Experience Italy 8 day tour Review

Experience Italy 8 Day 3 STAR
Our most popular tour! New Lower Price for 2011. This is a great 3 star escorted tour that gives you a taste of all of the major sites and areas of Northern and Southern Italy in 8 days. This tour features the major cites of Venice, Florence, Rome as well as the highlights of Tuscany such as the Chianti wine area and Montepulciano. A great value that includes private airport transfers!

Departure Date : January - October
Valid till : 30 October 2011
Days / Nights : 8 Days/ 7 Nights
Hotels : 3 & 4 Star
Countries : Italy
Cities : Rome, Assisi, Siena, Florence, Bologna, Padova, Venice, Tuscany, Chianti, Montepulciano, Rome. * Prices based on current Euro exchange rate and subject to change.

Customer Experience:

Customer Reviews:
"The trip was great. Italy is beautiful and we both had a great time. The tour that we were on was a huge success. The tour guide Stephano was extremely nice and informative. The bus driver was equally as nice. I was very nervous about doing anything with a tour because of the "clock" you are on but this erased my fears. We couldn’t have asked for a better group to be with as we made a few friends. Thank you for your help with everything!”
- Steve B. Norwood, MA. "

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Day 1 Highlights: Arrival to Rome, Private Airport Transfer, Relax & Unpack!

DAY 1: Arrival to Rome – Welcome to Italy!
+ Included: Airport Transfer
This tour begins and ends in Rome

Welcome to Italy! Your private transfer will be waiting for you outside baggage claim at Rome's airport to take you in style to your hotel in Rome.

Check into your hotel and relax. The first day in Europe is what we call the “Jetlag Day” where all you are to do is unpack and relax.

Today is your day to arrive, get over the long flight and just enjoy the fact that you have just begun your well needed vacation to Italy.

Stroll the streets around your hotel for a cocktail, find a local artist studio to look over the latest Roman art or just find a piazza and people watch; the choice is yours!

Day 2 Highlights: Assisi, Basilica of St. Francis, Siena, Piazza del Campo, Florence

DAY 2 – Umbria to Tuscany

+ Included:
Buffet Breakfast
Guided Assisi & Siena Sightseeing Tour
Multi Course Dinner

Fuel your full day of sightseeing with pastries, juice, authentic italian espresso and more at your hotel’s included continental breakfast.

Then board your deluxe motor coach for the scenic drive to Assisi, with time at leisure to explore this medieval city. It is the birthplace of St. Francis and is still surrounded by its ancient walls.

We suggest you visit the Basilica of Saint Francis with its early Renaissance masterpieces by Giotto and Cimabue. Lunch is at your leisure. You will then proceed to Siena to take in views of the town square, Piazza del Campo, where the world-famous horse race, the Palio, takes place every year.

Also see the elegant Palace and the Cathedral. Reach your hotel in glorious Florence, the capital of Tuscany, in time for an included, multi-course dinner featuring Italian specialties—an ideal time to get to know your fellow travelers.

Day 3 Highlights: Florence, The Duomo, Campanile Tower, Santa Croce, Gates of Paradise, Piazza Della Signoria

Day 3 – The City of Art – Florence!

+ Included:
Buffet Breakfast
Guided Florence Sightseeing Tour
Multi Course Dinner

Trip to Pisa
Private Wine Tasting
Guided visit to Uffizi or Accedemia Museums

Today’s sightseeing tour is dedicated to exploring Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance.

Visit the beautiful Piazza del Duomo, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and its dome by Filippo Brunelleschi, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistery of St. John with its amazing bronze doors called the Gates of Paradise, Campanile Tower, and Santa Croce, the 13th-century Franciscan church with Cimabue’s famous crucifix just to name a few.

There is plenty of free time for Lunch is on your own; perhaps sit at an outdoor café for a typical Italian mid-day meal. Be sure to save room for some exquisite gelato! With your afternoon at leisure, you may want to check out the many shops and stalls at the Ponte Vecchio, where you can browse for Italian leather goods and other souvenirs.

Your afternoon is free or you may join an optional tour to see Pisa or an optional private wine tasting at one of our local wine shops to taste what makes Tuscany such a powerful wine region.
Meet back at your conveniently located hotel for an included multi course dinner featuring some of Florence's special dishes. Tonight you are in Florence!

Day 4 Highlights: Bologna, Piazza Malpighi, Piazza Del Nettuno, Neptune Square, Maior Square, Padova, Saint Antonio Basilica, Venice

Day 4 – Tuscany, Heartland and Venice

+ Included:
Buffet Breakfast
Guided Bologna & Padova Sightseeing Tours
Multi Course Dinner

Enjoy your breakfast and prepare for a full day of exploring.
It’s on to Bologna for a visit to the city. Visit the city’s historical center and some of the most famous squares in Bologna such as Neptune Square and Major Square. See King Renzo’s Palace, Podesta Palace and The Basilica of San Petronio to name a few.

Lunch is at your leisure and the afternoon is yours to explore. Later we will continue Padova for a visit to the Basilica of Saint Antonio and then on to the city of bridges; Venice, with its romantic canals, in time for multi course dinner at your hotel. Welcome to Venice! Note: The 3 star package includes a hotel in Mestre located outside historic Venice. For hotels in historic Venice, please select our
4 star package for this tour .

