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Grand Tour of Italy
INDEPENDENT

10 days
From $1,895
TOUR ONLY
From $2,395
TOUR + FLIGHTS
per person, double occupancy*

Rome - Florence - Venice - Milan -

Live the magic of four of Italy’s most iconic and world renowned cities -- Rome, Florence, Venice, and Milan -- on this 10-day Italy vacation package.  We take care of all the details to make your trip the very best.  Highlights in Rome include: a comprehensive half day tour of Rome visits of the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine hill as well as a half day tour of Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica” -- all with no waiting in line.  Transfer on by rail to Florence and embark on a fully guided tour of this Renaissance inspired town with its breathtaking art and architectural gems like Michelangelo’s David and Brunelleschi’s Duomo, then explore the Uffizi Gallery showcasing masterpieces by such famed artists as Da Vinci, Giotto, Michelangelo, Botticelli, and Raffaello.  Travel in comfort by rail on to Venice where amazing times await on your included walking tour of Venice and Doge’s Palace as well as an excursion to the neighboring gems of Murano - known for its old world glass glowing techniques, Burano - known for its spectacular hand-made lace products, and Torcello - with its historic cathedral and traditional charm.  Take a high speed train to Milan where you will enjoy a grand tour of this city known for its high fashion and entrepreneurial spirit.  See the city's many magnificent attractions including such top spots as its Gothic Duomo, La Scala Opera House and Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper" mural at the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie.

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FLIGHTS

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HOTELS

HOTELS

MEALS

MEALS

TRAIN

TRAIN

TRANSFERS

TRANSFERS

Gateway Departures
New York or Newark, New Jersey (other departure cities available upon request)
Package Type

INDEPENDENT

All-in-one vacation packages from select European cities with hand-selected hotels, no set schedule or guides, exclusive sightseeing, transportation, which may include first-class trains or ferries and the freedom and flexibility to explore on your own.
Highlights
  • ROME - Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, Colosseum, Roman Forum
  • FLORENCE - Fiesole, Uffizi Gallery, Bascillica de Santa Croce, Piazza Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio
  • VENICE - Walking tour of Venice including visits to The Dodge Palace, Murano Islands and Island of Burano
  • MILAN - Visit to Santa Maria delle Grazie to view the Last Super, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Sforza Castle, The Dumo, The famous La Scala Theatre (opera house)
Notes
Single room supplement: $995

 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Depart USA

Baord your overnight flight to Rome, Italy.

Day 2 - Rome

Transfer from the airport to the hotel, the balance of the day free. Overnight at hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Ariston (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast
Day 3 - Rome - Vatican City Tour Included

After breakfast, departure to visit the Vatican city. Guided excursion to visit Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica without the line. Upon arrival your guide will lead you into the museums where you’ll visit one of the most important art collection of the world. Admire the beautiful spiral stairway the gallery of tapestries and geographical maps, before arriving at the famous Sistine Chapel and the unforgettable Basilica Afternoon, free time at leisure. Overnight at  your hotel in Rome. 

Accommodation: Hotel Ariston (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast
Day 4 - Rome - Archaeological Tour Included

Today your morning will be free to venture on your own.  In the afternoon departure from hotel to the Archaeological Area, to have a complete guided tour of the Colosseum , Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Access the Palatine hill with no line and discover the hill where Rome was founded at the beginning. Then reach the Colosseum and be amazed by this monument that is the symbol of Rome in the world. The Amphitheatre created to entertain ancient Roman citizens with bloody shows of gladiators, animals and cruel games, is now one of the most fascinating landmark of the City. Then, walk on the original path of ancient Rome along the Via Sacra and see the Temples of Vesta, Antonino and Faustina, the ancient Basilica Julia and Aemilia and dream about the glorious past of the Roman Empire. Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Rome.

Accommodation: Hotel Ariston (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast - Dinner
Day 5 - Rome - Florence (Afternoon city tour included)

After breakfast, private transfer from hotel to Termini railway station and transfer by train (2nd class ticket, high speed) to Florence. Upon arrival, private transfer from Santa Maria Novella railway station to the hotel. In the afternoon enjoy your Florence guided city tour. Crossing the beautiful and green hills of Florence we reach the picturesque Etruscan-Roman village of Fiesole that towers above Florence and the Arno Valley. Heading back to the city by bus, we will ride through the famous Lungarno (way along the Arno River) we will reach the Basilica di Santa Croce. Our walking tour will continue to Piazza Signoria, heart of the city social life. Here we will admire the architecture of Palazzo Vecchio and the famous statues of Loggia de’ Lanzi. Our Guide will finish the tour inside the Uffizi Gallery, where we will admire without queuing the impressive and magnificent paintings of Leonardo, Giotto, Michelangelo, Botticelli and Raffaello. Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Florence.

