Tour: LL - 2013 (LL) - 2013 / 2014

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Itinerary

DAY 1Arrive in Rome, Italy

Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and leave the hotel for a special welcome dinner with wine at one of Rome’s lively restaurants. (Dinner)

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DAY 2Rome

Guided sightseeing includes visits to the fascinating VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL, world famous for Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgement, and monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA. Cross the Tiber and visit the COLOSSEUM and the ROMAN FORUM, where Roman legions marched in triumph. To make the most of your stay, join our optional Roman Highlights excursion, and see the sites and squares of medieval Rome made famous in the movie Angels and Demons. (Breakfast)

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DAY 3Rome–Florence

Enter Tuscany with the Chianti hills and arrive in Florence, the “Cradle of the Renaissance.” Your walking tour with a Local Guide features the magnificent cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gate of Paradise,” and sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Highlight is a visit to the impressive PALAZZO VECCHIO. Time to shop for Florentine leather and gold, and tonight is your chance to join an optional dinner outing to try out Tuscan specialties. (Breakfast)

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DAY 4Florence–Padua–Venice Island

Cross the wooded Apennine Mountains and stop in Padua to visit ST. ANTHONY’S BASILICA. Arrive in Venice and enter in style by PRIVATE BOAT. You may wish to join an optional dinner outing to try out Venetian specialties (Breakfast)

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DAY 5Venice Island

Enjoy a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite guided walking tour this morning to RIALTO BRIDGE, the Bovolo Spiral Staircase, ST. MARK’S SQUARE, and visit the Byzantine BASILICA. Also see lavish Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs, and watch skilled GLASSBLOWERS fashion their delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner. Later, you have a chance to join an exciting optional excursion to the colorful island of Burano and/or a gondola serenade. (Breakfast)

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DAY 6Venice Island–Ravenna–Assisi

Follow the Adriatic coastline to Ravenna. Here, see the famous mosaics in the 6th-century BASILICA OF ST. APOLLINARIS IN CLASSE. In the afternoon, arrive in peaceful Assisi and visit the massive 13th-century lower BASILICA OF ST. FRANCIS built above the Saint’s grave. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 7Assisi–Pompeii–Naples. Overnight Cruise to Palermo

Arrive in POMPEII, the Roman city both destroyed and preserved by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. A guided walking tour through the excavations features patrician houses, public baths, and commercial districts that strikingly recall day-to-day life when Rome was at the apex of her power. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite In nearby Naples, a Pizza di Napoli at Rosati restaurant awaits you before boarding your FERRY in Naples for the overnight cruise to Sicily. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 8Palermo

After disembarkation, start your sightseeing with a Local Guide. Visit the ornate Piazza Bellini, Capo market, the baroque Church of Immacolata, and the CATHEDRAL. Drive up to Monreale for a panoramic view of the Conca d’Oro and a visit to the 12th-century NORMAN CATHEDRAL, famous for its 50,000 square feet of precious Byzantine mosaics. Next, enjoy a special excursion to one of Sicily’s most attractive towns, Cefalù, which has a Greek foundation. Here, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a late lunch with local specialties has been prepared for you. (Breakfast, Lunch)

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DAY 9Palermo–Marsala–Agrigento

Along the western coast to the saltbeds, famous since Roman times. Near Marsala, stop to visit a SALT MILL. Then, continue to Agrigento, where your Local Guide will take you for a spectacular walk through the magnificent VALLEY OF TEMPLES. Even travelers who have visited Athens and Delphi are awed by the gigantic yet graceful Greek structures that miraculously survived 24 centuries of tormented history. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 10Agrigento–Taormina Riviera

Enjoy the scenic beauty and treasures of the island’s heart on your way to Taormina Riviera. Later, focus on the 3rd-century GREEK AMPHITHEATER, the second largest of its kind in Sicily. Situated above the city, it affords spectacular views of the bay and Mount Etna. (Breakfast)

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DAY 11At Leisure In Taormina Riviera

This morning is your chance to join the exciting half-day optional excursion to Mount Etna. Afternoon is at leisure to relax or for individual activities. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 12Taormina Riviera–Sorrento

Board your FERRY and cross the Strait of Messina to land at the toe of the Italian boot in Calabria. Tonight, you are in the charming resort of Sorrento, delightfully situated on the Bay of Naples. (Breakfast)

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DAY 13Sorrento. Excursion to Capri

Speed across the Bay of Naples by JETFOIL to the Isle of Capri, an ancient retreat for Roman emperors and renowned ever since that time for its beauty. Ride the FUNICULAR to Capri village for a guided visit of this pretty town. Free time to explore the little shops on the piazzetta before returning to Sorrento. (Breakfast)

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DAY 14Sorrento–Rome

Return to Rome. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with wine in a local restaurant and say “Arrivederci” to your traveling companions. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 15Rome

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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