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    Bella Italia & Essential España

    Explore Italy and Spain’s most treasured cities on an exclusive tour through the ancient past and the present. Experience the charms of Rome, Tuscany and Venice through Italy. See the Vatican Museums, and the Sistine Chapel up close, walk through the Renascence city of Florence, taste magnificent wine in Tuscany, and more. Discover the world famous Gaudi architecture in Barcelona, tour the mystical Alhambra in Granada, explore the UNESCO-listed old town of Cordoba, and much more!

    DEPARTURES

    Thursday Departures from April 1, 2019 to October 31, 2020

    Included:
    • Accommodation in 4 stars hotels
    • Overnight ferry from Civitavecchia (Rome) to Barcelona
    • Guided visits in Barcelona, Cordoba, Sevilla, Granada (Alhambra & Generalife Gardens) and Toledo
    • Multilingual tour escort during the tour in Spain (English & Spanish)
    • Monolingual tour escort in Italy (English)
    • Transportation by air-conditioned deluxe motor-coach
    • High-speed AVE train from Barcelona to Madrid (tourist class)
    • Airport and Port transfers from the Airport or Port to the Hotel and vice versa
    • Discovering Rome by Night Tour
    • Traditional Tuscan lunch in Montepulciano
    • Visits to Assisi, Siena, Florence, Bologna, Padua, Venice, Tuscany Wine Region and Rome
    • Entrance tickets to St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice with “Skip the Line”
    • Tour of Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica (with exclusive “Skip the Line” tickets)
    • Visits with an expert local guide as per itinerary
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard to be in touch with family and friends
    • Headsets in Italy to follow the information provided by the tour leader and local guides
    • Meals as per itinerary (please inform us at the moment of the booking, in case of any food allergy or dietary restrictions)
    • Travel Insurance (only in Spain)
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    Not Included:
    • Tips
    • Porterage service
    • Drinks
    • Entrance fees to monuments or museums when not mentioned
    • City tax for overnight stays (according to each city council rules)
    • Everything that is not mentioned in included
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    Optional Extras:
    • Flamenco Shows
    • Afternoon Ancient Rome Tour
    • Pisa Excursion from Florence
    • Pre and Post Accommodation

    PRICING DETAILS

    Click Book Online above for 2019 & 2020 pricing!
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    Pricing is based on 4-star accommodation category.

    • All prices are per person
    • City tax not included (paid directly at the hotel)
    • On the high-speed AVE train journey, on the ferry and during your stay in Rome, in Barcelona and Madrid, tour escort service will not be available
    • Passengers will be required to pass the security checkpoint to board the ferry with their own luggage
    • Lunch provided on board the ferry will be self-service
    • Passport details are required at the time of booking
    • Triple occupancy is available upon request
    • Itineraries and arranged sightseeing are subject to change at any time due to unforeseen circumstances. Every effort will be made to operate tours as planned, but alterations may occur after the final itinerary has been issued

    Venice
    Rome > Assisi > Siena > Florence > Bologna > Padua > Venice > Tuscany > Rome > Barcelona > Madrid > Cordoba > Sevilla > Granada > Toledo > Madrid

    ITINERARY

    DAY 1: ROME

    Welcome to Rome! After meeting at the airport your driver, you will be transferred to your hotel. At 8:30 pm reach the meeting point (on the corner of Via del Traforo (near street no.148) and Largo del Tritone, on the wide sidewalk opposite the wedding-dress shop, to be ready for the departure of the Rome by night tour. The local expert guide will lead you to discover the wonders of the Eternal City, charming by day - absolutely romantic by night. You enjoy the whole center of this magic city in the moonlight during this panoramic mix of bus and walking tour. The tour ends in Colosseum area. Enjoy on your own the rest of the night. Return to the hotel on your own and overnight stay.

    DAY 2: ROME

    Between 7:45 - 8:00 am, after breakfast, a departure from the hotel for the included tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peters’s Basilica with our exclusive “Skip the Line” access! No stress to reach the area: upon arrival, your guide will lead you to the museums where you’ll visit one of the most important art collections in 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, you will be taken by a privileged door to St. Peters’s Basilica: the biggest church in the world! The tour ends on St. Peter’s Square: enjoy the rest of the day to explore the city at your own leisure or get any one of our selected tours for the afternoon or at night! Meals: B

    DAY 3: ROME > ASSISI > SIENA > FLORENCE

    Departing at 7:15 am from your hotel 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 and, then, have free time for lunch (not included). Board on the bus to reach Siena, a Unesco World Heritage Site, world-known for the Palio, the historical horse race around the shell-shaped town square: Piazza del Campo. Next, you will continue on to Florence, where you will check-in at your hotel before enjoying dinner and a well-earned night of rest. Meals: B, D

    DAY 4: FLORENCE

    After breakfast, you will 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 as a free “Comune” and was further refined during the Renaissance. You will be fascinated by the uncountable monuments, churches and buildings 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 or take a short trip to Pisa (optional), one of the four main historical Marine Republics of Italy. There, you will tour the Piazza dei Miracoli with the Duomo, Pisa’s symbol “the Leaning Tower” and the Baptistery. Dinner at leisure, overnight stay in Florence. Meals: B, L

    DAY 5: FLORENCE > BOLOGNA > PADUA > VENICE

    After breakfast in Florence, departure to Bologna. There, you will discover the elegant city centre with its “porticos”, it’s shopping streets and so on. From Piazza Malpighi you will 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, it’s a real gourmet’s heaven…do not 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: the City of Love, one of the most romantic cities of the whole world and, undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man! Check-in at your hotel for. Meals: B, D

