Iconic Italy: Rome, Florence & Venice Holiday

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Description

What’s included: Private airport transfers & inter-city transfers; accommodation with breakfast; named tours & activities
Places visited: Rome (4 nights), Florence (4 nights), Venice (3 nights)
Departure dates and prices: Departure dates are flexible, and the price varies with hotel star and season.
Best for… Culture / History & Archaeology / Romance / Architecture / Country scenes

Take a once-in-a-lifetime journey through the iconic cities of Italy and discover the ancient legends of the gladiators, Renaissance artwork and  magical canals on this Rome, Florence and Venice package holiday. With exclusive pre-arranged tours with expert guides, accommodation and private transfers, this is the perfect Rome, Florence and Venice package holiday on which to discover the must-see Italian cities and immerse yourself in the glorious Mediterranean cultures.

Trip highlights

  • Gondola tour of the canals in Venice
  • Island hopping in Venice, featuring Murano, Burano and Torcello
  • Guided tour of Venice’s iconic sights, including San Marco Basilica
  • Tour of Florence, including Michelangelo’s “David
  • Excursion to Pisa to see the famous Leaning Tower
  • Visit to Tuscany, with wine tasting in the Chianti region
  • Special tour of Rome’s historic sights, featuring the Colosseum
  • Guided tour of Vatican City
  • An evening of food and wine tasting in Rome

Pricing

Our prices are seasonal and based on your date of departure & preferred accommodation star rating. The low-season runs from November 1st until March 31st, and the high-season runs from April 1st until October 31st.

11 Nights

3 Star from $8,800 AUD pp (plus $2,640 for high-season)

4 Star from $10,560 AUD pp (plus $3,168 for high-season)

5 Star from $13,200 AUD pp (plus $3,960 for high-season)

If you would prefer to speak to an adviser or you would like to find out more about this Sicily multi-city holiday before booking, please call a member of our friendly team at 61 2 9056 7018 or click here to send us an enquiry for a personalised holiday quote based on this itinerary.

 


Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in the Eternal City of Rome
Enjoy luxury from the moment you step food in this ancient city with a private car transfer from the airport to your centrally located hotel in central Rome.
What’s included: Private transfer from the airport to your hotel in Rome; accommodation in Rome

Day 2: Guided tour of Rome, featuring the Colosseum
Today you can discover what Rome is most well known for: the iconic Colosseum. On a half-day guided tour of Imperial Rome you will enjoy an in-depth tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Piazza Venezia. Your knowledgeable guide will delight you with stories of the emperors and gladiators that once ruled this ancient city, and point out rare architecture and famous attractions.
What’s included: Small-group guided tour of Imperial Rome, with “skip the line” entry to the Colosseum; accommodation in Rome

Day 3: Discover the secrets of Vatican City
After seeing Ancient Rome yesterday, today you can discover more about the Catholic faith in Rome on a four-hour private guided tour of Vatican City led by an art historian and featuring the extensive museums, which house some of the world’s most important masterpieces, as well as the stunning St Peter’s Basilica – perhaps the most impressive church in the world! There will be plenty of time to ask your guide questions, allowing you to learn all the secrets of this glorious place.
What’s included: Guided tour of the Vatican; accommodation in Rome

Day 4: An evening of food and wine tasting
On your final night in Rome your taste buds will be treated to an evening sampling authentic Roman snacks and local wine at several local estates in and around Rome.
What’s included: Food and wine tasting at several picturesque food boutiques in Rome’s food district; accommodation in Rome 

Day 5: Fair well Rome and hello Florence!
Today you travel to Florence aboard a high-speed train, so that you can relax in comfort and style. The rest of the late afternoon in Florence is yours to explore this artistic city, known for its Renaissance art, intricate architecture and vibrant Italian culture.
What’s included: Private car transfer to Rome station; train ticket to Florence; private transfer from the station to your hotel in Florence; accommodation in Florence

Day 6: Cultural tour of Florence, featuring the masterpieces of the Accademia and Uffizi galleries
On your first full day in Florence we will take you on a guided city tour, allowing you to absorb the majesty of the impressive Palazzo Vecchio and the epic Basilica before moving on to what will surely be the highlight of your dream vacation in Italy: Michelangelo’s glorious statue of “David” at the Galleria dell’Accademia. You’ll also have an opportunity to take in the best of Renaissance art at the Uffizi Gallery, which features an extensive collection of masterpieces, including Botticelli’s “Venus” – a masterpiece of intricate detail and beauty.
What’s included: Half-day, small-group guided tour of Florence; accommodation in Florence

