Venice - Rome - Florence - Pisa
Itinerary (subject to change)
Departure at 05:30 a.m. from Wiesbaden, Hainerberg, Washington Str. corner J.F. Kennedy Str. bus waiting area (off post); Departure at 05:00 a.m. from Ramstein Shell Autohof bus parking lot (parking fee € 5 /day). Departure at 05:30 a.m. from Kaiserslautern P+R parking lot at Daenner Platz (near Kleber Kaserne); Departure at 8:00 a.m. from Böblingen, Panzerkaserne PX parking lot. Day 1 is reserved to drive south with a lunch in Austria and time for a Pizza dinner before we continue to our hotel near Venice. Early on
we leave for the city in the lagoon. Around 10 a.m. Venice is rapidly filling with hoards of tourists. To be there an hour earlier does the trick! With a private boat we transfer from the bus to the very heart of the town – to majestic St. Mark’s square. You could read all that is written about Venice and it would still be impossible to imagine this dreamlike ensemble of Basilicas and Palaces lining the waterfront. During a short walking tour your guide will point out the most important sights. There will be ample time to visit one of the renown glass furnaces… to ride a gondola (approx €35)… for shopping… or simply a stroll where every corner reveals new highlights. In the afternoon we return to our bus and continue the journey south to Rome. Evening arrival at our hotel.
In the morning you can participate in our optional tour of the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo’s Frescoes and St. Peter’s Basilica, (€ 89) highlighting a priceless collection of the world’s best artworks. Your Vatican Guide is a known expert of art and history and with the help of individual radio headsets will make it a memorable tour. The afternoon is reserved for the Rome of the Caesars. We continue to the Coliseum , the imperial Forum and the Capitoline hill - the very heart of the Roman Empire. There is time for an ice cream at the Trevi Fountain before we go to see the incredible Pantheon - dating back over 19 centuries, it is the largest and best preserved temple of ancient Rome. Have an Italian coffee and enjoy the atmosphere or get your portrait done. Before we return join our dinner in a typical restaurant (approx € 45).
Full day free or join us for our big optional tour (extra). For the painstaking work in which scholars seek to put together the fragmented remainders of the past, the discovery of Pompeii has been the most fortunate event. The 79 AD eruption of the nearby volcano Vesuvius with its poisonous exhalations and the enormous rain of ashes brought all live to a sudden end. Excavations that continue for now 250 years brought back to light the most precious document of the ancient world. You spend the morning with a guided tour featuring the highlights of Pompeii. A true journey back in time. In the afternoon we take the Sorrentina, a panoramic drive disclosing spectacular views over the Golf of Naples. Take a stroll through the narrow and picturesque streets of Sorrento. After free time for shopping we depart for Rome.
After breakfast we head north to Tuscany to another highlight of our Italian Dream. After the fall of the roman empire a dark and artless age began. It was in Florence, the celebrated monument of the reawakening of mankind where the masters of the 15th Century exploded in a renewing of western society. Our walking tour will begin at the academy museum with the original statue of David. You will see the Ponte Vecchio, the Dome of St. Mary with the cupola of Brunelleschi, Giotto’s celebrated Bell Tower, the Baptistery with Ghiberti’s Masterpiece, the doors which Michelangelo called the Porta dell Paradiso. Passing by Signoria Square, the old Palace and golden St.Michael we end at the Franciscan St. Croce Church, resting place of many of the geniuses of the Renaissance age. Of course there will be free time for shopping (Florentine leather and gold). We check into our hotel in the late afternoon. Tonight you may attend a Tuscan Gala Dinner – perfect food and perfect music - a fantastic way to top your stay in Italy (approx € 65).
Before we begin our drive back we make a stop in Pisa. Your guide will walk with you to the illustrious field of the miracles. See the cathedral, the baptistery and the famed leaning tower. Our way home will lead through Switzerland - one more scenic highlight with the breathtaking vistas of lakes and mountains. Return to pickup points.
TOUR PRICE INCLUDES: Guaranteed pick ups from Boeblingen Panzerkaserne, Wiesbaden, Kaiserslautern and Ramstein/Landstuhl Auohof, transportation by deluxe motor coach with WC, air condition, reclining seats, refrigerator, VCR, 5 overnights incl. 5 x buffet breakfast in 4-star hotels, all rooms with private facilities, boat ride to Venice and return, sightseeing as described in Florence, Pisa, Rome and Venice, service of an IR tour guide, local guide and drivers, Italian tourist tax, entrance fee Venice. With every booking you support the USO in Germany!
SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT: € 400 for 5 nights. Persons booked on share basis must pay single room supplement if no share is available (the single room supplement will be charged after the tour). Share basis means double or triple occupancy.
SUPPLEMENTARY COSTS: Optional tour to Pompeii, Sorrento € 99, Optional tour to Vatican € 89, meals (€ 45 - € 65 per meal incl. drinks, cover charge, service and entertainment), personal expenses, tips
CHILDREN PRICE: Children age 3 - 11 pay € 50 less than adult price. Children under 3 pay € 600, an additional bed or crib must be paid to hotel.
TRAVEL INSURANCES: please book with our Insurance partner USAA (see our website “Insurance”)
TRAVEL DOCUMENTS: valid US Tourist Passport for military and civilian personnel. Non US-citizens must meet proper Visa requirements
CANCELLATION POLICY FOR BUS TOURS: up to 30 days prior to departure, € 100 per person; 29 - 14 days prior to departure 50% of the tour price will be charged; 13 - 7 days prior to departure 75% of the tour price will be charged; 6 - 3 days prior to departure, 90% of the tour price will be charged; from 2 days prior to departure until the day of departure, 100% of the tour price will be charged. NO REFUND FOR NOSHOWS!
INTERRA REISEN is not responsible for lost and stolen articles. Liability: We are only acting as agents for various contractors (hotels, bus companies, airlines etc.) and are therefore in no way responsible for the fulfillment of their obligations, nor are we to be held liable for accidents, delays, losses etc. The liability of all these contractors, remains unprejudiced. Right is also reserved to program changes and alterations as well as substitution of services listed above, when and where necessary, without prior notice. INTERRA REISEN reserves the right to cancel the tour if minimum participation is not reached. Conditions accepted upon booking.