14 Days Absorbing the Delights of Rome and North Italy
Our glorious multi-city tour to Rome, Florence, Milan and the Italian Lake District is a wonderful combination of historic architecture, rare art, cultural scenes, city vibrancy and natural landscapes that will enchant your heart. This multi-stop tour allows you to explore the famously diverse Italian culture, as well as relaxing natural landscapes featuring glistening lakes and mountain backdrops. It also includes day trips to Venice and the Cinque Terre, as well as exclusive tours of Vatican City, wine tasting in Tuscany and a boat tour of the glorious islands near Lake Maggiore. With exclusive pre-arranged tours and day trips, accommodation and private transfers, this is the perfect tour on which to discover the delights of Rome and North Italy, while enjoying a tranquil escape to the banks of the grand Lake Maggiore.
- VIP guided tour of Rome
- Day tour of Rome’s ancient sights, including the Colosseum and eerie catacombs
- VIP tour of Vatican City, including the Sistine Chapel
- Private walking tour of Florence, including the Uffizi and Accademia art galleries
- Glorious day tour of Tuscany, featuring Montalcino and Val D’ Orcia, with Brunello wine tasting
- Day trip to the Cinque Terre
- Private tour of Venice on a day excursion from Florence
- Relaxing tour of magical Lake Como and Bellagio
- Full day excursion to Zermatt and the Matterhorn
- Unmissable Borromées Islands boat tour, featuring Isola Bella and Isola dei Pescatori
- Guided tour of Milan’s remarkable city attractions
Places visited: Rome (3 nights), Florence (5 nights), Stresa on the banks of Lake Maggiore (4 nights), Milan (1 night)
Departure dates and prices: Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures. The package prices start from $3749 per person and each package includes private transfers, first-class train tickets, accommodation (with breakfast) and pre-arranged tours and activities detailed in the itinerary (highlighted above and described below). Packages can be booked with just a 20% deposit. Please refer to the Pricing box at the bottom of the page for more information on pricing and deposits.
Flights: Please note that this package does not include flights. When purchasing your flights from your chosen airline, we recommend that you fly into Rome Fiumicino Airport and fly out of Milan Malpensa Airport. If this is not possible for you but you would still like to book this package, please contact us for a customized quote or click “Request Quote” in the box at the top of the page.
Best for… History & Archeology / Art & Culture / Architecture / Coastal views / Contrasting natural scenes
How to book: You can book this package safely and securely online using the box at the top of the page. Simply select the number of travelers, the star of accommodation you would like and your chosen vacation dates, and click “Book now”. You can also select to pay the full balance or just a deposit.
Day 1: Welcome to Italy!
Your first day in Italy’s historic cultural heart begins with a luxury private car transfer from the airport to your centrally located hotel in central Rome, where you can relax before enjoying a half-day walking tour, led by a private guide who will give you incredible insight into Classic Rome and its history, culture and continuing global importance. This tour includes special landmarks, such as the Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Piazza Nanova and the Trevi Fountain, as well as Piazza Farnese, Marco Aurelio Column, Piazza della Repubblica and the Fountain of the Nayads. It’s a wonderful way to start your multi-center vacation in Italy!
What’s included: Private airport transfer to your hotel in Rome; private guided tour of Rome’s classic sights; accommodation in Rome
Day 2: Journey back in time to discover Rome’s Colosseum and the eerie catacombs
Today you will enjoy Rome’s famous ancient monuments on a private in-depth tour, featuring the magnificent Colosseum and Roman Forum, as well as the Fori Imperiali and Piazza Venezia. After some free time for lunch, you will spend the afternoon exploring the Rome’s secret basilicas and catacombs, where you can peel back the layers of time to discover an era when Christianity was considered a cult and whose members were executed as pagans and buried as martyrs. After your day unveiling Rome’s turbulent history, you will be returned to your hotel, where you can relax and reflect on all you have discovered!
What’s included: Private guided tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum; small group tour of Rome’s ancient catacombs; accommodation in Rome
Day 3: Unveil the secrets of the Vatican
Today you will be treated to a VIP guided tour of the stunning Vatican City with an art historian, who will take you on a fascinating journey through the museums, which are considered to be among the most important in the world. Here, you will discover some of the greatest masterpieces of all time, precious artefacts of the past and intricate sculptures in Borgia’s Apartments, the Carriages Rooms and Raffaello’s Rooms. This four-hour extensive tour also features St Peter’s Basilica, St Peter’s Square and, as a grand finale, the unmistakably magnificent Sistine Chapel!
