Rome & Area
Enjoy a fabulous, luxury tour throughout central and northern Italy, starting with 3 days in Rome. Immerse yourself in the history and culture of the city with private, guided tours with English speaking Local Experts. See the city as you glide by the sights sipping on a glass of champagne while ensconced in a horse driven carriage. Enjoy the magnificent Sistine Chapel as you have a truly exclusive visit with an English speaking Guide - imagine; just you and your Guide and no one else! Then enjoy some time at leisure to do some independent exploring or opt for any number of optional tours available.
Then take a first class train ride to Florence. Enjoy everything on offer in this ancient city on the river Arno, including a private, introductory tour to the city in the company of an Art Historian, and sample some of the regional gourmet delights. Discover the Tuscan countryside by taking a private easy-going biking excursion taking in visits to a number of quaint villages and impressive castles before stopping off en route for a gourmet picnic.
Then make your way to Venice for the finale of your trip. Enjoy the wonderful views all around as you embark on a private boat excursion on board a traditional fisherman's sailing boat. With private airport and train station transfers, English speaking private guided tours with private vehicle and driver.
First class train rides between cities and luxury, and 5 star accommodations, this tour is the epitome of luxury and allows you to explore the country making the most of your time and giving you the utmost enjoyment - hassle-free. Enjoy!
For your added comfort, you will have an English-speaking assistant waiting for you outside of customs with a sign with your name on it. Your representative will help you to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.
A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Enjoy sightseeing by night through Rome with an English-speaking guide and driver in a private vehicle. Discover the beauty of the Eternal City at night! Drive along the River Tiber, view the Synagogue, and St. Angel’s Castle. Stop in St Peter’s Square, drive next to Piazza Navona and the Spanish Steps. Stop at Trevi Fountain and see much more!
Enjoy a truly special day in Rome and experience an exclusive private evening visit to the Vatican museums when they are closed to the public. Imagine the peace and quiet - just yourselves and your guide to take in the surroundings in awe and wonder.
Start your day by enjoying a guided visit of the Villa d'Este in Tivoli. With its palace and garden, it is one of the most remarkable and comprehensive illustrations of Renaissance culture at its most refined. Its innovative design along with the architectural components in the garden (fountains, ornamental basins, etc.) make this a unique example of an Italian 16th-century garden. At the end of your visit of Villa d'Este and its gardens, you'll be taken to the picturesque spot of Castel Gandolfo for lunch. The restaurant in question enjoys wonderful views of Castel Gandolfo Lake and is located next to the Pope's summer residence.
After a relaxing meal, enjoy the private transfer back into Rome and take in a private visit of the Vatican Museums outside of opening hours. This is truly a very special way to see this awe-inspiring monument to Christianity. At the end of your guided tour, you'll be brought back to your hotel.
Meet your private guide & driver at the hotel to head to for a day to discover the art and life of two men that left an indelible mark on Roman and Italian art. Your private local guide will take you through churches and collections where Caravaggio & Bernini's most characteristic masterpieces are set. You will also pay a visit to the famous Galleria Borghese that houses a large collection of masterpieces. You will later return to your hotel. Entrance fee to Galleria Borghese included.
Transfer using a local taxi. Please note that this is not included in trip price and is payable locally.
A privately driven vehicle will provide a train station transfer today. Please note drivers may or may not speak English, as their sole responsibility is to transfer clients from one location to another. If you would like to have the presence of an English speaking assistant or guide for your transfer, this can be pre-arranged upon request and would be subject to an additional supplement.
Sit back and relax as you take this scenic train trip traveling from the Italian capital Rome, to the Tuscan city of Florence. Admire the Cyprus-lined village streets and picturesque vineyards on the hills during this short ride lasting approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.
For your added comfort, you will have a Meet & Greet assistance upon your arrival who will be waiting for you at the beginning of the platform where your train arrives. Your representative will help to co-ordinate meeting up with your private chauffeur at the train station and accompany you to your accommodation.
