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Mini-Italian Adventure (5 Day Tour of Italy)

Vacation Code: EVBI5D09
5 Days and 4 Nights
8 Meals: (4 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners)

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If you’ve been searching through Italian vacation packages looking for a 5 day Tour of Italy with a difference, our Mini-Italian Adventure could be the Italian trip that was designed just for you. The perfect introduction to Italy, this eclectic tour begins in Rome, heading into the breathtaking North of this amazingly diverse country and provides you every opportunity to explore the most beautiful and intriguing parts of the country. From vibrant cities, like Rome and Venice, to acres of rolling countryside, this adventure-filled Italian trip offers you the perfect balance of sightseeing and guided touring. This 5 Day Italian tour is ideal for travelers of all experience levels. Whether you are a novice European visitor, or a seasoned traveler who’s already scoped out your favorite parts of remarkable Italy, the Mini-Italian Adventure is the ideal short vacation package for you. From beginning to end, this tour will provide you with memories to last a lifetime, and it’s all wrapped up in one neat little package – Italy! **This tour departs in the early morning. Flight plans must be scheduled so that you arrive in Rome on the day before tour departure. To ensure that this and every other detail is taken care of, ask our Italian travel professionals to make all of your travel arrangements, then you can relax and enjoy your tour of Italy with complete peace of mind.
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Itinerary

ITINERARY AT A GLANCE

Day 1: Rome – Assisi – Siena – Florence
Day 2: Florence
Day 3: Florence – Bologna – Padova – Venice
Day 4: Venice
Day 5: Venice – Montepulciano – Rome

Day 1: Rome – Assisi – Siena – Florence

Rise and shine for an early departure from Rome via deluxe motor coach to your first destination, Assisi. Today, you will meet your tour guide and get to know your fellow guests. Relax, enjoy the ride, and welcome to your “Mini-Italian Adventure” tour!

Assisi: Arrive in Assisi, in Italy’s Umbrian region, and enjoy some leisure time in this tiny town surrounded by ancient walls and graced by grand castles and historic ancient churches. A visit to the Basilica of St. Francis, a World Heritage Site, will provide visitors with a chance to view the frescoes of Giotto and Cimabue as well as many other beautiful works of art. Departure from Assisi to Siena.

Siena: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this Tuscan hill town includes magnificent cathedrals, pretty botanical gardens, Gothic palazzos, and the shell–shaped Piazza del Campo, the town square and favored gathering place, home to the Palio horse race, an excellent art museum, and plenty of opportunity for people-watching.

Departure from Siena to our destination of the evening, magnificent Florence.

Florence: Arrive at your hotel. Enjoy a leisurely dinner and comfortable overnight accommodations.

Day 2: Florence

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and then depart for a day of sightseeing.

Florence: Truly the center of Italian art, this breathtaking Etruscan city will be the highlight of the trip for culture lovers. Florence flourished in the Middle Ages as a free commune and became the center for art and architecture during the Renaissance. The most-populated city in Tuscany, it is best known for its domed cathedral, the 13th century Santa Maria del Fiore (known as the Duomo). A visit to this astounding site is included on the tour. This ecclesiastic structure is a masterpiece inside and out, having as its centerpiece the magnificent dome built by Filippo Brunelleschi.

We will then proceed to the nearby Campanile Tower (partially designed by Giotto) and the Baptistery with its golden bronze doors, dubbed the “Gates of Paradise” by Michelangelo himself. In the heart of this UNESCO World Heritage city, guests can view the Piazza della Signoria, the Santa Croce Basilica, and walk the paths that once led to the homes of the city’s most famous residents, including da Vinci, Machiavelli, Raphael, Donatello, the Medici Family, and even modern well-known “artists” such as Gucci and Ferragamo.

Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure or take part in the optional Pisa tour.

Pisa: (Optional) Most famous for its Leaning Tower, the power of this city as a mighty maritime nation reached its apex in the 11th century, when it acquired fame as one of the four main historical Marine Republics of Italy. We will take time to admire the area known as the Square of Miracles, which includes the Duomo, the Leaning Tower, the monumental cemetery, and the opulent Baptistery of the Cathedral.

