8 Days Italy Fantasia Tour

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Tour Overview

8 Days Fantasia Tour

 

 


DAY 1 Sunday

ROME

Benvenuto a tutti! Welcome to Bella Roma! After a warm Italian welcome at the airport, you will be taken to your hotel (Transfer included). There is an overnight stay in the Eternal City


DAY 2 Monday

ROME

After an early departure (7:15 am) by luxurious coach you will arrive in the picturesque medieval town of Assisi, excited to discover, at your liberty, this delightful walled town. Visit the Basilica of St. Francis, where you will view enthralling masterpieces by Giotto and Cimabue and, then have relaxing pause for lunch (not included). Return to the bus to travel to Siena, a Unesco World Heritage Site, known worldwide for the Palio, the thrilling time honoured horse race around the uniquely shaped town square, Piazza del Campo.Continue on to Florence, where you will check in at your hotel and then enjoy a pleasurable dinner and perhaps a gelato at one of the many artiginal gelaterias to be discovered in Florence. (B,D)


DAY 3 Tuesday

DAY 3 Tuesday

FLORENCE

After breakfast, spend the day roaming around spectacularly beautiful Florence often called the “Cradle of Renaissance”, where, with the help of Michelangelo, Italian art reached its zenith. With Etruscan-Roman origins, the city burgeoned in the Middle Ages as a free Comune and was further enlightened during the Age of the Renaissance. You will be truly fascinated by the uncountable monuments and churches such as Santa Maria del Fiore, commonly referred to as the Duomo. You will be impressed by its magnificent dome built by Filippo Brunelleschi. Nearby, opposite a small piazza you will see the “Campanile” tower (partially designed by Giotto) and the Baptistery, with its bronze doors where Michelangelo imagined the mythical “Gates of Paradise.” Visiting the inner city, you will visit the “famosissima” Piazza della Signoria (also known as Palazzo Vecchio), and the Basilica of Santa Croce. Enjoy a typical Tuscan lunch in Piazza Santa Croce then spend the afternoon wandering the cobblestoned streets of Florence unescorted, or take a short trip to Pisa (optional), one of the four main historical Marine Republics of Italy. In Pisa you will be enchanted by the Piazza dei Miracoli with the Duomo, the Baptistery and of course Pisa’s iconic Leaning Tower. A leisurely dinner at a restaurant of your choice ends the evening. Overnight stay is in Florence. (B)


DAY 4 Wednesday

FLORENCE / BOLOGNA / PADOVA / VENICE

After breakfast in Florence we depart for Bologna. There, you will discover the elegant city centre with its “porticos”, and elegant shopping streets. From Piazza Malpighi you will walk to Piazza del Nettuno and Piazza Maggiore (Neptune square and Major square) in the heart of the city, then on to King Renzo’s Palace, Palazzo Podestà and the Basilica of San Petronio, one of the largest  in the world. Bologna is heaven for gourmets so do not miss a tasty meal at your own leisure! In the afternoon, continue on toward Padova and the Sant’Antonio Basilica - one of the churches most visited by pilgrims of the Catholic world. Dinner at hotel (B,D)


DAY 5 Thursday

DAY 5 Thursday

VENICE

Following breakfast, relax and luxuriate in a private water-taxi to Piazza San Marco, and take advantage of “skip the line” tickets to marvel at the awesome Basilica San Marco. We go on to discover one of the most iconic spots in the “Floating City”: the Palazzo dei  Dogi,  symbol of Venice’s illustrious past and then continue on to savour the legendary “Bridge of Sighs”. The afternoon is yours to meander along Venice’s canals on you own schedule. Eventually return to the hotel for a Venetian dinner and overnight stay. (B,D)


DAY 6 Friday

DAY 6 Friday

VENICE / MONTEPULCIANO (TUSCANY WINE REGION) / ROME

From Piazzale Roma (following breakfast) we head towards venerated and pictorial Tuscany, world renowned for its landscapes, its churches and castles and its distinctive wines. You will continue to Val di Chiana with a stopover in charming Montepulciano, a medieval village bounteous in art and history. Known for its “Nobile” wine, available for purchase in local wine houses, Montepulciano is famous for the yearly jazz and wine festival every July. Relish a free afternoon exploring the many landmarks of Montepulciano. You may discover free wine tastings in many wine shops and there is plenty of time to explore the memorable shops. After a pleasurable and enriching day you will travel to Rome and check in to your hotel. (B)


DAY 7 Saturday

DAY 7 Saturday

ROME

After a traditional cappuccino and cornetto (7:45-8:am) we leave from the hotel for the long awaited tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peters’s Basilica taking advantage of our exclusive “Skip the Line” service. (tour is included). Your guide will lead you into the magnificent museums where you will encounter one of the most important art collections in the world. Walk along the stunning Galleries of Tapestries and Geographical Maps before entering Raphael’s Rooms and, then finally gaze upon the breathtaking genius of the Sistine Chapel. After viewing this incredible masterpiece, you will be taken by a preferential door into astounding St. Peters’s Basilica: the largest and most famous church in the world! The tour ends outside in St.Peter’s Square. Enjoy the rest of the day exploring this truly incredible and historical city at and discover why the name Eternal City is so appropriate. You may also choose any one of our selected tours for the afternoon or evening. Rome at night (di notte) is truly magnificent! We stay in Rome overnight. (B)


