8-Day Small Group Highlights of Italy Tour

Our small group Essence of Italy vacation packages offer the best value in vacations of Italy. Tours of Italy focusing on Rome, Florence & Venice are the ideal introduction to Italy. Travelling as part of a small group enjoy our popular small group tours of the Vatican, Ancient Rome, Renaissance Florence & David and in Venice enjoy a private Gondila ride, grand canal cruise and walking tour. With door-to-door transfers and first class train tickets included these 8-day vacation packages of Italy offer the best value for your money

Highlights and what's included

Best value in Italy vacation packages our small group Essence tours of Italy are ideal for first-time visitors to Italy visiting Rome, Florence & Venice. All of the following is included in the price of this Italian vacation package:

  • Seven-night’s stay in selected Hotels in Venice, Florence & Rome with full American-style buffet breakfasts
  • Five – Private or Group Transfers (see itinerary below for details)
  • Two-1st-Class journeys in reserved seating on Hi- Speed Euro-Star Trains
  • 4-hour Small Group Vatican & Sistine Chapel Tour
  • 3-hour Small Group Colosseum & Ancient Rome Tour
  • 3-hour Small Group Florence & David Walking Tour
  • 1-hour Small Group Grand Canal Boat Tour
  • 2-hour Small Group Venice & St. Marks Walking Tour
  • 35-minute Small Group Venice Gondola Ride
  • Skip the line tickets
  • All scheduled departures guaranteed to operate

Exclusions

  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals other than Breakfast

Itinerary

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2017 Departures & Prices

Arriving in to Rome- June 13 - 1,610 Euro per person
Arriving in to Rome - July 11 - 1,440 Euro per person
Arriving in to Rome - August 22 - 1,440 Euro per person
Arriving in to Rome - September 12 - 1,610 Euro per person
Arriving in to Rome - October 3 - 1,610 Euro per person

Prices based on two people staying in a double bedded room - for triple/single room accommodation contact our Sales Team!


ROME – 3-nights at the three-star Hotel Diplomatic (or similar hotel)

Day 1 TUESDAY - Rome
Upon your arrival in Rome’s Airport you’ll be met by our representative for your Private Transfer to the centrally located three-star Hotel, where you will stay in a standard classic double room on bed ‘n breakfast basis for three-nights.
Rest of the Day at your leisure.

Day 2 WEDNESDAY - Rome
At 1.00 pm, take our Small Group Tour of the Vatican (maximum 12-14 people) with one of our expert guides lasting four-hours and including tickets and reservations so you can avoid standing in line to see the Sistine Chapel & St. Peters Basilica as well as other must-see sights of the Vatican.

Day 3 THURSDAY - Rome
At 8.45 am, join our Small Group Walking Tour of Ancient Rome (Maximum 12-14 people). One of our expert guides will lead you on a fascinating stroll through the ruins of the Ancient Roman Forum, Palatine Hill & the Colosseum where you’ll skip the long lines to enjoy a full tour of the interior of Rome’s most famous landmark.

**Please note for the August Tour departures both small group tours in Rome will be scheduled on the same day


FLORENCE – 2-nights at the three-star Hotel Porta Faenza or Rosso 23 or Universo (or similar hotel)

Day 4 FRIDAY – Florence

Travelling as part of a group of fellow travelers taking the same vacation package, you will have a Group Transfer to Rome’s Termini train station to travel to your next destination – Florence. Travelling in First-class reserved seats on a hi-speed Euro-star train departing Rome at 10.15 am arriving in Florence at 11.50 am (or the nearest time available).

Upon arrival in Florence, you’ll be met by one of our representatives, travelling as part of a group of fellow travelers taking the same vacation package you will have a Group Transfer to the centrally located three star Hotel (or alternative hotel should you choose to upgrade hotels) where you will be staying for two-nights in a standard double room on a bed ‘n breakfast basis. Rest of the Day at your leisure.

