Upon landing at Venice airport, you will be greeted by your private English-speaking assistant and driver with a private water taxi for a direct transfer to your hotel: Hotel Liassidi Palace 4****. We will book 1 double de luxe room. Check in and the rest of the day at leisure. The 4-star Liassidi Palace Hotel occupies a 15th century palazzo overlooking one of Venice’s finest old canals, the Rio di San Lorenzo ‘dei Greci’. A warm welcome awaits you from the staff, with a 24-hour “clef d’or” concierge service ready to respond to your every need. You will be captivated as soon as you step into the Zorzi-Liassidi Palazzo and experience the grand festival and concert hall on the upper floor, the magnificent internal courtyard and the sumptuous furnishings that hit the perfect balance between contemporary design and 18th century Venice; a fascinating blend that pervades the atmosphere throughout the hotel.
Day 2 – Venice: Walking Tour with Cicchetti Tasting
Breakfast at your hotel. Meet 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. 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 admire the main monuments: Saint Mark’s Basilica (inside), Doge’s Palace (outside), Bridge of Sighs, Clock Tower, Bell Tower. After this historical tour, you will be ready to sample "i cicchetti" (classic Venetian appetizers) made with the best ingredients found in the city accompanied by well-known wines. A gastronomic and historical tour of this wonderful ancient city on the lagoon, perfect for those who want their journey to be a unique, unforgettable experience. Rest of the day at leisure in Venice.
Day 3 – Venice: Private romantic gondola ride
Breakfast at your hotel and free day for you to explore this dream city. At about 6.00 pm take a romantic gondola ride. The tour begins at Bacino Orseolo, just behind Saint Mark’s Square, following smaller but unbelievably beautiful secondary canals such as Rio dei Barcaioli where Mozart lived and Rio dell’Ovo to then make your way at the end to the Grand Canal. From here, to your right you will enjoy the spectacular view of the Rialto Bridge from the water, and to your left imposing ‘palazzi’ such as Ca’ Farsetti, seat of the municipal government, and Palazzo Grimani, the largest building overlooking the Grand Canal which now hosts the Court of Appeals. The tour continues down Rio San Luca where you can pass by Palazzo Manin, ancient residence of the last Doge of Venice, Ludovico Manin, that today hosts the Bank of Italy’s Regional headquarters, just before returning to end at Bacino Orseolo. End of your gondola ride and time at leisure in Venice.
Day 4 – Venice: Tour to Murano Island with glass factory visit
Breakfast at the hotel and morning at leisure in Venice. Between 2pm and 3 pm start your Murano tour. Your English-speaking assistant will come to pick-you up from the hotel and bring you back to St. Mark square after the tour. You will have the chance to visit a beautiful glass factory and learn all about the blowing techniques to create special unique pieces of this world famous glass.
Day 5 – Venice to Sirmione : Lake Garda boat tour
Breakfast and check out from the hotel and be ready for a transfer to your hotel on Garda Lake with your private car and English-speaking driver: Hotel Olivi 4**** . We will book 1 double classic room. After check in you will enjoy a boat cruise. The hotel is surrounded by olive groves on the Sirmione peninsula not far away from Lake Garda. You can find many facilities, a wellness center, a relaxing pool area with hot tub, and a traditional restaurant. All rooms are decorated in a traditional style. Each has air conditioning, an LCD TV with Sky channels, free Wi-Fi and mini-bar. Lake Garda is the largest and most Mediterranean of Alpine lakes in Italy, with villages and small towns carved on its banks, each with a natural beauty and different light. Sirmione is an ancient city, with first traces of human presence dating back to 5-6 BC was probably favorite resort for wealthy families of Verona, the main Roman city in northeastern Italy. During the late Roman period, It became a protection point on the south shore of the lake. One of the main attractions is the Castello Scaligero di Sirmione, in the heart of Sirmione. This town offers programs for everyone from amazing beaches – Lake beach, delicious restaurants, amazing gelaterias and wonderful landscapes. It is like a dream!
Day 6 – Sirmione: Dolomites day tour
Recognized as UNESCO natural heritage, the Dolomites now attracts people for many different reasons, adventures, mountain sports, artistic inspirations or recreational time. The green and rich flora all over the year adorns the horizon of the so called “Pale Mountains” and in winter-time the peaks are dusted with layers of white snow and wrapped in a mysterious fog. The tour includes your visit to some of the mountains across the range, including Bolzano. Stopping at these resorts will also have a great opportunity to discover the life of locals, pop-in to a restaurant for a warming meal or a glass of wine. We may include in the itinerary some of the most impressive sites, Carezza lake, Alpe di Siusi , Ortisei , Merano .. some skiing resorts and valleys. Depending on your preferences of the places you want to see, we will custom make this trip and make your visit in the Northern Italy so rich in experiences that is will be unforgettable.
