Winter in Italy with Venice Carnival

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Winter in Italy with Venice Carnival
Rome to Venice
Duration: 9 days
Tour code: EIIC

Highlights

Revel with the Venetians through the lively streets of Venice Carnival, explore Florence's museums and markets, set eyes on the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Peel back the mask and uncover the secrets of Venice during the legendary Carnival. From the marvels of St Mark's Square to the exuberant crowds in full costume, Venice is a feast for the senses. Feel the pull of mystery at the Bridge of Sighs and visit the tiny fishermen's island of Burano, known for its lace-making and painted houses. Explore Byzantine basilicas and the famous traditional glass-blowing studios of Murano. And of course, immerse yourself in the sounds and energy of the crowds on festival night. Add in the highlight cities of Rome and Florence and you have a trip you'll never forget.

What's included?

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Meals

8 breakfasts, 1 dinner

Transport

Train, walking.

Accommodation

Standard Hotel (8 nts).

Included activities

Orientation walk in Florence. Day trip to Pisa. Three nights in Venice for carnival, including Fat Tuesday. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Itinerary

Day 1
Rome
Arrive at any time.

Included activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Optional activities:

  • Roman Forum Visit
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Pantheon Visit
  • Christian Catacombs
  • Borghese Gallery
  • Spanish Steps
  • Trastevere Visit
  • Vatican City Visit
  • Colosseum Visit
  • Vatican Museum Visit
  • Trevi Fountain
  • St Peter's Basilica Visit
Day 2
Rome
Take an orientation walk of the Eternal City before enjoying a free day to explore a myriad of options. Opt to tour Vatican City, cross the river to charming Trastevere, eat some gelato in Piazza Navona, or swing by the Colosseum and Forum. In the evening, enjoy a true taste of Italy with a traditional Roman meal.

Included activities: Orientation Walk

Optional activities:

  • Colosseum Visit
  • Roman Forum Visit
  • Pantheon Visit
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Christian Catacombs
  • Borghese Gallery
  • Spanish Steps
  • Trastevere Visit
  • Vatican City Visit
  • Vatican Museum Visit
  • Trevi Fountain
  • St Peter's Basilica Visit

Meals: breakfastdinner

Day 3
Rome - Florence
Travel to Tuscany and settle into Florence for three days of exploring. Visit the leather markets, the stunning Duomo, or the famous Ponte Vecchio. Above all, be prepared to eat well.

Transport: Local train

Included activities: Orientation Walk, Piazzale Michelangelo Walk

Optional activities:

  • Il Duomo di Firenze Visit
  • Ponte Vecchio Visit
  • Medici Chapels Visit
  • Mercato Centrale (Mercato di San Lorenzo) Visit
  • National Museum of Bargello
  • Pitti Palace - Palatine Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art
  • Galleria dell'Accademia Visit
  • Uffizi Gallery Visit

Meals: breakfast

Day 4
Florence
Opt to visit the city's famous museums like the Uffizzi or the Accademia to see Michelangelo's 'David' or the Mercato Centrale.

Optional activities:

  • Mercato Centrale (Mercato di San Lorenzo) Visit
  • David (Galleria dell'Accademia) Visit
  • Il Duomo di Firenze Visit
  • Medici Chapels Visit
  • Pitti Palace - Palatine Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art
  • National Museum of Bargello
  • Siena Visit
  • Uffizi Gallery Visit
  • Ponte Vecchio Visit

Meals: breakfast

Day 5
Florence
Take a day trip to Pisa to marvel at the leaning tower and beautiful church.

Transport: Local train

Included activities: Pisa Visit

Meals: breakfast

Day 6
Florence - Venice
Continue on to Venice, a unique and magical city that comes alive during 'carnevale'. Spend time getting to know its hidden streets and canals.

Transport: Local train

Optional activities:

  • Murano and Burano Islands Visit
  • Saint Mark's Square and Basilica Visit
  • Gondola Ride
  • Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale) Visit
  • Campanile San Marco Lookout
  • Guggenheim Museum Visit
  • Scuola Grande di San Rocco

Meals: breakfast

Day 7
Venice
Put on a traditional mask and join the other revellers in wandering the labyrinthine streets. Drink mulled wine and walk over bridges and canals until you reach the big party in St Mark's Square.

Optional activities:

  • Murano and Burano Islands Visit
  • Saint Mark's Square and Basilica Visit
  • Gondola Ride
  • Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale) Visit
  • Campanile San Marco Lookout
  • Guggenheim Museum Visit
  • Scuola Grande di San Rocco

Meals: breakfast

Day 8
Venice
Put on a traditional mask and join the other revellers in wandering the labyrinthine streets. Drink mulled wine and walk over bridges and canals until you reach the big party in St Mark's Square.

Optional activities:

  • Murano and Burano Islands Visit
  • Saint Mark's Square and Basilica Visit
  • Gondola Ride
  • Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale) Visit
  • Campanile San Marco Lookout
  • Guggenheim Museum Visit
  • Scuola Grande di San Rocco

Meals: breakfast

Day 9
Venice
Depart at any time.

Meals: breakfast

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