Unforgettable Italy Itinerary 2016

UNFORGETTABLE ITALY ESCORTED TOUR
Rome, Florence, Venice, Sorrento, Capri
September 8 – 20, 2016
13 days/11 Nights

Kick off your trip in ancient Rome before traveling to the town of Assisi, known for its association with St Francis. Onward to Siena, known for its Palio horse race, before continuing to Florence to investigate some of the most famous works of art the whole country. Glide along the waterways of Venice before exploring the Tuscany region noted for its wines. Return to Rome for further opportunities to snap some photos of its most famous landmarks and bite into the perfect plate of pasta. Enjoy views of the countryside on the way into the vibrant city of Naples, where eggplant parmesan originated. Enjoy spectacular sunsets in Sorrento positioned over steep white cliffs and perfumed by the scent of its lemon and orange trees. Feel glamorous posing at Capri’s Blue Grotto.

Day 1: Depart USA 

Your trip begins with an overnight transatlantic flight to Rome. Relax and enjoy the in-flight meal service and onboard entertainment.

Day 2: Rome 

Upon arrival at Rome airport, collect your luggage and be transferred to your hotel. You are free to explore the city at your leisure this afternoon and evening. Your hotel will be within walking distance of the city center. Tonight enjoy dinner on your own in one of the many restaurants
Overnight: Rome Hotel (B)

Day 3: Rome – Florence 

Departing from your hotel by a deluxe coach, you will arrive in Assisi, where you can explore this tiny town, surrounded by walls built in the middle ages, at your own leisure. Make time to visit the Basilica of St. Francis, where you will see masterpieces by Giotto and Cimabue, and to have lunch (not included). Board the bus for Siena, a medieval town surrounded by ancient walls that is known for the Palio, an annual summertime horse race around the shell-shaped town square, Piazza del Campo. Next, you will continue on to Florence, where you will check in to your hotel before enjoying dinner and a well-earned night of rest.
Overnight: Florence Hotel (B, D)

Day 4: Florence 

After breakfast, you will spend the day venturing around beautiful Florence, where with the help of Michelangelo, Italian art reached its pinnacle. Based on Etruscan-Roman origins, the city flourished in the middle ages as a free commune and was further refined by the renaissance. Because of its numerous monuments, churches, and buildings, Florence is known as the “Cradle of Renaissance”. The crowning architectural jewel being the domed cathedral: Santa Maria del Fiore, more commonly referred to as the Duomo. On your visit, you will be amazed by its magnificent dome built by Filippo Brunelleschi. Cross a small piazza to see the Campanile Tower (partly designed by Giotto) and the Baptistery, with its bronze doors that Michelangelo dubbed the “Gates of Paradise.” In the heart of the city, you will see the Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo della Signoria (also known as Palazzo Vecchio), and the Santa Croce Basilica. Spend the afternoon strolling the cobblestone streets of Florence on your own or take a short trip to Pisa (optional), one of the four main historical marine republics of Italy. There you will tour the square of miracles, which houses the Duomo, the Leaning Tower, and the Baptistry. Florence dinner and overnight stay.
Overnight: Florence Hotel (B, D)

Day 5: Florence – Venice 

Depart for Bologna after breakfast in Florence. There you will wander through the city`s 38 kilometers worth of elegant arcades (or porticos), for which Bologna is famous. From Piazza Malpighi, we will walk to Piazza del Nettuno and Piazza Maggiore (Neptune square and major square) in the heart of the city, where you will find Neptune fountain; King Renzo Palace; Podestà Palace; and the basilica of San Petronio, one of the biggest in the world. In the afternoon, continue toward Padova, with its original Sant`Antonio Basilica. Later, you will arrive in Venice, world-renowned for its classic gondola boats and its elegant, refined art. Check in to your hotel and enjoy your first Venetian dinner and overnight stay.
Overnight: Venice Hotel (B, D)

Day 6: Venice 

Hit the water after breakfast as you board a private water bus to enjoy an outstanding cruise through the lagoon of Venice before stopping at Murano. The ancient art of glass blowing is still carried on in the town, thanks to a few Maestri left on the island. Then on to St. Mark`s Square, exterior visit of the splendid cathedral , the Dogi Palace, a symbol of the glory and authority of Venice as it housed the seat of the government and the Court of Justice. Nearby you will see the legendary Bridge of Sighs. Spend the afternoon roaming along Venice canals at your leisure and then return to the hotel for dinner and relaxation.
Overnight: Venice Hotel (B, D)

Day 7: Venice – Rome 

Once you eat breakfast, depart from Piazzale Roma to Tuscany, known for its romantic churches and castles and its infamous wines. You will proceed to Val di Chiana with a stop in Montepulciano, a medieval town rich with history and art. Known for its “Nobile” wine, which can be purchased in wine houses in town, Montepulciano is also the host of an annual jazz and wine festival every July. Spend the afternoon getting to know Montepulciano at your own pace and tasting the local wines. That evening, you will check in to your hotel in Rome.
Overnight: Rome Hotel (B)

