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11 days
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itVenice, Italy

Venice is indeed one of the most romantic cities on the planet! Serene gondolas passing the narrow canals, historic palaces, squares and colorful buildings adorning the Venetian lagoon and islands - this Italian gem is surely worth a visit. Among the must-see places are the beautiful Dodge's Palace, the symbol of the city - Rialto Bridge, the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, the colorful islands of Murano and Burano, and the Piazza San Marco, home to the gorgeous Saint Mark's Basilica....
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    Day 1: Arrival in Venice
    Welcome to Venice - one of the most charming cities of Italy. Upon arrival, you have a private water-taxi transfer to the hotel for the check-in. The rest of the day is at your own leisure to relax after the trip.

    Day 2: Venice Sightseeing 
    After breakfast at your hotel, meet your guide in the lobby and enjoy a wonderful walking city tour of all the must-see places.

    Your sightseeing program starts with a visit to St. Mark's Basilica, where you can see the astonishing Pala D'Oro altar. Next you go up to Loggia dei Cavalli to enjoy the best panoramic views of St. Mark's Square.

    Next on your list is the tour of the Doges Palace that includes crossing the Bridge of Sighs, visiting the old prisons and lushly decorated chambers of the Palace.

    After the tour return to the hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure or may go on an optional 1-hour gondola ride (170 USD per person).

    Day 3: Day at Leisure & Departure
    After breakfast and check-out you can explore and enjoy Venice on your own. We suggest visiting the Peggy Guggenheim Collection or joining a carefully planned optional group day trip to the islands of Murano & Burano (55 USD per person).

    In the afternoon you are met at your hotel by an assistant for a transfer by a water-taxi.  

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    Al Theatro Palace
    4-star hotel
    IT, Campiello Fenice, 1925/A, Venice, 30124
    Al Theatro Palace
    Comfort Double Breakfast Included
    Nestled in the center of Venice on the same piazza as the Gran Teatro La Fenice and just 250 meters from the St. Mark’s Square, the Al Theatro Palace is destined to become a point of reference for those who love art, music and ready to fall in love with magnificent Venice.... show more
    1 room / 2 nights
    Included Experiences
    • Half Day Comprehensive Guided Walking Tour
      Explore the main landmarks of Venice with the help of a professional English-speaking guide. During the walking tour, you will have the chance to visit the St. Mark's Basilica, marvel at the views from Loggia dei Cavalli, cross the Bridge of Sighs and more.
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    • Arrival Private Water Taxi Transfer
    • Departure Private Water Taxi Transfer
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Connection | Venice - Florence
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Santa Lucia
Venice, Italy
2 h 3 min
Santa Maria Novella
Florence, Italy
3nights

itFlorence, Italy

Cradle of the Renaissance, Florence, is among the most outstanding cities in Italy, rich in historic architecture and some the world's finest museums. When visiting Florence, make sure to save enough time to view not only the symbol of the city, the red-domed Florence Cathedral, and but also visit outstanding galleries. As such, the iconic Uffizi Gallery, the Leonardo da Vinci Museum, and the Galleria dell'Accademia, home to Michelangelo's masterpiece "David", are must-visit sites....
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    Day 3: Arrival in Florence
    Welcome to Florence! Upon arrival, your driver transfers you to the hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is at your own leisure to relax after the trip.

    Day 4: Florence Sightseeing 
    After breakfast in your hotel, meet with your guide and go on a comprehensive walking tour of Florence's highlights.

    Today's program includes exploration of the Piazza del Duomo with a visit to the Baptistery dedicated to St. John the Baptist.

    Your ticket to the Grande Museo del Duomo allows you to visit the other magnificent monuments of Piazza del Duomo in your free time within 72 hours: the Cathedral itself, the Dome and its famous Bell Tower.

    As you proceed to the main square of the city - Piazza della Repubblica - you pass by the touristic area of the Strozzi Palace a bustling shopping street, via Tornabuoni.

    Then you enter in Oltrarno where you see numerous local craftsmen shops and beautiful Santo Spirito Church and Convent, built for the Agostinian monks. In this very part of the city you can find the first official work of Michelangelo dating back to the age when he was 17 years old.

    We also visit the Galleria dell'Accademia to see the famous Michelangelo's statue David as well before ending the tour on the Ponte Vecchio.

    After the tour you return to the hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure or may go on an optional Uffizi Gallery guided tour (160 USD per person).

    Day 5: Day at Leisure in Florence & Evening Wine Tasting
    Today is reserved for you to explore and enjoy Florence on your own. After breakfast you can do some independent sightseeing, shop for souvenirs or have a good rest.

    Today you have a chance to join our carefully planned optional cooking class and market tour (191 USD per person) or a day trip to Pisa (150 USD per person).

