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Jewels of Italy

Venice, Florence and Rome

Jewels of Italy
Read: 10 Important Reasons SAVVY® Adventures is the #1 best low-cost tour company.

 

Jewels of Italy: Daily Itineraries

 

Choose Your Itinerary

From our all-inclusive Premium Itinerary package, to the 'best of both world's' Balanced Itinerary package, to our Basic Itinerary package, you can build in exactly what you want your vacation to Italy look like —

Basic

Reg: $1489pp. Sale: $989

• SAVVY Adventure Leader
• Orientation Walk in Each City
• Daily Continental Breakfast
• Regional Train Tickets Venice to Florence, Florence to Rome

8 Nights in Budget 2+ to 3-Star, Centrally located Hotels

Balanced

Reg: $2449pp. Sale: $1949

Everything in Basic plus:

• Economy Fast Train Tickets
• 1 Included Dinner in Venice
• Private Tour of Venice with Admission to Basilica San Marco & Doges' Palace
• Private Tour of Florence with Admission to Galleria dell'Accademia
• Private Tour of Rome with Admission to Colosseum or Vatican City

8 Nights Hotel in Classic Budget 3+ to 4-Star Centrally located Hotels

Premium

Reg: $3359pp. Sale: $2859

Everything in Basic & Balanced plus:

• Private Airport Arrival & Departure Transfers
• Premium Fast Train Tickets Venice to Florence, Florence to Rome
• Private Tour of Imperial Rome with Admission to Colosseum & Forum
• Private Tour and Admission to Vatican City & Sistine Chapel
• 3 Included Welcome Dinners (Venice, Florence and Rome)
• Privately Guided Tour of Vatican with Sistine Chapel, Museums and St. Peters

8 Nights in Deluxe 4-Star, Heart-of-City Hotels

 

Jewels of Italy: Premium Itinerary

Day 1: International Flight Day

Today you will board your selected international transatlantic flight (not included). Get a no obligation Airfare Quote by clicking here.

 

Day 2: Arrive Venice
Grand Canal, Venice, Italy
Grand Canal, Venice, Italy

Welcome to Venice!

Dinner: "Welcome to Venice Dinner" (included)

GREAT IDEA! For our guests who wish to add more time in Venice to overcome jet lag or just to enjoy Venice for an additional day and night, you may want to consider adding one pre-night hotel stay in Venice to this tour package - inquire for pricing and availability.

Arrival Transfer Included for Premium Itinerary: Enjoy our Meet-and-Greet with Private Water Taxi Transfer from the Venice Marco Polo airport (VCE) to your hotel in Venice on San Marco. (Includes standard gratuities).

Orientation Walkabout: After you have checked into your hotel, you are free to enjoy your day at leisure until it's time to meet your SAVVY Adventure Leader for the Orientation Walkabout. You will be exploring the historic, picturesque streets, squares, alleys, and canals which make Venice one of the most photographed cities in all the world while learning where the best ATM's, restaurants and sites of interest are located near your hotel.

Dinner: "Welcome to Venice" Dinner (included)

This evening, SAVVY Adventures® has made arrangements for you to enjoy a delicious authentic Venetian WELCOME DINNER at one of Venice's wonderful Italian restaurants. You will have a selection from which to choose: an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert --- all included by SAVVY Adventures®. You will also be provided with your choice of one glass of house wine, beer, soft drink, or bottled water with your WELCOME DINNER. If you would like additional wine, beer, soft drink, or bottled water, you may purchase additional beverages independently from the Italian restaurant.

Following dinner, we suggest that you enjoy a casual stroll across the lovely St. Mark's Square and absorb the sights and sounds which establish Venice as one of the greatest, most beloved, and most beautiful cities in all of Italy.

 

Our Hotels on San Marco, 2 Nights:
  
Hotel San Moise
Hotel Flora
Hotel do Pozzi
Hotel dell'Opera
Hotel Saturnia & International
Kette Hotel


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Day 3: Venice

Morning: Private Guided Walking Tour of VENICE with entrance to Doge's Palace (included)

Afternoon: Optional Experience Available or Independent Free Time

Evening: Gondola Ride with Serenade (included)

 

Morning: Private Guided Walking Tour of VENICE with entrance to Doge's Palace (included)

You will awaken and enjoy breakfast at your hotel.  Following breakfast, you will enjoy your private tour of Venice.   

Most of the major sites of Venice are conveniently located within walking distance of each other.

Your included walking tour of Venice will feature the awe-inspiring St. Mark’s Basilica.  Your expert English-speaking guide will provide you with special fast-track Skip-the-Line access so that you will easily enter the Basilica and not have to wait in a long line outside.  Your professional guide will point out the details of the church which are important, as well as explain the history behind the 1000-year-old stunning gold mosaics and the precious artifacts which are on display here.  Yes, even the bones of St. Mark are contained here within St. Mark’s Basilica.  

Your guide will provide you with an audio headset for your entire morning tour, which will help to ensure that you won’t miss anything which is being shared by your professional guide.   Having the headset also allows you to take photographs while listening to your outstanding guide’s commentary at each site as well.

After visiting St. Mark’s Basilica and seeing the interior of the Doge’s Palace, as well as the Campanile (Clock Tower), all located at St. Mark’s Square, your guide will then lead you on a delightful stroll through a romantic maze of surrounding back-streets to discover the lanes, alleys, canals, and piazzas of the city.  Visiting Venice without an experienced guided walking tour can be difficult, as most visitors to Venice do not know where to go or what to look for once they get there.  Your outstanding expert guide will not only show you the important sites in Venice, but your guide will also provide you with the incredible background history of what you are viewing as well.   In addition, your guide will assure that you will walk through the most-significant streets and alleys of Venice, showing you Venice’s lesser-known gems, where the locals carry on life in this amazing Italian city.    

Following your morning guided tour, you are then free to independently stroll “on-your-own” to appreciate and absorb the amazing atmosphere and ambiance which makes the city of Venice truly special, unique, and memorable.

 

Evening: "Gondola Ride with Serenade" (included)

SAVVY Adventures® has made arrangements for you to enjoy a truly special and memorable Venetian experience you will always cherish --- an evening Venetian gondola ride, boarding time at 6:30 pm in the center of Venice --- with a maximum of 6 guests on-board.

One of the gondoliers in a small flotilla of gondolas will be singing and playing music throughout the 35- to 40-minute gondola ride through the canals of Venice to make sure that your gondola ride with Savvy Adventures is truly "extra-special".  You should know that a ride aboard one of the authentic Venetian gondolas is the only way to visit many of the unusual and fascinating corners of Venice, off the beaten track, and where time seems to have stood still centuries ago.

For most visitors to Venice, an evening gondola ride accompanied with singing and music is "a dream come true". You'll always remember and cherish your delightful evening gondola ride in Venice, the city of canals.

(Space is limited on the EVENING gondola ride, so this included activity is offered on a first-come, first-served basis!  If no more space is available for the included evening gondola ride at the time you book, you will still be provided with an included afternoon gondola ride.  Book your tour package NOW!)

 

Recommended Dining Tonight: We recommend Ristorante Da Tura in Mestre or Ristorante da Rafaelle on San Marco.

 

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Day 4: Venice to Florence
Burano Island, Venice, Italy
Island of Burano

Morning: High-speed Train Journey from Venice to Florence (included)

Welcome to Florence!

Dinner: "Welcome to Florence Dinner" (included)

Following your included breakfast and leisurely morning at your hotel, you will transfer independently to the Venice Mestre train station, where you will board your 2-hour, 10-minute train journey to Florence, arriving late afternoon. Included in your tour package will be reserved Premium-class advance-purchase seats. You'll arrive at the Santa Maria Novella train station in Florence, and your hotel in Florence is conveniently located just a 5- to 15-minute walk from the Florence train station, but if upon arrival at the Florence train station you prefer to take a taxi, you may do so by your own arrangement.

