9 Day Four Star Venice, Florence & Rome by Rail

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Amadeus Hotel Venice
Grand Hotel Adriatico Florence
Venetia Palace Hotel Rome
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Amadeus Hotel Venice
Grand Hotel Adriatico Florence
Venetia Palace Hotel Rome

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This independent program allows the flexibility to explore on your own. Affordable optional sightseeing excursions are available to enhance your trip. Please note that this tour is not escorted and therefore you will not have the services of a tour manager to assist with hotel check-in formalities and luggage handling. Hotel locations, services and amenities differ according to the Plan. Read the descriptions in full and locate the hotels on our provided map to ensure the Hotel/Plan you select meets your desired criteria. This is an Independent program. For more information, click here.

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Itinerary

DAY 1, Monday - Depart for Italy
Depart to Italy

DAY 2, Tuesday - Arrive in Venice
Arrive in glorious Venice with its astonishing treasures and transfer independently to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, in this city built on over a hundred small islands and connected by 400 bridges
Overnight: Venice

DAY 3, Wednesday - Morning Walking Tour of Venice
Today, travel independently to Venice Santa Lucia Train Station, meet just outside on top of the staircase to begin a morning tour* of Venice. Start with a boat ride to the Island of Murano, known for its artistic and colorful Murano Glassware, and witness a glass blowing demonstration. Return to Venice for a walking tour, beginning with an orientation of St. Mark's Square where you will learn about the Square's most prominent monuments including the Golden Basilica of San Marco, the Doge's Palace, the Bell and Clock Towers. Proceed to Santa Maria Formosa Square and Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo, the second largest square in Venice. Continue to the corner of Marco Polo's House and Malibran Theater. Then, return to St. Mark's Square through the Mercerie, a series of interconnecting streets that link Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's Square, and are the main streets in the city for shopping. The remainder of the day is at leisure or you may choose to enjoy an optional Gondola Serenade *This is a walking and orientation tour of Venice that does not include entry into any landmarks.
Optional: Gondola Ride with Music (PM)
Overnight: Venice
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Thursday - Travel to Florence by Rail and Florence Walking Tour
Travel to Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance, by high speed rail. After check-in, travel independently to the Perseo Statue inside the Loggia dei Lanzi in Signoria Square to begin your walking tour* of Florence in the open-air art museum. Admire the statues of the Loggia dei Lanzi, the Palazzo Vecchio before continuing to the splendid Ponte Vecchio. Walk to the magnificent Duomo, celebrated for its dome designed by Brunelleschi, and view the Baptistery's renowned "Gates of Paradise" by Ghiberti. Florence is indeed the center of the world's finest art and architecture
*This is a walking and orientation tour of Florence that does not include entry into any landmarks.
Overnight: Florence
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Friday - Full Day in Florence
Spend the entire day exploring Florence on your own, or choose to join the optional tour of the Accademia Gallery, where Michelangelo's David is housed; stand in awe of this glorious work of art. In the afternoon perhaps, participated in the optional half day Chianti tour. Journey to Chianti region that is famous for is quaint villages, rolling hills, and vineyards. Tour two wineries and enjoy wine tastings, expertly paired with light Tuscan delicacies. Afterward, travel to Greve in Chianti, one of the most renowned Chianti Villages
Optional: Accademia Gallery (PM)
Optional: Half Day Chianti Tour (PM)
Overnight: Florence
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Saturday - Travel to Rome by Rail
Today, travel via high speed rail to Rome, the astonishing city built on seven hills. After check-in, the rest of the day is at leisure. Enjoy the ancient Roman architecture or dive into the sumptuous culinary delights which abound citywide
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Sunday - Full Day in Rome
Spend the entire day exploring "The Eternal City" at leisure. Perhaps, visit the Pantheon, a magnificent ancient temple, the world's best-preserved ancient monument, that was later converted into a church and view Raphael's tomb. From here, take a stroll to the nearby beautiful Piazza Navona, to get a glimpse of the famous fountains by Bernini. Find a cafe table on the square and enjoy a cappuccino while you take in the action. You may also decide to join the optional Street Food tour and experience Rome’s culinary culture firsthand! Afterwards, continue your exploration of Rome
Optional: Naples & Pompeii with lunch from Rome
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Monday - Vatican Museum Tour
Today, travel independently to Caffe Vaticano, opposite the Vatican Museum Entrance, to begin the guided tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica, skipping the lines. Upon arrival, your guide will lead you into the museums where you will visit one of the most important art collections in the world. Admire the Gallery of Tapestries and the Geographical Maps before arriving to the famous Sistine Chapel with its great frescoes by Michelangelo. Then continue to the unforgettable St. Peter's Basilica, built on the burial site of Saint Peter.* Afternoon is at leisure or choose to join the optional Ancient Rome tour to visit the fabled Colosseum and the legendary Roman Forum
*Due to Religious events, the opening times of St. Peter Basilica are subject to change without notice. In these cases, you will visit the Vatican Library instead of the Basilica
Optional: Ancient Rome (PM)
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Tuesday - Depart Italy
Transfer independently to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Italy
Depart to Italy

