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Gems of Italy

Gems of Italy

Purpose: Culture, History, Art, Fun
No. of days: 9 days - 8 nights
First & Last Cities: Rome, Venice
Other cities: Florence, Chianti
Starting cost: $1,869
 
This is an independent and flexible vacation package. You will not travel by bus with a group. You can add or reduce the number of nights in each city, ask for specific hotels or change type and number of the included activities, or even reverse the Itinerary! Spend a few days visiting Rome and its treasures, and then catch the train to artistic Florence for a visit. Enjoy a short stay in the Chianti Wine Region. And finally, catch a train for your visit to ultra-romantic Venice. See all the museums, art and architecture sites and lovely countryside that keep Italy a favorite destination among travelers.
 
Day 1: Rome
Upon arrival at Rome’s Fiumicino airport you will be met and assisted on your transfer to your hotel in Rome. Rest of the day is free. Overnight in Rome.
 
Day 2: Rome
After breakfast at your hotel you’ll be picked up for a half-day walking group excursion to the Coliseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. The Coliseum, the most emblematic monument in Rome, originally known as the Flavian Amphitheater, is the well-known place of the gladiators’ games and the theme of many a movie. Close by is an important and unique collection of ruins of what was the heart of Imperial Rome: The Roman Forum and surrounding official buildings! In the same area is the most important elevation of Roman’s history: The Palatine Hill where, according to Roman mythology, the brothers Remus and Romulus, possibly sons of Hercules, were kept alive by a she-wolf and ended-up being the founders of Rome. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to continue exploring. Overnight in Rome. [B]
 
Day 3: Rome
Today is dedicated to Vatican City. Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before touring the extraordinary Vatican Museums with floors of exhibitions, the impressive Sistine Chapel where Michelangelo painted sacral masterpieces, The Last Judgment probably being the best known, St. Peter’s Basilica and St. Peter’s Square with its colonnade designed and sculpted by Bernini in the 16th Century. The rest of the day is at leisure, to continue to discover Rome. Overnight in Rome. [B]
 
Day 4: Rome, Florence
Breakfast at the hotel and morning departure from Roma Termini train station and journey to Florence Santa Maria Novella train station by high-speed train (second class tickets included) that is expected to arrive around 1:5 pm. After arrival in Florence take a cab to check-in at your hotel. Spend the night in Florence. [B]
 
Day 5: Florence, Chianti
After breakfast at the hotel join a group tour of Florence, definitely a open air museum full of masterpieces and the cradle of Renaissance. Walk around the charming old city and visit to Duomo, with its Giotto Bell Tower and renowned Accademia Gallery full of unique masterpieces. Some free time to walk along the Arno River and a chance to see Ponte Vecchio and admire artisans’ workshops before your transfer from your hotel in Florence to your hotel in the Chianti region. The evening is at leisure. Overnight in the Chianti region. [B]
 
Day 6: Chianti
Breakfast. Small group excursion to the Chianti* area including an explanation on aromatic herbs harvested and dried following the ancient techniques of this wine region, wine tastings and light lunch or dinner with English speaking escort. Then, transfer to your hotel. Evening at leisure and overnight in Chianti region. [B]
* Depending on the availability, clients can choose between the following excursions: (1) San Gimignano, Chianti & Montalcino Tour, (2) Chianti & San Gimignano Grand Tour, (3) Chianti & Castles Tour or (4) Dinner in the Chianti vineyard
 
Day 7: Chianti, Venice
After breakfast at the hotel departure from Florence’s Santa Maria Novella train station for your journey to Venice by high-speed train (second class tickets included) expected to arrive in Venice’s Santa Lucia train station in about 2 hours. After your arrival in Venice take a cab to your hotel for check-in and overnight. [B]
 
