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Essence of Italy (Connections Journey)
10 days with Abercrombie & Kent  |  See Prices

  • Cross soul-stirring Italy on a journey to its most remarkable regions, experiencing A&K access and the best of la bella vita
  • In Rome's historic Trastevere district, enjoy wine tasting and dinner at the home of a local resident on a charming Neighborhood Connection
  • Make a Culinary Connection as you learn the secrets of Florentine cuisine in an Italian cooking class guided by a chef
  • Get a taste of local life with a visit to the buzzy market district around Venice's Rialto Bridge
  • Tour a family-owned balsamic vinegar factory, sampling this regional favorite before lunch
  • 20 meals, with 10 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners

FastDeal # Departs From
Day 1: Arrive Rome, Italy 
Arrive in Rome, Italy's Eternal City, where you are greeted by an A&K representative and transferred to your hotel. In the evening, join fellow guests for a special welcome dinner. (D)

Days 2-3: Rome | Ancient City & Holy See
Journey through history with a morning visit to the Imperial Roman Forum and the Colosseum. In the afternoon, explore the charming Campo de Fiori, the Piazza Navona and its remarkable Fountain of the Four Rivers, and the Pantheon, one of the most widely copied buildings in the Western world. Later, stop at the iconic Trevi Fountain before taking in the Spanish Steps, which are said to comprise the widest stairway in Europe. The next day, explore Vatican City, where you view the magnificent Sistine Chapel with its legendary frescoes by Michelangelo, as well as St. Peter’s Basilica. Tonight venture to Rome’s Trastevere, where charming cobble-stone streets meet with labyrinth alleys. There, join a welcoming local at her home for wine and a home-cooked feast.  (Day 2: B, L Day 3: B D)

Days 4-6: Florence | The Renaissance & Tuscany
Travel north to the famed region of Tuscany and stop en route in medieval Siena. Here, your local expert introduces you to the Piazza del Campo, home of the famous Palio di Siena horse race. Dating back to the Middle Ages, the twice-yearly event honoring the Virgin Mary features a bareback horse race around the piazza. Continue to Florence, a vast and beautiful monument to the Renaissance and its art. The next day, in the company of a specialist art guide, visit the Galleria dell’Accademia to see Michelangelo’s David and the Uffizi Gallery, home to some of the world’s most important art treasures. On your last day, savor the sights of the Mercato Centrale market before participating in a three-hour culinary class, where your chef shares the secrets of Florentine cooking. (Day 4: B D, Day 5: B Day 6: B, L)

Day 7: Pisa / World-Famous Leaning Tower
Drive to Pisa, where you see the extraordinary Leaning Tower and explore the Pisa Cathedral and Baptistery with a local guide. Stop in Lucca to tour its lovely pedestrian quarter, then continue on to your next destination, the stunning Italian Riviera. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Cinque Terre | Beauty Along the Coast
Discover the extraordinary beauty of the Cinque Terre (“Five Lands”), five scenic villages built along the steep coastal cliffs of Liguria on the Italian Riviera. See Manarola, a fishing village set amid terraced vineyards where you can walk to view the magical coast, and visit other villages nearby. (B, L)

Days 9-10: Venice | Palace & Canals
Travelling by coach to Venice, stop en route to enjoy a private tasting of balsamic vinegar at a family-owned factory, with lunch to follow. Then visit Verona, known to the world as the setting for Romeo and Juliet. Tonight, enjoy incredible atmosphere at your boutique Venetian hotel set along the romantic Grand Canal. The next day, stroll through the famous Rialto Market before visiting St. Mark’s Basilica, with its lavish decoration of marbles and golden mosaics, and the Doge’s Palace. This evening, take in the atmosphere of a local bàcaro (wine bar) before gathering for a festive farewell dinner. (Day 9: B, L Day 10: B, D))

Day 11: Depart Venice
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart. (B)
Rome: Boscolo Exedra Roma
Florence: Hotel Brunelleschi
Pisa: Grand Hotel Portovenere
Venice: Hotel L'Orologio
Explore Italian icons on a dazzling tour featuring Rome with its Colosseum and Sistine Chapel, Florence for an extraordinary return to the Renaissance, the coastal Cinque Terre and romantic Venice.
  • All accommodations.
  • Meals as specified.
  • Arrival and departure transers.
  • Fully-guided sightseeing as noted in the itinerary.
  • Bottled water supplied during Sightseeing.
  • Handling of two pieces of baggage per person for international fights.
  • Hotel taxes.
  • Gratuities throughout, except to your Tour Director, and camp staff/driver-guides/rangers/trackers.
  • Child Policy: Minimum age: 10.
  • First group event: welcome briefing at 6:00 p.m. on Day 1.
  • Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:15 p.m. on Day 10.
  • Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.
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