Venice, Florence & Rome with Gabra Lokken

with Sorrento Peninsula extension
Jul 8-16, 2020 / 9 DAYS

Feel the pulse of Italy's vibrant culture.

We've picked three iconic cities at the pulse of Italy's vibrant culture, both past and present. Venice brings romance to the forefront, with sprawlin…

Your package includes

  • 7 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • 3 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motor coach

Included highlights

St. Mark’s Basilica, Florence Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Repubblica, world-famous Italian cuisine, Colosseum, Roman Forum

Tour pace

On this guided tour, you'll walk for at least 2 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including cobblestone streets, with few hills or stairs.

Itinerary

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Overnight flight / 1 NIGHT

Jul 08: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Venice today.

Venice / 2 NIGHTS

Jul 09: Arrival in Venice

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Italy! Transfer to your hotel and get settled in. Later, meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Jul 10: Sightseeing tour of Venice

Included meals: Breakfast

Admire historic churches, winding canals, and picture-perfect piazzas on a guided tour of the city known as "the Queen of the Adriatic."
• Step into the iconic St. Mark's Square and enter St. Mark's Basilica
• View the stately Doge's Palace, built in the Venetian Gothic style in 1340
• Marvel at the Bridge of Sighs, the link between Doge's Palace and the New Prison
• See a glassblowing demonstration to learn about the city's most celebrated art
Enjoy a free afternoon in Venice or add an excursion.

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Gondola Ride: Venice Canal Cruise
25 minutes
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More than 100 waterways crisscross Venice, and boarding a sleek black gondola to explore them has become a time-honored tradition. On this memorable excursion, join your fellow travelers for a tour through the canals of Venice. Please note: This excursion runs as weather permits. A private two-person gondola ride is available for an additional cost.25 minutes and departure time variesSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

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Private Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise for Two
25 minutes
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More than 100 waterways crisscross Venice, and boarding a sleek black gondola to explore them has become a time-honored tradition. On this memorable excursion, you’ll enjoy a private gondola cruise for two through the canals of Venice. Please note: Cost is per person and both travelers must book the excursion. This excursion runs as weather permits.25 minutes and departure time variesSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Florence / 2 NIGHTS

Jul 11: Transfer to Florence & sightseeing tour

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Cross through the Apennine Mountains as you make your way to Florence. Once you arrive, get to know the city with a local guide.
• View the legendary Florence Cathedral, known as the Duomo
• Pass Giotto’s Campanile, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture
• Walk past Piazza della Repubblica to the medieval Ponte Vecchio
• Stroll along the Arno River and through the courtyard of the Uffizi Gallery to Piazza della Signoria, center of Florentine life
Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Jul 12: Free day in Florence

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Florence or add an excursion.

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San Gimignano: Medieval Sights & Tuscan Flavors
6 hours
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Travel through the beautiful Tuscan countryside to discover the medieval village of San Gimignano. During the Renaissance, the rival Guelph and Ghibelline political factions flexed their muscles by constructing tall towers throughout San Gimignano; fourteen of those towers survive today. Later, visit a local winery for a taste of the area’s wines and a sample of olive oil and balsamic vinegar that you simply won’t find anywhere else. Then, enjoy lasagna during a light lunch.6 hours and departs in the morning with lunchSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Rome / 3 NIGHTS

Jul 13: Transfer to Rome & sightseeing tour

Included meals: Breakfast

Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Romans on a guided tour of the Eternal City.
• Soak up over 2,000 years of history in Imperial Rome, viewing the Arch of Constantine and the Arch of Titus
• Enter the Colosseum, the largest amphitheater of the Roman Empire
• Stop at the ruins of the Forum, once the setting of parades, elections, and trials
• Pass by Palatine Hill to see Circus Maximus, the stadium where ancient Romans raced chariots, and the Baths of Caracalla

Jul 14: Free day in Rome

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Rome or add excursions.
Please note: Iconic Sights: Vatican City excursion may be offered on day 8, depending on the day of the week. Please call for more information.