DAY 8 Sunday

DAY 8 Sunday

ROME

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport. Arrivederci!
B = Breakfast   D = Dinner


Dates & Rates


Departure dateStart DateEnd DateDouble PriceSingle PriceChild PriceBook
21 Oct 201722 Oct 201729 Oct 2017$1163$1632$1163BOOK THIS TOUR
26 Oct 201727 Oct 201703 Nov 2017$1163$1632$1163BOOK THIS TOUR
28 Oct 201729 Oct 201705 Nov 2017$1163$1632$1163BOOK THIS TOUR
04 Nov 201705 Nov 201712 Nov 2017$983$1395$983BOOK THIS TOUR
18 Nov 201719 Nov 201726 Nov 2017$983$1395$983BOOK THIS TOUR
02 Dec 201703 Dec 201710 Dec 2017$983$1395$983BOOK THIS TOUR
23 Dec 201724 Dec 201731 Dec 2017$1054$1535$1054BOOK THIS TOUR
13 Jan 201814 Jan 201821 Jan 2018$983$1395$983BOOK THIS TOUR
27 Jan 201828 Jan 201804 Feb 2018$983$1395$983BOOK THIS TOUR
10 Feb 201811 Feb 201818 Feb 2018$983$1395$983BOOK THIS TOUR
24 Feb 201825 Feb 201804 Mar 2018$983$1395$983BOOK THIS TOUR
10 Mar 201811 Mar 201818 Mar 2018$983$1395$983BOOK THIS TOUR

Inclusions


 

Services Included:

  • Transfers on arrival & departure
  • 7 nights first class hotel accommodation daily breakfast
  • Daily breakfast, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
  • Transportation by deluxe motor coach
  • Entrance to the St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice with “skip the line”
  • Entrance ticket to Vatican Museums & St. Peter’s Basilica with “skip the line”
  • Visits with English speaking local expert guide as per itinerary
  • Visit also Assisi, Bologna, Siena, Padua, Tuscany wine Region
  • Panoramic Visits as per itinerary

 

Services not Included:

 

  • Porterage service
  • Drinks
  • Entrance fees to monuments or museums when not mentioned
  • City tax for overnight stays (according to each city council rules) It shall be paid directly at the hotel

 

Hotels:

 

4 STARS 

• Florence: Mediterraneo

• Venice: Delfino (Mestre)

• Rome: Rome Garden or Santa Costanza

 

 

 

4.5* STARS

• Florence: Mediterraneo

• Venice: Carlton G. Canal

• Rome: Rome Bettoja Hotel 

Hotels can be substitued with others based on availability

 

**RATES ABOVE ARE INTENDED PER PERSON SHARING DOUBLE AND TRIPLE ROOM OCCUPANCY AND PER PERSON IN SINGLE OCCUPANCY

 **SPECIAL RATES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST FOR OTHER SEASONS, ROOM AND/OR HOTEL CATEGORIES

 

OPTIONAL TOURS TO BE PURCHASED LOCALLY

SUNDAY - Florentine museum – Academy Gallery – guided tour - Lasting time 1h 45m

A chance to see the art of Michelangelo : The Four Slaves or Prisoners, St. Matthew, The Pietà from Palestrina example of unfinished work and the famous David . Basically a statuary museum displaying some precious pieces of Renaissance Art.

SUNDAY - Pisa - Lasting time 5 hours Guided tour to the magnificent Miracle Square with its remarkable Leaning Tower(exterior), the Baptistry (interior), the Cathedral (interior) built in memory of S. John Ranieri patron saint of the city, and an impressive example of pisan-romanic art decorated all over with white marble from Massa Carrara.

MONDAY - Venice by night - lasting time 2h 30min – with your tour guide Focused on St. Mark Sq. with its stunning monuments and elegant bars with orquestra podium

TUESDAY - Venice – Gondola ride – Lasting time 35min. – A typical way of tasting the city by riding along its canals with friends and two Venetian musicians singing and playing the accordion.. Each gondola is for six people. The tour ends at the departure point.

 

**PRICES**

  • PISA €40
  • FLORENTINE MUSEUM€ 30
  • VENICE BY NIGHT €20
  • GONDOLA € 35

Information:

- All optional tours are required a minimum number of participants.

- Prices shown above are per person and includes: transportation, entrance fee and local guide at the Pisa and Academy Gallery Museum.

- For any other optional tour you may wish please contact with your tour director

- Booking and payment by your tour escort ( no credit cards )

- Reduction for children under 12 years old.

 

 **ANCIENT ROME TOUR (COLOSSEUM AND ROMAN FORUM) TO BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE FROM THE USA

** ANCIENT ROME $82 per person PICK UP AND DROP OFF AT HOTEL AVAILABLE

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