Board your flight from the United States to Rome, Italy.
Days 2 to 5:
Arrive in Rome.
Four nights in Rome. Breakfast provided.
Days 6 to 8:
After breakfast in the hotel, check out and make your way to Rome’s Termini Train Station to catch your train to Florence. Get off the train at Firenze Santa Maria Novella station and make your way to your hotel.
Three nights in Florence. Breakfast provided.
Days 9 and 10:
After breakfast in the hotel, make your way back to Florence’s Santa Maria Novella Station. Then travel by train through one of the most beautiful stretches of Italy to Venice. You’ll arrive directly on the island in Santa Lucia Station. If your hotel is nearby, we recommend you go on foot. If your hotel is located closer to St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco), we recommend you catch a public “water bus” for approximately €7 one way.
Two nights in Venice. Breakfast provided.
Bid farewell to Italy as you board your return flight to the United States.
Hotel notes: Check-in times are generally at 2:00 or 3:00 pm. Should you arrive beforehand, the hotel’s reception staff would be happy to store your baggage for you so you can set out and begin exploring.
Transportation notes: Rome’s Fiumicino Airport is located quite far from the center, so to reach your hotel you might like to add an airport transfer for a few dollars more. Alternatively, public transportation options are taxi, or a combination of train, subway and taxi. Florence is a very walkable city. To travel between Firenze Santa Maria Novella station and your hotel, you can walk, catch a taxi or book a station transfer with us. Venice’s Marco Polo Airport is located on the mainland, so consider booking an airport transfer with us to start your return journey off on the right foot.
Our suggestions of things to do and see in:
Head to the heart of Rome to enjoy la dolce vita! Eat gelato. Go shopping. Stroll through Villa Borghese Park. Check out Rome’s beautiful baroque architecture, famous squares, and sights like the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon. Enjoy a relaxing “Rome by Night” bus tour to see the city’s most famous monuments beautifully illuminated. Explore the sights of Ancient Rome and Vatican City – either on your own or with one of our guided sightseeing tours. See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, and be sure to visit the Vatican Museums’ incredible art collection as well as St. Peter’s Basilica. From Vatican City, you’ll also be a stone’s throw from one of our favorite foodie neighborhoods in Rome: Trastevere. Once you’ve finished sightseeing in Rome, visit Tivoli’s magnificent villas, the island of Capri or the ancient ruins of Pompeii on a guided excursion. If you’re an epicure, stay in town and take a grocery lesson and cooking class!
As Florence is known for its infinite artistic offerings, we recommend you visit the Uffizi Galleries and the Accademia Gallery to see some of the world’s best Renaissance art. Go inside the Duomo Cathedral, see the famed bronze doors of the adjacent Baptistery, and cross the Ponte Vecchio to see the gorgeous Boboli Gardens and Palazzo Pitti. We have a variety of walking tours available, which are truly a great way to see Florence’s amazing architecture. As Florence is also known for its cuisine and fashion scenes, we recommend taking a Tuscan cooking class and visiting the food stalls inside the Mercato Centrale. For shopping, go on a designer outlet shopping tour or browse the leather goods at the outdoor Mercato di San Lorenzo. We also offer many day tours into the Tuscan countryside featuring popular destinations like Chianti wine country, the historic towns of Siena and San Gimignano, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the spectacular Cinque Terre in the nearby region of Liguria.
Venice is absolutely brimming with fantastic sightseeing attractions. Relax while leisurely cruising Venice’s canals by gondola. See the Grand Canal, the Rialto Bridge and the Teatro La Fenice opera house. Explore the island’s many charming back streets and boutiques, and keep an eye out for artisan handicrafts like lace, glassware and Carnival masks. Take a walking tour to visit sights like St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. Treat your inner-foodie to a Venetian cooking class or take a boat tour to the nearby islands of Torcello, Burano and Murano - with Murano being the home of Italy’s most famous glassworks.
“Our suggestions of things to do and see” are not included in the package price and may be at an additional cost. To make the most of your trip and avoid the disappointment of “sold out” tours, contact our travel experts at (800) 227-3235 up to two weeks prior to departure to add transfers and sightseeing.