About Doges Palace, Italy
This vacation does not just include highlight cities like Rome, Florence, and Venice, but also includes overnight stays in Lucca, and in St. Francis’ Assisi. All major sights have been included, such as St. Peter’s, the Sistine Chapel, and the Colosseum in Rome, Michelangelo’s David in Florence, St. Mark’s, and the Doges’ Palace with the Bridge of Sighs in Venice – which you enter by private boat, and St. Francis’ Basilica and St. Clare’s Church in Assisi. This vacation offers even more: a special welcome dinner at a lively Roman restaurant, a lunch stop in Pisa to marvel at the Leaning Tower, a walking tour of Siena, famous for the biannual, medieval-style horse race, the Palio, and stops in picturesque San Gimignano; at Verrazzano Castle, where you will taste the famous Chianti wine and enjoy dinner; and in Verona to see Juliet’s balcony and the Arena. A special highlight is the excursion from Lucca to Cinque Terre (departures March 31-October 27), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including boat (weather permitting) and train rides, plus a light lunch consisting of traditional Italian snacks like focaccia di Recco and farinata. You’ll also travel along the picturesque Adriatic coastline to Ravenna and admire the mosaics in the 6th-century Basilica of St. Apollinaris in Classe, and stop in Orvieto, perched high atop a volcanic rock, where you can taste local pastries at a traditional pasticceria. Return to Rome, where a farewell dinner with wine and opera entertainment awaits you.
ROME Welcome and farewell dinners with wine at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, the Colosseum and Roman ForumPISA Marvel at the legendary Leaning TowerCINQUE TERRE [LF] By boat and train, including a light lunch at a local trattoria in MonterossoLUCCA OrientationSIENA Walking tour including Piazza del CampoSAN GIMIGNANO OrientationVERRAZZANO CASTLE [LF] Wine tasting and light dinnerFLORENCE Guided walking tour, visit Michelangelo’s David and Signoria SquareVERONA Walking tour including Juliet’s balcony and the ArenaVENICE Private boat ride; guided walking tour, visit St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs; glassblower demonstrationRAVENNA Visit St. Apollinaris in Classe basilicaASSISI Guided walking tour, visit St. Clare’s Church and St. Francis’ BasilicaORVIETO [LF] Taste local pastries in a traditional pasticceria; visit the cathedralHeadsets throughout the tour
ROME Una Hotel Roma (F)LUCCA Grand Hotel Guinigi (F)FLORENCE Grand Hotel Mediterraneo (F) or Ambasciatori (F)VENICE ISLAND Palazzo Selvadego (F)ASSISI San Francesco or Giotto (F)ROME NH Midas (F)
Full buffet breakfast (B) daily; 1 lunch (L); 5 three-course dinners (D), including special welcome and farewell dinners in Rome and a special light dinner in Verrazzano
NOTE:December 15 Departure–Christmas Eve in Rome
Motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; boat and train ride at Cinque Terre; private boat ride in Venice