Create your perfect Italian holiday on this flexible journey offered by General Tours World Traveler. You can add more nights in Rome, Florence or Venice and tailor the trip to your budget with a choice of hotels, all handpicked for their unique charm and central locations. Your vacation also includes private guides in each city, first-class rail transportation, rail transfers and "onto the train" luggage service.
Engaging experiences and highlights include:
• Whisk past the lines on your private tour of the Vatican Museums.
• Explore Florence’s highly regarded Uffizi Gallery with a private guide.
• Take a private gondola cruise along Venice's enchanting canals.
$115 per person discount
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Begin in Rome where you'll explore the Eternal City with your personal guide on a private car tour. Visit the Colosseum, the Pantheon and the Forum, where you can walk in the footsteps of the ancient Romans through some of the world’s most famous sights. Stroll through glorious piazzas, throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain and people watch on the Spanish Steps. Breeze past the lines at the Vatican for a private tour of the Vatican Museums. Accompanied by your expert guide, enjoy an intimate, personalized tour of this lavish and intricate labyrinth made up of 2,000 rooms full of centuries of masterpieces stretching over almost nine miles.
Then sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty of Tuscany as you travel from Rome to Florence aboard a swift Eurostar Italia train. Florence casts a spell in the way that few cities can. Whether it's the city's sublime art, the views at sunset over the Arno River, or the way Florentine food and wine delight the palate, you'll become captivated by this illustrious city rightly called the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. Accompanied by your private guide, discover timeless treasures around every corner: The Duomo, Giotto's bell tower, Michelangelo's David and the Uffizi Gallery.
Conclude your Italy adventure in Venice, surely one of the most romantic cities in the world. A hub of commerce, politics and handicrafts through the centuries, Italy’s canal city thrives with culture. Some 400 bridges span more than 150 canals that weave among 118 islands in the old city center, forming the World Heritage site of Venice and its lagoon. Your private guide will introduce you to all the city's important monuments: St. Mark's Square, the Basilica and the imposing Ducal Palace. Continue on to the Bridge of Sighs where you'll step aboard your own gondola for a private cruise along Venice’s enchanting canals.
• 6 nights in superior tourist class, first class or superior first class hotels: 2 nights each in Rome, Florence and Venice
• Daily breakfast and 1 dinner
• First class Eurostar Italia rail transportation, private rail station transfers and a complete “onto the train” luggage handling service
• Extensive sightseeing with your own private guides including all entry fees
• All pre-payable hotel taxes and service charges
Day 1 - Welcome to the Eternal City
Check in to your selected hotel set in the historical center of Rome and convenient to all the best sights.
Accommodation: Centrally-located Rome hotel - 2 nights
Day 2 - Explore Rome with your Personal Guide
Set out with your personal guide for a private car tour of the city. Gaze upon the impressive Colosseum and feel the shadow of Hadrian in the Pantheon, one of the city’s best preserved monuments. Throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain and people watch as you relax on the Spanish Steps. The legendary monuments of Rome come to life with your knowledgeable and friendly guide. Continue to the Vatican where we’ll whisk you past the lines for a private tour of the Vatican Museums, home to the Sistine Chapel and one of the world’s greatest collections of art and antiquity. Enjoy dinner with wine at a local restaurant.
Day 3 - Through the Tuscan Countryside
Your private car and driver will escort you to the station for your first class rail journey through the Tuscan countryside to Florence. Upon arrival, you’ll be warmly greeted and driven to your choice of hotel in the historic heart of the city.
Accommodation: Centrally-located Florence hotel - 2 nights
Day 4 - Discover the City of Michelangelo
This morning’s privately guided city tour explores the Renaissance glory of Florence. Created by the Medici in the 16th century and later bequeathed to the city, the Uffizi Gallery houses the world’s best collection of Italian Renaissance art. Study and critique these masterworks at your own pace in the intimate company of your expert private guide. Then visit the Duomo to stand beneath Brunelleschi’s dome, a work of artistic and engineering genius. The 15th century plans for this cupola were so ambitious for the day that Brunelleschi was required to develop entirely new construction techniques, which he executed with equipment of his own design. The rest of your day is free to enjoy at your own pace.
Day 5 - To Venice on the Shores of the Adriatic
Your private car brings you to the station for your first class Eurostar Italia train to Venice. Upon arrival, you’ll be met, assisted with your luggage and escorted by vaporetto along the canals of the city to the hotel of your choice.
Accommodation: Centrally-located Venice hotel - 2 nights
Day 6 - Venice through the Ages
Set out this morning with your private guide to explore this magical city. Your day begins in the Piazza San Marco, or St. Mark’s Square. This impressive open plaza is bordered by a series of handsome arcades which lead to shops, restaurants and cafés. Dominating the square are the ornate cupolas and marble embellishments of St. Mark’s Basilica, a Byzantine and Romanesque gem that began as the Doge’s private chapel and is now the cathedral of Venice. You also visit the imposing Ducal Palace, a Gothic-Renaissance fantasy of white and pink marble. Continue on to the Bridge of Sighs and then step aboard your own gondola for a private cruise along Venice’s enchanting canals. The balance of your afternoon and the evening are at leisure.
Day 7 - Depart Venice
Your tour ends after breakfast and hotel check out this morning.
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