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Florence - Best Tours & Trips 2019

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A bustling city with endless things to do and see, Florence boasts impressive art museums, including the Galleria dell'Accademia (home to the David), classic Italian piazzas, and renaissance churches. A multitude of popular day trips all leave from Florence making it a hub for tourists and locals alike. And if you need a break, it's the perfect city to sit with a espresso in a cafe, and just watch the world go by.

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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
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Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
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The Best of Italy tour
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The Best of Italy

SmarTours
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9 days
$ 355 / day
$ 3,199
From : $ 4,319
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Enjoy a tour to the Vatican which includes visits to St. Peter’s Basilica, the spectacular Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museum
  • Explore Imperial Rome
  • Visit the Colosseum
  • Walk under the Arch and marvel at the ruins of the Roman Forum
  • See Michelangelo’s celebrated David
  • View the famous Piazza del Miracoli and the amazing Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Embark on a boat tour to the island of Murano
Visits:
Colosseum, Rome, St. Peter's Basilica, Umbria, Italy
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The Italy - Tuscany Untour

7 days
$ 140 / day
$ 979
From : $ 1,371
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Visit Siena
  • Discover Abbazia di San Galgano
  • Explore Pisa, Lucca and Florence
  • Visit San Gimignano, Montepulciano, Volterra and Cortona
Visits:
Florence, Lucca, Pisa, Siena, Tuscany, Italy
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The Italy - Umbria Untour

7 days
$ 143 / day
$ 999
From : $ 1,349
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Visit Perugia and Siena
  • Explore Assisi and Spoleto
  • Discover Rome, Orvieto and Florence
  • Visit Deruta, Gubbio and Spello
Visits:
Assisi, Florence, Perugia, Rome, Siena, Italy
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The Italy - Florence Untour

7 days
$ 138 / day
$ 969
From : $ 1,357
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Enjoy the art and architecture in Florence city
  • Visit famous Museums and Cathedrals
  • Enjoy food markets and cafes
  • Delight in the charming neighbourhoods
Visits:
Bologna, Florence, Pisa, Siena, Italy
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Tuscany Biking

Butterfield & Robinson
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
6 days
$ 883 / day
$ 5,295
From : $ 6,036
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Enjoy tasting of Tuscan reds
  • Explore vine-covered hills of Chianti
  • Explore Siena
  • Visit a private wine estate for a tasting
Visits:
Florence, Siena, Tuscany, Italy
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Italy's Great Cities Tour with 2 Days in Tuscany
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Italy's Great Cities Tour with 2 Days in Tuscany

STORY Land & Sea
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 507 / day
$ 5,579
From : $ 14,558
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Local Expert Italian Guides: Easy-to-understand, Friendly
  • Hosted by STORY Tour Captain throughout your journey
  • Experience Wine-Tasting story Exclusive Tuscan
  • Story's Handpicked Deluxe Heart-of-City Hotels
  • Story's Complimentary Laundry Service Mid-Tour to help you pack lighter
  • Magic Portage included beginning to end
  • Internet WiFi Access for Story Guests
  • Included Gondola with our own Italian Musician's Serenade
Visits:
Assisi, Colosseum, Florence, Rome, Tuscany, Umbria, Venice, Italy
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10 Day Jewels of Italy
Private Guided
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10 Day Jewels of Italy

STORY Land & Sea
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
10 days
$ 336 / day
$ 3,359
From : $ 3,979
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Visit Venice to Florence, Florence to Rome
  • Enjoy Imperial Rome with Admission to Colosseum & Forum
  • Admission to Vatican City & Sistine Chapel
  • Visit Museums and St. Peters
Visits:
Florence, Rome, Venice, Italy
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A Four Seasons Journey
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A Four Seasons Journey

11 days
$ 137 / day
$ 1,505
From : $ 2,032
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Discover Switzerland
  • City tour of Prague. Visit to Castle, boat tour along the river
  • See the old Town Innsbruck
  • Visit to Swarovski Museum
  • City tour of Rome and Vatican City
  • Admire one of the most alluring and beautiful art complexes in Italy, including the well known Leaning Tower of Pisa
Visits:
Innsbruck, Milan, Pisa, Prague, St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican Museum, Venice, Zurich, Austria, Czech Republic, Italy, Switzerland
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A time to remember
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A time to remember

10 days
$ 141 / day
$ 1,410
From : $ 3,416
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Explore centre of Paris, the area of the Louvre Museum.
  • Enjoy the evening transfer to “Quartier Latin
  • Visit a spectacular cruise on the river Seine
  • Opportunity to Boat ride along the Seine
  • Explore Zurich
  • Admire the fantastic landscapes, cable car included to Grildelwald
  • City tour in: Rome, Florence, Venice
  • Boat: Vaporetto in Venice, River Seine in Paris
Visits:
Alps, Bern, Eiffel Tower, Florence, Grindelwald, Lucerne, Paris, The Louvre, Vatican Museum, Venice, Verona, Zurich, France, Italy, Switzerland
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A touch of Europe
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A touch of Europe

