Rome, Florence & Venice Highlights

8 days from $5,384 per person*
  • Set your eyes on some of Michelangelo’s masterworks: David and the Sistine Chapel ceiling.
  • Walk with a private guide and discover the secrets and delights of Rome, Florence, and Venice.
  • Spend a day in the wondrous countryside of Tuscany.
  • Explore the ruins of Ancient Rome on tours of the Colosseum, Circus Maximus, and the Forum.
  • Stay at a handpicked selection of premium accommodations.
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Discover a trio of Italy’s most enchanting cities on a stylish journey that lets you walk in the footsteps of gladiators, drift leisurely down Venice’s canals, marvel at stunning works of art, and revel in the pastoral pleasures of the countryside. Rome, Florence, and Venice (with a dash of Tuscany on the side) are among Europe’s greatest treasures, and we’ve got the key that unlocks them, just for you.

Our story starts in Rome, the ageless Italian capital, with a privately guided walking tour that captures the spirit of the modern city and its ancient past through stops at beloved landmarks like the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Bernini’s beautiful Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, and the Spanish Steps (with refreshments of coffee and gelato along the way, of course). Next, delve deep into the city’s impeccable art and architecture on a private tour, beginning with the Vatican’s St. Peter's Basilica and Michelangelo’s impossibly beautiful Sistine Chapel before moving on to the massive Colosseum, pausing to grab snapshots of must-see sights like Villa Borghese, the ruins of Circus Maximus, the Roman Forum, and others. After arriving in Florence by train and settling into your hotel, take a stroll through the Renaissance’s elegant birthplace on a private walking tour that passes the iconic Ponte Vecchio bridge, charming Piazza della Signoria, and stunning Cathedral Square before slipping inside the majestic Galleria dell’Accademia to meet Michelangelo’s David. Later, join a small group and head out into the countryside to soak up the splendor of Siena, San Gimignano, and Chianti on a tour that connects you with the region’s medieval villages, exquisite food, and gorgeous Tuscan landscapes. The adventure comes to an end in Venice, one of the world’s most romantic cities, where you’ll embark on a private half-day sightseeing-and-snacking tour through narrow, twisting streets before boarding a private gondola for a relaxing twilight cruise through the canals. But before you bid addio to Italy, spend some time on the islands of Murano and Burano to learn the secrets of glass blowing and lacework at private tours of workshops that have trained skilled artisans for generations. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Rome
    Rome
    • Private Transfer - Airport with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Assistant/Driver
    • Italy - Welcome Package
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Historic Walking Tour (4 hrs) - Guide
  • Day 2 Rome
    Rome
    • Private Tour - Best of Rome with Vatican Museum, Forum & Colosseum (7 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 3 Rome to Florence
    Rome to Florence
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Train - Rome - Florence [1.5 hrs ] - First Class
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    L`orologio Hotel (B) (Superior Room)
  • Day 4 Florence
    Florence
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Walking Tour with Accademia Gallery (3 hrs) - Guide
    L`orologio Hotel (B) (Superior Room)
  • Day 5 Florence
    Florence
    • Small Group Tour - Siena, San Gimignano & Chianti Countryside Dinner (8 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    L`orologio Hotel (B) (Superior Room)
  • Day 6 Florence to Venice
    Florence to Venice
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Train - Florence - Venice [2 hrs] - First Class
    • Private Transfer - Train Station with Meet & Greet - WaterTaxi/Assistant/Driver
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Classic Venice Walking Tour (2 hrs) - Guide
    • Private Tour - Classic Evening Gondola Ride (30 min) - Gondola/Escort
  • Day 7 Venice
    Venice
    • Private Tour - Murano Glass & Burano Lace (4.5 hrs) - WaterTaxi/Escort/Driver
  • Day 8 Venice
    Venice
    • Private Transfer - Airport (Venice Island) Departure with Assistant - WaterTaxi/Assistant/Driver
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Day 1: Rome

Meet your private English-speaking assistant outside of airport customs. Waiting with a sign with your name on it, they will direct you to your awaiting private transfer, and accompany you to your hotel for check-in.

