Book a 2018 holiday before 31 July and our home pick-up service is doubled to 100 miles.
Meals included: 6 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Fly to Rome where you will meet your Tour Director and leave the hotel for a special welcome dinner with wine at a local restaurant.
Enjoy a unique guided sightseeing, including inside visits to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo's ceiling paintings and ‘The Last Judgement’, and monumental St Peter's Square and Basilica to admire Michelangelo's ‘Pietà’. Also, visit the magnificent Colosseum next to the Roman Forum and the Arch of Constantine, and hear about the gladiators who fought here. An optional walking tour with a local guide is available to further explore famous sites for those who wish to see it all.
A morning break in peaceful Assisi. Visit the massive 13th-century Basilica of St Francis, the hub of a religion devoted to the ideals of humility, forgiveness, simplicity, and love for all God's creatures. Enter Tuscany and arrive in Florence, ‘Cradle of the Renaissance.’
During your walking tour with a local guide, visit the Academy of Fine Arts with Michelangelo's celebrated ‘David’, admire the magnificent cathedral, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistery's heavy bronze ‘Gate of Paradise,’ and sculpture-studded Signoria Square. Time to shop for Florentine leather goods and gold jewellery, sold by the ounce.
This morning, drive to Pisa. Take the traditional picture pushing back the amazing Leaning Tower, then enjoy a drive through the wooded Apennine Hills to Venice – a powerful magnet for romantics and art lovers from around the globe. Enter in style, by private boat.
Follow your local guide for a walking tour. Highlights are St. Mark's Square, a favourite location for many films, and the Byzantine Basilica, lavish Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. Also, watch a skilled glassblower fashion delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner. Immerse yourself in the wonderful atmosphere of Venice. Wander through the narrow streets and discover Rialto Bridge. You may wish to take an optional gondola ride. This evening, a farewell dinner with wine awaits you at one of Venice's restaurants to celebrate the success of your Italian Escape.
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Accommodation as stated or similar
This Platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus
There's no need to shop around. Find a cheaper like-for- like tour from another company, and we’ll not only match their price but also give you a £50 discount when you book with us.
They have in-depth knowledge of the places you’ll visit and will be on hand every step of the way with commentary entirely in English. 96% of customers rate them 'excellent' or 'good'.
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