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Overview

Set off on an unforgettable private tour that takes you from the romantic canals of Venice to the motherland of the Renaissance, Florence, then enjoy the best of the Eternal City, Rome and spend time on the colorful sun-kissed Amalfi Coast. The program can be tailored according to your preferences and includes impeccable logistics, 1st-class connections, no-line admissions and centrally located 4-star hotels.
 

Tour type:
Private tour
Tour rating:
4.89 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • 4-star centrally located hotels
    10 nights
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Private airport/railway station transfers
    3 train rides (1st-class)
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 4 guided city tours
  • MEALS
  • 10 breakfasts

Day-by-Day

Day 1
Arrival to Venice

Welcome to Venice - one of the most charming cities of Italy. Upon arrival, you are met by your private driver at the airport, who transfers you to the hotel for the check-in.

The rest of the day is at your own leisure to relax after the trip.

No meals included.

Day 2
Venice Sightseeing

After breakfast at the hotel, meet your private guide in the lobby and enjoy a wonderful walking city tour of all the must-see places of Venice.

We have carefully chosen the stops on this tour to give you a real insight into the city. You see the Rialto Bridge (and Rialto fish market), walk past the quiet streets, peaceful canals and go beyond the areas that visitors usually see. This is where Venice is hiding its best architecture and secret stories – and that is what you are out to explore.

Among many sights you discover are the iconic St. Mark's Basilica, where you see the astonishing Pala D'Oro altar. You go up to Loggia dei Cavalli to enjoy the best panoramic views of St. Mark's Square.

Next on your list is the tour of the Doges Palace that includes crossing the Bridge of Sighs, visiting the old prisons and lushly decorated chambers of the Palace.

After the tour return to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure or may go on an optional gondola ride.

Breakfast is included.

Day 3
Free Day in Venice & Train to Florence

Today is reserved for you to explore and enjoy Venice on your own. We suggest visiting the Peggy Guggenheim Collection or joining our carefully planned optional day trip to the islands of Murano & Burano.

  • Optional tour: Murano & Burano Boat Tour
    Enjoy a tranquil trip through Venetian lagoon to the islands of Murano & Burano. Your first stop is Burano Island and see this charming and colorful fishing village.

In the afternoon you meet your private driver for a transfer to the railway station. In about 2 hours you reach your next destination, Florence. Upon arrival, you are met by your private driver at the train station, who transfers you to the hotel for the check-in. The rest of the evening is free for you to relax.

Breakfast is included.

Day 4
Florence Sightseeing

After breakfast in your hotel, meet with your private guide and go on a comprehensive walking tour of Florence's highlights.

Today's program includes exploration of the Piazza del Duomo with a visit to the Baptistery dedicated to St. John the Baptist. Your ticket to the Grande Museo del Duomo allows you to visit the other magnificent monuments of Piazza del Duomo in your free time within 72 hours: the Cathedral itself, the Dome and its famous Bell Tower. 

As you proceed to the main square of the city - Piazza della Repubblica - you pass by the touristic area of the Strozzi Palace a bustling shopping street, via Tornabuoni.

Then you enter in Oltrarno where you see numerous local craftsmen shops and beautiful Santo Spirito Church and Convent, built for the Agostinian monks. In this very part of the city you can find the first official work of Michelangelo dating back to the age when he was 17 years old. We also visit the Galleria dell'Accademia to see the famous Michelangelo's statue David as well before ending the tour on the Ponte Vecchio.

After the tour you return to your hotel and enjoy evening at your own leisure.

Breakfast is included.

Day 5
Free Day in Florence or Optional Trip

Today is free day for you to savor magnificent Florence on your own or join one of our carefully planned optional tours to ancient and scenic destinations, located about a one-hour drive away from Florence.​

  • Optional tour: Tuscany Wine Trail, Florence
    Get an insight of Tuscany, Italy's famous region of great wines during the Tuscany Wine Trail tour. Explore the fascinating countryside of the Chianti Wine region and discover two of the best wineries in Tuscany.

Breakfast is included.

Day 6
Highlights of Rome & Colosseum

Following breakfast in your hotel, you check out and meet your private driver for a transfer to the railway station. An hour and a half later you arrive in Rome. Your driver meets you and takes you to your downtown hotel where you meet with your private guide and embark on a tour to discover the famous ancient treasures of the Eternal City.


