3 NIGHTS ROME & 3 NIGHTS VENICE
All roads lead to Rome. Or wait, on this vacation they lead to Venice as well, so you can enjoy two of Italy’s captivating cities. You won’t travel between the cities on a road, though. We’ve arranged for you to travel via high-speed train from Rome to Venice. We’ve also arranged three nights hotel reservations in each city, guided sightseeing, buffet breakfast daily, transfers to/from your hotels, to/from the train stations, and the services of a Local Host® in each city, a “friend” who will help answer questions, offer suggestions and help you get the most out of your vacation.
Your first Local Host will meet you upon your arrival at your Rome hotel, present you with materials on the city, answer any questions, and help you get started on your vacation immediately. This friend-in-the-city will also help you personalize your trip. The next day, enjoy included buffet breakfast before we pick you up for exclusive Monograms sightseeing with a local expert. History comes alive as you hear the insider stories and visit the sights you’ve heard so much about—the mighty Colosseum, the amphitheater used for deadly gladiatorial contests; the Roman Forum, the political, social, and commercial center during the Roman Empire; Sistine Chapel, where you will view Michelangelo’s The Last Judgment; and St. Peter’s Church and Basilica, the very church where the Pope often presides. In Venice, your sightseeing with a local expert includes the sights you cannot leave Venice without seeing—St Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doges’ Palace, and the Bridge of Sighs. In both cities, your inside visits include VIP access, so you get to skip the lines! Why spend your vacation waiting in line with all the other tourists when you can spend your time gazing at the famous works of art and imagining what it was like to live in the Roman Empire?
In both cities, you’ll also have plenty of time to explore on your own. Perhaps take a tour of Rome’s catacombs; walk through Villa Borghese; or visit Harry’s Bar in Venice, a favorite hangout of Hemingway’s. Maybe enjoy a Vivaldi concert in Venice or a ghost walking tour in Venice & Rome. In both cities, you’ll have many opportunities to make your vacation memorable! Your Local Hosts can give you suggestions and also arrange activities for you. Also, be sure to ask them for the best picture spots!
But that’s not all, in Venice, your package also includes a glassblower’s presentation and entrances to Marciana Library and the Correr and Archeological Museums. That doesn’t even include the time you’ve saved by skipping the lines—not to mention the hassles and headaches! So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and take the vacation of a lifetime with Monograms!
* The “Starting at” or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms). DIV
Benvenuto – welcome! Your Local Host will be delighted to help you maximize your time in Italy’s famous capital city.
Your morning guided sightseeing, with headset, is rich in religious and ancient history. Visit the VATICAN MUSEUMS to see amazing treasures. In the SISTINE CHAPEL, where the Conclave is held to elect new popes, view Michelangelo’s The Last Judgment and his famous ceiling paintings. Also on the agenda today, enter monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA, built in 313 AD above St. Peter the Apostle’s tomb and home to Michelangelo’s masterpiece Renaissance sculpture, the Pietà. Cross the Tiber River and continue your immersion in history at the iconic COLOSSEUM, built for 50,000 spectators, and the ROMAN FORUM, where the oldest structures of the ancient city are located. (Please note the Vatican Museum is closed on Wednesdays and Sundays, therefore your included guided sightseeing will be moved to an alternate day. Please be aware of this variation if making independent arrangements for your time at leisure.)
A full day at leisure to enjoy a variety of activities—your Local Host will have suggestions that might include a visit to Gianicolo Hill for the best views of Rome.
Travel by HIGH-SPEED TRAIN (first class) to Venice.
Morning guided sightseeing, with headset, features ST. MARK’S SQUARE and BASILICA with its exceptional gold mosaics. Visit DOGES’ PALACE and the poignant BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Watch skilled GLASSBLOWERS fashion their delicate objects in the age-old manner, and learn why glass-making was so important in Venetian history. ENTRANCES to Marciana Library, and the Correr and Archaeological Museums are included; ask your Local Host for details.
Your Local Host has many interesting suggestions for your day at leisure in this intriguing city of canals and bridges. You may wish to visit the Arsenal & Naval History Museum, or relax on the beach at Lido Island.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.