Essential Italy – 7 nights
Day 1: Arrive in Rome
Day at leisure to explore this historic city.
Day 2: Rome
Flexible Day: Rome Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Explore Rome at your own pace on an extensive hop-on hop-off itinerary through the heart of Rome. The buses are open top which allows you to enjoy full 360 degree panoramic views as you travel along your route. You will have the day to make use of the 17 stops in the most beautiful, cultural and evocative areas of the Eternal city.
Day 3: Rome
Afternoon: Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Walking Tour including Sistine Chapel, Raphael’s Rooms and St Peter’s (3 hours)
Take a small group walking tour of the Vatican Museums and St Peter’s Basilica, and jump the queue by booking ahead. Numbers are limited to a maximum of 20 people on this small group walking tour, ensuring you’ll receive personalized attention from your guide.
Your knowledgeable guide will escort you into the Vatican Museums to explore the world’s most extensive collection of art – 2000 rooms that stretch over almost nine miles, and share the stories and secrets contained within the Vatican’s walls. After taking in the Vatican Museums, you will encounter another of Michelangelo’s masterpieces, La Pieta, in St Peter’s Basilica. For a fascinating finish to your small group guided walking tour, stop to admire magnificent St Peter’s Square, as your guide points out Bernini’s ingenious use of optical illusion.
Day 4: Florence
Depart Rome to Florence
Free time to explore this artistic & cultural capital of Tuscany.
Day 5: Florence
Afternoon: Pisa and the Leaning Tower Half-Day Trip (5.5 hours)
Expand your stay in Florence with an afternoon visit to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, one of Italy’s most popular attractions. After a panoramic drive through the Tuscan countryside, you’ll drive along the embankment lining the River Arno into Pisa. Your visit begins with a guided visit of Piazza dei Miracoli, home to the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa (exterior visit). This masterpiece of Romanesque art is surrounded by the equally beautiful baptistery (exterior visit) and cathedral (visit inside).
Day 6: Venice
Morning: Depart Florence to Venice
Afternoon: Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride (2 hours)
Take a guided walking tour of Venice and admire its hidden treasures nestled amid its squares, bridges and narrow streets. Prepare to be enchanted by the worlds most romantic city as you wander through its picturesque cobblestone alleyways and enjoy a gondola ride through the Grand Canal.
Day 7: Venice
Afternoon: Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Tour (4 hours)
Explore the famous islands of the Venice lagoon – Murano, Burano and Torcello – on a half-day excursion. You’ll see a glass-blowing display on Murano, shop for lace on Burano and visit Venice’s first church on the tranquil island of Torcello. This tour is a great introduction to the magical islands of the Venetian lagoon.
Day 8: Depart Venice
Depart Venice to your next destination.
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