You have a taxi transfer to Rome's hallmark site - the Colosseum. Originally known by the name of Flavius amphitheater, it was the biggest and most imposing building of its kind in the Roman world, designed as an arena for the fights of Roman gladiators and could hold up to 70 thousand spectators.


After touring Colosseum you proceed with a walking city tour to see the most famous attractions and hidden treasures of the Eternal City. You see the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, the famous Fountain of the Four Rivers, as well as witness the masterpieces by Bernini, Borromini, and many others.



After the tour, your guide takes you back to the hotel and you have the evening at leisure.

Breakfast is included.

Day 7
Vatican Sightseeing

In the morning after breakfast, you meet your guide and walk to a walled enclave and the world’s smallest independent state - Vatican*. When inside the Vatican, you visit private apartments of Julius II, Pinecone Courtyard, Gallery of the Maps, Gallery of the Tapestries and Gallery of Candelabra.


Next, you proceed to the Sistine Chapel, where you have enough time to admire Michelangelo's famous frescoes and learn about the intense relationship between Pope Julius II and Michelangelo that drove the artist to create the greatest work of art the world has ever known.


Your tour continues in the vast open spaces of St. Peter’s Basilica where you see a stunning Pieta - a world-famous work of Renaissance sculpture by Michelangelo, and Bernini's impressive Papal Canopy, a legacy left to the Basilica by the Barberini family.


The ending point of your tour is in St. Peter’s Square, where you can admire Michelangelo's Dome and the gorgeous colonnades designed by Bernini.

After the tour, you enjoy a leisurely walk back to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the beauty of Rome on your own.

*Please note: the Vatican is a sacred religious site thus the dress code for visiting it is applied just as when you visit any church in Italy: no shorts – no uncovered knees and shoulders, no backpacks.

Breakfast is included.

Day 8
Free Day in Rome

Today is reserved for you to explore and enjoy Rome on your own. After breakfast you can do some independent sightseeing, shop for souvenirs or have a good rest.

We suggest visiting the Opera Theater, the Modern Art Gallery - Galleria nazionale d'arte or the Galleria Borghese or joining our carefully planned optional tour.

  • Optional tour: Catacombs of Rome
    Discover a layer of Roman history with a private guide and driver during your 3-hour Catacombs of Rome tour and explore one of the Eternal City’s underground catacombs and burial chambers.
  • Optional tour: Tivoli Tour: Hadrian’s Villa & Villa d’Este
    Today you get to see the gorgeous Roman Villa of Emperor Hadrian - one of the most magnificent villas of the ancient world built 19 centuries ago.

Breakfast is included.

Day 9
Transfer to Sorrento

Following breakfast you check out from the hotel. Your driver transfers you to the train station to board a train that takes you to Naples.

Upon arrival, your private driver picks you up at the train station and takes you to your hotel located in Sorrento for check-in.

The rest of the day is free. Alternatively, you can take one of our optional tours carefully prepared for you.

  • Optional tour: Amalfi Coast Tour
    Today you get to experience the breathtaking beauty of the Amalfi Coast and the surrounding area. You discover the picturesque towns of Positano and Amalfi from a local perspective.
  • Optional tour: Pompeii Exploration
    Explore the archeological sites of Pompeii, one of the greatest and richest cities of the Roman age, was tragically completely destroyed as a result of the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
  • Optional tour: Tour of Pompeii & Amalfi Coast
    Your day is dedicated to the exploration of historical gems of Southern Italy. You start with the archeological sites of Pompeii and discover the picturesque towns of Positano and Amalfi from a local perspective.

Breakfast is included.

Day 10
Free Day at Amalfi Coast

Today following breakfast at your hotel you have a free day to continue enjoying fascinating Sorrento at your leisure. You can join one of our carefully planned optional tours.

  • Optional tour: Sorrento City Tour
    Spend 3 hours enjoying a walking guided tour of Sorrento, a stunning city on the Amalfi Coast.
  • Optional tour: Trip to Capri Island
    Enjoy a trip to Capri Island! Take a hydrofoil to the island and have a tour of Ancapri and have a stop in the Blue Grotto.
  • Optional tour: Amalfi Coast Tour from Sorrento
    Experience the breathtaking beauty of the Amalfi Coast and surrounding area on an full-day scenic tour from Sorrento.

