10 NIGHTS & 11 DAYS ITALY!!
DAY 01: MILAN ARRIVAL – BOLOGNA – SAN MARINO
On arrival at Milan–Malpensa Airport, you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to your coach to depart for San Marino via Bologna, one of Italy's most important art cities. Enjoy a short stop at this fascinating medieval town with its charming squares Piazza Maggiore and Piazza del Nettuno. After lunch on your own, proceed to San Marino, the world's smallest and oldest independent Republic, founded in the year 301, as a Christian Sanctuary. Overnight stays in San Marino.
DAY 02: SAN MARINO – PERUGIA – ROME
After Breakfast, depart for Perugia, a charming university town. Visit the impressive Cathedral and the Palazzo dei Priori, a historical building which was known as the seat of the first citizens of Perugia. The journey time between San Marino and Perugia is 90 minutes. After a brief stop for lunch on your own, proceed to Rome. Overnight stays in Rome.
DAY 03: ROME – CITY TOUR
After Breakfast, proceed for a guided sightseeing tour of Eternal Rome. Pass through the Via Veneto, made famous by Fellini's Dolce Vita film. Walk through the historical centre at the Trevi Fountain and then continue to Piazza Navona, built on the ancient Domitian Stadium with the famous Fountain of the Four Rivers, Bernini's masterpiece. Also see the Pantheon, commissioned by Marcus Agrippa as a temple to all the gods of Ancient Rome, and rebuilt by Emperor Hadrian in about 126 AD. It is still the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome. Onward to St. Peter's Square passing Castel St. Angelo. Visit the Basilica of St. Peter's to admire, among other treasures, the 'Pieta' by Michelangelo. Afternoon is at leisure for shopping or to explore the town on your own. Overnight stays in Rome.
DAY 04: ROME – VATICAN MUSEUM TOUR – IMPERIAL ROME TOUR
After Breakfast, take the tour of the Vatican city and the Vatican Museum in the morning and after a short break for lunch proceed for the tour of Imperial Rome where you will see the Piazza Venezia the Capitol Square (visit), enjoy a panoramic view of the Roman Forum and Palatine (visit), see the Roman Forum (visit), Arch of Constantine and inside visit to Coliseum. Overnight stays in Rome.
DAY 05: ROME – POMPEII – SORRENTO
After an early morning Breakfast, depart for Pompeii, the famous Roman City destroyed by the volcanic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Visit the site of the excavations. Enjoy lunchon your own at Pompeii. Late in the afternoon, drive (approx 2 hrs) to Sorrento. Check in at your hotel, relax and enjoy this scenic coastal town of Italy. Overnight stays in Sorrento.
DAY 06: SORRENTO – EXCURSION TO CAPRI
After Breakfast depart for a full day tour of Capri by boat provided weather and sea conditions permitting, visit the Blue Grotto. Return to Marina Grande port of Capri and transfer to Anacapri by boat. After lunch on your own in an authentic Italian restaurant visit Augustus' Gardens with a view of the Faraglioni. Return to Sorrento. Overnight stays in Sorrento.
DAY 07: SORRENTO – ASSISI - SIENA – FLORENCE
After Breakfast, early morning, we depart for Assisi, the mystic town of Saint Francis still surrounded by ancient walls. Visit the Basilica of Saint Francis with its early Renaissance masterpieces by Giotto and Cimabue. Stop for lunch at Assisi on your own. In the mid afternoon drop in at the elegant Gran Caffé which offers the most fabulous gelati, mouth-watering pastries and cakes, and a great selection of drinks. Proceed to Siena, the beautiful medieval city renowned for the Palio. The Palio di Siena (known locally simply as Il Palio) is a horse race that is held twice each year, on July 2 and August 16, in Siena. A magnificent pageant, the Corteo Storico, precedes the race, which attracts visitors and spectators from around the world. Proceed to Florence, check in at the hotel. Overnight stays in Florence.
DAY 08: FLORENCE – PANORAMIC TOUR
After Breakfast, proceed for a tour of the Cradle of the Renaissance. The Panoramic Tour begins at the Piazza del Duomo, and includes the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistery of St. John, the Academy of Fine Arts Gallery housing the "David" by Michelangelo and Santa Croce, the 13th century Franciscan church with Cimabue's famous crucifix. Rest of the day is at leisure for optional sightseeing or shopping. Overnight stays in Florence.
DAY 09: FLORENCE – PADUA – VENICE
After Breakfast, depart for Padua to visit the famous Cathedral of St. Anthony, guarded by Donatello's "Gattamelata". After lunch at one of the cafés in Padua, continue to Venice and upon arrival, enjoy a walking tour of this unique city. See the Square and Basilica of St. Mark with the Doge's Palace, the Bridge of Sighs and the prisons. In the evening take a gondola ride and discover the romantic side of Venice. Overnight stays in Venice.
DAY 10: VENICE – MURANO, BURANO, TORCELLO
After breakfast proceed for the tour of Venice Island. Visit the highlights of the 3 main Islands Murano famous for its glass making, Burano for its exquisite lace and Torcello for mosaics. Later return to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight stays in Venice.
DAY 11: VENICED EPARTURE
After Breakfast, Check-Out from your Hotel in Venice and will be transferred to Venice Marco Polo Airport for your return journey.
*THE TOUR ENDS*