    In the evening meet your fellow travelers for a wine tasting organized for your small group. Enjoy a tasting of 3 different wines selected by the sommelier and paired with snacks.

    Day 6: Departure
    Following breakfast in your hotel, you check out and, your driver takes you to the station for a train to Rome.

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    Hotel De La Ville
    4-star hotel
    IT, Piazza degli Antinori, 1/r, Florence, 50123
    Hotel De La Ville
    Classic Double Breakfast included
    Centrally located on a pedestrian high-fashion street of Via Tornabuoni, this 4-star hotel is within a walking distance of the Florence Cathedral and the Uffizi Gallery.... show more
    1 room / 3 nights
    Included Experiences
    • Half Day Comprehensive Guided Walking Tour
    • Evening Wine Tasting
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    • Arrival Private Transfer Minivan
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Connection | Florence - Rome
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Firenze S.M. Novella
Florence, Italy
1 h 30 min
Roma Termini
Rome, Italy
3nights

itRome, Italy

Often referred to as "the Eternal City", Rome is like a living museum which every person should see at least once in their life. The capital of Italy has historic sites from different eras just about around any corner and attracts over 4 million tourists a year. Among the top sights of Rome are without a doubt the Colosseum and the ancient Roman Forum, the iconic Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona to name a few. Moreover, a whole country, Vatican, is set right in the beating heart of Rome!...
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    Day 8: Arrival & Highlights of Rome 
    Welcome to Rome! Your driver takes you directly to your downtown hotel where you meet with your guide and embark on a tour to discover the famous ancient treasures of the Eternal City.

    You see the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, the famous Fountain of the Four Rivers, as well as witness the masterpieces by Bernini, Borromini, and many others.

    After the tour, your guide takes you back to the hotel and you have the evening at leisure.

    Day 9: Discovering Ancient Rome 
    In the morning after breakfast, you meet your guide to discover the famous ancient treasures of the Eternal City on a walking tour. Your first stop today is the iconic Roman Forum, situated on low ground between the Palatine and Capitoline hills. Dating back to the 3rd century A.D., the landmark served as the key political and ritual center of ancient Rome.

    Today you can see columns and remains of ancient temples, arches, and buildings, such as the Temple of Caesar and the Arch of Septimius Severus, as well as the adjacent Palatine Hill, which was the site of the city’s first settlements.

    The next place you discover today is Rome's hallmark site - the Colosseum. Originally known by the name of Flavius amphitheater, it was the biggest and most imposing building of its kind in the Roman world, designed as an arena for the fights of Roman gladiators and could hold up to 70 thousand spectators.

    After the tour, your guide takes you back to the hotel and you have the evening at leisure.

    Day 10: Vatican Sightseeing 
    In the morning after breakfast, you meet your guide and walk to a walled enclave and the world’s smallest independent state - Vatican*. When inside the Vatican, you visit the private apartments of Julius II, Pinecone Courtyard, Gallery of the Maps, Gallery of the Tapestries, and Gallery of Candelabra.


    Next, you proceed to the Sistine Chapel, where you have enough time to admire Michelangelo's famous frescoes and learn about the intense relationship between Pope Julius II and Michelangelo that drove the artist to create the greatest work of art the world has ever known.


    After a coffee break, your tour continues in the vast open spaces of St. Peter’s Basilica where you see a stunning Pieta - a world-famous work of Renaissance sculpture by Michelangelo, and Bernini's impressive Papal Canopy, a legacy left to the Basilica by the Barberini family.


    The ending point of your tour is in St. Peter’s Square, where you can admire Michelangelo's Dome and the gorgeous colonnades designed by Bernini. 


    After the tour of the Vatican, you enjoy a leisurely walk to the hotel with your guide and have a photo stop at the legendary Castel Sant'Angelo, built originally as a mausoleum, and then used by the popes as a fortress, refuge, and a prison.

    Upon your return to the hotel, you have the rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the beauty of Rome on your own.

    *Please note: the Vatican is a sacred religious site thus the dress code for visiting it is applied just as when you visit any church in Italy: no shorts – no uncovered knees and shoulders, no backpacks. Due to religious services St. Peters Basilica may be spontaneously closed, thus entrance to St. Peters Basilica may not be guaranteed.

    Day 11: Departure 
    After breakfast, your driver meets you in the hotel lobby and takes you to incredible Tuscany

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    Hotel Dei Mellini
    4-star hotel
    Via Muzio Clementi, 81, Rome, Italy, 00193
    Hotel Dei Mellini
    Superior Double Breakfast included
    Welcome to the wonderful world of Mellini, where every detail has been carefully put in place and where guests are surrounded by works of modern art made by artists from the Italian and Roman schools. ... show more
    1 room / 3 nights
    Included Experiences
    • Half Day Highlights of Rome Tour
    • Half Day Discovering Ancient Rome Tour
    • Half Day Tour of the Vatican Museums
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    • Arrival Private Transfer Minivan
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Connection | Rome - Castiglione d'Orcia with Siena Tour
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The first destination on your route today is San Gimignano where you have some free time for independent sightseeing.

