Ultimate Italy Luxury Tour 8
12 Days
2 Countries

Italy, Vatican City

12 Cities

Rome, Vatican, Pompeii, Capri, Assisi, Perugia, San Gimignano, Florence, Pisa, Cinque Terre, Rapallo, Venice

19 Meals

5 Dinners, 11 Breakfasts, 3 Lunchs

Comfortable

Mainly 2–3-night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires 1-3 miles of walking per day that might involve some uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones and stairs.

Average group size average 20
Tour brand Luxury Gold
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If you want the finest from life, enjoy curated luxury travel, and are looking for incredible and unique experiences - a VIP vacation like no other, Luxury Gold tours are the perfect choice. Enjoy the finest end to end experience on the world's leading limited edition small group tours. With an average of 20 guests, every journey is filled with unrivalled Passport Moments, the golden threads that create your extraordinary vacation. The sounds of Mozart soaring after hours under frescoed palace ceilings. Flavors of spice from Delhi’s Street vendors. Sustainable ways to live, cook and savor at a pioneering Michelin starred restaurant. If passports were stamped with experiences instead of place, they would be imprinted with these exceptional moments. Curated exclusively for you. Go beyond the velvet rope. Front of the line priority with behind-the-scenes access. Enjoy rare insights into the world’s most majestic landmarks. Meet legendary locals and celebrated icons to mingle with them personally.

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Enjoy the ultimate Italian experience during this 12-day guided tour. Sail to the sun-drenched island of Capri, where you will join a Local Expert for a tour of the infamous Faraglioni Rocks — three towering rocks jutting out from the Mediterranean Sea. At lunch, sit down to an Italian feast at the Michelin-starred Le Monzù, where you will have sweeping views of the Gulf of Naples while savoring dishes made from fresh, seasonal ingredients. See Florence your way with a choice of activities: Join an art historian and visit the Accademia to see Michelangelo's David or walk with a local food expert and taste this Tuscan town’s most decadent treats. In Venice, visit the Doge's Palace with a Local Expert and without the crowds — the expansive residence is yours alone to explore after hours. 

The Activity Level of this tour is Dynamic, meaning this journey features 4+ miles of walking on some days and may involve steep hills.

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Day 1

Buongiorno Rome

Begin your Italy luxury tour journeying to your luxurious hotel by private chauffeur. Tonight, dine on fine Italian cuisine beneath the gaze of the Pantheon.

An evening city scape with the Victor Emmanuel II National Monument in Rome, Italy
Palazzo Montemartini View Hotel Details
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Palazzo Montemartini

About the Hotel

Rome, Italy

The iconic Palazzo Montemartini offers the perfect blend of rich history and contemporary design. Rooms boast minimalistic elegance while mirroring Rome's unique ambience.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Room Service

Style

  • Contemporary
Exceptional Dining Local restaurant​, Rome, Italy​
Rome Welcome Dinner

As night falls, delight in the romance of the Eternal City before gathering for a delicious Welcome Dinner of Italian cuisine and wine at a restaur...

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Exceptional Dining

Day 2

Rome and the Vatican

Explore the Eternal City and Vatican Museums with the guidance of a Local Expert. Admire magnificent frescos and unlock religious history at the Vatican before viewing the mighty Colosseum and the Roman Forum.

 

St. Peter's Basilica, Rome, Italy
Palazzo Montemartini View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Palazzo Montemartini

About the Hotel

Rome, Italy

The iconic Palazzo Montemartini offers the perfect blend of rich history and contemporary design. Rooms boast minimalistic elegance while mirroring Rome's unique ambience.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Room Service

Style

  • Contemporary
Passport Moments The Roman Forum, Rome, Italy
Rome Walking Tour

Every side street has something to offer, as you’ll see on a guided exploration of the hidden sites of Rome with your knowledgeable Local Expert. G...

