Italian Vistas

March 17 — March 29, 2019 
13 Days  17 Meals
 
Highlights: Rome, Colosseum, Ruins of Pompeii, Sorrento Coast, Isle of Capri, Florence, Statue of David, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Tuscan Winery, Venice, Choice on Tour, Murano Island, Verona, Stresa, Locarno, Switzerland

Italian Vistas itinerary map

Pricing

 
Save $200 per person*
  • Double
    $4,899pp
    $5,099
  • Single
    $5,699pp
    $5,899
  • Triple
    $4,849pp
    $5,049

* For bookings made after 9/18/2018 call for rates.

* Included in Price: Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $315 per person, Round Trip Air from San Francisco Intl Airport, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges, Hotel Transfers

* All Rates are Per Person and are subject to change based on air inclusive package from SFO

 

 

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1 Overnight Flight
Day 2 – 4 Grand Hotel Palatino, Rome
Day 5 – 6 Towers Hotel, Sorrento
Day 7 – 8 Grand Hotel Baglioni, Florence
Day 9 – 10 B4 Bellini Venezia, Venice
Day 11 – 12 Regina Palace Hotel, Stresa

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

 


Day 1: Mar 17, 2019: Overnight Flight

Ciao, Italy!


Day 2: Mar 18, 2019: Rome, Italy - Tour Begins

Welcome to Rome. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a special welcome dinner featuring regional delicacies and Italian wines.

Included Meals: Dinner


Day 3: Mar 19, 2019: Rome - Classical Rome City Tour

A locally guided tour of Classical Rome features such sights as the Piazza Venezia, the Roman Forum, the Circus Maximus and the Arch of Constantine. During an in-depth visit to the Colosseum, your guide recounts its rich history. The catacombs, burial place of early Christians, the mythic Pantheon, and Piazza Navona are also featured.

Included Meals: Breakfast


Day 4: Mar 20, 2019: Rome

Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore Rome’s cultural treasures. Your Tour Manager will be on hand to offer suggestions. Perhaps a trip to Vatican City, with an optional tour to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica, will be on your personal sightseeing list.

Included Meals: Breakfast


Day 5: Mar 21, 2019: Rome - Pompeii - Sorrento Coast

Journey south toward the brilliant Bay of Naples where charming villages are built into hillsides above a sparkling blue sea. Soak in 2,000 years of history during your discovery of the excavated ruins of Pompeii. A local guide provides an in-depth view of this remarkably preserved archaeological site. Continue to the scenic resort town of Sorrento and take some time to explore the city independently. You may wish to visit the Duomo, a Romanesque cathedral with inlaid woodwork, a famous local Sorrento craft. End your day on the breathtaking Sorrento Coast.

Included Meals: Breakfast


Day 6: Mar 22, 2019: Sorrento Coast - Isle of Capri - Sorrento Coast

A scenic boat ride* brings you to the enchanting Isle of Capri. Upon arrival, take a panoramic ride to the island’s highest town, Anacapri. Spend time in Capri town with its world-famous piazzetta and explore this island paradise of chic boutiques, lush vegetation and outdoor cafés before returning to the Sorrento Coast.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 7: Mar 23, 2019: Sorrento Coast - Florence

Tuscany unfolds with its panorama of vineyards and olive groves. Florence, the “Cradle of the Italian Renaissance,” awaits and offers Italy's best art and architecture. En route to Florence, visit a family-owned leather shop and learn the traditional Italian techniques of leather making. Tonight, enjoy regional Italian cuisine at a local restaurant.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 8: Mar 24, 2019: Florence

A locally guided tour highlights the Piazza del Duomo, with its Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and the famous Gates of Paradise on the Baptistery of St. John. You also view the magnificent Piazza della Signoria with its imposing Palazzo Vecchio. Visit the Academy Gallery to see Michelangelo’s magnificent sculpture David.

Included Meals: Breakfast


Day 9: Mar 25, 2019: Florence - Pisa - Venice

Visit the ancient maritime Republic of Pisa to discover the Piazza Dei Miracoli, the Duomo (Cathedral), and the famous Leaning Tower. A special stop is made at a Tuscan winery and farm to enjoy lunch and sample local wines and specialties. Next, cross the Apennine Mountains en route to Venice where 117 islands are connected by a latticework of 150 canals and 400 bridges.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 10: Mar 26, 2019: Venice - Murano Island - Venice

Embark on a boat trip** to Murano Island for a glass-blowing demonstration. Then we make our way to St. Mark’s Square where it’s your choice! Join a local expert who will take you on a walking tour of this famous square to view the Basilica and visit the impressive Doge’s Palace along with the legendary Bridge of Sighs. Or, step off the beaten path and explore the Castello Sestiere district with a local expert; see for yourself how the locals live as you walk canal by canal through the narrow streets lined with churches and historic buildings. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Included Meals: Breakfast


Day 11: Mar 27, 2019: Venice - Verona - Stresa

Depart Venice for Verona to stroll the streets that were the backdrop for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Arrive in the resort town of Stresa in the breathtaking Italian Lakes District, your home for the next two nights, and admire the beautiful views of Lago Maggiore.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 12: Mar 28, 2019: Stresa - Locarno, Switzerland - Isola dei Pescatori, Italy - Stresa

Today, cross into Switzerland and the picturesque lakeside resort of Locarno for magnificent views, excellent shopping and charming cafés. Tonight, we travel by boat to Isola dei Pescatori for a farewell dinner while surrounded by beautiful scenery.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 13: Mar 29, 2019: Stresa - Tour Ends

Your Italian adventure comes to a close today.

