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Overview

There is nothing like Italy and there is nothing like classic Italian luxury. This program is all about the experience: hotels, people, sights and gastronomy. Enjoy the authentic atmosphere of Venice as you stroll the Rialto Market and enter the mysterious Doges Palace. Explore the ornate Duomo of Florence and visit the Galleria dell'Accademia to admire Michelangelo's famous statue of David. Savor delicious select wines during an evening wine-tasting. Discover the top sights of Rome from the Spanish Steps to the Trevi Fountain and Colosseum. Spend a day touring the Vatican and see St. Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel and private apartments of Julius II. And stay at the top notch 5-star hotels and enjoy the dinner in Rome at a Michelin-starred restaurant.
 

Tour type:
Private tour
Tour rating:
4.88 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • 5-star centrally located hotels:
    6 nights
    5-star property in Florence:
    3 nights
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Private airport/railway station transfers
    2 train rides between cities
    Private drivers for day trips
    1 boat cruise
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 3 guided walking city tours
    3 guided tours with private transportation
    8 guided visits to sights and museums
  • MEALS
  • 9 breakfasts
    1 dinner
    Welcome drink
    Wine tasting

Day-by-Day

Day 1
Arrival to Venice

Welcome to Venice - one of the most charming cities of Italy. Upon arrival, you have a private water-taxi transfer to the hotel for the check-in. 

In the evening enjoy a Welcome cocktail at the hotel with your guide and discuss the exciting journey that awaits you ahead.

Welcome drink 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.

Here's what you can expect from your time in Venice:



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.

Continue to Rialto and its market which gives a unique chance to flavor the real, authentic Venetian atmosphere. The market displays essential elements of local cuisine and might be considered as one of the very few open-air food markets still active in Italy. Walk along the majestic water way of the Grand Canal, the intricate maze of alleys and the many "bacaries" where you can stop for a good glass of wine and taste typical Venetian cicheto.

You also enjoy Venice from a luxury private watertaxi which then takes you for a quick tour to Murano Island, worldwide famous for its glass craftsmanship.

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
Leisure Time in Venice & Train to Florence

The first half of the day is free for you to enjoy and explore Venice on your own.

In the afternoon you are met at your hotel by an assistant for a private water-taxi transfer to the train station. Upon arrival to Florence in about 2 hours you are met by your guide and driver and taken to your hotel for check-in. The evening is at leisure.

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 famous Dome, the Bell Tower, and the Cathedral Museum with works by Michelangelo and Donatello. 

As you proceed to the main square of the city - Piazza della Signoria - you pass through the heart of the historical center with its landmark sites like Piazza della Repubblica and the Strozzi Palace. Stroll down via Tornabuoni, one of the most beautiful streets of the city, famous for its fine shops. 

We will also cross over the Arno River on the Ponte Vecchio to enter the Oltrarno district where you see numerous local craftsmen shops and the beautiful Santo Spirito Church and Convent, built for the Agostinians. In this very part of the city you can find an early work of Michelangelo dating back to when he was just 17 years old. 

During the tour we also visit the Galleria dell'Accademia to see Michelangelo's famous colossal statue of David, a must-see in Florence. 

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

Breakfast is included.

Day 5
Leisure Time & Evening Wine Tasting

Today is free for you to explore Florence on your own, relax in your beautiful hotel or join an optional tour.

  • Optional tour: Clay Modeling Master Class, Florence

In the evening meet your fellow travelers at the hotel restaurant for a wine tasting. Enjoy a tasting of 4 different wines selected by the hotel sommelier with bruschetta, grissini and a selection of cheese.

Breakfast and wine-tasting included.

Day 6
From Florence to Rome

In the morning following breakfast, you have the first half of the day at leisure.

In the afternoon meet your driver in the hotel lobby who transfers you to the rail station to board a train to Rome. An hour and a half later you arrive in the Italian capital. Your guide meets you and takes you to your downtown hotel.

After check-in, together with your guide, you go on an evening panoramic tour of Rome. During the tour you see one of Rome's impressive Baroque masterpieces, the stunning Trevi Fountain, explore the Spanish Steps, and stroll the Piazza Navona, housing the famous Fountain of the Four Rivers.

