Italian Renaissance

Join a Small-group tour with a maximum of 15 participants and experience La Dolce Vita!
Join a small group journey and experience the Dolce Vita on a modern high-speed train, as you admire the beautiful Italian vistas. Discover the eternal city of Rome and explore its ancient and religious monuments. See Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance, and gaze upon the city's incredible artistic masterpieces. Sip on world-famous Chianti wine with medieval hilltop village views. End in the romantic city of Venice and admire the floating city's numerous romantic canals onboard your gondola!
8 Days
Food & Wine
Guided
Honeymoon & Anniversary
Small Group
UNESCO World Heritage Sites

BENEFITS OF SMALL GROUP TRAVEL

More Flexibility
Smaller groups allow access to unique places you could not get to with a larger group and opens up more opportunities to truly experience a destination.
Premium Accommodation
Stay in selected and inspected centrally located hotels, or charming boutique properties throughout your trip.
Local Guides
All tours are escorted by a knowledgeable guide who will share hidden gems and insider information with you throughout your journey.
Cultural Experiences
Small group tours include many intimate, cultural, and authentic culinary experiences you could not get with a larger group.

Departures

2022 departures: April 8, 22, May 13, 27, June 3, 17, 24, July 8, 15, 22, August 5, 12, 19, September 9, 16, 23, 30 & October 7, 21

Included:

  • Accommodation in premium 4-star hotels with daily breakfast
  • Dinner in Trastevere (Rome)
  • Escorted by a professional tour director (from the 3rd to the 7th day of travel)
  • Private transfer from Fiumicino Airport to your hotel in Rome
  • Transport by high-speed train (Business or Premium class)
  • Transfers to and from the hotel to the train station in each city
  • Porterage service at the train stations and hotels
  • Morning Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s Basilica Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line
  • Afternoon Roman Forum & Palatine Hill Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line
  • Guided Walking Tour of Florence with Skip-the-Line
  • Half-day excursion in Chianti with wine tasting & snacks at a local winery
  • Guided Walking Tour of Venice with Skip-the-Line access St. Mark’s Basilica on your own
  • Gondola Ride
  • Bacaro Experience

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 15 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
  • Upgrade to 5-star accommodation option available
  • Excursion from Florence on the 5th day of the tour (guided tour to Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa and etc.)
  • Post-tour extension to Milan or a round trip to Rome available
  • With many accommodations and touring options in Italy, we can mix and match different hotel and activity options to your liking!

Travel Privately

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

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Health & Safety Protocols

Face masks required for travelers
Face masks required for guides
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

Itinerary

DAY 1: WELCOME TO ROME

Welcome to Rome! You will reach your hotel with a driver from the airport. The rest of the day is at leisure. We suggest a casual walk in the stunning city center and visit the famous Trevi Fountain, and enjoy the view of the Pantheon, the only ancient Roman temple that remained standing as it was through the centuries.

In the evening, enjoy dinner in a must-visit neighborhood in Rome - Trastevere. It is one of the cores of Roman nightlife, bustling and busy with pubs, restaurants, and clubs for all ages. You will have the opportunity to dine in a typical Roman trattoria and discover culinary traditions dating back in time. No worries! We will take care of the reservation! Return to your hotel for your overnight stay. Meals: D

Accommodation at the Starhotels Metropole, Rome, or similar

DAY 2: ROME SIGHTSEEING

After breakfast, your driver will pick you up from the hotel and transfer you to Vatican City. You’ll reach the Vatican City for an exclusive Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica Skip-the-line Guided Tour. No trip to Rome is complete without a visit to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. These galleries contain some of the most famous works of art in the world, including works by artists including Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Raphael, and Giotto.

