Prepared by Jane Doe

Italy Explorer

"Explore the majestic capital city of Rome, the charm and sophistication of Florence, with a jaunt to San Gimignano and Siena."

Trip Information:
 
Trip Start:
Rome, Italy
Arrival:
Jul 11, 2011
Duration:
7 days (6 nights)
Trip End:
Florence, Italy
Group Size:
2 people
Per person:
  • $1,735.84 (USD) (double room)
Trip Price Total:
$3,471.68 (USD) (excluding international airfare)
Quote #:
101019Doe2-124726 (expired - contact us for updated quote)

Description:

You could spend weeks in both Rome and Florence and not tire of their beauty or feel that you are retracing your steps. This tour gives you a great opportunity to experience the highlights of both cities, while allowing you enough free time to explore at leisure and indulge your personal interests, be it shopping, visiting museums and art galleries, enjoying the city's night life or whatever is your fancy.
The organized activities of this tour include (amongst others) discovering the monuments and sites of ancient Rome with an English speaking guide, a guided tour of the Vatican museums, a guided walking tour of Florence and a full day excursion to the Chianti region, visiting Siena and San Gimignano with its numerous towers and frescoes.
You are looked after from the moment you arrive in Rome with a private airport pick up, to your departure in Florence airport (also with a private transfer), along with a train connection between the two cities.

Itinerary Summary

 

DayActivitiesHotel
Day 1: Mon, Jul 11 2011
Rome
  • Transfer - Private - Airport (Fiumicino/Ciampino) - Vehicle/Driver
  • Welcome Pack - Package
  • Lunch (not included)
  • Self-Guided - Exploring Monumental Rome - Walk
  • Dinner (not included)
Modigliani (3*) (B) (Standard)
Day 2: Tue, Jul 12 2011
Rome
  • Shared - Vatican & Rome of the Caesars (with Lunch) (9 hrs) - Coach/Guide
  • Lunch (included)
  • Continuation of day tour
  • Dinner (not included)
  • Self-Guided - Optional Dinner - Fine Dining Suggestions
Modigliani (3*) (B) (Standard)
Day 3: Wed, Jul 13 2011
Rome
  • Self-Guided - Shopping in Rome
  • Lunch (not included)
  • Shared - 1/2 d Catacombs tour (3hrs) - Coach/Driver/Guide
  • Dinner (not included)
Modigliani (3*) (B) (Standard)
Day 4: Thu, Jul 14 2011
Rome - Florence
  • Local taxi (not included)
  • Transfer - (2hrs 30m) - High speed Train - 1st class
  • Lunch (not included)
  • Local taxi (not included)
  • Dinner (not included)
  • Self-Guided - Dinner at Boccanegra
Cellai Boutique Hotel (4*)
Classic (B)
1 DBL (2 Adults)


Alt: Centrale (3*) (Classic)
Alt: Pendini (3*) (Standard)
Day 5: Fri, Jul 15 2011
Florence
  • Shared - 1/2 d Walking Tour (2.5hr) - Guide
  • Lunch (not included)
  • At Leisure
  • Dinner (not included)
Cellai Boutique Hotel (4*)
Classic (B)
1 DBL (2 Adults)


Alt: Centrale (3*) (Classic)
Alt: Pendini (3*) (Standard)
Day 6: Sat, Jul 16 2011
Florence
  • Shared - San Gimignano & Siena (9.5 hrs) - Tour
  • Lunch (not included)
  • Continuation of day tour
  • Dinner (not included)
Cellai Boutique Hotel (4*)
Classic (B)
1 DBL (2 Adults)


Alt: Centrale (3*) (Classic)
Alt: Pendini (3*) (Standard)
Day 7: Sun, Jul 17 2011
Florence
  • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
  • Kensington Cares - 2
Depart (B) (Int`l airport)
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, 1/2d = Half Day, Al = All Inclusive

Customizable Trip Options

All of our itineraries may be customized as you wish, add extra days, change a hotel, see different sights. Contact one of our expert consultants for your free, no-obligation vacation plan.

