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Experience the heart of Italy from Rome to Florence and Venice, with an optional Milan extension. This option highlights the ease and scenic beauty of train travel.

Detailed Itinerary

Welcome to Rome! You will reach your hotel with a driver from the airport. The rest of the day is at leisure. We suggest a casual walk in the stunning city centre. You can visit the famous Trevi Fountain: close your eyes, throw a coin over your right shoulder straight into the water… the legend has it that if you do so, you are guaranteed a return to Rome! Maybe walk into Piazza Della Rotonda and enjoy the view of the Pantheon, the only ancient Roman temple that remained standing as it was through the centuries. Why not, reach Piazza Navona and take pictures of the Fountain of the Four Rivers by Bernini: the legend says that the famous Baroque sculptor positioned the Rio de la Plata River as if the statue were covering its eyes, so it does not have to look at the facade of the adjacent Sant'Agnese Church designed by his rival Borromini. To know more details about the history of these outstanding sights private guided tours with one of our professional guides are possible. The package includes a dinner in a must-visit neighbourhood in Rome: Trastevere. It is one of the cores of the Roman nightlife, bustling and busy with pubs, restaurants, and clubs for all ages. You will have the opportunity to dine in a typical Roman trattoria and discover culinary traditions dating back in time. No worries: we transfer you to the restaurant and will take care of the reservation! Return to your hotel on your own for your overnight stay.

You will finally visit the Vatican Museums and the Coliseum. After breakfast at your hotel, wait for our driver to come and pick you up. You’ll reach the Vatican City for our exclusive Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica Skip-the-line Guided Tour. No trip to Rome is complete without a visit to the Vatican Museums. These galleries contain some of the most famous works of art in the world, including works by artists including Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Raphael and Giotto. The 54th gallery of the Vatican Museums is the famed Sistine Chapel. Completed around 1483, the Sistine Chapel is arguably the most famous chapel in the world due to its famous frescoes including the ceiling and The Final Judgement by Michelangelo. The chapel is also still used for religious purposes such as the Papal Conclave – the process through which a new Pope is chosen. Free time for lunch (not included). In the afternoon, you will join our professional guide to access the Coliseum. This was once the most famous meeting place in the world holding 50,000-80,000 spectators. Inside, breathe in the Coliseum’s bloody past brought to life again by your guide. Leaving the Colosse um, you will see the magnificent Arch of Constantine before arriving at the excavated ruins of the Roman Forum archaeological site, where many structures remain intact to this day. Finally, on Palatine Hill you will learn about the legend of Romulus and Remus. One legend suggests this is how Rome was named for Romulus. Enjoy the rest of the day to explore the city at your leisure. Overnight stay.

Wake up in the morning at your centrally located hotel and
meet your driver after breakfast. You will easily reach Termini Station, and board the high-speed train to Florence:
you will be there in less than two hours! Such comfortable
trip this is! Don’t miss out on the spectacular Italian landscape from your train window as the train heads toward
the capital city of the amazing Tuscany. Once in Florence
you will check in at your hotel and enjoy some free time. In
the afternoon you will meet your expert local guide so you
will be in good hands exploring the amazing architecture
of this city. Florence has an important role in the civilization of the Western world and Italy. It is visited because
of its beauty and known for the amazing art and architecture. It was a home to many artists, architecture masters
and painters along its history - you will be fascinated by its
monuments, churches, and buildings. You will see Santa
Maria del Fiore, more commonly referred to as the Duomo,
Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo della Signoria (also known
as Palazzo Vecchio), and the Basilica of Santa Croce. This
tour will also offer you the opportunity to visit the famous
Galleria dell'Accademia di Firenze or “Gallery of the Academy of Florence”, the home of Michelangelo's sculpture
David, an absolute textbook masterpiece. Overnight stay.

After breakfast, get ready to depart for one of the most beautiful and characteristic areas of Tuscany, the Chianti. Green hills strewn with kilometres and kilometres of vineyards and olive groves, small hamlets surrounded by intact medieval walls, winding streets, castles and fortresses. We will arrive to Poggio al Sole, where you'll embark on a guided tour of the cellars. Indulge in a guided tasting session featuring some of the finest wines, complemented by a delectable lunch showcasing gastronomic specialties crafted from locally sourced Tuscan ingredients. Immerse yourself in the winery's history and gain insight into the organic winemaking process. Throughout the tour, you'll follow the captivating journey of these wines from grape to bottle. Return to Florence. Rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight.

