Guided tour - WMT’s Alluring Italy

Dates: September 10-23, 2021
Duration: 12 Days

Italy is perfect for everyone - food and wine connoisseurs, history buffs, lovers of art and those people that want to have fun! With overnights in Rome, Lucca, Florence, Venice Island, and Assisi – you will enjoy architectural treasures, splendid art, ornate churches, lovely countryside and magnificent food and wine!

Informational Meeting

  • Wednesday, September 23 at 10 a.m.
  • Downtown Travel Leaders / Destinations Unlimited Office
  • Click HERE to RSVP now or call (319) 393-1359.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

OVERNIGHT FLIGHT TO ROME

Begin your travels with an overnight flight from the U.S.A. to Rome.

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11

ARRIVE IN ROME

We arrive in Italy mid-morning with plenty of free time to begin exploring Rome! Sightseeing options are endless in this amazing city.

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12

ROME

We have a full day to explore and Rome offers an excellent hop-on, hop-off bus system to see the highlights. Spend time in magnificent museums with ancient art, viewing spectacular churches filled with mosaics and frescos, spectacular fountains, and amazing architecture. Stop for a cappuccino or have lunch in an outdoor café while people-watching. (B)

 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

ROME

Continue “roaming in Rome” as there is more to see before we meet at 5 pm, with our Tour Director and traveling companions, then we leave the hotel for a welcome dinner at one of Rome’s lively restaurants. (B, D)

 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

ROME

Guided sightseeing of the ‟Eternal Cityˮ starts with a visit to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment, followed by a visit to monumental St. Peter’s Square and Basilica to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà. Then, enjoy views of other major sites as you drive to the Roman Forum and visit the ancient Colosseum, where gladiators once fought. An optional walking tour with a Local Guide is available to further explore Rome's famous sites. (B)

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

LUCCA

Head north and arrive in historic Lucca, completely surrounded by the original medieval walls. Enjoy a walk through the quaint town center to the famous amphitheater square. A suggestion for tonight: join an optional dinner at a local agriturismo. (B)

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

LUCCA. EXCURSION TO CINQUE TERRE & PISA

La Spezia on the Mediterranean Coast is the town where your exciting excursion starts to Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including a boat ride (weather permitting) with a Local Guide. The name dates back to the 15th century and is derived from five little medieval villages standing on stony spurs along five miles of the rocky coastline: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso. Then, a train ride returns you to La Spezia. On the way back to Lucca stop in Pisa and take the traditional picture pushing back the amazing Leaning Tower, 180 feet high and at least 12 feet out of the perpendicular. (B, D)

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

SIENA-SAN GIMIGNANO-VERRAZZANO CASTLE-FLORENCE

A scenic day in Tuscany. This morning, visit Siena and walk through ancient narrow lanes to beautiful Piazza del Campo, theater of the biannual Palio, Siena’s spectacular medieval-style horse race. Your next visit is to San Gimignano, the most picturesque of Italy’s perfectly preserved medieval towns. Browse through the little shops and admire the tower houses before leaving for the splendid Verrazzano Castle. Hear about the fine art of blending four types of grapes to obtain the famous Chianti and enjoy a wine tasting with local specialties. Next, drive to Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance.” (B)

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18

FLORENCE

Meet your Local Guide, and visit the Academy of Fine Arts with Michelangelo’s celebrated David. Continue your walking tour through the historic center and stand in awe in front of the magnificent cathedral, admire Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gates of Paradise,” and sculpture-studded Signoria Square. Afterward, you may wish to shop for Florentine leather goods and gold jewelry, sold by the ounce. To make the most of your stay, an optional excursion to the magnificent Uffizi Gallery is available. Tonight is your chance to try out the culinary delights of a fine Tuscan restaurant. (B)

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

VERONA-VENICE ISLAND

Verona is world-famous as the setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Take pictures of Juliet’s balcony and rub the shining breast on her statue for good luck. Next, admire the Arena, an incredibly well-preserved pink marble Roman amphitheater. Built in the 1st century AD, it was the place where gladiators once fought. Today, it is the magical venue for world-famous opera performances. Arrive in Venice, a powerful magnet for romantics and art lovers from around the globe and enter in style by private boat. (B)

 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

VENICE ISLAND

Join your Local Guide for a walking tour and visit St. Mark’s Square and the byzantine Basilica, lavish Doges’ Palace, and the world-famous Bridge of Sighs. Also watch a skilled glassblower fashion delicate objects in an age-old tradition. Time to wander through the narrow streets with the numerous shops. An optional boat ride is available to the picturesque island of Burano. (B)

 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

RAVENNA-ASSISI

Follow the Adriatic coastline to Ravenna, where you will see the famous mosaics in the 6th-century Basilica of St. Apollinaris in Classe. Next is peaceful Assisi. During your walking tour with a Local Guide, visit St. Clare’s Church and St. Francis’ Basilica, the hub of a religious order devoted to the ideals of humility, forgiveness, simplicity, and love for all God’s creatures. Hear about monastic life and admire the priceless frescoes adorning the walls of the church. (B, D)

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

ORVIETO-ROME

Following the Tiber Valley, reach Orvieto, perched high atop a volcanic rock. Here, taste local pastries at renowned Caffè Montanucci, an historic pasticceria for more than 100 years. Time to browse through tempting shops in the lanes off Piazza del Duomo, and to visit the fabulous gothic Cathedral with its San Brizio Chapel. In the afternoon, return to Rome. This evening, a farewell dinner with operatic entertainment awaits at Tanagra restaurant. (B, D)

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

ROME-FLY HOME

Our vacation ends with breakfast this morning. We will transfer to the airport for our flight home with new friends and wonderful memories. (B)

SPECIAL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES:

  • ROME: Welcome and farewell dinners at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, and the Colosseum
  • LUCCA: Orientation tour
  • CINQUE TERRE: By boat (weather permitting) with a Local Guide, and train
  • PISA: Marvel at the legendary Leaning Tower
  • SIENA: Walking tour including Piazza del Campo
  • SAN GIMIGNANO: Orientation tour
  • VERRAZZANO CASTLE: Wine tasting
  • FLORENCE: Guided walking tour, visit Michelangelo’s David and Signoria Square
  • VERONA: Walk to Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza Brà
  • VENICE ISLAND: Private boat ride; guided walking tour, visit St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs; glassblower demonstration
  • ASSISI: Guided walking tour, visit St. Clare’s Church and St. Francis’ Basilica
  • ORVIETO: Taste local pastries in historic Caffè

 

Included:

  • Fully Escorted by Travel Leaders / Destinations Unlimited’s Lori Nietert
  • 12-night accommodations, taxes and luggage handling
  • Airport transfers
  • Luxury air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
  • Complimentary WiFi on motorcoach and in most hotels lobbies
  • Sightseeing and admissions as per the itinerary
  • 12 full breakfasts (B) and 4 dinners (D) as specified

 

For more information about this tour and to request a full brochure – contact: travel@duagency.com