Rome & Area
Enjoy three enigmatic cities, all with distinct character in one of the most vibrant countries of Europe. Start in the most romantic city in the world - Venice. Explore the city by gondola and on foot, along the narrow alleys and laneways giving on to magnificent squares such as the Piazza di San Marco. Check out the famous hand blown glass at Murano, and visit nearby islands of Burano and Torcello. Spend the next few days exploring the city of Florence and the Chianti region. Enjoy your final days in Rome, from the floor of the Colosseum where gladiators fought, and the genteel halls of the Vatican where you will find the world's oldest book, to the site of the Trevi Fountain and the bustling piazzas and trattorias. With a mix of private and shared tours along with time at leisure, and finish your Italian tour in the Smile - for what worries can you possibly have when everything is looked after seamlessly for you from start to finish... Bravo!
For your added comfort, we will have a Meet & Greet assistance for you upon your arrival which will be waiting for you outside the customs. Your representative will help to co-ordinate meeting up with your private water taxi driver at the airport and accompany you to your accommodation.
A welcome package with your vouchers, 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 famous, contemporarily styled deluxe hotel encompasses the true atmosphere of Venice. When the weather permits, buffet breakfast is served on the terrace, while in the evening, cocktails can be enjoyed here along with spectacular views of the Grand Canal and the famous Venetian landmark, Chiesa della Salute. Guests of the Casanova annex rooms are located in the Residence, an extension of main building, with access to all the facilities and services of the hotel.
Depart from the hotel with an English speaking escort on a private taxi boat to the Venetian Lagoon’s most enchanting islands, Murano and Burano. Visit a glass factory on Murano, known for hundreds of years of glass making tradition, and a unique style. A private guide will lead you on a tour of the factory, where you can see a glass blowing demonstration and later purchase items from the display room if you are so inclined. You will then depart and transfer to the island of Burano, featuring cheerful houses painted in bright colours. Known for lace making, you will visit a Burano lace factory for a demonstration of the craft before having some time to stroll the narrow streets and barter with vendors. Return to Venice.
Sit back and relax on a marvellous and enchanting half an hour evening gondola ride through the Grand Canal and inner canals of Venice. You will breathe the atmosphere of this ancient city built on water. Your gondola will take you to the Antica Carbonera Restaurant, where you can enjoy typical traditional veneta and Italian plates. Departure from BACINO ORSEOLO Gondola station (near hotel Bonvechiati, right behind St. Mark’s Square) at 07.00 pm, arrival at restaurant around 7.30-07.40 pm. (Includes a 3 course menu (starter, main course + dessert) together with a Prosecco welcome drink).
Please speak with the concierge at your hotel so that they can give you instructions as to how to get the nearest public water taxi to the train station. Please be aware that not all hotels have a private boat launch so you may have to go to the nearest water taxi stand. Alternatively, if you would like a private boat transfer to be arranged in advance, please speak to your Sales Advisor.
Enjoy a train ride from Venice to Florence. Journey will take approximately 2 hrs.
Take a private train station transfer in Florence.
The Hotel Brunelleschi (4*) is located in the historical centre of Florence, a stone’s throw from the Uffizi Gallery, the “Piazza della Signoria” and one of the world’s most famous shopping streets. The Brunelleschi has 96 rooms and suites, spectacular views of the “Duomo”, a restaurant, and a gym. The hotel has been created within a circular Byzantine tower and a medieval church, entirely reconstructed, but keeping the original characteristics of the buildings. Inside you can find a private museum in which is conserved the architectural ruins discovered during the restoration of the buildings. This hotel is also featured at the end of Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code”.
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.
Enjoy a full day shared tour which gives you the opportunity of discovering the Chianti region. A coach with an English speaking Guide will first take you through the countryside of the Chianti area with ever-changing scenery of vineyards and olive trees. Enjoy a visit to San Gimignano, a tiny city that has remained intact through the centuries. The city is situated on top of a hill and is famous for its numerous towers, fresco's and other art treasures. On arrival in Siena there is some free time for lunch (not included). Your guide will than bring you on a escorted visit through this magnificent city. You will see the Cathedral situated in the Piazza dal Campo, one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. Located near this famous Piazza is the Town Hall, and San Domenico, which is known for it's numerous treasures of Italian painting. During the return journey you will see the old medieval village of Monteriggioni enclosed by its famous walls which are still standing strong.
Enjoy the train ride from Florence to Rome. Train duration is approximately 1.5 hrs.
For your added comfort, we will have Meet & Greet assistance for you upon your arrival who will be waiting for you at the beginning of the platform which your train arrives in on. If a private train station transfer has been arranged, this representative will help to co-ordinate meeting up with your private chauffeur at the train station.
Meet your driver for a private train station transfer.
Discover Rome by foot on your guided 3 hour walking tour today. Don't forget your camera as you visit the Spanish Steps, Scalinata, The Trevi Fountain, The Pantheon, and Navona Square.
The Hotel Villafranca (4*) has been recently renovated and boasts 94 comfortable and pleasant guestrooms. Each of the rooms has been designed to provide an amiable and comfortable atmosphere that facilitates guests’ relaxation and pleasure. Hotel Villafranca is strategically located in the centre of Rome in Via Villafranca 9 close to Stazione Termini and many of the wonders of Rome. Guests have the opportunity of visiting all the main sights and attractions on foot or hopping on one of the many efficient transport services.
Meet your guide and driver at the hotel to head to the Vatican, the center of Christianity, for a 4 hour private tour. You’ll be fascinated by the Vatican Museum which houses one of the most impressive collections in the world. Admire the many works of art and visit the Sistine Chapel, dominated by the efforts of Michelangelo. The conception and execution of the ‘Creation of the World’ and ‘Last Judgment’ are positively titanic. You will also visit the magnificent St. Peter’s Basilica which took over 100 years to build and features Renaissance and Baroque styling. Resting on over the 800 pillars and adorned with 44 altars, St. Peter’s is by far the largest church in the world! Inside the Basilica it is not allowed to speak at high tone; for this reason your guide will whisper in a microphone and you will be provided with a radio headset to clearly hear the description of one of the biggest wonders of Christianity. Return to hotel. (Entrance fee included).
Enjoy a private airport transfer in Rome (Fiumicino/Ciampino) with a private vehicle and driver.
Located in the heart of Venice, the Hotel Bonvecchiati (4*) has the most privileged position of any 4-star hotel in Venice: the hotel is in Calle Goldoni, just a 3-minute walk from Saint Mark's Square and 5 minutes from the Rialto Bridge. The hotel has 124 refined rooms that are perfect for a romantic weekend or an unforgettable vacation in a romantic hotel in Venice. A remarkable, elegant contemporary hotel in Venice, dedicated to those who love design hotels, the Palace Bonvecchiati provides design, luxury and modern accommodations in the heart of Venice.
Citizens of other countries may require a visa. Please ask your Sales Advisor. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Italy for the most up to date visa information.
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