Day 1 – Venice: Arrival & Romantic Dinner
Upon arrival at Venice Airport, you will be met by your private English speaking assistant who will greet you and together with your private water taxi you will transfer to your centrally located hotel: Hotel Ruzzini Palace 4****. We will book: 1 double deluxe room. Check in and free time at leisure. Ruzzini Palace Hotel is set in Campo Santa Maria Formosa, one of Venice's largest and oldest squares. This enchanting 18th century historic building has beautiful décor and is a 10 minute walk from Rialto. The Hotel has been completely renovated and conserves the fascinating spirit of the Venice of times gone by and offers all the modern services of the most elegant 4-star hotels, pleasing common areas and splendid suites with typical Venetian décor, flat-screen satellite TV and minibars. The staff is friendly and professional. In the evening, you can walk to the restaurant we will book for you where you can enjoy a gourmand experience with the best table in the house with a beautiful view. In this unique location, you will discover the historical Venetian cuisine accompanied by the best Veneto wines. We will book a Romantic Venetian Menu where classic and modern cuisine are perfectly combined. At the end of dinner, you will have the rest of the evening at leisure to enjoy magical Venice by night.
Day 2 – Venice: Walking Tour & Private Gondola Ride with Cicchetti tasting
After breakfast at your hotel, you will be met by your private English speaking guide for a tour with the incredible history of Venice starting from the most important site of the city: Saint Mark’s Square. The tour consists of a visit of the Square and the explanation of its main monuments: Basilica (inside), Doge’s Palace (from outside), Bridge of Sighs, Clock Tower and Bell Tower. After this historical tour, your guide will accompany you to the meeting point with your gondolier: we will book 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 the undiscovered corners of Venice, with its numerous Palazzi and aristocratic family homes constructed in different architectural styles during different periods. During this pleasant ride, you will have a quick stop at a typical “Bacaro” and your waiter will give you a bottle of Prosecco with some Venetian appetizers, called Cicchetti) made with the best ingredients fresh from the local markets and accompanied by some renowned wines. . You will taste them while sailing the hidden canals of Venice 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 3 – Venice to Florence & Romantic Dinner
After breakfast and check out from your hotel, meet your private English speaking assistant and water taxi and reach the railway station. Here, you will take your fast train to Florence. Upon arrival in Florence, meet your personal English speaking driver and direct transfer to your hotel in Florence: Hotel Degli Orafi 4****. We will reserve for you 1 double executive room. Check in at the hotel and enjoy time to relax. The hotel, once an Augustine convent of the 13th century, is set beside the Uffizi Gallery, facing Florence's Ponte Vecchio and includes the ruins of an ancient medieval tower. The roof garden with bar offers views of the Cathedral. Breakfast is an American-style buffet and it is served daily in a former ballroom, with 19th-century frescoes and views of Arno River and Via dei Georgofili. In the evening, you will reach the restaurant we selected for you where you will taste the traditional Tuscan dishes with wine pairing. Enjoy your dinner where the recipes are combined with very distinct flavors using fresh ingredients only of the highest quality. The location is divided into two areas: the restaurant, furnished with warm and cheerful decorations and a wine bar, which has a more casual atmosphere with an outdoor courtyard. The rest of the evening will be at leisure for you to enjoy the beauty of Florence by night.
Day 4 – Florence: Walking tour with Food Tour
After breakfast at your hotel, you will be met by your private English speaking guide for a walking tour of Florence. You will have the opportunity to observe up close the masterpiece of the Duomo with the incredible dome done by Brunelleschi, the largest brick dome in the world, stretching protectively over the Florentine Cathedral. You will also see its splendid bell tower: the famous Campanile di Giotto. Following, the political center of the city will open its doors up to you, offering the chance to visit the Palazzo della Signoria otherwise known as the Palazzo Vecchio- seat of the secularists' power and house to the Medici family for a period. You will visit the oldest "piazza" (square) in Florence, Piazza della Repubblica, surrounded today, by historic cultural cafès, where young intellectual Florentines still like to gather. The tour will lead you to the 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 from Modena. You will have a wine tasting where you will enjoy some of the region’s finest wines. Still not had enough? Next stop will be at a local “fiaschetteria” where you can enjoy a tasting of some of the city’s traditional recipes. The tour will end in grand style with one of the finest gelato parlors of the city where you can pick your favorite flavor made- as always- with genuine and fresh products. End of the tour and the rest of the day will be at leisure.
