12 Day Tour Through Italy’s Must-See Cities
Take a once-in-a-lifetime journey through the iconic cities of Italy and discover the ancient legends of the gladiators in Rome, Renaissance artwork in Florence and the magical canals of Venice on this pre-set package tour. With exclusive pre-arranged tours with expert guides, accommodation and private transfers, this is the perfect tour on which to discover the must-see Italian cities and immerse yourself in the glorious Mediterranean culture.
- Romantic gondola tour of the Grand Canal in Venice
- Island hopping in Venice, featuring Murano, Burano and Torcello
- Guided tour of Venice’s iconic sights, including San Marco Basilica
- Tour of Florence, including the Accademia art gallery to see Michelangelo’s “David“
- Excursion to Pisa to see the famous Leaning Tower
- Unmissable tour of Tuscany, with wine tasting in the Chianti region
- Special tour of Rome, featuring the Colosseum
- Guided tour of Vatican City
- An evening of food and wine tasting in Rome
Places visited: Rome (4 nights), Florence (4 nights), Venice (3 nights)
Departure dates and prices: Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures. The package prices start from $2595 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 Venice Marco Polo 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… Culture / History & Archeology / Romance / Architecture / Country 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: Arrive in the Eternal City of Rome
Enjoy luxury from the moment you step food in this ancient city with a private car transfer from the airport to your centrally located hotel in central Rome. After settling in and relaxing in your comfortable and elegant room, why not step out onto the city streets to absorb the atmosphere of this iconic place and enjoy the hustle and bustle of Italian life.
What’s included: Private transfer from the airport to your hotel in Rome; accommodation in Rome
Day 2: Guided tour of Rome, featuring the Colosseum
After enjoying a filling buffet breakfast at your hotel it’s time to discover the world’s most fascinating urban center on a fascinating half-day guided tour of Imperial Rome, featuring iconic delights, such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Piazza Venezia. Your knowledgeable guide will delight you with stories of the emperors and gladiators that once ruled this ancient city, and point out rare architecture and famous attractions.
What’s included: Small group guided tour of Imperial Rome, with “skip the line” entry to the Colosseum; accommodation in Rome
Day 3: Discover the secrets of Vatican City
Today you’ll enjoy a four-hour private guided tour of Vatican City led by an art historian and featuring highlights, including the extensive museums, which house some of the world’s most important masterpieces, and the stunning St Peter’s Basilica – perhaps the most impressive church in the world! There will be plenty of time to ask your guide questions, allowing you to learn all the secrets of this glorious place.
What’s included: Guided tour of the Vatican; accommodation in Rome
Day 4: An evening of food and wine tasting
On your final night in Rome your taste buds will be treated to an evening sampling authentic Roman snacks and local wine at several local estates in and around Rome. What a wonderful way to say goodbye to the Eternal City!
What’s included: Food and wine tasting at several picturesque wineries in Rome, Trastevere and Monti; accommodation in Rome
Day 5: Fair well Rome and hello Florence!
Spend some time in the morning bidding fair well to the ancient city of Rome before enjoying a private car transfer to the train station, where you can recline on a first-class train to Florence. The rest of the late afternoon in Florence is yours to explore this artistic city, known for its Renaissance art, intricate architecture and vibrant Italian culture.
What’s included: Private car transfer to Rome station; first-class train ticket to Florence; private transfer from the station to your hotel in Florence; accommodation in Florence
Day 6: Cultural tour of Florence, featuring the masterpieces of the Accademia and Uffizi galleries
Begin your guided tour in the heart of Florence, where you can absorb the majesty of the impressive Palazzo Vecchio and the epic Basilica before moving on to what will surely be the highlight of your dream vacation in Italy: Michelangelo’s glorious statue of “David” at the Galleria dell’Accademia. You’ll also have an opportunity to take in the best of Renaissance art at the Uffizi Gallery, which features an extensive collection of masterpieces, including Botticelli’s “Venus” – a masterpiece of intricate detail and beauty that truly takes your breath away!
