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The following itinerary is an example of a possible route with various activities.
It can reorganized to fit your interests, budget and schedule. It can also be combined with any of the other programs on our website.
Welcome in Italy! On arrival at Rome airport, you will be met and transferred to your downtown hotel. Pick up your Globe Trotter Travel Vouchers-Book at the front desk as you check in. The remainder of the days is at your leisure to create your own urban adventure and form your first impression of Italy and Rome.
Rome - 1° Overnight
After breakfast in your hotel, explore Rome, The Eternal City. We recommend that you focus your visit on the main sites between Palatine Hill and the Spanish Steps. Start off with a visit the Roman Colosseum and marvel at Rome`s greatest architectural wonder.
You may want to purchase our optional tour "Ancient Rome Walking Tour" during which you will visit all the best-known sites of ancient Rome, including the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Capitoline Hill, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona.
As the night approaches, make your way down to Trastevere by bus or the help of the metro. The former ghetto is chalk full of various restaurants and bars sure to please every budget and taste, with plenty of entertainment afterwards.
Rome - 2° Overnight
Wake up early today and after your breakfast at your hotel, head for the Vatican City.
Here you'll take a tour "Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Tickets". You will avoid the lengthy queues and explore one of the world`s most extensive art collections. You could book locally an expert local guide who will share the stories and secrets contained within the Museums` walls, pleasures originally meant for the exclusive enjoyment of the Pope. Experience Michelangelo`s famous Creation of Adam with you own eyes as you explore the Sistine Chapel and wander Raphael`s Rooms.
After taking in the Museums, be humbled by the imposing beauty of Saint Peter`s Basilica, where you will encounter another of Michelangelo`s masterpieces, La Pietà. For a fascinating finish, you will stop to admire the magnificent Saint Peter`s Square, as your guide points out Bernini`s ingenious use of optical illusion.
After you`ve been to church, grab lunch and then head over to the old Post Office to mail a letter from the world`s smallest country. Once you`ve had lunch and your spirit is revitalized, take a nice shady stroll down the Tiber River. Along the river you can visit the Castel Sant`Angelo or the frescoed Villa Farnesina near the Botanical Gardens for a taste of Roman Renaissance.
Cross the river then and explore the local neighborhoods and backstreets in and around Piazza Navona and the Campo de Fiori (flower market). There are lots of restaurants in this area for when you get hungry and the bars and nightclubs stay crowded until long after midnight. If you want to really get dressed up and go clubbing with the locals, make your way out to Testaccio south of town.
Rome - 3° Overnight
Spend the morning of the fourth day exploring the Capitoline Museums - three of the oldest in the world containing artifacts and artworks from the ancient Roman world. The three museums are connected by an underground gallery and run the gambit from a giant bronzed head of Constantine to the serpent-headed locks of Bernini`s Medusa. Have lunch along the river near the Isola Tiberina.
This afternoon, check out some of Rome`s other hidden gems such as the Baths of Diocletian at Piazza Repubblica which was the largest bathhouse of its kind dating back to 300 A.D. and contains Octagonal Hall, a former Roman gymnasium.
Rome - 4° Overnight
Today you continue on your trip to London. We recommend that you make your flight reservation between 10:00am and Noon. This will give you time to enjoy your final breakfast in Rome and head to the airport for your flight to London. Don't miss to take our private transfers where a representative will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the airport.
Begin the afternoon with a traditional lunch of fish and chips in any of the quaint pubs to be found throughout London. Afterwards, we recommend that you get acquainted with the city by choosing an optional tour such as 'The Original London Sightseeing Tour' (red route), showcasing St. Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London or 'The Tower of London and River Cruise'.
As night approaches, make your way to Leicester Square, center of London cinema, for dinner and a show. This West End area is full of restaurants and bars sure to please every budget, with plenty of music and entertainment on hand!
London - 5° Overnight
Wake up early today and head to Trafalgar Square to see Nelson's Column before going up the mall towards Buckingham Palace. Following the ceremonious 'Changing of the Guard' you will have time for lunch and a leisurely stroll through St. James Park. Remember to cross the bridge at the middle of the lake for one of the best views in all of London.
At the eastern end of the park is Horse Guards Parade. Walk through the central arch into Whitehall where you can have a bit of a laugh trying to make the sentries smile or just snap a quick pic with one. Continue down Whitehall past No. 10 Downing Street to see if you can catch a glimpse of the Prime Minister then make a brief stop at the Cenotaph before moving on to Parliament Square. Following your visits of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament cross over the square to Westminster Abbey, London's most prestigious religious building. As the setting for coronations, state funerals and the burial place of many famous kings, queens and writers it is definitely not to be missed!
After a busy day of sightseeing, why not experience high tea at the Cellarium Café at Westminster Abbey? Then walk off those scones as you stroll across Westminster Bridge for a ride on 'Merlin Entertainment`s London Eye.' We suggest you buy your tickets early to avoid heavy queues.
London - 6° Overnight
Begin your day at the British Museum (free admission). Established in 1753, it is home to nearly 8 million works from all over the world and is one of the largest and most comprehensive collections dedicated to human history and culture. Following your visit of the museum, head to Covent Graden for an afternoon of shopping and a bite to eat whilst watching the local street performers.
Next stop is the National Portrait Gallery, where you can gaze upon the likenesses of historically important and famous British men and women from the 16th century through the present day. The Gallery's collection includes over 195,000 portraits including the Chandos portrait of William Shalespeare as well as photographs, drawings and sculptures.
On your final night in London, make your way to the bright lights of Piccadilly Circus to see the Shaftesbury memorial fountain and statue of Eros. Have a casual dinner at one of the local pubs and perhaps catch a show (if you have not already done so) at the Criterion Theatre or in nearby Leicester Square
London - 7° Overnight