Hotel accommodation with full buffet breakfast; Local Host service in each city; Destination Guides; headsets in Venice, Florence, and Rome; sightseeing with a Local Guide and transportation as outlined in the day-by-day itinerary (except intra-vacation flights, which are additional; inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE); transfers to/from train stations.
Day #1 Venice, Italy. Benvenuto! Time to relax or to begin exploring car-free, romantic Venice.
Day #2 Venice. Morning guided sightseeing and orientation with headset. See ST. MARK’S SQUARE and BASILICA, visit DOGES’ PALACE, the BRIDGE OF SIGHS, and watch a GLASSBLOWERS’ DEMONSTRATION.
Day #3 Venice. Full day to explore sparkling Venice. ENTRANCES to Marciana Library and the Correr and Archaeological museums are included; ask your Local Host for details.
Day #4 Venice–Florence. Morning transfer to the HIGH-SPEED TRAIN (first-class); early-afternoon arrival at your Florence hotel.
Day #5 Florence. Morning guided sightseeing and orientation with headset: visit the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS with Michelangelo’s David. See Cathedral Square with Santa Maria del Fiore and the Baptistry’s “Gate of Paradise;” Piazza della Signoria; Santa Croce Square; and the Ponte Vecchio.
Day #6 Florence. Full day at leisure.
Day #7 Florence–Rome. Morning transfer to the HIGH-SPEED TRAIN (first-class); early-afternoon arrival in Rome.
Day #8 Rome. Morning guided sightseeing and orientation, including headset, takes you to the VATICAN MUSEUMS. See the SISTINE CHAPEL, with Michelangelo’s famous ceiling paintings and The Last Judgement. Visit monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA.
Day #9 Rome. Full day at leisure.
Day #10 Rome–Sicily. Travel by air on selected flights to Catania, Sicily; then transfer to your hotel in beautiful Giardini Naxos.
Day #11 Sicily. Morning guided sightseeing and orientation of picturesque Taormina. See Piazza Sant’Antonio, fortress Badia Vecchia, the 13th-century gothic cathedral, Piazza IX Aprile, and visit the breathtaking GREEK-ROMAN THEATER, remarkable for its preservation and panoramic views.
Day #12 Sicily. Full day at leisure to enjoy Sicily’s unique atmosphere.
Day #13 Sicily. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning (the nearest airport is Catania).