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Rome Cooking Class & Dinner
4 hours
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Join in on this hands-on cooking class led by an experienced Italian chef. During this evening in Rome, you’ll learn how to make traditional dishes such as ravioli, gnocchi, and fettuccine. Then, enjoy eating the foods you cooked during an included dinner with wine.4 hours and departs in the evening, dinner includedSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

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Iconic Sights: Vatican City
3.5 hours
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This guided tour takes you inside the world’s smallest state, Vatican City. Skip the lines upon arrival, turn on your pre-distributed headsets, and immediately begin diving into the Vatican's incredible history with your local guide. First, visit the Vatican Museums, which are over 500 years old and hold many of the world’s most important Classical- and Renaissance-era sculptures. Next, step inside the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll gaze up at what is perhaps Michelangelo’s greatest masterpiece. Finally, pay a visit to the enormous St. Peter’s Basilica, the epicenter of the Roman Catholic faith. The artists who have contributed to its glory are some of the best Italy has ever known, including Bramante, Peruzzi, Raphael, and Michelangelo. Masterpieces await at every turn, from Bernini’s magnificent bronze canopy to Michelangelo’s Pietà. Please note: This excursion is not available on Sundays. Backpacks are not allowed in the Vatican and a dress code of no shorts or sleeveless shirts is enforced.3.5 hours and departure time variesSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 45 days before your tour departs.

Jul 15: Free day in Rome

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy another free day to explore Rome or add an excursion.
Please note: Ancient Rome: St. Paul's Basilica & the Catacombs excursion may be offered on day 7, depending on the day of the week.
This evening, enjoy an elegant, four-course farewell dinner. While you dine, you’ll be treated to some of opera's best-loved arias sung by professional tenors.
Please note: The opera performance is seasonal and runs from March through November. Dinner will take place at a local restaurant from December through February.

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Ancient Rome: St. Paul’s Basilica & the Catacombs
4 hours
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Descend into Rome’s ancient catacombs, where early Christians buried saints and popes alongside commoners. A local guide will lead you through burial chambers before your visit to St. Paul’s Basilica, one of the four most important basilicas of Rome, originally founded by Constantine the Great. The Basilica also houses the tomb of St. Paul. Please note: Shorts and sleeveless shirts are not permitted within the basilica. Also, this excursion involves extensive walking and may be inadvisable for claustrophobic travelers.4 hours and departure time variesSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Jul 16: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or extend your stay to visit the Sorrento peninsula.

Extension / Starting from $449 pp

Sorrento Peninsula / 2 NIGHTS

Extend your trip with two nights on Gulf of Naples’ southern shores. Join an optional excursion to the Isle of Capri, savor fresh flavors from the sea, seek the perfect limoncello, or just work on your tan. The Sorrento coast’s charms can’t be rushed, so slow down and enjoy your time here.

Jul 16: Sorrento Peninsula via Pompeii

Included meals: Breakfast

En route to the Sorrento peninsula, stop at Pompeii for a guided walking tour of the city’s ruins.  • Discover how Roman citizens lived 2,000 years ago, before Mount Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79 • View the excavated Roman ruins of theaters, villas, temples, and baths Then, continue on to the Sorrento peninsula.

Jul 17: Free day on the Sorrento Peninsula

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy free time to explore the Sorrento peninsula or add an excursion. This evening, sip a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

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Capri: A Day on the Iconic Island
8 hours
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Travel by ferry to the fabled Isle of Capri, a beloved resort since the days of the Roman Republic. Weather permitting, you’ll enjoy a boat ride around the island. Later, you’ll enjoy free time to discover why everyone from Roman emperors to Sophia Loren have spent their vacations in Capri. If weather prohibits a boat ride, you’ll travel to the village of Anacapri, which offers stunning views of the surrounding scenery. Please note: This excursion is weather-dependent.8 hours and departs in the morningSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Jul 18: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the Naples airport for your flight home.

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