Enjoy dinner with your tour companions and overnight accommodations in a Florence hotel.

Day 3: Florence – Bologna – Padova – Venice

After breakfast you will depart Florence by a deluxe coach and head to Bologna.

Bologna: Situated between the Po River and the Apennines, the city of Bologna is home to the oldest university in the Western world (established in 1088) and is known throughout Italy for the excellent quality of life it provides its residents. The landscape of this city, one of the most developed in Italy, is enriched by elegant and extensive arcades (or porticos), an architectural element for which the city is famous. Have your camera ready as we explore Neptune Square and its beautiful fountain, and nearby Major Square, both located in the heart of the city. Home to companies such as Lamborghini and Masserati, Bologna is a pedestrian-friendly city where guests can feel free to explore on foot. Here, you’ll be fascinated by the opulent King Renzo Palace, the Podestà Palace, and the Basilica of San Petronio, one of the largest basilicas in the world.

Departure from Bologna to Padova.

Padova: Our stop in Padova includes a visit to the beautiful Sant’Antonio Basilica in the heart of the city.

Departure from Padova to our next destination, Venice.

Venice: In the evening when the city sparkles, arrive in spectacular Venice, often described as one of the most romantic cities in the world, famous for its gondola-traveled canals and magnificent architectural sites.

Enjoy dinner in this magical city and a good night’s sleep before a day of sightseeing.

Day 4: Venice

Eat breakfast and then transfer by vaporetto to St Mark Square. We’ll tour the square as well as the Doge’s Palace, a symbol of the glory and authority of Venice, former residence of the Dukes, and seat of the government and the Court of Justice. We’ll cross the famous Bridge of Sighs, where it is said prisoners would catch their last glimpse of Venice before being incarcerated in the attached prison.

Enjoy an afternoon at leisure and the chance to visit numerous other Venetian sites such as the Accademia Gallery, the Ca d’Oro – one of the city’s most magnificent palazzi, or the Basilica de Santa Maria della Salute.

Enjoy dinner and a good night’s sleep.

Day 5: Venice – Montepulciano – Rome

Eat breakfast at your hotel and depart by motor coach from Piazzale Roma to the famous Montepulciano in Tuscany.

Montepulciano: Known for its pork, cheese, pasta, honey, and famous Vino Nobile wine, this attractive ancient city is situated in southern Tuscany. A medieval and Renaissance hill town, it’s a great place to enjoy a little wine tasting. A pedestrian-friendly, car-free town, Montepulciano also boasts several handsome churches and a small palazzo designed by Michelozzo.

Departure from Montepulciano to our ending destination, Rome.

Rome: Evening arrival in Rome and end of our services. Not ready to go home yet? Having too much fun exploring magnificent Italy? Your travel specialist will review all the options available to you at the end of the trip, including an extended opportunity to explore the country or the option of spending an extra night in Rome. If you must go, you’ll head to the airport for your return home. Remember, we are always eager to help you create the travel experience you desire, so don’t hesitate to ask if you’d like to keep your travel options open!

Hotel Accommodations :

* 3 or 4 star hotel pricing available

Additional Information :

The tour includes:

  • Transportation by deluxe motor coach *Monolingual tour guide and escort
  • Accommodation at the hotels
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Panoramic visits as per itinerary
  • Luggage service: 1 piece of luggage per person in Florence and Venice
  • Taxes and fees
  • 24 hour emergency hotline

The tour does not include:

  • Tips
  • Drinks and extras in hotel
  • Entrance fees to monuments and museums not included in the itinerary
  • Everything that is not mentioned “The tour includes” section
  • Extra luggage may incur an additional fee
  • Florence Hotel Taxes (4 euros per person per day) to be paid directly to hotel
  • Venice Hotel Taxes (4 euros per person per day) to be paid directly to hotel
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