Day 8: Rome 

Once you eat breakfast, between 7:45 – 8:00am, depart from the hotel and take the tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter`s Basilica and jump the queues! No stress to reach the area; upon arrival, your guide will lead you into the museums where you`ll visit one of the most important art collections of the world. Admire the beautiful spiral stairway, the gallery of the tapestries and geographical maps, before arriving at the famous Sistine Chapel. The tour includes the visit of St. Peter`s Basilica (the visit ends in the city center). Explore the rest of the city at your own leisure until you decide that you cannot do any more walking! Return to the hotel and give your feet some rest.
Overnight: Rome Hotel (B)

Day 9: Rome – Sorrento 

After breakfast at your hotel, a coach bus will depart at 7:00am, taking the highway of the sun through the regions of Lazio and Campania, where you will see a picturesque view of the Abbey of Montecassino. Upon arriving in Naples, you will go on a short panoramic city tour, seeing sites such as the Mergellina neighborhood, Castel dell’Ovo, Plebiscito Square, the royal palace, Maschio Angioino, and the port. Have lunch in a restaurant enroute to Pompeii and then visit the excavations of the famous Roman city, destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Leaving Pompeii, you will drive along the Sorrentine coast, arriving in Sorrento for dinner and an overnight in your new hotel.
Overnight: Sorrento Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 10: Sorrento 

Stop in to your hotel for breakfast and dinner while you spend the day exploring Sorrento on your own.
Overnight: Sorrento Hotel (B)

Day 11: Sorrento – Capri 

Board a boat for the island of Capri after breakfast. Depending on weather and sea conditions, you will enter the infamous Blue Grotto in a small rowboat. After, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and then roam the island at your own pace. That afternoon, check in to your new hotel for dinner and an overnight.
Overnight: Capri Hotel (B, D)

Day 12: Capri – Rome 

Spend a leisurely morning eating breakfast at your hotel and then exploring Capri. That afternoon, depart for Rome, where you will check in to your hotel and spend the night.
Overnight: Rome Hotel (B)

Day 13: Rome/USA 
After a final breakfast, you will transferred to the airport for your departure flight home.

Please Note: 
The hotels listed on the escorted tours may be subject to change up until 07 days prior to departure.
Luggage Allowance: 1 piece of checked luggage and 1 carry on allowed per person
Sorrento: Dinner in Sorrento has a dress code business casual (No Shorts)

The Tour Includes
Roundtrip airport transfers
Transportation by deluxe Motorcoach
Free Wi-Fi Connection onboard Motorcoach
Multilingual tour-escort
Accommodation in 4 star or 3 star hotels
Meals as per itinerary
Entrances per itinerary
Visits as per itinerary

The Tour does not Include
Tips/ porterage service
Drinks
Entrance fees to monuments or museums not noted in itinerary
City tax for overnight stays (according to each city council rules)
Everything that is not mentioned in the paragraph “the tour includes”

INCLUSIONS:

Escorted sightseeing by luxury motorcoach
Professional driver/guide included as per itinerary
Accommodation at four star hotels for 11 nights
Breakfast (B) daily except morning of arrival
Lunches (L) as per itinerary
Dinners (D) as per itinerary
Taxes and surcharges

Italian City Taxes are not included. 
These taxes are paid to the hotel directly at time of check out.  Most cities in Italy impose a city hotel tax, charged at the end of a hotel stay. This tax is approx. €3 – €7 per person per night (subject to change without notice) – it cannot be prepaid and is not part of the invoice.

Hotels
Santa Costanza or Similar
Grand Hotel Mediterraneo or similar
Hotel Delfino in Mestre or similar
Villa Maria
Hotel la Bougainville or similar

Deposit and rate information:    All rates and deposits are per person.

Deposit:  $300 per person upon booking.  Balance due:  July 1, 2016

$2375.00 per person based on double occupancy.
$2295.00 per person based on triple occupancy.
$3085.00 per person based on single occupancy.

Airfare approximately $1200 p.p. from Washington, Dulles (IAD). Departure from other cities available.

Deposits accepted until sold out.  Optional Insurance available.    Passport required.  Deposits are nonrefundable and nontransferable.  Suggested payment Not included: tips for driver and tour guides, items of a personal nature.

All Travel Arrangements Made By Colesville Travel
Cynthia Amin-Hall
P.O. Box 4844
Silver Spring, MD 20914
Office:  301-989-1654
Fax:  301-989-8473

Email:  cindy@colesvilletravel.com
Website: www.colesvilletravel.com

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