Day 01, Depart U.S. for Italy
Overnight flight to Rome, Italy. Flight would be purchased separately.
Day 02, Rome
Morning arrival in Rome. Optional transfer to your Rome hotel is available at time of booking. If not elected, please make your way to your hotel. Meet with your local assistant in the late afternoon for a welcome briefing. Rome is yours to enjoy independently. Overnight in Rome.
Day 03, Rome, The Vatican and More!
In the morning, make your way to a designated meeting point near the Vatican. Meet your guide, where you join a small group to visit Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. Our expert guide will offer an easy navigation through the vast Vatican collection spanning more than 4 miles of treasures on display. This Vatican tour focuses on the absolute must-sees and famous masterpieces of the Vatican, including the Sistine Chapel ceiling by Michelangelo and the Raphael Rooms. Discover Michelangelo’s Dome, Pinecone Courtyard (Cortile della Pigna), Chiaramonti Collection, Pio-Clementino Collection, Stanza Rotonda, Stanza della Croce Greca, Bramante’s Triple Gallery, Raphael's Rooms, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, St. Peter’s Square and more. Entry to the most magnificent church on earth; St Peter's, before ending in superb the square designed by Bernini. Make your way independently back to your hotel with the evening free to enjoy on your own. Overnight in Rome.
Day 04, Rome - Free Day
Today is yours free to independently explore the eternal city of Rome. Additional touring can be arranged by Celtic Tours at time of booking. Otherwise, enjoy your free day today. Overnight in Rome.
Day 05, Rome to Florence with touring of Siena and Monteriggioni
Meet your driver guide at Rome hotel and transfer to Florence. Your driver guide will stop in Siena and Monteriggioni to visit these enchanting villages. The drive itself is magnificent: enjoy the view of Chianti hills covered by vineyards and olives trees, with the cypresses that became soon familiar. Siena is probably Italy's loveliest medieval city. Its heart is the central piazza known as Il Campo, known worldwide for the famous Palio run here, a horse race run around the piazza two times every summer. Movie audiences worldwide can see Siena and the Palio in the James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace. Time permitting, short stop in at the charming and tiny castle town of Monteriggioni. With lunch at a Tuscan Villa estate, as well as wine tasting and cellar visit included, this is a great day to experience the best aspects of this wonderful region! Arrival late afternoon in Florence and overnight in the heart of the town.
Day 06, Florence
Today you will join a small group to explore Florence and discover how Florence’s 2000 years of tumultuous history changed the world forever. See historic sculptures, frescoes and paintings in 3 famous churches - the Duomo, Santa Trinità and Orsanmichele. Learn why Florence became one of the greatest art centers the world has ever seen and see Florence's Baptistery, Bell Tower, Gates of Paradise, Brunelleschi's Dome, Vasari's Corridor, Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, Ponte Vecchio, Medieval towers and Renaissance palaces and more (all outside visits). Overnight in Florence.
Day 07, Florence: Free Day!
Today is our chance to freely enjoy Florence independently. Explore the city; shop, dine and hang with the locals. Overnight in Florence.
Day 08, Florence - Pisa - Cinque Terre
Meet your private driver guide at hotel early morning and transfer to Portovenere. Your first stop will be in Pisa to enjoy the view of Leaning Tower and Piazza dei Miracoli. Continue to Cinqueterre for a boat tour of the area. Cinqueterre is the name of a district that encompasses five glorious towns, where small houses are surrounded by lush nature. Visitors are fascinated by the beauty of these five small villages, namely: Manarola, Riomaggiore, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare. The inhabitants of Cinque Terre benefit not only from its pristine waters, but from its natural environment, where wild nature is interspersed with vineyards, olive groves and citrus orchards, creating a precious bond between man, his traditions and this breathtaking stretch of coast. Arrival late afternoon in Portovenere and overnight in the heart of the town. *This tour would be done by train in case of bad weather condition.
Day 09, Portovenere - Florence
Transfers can be purchased separately at time of booking, or otherwise make your way independently to the airport or rail station.