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Overview

Take delight in the charming Italian must-visit cities in the winter time, avoiding the large tourist crowds. Explore top attractions from the Venetian Doge's Palace to the Baptistery in Florence to the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican with private guides.

Tour type:
Private tour
Tour rating:
4.87 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • 4-star or 5-star centrally located hotels: 8 nights
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Private airport/railway station transfers
    2 train rides between cities
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 3 guided walking city tours
    1 guided city tour with taxi transportation
    7 guided visits to sights and museums
  • MEALS
  • 8 breakfasts

Day-by-Day

Day 1
Arrival in 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.

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

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



Your sightseeing program starts with a visit to St. Mark's Basilica, where you can see the astonishing Pala D'Oro altar. Next 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 & Train to Florence

Today is reserved for you to explore and enjoy Venice on your own. We suggest visiting the Peggy Guggenheim Collection or stroll along vivid Venetian streets.

In the afternoon you are met at your hotel by an assistant for a private water-taxi transfer to the train 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.

Florence through our eyes:




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
Free Day in Florence

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

We suggest visiting the Uffizi Gallery, the Pitti Palace or joining one of our carefully planned optional tours.

  • 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.
  • Optional tour: Day Trip to Pisa & Lucca
    Explore one of the most recognized symbols of Italy during the incredible day trip on trains to Pisa and Lucca. See the Leaning Tower and the Italian gem Lucca.
  • Optional tour: Uffizi Gallery Tour, Florence
    Spend time exploring the Uffizi Gallery which is home to an outstanding collection of art, including masterpieces by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Botticelli.

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.


Take a virtual look around the capital:



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 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 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, Rome
    Discover a layer of Roman history and explore one of the Eternal City’s underground catacombs and burial chambers, unfolding millennia of history hidden deep underneath the city.
  • Optional tour: Galleria Borghese, Rome
    During the 2-hour tour inside the gallery, you dive in the Italian art of sculpture and paintings. Take a chance to witness masterpieces of Caravaggio, Bernini and etc.

Breakfast is included.

Day 9
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.

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

Included

8 nights at centrally-located 4 or 5-star hotels

  • Hand picked hotels
  • Best value rooms
  • Restaurant
8 nights at centrally-located 4 or 5-star hotels

Always included:

  • Best location for sightseeing
  • Breakfasts
  • All taxes and fees

What's included
  • Accommodation at remarkable centrally located 4-star or 5-star hotels in Venice, Florence & Rome;
  • Delicious breakfasts at your hotels;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary with private and small group transport;
  • 1st class train tickets Venice - Florence, Florence - Rome;
  • Sightseeing tours with private professional English-speaking guides in Venice, Florence, 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
  • Fully tailor-made program according to your interest;
  • Your own professional local guides;
  • 1st class high-speed train transportation between cities;
  • Full flexibility of hotel options;
  • Exploring St. Mark's Basilica and the 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;
  • Relaxed pace with at least a 2-nights stay in each city with sufficient time to immerse yourself in the local culture.
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, 4 star (price per person)
$3,145
Deposit $629
Friends trip: 4+ travelers, 5 star (price per person)
$4,195
Deposit $839
Two travelers: double occupancy, 4 star (price per person)
$3,495
Deposit $699
Two travelers: double occupancy, 5 star (price per person)
$4,695
Deposit $939
Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers, 4 star (price per person)
$3,145
Deposit $629
Friends trip: 4+ travelers, 5 star (price per person)
$4,195
Deposit $839
Two travelers: double occupancy, 4 star (price per person)
$3,495
Deposit $699
Two travelers: double occupancy, 5 star (price per person)
$4,695
Deposit $939

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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

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