Italy Family Signature

8 days from $3,199 pp based on a family of 4*
  • Explore Florence by bicycle, and taste your way through Venice on a cake, coffee & ice cream tour.
  • Master the basics of hand-to-hand combat at a Roman gladiator school.
  • Private gondola ride in Venice.
  • Private guided tours of Rome & Vatican City.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.
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If you’ve ever wanted to show your family the wonders of the world, Italy is the perfect place to start. Take your kids to gladiator school in Rome, learn to make pizza in Florence and cruise Venice on a private gondola ride.

Create the memories of a lifetime with your nearest and dearest on this classic tour to Rome, Tuscany and Venice. Tour world-famous museums, visit extraordinary archaeological sites and explore the picturesque countryside. In the evenings you’ll rest in blissful accommodations that offer the comforts of home.

Walk through thousands of years of history on a private tour of Rome, and then master the basics of hand-to-hand combat at a real gladiator school. Play like Spartacus for a day as you dress in a traditional gladiator costume and use authentic Roman weapons. Take a private tour of the Vatican where you can show your children world-renowned works of art, including the ceiling of the Sistine chapel painted by Michelangelo. In Florence, tour the city by bicycle, then enjoy a market visit and cooking class where you'll make your own authentic Italian cuisine. Discover the shimmering canals and colorful streets of Venice and relax on a private gondola cruise through the Venetian lagoon, and taste your way through the city on a coffee, cake & ice cream tour. ... Show More »

With plenty of optional activities, this tour is designed to delight travelers of all generations. Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance. « Show Less

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Rome
    Rome
    • Transfer - Private - Airport (Fiumicino/Ciampino) with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Assistant/Driver (4)
    • Italy - Welcome Package(2)
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Walking Rome (4 hrs) - Guide(10)
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Rome
    Rome
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Ancient & Imperial Rome (3 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver(4)
    • Tour - Shared - 1/2 Day Gladiator School (3 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Instructor(5)
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Rome
    Rome
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Vatican City Tour (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver(4)
    • Self-Guided - Glorious Gelato
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Rome to Florence
    Rome to Florence
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver(7)
    • Rome - Florence [1.5 hrs ] - 1st Class Train Ticket
    • Transfer - Private - Transfer - Private - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver (8)
    • Tour - Shared - 1/2 Day Biking in Florence (2.5 hrs) (Max 15 pax) - Bike/Guide
  • Day 5 Florence
    Florence
    • Tour - Shared - 1/2 Day Market Visit and Cooking Class (with Lunch & Wine Tasting) (5.5 hrs) - Chef
  • Day 6 Florence to Venice
    Florence to Venice
    • Transfer - Private - Transfer - Private - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver (8)
    • Florence - Venice [2 hrs] - 1st Class Train Ticket
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station with Meet & Greet - WaterTaxi/Assistant/Driver(6)
    • Tour - Private - Classic Gondola Ride (30 mins) - Gondola (Evening)(6)
  • Day 7 Venice
    Venice
    • Tour - Private - Cakes, Coffee & Ice Cream in Venice (4 hrs) - Guide(10)
  • Day 8 Venice
    Venice
    • Transfer - Private - Airport (Venice Island) Departure with Assistant - WaterTaxi/Assistant/Driver(6)
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: Rome

Today you will have an English-speaking assistant waiting for you outside of customs with a sign with your name on it. For your added comfort, 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.

Accommodation: Dei Mellini (4*)

Located in Ancient Rome, on a peaceful street between the Spanish Steps and St. Peter's Basilica is the Dei Mellini Hotel. Guests can explore Rome within 5 minutes from the hotel. The famous shopping district Via Cola Di Rienzo and Piazza Del Popolo are just footsteps away. From luxurious shops, charming cafes and mouth-watering restaurants, opportunities to discover the Roman culture are endless. This charming and comfortable retreat in Italy has put every detail into an elegant interior design featuring warm colors and contemporary Italian flair, rivaled only by the exceptional hospitality and top-shelf facilities. This independent hotel in beautiful Rome is functional and refined for every traveler.

Italy Family Signature  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Piazza Navona
Piazza Navona
Italy Family Signature  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Dei Mellini
Dei Mellini

Day 2: Rome

Meet your private guide and driver at your hotel for a classic tour to the archaeological center of Imperial Rome. Meet up with your private local guide and explore the Flavian Amphitheatre, known as the Coliseum, the largest monument of Ancient Rome. The Roman Forum, the centre of Imperial Rome, lies just down the valley between the Palatine, Quirinale and Capitolium hills. Several Temples, Triumphal Arches, Ancient Basilicas, Rostra, the Curia House and many other ancient monuments, make this valley a sort of open-air museum. At the end of the tour, you will be returned to your hotel. Entrance fees are included.