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 provided to you on your first day in destination.

Meet your private guide and set out on foot through the historical center of Rome, a breathtaking area filled with fascinating archaeological sites and monuments. Visit the 2,000-year-old Pantheon, one of the most influential and well-preserved buildings of ancient Rome, best recognized for its massive dome and center oculus. Head to the famous 18th century Trevi Fountain, considered the most beautiful Baroque fountain in the world, where you can follow the legend and toss in a coin to ensure your return to Rome. At Piazza Navona, you'll find the central Four Rivers Fountain by Bernini, a 17th century masterpiece with its giant statues of sea gods, a work that one could gaze upon for hours as the light gradually changes on the surrounding Baroque facades and cafes, and artists set up to sell their wares in the lively square. Finally, Piazza Di Spagna, also called the heart of Rome, is one of the most exciting squares in Rome, famous for its Spanish Steps, with different terraces, ramps and 135 steps, decorated with colorful flowers in the spring. Enjoy an included coffee break and gelato with your guide, for a taste of the conversation that Italy is known for, discussing sights you’ve seen…or just relaxing. 

Accommodation: Luxe Rose Garden Hotel

The Luxe Rose Garden Hotel is located on Via Vittorio Veneto in Rome, chosen as one of Conde Nast’s Top Cities, a mere forty five minutes away from the Fiumicino Airport. The property is within walking distance to some of Rome's most famous landmarks including the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and various Baroque inspired churches. This historical property is situated in the heart of the city center and features elegantly designed guestrooms and 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 handcrafted modern sculptures. When in Rome, surround yourself with the most gracious of amenities at The Luxe Rose Garden Hotel.

Rome, Florence & Venice Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Pantheon
Pantheon
Rome, Florence & Venice Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Piazza Navona
Piazza Navona

Day 2: Rome

Meet your private guide and transportation and embark on a full-day highlights tour of the Best of Rome. First, head to the Vatican City, residence of the Pope, where you'll visit the 17th century St. Peter's Basilica, the largest church in the world. Visit the Vatican Museum and the 15th century Sistine Chapel, viewing paintings by great artistic masters, including Michelangelo's iconic painting the Creation of the World, which dominates the chapel ceiling. Leaving Vatican City, drive through Rome, spotting sites like the Borghese Park, the Janiculum Hill, Castle Sant'Angelo and Circus Maximus. Pass the huge monument to Victor Emmanuel, Capitol Hill, and stroll the ancient Roman Forum with the rostrum where Mark Anthony made his impassioned speech over the body of Julius Caesar. No visit to Rome is complete without experiencing the interior of the historic Colosseum, one of the world's most celebrated buildings. Built 2,000 years ago, this epic stadium formerly held gladiatorial contests and other public spectacles. Visit this UNSECO-listed structure, and gaze out across the stadium floor imagining the roar of 80,000 boisterous spectators from ancient Rome!

Accommodation: Luxe Rose Garden Hotel
Rome, Florence & Venice Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Colosseum
Colosseum

Day 3: Rome - Florence

Meet your private driver and vehicle for a train station transfer.

Depart by train from Rome to Florence. Approximate travel time is 1.5 hours.

Meet your private driver and vehicle for a train station transfer.

Accommodation: L`orologio Hotel (B) (Superior Room)

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 city scape views. Guests can enjoy classic Italian cuisine in an warm and illuminating environment at the hotel's on-site restaurant.