Locations

  • Italy

    Italy is one of the most visited destinations in the world. It's top attractions include; Rome (Colosseum, Vatican City, PIazza Navona, Forum, Pantheon, Fountains of Trevi, Spanish Steps), Florence (Duomo, Old City, Ponte Vecchio, Uffizi), and Venice (Grand Canal, Doge's Palace, St. Marks Square). But there is much more to discover outside these heavily travelled spots.  Tuscany and Umbria with its wine, food and hilltowns (Sienna, San Gimignano, Orvietto, Spoleto), the dazzling Amalfi Coast (Positano, Capri, Sorrento), Siciliy with its old words ways, the urbane Milan and nearby Lake Como, the Italian Riviera... and more.  One important piece of advice, the soul of Italy is in its small towns, so be sure to get outside the big cities and into the country. That is where you will find the magic.

  • Florence

    Even among Italy's finest cities, Florence is something special, rising from the beautiful landscape of Tuscany as a living piece of history. Everywhere you turn you'll see works by Michelangelo, Donatello, Brunelleschi and any number of Masters of Italy's Golden Age. It is in the museums and galleries of the city that most of Florence's treasures are concentrated. The piazzas are full of fashionable boutiques and ever more fashionable people, and the café is still central to the Florentine social life. In the evening the city lights up and its squares and streets are thronged with visitors and locals taking their "passeggiata" as the denizens of the city have done for thousands of years.

  • Rome

    Rome, the 'Eternal City', is the capital of Italy. The historical center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Make sure to explore the sites of the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. A few blocks away, Old Rome is the center of the medieval and Renaissance periods, with beautiful plazas, cathedrals, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Fountains of Trevi, Campo de' Fiori, Spanish Steps, and plenty of shopping and dining. Just across the river is the Vatican, the Papal City State and its endless treasure troves of sights, relics, and museums, as well as the surrounding Italian neighborhood, Vaticano. Via Veneto leads north into modern Rome to the train station and is lined with glitzy shops and hotels for every budget.

Day-by-Day Itinerary

    • Piazza NavonaPiazza Navona
    • Hotel Modigliani Hotel Modigliani

    Day 1: Mon, Jul 11 2011 - Rome

    Enjoy a private Airport transfer in Rome (Fiumicino/Ciampino) with a private vehicle and driver.

    A welcome package with your vouchers, a city map, train tickets (if relevant) and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.

    Set out on what is considered by many as the most delightful and fascinating self-guided walks in the world!  The “Eternal-city” of Rome boasts a variety of monumental piazzas (squares), Renaissance architectural masterpieces, and millennia of historical importance seamless synergized with modern, cozy cafes, superb shopping and gastronomic culinary delights…did someone say gelato! You will walk through the historical center, beginning with the Spanish Steps, also known as Piazza di Spagna, famously leading down to the city center, surrounded by fabulous shopping, from bargain to the top, designer name brands. Continue your Roman adventure with a visit to the Trevi Fountain where legend says if you flip a coin into the water, you are sure to return to Rome. The epic Piazza Colona's is fused into the core of city only a few blocks away from the massive Pantheon. Built in the First Century B.C., the Pantheon, for millennia, was the highest arched building in the world. Only a short walk away is the Piazza Navona, with the famous Fountain of the Four Rivers, Bernini's masterpiece. This square is often packed with artists, café visitors, and a swirl of smiling faces - this is truly a great place to experience the essence of Italian culture.

