Italy – Gland Tour

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A few words about the destination…
Italy is one of the most popular destinations in the world and not unjustly. Admire the wonderful architecture of cities and historical monuments, visit countless museums and galleries, shop from the most famous fashion houses, experience the romance and taste the exquisite gastronomy in the main cities of Italy, ancient Rome, renaissance Florence, modern Milan and the unique Venice.
Useful information…
Best Time to visit: The entire year
Language: Italian, English
Currency: Euro (EUR) /  (1 EUR) = (86 INR) ..
Time Difference : India is 4 hours and 30 minutes ahead of Italy
Climate : Mediterranean
Excursion schedule…
Day 1 Arrive – Rome – Hotel
On arrival at Rome international airport you will be transferred to the hotel. Check in to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2 Rome – Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s Basilica
 Breakfast at our hotel and we start our day with a visit to one of the top museums in the world, the "Vatican Museums". A large bronze gate will lead us "as if by magic" from Rome to the smallest state in the world, the Vatican. We will admire huge collections of invaluable works of art & sculpture culminating in the famous Sistine Chapel.
  • Admire the chapel of the Apostolic Palace, which decoration is a reference to the Temple of the Old Testament.
  • Discover a huge exhibit of masterpieces, like wall paintings, architecture, frescoes, ceilings which are made by the greatest artisans of the Renaissance.
  • Visit the Basilica of St. Petrou & the homonymous square, which is the largest papal church, with hundreds of statues inside, culminating in the Pieta of Michael Angelo.
Extra info: Vatican is an independent state, on the west side of the city of Rome and is a continuation of the ecclesiastical (or even papal) state of the Middle Ages. It was founded on February 11, 1929 by the Lateran Treaty during Mussolini's Fascist regime. It is characterized as the smallest independent state, in terms of its area (0.44 sq. km.) and its population (numbers about 826 people). The Vatican is home to the Holy See, the spiritual and administrative center of the Catholic Church. The election of the Pope is made by a conclave of cardinals, who are under 80 years old. National holiday is March 13, election date (2013) of the new Pope. The Vatican is the only country in the western world (along with the Philippines worldwide) where divorce is prohibited.
Day 3 Rome – Pompeii – Naples – Rome (Full day) 250klm x 2
Breakfast at our hotel and departure for Naples, the third largest city in Italy and an important port. Naples is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. There we will see the beach with the palace of the Spaniards, the castle of Danzu, the Stoa of Uberto and the largest opera house of San Carlo. Free time for a walk in the picturesque Via Toledo. Then we head to the necropolis of Pompeii which was destroyed in 79 AD after a terrible eruption of Vesuvius.
  • Discover the archeological site of Pompeii, which has been declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
  • View the perimeter walls, the baths, the Porta Marina, the Vetri mansion, the Temple of Apollo, the ancient market and the theater.
  • Admire the characteristic frescoes of the 1st century BC.
Late afternoon return to Rome.
Extra info: Pompeii was a city in southern Italy, near present-day Naples. It was founded at the foot of Mount Vesuvius in the 5th century BC. century by Greeks off the coast of Campania. It later passed into the hands of the Romans, who, due to its location and excellent climate, made it the best resort in ancient Rome. Many wealthy Romans built beautiful country mansions there, adorning them with valuable works of art. In 62 AD. There was a very strong earthquake, which shook this beautiful and rich city. But this earthquake was only a harbinger of its total destruction. Indeed, a few years later, on August 24, 79 AD, a terrible eruption of Vesuvius buried within a few hours under meters of lava, hot mud and ashes this cheerful, wasteful and sinful city forever. More than 2,000 people are estimated to have died from suffocation and were buried under the ashes. Systematic excavations that began in 1860 revealed many details of the daily life of its inhabitants. Survived, protected from the wear and tear of time, all the rich villas, with their numerous murals, the market, the numerous temples, the small and large theater, the arches, the fountains, the shops, the private houses. Details were also saved that show us the sudden death of the city, from the daily life that was abruptly interrupted. People who ate lying on the couches, people who drowned in the fumes trying to escape the horrible death. The value of the ruins of Pompeii is incomparably great, because it gave us an idea of ​​a Roman city as a whole, in the heyday of its prosperity and wealth. Visitors can see up close the drama of life in the deformed bodies of the unfortunate inhabitants of this beautiful Roman city, trapped in the lava, the ... last hours of Pompeii.
Day 4 Rome – Panoramic & Walking Tour – Rome By Night (Optional)
Breakfast at our hotel and we start the city tour from the catacombs of St. Callixtus, where we will see the crypts of the Popes and the tombs of the first Christians, as well as the architecturally impressive catacombs of Domitilla, where their royal church is dedicated to St. witnesses Nirio and Achillion.
  • Cross the Appia Street and view the most famous Baths (Thermae) of the emperor Caracalla that operated for over 300 years.
  • Admire the most representative building of the Roman Empire, the imposing Colosseum & the arch of Constantine the Great.
  • Discover the race course, the island of Tiberina, the Castle of the Angels, the villa Borghese and the famous Via Veneto.
  • Enjoy "Piazza Di Spagna" and drop your coin to Trevi Fountain, making a wish.
Free time for shopping, coffee and food. Return to the hotel. For the evening we suggest you follow us to "Rome by Night", a special tour of the historic center of the city among its illuminated buildings, which will surely impress you with its different face in the starlight.
Extra info: The Amphitheatrum Flavium or better known as the Colosseum is the largest ancient amphitheater in the world. It could hold 45,000 spectators and had an ellipse shape with a circumference of 524 meters. Its dimensions were huge: 156 x 188 meters and its height reached 48 meters and had 4 floors. The the large number of gates allowed the Colosseum to fill up in 15 minutes, and to empty in just 5. The arena was led by two gates: the "gate of the flesh of life", from which gladiators entered the arena, and the "funeral gate" from which the dead of the battle were removed.
The Colosseum remained legendary as the center of the bloody spectacles enjoyed by the Roman court during its decline. The orchestra was well-organized for naval battles, duels, and beast battles funded by the Roman emperors. Martyrs of Christians were also suffered there. After earthquakes and looting over the centuries it is today a ruin and one of the most popular tourist attractions of modern Rome.