Often called the town of towers as it is home to 14 well-preserved towers from the medieval times. These towers vary in height and form the international identity of the town. San Gimignano boasts many churches, such as the Collegiata and the Sant'Agostino. Moreover, the heart of the town contains 4 Piazzas - Cisterna, Duomo, Pecori and Erbe.

Then you continue to Siena, Italy's loveliest medieval city. During
a 3-hour walking tour with a local guide, you visit all of the major sights including the Cathedral of the Duomo, which houses the works of artists like Nicola Pisano, Ghirlandaio, Ghiberti, Donatello and Jacopo della Quercia. You then see the Piazza del Campo - a shell-shaped structure, which is also a major attraction famous for hosting horse races. After the tour you continue the trip to the hotel.

Rome, Italy
10 h
Tuscany (Castiglione d'Orcia), Italy
2nights

itTuscany (Castiglione d'Orcia), Italy

Anyone who has ever been to the amazing region of Tuscany can tell you that even though visiting Florence and Pisa is enough to leave your heart in Central Italy, it's not enough to truly comprehend what Tuscany has to offer. And one of the places, required to fully explore the region is the medieval village of Castiglione d'Orcia which is one of the top places in Italy to immerse in the centuries of Tuscany's wine-making traditions. Surrounded by the picturesque hills of the Val d'Orcia and listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, this charming destination boasts incredible views as well as extensive history and rich cultural heritage. Once it was a vital point along the Via Francigena, an ancient road connecting France with the Eternal City. Following the traces of the pilgrims is a great way to admire the vast stretches of gorgeous vineyards, and one of the most inspiring things you can do during your stay there is going wine-tasting. Another "must-do" thing in Castiglione d'Orcia is exploring the ruins of the ancient Rocca Aldobrandesca and the impressive Santa Maria Maddalena and Santi Stefano churches, housing the "Madonna With Child" masterpiece by Simone Martini....
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    Day 9: Arrival in Tuscany Hotel
    Upon arrival you have a check-in in a charming hotel.

    Day 10: Tour to Cheese Farm and Montepulciano Winery
    Following breakfast in the hotel, meet your guide and driver and start the day with a visit of Pienza, the area known for the wonderful Pecorino di Pienza cheese, which gets its name from the word Pecora, Italian for "sheep". You visit the rustic organic cheese farm that sits on top of a hill overlooking the entire Val d’Orcia and even Pienza itself. Here the local cheese producer shows you how the pecorino sheep cheese is made and the many stages of aging from soft and fresh to hard and complex. Following the tour at the farm, you have a cheese tasting. 

    Later you carry on to Montepulciano, a small village of Etruscan origin and one of the most beautiful hill towns in Tuscany. After a short walking tour in the Montepulciano historical center, you have time for lunch and then visit a traditional winery. Here you enjoy tasting one of the most famous Italian wines: Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. The Nobile wines of Montepulciano were the first to be given the ultimate quality level of DOCG certification.

    After the tour you return to the hotel and have the rest of the evening at leisure.

    Cheese tasting included.

    Day 11: Departure to Rome
    This is the last day of your amazing tour to Italy! After breakfast your driver meets you at the hotel lobby and takes you to Rome airport for your flight back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future vacations!

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    Hotel Osteria Dell'Orcia
    4-star hotel
    IT, Podere Osteria, 15, Castiglione d’Orcia, 53023
    Hotel Osteria Dell'Orcia
    Classic Double Breakfast included
    Hotel Relais Osteria dell'Orcia is an elegant 4-star hotel, set in a former post office from the 15th century in the UNESCO-protected Val d'Orcia Nature Reserve.... show more
    1 room / 2 nights
    Included Experiences
    • Full Day Tour to Pienza and Montepulciano
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    • Departure Private Transfer Sedan
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What’s included:
  • Accommodation at remarkable centrally located 4-star hotels in Venice, Florence, Rome and heritage house hotel in Castiglione d'Orcia;
  • Delicious breakfasts at your hotels;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • 1st class train tickets Venice - Florence;
  • Sightseeing tours with professional English-speaking guides in Venice, Florence, Tuscany and Rome;
  • Wine tasting in Florence and Tuscany winery;
  • Tour to a cheese farm in Pienza with tasting;
  • All tourist fees & taxes, including tourist city taxes;
  • Support line during the trip.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

Note: 

  1. Hotels availability is subject to change. In case current hotels are booked out we will provide alternative hotels of an equal value for you. 
  2. We include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

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