Florence and Venice

  • Days: 6
  • Nights: 5

Programme

1st Day : Florence

Upon arriving at the airport in Florence, you will be greeted and escorted by a tour associate via private bus to a 3 star superior centrally located hotel. After allowing you enough time to get settled in and have lunch at your leisure, we will commence for a walking tour of Florence. This city, the once residence of the Medici family, is renown for its rich and prestigious Renaissance history. In this tour, we will guide you first through Piazzale Michelangelo, where you will be able to take in a vast and breathtaking panorama of the city. Together with the tour guide, you will explore Piazza San Giovanni and the Cathedral of S. Maria del Fiore with its Cupola designed and built by Brunelleschi. Also, you will view Giotto’s famous Bell Tower (entrance fee not included), that dominates over the city with its imposing height and captivating polychromatic marble body. Located in the same square is the Baptistery of Saint John, with its three monumental and beautifully decorated bronze doors. Other important sites of our guided tour: the oldest Florentine bridge, Ponte Vecchio, which is lined with jewellery and fashion stores alike, and the grand Piazza delle Signorie where the Palazzo Vecchio is located, a place that is warmly regarded as the heart of the town. Following the tour, we will retreat back to the hotel.


2nd Day: Florence / Uffizi’s Gallery

After breakfast, you will leave on a guided tour of the Lanzi Loggia, where the most important ceremonies of noble families took place during the Renaissance. We will then proceed to visit the Santa Croce church (entrance fee not included), which is considered the most prestigious Franciscan Church in Italy. Here is the burial point for many of the Renaissance’s most valuable icons: Michelangelo, Galileo and Machiavelli. After, we will dine at a typical restaurant near the centre. Later In the afternoon, you can participate in the tour of the Uffizi Gallery (entrance fee and reservation NOT included). A gallery that once housed administrative offices and now houses one of the most complete collections of Italian art in general, and Florentine art in particular. Here you will find such masterpieces as Annunciazione by Leonardo da Vinci, Sacra Famiglia by Michelangelo, Adorazione degli Angeli by Botticelli and other renown works by artists like Raffaello, Tiziano, and Caravaggio. Return to the hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.


3rd Day: S. Gimignano / Siena

After breakfast, we will depart for San Gimignano, a city surrounded by a wall of towers. These towers were built centuries ago by competing medieval families, and overtime the city has managed to conserve fourteen of them, each in varying height. These towers serve as a symbol for the city. Together with the tour guide, you will uncover the preserved medieval beauty of this city. Proceeding on to Siena, we will first stop for a Tuscan style lunch at a typical restaurant. Thereafter, you will tour the sights of Siena; the first sight being the towers considered as symbols of the city itself : the tower of the City Hall and the tower of the imposing Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta (entrance fee not included). We will also visit Piazza del Campo, the centre of Siena, or the origin point of the city’s history and life. It is in this square that the famous “Palio” horse race takes place every year. After, you will view another noteworthy site, the Church of San Domenico, and see in particular the interior cupola where Saint Catherine took her vows. Following the tour, we will again retreat back to the hotel for the evening.


04th Day: Florence/Venice

After breakfast at the hotel we will leave for Venice via private bus, a place that has been dubbed as Serenissima” meaning the “Most Serene Republic.” Once we have arrived, we will board a private boat and travel up through the canals to Piazza San Marco. The piazza itself is dominated by the Basilica of San Marco, also referred to as the “golden church” because of the way its architecture appears to dissolve into a golden gleam. We will remain here in the centre to have lunch before beginning the tour. Nearby is the Renaissance Clock and Bell Tower, from the top of which you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city. We will also visit the famous ‘Bridge of Sighs’, a 17th century covered passage way that lead to the city’s prisons. It adopted this name because it was the point at which prisoners could take in there last glimpse of the world and release one final sigh before entering the dungeon-like prison. Following the tour, you will go by private boat to Tronchetto, where a bus will be waiting to take you to a 3 star superior hotel in Mestre.


05th Day: The Islands of the Lagoon

After breakfast,, we will leave for a full day excursion to the Venetian Islands. Our first stop will be Murano, a world famous point for glass production. We will take a behind the scenes glimpse at how they produce such masterpieces and then take a look at stores that showcase their finished products. After, we will sail to Burano, also known as ‘Fisherman’s Island. Here, you can see observe local life; women sewing lace and vendors selling fresh food products on the streets. We will have lunch on the island before continuing on to Venice’s smallest island, Torcello. On this historic island, we will visit the Basilica of Santa Fosca and the cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta where you can admire one of the most beautiful Byzantine mosaics ever created. Following this, we will head back to the hotel for dinner and a final overnight stay.


06th Day: Venice/Departure

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred by private bus to Venice‘s airport wherein our services end.


Services included

- full board starting with dinner on 1st day and ending with breakfast on 6th day; 3*
- superior hotel accommodations rooms with private services (classification of hotel according to Italian standard);
- bus service for the whole stay; a welcoming arrival and transport to the hotel (2h);
- half day guided tour of Florence (3h) on day 01;
- full day guided tour on day 02;
- full day guided tour of San Giminiano and Siena (5h) on day 03;
- private boat for transfer service from Tronchetto to San Marco A/R;
- half day guided tour of Venice (2h) on day 04;
- a private boat for the excursion to the Lagoon Islands (8h) on day 05;
- a personalized booklet containing all the relevant information for your stay;
- our services throughout the whole stay;
- all the services specified in the program.

Services not included

- drinks;
- entry fees to the sites;
- the entry fees and reservation at Uffizi’s Gallery on day 02;
- the reservation for the Basilica S.Marco on day 04;
- a second guide service for Uffizi’s Gallery, if the groups is more than 25;
- city tax to pay directly on spot;
- all services not specified in the program.



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