    Accommodation: Modigliani (3*)
    • St. Peter's BasilicaSt. Peter's Basilica
    • Fine DiningFine Dining

    Day 2: Tue, Jul 12 2011 - Rome

    Spend the day on a shared tour in Rome.  After being picked up from your centrally located hotel, you will pass by the Villa Borghese Park, Porta Flaminia, and cross over the Tiber River before reaching the Vatican Museum.  During the visit, you can admire the Hall of the Greek Cross, the Statue Gallery, the interesting cartographic study in the Geographical Maps Gallery, the Raphael Rooms, entirely frescoed by the Master, and the Sistine Chapel.  This is where Popes are elected and where you will find the Genesis and Last Judgment works by Michelangelo, which have been recently restored.  Enjoy lunch (1 glass of wine included, desert not included) before spending the afternoon exploring some of the most fascinating sights of the city.  You will be taken to Piazza Venezia, where you will see the imposing memorial of Victor Emanuel II, the first king of United Italy.  The tour will then proceed to the Roman Forum, the old centre of the imperial city, where the Senate House, the Basilicas, and the Temples of the major gods are located.  After walking along the Via Sacra and passing by the Arch of Titus, you will visit the Colosseum, surrounded by impressive monuments such us the ruins of the Arch of Constantine the Great.  The last stop on your tour will be the 5th century Christian Basilica of St. Peter in Chains, where you will see the world famous Statue of Moses by Michelangelo.  At the end of the shared tour, you will be brought back to your hotel.  Please note that during high season there may be queues to enter the museums.

    Dinner is at leisure this evening. Some suggestions that you may consider for fine dining include La Pergola (3 Michelin stars), Il Pagliaccio (2 Michelin stars), Agata e Romeo (1 Michelin star), Il Convivio-Troianior L’Altro Mastai.  Please note that this dining experience is paid locally, out of pocket.

    Accommodation: Modigliani (3*)
    • Via dei CondottiVia dei Condotti
    • Bearded Christ, from catacombs of CommodillaBearded Christ, from catacombs of Commodilla

    Day 3: Wed, Jul 13 2011 - Rome

    Rome is a great place for shopping. There are five main shopping areas: Spanish Steps & Via dei Condotti - This street is one of the richest streets in Italy and one of the best streets for shopping in Rome. The Via Dei Condotti is home to Italy's top designer stores. Via Del Corso – This busy pedestrian street runs from Piazza del Popolo down to Piazza Venezia. It is home to the famous shops like the Ferrari flagship store and Swarowski Crystal. Trastevere – This rather bohemian area of the city with its many winding streets is great for shopping and getting lost in. Be sure to check out the outdoor food market in Piazza San Cosimato where locals bargain with the vendors (7am -2pm).  Viale Marconi and Porta Portese- Viale Marconi is very good for shopping and is particularly popular with young trendy Romans. A bit out from the city centre, it can be reached by talking the Metro Line B to Marconi. It is about 15 minutes away from the Coliseum. Porta Portese is the famous Roman flea market which takes place every Sunday from 8am until about 2pm. Another place of interest for food and market lovers is the Piazza Vittorio where a mesmerizing array of fresh foods, fruits, fish and meat, run by people from all over the world is displayed. Piazza Navona & via del Governo Vecchio – The well-known Piazza Navona is a great place for art lovers, as the surrounding streets contain lots of art galleries and antique shops.

    After your lunch, enjoy an afternoon tour as you discover imperial and early Christian Rome by peeling back layers and millennia of history as you descend into the Eternal city's underground burial chambers, its long winding catacombs and its crypts. Your guide will explain the secrets of the Domitilla Catacombs, an ancient Christian burial ground, and the Church of San Clemente, built over an ancient fourth century church which was built over an even older Roman house containing Christian artifacts and a pagan temple almost 20 metres below ground level. You'll also visit Santa Maria Maggiore, the Holy Stairs, Old Appian Way and Domine Quo Vadis Chapel. (Includes Tour guide, tickets to Domitilla Catacombs and the church of San Clemente and air-conditioned transportation). Includes pick up and drop-off at hotel.

    Accommodation: Modigliani (3*)
    • Michelangelo's Statue of DavidMichelangelo's Statue of David
    • Cellai HotelCellai Hotel

    Day 4: Thu, Jul 14 2011 - Rome - Florence

    Transfer using a local taxi. Please note that this is not included in trip price and is payable locally.

