EXCURSIONS - Italian Mosaic 2016

Italian Mosaic (LI)

13 Day Tour 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, Milan, and Assisi—you’ll also get to 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. Admire the paintings still on the walls, and look for the early fast-food restaurants beloved by ancient Romans.

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 cappuccino at a popular, historical café in Padua 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 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

ROME
A welcome dinner at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square & Basilica, the Colosseum, and Roman Forum; farewell dinner with opera entertainment
PISA
Marvel at the legendary Leaning Tower
FLORENCE
Guided walking tour, visit Michelangelo’s David and Signoria Square; see Ponte Vecchio
MILAN
Orientation, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite visit the La Scala Opera House museum; see the Galleria and the Duomo
LAKE MAGGIORE
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Boat ride to Isola dei Pescatori, followed by dinner at La Pescheria restaurant
LUGANO (SWITZERLAND)
Visit
VENICE
Private boat ride; guided walking tour, visit St. Mark’s Square & Basilica, Doges’ Palace, Bridge of Sighs; glassblower demonstration
PADUA
Walking tour to the Piazza delle Erbe; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy a cappuccino at the Pedrocchi Café
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; visit the Gardens of Augustus and taste Granita
POMPEII
Guided walking tour of the excavations
Headsets throughout the tour

NOTES:

  • Departures January 19, February 16, October 18, October 25, November 1, November 15, November 29, December 13, and January 17, February 14 (2017) 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
  • December 13 Departure–Christmas Eve in Rome

Transportation:

Motorcoach; private boat rides on Lake Maggiore (March 22-October 11 & March 21-April 4, 2017) 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 19, February 16, October 18, October 25, November 1, November 15, November 29, December 13 and January 17-February 14, 2017 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.

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Day 2 Rome

Enjoy Globus’ unique guided sightseeing, including inside visits to all highlights of religious and ancient Rome: the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL with Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment, monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà, the amazing COLOSSEUM, and the ROMAN FORUM, where Roman legions marched in triumph. For those who wish to see it all, an optional walking tour with a Local Guide is available to further explore famous sites like the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and more.

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–Milan–Lake Maggiore, Italy

North across the Apennine hills and through the flat Po area to Milan, the commercial capital of Italy. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Visit the MUSEUM of La Scala Opera House, then, enjoy a walk to the glass-domed GALLERIA and the gothic Duomo. Continue to elegant Stresa on beautiful Lake Maggiore.

Breakfast Breakfast
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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 an exciting Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite BOAT CRUISE to ISOLA DEI PESCATORI, where dinner with local specialties at La Pescheria awaits you.

Breakfast Breakfast
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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 to Italy, arrive in romantic Venice, and enter in style by PRIVATE BOAT. Maybe an optional gondola ride tonight?

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–Padua–Assisi

In Padua, walk to the PIAZZA DELLE ERBE and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy a cappuccino at the popular Pedrocchi Café. 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
DinnerDinner

Day 10 Assisi–Sorrento

Leave the province of Umbria and turn south to the charming, bayside resort of Sorrento. Time for shopping and exploring 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 Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Why not enjoy 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 La Carovana restaurant as a proper way to say arrivederci, Roma.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

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

Rome
Florence
Stresa
Venice
Assisi
Sorrento
Rome

Rome

Universo

First-Class

Universo Via Principe Amedeo 5, Roma,  Italy

Via Principe Amedeo 5
Roma, Italy

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Set in a 19th-century building with 198 modern rooms, two restaurants serving traditional Roman and international cuisine, an elegant bar and Free WI-FI internet access throughout the property. The fitness zone of the Hotel is equipped with a gym, Turkish bath, Finnish sauna and hydromassage shower.

Hotel Amenities

  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
  • Business Center
  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Elevator
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Internet Access
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Mini-bar
  • Air Conditioning
  • Television
  • Voicemail
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Climate Control
  • Coffee Maker
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Hair Dryer
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Window Opens
  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • Pay Movies
  • Desk
  • Phone

Florence

Mediterraneo

First-Class

Mediterraneo Lungarno Del Tempio, 44, Florence,   Italy

Lungarno Del Tempio, 44
Florence, Italy

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Modern hotel situated on the banks of the river Arno, steps away from the city center - Duomo and Palazzo Pitti nearby.

