Arrive at Fiumicino Rome airport. You will be met by your private English speaking driver for a direct transfer to your centrally located hotel: Hotel Trevi Collection 4****. We will book 1 Double classic room. Check in and the rest of the day will be at leisure.
We are sure that elegance and hospitality are the true luxury, so we’ve thought to “Trevi Collection”. Next to ancient monuments and palaces, this magnificent structure rises at only 200 mt from Piazza di Spagna and Piazza Barberini. The modern and refined style gives character to the living environments, the play of lights and colors are its personality. Rooms’ design, furniture and well-advanced amenities, will make your stay unforgettable and unique.
Day 2 – Rome: Vatican Museums
Breakfast at your hotel. You will be met by your private English speaking guide and driver at your hotel and together you will reach, the Vatican Museums. Once there, your specialist guide will introduce you to the masterpieces of such great painters as Raffaello, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. This is one of the greatest art collections ever, a collection gathered through the centuries by the Popes. You will see the wonderful Cortile della Pigna ("Pinecone Courtyard"), followed by one of the finest collections of antique Greek and Roman statues in the world. Be enchanted by the stunning vision of the Sistine Chapel and also direct access into Saint Peter's Basilica; a sacred place designed and executed by some of the greatest architects of the XVI century, from Bramante to Michelangelo and from Raphael to Bernini.
At the end of the tour you will be free to spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 3 – Rome: Ancient Rome
After breakfast, you will be met by your private English speaking guide and driver at the hotel and make your way to the Ancient part of the Eternal city: Colosseum and Imperial Fora. With direct access to this remarkable landmark and no waiting in long lines, you will be awestruck even before entering. Once inside, your private guide will bring to life the ancient world of the various emperors, noblemen, aristocrats, gladiators, slaves and wild beasts that once populated this building. You will then be accompanied to the nearby Roman Forum, known as the "heart" of Ancient Rome, the commercial, political and religious center of town. After this visit you will have the rest of the day at leisure.
After breakfast and check out from your hotel, you will meet your personal English speaking driver for a transfer to the railway station, where you will take your direct fast train to Florence (about 1 hour and 30 minutes). Upon arrival in Florence, you will be met by your private English speaking driver for a transfer to your hotel : Hotel Laurus Al Duomo 4****. We will book 1 Double classic room. Check in and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Hotel Laurus al Duomo is located on the historic Via de’ Cerretani, just 70 meters from the Duomo and 150 meters from the Santa Maria Novella Central Station, within walking distance from the main Museums in Florence and the elegant streets of the historic city center.
With a stunning rooftop terrace on the 6th floor, our guests can enjoy a private view of the Duomo of Florence from breakfast in the morning to sunset with cocktails and dinner. A rich menu of typical Tuscan products, along with a full wine list, and more, is available to our guests so that they may enjoy the city in all its splendor.
Day 5 – Florence: Food tour
After breakfast at your hotel, meet your private English speaking guide in the hotel lobby and start your food tour. Together with your guide, you will reach the nearby San Lorenzo Market, where you will have a taste of Tuscany’s “green gold”, its renowned olive oil, as well as a variety of cheeses, salami and prosciutto, truffle sauces and balsamic vinegar. You will have also a wine tasting where you will enjoy some of the region’s finest wines. Still not full yet? Next stop will be at a local “fiaschetteria” where you will have a tasting of some of the city’s traditional recipes. The tour will finish in grand style with one of the finest gelato (ice cream) parlors of the city where you can pick your flavor made with genuine and fresh products. After this culinary experience, you will have the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 6 – Florence: Walking tour & Uffizi Gallery
After breakfast, you will meet your personal English speaking guide in the hotel lobby, ready for your leisurely walking tour of the city including the visit to the Uffizi Gallery. The Gallery houses a superb collection of priceless art, originating in grand part from the Medici family’s private collection, enriched over the centuries by endowments, exchanges and donations, amongst which an important group of religious art, called “arte sacra”, resulting from the suppression of the monasteries and convents between the 18th and 19th centuries. Here, you will find the richest collection in the world of works of the Tuscan school, Florentine in particular, among which: Cimabue, Michelangelo, Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello and an incredible collection of pieces by Sandro Botticelli. After the tour, you will have the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 7 – Florence to Cinque Terre (Manarola)
After breakfast and check out from your hotel, you will meet your private English speaking driver and transfer to the railway station in Florence. Here, you will take a train to La Spezia (Regional train). Upon arrival in La Spezia, meet your personal English speaking driver and transfer to your hotel in Manarola: Boutique Hotel Torretta Lodge. We will book: 1 superior room with partial sea view. Check in at the hotel and time to relax. The inside of an ancient tower offering spectacular views and plenty of atmosphere. Superbly located in the centre of the wonderfully picturesque village of Manarola, offering amazing view of the stunning Bay. The Ligurian village of Manarola is a once-in-a-lifetime sort of trip for most. The architecture is Ligurian style. A combination of antique and contemporary pieces harmoniously furnishes all the sunny rooms, most with balcony overlooking the vineyards to one side and the blue Mediterranean to the other.
Day 8 – Cinque Terre – Day at your leisure
Free day at leisure to enjoy the Cinque Terre.
Day 9 – Cinque Terre to Venice
After breakfast and check out from your hotel, you will meet your private English speaking driver for a transfer to Florence train station for a fast train to Venice. At Venezia S. Lucia train station you will be greeted by your personal English speaking assistant and chauffeur with water taxi to reach your hotel: Hotel Ca Dei Conti 4****. We will book 1 Double classic room. Check in and the rest of the day will be at leisure.
Ca’ dei Conti offers you that once in a lifetime experience of staying in an age-old Venetian residence. Each detail was attentively studied to bring to life a harmonious atmosphere, where it is a pleasure to take some time out to relax. The typically Venetian atmosphere creates a perfect setting between the hotel and the city: for this reason, Ca’ dei Conti is an ideal location to spend your evening. The building that hosts this prestigious hotel in Venice boasts an illustrious past: built in the XVIII century, it belonged to the aristocratic Armenian Sherimann family until the end of the 1800’s. Their coat of arms is recognized in the precious Carrara marble floor in the hall. The hotel was recently renovated and is today equipped with all the most modern comforts, such as an elevator, to offer its guests a most comfortable stay.
Day 10 – Venice: Walking Tour and Gondola Ride with cicchetti tasting
After breakfast, you will be met by your private English speaking guide in the hotel lobby and start the perfect tour for those who want to discover the history of Venice starting from the most important site of the city: Saint Mark’s Square. The tour consists of a visit of Saint Mark’s Square with an explanation of its main monuments: Basilica (outside), Doge’s Palace (outside), Bridge of Sighs, Clock Tower, Bell Tower. After this historical tour, your guide will accompany you to the meeting point with your gondolier: we will reserve a unique Gondola Ride with food experience. The tour will start in Rio di San Polo and from here, you will explore the jewels of the undiscovered corners, with its numerous Palazzi and aristocratic family homes built in various architectural styles. During this pleasant ride, you will have a quick stop in front of a typical “Bacaro” and your waiter will give you a bottle of Prosecco sparkling wine with some typical Venetian appetizers, called Cicchetti made with the best ingredients accompanied by well-known wines. You can savor them whilst sailing the hidden canals of Venice along with the magical views and perspectives which only a gondola can give you. After the tour, you will have the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 11 – Venice: Departure
After breakfast and check out, you will be met by your private English speaking water chauffeur with his private water taxi for a direct transfer to the Airport for your flight back home.