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Ultimate Italy

Operated by: Luxury Gold

12 Days from $6,120 per person
Sistine Chapel

Countries Visited

Italy

Locations Visited

Rome, Vatican City, Capri, Perugia, Tuscan Countryside, Rapallo, Venice
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Rome.

    Your complimentary, private transfer takes you to your local departure airport. On arrival at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport, you will be met and transferred to your elegant five-star hotel, facing the famous Piazza Barberini. At 6:00 pm, meet your Traveling Concierge and fellow travelers for a short stroll to the Trevi Fountain, enjoying the romance of the Eternal City as night falls, before gathering for a spectacular Welcome Dinner of delicious Italian cuisine and wine at an elegant local restaurant near Piazza Navona.

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hotel Bernini Bristol
  2. Day 2 Rome and the Vatican in VIP style.

    Our fast-track entry into the Vatican Museums is the best way to enjoy the timeless Papal art collection. Enter Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel for a private tour with a Local Expert before it opens to the public. Continue to St. Peter's Basilica, before seeing the Roman Forum and visiting the grand Colosseum. Enjoy time at leisure in the afternoon, perhaps relishing an espresso at a piazza cafe or walking along the romantic Tiber River. In the evening meet Debora, your local EatWith host, for a home-cooked Italian meal served at her wonderful city-center flat located on Janiculum hill with splendid views over the city.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hotel Bernini Bristol
  3. Day 3 Pompeii and The Isle of Capri.

    Journey to the ill-fated town of Pompeii, frozen in time since A.D. 79 when it was violently engulfed by an eruption of Vesuvius. Join your Local Expert to learn about the lifestyles of the people who once lived here and explore the remnants of ancient shops, baths and patrician villas. Journey on to the Bay of Naples where you’ll board your hydrofoil bound for the sun-drenched Isle of Capri. On arrival, enjoy an escorted ride in an open-top taxi to your exclusive hotel. Settle in and appreciate the splendors of Capri at your leisure, long after the day-trippers have returned to the mainland.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Capri Palace Hotel & Spa
  4. Day 4 Explore the Isle of Dreams.

    Embark on a dazzling cruise to see the white grotto and spectacular cliffs of the island, before arriving in Capri town to cool off with a refreshing lemon granita. Walk with your Local Expert to the gardens of Caesar Augustus to view the legendary Faraglioni Rocks, jutting out of the water. Prepare for a Highlight Lunch at the incredible Michelin-starred Mammà. Enjoy exclusive views over the Gulf of Naples while savoring Mediterranean flavors created with passion from fresh, local produce by chef Salvatore La Ragione. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, perhaps treating yourself to a pampering massage at your hotel’s day spa.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch with Wine
    hotel Capri Palace Hotel & Spa.
  5. Day 5 Lush Umbria to Assisi and Perugia.

    Return to the mainland and travel north along the Highway of the Sun to the winding, cobbled streets of Assisi for a guided visit to the imposing Basilica of St. Francis with your Local Expert. Continue on to the Umbrian capital of Perugia. Ascend from the lower town, through the maze of medieval streets, to your five-star deluxe hotel. In the afternoon, meet your Local Expert for a walk along Perugia's Corso Vannucci to the main square where you’ll see the Great Fountain, Collegio del Cambio and the splendid Prior's Palace. Spend the evening at your leisure; perhaps soaking up the vibrancy of this historic university town from a local cafe.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Brufani
  6. Day 6 San Gimignano and Tuscany.

    Discover the preserved heritage of textile loom-weaving at the Laboratorio Giuditta Brozzetti, a weaver’s workshop situated inside a 13th-century Franciscan church. Meet Marta, the workshop director and recipient of a TreadRight Foundation grant, and learn how this medieval craft has been kept alive over the generations. Continue your journey north through glorious Tuscan landscapes to hilltop San Gimignano and stroll through its serpentine alleyways to taste the award-winning gelato of Sergio Dondoli. Travel to the Chianti region to meet your Local Expert for a guided tour through the former house and Mediterranean gardens of the Italian Renaissance diplomat and writer, Nicolo Machiavelli. You’re invited to join a special opening of his private office where he famously wrote 'The Prince' and then to enjoy an exclusive wine tasting in his original cellar. Taste a variety of wines from his cellar including a rare Super Tuscan, one of the world’s most renowned wines. Conclude your visit with a light lunch of Farm-to-Table Tuscan snacks.

    Chairman's Collection

    If you are traveling on a Chairman's Collection departure, you are invited to an exclusive lunch and wine tasting with Marchese Mazzei at his centuries-old Tuscan estate. This experience will replace the lunch and wine tasting at the home of Nicolo Machiavelli.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch with Wine
    hotel Villa le Maschere, Barberino Di Mugello.
  7. Day 7 Renaissance Florence.

    For a relatively small city, Florence boasts an abundance of art and architectural masterpieces, chic boutiques and fabulous restaurants. Explore Florence Your Way with a choice to join an art historian for an insider's guide to this romantic city. Admire Michelangelo's original statue of David in the Accademia Museum, before strolling to the cathedral, baptistery and open-air gallery of Piazza della Signoria. Alternatively, join a local foodie on a walking tour of the best gastronomic treats in this Tuscan town. Enjoy Florence in the afternoon at your own pace or return to your renaissance hotel for a relaxing afternoon spent in its tranquil Tuscan gardens. In the evening, gather for a delicious dinner with wine, served at served at Rivasud, a local restaurant in delightful Barberino Di Mugello.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Villa le Maschere, Barberino Di Mugello
  8. Day 8 Tuscan Cooking Class and Pisa.

