Your Italian Tour!
Day 1 – Arrive Rome
Fly into the Rome airport where Imagine Travel Tours meets you at the airport to welcome you and assist with luggage and transportation into Rome. You will be staying in a well appointed, centrally located, city apartment. You will be greeted at your new home with a glass of wine, prosecco- Italian aperitif with food. After you have had a chance to relax and freshen up we will walk outside for an evening stroll through the streets of Rome where piazzas, fountains and restaurants abound. Incredible sights and sounds around every corner.
No more Imagining, you are here, you are IN ROME!
Day 2 – Rome
Lots of walking, time for those comfy shoes; exploring the sights: Colosseum, Pantheon, The Forum on Palatine Hill, Trajen’s Column, The Circus Maximus. Amazing sights you have heard of your whole life, too many to list. We go as fast/slow as you like. Plenty of chances to stop for a coffee, lunch, pizza and wine breaks.
Day 3 – Vatican City
Tour Vatican City with an expert local guide! See the treasures and amazing art then cap the tour with some time in Saint Peters Basillica, where Catholic faith was born. After the tour we walk out to explore a bit more of the smallest city state in the world.. Gelato anyone, we know a great spot.
Day 4 – 5 – Tuscan Villa
Travel from Rome, through the center of Tuscan. Enjoy the incredible hilltop towns, sweeping Tuscan views, magnificent architecture and above all, the homemade gelato! Later that afternoon, we arrive at your own Tuscan Villa, where you will have a chance to unpack and enjoy some food/wine and explore your new home for the next couple of days. Relax, sit by the pool, walk the vineyards or explore the centuries old villa!
Tuscany Day trips: Sienna, Cortona, Pienza, Montalpuciano, and others. We can go to some – or all! Wine tasting at vineyards that feature wines like Brunello, Chianti, Sangiovese, and Vino Nobile. At the villa, relax by the pool, enjoy the views with a glass of Prosecco with the sun on your face. Cooking class at home with dinner after. Again, this is your holiday, you will choose how much we do.
Day 6 – Florence
We will drive to Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance and home to artists and great minds such as Davinci, Bottecceli, Michelangelo, Rubens and more! Go see The David or any of the world class museums. Did we mention the opportunity to try on and buy some of the highest quality leather goods, shoes, coats and bags, in the world? Oh yeah, awesome gelato at 3 special places Darren will be happy to introduce you to.
Day 7-8 – Venice
Travel from Tuscany to Venice. O sole mio!! We begin the tour with an overview of the city by floating down the Grand Canal on the Vaporeto (water bus). Going under the Rialto Bridge, past the casinos, grand palazzos and to St. Marks Square. Learn to row a gondola from the only women owned gondolier school in the world!. Unbelievable Beauty awaits you. It IS everything you thought it would be!
** Optional Day 7-8 – Italian Riviera, Portofino, Santa Margarita, Cinque Terre
Travel from Tuscany to Santa Margherita, the Italian Riveria. Like a calm, Impressionist painting, this seaside promenade overlooks yachts and a fishing village-turned retirement spot. Portofino, the lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, Rod Stewart was married there twice! (and we saw him one day on the seaside!) Camoglia, the cutest, idyllic Italian fishing village you’ve ever seen. Gorgeous water, slooooooow down, and just sit and enjoy the views and the sun! No rush of tourist crowds here, this is a closely guarded Italian secret. Don’t tell anyone!
Day 9 – Bon Voyage
Enjoy one final breakfast with us to reminisce on the incredible journey we just had! We will assist you to your point of departure and wish you Arrivederci!
****These are “suggested itineraries” as we do Full Custom tours. You can tell us when, and where but to give you ideas, we have put together a package to show you examples.
Luxury, Custom, Small Group Tour. 6-8 people maximum
Price per person – double room is US $4499.00 ( Does not include airfare.)
THE PRICE INCLUDES…
Full time hosts: American couple living in Europe at your service. Bringing you the History, Culture and hidden secrets of Italy that they have learned from living abroad. Concierge Services from Arrival to Departure.
• 8 nights all accommodation in Luxury, double bedrooms with bathroom.
• All Private Italian Homes: Rome apartment, Villa in Tuscany, in Venice!
• Welcome wine/cheese, bottled water in each venue
• All daily breakfasts: croissants, fruit, yogurt, coffee, juice,etc…
• Cooking Class with Private Chef and Dinner following your class
• All Wine/Prosecco / Salami, cheeses/breads/fruit/snacks/bottled water when at home
• Gelato when in town on day trips 🙂
• All daily transportation throughout the land tour: Private van, trains, water taxis, etc…
• Entrance fees to select venues / wine tasting; specifics chosen by group
• No selfie sticks required, you will have your own photographers traveling with you to catch those special memories and send them to you for posting/printing. You can leave your heavy camera bag at home and just enjoy the sights while we catch those Kodak moments for you. If you are a photo buff and want to share our equipment, let us know and we will share our spec’s with you.
Items not included:
* Dining in restaurants during day trips or market purchases for home dinners of pasta/meat etc…
* Airfare, Travel Insurance
* All personal shopping/souveniers
WE REQUIRE YOU TO PURCHASE YOUR OWN TRAVEL INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR EMERGENCIES
$750 per person non-refundable deposit due upon booking. Remaining amount due 65 days prior to arrival.
All payments taken via direct deposit to Chase, USA or PAYPAL, where you can use credit cards. Even if you do not have an account, its easy and safe to Send Money on Paypal.
Bitcoin transactions available as well, ask for details.
Full Itinerary with photos of lodging and contract sent upon booking and deposit received. Group video chat to discuss and answer all your questions. Not sure what to bring, what to leave home, etc… we will cover it all.
***Cancellations; in the event you need to cancel, please ensure you have purchased travel insurance as refunds cannot be given due to non refundable bookings on lodging. We are required to give lodging deposits that will not be refundable.