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Grand Tour of Italy

16 days8 cities
Italy1 country
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Private tour to Italy

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Italy with an all-embracing 16-day program! Begin in trendy Milan, and spend outstanding time near the lakes Como and Garda. Spend a day in romantic Verona and enjoy Venice. Continue to artistic Florence and traverse the top sights of Rome. Then on to Naples and as a grand finale discover the beauty of the Amalfi Coast.

16 days8 cities
Italy1 country
From
 $6,905 
Milan, Italy
2
days
Italy

The world's fashion capital, Milan, is one of the most visited cities in Northern Italy and in the world.

Day by day
Hotel
Day-by-day program
1
day
Arrival in Milan

Welcome to Milan, the fashion capital of Italy! Upon arrival to Milan, you are met by your driver and taken to your downtown hotel.

There are no planned activities for you for today day, so you can relax and recover after the flight. If you would like to do some looking around, we suggest visiting the world-famous shopping and fashion avenue, Quadrilatero Della Moda.

2
day
Milan Sightseeing Tour

Following breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and have a 3-hour walking tour of Milan to learn more about the city’s history and reputation as a fashion capital.

You start with visiting  world-known Milan Duomo, the Gothic cathedral and the highest sight in the city which took about six centuries to build. Then you walk through the nearby-located Galleria Vittorio Emanuele and reach La Scala Theatre. Prepare to be wowed by the prestigious Milan opera house (no entrance is included).

You continue with the picturesque Brera district to feel the historical atmosphere of the city. Explore the public areas, with stories of its 15th-century owners ringing in your ears. After all, you make a stop at Castello Sforzesco to see history and style combined with Milanese flair.

*Please note: Milan Cathedral is a sacred religious site thus the dress code for visiting it is applied just as when you visit any church in Italy: no shorts – no uncovered knees and shoulders, no backpacks.

*Note: The unique treasure of Milan - Leonardo da Vinci’s legendary fresco “The Last Supper” located in the church of Santa Maria Delle Grazie is not included in the city tour due to its limited availability. Please, ask your travel specialist about available tickets for your tour date.

The next day, after breakfast, you check out from your hotel and your driver transfers you to Como, located on the shores of another stunningly beautiful lake - Lake Como. 

Your choice of hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure your amazing stay. We will recommend the best available properties for your travel dates.

NH Milano Corso Buenos Aires

NH Milano Corso Buenos Aires offers a luxurious escape in the heart of Milan's vibrant Corso Buenos Aires district.

car
Milan
Como
40 min

This short car ride takes you on a very scenic route. Relax and enjoy the breathtaking panoramas as you travel through Italy's countryside with one of our experienced drivers.

 

Como, Italy
1
day
Italy

Located on the Italian-Swiss border, lovely Como is the most important town on the Lake Como, attracting more and more people with its outstanding historic heritage and natural beauty.

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Hotel
Day-by-day program
3
day
Arrival & Tour of Como 

Upon arrival in Como, you meet with your local guide in the hotel lobby and start your Como tour. Como town boasts several artistic monuments from different historical periods.

During the city tour you see the medieval walls surrounding the historic center, stroll through the ancient streets in the heart of the town, and admire beautiful Romanesque and Baroque churches. You see the Piazza Volta and Piazza Duomo with its charming old Town Hall building and its characteristic bell tower. You also enjoy public boat tour as well as a Como-Brunate funicular ride.

The highlight of the tour is visit of the superb 600-year old Como Cathedral. Nearby is the Palazzo Terragni, an example of the modern rationalist architecture.

After the tour you are guided back to the hotel and have the rest of the day free.

The next morning, following breakfast in your hotel, you check out and depart from Como. 

Your choice of hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure your amazing stay. We will recommend the best available properties for your travel dates.

Palace Hotel, Como

Set on the shores of the breathtaking Lake Como, the impressive Palace Hotel is housed in an Art Nouveau Palace near the beautiful Teatro Sociale and the stunning Como Cathedral. Guests are invited to stay in the comfortable air-conditioned rooms.

car
Como
Sirmione
1 hr 40 min

This car ride with a trusted driver along Northern Italy takes you on a very scenic route along the countryside. As you make your way from Lake Como to Lake Garda, you pass many breathtaking areas and towns.

Sirmione, Italy
3
days
Italy

Situated on the southern bank of the beautiful Lake Garda, Sirmione is one of the most picturesque petite towns in northern Italy, boasting breathtaking picturesque views and historic architecture.

Day by day
Hotel
Day-by-day program
4
day
Arrival & Lake Garda Sightseeing & Private Boat Ride

Upon arrival you check in to the hotel, meet your private guide at the hotel lobby and have a memorable private boat ride around the most magnificent landmarks of Lake Garda.

