Italian Escape 2024 - Small-Group Tour

Italian Escape 2024 - Small-Group Tour

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Italian Escape 2024 - Small-Group Tour

9 Days Starting in Metropolitan City of Rome Capital, Italy and ending in Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

Visiting: Metropolitan City of Rome Capital, Metropolitan City of Florence, Metropolitan City of Venice

Tour operator:

Omega Tours

Tour code:

1577

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

6 - 12

Physical rating:

All Ages / Not applicable

Age range:

12-99

Special diets catered:

Please advise requests

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Small Group

Activities:

Sightseeing

From:
$3115
$2960 (USD) The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$156

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Tour Overview

Experience the essence of Italy on our exclusive small group tour, encompassing the timeless allure of Rome, the artistic heritage of Florence, and the romantic ambiance of Venice. Led by seasoned guides, delve into the historic heart of Rome, visit the Vatican City, and indulging in a captivating cooking class. In Florence, marvel at masterpieces in the Accademia Gallery and explore the scenic countryside. Then, in Venice, glide along picturesque canals, and gaze upon the city's treasures. This small group tour offers an intimate immersion into Italy's unparalleled cultural treasures

Highlights

  • Guided tour of the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica

  • Cooking experience followed by dinner in Rome's Trastevere Neighborhood

  • Guided tour of Montepulciano followed by lunch and wine tasting in Montalcino

  • Guided tour of Venice with Gondola ride, visit to St. Mark's Basilica, and Doge's Palace

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Welcome To Rome
Location: Metropolitan City of Rome Capital
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Della Conciliazione, Rome, or similar
Meals Included: Dinner

Upon your arrival in Rome, you will be greeted by your private driver who will transfer you to your hotel. In the early afternoon, meet with your Tour Host at the hotel. Here, you'll receive more information about your tour and have the opportunity to get to know your fellow travelers.

Later, embark on a delightful walking tour of the Baroque Town, exploring iconic sites such as Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Piazza di Spagna, the Italian Parliament, and the enchanting narrow streets of ancient Rome. To conclude the day, we'll take a leisurely stroll to a local restaurant where you'll savor a delectable welcome dinner. Your night will be spent in Rome, ensuring a restful start to your adventure.

Day 2 : Vatican & Cooking Experience
Location: Metropolitan City of Rome Capital
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Della Conciliazione, Rome, or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Following a delicious breakfast, you'll be chauffeured from your hotel to the Vatican Museum for a guided tour. Thanks to your skip-the-line tickets, access will be a breeze. Your visit promises to be truly memorable, as our expert guides have crafted a route that encompasses all the major highlights, along with a few delightful surprises. Conclude your visit with the awe-inspiring Sistine Chapel. Afterward, exit onto St. Peter’s Square to savor a breathtaking view of the grand Cathedral.

Returning to your hotel, take some time to unwind after an engaging morning.

In the early evening, delve into the art of pasta-making during a hands-on cooking class led by a local chef. After a few delightful sips of Prosecco and a taste of Roman specialties, receive a crash course in crafting authentic pasta that you can replicate at home. Brush off any residual flour from your fingertips and cleanse your palate with the perfect wine as you sit down with your fellow classmates to relish your culinary creations.

Conclude the evening with a return transfer to your hotel for a restful overnight stay in Rome.

Day 3 : Rome At Leisure
Location: Metropolitan City of Rome Capital
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Della Conciliazione, Rome, or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today is a day for you to enjoy at your own pace. This tour has been thoughtfully crafted to provide you with the finest highlights of each city, along with ample free time for you to tailor your travel experience to your preferences and unwind.

We highly recommend immersing yourself in the grandeur of Imperial Rome by exploring the Colosseum and Forum. Alternatively, you might want to indulge in one of Europe's most captivating art collections at Palazzo Borghese, or venture to the nearby Tivoli to marvel at the astounding Villa Hadriana, commissioned by Emperor Hadrian, and the enchanting Villa d’Este, a true masterpiece. The choice is yours!

Day 4 : Rome To Florence Via Montepulciano & Montalcino
Location: Metropolitan City of Florence
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Executive, Florence, or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Enjoy a private transfer to your hotel in Florence, with a scenic route passing through the picturesque towns of Montepulciano and Montalcino.

In Montepulciano, you'll meet your guide for an enriching walking tour of the town. Montepulciano is a charming town located in the Tuscany region of Italy. It is renowned for its stunning medieval architecture, picturesque landscapes, and, of course, its exquisite wines, including the famous Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.

Following that, venture to Montalcino for a delightful wine-tasting experience paired with a delectable lunch. You'll reach Florence in the late evening, where you'll spend the night.

