Day 1 – Venice: Arrival, VIP Assistant & Afternoon Gran Canal Tour & Murano Island
Upon arrival at Venice Airport, you will be greeted by your private English speaking assistant at the Terminal, she will assist you through immigration, security and customs and escort you to the baggage delivery belt to collect your luggage and then, accompany you to your private water taxi which will be waiting for you outside the airport for a direct transfer to your luxury hotel: Hotel Londra Palace 5*****. We will book 1 Junior Suite Double with Private Terrace. Check in and time to relax.
The Londra Palace has 53 rooms, each with different furnishings in the Biedermeier style, with good quality tapestries and brocades, marble bathrooms and all the comforts of a luxury hotel. Every room is unique: a feature which makes the hotel all the more desirable. The view is always enchanting: choose between the San Marco Basin and the Venetian Lagoon on the one hand, or the historic city’s roofs and bell towers on the other. Its restaurant, the DO Leoni, is a temple to Venetian cuisine, thanks to the artistry of its chef, Loris Indri. Loris combines tradition and innovation, offering the stimulation of good food with the pleasure of dining in elegant atmosphere-filled surroundings.
In the afternoon, you will meet your private English speaking assistant and water taxi at your hotel to enjoy an amazing tour. The best way to discover and experience Venice is certainly by getting on a private boat and travelling around the Grand Canal that is quite rightly defined as “the most beautiful avenue in the world”. From your boat, you will enjoy the most beautiful parts of the city and hear all the stories, the legends and the history; enjoy the monuments, architectural masterpieces and the art and get to know all about the lives of those who created it and endowed in it – artists, noblemen, courtesans and other inhabitants of the lagoon. To get a better insight of the Venetian culture, then, you will visit the island of Murano that is famous worldwide for its glass production – see the masters blowing and shaping the glass that has a long history as long as the city itself. Here, you will visit a glass factory for an exclusive presentation of glass making. Watch them using techniques passed down through generations. End of the tour in San Marco square, and rest of the day at leisure.
Day 2 – Venice: AM Walking Tour & PM Tour of the Canals with Exclusive Dinner in a Terrace
After breakfast at your hotel, meet your private English-speaking guide 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. Together with your guide, you will explore a wealth of hidden sights not normally granted to visitors of this spectacular city. Allow yourselves to be soothed by the magical imperfection of the Venetian streets and cast under the spell of its evocative atmosphere. You will visit also St. Mark's Basilica, the Piazza and its main monuments: Basilica (inside), Doge’s Palace (outside), Bridge of Sighs, Clock Tower and the Bell Tower. After this unique tour, you will have a free afternoon at leisure.
In the evening, you will meet your personal English speaking guide and private boat to enjoy a tour down the hidden canals of Venice: you will explore the jewels of these undiscovered corners, with its numerous Palazzi and noble families’ homes built in several different architectural styles. The tour will end at the elegant Terrace of the Gritti Palace: in this unique location, you will enjoy a delicious gourmet dinner with an incredible view over the Grand Canal. Rest of the evening at leisure.
Day 3 – From Venice to Florence & Unique Dinner
After breakfast and check-out from the hotel, you will meet your private English-speaking assistant and water taxi for a transfer to Venice railway station, where you will get your fast train to Florence. Upon arrival, meet your private English-speaking driver and transfer to your luxury hotel: Hotel Portrait 5*****. We book 1 Double Studio Deluxe Room with Arno View. Check in and time to relax.
Property of Ferragamo family and designed by the Florentine architect Michele Bönan, Portrait Firenze is a prestigious 50s-style hotel, decorated and furnished with handcrafted and exclusively elegant materials, fabrics and fine finishes. Its riverside location on the Lungarno offers a stunning view of Ponte Vecchio and it is just a short walk from the main cultural and best shopping and nightlife spots in the city. The magnificent 37 rooms and suites (among which the amazing 270 square-meters Royal Floor), offering breathtaking views and glamour atmospheres, are an attentive mixture of classical and contemporary styles and a perfect balance between past and present. All of them have a kitchenette equipped with valuable dishes and cutlery and the main home appliances. The Caffè dell’Oro, located in the basement, is an international restaurant and lounge bar, which is also open to outside customers.
