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Itinerary

Day 1 | December 2 | Overnight Flight

Welcome to Italy, a land rich in history, culture, art and romance. Your journey begins with an overnight flight.

Day 2 | December 3 | Rome, Italy

Today begins in Rome, the “Eternal City.” This evening, join your fellow travelers for a special welcome dinner at a popular local restaurant featuring regional delicacies and fine Italian wines. Mediterraneo Hotel Rome * Dinner Included

Day 3 | December 4 | Rome Italy

This morning you’ll come to know the history and traditions of Rome while on a locally guided panoramic tour featuring the impressive Piazza Venezia, the Circus Maximus, the Arch of Constantine, the famous Piazza Navona, and a visit to the Colosseum. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Perhaps a trip to Vatican City, with an optional tour to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica will be on your personal sightseeing list. Mediterraneo Hotel Rome * Breakfast Included

Day 4 | December 5 | Perugia, Italy

Ease your way into the local culture as your Tour Director shares a few key Italian phrases. Travel to Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis. Take in the old-world atmosphere on a guided walking tour of the old city, including the Basilica of St. Francis. Then you’re off to medieval Perugia, the historic capital of Umbria. Behold one of the grandest squares in Italy – the Piazza IV Novembre – and delight in the medieval palaces and ornate cathedrals. Sangallo Palace Hotel * Breakfast Included

Day 5 | December 6 | Florence, Italy

A scenic journey through Tuscany’s graceful low-lying hills brings you to the mystical city of Siena. Delight in its narrow Gothic streets, magnificent palaces and historic Piazza del Campo. After a walking tour with a local expert, take some time to explore the medieval corners of Siena. You are sure to find many surprises among its shops and outdoor cafés. Arrive in Florence and enjoy some free time before gathering for dinner. Hotel Albani Firenze * Breakfast & Dinner Included

Day 6 | December 7 | Florence, Italy

In Florence – the “Cradle of the Italian Renaissance” – visit the world-famous Academy Gallery to see Michelangelo’s incredible statue of David. During your cultural tour of Florence you’ll also view the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Palazzo Vecchio and the Church of Santa Croce. The remainder of the day is at leisure to enjoy this fascinating city on your own. Hotel Albani Firenze * Breakfast Included

Day 7 | December 8 | Venice, Italy

Start your day with a visit to a historic winery in the heart of the Chianti region. In the shadow of its 12th-century castle, learn about the winery’s famed Tuscan wines and enjoy a chef-led cooking class. Next, sit back and savor regional delicacies during a delicious lunch. This afternoon, journey through central Italy, crossing the wooded Apennine Mountains toward the Valley of the Po. Enchanting Venice awaits with 117 tiny islands and its latticework of 150 canals and 400 bridges. Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal * Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 8 | December 9 | Venice, Italy

See Venice from the water as you board a boat bound for Murano Island for an up-close glass-blowing demonstration. Discover the secrets of this ancient art and marvel at the intricate designs of each one-of-a-kind piece. Then we make our way to St. Mark’s Square where it’s your choice! Join a local expert on a walking tour of this famous square to view the stunning Basilica and visit the impressive Doge’s Palace and the legendary Bridge of Sighs or go off the beaten path to explore the Castello Sestiere district with a local expert; get to know authentic Venice and see for yourself how the locals live as you walk canal by canal through the narrow streets lined with churches and historic buildings. Explore at your leisure the remainder of the day. Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal

Day 9 | December 10 | Malpensa, Italy

Take in some of the city’s amazing sights on a locally guided walking tour of Milan: view the Opera House La Scala and Vittorio Emanu- ele Gallery, and visit the Duomo – this magnificent Gothic cathedral is the third largest church in Europe. Later, perhaps you will indulge in some shopping at the “Quadrilatero della Moda,” Milan’s high-fashion district. Continue to Milan Malpensa for a farewell dinner celebrating the end of an unforgettable trip. Crowne Plaza Milan Malpensa* Breakfast & Dinner Included

Day 10 | December 11 | Home

Your journey comes to a close in Milan Malpensa this morning. Your flight today will return you to Minneapolis, MN where your Southwest Tour and Travel airport transportation awaits to bring you home. Breakfast Included

 

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Pricing Per Person

  • $ 2,499 – Double
  • $ 2,999 – Single

Tour Price Includes: Roundtrip Transfers by Southwest Tour and Travel from Guaranteed Departure Points, Roundtrip Airport Transfers in Ireland, Hotel Accommodations and Itinerary as Noted

Items Not Included in Tour Price: Roundtrip Airfare, Airport Baggage Fees, Travel Protection and Gratuities (Southwest Tour & Travel can arrange your airfare for you to make this a complete package for you)

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Departure Date

12/02/2019

Return Date

12/11/2019

Passport Required for This Tour

Tour Highlights

  • Rome
  • Colosseum
  • Assisi
  • Perugia
  • Siena
  • Florence
  • Chicanti Winery & Cooking Class Venice
  • Murano Island
  • Milan
    8 Breakfasts / 1 Lunch / 4 Dinners

    Tour Price Includes:
    Roundtrip Transfers by Southwest Tour and Travel from Guaranteed Departure Points, Roundtrip Airport Transfers in Italy, Hotel Accommodations and Itinerary as Noted

    *Items Not Included in Tour Price: Roundtrip Airfare, Airport Baggage Fees, Travel Protection and Gratuities

Hosted By: Collette Tours

Activity Level:

Moderate
Guests should be prepared to walk slightly longer distances, climb stairs and tolerate periods of standing, for example on city walks, sightseeing or ship excursions. The daily pace and timing can fluctuate significantly between longer and shorter travel days, with additional activities possibly occurring in the early morning or evening.