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Passport Moments

Curated Experiences Artwork covering the ceilings inside the Vatican Museums
Explore the Vatican Museums with a Local Expert

Enter the Vatican Museums and visit the Sistine Chapel on a tour with your Local Expert. Be awed by the frescoes that adorn the walls and roof, pai...

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Curated Experiences

Day 3

Pompeii and the Isle of Capri / Sorrento

At the ruins of Pompeii, your Local Expert paints a vivid picture of the past. Journey south through dramatic coastal scenery and lemon groves to your luxurious hotel in Capri or Sorrento (date dependant) and enjoy an elegant dinner of local specialties.

Capri day trip, Isle of Capri, Italy
Quisisana Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Quisisana Hotel

About the Hotel

Capri, Italy

Overlooking Capri's central plaza, Quisisana Hotel is in prime position for exploring the Isle of Capri. Rooms are desigined with effortless Mediterranean elegance, matching perfectly with the idyllic backdrop of lush greenery and turquoise water.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Pool
  • Gym
  • Room Service
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • Business Centre

Style

  • Historic
Magnificent Stays The lounge area of the Grand Hotel Quisisana, Capri, Italy
Quisisana Hotel

Overlooking Capri's central plaza, Quisisana Hotel is in prime position for exploring the Isle of Capri. Rooms are desigined with effortless Medite...

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Magnificent Stays

Passport Moments Temple of Apollo Pompeii, Italy
Pompeii City Tour

Walk with a Local Expert through the cobbled streets of this ill-fated town, frozen in time since the 1st century, when a volcanic eruption engulfe...

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Passport Moments

Passport Moments Open Top Taxi Capri, Italy
Capri Open-Top Taxi

Arrive in style for your overnight stay as the jet-set do, traveling to your luxurious Capri hotel by open-top taxi. Don’t forget your headscarf or...

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Passport Moments

Day 4

Explore the Isle of Dreams

For guests staying in Capri, indulge in a Relaxed Start with the option of breakfast-in-bed room service. A private cruise shows off Capri’s dramatic coastline as you wind your way into hidden coves and visit the White Grotto. Dine in style at Michelin-starred restaurant Le Monzù.

Statue of Tiberius Isle of Capri, Italy
Quisisana Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch

Quisisana Hotel

About the Hotel

Capri, Italy

Overlooking Capri's central plaza, Quisisana Hotel is in prime position for exploring the Isle of Capri. Rooms are desigined with effortless Mediterranean elegance, matching perfectly with the idyllic backdrop of lush greenery and turquoise water.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Pool
  • Gym
  • Room Service
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • Business Centre

Style

  • Historic
Passport Moments Capri Private Boat Tour, Capri, Italy
Capri Private Cruise

Embark on a private cruise that takes you around the dramatic coast of Capri to seek out hidden coves and grottos that few get to see. The White Gr...

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Passport Moments

Exceptional Dining Granita Isle of Capri, Italy
Isle of Capri Lemon Granita Tasting

After your morning cruise, cool off from the Mediterranean sun with a refreshing local beverage, the lemon granita. Freshly made with sweet Sicilia...

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Exceptional Dining

Exceptional Dining
Capri Lunch at Michelin-starred Le Monzù

Savor Mediterranean flavors in perfect Caprese style, created with passion from fresh, local produce at Michelin-starred Le Monzù restaurant.

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Exceptional Dining

Day 5

Umbria, Assisi and Perugia

Discover jewels of Umbria and personalise your day. View the 28 incredible frescos of the Basilica of St. Francis with a local historian. Or, with the help of your local gourmand, learn the roots of Umbrian cuisine and taste heavenly flavors including local olive oils and truffle-infused cured meats.

Perugia Assisi, Italy
Included Meals Breakfast

Brufani

About the Hotel

Perugia, Italy

Since 1884, the exclusive Brufani has housed royalty and celebrities. It is situated in the historic heart of Perugia and the only five-star hotel in the city. Fine Umbrian dining and a luxurious wellness spa are some of the highlights that make the Brufani extra special.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Room Service
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Heritage
Personalise your day Basilica of St Francis Assisi, Italy
Assisi Basilica of St. Francis Visit

Join a Local Expert for a guided visit to the imposing Basilica of St. Francis.