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Venice
Arrive in glorious Venice with its astonishing treasures and transfer independently to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, in this city built on over a hundred small islands and connected by 400 bridges
Overnight: Venice

DAY 3, Monday - Morning Walking Tour of Venice
Today, travel independently to Venice Santa Lucia Train Station, meet just outside on top of the staircase to begin a morning tour* of Venice. Start with a boat ride to the Island of Murano, known for its artistic and colorful Murano Glassware, and witness a glass blowing demonstration. Return to Venice for a walking tour, beginning with an orientation of St. Mark's Square where you will learn about the Square's most prominent monuments including the Golden Basilica of San Marco, the Doge's Palace, the Bell and Clock Towers. Proceed to Santa Maria Formosa Square and Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo, the second largest square in Venice. Continue to the corner of Marco Polo's House and Malibran Theater. Then, return to St. Mark's Square through the Mercerie, a series of interconnecting streets that link Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's Square, and are the main streets in the city for shopping. The remainder of the day is at leisure or you may choose to enjoy an optional Gondola Serenade *This is a walking and orientation tour of Venice that does not include entry into any landmarks.
Optional: Gondola Ride with Music (PM)
Overnight: Venice
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Tuesday - Travel to Florence by Rail and Florence Walking Tour
Travel to Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance, by high speed rail. After check-in, travel independently to the Perseo Statue inside the Loggia dei Lanzi in Signoria Square to begin your walking tour* of Florence in the open-air art museum. Admire the statues of the Loggia dei Lanzi, the Palazzo Vecchio before continuing to the splendid Ponte Vecchio. Walk to the magnificent Duomo, celebrated for its dome designed by Brunelleschi, and view the Baptistery's renowned "Gates of Paradise" by Ghiberti. Florence is indeed the center of the world's finest art and architecture
*This is a walking and orientation tour of Florence that does not include entry into any landmarks.
Overnight: Florence
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Wednesday - Full Day in Florence
Spend the entire day exploring Florence on your own, or choose to join the optional tour of the Accademia Gallery, where Michelangelo's David is housed; stand in awe of this glorious work of art. In the afternoon perhaps, participated in the optional half day Chianti tour. Journey to Chianti region that is famous for is quaint villages, rolling hills, and vineyards. Tour two wineries and enjoy wine tastings, expertly paired with light Tuscan delicacies. Afterward, travel to Greve in Chianti, one of the most renowned Chianti Villages
Optional: Accademia Gallery (AM)
Optional: Half Day Chianti Tour (PM)
Overnight: Florence
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Thursday - Travel to Rome by Rail
Today, travel via high speed rail to Rome, the astonishing city built on seven hills. After check-in, the rest of the day is at leisure. Enjoy the ancient Roman architecture or dive into the sumptuous culinary delights which abound citywide
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Friday - Vatican Museum Tour
Today, travel independently to Caffe Vaticano, opposite the Vatican Museum entrance, to begin the guided tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica, skipping the lines. Upon arrival, your guide will lead you into the museums where you will visit one of the most important art collections in the world. Admire the Gallery of Tapestries and the Geographical Maps before arriving to the famous Sistine Chapel with its great frescoes by Michelangelo. Then continue to the unforgettable St. Peter's Basilica, built on the burial site of Saint Peter.* Afternoon is at leisure or choose to join the optional Ancient Rome tour to visit the fabled Colosseum
*Due to Religious events, the opening times of St. Peter Basilica are subject to change without notice. In these cases, you will visit the Vatican Library instead of the Basilica
Optional: Ancient Rome (PM)
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Saturday - Full Day in Rome
Spend the entire day exploring "The Eternal City" at leisure. Perhaps, visit the Pantheon, a magnificent ancient temple, the world's best-preserved ancient monument, that was later converted into a church and view Raphael's tomb. From here, take a stroll to the nearby beautiful Piazza Navona, to get a glimpse of the famous fountains by Bernini. Perhaps, join the optional Naples & Pompeii with lunch. Depart Rome this morning and drive along the Sun Route to Pompeii, passing by the bay of Naples and majestic Mt. Vesuvius. After lunch, visit Pompeii, the city that was frozen in time under a thick carpet of volcanic ash almost 2,000 years ago. Return to Rome later in the afternoon
Optional: Naples & Pompeii with lunch from Rome
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Sunday - Depart Italy
Transfer independently to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Optional Tours