In the evening, meet your private English-speaking driver and transfer to a charming restaurant, nestled on a hilltop in the scenic area of Fiesole. Enjoy some of the most spectacular views in Europe and offering an irresistible cuisine, Belmond Villa San Michele is home to one of the best restaurants in Florence. In this unique location, you will enjoy an unforgettable dinner. At the end of your dinner, your private driver will transfer you back to your hotel.
Day 4 – Florence: Walking Tour with Food Experience & Accademia Gallery
Breakfast at your hotel and meet your private English-speaking guide in the hotel lobby, start your walking tour of Florence. You will have the opportunity to observe from close up the priceless Duomo with the dome made 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 of Giotto. Next stop will be the political center of the city that will open its doors to us, offering you the chance to visit the Palazzo della Signoria, seat of the secularists' power and home to the Medici ruling family, later known as the Palazzo Vecchio, today seat of the municipality, as well as the oldest "piazza" (square) in Florence, Piazza della Repubblica, built on top of the Ancient Roman Forum, surrounded today, by historic cultural cafès, where young intellectual Florentines like to gather.
Your tour will bring you to 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 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 parlors of the city where you can pick your favorite flavor made with genuine and fresh products. After this culinary experience, you will discover the Accademia Gallery Museum where the most 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 the “Il Ratto delle Sabine” by Giambologna (The Rape of the Sabine Women), made out of plaster and discover why Michelangelo never made a plaster cast before the marble statue. Admire the beautiful “La Madonna ed il Bambino” (Madonna and Child) and “la Madonna del Mare” (Madonna of the Sea) by Botticelli. End of the tour and free afternoon at leisure.
Day 5 – Florence: Wine Tour in Montalcino & Montepulciano
After breakfast at your hotel, meet your private English speaking driver and get ready for a splendid day in Montalcino and Montepulciano. You will be chauffeured in luxury car to the magnificent medieval village of Montepulciano and taken to one of the most famous wineries in the region, home to the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (meticulously produced with 100% Sangiovese grapes: those that the Tuscans define as “the true table wine”). Here, you will visit the estate vineyards which reflects the importance of terrain. Then, you will move to the ageing cellars and the Vinsantaia, concluding with a four-course wine-paired gourmet meal in the elegant and panoramic Foresteria. After lunch, you will meet up again with your private driver and transfer to one of the most famous wineries in Montalcino. Here, you will have a Classic Tour, which gives you a great introduction to Brunello di Montalcino region and to the wines produced in this area. Together with your private guide, you will explore the process “from grape to wine” while visiting the cellars and the ageing room. The tour will make you also experience the exclusive “Members’ Cellar”, before enjoying a tasting of four wines, including Brunello di Montalcino and the “Millecento” Brunello Riserva. During the tasting, you will be served grissini and water to cleanse the palate. End of the tour and transfer back to your hotel in Florence, rest of the day at leisure.
Day 6 – From Florence to Sorrento with Pizza Lunch in Naples & visit of Pompeii’s excavations
Breakfast and check out from your hotel in Florence. Meet your private English speaking driver for a direct transfer to the railway station in Florence where you will take your fast train to Naples. After about 3 hours, you will arrive in Naples, where you will meet your private English speaking driver. After a brief panoramic visit of the gulf, you will stop for lunch where you will enjoy the true Neapolitan pizza "DOC", since 1930. After this memorable lunch, your driver will transfer you to Pompeii, where you will be greeted by your English speaking guide for your tour of the excavations. You will admire the ruins of this famous city that, in AD 79 was submerged by lava and boiling hot ashes from the nearby volcanic eruption of Mt Vesuvius. You will be able to examine from close up the daily life of this Roman population and how it was devastated by one of the worst natural disasters in ancient history. The excavations of Pompeii are, due to their importance and relevance, the most visited archeological site in the world.
