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Bellagio on Beautiful Lake Como, Northern Italy.

12 DAY TOUR - YOUR OWN PRIVATE GUIDE

Splendors of Italy

Milan, Lake Como with Bellagio,
Venice, Florence & Rome

Splendors of Italy
10 Important Reasons SAVVY Adventures® is the #1 best low-cost tour company.

Splendors of Italy: Daily Itineraries

 

Choose Your Itinerary

From our all-inclusive Premium Itinerary package, to the 'best of both world's' Balanced Itinerary package, to our Basic Itinerary package, you can build in exactly what you want your vacation to Italy look like —


 

Basic

From $1279

• SAVVY Adventure Leader
• Orientation Walk in Each City
• Daily Continental Breakfast
• Regional Train Tickets Venice to Florence, Florence to Rome

10 Nights in Budget 2+ to 3-Star, Centrally located Hotels

Balanced

From $2779

Everything in Basic plus:

• Economy Fast Train Tickets Milan to Venice, Venice to Florence, Florence to Rome
• 1 Included Dinner in Milan
• Private Walking Tour of Milan with Duomo Admission
• Private Tour of Venice with Admission to Basilica San Marco & Doges' Palace
• Gondola Ride in Venice
• Private Tour of Florence with Admission to Galleria dell'Accademia
• Private Tour of Rome with Admission to Colosseum or Vatican City
• On tour Transportation

10 Nights Hotel in Classic Budget 3+ to 4-Star Centrally located Hotels

Premium

From $3779

Everything in Basic & Balanced plus:

• Daily Hot American Breakfast
• Private Airport Arrival & Departure Transfers
• Premium Fast Train Tickets Milan to Venice, Venice to Florence, Florence to Rome
• 4 Included Dinners Throughout the Tour
• Private Tour of Rome with Admission to Colosseum AND Vatican City
• Additional Boat Excursion in Venice
• Additional Excursion in Rome

10 Nights in Deluxe 4-Star, Heart of the City Hotels

New Escorted

From $2979

Now Enjoy Our Escorted Splendors of Italy Tour with SAVVY Tour Captain:

• Choose from Balanced or Premium and consider our Escorted Small Group Tour
• All of the benefits of our SAVVY approach with the value-add of our SAVVY Tour Captain
• Monthly departures for our Escorted Tours

See the Escorted Tour Itineraries Under the Itinerary Tab

 

Splendors of Italy: Premium Itinerary

Day 1: International Flight Day

Flight Departure


Today, you will board your selected international transatlantic flight.

 


Day 2: Milan
Milan Cathedral, Duomo di Milano, is the gothic cathedral church
Milan Cathedral, Duomo di Milano

Morning: Arrival into Milan

Afternoon: Private Guided tour of Milan, including entrance to view Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece, the "Last Supper"

 

Morning: Arrival into Milan.

Your flight should arrive into Milan, the second most populous city in Italy, no later than 10:00 am. (Suggestion: For our guests who wish to depart and arrive one day earlier and enjoy an additional day and night in Milan, you may want to consider adding one pre-night hotel stay in Milan to this tour package --- $139/person supplement.) Good News: SAVVY Adventures® includes a private arrival transfer to your city center hotel.


Afternoon:
Private Guided tour of Milan, including entrance to view Leonardo da Vinci's "Last Supper"

After you check into your hotel in Milan, you may wish to relax, take a quick nap, or eat lunch before your included afternoon tour of the major sites in Milan.

Most of the sightseeing immersion tours you will experience when traveling with SAVVY Adventures® Premium Itineraries will be Private tours. SAVVY Adventures® wants to assure our travelers that they will not feel like they are part of a large herd but will receive personalized attention and all of their questions answered.

All SAVVY Adventure® Tours provide guests with a professional, expert English-speaking guide. With our highly-sought-after, priority, fast-track Skip-the-Line tickets, guests on all our tours will avoid standing in lines which are often 2 - 3 hours at each venue in each Italian city.

Your Walking Tour Will Include:

  • Milan's breath-taking Gothic Cathedral with Admission
  • Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele II, a 19th-century vaulted glass shopping arcade Brimming with fashionable shops and café
  • Piazza della Scala, the square which houses the world-renowned La Scala Opera House
  • Brera District
  • Castello Sforzesco, the vast and imposing medieval castle and fortress in Milan
  • Admission to view Leonardo Da Vinci's masterpiece, the "Last Supper"

Following the afternoon tour of Milan, you are free to independently enjoy the sites and ambiance of Milan this evening until your included "Welcome to Milan" Dinner.

Welcome to Milan Dinner: This evening, SAVVY Adventures® has made arrangements for you to enjoy a delicious authentic WELCOME DINNER at one of our wonderful Italian restaurants. You will have a selection from which to choose: an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert --- all included by SAVVY Adventures®. You will also be provided with your choice of one glass of house wine, beer, soft drink, or bottled water with your dinner. If you would like additional wine, beer, soft drink, or bottled water, you may purchase additional beverages independently from the restaurant.

Our Hotels in Milan:

Hotel Sina De La Ville or similar


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Day 3: Full-Day Tour to Lake Como with Bellagio
Bellagio on Lake Como
Bellagio on Beautiful Lake Como

Full-Day Tour from Milan to beautiful Lake Como with Bellagio (included)

You will begin your day by enjoying an included breakfast at your hotel. Following breakfast, you will depart Milan to spend the day with an expert English-speaking guided Small Group Tour. You will be driven to Como, a lovely lakeside town located on the shores of Lake Como --- just a 65-minute drive from Milan.

Included in your tour today:

  • Transfer to Como
  • Tour of Como
  • 2-hour cruise around Lake Como, admiring the hillside villas and hotels and pose for photographs against the backdrop of the beautiful Alps, which are often snow-capped.
  • Trip to the lovely seaside town of Bellagio, which most travelers consider to be the "gem" of Lake Como. Spend some independent time on-your-own here in Bellagio and explore this beautiful and world-famous Italian lakeside town.
  • Cruise to lovely Cadenabbia, before your
  • Return drive back to Milan


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Day 4: To Venice
Grand Canal, Venice, Italy
Grand Canal, Venice, Italy

Morning: High-speed Train from Milan to Mestre/Venice (included)

Afternoon: Independent Free Time

Dinner: "Welcome to Venice Dinner" (included)

To Venice

You'll begin your morning by enjoying breakfast at your hotel. Breakfast is included each day throughout your SAVVY Adventures®. Following breakfast, you will meet our representative in the hotel lobby for your included transfer to the Milan Centrale train station. Mid- to late-morning, you will board your train and enjoy a 2-hour, 35-minute high speed journey across Italy. Included in your Premium tour package will be reserved 1st-class advance-purchase seats. You'll arrive at the Venice train station (see Final Tour Brief for Details) in the early afternoon.

Welcome to Venice, the City of Canals.

Arrival Transfer Options: Upon arrival, enjoy our Meet-and-Greet with Private Water Taxi Transfer from the Venice Santa Lucia Train Station to your hotel in Venice on San Marco. (Includes standard gratuities)

Orientation Walkabout: After you have checked into your hotel, you are free to enjoy your day at leisure until it's time to meet your SAVVY Adventure Leader for the Orientation Walkabout. You will be exploring the historic, picturesque streets, squares, alleys, and canals which make Venice one of the most photographed cities in all the world while learning where the best ATM's, restaurants and sites of interest are located near your hotel.

Dinner: "Welcome to Venice" Dinner (included)

This evening, SAVVY Adventures® has made arrangements for you to enjoy a delicious authentic Venetian WELCOME DINNER at one of Venice's wonderful Italian restaurants. You will have a selection from which to choose: an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert --- all included by SAVVY Adventures®. You will also be provided with your choice of one glass of house wine, beer, soft drink, or bottled water with your dinner. If you would like additional wine, beer, soft drink, or bottled water, you may purchase additional beverages independently from the restaurant.

Following dinner, we suggest that you enjoy a casual stroll across the lovely St. Mark's Square and absorb the sights and sounds which establish Venice as one of the greatest, most beloved, and most beautiful cities in all of Italy.

 

Our Hotels on San Marco, 2 Nights:
  
Hotel Saturnia & International
Kette Hotel


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Day 5: Venice

Morning: Private Guided Walking Tour of VENICE with entrance to Doge's Palace (included)

Evening: Gondola Ride with Serenade (included)

 

Morning: Private Guided Walking Tour of VENICE with entrance to Doge's Palace (included)

You will awaken and enjoy breakfast at your hotel.  Following breakfast, you will enjoy your private tour of Venice.   

Most of the major sites of Venice are conveniently located within walking distance of each other.

Your included walking tour of Venice will feature:

  • Skip-the-Line access to St. Mark's Basilica
  • Doge's Palace
  • Campanile (Clock Tower)
  • Bridge of Sighs
  • New Prisons

Visiting Venice without an experienced guided walking tour can be difficult, as most visitors to Venice do not know where to go or what to look for once they get there. Your outstanding expert guide will not only show you the important sites in Venice, but your guide will also provide you with the incredible background history of what you are viewing as well. In addition, your guide will assure that you will walk through the most-significant streets and alleys of Venice, showing you Venice's lesser-known gems, where the locals carry on life in this amazing Italian city. Following your morning guided tour, you are then free to independently stroll "on-your-own" to appreciate and absorb the amazing atmosphere and ambiance which makes the city of Venice truly special, unique, and memorable.

 

Evening: Gondola Ride with Serenade (included)

Savvy Adventures® can make arrangements for you to enjoy a truly special and memorable Venetian experience you will always cherish --- an evening Venetian gondola ride in the center of Venice (30-40 min)--- with a maximum of 6 guests on-board.

One of the gondoliers in a small flotilla of gondolas will be singing and playing music throughout the 35- to 40-minute gondola ride through the canals of Venice to make sure that your gondola ride with SAVVY Adventures® is truly "extra-special". You should know that a ride aboard one of the authentic Venetian gondolas is the only way to visit many of the unusual and fascinating corners of Venice, off the beaten track, and where time seems to have stood still centuries ago.

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Day 6: Venice to Florence
Burano Island, Venice, Italy
Island of Burano

Morning: Excursion to Three islands in the Venetian Lagoon: Murano, Burano, and Torcello (included)

Afternoon: High-speed Train Journey from Venice to Florence (included)

 

Morning: Excursion to Three islands in the Venetian Lagoon: Murano, Burano, and Torcello (included)

Following your breakfast you will board your motor boat at to begin your tour to visit the three most-important islands in the Venetian Lagoon. You'll head first for the island of Murano --- well-known and world-famous for its glass blowing works of art, which are easily identified by the beautiful and vibrant colors which the artisans at Murano create. You'll have the opportunity to visit one of the outstanding glass blowing factories and watch the masters at work during your visit to Murano.

Following your visit to Murano, you'll re-board your boat and head for what is arguably the most picturesque island setting --- Burano. Enjoy a delightful stroll through the streets of Burano and view the unique, brightly-colored fishermen's houses. You'll be impressed when you view the exquisite hand-made lace products which are crafted and created exclusively by experts on the island of Burano.

You'll next re-board your boat and head for the island of Torcello, an island in close proximity to the island of Burano. This small island is famous for its Cathedral with spectacular Byzantine gold and stone mosaics (note: if you wish to visit the interior of the Cathedral, an entrance ticket to view the interior of the Cathedral is extra). Don't miss the Ponticello del Diavolo (Devil's Little Bridge), a term given to ancient bridges believed to be constructed either with the help of the Devil or against the wishes of the Devil.

Afternoon: High-speed Train Journey from Venice to Florence (included)

Following your included morning tour of the three islands, you will return to your hotel and retrieve your luggage. Enjoy your private transfer to the train station, where you will board your 2-hour, 10-minute train journey to Florence, arriving late afternoon. Included in your tour package will be reserved 1st class seats. You'll arrive at the Santa Maria Novella train station in Florence, and your hotel in Florence is conveniently located just a 5- to 15-minute walk from the Florence train station, but if upon arrival at the Florence train station you prefer to take a taxi, you may do so by your own arrangement.

Orientation Walkabout: After you are checked into your hotel in Florence, you will enjoy an Orientation Walkabout with our Savvy Adventure Leader and explore the streets, piazzas, alleys, and important sites in the beautiful Renaissance city of Florence, the capital of Tuscany. We suggest that you consider an independent walk or taxi ride up to Piazza Michelangelo, the perfect site to experience one of the most beautiful and spectacular settings anywhere in Europe to capture an unforgettable sunset. Watch the magic happen, and take plenty of photos as the lights of the city of Florence begin to twinkle across the city, as night approaches.