Master the basics of hand-to-hand combat at a genuine gladiator school on the ancient Appian Way! You'll discover the secrets of Imperial Rome's gladiator games, get hands-on with ancient Roman history and have the best fun you can imagine! You will be picked up at your hotel by your private driver, and continue to the Gladiator School. During your two-hour lesson, your gladiator instructor will teach you how to fight with authentic weapons used by the gladiators of ancient Rome. Dressed in a traditional gladiator tunic, belt, leather protective glove and rudis (training sword), you can let your imagination run wild as you play like Spartacus for a day, fighting off ferocious lions and sword-wielding warriors! Next, learn the basic techniques of gladiatorial sword fighting and take part in an optional gladiatorial tournament. All participants receive a certificate of accomplishment. If you are not feeling so brave, you can always watch the activity from the great viewing platform. Your tour includes round trip private transfers, a two-hour gladiator lesson led by members of the Historic Group of Rome, Hire of gladiator clothing and weapons, water bottle, complimentary drink & entrance to the Gladiator School of Rome Museum.

Accommodation: Dei Mellini (4*)
Italy Family Signature  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Colosseum
The Colosseum
Italy Family Signature  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Gladiators In Combat
Gladiators In Combat

Day 3: Rome

Meet your certified English-speaking guide outside your hotel before traveling in a privately driven vehicle to experience 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 be 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 Museum included.

Get ready to eat your way across Rome.  Begin this gastronomic experience at Torce's Il Gelato; offering visitors some unique flavors like chili and chocolate or black sesame. Locals also frequent Fatamorgana, where you can find all natural flavors like pear and Gorgonzola. Gelato per tutti…

Accommodation: Dei Mellini (4*)
Italy Family Signature  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  St. Paul - Statues of St. Peter's Basilica
St. Paul - Statues of St. Peter's Basilica
Italy Family Signature  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Gelato
Gelato

Day 4: Rome - Florence

A privately driven vehicle will provide a transfer to the train station 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.

A private vehicle and driver will escort you to the train station today in Florence. 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.

Enjoy a 2.5-hour shared bike tour (maximum 15 people) of Florence accompanied by an English-speaking guide. You will ride through the narrow streets of the main center and the Oltrarno district, reaching the most amazing monuments of Florence and unknown spots from which to admire the city.  Highlights include Santa Maria Novella, the artisans district, Palazzo Pitti, San Frediano, Pontevecchio (the old bridge), the Uffizi square, Santa Croce, Piazza della Signoria, the medieval district, the Duomo, and Piazza della Repubblica. Along your pleasant stroll in Florence, you will stop at several locations for history explanations and fun facts about the city, and for photo opportunities. Relax, enjoy the tour and even taste a wonderful Gelato in the Oltrarno district!  (Please note: the itinerary is flat and not challenging but please note that a normal biking skill is required. No visits inside monuments and museums are included. This tour includes a bicycle, licensed guide, ice cream, and helmet.

Accommodation: L`orologio Hotel (4*)

The L'orologio Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Florence, just a short stroll away from important monuments such as the Duomo, the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, and the Medici Chapels. The concept of the L'orologio Hotel is inspired by prestigious international Haute Horlogerie (Fine Watchmaking) and in particular, by the world of collecting vintage watches. The interior design pays an extreme attention to detail, providing a bold sensory experience to guests.  Guestrooms are comfortable and full of character, and offer various cityscape views. Guests can dine at bar L’O for classic Italian cuisine in an warm and illuminating environment. Visit the fitness center for a workout during your stay, and the sauna to relax after a long day of sightseeing.

Italy Family Signature  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Michelangelo's Statue of David
Michelangelo's Statue of David
Italy Family Signature  Tours 2017 - 2018 -   L'orologio Hotel
L'orologio Hotel

Day 5: Florence

Meet one of their famous and charismatic chefs and learn how to cook a nice Tuscan meal in the heart of Florence! You will take a short walk to the Central Market, where you will select the ingredients that you will then use to prepare your own lunch. While visiting the market you will get a chance to meet with the local butchers, bakers, and farmers selling vegetables from their own gardens, learn how to distinguish the highest quality ingredients and taste local and typical products! After this fun experience you will reach their fascinating home-like professional location, just a few steps from the central market, and you will start to prepare your delicious lunch, under the expert guidance of your chef. Your menu may slightly vary depending on the season and the fresh ingredients available, but it will usually contain bruschetta, different kinds of fresh home-made pasta from scratch such as tagliatelle and ravioli, sauces for the pasta, and a dessert. After all your hard work, you will be rewarded by relaxing and savoring the dishes you have prepared, accompanied by two glasses of a selection of Chianti wines. And finally get your Graduation Certificate!