After the visit, your private driver will be ready to take you directly to your hotel in Sorrento: Hotel Bellevue Syrene 5*****. We will book 1 Junior Suite sea view. Check in and rest of the day at leisure.
The Relais & Chateaux Bellevue Syrene is 5-star hotel located only a few minutes from the center of Sorrento, in the beautiful Amalfi Coast, with wonderful view over the Gulf of Naples. Built on the foundations of a Roman villa, the hotel offers 50 recently-renovated rooms, with spectacular sea views, and a blend of antique and modern design furniture. The cuisine makes good use of the experience and cooperation of professional and versatile chefs, capable of following the latest cuisine fashions without disregarding tradition. The Club Lounge awaits guests for light snacks and drinks. The Wellness Center provides hammam and body and face massage programs. Guest have access to the private solarium, arranged with sunbeds and umbrellas, reachable by lift or a pedestrian access featuring Roman-era caves. The staff can assist guest with car or boat rentals and excursions.
Day 7 – Sorrento: Private tour of the Amalfi Coast & Unique Lunch in Ravello
After breakfast at your hotel, you will meet your private English speaking driver for a full day tour on the Amalfi coast. He will drive you to the enchanting route of the “Divine Coast”: along the way, you will have stops at some 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 styled pure white houses with bright pink bougainvillea. Then, 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. Here, we will reserve just for you an unforgettable lunch in a unique location: at the Belmond Hotel Caruso. Famed for its superb selection of fresh, local Mediterranean dishes, Belmond Hotel Caruso’s Belvedere Restaurant offers diners an unforgettable experience. Chef Mimmo di Raffaele takes guests on a tantalizing journey of discovery. Traditional Italian specialties inspire innovative dishes. Dine in the elegant indoor dining room, the atmospheric outdoor terrace, or in the al fresco area close to the infinity pool, surrounded by ancient rose bushes. After lunch, you will proceed to the nearby Amalfi, one of the oldest Maritime Republics. Here, you will have free time at leisure to wander through the labyrinth of streets and alleys and admire the magnificent and imposing facade of the cathedral of Saint Andrea with her unique Arab Norman and Romanesque Style. Later, in the afternoon, your driver will take you back to your hotel in Sorrento.
Day 8 – Sorrento: Private boat tour in Capri with English speaking captain
Today, you will have the chance to enjoy the splendid sea surrounding the strip of land that is the Sorrentina Peninsula and discover the secrets of the Island of Capri. Your private driver will meet you at the hotel and will bring you to the port where you will embark on your private boat with private English speaking Captain. During the journey you can breathe in the healthy sea air and enjoy the splashes of sea water while admiring the gorgeous Sorrento Coastline. Only a boat trip will give you the most beautiful views, with the many secret caves and grottoes, most of which are inaccessible by land. By boat, in fact, you can reach small hidden coves where you can swim or get a suntan and enjoy to the full extent the beauty of Capri. The excursion includes the circumnavigation around the island where you can enjoy the unique sceneries, like the Faraglioni Rocks, the numerous caves like the White Grotto, the Emerald Grotto and the Blue Grotto, famous all over the world for its intense azure color, “Tiberius’s Leap”, where, according to legend, the Roman emperor used to throw down on to the rocks disobedient servants and unwelcome guests. During the tour, you can stop for a pleasant swim in the crystal-clear waters or if you prefer at the harbor of Marina Grande for a walk in Capri and Anacapri to discover the Island. On your boat, you will have snorkeling equipment, Towels, drinks (water, beer, coca cola, limoncello) and a classic Panino with fresh tomato and mozzarella. At the end of the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel. Rest of the evening at leisure.
