11 Day Tour

The Splendors of Italy: Classic Italy

  • Departs : Year-Round

    Day 1: Depart US for Venice

    Overnight flight to Venice.

    Day 2: Venice

    "Benvenuti in Italia!" Welcome to Venice, a city of myth, magic, indolence and pleasure! Transfer to your hotel by private motor launch. Venice is a world half real and half fantasy with its picturesque carnival, colorful pageants, musical festivals and theaters. Leisure time to explore Venice. Overnight in Venice.

    Day 3: Venice

    Enjoy a morning walking tour of Venice including the Piazza San Marco, the magnificent Basilica San Marco (inside visit), the splendid Doge's Palace, and the Bridge of Sighs. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Venice.

    Day 4: Venice

    Full day at leisure. Overnight Venice.

    Day 5: Venice / Florence

    Morning transfer to the rail station for a train to Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance. Ride through Italy’s most beautiful regions of “Veneto, Emilia Romagna and Tuscany”. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel. Balance of day free. Overnight in Florence.

    Day 6: Florence

    Your half day tour of Florence includes the beautiful Piazza Del Duomo to see the Cathedral of Santa Maria Dei Fiore, Giotto's Bell Tower and the Romanesque Baptistery of St. John with the exquisite bronze doors by Ghiberti (Michelangelo called them ‘The Gates of Paradise’). Also included is the Academy of Fine Arts which houses Michelangelo's superb ‘David’ and many of the master's unfinished works. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Florence.

    Day 7: Florence

    Free day to explore this magnificent city. Florence is rich with galleries and museums including the famous Uffizi Museum. Stroll through the city enjoying the many shops and cafes. Overnight in Florence.

    Day 8: Florence / Rome

    Depart for Rome, the “Eternal city”. Transfer to the station for your train to Rome. Enjoy a panoramic view of Tuscany, Umbria & Lazio regions while onboard. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Rome.

    Day 9: Rome

    Morning at leisure. Enjoy our afternoon walking tour of the Colosseum (inside visit), Palatine Hill (inside visit) and the Roman Forum (inside visit). Skip the lines! Overnight in Rome.

    Day 10: Rome

    A day to explore this majestic city! There is no better place to grasp the continuity of Italian civilization. You will come to understand why Rome has always considered itself a capital, eternally renewing herself and finding strength in her rich past. Overnight in Rome.

    Day 11: Rome / Home

    Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

  • Three nights in Venice, three nights in Florence and three nights in Rome at first class hotels including daily breakfast, service fees and taxes

    First class train tickets Venice / Florence / Rome

    Two half day city tours in Rome including the Vatican

    Half day city tours in Venice & Florence

    Private arrival transfers in each city with private motor launch in Venice

  • Florence Bike Tour (City Center)

    This Florence city bike tour takes you on roads that are not traveled by regular walking tours. Your guide will take you to the major tourist attractions including Santa Maria Novella, the Artisans district, Palazzo Pitti, San Frediano, Ponte Vecchio. Uffizi Square, Santa Croce, Piazza della Signoria, the Medieval district, the Duomo and Piazza della Repubblica.

    Gondola Tour

    Discover quintessential Venice in the company of a fabulous guide! Experience another world as you explore the fascinating city of Venice in a gondola. To unlock the secrets of mysterious Venice, you have to experience it as Venetians have for over a millennia. We provide the keys to understanding the world's most fascinating and unique city.

    Grand Canal Tour

    Glide along Venice's Grand Canal, an extraordinarily beautiful and unique highway, marvelling at the stately procession of sumptuous water palaces gazing proudly upon centuries of comings and goings. But don’t just see the Grand Canal, experience for yourself the lifestyles of the rich and famous with a spicy sprinkling of gossip from those in the know. Our charming bronzed water taxi skippers have ferried some of the world’s most famous celebrities as well as being the stunt drivers for blockbuster films such as the 007 epic ‘Casino Royale.’ On this unique tour, your Venice tour guide will recount tantalising stories about the famous palaces and sites lining the Grand Canal. Our skippers and our guides have their fingers on the pulse of Venice, knowing every mossy, misty canal, crumbling palace and skeleton in the cupboard!

    Sunset Walk & Dinner in Florence

    Enjoy a guided 45-minute walk in the heart of Florence around Piazza della Republica, Piazza della Signoria and Via dei Calzaiuoli.  You will learn about the Italian culture, its highly-acclaimed cuisine and way of living.  After the walking tour, dine at a local Italian Trattoria where you will enjoy a 3-course meal.

    Sunset Walk & Dinner in Rome

    Enjoy a guided 45-minute walk in the heart of Rome and will learn about the Italian culture, its highly-acclaimed cuisine and way of living.  After the walking tour, dine at a local Italian Trattoria where you will enjoy a 3-course meal.

    Tuscany Bike & Winery Tour (Countryside around Florence & Chianti)

    This unique tour combines a fully-supported bike ride in the Tuscan countryside with a professionally guided wine tour. Bike along scenic country roads hemmed in ancient olive groves and vineyards. Several stops for photo-taking will be made along the way. Visit two wineries—one at a beautiful Renaissance villa and another set at a family-run organic farm. Enjoy a typical Tuscan lunch with wine-tasting. A van will accompany the group. Bikers can ride the 10 miles (round-trip) or use the minivan support to help in the short uphill sections of the route.

    Tuscany Bike & Winery Tour (Countryside around Florence & Chianti) + Villa Swim

    Enjoy a leisurely bike ride from Florence to the Tuscan countryside passing through stunning vistas of rolling hills, vineyards, olive groves, villas and castles. Visit a fabulous Renaissance villa where you can walk through its exquisite Italian gardens, vineyards and olive groves. Enjoy a tasty traditional lunch with wine-tasting at this beautiful villa. See how olive oil is pressed and sample the estate’s delicious virgin olive oil. Spend the remainder of your day relaxing at the estate pool…bring your swimsuit! A van will accompany the group. Bikers can ride the entire or use the minivan support to help in the short uphill sections of the route.

    Venice Islands (Murano, Burano & Torcello)

    Sail past the island of S. Giorgio Maggiore, S. Elena gardens and the Lido reaching Murano, known for its handmade glasses. Here we will visit an artistic glassblowing factory. Then we will proceed to the island of Burano, famous for its lacemaking and brightly-colored fishermen’s houses. Continue to Torcello to visit the ancient Basilica of S. Maria Assunta with its magnificent mosaics and the Church of S. Fosca.

    Walking Tour of Uffizi Gallery

    Enjoy the Uffizi Gallery’s wealth of Renaissance artwork such as treasures of Giotto, Michelangelo, da Vinci, Caravaggio and Raphael—artists regarded as masters of their time. Discover how Michelangelo outsmarted a famous skinflint. Learn the history of paintings like Botticelli’s famous Birth of Venus as you explore one of the world’s greatest art collections.
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