Rome & Area
It took more than one day to build Rome. It'll take less than one day to fall in love with it.
Enjoy the splendors of antiquity, wondrous beauty and diverse cultural delights as you explore the best Italy has to offer. Stroll through medieval towns and cypress-lined country roads where the scenery hasn’t changed much in 600 years. Explore some of Italy’s epic metropolises brimming with Renaissance palaces, winding canals and old cobblestoned streets, where you’ll fall in love with this country that blends culture, history and art better than anyone else. In the evenings, relax in luxurious surroundings that offer all the comforts of home.
Take a private guided walking tour and glimpse the most famous landmarks in Rome like the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and The Colosseum. Visit the Vatican and behold the many works of art, especially Michelangelo’s gloriously-painted ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Just a short train ride through picturesque olive groves and rustic vineyards is Florence, one of Italy’s most seductive cities. Head to Uffizi Gallery and experience Raphael’s “Madonna of the Goldfinch” and Leonardo Da Vinci’s “The Annunciation.” And while in Florence, no Tuscan trip would be complete without side-tracking to Pisa to admire the Piazza dei Miracoli, home of the renowned Leaning Tower of Pisa.
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For your added comfort, we will have an English speaking assistant waiting for you outside the 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.
The Rose Garden Palace (4*) is located on Via Vittorio Veneto, Rome, a mere forty five minutes away from the Fiumicino Airport. This historical property is situated in the heart of the city centre and features 57 elegantly designed guest rooms and 8 contemporary and spacious suites. Feast like royalty with menus that feature delicious Italian delicacies and international specialties at the onsite a la carte restaurant, Il Roseto. Wander through the hotel’s garden area, hosting beautiful floral compositions and hand-crafted modern sculptures. The Rose Garden Palace also boasts a well-equipped fitness centre, a relaxing whirlpool and soothing sauna. The property is within walking distance to some of Rome's most famous landmarks including the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain and various Baroque inspired churches.
Hop aboard your privately driven vehicle, accompanied by an experienced local guide, outside your hotel for a 4 hour cultural journey through the center of Christianity, the Vatican. You're sure to be fascinated by the impressive collection of art and sculpture at the Vatican Museum and surely awe-struck by Michelangelo's surreal masterpiece which illuminates the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. His conception and execution of both the "Creation of the World" and "Last Judgment" are to this day hailed as one of the world's greatest achievements in art. Marvel at the Baroque and Renaissance inspired magnificence that is St. Peter's Basilica; featuring some 800 plus pillars, 44 altars and numerous heavenly created sculptures and paintings. Constructed over 100 years, St. Peter's Basilica is by far the largest and most renowned Catholic Church in the World. Whilst touring this holy hollows, speaking at a high tone is not permitted, so for this reason you will provided with a radio headset which your guide will whisper descriptions and information regarding this epic monument of Christianity. Upon completion of the tour, a return transfer to your hotel is provided. Entrance fee to Vatican included.
Arriving by coach at Piazza Venezia, continue on foot to the famous Piazza Del Campidoglio designed by Michelangelo from where you will have a fantastic view of the Roman Forum. By coach you will then drive by the Circus Maximus and the Aventino Hill. Stop to admire the beautiful statue of Moses by Michelangelo located in the Church of St. Peter’s in Chains from where it will take you 5 minutes to reach the symbol of the eternal city: The Colosseum (visit inside, entrance fee is included).
Please note that this shared tour includes hotel pick up at various properties within the city centre, which you will be provided with a pick up time range prior. Please be in the hotel lobby/reception for this approximate time. At the end of the tour, there will be a city centre drop off. Entrances fees to the churches mentioned are included. 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 lead in one language or kept as one larger group (in which case the tour will be lead in various languages). Due to seasonal opening times the itinerary may be altered without notice.
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 hill during this short ride lasting approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.
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.
The Hotel Bernini Palace (4*) 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 74 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 for guests to enjoy various Florentine "trattorie" within walking range from the hotel.
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.
Head out on a full day of exploration through some of the best and most beautiful areas around Tuscany today. Begin the days touring with a visit to Pisa and its absolutely stunning Piazza dei Miracoli, where you have the opportunity to appreciate the sheer architectural genius of the Baptistery, Cathedral and of course, the famed Leaning Tower. Enjoy a stop for lunch at a traditional restaurant or winery where you'll feast on Italian delicacies accompanied by locally fermented wines. After lunch you'll head to the quaint medieval town of San Gimignano which was recently declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Keeping with the Medieval theme, you'll continue your travels along the panoramic roads of the Chianti region to the "City of the Palio", Siena where you'll meet up with a local, expert guide for a tour of the city. This culturally rich city features some truly inspirational monuments, piazzas and palazzos including the Piazza del Campo, where the annual Palio di Siena, bare-back horse race is run. Marvel at the Piazza del Duomo where you'll have an opportunity to explore both the exterior and interior of this magnificent Cathedral. A return transfer back to Florence is included upon completion of the day's touring.
Please note that this shared tour 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 lead in one language or kept as one larger group (in which case the tour will be lead in various languages). Included in this tour is touring aboard a GT coach or minivan with air conditioning, expert multilingual escorts/guides, free time in both Pisa and San Gimignano, lunch and wine tasting, and admission to the Siena Cathedral.
Admire the Tuscan scenery as it passes you by during this train ride travelling 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 accomodation.
Located in the historical heart, Hotel Palace Bonvecchiati is one of the newer and better 4-star 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 the 18th century tradition and make a new statement for Venetian hospitality. The 70 rooms at the hotel each have its 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.
Meeting 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. View from the outside, the campanile, Basilica ground plan and Byzantines 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 this 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 until the famous Rialto Bridge, passing through the lively busy area of the 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 all its palazzo. 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). Optional water taxi to go back to the hotel.
Sit back, relax and admire the sites during this exciting and traditional Venetian Gondola cruise. Allow your fully licensed Gondola driver to gently guide this traditional means of aquatic travel along the Venetian Grand Canal, passing the many landmarks and sites that have made Venice a global tourist hub. Your Captain will negotiate the vessel through the narrow canals and beneath the many stone bridges of Venice during this 30 to 35 minute Gondola ride.
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 concierges, and depending on the location of your hotel, and the amount of people being transferred will affect the total fare (to be paid on-site). Alternatively, your Sales Advisor can arrange a private transfer to the airport if you`d like.
February 19, 2014
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