    Join a professional chef and uncover the secrets of Tuscan cooking during an authentic culinary masterclass set in a historic villa. Complete your cooking experience by savoring the fruits of your labor with a lovely lunch. In the afternoon, travel to Pisa and meet your Local Expert to view the splendid Duomo, baptistery and, of course, the famous gravity-defying Leaning Tower of Pisa!

    meals Breakfast, Lunch with Wine, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Villa le Maschere, Barberino Di Mugello.
  9. Day 9 Exploring The Cinque Terre and The Italian Riviera.

    Journey northwest towards the Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join your Local Expert in the picturesque fishing village of Manarola, then cruise along the rugged coast to explore Monterosso's medieval quarter and popular sandy beach. Enjoy lunch at leisure, then journey by train to the resort town of Rapallo. Your prestigious hotel offers striking views.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Grand Hotel Bristol Resort & Spa.
  10. Day 10 Theatrical Venice and the Doge's Palace.

    Cross the fertile Po Valley to Verona, home of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers. Stroll past the well-preserved Roman Arena and through a maze of elegant squares to stand beneath the balcony said to have belonged to the Capulet family. Continue on to your five-star luxury hotel in Venice. In the evening, you are invited to an after-hours private visit of the magnificent Doge's Palace. As all crowds disappear, discover the history, art and culture of the Venetian Republic with your Local Expert.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Bauer Palazzo.
  11. Day 11 Venice and the Magic of La Serenissima.

    Discover the majestic wonders of Venice on a guided walk with your Local Expert. Admire St. Mark's Basilica and see the Bridge of Sighs, witness the age-old skill of glassblowing at an arts center and finally take your seat in a traditional gondola for a serenade through the romantic canals. In the afternoon, cruise to the idyllic fisherman's island of Burano and arrive just in time for a spectacular Celebration Dinner. Raise a glass of local Italian wine, as you toast to new friendships and memories.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Bauer Palazzo.
  12. Day 12 Arrivederci Venice.

    After breakfast, bid farewell to your travel companions and transfer by private boat to Venice Marco Polo Airport for your onward journey. On arrival at your home airport, your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your private transfer home.

    meals Breakfast
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Included Dining

11 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches with Wine, 6 Dinners with Wine all with tea or coffee. 

Signature Experiences

Rome:

  • Your Traveling Concierge welcomes you to Rome with a traditional passeggiata to the Trevi Fountain.
  • Learn of the city's iconic history when you visit the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.
  • During your orientation with your Traveling Concierge see medieval buildings, including Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches, scattered throughout the city.

Vatican City:

  • Enter the Sistine Chapel for a private tour with a Local Expert, before it opens to the public. Luxury Gold’s fast-tracked entry into the Vatican Museums ensures optimal enjoyment of the timeless Papal art collection.
  • With your Local Expert, see Rome’s most revered treasures when you visit St. Peter's Basilica and see Michelangelo's 'Pietà.'

Pompeii:

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

Isle of Capri:

  • Cruise between the island and mainland by hydrofoil and enjoy two nights on this famous isle.
  • Travel in style by open-top taxi as you get a flavor of the jet-set lifestyle.
  • Enjoy a private cruise around the island to see its hidden coves and grottos.
  •  Admire the famous Faraglioni Rocks from the gardens of Caesar Augustus as you explore with your Local Expert.

Assisi:

  • Join your Local Expert and find out why the Basilica of St. Francis is considered one of the crowning achievements of medieval Europe.
  • Explore the town during sightseeing with your Local Expert. 

Perugia:

  • Join your Local Expert for a guided exploration through history, as you walk along Perugia's Corso Vannucci to the main square where you’ll see the Great Fountain, Collegio del Cambio and the splendid Prior's Palace.
  • Meet Marta, recipient of a TreadRight Foundation grant, and discover how she and her weavers are preserving the medieval tradition of loom-weaving at their artisanal workshop.

San Gimignano:

  • Visit the medieval Manhattan of Italy!

Tuscany:

  • During your visit to Machiavelli's former home with a Local Expert, explore the Italian gardens and be privy to a private opening of the office where he wrote 'The Prince.'

Florence:

  • Experience Florence Your Way with the choice to join a local art historian for an insightful walk, as you admire Michelangelo's masterpiece, the marble statue of David, in the Accademia Museum. Continue your guided walk to see the cathedral, bell tower and Gates of Paradise on the baptistery and visit the political heart of the city, Piazza della Signoria. Alternatively, choose to join a local foodie on a walking tour of the best gastronomic treats in this Tuscan town.

Pisa:

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

Cinque Terre:

  • Experience some of the most awe-inspiring coastal scenery on earth at the UNESCO-listed Cinque Terre. Join your Local Expert and discover charming Manarola, a picturesque fishing village, before traveling by train to the resort town of Rapallo.

Verona:

  • During your orientation with your Traveling Concierge, walk past the well preserved Roman Arena to Juliet's balcony in the courtyard of a Renaissance villa.

Venice:

  • Discover the secrets of the Venetian Republic on a private evening tour of the Doge's Palace with your Local Expert.
  • Guided by your Local Expert, view the sights of Venice including St. Mark's Basilica and the Bridge of Sighs.
  • Witness the ancient skill of glassblowing as you watch artisans create delicate works of art.
  • Take your seat in a traditional gondola for a serenade through the romantic Venetian canals.
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Reviews
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Independent Reviews
Trusted Customer
Travel 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
Travel 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
Travel date: Sunday, October 1, 2017
Service
Top notch service and five star hotels
Vacation
Exceeded our expectations
Michael Steininger
Travel 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
Travel 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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