Day 5 Rome – Siena (city tour) – Florence 300klm

Breakfast at our hotel and departure for Florence with a stopover in Siena, the most beautiful medieval city in Italy, Unesco World Heritage Site.
  • Wander in "Piazza del Campo", the square where the heart of the city beats, which houses the Palazzo Pubblico and the Torre del Mangia, a tower with 300 steps and views of the rooftops of the city, for many the most impressive Italian square.
  • Discover "Palio", the custom of Siena's famous horse races, which is revived every year there.
  • Admire Duomo, one of Italy's most beautiful Gothic cathedrals, the city's most photographed landmark and the temple's museum of artistic treasures.
Free time for coffee and food. Then departure for the Cradle of the Renaissance, Florence. Accommodation at the hotel and overnight.


Day 6 Florence – City tour

Breakfast at our hotel and we start our tour of this famous city - museum, during which we will meet the Piazza de la Signoria, the impressive Church of the Holy Cross (Santa Croce), burial place of 270 prominent Florentines, among whom Galileo, Dante, Michael Angelo and Machiavelli, Ponte Vecchio with the houses and shops that seem to hover over the river.
  • Admire the historic Cathedral Square with the bell tower, the Virgin Mary of the Flowers Del Fiore) with Brunelleschi's famous dome - a trademark of the city - and the historic Baptistery.
  • Visit the district where the father of the Italian language, the great philosopher of the Renaissance, Dante lived.
  • Discover the famous Piazza Repubblica with the historic cafes Gilli and Paszkowski, as well as the famous Arc de Triomphe.
Free time for coffee, shopping and food. We also suggest you visit the most important gallery in Italy, the Uffizi Gallery, where you will have the opportunity to admire paintings by Florentine as well as Venetian and Flemish artists. Return to the hotel in the afternoon and overnight.
Extra info: Uffizi is a palace in Florence that houses one of the oldest museums and galleries in the world, the Galleria degli Uffizi. The works on display at the museum cover the period from the 13th to the 18th century and compose one of the most important collections of Renaissance art.

Day 7 Florence – Lucca – Pisa 190klm

Breakfast at our hotel and departure for the fortified villages, the well-preserved states and the idyllic landscapes. Going north, very soon, we will stop in the medieval city of Luca with the unexpected Piazza del Mercato, which retains the shape of the ancient Roman amphitheater, we will be impressed by the octagonal city.
  • Visit St. Martin's Cathedral and be impressed by the statue depicting Jesus Christ in black.
  • Continue for the most famous attraction of the area, the sloping tower of Pisa, one of the most photographed monuments in the world.
  • Together with the tower, admire the Baptistery and the cathedral which "tie" harmoniously.
We will walk in the area as well as in the rest of the city, returning to Florence in the afternoon and overnight.
Extra info: Pisa is a city with 90,000 inhabitants and is world famous for its Leaning Tower. But, really, it does not have only this attraction. It is uniquely built on the river Arno, with Tuscan colors and Italian taste. When, exactly, it was built is not known. According to one theory, Pisa was built by the Pelasgians, the Greeks, the Etruscans and the Ligurians. The writers of ancient Rome speak of Pisa as if it were an ancient city of their own. Strabo wrote that Pisa was founded by the Homeric hero Nestor, king of Pylos, after the fall of Troy.

