Day 1 - Fly to Italy
Our holiday begins with the flight to Rome. On arrival our tour manager will meet you and accompany you on the short transfer to our hotel, which is close to the airport, for a one night stay on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.
Day 2 - Siena and Tuscany
This morning we drive along the Autostrada del Sole and through the most picturesque countryside of Tuscany, full of splendid scenery with its Chianti vineyards, olive groves and cypress trees, to Siena. Siena’s narrow Gothic streets invite you to stroll and discover the many sights including the Cathedral, the Town Hall and the glorious ‘fan-shaped’ square of Piazza del Campo. We stay for two nights at our hotel in Montecatini Terme, dinner, bed and breakfast.
Day 3 - Florence
Florence is perhaps Italy’s most popular and most visited city by the British traveller and today’s excursion is another highlight of this memorable holiday. The Cradle of the Italian Renaissance will keep you fascinated for the whole day. Built along the banks of the River Arno and surrounded by the Tuscan hills, it is here where you will find some of the finest sculptures, works of art and architecture including the magnificent Cathedral and Baptistry with its ‘Gates of Paradise’, Giotto’s Bell Tower, Piazza Signoria, the Santa Croce Church and the Ponte Vecchio. We have arranged a comprehensive morning city sightseeing tour of Florence, conducted by a local guide, to enable you to get the very most from your visit. The afternoon is then at leisure in Florence, which has an excellent shopping centre with a large range of Italian fashions, leather goods and shoes in the shops and boutiques. We return to our hotel in the late afternoon.
Day 4 - Pisa to Lido di Jesolo
After breakfast we set off from the hotel and head to nearby Pisa where we will have ample time to see one of Italy’s most famous monuments – the amazing Leaning Tower. Built as the bell tower for Pisa’s cathedral, the Leaning Tower enjoys a beautiful setting in the aptly named ‘Field of Miracles’. After our visit we make our way north over the River Po and across the Apennines. We’ll arrive in Lido di Jesolo by early evening, to check into our hotel, where we stay for two nights, with dinner included.
Day 5 - Venice
This morning we sail across the lagoon to Venice. A city of unparalleled beauty, Venice is a feast of wonderful sights and there are few who could not be moved by the charm that lingers over every bridge and round every corner. The city is built on 117 islands and has 150 canals and some 400 bridges. To introduce you to the city we have included a short walking tour. Venice has stood the test of time well and there are many impressive Byzantine and Renaissance buildings and monuments waiting to be explored. Visit St. Mark’s Square, where you will find two of Venice’s most important buildings, the Basilica of St Mark’s with its magnificent mosaics and the Doges Palace, home of the city’s rulers. The Rialto Bridge spans the Grand Canal and the Bridge of Sighs links the Doges Palace to the prison. There are also lots of pavement cafes, restaurants and shops to enjoy whilst absorbing the never-ending history. We return to our hotel in the late afternoon.
Day 6 - Venice to Rome
On our way south to the Italian capital we stop in Orvieto, an ancient hill top town in the heart of Umbria. Orvieto’s Cathedral is a superb example of Italian gothic architecture, and the town is also noted for its delicate white wine. We arrive in the Rome area in the afternoon and check into our hotel for a two night stay on a bed and breakfast basis. This evening you can join our optional Rome by Night excursion, which makes a perfect introduction to the ‘Eternal City’.this evening.
Day 7 - Rome
Rome, with a continuous civilisation of 2,700 years, is one of the world’s greatest cities and is packed with wonderful and awe inspiring architecture and monuments from throughout the centuries. Don’t miss our included sightseeing tour, the highlights of which are St. Peter’s in the Vatican, the Circus Maximus, the Forum, the Palatine Hill and, of course, the Colosseum. We’ll also see Piazza Venezia with its huge ’Wedding Cake’ monument to Victor Emanuel and your morning would not be complete without a visit to the Trevi Fountain, of ‘Three Coins’ fame. When you are ready for something to eat or drink you will find that throughout the city there are countless trattorias, restaurants and pavement cafes where you can sit and relax as you watch the world go by.
Day 8 - Fly to the UK
Transfer to Rome airport for the return flight to the UK. If your flight is in the late afternoon or evening, there will be time at leisure before leaving for the airport.
Transfers: Transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 30 minutes.