Included in Trip

Personalise your day

Personalise your day A man holding fresh Olives
Umbrian Flavors Tasting

Treat your palate as you sample Umbrian specialties at a tasting experience.

Included in Trip

Personalise your day

Day 6

San Gimignano and Tuscany

Fourth-generation weaver Marta shares the art of medieval Umbrian tradition of loom-weaving on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Delight in a private wine tasting tour with the owners of Guardastelle Estate and lunch surrounded by rolling hills and vineyards. Indulge in sensational gelato with World Champion Gelato maestro, Sergio Dondoli.

Hilltop views of San Gimignano, Italy
Hotel Montebello Splendid View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel Montebello Splendid

About the Hotel

Florence, Italy

Centrally located in the heart of Florence, the five star Hotel Montebello Splendid boasts charming atmposhere with elegant guest rooms, decorated in neoclassical Florentine tradition.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Gym
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Foreign Currency Exchange

Style

  • Boutique
Founder's Collection Meet Marchese Mazzei in Tuscany, Italy
Meet Marchese Mazzei for a Private Lunch and Wine Tasting

If you are traveling on a Founder's Collection departure, on Day 6 you are invited to an exclusive lunch and wine tasting with Marchese Mazzei at h...

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Founder's Collection

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER Perugia Weavers, Italy​
Meet Artistanal Hand Weavers in Perugia

Meet Marta, fourth-generation weaver and recipient of a TreadRight Foundation grant at Laboratorio Giuditta Brozzetti. Discover how she and her wea...

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER

Exceptional Dining Sergio Dondoli gelato parlour​, San Gimignano, Italy
San Gimignano Ice-Cream Tasting

Get a taste of magnificence in gelato form. Ascend serpentine alleyways to the artisan ice cream parlour of World Champion Gelato maestro, Sergio D...

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Exceptional Dining

Passport Moments Town San Gimignano, Italy
San Gimignano Orientation

Visit this small hillside city and find out why it's called the 'medieval Manhattan of Italy'. Enter the exquisite Porto San Giovanni, the main cit...

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Passport Moments

Exceptional Dining Lunch in San Gimignano, Italy
Guardastelle Visit with Wine Tasting and Lunch

Explore Guardastelle with a wine expert to learn about the various grape varieties and visit the ancient cellars, where you will enjoy a wine tasti...

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Exceptional Dining

Day 7

Renaissance Florence

Personalise your day in this flamboyant city. Join an art historian to explore Renaissance Florence in the Accademia Gallery, home to Michelangelo’s David, or explore markets and gourmet stores with a local foodie, illuminating Florentine specialties. Take a fascinating foraging trip for the region's aromatic truffles guided by an expert truffle dog. Dine on regional dishes including 'Fiorentina' — Tuscan steak seasoned and grilled to perfection — over dinner at a Tuscan Villa.

The Duomo Cathedral, Florence, Italy
Hotel Montebello Splendid View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel Montebello Splendid

About the Hotel

Florence, Italy

Centrally located in the heart of Florence, the five star Hotel Montebello Splendid boasts charming atmposhere with elegant guest rooms, decorated in neoclassical Florentine tradition.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Gym
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Foreign Currency Exchange

Style

  • Boutique
Personalise your day Accademia Museum in Florence, Italy
Florence Accademia Museum Visit and Walking Tour

Join an art historian to immerse yourself in Renaissance Florence. Visit the Accademia Museum and marvel at the statue of David, a Michelangelo mas...

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Personalise your day

Personalise your day Enjoy local gourmet foods during a Foodie Walk in Florence, Italy
Florence Food Walk with Local Foodie

Join a local foodie and get to know Florence one bite at a time on your walking tour. Learn about Florentine speciliaties, visit the lively Mercato...

