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Rome, Italy Florence, Italy Venice, Italy Siena, Tuscany, Italy BOOK NOW!

from $1,499**

Departures from April 13, 2017 – Nov. 16, 2017

Escorted Tour: 9 Days/ 7 Nights

The Art Cities Rome, Siena, Florence, Venice.   Limited to 16 people.

ITINERARY: Note: First day of tour is your departure date from the USA.  Actual tour in Italy begins the next day.

Day 1: Thursday — Departure from USA/Canada to Rome
Departure from USA to Italy – with your own purchased airline tickets.
Day 2: Friday — Arrival in Rome
Welcome to Italy!
Upon arrival in Rome’s Fiumicino airport please proceed through the Passport Control and collect your luggage inside the customs area. Transfer on your own to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the Eternal City. In the evening, at 6:30PM meet your tour guide for a short briefing followed by a welcome dinner in a local restaurant nearby.
Overnight in Rome.
(Dinner)
Day 3: Saturday — Rome
After breakfast, meet your guide who will take you through the heart of Rome. Visit the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona and the Baroque quarter.  Free time for lunch.  In the afternoon transfer to the Vatican for a guided visit of the Museums. Vatican art and history have always left a profound impression on visitors to Rome: discover the masterpieces of Greek and Roman ancient art, works of Raphael, Michelangelo and Caravaggio, the Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica and more. Return to your hotel in late afternoon. In the evening, as an option, your guide will take you to a traditional Roman trattoria to experience fine local cuisine.
Overnight in Rome.
(Breakfast)
Day 4: Sunday — Siena/Florence
After breakfast depart for Florence, en-route a stop in Siena is a must. The drive itself is a magnificent path along the roads of Tuscany. Enjoy the view of the hills covered by vineyards, olive trees, small villages and original bell towers. Lunch will be served in a typical farmhouse, where some of the world’s best wines are produced. Continue on to Siena, and enjoy a guided walking tour of the town, probably the loveliest medieval place in Italy. In the heart of Siena is the Piazza del Campo, where the famous horse race Il Palio takes place twice a year. Continue to Florence and en-route stop at a typical vineyard for a wine tasting.  Arrive in Florence in late afternoon.
Overnight in Florence.
(Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 5: Monday —Florence
Today is entirely free to explore the rest of Florence or the surrounding area. Florence is a shoppers delight and, whether it’s gold, leather goods or fashion products, you can’t go wrong.  Your guide will help you select an optional tour to:
Pisa with its leaning tower,
Montepulciano and Montalcino,
Cortona & Assisi,
Wine tour of Chianti,
The Gardens of Tuscany, or
Cinqueterre.
Overnight in Florence.
(Breakfast)
Day 6: Tuesday — Florence
In the morning, enjoy a guided walking tour of the city. Lorenzo de Medici, in the 15th century, transformed Florence into the cradle of the Renaissance by attracting the best artists, architects and writers of the time the likes of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Botticelli to name a few. Visit Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, Giotto’s bell tower, Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio, and Santa Croce. Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring Florence on your own, maybe taking the opportunity to visit the Uffizi Gallery or the Accademia to admire Michelangelo’s “David”. Later in the day, join us for an optional evening walk in the sunset followed by a dinner to taste the local Tuscan delights.
Overnight in Florence.
(Breakfast)
Day 7: Wednesday — Venice
After breakfast transfer to the rail station to catch the Florence – Venice high speed train. Upon arrival in Venice, one of Europe’s most romantic cities, transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is for you to explore Venice on your own.
Overnight in Venice.
(Breakfast)
Day 8: Thursday — Venice

In the morning visit classic Venice: Piazza San Marco, the Doge’s Palace, the Rialto Bridge and the Grand Canal. Free time for lunch. In the early evening, discover the amazing hand of Venice during the sunset. Your tour guide will then escort you between the Venetian “calli” and their “Bacari”, the typical and traditional Venetian bars, to taste the famous “Cicchetti” nibbles. 
With this itinerary, you will get to know the charmed Venice between its lights, colors and tastes.  At the end, enjoy a Venetian Dinner.
 Then take an optional gondola ride followed by a sunset tour in this magical city.
Overnight in Venice.
(Breakfast)
Day 10: Friday — Venice/U.S.A.
Say farewell to Venice and transfer to the Airport, on your own, for your return flight home.
(Breakfast)

Includes:

  • Hotel accommodations in 4* hotels for seven nights (Rome-2 nights, Florence-3 nights, Venice-2 nights) based on two people sharing a double room.
  • Transfer from hotel in Florence to the rail station.
  • Transfer from Venice rail station to the hotel.
  • Breakfast daily.
  • 1 lunch.
  • 2 dinners (with wine).
  • Wine tasting in Siena.
  • Visit the heart of  Rome and the Vatican (entrance fees included).
  • Visit to Siena.
  • Walking tours of Florence and Venice.
  • High speed train from Florence to Venice.*
  • Bus as per itinerary.
  • Services of a professional tour escort.**
  • Hotel taxes and service charges.
  • Porterage at hotels.

