Italy | Ideal Classic Tour
8 DAYS | 7 NIGHTS
2 PAX MINIMUM
Situated in Mediterranean Europe, Italy has land frontiers with France in the north-west, Switzerland and Austria in the north and Slovenia in the north-east. The peninsula is surrounded by the Ligurian Sea, the Sardinian Sea and the Tyrrhenian Sea in the west, the Sicilian Sea and the Ionian Sea in the south and the Adriatic Sea in the east. Italian is the language of the majority of the population but there are minorities speaking German, French, Slovene and Ladino. There is a great deal of variety in the landscape in Italy, although it is characterized predominantly by two mountain chains: the Alps and the Apennines.The former extends over 600 miles from east to west. It consists of great massifs in the western sector, with peaks rising to over 14,000 feet, including Monte Bianco (Mont Blanc), Monte Rosa and Cervino (the Matterhorn). The the chain is lower in the eastern sector, although the mountains, the Dolomites, are still of extraordinary beauty.
Arrival and Departure Transfer
2 nights in Florence at 4 star Raffaello Hotel or similar
2 nights in Venice at 4 star Santa Chiara Hotel or similar
3 nights in Rome at 4 star Bettoja Hotel or similar
11 meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunch, and 2 dinners
Entrance to the Mark’s Basilica in Venice- “skip the line”
Assisi for a visit to the mystic town of Saint Francis
Tour Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, and St Peters Basilica
Panoramic guided walking tour of Venice
Visit Tuscany Wine Region
Visit Bologna and Padua
Visit Assisi, Florence, and Sienna
English-speaking guide on tours
Entrance fees to monuments or museums when not mentioned
City tax for overnight stays (according to each city council rules)
Duration: 8 days & 7 nights
Travel Style: Guaranteed Departures
Minimum Passengers: 2
Based on double occupancy
Type of Service: Shared
Small group experience | All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
VISA Requirements: No
A visa is not required for travelers with a valid US passport.
Physical Rating: 2 – Average
Some tours may include light hiking, stairs, and rough off-road adventures.
Service Level: Standard
Tourists class accomodations and mix of public and private transports and tours, select meals included.
While it is our intention to adhere to the route described, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. On Day 1 of the tour, you will be advised of any amendments.
DAY 1 | ARRIVAL – ROME
Transfer from the airport in Rome to the hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure.
| Overnight in Rome
DAY 2 | ROME – ASSISI – SIENNA
Breakfast at the hotel.
Departing at 7:15 am from your hotel by a deluxe coach, you will arrive in Assisi, ready to explore, at your own leisure, this tiny town surrounded by walls, built in the Middle Ages. Take your time to visit the Basilica of St. Francis, where you will see masterpieces by Giotto and Cimabue and, then, have free time for lunch (not included). Board on the bus to reach Siena, a Unesco World Heritage Site, world-known for the Palio, the historical horse race around the shell-shaped town square: Piazza del Campo.
Next, you will continue on to Florence, where you will check in at your hotel before enjoying dinner and a well-earned night of rest.
| Overnight in Florence
| Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 3 | FLORENCE
After breakfast, you will spend the day venturing around beautiful Florence, the “Cradle of Renaissance, where, with the help of Michelangelo, Italian art reached its pinnacle.
Based on Etruscan-roman origins, the city flourished in the Middle Ages as a free “Comune” and was further refined during the Renaissance. You will be fascinated by the uncountable monuments, churches, and buildings as Santa Maria del Fiore, more commonly referred to as the Duomo. On your visit, you will be amazed by its magnificent dome built by Filippo Brunelleschi. Cross a small piazza to see the “Campanile” tower (partly designed by Giotto) and the Baptistery, with its bronze doors where Michelangelo imagined the “Gates of Paradise.” In the heart of the city, you will see Piazza Della Signoria, Palazzo della Signoria (also known as Palazzo Vecchio), and the Basilica of Santa Croce. Lunch in a typical Tuscan restaurant in Piazza Santa Croce. Spend the afternoon strolling the cobblestone streets of Florence on your own or take a short trip to Pisa (optional), one of the four main historical Marine Republics of Italy.
There, you will tour the Piazza dei Miracoli with the Duomo, Pisa’s symbol “the Leaning Tower” and the Baptistery. Dinner at leisure.
|Overnight in Florence
| Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 4 | FLORENCE - BOLOGNA – PADUA – VENICE
After breakfast in Florence, departure to Bologna.
There, you will discover the elegant city center with its “porticos”, it’s shopping streets and so on. From Piazza Malpighi you will walk to Piazza del Nettuno and Piazza Maggiore (Neptune square and Major square) in the heart of the city, then King Renzo’s Palace; Palazzo Podestà and the Basilica of San Petronio, one of the biggest in the world. Bologna ’s a real gourmet’s heaven…do not miss a tasty meal at your own leisure! In the afternoon, continue toward Padova, with the Basilica of Saint Anthony: one of the most visited churches by pilgrims of the Catholic world. Later in the afternoon, arrival in Venice: the City of Love, one of the most romantic cities in the whole world and, undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man!
