Upon arrival at Venice Airport, you will be met by your private English-speaking assistant and private water taxi for transfer to your hotel: Hotel Ca’ Dei Conti 4****. We will book 1 Double classic room. Check in at the hotel and the rest of the day will be at leisure. Close your eyes and imagine a romantic and elegant 4-star hotel in the heart of Venice, just around the corner from St. Mark’s Square. You’re in the eighteenth century, in the middle of one of Europe’s most sophisticated cities, at the height of the Venetian Republic’s cultural expression: you’re coming out of a charming alleyway and crossing a private bridge to an elegant historical residence, the Hotel Ca’ dei Conti. In the romantic intimacy that only certain secret corners of Venice can create, you settle down on the terrace, sip a drink and dreamily stare over the canal which, leisurely flowing like your imagination, reflects the mood of your private moment.
Day 2 – Venice: Walking Tour & Private Gondola Ride with Cicchetti tasting
After breakfast at your hotel, meet your personal English speaking guide and start a perfect tour for those who want to know 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 and the explanation of its main monuments: Basilica (inside), Doge’s Palace (from 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 for you a unique Gondola Ride with a food experience. The tour will start in Rio di San Polo and from here, you will explore the jewels of this undiscovered corners, with its numerous Palazzi and noble families’ homes constructed in diverse 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 with some appetizers, the Venetian Cicchetti (classic Venetian appetizers) made with the best ingredients found in the city accompanied by well-known wines. You will taste them while sailing the hidden canals of Venice and let you guide along the magic views and perspectives which only a gondola can provide from the water. After the tour, you will have the rest of the day at your leisure.
Day 3 – Venice to Cortona
After breakfast and check out from your hotel, meet your private English speaking water chauffeur with his water taxi for a direct transfer to the railway station in Venice. Here, you will take your high-speed train to Florence. Upon arrival, you will be met by your private English speaking driver who will transfer you to your hotel in Cortona: Cortona Resort and Spa 4****. We will book 1 Double comfort room. Check in at the hotel and the rest of the day will be at leisure. The Cortona Resort and Spa is a village of unique charm, elegant venues dominated by an eighteenth-century villa which together with features Tuscan-style buildings are part of a secular park of over 30,000 square meters with formal gardens that weave tracks, evocative spaces and an ancient redwood overlooking the swimming pool and the solarium. The resort, with its elegantly furnished rooms, enjoys the best location being just over a mile from the center of the beautiful Etruscan town.
Day 4 – Cortona: Walking tour
After breakfast, you will meet your private English speaking guide directly at your hotel and together, you will discover one of the oldest hill towns in Tuscany. Cortona’s medieval streets are pleasant to wander and you will be rewarded with fabulous views of the countryside along the medieval town walls. Cortona is a very well preserved Etruscan town, which belonged to the “dodecapolis” of the 12 main Etruscan cities. Today, it is possible to see the original city walls dating back to 5th century B.C. and its medieval palazzi and small streets. During your private tour, you will admire the Sanctuary of Santa Margherita, the house where Pietro da Cortona was born, the church of San Francesco, the piazza della Repubblica, dominated by the medieval Palazzo Comunale, as well as the Palazzo Casali, once the residence of this cortonese nobile family and now seat of the Etruscan Academy. At the end of the tour, you will have the rest of the day at your leisure.
Day 5 – Cortona to Florence
After breakfast and check out from your hotel, meet your private English speaking driver who will transfer you to your centrally located hotel: Hotel Laurus Al Duomo 4****. We will book 1 Double classic room. Check in at the hotel and 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 6 – Florence: Walking tour with Accademia Gallery
After breakfast, meet your private English speaking guide at the lobby of the hotel and start a walking tour of Florence. Today, you will discover the political center of the city that will open its doors, offering you the chance to visit the Palazzo della Signoria, seat of the secularists' power with the Palazzo Vecchio, seat of the municipality, as well as the oldest "piazza" (square) in Florence, Piazza della Repubblica, surrounded today, by historic cultural cafès, where young intellectual Florentines like to gather. Your walking tour will lead you to the Accademia Gallery Museum where the more symbolic work of Michelangelo is housed: Il David, an expression of beauty and physical perfection. It also has other sculptures by Michelangelo and a collection of Renaissance paintings: you will admire also the “Il Ratto delle Sabine” by Giambologna (The Rape of the Sabine Women), as well as “La Madonna ed il Bambino” (Madonna and Child) and “la Madonna del Mare” (Madonna of the Sea) by Botticelli. End of the tour and rest of the day at your leisure.
