Venice, Florence & Rome | EF Ultimate Break

Venice, Florence & Rome

10 Days  •  3 Cities //@ts-ignore//@ts-ignore 92

Why Go?

Enchantment awaits as you drift through canals of Venice, taste the flavors of Tuscany and follow in the footsteps of ancients in Rome. This is a classic Italian adventure for all the senses.

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What are the top highlights?

  • See three of Italy’s most popular destinations, along with two bonus cities
  • Head to seaside Cinque Terre for the best Instagrams and a quick swim
  • Explore ancient Rome, the Vatican and Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel
  • Step into the Renaissance in Florence
  • Indulge in Italian food and wine while taking in the Tuscan countryside
  • Visit a guy named David and witness the Birth of Venus in Florence

Your trip includes

  • Round-trip flights & airport transfers
  • Multilingual Tour Director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motorcoach
  • 8 nights in hand-picked accommodations
  • Welcome Mixer with appetizers & drinks
  • Daily breakfast & three-course Farewell Dinner
  • Metro passes in each major city
  • Entrance to select attractions

Accommodations

You’ll stay at accommodations hand-picked by our team of local experts, in rooms only for EF Ultimate Break travelers. Each property is located in a safe, convenient area. You’ll receive your exact accommodations 30 days before your trip departs.

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Flights

Admit it, booking flights is the worst. Here's why you should let us do it for you:

  • Flight costs are included in your monthly payment plan, so you can pay over time
  • Airport transfers are included, so we’ll be waiting, sign in hand
  • Flights are booked with major airlines
  • 24/7 support no matter what time zone you’re in
  • One checked bag included on most flights
  • Option to make changes to your trip up to 99 days before departure

Booking with a friend? Let us know and we’ll do our best to make sure you’re on the same flight. Still want to book your own flights? That’s cool, simply select ‘No flights included’ instead of your departure city in the ‘Flights from’ dropdown.

Itinerary

Day 1: Overnight Flight

Board your overnight flight, bound for Italy. Remember the freshman 15 college myth? Well, it might hit you in Italy. Pizza, Pasta, Gelato, Cannoli’s, Limoncello. Welcome to food paradise.

Day 2: Arrive in Venice + Welcome Mixer

Welcome to Venice! Situated on 118 islands, intersected by 175 canals and spanned by more than 400 bridges, this city has had more praise showered upon it from travelers, writers and artists than any other city in the world.

Today's Highlights:

  • Arrive at the airport—your Tour Director will be waiting to show you how to get around the city
  • Venture into Venice proper or see the area surrounding your accommodation

Once everyone is situated, you’ll meet your new friends over drinks and light appetizers at the Welcome Mixer.

Day 3: Tour Venice

Head to St. Mark’s Square to begin your sightseeing with a local guide.

Today's Highlights:

  • Enter St. Mark’s Basilica and bask in the mosaics inlaid in the golden ceiling
  • See several historic churches and amble through picture-perfect piazzas
  • Follow the winding Grand Canal through the heart of Venice
  • See the historic Rialto bridge, the oldest in the city

After your sightseeing, you have the afternoon free!

Day 4: Travel to Florence via Verona

Board your private coach; you’re heading to Florence, the crown jewel of the Italian Renaissance!

Today's Highlights:

  • Channel your inner romantic and check out Juliet’s balcony in Verona
  • See the 2,000 year-old Roman Arena in Verona
  • Arrive in Florence and begin exploring

Day 5: Tour Florence

Join a local guide for a walking tour of Florence, the compact capital of Tuscany known for its famous Renaissance artwork.

Today's Highlights:

  • Cross the Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in Florence, home to many of Florence’s jewelers and art merchants.
  • Stroll the Piazza della Signoria, home to the Uffizi Gallery and Michelangelo’s David
  • Visit the Duomo Cathedral. Return during your free time and challenge yourself to climb the 463 steps to the top for stunning views of the city

Day 6: Free Day in Florence + Optional Activities

Enjoy a full free day in Florence to explore on your own or join an optional excursion.

