Day 1 - Saturday, 3/16/2019 - Depart for your overnight flight to Rome.
Day 2 - Sunday, 3/17/2019 - ARRIVE IN ROME, ITALY
Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore this ancient capital. This evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
Day 3 - Monday, 3/18/2019 - ROME
The “Eternal City,” Rome is a city steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Included sightseeing with a local guide starts in St. Peter’s Square, followed by a visit to the Roman Forum and the mighty Colosseum. In the evening, you will have a chance to discover Rome by night on an optional excursion. - Dlx. Cont. Breakfast
Day 4 - Tuesday, 3/19/2019 - ROME-ORVIETO-SIENA
Journey northwest to the charmingly located city of Orvieto in the Umbria region to visit its black basalt and yellow limestone cathedral, an excellent example of Italian Gothic architecture. By early evening you’ll be in Siena with time to visit this jewel of Tuscany. Sit in one of the cafes surrounding the Campo and admire one of Italy’s most unique squares, famed the world over for its Palio horse race. Tonight, enjoy a special dinner at a local restaurant. - Breakfast - Dinner
Day 5 - Wednesday, 3/20/2019 - SIENA-SAN GIMIGNANO-GREVE-MONTECATINI
Drive this morning to San Gimignano, one of Tuscany’s greatest attractions. Its medieval squares, town walls, streets, alleyways, and 14 towers make it unique. Next , into the very heart of the Chianti vineyard; watch out for names such as Castellina in Chianti, Badia, Gaiole, and Brolio, where classical Chianti wines are produced. Stop in Greve for some wine tasting at the Vicchiomaggio wine estate. Arrive in Montecatini in time to join the outing for an optional Tuscan dinner. - Breakfast
Day 6 - Thursday, 3/21/2019 - MONTECATINI-EXCURSION TO FLORENCE
This Renaissance gem and city of the Medicis will keep you enthralled the entire day. Traffic is banned in part of the historic center so visitors can wander at leisure and admire the city’s timeless beauty in relative peace and quiet. Don’t miss out on the included walking tour with a local guide, which features most of the city highlights. You will see the Piazza Santa Croce; the beautiful Piazza Signoria; the Palazzo Vecchio and its courtyard; the Loggia dei Lanzi; and, to top it all, the Piazza del Duomo and its cathedral with the Giotta Campanile, and the magnificent East Door of the Baptistry, known as the “Gate of Paradise.” - Breakfast - Dinner
Day 7 - Friday, 3/22/2019 - MONTECATINI-PISA-VENICE AREA
This morning, drive to Pisa for a visit to its Square of Miracles and the amazing Leaning Tower, 180 feet high and no less than 16 feet out of the perpendicular. Later, head across the wooded Apennine Hills into the farmlands of the Po Valley for two overnights in the Venice area. - Breakfast
Day 8 - Saturday, 3/23/2019 - VENICE AREA
Venice is more like a marvelous film set than a real live city, with its criss-crossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and little quit piazzas. The included orientation starts with a boat ride and is followed by time at leisure and a chance to watch Venetian glassblowers fashion their delicate objects as they did centuries ago. Don’t miss out on the optional gondola trip, gliding along the picturesque canals with a local troubadour to serenade you. - Breakfast - Dinner
Day 9 - Sunday, 3/24/2019 - VENICE AREA-ASSISI-ROME
An interesting drive southward, cutting across the Po Delta, then crossing the Apennines. Stop in Assisi, where St. Francis was born in 1182. Visit the world-famous basilica with its beautiful frescoes by Giotto, then head for Rome. - Breakfast
Day 10 - Monday, 3/25/2019 - ROME - FLIGHT HOME
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning before departing on your flight homeward. You will arrive home the same day with fond memories of your Italian Vacation.
NOTE: SAMPLE ITINERARY ONLY! ORDER OF EVENTS IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. - Breakfast