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16 DAYS | 15 NIGHTS

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GUARANTEED DEPARTURE

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Main Info

Situated in Mediterranean Europe, Italy has land frontiers with France in the north-west, Switzerland and Austria in the north and Slovenia in the north-east. The peninsula is surrounded by the Ligurian Sea, the Sardinian Sea and the Tyrrhenian Sea in the west, the Sicilian Sea and the Ionian Sea in the south and the Adriatic Sea in the east. Italian is the language of the majority of the population but there are minorities speaking German, French, Slovene and Ladino. There is a great deal of variety in the landscape in Italy, although it is characterized predominantly by two mountain chains: the Alps and the Apennines.The former extends over 600 miles from east to west. It consists of great massifs in the western sector, with peaks rising to over 14,000 feet, including Monte Bianco (Mont Blanc), Monte Rosa and Cervino (the Matterhorn). The the chain is lower in the eastern sector, although the mountains, the Dolomites, are still of extraordinary beauty.

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What’s Included

Arrival transfers in Rome
2 nights in Rome at 4 star, Bettoja Hotel or similar
3 nights in Florence at 4 star, Raffaello Hotel or similar
2 nights in Venice at 4 star, Santa Chiara Hotel or similar
1 night on Board, Cruise Ferry to Barcelona
2 nights in Barcelona at 4 star, Catalonia Barcelona Plaza Hotel or similar
2 nights in Madrid at 4 star, Riu Plaza De Espana Hotel or similar
2 nights in Sevilla at 4 star, Melia Lebreros Hotel or similar
1 night in Granada at 4 star, Melia Granada
23 meals: 15 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 5 dinners
Visit Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, and St Peter’s Basilica Tour
Visit Assisi
Visit Basilica of St. Francis
Visit Piazza del Campo
Visit Florence
Visit Piazza del Nettuno and Piazza Maggiore
Visit King Renzo’s Palace; Palazzo Podestà and the Basilica of San Petronio
Visit Piazza dei Miracoli with the Duomo, “the Leaning Tower” and the Baptistery
Visit Bologna
Visit Padova, with the Basilica of Saint Anthony
Visit Venice
Visit Piazza San Marco, St.Mark’s Basilica
Visit Val di Chiana with a stop in Montepulciano
Lunch in a typical restaurant
City tour of Barcelona
Brief stop at a typical site in Puerto Lapice
Sevilla panoramic city tour
Visit Santa Cruz quarter
Visit Alhambra complex and Generalife Gardens
Visit Imperial city of Toledo – World Heritage City
Guided tour of this historic old town
Visit “Damasquinado” (gold and silver inlaying in iron)
English guides on tour

Not Included

Departure transfers from Barcelona
Porterage service
Drinks
Optional visits
Entrance fees to monuments or museums when not mentioned
City tax for overnight stays (according to each city council rules)


Tour Details


Duration: 16 days & 15 nights

Travel Style: Guaranteed Departures

Minimum Passengers: 2
Based on double occupancy

Type of Service: Shared
Small group experience | All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

VISA Requirements: No
A visa is not required for travelers with a valid US passport.

Physical Rating: 2 – Average
Some tours may include light hiking, stairs, and rough off-road adventures.

Service Level: Standard
Tourists class accomodations and mix of public and private transports and tours, select meals included.

Please Note

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. On Day 1 of the tour, you will be advised of any amendments.

DAY 1 | ARRIVAL – ROME

Transfer from the airport in Rome to the hotel.

Rest of the day at leisure.

| Overnight in Rome

DAY 2 | ROME

Breakfast at the hotel.

Between 7:45 – 8:00 am, depart from the hotel for a tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica with our exclusive “Skip the Line” access! No stress to reach the area: upon arrival, your guide will lead you into the museums where you’ll visit one of the most important art collections of the world. Walk along the beautiful Galleries of Tapestries and Geographical Maps before admiring Raphael’s Rooms and, then, the amazing Sistine Chapel. After this incredible masterpiece, you will be taken by a privileged door to St. Peter’s Basilica: the biggest church in the world! The tour ends in St.Peter’s Square: enjoy the rest of the day to explore the city at your own leisure or get any one of our selected tours for the afternoon or at night!

| Overnight in Rome
|  Breakfast

DAY 3 | ROME – ASSISI – SIENA

Breakfast at the hotel.

