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HEART OF ITALY

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GRAND TOUR

HEART OF ITALY
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GRAND TOUR
VENICE - FLORENCE - ROME 

7 Days / 6 Nights

June 8 - 15 , 2024

From $7,725

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Don't wait for another year... discover Italy with WalkEurope in 2024!

 

The Heart of Italy Grand Tour is a wonderful week to see and experience the astonishing beauty... experience old world culture... and learn about the rich history of Italy.

 

We'll start the tour in magical Venice, staying two nights in a premiere hotel located in the quiet Dorsoduro district near Venice's Peggy Guggenheim Collection museum, learning about the history and architecture of this unique city. We'll take a private boat (weather permitting) on Venice's iconic Grand Canal, explore the quiet back canals, see Piazza San Marco, Saint Mark’s Basilica, and Rialto Bridge.

Next we'll travel via train, 1st-class, heading south where we’ll be stay three nights in Florence, considered the “Cradle of the Renaissance." We'll stay in a choice of personally-selected boutique hotels in the heart of Florence's historic city centre, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The hotel is ideally located between Florence Cathedral and the picturesque Arno River with its beautiful medieval bridges.

 

We'll have private tours with local Florence historian guides of the Uffizi Gallery to see the museum’s masterpieces -- Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, Titan’s Venus of Urbino and Raphael’s Madonna of the Goldfinch paintings. We'll visit Accademia Gallery to see Michelangelo’s David statue… visit Florence Duomo - Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiore... and see Boboli Gardens, one of Europe's grand gardens, with its magnificent fountains, grand sculptures, and shady lanes lined with towering cypresses.

We'll have a Tuscany and Chianti wine tasting session with a region expert and cocktail hour soirees.

 

Then onto awe-inspiring Rome & The Vatican... embrace the art & architecture of majestic Florence, the Renaissance capital... travel through the picturesque Tuscany countryside and visit Siena, the UNESCO World Heritage site town... and spend a memorable a day in magical Venice!

 

We'll be based our final two nights in Rome where we'll delve into Rome's ancient history. We'll see Rome's top landmarks, engage with its people, and experience today's modern Roman city life. We'll take private tours with local historian guides of the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter’s Basilica... take a private tour of The Colosseum and The Forum... visit the Pantheon... Spanish Steps... Borghese Gardens... Piazza Navona... and toss coins into Trevi Fountain.

There will be free time for personal exploring and sightseeing... shopping in markets and boutiques... enjoying Italian cuisine and gelato... relaxing at sidewalk cafes.

 

We'll have a Tuscany and Chianti wine tasting session with a region expert and cocktail hour soirees.

Optional before breakfast group pleasure walks are organized for travelers who want some morning exercise before starting their vacation day.

 

Heart of Italy Grand Tour Is Designed To Provide:

  • A fabulous vacation experience visiting Italy's Big 3 top destinations in one week - Venice,Florence and Rome.

  • Friendly and fun small group environment limited to 15 persons. Enjoy the camaraderie and begin friendships with like-minded travelers.

  • Many activities -- private tours with local historian guides of top Rome, Florence and Venice landmarks & sites... welcome reception... Italian wine tasting session with a region expert... cocktail hour soirees... gala farewell dinner

  • Free personal time to discover and enjoy Florence at your own pace.

  • Optional group morning pleasure walks led by WalkEurope president, Tom Harter.

  • Recommended restaurants should you want to explore on your own, yet everyone is invited to join local-cuisine group meals.

  • Concierge service & support – fully escorted tour, personal & customized service for a WORRY-FREE vacation!​ 

 

What's Included:

  • Six nights in a choice of personally-selected charming boutique or premiere/luxury hotels.

  • Daily hotel breakfasts.

  • Venice Activities:

    • Boat ride on the Grand Canal (weather permitting).

    • City tour of Piazza San Marco, Saint Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace, and Rialto Bridge

  • Florence Activities

    • Tour of Uffizi Gallery with local art historian guide.

    • Tour of Accademia Gallery with local art historian guide.

    • Tour of Florence's Duomo - Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiore with local historian guide.

    • Walking visits through Boboli Gardens, along the Arno River, and over Ponte Vecchio bridge

  • Rome Activities

    • Tour of The Colosseum and The Forum with local historian guide.

    • Tour of Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter’s Basilica with local historian guide.

    • Walking visits to the Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, and Borghese Gardens.

    • Free time for personal exploring & sightseeing... shopping... relaxing.

    • Optional before breakfast pleasure walks

  • Welcome Reception/Dinner – with Italian wines and hors d'oeuvres hosted by WalkEurope.

  • Italian Wine Tasting Session – with region expert.

  • Cocktail Hour Soirees - enjoy before dinner local wines hosted by WalkEurope

  • Gala Farewell Dinner – featuring traditional Italian cuisine and wines hosted by WalkEurope.

  • Cathedral, museum, palace & garden entrance fees for all group activities and day trips.

  • Ground transportation for all group activities including 1st-class train transportation between Venice & Florence.

  • Palace, cathedral, museum, archeological site & garden entrance fees for all group activities and day trips.

  • Optional before breakfast pleasure walks

  • Concierge service & support.

 

Arrival & Departure City:

Arrinal City: Venice, Italy

Departure City: Rome, Italy

 

Trip Cost:

Early-Bird Discount Rate - $250 Savings - Registration & Full-Payment By January 31, 2024. Non-Refundable.

  • $7,725 – 9 days / 8 nights per person in double occupancy shared hotel room. Tour cost does not include airfare.

  • Added cost for private room hotel accommodation option - $2,950

Regular Rate: Signing Up After January 31, 2024

Classic Rooms Option:

  • $7,975 – 8 days / 7 nights per person in double occupancy shared hotel room. Tour cost does not include airfare.

  • Added cost for private single room hotel accommodation option - $2,950

         

Space Is Limited -- Reserve Early!

Small Group Tour. Limited to 15 persons.

Additional WalkEurope Tours to join to travel in Europe for 2 or 3 weeks:

Pre-Tour

Italy: Portofino & Lake Como Plein Air Painting Trip

June 2 - 8, 2024

Click here for trip description.

Post-Tour

European Capitals Grand Tour - Rome, Madrid, Paris, London

June 16 - 29, 2024

Click here for trip description.

Please Note: Walk Europe strives to operate according to our published itinerary. However, in the event of unforeseen circumstances beyond our control or opportunities that would enhance the itinerary, adjustments may be necessary. Hotels and itinerary are subject to changes. Trip subject to eight person minimum participation.

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