12 Days Italy Fantasia

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Rome, Assisi, Siena, Florence, Bologna, Padua, Venice, Region of chianti(Montepulciano), Tuscany, Rome, Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri & Rome

Day 1 - Sunday

Rome

Benvenuti a Roma! After your arrival at the airport, make your own way to your hotel and then enjoy your first day in the city at your own leisure. At 07:45 pm p/up at the hotel and reach Via del Teatro Marcello. Our local expert guide will lead you to discover the wonders of the Eternal City, charming by day - absolutely romantic at sunset. You will cross the characteristic area of the Jewish Ghetto, one of Rome’s most beautiful neighbourhoods, full with history and with a real Roman atmoshpere. As you know, one of Rome’s typical landmarks are its beautiful fountains, and one of the prettiest is the Turtle Fountain (Fontana delle Tartarughe) in Piazza Mattei. The Jewish Ghetto of Rome is the second most ancient after the one in Venice and it can be considered the heart and soul of Roman cuisine! Then you will walk into Piazza Della Rotonda and enjoy the lit view of the Pantheon, the former temple of Marcus Agrippa later converted into a church: this is the only ancient Roman temple that remained untouched through the centuries and it’s stunning at night when the crowds are away. Next Stop…Close your eyes and throw a coin over your right shoulder straight into the Trevi Fountain: it’s said that those who do so, are granted to come back to Rome someday. Your walk continues towards Piazza di Spagna, one of the city’s most popular squares, known for its setting at the bottom of the Spanish Steps. Walk up these famous steps to enjoy a lovely view from the top! After this intense and gratifying walk, there is only one thing missing to end this experience: relax enjoying a creamy and tasty Gelato, it’s on us! The tour ends in Spanish
Steps area. Enjoy on your own the rest of the night. Return to the hotel on your own and overnight stay.


Day 2 - Monday

Day 2 - Monday

Rome | Assisi | Siena | Florence

Departing at 7:15 am from your hotel by a deluxe coach, you will arrive in Assisi, ready to explore, at your own leisure, this tiny town surrounded by walls, built in the Middle Ages. Take your time to visit the basilica of St. Francis, where you will see masterpieces by Giotto and Cimabue. Then, have free time for lunch (not included). Board on the bus to reach Siena, a Unesco World Heritage Site, world-known for the Palio, the historical horse race around the shell-shaped town square: Piazza del Campo. Next, you will continue on to Florence, where you will check in at your hotel before enjoying dinner and a well-earned night of rest.

(Breakfast & Dinner)


Day 3 - Tuesday

Day 3 - Tuesday

Florence

After breakfast, you will spend the day venturing around beautiful Florence, the “Cradle of Renaissance", where, with the help of Michelangelo, Italian art reached its pinnacle. Based on Etruscan-Roman origins, the city flourished in the Middle Ages as a free “Comune” and was further refined during the Renaissance. You will be fascinated by the uncountable monuments, churches and buildings such as Santa Maria del Fiore, more commonly referred to as the Duomo. On your visit, you will be amazed by its magnificent dome built by Filippo Brunelleschi. Cross a small piazza to see the “Campanile” tower (partly designed by Giotto) and the Baptistery, with its bronze doors where Michelangelo imagined the “Gates of Paradise.” In the heart of the city, you will see Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo della Signoria (also known as Palazzo Vecchio), and the Basilica of Santa Croce. Lunch in a typical Tuscan restaurant in Piazza Santa Croce. Spend the afternoon strolling the cobblestone streets of Florence on your own or take a short trip to Pisa (optional), one of the four main historical Marine Republics of Italy. There, you will tour the Piazza dei Miracoli with the Duomo, Pisa’s symbol “the Leaning Tower” and the Baptistery. Dinner at leisure, overnight stay in Florence.

(Breakfast & Lunch)


Day 4 - Wednesday

Florence | Bologna | Padova | Venice

After breakfast in Florence, departure to Bologna. There, you will discover the elegant city center with its “porticos”, it’s shopping streets and so on. From Piazza Malpighi you will walk to Piazza del Nettuno and Piazza Maggiore (Neptune square and Major square) in the heart of the city, then King Renzo’s Palace; Palazzo Podestà and the basilica of San Petronio, one of the biggest in the world. Bologna it’s a real gourmet’s heaven… don’t miss a tasty meal at your own leisure! In the afternoon, continue toward Padova, with Sant’Antonio Basilica: one of the most visited churches by pilgrims of the catholic world. In the afternoon, continue toward Padova, with Sant’Antonio Basilica: one of the most visited churches by pilgrims of the catholic world. Later in the afternoon, arrival in Venice (Mestre). Check in at your hotel for dinner (on your own) and overnight stay

 (Breakfast).


