Italy Tour 2018-11-07T13:36:11+00:00
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Taste of Italy – 10 Day Tour

Do you want to experience the best of Italy? Guidester’s 10-day ‘Taste of Italy Tour’ is the perfect mix of Italy’s greatest highlights combined with a real taste of local culture. The private tour covers the country’s most popular sights and many off-the-beaten-path as well. We will begin in Rome with the must-see’s and experience the Eternal City in all its splendor, head north to the medieval city of Siena, discover the hilltop villages and local wineries of Tuscany, then on to Florence for breathtaking Renaissance art and culture, and finally ending in the quaint, romantic canals of Venice. Bella Italia!

$4,105 per person

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Tour Dates: June 4th-13th, 2019. Unless you are already in Europe before the tour, members will fly out in the 3rd to arrive the morning of the 4th. More on arrival information below under flights and extended stays.

Pricing: $4,105 per person. Airfare not included.

  • A small, private group of 16-20 – less than half the size of most tour groups
  • 9 nights luxury accommodation (based on double room rates, single room supplement will apply)
  • Full-time travel host with Guidester’s CEO Jack Baumann
  • All transportation and sightseeing via deluxe touring motor coach with the services of a professional driver
  • Personal Guidester custom travel guide
  • Arrival transfer from airport to Rome hotel
  • Full Breakfast daily
  • 3-course welcome dinner in Rome
  • Visits/Admissions: Colosseum, Forum, Vatican Museums, Accademia, Doge’s Palace
  • Vatican private tour
  • Colosseum/Forum private tour
  • Florence historic center private tour
  • Tuscany Chianti private coach
  • Tours flight bag and Portfolio of travel documents
  • Departure transfer from Venice hotel to airport

Day 1: Welcome to Italy

You will arrive the morning of the 4th and have most of the day to get settled in to your hotel and start exploring Rome. This is where your personal Guidester guide will come in handy. Use your guide to get acquainted with the Eternal City, have a bite to eat, and take a leisure wander the majestic streets. We’ll have a get-to-know-you meeting at our hotel at 4pm. After an orientation walk through the neighborhood, we’ll jump right in and head over to see the famous Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and Spanish steps. This evening we will enjoy a 3-course Italian dinner at a nearby favorite restaurant.

Hotel: Empire Palace, Rome

Day 2: Vatican City

Today we’ll focus on the splendor and beauty of Vatican City. We have a planned 4-hour private tour that will take us through the limitless art collection at the Vatican Museums, one of the world’s most famous works of art in Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel and ending in the breathtaking St. Peter’s Basilica where you will have plenty of time to wander through this immense church.

Hotel: Empire Palace, Rome

Day 3: Colosseum and Forum

We’ll have another private tour today with a local guide telling us tales of the larger-than-life Colosseum and the birthplace of Rome; the Forum. After our private tour of the Colosseum and Forum you will have the rest of the day to explore Rome on your own. You will have your custom guide at your disposal which will allow you to better explore parts of the city that interest you the most.

Hotel: Empire Palace, Rome

Day 4: The Heart of Tuscany

Today we head north to Siena in the very heart of Tuscany. Siena is one of Italy’s loveliest medieval cities and the perfect place to explore the wider Tuscan region. We will spend time exploring the city’s majestic architecture and its most famous sites. Siena’s heart is its central piazza known as Il Campo, known worldwide for the famous Palio horse run. A triumph of Romanesque-Gothic architecture, Siena’s cathedral is one of Italy’s most awe-inspiring churches.

Hotel: Hotel Athena, Siena

Day 5: Hilltop Villages and Chianti tour

We’ll spend all day exploring the gorgeous area of Chianti, an area that encompasses a large chunk of Tuscany. Here you will find quaint hamlets, low lying forests, and picturesque countryside. You will have time to walk some of the regions most picturesque hilltop villages such as San Gimignano, and have a chance to taste Chianti wine at a local vineyard.

Hotel: Hotel Athena, Siena

Day 6: Siena to Florence

Private transfer from Siena to the historic center of Florence. Your hotel is located right in the heart of Florence within walking distance to all the city’s most famous sights. Once you get settled into your lovely hotel, you will have most of the day free to explore the magnificent Renaissance city.

Hote: Hotel Pierre, Florence

Day 7: Florence historic center and David

Today we’ll take a private morning walking tour of the city’s historic center. We’ll visit the stunning pearl-white Duomo, learn about the role Florence played in the great Renaissance that changed the course of history, and finally experience the famous David at the Galleria dell’Accademia with skip-the-line access. Tonight we will walk across the river to Piazzale Michelangelo for a perfect spot to watch the sunset over Florence and the surrounding Tuscan countryside.

Hote: Hotel Pierre, Florence

Day 8: Settle into Venice

We head straight to Venice today via a private motor coach. You will arrive in the late morning to your hotel which is conveniently located in historic center of Venice within walking distance of the major attractions. You will have the day free to explore the neighborhood and get a good feel for the city’s many bridges and canals. Your custom guide will provide numerous recommendations on where to spend your time and how best to navigate the famous lagoon city.

Hotel: Hotel Ca’ Dei Conti, Venice

Day 9: Venice walking tour

Today we’ll take a 2-hour tour through the quaint canals and piazzas of Venice, stopping in Basilica San Marco, and a private skip the line tour of the famous Doge’s Palace. This evening we will have a get together at a local favorite restaurant where we can reminisce on all the amazing experiences we had over the entire trip!

Hotel: Hotel Ca’ Dei Conti, Venice

Day 10: Tour Ends

Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today. Private transfer is provided that are flying out this morning. For those that are staying or have a flight outside the transfer window, we can help you with any post-tour planning. Grazie!!

Italy in June is fantastic. The summer heat has not fully set in, and the main summer crowds have not yet hit. Most of the areas we will visit will have an average high in June of 81 degrees during the day and an average low of 60 in the evenings.

You will need to pay a $250 per person deposit to reserve your place on the tour. Click the link ‘reserve now’ to confirm your place and our tour operator will contact you for deposit. You can also contact us directly at [email protected] or 314-503-7979.

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This tour does not include airfare, so your flight arrangements are completely up to you. Tour will officially begin at our orientation meeting at our hotel in Rome at 4pm on June 4th, 2019 and end the morning of June 13th in Venice. Some members may elect to add a pre or post stay to the tour. We are happy to work with you to accommodate an additional stay in Italy or wider Europe.

Members that wish to take advantage of the tour transfer from the airport to hotel will arrive June 4th between 7am-9am. Some tour members will arrive outside the transfer window and will need to find transportation into Rome city center. You are also welcome to come a day or two early before the tour start date. This will allow you to recover from jet lag as well as spend more time exploring the Eternal City.

Passport Information

You will need a valid passport. Passport must be valid 6 months after final return date. We recommend renewing or applying for your passport well in advance of travel due to higher wait times for passports in 2018. You can find detailed instructions on how to renew or apply for your passport online through the State Department.


Italy in June is beautiful. Highs will be in the mid 80s with a low in the 60s. It will be on the warmer side during the day in the sun so make sure to pack appropriately. Pack light, breezy clothing for the day and a light jacket for the evening. Comfortable walking shoes are a must. You will be receiving a complete to do list weeks before departure with all the things we recommend to bring.