Day 8: Venice
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is different from any other because of its topography characterized by more than one hundred islands and a Grand Canal in a lagoon on the Adriatic coast of Italy. Venice has been the crossroads of cultures and civilizations that are the inspiration of magnificent palaces, ancient bridges, Gothic, Renaissance and Byzantine artworks. The gondolas, known in the entire world add a romantic dimension to this city so special in so many ways. Your 2-hour walking tour will bring you to many of these artistic treasures and, especially, to Piazza San Marco with the Doge’s Palace and basilica and domes. Then, Climb aboard a traditional gondola for a romantic excursion through the city’s canals. Sit back and enjoy exploring the city as and look at its architectural treasures from the water! The rest of the day is free so you can enjoy the city on your own, so some shopping or relax at one of the cafes. Overnight in Venice. [B]
 
Day 9: Venice, USA
Enjoy breakfast and be ready to picked up at your hotel for your departure transfer by taxi boat to Venice Marco Polo Airport where you’ll board your connecting flight back home. [B]
 
[B] = Breakfast | [B/T] = Breakfast and Wine Tasting


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Tour includes
  • Transfers in:
    • Rome (Fiumicino airport to the hotel)
    • Florence
    • Florence to hotel in Chianti region
    • Venice
  • 8 nights’ accommodation in hotels of your choice:
    • Rome – 3 nights
    • Florence – 1 night
    • Chianti – 2 nights
    • Venice – 2 nights
  • Breakfast daily
  • 2nd class high-speed train tickets
    • Rome to Florence
    • Florence to Venice
  • 2.5-hour walking sightseeing group tour in Rome
  • 3-hour group visit of the Vatican
  • 3-hour walking group tour in Florence
  • 2-hour walking group tour and gondola ride in Venice
  • Half-day excursion to Chianti region including tastings and light lunch or dinner
  • English-speaking guides for tours
  • Entrance tickets for sites visited
Not included in tour
  • International airline tickets
  • Taxes or surcharges related to airline tickets
  • Cities tax
  • Travel insurance
  • All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Other meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • Extras and gratuities
  • Early check-in, late check-out
  • Expenses of personal nature

Hotels in your Tour

Category Hotel Name Tripadvisor
Superior Tourist
Rome Giolli Nazionale 4
Accademia 4
Tritone 4.5
Florence Kursaal & Ausonia 4
Boccaccio 4
Cosimo de' Medici 4.5
Chianti Palazzo San Lorenzo 4.5
Tenuta di Riavo 4.5
L'Ultimo Mulino 4
Venice Ca' D'Oro 4
Canaletto 4
Scandinavia 4
First Class
Rome Bernini 4
Imperiale 4
White 4
Florence Roma 4
Albani 4.5
Chianti region Palazzo San Lorenzo 4.5
Tenuta di Ricavo 4.5
Palazzo San Niccolò 4.5
Venice Palazzo Priuli 4
Giorgione 4.5
Ca' dei Conti 4
Hotels will be confirmed at time of booking, depending on availability

Tour Pricing

Season Double Single* Single Alone Triple
Superior Tourist
April - June $2,099 $2,629 $2,935 $1,975
July - August $1,869 $2,375 $2,685 $1,755
September - October $2,099 $2,605 $2,915 $1,975
First Class
April - June $2,269 $2,905 $3,209 $2,129
July - August $1,989 $2,565 $2,875 $1,869
September - October $2,269 $2,879 $3,189 $2,129
Prices are per person, are valid for 2020 and may change without notice
Single* applies to passengers using single rooms but traveling with other people
10% discount for children aged 3-8 accompanied by 2 adults
Supplement for night-time transfers €10,00 Euros per person from 9:00 pm to 6:00 am
 
Tour Code: IT01ROM20IC

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Hotel City Taxes

City First Class Superior Tourist
Rome € 4,00 € 6,00
Florence € 3,50 € 4,50
Chianti € 3,00 €4,00
Venice € 3,50 € 4,50
Taxes are per person per night for adults 14 years old or more