Day 9 – From Sorrento to Sardinia
After breakfast and check out, meet your private English speaking driver for a transfer to Naples airport, for your flight to Sardinia (flight not included). As soon as you arrive at Olbia Airport (Sardinia), you will be greeted by your private English speaking driver and direct transfer to your beautiful Relais in Cannigione: Hotel Villa Del Golfo 4****. We will book 1 Double Superior suite with Sea view and private swimming pool. Check in and rest of the day at leisure.
Relais Villa del Golfo & Spa is located in one of the most hidden places of Gallura, the north-eastern part of Sardinia and is washed by the clear waters of the bays of the Costa Smeralda. It is the starting point to live an exciting experience at the discovery of National Park of La Maddalena Archipelago and its wonderful beaches. Costa Smeralda and its surroundings are a cool, modern and harmonious environment where the Mediterranean architecture is tinged with hints of the Sardinian tradition and sober design.
Day 10 – Cannigione: Exclusive Tour of La Maddalena with romantic dinner on board
Breakfast at your hotel and free day to enjoy the unique beach at your resort.
In the evening, we will book a unique experience! You will embark on your private boat and navigate towards the north-western islands sailing along Caprera, the island of Giuseppe Garibaldi “the hero of two worlds”, and its impressive cliffs of Punta Galera, Punta Crucitta and Candeo.You will also enjoy a candlelit dinner on board prepared by your private chef, while admiring one of the most striking and unforgettable sunsets. After dinner, you will have a brief yachting all round the island coastline before returning to your hotel. Rest of the evening at leisure.
Day 11 and 12 – Cannigione: Free Days
Enjoy two free days to relax at the beach or explore Sardinia.
Day 13 – From Olbia to Rome
After breakfast and check out, you will meet your private English speaking driver and transfer to the airport in Olbia, where you will take your flight to Rome (flight not included). Upon your arrival at Fiumicino airport, you will meet your private English speaking driver who will escort you to your Hotel De Russie 5*****. We will book 1 Double Superior Deluxe room. Check in and rest of the day at leisure.
Hotel de Russie is a fascinating mix of old and new, with a modern design that respects the classical architecture of the historic building. Located on Via Del Babuino, close to the Spanish Steps, the hotel has striking views over Piazza del Popolo. Since its opening, the five-star hotel has hosted illustrious guests such as world travellers and renowned artists. Hotel de Russie features an exclusive Secret Garden, a restaurant, a spa and elegant rooms fit for royalty.
Day 14 – Rome: Morning Ancient Rome, Afternoon Exclusive visit Palazzo Valentini & Rome by night tour with Michelin dinner
After breakfast at the hotel, meet your private English speaking driver and 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. You will visit the hypogeum of the Colosseum that allows you to descend into the belly of the most famous and visited ancient monument in the world. You will also climb to the third, fourth and fifth ring to enjoy the extraordinary view of the entire arena and the valley of the Colosseum. 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 the Circus Maximus where chariots once raced round the 620 meter track dating back to the VI century BC. 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 free time for lunch at leisure.
After lunch, you will meet up again with your private English speaking guide and walk to a unique site for living an experience off the beaten track. This visit will be EXCLUSIVE AND PRIVATE JUST FOR YOU. In this unique “museum” you will discover the fascinating remains of the patrician "Domus" of imperial Rome belonging to powerful families, with mosaics, wall decorations, polychrome floors, paving blocks, and other remains, has been further enhanced by a project curated by Piero Angela and a team of experts, including Paco Lanciano and Gaetano Capasso, who have recreated the past with virtual reconstructions, graphics and videos. Visitor s can see walls, rooms, peristyles, kitchens, baths, furnishings and decorations all come back to life, taking a virtual tour of a great Domus of ancient Rome. A new important sector has been added to the archaeological zone and museum. Finally, a virtual reconstruction of the Traian column gives you a close up look at the bas-reliefs and the story that tells us about Trajan’s military campaign: the conquest of Dacia, present day Romania. An extraordinary event that ended with the death of King Decebalus and the emperor’s triumph. A unique and magnificent example of how the artistic heritage of antiquity, regenerated by careful and painstaking restoration, can be enhanced with the use of new technologies. After the visit, lasting about 1 hour and 40 minutes, together with your guide you will enjoy a view of Rome, where it is possible to see a complete panorama of the city from the top of "il Vittoriano" (the National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II, King of Italy). This is the highest point in the city and boasts a 360° view. Here you will lose yourselves in the beauty and look for the roads that come from all over Europe, leading to Roma, as history tells us. Here you are standing in the center of Rome. End of the tour and free time to relax.