Welcome to Florence Dinner:

This evening, SAVVY Adventures® has made arrangements for you to enjoy a delicious authentic Florentine WELCOME DINNER at one of our wonderful restaurants. You will have a selection from which to choose: an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert --- all included by SAVVY Adventures®. You will also be provided with your choice of one glass of house wine, beer, soft drink, or bottled water with your dinner. If you would like additional wine, beer, soft drink, or bottled water, you may purchase additional beverages independently from the restaurant.

Florence, Italy Landscape
Panorama of Florence, Italy

Our Hotels in Florence:

Rossa 23 or Similar



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Day 7: Florence
The David Sculpture, Florence Italy
Michelangelo's Marvel Masterpiece: "the David"

 

Morning: Private Guided Tour of FLORENCE (included)

Your tour of Florence begins in the morning after breakfast.

Your tour includes:

  • Fast-track Skip-the-Line entrance ticket and access to the Accademia Gallery to view Michelangelo's four large unfinished sculptures of "the Slaves" and his 17-foot magnificent white marble masterpiece statue, "the David".
  • Florence Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (Florence's Duomo), from where Brunelleschi's dome dominates the skyline of Florence and never ceases to impress.
  • Walk through the heart of the Renaissance Civic and Political Center
  • View the ancient statues, glorious fountains, the exterior of the famed Uffizi Gallery, the Piazza degli Uffizi, the Piazza della Signoria, and the Medieval Palazzo Vecchio
  • Church of Orsanmichele, where you'll admire crafted statues by famed artists such as Donatello, Ghiberti, and Verrocchio
  • Piazza della Repubblica, once the Ancient Forum, which is now a popular meeting place for famous writers, artists, and locals.

The tour will end about noon at Lungarno, facing the popular, unique, and world-famous Ponte Vecchio Bridge, which stretches across the Arno River.


Evening: Optional Dinners, Cooking Classes, Events, & Activities

You may wish to book one of our "Evening and Dinner Options," which you can view when you click the tab, "Optional Experiences," and then view the "Florence Options," where you can then scroll down and view the "Evening and Dinner Options". You have three wonderful options available this evening: "Pizza and Gelato Making;" "Florence Cooking Course & Dinner".



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Day 8: Florence

Independent Free Day:

a) see-and-experience more of Florence OR
b) select optional tour to visit Tuscany OR
c) select optional tour to visit Cinque Terre

You may choose from among the following on your independent free day:

  1. Sit back, relax, and make no specific plans or book any tours or activities.
  2. Select one of our optional "Full-day tours --- Florence". CLICK HERE FOR OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS, then click the Florence Tab.
  3. Select one (or two) of our optional "Half-day tours --- Florence". CLICK HERE FOR OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS, then click the Florence Tab.

 


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Day 9: Florence to Rome
Hi-Speed Eurostar Train
High Speed Train

Morning: High-speed Train from Florence to Rome (included)

Late Afternoon: Guided Tour of Rome's Historical Sites & Fountains (included)

 

Morning: High-speed Train Journey from Florence to Rome (included)

Following an included breakfast at your wonderful hotel, you will walk from your hotel in Florence to the nearby Santa Maria Novella train station. (For those guests who prefer, you may transfer to your Florence train station independently at your own expense by taxi.) You will board your 95-minute high-speed train journey to Rome. Included in your tour package will be reserved 1st-class advance-purchase seats. You'll arrive at the Roma Termini train station in Rome. Meet our representative for your included transfer to your city center hotel.

Orientation Walkabout: After you are checked into your hotel in Rome, you will enjoy an Orientation Walkabout with your Savvy Adventure Leader and explore the cobblestone streets, piazzas, fountains and rich history of Rome.

Hi-Speed Eurostar Train
High Speed Train


Late Afternoon: Guided Tour of Rome's Historical Sites & Fountains (included)

You'll enjoy your guided tour with English-speaking guide of the important historical architectural sites in Rome: the Piazza Navona, the Fountain of the Four Rivers, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish Steps. As an added treat on this late afternoon tour, you will also have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious, yummy Italian Gelato as well --- included at no extra cost to you!

Your late afternoon tour of Rome's most special landmarks and sites includes Piazza Navona, which is the home of the world-famous Fountain of the Four Rivers, created by Bernini. Your guide will point out and share with you the history of several important landmarks in and around Piazza Navona.

Next you will enter --- the Pantheon --- a structure completed by the Emperor Hadrian and dedicated about 126 A.D. The Pantheon is one of the best-preserved Ancient Roman buildings, and it has been in continuous use throughout its history. After almost two thousand years, the Pantheon's dome is still the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome. The Pantheon is also the burial site of several important, well-known Italians, including the artist Raphael. Your guide will point out and share with you the history and the significance of this important Roman landmark.

Following your visit to the Pantheon, you will visit one of the most beautiful and beloved fountains in all the world --- the Trevi Fountain. It is the largest Baroque fountain in Rome, and one of the most famous fountains in all the world. Restoration of this impressive, spectacularly-beautiful fountain was completed in November, 2015. The restoration included the installation of more than 100 LED lights to provide improved illumination of the fountain at night. Legend states that if you throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain using your right hand over your left shoulder that it will "guarantee" that you will return to Rome in your lifetime. This was the theme of the 1954 classic movie, "Three Coins in a Fountain," and the Academy-award winning song by that name is still a cherished favorite of many people.

Your final stop on this tour will be the well-known "Spanish Steps," which is the widest staircase in all of Europe. The "Spanish Steps" is a stairway of 135 steps leading from the Piazza di Spagna to the Trinita dei Monti church at the top. These steps became well-known and famous because of the 1953 film, "Roman Holiday," which starred Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck.

 

Our Hotels in Rome:

Hotel Abruzzi or similar

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Day 10: Rome
Roman Coloseum
Colosseum, Rome

Morning: Skip-the-Line Ancient Rome Half-Day Private Guided Tour of the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill (included)

You will awaken and enjoy a delicious breakfast included at your hotel. Experience the wonders of Ancient Rome with your Skip-the-Line entrance tickets on this half-day tour, which covers the most-important ancient historical sites in Rome: the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill.

Your tour will include:

  • Admission and Guided Tour of the Colosseum: Heart of The Empire. Enjoy Skip-the-Line entrance with Savvy Adventures® with no waiting in lines.
  • Admission and Guided Tour of the Roman Forum ~ We walk through the archaeological dig for unique perspectives of the Old Town Center of Rome, Palatine Hill, Capitoline Hill, Caesar's Palace, Curia or the Senate House, Temple of the Vestal Virgins, and the Triumphant Arches.
  • Our local guide expertly shares her knowledge of Rome through the ages: We take in all Rome has to offer from both a historical and modern perspective. Enjoy this morning trek as we witness the modernity of Rome intertwined with antiquity. We take in the Jewish Ghetto on our way to the Roman Forum.

 



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Day 11: Rome
The Vatican, Rome, Italy
Vatican City: St. Peter's Basilica

Morning: Skip-the-Line Private Guided Tour of Vatican City, including the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica (included)

Evening: "Farewell to Rome" Dinner (included)

 

Morning: Skip-the-Line Private Guided Tour of Vatican City (included)

You will begin your morning with an included breakfast served at your hotel in Rome. Following breakfast, you will be treated to one of the finest tours of the Vatican, led by a truly professional, expert guide.

Your tour today will include:

  • Admission and Guided Tour to St. Peter's Basilica: By design, we enjoy early admission around 8:15 am to avoid the large cruise and large tour groups that arrive later in the morning. SPECIAL ACCESS: Enjoy Skip-the-Line special access with Admission Included.
  • Admission and Guided Tour of the Sistine Chapel: You will find inside the chapel The Last Judgment painting by Michelangelo, which he painted during the years 1535 to 1541. The work, designed on a grand scale, spans the entire wall behind the Sistine Chapel altar.
  • Admission and Guided Tour of the Vatican City Museums: The Museums boast some of the most impressive tapestries and other works of art and sculpture found in the world.


Evening: "Farewell to Rome" Dinner (included)

This evening, SAVVY Adventures® has made arrangements for you to enjoy a delicious authentic Roman FAREWELL DINNER at one of Rome's wonderful Italian restaurants. You will have a selection from which to choose: an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert --- all included by SAVVY Adventures®. You will also have your choice of one glass of house wine, beer, soft drink, or bottled water with your FAREWELL DINNER. If you would like additional wine, beer, soft drink, or bottled water, you may purchase additional beverages independently from the Italian restaurant.



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Day 12: Fly Home or Extend Your Stay

Return Flight back home OR have SAVVY provide you an EXTENSION TOUR to most any other European city of your choice.

Following breakfast which is included at your hotel in Rome, you have one of 2 options:

  1. Opt for our departure transfer from your hotel in Rome to the Rome airport ($69 per person)(FCO) for your return flight, arriving back in the U.S. or Canada the same day (on most flight itineraries) OR make your way to the Rome airport.
  2. Select another city in Europe you wish to visit, and SAVVY Adventures® will provide you hassle-free a special proposed itinerary for the additional European city you wish to visit. Your options are endless!


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Occasionally, the sequence of sightseeing tours may change. Please check your Tour Documents for any sequence changes.

 

Splendors of Italy: Balanced Itinerary

Day 1: International Flight Day

Flight Departure


Today, you will board your selected international transatlantic flight. Prior to your arrival, most flights will serve breakfast with your choice of juice, coffee, tea, etc.

Note: Airfare rates and booking can and will be provided by Savvy Adventures® if you wish to have us book your flight itinerary. Airfare is additional and is not included in our land tour rate.

 


Day 2: Milan
Milan Cathedral, Duomo di Milano, is the gothic cathedral church
Milan Cathedral, Duomo di Milano

Morning: Arrival into Milan

Afternoon: Private Guided tour of Milan

 

Morning: Arrival into Milan.

Your flight should arrive into Milan, the second most populous city in Italy, no later than 10:00 am. If your flight arrives later than 10:00 am, there likely will not be time for you to retrieve your luggage, transfer from the airport to your hotel in Milan, and join your afternoon tour of Milan. (Suggestion: For our guests who wish to depart and arrive one day earlier and enjoy an additional day and night in Milan, you may want to consider adding one pre-night hotel stay in Milan to this tour package --- $139/person supplement.) Your train transfer from Milan Malpensa Airport to Milan Centrale train station is included. Your hotel in Milan is conveniently located just a 5- to 15-minute walk from the Milan Centrale train station, but if upon arrival at either the Milan Malpensa Airport or the Milan Centrale train station you prefer to take a taxi, you may do so by your own arrangement.


Afternoon:
Private Guided tour of Milan, including entrance to view Leonardo da Vinci's "Last Supper"

After you check into your hotel in Milan, you may wish to relax or eat lunch before your included afternoon tour of the major sites in Milan.

Most of the sightseeing immersion tours you will experience when traveling with SAVVY Adventures® Premium Itineraries will be Private tours. SAVVY Adventures® wants to assure our travelers that they will not feel like they are part of a large herd but will receive personalized attention and all of their questions answered.

All SAVVY Adventure® Tours provide guests with a professional, expert English-speaking guide. With our highly-sought-after, priority, fast-track Skip-the-Line tickets, guests on all our tours will avoid standing in lines which are often 2 - 3 hours at each venue in each Italian city.

Your Walking Tour Will Include:

  • Milan's breath-taking Gothic Cathedral with Admission
  • Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele II, a 19th-century vaulted glass shopping arcade Brimming with fashionable shops and café
  • Piazza della Scala, the square which houses the world-renowned La Scala Opera House
  • Brera District
  • Castello Sforzesco, the vast and imposing medieval castle and fortress in Milan
  • Admission to view Leonardo Da Vinci's masterpiece, the "Last Supper"

Following the afternoon tour of Milan, you are free to independently enjoy the sites and ambiance of Milan this evening until your included "Welcome to Milan" Dinner.

Welcome to Milan Dinner: This evening, SAVVY Adventures® has made arrangements for you to enjoy a delicious authentic WELCOME DINNER at one of our wonderful Italian restaurants. You will have a selection from which to choose: an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert --- all included by SAVVY Adventures®. You will also be provided with your choice of one glass of house wine, beer, soft drink, or bottled water with your dinner. If you would like additional wine, beer, soft drink, or bottled water, you may purchase additional beverages independently from the restaurant.

