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Great Italian Cities

10 Days from $2,350 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Leisurely

Explore Italy's café culture, enchanting Renaissance frescoes and incredible feats of classic architecture. Enjoy private access to the Pope's Summer Residence—Castel Gandolfo—with an included tour and lunch against the backdrop of this enchanting setting.

Great Italian Cities also has winter departures; click here to see the Winter Season version of this tour!

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

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Overview

Explore Italy's café culture, enchanting Renaissance frescoes and incredible feats of classic architecture. Enjoy private access to the Pope's Summer Residence—Castel Gandolfo—with an included tour and lunch against the backdrop of this enchanting setting.

Great Italian Cities also has winter departures; click here to see the Winter Season version of this tour!

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

  1. You're in for a bellissimo journey through the spectacular cities of Italy, which kicks off in the Eternal City of Rome. On arrival to Rome Fiumicino Airport transfers will operate at 9:30 am, 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Join your travel companions and Travel Director for a memorable Welcome Reception. Your introduction to la dolce vita begins with an orientation drive.

    meal(s):Welcome Reception
    hotel:Grand Palatino
  2. We embark on a very special included dive into culture sightseeing tour with our Local Specialist at the Vatican this morning. Skip the queue and wander through its Museums, Sistine Chapel and Gardens, admiring the artistry of great masters and walking in the footsteps of popes who have found peace within its beautiful green landscapes for centuries. We'll enjoy a rare opportunity to board a train within the Vatican Walls bound for the Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo, the Pope's Summer Residence. Here, we'll embark on a tour through its beautifully manicured green heart before enjoying an included lunch against the backdrop of this enchanting setting. Later, we return to Rome and embark on an included visit of St. Peter's Basilica with our Local Specialist.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
  3. The narrow lanes and expansive piazze of Rome are yours to explore today. Ask your Travel Director for tips on what to see and do, or consider an Optional Experience delving into the fascinating history of Pompeii.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  4. Journey north to the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi where your Local Specialist will take you to the Basilica of St. Francis, the final resting place of this famous saint where we will see Giotto's enchanting frescoes. Later we continue our journey through the scenic Tuscan countryside to Florence.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Ambasciatori
  5. Enjoy a leisurely encounter with the artistic and architectural marvels of Florence during your walking tour with a Local Specialist. Visit the striking Piazza della Signoria with its impressive sculptures and palazzi. Amble through the charming cobblestone lanes to the multi-colored marble Duomo and Baptistery, before admiring the scenic view of the Ponte Vecchio straddling the Arno River. Learn about the quality and workmanship of two of this city's historic industries at demonstrations of Florentine leathercraft and 18-carat gold. Spend the rest of the afternoon sauntering through the historic center of Florence, shopping for high-quality leather for which the city is famous, or admiring the artistic contribution of the Medici at every turn.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  6. After free time in Florence, cross the fertile Arno Valley to Pisa and join a Local Specialist to visit the Square of Miracles, home to the incredible Leaning Tower and beautifully sculpted marble Cathedral. See the ornate Baptistery and the Camposanto, built on sacred soil brought back from the Holy Land during the Crusades. Your unforgettable encounter with Tuscany continues this evening as you connect with locals over a Be My Guest dinner, joining Count Miari Fulcis on his 15th-century organic olive oil estate that has featured in many famous films.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
  7. Travel north, through the Apennines, to the medieval city of Bologna, perhaps best known for the delicious spaghetti sauce that bears its name. Your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist includes views of the Kissing Towers which lean towards each other, seemingly poised to embrace. Then it's off to the romantic island city of Venice with its rich cultural and artistic heritage. Spend time at leisure gliding along its enchanting canals in a gondola or wander through the city's labyrinthine lanes, over bridges and into quiet campi before dining tonight at your hotel.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Principe/Amadeus
  8. Dive into culture and gain insights into the delicate Venetian art of glassblowing on Giudecca Island. Savor the iconic and unexpected highlights of Venice as you cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square to admire the Bridge of Sighs, Palladian churches, Customs House, St. Mark's Basilica and the ornate Doge's Palace. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  9. Sites made famous in poetry, song and prose are explored today during a leisurely stroll from our hotel along the canals to the famous Rialto Bridge where we will join a guided Small Group Sightseeing walking tour, which will bring all the flavors of Italy to life at a centuries-old food market. Amble through the narrow calle of Venice and admire the beautiful architecture, walking over the Rialto Bridge before spending the rest of the day to visit the sights of your choice. Our love affair with Italy's great Italian cities comes to an end this evening as we enjoy a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  10. For now it's time to say a fond arrivederci to Italy and newfound friends who have shared in the memorable sights, sounds and flavors. Return transfers will arrive at Venice Marco Polo Airport at 8 am and 9:30 am. Conditions apply.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $640 per person

