Day 01, U.S. to Rome
Overnight flight to Rome, Italy. Celtic Tours World Vacations will be delighted to book your air in conjunction with your tour, or purchase this tour on a land only basis, where your tour would begin on day 02, in Rome.
Day 02, Rome
Private transfer from Rome Airport to our hotel in Rome. Remainder of the day at leisure to enjoy Rome Dinner not included.
Day 03, Rome
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, you will enjoy a 3-hour “DISCOVERY ROME “walking tour (English only) Around 9:00 am pick up at your hotel. With this 3-hour walking tour in a single morning you will move in centuries and discover top attractions of Rome. This itinerary begins at Campo dei Fiori, certainly one of the most characteristic squares in Rome with its "open-air" market. Next to Campo dei Fiori we will admire the magical charm of Piazza Farnese, which takes its name from the imposing Palazzo Farnese. Proceed then to Piazza Navona, one of the most famous squares in the world. Its original shape repeats with extreme faithfulness the perimeter of the ancient stadium of Domitian built in 89 A.D. The symbol of the square is the "Fountains of Four Rivers", designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini and competing with Borromini's famed church S.Agnese in Agone. In a ten-minute walk, we reach Piazza della Rotonda housing the unmistakable structure of the Pantheon. The Pantheon has been well preserved and is a true masterpiece of architecture. Once inside, our expert guide will be glad to give a short explanation about the history and the architectural secrets of the building. From Piazza della Rotonda the distance is short to Piazza Colonna, thus named after the 2nd century marble column celebrating the victories of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius over the Germanic populations. At present the square is the center of the Italian political life, which gravitates around Palazzo Chigi, the seat of the Prime Minister. We then cross Via del Corso and in just 5 minutes we are at the Trevi Fountain, a true masterpiece and certainly the most famous and spectacular fountain in Rome. The last stop of our itinerary will be Piazza di Spagna, (Spanish Steps). Extremely original in shape, it has always been the meeting place for travelers coming from all over the world. In the center of the square you will admire the Fontana della Barcaccia made by Pietro Bernini.
Day 04, Rome - Assisi - Siena - Florence
Buffet breakfast and pickup at the hotel from 7:30 am to 7:45 am and departure by coach to ASSISI. You will visit the mystic 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, continue towards SIENA, the beautiful medieval city renown for the Palio horse race. Proceed to FLORENCE. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 05, Florence
American buffet breakfast at the hotel. 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 for optional sightseeing (we suggest the PISA half day tour) or for shopping. Dinner at a local Restaurant and overnight at the hotel.
Day 06, Florence - Padua - Venice
American buffet breakfast at the hotel and departure to VENICE by coach. Along the way you will stop in PADUA, where you will visit the famous Cathedral of St. Anthony, guarded by Donatello’s “Gattamelata”. Continue towards VENICE, and upon arrival enjoy a panoramic guided walking tour of this unique city. You will see the St. Mark’s square, the Basilica of St. Mark, the Doge’s Palace, the Bridge of Sighs and the Prisons. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Venice island.
Day 07, Venice
American buffet breakfast at the hotel. Morning tour by boat. You will cross the lagoon with a view of the islands and reach the island of Murano where you will assist to a demonstration of glass blowing (some time will be allowed for shopping). Afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 08, Venice
American buffet breakfast and end of the tour.