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8 day Venice & Paganini: semi-escorted

VENICE - BURANO & MURANO ISLANDS - FLORENCE - SIENA - SAN GIMIGNANO - CHIANTI - CINQUE TERRE - FLORENCE - VENICE
   
DEPARTURE Venice - Venice
DATES Daily departures from 05 May - 05 October
TOUR TYPE Semi Escorted Multilingual tour (French, Spanish, English)
   

  
      
Siena                        exploring Murano Island                                  Florence rooftops
   
ITINERARY  
Day 1   Venice arrival
   

Upon arrival in Venice transfer to hotel Venice Mestre. Check-in at hotel where overnight. (B)

     
Day 2   Venice plus optional Murano & Burano Islands ($)
   

After breakfast, you enjoy a guided walking tour of the city, taking in the Palace of the Doges, the Bridge of Sighs, and many other highlights. The visit concludes at a glass factory, where you'll admire a glass master practicing his ancient art. The afternoon is free for an optional visit to Murano and Burano, or for shopping on your own (try the ancient Rialto Bridge). Back to hotel where overnight. (B)

     
Day 3   Venice - Florence (285 km)
   

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer on your own to the railway station and catch your train to Florence. Upon arrival transfer on your own to hotel. In the afternoon free time at leisure. Overnight at hotel. (B)

     
Day 4   Florence
   

After breakfast, time leisure to explore the city on your own. Overnight at hotel.  (B)

     
Day 5   Excursion to Siena/San Gimignano & Chianti (120 km)
   

Breakfast at hotel. Today you'll enjoy a full day regular tour driving south from Florence and crossing the beautiful Hills of Chianti. You will first reach San Gimignano, a picturesque, fascinating medieval town declared a World heritage Site by UNESCO and famous for its white wine, the world renowned Vernaccia. The visit is free for independent sightseeing. You will have time to wind your way through the narrow streets and to admire the relaxing landscape surrounding the village. Your day will continue to Siena, a medieval town with the suggestive Piazza del Campo famous for the Palio. Torre del Mangia. You will continue on the direction of the Duomo, one of the most fascinating Italian churches in Gothic style: you will visit its interior and the relative Piccolomini Bookshop. In the afternoon the tour will move to the Chianti area with its impressive picture-postcard landscape and, at a famous wine estate, you will taste the best Chianti red wine along with home made snacks. The tour will ends in front of Santa Maria Novella Station in Florence. Back to hotel on your own and overnight. (BL)

     
Day 6   Excursion to Cinque Terre (220 km)
   

After breakfast, reach the arranged meeting point for a whole day dedicated to the discovery of one of the most enchanting landscapes in the world. Five (cinque) villages, suspended between sea and land listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. Your visit will begin at daybreak, with arrival at La Spezia, where your will take a train to Riomaggiore. The village, dating from the early thirteenth century, is known for its historic character and its wine. You will then reach Manarola Your journey will continue to Monterosso, an ancient fishing village considered "the pearl of the Cinque Terre", where you will be overcome by its enchanting beaches and lush vegetation that surround the little town. Here you will have free time to plunge into the crystal sea and to sunbathe, before taking the boat to Vernazza, a seaside town surrounding a little natural port. Lunch is included en route. In addition to comfortable clothes, we recommend to have with you a swimwear and a hat to protect you against the sun. The tour will ends in front of Santa Maria Novella Station in Florence. Back to hotel on your own and overnight. (BL)

     
Day 7   Florence - Venice (285 km)
   

After breakfast transfer on your own to the railway station to catch your train to Venice. Upon arrival, transfer on your own to hotel where overnight. Today you can enjoy a day of relax and shopping. Overnight at hotel. (B)

     
Day 8   Venice departure
   

After breakfast, pick-up at hotel for your transfer to Marco Polo Airport for your flight back home. (B)

     
 

INCLUSIONS  

• 7 nights accommodation in Selected 4* hotels • 7 breakfasts • 1 lunch • Half day tour in Venice • 1 wine tasting with light lunch • Full-day excursion to San Gimignano & Chianti Area •  Full-day excursion to Cinque Terre area Transfer from Marco Polo Airport to Hotel in Venice Mestre R/T • Train tickets Venice-Florence R/T with fast train in coach class

     
EXCLUSIONS
 

• Tips • Extras • Drinks at meals • Hotel city  taxes must be paid on spot • Anything not mentioned in "Price Includes"

     
NOTES  

For operational reasons, the order of excursions may be changed. 

     
UPGRADES   You can pay extra for a Venice Downtown Hotel for your 3 nights in Venice
     

     

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