Accommodation: Hotel B4 Astoria Firenze (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast - Dinner
Day 6 - Florence - Venice ( Afternoon city tour included)

After breakfast, private transfer from hotel to Santa Maria Novella Station and transfer by train (2nd class ticket, high speed) to Vneice. Upon arrival, private transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon excursion to discover the Murano island, to watch the antique art of making glasses. Then proceeds to the characteristic Island of Burano renowned for lace making and Torcello with its old Cathedral and its atmosphere of remote Venetian past. Return to St Mark’s Square. Overnight at your hotel in Venice.

Accommodation: Carlton on the Grand Canal (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast
Day 7 - Venice ( Walking tour of Venice included)

After breakfast, enjoy awalking tour of Venice and Doge’s Palace.  Walk outside (no entrances) the most characteristic and important places for the history of Venice. A qualified and experienced guide will escort you through the millennium of life of the Serenissima Republic, recalling the past full of charm of this unique city. At the end of the walking tour, visit of the Doge’s Palace. Palazzo Ducale represented for centuries the seat of the Venetian political power. In his splendid rooms, plastered and immersed in hundreds of masterpieces of painting, the Duke and his Council controlled the fate of a thousand-year history republic. Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Venice.

Accommodation: Carlton on the Grand Canal (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast - Dinner
Day 8 - Venice - Milan (Afternoon tour of Milan including Last Super)

After breakfast, private transfer from hotel to Venice railway station and transfer by train (2nd class ticket, high speed) to Milan. Upon arrival, private transfer from Milan railway station to the hotel. In the afternoon join a tour of the best of Milan, home to an incredible patrimony of art and culture which includes one of Leonardo Da Vinci’s greatest master-pieces: the Last Supper, which is housed at Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan and has earned a spot in the UNESCO World Heritage List. This half day sightseeing tour inclu-des the pre-booked entrance to the masterpiece, guaranteeing exclusive no line entry and an intimate viewing of the Last Supper and a walking tour, introducing you to Italy’s most stylish city. Stop by the alluring Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping gallery, a 19th century glass vaulted shopping arcade. Brimming with fashionable shops and cafes, it is often called the “salotto di Milano” or “Milan’s drawing room” for its importance over the years as a common meeting point for the people of Milan. Visit the medieval Sforza Castle. A grand medieval Castle and fortress, the Sforzesco was once seat and residence for the ruling family of Milan and now houses several of the city’s museums and art collections. Next, tour the splendid Duomo, one of the world’s largest, most striking Gothic cathedrals. Some 135 spires and 3,200 statues are crammed onto the roof and facade of the building.

Accommodation: Hotel Sheraton Four Points (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast
Day 9 - Milan (Free Day)

Enjoy your free day in Milan for shopping or optional tour to Lake Como. 

Accommodation: Hotel Sheraton Four Points (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast
Day 10 - Milan

After breakfast, take your private transfer from hotel to Milan airport.  Arrivederci!

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation

Hotel Ariston

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Rooms

Comfortable and functional rooms with classic style and warm colours, perfect to create a pleasant and relaxing atmosphere.

Resturant

Breakfast is available for a surcharge.

Amenities
  • Express check-in 
  • Bar/lounge 
  • Luggage storage 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • Breakfast available (surcharge) 
  • Concierge services 
  • Snack bar/deli 
  • Conference center 
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Porter/bellhop 
  • Tours/ticket assistance 
  • Total number of rooms - 86

Hotel B4 Astoria Firenze

Set in the former residences of Florentine nobles, this elegant hotel is a 3-minute walk from the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella and a 10-minute walk from the medieval Ponte Vecchio. 

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Rooms

Decorated in Florentine Baroque style and period pieces, the posh rooms also have free Wi-Fi, TVs and minibars. The suites feature classical Renaissance decor and are spread out over 2 floors. Some come with terraces and views of the city. Room service is available

Facilities
  • Paid parking
  • Pets allowed
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Rooms/ Facilities for disabled
  • Lift
  • Safe deposit box
  • Currency exchange
  • Wi-Fi
  • 24-hour reception
  • Luggage storage
  • Wheelchair access
  • 24-hour security
  • Multilingual staff
  • Smoke detectors
  • Express check-in/ -out
  • Bicycle storage
  • Lobby
  • No smoking on site
  • Air conditioning in public areas
  • Late check-in/ -out

Resturant

Buffet breakfasts are available for a surcharge and are served each morning between 7:30 AM and 10 AM.

Palazzo Gaddi - This restaurant serves lunch and dinner.