Our Hotels in Milan:

Hotel Berna or similar


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Day 3: Full-Day Tour to Lake Como with Bellagio
Bellagio on Lake Como
Bellagio on Beautiful Lake Como

Full-Day Tour from Milan to beautiful Lake Como with Bellagio (included)

You will begin your day by enjoying an included breakfast at your hotel. Following breakfast, you will depart Milan to spend the day with an expert English-speaking guided Small Group Tour. You will be driven to Como, a lovely lakeside town located on the shores of Lake Como --- just a 65-minute drive from Milan.

Included in your tour today:

  • Transfer to Como
  • Tour of Como
  • 2-hour cruise around Lake Como, admiring the hillside villas and hotels and pose for photographs against the backdrop of the beautiful Alps, which are often snow-capped.
  • Trip to the lovely seaside town of Bellagio, which most travelers consider to be the "gem" of Lake Como. Spend some independent time on-your-own here in Bellagio and explore this beautiful and world-famous Italian lakeside town.
  • Cruise to lovely Cadenabbia, before your
  • Return drive back to Milan


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Day 4: To Venice
Grand Canal, Venice, Italy
Grand Canal, Venice, Italy

Morning: High-speed Train (Economy Ticket) from Milan to Mestre/Venice (included)

To Venice

You'll begin your morning by enjoying breakfast at your hotel. Yes, breakfast is included each day throughout your Savvy Adventures®. Following breakfast, you will transfer independently to the Milan Centrale train station in the heart of Milan. Mid- to late-morning, you will board your train and enjoy a 2-hour, 35-minute high speed journey across Italy. Included in your tour package will be reserved Economy-class advance-purchase seats. (For guests who wish to upgrade their train journey to Comfort-class advance-purchase seats, simply ask us to reserve your upgrade tickets no later than 60 days prior to your tour departure. Comfort-class advance-purchase seat upgrade: $20/person.)

Welcome to Venice, the City of Canals.

Arrival Transfer: Upon arrival, enjoy our Meet-and-Greet with Private Water Taxi Transfer from the Venice Santa Lucia Train Station to your hotel in Venice on San Marco. (Includes standard gratuities)

Orientation Walkabout: After you have checked into your hotel, you are free to enjoy your day at leisure until it's time to meet your SAVVY Adventure Leader for the Orientation Walkabout. You will be exploring the historic, picturesque streets, squares, alleys, and canals which make Venice one of the most photographed cities in all the world while learning where the best ATM's, restaurants and sites of interest are located near your hotel.

Dining Recommendations Tonight: We recommend Ristorante Da Tura in Mestre or Ristorante da Rafaelle on San Marco.

 

Our Hotels on San Marco, 2 Nights:
  
Kette Hotel or similar


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Day 5: Venice

Morning: Private Guided Walking Tour of VENICE with entrance to Doge's Palace (included)

Evening: Optional Small Group Gondola Ride $99 per person

 

Morning: Private Guided Walking Tour of VENICE with entrance to Doge's Palace (included)

You will awaken and enjoy breakfast at your hotel.  Following breakfast, you will enjoy your private tour of Venice.   

Most of the major sites of Venice are conveniently located within walking distance of each other.

Your included walking tour of Venice will feature:

  • Skip-the-Line access to St. Mark's Basilica
  • Doge's Palace
  • Campanile (Clock Tower)
  • Bridge of Sighs
  • New Prisons

Visiting Venice without an experienced guided walking tour can be difficult, as most visitors to Venice do not know where to go or what to look for once they get there. Your outstanding expert guide will not only show you the important sites in Venice, but your guide will also provide you with the incredible background history of what you are viewing as well. In addition, your guide will assure that you will walk through the most-significant streets and alleys of Venice, showing you Venice's lesser-known gems, where the locals carry on life in this amazing Italian city. Following your morning guided tour, you are then free to independently stroll "on-your-own" to appreciate and absorb the amazing atmosphere and ambiance which makes the city of Venice truly special, unique, and memorable.

 

Evening Option: Gondola Ride with Serenade $99 per person

SAVVY Adventures® has made arrangements for you to enjoy a truly special and memorable Venetian experience you will always cherish --- an evening Venetian gondola ride, boarding time at 6:30 pm in the center of Venice --- with a maximum of 6 guests on-board.

You should know that a ride aboard one of the authentic Venetian gondolas is the only way to visit many of the unusual and fascinating corners of Venice, off the beaten track, and where time seems to have stood still centuries ago.

For most visitors to Venice, an evening gondola ride is "a dream come true". Yes, you'll always remember and cherish your delightful evening gondola ride in Venice, the city of canals.

(Space is limited on the evening gondola ride, so this activity is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. If no more space is available for the included evening gondola ride at the time you book, you will still be provided with an included afternoon gondola ride. Book your tour package NOW!)

 

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Day 6: Venice to Florence
Burano Island, Venice, Italy
Island of Burano

Morning: At leisure or opt to add the optional 3 Islands Excursion ($79 per person)

Afternoon: High-speed Train Journey from Venice to Florence (included)

 

Morning: Excursion to Three islands in the Venetian Lagoon: Murano, Burano, and Torcello ($79 per person)

On this optional morning tour, we will visit the three most-important islands in the Venetian Lagoon. Savvy Adventures® can arrange this 4-hour excursion.

Following your breakfast you will board your motor boat at to begin your tour to visit the three most-important islands in the Venetian Lagoon. You'll head first for the island of Murano --- well-known and world-famous for its glass blowing works of art, which are easily identified by the beautiful and vibrant colors which the artisans at Murano create. You'll have the opportunity to visit one of the outstanding glass blowing factories and watch the masters at work during your visit to Murano.

Following your visit to Murano, you'll re-board your boat and head for what is arguably the most picturesque island setting --- Burano. Enjoy a delightful stroll through the streets of Burano and view the unique, brightly-colored fishermen's houses. You'll be impressed when you view the exquisite hand-made lace products which are crafted and created exclusively by experts on the island of Burano. You'll undoubtedly marvel as you view and touch the hand-made lace, which is delicate and beautiful. You'll want to visit one of the outstanding lace shops on the island, watch the quality hand-made lace products being made by Burano artisans, and purchase one of them which you can then take back home to show your family and friends.

You'll next re-board your boat and head for the island of Torcello, an island in close proximity to the island of Burano. This small island is famous for its Cathedral with spectacular Byzantine gold and stone mosaics (note: if you wish to visit the interior of the Cathedral, an entrance ticket to view the interior of the Cathedral is extra). Don't miss the Ponticello del Diavolo (Devil's Little Bridge), a term given to ancient bridges believed to be constructed either with the help of the Devil or against the wishes of the Devil.

You'll return aboard your motorboat to St. Mark's in Venice about 1:00 pm, after your enjoyable four-hour tour to visit these three very unique islands. Unfortunately, many travelers to Venice miss visiting these three amazing islands, but you will visit and see all three of these islands when you book this excursion.

 

Afternoon: High-speed Train Journey from Venice to Florence (included)

Following your included morning tour of the three islands, you will return to your hotel and retrieve your luggage. Enjoy your private transfer to the train station, where you will board your 2-hour, 10-minute train journey to Florence, arriving late afternoon. Included in your tour package will be reserved Economy class seats.

You'll arrive at the Santa Maria Novella train station in Florence, and your hotel in Florence is conveniently located just a 5- to 15-minute walk from the Florence train station, but if upon arrival at the Florence train station you prefer to take a taxi, you may do so by your own arrangement.

Orientation Walkabout: After you are checked into your hotel in Florence, you will enjoy an Orientation Walkabout with our Savvy Adventure Leader and explore the streets, piazzas, alleys, and important sites in the beautiful Renaissance city of Florence, the capital of Tuscany. We suggest that you consider an independent walk or taxi ride up to Piazza Michelangelo, the perfect site to experience one of the most beautiful and spectacular settings anywhere in Europe to capture an unforgettable sunset. Watch the magic happen, and take plenty of photos as the lights of the city of Florence begin to twinkle across the city, as night approaches.

Florence, Italy Landscape
Panorama of Florence, Italy

 


Our Hotels in Florence:

Hotel Alinari, Rossa 23 or Similar



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Day 7: Florence
The David Sculpture, Florence Italy
Michelangelo's Marvel Masterpiece: "the David"


Morning: Private Guided Tour of Florence

Afternoon: Optional Experiences Available or Independent Free Time

Optional Excursions, Cooking Classes, Events, & Activities


Morning: Private Guided Tour of Florence

Your tour of Florence begins in the morning after breakfast.

Your tour includes:

  • Fast-track Skip-the-Line entrance ticket and access to the Accademia Gallery to view Michelangelo's four large unfinished sculptures of "the Slaves" and his 17-foot magnificent white marble masterpiece statue, "the David".
  • Florence Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (Florence's Duomo), from where Brunelleschi's dome dominates the skyline of Florence and never ceases to impress.
  • Walk through the heart of the Renaissance Civic and Political Center
  • View the ancient statues, glorious fountains, the exterior of the famed Uffizi Gallery, the Piazza degli Uffizi, the Piazza della Signoria, and the Medieval Palazzo Vecchio
  • Church of Orsanmichele, where you'll admire crafted statues by famed artists such as Donatello, Ghiberti, and Verrocchio
  • Piazza della Repubblica, once the Ancient Forum, which is now a popular meeting place for famous writers, artists, and locals.

The tour will end about noon at Lungarno, facing the popular, unique, and world-famous Ponte Vecchio Bridge, which stretches across the Arno River.

Afternoon: Optional Experiences or Independent Free Time

You will have an independent free afternoon to see-and-do what is of greatest interest to you. You may click the tab "Optional Experiences," and then view the "Florence Options," where you can then select one of two wonderful "Half-day Options" this afternoon. You may wish to book our afternoon guided tour to Pisa to view the "Leaning Tower of Pisa," or you may choose to book our afternoon guided tour of Florence's world-renowned Uffizi Gallery, which is one of the largest, oldest, and most outstanding art museums in the world.

You may also want to purchase the "48 Hour Duomo Pass" that one ticket for the Baptistery of San Giovanni, Santa Reparata, Giotto's Bell Tower, Brunelleschi's Dome and the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo. $35 per person

 

Evening: Optional Dinners, Cooking Classes, Events, & Activities

You may wish to book one of our "Evening and Dinner Options," which you can view when you click the tab, "Optional Experiences," and then view the "Florence Options," where you can then scroll down and view the "Evening and Dinner Options". You have three wonderful options available this evening: "Pizza and Gelato Making;" "Florence Cooking Course & Dinner".



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Day 8: Florence

Independent Free Day:

a) see-and-experience more of Florence OR
b) select optional tour to visit Tuscany OR
c) select optional tour to visit Cinque Terre

You may choose from among the following on your independent free day:

  1. Sit back, relax, and make no specific plans or book any tours or activities.
  2. Select one of our optional "Full-day tours --- Florence". CLICK HERE FOR OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS, then click the Florence Tab.
  3. Select one (or two) of our optional "Half-day tours --- Florence". CLICK HERE FOR OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS, then click the Florence Tab.

 


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Day 9: Florence to Rome
Hi-Speed Eurostar Train
High Speed Train

Morning: High-speed Train Journey from Florence to Rome (included)

Following an included breakfast at your wonderful hotel, you will walk from your hotel in Florence to the nearby Santa Maria Novella train station. (For those guests who prefer, you may transfer to your Florence train station independently at your own expense by taxi.) You will board your 95-minute high-speed train journey to Rome. Included in your tour package will be reserved Economy-class advance-purchase seats. (For guests who wish to upgrade their train journey to Comfort-Class advance-purchase seats, simply ask us to reserve your upgrade tickets no later than 60 days prior to your tour departure. Comfort-class advance-purchase seat upgrade: $20/person.) You'll arrive at the Roma Termini train station in Rome, and your hotel in Rome is conveniently located just a 5- to 15-minute walk from the Roma Termini train station, but if upon arrival at the Rome train station you prefer to take a taxi, you may do so by your own arrangement.

Orientation Walkabout: After you are checked into your hotel in Rome, you will enjoy an Orientation Walkabout with your Savvy Adventure Leader and explore the cobblestone streets, piazzas, fountains and rich history of Rome.

Our Hotels in Rome:

Marco Polo or similar

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Day 10: Rome
Roman Coloseum
Colosseum, Rome

Morning: Skip-the-Line Ancient Rome Half-Day Small-Group Guided Tour of the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill (included)

You will awaken and enjoy a delicious breakfast included at your hotel. Experience the wonders of Ancient Rome with your Skip-the-Line entrance tickets on this half-day tour, which covers the most-important ancient historical sites in Rome: the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill.

