EU3PMD IT 11D10N FCO-FCO-01
From S$2,020 per person
– Land package only.
– Airport transfers.
– 4* hotels with daily breakfast.
– Travel by air-conditioned coach with English-speaking guide.
– Train: Monumental Field of Miracles in Pisa, Cinque Terre region & Orta.
– Ferry: Santa Margarita de Ligure/Rapallo to Portofino.
– Boat: Island of St Giulio & St Marks in Venice.
– Includes admission tickets & tours as per itinerary.
|Day 01 – Arrive Rome|
|Day 02 – Rome|
|Day 03 – Rome|
|Day 04 – Rome to Florence|
|Day 05 – Florence to Pisa to Cinque Terre to Genoa|
|Day 06 – Genoa to Rapallo to Portofino to Milan|
|Day 07 – Milan to Lakes Region to Verona|
|Day 08 – Verona to Venice|
|Day 09 – Venice to Padua to San Marino to Gubbio to Perugia|
|Day 10 – Perugia to Assisi to Rome|
|Day 11 – Depart Rome|
11D10N Europe Rome & Northern Italy
Day 01 ARRIVE ROME
Welcome to Europe and to Rome, The Eternal City! Transfer to your hotel and free time for the rest of the day.
Day 02 ROME [B]
City tour of Rome which includes the following attractions: Colosseum, Arch of Constantine, Piazza di Venezia (with its monument to Italian unification), Quirinal Hill (with the Palace of the President of the Republic), Marcelo Theatre, Capitol Hill, Roman Forum, Circus Maximus, Church of Santa Maria, Republican Temple, Termas de Caracalla, Aureliana Wall, Basilica di Santa María Maggiore, Arch Basilica of St John Lateran, Church of Santa María in Dominica (Navicella), Cestia Pyramid, San Paolo Gate, Lungo Tevere Avenue with the Jewish synagogue of Babylonian style, and Tiberina Island (in front of Castel St Angelo). The tour ends at St Peter’s Square in Vatican City. (Do note that the Vatican museums are closed on Sundays.) Free time in the afternoon. In the evening, we will head to the Trastevere area (transport provided), a charming bohemian area in Rome with working-class roots and regarded by many as representing an authentic Roman neighbourhood. At Trastevere, you will be able to find restaurants serving a good range of cuisines including Chinese and Indian cuisines.
Day 03 ROME [B]
Free day to explore Rome on your own.
Day 04 ROME – FLORENCE [B]
Today, we head to Florence, passing by Tuscan vineyards and the Apennine Mountains. Approaching Florence, our first glimpse of the beautiful city will be from Piazzale Michelangelo, a viewpoint offering stunning views of the city. Arriving in Florence, we will go on a guided walking tour, visiting the Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vechio, the Straw Market, Piazza Republica, and Palazzo Vecchio. Free time in the afternoon to explore the city and its historical markets and museums. For meals, the city is replete with restaurants offering a wide variety of local and international cuisines.
Day 05 FLORENCE – PISA – CINQUE TERRE – GENOA [B]
Leaving Florence for Genoa, today’s route takes you along the Mediterranean coast of Liguria with its beautiful sceneries and maritime corners. Our first stop will be Pisa, famous for its leaning tower, Baptistery and Cathedral. The next stop is Levanto where we will board a train that will take us into the region of Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its string of 5 centuries-old fishing villages along the Italian Riviera. We will alight at Vernazza (one of the 5 Cinque Terre villages where there will be time for lunch). From Vernazza, we head back to Levanto and continue our journey to Genoa, a maritime city and capital of Liguria and the birthplace of Christopher Columbus. Genoa has a huge city centre and a portion of the old town in the centre has been accorded UNESCO World Heritage Site status.
Day 06 GENOA – RAPALLO – PORTOFINO – MILAN [B]
Departing Genoa, we travel along the Italian Riviera, heading towards the Portofino peninsula in Liguria where at Rapallo, the largest seaside resort on the Mediterranean coast in North-West Italy, we will board a ferry for Portofino, a highly picturesque and exclusive seaside resort village. After Portofino, we head back to Rapallo. Behind its bustling seafront, Rapallo has a small historical centre that has a web of narrow pedestrianised cobbled streets with lots of colourful shops and eateries that you may wish to explore. There will be time for lunch at Rapallo. From Rapallo, we head to Milan, the capital of Lombardy and the second most populous city in Italy. In Milan, we recommend a stroll around its vibrant historic centre which is full of commercial life and where its iconic Gothic cathedral is.
Day 07 MILAN – LAKES REGION – VERONA [B]
Departing Milan, we head to the lakes region to enjoy picturesque sceneries of snow-peaked summits and large alpine lakes surrounded by beautiful villages. Our first stop will be Orta de San Giulo, a well-preserved medieval town by Lake Orta, where we will board a boat for the Island of San Giulio, an island in the centre of the lake with a Benedictine monastery. From Lake Orta, we continue on to Lake Maggiore, where we will stop at Stresa, a charming town on the shores of Lake Maggiore. At Stresa, there will be time to walk around and also for lunch. From Lake Maggiore, we head to Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet in the Veneto region famed for its historical centre and its stunning architecture and monuments.
Day 08 VERONA – VENICE [B/D]
There will be time to enjoy Verona in the morning before we depart for Venice. Arriving in Venice, the city of canals, we will board a boat for Saint Mark’s Square, where, after time for lunch, there will be a guided walking tour of the city and also the opportunity to appreciate Murano glassworks. Free time afterwards during which you may wish to consider a ride on a gondola (elegant boats plying the canals of Venice)? (Accommodation will usually be in Mestre which is well connected by public transport to the historic centre of Venice.)
Day 09 VENICE – PADUA – SAN MARINO – GUBBIO – PERUGIA [B/D]
Departing Milan, we head to Padua where we will visit the Basilica of Saint Anthony (San Antonio), one of the largest cathedrals in the world and also where Saint Anthony is interred. Leaving Padua, we head to the Adriatic coast and to San Marino, an independent microstate surrounded by Italy and ranking among the oldest republics in the world. At San Marino there will be time to explore the place and also for lunch. After San Marino, we will head to Gubbio, enjoying the beautiful countryside of the Apennines enroute. Gubbio is a beautiful ancient medieval town with a rich history and renowned for its palaces and cathedrals. From Gubbio, we will head to Perugia, the capital city of Umbria that has a stunning medieval centre. (For chocolate lovers, you will wish to know that Perugia is also known as “City of Chocolate” and the birthplace of “Baci”!)
Day 10 PERUGIA – ASSISI – ROME [B]
There will be guided tour of Perugia before we depart for Assisi, where the entire town has been accorded UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Free time to enjoy Assisi. Among the beautiful basilicas in Assisi, the most famous and probably the most attractive is the Basilica of Saint Francis. After Assisi, we head to Rome, back to the Eternal City.
Day 11 DEPART ROME [B]
Free time until your transfer to Rome Airport for your return flight.
Escorted tours are usually available every month. Whether you prefer the above itinerary “as-is” or would like to add activities prior to, and/or after the tour, if you will indicate the start/end dates of your intended travel and provide your contact details, we will get in touch with you to discuss the itinerary on a no-obligations basis on your part.