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Italian Mosaic (LI2017)

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Tour Length: 13 Days
Countries Visited: Italy, Switzerland
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Tour Category: Other Globus Tours
Tour Operator: Globus Tours
Tour Code: LI-2017
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Title
Italian Mosaic

Vacation Overview
On this Italy tour—our most popular vacation—not only will you visit the main Italian cities—Rome, Venice, Florence, and Assisi—you’ll also get to stay two nights at beautiful Lake Maggiore and enjoy some of the smaller towns and scenic attractions. You’ll visit the must-see sights in the cities, such as the Vatican Museums in Rome, Michelangelo’s David in Florence, St. Mark’s Square and Basilica in Venice, the glass-domed Galleria in Milan, and much more. One tour highlight is Pompeii, which was completely buried during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. This preserved town gives you an amazingly detailed look into life at the peak of the Roman EmpireYou’ll also have an opportunity to relax in the laid-back town of Sorrento. Explore the cobblestone streets lined with shops and restaurants, delight in the amazing views, watch the sunset dip into the sea, and see Mount Vesuvius across the bay. You’ll also have time in beautiful Capri, where celebrities go to “get away from it all.” On this Italy tour, Globus has also arranged special experiences for you, such as a visit to Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a visit to the Gardens of Augustus in Capri. Here, you’ll have incredible views of the Tyrrhenian Sea from the tranquil gardens. From the relaxing towns of Sorrento and Stresa on Lake Maggiore to the faster-paced cities, this tour of Italy offers it all. You’re sure to have plenty of stories and photos to share with friends and family back home.

 

Meals
Full buffet breakfast daily; 5 three-course dinners with wine, including special welcome and farewell dinners in Rome and a special dinner at Lake Maggiore (except departures January 17, February 14, October 17, October 24, October 31, November 14, November 28, December 12, and February 13 (2018) that have 4 three-course dinners included)

Transportation
Motorcoach; private boat rides on Lake Maggiore (March 21-October 10 & March 20-April 3 (2018)) and Venice; jetfoil; funicular ride in Capri . Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 
Day 1:
Arrive in Rome, Italy. Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a special welcome dinner with wine at one of Rome’s lively restaurants. (D)

Day 2:
Rome. Globus’ unique guided sightseeing includes inside visits to the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL with Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment, and monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà. Then, drive to the Roman Forum, visit the amazing COLOSSEUM, where gladiators once fought. An optional walking tour with a Local Guide is available to further explore famous sites for those who wish to see it all. (B)

Day 3:
Rome–Pisa–Florence. Travel to Pisa and take the traditional picture pushing back the legendary Leaning Tower, then on to Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance.” Tonight is your chance to join an optional dinner to try out Tuscan specialties. (B)

Day 4:
Florence. Follow your Local Guide to the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS and see Michelangelo’s David. Admire the magnificent cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s “Gate of Paradise,” and sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE, and see Ponte Vecchio. To enhance your stay, an optional excursion is available to San Gimignano, Italy’s most picturesque medieval town. (B)

Day 5:
Florence–Cinque Terre–Lake Maggiore. Prepare for an exciting day: drive to La Spezia on the Mediterranean Coast and [LF] enjoy your excursion to CINQUE TERRE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including a BOAT RIDE (departures April 4-October 24 weather permitting) with a Local Guide. The name dates back to the 15th century and is derived from five little medieval villages standing on stony spurs along five miles of the rocky coastline: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso. From here, continue by TRAIN and coach to elegant Stresa on beautiful Lake Maggiore. (B,D)

Day 6:
Lake Maggiore. Boat Trip to Isola Dei Pescatori. A leisurely morning with the chance to join an optional excursion to the baroque palace and peacock gardens of enchanting Isola Bella. Later, join a scenic BOAT CRUISE to [LF] ISOLA DEI PESCATORI, where dinner with local specialties awaits you. (B,D)