Your tour will include:

  • Admission and Guided Tour of the Colosseum: Heart of The Empire. Enjoy Skip-the-Line entrance with Story Land & Sea® with no waiting in lines.
  • Admission and Guided Tour of the Roman Forum ~ We walk through the archaeological dig for unique perspectives of the Old Town Center of Rome, Palatine Hill, Capitoline Hill, Caesar's Palace, Curia or the Senate House, Temple of the Vestal Virgins, and the Triumphant Arches.
  • Our local guide expertly shares her knowledge of Rome through the ages: We take in all Rome has to offer from both a historical and modern perspective. Enjoy this morning trek as we witness the modernity of Rome intertwined with antiquity. We take in the Jewish Ghetto on our way to the Roman Forum.

 



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Day 11: Rome
The Vatican, Rome, Italy
Vatican City: St. Peter's Basilica

Morning: Skip-the-Line Small-Group Guided Tour of Vatican City, including the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica $109 per person

 

Morning: Skip-the-Line Small-Group Guided Tour of Vatican City $109 per person

You will begin your morning with an included breakfast served at your hotel in Rome. Following breakfast, you will be treated to one of the finest tours of the Vatican, led by a truly professional, expert guide.

Yout tour today will include:

  • Admission and Guided Tour to St. Peter's Basilica: By design, we enjoy early admission around 8:15 am to avoid the large cruise and large tour groups that arrive later in the morning. SPECIAL ACCESS: Enjoy Skip-the-Line special access with Admission Included.
  • Admission and Guided Tour of the Sistine Chapel: You will find inside the chapel The Last Judgment painting by Michelangelo, which he painted during the years 1535 to 1541. The work, designed on a grand scale, spans the entire wall behind the Sistine Chapel altar.
  • Admission and Guided Tour of the Vatican City Museums: The Museums boast some of the most impressive tapestries and other works of art and sculpture found in the world.



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Day 12: Fly Home or Extend Your Stay

Return Flight back home OR have SAVVY provide you an EXTENSION TOUR to most any other European city of your choice.

Following breakfast which is included at your hotel in Rome, you have one of 2 options:

  1. Make your way to the Rome airport OR Opt for our Departure Transfer from your hotel in Rome to the ROME airport (FCO) for your return flight, arriving back in the U.S. or Canada the same day (on most flight itineraries). $69 per person
  2. Select another city in Europe you wish to visit, and SAVVY Adventures® will provide you hassle-free a special proposed itinerary for the additional European city you wish to visit. Your options are endless!


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Occasionally, the sequence of sightseeing tours may change. Please check your Tour Documents for any sequence changes.

 

Splendors of Italy: Basic Itinerary

Day 1: International Flight Day

Flight Departure


Today you will board your selected international transatlantic flight. Note: Airfare rates and booking can and will be provided by Savvy Adventures® if you wish to have us book your flight itinerary. Airfare is additional and is not included in our land tour rate.

 


Day 2: Milan
Milan Cathedral, Duomo di Milano, is the gothic cathedral church
Milan Cathedral, Duomo di Milano

Morning: Arrival into Milan.

Your flight should arrive into Milan, the second most populous city in Italy, no later than 10:00 am. If your flight arrives later than 10:00 am, there likely will not be time for you to retrieve your luggage, transfer from the airport to your hotel in Milan, and join your afternoon tour of Milan. (Suggestion:  For our guests who wish to depart and arrive one day earlier and enjoy an additional day and night in Milan, you may want to consider adding one pre-night hotel stay in Milan to this tour package --- $139/person supplement.) Your train transfer from Milan Malpensa Airport to Milan Centrale train station is included. Your hotel in Milan is conveniently located just a 5- to 15-minute walk from the Milan Centrale train station, but if upon arrival at either the Milan Malpensa Airport or the Milan Centrale train station you prefer to take a taxi, you may do so by your own arrangement.

Opt for our Milan private arrival transfer for $89 per person

Orientation Walkabout: Immerse yourself in Milan with a 1 hour Orientation Walkabout with your Savvy Adventure Leader. He/She will show you where to find the ATM, the best place to eat and short commentary of Milan’s history.

 

Optional Excursion: Small-Group Guided tour of Milan with Duomo $99 per person

This afternoon guided tour with a professional English-speaking guide is a 3-hour small-group walking tour of Milan. It begins with a visit to Milan's spectacular Duomo --- the impressive Milan cathedral which is located in the most central point of the city. It is considered by world travelers as one of the most spectacularly-beautiful churches in the world. Next is the impressive Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele II, a 19th-century vaulted glass shopping arcade Brimming with fashionable shops and cafés.  After walking through the Galleria, we arrive at Piazza della Scala, the square which houses the world-renowned La Scala Opera House. This has been Milan's Opera House since 1778 and is still in use today. Next your expert guide will take you through the Brera District. Rich in historical buildings, literary cafés, restaurants, and fashionable bars, this area has long been home to artists and intellectuals. Brera's picturesque and winding streets lead us to the Castello Sforzesco, the vast and imposing medieval castle and fortress in Milan. Sforzesco was once seat and residence of the ruling family of Milan, and is now home to several of the city's wonderful museums and art collections.

The order of the tour may change but the highlights are the same.

 

Our Hotels in Milan:

Hotel Berna or similar

 


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Day 3: Day at Leisure
Bellagio on Lake Como
Bellagio on Beautiful Lake Como

Optional Excursion: Full-Day Tour from Milan to beautiful Lake Como with Bellagio (included in Premium & Balanced Itineraries) $199 per person

You will depart Milan at 8:30 am and be driven to Como, a lovely lakeside town located on the shores of Lake Como --- just a 65-minute drive from Milan and spend the day with an expert English-speaking guide at one of the most beautiful lakes in Italy --- Lake Como --- located in Italy's Lake District. Lake Como is the third largest lake in Italy, and is always a traveler's "favorite". Lake Como has been a popular retreat for aristocrats and the wealthy since Roman times. Lake Como is home to many villas and palaces. Many well-known celebrities have homes along the shores of Lake Como: George Clooney, Versace, Sylvester Stallone, Richard Branson, John Kerry, and many others.

You then will board a boat for a 2-hour cruise around Lake Como, admiring the hillside villas and hotels and pose for photographs against the backdrop of the beautiful Alps, which are often snow-capped.  Upon your return, you will enjoy your trip to the lovely seaside town of Bellagio, which most travelers consider to be the "gem" of Lake Como. Spend some independent time on-your-own here in Bellagio and explore this beautiful and world-famous Italian lakeside town. Later you will cruise to lovely Cadenabbia, before your return drive takes you back to Milan to enjoy a final night in this wonderful city.

 

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Day 4: To Venice
Grand Canal, Venice, Italy
Grand Canal, Venice, Italy

Morning: Regional Train from Milan to Mestre/Venice (included)

 

To Venice

You'll begin your morning by enjoying breakfast at your hotel. Yes, breakfast is included each day throughout your Savvy Adventures®. Following breakfast, you will transfer independently to the Milan Centrale train station in the heart of Milan. Mid- to late-morning, you will board your train and enjoy a 4 hour journey across Italy. (For guests who wish to upgrade their train journey to the high speed train (2.5 hr ride) advance-purchase seats, simply ask us to reserve your upgrade tickets no later than 60 days prior to your tour departure. Comfort-class advance-purchase seat upgrade: $40/person.)

You'll arrive at the Venice train station (see Final Tour Brief for Details).

Welcome to Venice, the City of Canals.

Orientation Walkabout: After you have checked into your hotel enjoy your Orientation Walkabout with our Savvy Adventure Leader exploring the historic, picturesque streets, squares, alleys, and canals which make Venice one of the most photographed cities in all the world.

 

Our Hotels on Mestre, 2 Nights:

Kette Hotel or similar

Want to stay on San Marco island close to the city center? Upgrade your hotel in a centrally located San Marco hotel for $200 per person.

Our Hotels on San Marco, 2 Nights:
  
Hotel San Moise
Hotel Flora
Hotel do Pozzi
Hotel dell'Opera


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Day 5: Venice at Leisure

Optional Excursion: Small-Group Guided Walking Tour of VENICE with entrance to Doge's Palace $99 per person

This morning guided walking tour of Venice with Savvy Adventures® is guaranteed to be in a small group, having no more than 25 guests.

This tour will feature the awe-inspiring St. Mark’s Basilica.  Your expert English-speaking guide will provide you with special fast-track, Skip-the-Line access so that you will easily enter the Basilica and not have to wait in a long line outside.  They will point out the details of the church which are important, as well as explain the history behind the 1000-year-old stunning gold mosaics and the precious artifacts which are on display here.  Yes, even the bones of St. Mark are contained here within St. Mark’s Basilica.

Your guide will provide you with an audio headset for your entire morning tour, which will help to ensure that you won’t miss anything which is being shared by your professional guide.   Having the headset also allows you to take photographs while listening to your outstanding guide’s commentary at each site as well.

After visiting St. Mark’s Basilica and seeing the interior of the Doge’s Palace, as well as the Campanile (Clock Tower), all located at St. Mark’s Square, your guide will then lead you on a delightful stroll through a romantic maze of surrounding back-streets to discover the lanes, alleys, canals, and piazzas of the city.  Visiting Venice without an experienced guided walking tour can be difficult, as most visitors to Venice do not know where to go or what to look for once they get there. Your outstanding expert guide will not only show you the important sites in Venice, but your guide will also provide you with the incredible background history of what you are viewing as well.   In addition, your guide will assure that you will walk through the most-significant streets and alleys of Venice, showing you Venice’s lesser-known gems, where the locals carry on life in this amazing Italian city --- all in a small-group which will have no more than 25 guests.

Your expert guide will be eager to answer your questions about this beloved Italian city.  

You’ll enjoy your guided walking tour through Venice, as you’ll have the opportunity to cross several of Venice’s lovely smaller, less well-known, bridges before reaching the world-famous, picturesque Rialto Bridge which expands the Grand Canal.  The Rialto Bridge is the large white-marble bridge, which is so impressive, but ran far beyond its budget at the time of its construction. When the sunlight dances on its smooth stone and its reflection shines in the water below, you will surely agree that this beautiful bridge was truly worth the cost!   

Following your morning guided tour, you are then free to independently stroll “on-your-own” to appreciate and absorb the amazing atmosphere and ambiance which makes the city of Venice truly special, unique, and memorable.

Evening Option:

Gondola Ride with Serenade $99 per person

Savvy Adventures® can make arrangements for you to enjoy a truly special and memorable Venetian experience you will always cherish --- an evening Venetian gondola ride in the center of Venice (30-40 min)--- with a maximum of 6 guests on-board.

You should know that a ride aboard one of the authentic Venetian gondolas is the only way to visit many of the unusual and fascinating corners of Venice, off the beaten track, and where time seems to have stood still centuries ago.

For most visitors to Venice, an evening gondola ride is “a dream come true”.   Yes, you’ll always remember and cherish your delightful evening gondola ride in Venice, the city of canals.  

(Space is limited on the evening gondola ride, so this activity is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.  If no more space is available for the included evening gondola ride at the time you book, you will still be provided with an included afternoon gondola ride.  Book your tour package NOW!)

 

 

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Day 6: Venice to Florence
Burano Island, Venice, Italy
Island of Burano

Morning: At leisure or opt to add the optional 3 Islands Excursion ($79 per person)

Afternoon: Regional Train Journey from Venice to Florence (included)

Morning: Optional Excursion to Three islands in the Venetian Lagoon: Murano, Burano, and Torcello ($79 per person)

This morning tour will visit the three most-important islands in the Venetian Lagoon. Savvy Adventures® can arrange this 4-hour excursion.

Following your breakfast, which is included at your hotel, you will board your motor boat at 9:00 am to begin your morning tour. You'll head first for the island of Murano --- well-known and world-famous for its glass blowing works of art, which are easily identified by the beautiful and vibrant colors which the artisans at Murano create. You'll have the opportunity to visit one of the outstanding glass blowing factories and watch the masters at work during your visit to Murano.

Following your visit to Murano, you'll re-board your boat and head for what is arguably the most picturesque island setting --- Burano. Enjoy a delightful stroll through the streets of Burano and view the unique, brightly-colored fishermen's houses. You'll be impressed when you view the exquisite hand-made lace products which are crafted and created exclusively by experts on the island of Burano. You'll undoubtedly marvel as you view and touch the hand-made lace, which is delicate and beautiful. You'll want to visit one of the outstanding lace shops on the island, watch the quality hand-made lace products being made by Burano artisans, and purchase one of them which you can then take back home to show your family and friends.