Orientation Walkabout: After you are checked into your hotel in Florence, you will enjoy an Orientation Walkabout with our Savvy Adventure Leader and explore the streets, piazzas, alleys, and important sites in the beautiful Renaissance city of Florence, the capital of Tuscany. We suggest that you consider an independent walk or taxi ride up to Piazza Michelangelo, the perfect site to experience one of the most beautiful and spectacular settings anywhere in Europe to capture an unforgettable sunset. Watch the magic happen, and take plenty of photos as the lights of the city of Florence begin to twinkle across the city, as night approaches.

Dinner: "Welcome to Florence" Dinner (included)

This evening, SAVVY Adventures® has made arrangements for you to enjoy a delicious authentic Florentine WELCOME DINNER at one of our favorite restaurants. You will have a selection from which to choose: an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert --- all included by SAVVY Adventures®. You will also be provided with your choice of one glass of house wine, beer, soft drink, or bottled water with your WELCOME DINNER. If you would like additional wine, beer, soft drink, or bottled water, you may purchase additional beverages independently from the Italian restaurant.

Florence, Italy Landscape
Panorama of Florence, Italy

 


Our Hotels in Florence:

Rossa 23 or Similar



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Day 5: Florence
The David Sculpture, Florence Italy
Michelangelo's Marvel Masterpiece: "the David"

Morning: Private Guided Tour of FLORENCE (included)

Your tour of Florence begins in the morning with a fast-track Skip-the-Line entrance ticket and access to the Accademia Gallery, where you'll have the wonderful opportunity to stand in awe at Michelangelo's four large unfinished sculptures of "the Slaves". Then it's time to stop and gaze at Michelangelo's 17-foot magnificent white marble masterpiece statue, "the David".

Your guide will then continue your walking tour to the astounding Florence Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (Florence's Duomo), from where Brunelleschi's dome dominates the skyline of Florence and never ceases to impress. You'll be glad once again that you are part of our tour group, which has access to the Skip-the-Line entrance to enter the large, impressive Florence Cathedral.

Throughout your morning walking tour, you will be provided with interesting insight and information from your professional English-speaking guide about the wonderful city of Florence. You'll learn all about the fascinating history of Florence as you walk towards the heart of the Renaissance Civic and Political Center. You'll have the opportunity to view the ancient statues, glorious fountains, the exterior of the famed Uffizi Gallery, the Piazza degli Uffizi, the Piazza della Signoria, and the Medieval Palazzo Vecchio on your morning tour. Our tour will continue toward the Religious Center, stopping at the Church of Orsanmichele, where you'll admire crafted statues by famed artists such as Donatello, Ghiberti, and Verrocchio. Also, on our tour you'll have the opportunity to rub the nose of the legendary boar, "il Porcellino," to ensure your return to Florence. You'll visit Piazza della Repubblica, once the Ancient Forum, which is now a popular meeting place for famous writers, artists, and locals.

The tour will end about noon at Lungarno, facing the popular, unique, and world-famous Ponte Vecchio Bridge, which stretches across the Arno River.

 

Evening: Optional Dinners, Cooking Classes, Events, & Activities

You may wish to book one of our "Evening and Dinner Options," which you can view when you click the tab, "Optional Experiences," and then view the "Florence Options," where you can then scroll down and view the "Evening and Dinner Options". You have three wonderful options available this evening: "Pizza and Gelato Making;" "Florence Cooking Course & Dinner".



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Day 6: Florence

Independent Day at Leisure to Explore:

May we suggest you see-and-experience more of Florence — 
Or perhaps select an optional tour to visit the Tuscan countryside
Or select our optional tour to visit the famed Cinque Terre

You may choose from among the following on your independent free day:

  1. Sit back, relax, and make no specific plans or book any tours or activities.
  2. Select one of our optional "Full-day tours --- Florence". Click the tab: "Florence Optionals" to view your choices.
  3. Select one (or two) of our optional "Half-day tours --- Florence". Click the tab: "Florence Optionals" to view your choices.

 


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Day 7: Florence to Rome
Hi-Speed Eurostar Train
High Speed Train

Morning: High-speed Train Journey from Florence to Rome (included)

Welcome to Rome —  where all roads lead!

Dinner: "Welcome to Rome Dinner" (included)

Late Afternoon: Optional Excursion: Guided Tour of Rome's Historical Sites & Fountains $99 per person

 

Morning: High-speed Train Journey from Florence to Rome (included)

Following an included breakfast at your wonderful hotel, you will walk from your hotel in Florence to the nearby Santa Maria Novella train station. (For those guests who prefer, you may transfer to your Florence train station independently at your own expense by taxi.) You will board your 95-minute high-speed train journey to Rome. Included in your tour package will be reserved Economy-class advance-purchase seats. (For guests who wish to upgrade their train journey to Comfort-Class advance-purchase seats, simply ask us to reserve your upgrade tickets no later than 60 days prior to your tour departure. Comfort-class advance-purchase seat upgrade: $20/person.) You'll arrive at the Roma Termini train station in Rome, and your hotel in Rome is conveniently located just a 5- to 15-minute walk from the Roma Termini train station, but if upon arrival at the Rome train station you prefer to take a taxi, you may do so by your own arrangement.

Orientation Walkabout: After you are checked into your hotel in Rome, you will enjoy an Orientation Walkabout with your Savvy Adventure Leader and explore the cobblestone streets, piazzas, fountains and rich history of Rome.

 

Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy
Trevi Fountain, Rome

Late Afternoon: Optional Excursion: Private Guided Tour of Rome's Historical Sites & Fountains $99 per person

You'll enjoy your guided tour with English-speaking guide of the important historical architectural sites in Rome: the Piazza Navona, the Fountain of the Four Rivers, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish Steps. This tour begins mid to late afternoon, allowing you time to get relaxed and refreshed beforehand.

Your late afternoon tour of Rome's most special landmarks and sites includes Piazza Navona, which is the home of the world-famous Fountain of the Four Rivers, created by Bernini. Your guide will point out and share with you the history of several important landmarks in and around Piazza Navona.

Your expert guide will then lead you on your walking tour to one of Rome's most important sites --- the Pantheon --- a structure completed by the Emperor Hadrian and dedicated about 126 A.D. The Pantheon is one of the best-preserved Ancient Roman buildings, and it has been in continuous use throughout its history. After almost two thousand years, the Pantheon's dome is still the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome. The Pantheon is also the burial site of several important, well-known Italians, including the artist Raphael. Your guide will point out and share with you the history and the significance of this important Roman landmark.

Following your visit to the Pantheon, you will visit one of the most beautiful and beloved fountains in all the world --- the Trevi Fountain. It is the largest Baroque fountain in Rome, and one of the most famous fountains in all the world. Restoration of this impressive, spectacularly-beautiful fountain was completed in November, 2015. The restoration included the installation of more than 100 LED lights to provide improved illumination of the fountain at night. Legend states that if you throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain using your right hand over your left shoulder that it will "guarantee" that you will return to Rome in your lifetime. This was the theme of the 1954 classic movie, "Three Coins in a Fountain," and the Academy-award winning song by that name is still a cherished favorite of many people.

Your final stop on this tour will be the well-known "Spanish Steps," which is the widest staircase in all of Europe. The "Spanish Steps" is a stairway of 135 steps leading from the Piazza di Spagna to the Trinita dei Monti church at the top. These steps became well-known and famous because of the 1953 film, "Roman Holiday," which starred Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck.

Following your guided tour, we suggest that you walk to Via Condotti (Condotti Street), which is only one short block from the Spanish Steps, where your guided tour will end. Via Condotti is the top fashion street in Rome, which has most all of the upscale Italian fashion retail stores and shops --- e.g., Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Bally, Gucci, Christian Dior, Hermes, Bulgari, Ferragamo, Jimmy Choo, Max Mara, Valentino, Montblanc, and many others. Perhaps you'll want to "break your piggy bank" and return home with a genuine Italian leather item to remember your memorable vacation trip to Italy!

Dinner: "Welcome to Rome" Dinner (included)

This evening, SAVVY Adventures® has made arrangements for you to enjoy a delicious authentic Roman WELCOME DINNER at one of our favorite restaurants. You will have a selection from which to choose: an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert --- all included by SAVVY Adventures®. You will also be provided with your choice of one glass of house wine, beer, soft drink, or bottled water with your WELCOME DINNER. If you would like additional wine, beer, soft drink, or bottled water, you may purchase additional beverages independently from the Italian restaurant.