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

Breakfast is included.

Day 7
Ancient Rome & Colosseum

After breakfast in your hotel, meet with your private guide and driver and go to the very heart of Rome. Today in about 4 hours you discover the famous ancient treasures of the Eternal City.

Take a virtual look around the capital:



Your first stop today is the iconic Roman Forum, situated on low ground between the Palatine and Capitoline hills, it was the key political, ritual, and civic center of ancient Rome and can be traced 3 thousand years back. Today you can see columns and remains of ancient temples, archs and buildings, such as the Temple of Caesar and the Arch of Septimius Severus, as well as the the adjacent Palatine Hill, which was the site of the city’s first settlements.

Another place you discover today is Rome's hallmark site - the Colosseum. Originally known by the name of Flavius amphitheatre, 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 the tour your guide takes you back to the hotel.

Breakfast is included.

Day 8
Vatican Sightseeing

In the morning after breakfast meet your guide and driver and head to a walled enclave and the world’s smallest independent state - Vatican*. When inside the Vatican, you visit private apartments of Julius II, the Pinecone Courtyard, the 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 St. Peter’s Square, where you can admire Michelangelo's Dome and the gorgeous colonnades designed by Bernini.

After the tour, you are transferred 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 and dinner included.

Day 9
Day at Leisure in Rome & Optional tours

This day is reserved for you to continue exploring the beautiful Italian capital, Rome on your own. Alternatively, you may join one of our carefully-planned optional tours.

Breakfast is included.

Day 10
Departure

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

  • Recommended extension: If you would like to extend your Italian vacation, continue exploring its wonders with our extension to the Amalfi coast. Contact your specialist for details.

Breakfast is included.


Included

6 nights at 5-star centrally located hotels, 3 nights at a 5-star property in Florence

  • Hand picked hotels
  • Best location for sightseeing
  • Breakfasts
Accommodation at select 5-star hotels

Sample hotels:

  • Baglioni Hotel Luna, Venice
  • Lungarno Collection Hotel, Florence
  • St. Regis Rome Hotel, Rome

What's included
  • Accommodation at remarkable centrally located 5-star hotels in Venice, Rome and a 5-star property in Florence;
  • Delicious breakfasts at your hotels;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary with private drivers;
  • 1st class / Executive class train tickets Venice - Florence, Florence - Rome;
  • Sightseeing tours with private professional English-speaking guides in Venice, Florence, Rome;
  • Meals according to itinerary;
  • Entrance tickets to: Doge's Palace, Skip the line Basilica San Marco, Pala D'Oro, Loggia dei Cavalli, Galleria dell'Accademia, Florence Cathedrale Santa Maria del Fiore with Baptistery, Bell Tower, Cathedral Museum, Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, Vatican Museums;
  • Welcome meeting with a guide in Venice accompanied with a welcome cocktail;
  • Farewell dinner with guide in Rome;
  • All tourist fees & taxes, including tourist city taxes;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

Tour highlights
  • Top local professional guides;
  • Exceptional 5-star hotels in every destination with unique local flavor;
  • High-end 1st class connections and airport transfers;
  • Unique optional tours and extensions;
  • Guided visit to the oldest open-air Rialto market in Venice and world-famous glass blowing and lace making studios in Murano & Burano Islands;
  • Evening panoramic city tour of Rome and relaxed pace tours of Colosseum and Vatican City;
  • Dinner with a local guide at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Rome.
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 - February)
$8,798
Deposit $1,760
Two travelers: double occupancy: Midseason (November - February)
$9,728
Deposit $1,946
Friends trip: 4+ travelers: High Season (April - October)
$9,998
Deposit $2,000
Two travelers: double occupancy: High Season (April - October)
$10,928
Deposit $2,186

*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 - February)
$8,798
Deposit $1,760
Two travelers: double occupancy: Midseason (November - February)
$9,728
Deposit $1,946
Friends trip: 4+ travelers: High Season (April - October)
$9,998
Deposit $2,000
Two travelers: double occupancy: High Season (April - October)
$10,928
Deposit $2,186

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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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