Please note that when the Central Market tour is closed (on Sundays and bank holidays) a special introduction and extra tastings at the cooking class location will substitute instead.

Accommodation: L`orologio Hotel (4*)
Italy Family Signature  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Bruschetta
Bruschetta

Day 6: Florence - Venice

A private vehicle and driver will escort you to the train station today in Florence. 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 the Venice train station, a "Meet and 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.

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 navigate the vessel through the narrow canals and beneath the many stone bridges of Venice during this 30 minutes Gondola ride.

Accommodation: Hotel L`Orologio Venezia (4*)

Housed in the San Polo district, the Hotel L'Orologio Venezia sits quietly on the world's famous Grand Canal, attracting beautiful views all around the hotel. In each moment, guests can recognize gondolas streaming down the canal, and see local life engaging into each other, adding an authentic essence to the stay. The hotel's decor holds a traditional Venetian style, adding rich hues in every room. On the ground floor, the large space containing the reception, bar and lounge area is conjoined by quartz concrete flooring in a warm sepia, red tone. The walls feature original wall tapestries restored and modernized with a red lime wash, and the original wooden ceilings have been restored and maintained. The rooms are spacious and have views of the canal or the inner courtyard.

Italy Family Signature  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Gondola on the Grand Canal
Gondola on the Grand Canal
Italy Family Signature  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hotel L'Orologio Venezia
Hotel L'Orologio Venezia

Day 7: Venice

Meet up with your private guide before commencing on a very sweet walk that will take you to some of Venice’s best quality and carefully chosen cake, coffee and ice cream shops. Explore Venice’s sestieri of San Marco and San Polo, which is ideal for those who are looking to discover some new venues to feed their sweet passions. Each shop has been lovingly selected so join in exploring charming patisseries, some dating back to the 1700s. You will see cakes so beautiful that they are almost too nice to eat, and discover delicious pastine, tiramisu, small chocolates and refreshing gelatos. While tasting some of the best Venetian cakes, coffee and ice cream, you will be told about this amazing city and its inhabitants, the food traditions, the history of sugar, coffee and the tradition of cake making in Venice. Please be aware that on Sunday afternoons and Mondays some selected shops will be closed.

Accommodation: Hotel L`Orologio Venezia (4*)

Day 8: Venice

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.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Dei Mellini (4*): Rome

Located in Ancient Rome, on a peaceful street between the Spanish Steps and St. Peter's Basilica is the Dei Mellini Hotel. Guests can explore Rome within 5 minutes from the hotel. The famous shopping district Via Cola Di Rienzo and Piazza Del Popolo are just footsteps away. From luxurious shops, charming cafes and mouth-watering restaurants, opportunities to discover the Roman culture are endless. This charming and comfortable retreat in Italy has put every detail into an elegant interior design featuring warm colors and contemporary Italian flair, rivaled only by the exceptional hospitality and top-shelf facilities. This independent hotel in beautiful Rome is functional and refined for every traveler.

Italy Family Signature  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Dei Mellini
Dei Mellini

L`orologio Hotel (4*): Florence

The L'orologio Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Florence, just a short stroll away from important monuments such as the Duomo, the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, and the Medici Chapels. The concept of the L'orologio Hotel is inspired by prestigious international Haute Horlogerie (Fine Watchmaking) and in particular, by the world of collecting vintage watches. The interior design pays an extreme attention to detail, providing a bold sensory experience to guests.  Guestrooms are comfortable and full of character, and offer various cityscape views. Guests can dine at bar L’O for classic Italian cuisine in an warm and illuminating environment. Visit the fitness center for a workout during your stay, and the sauna to relax after a long day of sightseeing.

Italy Family Signature  Tours 2017 - 2018 -   L'orologio Hotel
L'orologio Hotel
Italy Family Signature  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Restaurant with View
Restaurant with View

Hotel L`Orologio Venezia (4*): Venice

Housed in the San Polo district, the Hotel L'Orologio Venezia sits quietly on the world's famous Grand Canal, attracting beautiful views all around the hotel. In each moment, guests can recognize gondolas streaming down the canal, and see local life engaging into each other, adding an authentic essence to the stay. The hotel's decor holds a traditional Venetian style, adding rich hues in every room. On the ground floor, the large space containing the reception, bar and lounge area is conjoined by quartz concrete flooring in a warm sepia, red tone. The walls feature original wall tapestries restored and modernized with a red lime wash, and the original wooden ceilings have been restored and maintained. The rooms are spacious and have views of the canal or the inner courtyard.

Italy Family Signature  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hotel L'Orologio Venezia
Hotel L'Orologio Venezia
Italy Family Signature  Tours 2017 - 2018 -   Hotel L'Orologio Venezia Lobby
Hotel L'Orologio Venezia Lobby

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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