Our Hotels in Rome:

Deluxe 4-Star Hotel 'Albergo Abruzzi' or similar

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Day 8: Rome
Roman Coloseum
Colosseum, Rome

Morning: Skip-the-Line Ancient Rome Half-Day Tour of the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill (included)

 

You will awaken and enjoy a delicious breakfast included at your hotel. Your SAVVY Adventures® private guided tour of Ancient Rome includes the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. Go with the finest affordable tour operator in Italy --- .

Experience the wonders of Ancient Rome with your Skip-the-Line entrance tickets on this half-day tour, which covers the most-important ancient historical sites in Rome: the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill.

We begin your guided tour with a wonderful panoramic view of the Colosseum atop Colle Oppio ("Opium Hill"). The Colosseum was officially designated as one of the "New 7 Wonders of the World" in 2007. The Colosseum is the most recognizable landmark in all of Rome, and you will be provided with a tour of not only the exterior, but also the highly-sought-after and preferred Skip-the-Line entrance tickets so you can see and experience the interior of this famous, recognizable structure without waiting in a long line (often 2- 3 hours). Your expert guide will point out all the important facts and history which you should know, provide you some of the interesting tales of gladiators, mock sea-battles, and executions which took place here, as well as answer your questions. A guided tour of the Colosseum with your professional guide will be a tour which you shall never forget!

Next your tour guide will lead you to the Arch of Constantine before we arrive at Palatine Hill, which is the most-famous of the "7 hills of Rome". From here you will have the opportunity to absorb the incredible panorama and take special personal photos of the Roman Forum, as well as Nero's Circus Maximus, where chariot races were held.

Then your guided tour will provide you, once again, with Skip-the-Line ticket entrance tickets to the famous Roman Forum. Your guided tour of the Roman Forum will include a walk along the "Via Sacra" ("Sacred Way"), which is the most-important path through the Roman Forum. The most-important facts and history of the Roman Forum will be shared with you during your tour of this vast and impressive historical archaeological site. Your tour will include a visit to the Temple where Julius Caesar was cremated. Your morning guided tour of Ancient Rome will end at the end of the "Via Sacra" near the Senate House. You are free to stay at the Roman Forum and independently explore even more on-your-own following your guided tour.



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Day 9: Rome
The Vatican, Rome, Italy
Vatican City: St. Peter's Basilica

Morning: Skip-the-Line Private Guided Tour of Vatican City, including the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica (included)

 

Morning: Skip-the-Line Private Guided Tour of Vatican City (included)

You will begin your morning with an included breakfast served at your hotel in Rome. Following breakfast, you will be treated to one of the finest tours of the Vatican, led by a truly professional, expert guide.

For many travelers, a guided tour of Vatican City is a "dream-come-true" experience. Did you realize that a visit to Vatican City is actually a visit to another country, separate and distinct from Italy? The Pope serves as the official head of state of this, the smallest country in the world. Geographically, however, the city of Rome and Vatican City are connected and appear to be inseparable.

Your visit to Rome would not be complete without providing you a fascinating and comprehensive guided tour of Vatican City, led by a professional Vatican expert guide who will point out the most-significant historical artifacts which are housed here. Your guide will provide you with invaluable insight and information, which will enhance your understanding and appreciation of all that is a part of Vatican City.

If you want immediate access to the Vatican Museum, rather than waiting in what is almost always a very long two-to-three-hour queue, then this Skip-the-Line tour of Vatican City with your English-speaking guide is exactly what you want and need. With the exclusive access which is provided for your private tour, you can enter the Vatican Museum with your expert guide at 10:00 am and immediately begin admiring and learning about the world's most extensive private collection of art, sculpture, tapestries, etc. which are housed in the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica.

Yes, the special no-wait access option will allow you to skip-the-line and avoid two to three hours of waiting. To be sure that you hear all the commentary your guide will provide each guest with a personal headset so that no one will miss a thing during this incredible tour.

Your English-speaking, Vatican-expert tour guide will personally cater to your needs, answer your questions, and make your visit to Vatican City truly unforgettable. The Vatican Museums occupies over 2,000 rooms and an incredible nine (9) miles of the most extensive collection of art in the world. Obviously, you will be so grateful that your outstanding guide at the Vatican will escort you to the most-important rooms in the Vatican Museums, so that you see the most-significant works which are on display here. Your guide will include all the following on your guided walking tour: the Pinecone Courtyard, the Hall of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries, and the Gallery of Candelabra. In addition, you'll visit Raphael's Rooms and marvel at the interconnecting galleries that showcase the true artistic genius of Raphael.

One of the highlights of your walking tour will be your included visit to the Sistine Chapel. Here the vast beautiful, brightly-colored frescoes will cause you to stand in awe, along with other visitors, of this world-renowned site. The late 15th-century frescoes depict the Life of Moses and the Life of Christ. If you are like most visitors, you'll enter the Sistine Chapel and truly be awe-struck by the incredible frescoes which were painted on the walls of the Sistine Chapel about 500 years ago.

At the beginning of the 16th century, Michelangelo spent four years of his life and painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel --- a masterpiece which is without precedent. Years later (between 1535 A.D. and 1541 A.D.) Michelangelo returned to the Sistine Chapel and spent six years of his life painting The Last Judgment. Yes, you'll have the opportunity to personally gaze upon these world-famous masterpieces in the Sistine Chapel. You should know that the Sistine Chapel is also the special important site in the Vatican where the College of Cardinals elect each successive Pope, whenever the reigning Pope dies or resigns.

Your next stop on your full-morning tour will be at the vast and imposing St. Peter's Basilica, the largest church building in all the world --- with the capacity to accommodate 60,000 people. The interior of St. Peter's is lavishly decorated with marble, reliefs, architectural sculpture, and gilding. Housed and on public display for all to see in St. Peter's Basilica is one of the most famous and beautiful white-marble sculptures to have ever been crafted --- Michelangelo's beloved masterpiece the Pieta, depicting Mary, the Mother of Jesus, holding the body of Jesus as He has been taken down from the cross. The baldachin, or canopy over the Papal Altar, claims to be the largest piece of bronze in the world, and it was designed by Bernini. The sanctuary culminates in a sculptural ensemble, also crafted by Bernini, containing the symbolic Chair of St. Peter.

As the tour draws to a close, your guide will escort you outside to admire magnificent St. Peter's Square. From here, you will be able to personally see the balcony from which the Pope delivers his public addresses. You are free to stroll St. Peter's Square on-your-own at the conclusion of this tour.

 

Recommended Dining Tonight: May we recommend exploring Rome to find the perfect send-off dinner for your last night in Rome? We recommend Vecchio Locanda (located near Pantheon), the roof-top restaurant at Grand Hotel de la Minerve (amazing), or perhaps Ristorante Santa Lucia near Piazza Navona. Don't forget to explore Campo dei Fiore for great options as well.



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Day 10: Departure Day - Fly Home or Extend Your Stay

Return Flight back home OR have SAVVY provide you an EXTENSION TOUR to most any other European city of your choice.

Following breakfast which is included at your hotel in Rome, you have one of 2 options:

  1. Enjoy the Premium Itinerary included departure transfer from your hotel in Rome to the Rome airport for your return flight, arriving back in the U.S. or Canada the same day (on most flight itineraries).
  2. Select another city in Europe you wish to visit, and SAVVY Adventures® will provide you hassle-free a special proposed itinerary for the additional European city you wish to visit. Your options are endless!


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Occasionally, the sequence of sightseeing tours may change. Please check your Tour Documents for any sequence changes.

 

Jewels of Italy: Balanced Itinerary

Day 1: International Flight Day

Today you will board your selected international transatlantic flight (not included). Get a no obligation Airfare Quote by clicking here.

 

Day 2: Arrive Venice
Grand Canal, Venice, Italy
Grand Canal, Venice, Italy

Welcome to Venice!

