Italian Intermezzo

Italy’s most famous and best loved cities reveal a treasure-trove of riches on this concise, yet surprisingly diverse itinerary.

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AAA Member Benefit

$40 optional experience voucher*

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5% Early Payment Discount when you book and pay in full by August 29, 2019**

What else is included

  • Highly-skilled Travel Director, who will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide.
  • 7-night hotel accommodations
  • Authentic Dining: 7 Breakfasts (B) and 3 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee. Festive Highlight Dinners: 21 Dec Christmas Day in Florence. 28 Dec New Year’s Eve in Florence.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Venice: See a master craftsman honoring age-old Venetian crafts, when you visit an artisan showroom and workshop on Giudecca Island.
  • Florence: Gain a fascinating insight into the work of Michelangelo’s masterpiece, David, with a Renaissance art expert during your visit to the Accademia Museum.
  • Vatican City: Join your Local Expert and explore the city’s highlights including St. Peters Basilica and the Sistine Chapel, with VIP access into the Vatican Museums. Your visit also includes behind-the-scenes access to a part of the Vatican denied to the general public, the Bramante Staircase.

Itinerary

DAY 1 LIVELY MILAN

Welcome Dinner provides the opportunity to mingle and get to know your fellow travelers over a pleasant evening.

DAY 2 VERONA AND ON TO VENICE, THE QUEEN OF THE ADRIATIC

Head east to elegant Verona, legendary home of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet. Enjoy a leisurely walk with your Travel Director, passing the well-preserved Roman Arena that is still used for opera performances. Stand beneath the balcony where the Capulet family is said to have lived and perhaps recite Shakespeare’s immortal words. There is free time to explore or perhaps browse the local market before continuing to the glorious city of Venice.

DAY 3 – RELAXED START VENICE AND THE MAGIC OF LA SERENISSIMA

Even for the experienced traveller, there can be no better joy than waking up in Venice. Transfer to Giudecca Island to witness the art of glassblowing with skilled artisans. Then appreciate the splendour of Venice as you cruise by Palladio’s San Giorgio Maggiore to St. Mark’s Square. Your Travel Director will explain the glorious history of La Serenissima, once one of the greatest trading centres of the world – its wealth and power is echoed by the riches of St. Mark’s Basilica. See the Doge’s Palace and its adjoining Bridge of Sighs. Spend the afternoon as you wish. Later, on your romantic gondola serenade, glide along the atmospheric canals while musicians set the mood with traditional songs.

DAY 4 TRANQUIL TUSCANY, PISA AND FLORENCE

Follow the fertile valley of the River Po, into the peaceful landscapes of Tuscany. Continue to Pisa to see the world-famous Leaning Tower in the Square of Miracles as well as the 11th century cathedral and baptistery. Venture on to beautiful Florence – a treasure house of the Renaissance. On arrival, meet your art historian for a walk through the historic centre. Visit the Accademia Museum to see Michelangelo’s masterpiece statue, David. With your Local Expert, admire the marble-clad cathedral and baptistery, where Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise have been recreated in all their glory. Wander through Piazza della Signoria, an open-air gallery filled with Renaissance sculptures. In the evening, dinner is served with a selection of Tuscany’s finest wines, presented by an expert sommelier who explains each of the wines being served.

DAY 5 – RELAXED START FREE TIME IN RENAISSANCE FLORENCE

Florence is known for its quality leather goods and you will be privy to the secrets of traditional Florentine leatherwork when you visit a local workshop. The rest of the day is free for you to fully immerse yourself in the Tuscan capital. Perhaps shop for luxury goods at the markets around Santa Croce or relax and soak up the atmosphere in one of the many street cafes. Be sure not to miss the magnificent museums and galleries that house some of the most famous works of art in the world. In the evening, there is an opportunity to sample the true flavours of the region with a sumptuous optional Tuscan dinner, served with local wine.

DAY 6 CHIANTI COUNTRY TO ASSISI AND ON TO ROME

Journey through the vineyards of the Chianti region passing Lake Trasimeno, the Italian Peninsula’s largest lake and site of a great battle in ancient times against Hannibal and his war elephants. Continue up the foothills of the Apennine Mountains to reach delightful Assisi, a stone-built town spilling over the steep hillside. With a Local Expert, visit the tomb of St. Francis and see the beautiful frescoes by Giotto in the great basilica, before continuing along the valley of the River Tiber towards the Eternal City of Rome. In the evening, why not throw your coin into the Trevi Fountain to ensure your return to the city?

DAY 7 ROME SIGHTSEEING AND DINNER WITH AN OPERETTA

In the morning enjoy the very best of the city’s highlights including visiting the magnificent St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. You then gain exclusive fast-tracked VIP entry into the Vatican Museums with a Local Expert. Admire the Papal art collection and enter the Sistine Chapel where you’ll marvel at Michelangelo’s masterpiece on its ceiling. Your visit also includes behind-the-scenes access to a part of the Vatican denied to the general public, the Bramante Staircase. Afterwards, enjoy some free time, perhaps joining a tour of the Colosseum? In the evening, enjoy an elegant four-course dinner with local wine at a Roman restaurant. As you dine, you’ll be serenaded with a private performance of popular songs and arias from some of Italy’s best-loved operas.

DAY 8 ARRIVEDERCI ROMA

Bid farewell to the glories of Italy.

 

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*AAA Member Benefit: $40 Voucher can be used toward the purchase of additional optional experiences. Experience vouchers are valid per guest and must be used on vacation, cannot be substituted or transferred; no cash value. All offers may be withdrawn at any time. Other conditions and restrictions apply.

**Early Payment Discount: New bookings only. Prices are per person, land-only, and consider double occupancy (single supplements apply). 5% EPD: Applies only to trips featuring the EPD in the price panel – see 2019/2020 Seasons brochure for details. ALL OFFERS: based on availability, do not apply to all trips/departures, and may be withdrawn at any time and without notice. PAYMENT: A deposit of up to $200-$550 per person is due within 3 days of booking with full payment by 29 Aug 2019 or 45 days before departure, whichever is sooner. Further restrictions apply. Contact your Travel Advisor for details. CST No. 20687545-20.