In the evening, you will meet your private English speaking driver and reach the restaurant we have selected for you: Restaurant Imagò. Entering Imàgo, the Hassler’s 6th floor panoramic Michelin Starred Restaurant in Rome with its unique view over the city, is to be greeted by a beautiful life-size painting that fills each window of this spectacular location. Soft music, elegant marble floors with an antique-wooden inlay, and the romantic play of light reflecting on the mirrored tables, all conspire to create a magical atmosphere, a sense of being in another time and space in a restaurant steeped in memorable history. We will reserve for you a Tasting Menù, which will be a Gourmand Experience. After dinner you will meet up again with your private English speaking driver, who will delight you with stories and legends with some light history of the most famous Roman monuments. You will be able to admire, photograph and learn about their incomparable history by moonlight: this is a unique experience that Dragonfly Tours has reserved exclusively for you. End of the tour and transfer back to your hotel.
Day 15 – Rome: Morning Vatican Museums & Afternoon Vespa sidecar Tour with Aperitif
After breakfast at your hotel, meet your private English-speaking guide and driver and transfer to the world’s smallest state. Here, 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 for accumulating and commissioning artworks. Nestled among many antique marvels lies the world-famous Sistine chapel. You will be thrilled to find yourself at the core of the Christian world as you admire Michelangelo’s stunning frescoes among which are two of his most well-loved masterpieces: the Last Judgement and the Creation of Adam. Finally the guided tour will lead you to St. Peter’s Basilica, where the impact of Michelangelo’s Pietà cannot fail to move you and the colossal dome to impress every visitor to the heart as you stand in the center of the Roman Catholic Church. End of the tour and free time for lunch.
In the afternoon, you will meet your private English speaking guide with your sidecar and will be ready to enjoy a unique tour of Rome. The tour will start with the Quirinale Square: the Palace, the Obelisk and Fountain are protagonists along with the Panoramic view. Riding down the Quirinal Hill, you will reach Fontana di Trevi, where you will park the Sidecars and walk to the Fountain. You will proceed towards Trinità dei Monti. This stop also provides a beautiful panoramic over Rome. The next stop will be in Piazza del Popolo and then, you will have the opportunity to walk through the colonnade of Saint Peter’s square. Then, you will reach one of the highlights of Rome for its view, the Gianicolo, discover Rome’s skyline and time for taking pictures. Here, you will enjoy a quick aperitif. On the way to the next stop, you will drive across Trastevere and Jewish ghetto, two important areas of Rome. Trastevere’s narrow streets and lively squares with markets & cafés, allows you to sense Rome’s authentic soul, going beyond the usual tourist attractions. The Jewish ghetto, besides its beauty, is imbued in tangible historical facts. The last stop will be at Pantheon, where you will visit the inside, the most incredible building in Rome dating back to before Christ. You will not miss driving through the central hub of the Capital, Piazza Venezia, which intersects via del Corso, famous shopping area and via dei Fori Imperiali., where finally, you will briefly stop your vehicles between the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill and from this strategic position, you will make your way to circumnavigate the church of Santa Maria Maggiore, and discover miracles & legends of this important Church. End of the tour and rest of the day at leisure.
Day 16 – Rome: VIP Departure
Breakfast and check out from your hotel. Meet your private English speaking driver for your direct transfer to Fiumicino Airport where you will meet your assistant and porter and who will help you with check in procedures.