Dinner: "Welcome to Venice Dinner" (included)

GREAT IDEA! For our guests who wish to add more time in Venice to overcome jet lag or just to enjoy Venice for an additional day and night, you may want to consider adding one pre-night hotel stay in Venice to this tour package - inquire for pricing and availability.

Arrival Transfer Options: Consider our Meet-and-Greet with Private Water Taxi Transfer ($148 per person) from the Venice Marco Polo airport (VCE) to your hotel in Venice on San Marco. (Includes standard gratuities) OR make your own way to the hotel.

Orientation Walkabout: After you have checked into your hotel, you are free to enjoy your day at leisure until it's time to meet your SAVVY Adventure Leader for the Orientation Walkabout. You will be exploring the historic, picturesque streets, squares, alleys, and canals which make Venice one of the most photographed cities in all the world while learning where the best ATM's, restaurants and sites of interest are located near your hotel.

Dinner: "Welcome to Venice" Dinner (included)

This evening, SAVVY Adventures® has made arrangements for you to enjoy a delicious authentic Venetian WELCOME DINNER at one of Venice's wonderful Italian restaurants. You will have a selection from which to choose: an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert --- all included by SAVVY Adventures®. You will also be provided with your choice of one glass of house wine, beer, soft drink, or bottled water with your WELCOME DINNER. If you would like additional wine, beer, soft drink, or bottled water, you may purchase additional beverages independently from the Italian restaurant.

Following dinner, we suggest that you enjoy a casual stroll across the lovely St. Mark's Square and absorb the sights and sounds which establish Venice as one of the greatest, most beloved, and most beautiful cities in all of Italy.

 

Our Hotels on San Marco, 2 Nights:
  
Hotel San Moise
Hotel Flora
Hotel dell'Opera


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Day 3: Venice

Morning: Private Guided Walking Tour of VENICE with entrance to Doge's Palace (included)

Afternoon: Optional Experience Available or Independent Free Time

 

Morning: Private Guided Walking Tour of VENICE with entrance to Doge's Palace (included)

You will awaken and enjoy breakfast at your hotel.  Following breakfast, you will enjoy your SAVVY Adventures® private tour of Venice.   

Most of the major sites of Venice are conveniently located within walking distance of each other.

Your included walking tour of Venice will feature the awe-inspiring St. Mark’s Basilica.  Your expert English-speaking guide will provide you with special fast-track Skip-the-Line access so that you will easily enter the Basilica and not have to wait in a long line outside.  Your professional guide will point out the details of the church which are important, as well as explain the history behind the 1000-year-old stunning gold mosaics and the precious artifacts which are on display here.  Yes, even the bones of St. Mark are contained here within St. Mark’s Basilica.  

Your guide will provide you with an audio headset for your entire morning tour, which will help to ensure that you won’t miss anything which is being shared by your professional guide.   Having the headset also allows you to take photographs while listening to your outstanding guide’s commentary at each site as well.

After visiting St. Mark’s Basilica and seeing the interior of the Doge’s Palace, as well as the Campanile (Clock Tower), all located at St. Mark’s Square, your guide will then lead you on a delightful stroll through a romantic maze of surrounding back-streets to discover the lanes, alleys, canals, and piazzas of the city.  Visiting Venice without an experienced guided walking tour can be difficult, as most visitors to Venice do not know where to go or what to look for once they get there.  Your outstanding expert guide will not only show you the important sites in Venice, but your guide will also provide you with the incredible background history of what you are viewing as well.   In addition, your guide will assure that you will walk through the most-significant streets and alleys of Venice, showing you Venice’s lesser-known gems, where the locals carry on life in this amazing Italian city.

Following your morning guided tour, you are then free to independently stroll “on-your-own” to appreciate and absorb the amazing atmosphere and ambiance which makes the city of Venice truly special, unique, and memorable.

 

Evening Option: Consider the "Gondola Ride with Serenade" ($99 per person).

SAVVY Adventures® is pleased to offer you a truly special and memorable Venetian experience you will always cherish — an evening Venetian gondola ride, boarding time at 6:30 pm in the center of Venice --- with a maximum of 6 guests on-board.

One of the gondoliers in a small flotilla of gondolas will be singing and playing music throughout the 35- to 40-minute gondola ride through the canals of Venice to make sure that your gondola ride with Savvy Adventures is truly "extra-special."  You should know that a ride aboard one of the authentic Venetian gondolas is the only way to visit many of the unusual and fascinating corners of Venice, off the beaten track, and where time seems to have stood still centuries ago.

For most visitors to Venice, an evening gondola ride accompanied with singing and music is "a dream come true." You'll always remember and cherish your delightful evening gondola ride in Venice, the city of canals.

(Space is limited on the EVENING gondola ride, so this optional activity is offered on a first-come, first-served basis!  Book your tour package NOW!)

 

Recommended Dining Tonight: So many options to consider in Venice: Wanting to splurge? Try the Michelin-Starred restaurant on Piazza San Marco - Ristorante Quaddri, or perhaps visit Ristorante Beccafico —  great options around every corner.

Following dinner, we suggest that you enjoy a casual stroll across the lovely St. Mark's Square and absorb the sights and sounds which establish Venice as one of the greatest, most beloved, and most beautiful cities in all of Italy.

 

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Day 4: Venice to Florence
Burano Island, Venice, Italy
Island of Burano

Morning: High-speed Train Journey from Venice to Florence (included)

Following your included breakfast and leisurely morning at your hotel, you will transfer independently to the Venice Mestre train station, where you will board your 2-hour, 10-minute train journey to Florence, arriving late afternoon. Included in your tour package will be reserved Economy-class advance-purchase seats. You'll arrive at the Santa Maria Novella train station in Florence, and your hotel in Florence is conveniently located just a 5- to 15-minute walk from the Florence train station, but if upon arrival at the Florence train station you prefer to take a taxi, you may do so by your own arrangement.

Orientation Walkabout: After you are checked into your hotel in Florence, you will enjoy an Orientation Walkabout with our Savvy Adventure Leader and explore the streets, piazzas, alleys, and important sites in the beautiful Renaissance city of Florence, the capital of Tuscany. We suggest that you consider an independent walk or taxi ride up to Piazza Michelangelo, the perfect site to experience one of the most beautiful and spectacular settings anywhere in Europe to capture an unforgettable sunset. Watch the magic happen, and take plenty of photos as the lights of the city of Florence begin to twinkle across the city, as night approaches.

Recommended Dining Tonight: Florence is known for its cuisine and vino, so enjoy exploring this amazing city. May we recommend Osteria da Baroncelli?

Florence, Italy Landscape
Panorama of Florence, Italy

 


Our Hotels in Florence:

Rossa 23 or Similar



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Day 5: Florence
The David Sculpture, Florence Italy
Michelangelo's Marvel Masterpiece: "the David"

Morning: Private Guided Tour of FLORENCE (included)

Your tour of Florence begins in the morning with a fast-track Skip-the-Line entrance ticket and access to the Accademia Gallery, where you'll have the wonderful opportunity to stand in awe at Michelangelo's four large unfinished sculptures of "the Slaves". Then it's time to stop and gaze at Michelangelo's 17-foot magnificent white marble masterpiece statue, "the David".

Your guide will then continue your walking tour to the astounding Florence Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (Florence's Duomo), from where Brunelleschi's dome dominates the skyline of Florence and never ceases to impress. You'll be glad once again that you are part of our tour group, which has access to the Skip-the-Line entrance to enter the large, impressive Florence Cathedral.

Throughout your morning walking tour, you will be provided with interesting insight and information from your professional English-speaking guide about the wonderful city of Florence. You'll learn all about the fascinating history of Florence as you walk towards the heart of the Renaissance Civic and Political Center. You'll have the opportunity to view the ancient statues, glorious fountains, the exterior of the famed Uffizi Gallery, the Piazza degli Uffizi, the Piazza della Signoria, and the Medieval Palazzo Vecchio on your morning tour. Our tour will continue toward the Religious Center, stopping at the Church of Orsanmichele, where you'll admire crafted statues by famed artists such as Donatello, Ghiberti, and Verrocchio. Also, on our tour you'll have the opportunity to rub the nose of the legendary boar, "il Porcellino," to ensure your return to Florence. You'll visit Piazza della Repubblica, once the Ancient Forum, which is now a popular meeting place for famous writers, artists, and locals.