Day 7 - Florence: Free day
Today you will have a free day at your leisure.
Day 8 - Florence to Sorrento
After breakfast and check out from the hotel, meet your private English speaking driver for a transfer to the railway station for your fast train to Naples. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your private English-speaking driver and transfer to Sorrento, directly to your Hotel: Hotel Parco Dei Principi 5*****. We will book 1 Double classic room. Check in and the rest of the of the day at leisure. Parco dei Principi is a prestigious 5-star hotel set in 3-hectare botanical garden overlooking the sea, in one of the most popular locations of the world. A few kilometers away there is the Sorrento city center and the port of Marina Piccola. Designed and built by the famous architect Giò Ponti in the 60s, the hotel is a masterpiece of contemporary art, featuring exclusive lines, perfect color play and meticulous attention to furnishings. The 96 rooms and suites offer majolica and ceramics tiles as well as original finishings.
Day 9 – Sorrento: Amalfi Coast Tour
After breakfast at your hotel, you will meet your personal English speaking driver and get ready for a full day tour in the Amalfi coast. He will drive you to the enchanting route of the “Divine Coast”: along the way, you will have stops for panoramic viewpoint to make some breathtaking pictures. Then, you will have time to discover and relax on the top of Positano, a small village with Mediterranean styled pure white houses with bougainvillea plants that cover part of the facades. On the way to Amalfi, you will visit a Ceramic shop in Conca dei Marini. At the end of your visit, your driver will bring you to the nearby town of Amalfi, one of the oldest maritime republics. At lunch time, you will have some free time at your leisure. After lunch, you will enjoy a tour of the town and admire the magnificent and imposing facade of the cathedral of Saint Andrea with its unique Arab Norman and Romanesque Style. Later, your driver will escort you to Ravello for relaxing moments on the pittoresque square where you will admire the magnificent panorama who inspired poets, philosophers and beauty lovers of any time. After this tour, your driver will be ready to take you back to your hotel. Rest of the day at your leisure.
Day 10 – Sorrento: Free Day
Breakfast at your hotel and free day to relax.
Day 11 – Sorrento to Rome
Breakfast at your hotel and check out. Meet your private English speaking driver for a direct transfer to the railway station in Naples, where you will take a high-speed train to Rome, you will arrive in about 1 hour and 10 minutes. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your private English speaking driver for direct transfer to your boutique hotel: Hotel Trevi Collection 4****. We will book 1 Double superior room. Check in and the rest of the day at leisure. We are sure that elegance and hospitality are the true luxury, so we have 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 12 – Rome: Vatican Museums
After breakfast at your hotel, you will meet your private English speaking driver and personal English speaking guide and direct transfer to 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 one of the greatest collections of art in the world, a collection gathered over the centuries by the Popes of the Catholic Church. You will be enthralled and enchanted by the stunning vision of the Sistine Chapel and also continuing on to the Cortile della Pigna ( "Court of the Pinecone" ) and the celebrated Raphael’s rooms, and finally direct access into Saint Peter’s Basilica; a sacred place designed and executed by some of the greatest architects of the XV century, from Bramante to Michelangelo and from Raffaello to Bernini. At the end of the tour you will be free to spend the rest of the day at your leisure.
Day 13 – Rome: Ancient Rome
After breakfast, meet your private English speaking driver and personal English speaking guide and transfer to the Ancient part of the town: the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Specially designed to provide visitors with an unforgettable experience and in-depth understanding of the splendors of Ancient Rome, this tour will lead you to the most significant monuments and sights of this spectacular open-air museum. Your visit begins as you access the Colosseum, Rome’s most stunning landmark and one of Ancient Rome’s most vital social centers. Once inside the amphitheater, you will tread the ground where gladiators and ferocious beasts once fought and emperors, with a mere gesture of the thumb, decided the fate of slaves and prisoners. Your professional guide will lead you through the ruins and bring to life the dramas that unfolded within these ancient walls. You will climb the Palatine Hill, the legendary birthplace of Rome where Romulus and Remus are said to have been raised by the she-wolf. From here, enjoy a breathtaking view of the Fora and Nero’s Circus Maximus where chariots once raced round the track. The tour will end with a stroll along the Via Sacra which is the main route through the Roman Forum. End of the tour and rest of the day at your leisure.
Breakfast at your hotel and free day to enjoy the town.
Breakfast and check out at your hotel. Meet your private English speaking driver and direct transfer to Rome Fiumicino Airport.