    DAY 6: VENICE

    After breakfast, enjoy your private water-taxi transfer to Piazza San Marco, with “Skip the Line” tickets to visit the splendid St.Mark’s Basilica and, after this, check out the most iconic places of the “Floating City”: the Palazzo dei Dogi, symbol of Venice’s glorious past, the legendary “Bridge of Sighs”. Spend the afternoon roaming along Venice’s canals at your leisure and then return to the hotel and overnight. Meals: B

    DAY 7: VENICE > MONTEPULCIANO (TUSCANY WINE REGION) > ROME

    After breakfast, a departure from Piazzale Roma heading to Tuscany, world-known for its landscapes, its churches and castles and its delicious wines. You will proceed to Val di Chiana with a stop in Montepulciano, a medieval town rich in history and art. Known for its “Nobile” wine, on purchase in local wine houses, Montepulciano also hosts an annual jazz and wine festival every July. Lunch in a typical restaurant included! Spend the afternoon discovering Montepulciano at your own pace, enjoying free wine tastings in many wine shops and free time for shopping. In the evening, you will arrive in Rome to check-in at your hotel. Meals: B, L

    DAY 8: ROME > CIVITAVECCHIA (OVERNIGHT ON-BOARD)

    Breakfast at the hotel and morning at your disposal. Meet your driver at 7:30 pm for your transfer to Civitavecchia port (Terminal Grimaldi Lines) and board on the Cruise Ferry to Barcelona. Departure at 11:00 pm. Overnight on board. Meals: B

    DAY 9: ARRIVAL IN BARCELONA

    Breakfast and lunch on board. Enjoy your time and discover the variety and quality of services that this kind of Cruise Ferries can offer; a wide-open space with pool (for adults and kids), lounges, bars, disco, a cafeteria (open 24 hours); self service or a la carte restaurants, boutiques, internet lounges, health center and a gym with Technogym equipment. Arrival in Barcelona at 7:00 pm approx., disembark from the ferry and transfer to Barcelona. Arrival and accommodation at the hotel. Meals: B, L

    DAY 10: BARCELONA

    Breakfast at the hotel. Call on bus terminal (Balmes, 5) at 8:30 am for a morning highlights city tour of Barcelona well-known worldwide for the Olympic Games during 1992, Barcelona is known as the capital of Modernism and the place where the famous architect Antoni Gaudí lived. An unforgettable way to get to know the city with a sightseeing tour, as well as from above with the Montjuic cable car, which offers incredible views, a visit to the renowned Poble Espanyol, and finally a chance to lose yourself in the streets of the Gothic Quarter with a pleasant stroll. Afternoon at leisure to discover this city full attractive offers. Meals: B

    DAY 11: BARCELONA > MADRID (TRAIN)

    Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Sants train station to depart by AVE, high-speed train, at 9:00 am to Madrid. Enjoy the journey with the comfort and operating speed of this AVE train. Arrival at 11:45 am. Transfer from the station to your hotel. A balance of the day at leisure. Accommodation at the hotel. Meals: B

    DAY 12: MADRID > CORDOBA > SEVILLA

    Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the bus terminal, located in the underground parking of the Plaza de Oriente. Departure at 08:30 a.m. Drive along La Mancha, Don Quixote’s land. A brief stop at a typical site in Puerto Lapice. Cross through the natural border of “Despeñaperros” and get into Andalusia, a region for itself that shows an enormous heritage from a splendorous past. Reach Cordoba. An impressive tour of its Mosque and other sites that will ease our mind and spirit strolling through its narrow winding streets of the Jewish Quarter. In the afternoon, after a short two hours, ride reach Seville. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel. Meals: B, D

    DAY 13: SEVILLA

    Breakfast at the hotel. Morning panoramic city tour visiting: the exterior of the Cathedral (the second largest in the Catholic world after St. Peters in Rome), Santa Cruz quarter (a natural scenario of “Carmen” as well as a precisely where the myth of “Don Juan” developed), Maria Luisa Park and Plaza de España. Afternoon at leisure for you to discover exclusive views, specific flavours of this active full of a light city. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel. Optional Flamenco tour. Meals: B, D

    DAY 14: SEVILLA > GRANADA

    After breakfast at the hotel drive east through the Caliphate road to the heart of Andalusia observing an endless number of olive trees on the way to Granada and the incredible and amazing monumental environment, last stronghold of the Moorish Kingdoms up to 1492. Visit the world-famous Alhambra complex and Generalife Gardens, that have inspired several authors with its sound and sights, such as the “Tales of the Alhambra” by W. Irving. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel. Optional Gypsy Flamenco show. Meals: B, D

    DAY 15: GRANADA > TOLEDO > MADRID

    Breakfast at the hotel. Drive northward where it emerges, toward the sky of Castilla and surrounded by the Tagus river, the impressive Imperial city of Toledo – World Heritage City- where the three cultures Christians, Moorish and Jewish, have lived together. Resume of the Spanish art, history and spirituality the whole town is a National Monument. Short guided tour of this historic old town through its narrow streets. Then proceed with a visit to a famous “Damasquinado” (gold and silver inlaying in iron) factory. Continue to Madrid. Accommodation at the hotel. Meals: B

    DAY 16: MADRID

    After breakfast at the hotel transfer to the airport. Meals: B