A Journey of a Lifetime

Journey of a Lifetime, Italian Vacation Ideas | Cultural Italy

Tour Introduction

13 NIGHT TRIP
This Journey of a Lifetime includes Rome, Florence, Pisa, Siena & San Gimignano, Chianti area, Venice and Milan.

Highlights:

  • Vatican Museums and Sistin Chapel
  • The open-air museum city of Florence
  • San Gimignano and Tuscany hilltops villages
  • Cruise to the Lagoon islands

DAY 1: ARRIVE ROME
Upon arrival at Rome airport, meet your private driver for transfer to your hotel accommodation. After check in enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight.

DAY 2: ROME - ESSENCE OF THE ETERNAL CITY
Breakfast at your hotel. Today enjoy a full day of touring to discover the Eternal city in all of its glory. Start first with a visit of the ancient monuments of Rome that will take you from the birth of Rome at
the Palatine Hill, to the beginnings of democracy at the Roman Forum and to life and death at the mighty Colosseum.  Lunch on your own. Continue with an afternoon tour to visit of Rome’s famous squares, the fountains and monuments celebrated in many movies. Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain are just some of the sights you will see on this walking tour. Dinner at leisure. Overnight.

DAY 3: MICHELANGELO’S MASTERPIECE & HOLY SEE
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will visit one of the top rated museum in Rome: The Vatican museum and visiting the world’s greatest art collections. Your English speaking guide will lead you inside the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica, where you will admire Michelagelo’s Pieta’. Afternoon and evening at leisure. Overnight.

DAY 4: FLORENCE - UFFIZI GALLERY TREASURES
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning departure by high-speed train to Florence, the cradle of Renaissance. Once in Florence, transfer on your own to the hotel and check in. Afternoon tour to the Uffizi museums, where you can admire the masterpieces of Florence finest Renaissance artists such as Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Giotto, Cimabue, Masaccio. Afternoon and evening at leisure. Overnight.

DAY 5: THE CRADLE OF RENAISSANCE
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning another must see museum of Florence is on the program: The Accademia museum that hosts Michelangelo’s masterpiece, the David. You will also be able to admire The Prisoners and St Matthew, other impressive Michelangelo’s work of arts. Afternoon and evening at leisure. Overnight.
 
DAY 6: TUSCAN ESCAPADE – SIENA & SAN GIMIGNANO
Breakfast at the hotel. Today join a full day excursion that will take in the heart of the Chianti region and Full day tour of Siena and San Gimignano. First stop will be in Siena, famous for its Palio that takes place every year on Piazza del Campo. Stroll around the historical center and admire the Town hall and the Romanesque/Gothic Cathedral.  Free time for lunch (not included). Continue to San Gimignano, the Unesco World Heritage site also known as the “Manhattan of Tuscany. The town features 15 of the original 72 towers that once were the symbols of the power and wealth of its noble inhabitants. After the guided visit, free time for personal discovery. Return to Florence and on the way catch a glimpse of the old medieval village of Monteriggioni, surronded by its perfectly preserved famous walls. Evening at leisure. Overnight.

DAY 7: PISA WORLD FAMOUS LEANING TOWER
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning at leisure to go on a shopping spree in one the many small shops and boutiques of the historical center. In the afternoon join a tour to Pisa, and admire the famous Piazza dei Miracoli with its Leaning Tower, one of the most instantly recognizable structures on earth.
For those  interested in further discovery, join your guide on a walk to reach Piazza dei Cavalieri, where you can admire the historical Scuola Normale, one of the most famous and oldest universities in the world.
 
DAY 8: CHIANTI DISCOVERY & FARM DINNER
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning at leisure for persona discovery. This afternoon join a half day excursion to the Chianti region with included dinner. A journey through the Chianti countryside, one of the most suggestive areas of Tuscany famous the world over for its wine and for its unforgettable landscapes it’s a life time experience. You will visit two historic wineries of the Chianti Region where you will experience excellent tastings of wines, extra-virgin olive oil and local delicacies. The itinerary includes also the visit to three picturesque old villages: Greve in Chianti, Castellina in Chianti and San Donato in Poggio. To crown this full day tour you will have a dinner with typical menu accompanied by an excellent Chianti wine, in the magical atmosphere of an old village among the hills. Weather permitting, dinner will be served in the open. Please wear suitable clothing.

DAY 9: VENICE – THE CITY OF CANALS
Breakfast at the hotel. High speed train to Venice. Private transfer from train station to hotel. Check in at hotel and free afternoon to enjoy Venice.
 
DAY 10: MARVELS OF ST MARKS AND DOGE’S PALACE
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning departure by high-speed train to Venice, the City of Canals. Upon arrival, transfer on your own to the hotel. Following check in procedures, join the Classic Venice tour and be ready to be amazed by the treasures of this romantic city. Explore St. Mark’s Square and St. Mark's basilica, built over several centuries and resulting in a blend of Byzantine, Roman and Venetian architecture. Admire the Grand Canal, Rialto Bridge, the Bridge of Sights and the Doge's Palace. Lunch on your own. In the afternoon indulge in a 40 minutes Gondola ride along the romantic canals. Evening at leisure. Overnight.
 
DAY 11: LAGOON ISLANDS DISCOVERY
Breakfast at the hotel. Today enjoy a full excursion of the lagoon islands: Murano, world-renowned for its glassware and factories, the Island of Burano, famous for its lacemaking and the brightly-coloured fishermen's cottages, Torcello, the first settlement in the lagoon. Folowing the tour return to Venice. In the evening enjoy a classical opera in the incredible setting of Palazzo Barbarigo Minotto. Overnight.

DAY 12: MILAN -  THE CAPITAL OF FASHION
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning at leisure for personal discovery. Transfer from hotel to train station in time to board your high-speed train to Milan. Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Evening at leisure. Ovenight.

DAY 13: LAST SUPPER AND MILAN HISTORICAL CENTER
Breakfast at the hotel. Start the day with a morning visit of the Capital of fashion.
Your guide will lead to on a discovery journey to the most famous sites, Milan is known for. First stop will be at the marvelous church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, to admire the world’s most celebrated painting by one of the world’s greatest geniuses ever: Leonardo da Vinci’s "The Last Supper”. Following the visit, continue to the historical center of Milan to the magnificent Gothic cathedral on Piazza Duomo. Stroll around and walk through Galleria Vittorio Emanuele,  the world's oldest shopping mall that hosts  the world's only certified 7 star hotel: Town House Galleria. Finally you will admire the famous Opera House, La Scala. Lunch and afternoon at leisure. Overnight

DAY 14: DEPART ITALY
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure transfer to the airport. Good-bye!

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