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Art Cities & Tuscany with Rome Summer

4.5
(5 Reviews)
From $2,786 AUD
  • 8 Days
  • Cities Visited

    Rome, Assisi, Siena, Florence, Bologna, Padua, Venice, Montepulciano

    Group Size:
    2 to 40
    Age Range:
    0 to 99
    Languages: English
    Type: Partially Guided Tours

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Tour at a Glance

Tour at a Glance

Discover the magic of Tuscan landscapes, Renaissance architecture & iconic gondola rides

  • Spend two nights in romantic Florence, heart of the Renaissance era
  • Marvel at the medieval brick-walled town of Siena in Tuscany
  • Wander the canals & streets in gorgeous Venice
  • Enjoy a lunch under the Tuscan sun in Montepulciano
  • Visit the famous pilgrimage town of Assisi with free time to explore
  • Explore the famed eternal city of Rome
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  • Map is an indication of destinations visited and may not depict the exact route taken.

Itinerary

Upon arrival into Rome airport, you will be transferred to your tour hotel. At 07:45pm pickup from the hotel and reach Via del Teatro Marcello. Our local expert guide will lead you to discover the wonders of the Eternal City, charming by day – abso­lutely romantic at sunset. You will cross the characteristic area of the Jewish Ghetto, one of Rome’s most beautiful neighbourhoods, filled with history and with a real Roman atmosphere. See the Turtle Fountain (Fontana delle Tartarughe) in Piazza Mattei. The Jewish Ghetto of Rome is the second most ancient after the one in Venice, and it can be considered the heart and soul of Roman cuisine. Walk into Piazza Della Rotonda and enjoy the lit view of the Pan­theon, the former temple of Marcus Agrippa later convert­ed into a church: this is the only ancient Roman temple that remained untouched through the centuries and it’s stunning at night when the crowds are away. Next stop, close your eyes and throw a coin over your right shoulder straight into the Trevi Fountain: it’s said that those who do so, are granted to come back to Rome someday. Your walk continues towards Piazza di Spagna, one of the city’s most popular squares, known for its setting at the bottom of the Spanish Steps. Walk up these famous steps to enjoy a lovely view from the top. After this intense and gratifying walk, there is only one thing missing to end this experi­ence: a creamy and tasty Gelato, it’s on us! The tour ends in the Spanish Steps area. Make your own way back to the hotel for overnight.

Depart at 7:15 am by a deluxe coach. You will arrive in Assisi, ready to explore, at your own leisure, this tiny town surrounded by walls, built in the Middle Ages. Take your time to visit the basilica of St. Francis, where you will see masterpieces by Giotto and Cimabue. Continue to Siena, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for the Palio, the historical horse race around the shell-shaped town square: Piazza del Campo. Next, continue to Florence for dinner and overnight.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast, spend the day venturing around beautiful Florence, the “Cradle of Renaissance”, where, with the help of Michelangelo, Italian art reached its pinna­cle. Based on Etruscan-Roman origins, the city flourished in the Middle Ages and was further refined during the Renaissance. You will be fascinated by the uncountable monuments, churches, and buildings such as 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 where Mi­chelangelo imagined the “Gates of Paradise.” In the heart of the city, you will see Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo della Signoria (also known as Palazzo Vecchio), and the Basil­ica of Santa Croce. Lunch in a typical Tuscan restaurant in Piazza Santa Croce. Spend the afternoon strolling the cobblestone streets of Florence on your own. Overnight Florence.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast in Florence, departure to Bologna. Discover the elegant city centre with its “porticos”, it’s shopping streets and so on. From Piazza Mal­pighi, walk to Piazza del Nettuno and Piazza Mag­giore (Neptune square and Major square) in the heart of the city, then King Renzo’s Palace; Palazzo Podestà and the basilica of San Petronio, one of the biggest in the world. Bologna is a real gourmet heaven…don’t miss a tasty meal at your own leisure! In the afternoon, contin­ue toward Padova, with Sant’Antonio Basilica: one of the most visited churches by pilgrims of the catholic world. Later in the afternoon, arrival in Venice (Mestre) for overnight.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

After breakfast, transfer to Piazza San Marco and visit the most iconic places of the “Floating City”: the Palazzo dei Dogi, symbol of Venice’s glorious past, and the legendary “Bridge of Sighs”. After the walking tour, allow us to treat you to a spritz or a prosecco as a delightful conclusion to your visit to the highlights of Venice, in the company of your tour leader. While you sit comfortably and savour your drink, you will also have the opportunity to enjoy a taste of the famous “cicchetti,” a Venetian variation of tapas (light lunch). Spend the afternoon roaming along Venice’s canals at your leisure and then return to the hotel for overnight.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, departure from Piazzale Roma to Tuscany, famous for its landscapes, churches and castles, and its delicious wines. Proceed to Val di Chiana with a stop in Montepulciano, a medieval town rich in history and art. Known for its “Nobile” wine, Montepulciano also hosts an annual Jazz and Wine Festival every July. Lunch in a typical restaurant included. In the evening, you will arrive in Rome for overnight.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, between 7:45-8:00 am, depart from the hotel for a tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Square with our exclu­sive “Skip the Line” access. 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. Walk along the beautiful Galleries of Tapes­tries and Geographical Maps before admiring Raphael’s Rooms and then, the amazing Sistine Chapel. After this incredible masterpiece, the tour ends in St. Peter’s Square where you can admire the incredible masterpiece St. Pe­ter’s Basilica: the biggest church in the world. The tour ends in St. Peter’s Square. Enjoy the rest of the day to explore the city at your own leisure. Overnight Rome.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

After breakfast, transfer to the airport. End or our services.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

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What’s included?

