Italian Escape – Small-Group Tour

Embark on an intimate and immersive journey through three of Italy's most iconic cities: Rome, Florence, and Venice
Experience the essence of Italy on our exclusive small group tour, encompassing the timeless allure of Rome, the artistic heritage of Florence, and the romantic ambiance of Venice. Led by seasoned guides, delve into the historic heart of Rome, visit the Vatican City, and indulging in a captivating cooking class. In Florence, marvel at masterpieces in the Accademia Gallery and explore the scenic countryside. Then, in Venice, glide along picturesque canals, and gaze upon the city's treasures. This small group tour offers an intimate immersion into Italy's unparalleled cultural treasures
9 Days from $3899/person CAD
Food & Wine
Guided
Honeymoon & Anniversary
Premium
Rail & Train
Romantic
Small Group
UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Primary Location

Italy, Europe

Departures

2024 departures: April 26, May 10, 24, 31, June 14, July 12, 19, August 2, September 13, 27, October 11, 25 & November 1, 8 15

Included:

  • Accommodation in 4-star hotels
  • Daily breakfast
  • Private arrival transfer from the Rome Airport to the Rome hotel
  • Welcome briefing and Tour Escort service
  • Guided walk through the heart of Rome
  • Welcome dinner in Rome
  • Guided tour of the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica
  • Skip-the-line tickets for the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel
  • Cooking experience followed by dinner in Rome's Trastevere Neighborhood
  • Luxury mini coach transfer from Rome to Florence via Montepulciano and Montalcino
  • Guided tour of Montepulciano followed by lunch and wine tasting in Montalcino
  • Guided visit to the heart of Florence, including the Accademia Gallery
  • Skip-the-line tickets for the Accademia Gallery
  • 1st Class High-speed Train Tickets from Florence to Venice with train station transfers
  • Guided tour of Venice with Gondola ride, visit to St. Mark's Basilica, and Doge's Palace
  • Skip-the-line tickets for St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace
  • Farewell Dinner in Venice

Not Included:

  • International or domestic airfare
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers
  • Travel insurance
  • Additional meals when not mentioned on the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to monuments or museums when not mentioned on the itinerary
  • Local city tax for overnight stays
  • Visas required for entry into the country as necessary
  • Anything of a personal nature or that is not mentioned in included

Pricing Details

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  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 12 participants
  • From price is CAD per person, based on double occupancy
  • The final price will vary and is also based on the month of travel
  • Prices are subject to change

Optional Extras:

  • Pre and Post Accommodation
  • Rome Optional Tours (Imperial Rome, Borghese Gallery, etc.)
  • Siena & San Gimignano with dinner in a boutique winery from Florence
  • Cinque Terre Tour from Florence
  • Private Departure Airport or Train Station Transfer
  • All optional excursions per the itinerary are subject to change and are based on availability and can be pre-booked or booked with the Tour Escort

Travel Privately

You can request to book this tour privately, travelling only with people you know.

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Itinerary

DAY 1: WELCOME TO ROME

Upon your arrival in Rome, you will be greeted by your private driver who will transfer you to your hotel. In the early afternoon, meet with your Tour Host at the hotel. Here, you'll receive more information about your tour and have the opportunity to get to know your fellow travelers.

Later, embark on a delightful walking tour of the Baroque Town, exploring iconic sites such as Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Piazza di Spagna, the Italian Parliament, and the enchanting narrow streets of ancient Rome. To conclude the day, we'll take a leisurely stroll to a local restaurant where you'll savor a delectable welcome dinner. Your night will be spent in Rome, ensuring a restful start to your adventure. Meals: D

Accommodation at the Hotel Della Conciliazione, Rome, or similar

DAY 2: VATICAN & COOKING EXPERIENCE

Following a delicious breakfast, you'll be chauffeured from your hotel to the Vatican Museum for a guided tour. Thanks to your skip-the-line tickets, access will be a breeze. Your visit promises to be truly memorable, as our expert guides have crafted a route that encompasses all the major highlights, along with a few delightful surprises. Conclude your visit with the awe-inspiring Sistine Chapel. Afterward, exit onto St. Peter’s Square to savor a breathtaking view of the grand Cathedral.

Returning to your hotel, take some time to unwind after an engaging morning.

In the early evening, delve into the art of pasta-making during a hands-on cooking class led by a local chef. After a few delightful sips of Prosecco and a taste of Roman specialties, receive a crash course in crafting authentic pasta that you can replicate at home. Brush off any residual flour from your fingertips and cleanse your palate with the perfect wine as you sit down with your fellow classmates to relish your culinary creations.

Conclude the evening with a return transfer to your hotel for a restful overnight stay in Rome. Meals: B, D

Accommodation at the Hotel Della Conciliazione, Rome, or similar

DAY 3: ROME AT LEISURE

Today is a day for you to enjoy at your own pace. This tour has been thoughtfully crafted to provide you with the finest highlights of each city, along with ample free time for you to tailor your travel experience to your preferences and unwind.

