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Rome and Tuscan Highlights summer 2017

Weave your way from Rome past golden olive groves and lush green vineyards to medieval bastions that have preserved Tuscany's unforgettable charm for centuries. Stay in the popular thermal spa resort of Montecatini, admire the exquisite marble cathedral in Siena and visit the scenic Tuscan towns of Vinci and Pisa to learn about the lives of celebrated Italian luminaries.

  • Price starts at: $2225
  • Tour length: 10 Days

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Day 1 Arrive Rome

Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City. This capital city stands on the Tiber River and enjoys a long and celebrated history. Relax after your journey and later meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception. Then an orientation drive will give you a perfect introduction to the sights which await you. Welcome Reception

Day 2 Rome Sightseeing – Montecatini (6 Nights)

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 across the Tiber River with views of ancient Roman ruins including the enormous Colosseum. Later enjoy a scenic drive through the Tuscan Hills to the thermal spa resort of Montecatini, the largest and most famous spa town in Italy, your home for the next six nights.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 3 Siena and San Gimignano Excursion

In the well-preserved medieval city of Siena see the Piazza del Campo, scene of the celebrated biannual Palio horse race and the stunning marble Cathedral which dominates the town. Later explore San Gimignano known as the 'medieval Manhattan', famed for its ring of towers which can be seen several kilometres from town. Shop for locally-produced delicacies and hand-painted Tuscan pottery.Buffet Breakfast

Day 4 Montecatini At Leisure or Optional Experience to the Cinque Terre

Enjoy a relaxing day or you might consider an Optional Experience to the famous Cinque Terre, with its quaint coastal pastel-coloured villages clinging to rugged cliffs.Buffet Breakfast

Day 5 Pisa and Vinci Excursion

This morning meet your Local Specialist in Pisa and view the famous Leaning Tower, the finely sculpted marble cathedral and the ornate baptistery. Afterwards, enjoy a delicious Regional Meal in the Tuscan countryside for lunch. Then travel to the scenic Tuscan town of Vinci where you'll enjoy a Cultural Insight into the life of Leonardo da Vinci including a visit to the Museo Leonardiano showcasing his machines and models accompanied by specific references to his sketches and handwritten notes, as well as interactive exhibits.Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal

Day 6 Florence Excursion

Your Local Specialist gives you a fascinating account on the history of Renaissance Florence during your walking tour. View the magnificent Duomo and visit Piazza della Signoria. Perhaps in your free time visit the Ponte Vecchio bridge, one of the city's most famous landmarks and lined with goldsmiths and jewellers, a legacy of the 16th century decree which mandated that only jewellers and goldsmiths be allowed to ply their trade on the bridge. Tonight join your fellow travellers for a memorable Be My Guest dinner experience with beautiful views over the Tuscan hills.Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining

Day 7 Montecatini At Leisure

Montecatini Terme is one of Italy's most popular thermal spa destinations and you have the entire day to do exactly as you please. Why not take the historic funicular railway from Montecatini Terme to the picturesque town of Montecatini Alto which has a small castle and large square with charming restaurants and outdoor cafes, not to mention magnificent views of the countryside for as far as the eye can see. Your Travel Director will be available for suggestions on how to spend your day.Buffet Breakfast

Day 8 Montecatini – Rome – Vatican Experience

Travel from Montecatini to Rome and have time at leisure on arrival. Explore the city's magnificent historic sites, indulge in its café culture or perhaps even indulge in a shopping experience to Via Condotti. This afternoon, 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. Join a Local Specialist for a guided evening tour of the Vatican Museums including a visit to Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel when it is less crowded.Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 9 Depart Rome

Say 'arrivederci Roma' at the end of a relaxing and memorable Italian holiday. Airport 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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