Day 5 : Florence Highlights With Accademia Gallery
Location: Metropolitan City of Florence
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Executive, Florence, or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast

Embark on your Florence adventure by discovering the city's hidden gems and most picturesque corners. Begin at the vibrant San Lorenzo Market, where you can witness the bounty of the Tuscan countryside produce. It's a delightful opportunity to savor a variety of local cheeses, fruits, vegetables, and breads. If you're still feeling peckish, there's some free time for lunch.

Later in the afternoon, convene with your guide at the hotel and prepare to delve into the heart of Florence's rich history. You'll explore iconic sites like Piazza della Signoria, pass by the impressive Palazzo Vecchio, admire the Duomo with Giotto's bell tower (from the exterior), and stroll across the historic Ponte Vecchio.

Our journey through Florence culminates with a visit to the Accademia, where you'll have the privilege of beholding Michelangelo's masterpiece, the statue of David.

Later in the afternoon, you have the option to join a tour of Siena and San Gimignano, topped off with a memorable dinner at a boutique winery.

Day 6 : Cinque Terre Optional
Location: Metropolitan City of Florence
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Executive, Florence, or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today, you have the freedom to plan as you please. Consider joining a small group tour to Cinque Terre for a truly special experience. You'll have the chance to explore the stunning villages of Cinque Terre, wandering through lush panoramic vineyards overlooking the sea, and indulging in a delightful seafood lunch paired with local Cinque Terre wine. Cap off the day with a memorable boat excursion, capturing the most breathtaking views of Cinque Terre from the sea. It promises to be an unforgettable adventure.

Day 7 : Florence To Venice
Location: Metropolitan City of Venice
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Indigo Sant’Elena, Venice, or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast

Following a satisfying breakfast, you'll be chauffeured to the Florence train station, where you'll board a high-speed train bound for Venice. As you journey to Venice, you'll have the opportunity to savor the picturesque scenery along the way. Venice, a city devoid of roads and cars, relies solely on boats and canals for transportation. Spread across multiple small islands, the city is connected by a network of hundreds of picturesque bridges.

Upon your mid-morning arrival, you'll be transferred to your hotel. You'll have some free time to explore Venice at your own pace, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the city's captivating atmosphere and distinctive beauty.

Day 8 : Venice Highlights
Location: Metropolitan City of Venice
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Indigo Sant’Elena, Venice, or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Embark on your day with an early morning rendezvous near the iconic Rialto Bridge. Here, you'll uncover the intriguing tale of how Venice emerged from the lagoon's depths, and come to understand how its maritime origins have left an indelible mark on its history and culture.

Begin your leisurely stroll at the vibrant Rialto Fish Market, where both seasoned chefs and home cooks alike vie for the freshest catch of the day. Wandering through the charming backstreets of Venice, you'll encounter serene piazzas and picturesque bridges, occasionally pausing at landmarks such as Marco Polo's childhood abode.

Later, delight in a 30-minute gondola ride that will carry you through bustling waterways and tranquil residential canals.

Following a well-deserved break for lunch, reconvene at St. Mark's Square. Enter the hallowed halls of St. Mark's Basilica with pre-reserved, skip-the-line tickets. Finally, step into the historic Doge's Palace, once the epicenter of political power for an empire spanning the Mediterranean and Asia. Within these walls, the Doge, or Duke of Venice, governed an empire of boundless wealth but minimal territorial expanse.

As the day concludes, make your way back to your hotel at your own pace.

In the evening, relish a heartwarming farewell dinner at a charming restaurant, savoring the last moments of your Venetian sojourn.

Day 9 : Venice Departure
Location: Metropolitan City of Venice
Meals Included: Breakfast

On the day of your departure, you will independently make your way from the hotel to the airport or train station. Safe travels! (optional private transfer is available).

What's Included

  • • Accommodation in 4-star hotels

  • • Daily breakfast

  • • Welcome briefing and Tour Escort service

  • • Guided walk through the heart of Rome

  • • Welcome dinner in Rome

  • • Guided tour of the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica

  • • Cooking experience followed by dinner in Rome's Trastevere Neighborhood

  • • Skip-the-line tickets for the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel

  • • Luxury mini coach transfer from Rome to Florence via Montepulciano and Montalcino

  • • Guided visit to the heart of Florence, including the Accademia Gallery

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What's Not Included

  • • International or domestic airfare

  • • Gratuities to guides and drivers

  • • Travel insurance

  • • Additional meals when not mentioned on the itinerary

  • • Entrance fees to monuments or museums when not mentioned on the itinerary

  • • Local city tax for overnight stays

  • • Visas required for entry into the country as necessary

  • • Anything of a personal nature or that is not mentioned in included

  • Private Departure Airport or Train Station Transfer (ask for details)

Mode of Transport

Private arrival transfer from the Rome Airport to the Rome hotel; Luxury mini coach transfer from Rome to Florence via Montepulciano and Montalcino; 1st Class High-speed Train Tickets from Florence to Venice with train station transfers

Check out our Q&As

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No, international flights to/from Italy are no included

  • What currencies are required for this tour?