We highly recommend immersing yourself in the grandeur of Imperial Rome by exploring the Colosseum and Forum. Alternatively, you might want to indulge in one of Europe's most captivating art collections at Palazzo Borghese, or venture to the nearby Tivoli to marvel at the astounding Villa Hadriana, commissioned by Emperor Hadrian, and the enchanting Villa d’Este, a true masterpiece. The choice is yours! Meals: B

Accommodation at the Hotel Della Conciliazione, Rome, or similar

DAY 4: ROME TO FLORENCE VIA MONTEPULCIANO & MONTALCINO

Enjoy a private transfer to your hotel in Florence, with a scenic route passing through the picturesque towns of Montepulciano and Montalcino.

In Montepulciano, you'll meet your guide for an enriching walking tour of the town. Montepulciano is a charming town located in the Tuscany region of Italy. It is renowned for its stunning medieval architecture, picturesque landscapes, and, of course, its exquisite wines, including the famous Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.

Following that, venture to Montalcino for a delightful wine-tasting experience paired with a delectable lunch. You'll reach Florence in the late evening, where you'll spend the night. Meals: B, L

Accommodation at the Hotel Executive, Florence, or similar

DAY 5: FLORENCE HIGHLIGHTS WITH ACCADEMIA GALLERY

Embark on your Florence adventure by discovering the city's hidden gems and most picturesque corners. Begin at the vibrant San Lorenzo Market, where you can witness the bounty of the Tuscan countryside produce. It's a delightful opportunity to savor a variety of local cheeses, fruits, vegetables, and breads. If you're still feeling peckish, there's some free time for lunch.

Later in the afternoon, convene with your guide at the hotel and prepare to delve into the heart of Florence's rich history. You'll explore iconic sites like Piazza della Signoria, pass by the impressive Palazzo Vecchio, admire the Duomo with Giotto's bell tower (from the exterior), and stroll across the historic Ponte Vecchio.

Our journey through Florence culminates with a visit to the Accademia, where you'll have the privilege of beholding Michelangelo's masterpiece, the statue of David.

Later in the afternoon, you have the option to join a tour of Siena and San Gimignano, topped off with a memorable dinner at a boutique winery. Meals: B

Accommodation at the Hotel Executive, Florence, or similar

DAY 6: CINQUE TERRE OPTIONAL

Today, you have the freedom to plan as you please. Consider joining a small group tour to Cinque Terre for a truly special experience. You'll have the chance to explore the stunning villages of Cinque Terre, wandering through lush panoramic vineyards overlooking the sea, and indulging in a delightful seafood lunch paired with local Cinque Terre wine. Cap off the day with a memorable boat excursion, capturing the most breathtaking views of Cinque Terre from the sea. It promises to be an unforgettable adventure. Meals: B

Accommodation at the Hotel Executive, Florence, or similar

DAY 7: FLORENCE TO VENICE

Following a satisfying breakfast, you'll be chauffeured to the Florence train station, where you'll board a high-speed train bound for Venice. As you journey to Venice, you'll have the opportunity to savor the picturesque scenery along the way. Venice, a city devoid of roads and cars, relies solely on boats and canals for transportation. Spread across multiple small islands, the city is connected by a network of hundreds of picturesque bridges.

Upon your mid-morning arrival, you'll be transferred to your hotel. You'll have some free time to explore Venice at your own pace, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the city's captivating atmosphere and distinctive beauty. Meals: B

Accommodation at the Hotel Indigo Sant’Elena, Venice, or similar

DAY 8: VENICE HIGHLIGHTS

Embark on your day with an early morning rendezvous near the iconic Rialto Bridge. Here, you'll uncover the intriguing tale of how Venice emerged from the lagoon's depths, and come to understand how its maritime origins have left an indelible mark on its history and culture.

Begin your leisurely stroll at the vibrant Rialto Fish Market, where both seasoned chefs and home cooks alike vie for the freshest catch of the day. Wandering through the charming backstreets of Venice, you'll encounter serene piazzas and picturesque bridges, occasionally pausing at landmarks such as Marco Polo's childhood abode.

Later, delight in a 30-minute gondola ride that will carry you through bustling waterways and tranquil residential canals.

Following a well-deserved break for lunch, reconvene at St. Mark's Square. Enter the hallowed halls of St. Mark's Basilica with pre-reserved, skip-the-line tickets. Finally, step into the historic Doge's Palace, once the epicenter of political power for an empire spanning the Mediterranean and Asia. Within these walls, the Doge, or Duke of Venice, governed an empire of boundless wealth but minimal territorial expanse.

As the day concludes, make your way back to your hotel at your own pace.

In the evening, relish a heartwarming farewell dinner at a charming restaurant, savoring the last moments of your Venetian sojourn. Meals: B, D

Accommodation at the Hotel Indigo Sant’Elena, Venice, or similar

DAY 9: VENICE DEPARTURE

On the day of your departure, you will independently make your way from the hotel to the airport or train station. Safe travels! (optional private transfer is available). Meals: B

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