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Italian Escape

Experience the passion of Italy with a Globus Escape…without the crowds or high-season prices. You’ve heard about Italy—its mouth-watering cuisine, excellent wine, fabulous art, splendid beauty, ancient ruins, and remarkable architecture—now it’s your turn to experience it all! On this Italy escorted tour, get a taste of what the country has to offer and explore its most famous cities: Rome, Florence, and Venice. Have your camera ready as you discover the historical sights of Rome, including St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums, and the Sistine Chapel with its Michelangelo’s world-famous ceiling paintings. Also visit the Colosseum, the ancient amphitheater used for deadly gladiator contests. Take a step back in time as you get up close to ancient buildings and ruins to imagine what life was like thousands of years ago.

Enjoy a walk through the Old Town of Assisi, and visit the Basilica of St. Francis, before arriving in Florence, known as one of the most beautiful cities in the world and often referred to as the art capital of Italy. Here, enjoy a light lunch and a guided walking tour that includes a visit to see Michelangelo’s famous David statue. Spend time shopping for local Florentine goods. In Pisa, marvel at the spectacular Square of Miracles with its world-famous Leaning Tower. In romantic Venice, a private boat ride awaits. Visit the must-see sights, such as St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, the Doges’ Palace, and the Bridge of Sighs. You’ll also have time to explore the maze of streets and discover their hidden treasures. Or relax at an outdoor café in St. Mark’s Square and enjoy this prime people-watching spot.

Throughout this Italy escorted tour, Globus has arranged VIP access, so rather than waiting in long lines, you’ll get right to the front at all the famous attractions. This gives you more time to experience the sights and more time to taste Italy’s sumptuous cuisine, shop for Italian goods, explore the stunning churches and museums, and participate in optional excursions. Just imagine the memories you’ll create on this fabulous Italian guided vacation at a price that’s as enticing as a glass of wine and tiramisù!

Highlights of Italian Escape

Price Details US

All Escape by Globus tours and departures are excluded from the following Globus discounts: Book Early & Save Discounts, Second Tour Discount and Small Group Discount.

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January & March 2020 Travel

UNESCO Sites

Historic Centre of Florence|Historic Centre of Rome - various properties Vatican City|Piazza del Duomo Pisa|Venice and its Lagoon

Small Group

Globus offers Small-Group Discoveries on select dates. A Small-Group Discovery is limited to an average of just 24 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Globus escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery trip is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.

Product Group

Italian Escape

Private Touring

6 guests in a party: $1,430*
18 guests in a party: $387*

Inclusions

We’ve packed everything you need for the perfect vacation—from hand-selected hotels and dining to the friendly expertise of Globus Tour Directors and Local Guides (with headsets to hear every word), to seamless transportation between destinations and VIP access to the world’s most iconic sites! Touring in spacious comfort by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach. Free Wi-Fi is included on board your coach and in most hotel lobbies and common areas.

Itineraries

Day 1

ARRIVE IN ROME, ITALY Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (D)

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Day 2

ROME Roman Holiday ROME Guided sightseeing includes the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, and the Colosseum. Free time late afternoon. (B)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
LEGENDARY LIVES Stand in awe and wonder amid one of mankind’s greatest artistic achievements in the Sistine Chapel. Hear how in 1508, a young Michelangelo was commissioned by Pope Julius II to decorate the chapel’s ceiling – a request not welcomed by the 33-year-old sculptor. Michelangelo’s 4-year project was indeed one of physical pain and psychological distress, while painting from scaffolds high above the sanctuary floor. Nevertheless, he created what is considered the most famous ceiling in the world, depicting the Creation of Adam in striking fresco style.


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Day 3

ROME–ASSISI–FLORENCE Medieval Marvels ASSISI Visit the Basilica of St. Francis.
Scenic drive en route to Florence. (B) 230 mi/ 370 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
ICONIC FOOTSTEPS Walk in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi with a visit to the Basilica named after the deacon, friar, and mystic, who became one of the most venerated religious figures in Christianity. Revered for his love of the Eucharist and the Earth, Francis found communion with God through nature here in this Italian village where he lived and died. Marvel at the magnificent frescoes by Italian master Giotto that adorn the Basilica where the saint is buried.


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Day 4

FLORENCE Fine Art in Firenze FLORENCE Guided sightseeing includes Michelangelo’s masterpiece, David, at the Academy of Fine Arts, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gates of Paradise,” and Signoria Square. [LF] Light lunch next to Santa Croce Square. Free time. (B,L)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
ART & ARCHITECTURE Those lucky enough to visit the Tuscan capital are witness to some of the world’s most magnificent art. Home to a wealth of Rennaissance masterpieces, Florence is famous for Michelangelo’s Marble Masterpiece, David, standing ready for battle in the Academy of Fine Arts. Outside, the Piazza del Duomo and Signoria Square offer spectacular sights of Florentine Gothic and Renaissance art, architecture, and monuments.


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Day 5

FLORENCE–PISA–VENICE ISLAND The Tilted Tower PISA Take photos of the Leaning Tower en route to Venice. (B) 280 mi / 450 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
ART & ARCHITECTURE See architecture gone askew from the viewpoint of the Piazza dei Miracoli in Pisa. Take the ultimate selfie in front of the Leaning Tower with a tilt of the head or other popular poses to commemorate your visit to the site of medieval art in this beautiful piazza.


