Explore the classic sites of Italy on your 12-day adventure through the country’s greatest treasures. Beginning in Rome’s Eternal City, head up through the heart of Tuscany, and cap it off in the picturesque lagoon city of Venice; you will enjoy a fully immersive experience of Classic Italy.
- Private guided tours with skip-the-line access
- Tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
- Visit a local winery in Tuscany for tasting and lunch
- Tour of the Colosseum and Ancient Forum
- Visit the hilltop village of San Gimignano
- Walking tour of Florence and visiting the David Statue
- Gondola ride through the canals of Venice
DAY 1: OVERNIGHT FLIGHT TO ROME. Meals in flight.
DAY 2: BENVENUTI A ITALIA, WELCOME TO ITALY!
After our overnight flight, travel into Rome’s city center and settle into the beautiful, centrally located Hotel Mellini for four nights. This evening, enjoy a private walking tour of Rome’s historic center with a local guide followed by a delicious 3-course welcome dinner at a local ristorante. D
DAY 3: ANCIENT ROME
Discover the majesty and mystery of ancient Rome on your full day walking tour including a guided tour of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and Ancient Forum—the centerpiece of ancient Roman life. Later, we’ll visit Castel San Angelo, originally a mausoleum to the Emperor Hadrian. Enjoy an evening concert performance in a local church. B, D
DAY 4: THE VATICAN AND ROME’S GREAT BASILICAS
Today, experience the power of Vatican City with a private guide as we tour the immense collection inside the Vatican Museums. Housing some of the most renowned sculptures, paintings and works of art in the world, you’ll see beautiful works of historic art such as the the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Later enjoy a special visit to the three remaining great basilicas of Rome – St. John in Laterano, Santa Maria Maggiore, and St. Paul Outside the Walls. B, D
DAY 5: BORGHESE GALLERY AND FREE TIME
Enjoy a visit to the famous Borghese Gallery, a beautiful Renaissance era villa which houses the world’s largest collection of Bernini sculptures, then “do as the Romans do” with free time on your own to explore the Eternal city. B, D
DAY 6: SIENA AND MONTEPULCIANO
Transfer to Siena with a stop en route to the picturesque hilltop village of Montepulciano. Take a guided tour of Siena’s historic center, the very heart of Tuscany, before settling into our home for three nights, the Hotel NH. B, D
DAY 7: SAN GIMIGNANO
Relish in the beauty of Tuscany with a full day excursion through the Italian countryside, including a visit to one of Tuscany’s most stunning hilltop towns, San Gimignano, a lunch and tasting at a local winery, and tour of a farmhouse to taste authentic olive oil, bruschetta, and mixed meats. B, L
DAY 8: FLORENCE
Begin your full day adventure with a private walking tour of Florence, the epicenter of the Italian Renaissance that changed the world. Learn about the influential Medici family and the important role they played in shaping the modern world. Enjoy a tour of the Accademia Gallery which houses the famous David Statue, plus a visit to the grandiose Florence Cathedral. B, D
DAY 9: VERONA
Drive from Siena to Venice with a stop in Verona for a guided tour of the city, best known for its inspiration of Romeo and Juliet. Upon arrival in Venice, enjoy a boat ride into the canal city before settling into the luxurious Hotel Giorgione for 3 nights. B, D
DAY 10: VENICE
Enjoy a guided tour of Venice, the famous lagoon city that has captivated millions across the world, visiting the greatest highlights of the Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Basilica, ending with a private gondola ride. B, D
DAY 11: DAY OF LEISURE, OPTIONAL TRIP TO MURANO AND BURANO
Today is your day to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of Venice on your own. Or, if you are still up for more sightseeing take an optional excursion to the islands of Murano and Burano, known primarily for their world-class glass making. B, D
*Optional Excursion to Murano and Burano - $50 per person.
DAY 12: ARRIVEDERCI ITALY!
Today, we must say goodbye to Italy after a delicious final breakfast. Take a private taxi boat transfer from your hotel into Venice airport leaving Italy in style with fond memories and a wider perspective. B, Meals in flight.
- Departure Date: October 5, 2024
- Return Date: October 16, 2024
- Double: $5,499
- Single: $6,799
*Per person rates
*Included airfare from STL or MCI (call for other gateway cities)
*Optional Excursion to Murano and Burano - $50 pp
Because of the historic nature of Rome and other cities highlighted in this tour, travelers should be in good walking condition as many sites are only accessible by foot. While rest times and days at leisure are built in, there may be occasions where we'll be walking 2-4 miles per day
Valid passport required to travel.
- Booking requires a valid passport
- $250 per person deposit required
- Please call for single rates
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- Includes airfare from St. Louis or Kansas City (call for other gateway cities)
Orange luggage tags are provided and are to be placed on your “checked luggage” (large bag). You do not need a tag for your carry-on bag, for which you will be responsible for taking on and off the coach. There is limited space in the cabin of the coach, so unless you require your carry-on bag while traveling, we will stow it in the luggage compartment.
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