10 Days Italy Fantasia Tour
10 Days Fantasia Tour
Benvenuto a tutti! Welcome to Bella Roma! Upon arriving at the airport, self-transfer to your hotel and spend your first marvelous day in Italy roaming and discovering as you please in the Eternal City.
ROME / ASSISI / SIENA / FLORENCE
After an early departure (7:15 am) by luxurious coach you will arrive in the picturesque medieval town of Assisi, excited to discover, at your liberty, this delightful walled town. Visit the Basilica of St. Francis, where you will view enthralling masterpieces by Giotto and Cimabue and, then have relaxing pause for lunch (not included). Return to the bus to travel to Siena, a Unesco World Heritage Site, known worldwide for the Palio, the thrilling time honoured horse race around the uniquely shaped town square, Piazza del Campo. Continue on to Florence, where you will check in at your hotel and then enjoy a pleasurable dinner and perhaps a gelato at one of the many artiginal gelaterias to be discovered in Florence. (B,D)
After breakfast, spend the day roaming around spectacularly beautiful Florence often called the “Cradle of Renaissance”, where, with the help of Michelangelo, Italian art reached its zenith. With Etruscan-Roman origins, the city burgeoned in the Middle Ages as a free Comune and was further enlightened during the Age of the Renaissance. You will be truly fascinated by the uncountable monuments and churches such as Santa Maria del Fiore, commonly referred to as the Duomo. You will be impressed by its magnificent dome built by Filippo Brunelleschi. Nearby, opposite a small piazza you will see the “Campanile” tower (partially designed by Giotto) and the Baptistery, with its bronze doors where Michelangelo imagined the mythical “Gates of Paradise.” Visiting the inner city you will visit the “famosissima” Piazza della Signoria (also known as Palazzo Vecchio), and the Basilica of Santa Croce. Enjoy a typical Tuscan lunch in Piazza Santa Croce then spend the afternoon wandering the cobblestoned streets of Florence unescorted, or take a short trip to Pisa (optional), one of the four main historical Marine Republics of Italy. In Pisa you will be enchanted by the Piazza dei Miracoli with the Duomo, the Baptistery and of course Pisa’s iconic Leaning Tower. A leisurely dinner at a restaurant of your choice ends the evening. Overnight stay is in Florence. (B)
FLORENCE / BOLOGNA / PADOVA / VENICE
We have breakfast Florence, then an immediate departure for historic Bologna to discover the arresting elegance of the city centre with its quaint porticos and fashionable shopping streets. From Piazza Malpighi you will walk to Piazza del Nettuno and Piazza Maggiore in the heart of the city, then on to view the grandeur of King Renzo’s Palace, Palazzo Podestà and the beautiful Basilica of San Petronio, one of the largest in the world. Bologna is a genuine heaven for gourmets, so do not miss an exquisite meal in this esteemed gastronomic centre. In the afternoon our tour continues to Padova, and we will see Sant’Antonio Basilica, a church frequently visited by pilgrims of the Catholic world. We arrive later that afternoon in glorious Venice, the City of Love, named one of the most romantic cities in the world. As you will discover Venice is indeed one of the most visually stunning cities conceived by man. Arrive at your hotel, relax and enjoy dinner and an overnight stay. (B,D)
Following breakfast, relax and luxuriate in a private water-taxi to Piazza San Marco, and take advantage of “skip the line” tickets to marvel at the awesome Basilica San Marco. We go on to discover one of the most iconic spots in the “Floating City”: the Palazzo dei Dogi, symbol of Venice’s illustrious past and then continue on to savour the legendary “Bridge of Sighs”. The afternoon is yours to meander along Venice’s canals on you own schedule. Eventually return to the hotel for a Venetian dinner and overnight stay. (B,D)
VENICE / MONTEPULCIANO (TUSCANY WINE REGION) / ROME
From Piazzale Roma (following breakfast) we head towards venerated and pictorial Tuscany, world renowned for its landscapes, its churches and castles and its distinctive wines. You will continue to Val di Chiana, with a stopover in charming Montepulciano, a medieval village bounteous in art and history. Known for its “Nobile” wine, available for purchase in local wine houses, Montepulciano is famous for the yearly jazz and wine festival every July. Relish a free afternoon exploring the many landmarks of Montepulciano. You may discover free wine tastings in many wine shops and there is plenty of time to explore the memorable shops. After a pleasurable and enriching day you will travel to Rome and check in to your hotel. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)