Hotel Amenities

  • Gift Shop
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Ice Machine
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • Beauty Salon
  • Luggage Storage
  • Free WiFi

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Desk
  • Internet Access
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Television
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • Phone

Kraft

First-Class

Kraft Via Solferino 2, Florence,  Italy

Via Solferino 2
Florence, Italy

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Refined Traditional Five-story Hotel located downtown near Arno River; 600 meters from Santa Maria Novella train station.

Hotel Amenities

  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • Business Center
  • Parking/Valet
  • Free WiFi
  • Pool
  • Elevator

Room Amenities

  • Desk
  • Internet Access
  • Mini-bar
  • Hair Dryer
  • Phone
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • In-Room Safe
  • Television
  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning

Stresa

Grand Hotel Bristol

Grand Hotel Bristol Corso Umberto I, 73, Stresa,  Italy

Corso Umberto I, 73
Stresa, Italy

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.

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Pool
  • Spa Services
  • Elevator
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Hair Dryer
  • Mini-bar
  • Pay Movies
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Alarm Clock
  • Desk
  • Television
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Window Opens
  • Room Service
  • Voicemail
  • In-Room Safe

Venice

Albergo Rist.All'angelo

First-Class

Albergo Rist.All

San Marco, 403
Venezia, Italy

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Small hotel with restaurants serving Venetian cuisine; situated 50 meters from Saint Mark's Square without crossing bridges.

Hotel Amenities

  • Currency Exchange
  • Elevator
  • Concierge desk
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Luggage Storage
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Free WiFi

Room Amenities

  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Television
  • Air Conditioning
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone
  • Hair Dryer

Assisi

Windsor Savoia

First-Class

Windsor Savoia Viale Marconi 1, Assisi,   Italy

Viale Marconi 1
Assisi, Italy

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Historic hotel in Assisi, opened in 1908 by the English lady Fanny Morgan, is now a modern three star hotel with all the comforts of the category, and is still run by his descendants.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Gift Shop
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Free WiFi
  • Concierge desk
  • Business Center
  • Elevator
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Phone
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Desk
  • Television
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • Alarm Clock
  • Smoking Rooms

Sorrento

Michelangelo

First-Class

Michelangelo Corso Italia 275, Sorrento,   Italy

Corso Italia 275
Sorrento, Italy

Contemporary Six-story Hotel set amid gardens, in central location.

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • Pool
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Dry Cleaning

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Mini-bar
  • Pay Movies
  • Window Opens
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Desk
  • Phone
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Internet Access

Rome

Holiday Inn Rome Aurelia

First-Class

Holiday Inn Rome Aurelia Via Aurelia KM8,400 , Rome,   Italy

Via Aurelia KM8,400
Rome, Italy

Motor Hotel with restaurant and bar, interior corridors, outdoor pool, fitness facility; located 15 km from city center.

Hotel Amenities

  • Dry Cleaning
  • Concierge desk
  • Business Center
  • Pool
  • Spa Services
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Parking/Valet
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Television
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • Alarm Clock
  • Desk
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Phone
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Coffee Maker
  • Smoking Rooms

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Rome
Florence
Lake Maggiore
Milan
Venice
Sorrento

Rome

Roman Highlights

Roman Highlights

To make the most out of your stay join the Local Guide for a tailor-made itinerary featuring some of the city's authentic jewels. With our optional walking tour you will have the chance to see the famous Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain and other sites and squares of Rome made famous in the movie Angels and Demons. A life-time experience!

Approximate value: €38 EUR per person

Florence

A Taste of Tuscany

A Taste of Tuscany

Journey through the celebrated Tuscan countryside to discover the charming village of San Gimignano, a little gem you should not miss out. Walking through the Old City means plunging into the Middle Ages and getting a taste of what the city must have been like more than seven hundred years ago. It is known for its famous towers, white Vernaccia wine, saffron, and olive oil. Legend has it that in the 12th century, rival families of San Gimignano began a tower-building competition to display their power and wealth and 72 towers were built. Today, the remaining 14 towers have earned the town its modern designation as "Medieval Manhattan". Your adventure does not stop here. Take part to a traditional Tuscan meal, including coffee and drinks, in a picturesque country setting and enjoy the great food and wine that the region has to offer. This wonderful dinner with regional dishes is prepared using the finest local ingredients. Make your dreams come true and live the Tuscan life for an evening!