Accommodation in 4* hotels

English speaking tour escort

Visits with local expert guide as per itinerary (Rome, Florence, Venice)

Tours as per itinerary

7 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 1 Dinner

Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle

Optional upgrade to accommodation on Venice Island – based on twn/dbl room including breakfast. Additional:

  • Stays between: 24 Mar 24 – 23 Aug 24 & 06 Sep 24 – 27 Oct 24 – $1279 per person
  • Stays between: 25 Aug 24 – 01 Sep 24 – $1510 per person

Entrance tickets to:

  • Vatican Museum & St Peter’s Basilica with ‘skip the line’ access

Tips and gratuities to tour directors, drivers and local guides

Porterage service

Passport or visa fees

Any beverages or food not listed in itinerary

Entrance fees to monuments or museums when not mentioned

Baggage and personal insurance of any kind

Hotel taxes, service charges and tips for baggage handling

City tax for overnight stays (according to each city council rules)

Any other items of personal nature

Pricing & Availability

Filter Dates
2024
2025
Departing Ending
 

All rates are based on twin/double share. Please enquire for single and triple rates. Rates are based on AUD. Availability is conditional on final confirmation from the supplier and is subject to change.

Important things to note

Accommodation is subject to change without notice. Every effort is made to avoid hotel changes but should a mid-tour hotel change become necessary after this list has been printed, contact details of the new hotel will be supplied to you by your Tour Director.

Hotel rooms may not be available for check-in before 2:00 p.m.

Tour can be a combination of regular tours, therefore coach changes may be required. The same people may not be travelling throughout the tour.

For operational reasons, order of itinerary and/or excursions is subject to change at any time. Optional excursions not specified in our itinerary will be suggested by the tour leader.

A government tourist tax may need to be paid locally upon arrival at your hotels.

Venice accommodation is in Mestre on the mainland. A supplement applies for accommodation on Venice island which is to be requested at the time of booking. Hotel used on Venice Island is Indigo Sant’ Elena.

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Reviews for Art Cities & Tuscany with Rome Summer

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Maria
17 day tour great weather

Review for: Glorious Italy

We were lucky to have great weather from Rome to Rome taking in the sights of Assisi, Siena, Florence, Bologna, Padua, Venice, Montepulciano, Rome beautiful destinations and incredible history. Both Nancy our tour guide who was knowledgeable and Luigi our bus driver they  were fantastic and worked great together. We had a different tour guide and driver from Naples to Taormina sights seen were great as well Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri then to Palermo, Monreale, Erica, Marsala, Agrigento, Armenian, Ragusa, Noto, Siracusa, Mt Etna not to forget the beautiful Taormina. We loved Sorrento full of life and Palermo great arancini and Sicilian canoli (was in heaven).
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Elizabeth and Gordon Wood
The standard of hotels and the level of guide expertise was excellent

Review for: Fantasy of Puglia

The standard of hotels and the level of guide expertise was excellent. The fact that breakfast and dinner were included in the pre-tour costs was of benefit to us. Our only concern would be the quality of the dinners presented to us during our 2 night stay in Alberobello. As the "dispersed hotel" did not have catering facilities, we ate at the same restaurant for 2 nights. This restaurant made little effort to give us meals comparable to the standard of the other included meals. On our first night the first course was a pasta with minimal sauce, the second course was 2 small Italian sausages with a small scoop of fried potato and the dessert was a chocolate sauce on ice-cream. Some of our group complained to Angela, our guide, who agreed that it was not satisfactory and rang the restaurant to ask for a higher quality meal the next night. On the second night, for the first course we were given a very similar pasta to the night before, then a small undressed tomato, mozzarella and lettuce salad accompanied by a small dressed tomato and lettuce salad. This was topped off by a slice of watermelon for dessert. We particularly enjoyed the final dinner at the 'Masseria le Stanzie' outside Lecce.
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Tim
We were lucky to

Review for: Art Cities & Tuscany with Rome Winter

We were lucky to have such an amazing tour director- really the best of the 3 trips we had with Sun Island!

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Art Cities & Tuscany with Rome Summer

4.5
(5 Reviews)
From $2,786 AUD
  • 8 Days
  • Cities Visited

    Rome, Assisi, Siena, Florence, Bologna, Padua, Venice, Montepulciano

    Group Size:
    2 to 40
    Age Range:
    0 to 99
    Languages: English
    Travel Style: Partially Guided Tours

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