The tour will end about noon at Lungarno, facing the popular, unique, and world-famous Ponte Vecchio Bridge, which stretches across the Arno River.

 

Evening: Optional Dinners, Cooking Classes, Events, & Activities

You may wish to book one of our "Evening and Dinner Options," which you can view when you click the tab, "Optional Experiences," and then view the "Florence Options," where you can then scroll down and view the "Evening and Dinner Options". You have three wonderful options available this evening: "Pizza and Gelato Making;" "Florence Cooking Course & Dinner."



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Day 6: Florence

Independent Day at Leisure to Explore:

May we suggest you see-and-experience more of Florence — 
Or perhaps select an optional tour to visit the Tuscan countryside
Or select our optional tour to visit the famed Cinque Terre

You may choose from among the following on your independent free day:

  1. Sit back, relax, and make no specific plans or book any tours or activities.
  2. Select one of our optional "Full-day tours --- Florence". Click the tab: "Florence Optionals" to view your choices.
  3. Select one (or two) of our optional "Half-day tours --- Florence". Click the tab: "Florence Optionals" to view your choices.

 


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Day 7: Florence to Rome
Hi-Speed Eurostar Train
High Speed Train

Morning: High-speed Train Journey from Florence to Rome (included)

Late Afternoon: Optional Excursion: Guided Tour of Rome's Historical Sites & Fountains $99 per person

 

Morning: High-speed Train Journey from Florence to Rome (included)

Following an included breakfast at your wonderful hotel, you will walk from your hotel in Florence to the nearby Santa Maria Novella train station. (For those guests who prefer, you may transfer to your Florence train station independently at your own expense by taxi.) You will board your 95-minute high-speed train journey to Rome. Included in your tour package will be reserved Economy-class advance-purchase seats. (For guests who wish to upgrade their train journey to Comfort-Class advance-purchase seats, simply ask us to reserve your upgrade tickets no later than 60 days prior to your tour departure. Comfort-class advance-purchase seat upgrade: $20/person.) You'll arrive at the Roma Termini train station in Rome, and your hotel in Rome is conveniently located just a 5- to 15-minute walk from the Roma Termini train station, but if upon arrival at the Rome train station you prefer to take a taxi, you may do so by your own arrangement.

Orientation Walkabout: After you are checked into your hotel in Rome, you will enjoy an Orientation Walkabout with your Savvy Adventure Leader and explore the cobblestone streets, piazzas, fountains and rich history of Rome.

 

Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy
Trevi Fountain, Rome

Late Afternoon: Optional Excursion: Small-Group Guided Tour of Rome's Historical Sites & Fountains $99 per person

You'll enjoy your guided tour with English-speaking guide of the important historical architectural sites in Rome: the Piazza Navona, the Fountain of the Four Rivers, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish Steps. This tour begins mid to late afternoon, allowing you time to get relaxed and refreshed beforehand.

Your late afternoon tour of Rome's most special landmarks and sites includes Piazza Navona, which is the home of the world-famous Fountain of the Four Rivers, created by Bernini. Your guide will point out and share with you the history of several important landmarks in and around Piazza Navona.

Your expert guide will then lead you on your walking tour to one of Rome's most important sites --- the Pantheon --- a structure completed by the Emperor Hadrian and dedicated about 126 A.D. The Pantheon is one of the best-preserved Ancient Roman buildings, and it has been in continuous use throughout its history. After almost two thousand years, the Pantheon's dome is still the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome. The Pantheon is also the burial site of several important, well-known Italians, including the artist Raphael. Your guide will point out and share with you the history and the significance of this important Roman landmark.

Following your visit to the Pantheon, you will visit one of the most beautiful and beloved fountains in all the world --- the Trevi Fountain. It is the largest Baroque fountain in Rome, and one of the most famous fountains in all the world. Restoration of this impressive, spectacularly-beautiful fountain was completed in November, 2015. The restoration included the installation of more than 100 LED lights to provide improved illumination of the fountain at night. Legend states that if you throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain using your right hand over your left shoulder that it will "guarantee" that you will return to Rome in your lifetime. This was the theme of the 1954 classic movie, "Three Coins in a Fountain," and the Academy-award winning song by that name is still a cherished favorite of many people.

Your final stop on this tour will be the well-known "Spanish Steps," which is the widest staircase in all of Europe. The "Spanish Steps" is a stairway of 135 steps leading from the Piazza di Spagna to the Trinita dei Monti church at the top. These steps became well-known and famous because of the 1953 film, "Roman Holiday," which starred Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck.

Following your guided tour, we suggest that you walk to Via Condotti (Condotti Street), which is only one short block from the Spanish Steps, where your guided tour will end. Via Condotti is the top fashion street in Rome, which has most all of the upscale Italian fashion retail stores and shops --- e.g., Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Bally, Gucci, Christian Dior, Hermes, Bulgari, Ferragamo, Jimmy Choo, Max Mara, Valentino, Montblanc, and many others. Perhaps you'll want to "break your piggy bank" and return home with a genuine Italian leather item to remember your memorable vacation trip to Italy!


Our Hotels in Rome:

Hotel Abruzzi or similar

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Day 8: Rome
Roman Coloseum
Colosseum, Rome

Morning: Skip-the-Line Ancient Rome Half-Day Tour of the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill (included)

 

You will awaken and enjoy a delicious breakfast included at your hotel. Your SAVVY Adventures® guided tour of Ancient Rome will include the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. Go with the finest affordable tour operator in Italy --- .

Experience the wonders of Ancient Rome with your Skip-the-Line entrance tickets on this half-day tour, which covers the most-important ancient historical sites in Rome: the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill.

We begin your guided tour with a wonderful panoramic view of the Colosseum atop Colle Oppio ("Opium Hill"). The Colosseum was officially designated as one of the "New 7 Wonders of the World" in 2007. The Colosseum is the most recognizable landmark in all of Rome, and you will be provided with a tour of not only the exterior, but also the highly-sought-after and preferred Skip-the-Line entrance tickets so you can see and experience the interior of this famous, recognizable structure without waiting in a long line (often 2- 3 hours). Your expert guide will point out all the important facts and history which you should know, provide you some of the interesting tales of gladiators, mock sea-battles, and executions which took place here, as well as answer your questions. A guided tour of the Colosseum with your professional guide will be a tour which you shall never forget!

Next your tour guide will lead you to the Arch of Constantine before we arrive at Palatine Hill, which is the most-famous of the "7 hills of Rome". From here you will have the opportunity to absorb the incredible panorama and take special personal photos of the Roman Forum, as well as Nero's Circus Maximus, where chariot races were held.

Then your guided tour will provide you, once again, with Skip-the-Line ticket entrance tickets to the famous Roman Forum. Your guided tour of the Roman Forum will include a walk along the "Via Sacra" ("Sacred Way"), which is the most-important path through the Roman Forum. The most-important facts and history of the Roman Forum will be shared with you during your tour of this vast and impressive historical archaeological site. Your tour will include a visit to the Temple where Julius Caesar was cremated. Your morning guided tour of Ancient Rome will end at the end of the "Via Sacra" near the Senate House. You are free to stay at the Roman Forum and independently explore even more on-your-own following your guided tour.



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Day 9: Rome
The Vatican, Rome, Italy
Vatican City: St. Peter's Basilica

Optional Excursion - Skip-the-Line Small-Group Guided Tour of Vatican City

 

Following breakfast, you will be treated to one of the finest tours of the Vatican, led by a truly professional, expert guide.

For many travelers, a guided tour of Vatican City is a "dream-come-true" experience. Did you realize that a visit to Vatican City is actually a visit to another country, separate and distinct from Italy? The Pope serves as the official head of state of this, the smallest country in the world. Geographically, however, the city of Rome and Vatican City are connected and appear to be inseparable.

