Day 01, Friday: U.S. - Rome
Depart the U.S. for your overnight flight to Rome. Dinner served on board. Tours purchased on a land only basis begin on Day 02.
Day 02, Saturday: Arrive Rome
Morning arrival at Rome Airport, where we are transferred from the airport in Rome to the hotel. Rest of the day is at our leisure. Dinner is on your own this evening. Overnight in Rome.
Day 03, Sunday: Rome
After an American buffet breakfast, we enjoy a 3-hour "Discovering Rome" walking tour, with a 9:00 am pick-up from our hotel. Our tour will include Campo de'Fiori, Piazza Farnese, Piazza Navona, The Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish steps. Our tour will conclude in the city center, where we have the afternoon free to explore the city at our leisure. Lunch and dinner on your own with the remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight in Rome.
Day 04, Monday: Rome - Assisi - Siena - Florence
An early start today with collection at the hotel at 7:30 am. We depart by coach to Assisi. We will visit the mystical town of Saint Francis still surrounded by ancient walls. Visit the Basilica of Saint Francis with its early Renaissance masterpieces by Giotto and Cimabue. At the end of the visit, we continue towards Siena, the beautiful medieval city renown for the Palio horse race. We proceed to Florence for dinner and overnight at our hotel.
Day 05, Tuesday: Florence
Guided sightseeing tour of the city, also known to be the cradle of the Renaissance. Visit the beautiful Piazza del Duomo, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistery of St. John, and Santa Croce, the 13th century Franciscan Church with Cimabue's famous crucifix. The balance of the day is at leisure. An optional half-day sightseeing tour of Pisa can be arranged today if requested. Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight at the hotel.
Day 06, Wednesday: Florence - Padua - Venice
This morning, after a buffet breakfast, we depart for Padua, where we visit the famous Cathedral of St. Anthony, guarded by Donatello's “Gattamelata”. Continue to Venice, and on arrival enjoy a panoramic walking tour of this unique city. We see the Piazza and Basilica of St. Mark, the Doge's Palace, the Bridge of Sighs and the Prisons. Dinner and overnight tonight at our Venice hotel.
Day 07, Thursday: Venice
After breakfast this morning, we enjoy a tour by boat, crossing the lagoon where we have a beautiful view of the islands with stop at the island of Murano where we assist with a glass blowing demonstration. Some free time for shopping. Afternoon is free to enjoy Venice at your leisure before dinner and overnight at our Venice hotel.
Day 08, Friday: Venice - Verona - Sirione (Lake Garda) - Lake Como - Milan
Depart Venice this morning as we make our way to Milan. We travel via Verona, the town of Romeo and Juliet before continuing to Sirmione, where we have free time for lunch. Proceeding on, we visit Lake Como before arriving in Milan for dinner and overnight.
Day 09, Saturday: Milan - U.S.
After our buffet breakfast, enjoy a panoramic tour of the city including the shopping gallery Vittorio Emanuele II, the Sforza Castle, and the splendid Duomo, one of the worlds largest, most striking Gothic cathedrals. End of city tour at 11:00am Railway Station, or private transfer to Milan Malpensa Airport or Linate Airport for your return flight home. (Note - Transfers between 10 pm and 6 am are additional)