Breakfast is included.

Day 11
Departure

This is the last day of your amazing tour to Italy! After breakfast your driver meets you at the hotel lobby and takes you to the airport for your flight back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future vacations!

Breakfast is included.


Included

10 nights at centrally-located 4-star hotels

  • Hand picked hotels
  • Best location for sightseeing
  • Breakfasts
4-star accommodation at top hotels

Sample hotels:

  • Starhotel Splendid Venice
  • Hotel De La Ville, Florence
  • Hotel Dei Mellini, Rome
  • Hotel Plaza, Sorrento

What's included
  • Accommodation at remarkable centrally located 4-star hotels in Venice, Florence, Rome and Amalfi Coast (or Sorrento);
  • Delicious breakfasts at your hotels;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary with private drivers;
  • 1st class train tickets Venice - Florence, Florence - Rome, Rome - Salerno;
  • Sightseeing tours with private professional English-speaking guides;
  • Entrances to St. Mark's Basilica, Doges Palace, Loggia dei Cavalli, Grande Museo del Duomo and Academia in Florence, Colosseum, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica;
  • All tourist fees & taxes, including tourist city taxes;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

Not included: international flights, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses, gratuities.

Important: Tourist city taxes are applied in Italy and some hotels cannot receive payment for the city tax beforehand, therefore you might need to pay additional fees on the spot. The fares usually range from 1- 7 euros.​

Tour highlights
  • Fully tailor-made program according to your interests
  • Accommodation at best hand-picked 4-star hotels all situated in the city centers, close to major attractions;
  • 1st class high-speed train transportation between cities
  • Guided visit to Doges Palace in Venice
  • Guided tour inside Florence Baptistery and Grande Museo del Duomo
  • Comprehensive city tour of Rome with guided tours inside Colosseum and Vatican City
  • Exploring Vatican and the Sistine Chapel
What to Know
  • You can expect to find some shops and restaurants closed from 1-4 p.m. as it is "Riposo" time, Italy’s midday siesta. Most places will be also closed on Sundays, most restaurants won’t open until 7 p.m. or later
  • Tipping in restaurants is included in the bill, the cover charge is called ”coperto”. A charge from $1 to $3 will be noted on the menu
  • Make sure you have coins, in Italy you will be typically charged from 1 to 2 Euros to enter a public restroom

Dates & Rates

Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers: Midseason (November - March)
$3,545
Deposit $709
Two travelers: double occupancy: Midseason (November - March)
$3,845
Deposit $769
Friends trip: 4+ travelers: High Season (April - October)
$4,195
Deposit $839
Two travelers: double occupancy: High Season (April - October)
$4,495
Deposit $899

*Please note: the Midseason prices do not apply for Christmas and New Year holidays and are eligible for tours booked after September 14, 2018.

Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers: Midseason (November - March)
$3,545
Deposit $709
Two travelers: double occupancy: Midseason (November - March)
$3,845
Deposit $769
Friends trip: 4+ travelers: High Season (April - October)
$4,195
Deposit $839
Two travelers: double occupancy: High Season (April - October)
$4,495
Deposit $899

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I think that no place on Earth can be more interesting to tour than Italy

A million times thank you! Italy is an incredibly beautiful country. I think that no place on Earth can be more interesting to tour than Italy. Venice is the living definition of romance, so stunning with gandolas and canals. The truly Italian feeling and numerous tourist attractions were impressive. Anywhere you turn ...

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Superb tour to Italy! You really deserve a round of applause

I wasn't sure what to expect from our trip to Italy but my mom and I were very surprised with how smoothly everything went. Only a few minor hiccups that were too minor to even mention. We enjoyed the guided tours because all the views were really great and the buildings so old. The sites were a bit crowded but still ...

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I think that no place on Earth can be more interesting to tour than Italy

A million times thank you! Italy is an incredibly beautiful country. I think that no place on Earth can be more interesting ...

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October 16, 2016

Superb tour to Italy! You really deserve a round of applause

I wasn't sure what to expect from our trip to Italy but my mom and I were very surprised with how smoothly everything went. ...

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Attention to detail was outstanding - Essence of Northern Italy, April 2017

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