Your Travel Package Includes
Inside visits and special features:
Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.
Visits to Pisa, Milan, Lake Maggiore, Lugano, Verona, Venice, Ravenna, Assisi, Sorrento, Capri
Tuscany, Cinque Terre, Italian Lake District, Bay 0 Naples, Capri
Local Guides for city sightseeing in Rome, Florence, Genoa, Pompeii; professional Tour Director while touring
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; canal transfer boat in Venice; boat transfer to Capri; train La Spezia-Levanto
Listed below or equivalent. Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage, tips and service charges
ROME Green Park Hotel Pamphili (5T), MONTECATINI Grand Hotel du Park et Regina (5Tj or 5ettenrionale Esplanade (F), GENOA 5tarhotels President (F), LAKE MAGGIORE 5implon (F) at Baveno, VENICE AREA Poppi (5T) at Mira or Holiday Inn (5T) at Marghera, PERUGIA La Meridiana (F’ SORRENTO Grand Hotel Vesuvio (F) or Ascot (F) or Central Park (5T) at Massalubrense, ROME Holiday Inn Express San Giovanni (5T
Buffet breakfast (B) daily; 4 dinners (D)
Day 1, Sun. ARRIVE IN ROME, ITALY.
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.
Day 2, Mon. ROME.
The “Eternal City”-a city steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts in St. Peter’s Square, followed by a visit to the ROMAN FORUM and the mighty COLOSSEUM. (B)
Day 3, Tue. ROME-PISA-MONTECATINI.
This morning, vistas of undulating hills, austere rows of cypress trees, terraced vineyards, olive groves, and rural villages form the backdrop of your journey through beautiful Tuscany. Stop in Pisa and visit the SQUARE OF MIRACLES and see the amazing Leaning Tower. Arrive in Montecatini for two overnights. (B)
Day 4, Wed. MONTECATINI. EXCURSION TO FLORENCE.
Today, enjoy an included excursion to Florence. Your Local Guide will show you most of the cities highlights on the walking tour. 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.” (B,D)
Day 5, Thu. MONTECATINI-LA SPEZIACINQUE TERRE-GENOA.
Travel towards La Spezia, a province in Italy’s Liguria region. Ride the TRAIN to Levanto and stop to see one of the five spectacular Cinque Terre villages. Here, the beauty of the rugged cliffs and romantic fishing villages once inspired poet Lord Byron. Back on the coach, head towards Genoa, birthplace of explorer Christopher Columbus, for an overnight. (B)
Day 6, Fri. GENOA-MILAN-LAKE MAGGIORE.
Today’s included guided Sightseeing tour is an excellent introduction to Genoa. A maze of squares and alleys, the city grew around the port, a natural inlet, and boasts the largest medieval historical center in Europe. Some of the highlights include the remains of the city’s 17th-century fortifications; the Lanterna (lighthouse), a symbol of Genoa; San Lorenzo Cathedral; Christopher Columbus’ childhood home; the Palace of the Doges, ancient seat of Genoese government; and one of Europe’s biggest aquariums. Next, head north into the plains of Lombardy, crossing the Po River into a stark change of scenery. Stop in Milan to marvel at its magnificent Duomo, then continue to Baveno in the Lake Maggiore area. (B)
Day 7, Sat. LAKE MAGGIORE. EXCURSION TO lUGANO.
Time to relax and get to know the area. Lake Maggiore is one of Italy’s largest lakes and is located on the very edge of Alpine Switzerland. In fact, on clear days you can see the peaks of the Swiss Alps. Take advantage of the included excursion to visit Lugano and its lake In Switzerland. (B)
Day 8, Sun. LAKE MAGGIORE-VERONAVENICE AREA.
Travel across the Po River plain and stop in the romantic city of Verona to see Romeo and Juliet’s balcony, and enjoy some time at leisure before reaching the Venice area. (B)
Day 9, Mon. VENICE.
Venice is more like a marvelous film set than a real-life city, with its criss-crossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and piazzas. The 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 objects 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. (B,D)
Day 10, Tue. VENICE AREA-RAVENNA-ASSISIPERUGIA.
An interesting drive southwards right across the Po Delta to Ravenna. In the afternoon, Journey to Assisi, enclosed by ramparts and little changed since the Middle Ages. This is the town of the deeply mystical and poetic St. Francis-see the BASILICA OF ST FRANCIS, with its famous frescoes by Giotto. Overnight in beautiful nearby Perugia, capital of Umbria. (B,D)
Day 11, Wed. PERUGIA-POMPEII-SORRENTO.
Drive south on the autostrada to Pompeii. Time stopped for the rich, aristocratic town of POMPEII with the terrible eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. On the included visit you can see the remains of xurious villas, temples, theater, and forum. Next, Sorrento set on a plateau above the waters of the Bay of Naples. Wander the winding streets lined with shops and stalls, and sit with a glass of wine, absorbing the easygoing life of this charming resort. (B)
Day 12, Thu. SORRENTO. BOAT TRIP TO CAPRI.
This legendary island is surrounded by rocky coastline where the crashing sea has formed aweinspiringcaves. The town with its pretty piazza, maze of streets, fashionable boutiques, and smart restaurants is a mecca for the jet set. An optional island tour is available. (B,D)
Day 13, Fri. SORRENTO-ROME.
This morning, time at leisure or enjoy an optional excursion to Positano before a comfortable drive northwards for an afternoon arrival in Rome. (B)
Day 14, Sat. ROME.
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)