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Rome, Florence, Venice, Sorrento and Capri - all discovered with private guides and hand-picked hotels. Book before December 15th 2014 for travel before December 31st 2015 and save up to $1000 per couple!
Experience a country where the passage of time has had little effect on the culture or landscape. Immerse yourself in the masterful artworks, striking architecture and expansive vistas and fall in love every half hour. Ramble through charming rustic villages, elegant city centers and old medieval towns. Visit world-famous museums, explore ancient Roman ruins, and sip cappuccinos in quaint cafes. In the evenings, relax in deluxe accommodations with sumptuous furnishings.
Tour the Vatican and Sistine Chapel which house some of the most important works of art, including the magnificent fresco of “The Last Judgement” by Michelangelo. Take a peek inside The Colosseum, walk the Spanish Steps and toss a coin into the famous Trevi Fountain. A short journey through the idyllic countryside and you arrive at the Amalfi Coast. Gaze upon charming seaside villages adorned with lemon and orange groves, and wonderful lush gardens that continue right down to the sea. A half day walking tour through Florence will bring you to the Uffizi Gallery, Signoria Square and Ponte Vecchio. Head to Venice and explore the most romantic city in the world. As the sun dips behind the bright pastel buildings, you’ll wish you never had to leave.
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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.
Discover "The Eternal City" of Rome on foot today during this 4 hour guided tour accompanied by a local expert. Be sure to have your camera ready as many photo opportunities present themselves including stops at the Spanish Steps, The Trevi Fountain, The Pantheon and Navona Square.
Rome is a great place for shopping. There are five main shopping areas: Spanish Steps & Via dei Condotti - This street is one of the richest streets in Italy and one of the best streets for shopping in Rome. The Via Dei Condotti is home to Italy's top designer stores. Via Del Corso – This busy pedestrian street runs from Piazza del Popolo down to Piazza Venezia. It is home to the famous shops like the Ferrari flagship store and Swarowski Crystal. Trastevere – This rather bohemian area of the city with its many winding streets is great for shopping and getting lost in. Be sure to check out the outdoor food market in Piazza San Cosimato where locals bargain with the vendors (7am -2pm). Viale Marconi and Porta Portese- Viale Marconi is very good for shopping and is particularly popular with young trendy Romans. A bit out from the city centre, it can be reached by talking the Metro Line B to Marconi. It is about 15 minutes away from the Coliseum. Porta Portese is the famous Roman flea market which takes place every Sunday from 8am until about 2pm. Another place of interest for food and market lovers is the Piazza Vittorio where a mesmerizing array of fresh foods, fruits, fish and meat, run by people from all over the world is displayed. Piazza Navona & via del Governo Vecchio – The well-known Piazza Navona is a great place for art lovers, as the surrounding streets contain lots of art galleries and antique shops.
The tour begins by coach passing through Piazza della Repubblica and following the ancient Aurelian walls, which once surrounded the ancient city. On arrival at the Vatican Walls, your guide will then lead you into the Vatican Museums taking the beautiful Spiral staircase and continuing through the Gallery of the Tapestries and the Gallery of the Geographical Maps before arriving in the famous Sistine Chapel with its magnificent fresco of the Last Judgement by Michelangelo.
For your convenience, the tour includes hotel pick-up and entrances to the churches mentioned. Since there will be various pick-ups within the city centre, you will be given a pick-up time range. Please be in the hotel lobby/reception for this time. At the end of the tour, there are various central drop-off points: Via Veneto, Piazza Barberini, Piazza Venezia, Piazza della Repubblica and Termini Station. Please note that shared tours can have up to approximately 50 people (depending on the number of people that have signed up for the tour on the particular day), and are carried out in a number of languages. The group may be divided out into smaller groups so the tour is led in one language or kept as one larger group (in which case the tour will be led in various languages).
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, relax and enjoy the scenery as you ride the Eurostar train from Rome to Naples. The approximate travel time is 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Meet your driver for your private transfer from Naples train station to Sorrento.
