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8 Day Affordable Italy 2013-2014 (Saturday Departure)

8-day escorted tour with Gate 1

Gate 1 Tour
DAY 1 - Depart the USA
Depart the USA for Italy.

DAY 2 - Arrive in Venice
Arrive in Venice and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure. This evening, enjoy a welcome cocktail and orientation with your tour director. 

DAY 3 - Venice City Tour
Today begins with a boat ride to the Island of Murano, known throughout the world for its glass manufacturing industry. Visit St. Mark's Square to begin a guided walking tour of romantic Venice. View the Golden Basilica of San Marco, the Bridge of Sighs and visit the Doge's Palace, whose facade features a massive late-Gothic gate, known as the Porta della Carta. Take the remainder of the day to explore Venice on your own. (B)

Optional: Gondola Ride with Music ($65) 

DAY 4 - Pisa City Tour, Transfer to Florence
Travel through the stunning panorama of Tuscany to Pisa. On arrival, view the famous Piazza del Miracoli with its Leaning Tower, the Baptistery, the Duomo, and the Monumental Cemetery. The four monuments of this extraordinary piazza make for a unique architectural blend of Romanesque and Gothic styles. Then, continue on to Florence. (B)

DAY 5 - Florence City Tour
Today's morning tour begins with a visit to the Accademia of Fine Arts, where Michelangelo's David is housed. Walk to the Duomo, celebrated for its magnificent dome designed by Brunelleschi, and view the Baptistery's renowned "Gates of Paradise" by Ghiberti. Continue to explore the open air art museum of Signoria Square ending at Ponte Vecchio, known as the "Old Bridge." Enjoy the afternoon at leisure in this spectacular Renaissance city.

Optional: Dinner at a Tuscan Restaurant. ($85) 

DAY 6 - Assisi City Tour, Transfer to Rome
Today travel along the famous "Sun Route" motorway to the medieval the city of Assisi, world-renowned for its 13th-century Basilica of St. Francis and Giotto's frescoes. Afterward, continue to Rome. (B) 

Optional: Dinner with Musical Entertainment & Illuminated Drive ($89)

DAY 7 - Tour Vatican Museum
Today begins with the visit to the Vatican Museums and Michelangelo's breathtaking Sistine Chapel. Stroll through St. Peter's Square, passing Bernini's famous colonnade, to visit St. Peter's Basilica, where you will view Michelangelo's Pieta. This highly-finished marble sculpture depicts the body of Jesus in the arms of Mary after the Crucifixion, and is considered one of the most powerfully moving works of art in the Western world. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. (B)
Optional: Piazzas of Rome ($44) 

DAY 8 - Depart for the USA
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight. (B)
Tour Map
Tour Highlights
  • Doge's Palace, Venice
  • Michelangelo's David, Florence
  • Basilica of St. Francis, Assisi
  • Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel, Rome
  • Whisper technology enhanced touring
All This Included
  • 6 nights First Class accommodations.
  • Buffet breakfast daily.
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach.
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout.
  • Services of local guides in all major cities.
  • Entrance fees per itinerary.
Not Included: airport taxes & fees, optional tours and shore excursions, airport transfers, and gratuities.
Accommodations on this Tour
Venice: Grand Hotel Principe
Florence: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo
Rome: Grand Hotel Palatino
  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.
  • Dec 21 departure will be accommodated at the Hotel Carlton & Grand Canal in Venice.
  • Jan 11, Feb 1 and Mar 15 departures will be accommodated at the Hotel Carlton & Grand Canal in Venice and Grand Hotel Adriatico in Florence.
  • A few departures may be accommodated at the Amadeus Hotel in Venice
  • Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package, at the price quoted.

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