Italy – Venice, Florence & Rome
Day 1: arrive Venice, Sunday
Arriving at Venice’s airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure until you gather for a Welcome Dinner with your Tour Director and traveling companions.
Day 2: in Venice, Monday
Today begins with a sightseeing tour of Venice. Start with a walking tour in St. Mark’s Square, visiting St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace, plus view the Bell Tower and Bridge of Sighs. On to visit a glassblowing factory, where you will watch a demonstration of traditional Venetian glassblowing by master craftsmen. Order of sightseeing in Venice in description- first we go to the glassblowing factory then sightseeing. The balance of the day is at leisure to enjoy Venice at your own pace, shop, or perhaps join an optional gondola ride.
Day 3: Venice to Ferrara, Pisa and Florence, Tuesday
Drive to Ferrara, a Renaissance gem in the Emilia-Romagna region, standing on the banks of the Po River. After an orientation tour, continue to Pisa where you’ll view the famous Piazza del Miracoli with its Leaning Tower, Baptistery, and Duomo. Then on to Florence for dinner and a free evening.
Day 4: in Florence, Wednesday
Today’s morning city tour begins at the majestic Piazza del Duomo to see the Cathedral crowned by Brunelleschi’s awe inspiring Dome, Giotto’s Bell Tower, and the Baptistery with Ghiberti’s splendid bronze “Gates of Paradise.”
Then, visit the Academy of Fine Arts, where Michelangelo’s David is displayed. The tour ends at the Piazzale Michelangelo with a spectacular view over Florence. The remainder of the day is yours to savor the Renaissance splendor of the Tuscan capital your own way.
Day 5: Florence to Assisi and Rome, Thursday
Travel through the stunning panorama of Tuscany with its iconic landscapes as you make your way to Assisi, the hometown of St. Francis. Here, take a walking tour to see the main square and visit the impressive Basilica of St. Francis. Continue to Rome for dinner and an evening at leisure.
Day 6: in Rome, Friday
A full-day sightseeing tour shows you all the highlights of the incomparable Eternal City. Visit the Vatican Museums with moving Sistine Chapel and grand St. Peter’s Basilica. Then on to visit the Coliseum, ancient Palatine Hill overlooking Circus Maximus and the Imperial Palace, and the Roman Forum.
Day 7: in Rome, Saturday
Your day is free in spectacular Rome! Your Tour Director will have suggestions on how to spend your time. You might want to visit some of the chic shops, galleries, and museums; do some more sightseeing on your own or relax in a sidewalk cafe with a glass of fine Italian wine, a cold Limoncello, some refreshing gelato, or a hearty dish of pasta. Tonight, a festive farewell dinner with your fellow travelers is the perfect way to celebrate your glimpse of Italy.
Day 8: depart Rome, Sunday
One last breakfast in Italy before you are transferred to Rome’s airport. Your homebound flight arrives the same day.
Gold Crown Travel and Tour is pleased to be working with C.I.E. Tours international on the preparation of every detail regarding this tour. We believe in providing all inclusive tours and this tour is no exception.
- Round trip Airfare. Cedar Rapids – Venice – Rome – Cedar Rapids.
- All Airline taxes
- Travel Insurance
- First class hotels, rooms with private facilities
- Breakfast daily, 1 lunch & 4 dinners
- Airport arrival and departure transfers
- Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach
- Professional Tour Director throughout
- Luggage handling
- Whisper technology enhanced touring
- Service charges and hotel taxes
Stay at the following (or similar):
Carlton on the Grand Canal
Venice (2 nights)
Croce di Malta
Florence (2 nights)
Grand Hotel Palatino
Rome (3 nights)
Sightseeing Tours Included
$4860 pp. dbl. oc.
$500 Due at the time of booking. ($300 Down Payment, $200 Travel Insurance.)