Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 lunch; 3 three-course dinners: including dinners at local restaurants in Rome and Venice.
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Day 1 ARRIVE IN ROME, ITALY
Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and leave the hotel for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 2 ROME
A fascinating day awaits. Your guided sightseeing includes inside visits of the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL where you can marvel at Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment. Visit monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà. Also, visit the magnificent COLOSSEUM next to the Roman Forum and the Arch of Constantine, and hear about the gladiators who fought here. An optional walking tour with a Local Guide is available to further explore famous sites.
Day 3 ROME–ASSISI–FLORENCE
Enjoy a morning break in the majestic medieval hilltop town of Assisi. Visit the massive 13th-century ST. FRANCIS BASILICA, the hub of a religious order devoted to the ideals of humility, forgiveness, simplicity, and love for all God’s creatures. Enter Tuscany and arrive in Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance.”
Day 4 FLORENCE
During your walking tour with a Local Guide, visit the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS, home to Michelangelo’s celebrated statue of David, admire the magnificent cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gates of Paradise,” and sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Enjoy lunch next to Santa Croce Square with time to shop for Florentine leather goods and gold jewelry, sold by the ounce.
Day 5 FLORENCE–PISA–VENICE ISLAND
This morning drive to Pisa. In the spectacular Square of Miracles, take the traditional picture pushing back the amazing Leaning Tower. Drive through the wooded Apennine Hills, known as the backbone of Italy, to Venice, a powerful magnet for romantics and art lovers from around the globe.
Day 6 VENICE ISLAND
Take a PRIVATE BOAT to join your Local Guide for a walking tour. Highlights are ST. MARK’S SQUARE, a favorite location for many movies, the byzantine BASILICA, lavish DOGES’ PALACE, and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Also, watch a skilled GLASSBLOWER fashion delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner. Immerse yourself in the wonderful atmosphere of Venice. Wander through the narrow streets and discover the Rialto Bridge. You may wish to take an optional gondola serenade. This evening dinner awaits at one of Venice’s restaurants.
Day 7 VENICE (EMBARKATION)
Later today head to the port and embark your cruise ship. Tonight set sail on the Adriatic sea.
Day 8 CRUISING: AT SEA
Time to relax and enjoy the ship’s facilities as you cruise towards Corfu, Greece.
Day 9 CRUISING: CORFU, GREECE
Almost a full day to explore CORFU one of the larger and more diverse Greek Islands. Visit CORFU TOWN, with its mixture of Byzantine & Venetian architecture, once defended by two fortresses, and the cosmopolitan town of KANONI. Also see the Achilleion, a stunning palace built for the Austrian Empress Sissi.
Day 10 CRUISING: PATRAS
This morning arrive in 3000 year old Patras, the largest city in the Peloponnese. A full day to explore the city, alternatively optional excursions are available.
Day 11 CRUISING: KOTOR, MONTENEGRO
Morning at sea. This afternoon disembark in KOTOR a UNESCO listed city located on a spectacular bay. The guided walking tour will bring to light the fascinating history of this intriguing city. Visit the CATHEDRAL OF SAINT TRYPHON, the city’s symbol, and the MARITIME MUSEUM. Plenty more time to explore the finely preserved fortifications.
Day 12 CRUISING: DUBROVNIK, CROATIA
This morning wake-up to magnificent Dubrovnik. A full day to explore and soak up the atmosphere of this ancient city which juts out into the Adriatic Sea. A variety of optional excursions are available for your enjoyment.
Day 13 CRUISING: SPLIT
Follow your Local Guide through the narrow cobblestone streets within the walls of Emperor DIOCLETIAN’S PALACE. Visit the ETHNOGRAPHIC MUSEUM and SPLIT CITY MUSEUM, then see more of Split’s iconic sites, the Golden Gate, the Silver Gate and Peristyle Square.
Day 14 VENICE, ITALY (DISEMBARKATION)
This morning arrive back in Venice. After disembarkation free time to catch up on a final bit of sightseeing and shopping before tonight’s farewell dinner.
Day 15 VENICE
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.