Day 8 Florence – Bologna - Enzo Ferrari Museum- Milan 340klm

Breakfast at our hotel and departure for the city of Bologna, known for its towers and arcades, which reach 38 km and make it unique city in the world.
  • Admire the Archaeological Museum, the National Gallery and its University Museum.
  • Discover the museum of the legendary Ferrari car industry. A tour of the 54,000-square-foot building that features a large showroom, a gallery of famous Ferrari cars, a historic art site, a souvenir area, a digital archive that provides access to a wide range Ferrari historical drawings and documents, a meeting room, a cafeteria and a bookstore.
Then we will head to the capital of world fashion, cosmopolitan Milan. Accommodation at the hotel and overnight.

Day 9 Milan – city tour – Shopping

Breakfast at our hotel and departure for our panoramic tour of Milan. Today we visit see the castle of Sforza and the Piazza del Duomo which is the main square of the city named after the imposing cathedral of Milan. The impressive Cathedral of Milan (Duomo di Milano) is the seat of the city's archbishop and is considered one of the most important cathedrals in the world. We will visit the Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery, named after the first king of a united Italy. The building consists of two glass vaulted galleries and connects the Piazza del Duomo with the Piazza della Scala. La Scala Opera, or La Scala in Milan, is one of the most famous opera houses in the world and took its name from the church that was located in the same place, St. Maria della Scala. Rest day free to spend it as you wish.
  • Walk to the market Vittorio Emmanuele, one of the oldest in the world, renovated in 1867 and has a huge glass roof. Inside you will find elegant shops, bars and restaurants. The Closed Market connects Duomo Square and La Scala, one of the city's most famous attractions.
  • Nearby is the so-called "golden triangle of fashion" formed by the streets Via Montenapoleone and Via Brocospesso, where you will see the most important designer stores such as Prada, Armani, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino etc.
  • If you are tired of walking in shops and museums and want to relax, and walk in an open green space, choose one of the parks in the city.
Return to our hotel late in the afternoon and overnight.
Extra info: La Scala (Italian: Teatro alla Scala, often referred to as La Scala), is one of the most famous opera houses in the world and is known as The Temple of Opera. It took its name from the square of the same name in Milan, where it is located, the Piazza della Scala. The main artistic events of the theater are opera, ballet performances and classical music concerts. Antonio Bernocchi was the largest financier for the reconstruction of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, which was hit by the bombing of World War II and reopened "as it was and where it was" on May 11, 1946.

Day 10 Milan – Lake Garda (Sirmione) – Verona – Venice 280klm

Breakfast at our hotel and departure for the magnificent Lake Garda, whose calm waters mirror the slopes of the adjacent Alpine mountains.
  • Discover the picturesque and historical peninsula of Sirmione with its narrow alleys, built in a medieval historical center with majestic buildings.
  • Next stop is the beautiful city of Verona, where the greatest literary love was born and died, that of Romeo & Juliet.  
  • Watch the Roman Arena, the second largest after the Colosseum, Piazza Erbe, one of the most central squares in the historic center of Verona, with its magnificent buildings and statues.
  • Observe "Juliet's house" and the balcony where she went out to see the Roman.
Free time for coffee and food. Then we will head to the unique Venice. Accommodation at the hotel and overnight.
Day 11 Venice – City Tour - Gondola Ride Tour
Breakfast at our hotel and we leave for a special day, as we will get to know the enchanting Venice, the city with 118 islands, 160 canals and 400 bridges, the homeland of Casanova and the traveler Marco Polo.
  • Admire the famous bridge of Sighs and the Clock Tower.
  • Discover the Basilica di San Marko.
  • Wander in the square with the Doge's Palace, which houses works by Italian painters.
  • Enjoy a dreamy gondola ride and be photographed on the famous Rialto Bridge with its small shops and stunning views of the Grand Canal.
Free time for coffee and food Return to the hotel and overnight.
Extra info: Venice (Italian: Venezia) is a city in Italy built on a group of 118 small islands separated by canals and connected by bridges. It is the capital of the Veneto Region and is located in the homonymous swampy lagoon that stretches along the coastline between the estuaries of the rivers Po (Po) and Piave. Venice is famous for the beauty of its location, its architecture and its works of art. The entire city is listed as a World Heritage Site, along with its lagoon.
Day 12 VeniceAirport 
Breakfast at our hotel and departure for Venice airport and return flight.
Package inclusions:
  • Accommodation in 4 star hotels in Italy as follows:
  • 04 nights in Rome
  • 03 nights in Florence
  • 02 nights in Milan
  • 02 nights in Venice
  • Daily breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfer from and to the Italian airports
  • Guided tours by luxury bus according to the schedule
  • Guide – group leader of our office throughout the trip if u want to
  • Official guides in the tour of Vatican, Rome, Florence and Venice.
  • Ferry tickets to and from Venice.
  • Tickets for the museums of Vatican, St Peters, Colosseum and Ferrari Museum
  • Gondola ride in Venice
  • Tour operator insurance
Not included:
  • Air tickets
  • Visa
  • Anything mentioned at the program as optional or suggested
  • Tips
Any item of personal nature such as laundry, shopping, telephone bills etc.