Day 5 – Florence to Sorrento
Breakfast and check out from your hotel, you will be met by your private English speaking driver for a direct transfer to the Railway Station where you will take a fast train to Naples around 3 hour trip and arrive in Naples. Here you will be met by your personal English speaking driver for a transfer to your beautiful hotel in Sorrento: Hotel Corallo 4****. We will book 1 double superior room with sea view & balcony. Check in and the rest of the of the day will be at leisure. Located in the town of Sant’Agnello, just 2 km from the center of Sorrento, the Hotel Corallo is built on a cliff on the sea, with scenic terraces overlooking the Gulf of Naples, Mount Vesuvius and the Sorrento Peninsula. An elegant aristocratic home, the hotel was once a meeting point for intellectuals and artists. An exclusive blend of past and present, the hotel has 53 rooms, all elegantly furnished and equipped with a balcony or terrace with chaise lounges. The restaurant serves Mediterranean specialties from an à la carte menu featuring delicious, sophisticated dishes. Guests have access to the beach of La Marinella, just 50 m away, which can be reached via elevator or a walkway. Other facilities include a splendid infinity Jacuzzi on one of the scenic terraces, a solarium, a meeting room that can host up to 150 guests and a magnificent banquet hall.
Day 6 – Sorrento: Amalfi Coast Tour
After breakfast, you will be met by your private English speaking driver for a full day tour along the Amalfi coast along the enchanting route known as the “Divine Coast”: on the way, you will have stops from panoramic viewpoints to take some breathtaking pictures. Then, you will have time to discover and relax on the top of Positano, a small village with Mediterranean style white washed houses covered with bright pink bougainvillea. On the way to Amalfi, you will visit a Ceramic shop in Conca dei Marini with the beautiful pottery made in this area. At the end of your visit, you will then carry on to Amalfi, one of the oldest Maritime Republics. 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. Afterwards, your driver will escort you to Ravello for relaxing moments on the picturesque square where you will admire the magnificent panorama that has inspired poets, philosophers and beauty lovers for centuries. After this tour, your driver will be ready to take you back to your hotel, where you can spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 7 - Sorrento: Free day & Sunset Boat Tour
Breakfast at your hotel and free morning to relax and enjoy the Amalfi Coast. In the afternoon, you will be met by your private English speaking driver and transfer to Sorrento harbor, where you will be greeted by your private English speaking captain and boat to enjoy a unique experience: the pleasure of cruising along the Sorrento Coast at sunset . Together with your captain, you will discover beauties such as: Cala Di Puolo, a small fishing village with traditional restaurants along the beach, Massa Lubrense, the protected marine park of the Ieranto Bay and Punta Campanella with marvelous views of the Island of Capri. In these wonderful places, you can relax, dive and swim in the crystal clear waters. On board, you can enjoy a fresh drink and relaxing music, waiting for sunset: this is the best way to live an unforgettable moment on your honeymoon! End of the tour and transfer back to your hotel. Rest of the evening will be at leisure.
