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DAY 1: UK - Venice area.

Fly to Venice and on arrival, meet your tour representative and transfer to your hotel, your base for the next two nights. After check-in, spend the remainder of the day at leisure in this alluring city. As part of your introduction, enjoy a welcome 'aperitivo' drink— a time-honoured Venice ritual — at a typical Venetian bar.

DAY 2: Venice area.

After breakfast, take a guided walking tour of Venice to witness the city's most famous sights. See magnificent St Mark's Square, St Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace, and swoon over the enclosed Bridge of Sighs, named after the sights of the prisoners who were once led across it from the palace to imprisonment or death. Learn about Venice's colourful history as you stroll, and discover other sights such as the Rialto Bridge, historic palazzos and churches. Then, enjoy the rest of the day to explore independently. Perhaps browse the shops for souvenirs or delve into Venice's fascinating galleries and museums. Includes Breakfast

DAY 3: Venice - Florence.

Enjoy free time in the morning. Later, ride a high-speed Italo or Freccia train to Florence. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Includes Breakfast

DAY 4: Florence.

Begin with a morning walking tour of Florence's main attractions with an expert guide. Marvel at the L-shaped Piazza della Signoria, with its copy of Michelangelo's statue of David; and see the Duomo with its dome by Brunelleschi, as well as sights such as the Ponte Vecchio covered bridge. As you drink in the beauty around you, learn how Florence became the hub of the Renaissance in the 14th and 15th centuries under the Medici family, who became patrons of the great artists of the day, such as Michelangelo and Botticelli. Afterwards, enjoy free time to stroll and sightsee as you please, perhaps shopping at the boutiques, relaxing at the restaurants or visiting Florence's palazzos, churches and art museums. Includes Breakfast

DAY 5: Florence - Rome.

Depart Florence by Italo or Freccia train this morning and travel to Rome. Known as the Eternal City, Italy's capital has been the centre of Christianity for over 2,000 years and serves up a veritable feast of monuments, churches, fountains and iconic buildings. On arrival, transfer to your hotel and enjoy time at leisure to settle in and sample Rome's bustling atmosphere, world-class cuisine and fashionable shopping. Includes Breakfast

DAY 6: Rome.

Enjoy a fantastic introduction to Rome on a sightseeing tour around the city's highlights. Wonder at the mighty Colosseum, the scene of bloody gladiator battles and wild animal fights in the 1st century AD; and witness the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and Forum, whose ruins mark out what was once the social, political and commercial heart of ancient Rome. Other must-sees include the splendid St Peter's Basilica and the Vatican, home to the sublime Sistine Chapel ceiling frescoes of Michelangelo. Afterwards, have more free time to explore as you wish, and soak up the city's fabled 'la dolca vita'. Includes Breakfast

DAY 7: Rome - UK.

Today, transfer to Rome airport to catch your return flight to the UK. Includes Breakfast

Experience the very best of Italy, from Roman ruins to Renaissance treasures, on this unforgettable 7-day tour by rail around its three most iconic cities. Soak up the delights of Venice; and then travel by high-speed train to discover the splendours of Florence and visit the Eternal City of Rome.

Inclusions:

• Flights UK - Venice; Venice - UK
• Accommodation on tour in a twin room with private facilities
• Meals on tour - 6 breakfasts
• Services of a tour director on tour
• Porterage at hotels on tour only (for one suitcase per person)
• Transfers between the overseas airports and hotels
• All local and airport taxes/service charges
• Single share option