CLASSICAL ITALY BY RAIL

HIGHLIGHTS

4 Nights in Rome & Florence • 2 Rail Journeys - (Naples & the Italian Coast by High Speed Rail - Venice by High Speed Rail) • Rome City Tour & St. Peter’s Basilica • Treasures of the Vatican & Sistine Chapel • Pompeii Excavations • Siena Tour • Leaning Tower of Pisa • Florence City Tour • Academy Gallery & Statue of David • Venice Gondola Ride • Venice Tour & St. Marks Basilica

 

INCLUDES

9 Nights Hotel Accommodations, 11 Meals, Tour Director, Deluxe Motorcoach, Transportation, Sightseeing per Itinerary, Baggage Handling

TOUR ACTIVITY LEVEL        EASY  1   2   3   4  ACTIVE

Day 1 - Overnight Flight to Italy

Today board your overnight flight to Europe.

 

Day 2 - ARRIVE ITALY!

Arrive in Rome, meet your Tour Director and transfer to your hotel in Rome for a four-night stay. Tonight enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers. (D)

 

Day 3 - Rome Sightseeing

Today enjoy a full day Rome City Tour. Visit the Treasures of the Vatican Museum, home to one of the world’s most extensive collections of art including Michelangelo’s impressive Sistine Chapel. Later visit St. Peter’s Basilica then see the Colosseum, The Arch of Constantine, Circus Maximus & Piazza Venezia. Later return to your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure. (B)

 

Day 4 - Naples, Pompeii & the Italian Coast by High Speed Train

Today travel south by High Speed Train to Naples. Upon arrival, travel to Pompeii and enjoy a Pompeii Excavations Tour featuring the Roman city preserved by ash and mud almost exactly as it was on the day Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD 79. Continue the leisurely journey to the beautiful Italian Coast dotted with picturesque towns, villages and rocky cliffs. Enjoy spectacular views and some time at leisure. Return to Naples and board your High Speed Train back to Rome. (B)

 

Day 5 - Rome at Leisure

Enjoy the day at leisure in Rome to relax and enjoy the ‘eternal city’ at your own pace. Sip a cappuccino at the Spanish Steps or stroll the boulevards of designer Italian goods. A optional excursion will be available.   (B)


Day 6 - Rome - Siena - Pisa - Florence

This morning travel by motorcoach to Siena, the heart of Tuscany. Enjoy a Siena City Tour as you stroll the medieval streets to the dramatic Campo, scene of the annual Palio horse race. Also see the town’s famous black and white striped cathedral. Later visit one of the most famous cities in Italy, Pisa. Here you will stroll into the Piazza Dei Miracoli to see the Duomo, the historic Baptistery and the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. The tower is 180 feet high and no less than 13 feet off of the perpendicular; an amazing sight to see. Arrive in Florence, one of the world’s most incredible cities & check in for a four-night stay. Enjoy dinner tonight with your fellow travelers. (B,D)

Day 7 - Florence Sightseeing

This morning enjoy a Florence City Tour featuring a visit to the Academy Gallery to see Michelangelo’s awesome original Statue of David. Then view the Duomo to see Giotto’s Belltower, Bruneleschi’s Dome and the Baptistery with its impressive Gates of Paradise. Continue to Piazza Della Signoria and Santa Croce. The insightful walking tour also features a stroll across the famous Ponte Vecchio Bridge lined with shops. The afternoon is free to shop, enjoy an outdoor cafe and explore on your own. (B)

 

Day 8 - Venice by High Speed Train

After breakfast, board your High Speed Train to Venice and enjoy a leisurely ride to this incredible city. Start your Venice City Tour with a water taxi ride to St. Mark’s Square to see St. Mark’s Basilica, the lavish Doge’s Palace, Clock Tower and the Bridge of Sighs. Also enjoy the quintessential Venetian experience – a Venice Gondola Ride on the canals. Later enjoy a Venetian glass making demonstration. This afternoon enjoy some time at leisure to wander through this exceptional city. This evening return to Florence via High Speed Train. (B)

 

Day 9 - Florence at Leisure

Enjoy the day at leisure in Florence. Maybe stroll along city streets & shop, enjoy a tasty pizzeria lunch or perhaps visit a museum. A full day optional excursion will be available. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers at a popular local restaurant. (B,D)

 

Day 10 - Flight Home

This morning transfer to the airport and fly home with wonderful memories of your Classical Italy by Rail experience. (B)

 

†Land only rates do not include hotel transfers. Roundtrip air package includes hotel transfers.

 

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