Breakfast and check out from your hotel, meet your personal English speaking driver and direct transfer to Naples Railway Station, where you will take your fast train to Rome. It will take approximately 1 hour. Upon arrival, you will be met by your private English speaking driver for a direct transfer to your centrally located hotel: Hotel Degli Artisti 4****. We will book 1 double superior room. Check in and the rest of the day will be at leisure. Degli Artisti Hotel is a cozy, elegant 4-star hotel in the heart of Rome, in the lovely neighborhood of the Ludovisi district on the Pincian Hill, a stone’s throw from the city’s main destinations. It has 35 large rooms and suites all featuring classic furnishing, exquisite fabrics and modern technologies. The Terrace Bar, on the rooftop, serves drinks, aperitifs, cocktails and delicious dinners in an exclusive location overlooking the beautiful garden of Saint Isidores College. Highly-qualified staff is always ready to assist with anything guests might need, including tickets and reservations for shows, events or restaurants.
Day 9 - Rome: AM Vatican Museums & PM Vespa sidecar Tour with aperitif
After breakfast, you will be met by your private English speaking driver and guide and transfer to the world’s smallest state. Here you can tour through one of the world’s most cherished art collections. Visited by over 5 million people every year, the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel play an essential part in your Roman experience. Your qualified expert guide will lead you through the centuries and highlight the masterpieces that no visitor to Rome should ever miss. The treasure trove you see today originated over five hundred years ago, as a result of the humanist popes’ passion of collecting and commissioning artworks. Nestled close to St. Peters you will enjoy the marvels of the world-famous Sistine chapel. You will be in the heart of the Christian world as you admire Michelangelo’s stunning frescoes among which are two of his most well-known masterpieces: the Last Judgement and the Creation of Adam. Finally the guided tour will lead you straight to St. Peter’s Basilica, where the impact of Michelangelo’s Pietà cannot fail to move you, also the colossal dome designed by Michelangelo but despite living to 89 years old he never saw it completed. End of the tour and free time for lunch. Later in the afternoon, you will meet your private English speaking driver-guide and your sidecar ready to drive you through the Quirinale Square. The Palace, the Obelisk and Fountain are all protagonists along with the exceptional Panoramic view looking towards S. Pietro. Riding down the Quirinal Hill, you will reach Fontana di Trevi. Without any hassle at all, you will park the Sidecars and walk to the Fountain. Remember of course to toss a coin to come back to Rome again as the legend says. You will then proceed towards Trinità dei Monti, on top of the Spanish Steps. This stop also provides you with another beautiful panoramic view of Rome. It will come to life as your guide tells you the Church’s history along with the Spanish Steps and Piazza di Spagna for you to savour. The next stop will be in Piazza del Popolo, another very important square which even since Roman times was the main entrance from the north into Rome and then make your way to St. Peter’s Square where you can walk through the famous Bernini colonnade. You will carry on up the Gianicolo hill and reach yet another picture postcard view of Rome. The Gianicolo, is a highlight but make sure you hold on tight going round the bends in your Vespa Sidecar, stop and enjoy the amazing views with time to take your pictures. On the way to the next stop you will drive through Trastevere and the Jewish ghetto, two important areas of Rome. Trastevere’s narrow streets coloured by little boutiques & trattorias and lively squares with street markets & cafés, allow you to sense Rome’s authentic soul, it’s the Bohemian part of Rome, getting away from the traditional tourist attractions and away from large crowds. The Jewish ghetto which besides its authentic beauty, is imbued in tangible main historical facts, tragic but desperately beautiful. The last stop will be at the world famous Pantheon, where you will stop to visit inside, still lined with original Roman marbles and to think it was started in year 27 BC and still standing in perfect condition is utterly mind boggling. For afternoon riders this stop also combines a happy Gelato, How can you come to Rome and not taste a genuine gelato? You will be able to drive through the central hub of the Capital, Piazza Venezia, where you can get an idea of where to shop, as it intersects with the famous via del Corso and via dei Fori Imperiali. Last stop will be between the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill and just a short ride to the church of Santa Maria Maggiore, one of the four Constantinian basilicas of Rome (built in the period of Emperor Constantine 4th Century AD) and learn about the miracles & legends of this important Church. This will be the end of your tour and the rest of the day will be at leisure.
After breakfast and check out from your hotel you will be met by your private English speaking driver for a direct transfer to Roma Fiumicino Airport for your flight back home.