During the cruise, you make a stop in Sirmione, one of the most popular sights on Lake Garda, for a short walking tour. Then continue sailing around the peninsula and discovering the western coast of the lake with its lush nature and fascinating villages. You get to see the Rocca di Manerba, Isola dei Conigli and Isola del Garda. Your boat tour provides the possibility to make stops to explore the shore and islands with your private guide. You see historical places and enjoy the always loved atmosphere of this lake.


After the tour, you return to the hotel. 

5
day
Day Trip to Verona & Winery Visit

After breakfast you are picked up from the hotel and taken directly to Verona, the city renown worldwide for being the place of action of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet".

Verona is a crossroads of history and a mosaic of landscapes: the gentle hills and the sinuous river embrace this checkerboard of streets with its soaring red-brick towers. During the tour you explore the main highlights of the city, including Piazza Brà, Roman Arena, della Scala castle and famous Scaligero family tombs. Juliet’s house is naturally on the program too!

Following a lunch break you travel to Valpolicella area which is a birthplace of Amarone, a well-known Italian wine. You will enjoy a wine tasting with a guided tour at one of the local wineries.

After the tour you are transferred back to your hotel in Sirmione.

6
day
Day at Leisure in Sirmione

Today you have a free day at Lake Garda. We recommend spending the day at Terme di Sirmione, one of the best Thermal Centers in Europe or include an optional boat tour of Lake Garda for this day. 

The next day, following breakfast in your hotel, you check out and meet your private driver for the transfer.

Your choice of hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure your amazing stay. We will recommend the best available properties for your travel dates.

Hotel Ocelle Thermae & Spa - Adults Only

Indulge in the epitome of relaxation at Hotel Ocelle Thermae & Spa - an exclusive haven for adults seeking a serene escape. Nestled in Sirmione, our refined retreat harmonizes modern luxury with the rejuvenating power of thermal waters.

car
Sirmione
Venice
1 hr 30 min

A car ride with an experienced driver is a great option to get to one of the most beautiful cities in the world. On your way to Venice, you’ll pass dozens of beautiful valleys and numerous Italian villages.

 

Venice, Italy
2
days
Italy

Waterfront palazzos and palaces make drifting down the Grand Canal feel like cruising through a painting. Venice is the world's most romantic city.

Day by day
Hotel
Day-by-day program
7
day
Transfer to Venice & Venice Sightseeing Tour

Welcome to Venice - one of the most charming cities of Italy. Upon arrival, you are taken directly to the hotel where you meet your private guide to start a touring program around Venice.

Your sightseeing program starts with a visit to St. Mark's Square and outside view of St. Mark's Basilica. Next you go up to Loggia dei Cavalli to enjoy the best panoramic views of St. Mark's Square.

Next on your list is the tour of the Doges Palace that includes crossing the Bridge of Sighs, visiting the old prisons and lushly decorated chambers of the Palace.

After the tour return to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure or may go on an optional gondola ride.

8
day
Free Day or Optional Murano & Burano Boat Tour

Today is a free day for you to explore and savor Venice! If you would like to have a scheduled itinerary for that day, we have prepared an optional day-trip to some of the most interesting places around Venice.

  • Optional Tour: Trip to Murano and Burano
    Located in the Venetian lagoon, Burano Island is famous for its lace making production and Murano is well-known for its glass blowing traditions.

The next morning, following breakfast you check out and are met at your hotel by an assistant for a private water-taxi transfer to the train station.

Your choice of hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure your amazing stay. We will recommend the best available properties for your travel dates.

Al Theatro Palace, Venice
classic
$

Located in the heart of Venice, the stylish Al Theatro Palace provides amazing views over one of the most famous theatres in the world.

train
Venice
Florence
2 hrs

Modern Italian trains are among the fastest and most comfortable ways to get to Florence. Free WiFi, power sockets, comfortable seats with footrests, and extensive luggage space are at your service during the journey.

Florence, Italy
1
day
Italy

One of the brightest gems of the Tuscany region, Florence, is the treasure trove, birthplace and cradle of the Renaissance.

Day by day
Hotel
Day-by-day program
9
day
Train to Florence & Sightseeing

Welcome to Florence! Upon arrival, your private driver transfers you to the hotel for check-in.

Later the same day, you meet with your private guide and go on a comprehensive walking tour of Florence's highlights.  

Today's program includes exploration of the Piazza del Duomo with a visit to the Baptistery dedicated to St. John the Baptist.

As you proceed to the main square of the city - Piazza della Signoria - you pass through the heart of the historical center with its landmark sites like Piazza della Repubblica and the Strozzi Palace. Stroll down via Tornabuoni, one of the most beautiful streets of the city, famous for its fine shops.