Day 5 Highlights: Venice, Boat Cruise to the Glass Island of Murano, Glass Blowing Demonstration, St Marks Square, Doges Palace (exterior), Bridge of Sighs

Day 5 – The City of Bridges – Venice!

+ Included:
Buffet Breakfast

Guided Murano & Venice Sightseeing Tour

Multi Course Dinner
Venice Wine Tasting
Private Gondola Ride
Musical Gondola Ride

Good morning! As you rise and shine in Venice, the smell of fresh espresso and pastries fill the air. Today you get to learn about glorious Venice, with its 177 islands, 150 canals and 400 bridges.

Venice is your playground this morning; sightseeing begins with a private boat ride to the island of glass; Murano for a tour of a glass factory where you will see how the masters turn sand into some of the most delicate glass works in the world. Then on to the famous St. Mark’s Square (watch out for pigeons!) and the ornate Doge’s Palace (outside), once home to the aristocrats of Venice, Bridge of Sighs and more!

With the afternoon at leisure, you may want to linger over lunch at a sidewalk café—be sure to try some gelato! Or perhaps take a ride in a traditional, hand-built gondola—after all; an authentic gondola ride on Venice’s canals just may be a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Don’t forget dinner is included tonight as well.

Day 6 Highlights: Tuscany, Chianti, Val Di Chiana, Montepulciano, Rome

Day 6 – Tuscan Wine Country
+ Included:
Buffet Breakfast


Enjoy your breakfast and prepare for your departure to the heart of Tuscany’s wine country. First stop of the day is the Chianti region.

Chianti is world known for its landscape and wine. Located between Siena and Florence, Chianti is synonymous to fine Tuscan wines. The town we choose to visit in Chianti is Montepulciano which is widely known for its famous Brunello red.

You will have plenty of time to visit the local wine shops for tastings, photos of the wine barrels and rolling Tuscan countryside. Later in the afternoon we continue to the capitol of Italy; Rome! Dinner on your own in Rome.

This tour includes our free TRIP PAK which includes free maps, sightseeing, dining and regional guides. Your TripPak will show you plenty of things to do during your free time when you arrive to Rome!

Day 7 Highlights: Rome, St. Peters Square, Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain

Day 7 – All Roads Lead to Rome!
+ Included:
Buffet Breakfast

Guided Rome Sightseeing Tour
Rent a Vespa
Private Wine Tasting
Rome Cooking Class
Gladiator for a Day
Personal Shopper

Sip your espresso, take another bit of the fresh fruit and enjoy your breakfast because today you will walk the capital city and learn firsthand the history of Rome.

A walking tour of the city will introduce you to Piazza di Spagna, Fontana di Trevi, Pantheon , Piazza Navona and end in San Pietro Basilica. Now that you have a basic understanding of the layout of the historical center, the remainder of the day and evening are yours to explore, relax and soak it all in.

Ask your Travel Expert about some of the great optional tours you can experience while in Rome such as renting a Vespa scooter or wine tasting at the International Academy of Wine. Italy4Real has dozens of great things to do!

Day 8 Highlights: Private Airport Transfer

Day 8 – Rome to Home

+ Included:
Buffet Breakfast

Airport Transfer

After breakfast, bid arrivederci to your fellow travelers and transfer to the airport for your flight home, or continue your European vacation on your own.

No matter what your travel plans, the experts at
Italy 4 Real can help you with the arrangements.

Departure Dates 2010/2011: Experience Italy 8 Day, 3 Star

You will select your requested departure date during check out.

October 1 , 3 , 8 , 10 , 15 , 17 , 22 , 24
November 7 ,21

January 2 , 16
February 6 , 20
March 13 ,27
April 3 ,10, 17, 24
May 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29
June 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26
July 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31
August No departures
September 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30
October 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30

Important notes about this Tour

3 Star hotels for 7 nights with private bath.
Transport by modern European coaches
All breakfasts are included
4 multi course dinners
All taxes included!
Private Airport Transfers on pick up and departure
Tour host for duration of tour
Private Guided Sightseeing Tours
Porterage Service: just 1 piece of luggage per person
Tours are guaranteed in English but may also include other languages to accommodate passengers of other nationalities.
Hotels: Rome: Hotel Corona or similar, Florence: Hotel Raffaello or similar, Venice: Hotel in Mestre(suburb of Venice): Hotel Delfino or similar

Group Size: Guaranteed Departure with Min 2 people. Average 20
The tour does not include: airfare, tips
All tours are governed by the Terms & Conditions
*Travelling alone? Single supplements available for this trip. Complete Quick Quote Request Box Below. Discounts apply to Low Season Travel, Inquire when booking

This tour includes the following extras at no charge!

Our Exclusive TRIP PAK that contains over $50 in maps, local and regional travel guides, travel tips, city information, dining suggestions, sightseeing suggestions and more all developed by our staff of Travel Experts and guides to make your trip more enjoyable.

Access to our 24 hour CRS System (Client Response System) where you will have access to your personal Travel Expert for questions or assistance during your trip

This program includes our Local-Assist™ local assistance service. You will have access to our local representative in Italy by phone or in person for any assistance needed.
Only Italy 4 Real offers a real person at your destination for help or questions!

Have a question or want this tour quoted with airfare, fill out the Quick
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