Travel back to the Renaissance period during this half day walking tour that explores the renowned Italian city of Florence. This guided tour ensures that you visit some of the many landmarks and sites that have made Florence a global tourist hub, and one of Italy’s most beautiful cities. This walking tour begins with a visit to the Uffizi Gallery, boasting some true masterpieces of art including Raphael’s “Madonna of the Goldfinch” and Leonardo Da Vinci’s “The Annunciation.” The tour continues with a walk through the Signoria Square to marvel at the re-created duplicate of Michelangelo’s statue of “David.” Next is a visit to the elegant Ponte Vecchio, which translates to “old-bridge,” dating back to 1345, this bridge was actually built to replace the once previous bridge structure that was unfortunately swept away during a vicious flood. Along either end of the bridge, take this opportunity to view, and purchase if you’d like, some of the many items for sale including souvenirs, snacks and jewelry. Your final visits on this tour include stops at the 14th century Cathedral Square to view the Duomo, the Baptistery and Giotto’s Bell Tower. Pre-booked entrance fee to Uffizi Gallery included.
You will be picked up at your hotel by your private driver to leave for a drive to beautiful and famous 11th century Castelo Di Meleto where the vineyard of Meleto produces approximately 6000 kg of grapes per hectare (2.741 acres). The grapes are gathered by hand and destined for the production of the three great lines of Meleto wine cellars: 250 thousand bottles of Chianti ClassicoDOCG, 50 thousand bottles of Chianti ClassicoDOCG Reserve, and 50 thousand bottles of Castelo di Meleto Fiore. The Castle belonged to the Benedictine monks of the Coltibuono Abbey. The name "Meleto in Chianti" appears for the first time in 1269, in the Florentine Guelphs' "Libro degli Estimi," as the property of the family of Rainerii de Ricasolis. The Ricasoli family extended and embellished the building over the centuries, and today the Castle still has its massive 15th century fortifications with an imposing cylindrical tower built as protection against artillery fire. But there is also the aristocratic grace of the Villa Nobile, with its sequence of furnished and decorated rooms, and an unparalleled 18th century theatre. You will enjoy a private guided tour of the estate including the guest cottage, rooms inside the castle where you will also see 13th and 14th century art works and frescoes, the 18th century theater on the premises that is very unique to the region, the castle's small jail, and the cellar, while explanations on the wine making process will be given. You will then enjoy a rich lunch together with a wine tasting of 4 excellent wines from Castello Di Melleto. Upon completion of your lunch you will be driven to the nearby beautiful village of Radda in Chianti, the little jewel of the Chianti classic area where you will be provided free time to wander around prior to driving back to your hotel.
A train station transfer service is provided for today in Florence. Enjoy the added comfort of riding in a privately driven vehicle. Please note drivers may or may not speak English, as their sole responsibility is to transfer clients from one location to another. If you would like to have the presence of an English speaking Assistant or Guide for your transfer, this can be pre-arranged upon request and would be subject to an additional supplement.
Admire the Tuscan scenery as it passes you by during this train ride, traveling from Florence to the city on stilts: Venice. The approximate travel time for this journey is 2 hours.
Upon your arrival into Venice, a “Meet & Greet” service will be provided. For your added comfort, a representative will be waiting for you at the beginning of the platform with a sign with your name on it. Your representative will help you to coordinate meeting up with your private water-taxi driver and accompany you to your accommodation.
Any trip to Venice needs at least one romantic gondola ride, a form of transportation dating back to the 16th century, created specifically for the Venetian waterways. Reach on foot the Gondola Station. Board a traditional craft, riding up to four per gondola, and begin your 30 minute non-narrated ride through some of the city’s canals. See the reflections of colorful buildings dance on the ripples below. To complete the setting, a singer and accordionist will accompany you.
A singer and an accordionist will make your gondola ride more enjoyable.