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Personalise your day

Exceptional Dining Bistecca Fiorentina Florence, Italy
Florence Restaurant Dinner

Enjoy dinner in an elegant Florentine villa, where you’ll dine on regional dishes including the famous local specialty 'Fiorentina' - a Tuscan beef...

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Exceptional Dining

Day 8

Tuscan Cuisine and Pisa

Savor another Relaxed Start before exploring a former hunting lodge built in the 1200s by the Medici family. Stroll the estate’s vegetable and herb garden. Do as the locals do, learning from a professional Italian chef how to roll pasta by hand. In Pisa, marvel at the gravity-defying tower, Duomo and baptistery with a Local Historian.

Experience authentic Italian cooking, Tuscany, taly
Hotel Montebello Splendid View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel Montebello Splendid

About the Hotel

Florence, Italy

Centrally located in the heart of Florence, the five star Hotel Montebello Splendid boasts charming atmposhere with elegant guest rooms, decorated in neoclassical Florentine tradition.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Gym
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Foreign Currency Exchange

Style

  • Boutique
Exceptional Dining Cooking Class with Italian Chef in Tuscany, Italy
Tuscan Lunch and Cooking Class with Italian Chef

Immerse yourself in the culture of Tuscan food with a hands-on cooking class in the former hunting lodge of the Medici family. Source fresh ingredi...

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Exceptional Dining

Passport Moments Duomo and the Leaning Tower, Pisa, Italy
Pisa City Tour

Accompanied by your Local Expert, marvel at the gravity-defying Leaning Tower of Pisa and see the Duomo and baptistery.

Included in Trip

Passport Moments

Day 9

Exploring the Cinque Terre

At the UNESCO-listed Cinque Terre, join your Local Expert and visit the cliffside towns of Manarola and Monterosso. Here, colorful houses perched upon steep, rugged coastline overlook the sparkling Mediterranean. Reach Rapallo for your stay at your luxurious hotel.

Cinque Terre, Italy
Grand Hotel Bristol Resort & Spa View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Grand Hotel Bristol Resort & Spa

About the Hotel

Rapallo, Italy

The Grand Hotel Bristol Resort and Spa is a classic property, overlooking the Mediterranean and offering spacious rooms decorated in the Art Nouveau style. 

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Pool
  • Room Service
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Historic
Passport Moments Manarola Cinque Terre, Italy
Visit the Fishing Village of Manarola

Experience some of the most awe-inspiring coastal scenery on earth at the UNESCO-listed Cinque Terre. Join your Local Expert and discover charming ...

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Passport Moments

Day 10

Venice and the Doge’s Palace

Arrive by private water taxi at your luxurious hotel. Step behind the velvet ropes as you enter the Doge's Palace for an after-hours tour guided by a local art historian.

Gondolas, Venice, Italy
Radisson Collection Hotel, Palazzo Nani Venice View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Radisson Collection Hotel, Palazzo Nani Venice

About the Hotel

Venice, Italy

This evening, relax in the peaceful Palazzo Nani Venice, located in the heart of Venice's historic center. Bask in the views of the canals and the beautiful architecture that represents an ancient Venetian family.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Room Service
  • Restaurant
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Safe deposit box

Style

  • Historic
Passport Moments Water Taxi, Venice, Italy
Venice Arrival by Private Water Taxi

Take a private water taxi along the Grand Canal to make an elegant arrival at your luxurious hotel, which sits right by the water’s edge. Soak up t...

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Passport Moments

Passport Moments Gondola Ride Venice, Italy
Cruise the Grand Canal in Venice

Enjoy a private cruise of Venice's Grand Canal, admire historical palaces, eastern architecture and daily Venetian life from your private water tax...

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Passport Moments

Curated Experiences Doges Palace  interior in Venice, Italy
After-hours Tour of Doge's Palace in Venice

Triumphantly enter the Doge's Palace as a guardian permits only you and your traveling companions to enter for an after-hours tour. Discover the ar...