Your visit to Rome would not be complete without providing you a fascinating and comprehensive guided tour of Vatican City, led by a professional Vatican expert guide who will point out the most-significant historical artifacts which are housed here. Your guide will provide you with invaluable insight and information, which will enhance your understanding and appreciation of all that is a part of Vatican City.

If you want immediate access to the Vatican Museum, rather than waiting in what is almost always a very long two-to-three-hour queue, then this Skip-the-Line tour of Vatican City with your English-speaking guide is exactly what you want and need. With the exclusive access which is provided for your private tour, you can enter the Vatican Museum with your expert guide at 10:00 am and immediately begin admiring and learning about the world's most extensive private collection of art, sculpture, tapestries, etc. which are housed in the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica.

Yes, the special no-wait access option will allow you to skip-the-line and avoid two to three hours of waiting. To be sure that you hear all the commentary your guide will provide each guest with a personal headset so that no one will miss a thing during this incredible tour.

Your English-speaking, Vatican-expert tour guide will personally cater to your needs, answer your questions, and make your visit to Vatican City truly unforgettable. The Vatican Museums occupies over 2,000 rooms and an incredible nine (9) miles of the most extensive collection of art in the world. Obviously, you will be so grateful that your outstanding guide at the Vatican will escort you to the most-important rooms in the Vatican Museums, so that you see the most-significant works which are on display here. Your guide will include all the following on your guided walking tour: the Pinecone Courtyard, the Hall of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries, and the Gallery of Candelabra. In addition, you'll visit Raphael's Rooms and marvel at the interconnecting galleries that showcase the true artistic genius of Raphael.

One of the highlights of your walking tour will be your included visit to the Sistine Chapel. Here the vast beautiful, brightly-colored frescoes will cause you to stand in awe, along with other visitors, of this world-renowned site. The late 15th-century frescoes depict the Life of Moses and the Life of Christ. If you are like most visitors, you'll enter the Sistine Chapel and truly be awe-struck by the incredible frescoes which were painted on the walls of the Sistine Chapel about 500 years ago.

At the beginning of the 16th century, Michelangelo spent four years of his life and painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel --- a masterpiece which is without precedent. Years later (between 1535 A.D. and 1541 A.D.) Michelangelo returned to the Sistine Chapel and spent six years of his life painting The Last Judgment. Yes, you'll have the opportunity to personally gaze upon these world-famous masterpieces in the Sistine Chapel. You should know that the Sistine Chapel is also the special important site in the Vatican where the College of Cardinals elect each successive Pope, whenever the reigning Pope dies or resigns.

Your next stop on your full-morning tour will be at the vast and imposing St. Peter's Basilica, the largest church building in all the world --- with the capacity to accommodate 60,000 people. The interior of St. Peter's is lavishly decorated with marble, reliefs, architectural sculpture, and gilding. Housed and on public display for all to see in St. Peter's Basilica is one of the most famous and beautiful white-marble sculptures to have ever been crafted --- Michelangelo's beloved masterpiece the Pieta, depicting Mary, the Mother of Jesus, holding the body of Jesus as He has been taken down from the cross. The baldachin, or canopy over the Papal Altar, claims to be the largest piece of bronze in the world, and it was designed by Bernini. The sanctuary culminates in a sculptural ensemble, also crafted by Bernini, containing the symbolic Chair of St. Peter.

As the tour draws to a close, your guide will escort you outside to admire magnificent St. Peter's Square. From here, you will be able to personally see the balcony from which the Pope delivers his public addresses. You are free to stroll St. Peter's Square on-your-own at the conclusion of this tour.

 



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Day 10: Departure Day - Fly Home or Extend Your Stay

Return Flight back home OR have SAVVY provide you an EXTENSION TOUR to most any other European city of your choice.

Following breakfast which is included at your hotel in Rome, you have one of 2 options:

  1. Opt for our departure transfer from your hotel in Rome to the Rome airport ($69 per person) for your return flight, arriving back in the U.S. or Canada the same day (on most flight itineraries) OR make your way to the Rome airport.
  2. Select another city in Europe you wish to visit, and SAVVY Adventures® will provide you hassle-free a special proposed itinerary for the additional European city you wish to visit. Your options are endless!


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Occasionally, the sequence of sightseeing tours may change. Please check your Tour Documents for any sequence changes.

 

Jewels of Italy: Basic Itinerary

Day 1: International Flight Day

Today you will board your selected international transatlantic flight (not included). Get a no obligation Airfare Quote by clicking here.

 

Day 2: Arrive Venice
Grand Canal, Venice, Italy
Grand Canal, Venice, Italy

Welcome to Venice!

GREAT IDEA! For our guests who wish to add more time in Venice to overcome jet lag or just to enjoy Venice for an additional day and night, you may want to consider adding one pre-night hotel stay in Venice to this tour package - inquire for pricing and availability.

Arrival Transfer Options: Consider our Meet-and-Greet with Private Water Taxi Transfer ($148 per person) from the Venice Marco Polo airport (VCE) to your hotel in Venice on San Marco. (Includes standard gratuities) OR make your own way to the hotel.

Orientation Walkabout: After you have checked into your hotel, you are free to enjoy your day at leisure until it's time to meet your SAVVY Adventure Leader for the Orientation Walkabout. You will be exploring the historic, picturesque streets, squares, alleys, and canals which make Venice one of the most photographed cities in all the world while learning where the best ATM's, restaurants and sites of interest are located near your hotel.

Optional "Welcome to Venice" Dinner $60 per person

This evening, SAVVY Adventures® has made arrangements for you to enjoy a delicious authentic Venetian WELCOME DINNER at one of Venice's wonderful Italian restaurants. You will have a selection from which to choose: an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert --- all included by SAVVY Adventures®. You will also be provided with your choice of one glass of house wine, beer, soft drink, or bottled water with your WELCOME DINNER. If you would like additional wine, beer, soft drink, or bottled water, you may purchase additional beverages independently from the Italian restaurant.

Following dinner, we suggest that you enjoy a casual stroll across the lovely St. Mark's Square and absorb the sights and sounds which establish Venice as one of the greatest, most beloved, and most beautiful cities in all of Italy.

 

Our Hotels on San Marco, 2 Nights:
  
Hotel Violino d'Oro or Similar


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Day 3: Venice at Leisure

Optional Morning Excursion: Small-Group Guided Walking Tour of VENICE with entrance to Doge's Palace $99 per person

You will awaken and enjoy breakfast at your hotel.  Following breakfast, you will enjoy your SAVVY Adventures® Small-Group tour of Venice.  

This walking tour of Venice will feature the awe-inspiring St. Mark’s Basilica.  Your expert English-speaking guide will provide you with special fast-track Skip-the-Line access so that you will easily enter the Basilica and not have to wait in a long line outside.  Your professional guide will point out the details of the church which are important, as well as explain the history behind the 1000-year-old stunning gold mosaics and the precious artifacts which are on display here.  Yes, even the bones of St. Mark are contained here within St. Mark’s Basilica.  

Your guide will provide you with an audio headset for your entire morning tour, which will help to ensure that you won’t miss anything which is being shared by your professional guide.   Having the headset also allows you to take photographs while listening to your outstanding guide’s commentary at each site as well.

After visiting St. Mark’s Basilica and seeing the interior of the Doge’s Palace, as well as the Campanile (Clock Tower), all located at St. Mark’s Square, your guide will then lead you on a delightful stroll through a romantic maze of surrounding back-streets to discover the lanes, alleys, canals, and piazzas of the city.  Visiting Venice without an experienced guided walking tour can be difficult, as most visitors to Venice do not know where to go or what to look for once they get there.  Your outstanding expert guide will not only show you the important sites in Venice, but your guide will also provide you with the incredible background history of what you are viewing as well.   In addition, your guide will assure that you will walk through the most-significant streets and alleys of Venice, showing you Venice’s lesser-known gems, where the locals carry on life in this amazing Italian city.

Following your morning guided tour, you are then free to independently stroll “on-your-own” to appreciate and absorb the amazing atmosphere and ambiance which makes the city of Venice truly special, unique, and memorable.

