Small Group Tour to Italy by Firebird - Firebird Tours ®

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Trip Overview

Being an heir to the world's greatest Empires, Italy is well blessed with historical and cultural riches. In fact, it might easily be the number one destination on the entire planet for a cultured traveler, and deservedly so! From breathtaking architectural compositions of the Renaissance to ancient Roman ruins to a never-ending variety of restaurants, bars, and shopping - your small group tour to Italy guarantees dozens of life-lasting memories!

Tour type:
Small group tour
Tour rating:
4.87 / 5, Based on
  • HOTELS
  • 4+ star central hotels
    Standard rooms
    9 nights
  • TRANSPORT
  • Airport-hotel transfers
    2 train trips (1st class)
  • SIGHTSEEING
  • 5 guided city tours
    Vatican & the Sistine Chapel
  • MEALS
  • 9 breakfasts

Day-by-Day

Day 1
Arrival in Venice

Welcome to Venice - one of the most charming cities of Italy. Upon arrival, you are met by your private driver at the airport, who transfers you to the hotel for the check-in.

The rest of the day is at your own leisure to relax after the trip.

No meals included.

  • Pre-tour extension available: we recommend to begin your journey with an exploration of Milan. Contact your travel specialist for details.
Day 2
Sightseeing in Venice

After breakfast at the hotel, meet your private guide in the lobby and enjoy a wonderful walking city tour of all the must-see places of Venice.

We’ve carefully chosen the stops on this tour to give you a real insight into the city. You see the Rialto Bridge (and Rialto fish market), walk past the quiet streets, peaceful canals and go beyond the areas that visitors usually see. This is where Venice is hiding its best architecture and secret stories – and that’s what we’re out to explore.

Among many sights you discover are the iconic St. Mark's Basilica, where you see the astonishing Pala D'Oro altar. You go up to Loggia dei Cavalli to enjoy the best panoramic views of St. Mark's Square.

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

  • Optional tour: 1-hour gondola ride with a guide

Breakfast is included.

Day 3
Free Day in Venice, Train to Florence

The first half of the day is free for you to enjoy and explore Venice on your own. Alternatively, you can take one of the short optional day trips to nearby places.

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

In the afternoon at 4 pm your private driver picks you up from the hotel and transfers you to the railway station. Upon arrival to Florence in about 2 hours you are taken to your downtown hotel for check-in. The rest of the evening is free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 4
Florence Sightseeing

After breakfast in the hotel, meet with your private guide and go on a comprehensive walking tour of Florence's highlights.

Today's program includes visits to the Duomo with its famous Bell-tower and its Baptistery dedicated to St. John the Baptist. As you proceed to the main square of the city - Piazza della Repubblica - you pass by the touristic area of the Strozzi Palace a bustling shopping street, via Tornabuoni.

Then you enter in Oltrarno where you see numerous local craftsmen shops and beautiful Santo Spirito Church and Convent, built for the Agostinian monks. In this very part of the city you can find the first official work of Michelangelo dating back to the age when he was 17 years old before ending the tour on the Ponte Vecchio.

After the tour you return to your hotel and enjoy the evening at your own leisure.

Breakfast is included.

Day 5
Optional Cooking Class & Evening Wine Tasting

Today is free for you to savor magnificent Florence on your own or join our carefully planned optional tour.

  • Optional tour: Market tour and cooking class
    Enjoy a morning small group tour of the Mercato Centrale with some tastings followed by a cooking class where you learn to make the real Italian food.

In the evening meet your fellow travelers for a wine tasting organized for your small group. Enjoy a tasting of 3 different wines selected by the sommelier and paired with snacks.

Breakfast and wine tasting included.

Day 6
EXTRA DAY: Optional Uffizi Gallery Tour & Train to Rome

The first part of the day today is free for you to explore Florence on your own or join our carefully planned optional tour to the Uffizi Gallery.

  • Optional tour: Uffizi Gallery Tour
    Spend time exploring the Uffizi Gallery which is home to an outstanding collection of art, including masterpieces by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Botticelli.

In the afternoon you meet your driver in the hotel lobby for a transfer to the rail station to board a train to Rome. An hour and a half later you arrive in the Italian capital. Your driver meets you and takes you to your downtown hotel for check-in.

Breakfast is included.

Day 7
Vatican Sightseeing & Highlights of Rome

In the morning after breakfast meet your guide to explore the Vatican and the major highlights of Rome in about 6 hours.

