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Tour: 6390 - 2012 (6390) - 2012 / 2014


Venice Canal
Venice Canal
Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy
Visit the Roman Forum, where Roman legions marched in triumph
Pisa at sunset
Venice is world-famous for its canals
TOUR FOR 8+ PEOPLE

Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be available. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; you can use our online currency converter for exchange rate information.

Farewell Dinner Why not round off your Italian experience in the company of new found friends and soak up "la dolce vita" of this romantic but pulsing capital. Dinner will be taken in one of the traditional local Roman restaurants and you can really taste typical Italian specialities with a menu offering a wide choice of both starters and main course and including wine or soft drinks plus mineral water and coffee or tea. During the evening there will be music to add to the romantic atmosphere. After dinner a stop will be made at the Spanish Steps for a short visit. This monumental stairway of 138 steps was built around 1724 and the steps climb a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna at the base and Piazza Trinita dei Monti dominated by the Trinita dei Monti church at the top. They are said to be the widest staircase in Europe. After the stop return back to the overnight hotel.

Approximate value: €55 EUR per person


Treasures of Rome by Night & Dinner An early evening tour will show you other aspects of Rome, perhaps not seen on the included sightseeing tour. Either before or after dinner you will have an orientation drive to probably include Castel Sant' Angelo, Palace of Justice, Mausoleum of Augustus, Aurelian walls, Villa Borghese, Via Veneto, Piazza Barberini and Via Nazionale. Dinner will be taken at one of the local restaurants and you can sample a delicious 3 course menu with dessert including local wine and mineral water plus coffee or tea. During the evening there will be music to add to the romantic Roman atmosphere.

Approximate value: €58 EUR per person


Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel On this fascinating excursion with a local guide you can stroll through the Vatican Museum and marvel at Michaelangelo's famous creation in the Sistine Chapel. The Vatican Museum houses over 2000 rooms and 9 miles of the most extensive collections of art in the world. The Museums are brilliantly decorated and brim over with treasures and history and the local guide will share with you the stories and secrets contained within the Museum's walls. In the Sistine Chapel you can marvel at Michaelangelo's masterpiece, which is perhaps the greatest example of art anywhere and certainly the largest contiguous body by one painter. There are also some lesser masterpieces in the Sistine Chapel which are also worth seeing.

Approximate value: €58 EUR per person


Tuscan Flavours A lovely typical Tuscan meal awaits you on this evening excursion. The delightful restaurant we take you to stands in front of the imposing Charterhouse of Florence, which was founded in the 14th century to accommodate monks, a prior and small group of lay brothers. The varied menu we offer you lets you sample delicious Tuscan specialites with Chianti red or white wine and mineral water. During the evening there will be music to entertain you and there is also the possibility to get up and dance.

Approximate value: €55 EUR per person


Uffizi Gallery Don't miss the chance to visit what is believed to be the earliest museum in Europe. With a local guide you will be taken around the Uffizi Gallery, which is one of the most important art galleries in Italy displaying paintings from every age. The Uffizi Palace was built by Giorgio Vasari at the wishes of Duke Cosimo 1 de Medici as offices of the Medici government. It houses the most significant classical sculptures from the Medici collections and a big selection of Italian and European paintings from 13th to 18th centuries. Admire some classical works of art such as Botticelli's "Birth of Venus", Leonardo's "The Annunciation" and Michelangelo's "Tondo Doni". At the end of the visit with the local guide you will be free to remain in the museum on your own to look around further. Note that the Uffizi Gallery is closed on Mondays.

Approximate value: €35 EUR per person


Discover The Venetian Lagoon Discover the Venetian lagoon on an afternoon excursion lasting approximately 3 hours. After sailing past the island of St. Giorgio, the public gardens, Sant'Elena, the Lido and Murano the boat takes you to the famous island of Burano. This is the most picturesque of Venetian islands of the lagoon and the pretty fishing village has its streets and canals lined by pastel coloured houses. It is also famous for its lace-making industry. There will be time to look around Burano on your own before returning back to St. Mark's Square by boat.

Approximate value: €35 EUR per person


Gondola Serenade One of the highlights of a trip to Europe and something not to be missed during your visit to Venice is a gondola serenade. The gondola ride either takes place in the morning or the afternoon and lasts approximately 30 minutes when during this time you can relax whilst cruising not only on the Grand Canal but also down many small canals to see Venice from the water. During the gondola ride a local musician will serenade you with the traditional romantic music of Italy.

