Grand Tour of Italy

ROME, TUSCANY, FLORENCE AND VENICE

Duration: 10 Days
Religious place
Skip the line tickets
Wine tasting
Fly in Rome & out of Venice

Description

Description

Flying into FCO (Rome) and out of Venice, it will make it so easy and cost effective! In 10 days and 9 nights, you & your group will be able to discover in depth all the best art, food, culture of the Italy everybody dreams of. From Rome to Florence, a bit of Tuscany coutryside and also, the Romantic Venice. Wine tastings, great food, art, guided tour, Medieval villages and breath-taking landscapes!

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    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Rome Arrival

    DURATION: up to 6 hrs from pick up at the airport

    SUGGESTED PICK UP TIME:  when the flight gets in – after collecting bags you will be directed through 2 sets of sliding doors to the outdoor. There you will see your driver/s with a sign and your name on

    WALKING: limited 

    TRANSPORTATION: Mercedes Minivans + English Speaking driver/s

    GUIDE SERVICE: none today

    HISTORY: provided by your English Speaking drivers

     

    1. Today, your English Speaking driver/s will pick you up on arrival at the airport. Most of the times the rooms at your hotel are ready only after 2 pm, so, this service will be just perfect for your needs.
    2. You will be escorted through the city to get an orientation of Rome, without stress or too much walking. Or else we could move to Tivoli you have been to Rome already to visit the charming Villa D’Este.
    3. You will stop for Capuccino, pictures and a nice lunch if you want to go for it.
    4. Up to 6 hours from pick up, you will have for sure an amazing initial touch of the Eternal City or its surrounding
    5. Check in and pm at your leasure.
    6. We can also organize on demand an evening activity, such as a driving tour of the lit up parts of the city

    Overnight in Rome

     

    Day 2 - Best of Rome and Vatican

     

     

    DURATION: 8.5 hrs

    SUGGESTED PICK UP TIME: 08.00 am

    WALKING: limited to the minimum but 2 hours at the Vatican and about 1 hour at the Colosseum

    TRANSPORTATION: Mercedes Minivans + English Speaking driver/s

    GUIDE SERVICE: at the Vatican for 2.5 hours

    HISTORY: provided by your English Speaking driver/s most of the day and private guide in the Vatican

     

    Today is the big day

    You will be picked up from your accommodation at 08.00 am and off for the amazing tour of the highlights of Rome

    1. You will start from the Colosseum, where, after the historical explanations provided by your drivers, you will have the possibility to enter this amazing monument. Of course skip the line tickets are provided, to limit the wait at the entrance and make the best out of it.
    2. You will proceed to the Circus Maximus, always driven by your English Speaking drivers. Photo up and history, lots of history
    3. You will combine some drive by and stop by, through the Road of the Temples, down to the core of the city (where you will see the monument dedicated to Victor Emanuel II)
    4. You will then visit the Trevi Fountain, where you will toss your coin, wishing to come back to Rome
    5. You will see the Spanish Steps
    6. Break for lunch
    7. 2.5 hour at the Vatican with a private guide. Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with skip the line tickets and St Peter’s Basilica from the outside or inside, depending on the line
    8. Back to your hotel

    Night at your leasure

    Overnight in Rome

     

    Day 3 - Rome & Surroundings

    DURATION: 7 hrs

    SUGGESTED PICK UP TIME: 08.30 am

    WALKING: limited to the minimum but 1 hr at the Catacombs and over 1 hour stroll in C. Gandolfo

    TRANSPORTATION: Mercedes Minivans + English Speaking driver/s

    GUIDE SERVICE: guided service at the Catacombs included in the cost of the tickets

    HISTORY: provided by your English Speaking driver/s most of the day and external guide at the Catacombs