Triple Room Discount: from $60 per person

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $86 per person

Airport transfers: On arrival at Rome Fiumicino Airport transfers will operate at 9:30 am, 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Venice Marco Polo Airport at 8 am and 9:30 am.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips

Meal Summary

13 meals: 9 hot buffet breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners with local wine.

Insider Experiences

Connect with Locals

  • Enjoy a local Tuscan Be My Guest dinner with Count Miari Fulcis on his 15th-century organic olive oil estate in the Tuscan hills, used as a location for many famous films like ‘Room with a View' and ‘Tea with Mussolini'

Dive into Culture

  • Be inspired by the magnificence of Michelangelo at The Vatican Museums and enjoy an exclusive visit up the spiral staircase designed by the famous architect Donato Bramante in a part of the Vatican not open to the public. Witness the exquisite craft of glassblowing on Giudecca Island, a delicate tradition that generations of Venetian craftsmen have perfected over the centuries

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Rome, Assisi, Pisa, Florence, Bologna, Venice

Sightseeing Experiences

  • VIP Admission to the Vatican Museum
  • City tour in Rome, Assisi, Florence, Pisa, Bologna, Venice
  • Visit the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, the Villa Barberini Gardens in Castel Gandolfo, the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi
  • Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice
  • View Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, St. Mark's Basilica in Venice
  • Small Group Sightseeing guided walking tour of 'Secret Venice' to the Rialto food market with a group size of no more than 25 guests
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Reviews

