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This private tour is yours to enjoy as you wish, beginning on any date
you wish. The itinerary given below is a proposed program.
You may add or omit stops, or spend more or less time, according to
your personal preference. We will make all the arrangements for you
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Day 1 – Welcome to VENICE!
Our representative meets you at Venice Airport and assists
with the transfer to your hotel by private boat. Welcome to Venice,
your base for three nights. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy as
you wish, wandering the serpentine paths, bridges and canals of this
2 - VENICE and its ISLANDS
After breakfast, your local English-speaking guide meets you
at your hotel and takes you on a tour of St. Mark's Square, once called
the "gathering place of Europe." You enter and tour its two
outstanding landmarks: St Mark's Basilica, a triumph of Byzantine-style
architecture nicknamed the "church of gold," and the Palace
of the Doges, with it famous arcades.
Time for lunch. What will it be? Whatever you wish! Your guide can suggest
good restaurants in a variety of styles, or you can sit down in any
place that catches your fancy.
In the afternoon, your boat takes you on a private tour of the islands
of the Venice lagoon, including Murano, famous for its glass-blowing
artistry and Burano, known for the making of fine, delicate lace. After
your visit to the islands, your boat returns you to your hotel through
the canals of Venice, with the evening free to enjoy as you wish.
3 – Introduction to FLORENCE
Our representative meets
you at your hotel after breakfast and assists with your transfer by
private boat to Piazzale Roma and Venice Railway Station, where you
board a high-speed train, take your seats in First Class, and enjoy
the ever-changing panorama of the Italian countryside as the train takes
you to Firenze (Florence), a trip of about two hours. At the Firenze
railway station, you rendezvous with our representative who assists
with your transfer by private air-conditioned vehicle to your hotel,
your home for the next four nights.
Lunch is as you wish, as usual. Dine at your hotel, or ask the concierge
for suggestions of a good place nearby.
the afternoon, your local guide meets you at your hotel and takes you
on a half-day tour of Florence. You visit the Academia Museum, with
its sublime statue of David by Michelangelo; admire the magnificent
façade of the Duomo, Florence's cathedral, and the famous bronze
doors of the Battistero di San Giovanni (Baptistery). You continue to
the Piazza della Signoria, the hub of Florence; and the best-known bridge
crossing the River Arno, the much-photographed Ponte Vecchio, lined
with shops as in medieval times.
The evening is yours to enjoy as you like, relaxing at your hotel or
wandering the beguiling streets of Florence.
4– The ART of FLORENCE
This morning you concentrate on Florence's claim to fame: some of the
history’s greatest works of art. You visit the Uffizi Gallery,
home of Botticelli's Birth of Venus and Leonardo da Vinci's Annunciation,
and then pay homage to some of Italy’s greatest artists, scientists,
authors and musicians with a visit to the beautiful Basilica of Santa
Croce, the burial-place of Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli and Rossini.
You’ve heard of culinary delights with “Florentine”
in their name. Here’s your chance to find your own delights: wander
through Florence on your own, find the restaurant of your choice, and
sit down to a memorable Florentine mid-day repast, followed by an afternoon
on your own, exploring or resting as you like.
5 - SIENA and SAN GIMIGNANO
After breakfast, drive through the Italian countryside for less than
two hours to Siena, one of Italy’s most beloved cities. Your local
guide will show you all the points of interest in its historic center,
including the plaza that is the site of Siena’s most famous event,
the biennial horse race known as the Palio.
Siena is famous among Italians for its cuisine. Sample it yourself today
as you enjoy lunch, with restaurant suggestions from your guide.
After lunch we depart for the charming hillside town of San Gimignano,
known for its medieval architecture and encircling fortress-like walls
with numerous towers. After strolling along its historic streets and
squares, and enjoying views of the countryside from this hillside vantage
point, we return to Florence in time for dinner and an evening at leisure.
Day 6 - FLORENCE TO PERUGIA or TORGIANO VIA ASSISI
Depart for Assisi after breakfast, and after a drive of just over two
hours through the countryside, meet your local guide in the center of
Assisi. Take a leisurely walking tour of the town’s historic center,
the “birthplace of the Franciscan order,” visiting the San
Francesco Basilica (a World Heritage Site), and the massive Gothic Santa
Chiara Basilica. For lunch, find any restaurant that appeals to you,
assisted by restaurant suggestions from your guide.
In early afternoon, depart for Perugia (or Torgiano, if you prefer),
about an hour’s drive, to enjoy its famous hilltop views, narrow
winding streets, and "Baci" chocolates. Tour the historic
city center, including the elegant Renaissance Palazzo Capitano del
Popolo on the Piazza Matteotti, and the 14th-century Cathedral. In late
afternoon, return to Florence, and your hotel, for a restful evening.