One of the experiences of any Italian holiday is a Venetian gondola ride. For centuries, the traditional flat bottom boat has been a major means of transportation in Venice though its primary role today is to take tourists on rides. Gondoliers may seem like "rough-and-ready" characters, however they are actually highly skilled operators constantly working on the perfect balance of this watercraft. The profession, handed down from generation to generation, is regulated by a guild which issues a limited number of licenses to highly trained gondoliers to navigate the narrow spaces of the Venetian Canals. Explore part of the Grand Canal as well as some other hidden minor waterways. The gondola holds a maximum of six passengers. Please note that this is not a private gondola ride. Gondolas may depart in groups, with one singer offered per group.

Departs at 3:30 pm. Pick-up 15 minutes prior to departure time from Santa Maria del Giglio gondola pier. Drop-off at Santa Maria del Giglio gondola pier. Approximate tour duration is 30 minutes.

Day #3 01 Nov 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 $48.00
Gondola Serenade 3:30 PM Thumbnail

During your vacation in Florence don’t miss out on meeting one of the most famous and eclectic artists in the world: Michelangelo. Your personal guide will reveal the secrets of the Accademia Gallery and the creation of Michelangelo’s world renowned masterpieces, such as the original version of David, I Prigioni and San Matteo. This is a must and will be a discovery for anyone interested in Michelangelo. It really is a once-in-the-life experience to stand in front of David. At the end of the guided tour you will have the possibility to stay in the museum for as long as you like.

Departs at 10:30 am from in front of the main entrance to the Accademia Gallery. Please arrive 20 minutes prior to departure time. Approximate tour duration is 1 hour.

Day #5 04 Nov 2019 - 30 Nov 2019 $53.00
02 Dec 2019 - 24 Dec 2019 $53.00
26 Dec 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $53.00
02 Jan 2020 - 04 Jan 2020 $53.00
06 Jan 2020 - 01 Feb 2020 $53.00
03 Feb 2020 - 29 Feb 2020 $53.00
02 Mar 2020 - 02 Apr 2020 $53.00
Accademia Gallery 10:30 AM Thumbnail

Enjoy a half day excursion into Tuscany's Chianti region famous for is quaint villages, rolling hills, and vineyards. Take part in two wine tastings at two rustic wineries expertly paired with light Tuscan delicacies and afterward travel to Greve in Chianti, one of the most renowned Chianti Villages.

Departs from Piazzale Montelungo Bus Terminal, next to Santa Maria Novella Train Station. Please arrive 20 minutes prior to departure. Approximate tour duration is 5 hours. Drop-off at city center.

Day #5 01 Nov 2019 - 24 Dec 2019 $56.00
26 Dec 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $56.00
02 Jan 2020 - 02 Apr 2020 $56.00
Half Day Chianti Tour 2:30 PM Thumbnail

Depart Rome in the early morning for a pleasant drive along the "Sun Route" motorway, taking you through the scenic regions of Lazio and Campania. Pass the famous Abbey of Montecassino en route to Naples where you will enjoy a short panoramic tour of the city. Continue toward Pompeii for lunch in a typical restaurant, followed by a short visit to a nearby coral and cameo factory. Afterward, visit the excavated ruins of this incredibly well preserved Roman town, destroyed by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D.

Pick-up from hotel lobby approximately 1 hour prior to departure. Please call Local Phone above 24 hours prior to confirm exact pick-up time. Drop-off at city center. Approximate tour duration is 13 hours.

Day #7 01 Nov 2019 - 23 Dec 2019 $184.00
27 Dec 2019 - 30 Dec 2019 $184.00
02 Jan 2020 - 29 Feb 2020 $184.00
02 Mar 2020 - 30 Jun 2020 $184.00
#13 Naples & Pompeii with lunch from Rome 7:30 AM Thumbnail

Take a tour of Ancient Rome's major sights and skip the long lines for the Archaeological Area with a professional guide. Gain special access to the Colosseum, the giant amphitheater used for gladiator fights and public spectacles, and the largest building ever built in the Roman Empire. Walk along the pavement of the original Roman grid, which crosses the ruins of the Roman Forum. Enjoy views of the Temple of Vesta, Basilica Julia, and Arch of Constantine.

Departs 2.00 pm from Arch of Constantine, look for the “I Love Rome” pink flags. Please arrive 15 minutes prior. Tour ends in the Archaeological area. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Important: Due to security restrictions no backpacks, large bags, electronic devices, or knives are allowed inside of the sights.

