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Absolute Italy

The best of Italy including Rome, Florence, Venice and Siena

Vacation Code: STTAB0708
9 Days and 8 Nights
3 Nights in Rome, 3 Nights in Florence, 2 Nights in Venice,
Pre and Post Mini tours are available

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Absolute Italy brings you the very best of Italy packaged especially for small group travel. The perfect introduction to three of the most visited cities in Italy, the tour will touch on every facet of this amazing country. From the ancient ruins of Rome to the breathtaking artworks of Florence and on to the culture and romance of Venice.

Absolute Italy tour offers a well-rounded introduction to everything that Italy has to offer. The package is comprehensive and designed to make booking and traveling simple and pain-free.

Our Commitment is to guarantee any departures even with 2 participants. For groups traveling with a minimum of 7 people, a tour leader will escorted the group from the arrival until departure. In case of the number of people traveling will be less or equal to 6, the tour will be operated by a tour host. The tour host will visit daily the guests and will assist them at check-in in any single hotel. The tour host will escort the guest to the restaurants when the dinner is included. The tour host is available 24 hours by phone. The passengers are provided at their arrival with a Travel Packet with information, maps and an itinerary with details, tips and emergency toll free number.

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Itinerary

ITINERARY AT A GLANCE

Day 1: Rome
Day 2: Rome
Day 3: Rome
Day 4: Rome – Siena – San Gimignano – Florence
Day 5: Florence
Day 6: Florence – Chianti
Day 7: Florence – Venice
Day 8: Venice
Day 9: Venice – Home

Day 1 (Friday): Rome

(Welcome Cocktail, Dinner)

Welcome to Italy!
Upon arrival at Rome airport collect your luggage and meet the driver to be transferred to your hotel. We’ve left the rest of your day free to explore the Eternal City. Return to your hotel in time for an evening meeting with your tour host, who will provide an overview of the destinations you will visit on the tour. This is your opportunity to learn all about the tour program, receive tour literature and ask questions. Overnight in Rome.

Day 2 (Saturday): Rome

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

After breakfast, meet your guide to live the history of ancient Rome. This itinerary will give you the opportunity to learn about its mythical origins, the thousands years of history and legendary heroes who made Rome “Caput Mundi with a visit to the Colosseum. Once inside, breathe the bloody past of the amphitheatre and its atmosphere lead by expert guides with a passion for the Colosseum and its history. At the end of the tour you will stop for lunch. In the afternoon transfer to the Vatican for a guided tour which includes the entrance fee for the Museum. The Vatican is home to some of the world’s most significant art pieces. The masters of ancient Greek and Roman art are represented amongst the Vatican collection. Today you will view the works of Raphael, Michelangelo and many others. Your tour will also take you to the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica. When your Vatican tour ends, return to your hotel by private coach. In the evening you’ll enjoy a delicious Italian dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight in Rome.

Day 3 (Sunday): Rome

(Breakfast)

Eat Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will have the whole day to explore Rome at your leisure. Overnight in Rome.

Day 4 (Monday): Rome – Siena – San Gimignano – Florence

(Breakfast and Lunch)

Meet your driver in the morning, ready for departure to Siena. The drive itself will take you on a magnificent path along the roads of Tuscany. Enjoy stunning views of hills covered by vineyards and olive trees. Catch a glimpse of original bell towers as you pass through small villages along the way. Upon arrival in the city, meet with your local guide and head out for a walking tour of Siena. This is probably Italy’s loveliest medieval city. At the heart of Siena is Il Campo, the Square where the famous horse race Il Palio takes place twice every summer. Enjoy a wine tasting with typical cheeses and salami.

After lunch you’ll continue your journey to Florence with a stop en route at the UNESCO World Heritage site in San Gimignano. We’ve made sure you will have Free time to enjoy this fascinating medieval style village on your own before traveling on to your destination. Arrive in Florence late afternoon. Check-in at your hotel and spend an evening relaxing. Overnight in Florence.