Saturday, October 13, 2018
Lenard Posner
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : My travel agent was very helpful, professional, and knowledgeable.
Vacation : The hotel rooms were very small and the bathrooms, especially in Venice, was tiny. Couldn’t move around! The city specialists were very good, yet at times, too fast and did not look back to see how the rest were keeping up. Other than that, the trip was wonderful. We were lucky to have good weather and the iconic landmarks were awesome!
Monday, July 2, 2018
Trusted Customer
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : I booked with Josh P. at GET and he was very helpful and answered all my questions and assured me being Type 1 diabetic and having a CI would not be a problem for this tour. And it wasn't.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for sharing your experience. We're so pleased to know that Josh helped make your vacation extra special and worry-free. We'll pass your comments on to the team! Happy travels.
Monday, July 2, 2018
Vacation : Trafalgar was the actual travel company that led the tour. It was billed as First Class, and not a budget/value one, yet not all of the accommodations and breakfasts were at the higher level.
Sunday, July 1, 2018
Melvyn Klein
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Service rating : Have worked with David Frantella on many trips. He is excellent and clearly has a customer-service approach to meeting our interests and needs. On many occasions my wife and I have recommended GET to friends and family....Our guided tour director, Rosella, was exceptional, however, constantly pushing the "optional experiences" takes too much time away from learning more about culture, history, and importance of the places we visit. Local experts are very good, but, as the tour director, her supplemental information and insights (shared during hours on the bus, wuld have been time well-spent....M. S. Klein
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for your recommendations and your repeat business! We are thrilled that you enjoyed the Great Italian Cities trip and look forward to helping you plan the next one!
Monday, July 2, 2018
Vacation : Two reservations: 1) not confident that we consistently get the best airfares available, and 2) the commercial aspects of the "optional experiences" has become increasingly too much a focus of the tour directors.
Friday, June 29, 2018
Ruth Wells
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Vacation:
Service rating : Well. Originally my trip was planned for a direct flight from Venice to Chicago. I I noticed a change in the itinerary from an email. I called Rob and he said not to worry. However there was a change in the itinerary it did make a stop. I found out at the airport that there were no direct flights on Sunday. As it turned out we waited at the airport because the flight from Venice was delayed we had to stay overnight and ended up coming home the next day . And that's exactly what I did not want to happen . If Rob would have told me that I would have stayed one more night in Venice and come back on Monday. So next time I'll use a real travel agent. The trip with Trafalgar was very nice I will book directly through them next time. I will also book my own airfare like Inormally do. So in conclusion I would not recommend your company and I will never book with you again. On the bright side the cities of Venice and Rome and Florence were beautiful. I plan to go to Italy once a year the rest of my life but never with your company.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Please accept our apologies for the lack of communication regarding your return flight schedule. It looks as if we had originally booked a nonstop return flight for you however, American Airlines changed their schedule and there was no longer a nonstop option. It looks as if the airline had mechanical issues causing you to have to overnight unexpectedly. This of course is completely out of our control, but we do apologize nonetheless. We are glad to see that you arrived home safely and did bring back some happy memories from Italy.
Monday, July 2, 2018
Vacation : The cities were beautiful however the return flight was not
Sunday, June 24, 2018
Christine Harper
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Service rating : GET did a great job coordinating a wonderful vacation through Italy. I would highly recommend them, and would use their services for future traveling adventures.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're so happy to hear that we could help make your Italy vacation wonderful. Thank you for your comments and for being a part of our travel family!
Monday, June 25, 2018
Vacation : GET made planning a vacation very easy.
Sunday, June 24, 2018
Sandra Granger
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Service rating : The tour director, Guiseppe was outstanding. So full of personality and just a delight to be around. He really cared about our well being! This was our first tour and we didn’t know what to expect but this tour exceeded our expectations. I do think that more of the optionals should have been included with the tour pkg rather than having to pay addl monies for them. The included portions as a whole were much less interesting so naturally we picked addl options as well. Another plus were the very helpful tour guides in the various cities as well as very knowledgeable. We would probably use your company again. Again, shout out to Guiseppe!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for taking the time to write. Our optional experiences are designed to complement our itineraries and offer our guests the flexibility to tailor their vacation to their own preferences. Some of our guests prefer to use this time to explore independently and at their own leisure or just relax at the hotel. We are happy to see that overall you enjoyed Italy!
Monday, June 25, 2018
Vacation : I did already as indicated above.
Sunday, June 24, 2018
James Frier Jr
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Vacation:
Service rating : The entire GET trip was extremely well planned and executed. The trip was really interesting and lots of fun! Our tour director was outstanding and extremely knowledgeable. All aspects of our trip would be rated first class!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thanks for sharing your travel experience. We're so pleased to hear we could help make your Italian vacation go as smoothly as possible. Happy travels!
Monday, June 25, 2018
Vacation : Our GET trip was very reasonably priced. GET also got us a great deal on airline tickets as well.
Monday, May 21, 2018
George Walton
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : First trip to Italy. Wonderful Tour Director. Amazing bus driver. Local guides were extremely knowledgeable and informative. Delighted we booked the tour and let someone else handle the details. We were able to enjoy the moment. Already planning our next adventure with GET.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We love to hear that you first trip to Italy was a big success!  Thank you for your business and here's to your next adventure!
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Vacation : Great value. More than we expected for the money.
Monday, May 14, 2018
Lynn Walsh
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Loved the guide, she was lovely, but there were a few things that I was not a fan, one, no iron in the hotels, two the hotels could of been better, and three there was no air conditioning in Venice, and it was so hot and humid, that was totally unacceptable!!!
Vacation : For the money I thought the hotels could of been better!
Sunday, May 13, 2018
Eric Gruber
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Had a blast! Marisa Anderton was an awesome guide. Pietro the driver was great. Both very professional and helpful. I would do another trip with either one without hesitation. I thought the pace of the trip was good. I got to see all the things I wanted to see. This was my first time in Europe and they made the experience a great one. Thanks again.
Vacation : Had great rooms and the package included enough options and free time.
Monday, April 30, 2018
Trusted Customer
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Reliable, dependable, trustworthy. GET delivers as promised.
Vacation : Essence of Italy in good time. No skimming of essentials.
Sunday, April 1, 2018
Trusted Customer
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Amazing service
Vacation : It is worthy to spend the money.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Suman Sharma
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : This was not a leisurely paced tour as advertised.By the end of the tour we would have climbed literally thousands of steps. Some people skipped a couple of events because they were exhausted.My wife had to spend a day to recover during the trip. On one option excursion the instruction whether to return to the hotel and assemble there was not clear. I ended up in an event thinking it was part of the planned tour. I had not signed up for the excursion.I was of the impression that the bus would take me to the hotel so that I could have joined my wife and did our own thing. Because of this confusion I ended up paying 42 Euros.The rear steps to get into and out of the bus are very steep.The last step in the front of the bus is too high off the sidewalk. One literally had to jump to get outside.
Response from Grand European Travel:
All of our trips require a great deal of walking.  The Leisurely Paced category refers to the number of stays in each city, usually 2-3 night stays versus 1-2 night stays.  We're very sorry if this was not made clear to you when you booked with us.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Vacation : Don’t understand question
Sunday, October 22, 2017
Theodore Kleiman
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : guide and director of tour, hotel selection and very good meals, sites visited and excellent local experts, attempts to handle all our needs. WE just had a ball! Terrific bus driver and baggage handling. It was everything we expected..
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your review. We are delighted you enjoyed our Great Italian Cities guided vacation and the service you received from your Travel Director and Driver.  
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Vacation : See my prior comments on excellent meals, guides, tour director especially, hotels, baggage handling, sites and tours selected.
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Gail Story
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Vacation:
Service rating : Muris our gu ide made sure we were well informed where ever we went. He was kind ,funny and made our trip what it was. BRAVO!!!!
Vacation : Beautiful experience hope to do it again
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    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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  • Yes, U.S. citizens traveling to Italy must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Italy.