Rome, Florence & Venice Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -   L'orologio Hotel
L'orologio Hotel
Rome, Florence & Venice Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Rooftop Views
Rooftop Views

Day 4: Florence

Travel back to the Renaissance period during a half-day walking tour exploring the renowned Tuscan city of Florence. Depart your hotel on foot with your private guide, strolling through Florence's UNESCO World Heritage-listed old city center, coming to renowned Cathedral Square where you can admire some of the city's most iconic sites. Spot the massive 13th-15th century Florence Cathedral (or Duomo) and 277-foot Giotto's Bell Tower, which dominate the skyline, as well as the nearby 11th century Romanesque Baptistery with its Paradise Door. In Signoria Square, effectively an open-air sculpture museum, view the imposing Palazzo Vecchio with its clock and bell tower, and marvel at the stunning Neptune Fountain and recreated statue of Michelangelo’s masterpiece, David. Head to the elegant 14th century Ponte Vecchio, known as the jewel bridge. After exploring the city, you will proceed with your guide to visit the Accademia Gallery where you will have the chance to view Michelangelo's David. Completed in 1504 after four years' work, this stunning statue attracts millions of art lovers from around the globe each year. 

Accommodation: L`orologio Hotel (B) (Superior Room)
Rome, Florence & Venice Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Cathedral Square
Cathedral Square

Day 5: Florence

Set out on a small group tour with no more than 16 participants to discover the beauty of Siena, San Gimignano and the Chianti countryside, before admiring the sunset on the Tuscan hills accompanied by a delicious dinner. First you'll drive out to Siena, a city masterfully perched atop three rising hills. On a guided walking tour, marvel at the many sites and highlights of the city including the Piazza del Campo; one of Europe's most stunning medieval squares. Dominating the fan-shaped square are the 13th century City Hall, Palazzo Pubblico, and the skyline-topping Torre del Mangia, a 330-foot bell tower dating back to 14th century Siena. From there, head to San Gimignano, a tiny town that has remained intact through the centuries. Magnificently situated on top of a hill, the UNESCO-listed old town of San Gimignano is famous for its 13th century walls, and skyline of medieval towers. Explore independently inside the historic walls, ripe with Romanesque and Gothic architecture, take notice of the 14 surviving medieval towers, some dating back as far as the 11th century, and descend on the triangular Piazza della Cisterna, lined with medieval houses. After some free time in San Gimignano, gaze in awe at a marvelous sunset on the Tuscan hills as you enjoy an included dinner at a boutique winery in the Chianti countryside. Be delighted with a wine tasting during your meal, and a visit to the winery's ancient cellar, followed by a return drive to Florence.

Accommodation: L`orologio Hotel (B) (Superior Room)
Rome, Florence & Venice Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  San Gimignano
San Gimignano

Day 6: Florence - Venice

Meet your private driver and vehicle for a train station transfer.

Depart by train from Florence to Venice. Approximate travel time is 2 hours.

Meet your private English-speaking assistant who will be waiting for you on the arrivals platform with a sign with your name on it. They will locate your awaiting private water taxi, and accompany you to your hotel for check-in.

Meet your private guide in the hotel lobby and set out on foot for a 2-hour walking tour to discover the highlights of Venice. Head to St Mark's Square, the heart of political and religious power of the Venetian Republic for centuries. Here you can spot the grand 11th century church of St Mark’s Basilica, nicknamed the Church of Gold for its sheer opulence and position as a status symbol of Venetian wealth. Adjacent is St Mark’s Campanile, the imposing 12th century bell tower, standing at 323 feet tall. Visually dominating the entire northern stretch of the square are the arcaded Procuratie Vecchie buildings, in classical and Gothic style. Just off the square, and lining the Grand Canal, admire the Gothic style exterior of the 13th century Doge’s Palace, former residence to the supreme ruler of the Venetian Republic of antiquity. Learn of its adjoining former prison, connected to the Palace by the Bridge of Sighs, which retains the true secrets of how a city built on swamps became one of the most enlightened cities in the western world. You'll hear tales of illustrious Venetian characters like Marco Polo and Casanova, continuing along to the lively Campo Santa Maria Formosa with its outstanding Venetian palaces, and the Church of San Giovanni e Paolo (considered the Pantheon of Venice). Your walking tour concludes at the evocative Rialto Bridge overlooking the Grand Canal. From here, you may continue with independent exploration or return to your hotel.