Included Meals: Breakfast



Extend Your Vacation With

3 Day 2-Night Milan Post Tour Extension

Rate: $599.00 USD Per Person, double, land Only

2 Meals: 2 breakfasts

Day 13: Stresa - Milan

Transfer to Milan, a chic and sophisticated metropolis known for being a hub of high fashion. Milan is filled with historic architecture including the Duomo, its magnificent Gothic cathedral. Upon arrival, receive your sightseeing bus ticket valid for 48 hours…hop-on and hop-off the red open-top double-decker buses and explore this bustling city at your own pace.

Day 14: Milan

Continue your independent exploration of Milan at your leisure. You may choose to visit the Sforza Castle, Sant’Ambrogio Cathedral, Parco delle Basiliche or the Duomo, Milan’s most famous landmark.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 15: Milan - Tour Ends

Tour Ends.

Included Meals: Breakfast.

Please Note

Extensions are subject to availability and applicable charges at time of request.

A minimum of 3 passengers is required for this extension to operate.

This extension is not hosted or guided.

Air inclusive rate is valid for guests who have purchased our air package for the full tour. Rate will vary for those who have purchased their own air.

This extension requires average physical activity. You should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven grounds and cobblestone streets.



Available Options



Florence - Tuscan Feast • $97pp

 

This evening, set off on a scenic drive to nearby Galluzzo, a historic town famous for its Carthusian monastery which rests upon one of the beautiful hills surrounding Florence. Prior to dinner, enjoy an after-hours visit to this 14th-century monastery – La Certosa.* Revel in the beauty that lurks inside and experience the monastery’s magnificence as you learn about monastic daily life. Then, your evening of fun continues at one of the area’s most popular dining establishments. Experience an authentic and traditional dinner served family-style! Savor local wines and Tuscan food and enjoy the entertainment. It’s a memorable – truly Italian – evening out that you won’t want to miss! *Visit to the monastery may not be possible when weddings are taking place. Duration: Approximately 4.5 hours. Please note a minimum of 15 passengers is required. Transportation is included.


Rome - The Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica • $91pp

 

The Vatican Museums are not only home to one of the world’s greatest collections of art, but also to the world-famous Sistine Chapel. Priceless artifacts from ancient Egypt, Etruscan Italy and cultures around the world are preserved in the Vatican’s palaces, galleries, halls and rooms. Follow a local expert guide on a three hour, in-depth visit through this vast collection. Highlights include the Gallery of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries and of course, a visit to the Sistine Chapel. The chapel’s famous ceiling frescoes took Michelangelo four years to complete. His brilliant Last Judgment, which rests on the altar wall, was a topic of controversy for centuries. Other walls feature paintings by Pietro Perugino, Sandro Botticelli, Cosimo Rosselli and Domenico Ghirlandaio. Your final stop will be at St. Peter’s Basilica, one of the most important churches in Christendom, and until recently, the largest in the world. It is highly recommended to book this optional tour in advance of your tour departure. This option is not available on Sundays. Duration: Approximately 4 hours. Please note a minimum of 15 passengers is required. Transportation is included.


Rome - Rome by Night • $108pp

 

“Dine with the Tenors” at a very popular Roman restaurant, where you’ll indulge in a hearty, traditional, four-course menu complete with wine. As you enjoy the delicious tastes of Italy, talented performers serenade you with favorite arias from best-loved operas. This lively, fun-filled evening will be an unforgettable part of your visit to Rome and an engaging immersion into Italian culture. After dinner, embark on the enchanting Rome by Night tour, seeing the famous landmarks of the “Eternal City” illuminated against the night sky. See the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Victor Emmanuel Monument and many other highlights. Remember your evening of Italian romance and charm with a souvenir opera CD – one per couple and one for singles.Duration: Approximately 4 hours. Please note a minimum of 10 passengers is required. Transportation is included.


Venice - Venetian Serenaded Gondola Cruise • $85pp

 

Experience the romance that can only be found in Venice – La Serenìssima – while traveling on its famous waterways. Partake in one of Venice’s most famous pastimes – a gondola cruise. Take a pleasant stroll toward the Grand Canal to board your gondola. As you relax in your elegant watercraft, your gondolier navigates the Grand Canal as well as smaller side canals. Admire the scenery as you listen to the melodic voice serenading you in true Italian style – just like in those romantic Italian movies! This option operates weather permitting. Duration: Approximately 1 hour. Please note a minimum of 12 passengers is required. Transportation is not included.