Day 7 - PERUGIA or TORGIANO TO ROME VIA ORVIETO
Meet your driver after breakfast and depart for the one-hour drive to
the dramatically-situated Umbrian town of Orvieto, surrounded by sheer
cliffs. Your local guide shows you the historic town center, including
the Romanesque and Gothic Cathedral which holds Luca Signorelli's frescos
of the Last Judgment; the Torre del Moro, the ""Tower of the
Moor"" (named after a figure on the building’s coat
of arms) which gives sweeping views of the city; and the Piazza del
Popolo, followed by some time to wander around on your own and enjoy
this charming setting.
After lunch on your own, as you like, you depart for the 2-1/2-hour
drive to Rome, arriving in the Eternal City, and your hotel, in the
Day 8 - FULL DAY TOUR OF ROME - VATICAN CITY, PLAZAS & FOUNTAINS
After breakfast, your guide conducts you to the Vatican Museum, one
of the greatest in the world, featuring some of the most important masterpieces
of Renaissance art; the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo's crowning
artistic achievement, the ceiling frescoes; the massive and spectacular
St. Peter's Basilica, the holiest of Catholic sites and the greatest
building of its age.
After lunch on your own—lots of great restaurant choices in Rome!—your
guide takes you on a tour of Rome’s Plazas & Fountains. You
visit Piazza Navona, built on and following the shape of a 1st-century
stadium; the famous Baroque Trevi Fountain; the Spanish Steps, the widest
staircase in Europe and Rome’s most popular gathering-place; and
the vast Piazza del Popolo, which was once the traveler’s first
view of Rome. The evening is yours to enjoy as you wish.
Day 9 - HALF DAY TOUR OF ANCIENT ROME
Today you tour the timeless classics of ancient Rome: the Coliseum;
the Roman Forum, meeting-place of ancient Rome and now a site of archeological
wonder; and the Basilica of San Pietro in Vincoli (St. Peter in Chains),
the home of Michelangelo's statue of Moses.
Now that you know your way around Rome a bit, after lunch at a restaurant
of your choice, on your own, the rest of the afternoon is yours for
your own explorations.
10 - Departure - Rome
After breakfast , your English speaking escort will assist with your
private transfer from your hotel to Palermo Airport. Bon Voyage.
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Rates per person in USD $
Child : Younger than 12 year of age at time of travel must share with
2 adults to enjoy a 15 % discount .
The St. Regis Rome Hotel - The Ultimate in Luxury and comfort
Stay in a deluxe room when you choose the Ultra Deluxe Category
private guided sightseeing and all ground transportation always
on a private basis
( deluxe private air conditioned vehicle ) as indicated, private
English speaking tour escort.
or buffet breakfast daily , plus 1 lunch .
Entrance fees .
reserved-seat train tickets as indicated.
Ferry tickets as indicated.
expenses, beverages, and meals not specifically included.
for local personnel
airfares from/ to home country.
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Located in one of the most prestigious locations in Venice, just a few
steps from Saint Mark’s Square, overlooking the lagoon and its
Florence : Grand Hotel Villa Medici : 5 star Hotel
An historical residence located in the center of Florence,
walking distance from all major art sites and shopping.
Torgiano /Perugia : Hotel Brufani Palace : 5 star Deluxe hotel
Situated in the heart of Medieval Perugia in a panoramic position.
Torgiano /Perugia : Le Tre Vaselle Hotel : 5 star hotel
This 17th century building rises within the medieval wall of Torgiano,
a peaceful village in the hearth of Umbrian countryside.
Rome Hotel Eden : 5 star Deluxe Hotel
Just a few steps away from the hotel you will discover such attractions
as Via Veneto, the Spanish Steps and Via Condotti.
Rome Hotel Majestic : 5 star Hotel
Prestigious location in the heart of the Eternal City on Via Veneto.
Sorrento Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria : 5 star Hotel
A historic Grand Hotel with a unique location, overlooking the sea and
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Reggio Calabria Hotel Alta Fiumara :
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sea and 2 minute walk from the town’s harbor
Hotel San Domenico DI Taormina : 5 star Deluxe Hotel
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Heritage site, Villa Athena is situated only 200 meters from the Concordia
Temple, an ancient Doric masterpiece and one of the best-preserved Greek
temples outside of Greece.
Palermo Villa Igiea : 5 star Deluxe Hotel
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overlooking the bay and at the foot of Monte Pellegrino. The hotel is
approximately 3 kilometers from Palermo's historic city centre.