Day 5 (Tuesday): Florence

(Breakfast)

Enjoy a guided morning walking tour of the city. Florence was transformed into the cradle of the Renaissance by Lorenzo de Medici, who attracted the best artists, architects and writers of the time to the city. Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Botticelli were among the artistic geniuses to whom he commissioned various works. Visit the most famous locations in Florence: Piazza della Signoria; Palazzo Vecchio; the Dome with Giotto’s bell tower; Ponte Vecchio; Santa Croce and Academia Gallery. Spend your free time in the afternoon exploring Florence on your own. Visit the Uffizi, or take the opportunity to visit Pisa or Lucca. Venture out in the evening for Dinner at a classic Tuscan restaurant. Overnight in Florence.

Day 6 (Wednesday): Florence – Chianti

(Breakfast and Dinner)

After breakfast the day is at your leisure. You can just relax and take a walk on the beautiful streets of Florence, visit the Boboli Gardens and Pitti Palace or opt for an excursion to Pisa, Montepulciano and Montalcino, Assisi and Cortona and many others. In the late afternoon, transfer to Chianti area for an unique experience. Enjoy the view of the beautiful hills covered by vineyards and have a fantastic dinner in a farmhouse accompanied with Chianti wine. Return to Florence in the late evening.

Day 7 (Thursday): Florence – Venice

(Breakfast)

Enjoy an early breakfast at your hotel before your transfer to the Railway Station in Florence. Your travel day begins with the excitement and emotion of riding the high speed train to Venice. Travel by train in Italy is fast, comfortable and convenient. Relax and enjoy the experience.Your tour assistant will meet you upon arrival at Venice Railway Station, and accompany you for transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, enjoy an orientation tour of Venice, including the city’s best known sights (St. Marks Square, Dodge’s Palace, Rialto Bridge and the Grand Canal. Overnight in Venice.

Day 8 (Friday): Venice

(Breakfast, Dinner)

Start your last full day in Venice with a hearty Italian breakfast. We’ve made this a Free day so you can choose exactly where you want to spend your time in Venice. There are a range of optional tours available for you to choose from. Tonight you will enjoy a Special Dinner to celebrate your last night in Venice. Savor the outstanding cuisine prepared for you before bidding farewell to your Tour Host and the new friends you have met during the tour. Overnight in Venice

Day 9 (Saturday): Venice

(Breakfast)

Rise early and enjoy a hearty Italian breakfast before leaving the hotel for your transfer to the Airport or Railway Station. End of Services.

Featured Properties

Hotel in Rome: Ponte Sisto, Empire, Residenza di Ripetta or Londra & Cargill.
Hotel in Florence: Pierre, De La Ville or Berchielli.
Hotel in Venice: Ca’ De Conti.
Hotel may be substituted with similar according to availability. Hotels will be confirmed up to 21 days prior to the arrival.

Additional Information :

The tour includes:

  • Transfers to and from airport
  • Bus travel as per itinerary
  • Tour Escort/Host (Tour host/escort will change in Venice).
  • Welcome cocktail on first night.
  • 3 nights in Rome
  • 3 nights in Florence
  • 2 nights in Venice
  • 1 lunch, wine included, in Rome
  • 3 dinners, wine included
  • 1 wine tasting with cheese and salami in Siena
  • Wine and olive oil tasting in Chianti
  • Visit of the Colosseum and Vatican, entrance fees included
  • Walking tour of Florence with Academia Gallery
  • Visit of Siena with a guide and free time in San Gimignano
  • Transfer from hotel in Florence to train station
  • High speed train travel from Florence to Venice
  • Transfer from Venice train station to hotel
  • Luggage handling at hotel and train stations

The tour does not include:

  • Porterage at airport in Rome
  • Tips
  • Beverages and Meals not mentioned in the program
  • Travel Insurance
  • Optional Excursions
  • Rome City Tax: 3 euros per person per day to be paid directly to the hotel in cash at check-out
  • Florence City Tax: 4 euros per person per day to be paid directly to the hotel in cash at check-out
  • Venice City Tax: 4 euros per person per day to be paid directly to the hotel in cash at check-out
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