First you head to a 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.

Your tour continues in the vast open spaces of St. Peter’s Basilica where you see a stunning Pieta - a world-famous work of Renaissance sculpture by Michelangelo, and Bernini's impressive Papal Canopy, a legacy left to the Basilica by the Barberini family.

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

After that you are transferred to the heart of Rome 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.

  • 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.

Breakfast is included.

Day 8
Colosseum & Roman Forum

After breakfast in your hotel, meet with your private guide and go to the very heart of Rome. Today in about 4 hours you discover the famous ancient treasures of the Eternal City.

Your first stop today is the iconic Roman Forum, situated on low ground between the Palatine and Capitoline hills, it was the key political, ritual, and civic center of ancient Rome and can be traced 3 thousand years back. Today you can see columns and remains of ancient temples, archs, and buildings, such as the Temple of Caesar and the Arch of Septimius Severus, as well as the adjacent Palatine Hill, which was the site of the city’s first settlements.

Another place you discover today is Rome's hallmark site - the Colosseum. Originally known by the name of Flavius amphitheater, it was the biggest and most imposing building of its kind in the Roman world, designed as an arena for the fights of Roman gladiators and could hold up to 70 thousand spectators.

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

Breakfast is included.

Day 9
Free Day in Rome

Today is reserved for you to explore and enjoy Rome on your own. After breakfast you can do some independent sightseeing, shop for souvenirs or have a good rest.

We suggest visiting the Opera Theater, the Modern Art Gallery - Galleria nazionale d'arte or the Galleria Borghese or joining our carefully planned optional tour.

  • Optional tour: Catacombs of Rome
    Discover a layer of Roman history! Explore one of the Eternal City’s underground catacombs and burial chambers, unfolding millennia of history among tombs and inventive handmade memorials hidden deep underneath the city.
  • Optional tour: Tivoli Tour: Hadrian’s Villa & Villa d’Este
    If you have a free day in Rome or would like to extend your stay by one more day we invite you to set off on an incredible 6-hour tour from Rome to Tivoli with a private guide and driver.

Breakfast is included.

Day 10
Departure from Rome

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

Breakfast is included.

  • Recommended extension: If you would like to extend your Italian vacation, continue exploring its wonders with our extension to Naples or the Amalfi coast. Contact your specialist for details.

Hotels

9 nights at centrally-located 4+ star hotels

  • Hand picked hotels
  • Best value rooms
  • Restaurant
4-star accommodation at top hotels

Always included:

  • Best location for sightseeing
  • Breakfasts
  • All taxes and fees

  • Accommodation at remarkable centrally located 4-star hotels in Venice, Florence & Rome;
  • Delicious breakfasts at your hotels;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • 1st class train tickets Venice - Florence, Florence - Rome;
  • Sightseeing tours with private professional English-speaking guides in Venice, Florence, Rome;
  • Wine tasting in Florence;
  • All tourist fees & taxes, including tourist city taxes;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

Not included: international flights, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses

Tour Highlights

  • Walking city tour of Venice
  • Walking city tour of Florence's highlights
  • Rome city tour
  • Vatican sightseeing

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

Dates & Rates

Dates Friends trip: 4+ travelers Regular package Single traveler
Apr 17 - Apr 26, 2018
$3,248
deposit
$650
$3,448
deposit
$690
$5,191
deposit
$1,039
Apr 30 - May 09, 2018
$3,248
deposit
$650
$3,448
deposit
$690
$5,191
deposit
$1,039
May 15 - May 24, 2018
$3,248
deposit
$650
$3,448
deposit
$690
$5,191
deposit
$1,039
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Dates Friends trip: 4+ travelers Regular package Single traveler
Apr 17 - Apr 26, 2018
$3,248
$3,448
$5,191
Apr 30 - May 09, 2018
$3,248
$3,448
$5,191
May 15 - May 24, 2018
$3,248
$3,448
$5,191
May 29 - Jun 07, 2018
$3,248
$3,448
$5,191
Jun 5 - Jun 14, 2018
$3,248
$3,448
$5,191
Aug 28 - Sep 06, 2018
$3,248
$3,448
$5,191
Sep 11 - Sep 20, 2018
$3,248
$3,448
$5,191
Oct 2 - Oct 11, 2018
$3,248
$3,448
$5,191
Oct 23 - Nov 01, 2018
$3,248
$3,448
$5,191

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