Meet your private driver at the hotel and drive to visit the nearly 2,000 year old ancient ruins of Pompeii where you will meet up with a private local English speaking guide for a tour. Pompeii was buried in one of the most disastrous volcanic eruptions in history, destroyed by the still-active Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. The city had been forgotten until it was accidentally rediscovered in the 18th century. The ruins of the dead city are deeply moving, still casting visitors into deep silence. You'll have an impressive view of Vesuvius from the ruins of Pompeii, as you walk around the site. Return to your hotel. (Entrance fee to Pompei included).
Today, why not explore the beautiful isle of Capri?
Just off the coast of Naples and Salerno, between Cape Miseno and Amalfi, a great rock soars like a dream, lost in the cobalt blue sea that surrounds it. This Mediterranean jewel is the island of Capri. The intoxicating fragrance of flowers, delicate splashes of colour, recollections of a millennial past and a peaceful charm, shattered only by the shrill cry of seagulls, are just some of the magical qualities of this mythical isle.
It is very easy to catch a hydrofoil (type of boat) from the pier in Sorrento, taking 20-25 minutes. On arrival, Capri Town can also be reached via a short ride on the Funicular (train) from the Port area.
Revel in the breathtaking views upon Mont Solaro - the highest place on the island (589 metres above sea level). You have the choice of either walking there, by taking the narrow street at the beginning of Viale Axel Munthe, or by taking the chairlift. Should you wish to relax and enjoy the splendid view of Anacapri and the gulf of Naples, the chairlift is a great option. The chairlift station can be accessed near Piazza Vittoria.
Take a 1 hour walk to view one of the most beautiful walks on the island. Admire the lonely Church of S.Maria in Cetrella. Alternatively, it is a 12 minute chairlift ride from Piazza Vittoria. While in Anacapri, consider visiting the villa San Michele, located on the north-eastern side of 'Anacapri, 327 metres above sea level. This is where an ancient Roman imperial villa was, whose ruins were preserved by Axel Munthe. They are now to be found in the garden.
Note: Hydrofoil costs approximately 12 Euros per person. A ticket needs to be purchased at the ticket office before boarding the Funicular.
Capri Restaurant Suggestions:
La Pigna: La Pigna is a true temple of Caprian gastronomy, renowned for 120 years as a haunt of the rich and famous. Its period dining rooms, patio garden and lemon house help to create a dreamlike atmosphere while the army of chefs and waiting staff are dedicated to ensuring a wonderful gastronomical experience. Address and phone number: Via La Palazzo, 30 Capri. Tel: +39 081 8375022.
Geranio Restaurant: From the veranda of the Geranio restaurant, guests have a marvelous view of the ornate gardens, built on the rocky edge terrace and brimming with fabulous Mediterranean flowers and shrubs. The restaurant is at Augusto gardens, just a short distance from the Piazetta, the main centre of Capri. The cuisine is inspired by the great Mediterranean and Neapolitan gastronomic traditions with some International specialties. Address and phone number: Via Matteotti, 8 Capri. Tel: +39 0818370616.
La Colombaia Restaurant: Located in the Grand Hotel Quisisana, the sumptuous La Colombaia restaurant is a delightful establishment with a poolside restaurant and offers guests a relaxing environment to enjoy the best regional cuisine. (Open from 12.30 - 5pm only). Address and phone number: Via Camerelle, 2. Capri. Tel: +39 081 8370788.
Enjoy a transfer with your own private vehicle and driver between Sorrento and Naples.
Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery as you travel from Naples to Florence by train. The journey will take approximately 3 hours.
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.
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.