  • The currency in Italy is the Euro (€). While it’s a good idea to bring some euros for when you first arrive in Italy, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate when you arrive in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Italy. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • While Italy is most famous for pizza and pasta, few travelers are aware of just how varied the country’s culinary offering actually are. In fact, each of the 20 regions has its own distinctive cuisine. Traditionally, lunch (pranzo) is the most substantial meal of the day. A full meal consists of antipasto (starter), a primo piatto (pasta, rice or soup), a secondo piatto (meat or fish) with a side, or contorno (vegetable or salad), then frutta (fresh fruit). Finish with espresso and maybe a limoncello or grappa.  Wine is usually served with the meal, accompanied by mineral water. Tap water is safe to drink, but not always tasty. We recommend you buy bottled mineral water. ‘Acqua non potabile’ means the water is not safe to drink.  Find out about some local specialties to try in Italy’s top destinations below.

    Florence

    Food in Florence is simple and humble, and relies on the fresh ingredients of the surrounding Tuscan countryside. Many of the local recipes have evolved from peasant dishes to international favorites. Bread is an important staple in Florentine cooking, and is featured in everything from antipasti (appetizers) such as bruschetta to traditional main dishes. Panzanella is a popular summer salad prepared with day old crusty bread and tomatoes.  Papa al pomodoro is a delicious soup made with bread, tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, and herbs.  You’ll also find a variety of dishes featuring white beans, including the hearty ribollita soup.  But the flagship of Florentine cuisine remains the famous bistecca alla fiorentina (T-bone steak).  For a sweet finish, meals are topped off with traditional cantuccini (almond cookies) and the local vin santo dessert wine.

    Venice

    A visit to Venice offers an opportunity to discover a variety of truly unique gastronomic traditions.  Venetians have a long-standing tradition of eating cicchetti, small bites similar to Spanish tapas. You can enjoy a variety of these before lunch or dinner, paired with a glass of local wine at restaurants and bars around town. Other common dishes include polenta, risotto with peas, salted cod, sardines, and local bigoli pasta.  

