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Length:  13 days from Rome to Rome

2019 Season Departs From:  Rome


Overview

On this Italy tour—our most popular vacation—not only will you visit the main Italian cities—Rome, Florence, Venice, and Assisi—you’ll also get to enjoy some of the smaller towns and scenic attractions. You’ll visit the must-see sights in the cities, such as the Vatican Museums in Rome, Michelangelo’s David in Florence, St. Mark’s Square and Basilica in Venice, and much more. One tour highlight is Pompeii, which was completely buried during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. This preserved town gives you an amazingly detailed look into life at the peak of the Roman Empire. Admire the paintings still on the walls, and look for the early fast-food restaurants beloved by ancient Romans.

You’ll have an opportunity to relax in the laid-back town of Sorrento, where you’ll stay two nights. Explore the cobblestone streets lined with shops and restaurants, delight in the amazing views, watch the sunset dip into the sea, and see Mount Vesuvius across the bay. You’ll also have time in beautiful Capri, where the celebrities go to “get away from it all.”

On this Italy tour, Globus has also arranged special experiences for you, such as a visit to Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a visit to the Gardens of Augustus in Capri. Here, you’ll have incredible views of the Tyrrhenian Sea from the tranquil gardens. At Lake Maggiore you’ll enjoy an exciting boat ride to Isola dei Pescatori, with dinner at a local restaurant; you’ll also cross the Swiss border and have a relaxing stop in subtropical lake-side Lugano.

From the relaxing towns of Sorrento and Stresa on Lake Maggiore to the faster-paced cities, this tour of Italy offers it all. You’re sure to have plenty of stories and photos to share with friends and family back home.



Duration:  13 Days

Schedule:   

Start Date End Date
31 March, 2019 12 April, 2019
09 April, 2019 21 April, 2019
14 April, 2019 26 April, 2019
16 April, 2019 28 April, 2019
28 April, 2019 10 May, 2019
30 April, 2019 12 May, 2019
05 May, 2019 17 May, 2019
12 May, 2019 24 May, 2019
14 May, 2019 26 May, 2019
19 May, 2019 31 May, 2019
21 May, 2019 02 June, 2019
28 May, 2019 09 June, 2019
02 June, 2019 14 June, 2019
04 June, 2019 16 June, 2019
09 June, 2019 21 June, 2019
11 June, 2019 23 June, 2019
16 June, 2019 28 June, 2019
18 June, 2019 30 June, 2019
23 June, 2019 05 July, 2019
25 June, 2019 07 July, 2019
30 June, 2019 12 July, 2019
02 July, 2019 14 July, 2019
07 July, 2019 19 July, 2019
09 July, 2019 21 July, 2019
14 July, 2019 26 July, 2019
16 July, 2019 28 July, 2019
21 July, 2019 02 August, 2019
23 July, 2019 04 August, 2019
28 July, 2019 09 August, 2019
30 July, 2019 11 August, 2019
04 August, 2019 16 August, 2019
06 August, 2019 18 August, 2019
11 August, 2019 23 August, 2019
18 August, 2019 30 August, 2019
20 August, 2019 01 September, 2019
27 August, 2019 08 September, 2019
01 September, 2019 13 September, 2019
03 September, 2019 15 September, 2019
03 September, 2019 15 September, 2019
08 September, 2019 20 September, 2019
10 September, 2019 22 September, 2019
15 September, 2019 27 September, 2019
15 September, 2019 27 September, 2019
17 September, 2019 29 September, 2019
24 September, 2019 06 October, 2019
01 October, 2019 13 October, 2019
08 October, 2019 20 October, 2019
15 October, 2019 27 October, 2019
15 October, 2019 27 October, 2019


City Highlights

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

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 the lakeside resort

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–SORRENTO
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





Day 1   ARRIVE IN ROME, ITALY. Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at one of Rome’s lively restaurants. (D)

Day 2   ROME.Guided sightseeing of the ‟Eternal Cityˮ starts with a visit to the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL with Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment, followed by a visit to monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà. Then, enjoy views of other major sites as you drive to the Roman Forum and visit the ancient COLOSSEUM, where gladiators once fought. Afterward time at leisure; optional excursions are available. (B)

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. (B)

Day 4   FLORENCE. Meet your Local Guide, and visit the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS with Michelangelo’s celebrated David. Continue your walking tour through the historic center and stand in awe in front of the the magnificent cathedral, admire Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gates of Paradise,” sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE, and take pictures of Ponte Vecchio. Afterward, you may wish to shop for Florentine leather goods and gold jewelry, sold by the ounce. To enhance your stay, consider an optional excursion to San Gimignano, Italy’s most picturesque medieval town. (B)

Day 5   FLORENCE–CINQUE TERRE–LAKE MAGGIORE. Prepare for an exciting day: drive to La Spezia on the Mediterranean Coast and [LF] start your excursion to CINQUE TERRE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including a BOAT RIDE (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 your hotel at beautiful Lake Maggiore, the largest of the three lakes in the popular Swiss-Italian Lake District. (B,D)

Day 6   LAKE MAGGIORE. BOAT RIDE TO ISOLA DEI PESCATORI. A leisurely day gives you the chance to join an optional excursion to the baroque palace and peacock gardens of enchanting Isola Bella and to relax or to spend some time at the pool. Later, join a scenic BOAT RIDE to [LF] ISOLA DEI PESCATORI, where dinner with local specialties awaits. (B,D)


Day 7   LAKE MAGGIORE–LUGANO, SWITZERLAND–VENICE ISLAND. Cross the nearby Swiss border and stop in Lugano, also beautifully located by its own lake. You have ample time to stroll along the pretty promenade and Via Nassa, or to sip an espresso on Piazza Riforma. Return to Italy and catch glimpses of Lake Como, the third lake of the Lake District on your way to romantic Venice. Enter in style by PRIVATE BOAT. Later, you may wish to join an optional gondola ride through the canals, a nice introduction to this amazing city that has always been a powerful magnet for romantics and art lovers from around the globe. (B)

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 tradition. For those who wish, a wonderful optional excursion to colorful Burano Island is available. (B)

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 and the hub of a religious order devoted to the ideals of humility, forgiveness, simplicity, and love for all God’s creatures. Hear about monastic life and admire the priceless frescoes adorning the walls of the church. (B,D)

Day 10   ASSISI–SORRENTO. Leave the region of Umbria and turn south to lovely Sorrento. Time to explore the charming, bayside resort at your own pace. (B)

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. Walk through [LF] the splendid GARDENS OF AUGUSTUS, terraces overlooking the sea, offering a spectacular panoramic view, and taste a granita (semi-frozen drink). Free time to browse through the little shops on the piazzetta before returning to Sorrento. Don’t miss the optional excursion to the Amalfi Coast and Positano! (B)

Day 12   SORRENTO–POMPEII–ROME. In nearby POMPEII, the Roman city both destroyed and preserved by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, join your Local Guide for an fascinating visit of the excavations. See a patrician home, public baths, and shops that give a striking picture of what day-to-day life was like in Rome at its apex of power. This evening, back in Rome, a farewell dinner at a local restaurant is the proper way to say arrivederci Italia. (B,D)

Day 13   ROME. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Meals:  Full buffet breakfast daily; 5 three-course dinners including dinners, at a local restaurant in Rome and at Lake Maggiore

Transportation

Motorcoach; private boat rides on Lake Maggiore and Venice; jetfoil; funicular ride in Capri. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.





Note: Flights are NOT included with the Tour and unless otherwise stated above transfers are also NOT included.





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