CLASSIC ITALY TOUR – PRIVATE ITALY VACATION PACKAGE
Italy Vacation Package – Private Italy Vacation
For 2 People or More
Main Destinations: Como and Bellagio on Lake Como, Milan, Venice, Florence, Siena, Rome, The Vatican
This upscale, private Italy tour package features classic sights in Italy’s key cities – Milan, Rome, Florence, Venice and more. You will travel the length of this beautiful country, visiting Italy’s must-see historic, artistic and architectural treasures, from The Last Supper in Milan to the Roman Colosseum in Rome. This upscale Italy tour package begins with a picturesque tour of Lake Como, followed by a guided tour in fashionable Milan to visit the magnificent Gothic Duomo cathedral, the famous La Scala opera house and da Vinci’s masterpiece, “The Last Supper.” You’ll also visit Italy’s elegant and magical floating city, Venice, touring famous sights like St. Mark’s Square and Doge’s Palace. This upscale Italy tour package includes the Renaissance city of Florence, famous for artisan products like gold and leather, as well as its stunning architecture. Our Classic Italy tour package also includes a day trip through the Tuscan countryside to the historic hilltop walled city of Siena. As the saying goes, all roads lead to Rome, and this Italy tour package will end in this magnificent city, a fusion of the ancient and modern. Here you will see the ancient wonders that have drawn visitors to this capital for centuries: the Colosseum, the ancient city wall and gates, and Circus Maximus, as well as Baroque and Renaissance sights such as St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican, the Sistine Chapel, Piazza Navona and Trevi fountain.
Book this small-group Italy tour package for an inspiring introduction to the best of Italy, not only its museums and monuments but also its fantastic food, wine, culture and people.
- Upscale accommodations – 4 Star hotels
- Breakfast daily
- Expert local guides for Villa Carlotta, Milan, Venice, Bologna, Florence walking tour, Uffizi Gallery, Accademia museum, Colosseum and Roman forum, The Vatican
- Entrance tickets to all planned tours with our local guides
- Private transportation to all planned activities and 1 train ride
- Private transportation on arrival day and departure day
- Restaurant suggestions
- Airline tickets
- Gratuities to guides and drivers
NOTE: Pre-tour and post-tour accommodations are available. Arrive early or depart later. We’ll make all the arrangements for you.
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Day 1 – Arrive City of Como, Orientation Stroll in Como, Overnight in Como
Lively Como, boasting a long history since the bronze age, has some interesting sites. The city also has an important history in textile and silk manufacturing and trading. Interesting shopping opportunity is available. You may explore the historic center on your own before you meet everyone late afternoon.
Restaurants and shopping are found steps from your hotel.
Day 2 – Villa Carlotta Tour, Bellagio, Overnight in Como
After breakfast, you will meet your tour guide who will take you on a guided tour of Tremezzo and the beautiful Villa Carlotta. This lovely villa was built in the mid-17th century and is known for its centuries-old botanical gardens and the much appreciated Italian-style garden. Important works of art are found both in the garden and inside the villa, now a museum. After the tour, you will ferry back to Bellagio, one of the prettiest village in all of Italy. Bellagio sits in front of Lake Como with its promenade, stairways and streets from the bottom to the top, lined with shops, restaurants, bars and cafes. Explore the town leisurely. You may want to visit Villa Melzi and its beautiful garden which faces the lake in town.
Day 3 – Milan Walking Tour & Viewing of Da Vinci’s Last Supper, Travel to Venice, Overnight in Venice
This Italy vacation package also takes you to Venice. You depart Lake Como for Venice with a stop in Milan for a guided walking tour of Milan’s top sites – the Duomo, the city’s magnificent late Gothic cathedral. You’ll continue your walking tour of Milan through the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II to the square of La Scala, one of the world’s most famous opera houses. The tour will end at the Cenacolo Vinciano, the museum housing Leonardo da Vinci’s great “Last Supper.” Your guide will share some interesting and little-known facts about this famous masterpiece.
Late afternoon arrival in Venice. Restaurant suggestions will be provided here and all your destinations.
Day 4 – Morning Tour of Venice’s St Mark’s Square and Doge’s Palace, Overnight in Venice
A local expert guide will conduct a tour of three of Venice’s most important sights. You will tour at St. Mark’s Square, the political and religious center of the Republic of Venice. You will see many of its historical and artistic treasures dating from antiquity: the Basilica with its precious mosaics; the Doge’s Palace (now a museum) with its well-known Bridge of Sighs, the Clock Tower and the Campanile. You are free to explore this grand city on your own the rest of the day. We suggest visiting Peggy Guggenheim’s mansion with a garden, now a contemporary museum, overlooking the Grand Canal. You may also take a boat to Murano island, famous for glass factories. The tour will finish at lunch time.
