April 6 – Depart the USA
Today you will fly across the Atlantic from the United States to Italy. Flights that depart from the United States arrive in Italy to meet the tour the following day.
British Air allows 1 free personal item bag and one free checked bag. April 7– Arrive in Venice
The all-inclusive Italy tour with airfare includes transfers from Venice Marco Polo airport to your accommodations. This evening you will meet your Italy tour director and other travelers at an orientation and welcome to Italy dinner.
Overnight: Venice Bellini Hotel, Venice
Meals: Dinner April 8 – Venice City Tour
This morning begins with a boat ride to the Island of Murano. Murano is an island located in the Venice lagoon. It is known for its glass blowing artists. There you will see the glass blowing artists practice their craft. Then you’ll cross the Venice lagoon by boat to St. Mark’s Square. St Mark’s Square is the center of Venice. There you’ll begin your guided walking tour of Venice. St Mark’s Square is surrounded by architectural treasures. St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace are testaments to Venice’s wealth. The Bridge of Sigh’s to its justice. Your tour guide will point out the important architectural features and share more of the history of the Doge and his buildings with you. After the Venice walking tour you have the rest of the day to enjoy Venice sightseeing on your own.
Meals: Breakfast April 9 – Pisa Sightseeing and Tuscany Agriturismo Visit En Route to Florence
Today you will leave Venice to drive across the Italian peninsula to Florence. Along the way you’ll travel across two Northern Italian regions, Veneto and Emilia Romagna, to the central Italian region Tuscany. In Tuscany, which is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful regions in Italy, you’ll visit Pisa. Here in the Piazza dei Miracoli, the Field of Miracles, the Romanesque and Gothic architecture impresses all visitors. The Leaning Tower, the Baptistery, the Duomo, and the Monumental Cemetery design and architectural styles set in the piazza are always popular with photographers. The day also includes a visit to the Tuscan countryside. There you’ll enjoy an authentic culinary tasting. Enjoy the famous Tuscan olives, wines, cheeses, and meats. In the late afternoon you’ll arrive in Florence, just in time for the time honored tradition of the evening passeggiata. This evening visit one of Florence’s famous restaurants.
Overnight: Florence Starhotel Michelangelo, Florence
Meals: Breakfast April 10 – Florence City Tour
This morning you’ll wake up in the Renaissance city Florence. The morning walking tour begins at the Accademia. This Florence museum is where Michelangelo’s David is housed. Other sculptures by Michelangelo and paintings from the Renaissance are there too. After the Accademia tour you’ll walk through Florence’s center to the Duomo. You’ll see Brunelleschi’s Dome. Sitting atop the Florence Cathedral it is a testament to man’s ingenuity during the Renaissance. Across from the Duomo is the Florence Baptistry. After taking time here in this beautiful piazza the walking tour continues to explore the open air art museum that is Florence. Signoria Square and the famous Ponte Vecchio, known as the “Old Bridge,” are all included on today’s walking tour of Florence. Enjoy the afternoon in Florence at leisure or join us for an optional tour of the Uffizi. This evening dinner and entertainment are included in what is a very special and authentic evening in Tuscany.
• Overnight: Florence
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
April 11 – Sun Route Via Assisi to Rome
Today you’ll travel from Florence to Rome. This route will cover three central Italian regions: Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio. Along the way you’ll visit the Umbrian town of Assisi. This is a classic medieval town. It is an important site, renowned for its 13th century Basilica of St.
April 12 – Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel
Today you’ll discover Rome. It begins at the Vatican Museum. Here you’ll tour one of the greatest collections of art in the world. The museum may be best known for the Sistine Chapel. The museum includes works and frescoes by art history’s masters. After the Vatican museum you’ll visit St Peter’s Basilica. Michelangelo’s Pieta may be the most famous sculpture inside St Peter’s Basilica. It is considered to be among the most compelling of all works of art in the Western world. This afternoon in Rome is free to be enjoyed on your own. Or you may choose to join an optional walk through Rome’s historic center.Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast April 13 – Travel home
The 8 day Italy tour package ends with breakfast and transportation to the airport.