    Euros

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    The arrival transfer in Rome is included. The departure transfer (in Venice) can be arranged for an additional cost - please enquire for details

  • When will I receive my travel documents?

    You will receive your travel documents approx. 2 weeks prior to the start date of your trip

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    No, solo travellers are required to book a Single (Private) room.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 2005

  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    Yes, please enquire for details, we'll be happy to assist wherever we can.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Electronic Vouchers. These will be provided and attached to your booking (within the Documents section) aprox. 2 weeks prior to travel.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    No, unfortunately that is not possible on our trips.

Reviews of this Operator

Janifer Harland (Google Reviewer)  

Easy booking, nothing was a...

28-Oct-2023

Easy booking, nothing was a problem, prompt reply to emails. We did the Pearls of Puglia Tour. Fantastic region to explore, tour guide Sabrina was excellent and our other local guides were also great.

Joe F  

Excellent Service!

01-Mar-2020

Received excellent service and suggestions for a tour we planned for our son and daughter when they toured the Amalfi Coast in August. Hotels were all in great locations close to the action and all excellent 4 or 5 star. Would definitely use or recommend Omega tours to friends or family.

Pinx O  

I had wonderful time

04-Oct-2022

Just came back from my 11 days Portugal tours I booked through Omega tours. And I had wonderful time. I joined a small group tours, which is really great. The tour guide Myriam is one of the best tour guide I ever had. I always travel solo( and sometimes join a group tours )and tried to travel every year if I can . I am surely looking forward to booked more tours with you.

Linette Logie (Google Reviewer)  

Was pleasantly surprised that there...

02-Jul-2023

Was pleasantly surprised that there were only 4 people on the Best of Portugal tour. Our guide Cristina was fabulous and was a wealth of information on everything Portugal. A great experience overall and would highly recommend.

Guido P  

Had a great time and an amazing experience!

01-Mar-2020

Had a great time and an amazing experience. The touring company was excellent, punctual with clean buses and friendly and well informed tour guides. Hotels were nice, clean with good location, great service and good breakfast. We are recommending it to everyone and hoping one day we can repeat it.

Adair R  

Very pleased with this well organized tour of Italy

30-Apr-2022

Very pleased with this well organized tour of Italy. A great balance of sightseeing and free time. Exceptional local guide and driver. I’m not sure I would consider the hotels chosen to be 4 star - with the exception of Hotel St Martin in Rome which was great - but the others were very clean and well located. Would definitely choose Omega tours again when booking group travel.

Lisa M  

Most beautiful trip I've ever taken.

07-Jun-2022

Most beautiful trip I've ever taken. Having all my hotels and pickup and drop- offs taken care of by Omega Tours made this trip so easy to enjoy! Michael was amazing. He was always available to answer all of our questions and he made sure we had everything we needed in order to travel internationally during a crazy pandemic!

Joseph L  

Everything we experienced was exactly as described

25-Oct-2022

We took the Italy Deluxe Tour in September of 2022. Everything we experienced was exactly as described. Exceptional accommodations, travel and guides were provided in each city. Michael, our booking agent, gave us complete confidence that we had chosen the right tour operator by his attention to detail and prompt correspondence. We are delighted with Omega Tours and have already recommended them to many friends.

William S  

Very responsive to our requests for tours and travel schedule

04-Apr-2022

Very responsive to our requests for tours and travel schedule. Guides provided were great, very informative, and attentive to our requests and questions.

Lorri Miller (Google Reviewer)  

Sadly we cannot recommend them...primarily...

02-Nov-2023

Sadly we cannot recommend them...primarily due to our tour leader. He was a nice enough young man, but a very poor communicator. Ask anyone in our group and they will tell you that we were in the dark on a daily basis. We had to ask about times to meet, schedule, dinner plans - answers were vague or he would say he would tell us later. The words "don't worry" are not what you want to hear when you are trying to get specific information. Several of the local tour guides were hard to understand - so we ended up touring most places on our own. The hotels were hit or miss. (Naples was the absolute worst). It had a beautiful view, but it was very isolated so it was difficult to get a cab to come up the street - even walking was dangerous.

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  • Free Date Changes

    Omega Tours allows you to make 2 free date changes, as long as the change is made at least 60 days before the start of the tour.

  • Transfer as credit to Future Tours

    Omega Tours allows you to transfer existing payments to a future tour to avoid cancellation fees if you can't travel and inform omega tours, 60 days before departure.

  • Low Deposit

    Omega Tours requires a minimum deposit of 500 CAD per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 45 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of omega tours charges.

    Up to 45 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 30 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 15 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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