During the tour we also visit the Galleria dell'Accademia to see Michelangelo's famous colossal statue of David, a must-see in Florence.

After the tour return to your hotel and enjoy an evening at your own leisure.
The next morning, after the breakfast in your Florence hotel, you check out and meet your private driver for a transfer to the railway station. 

Your choice of hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure your amazing stay. We will recommend the best available properties for your travel dates.

Hotel Cerretani Mgallery Collection

Welcome to Hotel Cerretani, an enchanting destination nestled within the MGallery Collection. Located in the heart of Florence, our boutique hotel offers a symphony of sophistication and charm. Immerse yourself in the allure of timeless elegance as you step into our meticulously designed spaces.

train
Florence
Rome
1 hr 30 min

Taking a train is one of the best options for traveling from Florence to Rome. Trains in Italy are well-equipped, fast, and conveniently connect these Italian cities from one center to the other.

Rome, Italy
2
days
Italy

The capital of Italy, Rome, obtains an unrivaled and unfathomable collection of historical treasures. This safe and welcoming region one of the most popular tourist destinations around the globe.

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Hotel
Day-by-day program
10
day
Arrival & Rome Sightseeing

Welcome to Rome - one of the most charming and heritage rich cities of Italy. Upon arrival, you are met by your private driver, who transfers you to the hotel for the check-in. 

After check-in, meet your guide at the hotel lobby and embark on a panoramic walking city tour to see the most famous attractions and hidden treasures of the Eternal City. You see the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, the famous Fountain of the Four Rivers, as well as witness the masterpieces by Bernini, Borromini, and many others. 

After the tour, your guide takes you back to the hotel and you have the evening at leisure. 

11
day
Vatican Sightseeing

In the morning after breakfast, you meet your guide and have a transfer to the walled enclave and the world’s smallest independent state - Vatican*.

When inside the Vatican, you visit private apartments of Julius II, Pinecone Courtyard, Gallery of the Maps, Gallery of the Tapestries and Gallery of Candelabra.

Next, you proceed to the Sistine Chapel, where you have enough time to admire Michelangelo's famous frescoes and learn about the intense relationship between Pope Julius II and Michelangelo that drove the artist to create the greatest work of art the world has ever known.

Then your tour continues in the vast open spaces of St. Peter’s Basilica, a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture and one of the most iconic landmarks in the world. As you step into the basilica, you'll be awestruck by the grandeur of its immense, ornately decorated interiors. 

The ending point of your tour is St. Peter’s Square, where you can admire Michelangelo's Dome and the gorgeous colonnades designed by Bernini.

Upon your return to the hotel, you have the rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the beauty of Rome on your own.

*Please note: the Vatican is a sacred religious site thus the dress code for visiting it is applied just as when you visit any church in Italy: no shorts – no uncovered knees and shoulders, no backpacks. Due to religious services St. Peters Basilica may be spontaneously closed, thus entrance to St. Peters Basilica may not be guaranteed. 

The next day, following breakfast in your hotel, you check out and meet your private driver for the transfer to the train station.

Your choice of hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure your amazing stay. We will recommend the best available properties for your travel dates.

Hotel degli Artisti

Indulge in the artistic elegance of Rome at Hotel degli Artisti, a boutique gem nestled in the heart of the eternal city. This sophisticated hotel, adorned with contemporary art and luxurious design, offers a haven of comfort and style for the discerning traveler.

train
Rome
Naples
2 hrs

Enjoy a train ride along some of the most picturesque landscapes in Italy. The trains all offer air conditioning, power sockets, luggage storage compartments, as well as plenty of legroom, thus sit back and marvel at the beautiful views behind the window. 

Naples, Italy
2
days
Italy

The third largest city in Italy, Naples is a truly epic tourist destination. Having been a sight of fierce battles and historic events, Napoli, Italy has gained a plethora of unique sights that attract people from all over the world.

Day by day
Hotel
Day-by-day program
12
day
Arrival to Naples

Welcome to Naples! Upon arrival, you are met by your private driver who transfers you to your centrally-located hotel for the check-in. The rest of the day is at your own leisure to relax after the trip. 

13
day
Naples City Tour

Following breakfast your private guide takes you on a touring program around the best sights of charming Naples, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Its towering palaces, narrow streets, ancient churches and underground passages dating to different time periods are making Naples city center probably the most unchanged one in Europe.

Start your tour in the Monumental Area of the city and see Plebiscito Square, Galleria Umberto I, San Carlo Opera House and the Royal Palace of Naples (from outside). Proceed to the UNESCO-listed historic center of Naples. Walk along Via San Gregorio Armeno, the crib-alley with the shops exclusively dedicated to the famous Neapolitan Crib, and see the churches of Gesù Nuovo and Santa Chiara. The highlight of the tour is a visit to Sansevero Chapel Museum to admire the masterpieces of the world artistic heritage.