Today's Highlights:

  • Get in touch with your artsy side at the Uffizi museum. The Medici Family’s art collection makes up one of the best art museums in the world.
  • Stop and smell the flowers in the Boboli gardens, and keep an eye out for 16th century sculptures (you can stop and smell those, too, but it might attract strange looks).
  • Snap the perfect picture of Florence’s skyline after hiking up to San Miniato al Monte. Then reward yourself with some gelato.
  • Shop till you drop; the area between Ponte Vecchio and the Duomo is our favorite.

Tuscan Wine Tasting(extra cost)

Some of the world’s best wines come from Tuscany, and now you get to sample the local product at a scenic winery. Who knows, you might even become a connoisseur. Next head to the town of San Gimignano, aptly known as the “City of Beautiful Towers.” The small medieval walled city is not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s also home to Gelateria di Piazza, named one of Lonely Planet’s top 10 best food hot spots in the world. That’s some tasty gelato.

Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.

Italian Riviera & Cinque Terre(extra cost)

Wake up and head for the coast on your way to Cinque Terre (Italian for “Five Lands”). There you’ll find yourself looking at some of the most beautiful coastal scenery you’ve ever laid eyes on. Discover villages nestled into the sides of mountains as you travel by train between them. Your fist stop is Riomaggio, home to the famous Via dell’Amore, or “path of love.” Next up is Vernazza, where you’ll get some of the iconic views of the colorful seaside buildings that Cinque Terre is known for. Then, spend the rest of your day enjoying the pebble beaches of Monterosso before heading back to Florence. Note: this excursion is available on trips departing between May 1 and September 30.

Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.

Day 7: Travel to Rome via Orvieto

Board your private coach, bound for Rome via Orvieto.

Today's Highlights:

  • On the way to Rome, stop in Orvieto, a quaint Italian hill town perched atop a rock cliff
  • Marvel at the artistry of the facade of Orvieto’s stunning cathedral
  • Look out at the cypress-dotted plains of Umbria
  • Benvenuti a Roma!

Day 8: Explore Rome

Skip the line and go back in time with a tour of the Colosseum. Then, do as the Romans do and learn how to make authentic pasta by hand.

Today's Highlights:

  • Experience the heart of ancient Rome with a visit to the Colosseum
  • Walk the Via Sacra, the ceremonial and public main street of Ancient Roman life
  • Stand where gladiators battled to the death in mortal combat
  • See the ruins of ancient Rome

Taste of Italy Pasta-Making Class(extra cost)

When in Rome, do as the Romans do best: cook awesome food. It starts with crafting the dough for homemade pasta, and finishes with a delicious meal prepared by your own hands. Along the way, you’ll get to taste some of Italy's finest local snacks with a local food guide while learning about Italian food traditions throughout the ages. This is truly the authentic cuisine experience you can’t find anywhere but Italy itself.

Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.

Day 9: Vatican City + Farewell Dinner

Peace be with you as you stroll the home of the Pope and capital of Catholicism: Vatican City.

Today's Highlights:

  • Get an in-depth look into Papal history and politics with an expert guide
  • Cross another country of your list (Vatican City is an independent nation)
  • View the frescos of the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo’s greatest work
  • Visit the Vatican Museum, one of the largest, most renowned art collections in the world

After your Vatican tour and a few hours for last-minute sightseeing and shopping, share one last memory with your group in the included Farewell Dinner.

Day 10: Fly Home

Arrivederci, amici!
Translation: Goodbye, friends. Your next destination awaits—home. Before you head to the airport, enjoy your last few moments together. Take one more group photo. Grab that final drink. (Fine, maybe a couple of drinks.) But this isn’t goodbye. It’s “See you later.” The only question is, where?

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EXTEND YOUR TRIP 2 WAYS

1. Double the fun
A lot of our trips line up back to back! Give us a call—we can help you add another and save big while you're at it.

2. Go ahead or stay behind
Extending your trip is easy! During checkout, you'll have the option to fly to (or from) the gateway of your choice for an additional fee. We'll adjust your flights accordingly, but you'll be responsible to take care of your transportation, hotels, and other logistics outside of tour.

Note: Depending on your desired gateways, additional fees may apply.

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