 

Optional Evening Gondola Ride with Serenade - ($99 per person)

SAVVY Adventures® has made arrangements for you to enjoy a truly special and memorable Venetian experience you will always cherish --- an evening Venetian gondola ride, boarding time at 6:30 pm in the center of Venice --- with a maximum of 6 guests on-board.

One of the gondoliers in a small flotilla of gondolas will be singing and playing music throughout the 35- to 40-minute gondola ride through the canals of Venice to make sure that your gondola ride with Savvy Adventures is truly "extra-special".  You should know that a ride aboard one of the authentic Venetian gondolas is the only way to visit many of the unusual and fascinating corners of Venice, off the beaten track, and where time seems to have stood still centuries ago.

For most visitors to Venice, an evening gondola ride accompanied with singing and music is "a dream come true". You'll always remember and cherish your delightful evening gondola ride in Venice, the city of canals.

(Space is limited on the EVENING gondola ride, so this included activity is offered on a first-come, first-served basis!  If no more space is available for the included evening gondola ride at the time you book, you will still be provided with an included afternoon gondola ride.  Book your tour package NOW!)

Dining Recommendations Tonight: We recommend Ristorante Da Tura in Mestre or Ristorante da Rafaelle on San Marco.

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Day 4: Venice to Florence
Burano Island, Venice, Italy
Island of Burano

Afternoon: Regional Train Journey from Venice to Florence (included)

This afternoon you will transfer independently to the Venice Mestre train station, where you will board your Regional train journey to Florence (approx 4 hrs), arriving early evening. (For guests who wish to upgrade their train journey to the High Speed Train (Approx 2.5 hrs), simply ask us to reserve your upgraded tickets no later than 60 days prior to your tour departure. $40/person.) You'll arrive at the Santa Maria Novella train station in Florence, and your hotel in Florence is conveniently located just a 5- to 15-minute walk from the Florence train station, but if upon arrival at the Florence train station you prefer to take a taxi, you may do so by your own arrangement.

Option: Upgrade to a Fast-Train Ticket in Economy or Premium —  inquire with reservations for the upgrade cost.

Orientation Walkabout: After you are checked into your hotel in Florence, you will enjoy an Orientation Walkabout with our Savvy Adventure Leader and explore the streets, piazzas, alleys, and important sites in the beautiful Renaissance city of Florence, the capital of Tuscany. We suggest that you consider an independent walk or taxi ride up to Piazza Michelangelo, the perfect site to experience one of the most beautiful and spectacular settings anywhere in Europe to capture an unforgettable sunset. Watch the magic happen, and take plenty of photos as the lights of the city of Florence begin to twinkle across the city, as night approaches.

Florence, Italy Landscape
Panorama of Florence, Italy

 


Our Hotels in Florence:

Hotel Rosso 23, Hotel Alinari or Similar

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Day 5: Florence at Leisure
The David Sculpture, Florence Italy
Michelangelo's Marvel Masterpiece: "the David"

Optional Excursion - Walking Tour of FLORENCE $109 per person

This tour of Florence begins in the morning with a fast-track Skip-the-Line entrance ticket and access to the Accademia Gallery, where you'll have the wonderful opportunity to stand in awe at Michelangelo's four large unfinished sculptures of "the Slaves". Then it's time to stop and gaze at Michelangelo's 17-foot magnificent white marble masterpiece statue, "the David".

Your guide will then continue your walking tour to the astounding Florence Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (Florence's Duomo), from where Brunelleschi's dome dominates the skyline of Florence and never ceases to impress. You'll be glad once again that you are part of our tour group, which has access to the Skip-the-Line entrance to enter the large, impressive Florence Cathedral.

Throughout your morning walking tour, you will be provided with interesting insight and information from your professional English-speaking guide about the wonderful city of Florence. You'll learn all about the fascinating history of Florence as you walk towards the heart of the Renaissance Civic and Political Center. You'll have the opportunity to view the ancient statues, glorious fountains, the exterior of the famed Uffizi Gallery, the Piazza degli Uffizi, the Piazza della Signoria, and the Medieval Palazzo Vecchio on your morning tour. Our tour will continue toward the Religious Center, stopping at the Church of Orsanmichele, where you'll admire crafted statues by famed artists such as Donatello, Ghiberti, and Verrocchio. Also, on our tour you'll have the opportunity to rub the nose of the legendary boar, "il Porcellino," to ensure your return to Florence. You'll visit Piazza della Repubblica, once the Ancient Forum, which is now a popular meeting place for famous writers, artists, and locals.

The tour will end about noon at Lungarno, facing the popular, unique, and world-famous Ponte Vecchio Bridge, which stretches across the Arno River.

 

Evening: Optional Dinners, Cooking Classes, Events, & Activities

You may wish to book one of our "Evening and Dinner Options," which you can view when you click the tab, "Optional Experiences," and then view the "Florence Options," where you can then scroll down and view the "Evening and Dinner Options". You have three wonderful options available this evening: "Pizza and Gelato Making;" "Florence Cooking Course & Dinner".



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Day 6: Florence at Leisure

Independent Day at Leisure to Explore:

May we suggest you see-and-experience more of Florence — 
Or perhaps select an optional tour to visit the Tuscan countryside
Or select our optional tour to visit the famed Cinque Terre

You may choose from among the following on your independent free day:

  1. Sit back, relax, and make no specific plans or book any tours or activities.
  2. Select one of our optional "Full-day tours --- Florence". Click the tab: "Florence Optionals" to view your choices.
  3. Select one (or two) of our optional "Half-day tours --- Florence". Click the tab: "Florence Optionals" to view your choices.

 


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Day 7: Florence to Rome
Hi-Speed Eurostar Train
High Speed Train

Morning: Regional Train Journey from Florence to Rome (included)

Late Afternoon: Optional Excursion: Guided Tour of Rome's Historical Sites & Fountains $99 per person

 

Morning: High-speed Train Journey from Florence to Rome (included)

Following an included breakfast at your wonderful hotel, you will walk from your hotel in Florence to the nearby Santa Maria Novella train station. (For those guests who prefer, you may transfer to your Florence train station independently at your own expense by taxi.) You will board your 95-minute high-speed train journey to Rome. Included in your tour package will be reserved Economy-class advance-purchase seats. (For guests who wish to upgrade their train journey to Comfort-Class advance-purchase seats, simply ask us to reserve your upgrade tickets no later than 60 days prior to your tour departure. Comfort-class advance-purchase seat upgrade: $20/person.) You'll arrive at the Roma Termini train station in Rome, and your hotel in Rome is conveniently located just a 5- to 15-minute walk from the Roma Termini train station, but if upon arrival at the Rome train station you prefer to take a taxi, you may do so by your own arrangement.

Orientation Walkabout: After you are checked into your hotel in Rome, you will enjoy an Orientation Walkabout with your Savvy Adventure Leader and explore the cobblestone streets, piazzas, fountains and rich history of Rome.

 

Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy
Trevi Fountain, Rome

Late Afternoon: Optional Excursion: Small-Group Guided Tour of Rome's Historical Sites & Fountains $99 per person

You'll enjoy your guided tour with English-speaking guide of the important historical architectural sites in Rome: the Piazza Navona, the Fountain of the Four Rivers, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish Steps. This tour begins mid to late afternoon, allowing you time to get relaxed and refreshed beforehand.

Your late afternoon tour of Rome's most special landmarks and sites includes Piazza Navona, which is the home of the world-famous Fountain of the Four Rivers, created by Bernini. Your guide will point out and share with you the history of several important landmarks in and around Piazza Navona.

Your expert guide will then lead you on your walking tour to one of Rome's most important sites --- the Pantheon --- a structure completed by the Emperor Hadrian and dedicated about 126 A.D. The Pantheon is one of the best-preserved Ancient Roman buildings, and it has been in continuous use throughout its history. After almost two thousand years, the Pantheon's dome is still the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome. The Pantheon is also the burial site of several important, well-known Italians, including the artist Raphael. Your guide will point out and share with you the history and the significance of this important Roman landmark.