    Rome

    Roman cuisine is deeply rooted in the past. Despite the city’s imperial history, the food in Rome and the surrounding Lazio region is anything but refined.  Humble pasta dishes such as carbonara, amatriciana, aglio e olio (garlic and olive oil) and cacio e peppe (pecorino cheese and pepper) are local favorites served in trattorias around town. Other foods to try in Rome include pizza, a variety of fritti (fritters) made with everything from salted cod to zucchini flours, stewed oxtail, suppli (rice and Bolognese sauce croquettes) and sharp pecorino cheese. For dessert, try crostata di ricotta (Italian cheesecake) or zeppole (donuts).

  • In Italy, the weather changes very quickly, with temperatures varying from morning to night. We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • At bars and restaurants, tipping is less common or generous as in the U.S. When dining out, it’s appropriate, although not required, to leave an extra euro or two for your waiter.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Rome

Piazzas and Fountains of Rome

Adult Price: €33.00

Discover the most charming areas in the city with a Local Specialist. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares of Rome's historic centre, leading to highlights such as the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon, as well as hidden corners of the Eternal City.

Delights of Rome with Dinner

Adult Price: €49.00

Spend an evening getting to know Rome. We’ll take you via coach where you’ll have the chance to see some of the city’s much-loved sights. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a delicious light dinner of Italian specialities, alongside local music and drinks.

Discover Pompeii And Naples

Adult Price: €100.00

Join our expert on a tour of the excavations of Pompeii, the perfectly preserved Roman town which was engulfed by Mount Vesuvius' eruption in AD 79. You'll witness the devastating destruction it had at the time, as well as the opportunity to go back in time and get a glimpse of everyday Roman life, frozen for almost 2,000 years. Later, enjoy a panoramic tour of Naples, before returning to Rome, passing the abbey of Monte Cassino.

Florence

Visit To San Gimignano

Adult Price: €36.00

Join us for a drive to the nearby hilltop town of San Gimignano, known as the ‘medieval Manhattan’ of Tuscany. Surrounded by fields of sunflowers, vineyards and olive groves, this is Italy’s best preserved medieval city and will give you a taste of day-to-day life in Italy during the Middle Ages.

Dinner, Wine And Music In The Tuscan Hills

Adult Price: €64.00

Join us for a scenic drive through the beautiful Tuscan countryside. We will enjoy a meal at a charming restaurant where a selection of regional favourites is served, accompanied by a selection of local wines and live music. A truly unforgettable experience, with an atmosphere that is the essence of all things Tuscan.

Tuscan Dinner at Villa Machiavelli

Adult Price: €65.00

A scenic drive into the Chianti hills, past vineyards, brings us to a delightful hamlet overlooked by an imposing castle. Our destination is the ancient stone house of Machiavelli, where the great political theorist wrote his immortal work, ‘The Prince’. After a welcome drink and visit of the villa and its wine-cellars, we'll enjoy the best of Tuscan cuisine accompanied by great music and drinks, including of course, Chianti from the Villa’s own vines. This is the essence of all great things Tuscan, past and present, condensed into one memorable evening!

Michelangelo's 'David' & Accademia

Adult Price: €41.00

Enjoy an insight into the world of Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. We have fast track entry to the Academy of Fine Arts and its Michelangelo collection, where you’ll learn all about the life and works of this immortal Renaissance genius through the expert commentary of our Local Specialist.

Venice

Gondolas and the Grand Canal

Adult Price: €70.00

Join us for a scenic cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal. You’ll admire the magnificent palazzi, as well as catching a glimpse of the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's Square. Later on, you'll glide gracefully on a gondola along Venice’s dreamy, narrow waterways.

Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica

Adult Price: €42.00

Accompanied by a Local Specialist, you'll visit the magnificent Doge's Palace and its elegant courtyards, which were home to the rulers of the Venetian republic. Afterwards, we've booked an entrance into the Byzantine Basilica of St. Mark the Evangelist, patron saint of Venice.

Lagoon Cruise to Burano with Food and Drinks

Adult Price: €70.00

Join us as we discover the Venetian Lagoon by private boat. You will enjoy a delicious meal with a selection of drinks on the fishermen's island of Burano, famous for its multi-colored houses - a real photographer's paradise.

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  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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