Headsets throughout the tour.Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
Day 1ARRIVE ON VENICE ISLAND, ITALY
Welcome to Venice! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (Dinner)
Day 2VENICE ISLAND
Enjoy a PRIVATE BOAT RIDE and meet your Local Guide for a walking tour. Visit ST. MARK’S SQUARE with its Byzantine basilica, lavish DOGES’ PALACE, and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Also watch a skilled GLASSBLOWER fashion delicate objects in an age-old tradition. Sit back and relax during [LF] a GONDOLA SERENADE, the best way to explore the canals. Later, on an optional excursion, discover the picturesque island of Burano. (Breakfast)
Day 3VENICE ISLAND–MODENA–FLORENCE
A special treat today is a [LF] BALSAMIC VINEGAR TASTING at the renowned Acetaia Leonardi near Modena. Continue through the fertile Po area and the Apennine Mountains into Italy’s most popular region, Tuscany, and arrive in Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance.” Tonight is your chance to join an optional dinner to try out Tuscan specialties.Today’s Distance: 205 mi / 330 km (Breakfast)
Meet your Local Guide, and visit the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS with Michelangelo’s celebrated David. Continue your walking tour through the historic center and stand in awe in front of the the magnificent cathedral, admire Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gates of Paradise,” and sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Afterward, you may wish to shop for Florentine leather goods and gold jewelry, sold by the ounce. Arrive in Siena, the city where the world-famous Palio, the spectacular medieval-style horse race, is held twice a year.Today’s Distance: 62 mi / 100 km (Breakfast)
Your guided walking tour takes you inside the historic ramparts to the PIAZZA DEL CAMPO, one of Europe’s greatest medieval squares. The Palazzo Pubblico and its Torre del Mangia surround the shell-shaped piazza. Next, drive along Via Cassia, named after the antique road leading to Rome, and stop in Pienza, famous for pecorino cheese. This picturesque town has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thanks to a member of the Piccolomini family who became Pope Pius II in the 15th century and redesigned the town in perfect renaissance style. Tonight, in the “Eternal City,” why not sign up for an optional dinner with local specialties at one of Rome’s famous restaurants.Today’s Distance: 155 mi / 250 km (Breakfast)
Guided sightseeing starts with a visit to the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL with Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment, followed by a visit to monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà. Then, enjoy views of other major sites as you drive to the Roman Forum to visit the ancient COLOSSEUM, where gladiators once fought. An optional walking tour with a Local Guide is available to further explore Rome's famous sites. (Breakfast)
Take a scenic drive southward along the Highway of the Sun. Arrive in fascinating POMPEII, the Roman city both destroyed and preserved by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Your Local Guide will walk you past patrician homes, public baths, and commercial districts that strikingly recall day-to-day life when Rome was at the apex of her power. Overnight in the charming, bayside resort of Sorrento.Today’s Distance: 174 mi / 280 km (Breakfast)
Day 8SORRENTO. EXCURSION TO CAPRI
Speed across the glittering bay by JETFOIL to the world-famous Isle of Capri. Ride the FUNICULAR to beautiful Capri village where guided sightseeing includes a visit to AUGUSTUS GARDENS. Free time to explore the little shops on the pretty piazzetta before returning to Sorrento. The remainder of the day is at leisure, and this evening, [LF] farewell dinner with a taste of Limoncello at a local restaurant celebrates your Italian stay. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. The nearest airport is Naples. (Breakfast)
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