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Italian Esplanade

Places Covered: Rome – Venice – Florence – Pisa - Milan
Duration: 6 Nights / 7 Days
Tour Cost: On Request

DAY 01

Arrival in Rome and check in at the hotel on your own.

Later in the afternoon enjoy Vatican city tour.

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Walking Tour including Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Rooms and St Peter's Basilica

Take a small group walking tour of the Vatican Museums and St Peter's Basilica, and jump the queue by booking ahead. Numbers are limited to a maximum of 20 people on this small group walking tour, ensuring you'll receive personalized attention from your guide. And by booking ahead, you won't waste any time waiting in line!

Due to a new Vatican partnership, this tour provides VIP access through a reserved door, allowing you to skip all the lines - even the priority lines.

Skip-the-line Vatican tours are so popular, even the priority lines are long! But this tour includes exclusive access through a reserved entranceway, ensuring that you will not wait in any long lines. Your knowledgeable guide will escort you into the Vatican Museums to explore the world's most extensive collection of art. Brilliantly decorated and lined with masterpieces, the museums are brimming with treasures and history. Your guide will lead you through the 2000 rooms that stretch over almost nine miles, and share the stories and secrets contained within the Vatican's walls.

Highlights of the museums are Michelangelo's famous Creation of Adam fresco in the Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms. After taking in the Vatican Museums, you will encounter another of Michelangelo's masterpieces, La Pieta, in St Peter's Basilica. For a fascinating finish to your small group guided walking tour, stop to admire magnificent St Peter's Square, as your guide points out Bernini's ingenious use of optical illusion.

Overnight in Rome.

DAY 02

Colosseum and Ancient Rome with Best of Rome Afternoon Walking Tour

See the highlights of Rome on this unforgettable day of sightseeing, combining two best-selling guided tours at a discounted price! This small-group, full-day Rome Super Saver starts with a skip-the-line tour of the Colosseum and Ancient Rome, including the incredible Roman Forum. After your first tour, explore independently before spending your afternoon on a leisurely walking tour past top Rome attractions, such as Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps and more!

Numbers are limited to 25 people on this Super Saver tour, ensuring you'll see the best of Rome in a small-group atmosphere. Even better, enjoy a 13% discount when you buy these combined tours.

Skip the Line: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Half-Day Walking Tour:

Perfect for first-time visitors, this 3-hour, small-group morning tour starts with a gentle stroll up the Oppian Hill to enjoy unforgettable views of the Colosseum -- Ancient Rome's most iconic landmark. After heading back down, skip the long entrance lines of the Colosseum and enjoy priority access to explore this famous attraction with your expert guide. As you walk around the fascinating ground and first floors, hear stories from your guide about the amphitheater's intriguingly brutal past filled with bloodthirsty gladiators.

After leaving the Colosseum, head into Ancient Rome to see the Arch of Constantine before walking through the Roman Forum and up Palatine Hill. Your tour ends on Via Sacra, the main street that links the Colosseum to Capitoline Hill. Enjoy roughly two hours at your leisure. Explore the impressive ruins or have lunch at any of the several nearby restaurants (own expense) before your afternoon tour.

Best of Rome Walking Tour:

After rejoining your small group and guide at Piazza del Popolo (or Piazza di Spagna from March 4, 2013 onwards), set off at a leisurely pace with your guide on a 3-hour walking tour. Heading to Rome's center, pass the beautiful Santa Maria del Popolo Church and hear interesting tales and legends such as how the hated Emperor Nero was buried near this church. Continue to the Spanish Steps that lead elegantly down from the church of Trinita dei Monti before taking a break by the majestic Trevi Fountain.

Continue with a stroll through Piazza Colonna, a stylish square considered by the ancient Romans as the center of the city. Then, enjoy a fantastic photo opportunity at the world-famous Pantheon, a unique historic temple with sleek marble columns. Follow your guide through bustling Piazza Navona, typified by its ornate fountains, Baroque architecture and lively sidewalk cafs. Lastly, visit Campo de Fiori, a more traditional square, where your tour ends.

Rest of the day will be at leisure.

Overnight stay in Rome.

DAY 03

This day board your train from Rome in the morning. Check In at the hotel on your own.

Later in the afternoon explore Famous three Venice Islands.

Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Explore the famous islands of the Venice lagoon - Murano, Burano and Torcello - on a half-day excursion. You'll see a glass-blowing display on Murano, shop for lace on Burano and visit Venice's first church on the tranquil island of Torcello. This morning or afternoon tour is a great introduction to the magical islands of the Venetian lagoon.

Boarding a comfortable motor boat, you'll speed along the Venetian lagoon to Murano, famous for its glassware. During the visit you'll explore shops, factories and watch the skilled glass-blowers as they create works of art. You'll also have time to visit a museum showcasing the world-famous Murano glass.

Re-board your motor boat you'll journey to the island of Burano to admire picturesque fishermen's houses painted in bright pastel colors, and, of course, the famous lace. You can visit a museum dedicated to the craft of lace, and purchase the beautiful lace at local shops.

The last island stop is Torcello, the earliest center of civilization in the Venetian lagoon. You'll see the cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, founded in the 7th century, and the excavated remains of the circular baptistery in the church of Santa Fosca.

Rest of the evening will be at your leisure to enjoy the Gondola Ride.

