From Venice to Rome, uncover Italy's iconic landmarks including the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, Doge's Palace & the World Heritage-listed Cinque Terre.
Itinerary also travels in reverse.
Welcome to Venice. Check into your opulent hotel for your two night Special Stay. Your haven of luxury in this busy city offers the perfect place to relax before your adventure. Tonight, join your Tour Director for a welcome to Italy dinner.
Enjoy a gondola ride under ancient bridges and amongst magnificent canals. Marvel at the colourful Grand Canal, glide under the Rialto Bridge and explore the winding canals past ancient mansions and public buildings.
Freechoice: Explore the picturesque Dorsoduro district, ending in a private guided visit of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, one of the most renowned masterpieces of modern art in the world. Alternatively, discover Venice’s lesser-known gems on a walking tour. Appreciate the wealth and power that pervaded this maritime city in times past, see the spectacular Doge’s Palace and visit the majestic Basilica of San Marco. Stroll through the stalls of fresh produce at the Rialto Market, stopping at an osteria for a glass of wine and a few cicchetti.
Venice > Rapallo
Your first stop today is Modena, where you will visit a producer of traditional balsamic vinegar, including a tasting and a light lunch. Then continue on to Portofino, a gorgeous fishing village, where you will enjoy a scenic cruise, before arriving in Rapallo for a two night Special Stay.
The rugged coastline known as the Cinque Terre is a World Heritage-listed Site that comprises the five villages of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. They’re accessible only via walking paths, train or boat, which lends itself to the already considerable charm of these unique 11th century villages. Bask in a full day exploring this picturesque coastline.
Rapallo > Florence
Travel to Pisa to enjoy a guided tour and see its famous tower before arriving in Florence for a two night stay.
Delight in a walking tour of Florence, including a visit to the Academy of Fine Arts to admire Michelangelo’s David.
Florence > Rome
Visit a Tuscan farmhouse and discover the local wine and oil production techniques. Later, enjoy a rustic lunch featuring the region’s wine and produce.
Discover the walled medieval town of San Gimignano before driving to Siena for a guided tour through this delightful medieval city. Past tranquil Lake Trasimeno and continue to Rome for your two night stay.
On your walking tour of the historic centre see iconic landmarks including the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain. Visit the Roman Forum and the ancient marvel of the Colosseum. Continue to the world’s smallest state, Vatican City, where you will marvel at the Vatican Museum, the breathtaking Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica and magnificent St. Peter’s Square.
Join your Tour Director for a farewell dinner this evening near the Pantheon, hosted by a culinary connoisseur including a wine pairing.
Depart after breakfast. It’s the end of your journey, but the start of a lifetime of wonderful memories.