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Signature Journey: Italian Interlude

10 days

Venice - Florence - Tuscany - Rome - Naples - Bari - Dubrovnik
Inclusions: 10 day land tour with 8 nights accommodation in first class and boutique hotels, overnight ferry in a sea-view cabin (Italy-Croatia), 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners, guided sightseeing tours of Venice, Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Rome, Naples, arrival and departure transfers (first and last day only), transportation in an air conditioned vehicle, English speaking Tour Manager, tourist taxes, gratuities and hotel porterage.

*** EARLY BIRD OFFER: SAVE $300 per person. Must book and deposit by 25 February 2019.***

GUARANTEED DEPARTURES
2019
May 23
Jun 20
Jul 18
Aug 15
Sep 5, 19


CLOSED DEPARTURES
2019
May 23
Jun 20
Jul 18


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Tour Itinerary (please click here)

DAY 1 VENICE
We commence our tour with an arrival transfer to Hotel Salute Palace (4 star) or similar. This evening, we will meet our guide and fellow tour members at a welcome dinner. (D)

DAY 2 VENICE
Uncover the city's atmosphere and wonders on a walking tour of Venice's historic centre seeing the incredible landmarks such as St Mark's Square, Clock Tower and Doge's Palace. After lunch, cruise around the Venetian Lagoon to some of the well-known Venetian islands with picturesque scenery and incredible handcraft workmanship. Visit Murano island known as the "Glass Island", with an opportunity to see the glassblowers at work followed by Burano island, a typical fishing island with beautiful chocolate box like houses. (B, L)

DAY 3 VENICE – FLORENCE
Our Italian exploration will take us south to the region of Emilia Romagna that is steeped in gastronomic traditions with an opportunity to sample the famous parmesan cheese produced in this region. Continue to Florence, cradle of the Renaissance and birthplace of artistic and political greats such as Dante, Machiavelli and Michelangelo. Explore this culturally rich city discovering its most notable sites on a wonderful walking tour. (B, D)

DAY 4 FLORENCE
Today will be dedicated to further exploring the city's incredible artistic influence. Visit the Accademia Gallery to see Michelangelo's David and the Uffizi Gallery built in the 16th century which houses one of the greatest collections of Italian and Florentine art. (B, L)

DAY 5 FLORENCE/TUSCANY
The beautiful rolling hills of Tuscany dotted with captivating towns rich in history, gastronomy and basking in magnetic energy will inspire us today. Visit Siena with its labyrinthine centre and majestic Gothic buildings followed by a visit to a local farmhouse to enjoy a typical lunch and wine tasting to sample local and fresh produce. Continue exploring to San Gimignano, a UNESCO World Heritage Site perched on a hill deep in the countryside and one of the most splendid examples of medieval towns. (B, L)

DAY 6 FLORENCE – ROME

Our journey will take us through the region of Umbria arriving at the great city of Roma. On an afternoon walking tour discover ancient Rome, strolling through its picturesque alleyways and seeing some of the most important and historical sights including the Pantheon and the Spanish Steps. (B, D)

DAY 7 ROME
Today, tour the magnificent Vatican City which comprises of incredible treasures of the Catholic Church and visited by over 5 million people each year. You will see Papal Palace, magnificent Raphael Rooms, the Sistine Chapel, one of the greatest and most famous examples of Michelangelo's artistic genius and finally St Peter's Basilica for an awe-inspiring guided visit of the most immense and ornate church in the world. (B, L)

DAY 8 ROME
This morning, you will walk in the footsteps of the gladiators on a tour of Rome's most famous monument, the Colosseum. The afternoon will be at leisure. (B, D)

DAY 9 ROME – NAPLES – BARI – CROATIA
Travel south to Naples, capital of the Campania region and beautifully situated on the Bay of Naples. Enjoy a tour of the city before departing to Bari for an overnight ferry to Croatia. (B, L)

Note: due to the release of the ferry schedule the itinerary on days 9 may be subject to slight changes and arrival to Croatia may be to a different city. All arrangements will be made for Dubrovnik arrival, should this be the case.

DAY 10 CROATIA
Upon arrival to Croatia, you will be transferred to your hotel in Dubrovnik for the conclusion of your tour.

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