You'll next re-board your boat and head for the island of Torcello, an island in close proximity to the island of Burano. This small island is famous for its Cathedral with spectacular Byzantine gold and stone mosaics (note: if you wish to visit the interior of the Cathedral, an entrance ticket to view the interior of the Cathedral is extra). Explore this small yet magical island and find peace as you walk around its ancient monuments. Don't miss the Ponticello del Diavolo (Devil's Little Bridge), a term given to ancient bridges believed to be constructed either with the help of the Devil or against the wishes of the Devil.

You'll return aboard your motorboat to St. Mark's in Venice about 1:00 pm, after your enjoyable four-hour tour to visit these three very unique islands. Unfortunately, many travelers to Venice miss visiting these three amazing islands, but you will visit and see all three of these islands when you book this excursion.

Afternoon: Regional Train Journey from Venice to Florence (included)

This afternoon you will transfer independently to the Venice Mestre train station, where you will board your Regional train journey to Florence (approx 4 hrs), arriving early evening. (For guests who wish to upgrade their train journey to the High Speed Train (Approx 2.5 hrs), simply ask us to reserve your upgraded tickets no later than 60 days prior to your tour departure. $40/person.) You'll arrive at the Santa Maria Novella train station in Florence, and your hotel in Florence is conveniently located just a 5- to 15-minute walk from the Florence train station, but if upon arrival at the Florence train station you prefer to take a taxi, you may do so by your own arrangement.   

Orientation Walkabout: After you are checked into your hotel in Florence, you will enjoy an Orientation Walkabout with our Savvy Adventure Leader and explore the streets, piazzas, alleys, and important sites in the beautiful Renaissance city of Florence, the capital of Tuscany. We suggest that you consider an independent walk or taxi ride up to Piazza Michelangelo, the perfect site to experience one of the most beautiful and spectacular settings anywhere in Europe to capture an unforgettable sunset. Watch the magic happen, and take plenty of photos as the lights of the city of Florence begin to twinkle across the city, as night approaches.

Florence, Italy Landscape
Panorama of Florence, Italy

 


Our Hotels in Florence:

Hotel Alinari or similar

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Day 7: Florence at Leisure
The David Sculpture, Florence Italy
Michelangelo's Marvel Masterpiece: "the David"

Optional Excursion: Small-Group Guided Tour of FLORENCE with "The David" $109 per person

Your tour of Florence begins in the morning with a fast-track, Skip-the-Line entrance ticket and access to the Accademia Gallery, where you'll have the wonderful opportunity to stand in awe at Michelangelo's four large unfinished sculptures of "the Slaves". Then it's time to stop and gaze at Michelangelo's 17-foot magnificent white marble masterpiece statue, "the David".

Your guide will then continue your walking tour to the astounding Florence Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (Florence's Duomo), from where Brunelleschi's dome dominates the skyline of Florence and never ceases to impress. You will then walk to the nearby architectural wonder of the Baptistery, where you'll have the opportunity to view the incomparable bronze Baptistery Doors, coined the "Gates of Paradise" by Michelangelo.

Throughout your morning walking tour, you will be provided with interesting insight and information from your professional English-speaking guide about the wonderful city of Florence. You'll learn all about the fascinating history of Florence as you walk towards the heart of the Renaissance Civic and Political Center. You'll have the opportunity to view the ancient statues, glorious fountains, the exterior of the famed Uffizi Gallery, the Piazza degli Uffizi, the Piazza della Signoria, and the Medieval Palazzo Vecchio on your morning tour. Our tour will continue toward the Religious Center, stopping at the Church of Orsanmichele, where you'll admire crafted statues by famed artists such as Donatello, Ghiberti, and Verrocchio. Also, on our tour you'll have the opportunity to rub the nose of the legendary boar, "il Porcellino," to ensure your return to Florence. You'll visit Piazza della Repubblica, once the Ancient Forum, which is now a popular meeting place for famous writers, artists, and locals.

The tour will end about noon at Lungarno, facing the popular, unique, and world-famous Ponte Vecchio Bridge, which stretches across the Arno River.

 



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Day 8: Florence

Independent Free Day:

a) see-and-experience more of Florence OR
b) select optional tour to visit Tuscany OR
c) select optional tour to visit Cinque Terre

There are so many options available for you to select on your independent free day in Florence. So, today is YOUR opportunity to see-and-experience what is the greatest interest and importance to YOU!  You may choose:

  1. Sit back, relax, and make no specific plans or book any tours or activities.
  2. Select one of our optional "Full-day tours --- Florence". CLICK HERE FOR OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS, then click the Florence Tab.
  3. Select one (or two) of our optional "Half-day tours --- Florence". CLICK HERE FOR OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS, then click the Florence Tab.

 


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Day 9: Florence to Rome
Hi-Speed Eurostar Train
High Speed Train

Morning: Regional Train Journey from Florence to Rome (included)

Following an included breakfast, you will walk from your hotel in Florence to the nearby Santa Maria Novella train station. (For those guests who prefer, you may transfer to your Florence train station independently at your own expense by taxi.) You will board your regional train journey to Rome. (For guests who wish to upgrade their train journey to the high speed train advance-purchase seats, simply ask us to reserve your upgrade tickets no later than 60 days prior to your tour departure. Comfort-class advance-purchase seat upgrade: $40/person.) You'll arrive at the Roma Termini train station in Rome, and your hotel in Rome is conveniently located just a 5- to 15-minute walk from the Roma Termini train station, but if upon arrival at the Rome train station you prefer to take a taxi, you may do so by your own arrangement.

Following checking-in at your hotel in Rome in the early afternoon, you may relax, take a nap, or begin to independently explore the streets of Rome.

Orientation Walkabout: After you are checked into your hotel in Rome, you will enjoy an Orientation Walkabout with your Savvy Adventure Leader and explore the cobblestone streets, piazzas, fountains and rich history of Rome.


Our Hotels in Rome:

Marco Polo or similar

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Day 10: Rome at Leisure
Roman Coloseum
Colosseum, Rome

Optional Excursion: Skip-the-Line Ancient Rome Half-Day Small-Group Guided Tour of the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill $119 per person

Experience the wonders of Ancient Rome with your Skip-the-Line entrance tickets on this half-day tour, which covers the most-important ancient historical sites in Rome: the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill.

We begin your guided tour with a wonderful panoramic view of the Colosseum atop Colle Oppio ("Opium Hill"). The Colosseum was officially designated as one of the "New 7 Wonders of the World" in 2007. The Colosseum is the most recognizable landmark in all of Rome, and you will be provided with a tour of not only the exterior, but also the highly-sought-after and preferred Skip-the-Line entrance tickets so you can see and experience the interior of this famous, recognizable structure without waiting in a long line (often 2- 3 hours). Your expert guide will point out all the important facts and history which you should know, provide you some of the interesting tales of gladiators, mock sea-battles, and executions which took place here, as well as answer your questions. A guided tour of the Colosseum with your professional guide will be a tour which you shall never forget!

Next your tour guide will lead you to the Arch of Constantine before we arrive at Palatine Hill, which is the most-famous of the "7 hills of Rome". From here you will have the opportunity to absorb the incredible panorama and take special personal photos of the Roman Forum, as well as Nero's Circus Maximus, where chariot races were held.

Then your tour will provide you, once again, with Skip-the-Line ticket entrance tickets to the famous Roman Forum which will include a walk along the "Via Sacra" ("Sacred Way").  The most-important facts and history of the Roman Forum will be shared with you during your tour of this vast and impressive historical archaeological site. Your morning guided tour of Ancient Rome will end at the end of the "Via Sacra" near the Senate House. You are free to stay at the Roman Forum and independently explore even more on-your-own following your guided tour.

 



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Day 11: Rome at Leisure
The Vatican, Rome, Italy
Vatican City: St. Peter's Basilica

Optional Excursion - Skip-the-Line Small-Group Guided Tour of Vatican City, including the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica $109 per person

For many travelers, a guided tour of Vatican City is a "dream-come-true" experience. Did you realize that a visit to Vatican City is actually a visit to another country, separate and distinct from Italy? The Pope serves as the official head of state of this, the smallest country in the world. Geographically, however, the city of Rome and Vatican City are connected and appear to be inseparable.

Your visit to Rome will be be complete with this fascinating and comprehensive guided tour of Vatican City, led by a professional Vatican expert guide who will point out the most-significant historical artifacts which are housed here. They will also provide invaluable insight and information, which will enhance your understanding and appreciation of Vatican City.

Please note that, once again, Savvy Adventures® will provide you a "Small-group" tour experience with no more than 25 guests on your guided tour of Vatican City. Most other "low-cost" tour operators conduct large-group tours of 35 - 55 participants on most all their tours in Italy.  Our "small-group" tours with a maximum of 25 guests conducted by one of our professional English-speaking guide.

With our exclusive access, which is provided for your "small group," you can enter the Vatican Museum with your expert guide at 10:00 am and immediately begin admiring and learning about the world's most extensive private collection of art, sculpture, tapestries, etc. which are housed in the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. To be sure that you hear all the commentary we will provide each guest with a personal headset so that no one will miss a thing.

Your Vatican-expert guide will answer your questions, and make your visit to Vatican City truly unforgettable. The Vatican Museums occupies over 2,000 rooms and nine (9) miles of the most extensive collection of art in the world. You will be escorted to the most-important rooms in the Vatican Museums, so that you see the most-significant works which are on display here.

One of the highlights of your walking tour will be your included visit to the Sistine Chapel. Here the vast beautiful, brightly-colored frescoes will cause you to stand in awe of this world-renowned site. The late 15th-century frescoes depict the Life of Moses and the Life of Christ. At the beginning of the 16th century, Michelangelo spent four years painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel --- a masterpiece which is without precedent. Years later (between 1535 A.D. and 1541 A.D.) Michelangelo returned to the Sistine Chapel and spent six years painting The Last Judgment. The Sistine Chapel is also the special important site in the Vatican where the College of Cardinals elect each successive Pope, whenever the reigning Pope dies or resigns.

Your next stop on your full-morning tour will be at the vast St. Peter's Basilica, the largest church building in all the world --- with the capacity to accommodate 60,000 people. The interior of St. Peter's is lavishly decorated with marble, reliefs, architectural sculpture, and gilding. Housed and on public display for all to see in St. Peter's Basilica is one of the most famous and beautiful white-marble sculptures to have ever been crafted --- Michelangelo's beloved masterpiece the Pieta, depicting Mary, the Mother of Jesus, holding the body of Jesus as He has been taken down from the cross. The baldachin, or canopy over the Papal Altar, claims to be the largest piece of bronze in the world, and it was designed by Bernini. The sanctuary culminates in a sculptural ensemble, also crafted by Bernini, containing the symbolic Chair of St. Peter.

As the tour draws to a close, your guide will escort you outside to admire magnificent St. Peter's Square. From here, you will be able to personally see the balcony from which the Pope delivers his public addresses. You are free to stroll St. Peter's Square on-your-own at the conclusion of this tour.

 



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Day 12:  Fly Home or Extend Your Stay

 

Return Flight back home OR have SAVVY provide you an EXTENSION TOUR to most any other European city of your choice.

Following breakfast which is included at your hotel in Rome, you have one of 2 options:

  1. Make your way to the Rome airport OR Opt for our Departure Transfer from your hotel in Rome to the Rome airport (FCO) for your return flight, arriving back in the U.S. or Canada the same day (on most flight itineraries). $69 per person
  2. Select another city in Europe you wish to visit, and Savvy Adventures® will provide you a hassle-free special proposed itinerary for the additional European city you wish to visit. Your options are endless!


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Occasionally, the sequence of sightseeing tours may change. Please check your Tour Documents for any sequence changes.

 

Splendors of Italy: Balanced Fully Escorted Itinerary

Day 1: International Flight Day

Flight Departure


Today, you will board your selected international transatlantic flight. Prior to your arrival, most flights will serve breakfast with your choice of juice, coffee, tea, etc.

Note: Airfare rates and booking can and will be provided by Savvy Adventures® if you wish to have us book your flight itinerary. Airfare is additional and is not included in our land tour rate.

 


Day 2: Milan
Milan Cathedral, Duomo di Milano, is the gothic cathedral church
Milan Cathedral, Duomo di Milano

Morning: Arrival into Milan

Afternoon: Private Guided tour of Milan

 

Morning: Arrival into Milan.

