Look no further. This is the classic grand tour of Italy.
About the Tour
Visit the Eternal City of Rome, the grand Renaissance city of Florence, and Venice with its meandering canals, connecting each magnificent city by high-speed train. This well-planned itinerary includes city sightseeing in each destination, rail tickets and comfortable accommodations with breakfast daily and city guides to help you get better acquainted with each incredible city.
- Rail travel aboard Italy's local and high-speed trains
- Hotel accommodations for 9 nights
- 11 meals
- Rome semi-private sightseeing tour
- Florence walking tour
- Venice Grand Canal cruise
- Private gondola ride in Venice
- Private rail station/hotel transfers
Day 1 - Arrive in RomeArrive at Rome's Fiumicino Airport and meet your driver for your private transfer to your centrally-located hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Overnight Nord Nuova Roma or similar.
Day 2 - Rome SightseeingAfter breakfast, embark on a semi-private sightseeing tour of the city. Visit all of Rome's popular landmarks including St. Peter's Square, the Coliseum, the Forum, Piazza Navona, the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain. The afternoon is at your leisure. Tonight you will have reservations at a local restaurant where you can get a taste of the regional cuisine over a three-course meal. Overnight Nord Nuova Roma or similar. (B, D)
Day 3 - Rome at Your LeisureThe entire day is yours to explore Rome at your own pace. Or, you may wish to take an optional guided tour of the Vatican Museums or an excursion to Naples and Pompeii. Overnight Nord Nuova Roma or similar. (B)
Day 4 - Eurostar Italia to FlorenceAfter breakfast, transfer by private car to the rail station for your first-class rail journey to Florence. Upon arrival at the train station, you will be met by your driver for your transfer to your centrally-located hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to begin to explore this grand city of the Renaissance. Overnight Hotel Cellai or similar. (B)
Day 5 - Explore FlorenceEmbark on your orientation tour of Florence. Your walking tour will start from Piazza della Signoria, a beautifully preserved square where the guide will show you its highlights - among which are the Loggia dei Lanzi arcade and Palazzo Vecchio. By walking through the medieval streets of this renaissance city, you will reach Piazza del Duomo, with the magnificent Duomo Complex. The final tour destination is the Academy Museum, where, among other masterpieces by Michelangelo, you will admire the statue of David, a symbolic representation of Florentine Renaissance art. After an afternoon at leisure, enjoy a three-course dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight Hotel Cellai or similar. (B, D)
Day 6 - Florence at Your LeisureThe entire day is free for you to experience Florence as you like it. Shop the leather markets or meander along the city's winding streets. You may wish to embark on an optional excursion, like a visit to Siena and San Gimignano or a private gastronomic walking tour-the best way to experience Florence's specialty shops and sample regional wines. Overnight Hotel Cellai or similar. (B)
Day 7 - Train to VeniceYou have a private transfer today from your hotel to the rail station after breakfast. Board the Eurostar Italia for the first-class journey to Venice. Upon arrival, you will be met by a local host who will escort you by private boat to your centrally-located hotel. En route, your host will provide an orientation of the main sights along the Grand Canal. After check-in, the remainder of the day is at your leisure. Overnight Hotel San Zulian or similar. (B)
Day 8 - Discover VeniceThe morning and early afternoon is at your leisure to explore Venice. Early this evening, venture to the pier for your private gondola ride. Overnight Hotel San Zulian or similar. (B)
Day 9 - Venice at Your LeisureAfter breakfast, the entire day is yours to shop or explore on your own. You may wish to take an optional excursion like the popular 3 Islands Tour, which visits the islands of Murano, known for its glass; Burano, known for its lace; and, Torcello, home of the first Cathedral in the lagoon. Dinner this evening will be at a local restaurant near the Opera House. Overnight Hotel San Zulian or similar. (B, D)
Day 10 - Arrivederci, ItaliaYour grand Italian vacation comes to an end after breakfast. Your private driver will meet you in your hotel lobby this morning for your transfer to either the Venice rail station or the airport.
Passport & Visa Requirements
It is your responsibility to check and fulfill the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.