Agorà - Onsite wine bar.

Arrighetti - Onsite lobby lounge. Guests can enjoy alfresco dining (weather permitting).

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Amenities
  • Use of nearby fitness center (discount) 
  • Bar/lounge 
  • Business services 
  • Breakfast available (surcharge) 
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Business center 
  • Restaurant 
  • Number of bathrooms - 1 
  • Meeting rooms 4 
  • Total number of rooms - 96 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Free WiFi 

Carlton on the Grand Canal

Set on the Grand Canal, this upscale hotel opposite Santa Lucia railway station is 1.5 km from the Rialto Bridge and 2.1 km from Piazza San Marco. 

Elegant rooms are furnished in the ornate style

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Rooms

The Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal has 145 rooms, all furnished in the Venetian style of the 1700s, a touch of antiquity, typical of the most prestigious mansions of Venice, combined with the innovation of the most up-to-date comforts. All our rooms are equipped with:

  • Free Wi-fi;
  • satellite colour television;
  • flat screen;
  • radio;
  • All the main Italian channels, German ZDF and Eurosport, English BBC and CNN, French TV5, Spanish TVE, Russian TV, Chinese CCTV and Japanese JSTV1;
  • Safe;
  • Air-conditioning (in the summer) and heating (in the winter);
  • Direct telephone;
  • Mini bar.

The private bathroom, with either bath or shower, is equipped with hair-drier and a courtesy set of toiletries, personalised CHC.

We are most attentive to the needs of those who have walking difficulties: the hotel has 3 lifts and also 3 rooms on the ground floor each equipped with a spacious bathroom designed for the handicapped with a walk-in shower.

Children are welcome and families can choose various, comfortable accommodation.

Resturant

complimentary buffet breakfast is provided each morning.

Bar Carlton Cafe - Leaded-glass windows facing promenade along Grand Canal. Silver-trimmed, 18th-century Venetian-style chairs with plush-fabric upholstery, opening onto the outdoor terrace when the weather permits. Serves espresso, snacks, and cocktails.

La Cupola - International cuisine. Serves brunch, lunch, dinner, and light fare. 

Top of the Carlton - Mediterranean cuisine serving lunch, dinner, and light fare. Kids' menu available.

Amenities
  • Casino 
  • Bar/lounge 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • Rooftop terrace 
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Free breakfast 
  • Conference space 
  • Business center 
  • Porter/bellhop 
  • Tours/ticket assistance 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Free WiFi 

Hotel Sheraton Four Points

This high-rise hotel is a 7-minute walk from Milano Centrale station and 2.3 km from Teatro alla Scala theatre and museum. 

Featuring classic or streamlined decor, the polished rooms offer desks, Wi-Fi (fee), flat-screen TVs,

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Rooms
  • LCD TV 
  • Free bottled water 
  • HDTV 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Pay movies 
  • Room service (24 hours) 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Blackout drapes/curtains 
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning) 
  • Phone 
  • Minibar 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Bathtub or shower 
  • In-room massage available 
  • Slippers 
  • Bidet 
  • Desk 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Satellite TV service 
  • Soundproofed rooms 
  • Bathrobes 
  • In-room safe 

Facilities

Fitness Room/Gym

Resturant

Guests are offered a complimentary buffet breakfast. 

Nectare - This buffet restaurant specializes in Italian cuisine. 

24-hour room service is available.

Amenities
  • Bar/lounge 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Conference space 
  • Free breakfast 
  • Porter/bellhop 
  • Tours/ticket assistance 
  • Meeting rooms 7 
  • Restaurant 
  • Year Built 1960 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Free WiFi 

Dates, Prices & Options

All prices listed are per person (based on double occupancy)

START/END DATES
TOUR & FLIGHT
AIRLINE
TOUR ONLY
Popular Departure
Wed
09 Oct 2019
Fri
18 Oct 2019

$2395
Delta JFK
$1895
Wed
09 Oct 2019
Fri
18 Oct 2019

$2395
Alitalia JFK
$1895
Popular Departure
Wed
09 Oct 2019
Fri
18 Oct 2019

$2445
United EWR
$1895
Popular Departure
Start Date: Wed 09 Oct 2019
End Date: Fri 18 Oct 2019
Tour & Flight: $2395
AirLine :
Delta JFK
Tour Only :
$1895
Start Date: Wed 09 Oct 2019
End Date: Fri 18 Oct 2019
Tour & Flight: $2395
AirLine :
Alitalia JFK
Tour Only :
$1895
Popular Departure
Start Date: Wed 09 Oct 2019
End Date: Fri 18 Oct 2019
Tour & Flight: $2445
AirLine :
United EWR
Tour Only :
$1895

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