Following check-in at your hotel, enjoy dinner at the hotel.
|Overnight in Florence
| Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 5 | VENICE
After breakfast , enjoy your private water-taxi transfer to Piazza San Marco, with “Skip the Line” tickets to visit the splendid St.Mark’s Basilica and, after this, check out the most iconic places of the “Floating City”: the Palazzo dei Dogi, symbol of Venice’s glorious past, the legendary “Bridge of Sighs”. Spend the afternoon roaming along Venice’s canals at your leisure and then return to the hotel for overnight.
| Overnight in Venice
DAY 6 | VENICE – MONTEPULCIANO – ROME
After buffet breakfast at the hotel, depart from Piazzale Roma heading to Tuscany, world-known for its landscapes, its churches, castles, and its delicious wines. You will proceed to Val di Chiana with a stop in Montepulciano, a medieval town rich in history and art. Known for its “Nobile” wine, on purchase in local wine houses, Montepulciano also hosts an annual jazz and wine festival every July. Lunch in a typical restaurant included. Spend the afternoon discovering Montepulciano at your own pace, enjoying free wine tastings in many wine shops and free time for shopping.
In the evening, you will arrive in Rome to check in into your hotel.
|Overnight in Venice
| Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 7 | ROME
Breakfast at the hotel.
Between 7:45 – 8:00 am, depart from the hotel for a tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peters’s Basilica with our exclusive “Skip the Line” access! No stress to reach the area: upon arrival, your guide will lead you into the museums where you’ll visit one of the most important art collections of the world. Walk along the beautiful galleries of Tapestries and Geographical Maps before admiring Raphael’s Rooms and, then, the amazing Sistine Chapel. After this incredible masterpiece, you will be taken by a privileged door to St. Peters’s Basilica: the biggest church in the world! The tour ends in St.Peter’s Square: enjoy the rest of the day to explore the city at your own leisure or get any one of our selected tours for the afternoon or at night!
|Overnight in Rome
DAY 8 | DEPARTURE – ROME
Breakfast at the hotel.
Standard check-out is at 11:00 AM.
Offering free garage parking and a free shuttle to the historic center, Raffaello is in north Florence, 2,800 feet from Careggi Hospital. Its pleasant garden is ideal for enjoying a drink.
All air-conditioned, rooms here come with free Wi-Fi access and a TV with Sky channels. You will also find a safe, mini-bar and private bathroom with a hairdryer plus slippers.
A continental breakfast is served daily, while drinks and snacks are available at the bar throughout the day. The restaurant specializes in Tuscan dishes for dinner, accompanied by a selection of wines.
Hotel Raffaello is set in a residential neighborhood, full of shops, cafés and markets at the weekends.
Hotel Santa Chiara & Residenza Parisi
Offering views of the Grand Canal, Hotel Santa Chiara & Residenza Parisi is next to the ferry terminal and airport coach stop in Piazzale Roma, and 650 feet from Venezia Santa Lucia Train Station. The Papadopoli Gardens are next door.
The hotel is located in the only area of the historic center that can be reached by car. It is the only hotel in Venice that has its own private car park, available on request.
Guest rooms in the main building of Hotel Santa Chiara are decorated in a traditional, Venetian design. Facilities include air conditioning, satellite TV, and a private bathroom with free toiletries and a hairdryer. Some rooms feature a balcony with unique views of the gardens, the Grand Canal, or the square.
Some rooms are housed in the Residenza Parisi, located 500 feet from the main building. Rooms in the annex feature simpler décor. All air conditioned, they come with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a mini-bar and a private bathroom.
Bettoja Hotel Mediterraneo
Bettoja Hotel Mediterraneo features a panoramic roof terrace with views of Rome. Located in the lively Esquilino area, it is only 650 feet from Roma Termini Train Station.
The elegant, classically styled rooms of the Bettoja offer free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, large windows and high ceilings. Suites come with a private terrace and some also boast a spa bath.
Bettoja Hotel’s generous buffet breakfast is complete with freshly baked pastries and seasonal fruit. The bar is open all the day and provides drinks and hot and cold snacks.
The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and serves traditional Italian and international cuisine. It is possible to dine on the terrace.
Some useful info about our tours (land packages).
UPGRADED HOTELS AVAILABLE (for an additional fee)
All tours and entrance fees are included
All taxes are included and NO HIDDEN FEES
International Airfare is not included, but we can book it for you at very competitive rates
A transfer fee may be assessed for alterations to packages, itineraries/tours and suggested arrival/departure dates
Price are based on double occupancy
Prices are per person and based on double occupancy. All prices are expressed in US dollars. Prices for vacation packages are subject to change without notice.
All travel documents are the responsibility of the passenger.
Travel insurance is highly recommended.