Florence Pre- & Post-Tours

Optional Tours

Both tours can only be carried out with a minimum of 25 participants, and no more than 40. Timely pre-reservations are welcome in order to guarantee the hotel reservations throughout and relevant services. Contact Ms. Francesca at Arno Travel (francesca@arnotravel.it) to book your tour.

Pre-tour April 18-23, 2014 - Rome/Orvieto/Assisi/Florence

April 18-21, 2014 U.S.A. - ROME

Arrive in the "Eternal City." You will be met at the airport and transferred by private conveyance to the hotel reserved. The rest of the day is at leisure for rest. Possibility of attending the "Via Crucis" at Colosseum (papal procession).

During these days, you will explore the beauty and unparalleled artistic and historic riches of Rome and Vatican City. Your guided tours will include the Vatican Museum, St. Peter's Basilica, the Coliseum, the Roman Forum, the church of St. Peter in Chains, etc. There will be time to toss a coin and make a wish at the Trevi Fountain and free time to shop in some of Rome's elegant boutiques. There will be a get-together cocktail party on arrival and a marvelous fellowship dinner at one of the famous "trattorias" of Rome to sample the authentic food of this unique city.

April 22, 2014 

After breakfast, we will depart by coach and travel through the enchanting Italian countryside, to Orvieto, a pleasant city with its wealth of historic buildings, enjoying a remarkable site of the top of a plug of volcanic rock. We will visit its Romanesque- Gothic-style Cathedral, begun in 1290, and other impressive additional sights such as St. Patrick's Well, the People's Palace and the Old Quarter.

There will be time for a snack or light lunch on your own and in the afternoon proceed to Assisi, a splendid, walled medieval city, closely associated with St. Francis and related in the numerous accounts of his life and work. We will have dinner and stay overnight in this city of birds and silence under the protection of St. Francis.

April 23, 2014 ASSISI - FLORENCE

The town, which is still enclosed by ramparts, has hardly changed since the middle ages. Mementoes of St. Francis and St. Clara combined with such a poetic setting and a gentle light, give Assisi a moving beauty all its own. After breakfast, the morning is dedicated to a guided visit of this city: St. Mary of the Angels Basilica, the Cathedral, St. Clara's Church, the temple of Minerva and St. Francis Basilica.

After lunch at your hotel we depart by coach to your hotel in Florence, the "Cradle of the Renaissance."

$1767 per person, sharing twin
$2290 per person, for single accommodation

All taxes, VAT and service charges are included.

Post-tour April 28-May 2, 2014 Florence/Venice/Verona/Lake Como/ Milan Airport

April 28, 2014

After your breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the railroad station on time to catch your AV (high speed) fast train to Venice (2 hours ride). Bags will be taken by separate truck/motorboat from the hotel in Florence to the hotel in Venice. Upon arrival in Venice, our private motor launch will transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to wander through the city with dinner free on your own.

April 29, 2014

This city is simply stunning and completely unique. Built on many small islands at the head of the Adriatic Sea, it is without doubt one of the most beautiful and popular cities in the world and always admired by the many tourists that visit throughout the year. After your breakfast at the hotel, the morning is dedicated to a guided tour of the city to include the major sights such as St. Mark's Square, St. Mark's Basilica, Doge's Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. The lunch is free on your own as well as the afternoon for independent actions and dinner.

April 30, 2014 

After breakfast, you will be transferred by private motor launch to the bus terminal and from here by private motor coach to the nearby city of Verona. Verona, after Venice, is the finest art centre in Venetia. It is often referred to as "Italy's little Rome" due to its rich history and is the setting of Shakespeare's famous fictional play Romeo and Juliet. Our guided tour will take you to visit the most important sights: Piazza delle Erbe, Piazza dei Signori, Roman Arena, the old Scaligero Castle and the church of San Zeno. A light lunch is included in itinerary. At completion of the visit, we continue by motor coach to Lake Como. Dinner is on your own and overnight.

May 1, 2014

This is by far the most beautiful of all the Italian lakes. Villages filled with smiling faces, tiny ports, splendid villas and shady exotic gardens succeeded one another along the banks of this lake. After breakfast, we board our private motor launch for a full-day excursion along the lake shores with visits of Villa Balbianello and Bellagio, where you will have time at leisure to stroll around this beautiful village and enjoy a light lunch/ snack on your own.
  Return to your hotel for a farewell dinner included and overnight.

May 2, 2014

After breakfast, you will be transferred by private motor coach to Malpensa airport in connection with your flight to onward destinations.

$1767 per person, sharing twin
$2290 per person, for single accommodation

All taxes, VAT and service charges are included.

Katie Doree
G-I-F 50th Anniversary Liaison
(509) 868-2908