A Journey of a Lifetime, Italy Discovered
This Journey of a Lifetime includes Rome, Florence, Pisa, Siena & San Gimignano, Chianti area, Venice, and Milan.
- Vatican Museums and Sistin Chapel
- The open-air museum city of Florence
- San Gimignano and Tuscany hilltops villages
- Cruise to the Lagoon islands
DAY 1: ARRIVE IN ROME
Upon arrival at Rome airport, meet your private driver and transfer to your hotel accommodation. After check-in, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Optional: in the afternoon you can join a food tour and stroll through Rome’s enchanting squares and neighborhoods while tasting in some of the city’s best shops, restaurants, and markets, discovering the secrets of the world-renowned Italian cuisine. Overnight stay.
DAY 2: ROME – ESSENCE OF THE ETERNAL CITY
Breakfast at the hotel. Today enjoy a full day of touring to discover the Eternal city in all of its glory. Start first with a visit to the ancient monuments of Rome that will take you from the birth of Rome at
the Palatine Hill to the beginnings of democracy at the Roman Forum and to life and death at the mighty Colosseum. Lunch on your own. Continue with an afternoon tour and visit some of Rome’s famous squares, fountains and monuments celebrated in many movies. Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain are just some of the sights you will see on this walking tour.
You will finish your day with a traditional Italian “aperetivo”. Dinner at leisure. Overnight stay.
DAY 3: MICHELANGELO’S MASTERPIECE & HOLY SEE
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will visit one of the top-rated museums in Rome: The Vatican museum, the world’s greatest art collections. Your guide will lead you inside the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St Peter’s Basilica, where you will admire Michelangelo’s Pieta’. Afternoon and evening at leisure. Overnight stay.
DAY 4: FLORENCE – UFFIZI GALLERY TREASURES
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning departure by high-speed train to Florence, the cradle of Renaissance. Once in Florence, transfer on your own to the hotel and check-in. Afternoon tour to the Uffizi museums, where you can admire the masterpieces of Florence’s finest Renaissance artists such as Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Giotto, Cimabue, Masaccio. Evening at leisure. Overnight stay.
DAY 5: THE CRADLE OF RENAISSANCE
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning another must-see museum of Florence is on the program: The Accademia museum, which houses Michelangelo’s masterpiece, the David. You will also be able to admire The Prisoners and St Matthew, another impressive Michelangelo’s work of art. Afternoon and evening at leisure. Overnight stay.
DAY 6: TUSCAN ESCAPADE – SIENA & SAN GIMIGNANO
Breakfast at the hotel. Today join a full-day excursion that will take you to Siena and San Gimignano. The first stop will be in Siena, famous for its Palio that takes place every year on Piazza del Campo. Stroll around the historical center and admire the Townhall and the Romanesque/Gothic Cathedral. Free time for lunch (not included). Continue to San Gimignano, the Unesco World Heritage site also known as the “Manhattan of Tuscany”. After the guided visit, free time for personal discovery.
Return to Florence and on the way catch a glimpse of the old medieval village of Monteriggioni, surrounded by its perfectly preserved famous walls. Evening at leisure. Overnight stay.
DAY 7: PISA WORLD FAMOUS LEANING TOWER
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning at leisure to go on a shopping spree in one of the many small shops and boutiques of the historical center. In the afternoon join a tour to Pisa, and admire the famous Piazza Dei Miracoli with its Leaning Tower, one of the most instantly recognizable structures on earth.
You can also reach Piazza Dei Cavalieri, where you can admire the historical Scuola Normale, one of the most famous and oldest universities in the world. Return to your hotel. Overnight stay.
DAY 8: CHIANTI DISCOVERY
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning at leisure. In the afternoon, join a half-day excursion to the Chianti region. A journey through the Chianti countryside, one of the most suggestive areas of Tuscany famous to the world for its wine and unforgettable landscapes. It’s a lifetime experience! You will visit two historic wineries of the Chianti Region where you will taste excellent wines, extra-virgin olive oil, and local delicacies. Return to your hotel. Overnight stay.
DAY 9: VENICE – THE CITY OF CANALS
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning departure by high-speed train to Venice. Private transfer from the train station to the hotel. Check-in at the hotel and free afternoon to enjoy Venice. Overnight stay.
DAY 10: MARVELS OF ST MARKS AND DOGE’S PALACE
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, join the Classic Venice tour and be ready to be amazed by the treasures of this romantic city. Explore St. Mark’s Square and St. Mark’s basilica, built over several centuries and resulting in a blend of Byzantine, Roman, and Venetian architecture. Admire the Grand Canal, Rialto Bridge, the Bridge of Sights, and the Doge’s Palace.
Lunch on your own. In the afternoon indulge in a 30 minutes Gondola ride along the romantic canals. Evening at leisure. Overnight stay.
DAY 11: LAGOON ISLANDS DISCOVERY
Breakfast at the hotel. Today enjoy a full excursion of the lagoon islands: Murano, world-renowned for its glassware and factories, the Island of Burano, famous for its lacemaking, and the brightly-colored fishermen’s cottages, Torcello, the first settlement in the lagoon. Following the tour return to Venice. Optional: in the evening enjoy a classical opera in the incredible setting of Palazzo Barbarigo Minotto. Overnight stay.
DAY 12: MILAN – THE CAPITAL OF FASHION
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning departure by high-speed train to Milan, the capital of fashion. Upon arrival check-in at the hotel. In the afternoon, join a tour around the famous Navigli (canals) where you will stop at one of the city’s classiest wine bars and enjoy some wine and a selection of local specialties. The evening will end in true Italian style. Overnight stay.
DAY 13: LAST SUPPER AND MILAN HISTORICAL CENTER
Breakfast at the hotel. Start the day with a morning visit to the Capital of fashion. Your guide will lead to a discovery journey to the most famous sites, Milan is known for. The first stop will be at the marvelous church of Santa Maria Delle Grazie, to admire the world’s most celebrated painting by one of the world’s greatest geniuses ever: Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper”. Following the visit, continue to the historical center of Milan to the magnificent Gothic cathedral on Piazza Duomo.
Stroll around and walk through Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, the world’s oldest shopping mall that hosts the world’s only certified 7-star hotel: Town House Galleria. Finally, you will admire the famous Opera House, La Scala. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight stay.
DAY 14: DEPARTURE
Breakfast at the hotel. Private transfer to the airport and departure. Arrivederci!
NOTE: This itinerary is subject to change based on the availability of the services/tours/activities listed at the time of your traveling.