Your flight should arrive into Milan, the second most populous city in Italy, no later than 10:00 am. If your flight arrives later than 10:00 am, there likely will not be time for you to retrieve your luggage, transfer from the airport to your hotel in Milan, and join your afternoon tour of Milan. (Suggestion: For our guests who wish to depart and arrive one day earlier and enjoy an additional day and night in Milan, you may want to consider adding one pre-night hotel stay in Milan to this tour package --- $139/person supplement.) Your train transfer from Milan Malpensa Airport to Milan Centrale train station is included. Your hotel in Milan is conveniently located just a 5- to 15-minute walk from the Milan Centrale train station, but if upon arrival at either the Milan Malpensa Airport or the Milan Centrale train station you prefer to take a taxi, you may do so by your own arrangement.


Afternoon:
Private Guided tour of Milan, including entrance to view Leonardo da Vinci's "Last Supper"

After you check into your hotel in Milan, you may wish to relax or eat lunch before your included afternoon tour of the major sites in Milan.

Most of the sightseeing immersion tours you will experience when traveling with SAVVY Adventures® Premium Itineraries will be Private tours. SAVVY Adventures® wants to assure our travelers that they will not feel like they are part of a large herd but will receive personalized attention and all of their questions answered.

All SAVVY Adventure® Tours provide guests with a professional, expert English-speaking guide. With our highly-sought-after, priority, fast-track Skip-the-Line tickets, guests on all our tours will avoid standing in lines which are often 2 - 3 hours at each venue in each Italian city.

Your Walking Tour Will Include:

  • Milan's breath-taking Gothic Cathedral with Admission
  • Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele II, a 19th-century vaulted glass shopping arcade Brimming with fashionable shops and café
  • Piazza della Scala, the square which houses the world-renowned La Scala Opera House
  • Brera District
  • Castello Sforzesco, the vast and imposing medieval castle and fortress in Milan
  • Admission to view Leonardo Da Vinci's masterpiece, the "Last Supper"

Following the afternoon tour of Milan, you are free to independently enjoy the sites and ambiance of Milan this evening until your included "Welcome to Milan" Dinner.

Welcome to Milan Dinner: This evening, SAVVY Adventures® has made arrangements for you to enjoy a delicious authentic WELCOME DINNER at one of our wonderful Italian restaurants. You will have a selection from which to choose: an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert --- all included by SAVVY Adventures®. You will also be provided with your choice of one glass of house wine, beer, soft drink, or bottled water with your dinner. If you would like additional wine, beer, soft drink, or bottled water, you may purchase additional beverages independently from the restaurant.

Our Hotels in Milan:

Hotel Berna or similar


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Day 3: Full-Day Tour to Lake Como with Bellagio
Bellagio on Lake Como
Bellagio on Beautiful Lake Como

Full-Day Tour from Milan to beautiful Lake Como with Bellagio (included)

You will begin your day by enjoying an included breakfast at your hotel. Following breakfast, you will depart Milan to spend the day with an expert English-speaking guided Small Group Tour. You will be driven to Como, a lovely lakeside town located on the shores of Lake Como --- just a 65-minute drive from Milan.

Included in your tour today:

  • Transfer to Como
  • Tour of Como
  • 2-hour cruise around Lake Como, admiring the hillside villas and hotels and pose for photographs against the backdrop of the beautiful Alps, which are often snow-capped.
  • Trip to the lovely seaside town of Bellagio, which most travelers consider to be the "gem" of Lake Como. Spend some independent time on-your-own here in Bellagio and explore this beautiful and world-famous Italian lakeside town.
  • Cruise to lovely Cadenabbia, before your
  • Return drive back to Milan


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Day 4: To Venice
Grand Canal, Venice, Italy
Grand Canal, Venice, Italy

Morning: High-speed Train (Economy Ticket) from Milan to Mestre/Venice (included)

To Venice

You'll begin your morning by enjoying breakfast at your hotel. Yes, breakfast is included each day throughout your Savvy Adventures®. Following breakfast, you will transfer independently to the Milan Centrale train station in the heart of Milan. Mid- to late-morning, you will board your train and enjoy a 2-hour, 35-minute high speed journey across Italy. Included in your tour package will be reserved Economy-class advance-purchase seats. (For guests who wish to upgrade their train journey to Comfort-class advance-purchase seats, simply ask us to reserve your upgrade tickets no later than 60 days prior to your tour departure. Comfort-class advance-purchase seat upgrade: $20/person.)

Welcome to Venice, the City of Canals.

Arrival Transfer: Upon arrival, enjoy our Meet-and-Greet with Private Water Taxi Transfer from the Venice Santa Lucia Train Station to your hotel in Venice on San Marco. (Includes standard gratuities)

Orientation Walkabout: After you have checked into your hotel, you are free to enjoy your day at leisure until it's time to meet your SAVVY Adventure Leader for the Orientation Walkabout. You will be exploring the historic, picturesque streets, squares, alleys, and canals which make Venice one of the most photographed cities in all the world while learning where the best ATM's, restaurants and sites of interest are located near your hotel.

Dining Recommendations Tonight: We recommend Ristorante Da Tura in Mestre or Ristorante da Rafaelle on San Marco.

 

Our Hotels on San Marco, 2 Nights:
  
Kette Hotel or similar


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Day 5: Venice

Morning: Private Guided Walking Tour of VENICE with entrance to Doge's Palace (included)

Evening: Optional Small Group Gondola Ride $99 per person

 

Morning: Private Guided Walking Tour of VENICE with entrance to Doge's Palace (included)

You will awaken and enjoy breakfast at your hotel.  Following breakfast, you will enjoy your private tour of Venice.   

Most of the major sites of Venice are conveniently located within walking distance of each other.

Your included walking tour of Venice will feature:

  • Skip-the-Line access to St. Mark's Basilica
  • Doge's Palace
  • Campanile (Clock Tower)
  • Bridge of Sighs
  • New Prisons

Visiting Venice without an experienced guided walking tour can be difficult, as most visitors to Venice do not know where to go or what to look for once they get there. Your outstanding expert guide will not only show you the important sites in Venice, but your guide will also provide you with the incredible background history of what you are viewing as well. In addition, your guide will assure that you will walk through the most-significant streets and alleys of Venice, showing you Venice's lesser-known gems, where the locals carry on life in this amazing Italian city. Following your morning guided tour, you are then free to independently stroll "on-your-own" to appreciate and absorb the amazing atmosphere and ambiance which makes the city of Venice truly special, unique, and memorable.

 

Evening Option: Gondola Ride with Serenade $99 per person

SAVVY Adventures® has made arrangements for you to enjoy a truly special and memorable Venetian experience you will always cherish --- an evening Venetian gondola ride, boarding time at 6:30 pm in the center of Venice --- with a maximum of 6 guests on-board.

You should know that a ride aboard one of the authentic Venetian gondolas is the only way to visit many of the unusual and fascinating corners of Venice, off the beaten track, and where time seems to have stood still centuries ago.

For most visitors to Venice, an evening gondola ride is "a dream come true". Yes, you'll always remember and cherish your delightful evening gondola ride in Venice, the city of canals.

(Space is limited on the evening gondola ride, so this activity is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. If no more space is available for the included evening gondola ride at the time you book, you will still be provided with an included afternoon gondola ride. Book your tour package NOW!)

 

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Day 6: Venice to Florence
Burano Island, Venice, Italy
Island of Burano

Morning: At leisure or opt to add the optional 3 Islands Excursion ($79 per person)

Afternoon: High-speed Train Journey from Venice to Florence (included)

 

Morning: Excursion to Three islands in the Venetian Lagoon: Murano, Burano, and Torcello ($79 per person)

On this optional morning tour, we will visit the three most-important islands in the Venetian Lagoon. Savvy Adventures® can arrange this 4-hour excursion.

Following your breakfast you will board your motor boat at to begin your tour to visit the three most-important islands in the Venetian Lagoon. You'll head first for the island of Murano --- well-known and world-famous for its glass blowing works of art, which are easily identified by the beautiful and vibrant colors which the artisans at Murano create. You'll have the opportunity to visit one of the outstanding glass blowing factories and watch the masters at work during your visit to Murano.

Following your visit to Murano, you'll re-board your boat and head for what is arguably the most picturesque island setting --- Burano. Enjoy a delightful stroll through the streets of Burano and view the unique, brightly-colored fishermen's houses. You'll be impressed when you view the exquisite hand-made lace products which are crafted and created exclusively by experts on the island of Burano. You'll undoubtedly marvel as you view and touch the hand-made lace, which is delicate and beautiful. You'll want to visit one of the outstanding lace shops on the island, watch the quality hand-made lace products being made by Burano artisans, and purchase one of them which you can then take back home to show your family and friends.

You'll next re-board your boat and head for the island of Torcello, an island in close proximity to the island of Burano. This small island is famous for its Cathedral with spectacular Byzantine gold and stone mosaics (note: if you wish to visit the interior of the Cathedral, an entrance ticket to view the interior of the Cathedral is extra). Don't miss the Ponticello del Diavolo (Devil's Little Bridge), a term given to ancient bridges believed to be constructed either with the help of the Devil or against the wishes of the Devil.

You'll return aboard your motorboat to St. Mark's in Venice about 1:00 pm, after your enjoyable four-hour tour to visit these three very unique islands. Unfortunately, many travelers to Venice miss visiting these three amazing islands, but you will visit and see all three of these islands when you book this excursion.

 

Afternoon: High-speed Train Journey from Venice to Florence (included)

Following your included morning tour of the three islands, you will return to your hotel and retrieve your luggage. Enjoy your private transfer to the train station, where you will board your 2-hour, 10-minute train journey to Florence, arriving late afternoon. Included in your tour package will be reserved Economy class seats.

You'll arrive at the Santa Maria Novella train station in Florence, and your hotel in Florence is conveniently located just a 5- to 15-minute walk from the Florence train station, but if upon arrival at the Florence train station you prefer to take a taxi, you may do so by your own arrangement.

Orientation Walkabout: After you are checked into your hotel in Florence, you will enjoy an Orientation Walkabout with our Savvy Adventure Leader and explore the streets, piazzas, alleys, and important sites in the beautiful Renaissance city of Florence, the capital of Tuscany. We suggest that you consider an independent walk or taxi ride up to Piazza Michelangelo, the perfect site to experience one of the most beautiful and spectacular settings anywhere in Europe to capture an unforgettable sunset. Watch the magic happen, and take plenty of photos as the lights of the city of Florence begin to twinkle across the city, as night approaches.

Florence, Italy Landscape
Panorama of Florence, Italy

 


Our Hotels in Florence:

Hotel Alinari, Rossa 23 or Similar



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Day 7: Florence
The David Sculpture, Florence Italy
Michelangelo's Marvel Masterpiece: "the David"


Morning: Private Guided Tour of Florence

Afternoon: Optional Experiences Available or Independent Free Time

Optional Excursions, Cooking Classes, Events, & Activities


Morning: Private Guided Tour of Florence

Your tour of Florence begins in the morning after breakfast.

Your tour includes:

  • Fast-track Skip-the-Line entrance ticket and access to the Accademia Gallery to view Michelangelo's four large unfinished sculptures of "the Slaves" and his 17-foot magnificent white marble masterpiece statue, "the David".
  • Florence Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (Florence's Duomo), from where Brunelleschi's dome dominates the skyline of Florence and never ceases to impress.
  • Walk through the heart of the Renaissance Civic and Political Center
  • View the ancient statues, glorious fountains, the exterior of the famed Uffizi Gallery, the Piazza degli Uffizi, the Piazza della Signoria, and the Medieval Palazzo Vecchio
  • Church of Orsanmichele, where you'll admire crafted statues by famed artists such as Donatello, Ghiberti, and Verrocchio
  • Piazza della Repubblica, once the Ancient Forum, which is now a popular meeting place for famous writers, artists, and locals.

The tour will end about noon at Lungarno, facing the popular, unique, and world-famous Ponte Vecchio Bridge, which stretches across the Arno River.

Afternoon: Optional Experiences or Independent Free Time

You will have an independent free afternoon to see-and-do what is of greatest interest to you. You may click the tab "Optional Experiences," and then view the "Florence Options," where you can then select one of two wonderful "Half-day Options" this afternoon. You may wish to book our afternoon guided tour to Pisa to view the "Leaning Tower of Pisa," or you may choose to book our afternoon guided tour of Florence's world-renowned Uffizi Gallery, which is one of the largest, oldest, and most outstanding art museums in the world.