Overnight in Venice.

DAY 04

Skip the Line: Venice in One Day

First time in Venice? You'll see all the highlights of this magical city on this combined walking and boat tour. Plus, you'll skip the long linecs at St. Mark's Basilica - don't waste time waiting in lines when you're on vacation! Your comprehensive introduction to Venice begins with a two-hour walking tour highlighting all the important monuments, from San Marco Square to the Rialto Bridge. You'll learn the history behind the famous landmarks, including the basilica's Byzantine heritage and the adjoining prisons of the Doge's Palace. Plus, you'll visit the famed basilica of St. Mark's without having to stand in locng queues! Leaving the crowds behind, you'll enter a labyrinth of narrow passageways, alleys, canals and delicate bridges. Highlights include Campo Santa Maria Formosa, Marco Polo's House, an old merchant's warehouse and the most beautiful well-head in Venice, before finishing the tour near the Rialto Bridge.

Enjoy free time between your Venice Walking Tour and Grand Canal Boat Tour. Exact times will vary depending on the season, however most walking tours will conclude at approximately 1:10pm (except Sunday at 4:00pm), with the boat tours starting between 4:30pm and 5:30pm. Details of the exact meeting location and time for the Grand Canal Boat Tour will be given by your guide after the walking tour. Next, enjoy a relaxing cruise along the Grand Canal of Venice. Along the way you will learn the history of the stunning palaces and churches that line the famous canal, as well as anecdotes about the famous people who have resided on Venice's most important 'street'. You'll also enjoy a fascinating tour of the minor canals of Venice. St. Mark's Basilica is free of charge to enter and we guarantee that you'll skip any long lines as part of this tour. Venice is subject to flash floods and occasionally the Basilica is closed to the public (without notice) because of high water or festivities.

Rest of the evening will be at leisure to explore on your own in Venice. A Gondola ride with live music could be a nice option

Overnight in Venice.

DAY 05

Morning train transfer to Florence. Later in the afternoon enjoy half day trip to Pisa to admire the Leaning Tower.

Pisa Half-Day Trip from Florence Including Skip-the-Line Leaning Tower of Pisa Ticket

Meet your guide in central Florence and board your air-conditioned coach to travel west to Pisa. Gaze out at the scenery on your 1.5-hour journey, admiring Tuscany’s stunning landscape, typified by gently rolling hills and villages.

Travel into the center of Pisa and hop off your coach to explore Cathedral Square, home to architectural delights galore. See Duomo di Pisa – the city cathedral – as well as Pisa Baptistry, Campo Santo and the undeniable showstopper: the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Stop for photos by the iconic monument, and learn about its history and status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Then, either enjoy some free time to sightsee independently, or continue your tour through town, passing the Church of San Sisto – one of the oldest churches in Pisa. Admire its stone-clad Romanesque architecture, and then head into Knights’ Square – an area that was Pisa’s political center during the Middle Ages. See Scuola Normale di Pisa, a renowned university founded by Napoleon Bonaparte in the 1800s, and stop next to Conte Ugolino Tower to learn about its role in Dante Alighieri’s famous Divine Comedy poem.

Admire the mix of Renaissance and medieval buildings as you amble past the house where the 18th-century Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi once lived. Stroll through Piazza Arcivescovado and gaze in awe at the impressive Palazzo Vescovile, a resplendent palace-turned-hotel.

After a break for a snack or drink in town (own expense), both groups meet back at a pre-arranged point near the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Head past the monument's long entrance lines with your skip-the-line ticket, and then walk up the 294-step spiral staircase to enjoy unforgettable views from the top!

Return to your coach and travel back to Florence, finishing your tour with a drop-off at the start point.

Please note: If you have no head for heights, walking difficulties or aversion to enclosed spaces, the Leaning Tower of Pisa climb probably won’t be for you. Use the time to relax at leisure in Cathedral Square, instead. Later in the evening back to Florence.

Overnight stay in Florence.

DAY 06

Morning train transfer to Milan. Later in the afternoon enjoy Milan city tour.

Milan City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Step aboard the Milan city hop-on hop-off bus tour at the central Piazza Castello, or at any of the stops along the three available bus routes. With more than 30 stops to choose from, you can easily find a stop that’s convenient for you.

Find a seat on the open-air Double Decker bus and look out at the sights of Milan. Stay on Line A (red line) for its total 90-minute route and pass by the 14th-century Castello Sforzesco (Sforza Castle), the world-renowned La Scala opera house and Piazza Duomo, the square where Milan Cathedral (Duomo) stands.

Line B (blue line) boasts highlights including the historic Porta Venezia city gate, Il Cenacolo Vinciano and Palazzo Lombardia, home to Milan’s modern skyscrapers. Jump aboard line C (green line) to see the Monumental Cemetery or San Siro football stadium. Then, disembark at San Babila to browse the luxury stores on Milan’s fashionable Via Montenapoleone.

Pick out the places that you want to see most and create your own perfect sightseeing experience. Want a closer look at one of Milan’s landmarks? Go ahead and get off the bus. Your ticket is valid for 48 hours from your first ride and you can jump on and off as much as you like during this period.

All three hop-on hop-off bus routes are interconnected, making it easy to swap and switch between them.

DAY 07

After breakfast, check out from the hotel and board your flight back to your home or continue with onwards journey.

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