    Enjoy the train ride from Rome to Florence. Train duration is approximately 2 hours 30 mins.

    Transfer using a local taxi. Please note that this is not included in trip price and is payable locally.

    The venue for dinner is nestled in a cozy and comfortable corner in the heart of Florence. Here, you will be served delicious, savory dishes that pronounce the creativity of the chef during this romantic and unique evening outing. A selection of the finest wines and the strictest attention to detail make this restaurant of one the most pleasant in Florence. Dishes are prepared using only the best available foods of the season. Particular attention is devoted to the presentation of every dish and to the intriguing combinations of flavors and aromas. Meal not included, and paid locally.

    Accommodation: Cellai Boutique Hotel (4*)
    • Ponte VecchioPonte Vecchio

    Day 5: Fri, Jul 15 2011 - Florence

    This exciting guided walking tour starts from the peculiar Central Market zone, characterised by its workshops and multicolored stands. Located in this area are the Medici Chapels, and the Basilica di S. Lorenzo, which is the church of the famous Medici family. A short stroll from the market-place is the Piazza del Duomo, where you can admire the picturesque Cathedral from both the interior and exterior. This Cathedral is known for its dome created by Brunelleschi, its bell tower designed by Giotta, and its Paradise Door on the Saint John Baptistery. The tour continues by visiting the medieval quarters where Dante Alighieri and Beatrice once lived. Moving further through the city you will find the Palazzo del Bargello. Not to far from there you will arrive at the Piazza della Signoria, a great "open-air sculpture museum", which overlooks the imposing Palazzo Vecchio. Within the Palazzo Vecchio you will find one of the world most important museums in the world, the Uffizi Gallery. You would then proceed to the Mercato della Paglia (straw market), where the famous Piglet Fountain is located. Moivng along, you will travel along the street that leads you to Ponte Vecchio, also known as the "jewel-bridge." After snapping some photos along this famous bridge, you will arrive at the wonderful Pitti Palace where this tour ends.

    Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

    Accommodation: Cellai Boutique Hotel (4*)
    • San GimignanoSan Gimignano

    Day 6: Sat, Jul 16 2011 - Florence

    Enjoy a full day tour which gives you the opportunity of discovering the Chianti region. A coach with an English speaking Guide will first take you through the countryside of the Chianti area with ever-changing scenery of vineyards and olive trees. Enjoy a visit to San Gimigamo, a tiny city that has remained intact through the centuries. The city is situated on top of a hill and is famous for its numerous towers, frescos and other art treasures. On arrival in Siena there is some free time for lunch (not included). Your guide will than bring you on a escorted visit through this magnificent city. You will see the Cathedral situated in the Piazza dal Campo, one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. Located near this famous Piazza is the Town Hall, and San Domenico, which is known for it's numerous treasures of Italian painting. During the return journey you will see the old medieval village of Monteriggioni enclosed by its famous walls which are still standing strong.

    Accommodation: Cellai Boutique Hotel (4*)
    • Kensington CaresKensington Cares

    Day 7: Sun, Jul 17 2011 - Florence

    Relax with a private airport transfer and English speaking driver in Florence.

    Kensington Tours donates a portion of proceeds to our charitable initiative www.kensingtoncares.com which supports education-based initiatives in disadvantaged communities.

    Accommodation: Depart

Travel Tips

  • Italy

    VISA/PASSPORT
    Italy is a party to the Schengen Agreement. As such, U.S. and Canadian citizens may enter for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. The passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay.

    Citizens of other countries may require a visa.  Please ask your Sales Advisor.  These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Italy for the most up to date visa information. 