Day #8 05 Nov 2019 - 24 Dec 2019 $65.00
02 Jan 2020 - 31 Mar 2020 $65.00
#2B Ancient Rome 2:00 PM Thumbnail

One of the experiences of any Italian holiday is a Venetian gondola ride. For centuries, the traditional flat bottom boat has been a major means of transportation in Venice though its primary role today is to take tourists on rides. Gondoliers may seem like "rough-and-ready" characters, however they are actually highly skilled operators constantly working on the perfect balance of this watercraft. The profession, handed down from generation to generation, is regulated by a guild which issues a limited number of licenses to highly trained gondoliers to navigate the narrow spaces of the Venetian Canals. Explore part of the Grand Canal as well as some other hidden minor waterways. The gondola holds a maximum of six passengers. Please note that this is not a private gondola ride. Gondolas may depart in groups, with one singer offered per group.

Departs at 3:30 pm. Pick-up 15 minutes prior to departure time from Santa Maria del Giglio gondola pier. Drop-off at Santa Maria del Giglio gondola pier. Approximate tour duration is 30 minutes.

Day #3 01 Nov 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 $48.00
Gondola Serenade 3:30 PM Thumbnail

During your vacation in Florence don’t miss out on meeting one of the most famous and eclectic artists in the world: Michelangelo. Your personal guide will reveal the secrets of the Accademia Gallery and the creation of Michelangelo’s world renowned masterpieces, such as the original version of David, I Prigioni and San Matteo. This is a must and will be a discovery for anyone interested in Michelangelo. It really is a once-in-the-life experience to stand in front of David. At the end of the guided tour you will have the possibility to stay in the museum for as long as you like.

Departs at 10:30 am from in front of the main entrance to the Accademia Gallery. Please arrive 20 minutes prior to departure time. Approximate tour duration is 1 hour.

Day #5 04 Nov 2019 - 30 Nov 2019 $53.00
02 Dec 2019 - 24 Dec 2019 $53.00
26 Dec 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $53.00
02 Jan 2020 - 04 Jan 2020 $53.00
06 Jan 2020 - 01 Feb 2020 $53.00
03 Feb 2020 - 29 Feb 2020 $53.00
02 Mar 2020 - 02 Apr 2020 $53.00
Accademia Gallery 10:30 AM Thumbnail

Enjoy a half day excursion into Tuscany's Chianti region famous for is quaint villages, rolling hills, and vineyards. Take part in two wine tastings at two rustic wineries expertly paired with light Tuscan delicacies and afterward travel to Greve in Chianti, one of the most renowned Chianti Villages.

Departs from Piazzale Montelungo Bus Terminal, next to Santa Maria Novella Train Station. Please arrive 20 minutes prior to departure. Approximate tour duration is 5 hours. Drop-off at city center.

Day #5 01 Nov 2019 - 24 Dec 2019 $56.00
26 Dec 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $56.00
02 Jan 2020 - 02 Apr 2020 $56.00
Half Day Chianti Tour 2:30 PM Thumbnail

Take a tour of Ancient Rome's major sights and skip the long lines for the Archaeological Area with a professional guide. Gain special access to the Colosseum, the giant amphitheater used for gladiator fights and public spectacles, and the largest building ever built in the Roman Empire. Walk along the pavement of the original Roman grid, which crosses the ruins of the Roman Forum. Enjoy views of the Temple of Vesta, Basilica Julia, and Arch of Constantine.

Departs 2.00 pm from Arch of Constantine, look for the “I Love Rome” pink flags. Please arrive 15 minutes prior. Tour ends in the Archaeological area. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Important: Due to security restrictions no backpacks, large bags, electronic devices, or knives are allowed inside of the sights.

Day #7 05 Nov 2019 - 24 Dec 2019 $65.00
02 Jan 2020 - 31 Mar 2020 $65.00
#2B Ancient Rome 2:00 PM Thumbnail

Depart Rome in the early morning for a pleasant drive along the "Sun Route" motorway, taking you through the scenic regions of Lazio and Campania. Pass the famous Abbey of Montecassino en route to Naples where you will enjoy a short panoramic tour of the city. Continue toward Pompeii for lunch in a typical restaurant, followed by a short visit to a nearby coral and cameo factory. Afterward, visit the excavated ruins of this incredibly well preserved Roman town, destroyed by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D.

Pick-up from hotel lobby approximately 1 hour prior to departure. Please call Local Phone above 24 hours prior to confirm exact pick-up time. Drop-off at city center. Approximate tour duration is 13 hours.

Day #8 01 Nov 2019 - 23 Dec 2019 $184.00
27 Dec 2019 - 30 Dec 2019 $184.00
02 Jan 2020 - 29 Feb 2020 $184.00
02 Mar 2020 - 30 Jun 2020 $184.00
#13 Naples & Pompeii with lunch from Rome 7:30 AM Thumbnail