Day 5 SATURDAY - Florence
At 10 am, join our Small Group Florence Walking Tour (Maximum 12-14 people) that will include all the must-see sights of the city. Then, with our skip the line tickets, enter the Accademia for an in-depth tour of Michelangelo’s David. Rest of the Day at your leisure.


VENICE – 2-nights at the three-star Hotel Violino D’oro or Canaletto (or similar hotel)

Day 6 SUNDAY - Venice
Travelling as part of a group of fellow travelers taking the same vacation package you will have a Group Transfer to the train station to travel to you next destination – Venice. Travelling in First-class reserved seats on a hi-speed Euro-star train departing Florence at 09.33 am arriving in Venice at 11.30 am (or the nearest time available).

Upon arrival in Venice you’ll be met by our representatives, travelling as part of a group of fellow travelers taking the same vacation package you will have a Group Water-Taxi Transfer to the centrally located three-star Hotel (or alternative hotel should you choose to upgrade hotels) where you will be staying in a standard Classic double room on a bed ‘n breakfast basis for two nights.

At 1 pm enjoy our Small Group Venice Gondola Ride (Max 6-people) to start your program of tours included in this vacation package.

At 5 pm on our Small Group Grand Canal Boat Tour(Maximum 8-9 people). The perfect introduction to the city of Venice as you cruise down the grand canal and some of the small canals in the hidden Venice with one of our licensed expert guides. Rest of the Day at your leisure.

Day 7 MONDAY - VENICE

At 2.00 pm join our Small Group Walking Tour (Maximum 14-people) to explore the environs of St. Marks Square with skip the line reservations to enter St. Marks Basilica and an in-depth tour of the interior of the church. Then, discover the enchanting hidden Venice as you stroll through the labyrinth of narrow alleyways and side canals with one of our expert guides.

Day 8 TUESDAY - Venice / END OF THE VACATION PACKAGE
Most clients choose the cheaper option of taking a public water-bus to Venice’s Marco Polo Airport. The water-buses leave from St. Marks, a couple of hundred meters from your hotel. And you can pre-purchase tickets for this service when you come to do our tours in Venice as our meeting point is a few meters from the ticket booth for water-buses. The water-buses start running at 3am in the morning and cost 11 Euro per person.

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Reviewed by Andy & Lisa P on
We booked the Small Group 8 Day Rome to Venice Italy vacation, visiting Rome, Florence and Venice. We had the most amazing time! Avventure Bellissime was a joy to work with - their communication was outstanding, the accommodations and transportation were excellent and the tours were so convenient and informative. All the guides were knowledgeable and well-spoken. Franchesca was especially great! We would highly recommend using AB for your next trip.
Reviewed by Mike O'Connell on
I just wanted to take a minute to thank you and your team for the arrangements you made for our trip to Italy. We had a wonderful time. The hotels, small group tours, car service transfers and everything else that you helped us with were great. All of our contacts were there to meet us when and where we were told, and all were very helpful and informative. We really could not have had a better experience. We will certainly recommend you to our friends. Thanks again.
Reviewed by Kim and Margaret Coutts on
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Italy. We enjoyed the unique aspects of each place we visited......Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre, and Venice. We would be hard pressed to choose one favorite!

We found all our guided tours to be informative and well presented. Our only negative incident was as we were leaving Florence for Cinque Terre. Our van driver was hours late, and a substitute was eventually found. He was most enjoyable, but we ended up arriving in Manarola at 4 PM instead of noon.

In Venice, we feel, in retrospect, it would have been better to have had our guided tours at the beginning of our time there, rather than at the end. We enjoyed our gondola ride right after our arrival, but had no orientation as to what we were seeing. Likewise, that evening and the next morning we walked all over Venice without any real understanding about what we were seeing. After we had our two tours, it would have been great to redo those first experiences, but we did not have the time left at that point.

But, as I said, we really enjoyed our time in Italy, and would recommend your organization to anyone who is contemplating a trip to Italy.
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