After a traditional cappuccino and cornetto (7:45-8:am) we leave from the hotel for the long awaited tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peters’s Basilica taking advantage of our exclusive “Skip the Line” service (tour is included). Your guide will lead you into the magnificent museums where you will encounter one of the most important art collections in the world. Walk along the stunning Galleries of Tapestries and Geographical Maps before entering Raphael’s Rooms and, then finally gaze upon the breathtaking genius of the Sistine Chapel. After viewing this incredible masterpiece, you will be taken by a preferential door into astounding St. Peters’s Basilica: the largest and most famous church in the world! The tour ends outside in St.Peter’s Square. Enjoy the rest of the day exploring this truly incredible and historical city at and discover why the name Eternal City is so appropriate. You may also choose any one of our selected tours for the afternoon or evening. Rome at night (di notte) is truly magnificent! We stay in Rome overnight. (B)
ROME / NAPLES / POMPEII / SORRENTO
Following an early breakfast you will be picked up at your hotel at approximately 7:00 am. We travel by luxury coach and head south, across the prominent regions of Lazio and Campania. Our arrival in illustrious Naples begins with a short panoramic tour seeing important sites such as Mergellina, Castel dell’Ovo, Santa Lucia. We then continue to the “once in a lifetime” experience of astonishing Pompeii. Enjoy lunch before entering in Pompeii and then marvel at the ruins of the famous Roman city destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. After leaving Pompeii, you will drive along the absolutely glorious Sorrentine Coast, arriving in Sorrento in time for dinner (dress code is a jacket for men) and an overnight stay. (B,D)
SORRENTO / ROME
Breakfast at your hotel and ample time to discover stunning Sorrento with its breathtaking views and café lined piazzas. You may choose a visit to the fabled and charming island of Capri (not included) or take a spectacular Amalfi coast excursion (not included). At approximately 4:00 pm we depart back to Rome for another overnight stay in Bella Roma. (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. End of our services. Our tour ends with breakfast at your hotel. Arrivaderci Roma! (B)
B = Breakfast D = Dinner
The Tour includes:
• Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
• Monolingual tour-escort in English
• Accommodation in hotels
• 9 breakfasts, 5 dinners
• Entrance to the archaeological site in Pompeii with “skip the line” (when included in the itinerary)
• Entrance ticket to Vatican Museums & St. Peter’s Basilica with “skip the line” (when included in the itinerary)
• Visits with local expert guide as per itinerary (Rome, Florence, Venice, Sorrento, Capri, Palermo, Agrigento, Siracusa)
• Entrance to the archaeological sites in Sicily on our Fantasia Siciliana, Fantasia Mediterranea and Fantasia All Italy.
• Entrance to the St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice with “skip the line” (when included in the itinerary)
• Visit of the Blue Grotto in Capri (when included in the itinerary)
• Porterage included on our escorted tours in Sicily
Tour does not include:
• Porterage service
•Transfer from airport / hotel
• Entrance fees to monuments or museums when not mentioned
• City tax for overnight stays (according to each city council rules) It shall be paid directly at the hotel
• Everything that is not mentioned in the paragraph “the tour includes”
Transfer IN/OUT is included only when booking the “Fantasia 8 days / 7 Nights”.
HOTEL: 4 STARS
- Florence: Mediterraneo
- Venice: Delfino (Mestre)
- Rome: Rome Garden or Santa Costanza
- Sorrento: Michelangelo
HOTEL: 4 - 1/2 STARS
- Florence: Mediterraneo
- Venice: Carlton G. Canal
- Rome: Rome Bettoja Hotel
- Sorrento: Michelangelo
ITALIAN STYLE: designed by Italians for Travellers looking for an authentic experience.
BEST ACCOMODATION: overnight stays in Selected Centrally Located Hotels
HEADSETS: Our clients are provided with headsets to let them follow clearly the information provided by our tour leader and local guides
ATTENTION TO FOOD QUALITY served during the tour:
We take care of quality and freshness of food served to all Travellers!
COMFORT WHEN TRAVELLING
Stretch your legs with extra legroom on IBMT Fantasia coaches! We have more space on board to pamper our Travellers with the most comfortable trip.
EXPERT LOCAL TOUR GUIDES AND TOUR ESCORTS
We only work with licensed Professionals. All our Tour Guides are experienced and friendly!
FREE WIFI CONNECTION ON BOARD
We're happy to provide our Travellers free wi-fi on board to let them be in touch with family & friends, sharing ther journey’s experiences!
BEST QUALITY/PRICE RATIO
Fantasia Tours are incredibly affordable and offer the best quality/price ratio.
Meeting Point and Time:
Fantasia departs from the Hotel Massimo D’Azeglio in Rome at 7.15 am
Note: On high season the visit to Capri is included in the following dates March 27 - April 3 10 17 24 - May 1 6 8 13 15 20 22 27 29
June 3 5 10 12 17 19 24 26 - August 28 - September 2 4 9 11 16 18 23 25 30 - October 2 7 9 14 16 21 23 28