Italia Bella: Rome to Venice

Italy… a captivating place where stories come to life and history weaves a magical thread that inspires every generation of your family to discover, learn, dream… Rome… Venice… Florence… Imagine ancient Rome as you step back in time inside the Colosseum… picture Michelangelo painting frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel during your special after-hours visit… go underground in hidden Etruscan caves… meet famous Renaissance paintings and statues in the famed Galleria dell’Accademia and Galleria degli Uffizi… taste the magic of gelato, strike a pose beside the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa and make your own authentic pizza… stay at an award-winning hotel on a private island in the Venetian lagoon, and cruise past opulent palaces on the Grand Canal in Venice…

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Inclusions

  • All gratuities to Tauck Director, local guides, and drivers
  • Multiple-night stays in historic hotels in the heart of Rome and Florence
  • Two nights on a private island in the Venetian Lagoon at San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice, winner of Condé Nast Traveler’s 2018 “Top Hotels in Italy/Venice” Reader’s Choice Award
  • First class high-speed rail travel from Florence to Venice
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure as noted
  • 14 meals, service charges, taxes and porterage

Sightseeing Highlights

  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – After-hours tour of the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel, without the lines or crowds, for unhurried viewing
  • Exclusive dinner and evening aboard a pirate ship cruising the waterways of Venice
  • Vintage Fiat 500 ride (with a driver) across the Arno River for a great overview and gorgeous views of Florence
  • Visit to a 17th-century cooking school in Rome to learn to make gelato
  • Visit to the hilltop town of Orvieto, including a tour of its underground Etruscan caves and honeycombed tunnels
  • Guided tours of the Uffizi Gallery and Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence
  • Visit to Pisa and the famed Leaning Tower
  • Hands-on pizza making in Florence

Itinerary

DAY 1
Back in time in ancient Rome
Tour begins: 2:00 PM, Hotel Splendide Royal Roma. Welcome to Rome, where your tour of the ancient world (and beyond) begins; a transfer is included from Leonardo da Vinci Airport in Fiumicino to Hotel Splendide Royal Roma. Your adventure starts with a drive through the heart of the city to see real-life relics of Imperial Rome, once capital of the ancient world. See the Circus Maximus and other traces of the ancient empire. Walk through one of the Colosseum’s 80 entrances, imagining what it was like for ancient gladiators and the Roman crowds who piled into this famous arena to see them, and pose for pictures with Roman Centurions. Join your fellow family travelers tonight for a welcome reception and dinner featuring authentic Italian fare that whets your appetite for a fun-filled Italy tour.

DAY 2
St.Peter’s & Vatican Museums after hours
This morning, enjoy a guided visit to St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. Midday, just around the corner from Piazza Navona, you’ll visit a 17th-century cooking school for a lesson in the making of gelato, an Italian staple. After a free afternoon, join us tonight for a Tauck Exclusive – an after-hours visit to the Vatican Museums, full of fascinating history and artistic masterpieces. View Michelangelo’s famous ceiling in the Sistine Chapel – which the artist originally resisted doing because he considered himself a sculptor, not a painter – without the usual crowds! (Subject to availability and day of visit may vary.)

DAY 3
Through Umbria & Tuscany to Florence
Discoveries abound on your Italy tour adventure today as your family sets off through rural Umbria and Tuscany. The first stop on your travels is walled Orvieto, perched on a volcanic plateau; a guided tour takes you under its cobblestone streets to explore the town’s honeycombed medieval tunnels, and caves dating back to the time of the ancient Etruscans. Then it’s on to Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Upon arrival you’ll be treated to a panoramic orientation of the city – from the inside of a vintage Fiat 500*! Arrive at your luxury hotel, steps away from the Piazza della Signoria and the Uffizi Gallery, for a memorable three-night stay.

DAY 4
The city of Pisa and the famed Leaning Tower
An excursion from Florence takes you and your family to Pisa for a look at this maritime city’s great medieval buildings – including a glimpse of the remarkable Leaning Tower and more of Pisa’s “field of miracles,” such as the Duomo and the Baptistry. If you wish, you’ll have an opportunity to climb the famed tower for the view from the inside (children 8 – 18 must be accompanied by an adult). After lunch at a local restaurant, return to Florence for an evening spent as you please, and have dinner as you please in one of this grand Renaissance city’s many restaurants.

DAY 5
The Uffizi, Galleria dell’ Accademia & a night making pizza
Today begins with a walk along the Arno, accompanied by a local guide. Learn about the “other side of the Arno”; the Ponte Vecchio; go through Piazza Santa Trinita and little alleyways where you’ll get some insights into the tower houses – then on to Signoria Square with its towering Town Hall. Great Renaissance art awaits as you join your local guide for a tour of one of the world’s first, and best, art galleries – the Uffizi Gallery. After some free time, visit one of Italy’s most famous museums, Galleria dell’Accademia – the oldest art school in the world, home to many famed paintings. Tonight, join us for dinner and a hands-on pizza-making demonstration at a popular local restaurant in Florence.

