Italian Mosaic (LI)

13 days from Rome to Rome

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On this Italy tour—our most popular vacation—not only will you visit the main Italian cities—Rome, Venice, Florence, and Assisi—you’ll also get to stay two nights at beautiful Lake Maggiore and enjoy some of the smaller towns and scenic attractions. You’ll visit the must-see sights in the cities, such as the Vatican Museums in Rome, Michelangelo’s David in Florence, St. Mark’s Square and Basilica in Venice, the glass-domed Galleria in Milan, and much more. One tour highlight is Pompeii, which was completely buried during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. This preserved town gives you an amazingly detailed look into life at the peak of the Roman Empire

You’ll also have an opportunity to relax in the laid-back town of Sorrento. Explore the cobblestone streets lined with shops and restaurants, delight in the amazing views, watch the sunset dip into the sea, and see Mount Vesuvius across the bay. You’ll also have time in beautiful Capri, where celebrities go to “get away from it all.”

On this Italy tour, Globus has also arranged special experiences for you, such as a visit to Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a visit to the Gardens of Augustus in Capri. Here, you’ll have incredible views of the Tyrrhenian Sea from the tranquil gardens.

From the relaxing towns of Sorrento and Stresa on Lake Maggiore to the faster-paced cities, this tour of Italy offers it all. You’re sure to have plenty of stories and photos to share with friends and family back home.

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

ROME
Welcome dinner at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, and the Colosseum; farewell dinner with opera entertainment

PISA
Marvel at the legendary Leaning Tower

FLORENCE
Guided walking tour, visit Michelangelo’s David and Signoria Square

CINQUE TERRE
[LF] By boat (weather permitting) with a Local Guide, and train

LAKE MAGGIORE
[LF] Boat ride to Isola dei Pescatori, followed by dinner at a local restaurant

LUGANO (SWITZERLAND)
Visit

VENICE
Private boat ride; guided walking tour, visit St. Mark’s Square & Basilica, Doges’ Palace, Bridge of Sighs; glassblower demonstration

ASSISI
Guided sightseeing, visit St. Clare’s Church and St. Francis’ Basilica

SORRENTO–CAPRI
By jetfoil

CAPRI
Guided visit of Capri village, including a funicular ride; [LF] visit the Gardens of Augustus and taste a granita

POMPEII
Guided walking tour of the excavations

Headsets throughout the tour

Notes:

NOTE:

  • January 17, February 17, October 17, October 24, October 31, November 14, November 28, December 13, and February 13 (2018) Departures–overnight in Milan instead of Lake Maggiore. Dinner on Day 5 not included. Lugano and Lake Maggiore replaced with Verona visit on Day 7. Overnight at Starhotels Ritz (SF) at Milan

Transportation:

Motorcoach; private boat rides on Lake Maggiore (March 21-October 10 & March 20-April 3 (2018)) and Venice; jetfoil; funicular ride in Capri . Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 5 three-course dinners with wine, including special welcome and farewell dinners in Rome and a special dinner at Lake Maggiore (except departures January 17, February 14, October 17, October 24, October 31, November 14, November 28, December 12, and February 13 (2018) that have 4 three-course dinners included)

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1

Arrive in Rome, Italy. Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a special welcome dinner with wine at one of Rome’s lively restaurants.
Dinner Dinner

Day 2

Rome. Globus’ unique guided sightseeing includes inside visits to the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL with Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment, and monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà. Then, drive to the Roman Forum, visit the amazing COLOSSEUM, where gladiators once fought. An optional walking tour with a Local Guide is available to further explore famous sites for those who wish to see it all.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3

Rome–Pisa–Florence. Travel to Pisa and take the traditional picture pushing back the legendary Leaning Tower, then on to Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance.” Tonight is your chance to join an optional dinner to try out Tuscan specialties.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4