What’s included: Private VIP tour of Vatican City; accommodation in Rome
Day 4: Travel to Florence – the Jewel of the Renaissance
After enjoying a continental buffet breakfast at your hotel you can bid your final fair well to the ancient capital and recline on a first-class train to Florence. Our polite driver will be waiting at Florence station to greet you and will take you to your centrally located hotel in the heart of the city, where you can settle in. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore historic Florence, known for its Renaissance art, intricate architecture and vibrant Italian culture.
What’s included: Private transfer to Rome train station; first-class train ticket to Florence; private transfer from the station to your hotel in Florence; accommodation in Florence
Day 5: VIP tour of Florence, including the Accademia and Uffizi galleries
Today you will enjoy a full day private tour of Florence with our knowledgeable tour guide, including the bustling Piazza della Signoria and the imposing Palazzo Vecchio. You will also take in the splendor of Giotto’s campanile, and the multi-colored facade and crowning dome of the Duomo of Florence, one of the greatest architectural feats of the Renaissance era. After delighting in Florence’s architectural treasures, it is time for the highlight: in-depth guided tours around the Uffizi and Accademia art galleries, which provide a sanctuary to some of the most important art collections in the world. At the Accademia you can spend time marvelling at Michelangelo’s iconic statue of David while your knowledgeable guide tells you all about this incredible piece, which is surely one of the finest examples of Renaissance humanism in the world, as well as the artist’s tortuous—and sometimes tortured—life. After free time for lunch you can make your way to the Uffizi Museum, where you will spend two hours with a specialist guide, who will point out the finest art of the Renaissance time.
What’s included: Private guided tour of Florence, including the Uffizi and Accademia galleries; accommodation in Florence
Day 6: Tour of Tuscany’s hidden gems, with wine tasting
Today will surely be one of the memorable highlights of your magical multi-city vacation in Italy as you enjoy a tour of Tuscany’s hidden gems, featuring the beautiful hill-top town of Montalcino and the Val d’Orcia, which is a picturesque and lush region of Italy known for its rolling hills of green, decorated with quaint villas, authentic farmhouses and ancient churches. On this tour there will be plenty of time to relax admiring the views in Montalcino while enjoying a sampling of wines and local snacks. After wine tasting in an authentic winery, one of our specialist tour leaders will take you on a tour of the village, including the ancient fortress. Then you will visit Pienza and Montepulciano, two artistic jewels that are representative of the glorious landscape of Val d’Orcia. While Pienza brings the perfect combination of architectural beauty and harmonious landscape, Montepulciano will fascinate you with its Renaissance buildings and the refined beauty of its churches. Whilst in Montepulciano you will have the opportunity to sample its local wine, Nobile di Montepulciano, which is a symbol of the city as well as delight to your palate!
What’s included: Full-day small group tour of Tuscany, with Montalcino and Val d’Orcia (with Brunello and Nobile di Montepulciano wine tasting); accommodation in Florence
Day 7: Relax on the Cinque Terre
Spend an unforgettable day relaxing on the Cinque Terre on a trip devoted to one of the most amazing and enchanting landscapes in the world. The Cinque Terre is made up of five fishing villages, which are nestled delicately between the sea and land, providing a place where you can immerse yourself in paradise! Our visit includes Riomaggiore, which dates back to the early thirteenth century and is famous for its historic character, cobble-stone alleyways and local wine; Manarola, where you can walk the famous “Via dell’Amore” (The Path of Love) and admire picturesque buildings clinging to the ravine; Monterosso, known as “The Pearl of the Cinque Terre” thanks to its enchanting beaches and the lush vegetation that encircles the little town; and, finally, Vernazza, which is a glorious seaside town, where you can enjoy swimming in the crystal waters. After your day tour of the Cinque Terre, you will be taken back to your hotel in Florence.
What’s included: Group tour of the Cinque Terre, including a return transfer from Florence; accommodation in Florence
Day 8: Day tour of Venice – Italy’s Floating City
As a special day trip, today you will enjoy the delights of Venice, which frequently finds itself in travel magazines as a “must-see” destination. A private car will pick you up from your hotel and take you to Florence station, where you can recline in a first-class seat on a fast train to Venice. Our guide will be waiting to meet you in Venice at the train station and will take you on a glorious four-hour journey through this magical city. As a part of this unmissable tour, you will delight in iconic sights, including the Doge Palace, St Mark’s Square and the Basilica, and the Bridge of Sighs. After the tour, you will enjoy a luxury train ride back to Florence, where our driver will pick you up for a private transfer to your hotel.
