CLASSIC TOURS OF ITALY

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Departure: From April 1st to October 20th
Duration: 13 Nights
Destinations: Venice, Florence, Rome, Amalfi Coast
Tour Type: History, Culture, Relaxation, Romance, Beach

DAY 1: Venice
Arrival in Italy, the home of world-sculpting civilizations and Renaissance masterpieces. At Venice International Airport, you will be welcomed by your private driver and taken to your five-star hotel via private motor boat. Enjoy your afternoon and evening exploring the unique character of Venice, with its charmingly narrow streets, breathtaking architecture, lively San Marco square and the magnificent Grand Canal. Ask your Leisure Travel Consultant for their favorite Venice restaurants, cafes and sites.

DAY 2: Venice - Half Day Venice Walking Tour
After breakfast, your licensed English speaking guide will meet you at your hotel lobby. You will experience the history of the remarkable city of Venice while touring some of its most celebrated monuments and meandering through its labyrinth of narrow passageways and alleys. You will begin your journey through Venice at San Marco square, a central landmark and gathering place. The tour will take you inside the Palazzo Ducale di Venezia (Doge's Palace) and on to other famous highlights of this beautiful city. Your private walking tour will introduce you to a modern city with an extraordinary history.

DAY 3: Venice
Enjoy your day at leisure. Ask your Leisure Travel Consultant for their personal tips of favorite activities and excursions while in Venice.
DAY 4: Venice, Florence
After breakfast, meet your driver for your private car transfer to Florence. Enjoy your afternoon and evening at your leisure exploring one of the most beautiful cities in Italy. Its striking buildings, formidable galleries and treasure-crammed churches attest to the Florentine love of display. Through the centuries, Florence has upheld its elegant appearance: its skyline, all russet rooftops and lofty domes, is indeed picturesque. Enjoy dinner at one of the numerous Trattoria after taking a stroll around the always lively Duomo. Ask your Leisure Travel Consultants for their favorite restaurants in Florence.

DAY 5: Florence – Half Day Florence Walking Tour

After breakfast, your licensed English speaking guide will meet you at your hotel lobby. Your private guided tour is an enchanting walk through the city of Florence, often referred to as the "Cradle of Renaissance." This tour will take you through the historical streets to the Duomo complex with Giotto's bell tower, the Baptistery with its bronze doors including the famous Porta del Paradiso, and the Cathedral with the magnificent Cupola del Brunelleschi. The highlight of your day will be a visit to the Uffizi Gallery or the Accademia Museum.

DAY 6: Florence
Enjoy your day at leisure. Ask your Leisure Travel Consultant for their personal tips of favorite activities and excursions while in Florence.

DAY 7: Florence, Rome
After breakfast, meet your driver in the hotel lobby for your private car transfer to Rome. Enjoy the afternoon and evening at your leisure exploring the Eternal City. With a heady blend of artistic and architectural masterpieces, classical ruins, and extravagant baroque churches and piazzas, Rome is Italy's treasure trove, packed with two millennia of artistic achievement. For culture-seekers and historians, this city simply oozes with possibilities for discovery, a chance to step back in time yet have one foot firmly in the present. Ask your Leisure Travel Consultant for their favorite activities in Rome.

DAY 8: Rome – Half Day Walking Tour
After breakfast, your licensed English speaking guide will meet you at your hotel lobby. Your private tour will take you on a journey through Rome; a city in which the power and the glory of the Great Roman Empire developed and extended. Your guide will walk you through the enchanting ruins of the Imperial-era, beginning with the Piazza Venezia and its impressive monument dedicated to King Victor Emanuel II and the Unknown Soldier. You will continue to the famous Piazza del Campidoglio designed by Michelangelo, from where you will have a breathtaking view of the Roman Forum. With the remains of the Forum as a backdrop, your guide will present the history and anecdotes on the social and political life of Rome, from its origin to the glorious days of the Great Roman Empire. Proceed to the imposing Coliseum, iconic symbol of Imperial Rome, and one of the most impressive building of the Imperial-era.

DAY 9: Rome
Enjoy the day at leisure sipping an espresso at one of the numerous cafes or exploring more of the deep history, culture and art of Rome. Ask your Leisure Travel Consultant for their personal favorites.

DAY 10: Rome, Amalfi Coast
After breakfast meet your private driver in the hotel lobby for your private car transfer to the Amalfi Coast. En route, you will stop at the ancient city of Pompeii where you will enjoy a two-hour tour with a private guide. Pompeii was buried following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD. Your guide will take you through the ancients streets, baths, forums, and homes of this 2000 year old city that were miraculously preserved by volcanic ash. Upon your arrival, enjoy your evening at your leisure taking in the breathtaking views of Italy’s Amalfi coastline.

