8 Days - Italian Intermezzo (E971)

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Italy's most famous and best loved cities reveal a treasure-trove of riches on this concise yet surprisingly diverse and delightful itinerary.

8 Days - Italian Intermezzo (E971)

8 Days - Italian Intermezzo (E971)
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Itinerary :

Day 1 Elegant Como.

Welcome to Italy! After being greeted by your Tour Director at Milan's Malpensa Airport, your transfer departs at 09:30 and 12:30. This evening, you are invited to a warm and friendly Welcome Reception with the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.

Hotel: Hotel Palace, Como.

Welcome Reception and Dinner


Day 2 Drive to Verona and on to Venice, the Queen of the Adriatic.

Head east to elegant Verona this morning for a leisurely walk past the well-preserved Roman Arena still used for opera performances. Stand beneath the balcony in the courtyard of Juliet's house, supposed location of the famous balcony love scene. After some free time for browsing around the local market, it's on to the glorious city of Venice. Later, on your romantic gondola serenade, glide along the atmospheric canals exploring the intimate and hidden parts of this unique city while musicians set the mood with traditional songs.

Hotel: Best Western Premier Hotel Sant'Elena, Venice.

Buffet Breakfast


Day 3 Venice and the Magic of ‘La Serenissima’

Even for the experienced traveller, there can be no better joy than waking up in Venice. Transfer to Giudecca Island to witness the skill of mask makers, glassblowers and gondola builders. Then appreciate the splendour as you cruise by Palladio's San Giorgio Maggiore to St. Mark's Square. Your Tour Director will explain the glorious history of ‘La Serenissima', once one of the greatest trading centres of the world – its wealth and power is echoed by the riches of St. Mark's Basilica. See the Doges' Palace and its adjoining Bridge of Sighs. Spend the afternoon as you wish.

Hotel: Best Western Premier Hotel Sant'Elena, Venice.

Buffet Breakfast


Day 4 Head for tranquil Tuscany, Pisa and Florence.

Bid farewell to Venice and follow the smooth highway across the fertile valley of the river Po, into the peaceful landscapes of Tuscany. Continue to Pisa to see the world famous Leaning Tower in the ‘Meadow of Miracles' and also the 11th century Cathedral and Baptistry. Now on to beautiful Florence, treasure house of the Renaissance.

Hotel: NH Firenze, Florence

Buffet Breakfast


Day 5 Florence, David & the Wines of Tuscany

In the morning, meet a local expert for a walking tour of the historic centre. Visit the Academy Museum to see Michelangelo's masterpiece ‘Statue of David'. Admire the marble clad Cathedral and Baptistery, where Ghiberti's ‘Gates of Paradise' have been recreated in all their glory. Next stop is Signoria Square filled with Renaissance sculpture. Finally, learn all the secrets of traditional Florentine leather-work. Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Montepulciano - the wines of Tuscany are famous the world over. During your stay, sample some of these robust reds and learn about their origin. During your free time, suggestions include haggling for leather goods at the markets around Santa Croche or relaxing amid the terraces of the Boboli Gardens. Be sure not to miss the magnificent museums and galleries which house some of the most famous works of art in the world.

Hotel: NH Firenze, Florence

Buffet Breakfast, Dinner


Day 6 Through Chianti Country to Assisi and on to Rome.

Travel through the vineyards of the Chianti region this morning, past Lake Trasimeno - the Italian Peninsula's largest lake and site of a great battle in ancient times against Hannibal and his war elephants. Climb into the foothills of the Apennine Mountains to delightful Assisi, a stone built town spilling over the steep hillside. With a local expert, visit the tomb of St Francis and see the beautiful frescoes by Giotto in the great basilica, before continuing along the valley of the river Tiber towards the ‘Eternal City' of Rome. Tonight, why not throw your coin into the Trevi Fountain to ensure your return to the city?

Hotel: Dei Borgia Hotel, Rome

Buffet Breakfast


Day 7 Papal & Imperial Rome

Your Intermezzo reaches its crescendo at the independent Vatican State, the richest community in the world! While others wait in line, you are fast-tracked through the VIP entrance into the Vatican Museums, treasure house of the Catholic faith. This is where your audio headset comes into its own, providing clear, expert commentary from your guide. With your Vatican expert, admire the vast collections of ancient and Renaissance art, gathered by Popes over the ages and enjoy a behind-the-scenes private viewing of the Bramante Staircase. Then enter the sublime Sistine Chapel. Gaze up now and truly appreciate the significance of Michelangelo's famous painted ceiling. Next door, in St. Peter's Basilica, see one of Michelangelo's early works, the Pieta and the splendid dome completed after his death. Now relive the glory of ancient Rome as you cross the River Tiber to visit the mighty Colosseum with a local expert, scene of great festivities and occasional martyrdoms in imperial times. Finally, look out over the former epicentre of the whole Roman Empire - the Roman Forum. The afternoon is at leisure - enjoy Rome at your own pace or check with your Tour Director about additional sightseeing options. Tonight, enjoy the quintessential Italian experience! Over a sumptuous dinner of Roman cuisine, fill your glasses with wine, and enjoy an evening of spine-tingling operetta.

Hotel: Dei Borgia Hotel, Rome

Buffet Breakfast, Celebration Dinner


Day 8 Arrivederci Roma

Bid farewell to the glories of Italy. Departure transfers arrive at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 07:00 & 09:30.

Buffet Breakfast

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