Day 1: Venice
Arrival transfer from the airport to the hotel. Welcome drink. Following the check-in, relax or join a vicinity walk to get familiarized with your surroundings. Welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight.
Day 2: Venice - Lagoon Islands
Buffet breakfast. This morning you will join your private English speaking guide to explore the city center of Venice with St. Mark’s Square and view the Golden Basilica of San Marco, built over several centuries in a fusion of Byzantine, Roman and Venetian architecture. Admire the Canal Grande, Rialto Bridge and Bridge of Sights, created at the beginning of the 17th century to serve as a link between prisons. Then continue to Doge’s Palace, official residence of the Venetian ruler. Lunch on your own. In the afternoon your tour will continue exploring the beauty of the Venice Lagoon, visiting Murano, the city famous for its glass production, and the colorful city of Burano. Return by private boat to your hotel. Overnight.
Day 3 - Brenta river Cruise - Palladio’s villa – Padua
Buffet breakfast. This morning transfer by private motor launch and motor coach to Villa Foscari Malcontenta for guided inside visit. Following the visit, board the ship and start sailing along the Brenta River. During the sailing we will admire the beautiful Venetian Villas of Palladio built as summer residence for rich patricians, see quaint villages along the river, enjoy bridge commentaries and experience locks and swing bridges. Stop in Oriago for typical lunch and continue sailing towards Villa Wiedman (inside visit) and Villa Pisani (inside visit). After the visit, meet our driver and motor coach and transfer to our hotel in the Padua area. Dinner and overnight.
Meals: B - L - D
Day 4 - Lake Garda - Verona - Florence
Buffet breakfast. This morning visit of the old University City of Padua, worldwide known as the city of Saint Anthony. Guided walking tour of the old-town where will see the major sites such as the Scrovegni Chapel, a masterpiece in the history of painting in Italy and Europe of the 14th century, famous for the most complete series of frescoes executed by Giotto. Continue to Verona. Following lunch on your own, guided tour of the city where your English speaking guide will show the famous Piazza Bra with theArena (Amphitheater) and of course take you the house of the unlucky lovers. Continue our itinerary to Florence with a stop in the charming village of Sirmione, famous since ancient times for its thermal waters. The charming lake town stretches along a thin peninsula that protrudes into Lake Garda for about 3 miles. It’s one of the most beautiful places on the lake, from which one can enjoy superb views of both shores: beautiful Villas overlooking the lake, some of them tracing back to the Roman times like the one of poet Valerio Catullo and the more recent owned by the famous soprano Maria Callas that used to spend her summer here. Your tour leader will point out the major sights such as the Castle, the Roman ruins and the thermal bath. Arrive in Florence later in the day. Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight.
Meals: B - D
Day 5: Florence - Pisa
Buffet breakfast. Morning tour of Florence, the cradle of the Italian Renaissance and the center of the world’s finest art and architecture. Guided tour where you can admire the magnificent Santa Maria Novella, celebrated for its magnificent dome designed by Brunelleschi, and view the Baptistery’s famous“Gates of Paradise” by Ghiberti. Afterward Accademia of Fine Arts, where Michelangelo’s David is housed. Continue to the open-air museum at Signoria Square, ending at the splendid Ponte Vecchio. Continue with the visit of the Accademia Museum where you will admire the famous statue of the David. Lunch on your own. In the afternoon continue with an excursion to Pisa where you will visit the impressive Cathedral, the Baptistery and of course the world famous Leaning Tower (outside visits only). Free time and then return to your hotel. Overnight.
Day 6: Siena - Assisi - Rome
Buffet breakfast. This morning you will depart from Florence and reach Siena where you will be enchanted by the splendid Cathedral built in a Romanesque/Gothic style and by the Town Hall. This palace is situated on the picturesque Piazza del Campo, in which the famous Palio takes place every year. Lunch in a local restaurant. Continue to Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis. Visit of Saint Chiara Cathedral, pass by the Temple of Minerva onto the Basilica of Saint Francis to admire the famous frescoes which depict the life of the Saint. Free time and then continue to Rome. Overnight.
Meals: B - L
Day 7: Vatican Museum and St. Peter’s - Colosseum
Buffet breakfast. Full day tour through the Eternal City. Visit to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, passing through St. Peter’s Square and Bernini’s famous colonnade to reach St. Peter’s Basilica where you will admire Michelangelo’s Pieta. Lunch on your own. In the afternoon Ancient Rome tour with the legendary Colosseum, one of the largest amphitheater built by Roman Empire with more than 50,000 seat, in which gladiato contests and public events took place. Visit the Arena, the Underground and the Third Tier included. Afterward Roman Forum, the central area of ancient Rome. You will also admire the magnificent Arch of Constantine, erected by the Roman Senate to commemorate his leadership over the Eternal City. Farewell dinner at a local restaurant and overnight.
Meals: B – D
Day 8: Departure
Buffet breakfast. Departure transfer to the airport.
- Welcome drink
- 7 nights in 4*centrally located hotels
- 13 meals (7 Breakfast, 2 3-course lunch and 3 3-course dinner at local restaurants with drinks included, 1 3-course dinner at hotel with drinks included)
- Brenta river cruise with included visit to the Palladian villas (Malcontenta, Wiedman and Pisani)
- Skip the line tickets at Vatican Museum, Colosseum, Accademia Museum and
- Scrovegni Chapel, Verona Arena, Pisa baptistery
- English speaking guide during guided tours (Venice, Padua, Verona, 2 x Florence, Assisi and Rome)
- Deluxe AC motor-coach as per itinerary
- Airport transfers
- Porterage in/out at all hotels
- Ignas Tour English speaking tour director throughout the trip
- Headsets throughout the trip
- Tips, City Taxes and everything not listed under “Included features”
Ignas Tour Hotel Collection
- Hotel Romanico Palace 4* or similar
- Villalta di Gazzo (PD)
- Villa Tacchi 4* or similar
- Club Hotel 4* or similar
- Hotel Romanico Palace 4* or similar
* Price per person sharing a double/twin room:
|Dates||8 guests||16 guests||25 guests|
|01/07/17 - 04/01/17
10/31/17 - 12/20/17
|€ 1699||€ 1329||€ 1129|
|06/03/17 - 08/31/17||€ 1969||€ 1549||€ 1369|
|04/01/17 - 06/30/17
08/31/17 - 10/31/17
|€ 2139||€ 1749||€ 1559|
|Single supplement: € 249|
*The itinerary is on request and rates are subject to the availability of the hotels at the time of booking. Prices are subject to change if travel occur during trade shows, bank holidays or special events and supplements may be applied.