Go beyond the superficial facade of Venice on an in-depth tour of hidden pedestrian passageways, immersing yourself right into the everyday Venetian life. Meet with your private English-speaking escort to commence your walking tour, crossing Venice like a real Venetian! You will you pass by the churches of Saint Roch and Franciscan Friars en route to the oldest square in Venice, Campo San Polo. Through narrow streets, you will find yourself in the ancient Rialto fruit and vegetables market area and later in front of the Grand Canal, looking out at the famous Rialto Bridge. Pass by the home of Marco Polo, and visit Campo San Giovanni e Paolo, the largest and most ambitious example of Venetian Gothic architecture. The tour will end at Antonio Vivaldi’s church overlooking St. Mark's basin. During the tour, a complimentary coffee and sample of a local Venetian biscuit or typical Venetian aperitif will be offered according to the schedule or preference.
Set out on an exploratory adventure into the world of Venetian glass creation. Begin by departing your hotel with your English-speaking guide and board a private taxi boat. This aquatic taxi will glide across the Venetian Lagoon towards the two enchanting islands of Murano and Burano. For hundreds of years the glass factory on Murano has been producing some of the world’s greatest and most coveted glass creations. During this exclusive tour of the factory, you'll get an opportunity to marvel at the traditional glass-blowing techniques used in this very factory for centuries. After the demonstration, you'll have an opportunity to purchase these freshly blown glass objects if you'd like (at your own expense). From Murano you'll again board your water taxi and travel to the magnificent island of Burano featuring various colorful painted houses and villas. Burano is renowned throughout Europe for its marvelous lace production, which you'll experience during your visit to the Lace Factory. You'll have an opportunity before returning back to the Venetian mainland to stroll along the narrow streets and barter with the merchants for that special souvenir of your visit to these truly inspirational Venetian islands.
You will be met at your hotel by a local representative who will accompany you on the transfer from your hotel to the Marco Polo Airport by private water taxi.
The Hotel de Russie is a luxury five-star hotel located in the heart of the beautiful city of Rome, one of Conde Nast’s Top Cities, between the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo on the Via del Babuino. The hotel is within easy walking distance of Rome's key attractions, fashion houses and Via Condotti. Vatican City, with St Peter's and the Sistine Chapel, is just a ten-minute walk from the Hotel de Russie, while Piazza Navona and Trevi Fountain are also within easy access. Whether visiting Rome for business or pleasure, Hotel de Russie's picturesque gardens and spa facilities combined with impeccable service will provide you with a complete escape and allow you to experience the very best of Rome. A special Programme for Children is also available at the Hotel de Russie. Under Roman law, hotels charge a small amount per traveler per day as a “tourist tax,” which needs to be paid locally through your hotel in Rome. Amounts may vary, but currently the cost is 4EUR per person for 3* hotels, 6EUR for 4* hotels and 7EUR for 5* hotels. The charges will be added to your bill upon check out and are non-negotiable.
Il Salviatino is a perfectly refurbished Renaissance villa nestled on the hillside of Fiesole, a location that affords some of the most spectacular views of Florence and of Fiesole's landscape. Surrounded by an idyllic 12-acre private park and located a mere 15 minutes from Florence airport, and 10 minutes from the city centre, there is not a more ideal location in all of Florence! Close to the city and complete with a panoramic view, the villa enjoys the charm of Fiesole while giving the feeling of being lost in the purest Tuscan countryside.
Bauer Palladio Hotel & Spa is one of Venice's most unusual and secret gems. It sits in a building that was a sixteenth-century convent designed by the great Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio. The interior is painted in pale colours, with silks from Rubelli. With its elegant guest rooms and spacious suites, a private garden and breathtaking lagoon views, it is truly a breathtaking luxury hotel. The Spa is one of a kind in Venice. It is set over two floors, it has eight rooms and each is dedicated to a special treatment, from facials to the Vitalis Bath, which offers detoxifying baths using products such as Dead Sea minerals and mud. Across the Grand Canal from Piazza San Marco is the island of La Giudecca. Here, away from the madding crowds and tourist bustle is one of Venice’s most unusual and secret gems, Bauer Palladio Hotel & Spa, just a short, picturesque boat ride from the heart of the city.
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April 21, 2014
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April 21, 2014
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November 06, 2013
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November 05, 2013
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November 06, 2013
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October 22, 2013
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October 19, 2013
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November 07, 2013
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October 07, 2013
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September 24, 2013
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