Exploring Italy in Winters with Venice Carnival

Trip code: EIIC

Trip Highlights

  • Walk down the streets of Rome
  • Visit the Colosseum and other museums in Rome
  • Revel with the Venetians through the lively streets of Venice Carnival
  • Explore Florence's museums and markets
  • Set your eyes on the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Enjoy the relaxing train rides through the breathtaking countryside of Italy

Tour Details

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It's time to tick Italy off the bucket list! Kick start your journey from Rome and walk the lanes where the ancient world flourished, explore the Colosseum and hop on a train to Florence. Gaze at the leaning tower of Pisa and make sure to soak in the old world vibrancy while exploring the museums. Go for a wine tasting tour, feel the pull of mystery at the Bridge of Sighs and visit the tiny fishermen's island of Burano, known for its lace-making and painted houses. And lastly, end up in Venice, put on a mask and experience the jostling streets of the Carnival.  From the marvels of St Mark's Square to the exuberant crowds in full costume, Venice is a feast for the senses. In a span of just 9 days, this amazing tour will let you soak in the Italian vibes and make memories that you can cherish for a lifetime.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Rome

Welcome to Italy! After your reach, head straight to your hotel and take some rest before the adventure begins! In the evening, once everyone arrives, there will be a brief orientation where you'll get to know in details about the itinerary and also, meet the amazing travelers who'll be with you during this journey!
 

Day 2 - Exploring Rome

It's your day to explore Rome and soak in the cultural vibes of this ancient city! Head out for an orientation walk of the Eternal City and later you can choose to visit the Colosseum, the Pantheon, Sistine Chapel, or simply set out for Vatican City! Well, we know that a day isn't enough to cover everything that Rome has in store for you - but there's more in Italy that we wanna show you!
 

Day 3 - Travel from Rome to Florence

It's time to hop on a train and travel to Tuscany. For the next 3 days, we'll be here in Florence, exploring the gorgeous city. Tick off everything that's there on your checklist and make the most of your time exploring the city! Cross through the center of the city and over the River Arno. Climb to the top of the hill and check out the vista over the river from Piazzale Michelangelo. It's worth every step!
 

Day 4 - 5 Exploring the city of Florence

Take a day trip to Pisa to marvel at the leaning tower and beautiful church. Otherwise, you can just stay in Florence and explore the Uffizi or the Accademia to see Michelangelo's 'David' or the Mercato Centrale. Take a break at Piazza Della Signoria with a gelato or an espresso before hitting lively Piazza San Lorenzo to bargain for discounted woolen and leather goods. Opt to catch a local bus or train to nearby Siena to see more of what this province has to offer.
 

Day 6 - Travel from Florence to Venice

Train rides in Italy can be best described as 'breathtaking' and now, you have another chance to witness the gorgeousness as we head off to Venice - the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea.
 

Day 7 - 9 Rejoicing the Venice Carnival

Take your time and get to know the hidden streets and canals, before you put on a traditional mask and join the other revelers! The Carnival is on and it's time to celebrate. Drink mulled wine and walk over bridges and canals until you reach the big party in St Mark's Square. Two days will just pass by the wink of an eye and on Day 9, as this amazing trip comes to an end, you can either choose to head back home or set out for another thrilling journey!

Dates & Cost

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Price Includes
  • Orientation walk in Florence
  • Day trip to Pisa
  • Three nights in Venice for the carnival
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Accommodation - Hotels (8 nights)
  • Meals - 8 breakfasts, 1 dinner
     
Price Excludes
  • International/Domestic airfare
  • Visa fees
  • Insurance (can be purchased from us at a nominal cost)
  • Cost of vaccinations
  • Any personal expenses
  • Cost of meals not mentioned in the itinerary
     

Living

Accommodation

Accommodation - Standard Hotel (8 nts).

On this trip you can expect to stay in small family-run hotels or pensions (with the exception of the start and finish hotels, which are often larger city hotels), which will vary a little in standard and facilities: some may not have elevators, air-conditioning or English-speaking staff, but most importantly all are locally-run, with some traditional character, and in excellent central locations to give you maximum time for exploring the sights. You can expect to find clean, safe, simple accommodation in convenient locations. Note that most accommodation in Europe does not have air conditioning units in rooms. Air conditioning is not routinely installed in European homes and workplaces. However, nearly all hotels will provide a standing or desk fan for your room on hot nights. If you do not already have one in your room, please ask your CEO to organize one for you with reception.

Meals

Meals Included - 8 breakfasts, 1 dinner

Eating is a big part of traveling. Go Discover Abroad understands the importance of breakfast to start your day, we strive to include a basic breakfast wherever possible. A typical breakfast may include toast, coffee and tea, however this may vary depending on the city. Should breakfast not be included, your CEO can suggest some local options. Travelling with Go Discover Abroad you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. While trekking in remote regions etc. food is included, plentiful and made of fresh local ingredients. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

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