*May be substituted by coach occasionally. **For groups of 6 or less, a tour host will be provided.
Please Note: based on your flights, your transfers to/from the airport may not be included in your tour price even if referenced in the day by day description above.

Does not include:

  • Round-trip air transportation from USA or Canada to Italy.
  • Porterage at airports.
  • Arrival and departure transfers.
  • Beverages and meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Tips.
  • Optional excursions.
  • Transit tax to be paid locally to your hotel at check-out.
  • Travel Insurance.

 

Hotels:
Rome:
Hotel Londra (4*) or similar
Piazza Sallustio, 18
00187 Rome
http://www.HotelLondraRoma.com/
Florence:
Pierre
(4 *) or similar
Via De’ Lamberti, 5
50123 Florence
http://www.Hotel-Pierre-Florence.com/
Venice:
Palazzo Selvadego (4*)
or similar
San Marco 1124/B
30124 Venice
http://www.HotelPalazzoSelvadegoVenezia.it/
Note — Should the tour not operate you will be notified 45 days in advance of your departure date. We urge you to purchase travel insurance to cover the cost of your entire vacation including any services you purchased from another agency.
*2017 Guaranteed Departures Return Holidays Land Only Price Comments
Thursdays Fridays
Apr. 13 $1,899
Apr. 27 $1,899
May 04 $1,999
May 18 $1,999
June 01 $1,999
June 15 $1,999
June 29 $1,999
July 13 $1,899
July 27 $1,699
Aug. 10 $1,699
Aug. 24 $1,699
Sept. 07 $1,999
Sept. 21 $1,999
Oct. 05 $1,899
Oct. 19 $1,899
Nov. 02 $1,559
Nov. 09 $1,499
Nov. 16 $1,499
Note: First day of tour is your departure date from the U.S. Actual tour in Italy begins the next day.
**Price is based on 2 persons sharing a Double room.Prices are subject to change as a result of fuel surcharge increases or currency fluctuations. No changes will be made once final payment is received.
Single Supplement: on request.
*Air Fare is not included but discounted rates are available upon request.
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For information on air fare, transfers or optional tours, please contact us: info@EuropeByChoice.com 212-400-7347

Please note that for operational reasons it may be necessary to substitute hotels and adjust itineraries due to local conditions.

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DEPOSITS/PAYMENTS: We accept American Express, Visa, Master Card and Discover credit cards as well as checks as forms of payment. A deposit of 25% of the total price of the land services, inclusive of taxes and fees or full payment (depending on departure date) is required to confirm a reservation. Final payment is due no later than 90 days prior to departure. Airline tickets must be paid in full prior to issuance regardless of departure date. Ticket prices cannot be guaranteed until paid in full and ticketed. For full Terms and Conditions please click here.

Cancellation Policy
61 days or more prior to departure: 5% of package price
60-46 days prior to departure: 10% of package price
45-31 days prior to departure: 20% of package price
30-15 days prior to departure: 40% of package price
14-8 days prior to departure: 50% of package price
7-0 days and no-shows: 100% of package price

Tour operated by Visit Italy Tours

TRAVEL TIPS:
Gratuities: Tips to waiters, chambermaids, and to the Tour Directors, local guides, and drivers are not included. The following is a suggested guideline on tipping:
(a.) Euro 1.00 per person/per day for waiters and chambermaids
(b.) Euro 2.00 per person/per day for drivers and local guides
(c.) Euro 3.00 per person/per day for your Tour Director
Transfers: Add transfers to your tour so you don’t have to worry about how to get to your hotel and back. Prices available upon request.
Transit Tax: As of July 1, 2011 all visitors to Italy are required to pay an additional tourist tax for their hotel stay. The new tax has been created mainly to help re-build the ancient cities and is based on how many stars a hotel has. This tax may vary by city and can range from 1 to 6 Euro per person, per night, for a maximum of 10 consecutive nights. This must be paid by the visitor, in Euro, directly to the hotel at time of check-out. It will be presented as a separate charge from any other charges accrued at the hotel. (Children under the age of 10 are exempt from this tax.
Baggage: Different airlines may have different policies. For information on specific airline policies, please check your carriers web site.
Air Transportation: Air fares change often and vary by gateway city, season, day of week and seat availability. Our air fares will be quoted to you within two business days of your tour reservation and will include the air fare, fuel surcharges and government taxes as quoted by the airlines. You are under no obligation to accept our airfare quote and may elect to use your reward miles or your preferred airline. Typical airfares from New York to Rome varies from $900 in March – May and September – October to $1500 in June – August but can change without prior notice. We highly recommend to reserve your seats early in order to obtain the best air fare.

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