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Curated Experiences

Magnificent Stays
Metropole Venice

Set in the heart of Venice and overlooking the lagoon, Metropole escapes traditional luxury clichés and expresses its personality through an eclect...

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Magnificent Stays

Day 11

The Magic of Venice

Unlock the centuries-old craft of glassblowing and join a local guide to explore the hidden lanes of Venice. Then sit back in a classic gondola for a serenade through the romantic canals before a celebratory evening. 

View of Santa Maria della Salute church, Venice, Italy
Radisson Collection Hotel, Palazzo Nani Venice View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Radisson Collection Hotel, Palazzo Nani Venice

About the Hotel

Venice, Italy

This evening, relax in the peaceful Palazzo Nani Venice, located in the heart of Venice's historic center. Bask in the views of the canals and the beautiful architecture that represents an ancient Venetian family.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Room Service
  • Restaurant
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Safe deposit box

Style

  • Historic
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER Glassblowing demonstration​, Venice, Italy​
Venice Glassblowing Demonstration

Witness the ancient skill of glassblowing at a long-standing arts center, where you can see the artisans create singular works of beautiful art. On...

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER

Passport Moments Gondola Ride Venice, Italy
Venice Gondola Ride

Let yourself be swept away by romance with a ride on a traditional gondola through the canals of Venice. See hidden corners of the city and soak up...

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Included in Trip

Passport Moments

Passport Moments Saint Marks Square in Venice, Italy
Venice City Tour

Join your Local Expert for an enriching exploration of the many wondrous sights of Venice. Admire St. Mark’s Basilica, a brilliant example of Italo...

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Included in Trip

Passport Moments

Exceptional Dining Chicken Rigatoni pasta dish in Italy
Venice Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant

Enjoy a traditional Venetian meal in a local restaurant.

Included in Trip

Exceptional Dining

Day 12

Arrivederci Venice

Your Italian voyage ends in style, with a private boat ride to Venice’s Marco Polo Airport.

Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy
Included Meals Breakfast

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Passport Moments
Rome Walking Tour

Every side street has something to offer, as you’ll see on a guided exploration of the hidden sites of Rome with your knowledgeable Local Expert. G...

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Included in Trip
Curated Experiences
Explore the Vatican Museums with a Local Expert

Enter the Vatican Museums and visit the Sistine Chapel on a tour with your Local Expert. Be awed by the frescoes that adorn the walls and roof, pai...

See More
Included in Trip
Magnificent Stays
Quisisana Hotel

Overlooking Capri's central plaza, Quisisana Hotel is in prime position for exploring the Isle of Capri. Rooms are desigined with effortless Medite...

See More
Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Pompeii City Tour

Walk with a Local Expert through the cobbled streets of this ill-fated town, frozen in time since the 1st century, when a volcanic eruption engulfe...

See More
Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Capri Open-Top Taxi

Arrive in style for your overnight stay as the jet-set do, traveling to your luxurious Capri hotel by open-top taxi. Don’t forget your headscarf or...

See More
Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Capri Private Cruise

Embark on a private cruise that takes you around the dramatic coast of Capri to seek out hidden coves and grottos that few get to see. The White Gr...

See More
Included in Trip
Personalise your day
Assisi Basilica of St. Francis Visit

Join a Local Expert for a guided visit to the imposing Basilica of St. Francis.

Included in Trip
Personalise your day
Umbrian Flavors Tasting

Treat your palate as you sample Umbrian specialties at a tasting experience.

Included in Trip
Founder's Collection
Meet Marchese Mazzei for a Private Lunch and Wine Tasting

If you are traveling on a Founder's Collection departure, on Day 6 you are invited to an exclusive lunch and wine tasting with Marchese Mazzei at h...

