Discover bella Italia in 2018 on Tauck’s most popular escorted Italy tours. Visit scenic Tuscan hill towns, centuries-old cities and countryside villages, and enjoy a three-night stay in the Eternal City of Rome. The pleasure will be yours with a Tauck Exclusive – an after-hours guided visit to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel for an extraordinary look at some of the world’s most magnificent art treasures – without the crowds. You will even visit some rooms not usually open to the public.
Art is the focus in Florence; a lecture by an art historian precedes a walking tour of the city and a visit to Galleria dell’Accademia – the oldest art school in Europe. You’ll also tour the magnificent Uffizi Gallery with
a local guide.
Cruise along the Mediterranean shores of Cinque Terre for an in depth look at these remote, centuries-old coastal villages. Stay at a luxury resort in Umbria that was once a fortified medieval village, and learn the secrets of Perugia chocolate-making. Discover historic sights in Pompeii, the Roman city frozen in time when Mt Vesuvius blew its top in 79 AD.
Spend two nights in magical Venice with a highlight being an exclusive after-hours guided tour of St. Mark’s Basilica, St Mark’s is the centrepiece of the square and the very heart of this World-Heritage listed gem, and you can enjoy it at your own pace without the crowds. Visit the hill towns of Orvieto, Assisi and San Gimignano, each with their own celebrated sights. Orvieto’s star is the Duomo of Orvieto, with the St. Francis Basilica housing some of Italy’s great 13th- and 14th-century frescoes a highlight in Assisi.
In San Gimignano, stroll through Piazza della Cisterna, one of Italy’s most picturesque town squares and marvel at the village’s 12th century towers. Encounter spectacular scenery around every bend on a drive along the celebrated Amalfi Coast – one of the most spectacular drives in the world and the perfect blending of earth, sea and sky.
Tauck’s ‘Classic Italy’ tour also includes airport transfers upon arrival and departure, 26 meals (13 breakfasts, four lunches and nine dinners), service charges, gratuities to local guides, admission fees, taxes and porterage.
More information: Contact your travel agent, or Tauck on 1300-732-300; tauck.com.au