Departing at 7:15 am from your hotel by a deluxe coach, you will arrive in Assisi, ready to explore, at your own leisure, this tiny town surrounded by walls, built in the Middle Ages. Take your time to visit the Basilica of St. Francis, where you will see masterpieces by Giotto and Cimabue and, then, have free time for lunch (not included). Board on the bus to reach Siena, a Unesco World Heritage Site, world-known for the Palio, the historical horse race around the shell-shaped town square: Piazza del Campo.

Next, you will continue on to Florence, where you will check in at your hotel before enjoying dinner and a well-earned night of rest.

|Overnight in Florence
|  Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4 | FLORENCE

After breakfast, you will spend the day venturing around beautiful Florence, the “Cradle of Renaissance, where, with the help of Michelangelo, Italian art reached its pinnacle. Based on Etruscan-roman origins, the city flourished in the Middle Ages as a free “Comune” and was further refined during the Renaissance. You will be fascinated by the uncountable monuments, churches, and buildings as Santa Maria del Fiore, more commonly referred to as the Duomo. On your visit, you will be amazed by its magnificent dome built by Filippo Brunelleschi. Cross a small piazza to see the “Campanile” tower (partly designed by Giotto) and the Baptistery, with its bronze doors where Michelangelo imagined the “Gates of Paradise.” In the heart of the city, you will see Piazza Della Signoria, Palazzo della Signoria (also known as Palazzo Vecchio), and the Basilica of Santa Croce. Lunch in a typical Tuscan restaurant in Piazza Santa Croce. Spend the afternoon strolling the cobblestone streets of Florence on your own or take a short trip to Pisa (optional), one of the four main historical Marine Republics of Italy. There, you will tour the Piazza dei Miracoli with the Duomo, Pisa’s symbol “the Leaning Tower” and the Baptistery. Dinner at leisure.

|Overnight in Florence
|  Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5 | FLORENCE - BOLOGNA – PADUA – VENICE

After breakfast in Florence, departure to Bologna.

There, you will discover the elegant city center with its “porticos”, it’s shopping streets and so on. From Piazza Malpighi you will walk to Piazza del Nettuno and Piazza Maggiore (Neptune square and Major square) in the heart of the city, then King Renzo’s Palace; Palazzo Podestà and the Basilica of San Petronio, one of the biggest in the world. Bologna ’s a real gourmet’s heaven…do not miss a tasty meal at your own leisure! In the afternoon, continue toward Padova, with the Basilica of Saint Anthony: one of the most visited churches by pilgrims of the Catholic world. Later in the afternoon, arrival in Venice: the City of Love, one of the most romantic cities in the whole world and, undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man! Following check-in at your hotel, enjoy dinner at the hotel

| Overnight in Florence
|  Breakfast, Dinner 

DAY 6 | VENICE

After breakfast, enjoy your private water-taxi transfer to Piazza San Marco, with “Skip the Line” tickets to visit the splendid St.Mark’s Basilica and, after this, check out the most iconic places of the “Floating City”: the Palazzo dei Dogi, symbol of Venice’s glorious past, the legendary “Bridge of Sighs”. Spend the afternoon roaming along Venice’s canals at your leisure and then return to the hotel for overnight.

|Overnight in Venice
|  Breakfast

DAY 7 |VENICE – MONTEPULCIANO – ROME

After buffet breakfast at the hotel, depart from Piazzale Roma heading to Tuscany, world-known for its landscapes, its churches, castles, and its delicious wines. You will proceed to Val di Chiana with a stop in Montepulciano, a medieval town rich in history and art. Known for its “Nobile” wine, on purchase in local wine houses, Montepulciano also hosts an annual jazz and wine festival every July. Lunch in a typical restaurant included. Spend the afternoon discovering Montepulciano at your own pace. In the evening, you will arrive in Rome to check-in into your hotel.