    1. Your driver’s will pick you up at your accommodation and off towards the South of the city
    2. You will proceed to the Appian Way where you will step on the first highway ever built by humans in the World
    3. Off to the Catacombs – included in the cost of the tickets you will have an external guide service (guide who works for the Catacombs) and be escorted down in the tunnels where the early Christian were buried 
    4. Done with the Catacombs, we will drive South, outside Rome, towards the Roman Castles and reach briefly after Castel Gandolfo. Town where the Summer Residence of the Pope is located, in Castel Gandolfo you will have time to stroll around and have an amazing lunch, maybe overlooking the volcanic lake of Albano
    5. Back to your hotel

     

    Evening at your leasure

    Overnight in Rome

     

     

    Day 4 - Rome to Florence with stops in Umbria

    DURATION: 7 hrs

    SUGGESTED PICK UP TIME: 09.00 am

    WALKING: high, up the bridge of Civita and 2 hours in Orvieto

    TRANSPORTATION: Mercedes Minivans + English Speaking driver/s

    GUIDE SERVICE: none

    HISTORY: provided by your English Speaking driver/s as running commentaries

    1. Your driver’s will pick you up at your accommodation, carry your bags on board and off Northbound
    2. You will be driving through highway 1, entering Umbria at first and stopping in Civita di Bagnoregio: the dying city
    3. You will spend in Civita about 1 hour to check out this enchanting town
    4. You will meet again with the drivers and move to Orvieto which you will reach after about 30 minute drive
    5. Orvieto is going to be less tiring as a walk, but amazing for strolling around, seeing the Cathedral and have a quick nice lunch
    6. After 2 hours in Orvieto back in the van and off to Florence
    7. check in at your hotel in Florence

     

    Evening at your leasure

    Overnight in Florence

    Day 5 - Day trip to Siena & winery in the Chianti

    DURATION: 7 hrs

    SUGGESTED PICK UP TIME: 09.00 am

    WALKING: just 2 hours in Siena

    TRANSPORTATION: Mercedes Minivans + English Speaking driver/s

    GUIDE SERVICE: 2 hours in Siena

    HISTORY: provided by your English Speaking driver/s as running commentaries + guide in Siena

    1. Your driver’s will pick you up at your accommodation and off to Siena which you will reach after about 1 hour drive
    2. Once in Siena you will start a 2 hour privatewalking guided tour
    3. You will then drive away from Siena and after about 45 minutes you will reach the winery in the middle of the Chianti area
    4. You will have here lunch and a vertical wine tasting
    5. Done with the wine tasting back to Florence

     

    Evening at your leasure

    Overnight in Florence

     

    Day 6 - AM or PM walking tour in Florence

    DURATION: 3 hours

    SUGGESTED PICK UP TIME: 09.00 am or 2 pm

    WALKING: 3 hours entirely on foot

    TRANSPORTATION: None

    GUIDE SERVICE: None

    HISTORY: provided by your walking guide

     

    Explore Florence!!!!!

    Meet the guide at the lobby of your hotel

    1. We will meet your guide at the lobby of your hotel
    2. You will cover all of the outdoor sites of Florence
    3. Piazza della Signoria, the outside of Palazzo Vecchio and the Old Bridge, some Markets and more
    4. the guide will escort you back to the hotel or just show you which directions to walk back or else you can just keep up with your free walks in the city

    Evening at your leasure

    Overnight in Florence

     

    Day 7 - One way transfer to Venice from Florence

    DURATION: 3 hour for the transfer. 1 hour for the escorted water taxi. 

    SUGGESTED PICK UP TIME: 08.30 am

    WALKING: none

    TRANSPORTATION: Mercedes Minivans + English Speaking driver/s + water taxi

    GUIDE SERVICE: none

    HISTORY: provided by your English Speaking driver/s as running commenteries

     

    Venice, the Romance

    You will be picked up from your accommodation at 08.30 am and off to Venice

    1. Meet your drivers in Bologna and off to Piazzale Roma car terminal in Venice
    2. We will reach the car terminal after about 3 hour drive from Florence. Once arrived, you will meet your transfer assistant who will escort you to your hotel on the main island with a water taxi
    3. You will then check in

    Evening at your leasure

    Overnight in Venice

     

    Day 8 - AM or PM walking tour in Venice

    DURATION: 3 hours

    SUGGESTED PICK UP TIME: 09.00 am or 2 pm

    WALKING: 3 hours entirely on foot

    TRANSPORTATION: None

    GUIDE SERVICE: None

    HISTORY: provided by your walking guide

     

    Explore the best of Venice, main island!!!!!

