From Venice to Florence to Rome, Private Tour, 9 days
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 are 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.
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.
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 joining our carefully planned optional day trip to the islands of Murano & Burano.
Optional tour: Murano & Burano Boat Tour, Venice
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.
Day 4: Florence Sightseeing
After breakfast at 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 an evening at your own leisure.
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
Optional tour: Day Trip to Pisa & Lucca
Day 6: Ancient Rome Sightseeing & 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 to Rome. Your driver meets you and takes you to your downtown hotel.
After check-in meet your guide for a stroll through the very heart of Rome. Today in about 4 hours you see the most famous attractions and hidden treasures of the Eternal city. You explore the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, the famous Fountain of the Four Rivers, as well as witness the masterpieces by Bernini, Borromini and many others.
The highlight of your day is a tour of the most well-recognized sight of Rome - the Colosseum. Taxi fare to travel between the sites with your guide is included.
After the tour you return to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 7: Vatican Sightseeing
In the morning after breakfast meet your guide 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, 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 St. Peter’s Square, where you can admire Michelangelo's Dome and the gorgeous colonnades designed by Bernini. Round trip taxi fare is included.
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.
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 one of our carefully planned optional tours.
Optional tour: Catacombs of Rome, Rome
Optional tour: Tivoli Tour: Hadrian’s Villa & Villa d’Este
Day 9: Departure from Rome
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!
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.
Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses
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.
Having been on other tours, this one was a private tour and was outstanding. From airport pickup and delivery, knowledgeable guides, convenient accommodations---all made the trip most enjoyable
- Gayle Taylor about her trip with us
We are in awe! Any request was a moment away. It was easy to build our private tour day by day based on our interests. The service was unlike I have ever seen
- Helen and Chris B. about their trip with us
I had a fabulous holiday! The places visited included Venice, Florence, Rome and Vatican as well as exceptional trips to Pisa and the Burano & Murano islands
- Alison Gardner about her trip with us
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- Mary Fogelberg about her trip with us
From the moment I landed until I was taken to the airport for my flight home everything was amazing
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