Day 7 – Sirmione to Lake Como
Breakfast and check out from your hotel. Your private English speaking driver will chauffeur you from Sirmione to Lake Como . Check in at Hotel Villa Flori 4**** . We will book 1 double classic room .Time at leisure in town on your own. The hotel occupies an historic villa, one of the most beautiful on Lake Como. Built in the 19th century by the Marchese Raimondi and subsequently the coveted residence of a series of noble Lombard families, it was transformed into a hotel in 1958 and then completely renovated in 2011. Firstly, the aim of the restructuring was to preserve the nuances of the 19th-century atmosphere through the careful restoration of the delicate stucco work and enchanting floral frescoes, the gorgeous parquet floors and the details of the antique furnishings and fixtures. Secondly, the renovation made it possible to enhance the quality of hospitality with the most up-to-date comforts and facilities, from the lounge bar on the lake’s edge and hi-tech services in every room and suite to the fitness center and Turkish bath.
Day 8 - Como: Full day excursion to Bellagio (Lake Como)
After breakfast at your hotel your private driver will take you leisurely to Bellagio for a visit of this tiny lovely village by the lake. Once there you may admire the many beautiful villas and natural landscapes that only Lake Como can offer, such as Villa Balbianello and Villa Melzi. Villa Balbianello is a beautiful 16th century residence that is under the ownership of the FAI (the Italian Foundation for the Environment) since 1988. This villa has been chosen also for some scenes included in the 17th movie of the 007James Bond saga: ‘Casinò Royal’ of 2006 by Martin Campbell. Villa Melzi called Villa Gallarati Scotti, was formerly of the Melzi Family. This building with neoclassical features was built between 1810 and 1815 and designed by G. Albertolli. The extensive park, which runs down to the edge of the lake and that surrounds the villa is filled with trees, in between which you will find some incredible Egyptian, Etruscan - Roman, Renaissance and neoclassical Sculptures scattered around. End of the tour and return to Como by private car.
After breakfast and check out from your hotel your private driver will take you to Milan railway station for departure to Rome where you will be transferred from the station to your hotel in Rome. Check into Hotel degli Artisti 4****. We will book 1 double superior room. 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 10 – Rome: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & Saint Peter’s Basilica
Meet your private English-speaking guide and driver in the lobby of your hotel for 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 the many 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 that impresses every visitor to the heart of the Roman Catholic Church. After the tour, spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Breakfast at the hotel and time free at leisure around the town.
Day 12 - Rome: Ancient Rome guided tour
Meet your private guide and driver in the hotel lobby and together reach the glories of the Eternal City and, layer by layer, discover how centuries of history forged what was once the Caput Mundi. 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 Circus Maximus where chariots once raced round the 620 meter track built in the VI century BC. The tour will end with a stroll along the Via Sacra which is the main route through the Roman Forum. After the tour spend the rest of day at leisure.
Day 13 – Rome to Sorrento with stop in Pompeii
After breakfast and check out from your hotel, meet your private English- speaking driver who will escort you directly to the railway for departure by fast train to Naples. Here, meet your private English- speaking driver for direct transfer to Sorrento. Along the way, you will stop in Pompeii for visit at the excavations and admire the ruins of this famous city that, in AD 79 was submerged by lava and ashes from the nearby volcanic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. You will be able to examine 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. Re-join your driver after the tour and head to Sorrento . Check into Hotel Corallo 4****. and the rest of the day will be at leisure. We will book 1 double superior sea view room with balcony. 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, such as writer Luigi Pirandello, who stayed there in the Thirties. 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 14 – Sorrento: Private tour of the Amalfi Coast
After breakfast at your hotel, you will meet your private English-speaking driver for a full day tour along the Amalfi Coast. He will drive you to the enchanting rout of the “Divine Coast”: along the way, you will have stops from panoramic viewpoints to take some breathtaking pictures. Then, you will have free time to discover and relax on the top of Positano, a small village with Mediterranean styled pure white washed houses covered with bright pink bougainvilleas. On the way to Amalfi, you will visit a Ceramic shop in Conca dei Marini and discover the beautiful local pottery. At the end of your visit, your driver will bring you to the nearby Amalfi, one of the oldest Maritime Republics. Here, you will have free time for lunch, at leisure. You can choose lunch overlooking the sea or in a little Italian “piazza” surrounded by the typical scenery of southern Italy. After lunch, free time 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, 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 in Sorrento. Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 15 – Sorrento: Private boat Tour of Capri
After breakfast at your hotel you will meet your private English speaking driver and transfer to the meeting point with your private English speaking captain and private boat. We will create for you a unique tour dedicated to those who wish to fully experience the Island of Capri when cruising the Mediterranean on board of a private boat. Once settled, you will be able to breathe in the healthy sea air and enjoy the fresh sprays of water while admiring the gorgeous Coastline. Only a boat trip will show you the most beautiful views of the island, many 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 the full the beauty of the island. The excursion includes a circumnavigation around the island so as not to miss any of the natural beauties, 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 onto the rocks his disobedient servants and unwelcome guests. During the tour, you can stop for a pleasant swim in the crystal-clear waters and if you prefer at the harbor of Marina Grande and go for a walk around Capri and Anacapri . In the afternoon, you will return back to the port of Sorrento, where you will be free to spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure.
Day 16 – Sorrento: Departure to Naples Airport
After breakfast and check out from the hotel meet your private English-speaking driver for a transfer to Naples airport for your departure flight back home.