Bella Italia

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  • Group Tour
  • Starting Price: $8,773
  • Length: 9 days
  • Operator: Travcoa
  • 866-591-0260
    Destinations: Europe, Italy
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Tour Description

Extend your Mediterranean cruise journey to thoroughly experience several of the world’s most historic and beautiful cities on a classic 9-day adventure. Explore deep into legendary Roman ruins with your private guide; experience the birthplace of the Renaissance with a private tour of Florence; wind you way through the ancient walkways and canals of Venice on a private walking tour and enjoy a full day guided drive through the Italian Lakes District before relaxing in the beauty of tranquil Lake Como. Accommodations include Grand Hotel de la Minerve in Rome, Grand Hotel Villa Medici in Florence, Luna Hotel Baglioni in Venice and Grand Hotel Tremezzo on Lake Como.

  • Venture into the Roman ruins on a classic city tour with your private guide
  • Experience the birthplace of the Renaissance with a private tour of Florence
  • Wind your way through the ancient waterways of Venice while enjoying the ebb and flow of Venetian life
  • Relax in tranquil Lake Como at the luxurious Grand Hotel Tremezzo

Itinerary

DAY 1

Arrive Rome, Italy

Welcome to Italy. You are met on arrival and transferred from Civitavecchia to your five star luxury hotel. The luxurious Grand Hotel de la Minerve is located between the Pantheon and the Church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva. The Minerve is very close to the Piazza Navona, the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. The hotel’s rooftop terrace (open for dining year-round) overlooks the Pantheon and boasts breathtaking sunsets. The remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure.

Grand Hotel de la Minerve, Rome

DAY 2

Rome Sightseeing

Experience the exciting streets and ancient ruins of Italy’s capital on a private, half-day classic tour with your English-speaking guide. Spanning over 2,500 years, Rome’s history covers the brutal early days of the Roman Empire through the capricious birth of Christianity, later the Italian Renaissance and finally what is now the modern metropolis.

The Forum, the central hub of ancient Rome, houses the oldest and most esteemed ruins of the ancient city. The Temple of Vesta and the surrounding House of the Vestal Virgins are located here, as well as the white marble Arch of Septimius Severus and the Temple of Saturn, among many others.

The massive grandeur of the Coliseum is a not-to-be-missed experience. 50,000 seated spectators at a time witnessed public spectacles beginning in 80 AD until the Middle Ages, when the Popes transformed it into a marble, lead and iron quarry to build Piazza Venezia and St. Peter’s Basilica, another must-see. Newly opened to the public for the first time in 2010, the subterranean passageways used by the wild animals and gladiators are now accessible.

The remainder of your day and evening is at your leisure discovering the Eternal City.(B)

Grand Hotel de la Minerve, Rome

DAY 3

Rome to Florence

This morning you are transferred by private car to your luxury hotel in Florence. For the next two nights you will reside at the Grand Hotel Villa Medici, an elegant 18th century villa. Located near the Arno River in the historic heart of Florence, the tranquil garden, inviting swimming pool and lovely rooms make this a true oasis in the city centre.

The remainder of your day is at your leisure in the Tuscan capital.(B)

Grand Hotel Villa Medici, Florence

DAY 4

Florence Sightseeing

Your day will begin with a private, half-day tour of this beautiful city. A center of Medieval European trade, Florence was one of the most affluent cities of its time beginning in the late 14th century under the House of Medici, a banking family which later created the largest bank in Europe. This allowed the family to gain political power and expanded their wealth and influence well into the 18th century.

The Medici’s and other elite families inspired the birth of the Italian Renaissance, a period of great cultural change and achievement. The era is best known for interest surrounding art, philosophy, society, science and architecture.

A short walk through the heart of Florence brings you to the famous Piazza della Signoria, the main square fronting the Palazzo Vecchio. This massive decorated palace is one of the most impressive town halls of Tuscany. The Signoria is the gateway to the world-renown Uffizi Gallery where you will view masterpieces from Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello and many others.

At the end of the tour, a private car will transfer you back to your hotel.(B)

Grand Hotel Villa Medici, Florence

DAY 5

Florence to Venice

Bid farewell to Florence after breakfast this morning. Your private car and driver will transfer you to Venice, the “City of Canals.” Upon arrival, you will be transferred by private boat with our local assistant down the Grand Canal to the historic Luna Hotel Baglioni, a magnificent, aristocratic Venetian palace. The Luna Hotel is the only hotel close to St. Mark’s Square unaffected by the high water irregularity.

Spend your evening relaxing in this romantic city.(B)

Luna Hotel Baglioni, Venice

DAY 6

Venice Sightseeing

Today experience the ebb and flow of life in the lagoon on a full-day walking tour with your private, English-speaking guide.

Visit the Piazza San Marco, surrounded by chic sidewalk cafés and fashionable shops. Saint Mark’s Basilica, located at the eastern end of the Piazza is a beautiful church featuring Byzantine mosaics. Also on the Piazza is the most impressive building in Venice, the Doge’s Palace, a gothic palace constructed in the 14th century.

A stop along the Grand Canal, the main thoroughfare of Venice is full of all kinds of boats and lined with beautiful buildings. The Rialto Bridge, the main bridge crossing the Canal is over 400 years old and in the heart of Venice near the lively marketplace.

At the end of the tour, you will be taken by private boat and transferred to your hotel.(B)

Luna Hotel Baglioni, Venice

DAY 7

Venice to Tremezzo

After breakfast, meet with our local assistant and depart by private boat transfer to Piazzale Roma. Your private car transfer and English-speaking driver/guide will take you to Lake Como, a glacial lake in Northern Italy. You will spend the next two nights at one of the oldest and loveliest luxury hotels on Lake Como, the Grand Hotel Tremezzo. The hotel’s unique lakeside location offers panoramic views of Bellagio and the Grigne Mountains.

The rest of the day is at your leisure. Perhaps explore the extensive hotel grounds or take the ferry to the different towns around the lake - each has its own distinctive personality and charm.(B)

Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Tremezzo

DAY 8

Tremezzo Sightseeing

This morning your car will drive you to town where you will meet your private, English-speaking guide for a full-day tour of the Lakes District. This captivating region is the essence of picturesque from the attractive scenery to the mild climate. Villa Carlotta, built in 1690, faces the Bellagio peninsula and features gardens, fountains and sculptures, is a remarkable excursion. Bellagio on Lake Como is situated on the tip of the peninsula, and is a popular sightseeing destination due to its history and beauty.

After the tour, you will be returned to your hotel and the remainder of the evening is at your leisure to enjoy your final night in this spectacular destination. (B)

Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Tremezzo

DAY 9

Depart Tremezzo

Today, drive south to Milan and the Milan Malpensa airport, for your departing flight home or on to your next destination. (B)

Departures

Pricing Information

December 31, 2011

From $8,773.00 per person double occupancy.

From $713.00 single room supplement.

Journey Includes

  • Accommodations as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • All transfers and fully guided daily sightseeing provided by private deluxe A/C vehicles
  • Local English speaking guide for sightseeing in each city
  • Entrance fees per final scheduled itinerary
  • Airport porterage, where available (2 bags per person)
  • Local taxes
  • TravcoAssist (Medical Travel Assistance Plan)

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.

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