In the afternoon, you will join our professional guide to access the Colosseum. This was once the most famous meeting place in the world holding 50,000-80,000 spectators. Inside, breathe in the Colosseum’s bloody past brought to life again by your guide. Leaving the Colosseum, you will see the magnificent Arch of Constantine before arriving at the excavated ruins of the Roman Forum archaeological site, where many structures remain intact to this day. Finally, on Palatine Hill, you will learn about the legend of Romulus and Remus. One legend suggests this is how Rome was named for Romulus. Enjoy the rest of the day to explore the city at your leisure. Meals: B

Accommodation at the Starhotels Metropole, Rome, or similar

DAY 3: ROME TO FLORENCE

Wake up in the morning at your centrally located hotel and meet your tour leader after breakfast. You will easily reach Termini Station, and board the high-speed train to Florence. Your tour leader will travel with you, disclosing local tips and information to get you in the mood for this special day trip. Once in Florence, you will check-in at your hotel and enjoy some free time. In the afternoon you will meet your expert local guide so you will be in good hands exploring the amazing architecture of this city. This tour will also offer you the opportunity to visit the famous Galleria dell’Accademia di Firenze, the home of Michelangelo’s sculpture David, an absolute textbook masterpiece. Meals: B

Accommodation at the Starhotels Michelangelo, Florence, or similar

DAY 4: TUSCANY SIGHTSEEING

After breakfast, get ready to depart for one of the most beautiful and characteristic areas of Tuscany, the Chianti. Green hills strewn with kilometers and kilometers of vineyards and olive groves, small hamlets surrounded by intact medieval walls, winding streets, castles, and fortresses. Montefioralle will be the stop - a wonderful town immersed in nature. The highlight will be a characteristic family-run winery, known for its sustainable agriculture and low impact. The staff will show you the basic processes for the production of wine, from the mashing of the grapes to actual winemaking, to aging to bottling.

A visit to the cellar and tasting of their wines* (one vintage of Chianti Classico, one vintage of Chianti Classico Riserva, one vintage of IGT and Vin Santo) is included, accompanied by snacks (polenta croutons with ragu, meatballs, bread with tomato and own-production oil). The selection of wines may change according to production.

After the wine tasting indulgence, enjoy a walk in Montefioralle, a jewel of rare beauty developing around the ancient castle, an important stronghold during the wars between Florence and Siena in medieval times. Return to Florence. Rest of the day at your leisure. Meals: B

Accommodation at the Starhotels Michelangelo, Florence, or similar

DAY 5: FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING

After breakfast, enjoy the day at leisure. You decide how to spend your last day in Florence! You can spend the day strolling the cobblestone streets of Florence on your own or choose one of our exclusive optional tours and activities. What about a guided tour to Siena, San Gimignano or Pisa? Or the thrilling experience of driving a Ferrari or vintage car? Meals: B

Accommodation at the Starhotels Michelangelo, Florence, or similar

DAY 6: FLORENCE TO VENICE

After breakfast, depart for Venice by high-speed train. Upon arrival, your water taxi will take you to your hotel.

In the afternoon, you will meet your tour leader and set off for one of the most dreamed-about experiences, a gondola ride along the city canals! That’s the best way to appreciate the beauty and uniqueness of this lagoon city. Gliding through Venice’s Grand Canal and minor canals, you will admire the splendid palaces, churches, bridges, gardens, and warehouses lining the city’s liquid streets. After the ride, the “Bacaro Tour” will be next, a visit to a couple of local wine bars in the less touristic areas of Venice, where you will taste local wines and the so-called “Cicchetti”, a kind of Venetian tapas. Evening at your leisure. Meals: B

Accommodation at the Starhotels Splendid, Venice, or similar

DAY 7: VENICE SIGHTSEEING

After breakfast, a walking tour of Venice, including a Skip-the-Line ticket to the magnificent St. Mark’s Basilica and, after this, check out the most iconic places of Venice, the Palazzo Dei Dogi, the symbol of Venice’s glorious past as well as the legendary Ponte Dei Sospiri or “Bridge of Sighs”.

Roam along Venice’s canals at your leisure, then return to the hotel and spend the night. However, we do suggest you pay a visit to Harry’s Bar, a Venetian icon that served most of the European royalties and Golden Age Hollywood celebrities since it first opened its doors in 1931. But everyone is welcome now if you follow the correct dress code. The bar is famous for inventing the Bellini cocktail (white peach juice and Prosecco). Meals: B

Accommodation at the Starhotels Splendid, Venice, or similar

DAY 8: VENICE DEPARTURE

This will be the last day of the tour. Enjoy your last breakfast at your hotel and think about the opportunity to add an escapade to Milan (optional). Optional private transfers to Venice airport or the train station are also available. Arrivederci! Meals: B


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