|Overnight in Venice
|  Breakfast, Lunch 

DAY 8 | ROME - CIVITAVECCHIA

Breakfast at the hotel and morning at your disposal. Meet your driver at 7:30 pm for your transfer to Civitavecchia port (Terminal Grimaldi Lines) and board on the Cruise Ferry to Barcelona. Departure at 11:00 pm.

|Overnight on board
|  Breakfast

DAY 9 | ARRIVAL IN BARCELONA

Breakfast and lunch on board. Enjoy your time and discover the variety and quality of services that these kind of Cruise Ferries can offer; a wide open space with pool (for adults and kids), lounges, bars, disco, a cafeteria (open 24 hours); self-service or a-la-carte restaurants, boutiques, internet lounges, health center and a gym with technogym equipment. Arrival in Barcelona at 7:00 pm approx., disembark from the ferry and transfer to Barcelona. Arrival and accommodation at the hotel.

|Overnight in  Barcelona
|  Breakfast, Lunch 

DAY 10 | BARCELONA

Breakfast at the hotel. Make your own way to the meeting point (TBD) by 8:30 am for a morning highlights city tour of Barcelona. The most unforgettable way to get to know the city is with a sightseeing tour, as well as from above with the Montjuic cable car, which offers incredible views. You will visit the renowned Poble Espanyol and have a chance to lose yourself in the streets of the Gothic Quarter with a pleasant stroll. Afternoon at leisure to discover this city full of attractive offers.

|Overnight in  Barcelona
|  Breakfast

DAY 11 | BARCELONA - MADRID (BY TRAIN)

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Sants Train Station to depart by AVE, a high speed train, at 9:00 am to Madrid. Enjoy the journey with the comfort and operating speed of this AVE train. Arrival at 11:45 am. Transfer from station to your hotel.  The remainder of the day is to explore on your own or relax.

 

|Overnight in Madrid
|  Breakfast

DAY 12 | MADRID - CORDOBA - SEVILLE

Breakfast at the hotel. Make your own way to the meeting point (TBD) by 8:30 am. Drive along La Mancha, Don Quixote’s land. Brief stop at a typical site in Puerto Lapice. Cross through the natural border of “Despeñaperros” and get into Andalusia, a region for itself that shows an enormous heritage from a splendorous past. Reach Cordoba for an impressive tour of its mosque and other sites that will ease our mind and spirit strolling through its narrow winding streets of the Jewish Quarter. In the afternoon, after a short two hours ride, we will reach Seville. Dinner at your hotel.

|Overnight in Seville
|  Breakfast, Dinner 

DAY 13 | SEVILLE

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a morning panoramic city tour visiting: the exterior of the Cathedral (the second largest in the Catholic world after St. Peters in Rome), Santa Cruz quarter (a natural scenario of “Carmen” as well as a precisely where the myth of “Don Juan” developed), Maria Luisa Park, and Plaza de España. The afternoon is at leisure for you to discover exclusive views, specific flavors of this active full of light city. Enjoy dinner at your hotel.

|Overnight in Seville
|  Breakfast, Dinner 

DAY 14 | SEVILLE - GRANADA

After breakfast at the hotel, we will head east through the Caliphate road to the heart of Andalusia observing an endless number of olive trees on the way to Granada and its incredible and amazing monumental environment, last stronghold of the Moorish Kingdoms up to 1492. Visit the world famous Alhambra complex and Generalife Gardens that have inspired several authors with its sound and sights, such as the “Tales of the Alhambra” by W. Irving. Dinner at the hotel.

|Overnight in Granada
|  Breakfast, Dinner 

DAY 15 | GRANDA - TOLEDO - MADRID

Breakfast at the hotel. We will head northward where it emerges, toward the sky of Castilla and surrounded by the Tagus river, the impressive Imperial city of Toledo – World Heritage City – where the three cultures Christians, Moorish and Jewish, have lived together. Enjoy a short guided tour of this historic old town through its narrow streets. Then, proceed with a visit to a famous “Damasquinado” (gold and silver inlaying in iron) factory before continuing to Madrid.

|Overnight in Madrid
|  Breakfast

DAY 16 | MADRID - DEPARTURE

After breakfast at the hotel,you will be transferred to the airport at the appropriate time depending on your flight schedule.