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Day 6

VENICE ISLAND Italian Beauties VENICE Take a private Boat Ride on the canals. Guided walking tour includes St. Mark’s Square, Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs and views of the Basilica. Glassblower demonstration and free time. Farewell dinner at your hotel. (B,D)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
HISTORIC SPOT Locals simply call Piazza San Marco “la piazza.” As paired with the smaller Piazzetta, it forms the social, religious, and political hub of Venice, which Napoleon called “the drawing room of Europe.” St. Mark’s Basilica dominates the square, offering visitors a spectacular view of the great arches, marble embellishments, and the Romanesque carvings of its façade. Also gracing the square is Doge’s Palace – a masterpiece of Venetian Gothic architecture. The enclosed Bridge of Sighs, connecting the palace with the prison, is named for the prisoners sighs at seeing their last view of the Rio di Palazzo on their walk to the prison.


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Day 7

VENICE ISLAND Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Departures

# Air Start Date Land Start Date Land End Date Land Only Price Discount Final Departure Code Status
1 2024-10-26 2024-10-27 2024-11-02 $2069 $0 $2069 KIAX41027A Not Available
2 2024-10-26 2024-10-27 2024-11-02 $2069 $0 $2069 KIAX41027 Not Available
3 2024-10-27 2024-10-28 2024-11-03 $2429 $0 $2429 KIAX41028KA Not Available
4 2024-10-27 2024-10-28 2024-11-03 $2429 $0 $2429 KIAX41028K Not Available
5 2024-11-02 2024-11-03 2024-11-09 $2069 $0 $2069 KIAX41103 Not Available
6 2024-11-09 2024-11-10 2024-11-16 $2069 $0 $2069 KIAX41110A Available
7 2024-11-09 2024-11-10 2024-11-16 $2069 $0 $2069 KIAX41110 Available
8 2024-11-10 2024-11-11 2024-11-17 $2429 $250 $2179 KIAX41111KA Available
9 2024-11-10 2024-11-11 2024-11-17 $2429 $0 $2429 KIAX41111K Not Available
10 2024-11-16 2024-11-17 2024-11-23 $2069 $0 $2069 KIAX41117 Available
11 2024-11-23 2024-11-24 2024-11-30 $2069 $250 $1819 KIAX41124A Available
12 2024-11-23 2024-11-24 2024-11-30 $2069 $250 $1819 KIAX41124 Available
13 2024-11-24 2024-11-25 2024-12-01 $2429 $250 $2179 KIAX41125K Available
14 2024-11-30 2024-12-01 2024-12-07 $1999 $250 $1749 KIAX41201 Available
15 2024-12-07 2024-12-08 2024-12-14 $1999 $250 $1749 KIAX41208 Available
16 2025-01-18 2025-01-19 2025-01-25 $1749 $0 $1749 KIAX50119 Available
17 2025-01-25 2025-01-26 2025-02-01 $1749 $0 $1749 KIAX50126 Available
18 2025-02-01 2025-02-02 2025-02-08 $1999 $0 $1999 KIAX50202 Available
19 2025-02-02 2025-02-03 2025-02-09 $2299 $0 $2299 KIAX50203K Available
20 2025-02-08 2025-02-09 2025-02-15 $1999 $0 $1999 KIAX50209 Available
21 2025-02-15 2025-02-16 2025-02-22 $2169 $0 $2169 KIAX50216 Available
22 2025-02-16 2025-02-17 2025-02-23 $2529 $0 $2529 KIAX50217K Available
23 2025-02-22 2025-02-23 2025-03-01 $2169 $0 $2169 KIAX50223 Available
24 2025-03-01 2025-03-02 2025-03-08 $2169 $0 $2169 KIAX50302 Available
25 2025-03-02 2025-03-03 2025-03-09 $2529 $0 $2529 KIAX50303K Available
26 2025-03-08 2025-03-09 2025-03-15 $2169 $0 $2169 KIAX50309 Available
27 2025-03-15 2025-03-16 2025-03-22 $2169 $0 $2169 KIAX50316 Available
28 2025-03-16 2025-03-17 2025-03-23 $2529 $0 $2529 KIAX50317K Available

Hotels

# Name Description City Address Rating
1 Starhotels Metropole This elegant 236 room modern boutique style hotel is perfectly placed. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the property and there is also a fitness room. Tempting international dishes and Roman specialties can be savored in the intimate restaurant and for a refreshing break there is a stylish bar offering all day drinks, cakes, and light bites. Roma Via Principe Amedeo 3 Superior First-Class
2 Grand Hotel Mediterraneo Modern hotel situated on the banks of the river Arno, steps away from the city center. The Duomo and Palazzo Pitti are nearby. Florence Lungarno Del Tempio, 44 First-Class
3 Hotel Royal Firenze Set in an elegant 18th-century building, Villa Royal features a beautiful garden with a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, situated in a green neighbourhood, less than 1 km from the Gothic cathedral of Florence. This splendid Florentine villa was built in 1700 and was a noble family residence up until 1956 when it was converted into a hotel. Each of the 40 air-conditioned guest rooms feature high ceilings, minibar, safety deposit box and are all tastefully decorated with period furnishings. Florence Via Delle Ruote, 50-54 First-Class
4 Carlton on the Grand Canal A plush traditional Venetian style hotel set in a majestic four story building with refined interiors such as Murano glass wall lamps and gilt-edged furniture. Perfectly placed on the Grand Canal, with a vaporetto stop right outside and close to the main train station, this property offers great transportation access with the Rialto Bridge close by. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the property which has an elegant fine-dining restaurant, a lobby bar, and a lovely rooftop terrace where drinks are served with views of the spired city skyline as a backdrop. 145 air-conditioned classically styled guestrooms offer coffee/tea-making facilities. Venezia Santa Croce, 578 First-Class
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