From posh designer brands like Armani, Gucci, Versace and Ferragamo to locally created hand-crafts, souvenirs, quality leathers and traditional clothing, the city of Florence is a never-ending dream for shopping enthusiasts. For those searching for ancient relics and traditional crafted antiques, Via Maggio is the street for you. The shops and merchants on this street boast numerous "Objects d'Art" and furnishings that are sure to create an atmosphere straight out of the 16th century. Via del Tornabuoni is considered Florence's 5th Avenue, featuring shops lined with best quality leather products, elegantly expensive shoes, and modernly stylish clothing boutiques. It is here where you'll find all the “big brand names” products as well as the posh, and potentially upcoming Italian styles. Besides the traditional shops, Florence also boast some of Italy's best open-air markets including the centralized Market of San Lorenzo, the New Market located under the 16th century Loggia del Porcellino, and the Flea Market at the Piazza Santa Croce.
Visit the beautiful region of Chianti and immerse yourself in the picturesque Tuscan scenery that you have always imagined. During the tour, you will see the characteristic fortress of Monteriggioni and Castellina in Chianti. In Monteriggioni, you will find some shops specialized in typical Tuscan products, as well as elegant cafés where you can stop and enjoy a coffee or a gelato. The tour continues with a visit to a charming wine estate where you will take part in a guided tour of the wine cellars in order to gain insight into the various stages of wine production and in a tasting of the various wines that the winery produces, paired with samples of sliced cold meats, bruschetta and salami. Subsequently, the tour includes a second tasting of olive oil and wine in another typical cellar. Please note that shared tours can have up to approximately 50 people (depending on the number of people that have signed up for the tour on the particular day), and are carried out in a number of languages. The group may be divided into smaller groups so the tour is led in one language or kept as one larger group (in which case the tour will be led in various languages). This tour includes a coach or minivan with air conditioning, expert multilingual escorts, visit to the Monteriggioni fortress and Castellina in Chianti, visit to a famous estate with tour of the wine cellars and sampling of wines, oil and balsamic vinegar, snack with sliced cold meats and typical salami, opportunity to buy wine, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, cheese and herbs.
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.
Enjoy the many wonders of Venice. Consider taking a private gondola ride finishing at a beautiful Venetian restaurant with a private boat entrance, wander the streets with a personal guide to show you the sites, and take a private boat to see the stunning islands of Murano and Burano or to lesser well known areas in the Venetian lagoon. For those looking at something outside of the city, a visit to the romantic city of Verona or a half day shared tour to the outskirts of Venice to enjoy some wine tasting among the ancient Venetian vineyards is highly recommended. Please speak to your Sales Advisor if any of these options are of interest.
Meet with the English-speaking guide at the hotel. See the humbler side of Venetian life, in the narrow, tightly packed streets and squares of Santa Croce. San Giacomo dell’ Orio, a focal point of this quiet and ancient quarter, is a beautiful parish church founded in the 9th century and rebuilt in 1225. You will view from the outside the campanile, the Basilica ground plan and Byzantine columns mixed with new elements and decorations from Gothic and later Renaissance additions. Walk along the neighborhood’s ‘palazzi’ lining the Grand Canal until you reach Ca’Pesaro Museum, a palace built for the Pesaro Family and masterpiece of Baldassarre Longhena. Today it features a permanent exhibition of work by artists such as Bonnard, Matisse, Miro, Klee, Klimt and Kandinsky, in addition to works by Italian artists of the 19th and of the 20th centuries. Next, your guided walk will continue to the famous Rialto Bridge, passing through the lively Rialto market. Discover San Giacomo di Rialto, the original site of the oldest church in Venice, founded in the 5th century (outside visit). From the top of the Rialto Bridge, you will have the opportunity to see the magnificent view of the Grand Canal with its stunning palazzo architecture. Your guide will then lead you through the spacious square of San Polo where, as far back as the 15th century, it was the venue for festivities, balls and ceremonies. (Includes entrance fee to Ca`Pesaro Museum). There is an optional water taxi to return to the hotel.
Board a water-based taxi for this transfer from your hotel to the airport. The arrangements for this transfer can be made by the hotel’s concierge. The total fare (to be paid on-site) is dependent on the location of your hotel and the amount of people being transferred. Alternatively, your Sales Advisor can arrange a private transfer to the airport if you’d like.