 

|  Breakfast

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The rates displayed below are for the listed travel dates only. The travel dates for this tour package cannot be changed or altered. 

Hotel Raffaello

Hotel Raffaello is set in a quiet street in a pleasant area less than 10 minutes’ walk from both Romae Termini Station and the Coliseum. Rooms have an LCD TV, a mini-bar, and air conditioning. Wi-Fi is free throughout. A free smartphone is available during your stay.

Reception is always open and free newspapers are provided. There is a concierge service for booking restaurants and tours, and a pillow menu is also available.

The daily breakfast is served buffet style at the Raffaello. Free tea and coffee are provided 24/7 in the lounge.

The hotel has a free internet point. It is also possible to book a mobile WiFi service that can be used around Rome.

Hotel Santa Chiara & Residenza Parisi

Offering views of the Grand Canal, Hotel Santa Chiara is next to the ferry terminal and airport coach stop in Piazzale Roma, and 650 feet from Venezia Santa Lucia Train Station. The Papadopoli Gardens are next door.

The hotel is located in the only area of the historic center that can be reached by car. It is the only hotel in Venice that has its own private car park, available on request.

Guest rooms in the main building of Hotel Santa Chiara are decorated in a traditional, Venetian design. Facilities include air conditioning, satellite TV, and a private bathroom with free toiletries and a hairdryer. Some rooms feature a balcony with unique views of the gardens, the Grand Canal, or the square.

Breakfast is continental style and can also be enjoyed in your room at no extra cost. Drinks are also available at the bar.

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Bettoja Hotel Mediterraneo

Bettoja Hotel Mediterraneo features a panoramic roof terrace with views of Rome. Located in the lively Esquilino area, it is only 650 feet from Roma Termini Train Station.

The elegant, classically styled rooms of the Bettoja offer free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, large windows and high ceilings. Suites come with a private terrace and some also boast a spa bath.

Bettoja Hotel’s generous buffet breakfast is complete with freshly baked pastries and seasonal fruit. The bar is open all the day and provides drinks and hot and cold snacks.

The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and serves traditional Italian and international cuisine. It is possible to dine on the terrace.

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Catalonia Barcelona Plaza Hote

Located in Barcelona’s Plaza España, Hotel Catalonia Barcelona Plaza has a seasonal rooftop pool and terrace with 360º views of the city. It offers a fitness room, beauty salon and free WiFi.

Espanya Metro Station is outside the hotel. There are also many bus stops on the square providing guests with easy access to the city, the Fira and Barcelona Airport.

All spacious and air-conditioned rooms have a satellite TV, a safe and a private marble bathroom complete with a hairdryer. There is free WiFi available throughout.

A buffet breakfast is served every morning; and the Filigrana Restaurant at Catalonia Barcelona Plaza serves Catalan cuisine with local produce. The Gourmet Corner offers food until late and there is also a Japanese restaurant, Kurai.

Catalonia Barcelona Plaza also has a large business center and meeting rooms equipped with the latest technology.


Important Notice

Some useful info about our tours (land packages).


UPGRADED HOTELS AVAILABLE (for an additional fee)

All tours and entrance fees are included

 All taxes are included and NO HIDDEN FEES

 International Airfare is not included, but we can book it for you at very competitive rates

Alterations

A transfer fee may be assessed for alterations to packages, itineraries/tours and suggested arrival/departure dates

Price are based on double occupancy

Prices are per person and based on double occupancy. All prices are expressed in US dollars. Prices for vacation packages are subject to change without notice.

All travel documents are the responsibility of the passenger.

Travel insurance is highly recommended.

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