DAY 6
Via high-speed train to Venice
A first-class rail journey aboard a high-speed train takes your family to Venice, a city of islands where the roads are paved with water. Have lunch at a local restaurant, followed by free time to explore as you please in St. Mark’s Square. A canal boat takes you to your hotel, the San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice – named the #1 hotel in Venice as the winner of Condé Nast Traveler’s 2018 “Top Hotels in Italy/Venice” Reader’s Choice Award! You’re in for a real treat – this beautiful, award-winning hotel is on its own private island, complete with a fantastic pool and walking trails. Embark on a true adventure this evening – a pirate boat excursion around Venice and the islands, with dinner and games.

DAY 7
St. Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace and time to explore
One of the most iconic spots in Venice is St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace; the architecture beckons from St. Mark’s Square and your visits inside reveal the secrets of the centuries – including the story beind the Bridge of Sighs. If there is any city in Europe that is perfect for just wandering, seeing and experiencing, it is Venice – and you’ll have the chance to do just that for the rest of the day. Follow the small, cobbled streets and alleyways to see where they lead, visit a museum or sample some gelato (served warmer and creamier than traditional ice cream). Tonight, everyone meets again for a farewell party at your hotel on your private island in the Grand Canal… by the pool, weather permitting! A spectacular close to a fantastic week.

DAY 8
Homeward Bound
Tour ends: Venice. Arrivederci! Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from San Clemente Kempinski Palace to Venice’s Marco Polo Airport; allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in.

 

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Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, admissions, entertainment, special dinners, sightseeing, porterage, and the services of hotel and restaurant staff, local guides and drivers and the Tauck Director are included. Transportation to and from Airports and Hotels are included.

AIRFARE: Airfare to and from this destination is not included in the journey cost. If purchasing your air elsewhere, it is very important to provide us with your confirmed arriving and departing flight information no later than 3 weeks before your arrival date. Flight information can be submitted to Tauck (or verified, if you’ve already provided it) in My Account.

PLEASE NOTE: We regret that this Tauck itinerary cannot accommodate wheelchairs or motorized scooters. Likewise, we regret that we’re unable to provide individual assistance to guests with walking difficulties or other personal needs. The responsibility of the Tauck Director who accompanies your trip is to ensure that the larger group enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing individual assistance to any one guest. Guests requiring such individualized assistance must be accompanied by an able-bodied companion who can provide it.

TRAVEL GEAR: We have partnered with New Headings, an experienced online provider of travel gear, to assist you in selecting the appropriate gear for this destination. Their Tauck-exclusive website is accessible at necessarygear.com. Please note that while Tauck has an affiliation with New Headings, this is only one option for travel gear. You may wish to look into other outfitters for your travel needs.

SPECIAL DIETARY REQUESTS: The restaurants, hotels, caterers and numerous other partners we work with all do their best to accommodate special dietary requests from Tauck guests. However, given the diverse nature of those food providers (from small wineries to grand hotels to world-famous restaurants in more than 70 countries worldwide), some of our partners are better able than others to accommodate such requests. We therefore cannot guarantee that all dietary requests can be accommodated at every meal. Also, please note that where dietary requests can be accommodated, choices will frequently be limited.

ITINERARY CHANGES and FLEXIBILITY: Tauck pledges to make every effort to operate all tours as advertised. Travelers should be flexible as situations may arise that necessitate changes or exceptions to the itinerary. Tauck reserves the right to alter or curtail the itinerary and substitute hotels, sightseeing and/or conveyances as it is deemed necessary. Any savings realized by these changes will be refunded to guests. Any resultant expenses will be covered by Tauck.

AIRLINES and CHECKED LUGGAGE: Due to space limitations during your Tauck journey, we ask that you please limit your checked luggage to one average-size suitcase per person. Besides complying with the Tauck restriction noted above, you should also be sure to research and comply with all airline baggage restrictions relating to your flights to and from your Tauck journey. Airlines have become much more strict in enforcing size and weight limits in recent years, and are free to revise luggage policies without notice. Researching and complying with airline luggage restrictions is the responsibility of the guest, and Tauck cannot be held responsible for any costs or disruptions to travel caused by the failure to research and comply with airline policies. PLEASE NOTE that if you are booked on a tour that includes on-tour flights, the checked luggage weight restrictions for these flights may be lower than the weight restrictions for your international flights.

TAUCK AIRPORT TRANSFERS are included at the start and end of the journey between the airport and the Tauck hotel. Airport transfers are available for any pre tour or post tour hotel stays immediately consecutive to the tour, providing flight information is received in the Tauck office no later than three weeks in advance. Details on locating your transfer upon arrival to the tour start city will be included in your final documents.

TRAVELING WITH CHILDREN AS A GUARDIAN: If you are traveling as the guardian of a child/children, we strongly suggest that you carry a letter from both parents of the child authorizing emergency treatment in the event of illness or accident. For travel abroad, many foreign countries have specific entry requirements for children under 21 who are traveling internationally without BOTH parents. (These requirements are in response to the increased incidence of children being abducted and taken abroad.) PLEASE NOTE THAT TAUCK IS NOT RESPONSIBLE for the disruption of travel caused by improper documentation for children traveling without both parents.