Day 7: Guided excursion to see Pisa’s famous Leaning Tower
Enjoy a half-day guided tour to the famous city of Pisa, where you can visit the iconic Leaning Tower and Piazza dei Miracoli. On this tour your expert guide will explain to you the secrets and failures behind the tower’s construction and you will also have the opportunity to visit inside the tower, where you can climb the ancient steps up to the Bell Tower for panoramic views of the cityscape.
What’s included: Private transfer to/from Pisa; half-day private guided tour of the city attractions; accommodation in Florence

Day 8: Wine tasting in the Tuscan countryside
On your final day in Florence you will be have the opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable day tour of the Chianti countryside, featuring stops in Tuscany’s most beautiful hidden gems: Siena and San Gimignano. The first stop on this stunning tour will be Monteriggioni, which is surrounded by ancient city walls, giving you a glimpse back in time through its historic architecture and quaint city streets. After enjoying the unique sights in Monteriggioni, the day will continue with a tour of the pretty town of Siena, where you will surely be enchanted by the architectural styles of the Cathedral and of the Palazzo Comunale in Piazza del Campo. The Chianti day tour then takes you to San Gimignano, where you will have free time to discover its famous local wine, called Vernaccia di San Gimignano, as well as its fragrant saffron and precious Santa Fina pottery. As the breathtaking finale of this tour, we take you to the iconic Chianti area, which is renowned as one of the most beautiful regions in the world. Here you can admire the beauty of its medieval hill-towns, castles, stone farmhouses and breath-taking landscapes, before stopping at an authentic wine estate, where you will have the pleasure of tasting some of the best wines of Tuscany, served with rich Italian snacks.
What’s included: Small-group day tour of the Chianti countryside; accommodation in Florence

Day 9: Fall in love with the magic of Venice
After exploring the delights of Tuscany, it is time to discover Venice, the magical Floating City that continually enchants and seduces its visitors. You’ll arrive in style aboard a private water taxi from the train station and in the afternoon you’ll be treated to a gondola tour of Venice’s iconic canals – it’s an unforgettable way to begin your vacation in Venice.
What’s included: Private transfer to Florence station; train ticket to Venice; private water taxi from the station to your hotel in Venice; accommodation in Venice; evening gondola tour of the canals

Day 10: Absolute Venice Tour
Today you can discover the delights in Venice that can be found on-land, with our special “absolute” tour, which takes your through the historic centre and to St Mark’s Square, Doge’s Palace and the glorious San Marco Basilica. Inside the Basilica, you will be treated to a one-hour tour, where you can see a unique collection of Byzantine art, gold mosaics and exquisite marble floors. You will also be guided around Doge’s Palace, where you can explore the splendid rooms of the Palace, which include priceless works of art and decadent décor, giving you the opportunity to relive the days of supreme authority from yesteryear. As a special treat, this tour also features a trip to the famous Bridge of Sighs.
What’s included: Half-day guided tour of Venice’s most famous sights (includes entry to San Marco Basilica and Doge’s Palace); accommodation in Venice

Day 11: Island hopping, featuring Murano, Burano and Torcello
On your final full day in Italy, why not escape the bustling city of Venice and see the cultural islands that sit in the Venetian Lagoon? We will take you by motorboat to the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello, where you can watch the ancient art of glass blowing and intricate lace making, and enjoy the beauty of the colorful houses that line the quaint streets and alleyways. As a part of this excursion, you will have free time on each island to absorb the culture, stop for espresso and enjoy the lagoon views for a truly relaxing day of island hopping.
What’s included: Half-day excursion to Venice’s three most famous islands, with motorboat transfers between the islands; accommodation in Venice

Day 12: Ciao, Italia!
It’s time to leave Italy, but we are sure that this “essential Italy” holiday package will have left you with plenty of precious memories to share with family and friends back home
What’s included: Private water taxi from your hotel to Venice airport

Important information

Please note that this Rome, Florence and Venice package holiday does not include flights. When purchasing your flights from your chosen airline, we recommend that you fly into Rome Fiumicino Airport and fly out of Venice Marco Polo Airport to take advantage of your private airport transfers.

Please note that the Vatican Museums in Rome and the San Marco Basilica in Venice are closed on Sundays and religious holidays, and the art galleries in Florence are closed on Mondays. In the case of unavailability, alternate itinerary options will be offered.