Day 5 - Thursday

Day 5 - Thursday

Venice

After breakfast, enjoy your transfer to Piazza San Marco, visit the most iconic places of the “Floating City”: the Palazzo dei Dogi, symbol of Venice’s glorious past, the legendary “Bridge of Sighs”. After this walking tour, allow us to treat you to a spritz or a prosecco, as a delightful conclusion to your visit to the highlights of Venice, in the company of your tour leader. While you sit comfortably and savor your drink, you will also have the opportunity to enjoy a taste of the famous "cicchetti," a Venetian variation of tapas (light lunch). Spend the afternoon roaming along Venice’s canals at your leisure and then return to the hotel and overnight.

(Breakfast & Light Lunch)

 

 


Day 6 - Friday

Day 6 - Friday

Venice | Region of chianti - Montepulciano | Tuscany | Rome

After breakfast, departure to Tuscany, world-known for its landscapes, its churches, castles and its delicious wines. You will proceed to Val di Chiana with a stop in Montepulciano, a medieval town rich in history and art. Known for its “Nobile” wine, on purchase in local wine houses, Montepulciano also hosts an annual Jazz and Wine Festival every July. Lunch in a typical restaurant included!!! After lunch, spend some free time to explore. In the evening, you will arrive in Rome to check in into your hotel.

(Breakfast & Lunch)


Day 7 - Saturday

Day 7 - Saturday

Rome

Between 7:45 - 8:00 am, after breakfast, departure from the hotel for the included tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Square with our exclusive “Skip the Line” access! No stress to reach the area: upon arrival, your guide will lead you into the museums where you’ll visit one of the most important art collections of the world. Walk along the beautiful Galleries of Tapestries and Geographical Maps before admiring Raphael’s Rooms and,  the amazing Sistine Chapel. After this incredible masterpiece, the tour ends in St. Peter’s Square, where you can admire the incredible masterpiece St. Peter’s Basilica: the biggest church in the world! The tour ends in St. Peter’s Square. Enjoy the rest of the day to explore the city at your own leisure or take any one of our selected tours for the afternoon or at night! Overnight stay

(Breakfast)


Day 8 - Sunday

Rome | Naples | Pompeii | Sorrento

After breakfast, pick up at your hotel at 7:00 am approximately. Departure by coach heading south crossing the regions of Lazio and Campania. Arrival in Naples and short panoramic tour climbing up to Vomero hill to enjoy beautiful views over the Gulf of Naples with Vesuvius, Capri, Ischia and Procida and the city below; time to take some nice pictures. Descending towards the port of Mergellina you will leave the city and travel south toward Mount Vesuvius. Once you reach the town of Pompeii, you will have a real Neapolitan pizza Lunch! After lunch, you will enter into one of the most important archaeological sites in the world: a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ruins of Pompeii, with Skip the Line entrance and a guided tour. Visit the haunting ruins of Pompeii, traveling back in time to the tragic days in 79 AD when the silent Mount Vesuvius suddenly erupted, covering the prosperous Roman city in deadly volcanic ashes and poisonous gases, leaving this prosperous city crystallized until our days. You'll learn how people lived at that time, visiting houses and “bars” of the time, admiring frescoes and mosaics to imagine how rich and prosperous was the city before the dreadful day. After the visit, you will drive along the Sorrentine Coast, arriving in Sorrento for dinner (dress code: jacket for men) and an overnight in your new hotel.

(Breakfast,Lunch, Dinner) 


Day 9 - Monday

Day 9 - Monday

Sorrento

Breakfast and dinner at the hotel and day at your disposal. Spend the day exploring Sorrento on your own

 (Breakfast, Dinner)


Day 10 - Tuesday

Day 10 - Tuesday

Sorrento | Capri

After breakfast, get ready for an exciting excursion to the island of Capri: one of the most exclusive summer destinations of the Mediterranean! Depending on weather and sea conditions, you will admire the dreamy Blue Grotto on a small rowboat. Afterward, enjoy lunch (on your own) at a local restaurant and then roam the island at your own pace. In the afternoon, check in at your hotel in Capri, enjoy your dinner and relax for the night.
(Breakfast & Dinner).


Day 11 - Wednesday

Day 11 - Wednesday

Capri | Rome

After breakfast, spend a leisurely morning exploring Capri. In the afternoon, you will reach the mainland ready to depart for Rome, where you will check in to your hotel and spend the night.

(Breakfast)


Day 12 - Thursday

Day 12 - Thursday

Rome

Enjoy one final breakfast before meeting our driver for private transfer to the airport.

