Day 01, Thursday: 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, Friday: Arrival Rome
Welcome to Italy! After collecting your baggage, we transfer you to your hotel. Time to relax before meeting our Tour Leader and fellow traveling companions at the bar of the hotel. From here we walk to a local restaurant and enjoy a tasty welcome dinner. Overnight in Rome.
Day 03, Saturday: Heart of Rome & Vatican
Meet our tour leader in the lobby and walk to Piazza Navona, where we will explore the heart of Rome. Today tour includes the Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and the Baroque quarter. Free time for lunch. Then transfer to the Vatican for a guided visit. Tonight experience real Roman food! Meet our tour leader and enjoy a relaxed walk along the narrow streets of ancient Rome. End the tour at a local restaurant for a tasty Roman Dinner. Return to hotel with our tour leader. Overnight in Rome.
Day 04, Sunday: Siena
Meet our tour leader at our hotel in Rome and transfer to Florence by private coach. The drive itself is a magnificent path along the roads of Tuscany, where it is possible to enjoy the view of hills covered by vineyards, olive trees, small villages and original bell towers. En route stop in Siena, probably Italy’s loveliest medieval city. The town offers magnificent masterpieces and incredible views. Upon arrival, enjoy a “farmers lunch” with original Tuscan foods; cheese and salami, with a wine tasting included. After lunch, free time to explore the city. We continue to our final destination. Before arrival, stop in a vineyard in Chianti for a wine tasting. Late afternoon arrival in Florence. Dine independently tonight. Overnight in Florence.
Day 05, Monday: Free day in Florence
Today enjoy your day in Florence at your leisure. Overnight in Florence.
Day 06, Tuesday: Florence
Lorenzo de Medici transformed Florence into the cradle of the Renaissance by attracting the best artists, architects and writers of the time such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Botticelli to whom he commissioned various works. We start exploring Florence from the unknown and most picturesque sides of the city. Meet our guide in the hotel to explore the heart of the town. Visit the fresh market of San Lorenzo where it is possible to find the food arriving fresh every day from Tuscan Countryside. It is a great opportunity to taste many varieties of cheese, fruits, vegetables and breads. Here there is free time to enjoy lunch independently. Later, visit Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio (from outside), the Dome with Giotto’s bell tower (from outside), Ponte Vecchio. Finally, visit the Accademia and see the masterpiece of Michelangelo; the statue of David. Tonight we enjoy a Tuscan dinner with a sunset walk. This time of the day is spectacular and provides great photo opportunities. Overnight in Florence.
Day 07, Wednesday: Florence - Venice
After breakfast, we transfer to Florence train station. Enjoy the ride by high-speed train to Venice. The city is built on several small islands linked by hundreds of bridges. Arrive late morning and transfer to our hotel. Free time to explore Venice on our own. Dine on your own this evening with overnight in Venice.
Day 08, Thursday: Venice
In the morning visit classic Venice; St. Marco Square, Doge’s Palace, the Rialto Bridge and the Grand Canal. Free time for lunch. In the evening, discover amazing Venice during a beautiful sunset. Our tour leader will escort us between the Venetian “calli” and their “Bacari”, the typical and traditional Venetian bars where we can taste the famous “Cicchetti”, the typical Venetian food. Enjoy a Venetian dinner. In the evening enjoy a 45-minute sunset walk with your tour leader. Overnight in Venice.
Day 09, Friday: Venice – U.S.
After breakfast, transfer to Venice Airport or Rail Station, where your tour ends. Return home with a promise to return.