Italian Intermezzo

 Join us for a 9-Day Exclusive Tour of Italy

(Rome, Venice and Florence)

September 7-15, 2012

While our name has changed, we offer the same ELITE tours for our guests.  Those that have traveled with Gwen KNOW that I provide the utmost in planning and concierge service to make sure that you are exposed to the best for a reasonable price. (but not necessarily the cheapest).

I have traveled to many parts of the world (Hawaii, Mexico, Caribbean, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Macau, China, Taiwan, France, Italy, England, Amsterdam, Ghana, West Africa, Switzerland to name a few places) and would like for you to have the same experiences.  We can provide these experiences to you because we feel that we KNOW what you want and we have the gravitas and expertise to provide it for you.

Please join us on a 9-day tour of Italy, beginning September 7, 2012.  I traveled to Italy several years ago during the summer for a 17-day trip and it was DELIGHTFUL.  I chose September because it is cooler.  Italy offers MANY stunning looks into world history.  The Sistine Chapel will be the most memorable part of the tour.  But the ruins of the Colosseum, the catacombs (if you stay the extra day), Vatican City and St. Peter’s Basilica are but a few of the great things to see and do in Rome.  You will marvel at how old the city is, but how well preserved things are, yet so modern in many areas.

Venice, a site to behold.  The city sits BELOW sea level.  When you walk out of your hotel door, the water is RIGHT there (almost to the door stop).  Why not enjoy a gondola ride with your special person.

Florence, a rather modern looking city but it is steeped in history.  ‘The David’ is a must see piece of original work from Michelangelo.

We will visit all of these places under the skillful guidance of an English speaking tour guide.  All tours listed are included in the price of $2499 per person.

Day 1-Sept 7, 2012– Depart U.S.A.Board our overnight flight

Day 2-Sept. 8, 2012
Rome at Leisure
Via Veneto Rome

Via Veneto

Welcome to Italy! On arrival at Rome’s Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport, our airport transfers leave for the tour hotel.  Then this historic city will be ours to discover-stroll down the Via Veneto for a taste of ‘la doice vita’. Tonight, we will join  our Tour Director for a Welcome Drink and dinner. (D)

 

 

 

 

Day 3-Sept.  9, 2012- Rome Sightseeing
St. Peter's Basilica

St. Peter’s Basilica

A local guide introduces the grandeur of the city! Start off in the independent Vatican State, the richest community in the world. Visits St. Peter’s Basilica housing one of Michelangelo’s early works, the Pieta, and see the splendid dome completed after his death. Now relive the glory of ancient Rome as you cross the Tiber to visit the mighty Colosseum. Finally, look out over the site of the Roman Forum, once the bustling centre of commerce, law and religion. The afternoon is entirely at leisure-enjoy Rome at your own pace (BB, D)

 

 

 

Day 4- Sept 10, 2012-Rome-Venice
Venice

Venice

Depart the ‘Eternal City’ and follow the course of the River Tiber north. Traverse the wild Apennine Mountains and descend to the fertile Po Valley.  Tonight, stay in the glorious city of Venice with its quaint bridges, ornate palaces and romantic gondolas. (BB, D)

 

 

 

 

Day 5- Sept. 11,  2012-Venice Sightseeing

Appreciate the splendor of Venice as you cruise by Palladio’s San Giorgio Maggiore to St. Mark’s Square.  Our Tour Director  will explain the glorious history of ‘La Serenissima’, once one of the greatest trading centres of the world- its wealth and power is echoed by the riches of St. Mark’s Basilica.  See the Doges’ Palace and its adjoining Bridge of Sighs, then visit one of the glass showrooms for a demonstration of traditional craftsmanship, unchanged for centuries. Relax and enjoy the atmosphere as you cruise along the Venetian canals by gondolas.. There is time to explore or browse through the shops on the Rialto Bridge in the afternoon.  Don’t miss the chance to try the delicious seafood, freshly caught in the lagoon. (BB)

Day 6- Sept. 12,  2012 –Venice-Florence.

Begin your day with a scenic drive along the Brenta Riviera, lined with magnificent classical villas of the Venetian nobility.  Now follow the river Reno high into the

Statue of David

Statue of David

Apennines.  On arrival in the Renaissance city of Florence, we will visit the Academy Museum to see Michelangelo’s original ‘Stature of David’. Afterwards, walk with your guide to the marble clad Cathedral and Baptistery, where Ghiberti’s ‘Gates of Paradise’ have been recreated in all their glory.  Next stop is Signoria Square, political heart of the city and still an open air gallery of Renaissance masterpieces.  Finally, visit the Church of Santa Croce to see the tombs of Galileo and Michelangelo.  Later, learn the secrets of traditional Florentine leather-work. Tonight, there is a wonderful selection of local restaurants to choose from on your Florence Dine-around evening. (BB, DA)

 

 

Day 7- Sept. 13, 2012- Florence At Leisure

Maybe treat yourself to a late breakfast this morning because you have the whole day at leisure, shop, explore or continue sightseeing.  Perhaps you might like to consider an optional excursion into the (BB)

Day 8- Sept. 14, 2012- Florence-Rome
Tuscany

Tuscany

As we drive through the peaceful Landscape of Tuscany, there is an informative tutorial about the Cianti wines that makes this region so famous. We will continue along the smooth autostrada back to Rome. Our journey reaches its crescendo at the Vatican Museums . Wonder at the collection of ancient and Renaissance art gathered by Popes over the ages, before entering the Sistine Chapel, where the Popes are elected.  This is where your audio handset comes into its own, providing clear, expert commentary from your local guide. Gaze up now and truly appreciate the significance of the Michelangelo’s famous painted ceiling. (BB)

 

 

Day 9- Sept. 15, 2012- Return to USA

Bid farewell to the glories of Italy.  Departure transfers arrive at Rome’s Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport  (BB)

Day 10- Sept. 16, 2012 ( OPTIONAL AND ADDITIONAL)

If you feel that you have come this far, so why not spend an extra day to see more of this wonderful city of Rome, and perhaps do a bit of shopping, arrangements can be made to stay an extra day.  An ADDITIONAL cost of $225 per person, double occupancy can be arranged.  This includes transfers to the airport.  You may wish to book an additional tour to visit the catacombs, the underground burial places of the early Christians, or maybe a drive out of Rome to visit the splendid Tivoli Gardens. A minimum of 10 people is required for the extended stay.

BB= Buffet Breakfast       D=Dinner              DA= Dine Around