You may also want to purchase the "48 Hour Duomo Pass" that one ticket for the Baptistery of San Giovanni, Santa Reparata, Giotto's Bell Tower, Brunelleschi's Dome and the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo. $35 per person

 

Evening: Optional Dinners, Cooking Classes, Events, & Activities

You may wish to book one of our "Evening and Dinner Options," which you can view when you click the tab, "Optional Experiences," and then view the "Florence Options," where you can then scroll down and view the "Evening and Dinner Options". You have three wonderful options available this evening: "Pizza and Gelato Making;" "Florence Cooking Course & Dinner".



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Day 8: Florence

Independent Free Day:

a) see-and-experience more of Florence OR
b) select optional tour to visit Tuscany OR
c) select optional tour to visit Cinque Terre

You may choose from among the following on your independent free day:

  1. Sit back, relax, and make no specific plans or book any tours or activities.
  2. Select one of our optional "Full-day tours --- Florence". CLICK HERE FOR OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS, then click the Florence Tab.
  3. Select one (or two) of our optional "Half-day tours --- Florence". CLICK HERE FOR OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS, then click the Florence Tab.

 


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Day 9: Florence to Rome
Hi-Speed Eurostar Train
High Speed Train

Morning: High-speed Train Journey from Florence to Rome (included)

Following an included breakfast at your wonderful hotel, you will walk from your hotel in Florence to the nearby Santa Maria Novella train station. (For those guests who prefer, you may transfer to your Florence train station independently at your own expense by taxi.) You will board your 95-minute high-speed train journey to Rome. Included in your tour package will be reserved Economy-class advance-purchase seats. (For guests who wish to upgrade their train journey to Comfort-Class advance-purchase seats, simply ask us to reserve your upgrade tickets no later than 60 days prior to your tour departure. Comfort-class advance-purchase seat upgrade: $20/person.) You'll arrive at the Roma Termini train station in Rome, and your hotel in Rome is conveniently located just a 5- to 15-minute walk from the Roma Termini train station, but if upon arrival at the Rome train station you prefer to take a taxi, you may do so by your own arrangement.

Orientation Walkabout: After you are checked into your hotel in Rome, you will enjoy an Orientation Walkabout with your Savvy Adventure Leader and explore the cobblestone streets, piazzas, fountains and rich history of Rome.

Our Hotels in Rome:

Marco Polo or similar

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Day 10: Rome
Roman Coloseum
Colosseum, Rome

Morning: Skip-the-Line Ancient Rome Half-Day Small-Group Guided Tour of the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill (included)

You will awaken and enjoy a delicious breakfast included at your hotel. Experience the wonders of Ancient Rome with your Skip-the-Line entrance tickets on this half-day tour, which covers the most-important ancient historical sites in Rome: the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill.

Your tour will include:

  • Admission and Guided Tour of the Colosseum: Heart of The Empire. Enjoy Skip-the-Line entrance with Story Land & Sea® with no waiting in lines.
  • Admission and Guided Tour of the Roman Forum ~ We walk through the archaeological dig for unique perspectives of the Old Town Center of Rome, Palatine Hill, Capitoline Hill, Caesar's Palace, Curia or the Senate House, Temple of the Vestal Virgins, and the Triumphant Arches.
  • Our local guide expertly shares her knowledge of Rome through the ages: We take in all Rome has to offer from both a historical and modern perspective. Enjoy this morning trek as we witness the modernity of Rome intertwined with antiquity. We take in the Jewish Ghetto on our way to the Roman Forum.

 



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Day 11: Rome
The Vatican, Rome, Italy
Vatican City: St. Peter's Basilica

Morning: Skip-the-Line Small-Group Guided Tour of Vatican City, including the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica $109 per person

 

Morning: Skip-the-Line Small-Group Guided Tour of Vatican City $109 per person

You will begin your morning with an included breakfast served at your hotel in Rome. Following breakfast, you will be treated to one of the finest tours of the Vatican, led by a truly professional, expert guide.

Yout tour today will include:

  • Admission and Guided Tour to St. Peter's Basilica: By design, we enjoy early admission around 8:15 am to avoid the large cruise and large tour groups that arrive later in the morning. SPECIAL ACCESS: Enjoy Skip-the-Line special access with Admission Included.
  • Admission and Guided Tour of the Sistine Chapel: You will find inside the chapel The Last Judgment painting by Michelangelo, which he painted during the years 1535 to 1541. The work, designed on a grand scale, spans the entire wall behind the Sistine Chapel altar.
  • Admission and Guided Tour of the Vatican City Museums: The Museums boast some of the most impressive tapestries and other works of art and sculpture found in the world.



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Day 12: Fly Home or Extend Your Stay

Return Flight back home OR have SAVVY provide you an EXTENSION TOUR to most any other European city of your choice.

Following breakfast which is included at your hotel in Rome, you have one of 2 options:

  1. Make your way to the Rome airport OR Opt for our Departure Transfer from your hotel in Rome to the ROME airport (FCO) for your return flight, arriving back in the U.S. or Canada the same day (on most flight itineraries). $69 per person
  2. Select another city in Europe you wish to visit, and SAVVY Adventures® will provide you hassle-free a special proposed itinerary for the additional European city you wish to visit. Your options are endless!


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Occasionally, the sequence of sightseeing tours may change. Please check your Tour Documents for any sequence changes.

 

Splendors of Italy: Premium Fully Escorted Itinerary

Day 1: International Flight Day

Flight Departure


Today, you will board your selected international transatlantic flight.

 


Day 2: Milan
Milan Cathedral, Duomo di Milano, is the gothic cathedral church
Milan Cathedral, Duomo di Milano

Morning: Arrival into Milan

Afternoon: Private Guided tour of Milan, including entrance to view Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece, the "Last Supper"

 

Morning: Arrival into Milan.

Your flight should arrive into Milan, the second most populous city in Italy, no later than 10:00 am. (Suggestion: For our guests who wish to depart and arrive one day earlier and enjoy an additional day and night in Milan, you may want to consider adding one pre-night hotel stay in Milan to this tour package --- $139/person supplement.) Good News: SAVVY Adventures® includes a private arrival transfer to your city center hotel.


Afternoon:
Private Guided tour of Milan, including entrance to view Leonardo da Vinci's "Last Supper"

After you check into your hotel in Milan, you may wish to relax, take a quick nap, or eat lunch before your included afternoon tour of the major sites in Milan.

Most of the sightseeing immersion tours you will experience when traveling with SAVVY Adventures® Premium Itineraries will be Private tours. SAVVY Adventures® wants to assure our travelers that they will not feel like they are part of a large herd but will receive personalized attention and all of their questions answered.

All SAVVY Adventure® Tours provide guests with a professional, expert English-speaking guide. With our highly-sought-after, priority, fast-track Skip-the-Line tickets, guests on all our tours will avoid standing in lines which are often 2 - 3 hours at each venue in each Italian city.

Your Walking Tour Will Include:

  • Milan's breath-taking Gothic Cathedral with Admission
  • Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele II, a 19th-century vaulted glass shopping arcade Brimming with fashionable shops and café
  • Piazza della Scala, the square which houses the world-renowned La Scala Opera House
  • Brera District
  • Castello Sforzesco, the vast and imposing medieval castle and fortress in Milan
  • Admission to view Leonardo Da Vinci's masterpiece, the "Last Supper"

Following the afternoon tour of Milan, you are free to independently enjoy the sites and ambiance of Milan this evening until your included "Welcome to Milan" Dinner.

Welcome to Milan Dinner: This evening, SAVVY Adventures® has made arrangements for you to enjoy a delicious authentic WELCOME DINNER at one of our wonderful Italian restaurants. You will have a selection from which to choose: an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert --- all included by SAVVY Adventures®. You will also be provided with your choice of one glass of house wine, beer, soft drink, or bottled water with your dinner. If you would like additional wine, beer, soft drink, or bottled water, you may purchase additional beverages independently from the restaurant.

Our Hotels in Milan:

Hotel Sina De La Ville or similar


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Day 3: Full-Day Tour to Lake Como with Bellagio
Bellagio on Lake Como
Bellagio on Beautiful Lake Como

Full-Day Tour from Milan to beautiful Lake Como with Bellagio (included)

You will begin your day by enjoying an included breakfast at your hotel. Following breakfast, you will depart Milan to spend the day with an expert English-speaking guided Small Group Tour. You will be driven to Como, a lovely lakeside town located on the shores of Lake Como --- just a 65-minute drive from Milan.

Included in your tour today:

  • Transfer to Como
  • Tour of Como
  • 2-hour cruise around Lake Como, admiring the hillside villas and hotels and pose for photographs against the backdrop of the beautiful Alps, which are often snow-capped.
  • Trip to the lovely seaside town of Bellagio, which most travelers consider to be the "gem" of Lake Como. Spend some independent time on-your-own here in Bellagio and explore this beautiful and world-famous Italian lakeside town.
  • Cruise to lovely Cadenabbia, before your
  • Return drive back to Milan


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Day 4: To Venice
Grand Canal, Venice, Italy
Grand Canal, Venice, Italy

Morning: High-speed Train from Milan to Mestre/Venice (included)

Afternoon: Independent Free Time

Dinner: "Welcome to Venice Dinner" (included)

To Venice

You'll begin your morning by enjoying breakfast at your hotel. Breakfast is included each day throughout your SAVVY Adventures®. Following breakfast, you will meet our representative in the hotel lobby for your included transfer to the Milan Centrale train station. Mid- to late-morning, you will board your train and enjoy a 2-hour, 35-minute high speed journey across Italy. Included in your Premium tour package will be reserved 1st-class advance-purchase seats. You'll arrive at the Venice train station (see Final Tour Brief for Details) in the early afternoon.

Welcome to Venice, the City of Canals.

Arrival Transfer Options: Upon arrival, enjoy our Meet-and-Greet with Private Water Taxi Transfer from the Venice Santa Lucia Train Station to your hotel in Venice on San Marco. (Includes standard gratuities)

Orientation Walkabout: After you have checked into your hotel, you are free to enjoy your day at leisure until it's time to meet your SAVVY Adventure Leader for the Orientation Walkabout. You will be exploring the historic, picturesque streets, squares, alleys, and canals which make Venice one of the most photographed cities in all the world while learning where the best ATM's, restaurants and sites of interest are located near your hotel.

Dinner: "Welcome to Venice" Dinner (included)

This evening, SAVVY Adventures® has made arrangements for you to enjoy a delicious authentic Venetian WELCOME DINNER at one of Venice's wonderful Italian restaurants. You will have a selection from which to choose: an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert --- all included by SAVVY Adventures®. You will also be provided with your choice of one glass of house wine, beer, soft drink, or bottled water with your dinner. If you would like additional wine, beer, soft drink, or bottled water, you may purchase additional beverages independently from the restaurant.

Following dinner, we suggest that you enjoy a casual stroll across the lovely St. Mark's Square and absorb the sights and sounds which establish Venice as one of the greatest, most beloved, and most beautiful cities in all of Italy.

 

Our Hotels on San Marco, 2 Nights:
  
Hotel Saturnia & International
Kette Hotel


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Day 5: Venice

Morning: Private Guided Walking Tour of VENICE with entrance to Doge's Palace (included)

Evening: Gondola Ride with Serenade (included)

 

Morning: Private Guided Walking Tour of VENICE with entrance to Doge's Palace (included)

You will awaken and enjoy breakfast at your hotel.  Following breakfast, you will enjoy your private tour of Venice.   

Most of the major sites of Venice are conveniently located within walking distance of each other.

Your included walking tour of Venice will feature:

  • Skip-the-Line access to St. Mark's Basilica
  • Doge's Palace
  • Campanile (Clock Tower)
  • Bridge of Sighs
  • New Prisons

Visiting Venice without an experienced guided walking tour can be difficult, as most visitors to Venice do not know where to go or what to look for once they get there. Your outstanding expert guide will not only show you the important sites in Venice, but your guide will also provide you with the incredible background history of what you are viewing as well. In addition, your guide will assure that you will walk through the most-significant streets and alleys of Venice, showing you Venice's lesser-known gems, where the locals carry on life in this amazing Italian city. Following your morning guided tour, you are then free to independently stroll "on-your-own" to appreciate and absorb the amazing atmosphere and ambiance which makes the city of Venice truly special, unique, and memorable.

 

Evening: Gondola Ride with Serenade (included)

Savvy Adventures® can make arrangements for you to enjoy a truly special and memorable Venetian experience you will always cherish --- an evening Venetian gondola ride in the center of Venice (30-40 min)--- with a maximum of 6 guests on-board.