In the historic centre of Rome, one of Conde Nast’s Top Cities, close to the train station, the new UNA Hotel Roma is characterized by a strong architectural design throughout its 6 floors. It features a restaurant and bar, and the hotel is only a few steps from the Opera Theatre and the Santa Maria Maggiore Church, and is minutes away from the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Quirinale, Altare della Patria, Piazza di Spagna, and the Pantheon.
The Imperial Hotel Tramontano located in Sorrento, is overlooking the most beautiful part of the Gulf of Naples. It is nourished by the romantic culture of the picturesque, sublime landscapes of 19th century travellers visiting Sorrento. The 115 elegant rooms are beautifully decorated with frescoes, majolica, soft oriental carpets, period statues, old masters and priceless Sorrentine inlaid furniture. They mirror the meticulous style and eye for detail that are the distinguishing marks of the entire hotel. Savour traditional Neapolitan cuisine, deliciously prepared by Chef Alfonso at the onsite restaurant. Sip refreshing cocktails at the onsite bar, while relaxing among the unforgettable view of the Gulf of Sorrento. Conveniently located poolside, the snacks restaurant and petite brasserie are an oasis just right for savouring specialty dishes while relaxing in the sun, surrounded by the luxuriant greenery of the park. Stay entertained at the onsite freshwater pool, featuring terraces, a solarium and towel service.
The Hotel Bernini Palace is situated in the heart of Florence behind the famed Piazza della Signoria and the Uffizi Gallery. Built within the confines of a 15th century structure, the property features an outstanding blend of sumptuous modern furnishings and magnificent antiques throughout. Guests will surely enjoy just how spacious and elegant each of the rooms at the Hotel Bernini Palace truly are, amongst the many modern fittings and conveniences made available. Guests can be sure that dining at the hotel’s restaurant, Ristorante La Chiostrina, is an exceptional experience. The menu offers a range of exquisite options including innovative regional dishes, classic Italian options, and popular westernized items. Relax and enjoy a cocktail or local wine at the Lounge Bar, often accompanied by delicious appetizers. In the morning, classical products of Italian and continental tradition wait for you inside the magnificent Sala Parlamento, enriched by marvelous frescoed ceilings. The property’s dynamic location allows guests to enjoy various Florentine "trattorie" within walking range from the hotel.
Located in the historical heart, Hotel Palace Bonvecchiati is one of the newer and better hotels in Venice, as well as one of the closer ones to Saint Mark's Square and Rialto Bridge. Inviting rooms, defined by contemporary Italian design, break with 18th century tradition and make a new statement for Venetian hospitality. The rooms at the hotel each have their own personality and charm and are enhanced by all the modern comforts. La Terrazza Restaurant offers traditional Venetian and Italian dishes, served in an enchanting setting. Palace Bonvecchiati has a spa, which features a range of services to keep the guests relaxed.
Vanessa Oquendo ,
April 21, 2014
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April 21, 2014
"All of our guides were beyond fabulous! Our time in Dublin was much too short, would have loved to stay there at least one more full day. Would recommend extending this package to 15 days for any future visits. The train to Edinburgh was super! Beautiful scenery and great steak pies!"
Ann Saxon ,
November 06, 2013
"Our trip was fantastic!!! I cannot say enough good things. Lianne worked with our exact dates and time frame beautifully.Our drivers were prompt and friendly. The private guides were so knowledgeable. We left with an appreciation of the history, the culture, and the beauty of Andulasia. We were very pleased and will certainly recommend your company to friends and family."
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November 05, 2013
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November 06, 2013
"We've been raving to everyone about the food, the friendliness of the people and the amazing history and sites in Turkey. Yes, we want to go back."
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October 22, 2013
"Overall, our tour in Spain was very enjoyable, and well planned and executed. Our private tour of the Alhambra was excellent. Virginia, tour guide for royal palace ruins outside of Cordoba, was also excellent. In Seville, we went to the Flamenco Show/dinner, and the Flamenco was outstanding!"
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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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