Italian Escape

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Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Italy

  • Active pace

  • Platinum escorted tour

Experience everything you’ve heard about Italy: its cuisine, wine, art, beauty, ancient ruins, statues, and architecture on this seven-day tour. Discover the Vatican Museums, centre of the Catholic Church and focal point for writers such as Umberto Eco and Dan Brown. Gaze up at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and take in Michaelangelo’s four-year masterpiece ‘Creation’, then imagine life as a gladiator in the Colosseum. Get lost in the cobbled streets of Venice or take a gondola ride through its atmospheric canals, with the option of live music on board.

At a glance


  • Rome: Have your camera at the ready as you discover the 'Eternal City's' historical sights.
  • Assisi: Stroll through the old town and visit St. Francis Basilica
  • Florence: Enjoy a guided walking tour that includes a visit to see Michelangelo's famous David and spend time shopping for local Florentine goods.
  • Pisa: Marvel at the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Venice: Bask in the sun in romantic Venice and visit the must-see sights, such as St. Mark's Square

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Service charges
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Individual audio system
  • All airport taxes
VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Overview

Total meals included:

  • 6 breakfasts, 2 dinners

UK - Rome

Day
1

Fly to Rome where you will meet your Tour Director and leave the hotel for a special welcome dinner with wine at a local restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Rome

Day
2

Enjoy a unique guided sightseeing, including inside visits to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo's ceiling paintings and ‘The Last Judgement’, and monumental St Peter's Square and Basilica to admire Michelangelo's ‘Pietà’. Also, visit the magnificent Colosseum next to the Roman Forum and the Arch of Constantine, and hear about the gladiators who fought here. An optional walking tour with a local guide is available to further explore famous sites for those who wish to see it all.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Rome - Assisi - Florence

Day
3

A morning break in peaceful Assisi. Visit the massive 13th-century Basilica of St Francis, the hub of a religion devoted to the ideals of humility, forgiveness, simplicity, and love for all God's creatures. Enter Tuscany and arrive in Florence, ‘Cradle of the Renaissance.’

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Florence

Day
4

During your walking tour with a local guide, visit the Academy of Fine Arts with Michelangelo's celebrated ‘David’, admire the magnificent cathedral, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistery's heavy bronze ‘Gate of Paradise,’ and sculpture-studded Signoria Square. Time to shop for Florentine leather goods and gold jewellery, sold by the ounce.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Florence - Pisa - Venice Island

Day
5

This morning, drive to Pisa. Take the traditional picture pushing back the amazing Leaning Tower, then enjoy a drive through the wooded Apennine Hills to Venice – a powerful magnet for romantics and art lovers from around the globe. Enter in style, by private boat.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Venice Island

Day
6

Follow your local guide for a walking tour. Highlights are St. Mark's Square, a favourite location for many films, and the Byzantine Basilica, lavish Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. Also, watch a skilled glassblower fashion delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner. Immerse yourself in the wonderful atmosphere of Venice. Wander through the narrow streets and discover Rialto Bridge. You may wish to take an optional gondola ride. This evening, a farewell dinner with wine awaits you at one of Venice's restaurants to celebrate the success of your Italian Escape.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Venice - UK

Day
7

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Things to note

Accommodation as stated or similar

This Platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


  • Rome: Hotel Cicerone
  • Florence: Mediterrano
  • Venice: Carlton on the Grand Canal

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