Florence. Follow your Local Guide to the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS and see Michelangelo’s David. Admire the magnificent cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s “Gate of Paradise,” and sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE, and see Ponte Vecchio. To enhance your stay, an optional excursion is available to San Gimignano, Italy’s most picturesque medieval town.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5

Florence–Cinque Terre–Lake Maggiore. Prepare for an exciting day: drive to La Spezia on the Mediterranean Coast and [LF] enjoy your excursion to CINQUE TERRE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including a BOAT RIDE (departures April 4-October 24 weather permitting) with a Local Guide. The name dates back to the 15th century and is derived from five little medieval villages standing on stony spurs along five miles of the rocky coastline: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso. From here, continue by TRAIN and coach to elegant Stresa on beautiful Lake Maggiore.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 6

Lake Maggiore. Boat Trip to Isola Dei Pescatori. A leisurely morning with the chance to join an optional excursion to the baroque palace and peacock gardens of enchanting Isola Bella. Later, join a scenic BOAT CRUISE to [LF] ISOLA DEI PESCATORI, where dinner with local specialties awaits you.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 7

Lake Maggiore–Lugano, Switzerland–Venice Island. Cross the Swiss border and stop in Lugano. Time to stroll along the spectacular lake and on Via Nassa, or sip an espresso on Piazza Riforma. Back in Italy, arrive in romantic Venice and enter in style by PRIVATE BOAT. You may wish to join an optional gondola ride through the canals.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8

Venice Island. Highlights of your guided walking tour are ST. MARK’S SQUARE and the byzantine BASILICA, lavish DOGES’ PALACE and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Then, watch a skilled GLASSBLOWER fashion delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner. A wonderful optional excursion is available to colorful Burano Island.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9

Venice Island–Assisi. Arrive in peaceful Assisi, where your Local Guide takes you for a visit to ST. CLARE’S CHURCH and ST. FRANCIS’ BASILICA, built on top of his tomb.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 10

Assisi–Sorrento. Leave the province of Umbria and turn south to the charming, bayside resort of Sorrento.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11

Sorrento. Excursion to Capri. Speed across the bay by JETFOIL to the Isle of Capri. Ride the FUNICULAR to Capri village for a guided visit of this pretty town, visit [LF] the GARDENS OF AUGUSTUS, terraces overlooking the sea, offering a spectacular panoramic view, and taste a granita (semi-frozen drink). Free time to explore the little shops on the piazzetta before returning to Sorrento. Time for shopping and an optional excursion to the Amalfi Coast and Positano.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12

Sorrento–Pompeii–Rome. Stop for a guided visit of POMPEII, the Roman city both destroyed and preserved by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. This evening, back in the “Eternal City,” a special farewell dinner with wine and opera entertainment awaits you at Tanagra restaurant as a proper way to say arrivederci, Roma.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 13

Rome. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

LINO NEFANDO

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

"My life is a journey... Born in Southern Italy, my passion is history and rediscovering the traditions and the most refined art of this country. I love to share with my customers on the Globus tours moments of the breathtaking coastlines, the monuments and the unbelievable recipes of Italy. Follow me, I am going to make you live the Italian experience as if you were a part of this never-ending show."

Tour Director -  LINO NEFANDO

 Accommodations

ASSISI

CENACOLO

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

FLORENCE

NH FIRENZE

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

LAKE MAGGIORE

GRAND HOTEL BRISTOL

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

This grandiose 253 room hotel exudes a stylish elegance with its marbled lobby and Bohemian-style crystal chandeliers. Wi-Fi access is avilable in all the guestrooms and public areas of the hotel with a fee (payable locally). The impressive outdoor swimming pool has panoramic views of the lake and mountains and there is also an indoor swimming pool and 2 jacuzzis. Local & international cuisine can be enjoyed in the hotels refined restaurants and bar.

ROME

BEVERLY HILLS

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

SORRENTO

GRAND HOTEL VESUVIO

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

VENICE

CARLTON ON THE GRAND CANAL

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

 Optional Excursions

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