Classic Italy By Rail October 7-16, 2019 with Cheryl & Nelson Echevarria
Classic Italy by Rail October 7-16, 2019 9 Days in Italy Venice, Florence and Rome Book your Deposits by June 30, 2018
Venice - Gondola
10 Days • 11 Meals For centuries it was the center of civilization, and Italy continues to fascinate with historic cities, majestic vistas, and hill towns frozen in time. Experience the visual delights and marvel at the historic sites as you travel through Italy on this amazing tour.
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS 4 11 Meals (8 breakfasts and 3 dinners) 4 Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Tours 4 Included walking tour of Venice with a local guide 4 Ride the high-speed train from Venice to Florence 4 Included walking tour of Florence with a local guide 4 Visit the Accademia Gallery and see the sculpture of Michelangelo’s David 4 Three nights in Montecatini 4 Included full-day excursion to Siena 4 Included excursion to Pisa to see the Leaning Tower 4 Ride the high-speed train from Florence to Rome 4 Included city tour of Rome with a visit to the Coliseum 4 Included tour to Vatican City with a visit to the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica 4 $50 in Mayflower Money
DAY 1 – Depart the USA Today you’ll depart the USA on your overnight flight to Venice, Italy.
DAY 2 – Venice Upon arrival in Venice, you’ll be met by a Mayflower Tours representative who will escort you to the canal boat for your transfer to the hotel. Flights should arrive by 3:00pm. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure before the included welcome dinner. Meal: D
DAY 3 – Fairytale Venice, The City of Canals Venice is the “Jewel of the Mediterranean”, a glorious cityscape with a wondrous artistic and musical heritage. The city itself boasts a marvel of engineering feats, built on 118 small islands crossed by its world-fa- mous canals. But this engineering comes with a touch of fairy dust.
Who can think of romance without imagining a pair of lovers floating beneath graceful bridges in a Venetian gondola?
During the included walking tour, your local guide will help you dis- cover the exotic sights that surround you as you navigate the pictur- esque alleyways and cross bridges over the quaint canals filled with gondolas. See the soaring domes of St. Mark’s Basilica, the Doges Palace and Bridge of Sighs among other sites of this remarkable city built on water. During the afternoon at leisure, sip coffee in a small café, shop in the boutiques and watch artists at work, recreating these lovely scenes. Meal: B
DAY 4 – Florence, Cradle of the Renaissance This morning, depart Venice on a high-speed train to Florence. What a great way to travel as you watch picturesque hill towns, lush vineyards and beautiful wineries pass by.
Upon arrival, walk in the footsteps of great rulers, artists and philosophers as you explore Florence, the breathtaking capital of the Italian Renaissance, on the included walking tour. The city is steeped in the achievements of great minds who found inspiration here. A visit to the famous Accademia Gallery is included where you’ll get an up-close
view of Michelangelo’s masterpiece, David. Undoubtedly the world’s most famous sculpture, the museum also houses five other Michelan- gelo sculptures - the four unfinished Prisoners and St. Matthew - and a collection of Gothic and Renaissance paintings that were once in the Medici collections. After the tour, enjoy your free time shopping for Italian leather goods, art and crystal as lovely reminders of your jour- ney through Italy. This afternoon, continue on to Montecatini, home for the next three nights. Dinner is included at the hotel this evening. Meals: B, D
DAY 5 – Montecatini and Siena After breakfast enjoy an included excursion to Siena. This is one of Italy’s most popular destinations, known for its fine cuisine, art, museums, medieval cityscape and the Palio, a horse race held twice a year in the Piazza del Campo. Your local guide will walk with you through this beautiful Tuscan town and UNESCO World Heritage Site, as you discover the highlights of the city, including the Duomo of Siena, the 12th-century cathedral that serves as a splendid example of Italian Romanesque-Gothic architecture. See the Palazzo Pubblico, once City Hall, now an art museum, showcasing its famous frescoes or climb the “Torre del Mangia”, the tall bell tower overlooking the Piazza del Campo. Siena is also known for its glazed terracotta pottery as well as locally produced wines and olive oil. Be sure to taste the delicious gelato and panforte, a cake made with honey and candied fruits. You’ll have free time for lunch on your own and shopping for local speciali ties before returning to Montecatini this evening. Meal: B
DAY 6 – Pisa, The Leaning Tower This morning, depart on an included excursion to Pisa, best known for the bell tower of the cathedral, the “leaning Tower of Pisa.” Your local guide will explain the history of this beautiful town as you walk around the Piazza dei Miracoli and see the architecture and historic walls of this medieval city. Return to Montecatini for an afternoon at leisure. It’s the perfect time to stroll through the city center or visit a spa with the curative water and healing springs for which the town is famous. Meal: B
DAY 7 – Rome, The Eternal City Leaving the resort town of Montecatini, return to Florence by coach and board a high-speed train for the journey to Rome. With a history spanning more than 2,500 years, Rome offers a breathtaking overview of the highlights of Western civilization. From the remarkable Coli- seum to the gorgeous Sistine Chapel to Vatican City, this bustling me- tropolis invites you to imagine life centuries ago as you gaze upon memorials to ancient civilizations. Upon arrival, enjoy a panoramic tour of the city and a guided visit to the Coliseum. Built between 70- 80 AD, the Coliseum is considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and engineering, and remains the largest amphitheater in the world. The tour ends at the hotel. Meal: B
DAY 8 – Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel This morning, enjoy a guided visit to the spiritual center of the Roman Catholic Church and the smallest independent state in the world: Vati- can City. During the guided visit of the Vatican Museums you’ll walk through halls containing some of the most priceless art treasures in the world. The highlight of the visit may be the Sistine Chapel which houses the single most impressive work of art by Michelangelo. Dur- ing the visit to St. Peter’s Basilica, experience the magnificence of Bernini, Michelangelo, and other great artists of the Roman Renais- sance and Baroque periods. Be sure to see Michelangelo’s famous statue, Pietà, created by the artist when he was only 25 years old. The afternoon and evening are free to enjoy on your own. Meal: B
DAY 9 – Day at Leisure in Rome Your last day in Rome is yours to enjoy as you wish. This evening join your Tour Manager and fellow travelers for a farewell dinner at the hotel. Meals: B, D
DAY 10 – Rome / USA As you bid ‘arrivederci’ to Italy you’ll be filled with memories of Renaissance art and architecture, rolling hills and vineyards, and all the glory of the Roman Empire. Meal: B
Come and join Cheryl & Nelson Echevarria, Echevarria Travel LLC. We doing a group trip to Italy by Rail. Dates are October 7-16, 2018.
Pricing and dates are on our main page under trips.
Once again we are doing this trip for a non-profit organization to raise money. Nelson and I will be donating $100 per person that goes to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Being that Cheryl Echevarria has had type 1 diabetes since the age of 13, she gives back to the great organization that find better ways to monitor this disease, that affects 1 in 5 throughout the US and the World and many children and adults go untreated.
So here is the itinerary of our trip. Please remember this trip is for anyone that is a US Citizen living at home or abroad on a Military Base or works outside of the country. All passengers must be 21 years old at time of travel, Average age of people who are attending are 30-70 years old.
You need to be able to walk comfortable and if you have any disabilities you will need to advise on this way in advance from severe food allergies and religious dietary needs to mobility disabilities, remember many of the places we will be visiting you will need to be able to get out of a wheelchair or scooter, and able to climb on a bus and train.
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