Ticket. The Vatican Museums contain masterpieces of painting, sculpture, and other works of art collected by the popes through the centuries, and several monumental works of art such as the Sistine Chapel, the Chapel of Beato Angelico, and Raphael Rooms. Enjoy an included dinner accompanied by musical entertainment. (B,D)

Tue, Oct 8: After breakfast, board your motorcoach for a drive through the wine-growing region of Tuscany to the medieval town of Siena. Take a guided city tour on foot with time spent in the Piazza del Campo, site of the renowned yearly horse race in medieval costumes. Tour the Duomo (Cathedral), one of Italy’s finest Gothic structures, which was built in the 12th and 13th centuries. The city center has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and was once ruled by the Medici family. Continue to Monteriggioni, perfectly preserved, and one of the most impressive walled medieval towns in Tuscany. Continue to Florence and check in to the Hotel Pierre for two nights; in the heart of the city and a few short blocks from the iconic Ponte Vecchio, a medieval stone-enclosed bridge lined with shops that was built over the Arno River and the Piazza della Signoria. Dinner is on your own tonight. (B,L)

Wed, Oct 9: After breakfast at the hotel, depart on a half-day sightseeing tour of Florence. Avoid the notoriously long lines at the Accademia Gallery with a Reserved Entry Ticket to see Michelangelo’s David. See the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (Church of Saint Mary of the Flower), the main church of Florence. Begun in 1296, the exterior is faced with marble panels in various shades of pink and green, bordered with white. Visit Piazza della Signoria, the most famous square in Florence and home to the Uffizi Gallery, the Fountain of Neptune, the Loggia della Signoria (an open-air sculpture gallery) and that centuries-old Palace of the same name. The remainder of the afternoon is free to explore before meeting the group in the evening for an included dinner. (B,D)

Thu, Oct 10: Today is yours to explore Florence on your own or take an optional guided tour to Pisa, home of the leaning tower. The optional tour will also include a visit to a Tuscan wine estate with lunch, cellar tour, and wine tasting and will return to Florence in the late afternoon. (B)

Fri, Oct 11: After breakfast, check out of the hotel and head to Padua, known as the city of St. Anthony. The eight-domed Basilica of Sant’Antonio di Padova, which was started in 1232 (a few months after the death of St. Anthony) and dominated the town by 1310. Take a guided walking tour inside to explore its cupolas, minarets, and chapels and see the magnificent interior artwork. Learn the history of this charming city, also the academic heartbeat of the powerful Venetian Republic, and one of the most important medieval and Renaissance cities in Italy. Its university, founded in 1222, had such famous students as Dante, and Nicholaus Copernicus and great professors as Francesco Petrarch and Galileo Galilei. Continue to Venice, on Murano Island, where you will be transferred by private boat to your hotel, steps from Piazza San Marco (Saint Mark’s Square). Enjoy an evening at leisure. (B,L)

Sat, Oct 12: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before a guided city tour on foot. Watch a glassblowing demonstration by Venetian craftsmen. Tour the 14th-century Doges Palace in St. Mark’s Square — this sumptuous palace built at the height of Venice’s power was the official residence of the doge (leader) of Venice and the seat of his government. Visit the Bridge of Sighs, San Marco Basilica (St. Mark’s Cathedral), and then have the remainder of the afternoon for individual pursuits in Venice. This evening, gather for a group Farewell Dinner with wine. (B,D)

Sun, Oct 13: Check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)

PRICING

  • Package with Air*
  • Double P/P – $6,249
  • Single – $7,149
  • Land Only*
  • Double P/P – $4,639
  • Single – $5,539

Deposit Per Person: $300

*Subject to change due to increase in exchange rate or fuel surcharge  

Reserve Your Spot

5 + 0 = ?