Day 1 - Arrival Day/ Benvenuto!
Welcome to Italy! After arriving to the Venice Airport (VCE), you will be met for your private transfer to the Island of Venice.
Your accommodations for the next three (3) nights is in a quaint boutique hotel set in the heart of Venice and close to restaurants and local transportation.
You'll begin with a fun and interesting but easy walking tour with a local Venetian. Here we take you on a different journey, away from the crowds, and uncover the most secret parts of the city.
Learn about the history and all the mysteries that Venice has hidden in its narrow alleys and waterways.
In the evening, experience Venice like a local as you explore the lively atmosphere of the Bacari (Wine bars), hidden gastronomic gems of Venice where you can enjoy the most delicious Venetian cicchetti (like Tapas) and wines. (D)
Day 2 - Venice Highlights
After breakfast at your hotel, meet up with your local guide for a private 3-hour tour of St. Mark’s square, the Basilica, Doge’s Palace, Bridge of Sighs and the Campanile (Bell Tower).
Next, head over to the Rialto Market. Located near the landmark and famous arched Rialto Bridge (which you’ve probably seen pictured in countless photos of Venice), the Rialto Market, has been the historical place where Venetians have bought and sold goods from all over the world for over 900 years.
This busy and colorful daily market stands in the commercial center of the city alongside the city’s famed Grand Canal. Venetian locals and international tourists alike frequent this centuries-old market for fish, fruit, and vegetables.
Your private guide will fill you in on the history of the market, market traditions, and local foods & customs. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon for some free time to explore, visit a museum or gallery, or shop.
Dinner on your own. (B)
Day 3 - Venice: Visiting the islands of Murano & Burano
Today, make your way over to a few of Venice’s Islands: Murano & Burano. Murano is known its glassware shops and factories from a long-thriving tradition dating back to 1291.
With your private guide, you will explore the island on foot, stop at a glass factory and watch a skilled glass blower create brilliant works of art. Time to shop or visit some other glass workshops before heading over to the island of Burano.
The island of Burano is one of the most colorful and picturesque with fishermen's houses painted in bright pastel colors. Here, you’ll find the famous lace – abundant since the 16th century and once considered the most refined in Europe.
Browse local shops and find lace on display at a museum dedicated to the craft of lace making. If you're lucky, you might even catch one of the local women fast at work.
Day 4 - Florence: The Birth of Florence, the Medici’s and the Renaissance
This morning you will transfer to Florence - the birthplace of the Renaissance.
Upon your arrival, check into your 4-star boutique hotel for the next 2 nights, set right in the heart of the historical center.
Then grab some lunch on your own before your private “Introduction to Florence” walking tour. On this 4-hour tour, you'll be hitting all of the highlights while learning about the mystery, seduction, and history of Florence, which includes the Renaissance, its important noble families, and its famous artists.
You’ll uncover the many secrets and treasures found within the historical walls as this tour lays out the foundation of what made Florence the fascinating city it is today.
Spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing or exploring this magnificent city. (B)
Day 5 - Florence: Ancient Trades and Crafts - Artisan Traditions of Tuscany
Today you will explore Florence’s vibrant artisan scene. Florence's artisan culture is a rich one, based on centuries of traditions and skills.
Enjoy a 4-hour private Artisan Walking Tour with our expert local guide – You’ll meet the people behind Florence's century-old handicraft and artisan production.
You’ll visit shops “off the beaten path” and get an intimate look into their workshops while actually watching the artisans work. Goldsmiths, shoemakers, crystal, leather workers, hat makers, bookbinders, and stone mosaic creators…and much more. Of course you will have the opportunity to shop! Let us know what crafts you are most interested in so that we can customize the tour for you.
After, the rest of the afternoon is yours: Experience Florence as the Florentine do, enjoying the cafés, restaurants, markets and shops.
In the early evening you'll get to see the city from a different perspective on a 2-hour private sunset tour as you are whisked into the hills above Florence to view beautiful vistas with an opportunity to watch the sun set over the Ponte Vecchio. (B)
*Optional afternoon guided tours to museums or galleries.
Day 6 - Chianti : Wine & Olive Oil
After breakfast, your private driver will transfer you to the Tuscan countryside.
First stop: Chianti! This region of Tuscany made famous by the red wine of the same name, is a beautiful area of terra-cotta-roofed towns and winding roads leading through miles of vineyards, with cypress and olive groves stitching sun-dappled rolling hillsides – this is classic wine country.
You'll stop at a local farm that produces olive oil, and wine. After your tour, you'll enjoy a typical lunch showcasing all their products.
Enjoy some free time to explore a few of the local villages.
Leaving Chianti, you will make our way to our accommodations in the countryside for the next 2 nights– an agriturismo villa.
Dinner at your agriturismo villa with local wine. (B, L, D)
Day 7 - Tuscany: Pecorino and the Val D’Orcia (Montepulciano, Pienza)
After breakfast at your agriturismo, depart for two of Tuscany’s most famous towns: Montepulciano & Pienza set in the Val d’Orcia – what many view as the “quintessential” Tuscany.
Montepuliciano – home of the famous Nobile di Montepulciano wines. Pienza – Birthplace of Pope Pius II. Pienza is also known for its many sheep farms producing the famous Pecorino cheese.
Enjoy lunch with a view overlooking the valley.
Dinner at your agriturismo. (B, L, D)
Day 8 - Siena: The Heart of Tuscany & Home of the Palio
After breakfast and checking out of your agriturismo, you're off to Siena. Once you arrive, meet your guide for a 3-hour private guided tour. Your guide will help uncover the symbolism, secrets, artwork, and diverse medieval, Gothic, and Renaissance architecture, including the Campo transformed twice yearly for the famous Palio horse race and the Gothic and Romanesque Duomo.
Siena's heart is its central piazza known as Il Campo, known worldwide for the famous Palio run here, a horse race run around the piazza two times every summer.
Free time in the afternoon to grab lunch and explore on your own before heading off to Rome - your final destination for the evening.
Check into your hotel for the next 3 nights - set right in the center of Rome, very near the Pantheon and Piazza Navona.
Tonight enjoy a special wine-pairing dinner. (B, D)
Day 9 - Rome: Ancient History
Step back in time as you explore the best of Ancient Rome on your 4-hour private tour of the Coliseum, Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum. You will dig through the layers of Rome’s history from its pagan roots through to Christian times.
Your local guide will weave fascinating tales of intrigue and power struggles, murder and ambition while at the same time highlighting the civilization and law, beauty and religious piety. Ancient Rome will be brought back to life with stories of emperors, philosophers and great politicians.
Lunch on your own and the rest of the day is yours to explore this "Eternal City". In the evening, there is an option for a pizza making class. (B)
Day 10 - Rome's Market and Food Walking Tour
The afternoon is free for you to rest or take in some more sites. You can visit galleries, parks, museums, the various catacombs, or just grab a gelato and people watch. The possibilities are endless. (B, L*)
- Optional afternoon private tour of the Vatican, Museums & Sistine Chapel.
- Optional evening cooking class with a local & dinner*
Day 11 - Departure Day
Breakfast is provided depending on your time of departure.
Private transfer to Rome Airport (FCO).
Bid "Arrivederci" to Italy! Or...you could add optional days, and locations on to your tour.
Dates: Choose Your Dates
11 Days/10 Nights
Where: Venice, Florence, Tuscan Countryside & Rome
Tour Cost: Starting at $4,595USD per person/double occupancy
This Tour May Be Modified
Deposit: $1500.00USD at time of booking to reserve your spot
Balance due: 60 Days Prior to Tour Start
All tours are quoted in U.S. Dollars
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