 (Breakfast)

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Services Included:

  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
  • English speaking Tour guide throughout the journey
  • Entrance ticket to Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s Basilica with “skip the line” access
  • Entrance to the archaeological site in Pompeii with “skip the line”
  • Visit of the Blue Grotto in Capri
  • Visit also Assisi, Bologna, Siena, Padua, Tuscany wine Region & Discover the Jewels of Southern Italy!
  • Panoramic Visits as per itinerary

 

Services Not Included:

  • Transfer from airport / hotel
  • Portage service
  • Drinks
  • Entrance fees to monuments or museums when not mentioned
  • Amalfi coast excursion optional
  • City tax for overnight stays (according to each city council rules) It shall be paid directly at the hotel

 

*Please note, hotels might be replaced with similar ones.

*Only one piece of luggage per person is allowed.

*Visit of the Blue Grotto in Capri involve limited capacity. If access is not possible, or the weather conditions do not allow it, our guides will suggest alternative attractions to ensure a satisfying and memorable tour (e.g. Faraglioni rocks).

Optional tours to be purchased locally:

SUNDAY - Florentine museum € 30 – Academy Gallery – guided tour - Lasting time 1h 45m.
A chance to see the art of Michelangelo : The Four Slaves or Prisoners, St. Matthew, The Pietà from Palestrina example of unfinished work and the famous David . Basically a statuary museum displaying some precious pieces of Renaissance Art.
SUNDAY - Pisa €40- Lasting time 5 hours Guided tour to the magnificent Miracle Square with its remarkable Leaning Tower(exterior), the Baptistry (interior), the Cathedral (interior) built in memory of S. John Ranieri patron saint of the city, and an impressive example of pisan-romanic art decorated all over with white marble from Massa Carrara.
MONDAY - Venice by night €20- lasting time 2h 30min – with your tour guide Focused on St. Mark Sq. with its stunning monuments and elegant bars with orquestra podium
TUESDAY - Venice – Gondola ride € 35– Lasting time 35min. – A typical way of tasting the city by riding along its canals with friends and two Venetian musicians singing and playing the accordion.. Each gondola is for six people. The tour ends at the departure point.

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The IBMT Bar Mitzvah tour was fantastic! It was the perfect blend of family time and peer group time, of sites with religious/historic significance and just plain fun. The guide was personable and informative, and even the bus driver was great. All the details were attended to and you didn’t have to concern yourself with or worry about a thing. It was a true vacation. We would highly recommend it to anyone. If you are going to Eilat, Petra is a must!

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We just returned from Israel on an IBMT Bar Mitzvah Tour for our three grandsons.  We had enough family members to warrant our own bus.  After checking out many tour companies we went with IBMT and all of us were glad we did.  The hotels were fabulous and the rooms allotted even more so.  From the INBAL in Jerusalem, KFAR BLUM in the Galilee, the SHERATON in Tel Aviv, to the ROYAL BEACH in Eilat we couldn’t have asked for more.  Our meals were equally excellent.  Beginning with a welcome reception at the INBAL to the closing dinner at the CANAAN restaurant in Tel Aviv one and all loved them.

It was a busy tour made even more so by my husband who was determined the grandchildren see “everything”.  Fortunately for us, we had the best guide when Ornan (from IBMT) gave us GADI.  All of the groups loved their guides but Gadi was  special.  He was able to reach the kids (ages 7-13) as well as the adults.  His knowledge, willingness to adjust the schedule, and good nature gave him a soft spot in all of our hearts.  He filled in at Yad Vashem when the guide droned on a bit too much for some of us.  He searched out a cemetery where a father, grandfather and great grandfather was buried and proceeded to enlighten us on the rituals and customs of a military cemetery.  He adjusted our times to include those little extras.  When weather precluded the camels, we visited Qumran.  After the Bar Mitzvahs, some wanted to walk down Masada - again, no problem. 

We loved everything.  Friday night dinner with an Israeli family (coincidentally the husband was from Toronto), meeting the soldiers on the kibbutz, the Druze lunch, sampling different foods at the shuk, the bullet factory and on and on.  Although the weather was precarious in December, it didn’t stop us and we were able to celebrate Chanukah in Israel...menorahs  everywhere, sufganiyot of every kind, celebrations in the street galore.

Would we recommend this tour...without a moments hesitation.  We had a family trip of a lifetime.  Thank you also to our bus driver Louie, whom we all loved and who got us around safely. 

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Loved the trip! The itinerary was fantastic and really kept us moving. We were able to see and do so much. Best of all was our tour guide Natalie. She was very kind, patient and extremely knowledgeable on every aspect of Israel.

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