See More
Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER
Meet Artistanal Hand Weavers in Perugia

Meet Marta, fourth-generation weaver and recipient of a TreadRight Foundation grant at Laboratorio Giuditta Brozzetti. Discover how she and her wea...

See More
Included in Trip
Passport Moments
San Gimignano Orientation

Visit this small hillside city and find out why it's called the 'medieval Manhattan of Italy'. Enter the exquisite Porto San Giovanni, the main cit...

See More
Included in Trip
Personalise your day
Florence Accademia Museum Visit and Walking Tour

Join an art historian to immerse yourself in Renaissance Florence. Visit the Accademia Museum and marvel at the statue of David, a Michelangelo mas...

See More
Included in Trip
Personalise your day
Florence Food Walk with Local Foodie

Join a local foodie and get to know Florence one bite at a time on your walking tour. Learn about Florentine speciliaties, visit the lively Mercato...

See More
Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Pisa City Tour

Accompanied by your Local Expert, marvel at the gravity-defying Leaning Tower of Pisa and see the Duomo and baptistery.

Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Visit the Fishing Village of Manarola

Experience some of the most awe-inspiring coastal scenery on earth at the UNESCO-listed Cinque Terre. Join your Local Expert and discover charming ...

See More
Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Venice Arrival by Private Water Taxi

Take a private water taxi along the Grand Canal to make an elegant arrival at your luxurious hotel, which sits right by the water’s edge. Soak up t...

See More
Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Cruise the Grand Canal in Venice

Enjoy a private cruise of Venice's Grand Canal, admire historical palaces, eastern architecture and daily Venetian life from your private water tax...

See More
Included in Trip
Curated Experiences
After-hours Tour of Doge's Palace in Venice

Triumphantly enter the Doge's Palace as a guardian permits only you and your traveling companions to enter for an after-hours tour. Discover the ar...

See More
Included in Trip
Magnificent Stays
Metropole Venice

Set in the heart of Venice and overlooking the lagoon, Metropole escapes traditional luxury clichés and expresses its personality through an eclect...

See More
Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER
Venice Glassblowing Demonstration

Witness the ancient skill of glassblowing at a long-standing arts center, where you can see the artisans create singular works of beautiful art. On...

See More
Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Venice Gondola Ride

Let yourself be swept away by romance with a ride on a traditional gondola through the canals of Venice. See hidden corners of the city and soak up...

See More
Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Venice City Tour

Join your Local Expert for an enriching exploration of the many wondrous sights of Venice. Admire St. Mark’s Basilica, a brilliant example of Italo...

See More
Included in Trip

About this trip

Enjoy seamless personal assistance throughout your journey. From securing exclusive reservations, to organising transportation, your Travel Concierge ensures every aspect of your travel is tailored to your tastes and preferences. 
In select destinations, our network of Local Expert Guides will illuminate your journey on a deeper level.  ​
Included at all hotels. 
Hotel taxes, porterage and tips, as well as tips for included dining experiences, are included.
Enjoy breakfast every morning, and an array of incredible dining options throughout your journey, infused with discovery and adventure.  
On days where a Relaxed Start (RS) is indicated, you can select to indulge in breakfast in bed.​
Enjoy complimentary hotel WiFi. And, on select coaches, onboard WiFi may also be available.
Transfers are included on your journey start and end dates, and where additional accommodation has been booked in advance through Luxury Gold. Transfers to train stations or alternate hotels, in the same start or end city as the itinerary, may be requested.

Authentic Dining

5 Dinners, 11 Breakfasts, 3 Lunchs

Great food is at the heart of every journey with us. Here is a selection of the incredible dining experiences you'll enjoy on this tour.

Rome Welcome Dinner

As night falls, delight in the romance of the Eternal City before gathering for a delicious Welcome Dinner of Italian cuisine and wine at a restaurant known only to locals, near Rome’s famous Pantheon. Watch the world go by as you savor a meal with new friends.

