A Week in Venice, Florence & Rome

Join Debbie on a Tauck Tour of Italy

7-night adventure

Departing October 8, 2017

from $4,690 pp

(Based on Double Occupancy)

Highlights to Include

  • Stay in centrally located five star hotels: Two nights Luna Hotel Baglioni in Venice, three nights in the Hotel Bernini Palace in Florence and two nights in the Regina Hotel Baglioni in Rome. 

  • Tauck Exclusive: After hours guided visit to the Vatican Museums, without the crowds! 

  • Tauck Exclusive: Vineyard and cellar tour and wine-paired lunch at a famous abbey. 

  • Guided tours of Venice’s St. Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace.

  • Enjoy a talk by a Florentine art historian and guided tours of the Uffizi Gallery and the Galleria dell’Accademia.

  • Guided Rome sightseeing and a serenaded gondola ride in Venice.

Day 1

Arrive Venice

Tour begins: 6:00 PM at Luna Hotel Baglioni. Welcome to Venice! Arrive at the Luna Hotel Baglioni, a five-star luxury hotel in the heart of the city, with its own private jetty. Once an aristocratic palace, its splendidly appointed...

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rooms, marbled floors and frescoed ceilings retain the elegance of a bygone era. You are only steps away from Piazza San Marco and close to the city's most famous landmarks. Dine tonight at Antico Martini, one of Venice's top restaurants, in an intimate, picture-perfect setting opposite the La Fenice opera house.

Meals : D

Lodging : Luna Hotel Baglioni

Day 2

St. Mark's & more in Venice

Eccentric, romantic, and innovative, Venice defies the tides of history. Its famous canals, once a defense against barbarian armies, belie its vulnerability and uniqueness as a timeless city on the edge, teeming with art and restless energy. You can...

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feel that ancient energy on a guided walking tour of St. Mark's Basilica, adorned with domes, columns and spires, its gilded, soaring walls and ceilings profusely decorated with Byzantine mosaics and relics. Aural art has a history here too: antiphonal music was born in the basilica's peculiar design and perfect acoustics. No less inspiring is the adjacent Doge's Palace, a mass of pink marble that seems to float on tiers of Gothic arcades. Once the seat of power in the Venetian empire, the palace is now a museum of art treasures and a work of art itself in every intricate detail.  Experience Venice up close and in style on a gondola ride through its maze of water lanes. Dine on your own this evening and explore the city's vibrant contemporary culture in its fine restaurants, shops and galleries.

Meals : B

Lodging : Luna Hotel Baglioni

Day 3

First Class high-speed train to Florence

Travel to Florence by high-speed rail, First Class. A transfer is included from Santa Maria Novella Train Station to your stylish hotel in the center of the city, just a short walk to Galleria degli Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria as...

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well as popular streets like Via Tornabuoni. Following a buffet lunch, take a walking tour of the financial center and the "birthplace of the Renaissance." A private talk by an art historian sets the stage for a guided visit to the fabulous Galleria dell’Accademia, home to artistic treasures such as Michelangelo’s David. You have a choice of an included à la carte dinner at a local restaurant tonight or tomorrow night, with wine included. Buon appetito!

Meals : B, L

Lodging : Hotel Bernini Palace

Day 4

Culture & the art of the Uffizi in Florence

The power of art and wealth are alternating currents in the city where the Medici crest still adorns public buildings. Your day begins with a walk through the Piazza della Signoria with a local guide en route to one of the oldest, most famous art galleries...

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in the world. The Uffizi ("the offices"), conceived in 1581 as a massive government facility, was converted ten years later to a public museum which today holds some of the most important artworks of all time. Your guided visit to this remarkable institution, with its 45 exhibition halls and thousands of masterpieces, it is an art immersion unlikely to be experienced anywhere else. The afternoon is yours to explore the city's contemporary culture. Besides Michelangelo and Boticelli, Florence is also the home of Gucci and Ferragamo, and a wealth of shops and galleries on the edge of modern culture. Dine with us tonight at a local restaurant.

Meals : B, D

Lodging : Hotel Bernini Palace

Day 5

A taste of Tuscany in the Chianti Classico

Drive outside the city of Florence and through the Tuscan countryside for a Tauck Exclusive at the ancient monastery of Badia de Passignano in the Chianti Classico region, where the monks are known for their love of learning (Galileo taught here in...

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1587) and their cultivation of grapes. Tour the wine cellar with a sommelier, sample its famous Chiantis, and have lunch at Osteria di Passignano... a celebration of traditional Tuscan cuisine paired with some of the famous wines produced in surrounding vineyards... followed by a little extra-virgin olive oil tasting with the chef. Return to Florence to relax or explore as you please, enjoying dinner on your own.

Meals : B, L

Lodging : Hotel Bernini Palace

Day 6

Rome via First Class high-speed rail

A First Class high-speed rail journey whisks you from Florence to Rome and the Regina Baglioni, in the heart of the city. Your five-star hotel on the Via Veneto is an Art Deco masterpiece that has entertained poets and princes, in easy reach of the...

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Villa Borghese gardens, the Trevi Fountain, and the most stylish boutiques and restaurants. Lunch is at a local restaurant before a tour of the Eternal City where monumental art is part of everyday life. Enjoy a guided visit at the Colosseum, the iconic symbol of Rome, and its most breathtaking feat of Roman engineering; its empty shell still resonates with its history of gladiator contests, mock battles, and violent spectacles. From a high vantage point, view the imposing remains of the great Forum, once the hub of the ancient city, where Romans gathered by the thousands for political, judicial, and religious events. Our special visit to the Vatican is scheduled for tomorrow night – which means our farewell cocktail reception and dinner is this evening.

Meals : B, L, D

Lodging : Regina Hotel Baglioni

Day 7

St. Peter's & the Vatican Museums after hours

With your local guide, you'll stand in awe of Saint Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, on a vast piazza surrounded by colonnades. The great dome, designed by Michelangelo, is one of the largest in the world; it houses a soaring ornate cathedral, the...

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tombs of popes since Early Christian times, and galleries of ancient masterpieces, including Michelangelo's Pieta. After your visit, head back to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure, then return this evening when the crowds are gone for a Tauck Exclusive – an after-hours tour of the Vatican and its museums – unparalleled repositories of relics, archaeological treasures, paintings, sculptures, maps, and tapestries collected over centuries – and the magnificent Sistine Chapel (subject to availability and day of tour may vary). Outside the galleries, Vatican City is illuminated against the night sky – and your visit is one that you won't soon forget.

Meals : B

Lodging : Regina Hotel Baglioni

Day 8

Journey home

Tauck's Venice, Florence and Rome travel adventure ends in Rome. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from the Regina Hotel Baglioni to Leonardo da Vinci Airport in Fiumicino. Allow 3 hours for check-in.

Meals : B

Tour begins at 6:00 PM in Venice on 
October 8, 2017

Pricing starts at $4,690 Per Person

Deposit: $600 per person +299 Insurance
Final payment due August 9, 2017

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A complimentary post-tour night in Rome

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