Why not to get acquainted with the culture of Neapolitan street food in the city that booasts to be the motherland of pizza? You can choose to try fried pizza or neopolitan cuoppo with fried fish. Sfogliatella pastry - the most famous neapolitan pastry - is naturally in the tasting too!

You then continue to the Dante Metro Station which features modern installations by internationally renowned artists. You ride one stop and arrive at the Toledo Metro Art Station, designed around the themes of light and water. Built at 50 m (164 ft) deep, the station extends below the ground water. After the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

The next day, following breakfast in your hotel you check out and depart from Naples. 

Your choice of hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure your amazing stay. We will recommend the best available properties for your travel dates.

Starhotels Terminus

Experience the essence of Neapolitan elegance at Starhotels Terminus, nestled in the heart of vibrant Naples. Our hotel seamlessly combines historic charm with modern comfort, offering a stylish retreat for discerning travelers.

car
Naples
Sorrento
4 hrs

Sit back and relax while our experienced driver takes you through some of the most beautiful places in Italy. Enjoy the image of the imposing mountains or the blue coastline on your way to Sorrento. 

Sorrento, Italy
3
days
Italy

Situated on the shores of the Bay of Naples, Sorrento is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful colorful places both in the Amalfi Coast region and in Italy.

Day by day
Hotel
Day-by-day program
14
day
Arrival in Sorrento

Upon arrival at your hotel in Sorrento you check in and have the rest of the day at leisure. 

Alternatively, you can take one of our optional tours carefully prepared for you.

  • Optional tour: Amalfi Coast Tour from Sorrento
    Experience the breathtaking beauty of the Amalfi Coast and surrounding area on an full-day scenic tour from Sorrento.
  • Optional tour: Pompeii Exploration
    Explore the archeological sites of Pompeii, one of the greatest and richest cities of the Roman age, was tragically completely destroyed as a result of the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
  • Optional tour: Tour of Pompeii & Amalfi Coast
    Your day is dedicated to the exploration of historical gems of Southern Italy. You start with the archeological sites of Pompeii and discover the picturesque towns of Positano and Amalfi from a local perspective.
15
day
Day at Leisure

Today following breakfast at your hotel you have a free day to continue enjoying fascinating Sorrento at your leisure. You can join one of our carefully planned optional tours of Sorrento or Capri Island.

16
day
Departure

This is the last day of your tour. After breakfast, your driver meets you in the hotel lobby and takes you to the airport of Naples for your flight back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future vacations!

Your choice of hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure your amazing stay. We will recommend the best available properties for your travel dates.

Grand Hotel Capodimonte

Discover the epitome of luxury and breathtaking views at Grand Hotel Capodimonte in enchanting Sorrento. Perched on the cliffside overlooking the azure Gulf of Naples, our hotel seamlessly blends timeless elegance with modern comfort.

What's included

  • Accommodation at remarkable centrally located 4-star hotels in Milan, Como, Garda, Venice, Florence, Rome, Naples and Amalfi coast (or Sorrento); 
  • Delicious breakfasts at your hotels;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Private transfers:  Milan - Como, Como - Garda, Garda - Venice, Naples - Amalfi coast;
  • Train tickets (1st class): Venice - Florence, Florence - Rome, Rome - Naples;
  • Water taxi in Venice upon arrival; 
  • Sightseeing tours with private professional English-speaking guides;
  • Entrance to Milan Duomo, Como Cathedral, funicular and public boat ride in Como, St. Mark's Basilica, Doges Palace, Loggia dei Cavalli, Valpolicella winery, Duomo and Academia in Florence, Colosseum, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, Sansevero Chapel, Pompeii archeological park and Cloister of Paradise;
  • Private boat ride on Lake Garda;
  • Support line during the trip.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses, all tourist fees & taxes.

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Tour Highlights

  • Visit to Milan Duomo
  • Boat tour and funicular ride in Como
  • Private boat ride on Lake Garda
  • Winery tour
  • Venice & Florence sightseeing
  • Guided tour of Vatican

What To Know

  • You can expect to find some shops and restaurants closed from 1-4 p.m. as it is "Riposo" time, Italy’s midday siesta. Most places will be also closed on Sundays
  • Most restaurants won’t open until 7 p.m. or later
  • Tipping in restaurants is included in the bill, the cover charge is called ”coperto”. A charge from $1 to $3 will be noted on the menu
  • Make sure you have coins, in Italy, you will be typically charged from 1 to 2 Euros to enter a public restroom