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8 Day Affordable Italy (Saturday Departure)


Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights NYC-Venice, Rome-NYC
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 6 nights First Class accommodations
    • 2 nights Venice
    • 2 nights Florence
    • 2 nights Rome
  • Italian city hotel taxes
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Special Features

  • Doge's Palace, Venice
  • Wine tasting with local specialties at Tuscan countryside farm
  • Michelangelo's David, Florence
  • Basilica of St. Francis, Assisi
  • Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel, Rome
  • Whisper technology enhanced touring

Note: your itinerary will change depending upon the day of the week you depart. Click a day above to see what is included.


DAY 1, Saturday - Depart the USA
Depart the USA for Italy. Your flight includes meals, drinks and in-flight entertainment

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Venice
Arrive in Venice and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure. This evening, enjoy a welcome cocktail and orientation with your tour manager
Overnight: Venice

DAY 3, Monday - Venice City Tour
Today begins with a boat ride to the Island of Murano, known throughout the world for its glass manufacturing industry. Visit St. Mark's Square to begin a guided walking tour of romantic Venice. View the Golden Basilica of San Marco, the Bridge of Sighs and visit the Doge's Palace, whose facade features a massive late-Gothic gate, known as the Porta della Carta. Take the remainder of the day to explore Venice on your own
Optional: Gondola Ride with Music (PM)
Overnight: Venice
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Tuesday - Pisa Sightseeing En Route to Florence
Travel through the stunning panorama of Tuscany to Pisa. En route, visit a local Tuscan farm in the countryside for a wine tasting with local specialties. Upon arrival in Pisa, view the famous Piazza del Miracoli with its Leaning Tower, the Baptistery, the Duomo, and the Monumental Cemetery. The four monuments of this extraordinary piazza make for a unique architectural blend of Romanesque and Gothic styles. Then, continue on to Florence
Overnight: Florence
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Wednesday - Florence City Tour
Today's morning tour begins with a visit to the Accademia of Fine Arts, where Michelangelo's David is housed. Walk to the Duomo, celebrated for its magnificent dome designed by Brunelleschi, and view the Baptistery's renowned "Gates of Paradise" by Ghiberti. Continue to explore the open air art museum of Signoria Square ending at Ponte Vecchio, known as the "Old Bridge." Enjoy the afternoon at leisure in this spectacular Renaissance city
Optional: Dinner at a Tuscan Restaurant
Overnight: Florence
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Thursday - Assisi City Tour, Transfer to Rome
Today travel along the famous "Sun Route" motorway to the medieval the city of Assisi, world-renowned for its 13th-century Basilica of St. Francis and Giotto's frescoes. Afterward, continue to Rome
Optional: Dinner with Musical Entertainment & Illuminated Drive
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Friday - Tour Vatican Museum
Today begins with the visit to the Vatican Museums and Michelangelo's breathtaking Sistine Chapel. Stroll through St. Peter's Square, passing Bernini's famous colonnade, to visit St. Peter's Basilica, where you will view Michelangelo's Pieta. This highly-finished marble sculpture depicts the body of Jesus in the arms of Mary after the Crucifixion, and is considered one of the most powerfully moving works of art in the Western world. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure
Optional: Piazzas of Rome (PM)
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Saturday - Depart for the USA
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

    Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

    Gondola Ride with Music

    Day #3 01 Jun 2013 - 30 Apr 2014         $65
    One of the highlights of any Italian holiday! Enjoy a relaxing gondola ride with music along the famous Grand Canal, and experience a piece of Venetian history. Glide along the centuries old canals, past lavish palaces and under famous arched bridges (the Gondola holds a maximum of six passengers. Please note that this is not a private gondola ride).

    Pick-up details to be advised locally.

    Dinner with Musical Entertainment & Illuminated Drive

    Day #6 01 May 2012 - 30 Apr 2014         $89
    Your evening includes a four-course dinner with delightful entertainment, and unlimited wine, culminating with an illuminated tour of Rome by night. Pick-up details to be advised locally.

    Piazzas of Rome

    Day #7 01 May 2013 - 30 Apr 2014         $44
    This half day walking tour takes you to explore the grand piazzas of the Eternal City. Stand in awe in front of the majestic Spanish Steps, the longest and widest decorative steps in Europe, and with your local guide stroll through the most characteristic "piazzas and vias " of Rome. Stop to admire the breathtaking grandeur of the Trevi Fountain and take the opportunity to toss in one, two, or three coins, each of which is supposed to bring a unique kind of good fortune. View the monumental Pantheon, the best preserved of any Roman building and admire the baroque Piazza Navona, which follows the shape of the ancient Roman Diocletian Stadium, with Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers and the Egyptian Obelisk. Pick-up details to be advised locally.

    Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

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    *Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.


    Accommodation Details:
    Some departures are operated with more than one coach. Hotels of similar standard may be substituted.

    Dec 21, Dec 24, Feb 15, Feb 18 and Mar 4 departures will be accommodated at the Hotel Carlton & Grand Canal in Venice.

    Jan 11, Feb 1, Mar 8 departures will be accommodated at the Hotel Carlton & Grand Canal in Venice and Grand Hotel Adriatico in Florence.

    Mar 15 departure will be accommodated at the Hotel Abbazia in Venice, Grand Hotel Mediterraneo in Florence and Hotel Mediterraneo in Rome.

    Feb 18 departure will be accommodated at the Grand Hotel Adriatico in Florence.

    Some departures may stay at the Amadeus Hotel in Venice instead of the Grand Hotel Principe.


    Entry Requirements:
    Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.




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