Three of the world’s greatest cities – Rome, Florence & Venice – are yours to discover!
• 2 nights each – Venice & Florence; 3 nights Rome
• See the Doges’ Palace and St. Marks’s Square in Venice
• Explore Florence’s Ponte Vecchio, Uffizi Gallery & beautiful Dromo
• Witness Rome’s ancient monuments from the Forum to the Colosseum
• Tour Vatican City, St. Peter’s Basilica & the Sistine Chapel
• Visit the Medieval hill town of Assisi
This vacation requires a valid passport!
Depart for Marco Polo Airport located just outside Venice. Built on 118 separate islands bound together by a seemingly endless number of bridges and canals, this auto-free city is truly like none other. Starhotels Splendid Venice – 2 nights (In-flight meals, D)
Discover Venice on a walking tour featuring Piazza San Marco and St. Mark’s Basilica, then pay a visit to Doges’ Palace – the official residence of the rulers of Venice in the Middle Ages. Experience the city by gondola in the afternoon. (FB,D)
Onward to Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance, with a wine-tasting lunch en route. If you’ve read The Agony and the Ecstasy you know the special role this city played in the life of Michelangelo. So it’s fitting to begin with a visit to The Academy, home to David, widely considered his finest sculpture. Hotel Baglioni Firenze – 2 nights (FB,L)
A walking tour through the city center of Florence will highlight the Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, the Duomo and the Church of the Holy Cross, Michelangelo’s final resting place. Further explore this culturally rich city with an afternoon guided tour of Italy’s most famous art museum, the Uffizi Gallery, showcasing the world’s finest Renaissance masterpieces. (FB,D)
Climb the crooked streets of the Medieval hill town of Assisi to her crowning jewel, the 13th-Century Basilica de San Francesco honoring California’s Patron Saint. Onward to Rome, “The Eternal City.” Hotel Quirinale Roma – 3 nights (FB,D)
Embark on a guided walking tour featuring Roman landmarks from ancient to modern. You’ll see the Roman Forum, Circus Maximus and Piazza Venezia, and tour the massive Colosseum. (FB,D)
Visit the country-within-a-country when you cross the border into Vatican City, the seat of the Roman Catholic Church. Tour the Vatican’s vast collection of art and antiquities, followed by the breathtaking beauty of the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo’s most revered work. A walk through St. Peter’s Basilica is sure to humble and inspire. In the evening, say arrividerci at a gala Farewell Dinner held in your honor. (FB,D)
A flight from Leonardo da Vinci Airport, an hour’s drive outside Rome, brings your Italian adventure to a close. (FB, In-flight meals)
Featuring Tioga Pass and Bodie State Historical Park
Featuring covered, reserved seating for the Grand Floral Parade
First offered as a holiday excursion in 2013, it has been often requested by our Christmas crowd ever since, so we are pleased to bring A Coos Bay Christmas back for a return engagement.
This is an all-coach trip. Travel north to Ashland/Medford the first day. There’s a lunch break in Redding and tonight you’ll partake in the annual Christmas Feast at the Winchester Inn. The six-course meal comes with carolers and costumed staff.
The next morning (Christmas Eve), before departing for the coast, make an early morning visit to Harry & David’s. As is our Christmas shopping tradition, we have negotiated a little gift card to get you started on your expedition. Travel to the coast, stopping in Bandon at Washed Ashore, a most unique place that makes art out of ocean trash. At Cranberry Sweets, your sponsored-shopping activities continue. Finish the day at The Mill Casino/Hotel in Coos Bay. Dinner tonight is a Crab Fest (other options available), as the Dungeness season will have just started.
Christmas Day brings our legendary White Elephant Gift Exchange, an ecological tour of the area and a visit to Shore Acres State Park. Not only is there an interesting story, there is a wonderful display of Christmas lights. A holiday feast is planned.
The trip home takes you down the Oregon Coast, with shopping stops at Misty Meadows Jams and the House of Myrtlewood. Spend the night in Eureka and head home through the redwoods.
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