One of the gondoliers in a small flotilla of gondolas will be singing and playing music throughout the 35- to 40-minute gondola ride through the canals of Venice to make sure that your gondola ride with SAVVY Adventures® is truly "extra-special". You should know that a ride aboard one of the authentic Venetian gondolas is the only way to visit many of the unusual and fascinating corners of Venice, off the beaten track, and where time seems to have stood still centuries ago.

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Day 6: Venice to Florence
Burano Island, Venice, Italy
Island of Burano

Morning: Excursion to Three islands in the Venetian Lagoon: Murano, Burano, and Torcello (included)

Afternoon: High-speed Train Journey from Venice to Florence (included)

 

Morning: Excursion to Three islands in the Venetian Lagoon: Murano, Burano, and Torcello (included)

Following your breakfast you will board your motor boat at to begin your tour to visit the three most-important islands in the Venetian Lagoon. You'll head first for the island of Murano --- well-known and world-famous for its glass blowing works of art, which are easily identified by the beautiful and vibrant colors which the artisans at Murano create. You'll have the opportunity to visit one of the outstanding glass blowing factories and watch the masters at work during your visit to Murano.

Following your visit to Murano, you'll re-board your boat and head for what is arguably the most picturesque island setting --- Burano. Enjoy a delightful stroll through the streets of Burano and view the unique, brightly-colored fishermen's houses. You'll be impressed when you view the exquisite hand-made lace products which are crafted and created exclusively by experts on the island of Burano.

You'll next re-board your boat and head for the island of Torcello, an island in close proximity to the island of Burano. This small island is famous for its Cathedral with spectacular Byzantine gold and stone mosaics (note: if you wish to visit the interior of the Cathedral, an entrance ticket to view the interior of the Cathedral is extra). Don't miss the Ponticello del Diavolo (Devil's Little Bridge), a term given to ancient bridges believed to be constructed either with the help of the Devil or against the wishes of the Devil.

Afternoon: High-speed Train Journey from Venice to Florence (included)

Following your included morning tour of the three islands, you will return to your hotel and retrieve your luggage. Enjoy your private transfer to the train station, where you will board your 2-hour, 10-minute train journey to Florence, arriving late afternoon. Included in your tour package will be reserved 1st class seats. You'll arrive at the Santa Maria Novella train station in Florence, and your hotel in Florence is conveniently located just a 5- to 15-minute walk from the Florence train station, but if upon arrival at the Florence train station you prefer to take a taxi, you may do so by your own arrangement.

Orientation Walkabout: After you are checked into your hotel in Florence, you will enjoy an Orientation Walkabout with our Savvy Adventure Leader and explore the streets, piazzas, alleys, and important sites in the beautiful Renaissance city of Florence, the capital of Tuscany. We suggest that you consider an independent walk or taxi ride up to Piazza Michelangelo, the perfect site to experience one of the most beautiful and spectacular settings anywhere in Europe to capture an unforgettable sunset. Watch the magic happen, and take plenty of photos as the lights of the city of Florence begin to twinkle across the city, as night approaches.

Welcome to Florence Dinner:

This evening, SAVVY Adventures® has made arrangements for you to enjoy a delicious authentic Florentine WELCOME DINNER at one of our wonderful restaurants. You will have a selection from which to choose: an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert --- all included by SAVVY Adventures®. You will also be provided with your choice of one glass of house wine, beer, soft drink, or bottled water with your dinner. If you would like additional wine, beer, soft drink, or bottled water, you may purchase additional beverages independently from the restaurant.

Florence, Italy Landscape
Panorama of Florence, Italy

Our Hotels in Florence:

Rossa 23 or Similar



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Day 7: Florence
The David Sculpture, Florence Italy
Michelangelo's Marvel Masterpiece: "the David"

 

Morning: Private Guided Tour of FLORENCE (included)

Your tour of Florence begins in the morning after breakfast.

Your tour includes:

  • Fast-track Skip-the-Line entrance ticket and access to the Accademia Gallery to view Michelangelo's four large unfinished sculptures of "the Slaves" and his 17-foot magnificent white marble masterpiece statue, "the David".
  • Florence Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (Florence's Duomo), from where Brunelleschi's dome dominates the skyline of Florence and never ceases to impress.
  • Walk through the heart of the Renaissance Civic and Political Center
  • View the ancient statues, glorious fountains, the exterior of the famed Uffizi Gallery, the Piazza degli Uffizi, the Piazza della Signoria, and the Medieval Palazzo Vecchio
  • Church of Orsanmichele, where you'll admire crafted statues by famed artists such as Donatello, Ghiberti, and Verrocchio
  • Piazza della Repubblica, once the Ancient Forum, which is now a popular meeting place for famous writers, artists, and locals.

The tour will end about noon at Lungarno, facing the popular, unique, and world-famous Ponte Vecchio Bridge, which stretches across the Arno River.


Evening: Optional Dinners, Cooking Classes, Events, & Activities

You may wish to book one of our "Evening and Dinner Options," which you can view when you click the tab, "Optional Experiences," and then view the "Florence Options," where you can then scroll down and view the "Evening and Dinner Options". You have three wonderful options available this evening: "Pizza and Gelato Making;" "Florence Cooking Course & Dinner".



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Day 8: Florence

Independent Free Day:

a) see-and-experience more of Florence OR
b) select optional tour to visit Tuscany OR
c) select optional tour to visit Cinque Terre

You may choose from among the following on your independent free day:

  1. Sit back, relax, and make no specific plans or book any tours or activities.
  2. Select one of our optional "Full-day tours --- Florence". CLICK HERE FOR OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS, then click the Florence Tab.
  3. Select one (or two) of our optional "Half-day tours --- Florence". CLICK HERE FOR OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS, then click the Florence Tab.

 


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Day 9: Florence to Rome
Hi-Speed Eurostar Train
High Speed Train

Morning: High-speed Train from Florence to Rome (included)

Late Afternoon: Guided Tour of Rome's Historical Sites & Fountains (included)

 

Morning: High-speed Train Journey from Florence to Rome (included)

Following an included breakfast at your wonderful hotel, you will walk from your hotel in Florence to the nearby Santa Maria Novella train station. (For those guests who prefer, you may transfer to your Florence train station independently at your own expense by taxi.) You will board your 95-minute high-speed train journey to Rome. Included in your tour package will be reserved 1st-class advance-purchase seats. You'll arrive at the Roma Termini train station in Rome. Meet our representative for your included transfer to your city center hotel.

Orientation Walkabout: After you are checked into your hotel in Rome, you will enjoy an Orientation Walkabout with your Savvy Adventure Leader and explore the cobblestone streets, piazzas, fountains and rich history of Rome.

Hi-Speed Eurostar Train
High Speed Train


Late Afternoon: Guided Tour of Rome's Historical Sites & Fountains (included)

You'll enjoy your guided tour with English-speaking guide of the important historical architectural sites in Rome: the Piazza Navona, the Fountain of the Four Rivers, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish Steps. As an added treat on this late afternoon tour, you will also have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious, yummy Italian Gelato as well --- included at no extra cost to you!

Your late afternoon tour of Rome's most special landmarks and sites includes Piazza Navona, which is the home of the world-famous Fountain of the Four Rivers, created by Bernini. Your guide will point out and share with you the history of several important landmarks in and around Piazza Navona.

Next you will enter --- the Pantheon --- a structure completed by the Emperor Hadrian and dedicated about 126 A.D. The Pantheon is one of the best-preserved Ancient Roman buildings, and it has been in continuous use throughout its history. After almost two thousand years, the Pantheon's dome is still the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome. The Pantheon is also the burial site of several important, well-known Italians, including the artist Raphael. Your guide will point out and share with you the history and the significance of this important Roman landmark.

Following your visit to the Pantheon, you will visit one of the most beautiful and beloved fountains in all the world --- the Trevi Fountain. It is the largest Baroque fountain in Rome, and one of the most famous fountains in all the world. Restoration of this impressive, spectacularly-beautiful fountain was completed in November, 2015. The restoration included the installation of more than 100 LED lights to provide improved illumination of the fountain at night. Legend states that if you throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain using your right hand over your left shoulder that it will "guarantee" that you will return to Rome in your lifetime. This was the theme of the 1954 classic movie, "Three Coins in a Fountain," and the Academy-award winning song by that name is still a cherished favorite of many people.

Your final stop on this tour will be the well-known "Spanish Steps," which is the widest staircase in all of Europe. The "Spanish Steps" is a stairway of 135 steps leading from the Piazza di Spagna to the Trinita dei Monti church at the top. These steps became well-known and famous because of the 1953 film, "Roman Holiday," which starred Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck.

 

Our Hotels in Rome:

Hotel Abruzzi or similar

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Day 10: Rome
Roman Coloseum
Colosseum, Rome

Morning: Skip-the-Line Ancient Rome Half-Day Private Guided Tour of the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill (included)

You will awaken and enjoy a delicious breakfast included at your hotel. Experience the wonders of Ancient Rome with your Skip-the-Line entrance tickets on this half-day tour, which covers the most-important ancient historical sites in Rome: the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill.

Your tour will include:

  • Admission and Guided Tour of the Colosseum: Heart of The Empire. Enjoy Skip-the-Line entrance with Savvy Adventures® with no waiting in lines.
  • Admission and Guided Tour of the Roman Forum ~ We walk through the archaeological dig for unique perspectives of the Old Town Center of Rome, Palatine Hill, Capitoline Hill, Caesar's Palace, Curia or the Senate House, Temple of the Vestal Virgins, and the Triumphant Arches.
  • Our local guide expertly shares her knowledge of Rome through the ages: We take in all Rome has to offer from both a historical and modern perspective. Enjoy this morning trek as we witness the modernity of Rome intertwined with antiquity. We take in the Jewish Ghetto on our way to the Roman Forum.

 



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Day 11: Rome
The Vatican, Rome, Italy
Vatican City: St. Peter's Basilica

Morning: Skip-the-Line Private Guided Tour of Vatican City, including the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica (included)

Evening: "Farewell to Rome" Dinner (included)

 

Morning: Skip-the-Line Private Guided Tour of Vatican City (included)

You will begin your morning with an included breakfast served at your hotel in Rome. Following breakfast, you will be treated to one of the finest tours of the Vatican, led by a truly professional, expert guide.

Your tour today will include:

  • Admission and Guided Tour to St. Peter's Basilica: By design, we enjoy early admission around 8:15 am to avoid the large cruise and large tour groups that arrive later in the morning. SPECIAL ACCESS: Enjoy Skip-the-Line special access with Admission Included.
  • Admission and Guided Tour of the Sistine Chapel: You will find inside the chapel The Last Judgment painting by Michelangelo, which he painted during the years 1535 to 1541. The work, designed on a grand scale, spans the entire wall behind the Sistine Chapel altar.
  • Admission and Guided Tour of the Vatican City Museums: The Museums boast some of the most impressive tapestries and other works of art and sculpture found in the world.


Evening: "Farewell to Rome" Dinner (included)

This evening, SAVVY Adventures® has made arrangements for you to enjoy a delicious authentic Roman FAREWELL DINNER at one of Rome's wonderful Italian restaurants. You will have a selection from which to choose: an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert --- all included by SAVVY Adventures®. You will also have your choice of one glass of house wine, beer, soft drink, or bottled water with your FAREWELL DINNER. If you would like additional wine, beer, soft drink, or bottled water, you may purchase additional beverages independently from the Italian restaurant.



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Day 12: Fly Home or Extend Your Stay

Return Flight back home OR have SAVVY provide you an EXTENSION TOUR to most any other European city of your choice.

Following breakfast which is included at your hotel in Rome, you have one of 2 options:

  1. Opt for our departure transfer from your hotel in Rome to the Rome airport ($69 per person)(FCO) for your return flight, arriving back in the U.S. or Canada the same day (on most flight itineraries) OR make your way to the Rome airport.
  2. Select another city in Europe you wish to visit, and SAVVY Adventures® will provide you hassle-free a special proposed itinerary for the additional European city you wish to visit. Your options are endless!


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Occasionally, the sequence of sightseeing tours may change. Please check your Tour Documents for any sequence changes.

 

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TOUR CONDITIONS:

SIGHTSEEING
Comprehensive daily sightseeing per itinerary via private transportation with experienced, local driver. Admission & entrance fees to all sightseeing as detailed per itinerary.

DAILY BREAKFAST
Daily continental breakfast with coffee or tea included ~ all other beverages are extra.

INTERNAL TRANSPORTATION
Arrival and departure airport/hotel transfers are not included.

PORTAGE
Portage is not included. You must be able to manage and transport your luggage (including carry on).

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