Following your visit to the Pantheon, you will visit one of the most beautiful and beloved fountains in all the world --- the Trevi Fountain. It is the largest Baroque fountain in Rome, and one of the most famous fountains in all the world. Restoration of this impressive, spectacularly-beautiful fountain was completed in November, 2015. The restoration included the installation of more than 100 LED lights to provide improved illumination of the fountain at night. Legend states that if you throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain using your right hand over your left shoulder that it will "guarantee" that you will return to Rome in your lifetime. This was the theme of the 1954 classic movie, "Three Coins in a Fountain," and the Academy-award winning song by that name is still a cherished favorite of many people.

Your final stop on this tour will be the well-known "Spanish Steps," which is the widest staircase in all of Europe. The "Spanish Steps" is a stairway of 135 steps leading from the Piazza di Spagna to the Trinita dei Monti church at the top. These steps became well-known and famous because of the 1953 film, "Roman Holiday," which starred Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck.

Following your guided tour, we suggest that you walk to Via Condotti (Condotti Street), which is only one short block from the Spanish Steps, where your guided tour will end. Via Condotti is the top fashion street in Rome, which has most all of the upscale Italian fashion retail stores and shops --- e.g., Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Bally, Gucci, Christian Dior, Hermes, Bulgari, Ferragamo, Jimmy Choo, Max Mara, Valentino, Montblanc, and many others. Perhaps you'll want to "break your piggy bank" and return home with a genuine Italian leather item to remember your memorable vacation trip to Italy!


Our Hotels in Rome:

Hotel Marco Polo or Similar

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Day 8: Rome at Leisure
Roman Coloseum
Colosseum, Rome

Optional Excursions: Skip-the-Line Ancient Rome Half-Day Tour of the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill $119 per person

 

Experience the wonders of Ancient Rome with your small-group, guided tour, with Skip-the-Line entrance tickets on this half-day tour, which covers the most-important ancient historical sites in Rome: the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill.

We begin your guided tour with a wonderful panoramic view of the Colosseum atop Colle Oppio ("Opium Hill"). The Colosseum was officially designated as one of the "New 7 Wonders of the World" in 2007. The Colosseum is the most recognizable landmark in all of Rome, and you will be provided with a tour of not only the exterior, but also the highly-sought-after and preferred Skip-the-Line entrance tickets so you can see and experience the interior of this famous, recognizable structure without waiting in a long line (often 2- 3 hours). Your expert guide will point out all the important facts and history which you should know, provide you some of the interesting tales of gladiators, mock sea-battles, and executions which took place here, as well as answer your questions. A guided tour of the Colosseum with your professional guide will be a tour which you shall never forget!

Next your tour guide will lead you to the Arch of Constantine before we arrive at Palatine Hill, which is the most-famous of the "7 hills of Rome". From here you will have the opportunity to absorb the incredible panorama and take special personal photos of the Roman Forum, as well as Nero's Circus Maximus, where chariot races were held.

Then your guided tour will provide you, once again, with Skip-the-Line ticket entrance tickets to the famous Roman Forum. Your guided tour of the Roman Forum will include a walk along the "Via Sacra" ("Sacred Way"), which is the most-important path through the Roman Forum. The most-important facts and history of the Roman Forum will be shared with you during your tour of this vast and impressive historical archaeological site. Your tour will include a visit to the Temple where Julius Caesar was cremated. Your morning guided tour of Ancient Rome will end at the end of the "Via Sacra" near the Senate House. You are free to stay at the Roman Forum and independently explore even more on-your-own following your guided tour.



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Day 9: Rome at Leisure
The Vatican, Rome, Italy
Vatican City: St. Peter's Basilica

Optional Excursion: Skip-the-Line Small-Group Guided Tour of Vatican City $109 per person

 

For many travelers, a guided tour of Vatican City is a "dream-come-true" experience. Did you realize that a visit to Vatican City is actually a visit to another country, separate and distinct from Italy? The Pope serves as the official head of state of this, the smallest country in the world. Geographically, however, the city of Rome and Vatican City are connected and appear to be inseparable.

Your visit to Rome would not be complete without providing you a fascinating and comprehensive guided tour of Vatican City, led by a professional Vatican expert guide who will point out the most-significant historical artifacts which are housed here. Your guide will provide you with invaluable insight and information, which will enhance your understanding and appreciation of all that is a part of Vatican City.

If you want immediate access to the Vatican Museum, rather than waiting in what is almost always a very long two-to-three-hour queue, then this Skip-the-Line tour of Vatican City with your English-speaking guide is exactly what you want and need. With the exclusive access which is provided for your small-group tour, you can enter the Vatican Museum with your expert guide at 10:00 am and immediately begin admiring and learning about the world's most extensive private collection of art, sculpture, tapestries, etc. which are housed in the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica.

Yes, the special no-wait access option will allow you to skip-the-line and avoid two to three hours of waiting. To be sure that you hear all the commentary your guide will provide each guest with a personal headset so that no one will miss a thing during this incredible tour.

Your English-speaking, Vatican-expert tour guide will personally cater to your needs, answer your questions, and make your visit to Vatican City truly unforgettable. The Vatican Museums occupies over 2,000 rooms and an incredible nine (9) miles of the most extensive collection of art in the world. Obviously, you will be so grateful that your outstanding guide at the Vatican will escort you to the most-important rooms in the Vatican Museums, so that you see the most-significant works which are on display here. Your guide will include all the following on your guided walking tour: the Pinecone Courtyard, the Hall of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries, and the Gallery of Candelabra. In addition, you'll visit Raphael's Rooms and marvel at the interconnecting galleries that showcase the true artistic genius of Raphael.

One of the highlights of your walking tour will be your included visit to the Sistine Chapel. Here the vast beautiful, brightly-colored frescoes will cause you to stand in awe, along with other visitors, of this world-renowned site. The late 15th-century frescoes depict the Life of Moses and the Life of Christ. If you are like most visitors, you'll enter the Sistine Chapel and truly be awe-struck by the incredible frescoes which were painted on the walls of the Sistine Chapel about 500 years ago.

At the beginning of the 16th century, Michelangelo spent four years of his life and painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel --- a masterpiece which is without precedent. Years later (between 1535 A.D. and 1541 A.D.) Michelangelo returned to the Sistine Chapel and spent six years of his life painting The Last Judgment. Yes, you'll have the opportunity to personally gaze upon these world-famous masterpieces in the Sistine Chapel. You should know that the Sistine Chapel is also the special important site in the Vatican where the College of Cardinals elect each successive Pope, whenever the reigning Pope dies or resigns.

Your next stop on your full-morning tour will be at the vast and imposing St. Peter's Basilica, the largest church building in all the world --- with the capacity to accommodate 60,000 people. The interior of St. Peter's is lavishly decorated with marble, reliefs, architectural sculpture, and gilding. Housed and on public display for all to see in St. Peter's Basilica is one of the most famous and beautiful white-marble sculptures to have ever been crafted --- Michelangelo's beloved masterpiece the Pieta, depicting Mary, the Mother of Jesus, holding the body of Jesus as He has been taken down from the cross. The baldachin, or canopy over the Papal Altar, claims to be the largest piece of bronze in the world, and it was designed by Bernini. The sanctuary culminates in a sculptural ensemble, also crafted by Bernini, containing the symbolic Chair of St. Peter.

As the tour draws to a close, your guide will escort you outside to admire magnificent St. Peter's Square. From here, you will be able to personally see the balcony from which the Pope delivers his public addresses. You are free to stroll St. Peter's Square on-your-own at the conclusion of this tour.


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Day 10: Departure Day - Fly Home or Extend Your Stay

Return Flight back home OR have SAVVY provide you an EXTENSION TOUR to most any other European city of your choice.

Following breakfast which is included at your hotel in Rome, you have one of 2 options:

  1. Opt for our departure transfer from your hotel in Rome to the Rome airport ($69 per person) for your return flight, arriving back in the U.S. or Canada the same day (on most flight itineraries) OR make your way to the Rome airport.
  2. Select another city in Europe you wish to visit, and SAVVY Adventures® will provide you hassle-free a special proposed itinerary for the additional European city you wish to visit. Your options are endless!


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Occasionally, the sequence of sightseeing tours may change. Please check your Tour Documents for any sequence changes.

 

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