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Itinerary & Activities

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Itinerary map of Grand Italian Experience Summer 2017

Day 1 Arrive Rome (2 Nights)

Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City. Unwind after your journey. Later enjoy a Welcome Reception at a local restaurant with your companions and Travel Director. Then an orientation drive will give you a perfect introduction to some of the sights which await you.Welcome Reception

Day 2 Rome Sightseeing and Free Time

This morning your included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist begins with a visit to St. Peter's Basilica to see Michelangelo's magnificent Pietà. St. Peter's is a place of pilgrimage and is regarded as one of the holiest Catholic shrines. Your tour continues in ancient Rome. See Circus Maximus where chariot races were once held and visit the impressive Colosseum. There's time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by.Buffet Breakfast

Day 3 Rome – Alberobello (2 Nights)

Drive eastwards through the spectacular Campania Mountains to the Puglia region near the Adriatic coast. Enjoy dinner this evening at your hotel.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 4 Alberobello Sightseeing

See the UNESCO World Heritage listed conical limestone houses called 'trulli', during your guided tour with a Local Specialist in the town of Alberobello. Consider an Optional Experience to one of the geographical wonders that Puglia has to offer or relax at your hotel. This evening enjoy a special Be My Guest dinner in a traditional 'masseria' (farmhouse) in Alberobello.Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining

Day 5 Alberobello – Sorrento (2 Nights)

This morning travel to the gorgeous coastal town of Sorrento famous for its delicious limoncello drink. Your orientation includes views of Piazza Tasso and Corso Italia. You will then have free time to explore the town.Buffet Breakfast

Day 6 Isle of Capri Excursion

Gain a Cultural Insight at an inlaid-wood workshop, followed by a cruise to the beautiful Isle of Capri. Your guided tour of Capri Town will show you the Piazzetta where the rich and famous sip their cappuccinos, and the many attractive streets around there. Dine tonight at your hotel.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 7 Sorrento – Pompeii – Assisi

Visit the excavations of the city of Pompeii, which lay buried for centuries after Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. Your Local Specialist provides insight into this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue your journey through Umbria to arrive at Assisi on the slopes of Mount Subasio. Meet your Local Specialist for a walking tour of Assisi, including a visit to St. Francis' Basilica, featuring frescoes by Giotto. Dine tonight at your hotel.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 8 Assisi – Verona – Venice (Murano) (2 Nights)

This morning visit the fair city of Verona for views of Juliet's balcony and the Roman arena. Arrive later in the magical island city of Venice, Queen of the Adriatic.Buffet Breakfast

Day 9 Venice Orientation

Enjoy a Cultural Insight into the Venetian tradition of glass making this morning. View the Bridge of Sighs, Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica during your cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square. Spend free time shopping, or perhaps enjoy a local meal on the Island of Burano.Buffet Breakfast

Day 10 Venice (Murano) – Trento

This morning, traverse the Veneto plains to Trento nestled in the Adige River valley surrounded by the Dolomites. The architecture of this city has a unique feel with both Italian Renaissance and Germanic influences. Enjoy free time to explore around Piazza Duomo before checking in to your hotel.Buffet Breakfast

Day 11 Trento – Milan – Italian Lakes

Enjoy a scenic drive through northern Italy and the Lake District. Arrive in Milan and enjoy free time after an orientation. See the Duomo, the Galleria and the famous La Scala Opera House. Later arrive on the shores of Lake Maggiore where you have free time to explore the town of Baveno. Stroll along the lake front or enjoy a drink at an outdoor café.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 12 Italian Lakes – Santa Margherita (2 Nights)

Today travel to the Italian Riviera.Cruise to the port of Portofino (weather permitting) before returning to your hotel in Santa Margherita. Dine tonight at your hotel.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 13 Santa Margherita

Relax or explore this famous Ligurian resort. Or, consider joining an Optional Experience to the beautiful Cinque Terre.Buffet Breakfast

Day 14 Santa Margherita – Pisa – Florence (2 Nights)

Travel south into Tuscany and stop to view the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. Then travel to the Renaissance city of Florence. When you arrive you might like to visit the Academy of Fine Arts and see Michelangelo's statue of David.Buffet Breakfast

Day 15 Florence Sightseeing

Your walking tour with a Local Specialist includes views of the magnificent Duomo, Santa Croce Basilica, Giotto's Bell Tower and the Baptistery. You might like to shop for high-quality leather and 18-carat gold, or simply relax and enjoy the atmosphere. Enjoy the rest of the day to explore this fascinating city.Buffet Breakfast

Day 16 Florence – Siena – Rome – Vatican Experience

Past the sprawling vineyards of Chianti you arrive at the medieval city of Siena. See the Piazza del Campo, scene of the bi-annual Palio horse races, and the Cathedral. This afternoon return to Rome. Gain priority access to the Vatican Museums where you will meet an official representative during your private guided tour of the Missionary Ethnological Museum. Founded by Pope Pius XI in 1926, this museum has a remarkable collection of artworks and historical relics from missions all over the world. Enjoy an exclusive Farewell Dinner at the museum amidst three centuries of Vatican art, history and antiquities. This will be followed by a guided evening tour of the Vatican Museums with a Local Specialist, including a visit to view Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel when it is less crowded.Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 17 Depart Rome

After breakfast, say 'arrivederci' to Rome and your new found friends at the end of your Grand Italian Experience. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.Buffet Breakfast


Things to Know

Preparing For Your Trip
  • Make Sure to Bring All of Your Important Documents: Passport, Foreign visa (if applicable), Itinerary, Trip confirmation, Airline ticket, Drivers license, Credit cards, Travel documents.

  • Vaccinations Are Required for Entry to Some Countries. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) can provide you their recommendations for vaccinations and other travel health precautions for your trip abroad.

  • Are You Taking Any Prescriptions or Other Medications? Pack enough to last your entire trip, including some extra in case you are unexpectedly delayed.

  • Insurance: Purchase travel insurance to cover yourself against unexpected situations. You never know when something might happen, so always be prepared.
While Traveling
  • Keep an eye on your belongings. Do not leave your belongings unattended in public spaces

  • Always have local cash. Not every place takes credit cards.
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