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Italian Mosaic - 15 Oct. 18 - from Panama City, FL


Itinerary

 

Day 1 ARRIVE IN ROME, ITALY

Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a special welcome dinner at one of Rome’s lively restaurants. Dinner

Day 2 ROME

Guided sightseeing includes inside visits to the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL with Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment, and monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà. Then, drive to the Roman Forum and visit the amazing COLOSSEUM, where gladiators once fought. An optional walking tour with a Local Guide is available to further explore famous sites for those who wish to see it all.  Breakfast

Day 3 ROME–PISA–FLORENCE

Travel to Pisa and take the traditional picture pushing back the legendary Leaning Tower, then on to Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance.” Tonight is your chance to join an optional dinner to try out Tuscan specialties.  Breakfast

Day 4 FLORENCE

Follow your Local Guide to the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS and see Michelangelo’s David. Admire the magnificent cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s “Gate of Paradise,” and sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE, and see Ponte Vecchio. To enhance your stay, an optional excursion is available to San Gimignano, Italy’s most picturesque medieval town.

 Breakfast

Day 5 FLORENCE–CINQUE TERRE–LAKE MAGGIORE

Prepare for an exciting day: drive to La Spezia on the Mediterranean Coast and  enjoy your excursion to CINQUE TERRE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including a BOAT RIDE (departures April 3 to October 23 weather permitting) with a Local Guide. The name dates back to the 15th century and is derived from five little medieval villages standing on stony spurs along five miles of the rocky coastline: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso. From here, continue by TRAIN and coach to beautiful Lake Maggiore.  BreakfastDinner

Day 6 LAKE MAGGIORE. BOAT TRIP TO ISOLA DEI PESCATORI

A leisurely morning with the chance to join an optional excursion to the baroque palace and peacock gardens of enchanting Isola Bella. Later, join a scenic BOAT CRUISE to  ISOLA DEI PESCATORI, where dinner with local specialties awaits you.  BreakfastDinner

Day 7 LAKE MAGGIORE–LUGANO, SWITZERLAND–VENICE ISLAND

Cross the Swiss border and stop in Lugano. Time to stroll along the spectacular lake and on Via Nassa, or sip an espresso on Piazza Riforma. Back in Italy, arrive in romantic Venice and enter in style by PRIVATE BOAT. You may wish to join an optional gondola ride through the canals.  Breakfast

Day 8 VENICE ISLAND

Highlights of your guided walking tour are ST. MARK’S SQUARE and the byzantine BASILICA, lavish DOGES’ PALACE and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Then, watch a skilled GLASSBLOWER fashion delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner. A wonderful optional excursion is available to colorful Burano Island.  Breakfast

Day 9 VENICE ISLAND–ASSISI

Arrive in peaceful Assisi, where your Local Guide takes you for a visit to ST. CLARE’S CHURCH and ST. FRANCIS’ BASILICA, built on top of his tomb.  Breakfast Dinner

Day 10 ASSISI–SORRENTO

Leave the province of Umbria and turn south to Sorrento. Explore the charming, bayside resort on your own.

 Breakfast

 

Day 11 SORRENTO. EXCURSION TO CAPRI

Speed across the bay by JETFOIL to the Isle of Capri. Ride the FUNICULAR to Capri village for a guided visit of this pretty town, visit  the GARDENS OF AUGUSTUS, terraces overlooking the sea, offering a spectacular panoramic view, and taste a granita (semi-frozen drink). Free time to explore the little shops on the piazzetta before returning to Sorrento. Time for shopping and an optional excursion to the Amalfi Coast and Positano.  Breakfast

Day 12 SORRENTO–POMPEII–ROME

Stop for a guided visit of POMPEII, the Roman city both destroyed and preserved by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. This evening, back in the “Eternal City,” a special farewell dinner and opera entertainment awaits you at restaurant Tanagra as a proper way to say arrivederci, Roma.  Breakfast Dinner

Day 13 ROME

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

 Breakfast

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Meals

Full buffet breakfast daily; 5 three-course dinners with wine, including special welcome and farewell dinners in Rome and a special dinner at Lake Maggiore

 

Vacation Highlights

ROME 
Welcome dinner at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, and the Colosseum; farewell dinner with opera entertainment

PISA 
Marvel at the legendary Leaning Tower

FLORENCE 
Guided walking tour, visit Michelangelo’s David and Signoria Square


CINQUE TERRE 
[LF] By boat (weather permitting) with a Local Guide, and train

LAKE MAGGIORE 
[LF] Boat ride to Isola dei Pescatori, followed by dinner at a local restaurant

LUGANO (SWITZERLAND) 
Visit

VENICE 
Private boat ride; guided walking tour, visit St. Mark’s Square & Basilica, Doges’ Palace, Bridge of Sighs; glassblower demonstration

ASSISI 
Guided sightseeing, visit St. Clare’s Church and St. Francis’ Basilica

SORRENTO–CAPRI 
By jetfoil


CAPRI 
Guided visit of Capri village, including a funicular ride; [LF] visit the Gardens of Augustus and taste a granita

POMPEII 
Guided walking tour of the excavations

 

$3689 per person, double occupancy. Add airfare : expected to be $1500 per person.