What’s included: Half-day small group guided tour of Florence; accommodation in Florence
Day 7: Guided excursion to see Pisa’s famous Leaning Tower
Enjoy a half-day guided tour to the famous city of Pisa, where you can visit the iconic Leaning Tower and Piazza dei Miracoli. On this tour your expert guide will explain to you the secrets and failures behind the tower’s construction and you will also have the opportunity to visit inside the tower, where you can climb the ancient steps up to the Bell Tower for panoramic views of the cityscape.
What’s included: Private transfer to/from Pisa; half-day private guided tour of the city attractions; accommodation in Florence
Day 8: Unmissable day trip to the Tuscan countryside, with wine tasting
On your final day in Florence you will be treated to an unforgettable day tour of the Chianti countryside, featuring stops in Tuscany’s most beautiful hidden gems: Siena and San Gimignano. The first stop on this stunning tour will be Monteriggioni, which is surrounded by ancient city walls, giving you a glimpse back in time through its historic architecture and quaint city streets. After enjoying the unique sights in Monteriggioni, the day will continue with a tour of the pretty town of Siena, where you will surely be enchanted by the architectural styles of the Cathedral and of the Palazzo Comunale in Piazza del Campo. After discovering the quaint charm of Siena you will have time to discover San Gimignano, which is famous for its local wine, called Vernaccia di San Gimignano, as well as its fragrant saffron and precious Santa Fina pottery. Here, you will have free time to explore the beautiful piazzas, pretty buildings and ancient churches before the tour continues with a breathtaking finale as you tour through scenic views of the lush Tuscan countryside to the iconic Chianti area, which is renowned as one of the most beautiful regions in the world. Here you can admire the beauty of its medieval hill-towns, castles, stone farmhouses and breath-taking landscapes, before stopping at an authentic wine estate, where you will have the pleasure of tasting some of the best wines of Tuscany, served with rich Italian snacks. We can’t think of a better way to end your unforgettable vacation in Florence!
What’s included: Small group day tour of the Chianti countryside; accommodation in Florence
Day 9: Fall in love with Venice, the most romantic city in the world!
After exploring the delights of Tuscany, it is time to discover Venice, the magical Floating City that continually enchants and seduces its visitors. You’ll arrive in style aboard a private water taxi from the train station and in the afternoon you’ll be treated to a romantic and special gondola tour of the Grand Canal, which also features the hidden inner canals – it’s an unforgettable way to begin your vacation in Venice.
What’s included: Private transfer to Florence station; first-class train ticket to Venice; private water taxi from the station to your hotel in Venice; accommodation in Venice; evening gondola tour of the Grand Canal
Day 10: Absolute Venice Tour
Experience the highlights of magical Venice with a specially appointed and accredited guide on this “absolute” tour, which allows you to discover the most famous sights of the historic center, including St Mark’s Square, Doge’s Palace and the glorious San Marco Basilica. Here, you will be treated to a one-hour tour of this majestic building, featuring a unique collection of Byzantine art, gold mosaics and exquisite marble floors. You will also be guided around Doge’s Palace, where you can explore the splendid rooms of the Palace, which include priceless works of art and decadent décor, giving you the opportunity to relive the days of supreme authority from yesteryear. As a special treat, this tour also features a trip to the famous Bridge of Sighs.
What’s included: Half-day guided tour of Venice’s most famous sights (includes entry to San Marco Basilica and Doge’s Palace); accommodation in Venice
Day 11: Island hopping, featuring Murano, Burano and Torcello
Explore the magic of the Venetian Lagoon on an exclusive island hopping tour that takes you by motorboat to the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello, where you can watch the ancient art of glass blowing and intricate lace making, and enjoy the beauty of the colorful houses that line the quaint streets and alleyways. As a part of this excursion, you will have free time on each island to absorb the culture, stop for espresso and enjoy the lagoon views for a truly relaxing day of island hopping.
What’s included: Half-day excursion to Venice’s three most famous islands, with motorboat transfers between the islands; accommodation in Venice
Day 12: Ciao, Italia!
Today sees you leaving this remarkable country but you can still enjoy one last deep breath of fresh Venetian air as you enjoy a luxurious private water taxi to the airport for your flight home.
What’s included: Private water taxi from your hotel to Venice 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 are closed on Mondays. In the case of unavailability, alternate itinerary options will be offered.