This evening, sit back, relax and admire the views during an exciting, traditional Venetian Gondola ride. For your added comfort, an English-speaking escort will pick you up from your hotel and walk you to your awaiting private gondola. After boarding your gondola, your fully licensed Gondolier will navigate your vessel through the narrow canals and beneath the many stone bridges of Venice during a serene, half-hour gondola ride. Gently guide on 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, including the 16th century Rialto Bridge, and the stunning Ca' d'Oro mansion with its arched Gothic exterior. A quintessential Venetian experience!

Accommodation: Palazzo Sant`Angelo

With its unique vintage flare and Venetian fashion, Palazzo Sant'Angelo will capture the sense of time traveling in Venice. Its location sits right in front of the famous Grand Canal, making every morning a perfect stroll among the picturesque Venetian scene. This elegantly restored hotel welcomes guests with an entrance of Palladian pavement, warm hues, and an old stone fireplace. The suites at Palazzo Sant’Angelo feature stunning vistas over the waters of the lagoon, the lush garden or a quaint Venetian side street. Start your morning at the cozy breakfast room, and your evenings at the hotel bar that conveniently overlooks the Grand Canal.

Rome, Florence & Venice Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Doge's Palace
Doge's Palace
Rome, Florence & Venice Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Gondola
Gondola

Day 7: Venice

Set out on a half-day tour into the world of Venetian glass and lace. Begin by departing your hotel with your private English-speaking tour escort, and board a private water taxi. This aquatic taxi will glide across the Venetian Lagoon towards the two enchanting islands of Murano and Burano. For hundreds of years the glass factory on Murano has been producing some of the world’s greatest and most coveted glass creations. During a tour of the factory, you'll get an opportunity to marvel at the traditional glass-blowing techniques used in this very factory for centuries, and even purchase some of the creations if you'd like. After, you'll again board your water taxi and travel to the magnificent island of Burano, featuring various colorful painted houses and villas. Burano is renowned throughout Europe for its marvelous lace production, which you'll experience during a visit to the Lace Factory. You'll have an opportunity before returning back to the Venetian mainland to stroll along the narrow streets and barter with the merchants for a special souvenir, if you so choose.

Accommodation: Palazzo Sant`Angelo
Rome, Florence & Venice Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Murano Glass Horse
Murano Glass Horse

Day 8: Venice

Meet your private English-speaking assistant who will accompany you on your transfer to 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.
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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.
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  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Luxe Rose Garden Hotel: Rome

The Luxe Rose Garden Hotel is located on Via Vittorio Veneto in Rome, chosen as one of Conde Nast’s Top Cities, a mere forty five minutes away from the Fiumicino Airport. The property is within walking distance to some of Rome's most famous landmarks including the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and various Baroque inspired churches. This historical property is situated in the heart of the city center and features elegantly designed guestrooms and 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 handcrafted modern sculptures. When in Rome, surround yourself with the most gracious of amenities at The Luxe Rose Garden Hotel.

Rome, Florence & Venice Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Luxe Rose Garden Hotel
Luxe Rose Garden Hotel
Rome, Florence & Venice Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Lobby
Lobby

L`orologio Hotel (B) (Superior Room): 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 city scape views. Guests can enjoy classic Italian cuisine in an warm and illuminating environment at the hotel's on-site restaurant.

Palazzo Sant`Angelo : Venice

With its unique vintage flare and Venetian fashion, Palazzo Sant'Angelo will capture the sense of time traveling in Venice. Its location sits right in front of the famous Grand Canal, making every morning a perfect stroll among the picturesque Venetian scene. This elegantly restored hotel welcomes guests with an entrance of Palladian pavement, warm hues, and an old stone fireplace. The suites at Palazzo Sant’Angelo feature stunning vistas over the waters of the lagoon, the lush garden or a quaint Venetian side street. Start your morning at the cozy breakfast room, and your evenings at the hotel bar that conveniently overlooks the Grand Canal.

Rome, Florence & Venice Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Palazzo Sant'Angelo Hotel
Palazzo Sant'Angelo Hotel

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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