Rome & Area
You're sure to create memories that last a lifetime on this unique whirlwind visit to two of the world's most fascinating cities. Visit the genteel halls of the Vatican where you will find the world's oldest book, and the site of Trevi Fountain, made famous by the classic film "Three Coins in the Fountain". Enjoy time to stroll the back alleys of Venice, and comfortable train transportation. Smile - for what worries can you possibly have when everything is looked after seamlessly for you from start to finish... Che bello!
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.
This morning, discover beautiful Rome by foot as you enjoy a private, 3-hour guided walking tour. Don't forget your camera, as there will be plenty of photo opportunities when you visit the Spanish Steps, The Trevi Fountain, The Pantheon and Navona Square.
Visit the Vatican Museums in the Vatican City on this 2.5 hours guided small group tour, and see Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling. Your tour of Rome’s legendary art and architecture starts at the Vatican Museums, housing the most important ancient art collection in the world in some 1,400 rooms. With more than 65,000 works of art it’s would take a lifetime to see everything, but your guide will lead you to the best galleries to see frescoes, statues, tapestries, and historical maps by masters such as Botticelli, Pinturicchio, and Perugino. You will visit then the Saint Peter’s Basilica. Then continue to the Sistine Chapel to admire Michelangelo’s magnificent ceiling and Last Judgment. You'll also learn about other Sistine Chapel painters, including Botticelli and Ghirlandaio. Tour includes: guide, entrance fees and headsets, pick up and drop off.
Transfer using a local taxi. Please note that this is not included in trip price and is payable locally.
Enjoy the train journey from Rome to Venice. The journey will take approximately 4 hours.
At the Venice Airport, you will find a water-taxi ticket booth near the end of a covered walkway from the arrivals hall. Upon arrival, go outside the Arrivals terminal and turn left. Walk to the end of the terminal's sidewalk and look for the sign for Venice Water Taxis and the Alilaguna Water Bus. The walkway to the piers is straight ahead, and you can follow the covered walkway to the piers. The sidewalk is flat, so wheeled suitcases or trolleys can be easily rolled. Once there, and if an attendant is on hand, you can request a water taxi; otherwise, continue to the pier and negotiate directly with a boat driver. The fare to Venice is dependent on the location of your hotel and how many people are traveling with you. Please note that a private boat transfer can easily be arranged for you and by local Venetian Law, the price is approximately €120-€300.
Enjoy time at leisure exploring the three famous islands of the Venetian Lagoon – Murano, Torcello and Burano. After sailing past the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, the Public Gardens, the tip of Sant' Elena and the famous Lido beach resort, the public boat arrives in Murano. Known for its glassware shops and factories, Murano boasts a long and still-thriving tradition dating back to 1291, when glass artisans moved their kilns from the old city center. Continue to the picturesque island of Burano, famous not only for its lace but also for the fishermen's houses painted in bright colors. When you reach the island of Torcello – established between the 5th and 6th centuries and the earliest center of civilization in the Venetian Lagoon – you’ll see evidence of the island’s glorious past as it once flourished with ornate palaces and churches. Explore the cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, founded in the 7th century, and the excavated remains of the circular baptistery in the church of Santa Fosca. Boat tickets are not included and are to be paid locally.
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.
The Hotel Alexandra is located on one of the most glamorous and important streets of Rome, Via Veneto. This destination was chosen as one of Conde Nast's Top Cities. Alexandra Hotel features a variety of rooms with antique decorations and designs blended with modern comforts. The hotel is surrounded by great sites, such as Barberini Square, Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, the charming Villa Borghese Park and its Museum, the shopping center of Via del Corso and the fashionable boutiques of Via Condotti. All of this makes Hotel Alexandra the perfect gateway into the city. Dine at the beautiful open-air restaurant, featuring traditional Italian cuisine, as well as delicious international selections. For your information, under new Roman law, all hotels are required to charge a small “tourist tax” per traveler per day. This needs to be paid locally through your hotel and will be added to your bill upon check out. Amounts may vary around 2 EUR per person for 2* to 3* hotels and 3 EUR for 4* to 5* hotels.
Hotel Violino d’Oro is located in an 18th century building and obtained its current appearance in the first months of 2000. Situated close to San Marco in Venice, Hotel Violino d’Oro is a great place to go to and relax after a day filled with history, art and glamour. The guest rooms are spacious and furnished with Venetian-style decor, with all the best comforts, and are quiet and relaxing. The hotel offers a delicious buffet breakfast every morning for guests to indulge in.
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