    Meet the guide at the lobby of your hotel

    1. We will meet your guide at the lobby of your hotel
    2. You will cover all of the outdoor sites of central Venice
    3. St Mark’s Square and Basilica, the Doge’s Palace and much more
    4. the guide will escort you back to the hotel or just show you which directions to walk back or else you can just keep up with your free walks in the city

    Evening at your leasure

    Overnight in Venice

     

    Day 9 - Am smaller island private boat tour

     

    DURATION: 4 hours

    SUGGESTED PICK UP TIME: 9 am

    WALKING: some of the island of Murano & Burano

    TRANSPORTATION: private water taxi 

    GUIDE SERVICE: 4 HOUR private guide 

    HISTORY: provided by your guide

     

    The islands of Venice

    You will be met at your accommodation and start a 4 hour tour of the islands of Venice

    1. Meet your guide at the lobby of your hotel in Venice
    2. off with your private water taxi
    3. Visit Burano, Murano & possibly Torcello
    4. Back to your hotel

     

    Evening at your leasure

    Overnight in Venice

     

    Day 10 - Departure transfer

    DURATION: generally 1 hour depening on where your hotel is located

    SUGGESTED PICK UP TIME: 4 hours before flight departure

    WALKING: none

    TRANSPORTATION: private water taxi 

    GUIDE SERVICE: escorted transfer

    HISTORY: none

     

    Arrivederci

    You will be met at your accommodation by your transfer assistant and off to the airport

    1. Meet your assistant at the hotel i
    2. off with your private water taxi
    3. Arrive at the airport dock
    4. Fly back

     

    Arrivederci and safe travels

     

    Arrivederci

    Other details

    • 10 days / 9 nights package

    • Fly into FCO (Rome) and out of Venice

    • Orientation tour of Rome on arrival 

    • Full day tour of Rome and Vatican guided tour

    • Rome to Florence transfer

    • Chianti day trip

    • Walking tour in Florence

    • One way transfer to Venice

    • Walking tour in Venice

    • Burano, Murano & Torcello private baot tour

    • Fly out of Venice

     

     

    All tours start from the accommodation you end up booking

    At the airport it is very easy to find your drivers. After you collect bags, you will be directed through 2 sets of sliding doors to the outdoor. You will see then a line of drivers with signs and names on. You will find your driver/s there, ready to start

    We can organize any payment method. Not a problem

    Once we tweak the itinerary and have the right number of passengers, the price will be determined.

    We will then go from there! Easy, peasy! And of course we do pay commissions!

    Are you escorting your group? We will work around it in order to have you tour for free of course!

    This is a private tour, so you will not be sharing it with anybody else, just you and your group!
    You’ll be escorted by your English speaking driver/s who will explain all different points of interest. But please note that they are not guides. They cannot enter the sites with you by law. Where walking guides are needed, we will include them of course!

    This is the best way to go!
    You and your English speaking driver will talk about the day’s plans before the tour starts

    How many passengers per vehicle?
    The ideal number is 6 passengers for each vehicle – if multiple vehicles are needed, rest assured that the group will be together at all times.

    What is included in the packages:

    • English Speaking drivers and guides where necessary

    • Skip-the-line tickets to the major attractions

    • Mercedes Minivans, fuel, check points, tolls, gas

     

    What could be included:

    • On Site activities such as, likely cooking classes, wine tastings etc etc

     

    NEVER included:

    • Air

    • Accommodations – we will put you in touch with the accommodation we work with in every town, city we cover on the itinerary – IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE WITH THAT IN CERTAIN CITIES – we will give you a few options and guide you to the best accommodation selection. It is easier than it sounds.

    • Gratuities