Isle of Capri Lemon Granita Tasting

After your morning cruise, cool off from the Mediterranean sun with a refreshing local beverage, the lemon granita. Freshly made with sweet Sicilian lemons, this tasty drink will add zing to your day before more exploring.

Capri Lunch at Michelin-starred Le Monzù

Savor Mediterranean flavors in perfect Caprese style, created with passion from fresh, local produce at Michelin-starred Le Monzù restaurant.

San Gimignano Ice-Cream Tasting

Get a taste of magnificence in gelato form. Ascend serpentine alleyways to the artisan ice cream parlour of World Champion Gelato maestro, Sergio Dondoli, for a taste of his creamiest treats. It may be difficult to leave.

Guardastelle Visit with Wine Tasting and Lunch

Explore Guardastelle with a wine expert to learn about the various grape varieties and visit the ancient cellars, where you will enjoy a wine tasting. Afterwards, indulge in a lunch of Tuscan specialties and beautiful views of the rolling hills and vineyards.

Florence Restaurant Dinner

Enjoy dinner in an elegant Florentine villa, where you’ll dine on regional dishes including the famous local specialty 'Fiorentina' - a Tuscan beef steak, seasoned and grilled to perfection.

Tuscan Lunch and Cooking Class with Italian Chef

Immerse yourself in the culture of Tuscan food with a hands-on cooking class in the former hunting lodge of the Medici family. Source fresh ingredients from the blooming garden and learn how to roll your own fresh pasta with a professional Italian chef.

Venice Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant

Enjoy a traditional Venetian meal in a local restaurant.

Hand-Picked Hotels

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service, superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in.

Palazzo Montemartini
Quisisana Hotel
Brufani
Hotel Montebello Splendid
Grand Hotel Bristol Resort & Spa
Radisson Collection Hotel, Palazzo Nani Venice

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Language in Italy: Italian
  • Currency used in Italy: Euro
  • Capital of Italy: Rome
  • Time Zone(s) in Italy: Central European Summer Time, Central European Time Zone

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Passport

  • Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps.
  • Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip.

Visa Requirement

  • A visa is not required to enter Italy.

Entry Requirements

Italy experiences a diverse range of climates due to its geographical location. Generally, the country has a Mediterranean climate characterized by hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Coastal regions enjoy mild temperatures throughout the year, while inland areas can experience more significant temperature variations. Northern Italy tends to be cooler than the south, and the mountainous regions, such as the Alps and the Dolomites, have colder winters and offer opportunities for winter sports. It's always a good idea to check the specific weather conditions for the region you plan to visit, as they can vary.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while European appliances run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.

As a result, American appliances designed for use in the United States (typically 120 volts at 60 Hz) may not be directly compatible with the higher voltage used in European countries. Plugging a 120-volt appliance into a 220-240-volt outlet without the appropriate voltage converter or transformer can cause damage to the appliance or pose safety risks.

If you plan to bring American appliances to Europe, you will need a voltage converter or transformer to change the voltage to 220-240 volts from 110 volts. Additionally, you will likely need a plug adapter to fit the American-style plug into the European power outlets. All of Europe operates on the same two round-pronged outlets (Type C).

It's important to note that not all appliances are compatible with voltage converters, so it's essential to check the labels or user manuals of your devices before using them with a voltage converter. Some electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and camera chargers, are dual voltage and can support 120V and 220-240V, so they may not require a voltage converter, but a plug adapter will still be necessary.

To avoid any issues with electrical compatibility during your travels, consider purchasing appliances specifically designed for the voltage used in the region you'll be visiting or use appropriate voltage converters and plug adapters to ensure the safe operation of your American appliances in Europe.