What’s included: Private return transfer to Florence train station; first-class return train tickets to Venice; private guided tour of Venice, including lunch; accommodation in Florence
Day 9: Discover the magic of the Italian Lake District
It is time to say goodbye to the vibrantly artistic city of Florence as today you will escape to nature for four nights of relaxation on the banks of Lake Maggiore. In the early morning, our driver will collect you from your hotel in Florence and take you to the station, where you can enjoy a journey through the Italian countryside in a first-class carriage to Milan. Our tour guide will meet you at the station in Milan and take you on a glorious tour of Lake Como and Bellagio, which is a heavenly region of Italy, featuring glistening waters set against a mountain backdrop decorated with alpine woodland. After the tour, our driver will take you by car to your luxurious hotel in Stresa on the banks of the grand Lake Maggiore, where you can relax in the natural landscape.
What’s included: Private transfer to Florence train station; first-class train ticket to Milan; guided small group tour of Lake Como and Bellagio; private car transfer to Stresa; accommodation in Stresa
Day 10: Zermatt and the Matterhorn
Today you will experience the contrasting diversity of Italy’s landscape, with an Alpine tour of Zermatt. This group tour takes you through the Ossola Valley, which winds gracefully up towards the Alps, leading you to the famous Simplon Pass, where you can take in unbeatable 360° panoramic views of the Swiss and Italian Alps. Your journey continues through Brig (with its Stockalper castle), Visp and along the Matter Valley, leading you into the heart of the Alps, where you can take the rack and pinion railway up to Zermatt itself. Situated at 5,315 ft above sea level, Zermatt is surrounded by some of the most famous peaks in the Alps, including the Matterhorn, Monte Rosa and the Gornergrat. It is the most picturesque of the Alpine villages and is completely pedestrianised, allowing you to wander freely and safely, admiring the boutiques and quaint village sights. You will have plenty of free time to explore Zermatt – why not take a journey up into the mountains on the Sunnegga Mountain Metro or tour the village in a traditional horse-drawn carriage? It is simply a delightful place to discover and once you have absorbed the Alpine culture, you can reflect on your day of discovery on your group transfer back to Stresa.
What’s included: Group excursion to Zermatt; accommodation in Stresa
Day 11: Island hopping in the Italian Lake District
After enjoying panoramic mountain scenes yesterday, today you will be treated to a day of island hopping through the Borromean Islands by boat. On this exclusive tour, you will stop in Isola Pescatori, which is a charming island with quaint houses lining the cobbled lanes and fishing boats bobbing around gently in the harbor, and Isola Bella, which is the most famous of the Borromean Islands. On both islands you will have free time to discover the best attractions – be sure to stop by the famous Palazzo on Isola Bella, where you’ll find magnificent gardens, as well as the ancient amphitheater.
What’s included: Group boat tour of the Borromean Islands; accommodation in Stresa
Day 12: Leisure day in Stresa
Day 13: Ciao Milano!
After relaxing and rejuvenating in the Italian Lake District you will return to Italy’s fashion capital of Milan, where you can explore the fashionable streets with our tour guide, who will show you all the iconic sights, including the Gothic Cathedral. This tour also includes an unmissable visit to see da Vinci’s The Last Supper, which is one of the greatest masterpieces of all time – it is highly protected and can only be viewed by appointment, meaning a trip to see it is an exclusive treat for any art lover!
What’s included: Private transfer from Stresa to Milan; small group guided tour of Milan, with a group visit to see The Last Supper; accommodation in Milan
Day 14: Arrivederci Italia!
Today sees you leaving this remarkable country but you can still enjoy one last luxury with a private transfer from your hotel in Milan to the airport for your flight home.
What’s included: Private transfer from your hotel to Milan airport
How to book: You can book this package safely and securely online using the box at the top of the page. Simply select the number of travelers, the star of accommodation you would like and your chosen vacation dates, and click “Book now”. You can also select to pay the full balance or just a deposit. Alternatively, if you would like to find out more about this special vacation, please call our friendly team members at (347)-594-5500 or click here to send us an inquiry.
Please note that the Vatican Museums in Rome and the San Marco Basilica in Venice are closed on Sundays and religious holidays, and the art galleries in Florence and Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan are closed on Mondays. In the case of unavailability, alternate itinerary options will be offered.