Day 7:
Lake Maggiore–Lugano, Switzerland–Venice Island. Cross the Swiss border and stop in Lugano. Time to stroll along the spectacular lake and on Via Nassa, or sip an espresso on Piazza Riforma. Back in Italy, arrive in romantic Venice and enter in style by PRIVATE BOAT. You may wish to join an optional gondola ride through the canals. (B)

Day 8:
Venice Island. Highlights of your guided walking tour are ST. MARK’S SQUARE and the byzantine BASILICA, lavish DOGES’ PALACE and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Then, watch a skilled GLASSBLOWER fashion delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner. A wonderful optional excursion is available to colorful Burano Island. (B)

Day 9:
Venice Island–Assisi. Arrive in peaceful Assisi, where your Local Guide takes you for a visit to ST. CLARE’S CHURCH and ST. FRANCIS’ BASILICA, built on top of his tomb. (B,D)

Day 10:
Assisi–Sorrento. Leave the province of Umbria and turn south to the charming, bayside resort of Sorrento. (B)

Day 11:
Sorrento. Excursion to Capri. Speed across the bay by JETFOIL to the Isle of Capri. Ride the FUNICULAR to Capri village for a guided visit of this pretty town, visit [LF] the GARDENS OF AUGUSTUS, terraces overlooking the sea, offering a spectacular panoramic view, and taste a granita (semi-frozen drink). Free time to explore the little shops on the piazzetta before returning to Sorrento. Time for shopping and an optional excursion to the Amalfi Coast and Positano. (B)

Day 12:
Sorrento–Pompeii–Rome. Stop for a guided visit of POMPEII, the Roman city both destroyed and preserved by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. This evening, back in the “Eternal City,” a special farewell dinner with wine and opera entertainment awaits you at Tanagra restaurant as a proper way to say arrivederci, Roma. (B,D)

Day 13:
Rome. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

 
         
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Documents
TRAVEL DOCUMENTS: Necessary Travel Documents such as Passports and Visas is the responsibility of the traveler. Passports must be valid six months from your return travel date.

City Highlights


ROME
Welcome dinner at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, and the Colosseum; farewell dinner with opera entertainment

PISA
Marvel at the legendary Leaning Tower

FLORENCE
Guided walking tour, visit Michelangelo’s David and Signoria Square

CINQUE TERRE
[LF] By boat (weather permitting) with a Local Guide, and train

LAKE MAGGIORE
[LF] Boat ride to Isola dei Pescatori, followed by dinner at a local restaurant

LUGANO (SWITZERLAND)
Visit

VENICE
Private boat ride; guided walking tour, visit St. Mark’s Square & Basilica, Doges’ Palace, Bridge of Sighs; glassblower demonstration

ASSISI
Guided sightseeing, visit St. Clare’s Church and St. Francis’ Basilica

SORRENTO–CAPRI
By jetfoil

CAPRI
Guided visit of Capri village, including a funicular ride; [LF] visit the Gardens of Augustus and taste a granita

POMPEII
Guided walking tour of the excavations Headsets throughout the tour

Notes
NOTE:January 17, February 17, October 17, October 24, October 31, November 14, November 28, December 13, and February 13 (2018) Departures–overnight in Milan instead of Lake Maggiore. Dinner on Day 5 not included. Lugano and Lake Maggiore replaced with Verona visit on Day 7. Overnight at Starhotels Ritz (SF) at Milan

 

Globus Disclaimer - Indicates that this departure and vacation is available for 2018 early booking. All tours will be open for 2018 bookings in the Fall of 2017. Vacation upgrades and/or additions will not be available for early booking, as well as, any extra pre- or post-night pricing until the Fall of 2017. With the exception of Journeys Club discounts, future travel promotions are not applicable and are not retroactive on early bookings. Offer reliant on space availability. Applies to new 2018 bookings only. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply.

Price Details US
Prices based on double room occupancy.Single room supplement: $533Triple room reduction per person: $82Extra nights per person in Rome:Pre tour: in single room $145-$255, in twin $87-$144, in triple $75-$121Post tour: in single room $93-$127, in twin $65-$89, in triple $62-$842018 departures are subject to itinerary and price modification. Details will be available in September 2017.

 
 

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