Venice, Florence & Rome
Explore Italy’s most celebrated cities on this 11-day locally hosted tour.
Italy is a small country with an unsurpassed cultural heritage. The ancient cities of Venice, Florence, and Rome lie at the very heart of Italian culture, each offering endless art, historical sites, and architectural marvels. On this 10-day tour, you’ll go for a gondola ride along the canals of The Floating City of Venice, cross the centuries-old Ponte Vecchio in Florence, and stand inside the ancient Colosseum in Rome. Marvel at Michelangelo’s masterpiece in the Sistine Chapel, toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain, and let yourself indulge in a daily scoop of gelato or glass of wine. With the details of your transportation expertly arranged, and the insider advice of your Local Hosts, you’ll be able to soak up the Italian sun with total peace of mind.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Transportation on high-speed rail (first-class)
- 9 nights accommodation in pre-screened, centrally located hotels
- Daily breakfast buffet
- Locally guided sightseeing and orientation in each city
- Friendly, knowledgeable Local Host at each destination
- Venice highlights include a visit to Doges' Palace, the Bridge of Sighs, a glassblowing demonstration, and entrances to the Marciana Library and the Correr Museum and National Archaeological Museum
- Florence highlights include a visit to the Academy of Fine Arts to see Michelangelo's David
- Rome highlights include a visit to the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum, and the Roman Forum
Day 1 - Depart USA for Venice
Board your international flight for the journey across the Atlantic Ocean. (Air travel not included in tour cost)
Day 2 - Venice, Italy
Benvenuto—welcome! Your Local Host is available to help you maximize your time in this automobile-free, romantic city.
Day 3 - Venice
Morning guided sightseeing and orientation with headset; see St. Mark's Square and Basilica with its exceptional gold mosaics. Visit Doges' Palace and the evocative Bridge of Sighs. Watch skilled glassblowers fashion their delicate objects in the age-old manner and learn why glassmaking was so important in Venetian history. Entrances to Marciana Library, and the Correr and Archaeological Museums are included; ask your Local Host for details.
Day 4 - Venice
Full day to explore this intriguing city of canals and bridges at your own pace. Your Local Host can help you with information.
Day 5 - Venice-Florence
Morning transfer to the high-speed train (first-class) to Florence.
Day 6 - Florence
Morning guided sightseeing, with headset, includes a visit of the Academy of Fine Arts with Michelangelo’s original David (the Academy is replaced with the Duomo Museum on Mondays and on the first Sunday of each month). Walk through Piazza del Duomo; sculpture-studded Piazza della Signoria, the center of the city’s political life since the 14th century; and Santa Croce Square. Also admire medieval Ponte Vecchio, the arched, stone merchant bridge spanning the Arno River.
Day 7 - Florence
Your Local Host can help you plan your day in this splendid Renaissance city, with suggestions such as a visit to the aromatic Old Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella with it's soaps, perfumes, and lotions.
Day 8 - Florence-Rome
This morning, board the high-speed train (first-class) to Rome.
Day 9 - Rome
Your morning guided sightseeing, with headset, is rich in religious and ancient history. Visit the Vatican museums to see its amazing treasures. In the Sistine chapel, where the Conclave is held to elect new Popes, view Michelangelo's The Last Judgment and his famous ceiling paintings. Also on the agenda today, see monumental St. Peter's Square and Basilica, built in 313 AD above St. Peter the Apostle's tomb and home to Michelangelo's masterpiece Renaissance sculpture, the Pietà. Cross the Tiber River and continue your immersion in history at the iconic Colosseum, built for 50,000 spectators, and the Roman Forum, where the oldest structures of the ancient city are located.
*On Sundays, included guided sightseeing will take place the following day.
Day 10 - Rome
Your Local Host will have suggestions so you can make the most of your day, such as where to find the ancient Marcellus open-air theater, with part of it's original exterior still visible; or how to assure your return to the "Eternal City" by tossing a coin into Trevi Fountain!
Day 11 - Rome
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Additional dates are available. Please contact a rail specialist for details.
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotel Abbazia, Venice
This charming 50-room hotel offers a real Venetian experience in the heart of the city and is housed in a former monastery dating back to 1879 with Free Wi-Fi access available in all guestrooms and public areas of the hotel. A breakfast buffet is served in the bright, airy breakfast room and can also be enjoyed in the serene courtyard garden during the summer months; the original chapel has been restored as a stately wood-paneled lounge/bar complete with the original oak pulpit. NOTE: This 3-storey property does not have an elevator and may not be suitable for guests who are mobility impaired).
This classic Florentine style 60-room hotel boasts a great location with easy access and offers free Wi-Fi access throughout. There is a small but comprehensive fitness center, a bar and a traditional Italian restaurant featuring local cuisine and a variety of seasonal dishes.
Best Western Hotel Universo, Rome
Set in a 19th-century building with 198 modern rooms, two restaurants serving traditional Roman and international cuisine, an elegant bar and Free WI-FI internet access throughout the property. The fitness zone of the hotel is equipped with a gym, Turkish bath, Finnish sauna and hydromassage shower.
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VBR was easy to work with and their rail and hotel choices were great!
The hotel accommodations were excellent, transportation was handled efficiently and the local hosts were very knowledgeable.
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|24th May 2019||$2,463||Please call for availability.|
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