Italian Vistas

12-Day Guided Vacation: Travel from Rome to Stresa

Enjoy an unforgettable trip through the heart of Italy on this magical itinerary offered by Member Choice Vacations. Thrill to ancient Rome, marvel at the ruins of Pompeii, see Renaissance gems in Florence and delight in the splendors of Venice. Also spend two nights on the Sorrento Coast and two in the Italian Lake District where you'll cruise to an island on Lake Maggiore for a farewell dinner.

Engaging experiences and highlights include:
• Tour the ancient city of Pompeii and visit the idyllic Isle of Capri.
• Sample local wines and specialties during lunch at a Tuscan winery.
• Take specially guided tours in Florence and Venice.
AAA Complimentary Inclusion: Rome by Night tour with dinner.

From $3,299
per person*
Select departures through April 21, 2015
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The Duomo and skyline of FlorenceThe Eternal City of Rome is an ideal start to any Italy vacation. Walk through one of the Colosseum's 80 entrances, imagining what it was like for ancient gladiators and the Roman crowds who piled into this famous arena to see them. Visit the ruined temples and basilicas of the Roman Forum, nerve center of the ancient empire. And enjoy a special evening of cuisine and culture when you "Dine with the Tenors." Enjoy a wonderful meal while listening to live music followed by a Rome by Night tour of the city's landmarks brilliantly illuminated.

Head south to the fascinating city of Pompeii, buried in 79 AD by the volcanic eruption of nearby Mount Vesuvius. Frozen in time by volcanic ash, Pompeii is one of the few places where an ancient city has been preserved in exact detail - everything from jars and tables to paintings and people. Then cross the Bay of Naples to the gorgeous Isle of Capri, where you'll spend a full day exploring its many sights. On to Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance and home to Michelangelo's famed statue of David and other great works at the Galleria dell'Accademia. Your local guide also takes you to the Duomo, Baptistery and Piazza Signoria.

Gondola on the Grand Canal in VeniceYour Italian adventure continues in Venice, a city of islands where the roads are paved with water. Cruise Venice's spectacular Grand Canal to St. Mark's Square where a guided walking tour also includes the Basilica, Bridge of Sighs and the Doge's Palace. Conclude your vacation with two nights in the Italian Lakes town of Stresa located on the shores of beautiful Lake Maggiore. From here, take a day trip to the lakeside resort of Locarno before cruising to Isola dei Pescatori, where you'll enjoy a delicious dinner surrounded by spectacular views.

Price includes:
11 nights in superior and first-class hotels: 3 nights in Rome, 2 nights in Sorrento, 2 nights in Florence, 2 nights in Venice and 2 nights in Stresa
19 meals - Daily breakfast, 1 lunch and 7 dinners
• On-tour transportation by deluxe motor coach
• Services of a professional tour manager
• Rome by Night tour with dinner plus comprehensive sightseeing
• Hotel to hotel baggage handling

Day 1 – Arrive in Rome
Arrive in Rome and join fellow travelers for a special welcome dinner featuring regional delicacies and Italian wines.
Accommodation: Grand Hotel Palatino, Hotel Mediterraneo or Imperiale Hotel - 3 nights

Day 2 – Rome Sightseeing
A locally guided tour of Classical Rome features such sights as the Piazza Venezia, the Roman Forum, the Circus Maximus, and the Arch of Constantine. During an in-depth visit to the Colosseum, your guide recounts its rich history. The catacombs—burial place of early Christians, plus the mythic Pantheon and Piazza Navona are also featured.

AAA Complimentary Inclusion: Discover Rome this evening as you “Dine with the Tenors." Enjoy a wonderful meal while listening to spectacular live music. After dinner, embark on a Rome by Night tour to see the famed landmarks of the Eternal City brilliantly illuminated.

Day 3 – Rome at Leisure
Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore Rome’s cultural treasures independently. Your tour manager will be on hand to offer suggestions. Perhaps a trip to Vatican City, with an optional tour to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s
Basilica, will be on your personal sightseeing list.

Day 4 – Pompeii & the Sorrento Coast
After a short lesson on the local language, journey south toward the brilliant Bay of Naples where charming villages are built into hillsides above a sparkling blue sea. Then soak in 2,000 years of history during your discovery of the excavated ruins of Pompeii. A local guide provides an in-depth view of this remarkably preserved archeological site.

Continue to the scenic resort town of Sorrento for a demonstration of the art of inlaid wood-making by a local artisan. Take some time to explore Sorrento independently. End your day on the breathtaking Sorrento Coast.
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Stabiae, Hotel Michelangelo or Hotel Cetus – 2 nights

Day 5 – Isle of Capri
Engaging Experience:
A scenic boat ride brings you to the enchanting Isle of Capri. Upon arrival, take a panoramic ride to the island’s highest town, Anacapri. Then spend time on your own in Capri Town with its world-famous piazzetta, chic boutiques, lush vegetation and outdoor cafés before returning to the Sorrento Coast. (Note: Upon occasion, due to inclement weather, the boat trip to Capri may not be available.)

Day 6 – Florence
Today we depart Sorrento and head north to Tuscany with its vista of vineyards and olive groves. Florence, Tuscany’s capital city and the "Cradle of the Italian Renaissance," offers Italy’s best art and architecture. Engaging Experience: Visit the Gallery of the Academy to see Michelangelo’s magnificent sculpture of David.

This evening, it’s Diner’s Choice. Choose the perfect dinner spot from a "menu" of Florence’s great restaurants.
Accommodation: Grand Hotel Baglioni, Anglo American Hotel or Plaza Lucchesi – 2 nights

Day 7 – Florence Sightseeing
A locally guided tour highlights the Piazza del Duomo, with its Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and the famous Gates of Paradise door on the Baptistery of St. John. View the magnificent Piazza della Signoria with its imposing Palazzo Vecchio. Afterwards, learn the traditional Italian techniques of leather-making at a family-owned leather shop before visiting a local gold shop for an informative explanation of Florentine gold.

Day 8 – Pisa and Venice
Visit the ancient maritime Republic of Pisa to discover the Piazza Dei Miracoli, the Duomo and the famous Leaning Tower. Engaging Experience: A special stop is made at a Tuscan winery and farm to enjoy lunch and sample local wines and specialties.

Next, cross the Apennine Mountains en route to Venice where 117 islands are connected by a latticework of 150 canals and 400 bridges.
Accommodation: Boscolo Hotel Bellini or Hotel La Gare – 2 nights

Day 9 – Murano Island
Embark on a boat trip to Murano Island for a glass-blowing demonstration. (Note: Upon occasion, your visit to Murano Island may be substituted with a visit to a local glass factory in Venice.)

Engaging Experience: Return to St. Mark’s Square where a local guide takes you on a walking tour of the Basilica, Doge’s Palace and the legendary Bridge of Sighs. The remainder of the day is free to explore independently.

Day 10 – Verona and Stresa
Depart Venice for Verona to stroll the streets that were the backdrop for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Arrive in the resort town of Stresa in the breathtaking Italian Lakes District, your home for the next two nights, and admire the beautiful views of Lake Maggiore.
Accommodation: Hotel Regina Palace – 2 nights

Day 11 – Locarno and Isola dei Pescatori
Cross into Switzerland to the picturesque lakeside resort of Locarno for magnificent views, excellent shopping and charming cafés. Tonight, travel by boat to Isola dei Pescatori, one of the scenic Borromean Islands situated on the western side of Lake Maggiore. Enjoy a farewell dinner while surrounded by beautiful scenery.

Day 12 – Depart Stresa
Your Italian adventure ends today after breakfast.

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