Approximate value: €79 EUR per person

Florentine Dinner

Florentine Dinner

Would you like to enjoy a special evening in Florence? Well here's your chance. Savor a classic 4-course Florentine dinner with coffee and drinks, at a fine restaurant in the superb location of Santa Croce Square. Begin with the famous "Antipasto Toscano", a selection of the best local olives, cheese, salami and home made 'focaccia bread', followed by a regional pasta dish and typical Tuscan style beef or fish for the main course. If you still have room you can end this delicious meal by indulging yourself with a sinful dessert - After all you are on holiday!

Approximate value: €54 EUR per person

Highlights of Uffizi Gallery

Highlights of Uffizi Gallery

With your Local Guide, visit one of the earliest museums in modern Europe with the world's finest collection of Italian and Florentine art. Gain fascinating insight into paintings by the great Masters Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Titian.

Approximate value: €39 EUR per person

Lake Maggiore

Excursion to Isola Bella

Excursion to Isola Bella

One of the last privately owned island residences open to visitors. Take a boat ride to the island, enjoy an inside guided tour to the BORROMEO PALACE, its private gardens, terraces and a stroll into a traditional Italian market. A taste of Italian elegance with its romance, art, architecture and history in a Mediterranean setting.

Approximate value: €39 EUR per person

Milan

Excursion to Lake Como

Excursion to Lake Como

Travel to the enchanting town of Como for a boat trip on the lake. Admire pretty lakeside villages, imposing villas, exotic gardens, and free time in the heart of the picturesque Old Town.

Approximate value: €49 EUR per person

Venice

A Venetian Night Out

A Venetian Night Out

Taste four mouth-watering courses of local specialties and wine or soft drinks at a fine Venetian restaurant. After dinner, time to explore and absorb the unique, romantic atmosphere of Venice by night.

Approximate value: €54 EUR per person

Gondola Serenade

Gondola Serenade

Enjoy a ride in a traditional gondola, gliding through centuries-old canals, under famous arched bridges, past lavish palaces and quaint piazzas. These long, narrow, flat-bottomed boats with a high prow and stern were designed specifically for the Venetian canals and made in unique shipyards called Squero. Black is the obligatory color, due to a law passed to reduce how the rich and noble over-decorated their personal craft. The comb at the front of the gondola is made of iron and serves not only to balance the boat, but is also the symbol of gondolas and Venice. The six comb teeth represent the six Venetian districtsi sestieri. Note: the gondola is to be shared with other guests (maximum 6 participants on each gondola). There will be one musician on board of one of the gondola boats in your fleet.

Approximate value: €39 EUR per person

Lagoon Cruise and Meal in Burano

Lagoon Cruise and Meal in Burano

Appreciate the peaceful vistas of the Lagoon while you glide past the islands of Santa Elena, San Michele and the famous Lido. On picturesque Burano island, renowned for its lace making and colorful houses, savor a mouth-watering meal, with drinks included. Afterwards there's time to shop and stroll.

Approximate value: €69 EUR per person

Sorrento

Amalfi Drive & Positano

Amalfi Drive & Positano

Enjoy a scenic drive up to the Madonnina, a breathtaking viewpoint over the Amalfi Coast. Free time to visit and shop in the quaint terraced village of Positano, a prosperous port of the former Amalfi Republic. See the Byzantine church of Santa Maria Assunta and its famous majolica tile dome.

Approximate value: €36 EUR per person

Neapolitan Experience

Neapolitan Experience

This is the land of the oldest and best pasta factories in the world, surrounded by golden lemons, tasty tomatoes and soft mozzarella cheese...The fertile volcanic lands around mount Vesuvius and the quality of their products were already treasured by the earliest travelers. A scenic dinner with view, an inside quaint fruit garden restaurant or a local old style authentic farm your Tour Director will choose for you according to the season how to enjoy the picturesque atmosphere of the bay of Naples, sanctuary of the Italian recipes known around the world.

Approximate value: €53 EUR per person

Sorrento Flavors

Sorrento Flavors

Enjoy an evening in a traditional restaurant, renowned for its cuisine and excellent service. Wine, soft drinks, and mineral water are included.

Approximate value: €39 EUR per person

 Know Before You Go

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