DAY 11, 12, 13: Amalfi Coast
Enjoy your day at your leisure exploring the Amalfi Coast. It is a beautiful and renowned stretch of mountainous coastline south of Naples, in Campania. The southern end of the Bay of Naples stretches out in a steep and rocky peninsula that reaches towards the Isle of Capri. Sorrento, another major tourist destination, looks back towards Naples from the north coast of the peninsula. The southern side of the peninsula is dotted with picturesque villages and towns clinging giddily to cliffs; this is what is known as the Amalfi Coast. Surrounded by steep, rugged mountain cliffs 700 meters high that drop dramatically into the deep blue Mediterranean, it has been a magnet for the rich and famous for over 50 years. The Amalfi coast is unique in the world for its natural beauty, breathtaking views, colors and characteristics. Small fishing villages are scattered in clusters, upon the front face of the mountain. Villas, churches and corner shops are built cut out of the rock, one on top of each other, climbing up the mountain from the water's edge. The buildings are surrounded by beautifully kept gardens and terraces, narrow pebbled streets and endless steps, lemon trees, grape and olive vines and the perfume of nature. It is a presence rich in history and culture, which is still alive today, among so many artistic memories of the past.

DAY 14: Departure
After breakfast meet your transfer in the hotel lobby for the Naples airport where you will to meet your international flight home

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EXTENSİONS

ITALIAN CLASSICS &AMALFI COAST EXTENSION

3 Nights Istanbul Extension

Travel to Istanbul, the crossroads of Europe and Asia. Spend three nights at the Pera Palace Hotel which has been hosting elite guests since 1892. Explore the classic sites of Istanbul on a half-day tour including Hagia Sofia, the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar, and the Hippodrome. Enjoy a day at leisure where you can experience more of the city’s historical sites as well as the local culture or take a trip up the Bosphorous. Your three night/four day extension in Istanbul includes your flights from an international airport in Italy to Istanbul, private transfers, hotel accommodations, private tours, and local assistance.

3 Nights Athens Extension

Head off to Athens, the birthplace of democracy, where you will get a taste of the history, culture and cuisine that Greece is known for. Spend three nights at the King George Palace with its magnificent views of the Acropolis. Enjoy a half-day tour of the historical highlights of the city including the Acropolis, the Acropolis Museum, the ancient Agora, the neoclassical buildings of Plaka, and the changing of the guards at the Parliament building. Spend a day at leisure soaking up the vibrant city atmosphere or take an optional day trip to one of the many nearby historical sites on the Mainland. Your three night/four day extension in Athens includes your flights from an international airport in Italy to Athens, private transfers, hotel accommodations, private tours, and local assistance.

3 Nights Paris Extension

Escape to Paris, the beautiful City of Lights, and experience the rich history, magnificent artwork and delicious cuisine that France is known for. Spend three nights at the Hotel d'Aubusson, located in the heart of Saint-Germain des Pres. Discover many of the city's highlights such as Notre Dame, the Arch de Triumph, Champs-Elysees Avenue and Montmarte on a half-day guided tour. Spend a day at leisure exploring more of the city's great monuments, museums and districts or taking an optional day trip to Versailles. Your three night/four day extension in Paris includes your flights from an international airport in Italy to Paris, private transfers, hotel accommodations, private tours, and local assistance.

Nights Luxury Accommodations at your Choice of Hotel in Venice
3 Nights Luxury Accommodations at your Choice of Hotel in Florence
3 Nights Luxury Accommodations at your Choice of Hotel in Rome
4 Nights Luxury Accommodations at your Choice of Hotel in Amalfi Coast
Private Half Day Walking Tours of Venice, Florence and Rome with an English Speaking Licensed Guide
Private Car Transfer Between Cities
Breakfast Daily
All Hotel Taxes and Service Charges

Venice Hotels
Say the name “Venice” and conjured up instantly are images of St. Mark’s Square, and gondola rides down the Grand Canal. Venice has a unique character, with its charmingly narrow streets and breathtaking architecture.

Florence Hotels
The breathtaking central Italian region of Tuscany is famous for its beautiful landscapes. The capital of the region, Florence, is known as the “cradle of the Renaissance” and is home to some of Italy’s most popular tourist attractions.

Rome Hotels
In Rome, the ancient world is integrated with the modern, where one can be driving through traffic along a busy Roman road and suddenly see the Colosseum rearing up ahead of them. The eternal city, with more than 2000 years of history, has much to offer tourists.

Amalfi Coast
Enjoy the exquisite scenery of the Amalfi Coast, the stretch of coastline on the southern side of the Sorrentine Peninsula. It is also home to such cultural sites as the Duomo (cathedral) of Amalfi, the Chiostro del Paradiso (the Cloisters), and the church of Santa Maria Assunta.