After breakfast, day at leisure: you decide how to spend your last day! You can spend the day strolling the cobblestone streets of Florence on your own or choose one of our exclusive optional tours and activities. What about a guided tour to Siena, San Gimignano or Pisa? Or what about some special experience in Tuscany? Overnight stay

After breakfast, depart by train for the city of dreams, Venice. Transfer to your hotel. The morning will be free. In the afternoon, be ready for one of the most dreamed-about experiences: gondola ride along the city canals! That’s the best way to appreciate the beauty and uniqueness of this lagoon city. Gliding through Venice’s Grand Canal and minor canals, you will admire the splendid palaces, churches, bridges, gardens and warehouses lining the city’s liquid streets. After the ride, the “Bacaro Tour” will be next, a visit to a couple local wine bars in the less touristic areas of Venice, where you will taste local wines and the so-called “cicchetti”, a kind of Venetian tapas. An exclusivity for our luxury guests! Evening at your leisure. Overnight stay

After breakfast, you will go ahead and enjoy your walking tour, including a Skip-the-Line ticket to the magnificent St. Mark’s Basilica and, after this, check out the most iconic places of Venice: the Palazzo dei Dogi, symbol of Venice’s glorious past as well as the legendary Ponte dei Sospiri or “Bridge of Sighs”. Roam along Venice’s canals at your leisure, then return to the hotel and spend the night. However, we do suggest you pay a visit to Harry’s Bar, a Venetian icon that served most of the European royalties and Golden Age Hollywood celebrities since it first opened its doors in 1931. But everyone is welcome now, if you follow the correct dress code. The bar is famous for inventing the Bellini cocktail (white peach juice and Prosecco).

This will be the last day of the tour. Enjoy your last breakfast at your hotel and transfer to the airport… or what about the opportunity to add an escapade to Milan? (Optional).

Inclusions

2 nights in Rome BB.
» Private transfer from Fiumicino airport to your hotel in Rome.
» Transport by high-speed train (Business or Premium class).
» Transfers to and from the hotel to the train station in each city.
» Porterage service at the train stations.
» Rome tours:
Private Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s Basilica*.
Private Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill (with transport,
professional local guide, entrance tickets with no line).
» Transfer from the hotel to the restaurant in Trastevere area.
» Dinner in Trastevere.
» 3 nights in Florence BB.
» Firenze tours: Walking tour & Galleria dell’Accademia (with professional local guide, entrance tickets with no line).
» Half-day excursion in Chianti with wine tasting & lunch at a local
winery (tour leader included).
» 2 nights in Venice BB.
» Venice: walking tour and skip-the-line tickets to access St. Mark’s Basilica.
» Gondola ride.
» Bacaro experience.
» Transfer to Venice airport.
*On Saturday departure, the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s Basilica will be replaced with another private tour or rescheduled to the first day based on the client's arrival time in Rome. This is due to the weekly closure of the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel.

Exclusions

• Tips
• Porterage service
• Drinks
• Entrance fees to monuments or museums when not mentioned
• City tax for overnight stays (according to each city council rules). The amount changes according to the city board and it is meant per
pax per night, and hotel category.
• Everything that is not mentioned in the paragraph “The Tour includes”

Notes

Hotels Used OR Similar
ROME NH COLLECTION ROMA CENTRO 4*
FLORENCE NH FIRENZE 4*
VENICE NH HOTEL AVANI RIO NOVO VENICE 4*

HIGH SEASON
22/04/2024 - 03/07/2024
23/08/2024 - 31/10/2024
BLACKOUT DATES
30 APRIL | 01 JUNE | 03 - 18 JUNE | 22 - 28 JUNE | 31 OCTOBER

SHOULDER SEASON
01/04/2024 - 21/04/2024
04/07/2024 - 25/07/2024
BLACKOUT DATES
11 - 15 APRIL | 11 -16 JULY

LOW SEASON
26/07/2024 - 22/08/2024
BLACKOUT DATES
13 - 15 AUGUST

Supplement for optional tour leader from day 3 to day 7 of the itinerary available on request.

All prices are subject to automatic change without prior notice due to VAT increase.

During trade shows or public holidays/events, extra fees could apply. In this case, the amount to be paid will be communicated at the time of booking.

For all Packages that include transfers, a night supplement will be
applied for services from 8.00 pm to 08.00 am.

Program Touring / Guide

Escorted Experience

Trip Highlights

Rome - Florence - Venice

Periodic Departure
01 Apr, 2024 to 21 Apr, 2024

4 Star
AUD 10,184 P P twin share
AUD 18,715 P P single
AVAILABLE

22 Apr, 2024 to 03 Jul, 2024

4 Star
AUD 10,674 P P twin share
AUD 19,695 P P single
AVAILABLE

04 Jul, 2024 to 25 Jul, 2024

4 Star
AUD 10,184 P P twin share
AUD 18,715 P P single
AVAILABLE

26 Jul, 2024 to 22 Aug, 2024

4 Star
AUD 9,624 P P twin share
AUD 17,600 P P single
AVAILABLE

23 Aug, 2024 to 31 Oct, 2024

4 Star
AUD 10,674 P P twin share
AUD 19,695 P P single
AVAILABLE

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