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Leve tonight on an overnight jet flight for Venice (flight not included).
Welcome to Italy! Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Meet your fellow travelers for orientation meeting with the tour director, followed by a welcome dinner.
We begin our exploration of Venice with a boat ride to glassblowing factory where you will see the demonstration of traditional Venetian glassblowing. Then, on to St. Mark's Square. Your walking tour includes such highlights as the Golden Basilica of St. Mark, the bridge of Sighs and Doge's Palace. The remainder of the day is free to explore on your own. Take a gondola ride to the Lido or shop for fine Italian fashions.
This morning leave for Ferrara, a Renaissance gem in the Emilia-Romagna region. After an orientation tour, continue to Pisa. Upon arrival, vie the famous Piazza dei Miracoli with its Leaning Tower, the Baptistery and the Duomo. Continue on to Florence for a dinner and overnight.
Today our morning tour begins with a visit to the Academy of Fine Arts, which houses Michelangelo's superb 'David' and many of the master's unfinished works. Walk to the splendid Duomo with its magnificent dome designed by Brunelleschi and see the Baptistery with its renowned "Gates of Paradise". The tour ends at the Piazzale Michelangelo with the most spectacular view of Florence. The balance of the day is at leisure.
After breakfast, we depart for Rome, the 'Eternal City.' Enroute we stop in the medieval city of Assisi. Here, take a walking tour to see the main square and visit the impressive Basilica of St. Francis. Continue to Rome for dinner and an evening at leisure.
Morning visit to the Vatican and its breathtaking museum including the Sistine Chapel. Stroll thru St. Peter's Square, passing Bernini's famous colonnade. Next visit St. Peter's Basilica, where you will see Michelangelo's Pieta, sculpted when he was just 24. Then continue on to visit the Colosseum, ancient Palatine Hill overlooking the Circus Maximus and the Imperial Palace and the Roman Forum.
A whole day on your own in this fascinating city gives you enough time to visit some of the wonderful shops, galleries and museums. Tonight, a dinner in a local restaurant.
This morning leave for Sorrento. Enroute we stop in Pompeii, a destroyed and buried under ashes and forever preserved by eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. After a visit to the haunting site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, continue to Sorrento for dinner and evening at leisure.
Glide across the glistening bay to the beautiful Isle of Capri. Here you will visit the magnificent Gardens of Caesar Augustus and view the famed Faraglioni Rocks. Wander through the winding streets of Capri and browse in the elegant boutiques before returning to Sorrento.
A whole day on your own gives you enough time to explore Sorrento on your own. You might want to wander through the shops, indulge in a spa treatment, or simply relax and enjoy the views. Tonight, enjoy dinner in hotel.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport in Naples for your flight home.
PACKAGE: ITALIA CLASSICA with SORRENTO EXTENSION
Cities: Venice, Florence, Rome, Sorrento
12 Days/ 11 Nights - Air & Land
11 Days/ 10 Nights - Land Only
Land Only: $3189
VENICE - Hotel Carlton On the Grand Canal
FLORENCE - Starhotels Michelangelo
ROME - Starhotels Metropol
SORRENTO - Central Hotel
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