Day 5 – Travel to Florence, Afternoon Walking Tour of Florence + Accademia Museum, Overnight in Florence
We will make all the arrangements for you to travel by train from Venice to Florence. You will get help boarding the train in Venice and you taken to your hotel in Florence upon arrival.
A walking tour of Florence’s top sites is planned with a local expert guide. Florence has an amazing history – 2,000-year-old city with some of the world’s greatest art and architecture on this tour. We will have an early morning walking tour of Florence with a licensed local guide covering some of the city’s history and architectural treasures including the beautiful Piazza della Signoria, the Duomo (Cathedral) as well as Brunelleschi’s Dome, while we walk pass such famous landmarks as the Baptistry’s Gates of Paradise, Bell Tower, Ponte Vecchio, Vasari Corridor and Medieval towers.
A guided tour of the Accademia museum is also planned where you will view some of Michelangelo’s works, including the famous Statue of David.
Day 6 – Morning Guided Tour of Uffizi Museum, Overnight in Florence
A morning guided tour of Italy’s top museum, the Uffizi Gallery, is planned with a museum guide. The museum occupies the top two floors of a building originally designed by Giorgio Vasari, a leading 15th century painter and architect. Today, it is one of the most famous and important art museums in the world. The Uffizi museum houses acclaimed masterpieces by Botticelli, Fra Angelico, Felippo Lippi, Raphael, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci and many others. German, Flemish and Dutch masters like Rubens and Rembrandt are also represented.
Day 7 – Leisure Day in Florence, Overnight in Florence
Florence has many important museums a visitor should consider. Outdoor markets, boutiques, artisan shops including those selling gold are available for those who wants to shop. We’ll have suggestions for this day.
Optional Tour: Bologna, the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region located in Po River Valley, the most important agricultural valley in Italy. Bologna is ancient, dating back to 1,000 B.C. dating back to the Etruscans, the Celts and Romans. It is home to the oldest university in the world, the University of Bologna. Bologna is renowned for its food and gave us the famous Bolognese sauce (“ragu” locally), and also produces an array of regional products like prosciutto, salamis and mortadella. A local expert will conduct a walking tour highlighting Bologna’s history and food culture. An appropriate lunch suggestions will be made.
Other optional tours are available: Pisa, Lucca, San Gimignano, Chianti tour and more. Inquire.
Your private Italy vacation takes you to Rome and Siena. You leave in the morning for Rome and travel through the Tuscan countryside to reach the historic city of Siena. Built on three hills in the middle of the Via Francigena (pilgrimage road), Siena is one of Tuscany’s crown jewels. It has an outstanding Gothic Duomo and another important church, San Domenico, which claims the skull of St. Catherine. Siena also has one of the most beautiful squares in Italy, il Campo, where the famous Palio horse race is held twice a year. Our local expert will take you through the citys’s rich history. You will stop for lunch before you leave for Rome.
Rome is not a small city. Once in Rome, you will have a driving tour to get to many sites not easily reached on foot. We’ll have suggestions for lunch and dinner.
Day 9 – Ancient Rome, Leisure Afternoon, Overnight Rome
A guided tour of Ancient Rome with our local expert guide is planned for this morning. We’ll start with the Colosseum, the entertainment center of ancient Rome. Here, 50,000 people gathered to watch gory gladiator contests. You will hear about its amazing 450 years of history and get a sense of how Romans celebrated the best and the worst of their society, influenced by the emperors’ overwhelming powers.
Your expert guide will bring the relics of the ancient Roman forum dating back to 6th century BC, to life as we traipse through the ruins of numerous temples, basilicas, palaces, arches and shops. The first Roman civilization began here, in turn becoming the administrative and commercial center of ancient Rome. You will also see the Arch of Constantine and Piazza del Campidoglio, designed by Michelangelo.
Today, you will discover a treasure trove of art, history and religion today. The Vatican Museum’s art collection, which you will visit, is one the most important in the world. You will also see the recently restored Sistine Chapel, home to Michelangelo’s Last Judgment frescoes; and tour St. Peter’s Basilica and view Michelangelo’s famous Pieta and Bernini’s amazing bronze Baldacchino.
Day 11 – Departure for Home
This is the end of this Italy vacation. Private transportation will take you to the airport or train station in Rome.