Italian Mosaic with Taormina Riviera
On this Italy tour—our most popular vacation—not only will you visit the main Italian cities—Rome, Venice, Florence, Milan, and Assisi—you’ll also get to enjoy some of the smaller towns and scenic attractions. You’ll visit the must-see sights in the cities, such as the Vatican Museums in Rome, Michelangelo’s David in Florence, St. Mark’s Square and Basilica in Venice, the glass-domed Galleria in Milan, and much more. One tour highlight is Pompeii, which was completely buried during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. This preserved town gives you an amazingly detailed look into life at the peak of the Roman Empire. You’ll also have an opportunity to relax in the laid-back town of Sorrento. Explore the cobblestone streets lined with shops and restaurants, delight in the amazing views, watch the sunset dip into the sea, and see Mount Vesuvius across the bay. You’ll also have time in beautiful Capri, where celebrities go to “get away from it all.” On this Italy tour, Globus has also arranged special experiences for you, such as a cappuccino at a popular, historical café in Padua and a visit to the Gardens of Augustus in Capri. Here, you’ll have incredible views of the Tyrrhenian Sea from the tranquil gardens. From the relaxing towns of Sorrento and Lake Maggiore to the faster-paced cities, this tour of Italy offers it all. Then, at the end of your tour, transfer by air to Sicily for three nights. Enjoy a guided walking tour of picturesque Taormina and a visit to the Greek-Roman Amphitheater, built in the 3rd century BC. All services in Sicily, including Local Host assistance, are provided by Monograms. There’s no better way to end your amazing Italy vacation.
ROME A welcome dinner at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square & Basilica, the Colosseum, and Roman Forum; farewell dinner with opera entertainmentPISA Marvel at the legendary Leaning TowerFLORENCE Guided walking tour, visit Michelangelo’s David and Signoria Square; see Ponte VecchioMILAN Orientation, [LF] visit the La Scala Opera House museum; see the Galleria and the DuomoLAKE MAGGIORE [LF] Boat ride to Isola dei Pescatori, followed by dinner at La Pescheria restaurantLUGANO (SWITZERLAND) VisitVENICE Private boat ride; guided walking tour, visit St. Mark’s Square & Basilica, Doges’ Palace, Bridge of Sighs; glassblower demonstration PADUA Walking tour to the Piazza delle Erbe; [LF] enjoy a cappuccino at the Pedrocchi CaféASSISI Guided sightseeing, visit St. Clare’s Church and St. Francis’ BasilicaSORRENTO-CAPRI By jetfoilCAPRIGuided visit of Capri village, including a funicular ride;[LF] visit the Gardens of Augustus and taste GranitaPOMPEII Guided walking tour of the excavationsROME-SICILYBy airSICILYGuided sightseeing including a walking tour of Taormina. Visit the Greek-Roman AmphitheaterHeadsets throughout the tour
Full buffet breakfast daily; 5 three-course dinners with wine, including special welcome and farewell dinners in Rome and a special dinner at Lake Maggiore (except departures January 19, February 16, October 18, October 25, November 1, November 15, November 29, December 13 and January 17-February 14, 2017 that have 4 three-course dinners included)
NOTES:Departures January 19, February 16, October 18, October 25, November 1, November 15, November 29, December 13, and January 17, February 14 (2017) overnight in Milan instead of Lake Maggiore. Dinner on Day 5 not included. Lugano and Lake Maggiore replaced with Verona visit on Day 7. Overnight at Starhotels Ritz (SF) at MilanDecember 13 Departure–Christmas Eve in Rome
Motorcoach; private boat rides on Lake Maggiore (March 22-October 11 & March 21-April 4, 2017) and Venice; jetfoil; funicular ride in Capri; internal flight Rome-Sicily. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.