We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. And to pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are common accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in European hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. Most hotels in Europe can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Guests may bring one full-sized suitcase and one carry-on bag per person. Due to limited luggage space, we ask that your full-sized bag not exceed dimensions of 30” x 18” x 10” and cannot be over 50lbs. Space for “carry-on bags” on motorcoaches is much smaller than on aircraft, and bags with wheels, rigid frames, and telescoping handles cannot be accepted as carry-on luggage. Medium-sized backpacks, tote bags, small duffels, and messenger bags are all excellent options to use as your daily coach carry-on. Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find several Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These experiences aim to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide wonderful highlights for your travels.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Most Optional Experiences will be priced in euros. Your Travel Director will provide further information. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Hotel services
Tipping hotel staff for room service delivery is customary if the charge still needs to be added to the bill.

Local Specialists
It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity of €1-2 (Euro) per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director
Gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver are not included in the trip cost. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents. For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

 

 

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Trusted Customer
Review date: Thursday, June 16, 2022
Service
We have always had good experiences with Grand European. They have good information, respond in a timely fashion and set up good programs.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We appreciate your business and look forward to helping you plan your next trip.
Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Vacation
We have traveled with both Insight and Luxury Gold. Both are good, but at least on the Ultimate Italy with Luxury Gold I did not see much added value over regular Insight trips. What is the point of staying in luxury hotels when you are given basement rooms? In Florence- room overlooking the delivery area ( loud and dusty) . In Rome, rooms without a window, just a porthole. And so on. Aside of the fact that these hotels were not in a good location . Taxi everywhere.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your honest feedback. We are sorry for your disappointment and will share your comments with the Luxury Gold team for review.
Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Stephen Sharma
Review date: Thursday, June 16, 2022
Service
I had a good time in the few cities that I was touring. We had to cut our journey short due to COVID. Rome was interesting but I would have loved more time. Perugia was beautiful. We stayed a week in Florence due to COVID so I had a nice time there. The tour director was sweet and very kind. I liked her a lot.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos. We're sorry that Covid cut your trip short, but happy to see that you enjoyed the the parts of the tour you were able to experience. Except the weather! We appreciate your feedback very much.
Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Vacation
I had a great time. The tour was truncated in Florence so we only got Rome, Capri, Perugia, and Florence. We did not get to Venice. I liked the restaurant recommendations and the free time. We had fun seeing the sights but it was too hot. The bus AC broke down one day so we had it rough. Assisi was beautiful. Florence was pretty.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Monday, August 13, 2018
Service
Our vacation was perfect! The hotels were five star, the guides extremely informative and the tour manager made sure everything went smoothly. I can’t say enough to express our satisfaction and thanks to everyone at GET!
Vacation
This is a first rate tour. They roll out the red carpet from the minute you arrive, and it just keeps getting better.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Thursday, October 12, 2017
Service
Your guide and driver were excellent. Site visits were also excellent. However "luxury was far from your hotel sites. Maybe 5 star years ago, but currently very tired (grout out and black mold in bathrooms - very small, dark rooms - not able to open suitcase). Was told that rooms were rotated like the seats on the bus and we would sometimes get the better room. Although I paid the single supplement, I got very small rooms. Capri is dead at night, would have preferred daytrip and staying in Salerno. Villa was also dead and would have like a hotel in Florence. My bad, thought trip would be less people.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are very sorry to see that your trip did not live up to your expectations. We will be sure to share your feedback regarding the hotel quality to Insight's Management team.  While we have no control over the group size, we do apologize that it had a negative impact on your ability to enjoy yourself more. We appreciate you bringing these items to our attention.
Friday, October 13, 2017
Vacation
Price high for large group and tired hotels
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, October 1, 2017
Service
Top notch service and five star hotels
Vacation
Exceeded our expectations
Michael Steininger
Review date: Thursday, September 21, 2017
Service
Well organized, light on their feet when adjustments to itinerary were necessary, added many little perks like cookies, candy, cocktail party
Vacation
A few dinners were not top caliber.
Linda Cooper
Review date: Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Service
Their helpfulness in finding the best airfare for us was most appreciated. Also, the knowledge and friendliness of the agents, especially Rob Rainwater, made our scheduling as easy as possible. Thanks, Rob!
Vacation
This had to be the best trip ever.
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