Approximate value: €40 EUR per person


Magic Of Verona Verona is one of the main tourist destinations in northern Italy due to its artistic heritage and shows and operas which are often held in the beautiful ancient amphitheatre built by the Romans - the Arena. The city has been awarded World Heritage Site status because of its architecture and urban structure. On the sightseeing tour of this fascinating city the local guide will take you first on a panoramic drive with the coach to see the Scaliger Bridge and Castle, the Roman Gavi-arch, the Roman city gate, Roman bridge and theatre and various churches. Then disembark from the coach and proceed on foot through the historical city centre to include sites such as Juliet's House, Romeo's house, Piazza "Erbe" and Piazza "Signori" and the Scaglier tombs and last, but not least, Piazza Bra with the beautiful Arena.

Approximate value: €22 EUR per person


Venetian Night Out & Dinner As the title suggests, this is a real Venetian night out. Embark on a motorboat for a cruise along the impressive Giudecca Canal with the tour director pointing out the most important palaces, all built by the Venetian gentry between the 12th and 13th centuries. Upon disembarkation an evening stroll though some of the romantic narrow streets of this fascinating city to eventually reach one of the specially chosen local restaurants for your Venetian dinner. After a welcoming aperitif of the house you can sit down and enjoy a typical dinner with a choice of starters and main course followed by a delicious dessert. Included also is red or white wine plus mineral water and tea or coffee. After dinner you will be given some free time in St. Mark's Square, said to have been called the "drawing room of Europe" by Napoleon and which is one of the few great urban spaces in Europe where human voices prevail over the sounds of motorized traffic. A motorboat will then take you part of the way back to your hotel.

Approximate value: €70 EUR per person


Capri Island Tour No holiday would be complete without visiting one of the jewels of the Mediterranean - the romantic island of Capri. Your visit of this beautiful island with a local guide will include a chair lift to Monte Solaro for a breathtaking view, a visit to the fabulous Villa S.Michele - home of Dr. Axel Munthe, a Swedish doctor whose best selling book tells of his time on Capri. The villa has a beautiful shady garden with a terrace offering splendid views of the island. Visit also the Gardens of Augustus situated towards the top of the island which offer tranquility and natural beauty. From vantage points of the Gardens one can see the roofs and bell tower of the St. James' Charterhouse, the Faraglioni rocks rising from the blue of the Tyrrhenian Sea and far below the harbour of Marina Piccola.

Approximate value: €58 EUR per person


Charming Positano Don't miss the opportunity to visit this charming village on the Amalfi Coast, which a famous author once said "It is a dream place that isn't quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone". On the journey to Positano you will pass some small towns adjoining Sorrento to reach the Bay of Salerno, from where the first view of the coast is breathtaking. As you approach Positano you can see the statue of the Madonna overlooking the town with its sumptuous villas and gardens with colourful flowering shrubs. You will be dropped off in Piazza dei Mulini to explore the centre of Positano on foot - see the enchanting beach, stop and look at the lovely small shops displaying beautiful clothes and ceramics, smell the wonderful aromas from the pastry shops or make an inside visit to the local parish church with its green and yellow majolica dome visible from just about anywhere in Positano. This excursion will either be operated in the early evening or morning, depending on programme of tour.

Approximate value: €28 EUR per person


Sorrento Flavours Soak up the Mediterranean atmosphere in one of the typical local restaurants and sit back and enjoy a traditional Italian menu with a mixed starter, pizza and pasta followed by dessert. The meal includes 1/2 litre of wine and 1/2 litre of mineral water per person, plus tea or coffee or instead a delicious "cappuccino" or even better a lemon liqueur for which Sorrento is famous - "Limoncello".

Approximate value: €29 EUR per person


Sorrento Musical For a really enjoyable evening out in Sorrento, join this excursion which will take you to a local theatre where the traditions of songs and dances are magically changed into a musical. The show tells the daily life of people from the south in different scenes - the market place (where people bargain whilst chatting and exchanging gossip), the sea (where the fishermen make their tasks more pleasant by singing), love (as here in Sorrento is where the most beautiful Neapolitan love songs were created) and finally the feast (where everybody dances and sings to communicate their job of life). At the beginning and end of the evening you will be offered free flowing wine or soft drinks. Return back to the hotel no doubt with your favourite song still playing in your head.

Approximate value: €28 EUR per person


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