    HEALTH
    Health insurance is recommended. Medical facilities are good quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/italy.aspx

    COUNTRY INFO
    Capital: Rome.
    Government: Kingdom of Italy declared in 1861. Republic since 1946.
    Language: Italian is the official language. English, French and German are spoken in the biggest cities.
    Religion: 87.8% Roman Catholic with Muslim and Protestant minorities.
    Time: GMT + 1 (GMT + 2 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October).
    Electricity: 230 volts AC, 50Hz.
    Telephone: Country code +39 (followed by 6 for Rome, 2 for Milan, 11 for Turin, 81 for Naples, 41 for Venice and 55 for Florence).
    Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good.
    Internet: There are also Internet cafes in all main towns.

    More Info on Italy

Accommodation

  • Modigliani (3*)

    No other Roman hotel near the Spanish Steps offers the same atmosphere and a relaxing internal garden like the Modigliani (3*). Situated in a tranquil, ancient street near exclusive Via Veneto, this boutique hotel is an ideal and charming base for you to enjoy a pleasant holiday in Rome. The Modigliani's owners are an artistic couple, and the young and friendly staff reflect their particular philosophy of life: professionalism, elegance and kindness. You can easily get around on foot or by metro; Barberini Metro Station is at the end of the road. After a day exploring Rome you can relax in the garden with a drink from the bar. Please note that a local tax of 2 Euro per person, per day is due locally and paid directly to the hotel upon arrival.  Under new Roman law, hotels charge a small amount per traveller per day as a “tourist tax”, which needs to be paid locally through your hotel in Rome. Amounts may vary, but currently the cost is 2EUR per person for 2* & 3* hotels and 3EUR for 4* & 5* hotels. The charges will be added to your bill upon check out and are non-negotiable.

    Room:

    • Cellai HotelCellai Hotel
    • Cellai HotelCellai Hotel
    • Cellai HotelCellai Hotel

    Cellai Boutique Hotel (4*) - Florence

    The Hotel Cellai (4*) is located in the heart of the historic center of Florence, surrounded by monuments, churches and buildings of extraordinary beauty. This boutique style hotel is close to the most interesting and evocative city sites. All sites are within a short walking distance, passing through little streets full of charm and mystery. This exclusive hotel in Florence is very close to the San Lorenzo Market, hosted in a gigantic iron and glass building, where natives gather to buy local food and wine specialties. The Galleria dell'Accademia is just a short distance away, hosting the famous David by Michelangelo, as is the Duomo with its splendid dome by Brunelleschi.

    Room: Classic

    The 55 rooms of Hotel Cellai are extremely comfortable, equipped with warm and precious materials and personalized with authentic antiques expertly chosen one by one in the many markets of Tuscany. This passion for detail contributes to the intimate, tranquil atmosphere which transforms each room into a pleasant refuge within the bustling city of Florence, in a place where guests can relax after a day spent touring and admiring the many beautiful artistic and architectural sites in the city which cradled the Renaissance. Rooms amenities: air conditioning, direct telephone, satellite color TV, minibar, private bathroom.

    Restaurant Amenities

    • Cellai Boutique Hotel (4*) Restaurants

      The breakfast room is a "winter garden" with a large skylight where guests are served a delicious, candlelight breakfast each morning, with classical music playing in the background.

    Recreation Amenities

    • Cellai Boutique Hotel (4*) Activities

      The hotel also features a library/winebar "La Bella Vita", a billiards room, "Il Salotto dell´Amore", a contemporary art gallery "Spazio Bianco" (monthly exhibitions in public areas), WI-FI in all rooms and roofgarden, La Terrazza honesty bar, and bicycles available for guests.

Contact Information

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    Tel: 416-555-5555

  • Your Travel Consultant

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The Fine Print

  • What's Included:

    • Guaranteed departure - Accommodation, Activities, Transfers, Meals, Fees where indicated as per the itinerary - Local and international traveler assistance during your tour - Specialised and personalised services
  • What's not Included:

    • Tips - Laundry - Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages unless explicitly noted - Optional activities/extras – Visas (unless noted) - Vacation insurance
  • Trip Terms & Conditions

    • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
    • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
    • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
    • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
    • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
    • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.privateguided.com/terms-and-conditions
    • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.