10 days
$ 151 / day
$ 1,505
From : $ 2,032
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Discover Italy
  • Florence, we head straight to Piazzale Michelangelo, an impressive site in the city
  • City tour of Rome
  • See the he Vatican City is a principal centre of Christianity in the world
  • Visit and admission to the St Mark´s Basilica, admire the technique of crafting Murano Glass
  • See the Innsbruck, time to stroll in the historic centre
Visits:
Budapest, Florence, Frankfurt, Innsbruck, Kazan, Moscow, Moscow Red Square, Prague, Salzburg, St. Petersburg, Venice, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary
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Artistic Mosaic
Group Tour
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Artistic Mosaic

22 days
$ 132 / day
$ 2,903
From : $ 9,750
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Explore Madrid city tour, stroll through the Retiro Park. Visit to the Plaza de Toros de las Ventas bullring
  • City tour of Barelona
  • City tour of Rome, we have a scenic tour of the city
  • Visit and admission to the St Mark´s Basilica, admire the technique of crafting Murano Glass
  • City tour of Budapest, cruise on the Danube river
  • Explore Prague and many other exciting attractions to cherish the moments
Visits:
Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bratislava, Budapest, Cologne, Florence, Frankfurt, Geneva, Innsbruck, Lucerne, Madrid, Milan, Pisa, Prague, Rhone Rhine Canal, Rome, Salzburg, Venice, Vienna, Zurich, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland
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Beautiful Europe

15 days
$ 142 / day
$ 2,124
From : $ 2,867
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Explore Prague
  • Visit Swarovski Museum
  • Visit the Murano Glass Factory
  • Learn about ancient society in the Roman Empire
Visits:
Bratislava, Budapest, Florence, Innsbruck, Lucerne, Milan, Munich, Prague, Rome, Salzburg, Venice, Vienna, Zurich, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Slovakia, Switzerland
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Around Europe
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Around Europe

16 days
$ 139 / day
$ 2,224
From : $ 3,002
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Picturesque typical village of Volendam
  • Visit to Amsterdam
  • Discover London
  • Explore Bern, the capital city of Switzerland
  • Boat ride along the Seine
Visits:
Amsterdam, Berlin, Berlin Wall, Buckingham Palace, Verona, England, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland
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Paris, Tuscany and Rome
Private Guided
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Paris, Tuscany and Rome

14 days
$ 231 / day
$ 3,240
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Visit the intriguing Hospices Museum
  • Explore Swiss Transport Museum, or relax on one of the lovely lakeshore promenades
  • Explore romantic city of Venice
  • Visit a glass-blowing workshop where highly skilled artisans craft anything from delicate figurines to grand chandeliers
Visits:
Accademia museum, Alps, Burgundy, Colosseum, Florence, Lucca, Lucerne, Milan, Pantheon, Paris, Pisa, Rome, Siena, Sistine Chapel, Tuscany, Vatican Museum, Venice, Verona, France, Italy
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Classic Italy 2019 tour
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Classic Italy 2019

Tauck
By Tauck
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14 days
$ 621 / day
$ 8,690
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • After-hours visit to the Vatican & Sistine Chapel
  • wine tasting from local vineyards in Umbria
  • chocolate-making class in Perugia
  • briefing from art historian
  • guided visits through Galleria dell'Accademia & Uffizi Gallery in Florence
  • gondola ride and walking tour of St. Mark's & Doge's Palace in Venice
  • visits to Pompeii
  • the Colosseum & more in Rome
  • Assisi
  • Cinque Terre & the Amalfi Coast
Visits:
Assisi, Florence, Rome, Sorrento, Venice, Italy
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Top Florence Experiences and Attractions

Top Florence Experiences

Shopping along the Ponte Vecchio

Climbing to the top of Il Duomo

Enjoying a gelato in Piazza Del Duomo

Seeing the Medici Chapel

Admiring the gorgeous facade of the medeival Florence Cathedral. 

Taking a tour of the Palazzo Vecchio, a 13th century castle located in the center of the city. 

Exploring the hip neighborhood of Santo Spirito across the Arno River

Gazing at the Neptune Fountain in Piazza della Signoria

Wandering through the Accademia art museum and marveling at Michelangelo's David

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Florence Trip Reviews

210 Florence Tour Reviews - Summary 99% Recommend

4.8 out of 5
Excellent 167
Great 37
Average 4
Disappointing 1
Terrible 1
Value
4.7
Guide
4.7
Activities
4.7
Lodging
4.7
Transportation
4.7
Meals
4.7

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We loved everything

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

We loved everything about Umbria! It was nice to be in a location with other Untourists as it gave us social opportunities in the evening. Umbria has many special discoveries like the Piano Grande with its wildflowers

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Operator Untours

Wonderful

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

The food everywhere in Umbria was wonderful. Our favorite towns were Trevi where we had cappuccino in the square every morning and wonderful streets to wander, Spello with its flowers on every doorstep and in every window, Bevagna and Gubbio which had colorful banners hanging everywhere as well as beautiful flowers

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Exceeded our expectations

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Our Umbrian experience met and exceeded our expectations in every way! The location within the region gave easy access to major roads and sites of interest were easily reached

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A1

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

This was the first time we had taken a group road tour and I would have to say that it exceeded my expectations. Our guide Danilo was great, it is a difficult job managing people on this type of trip. Everything from the excursion to the dinners where completely organized and well done. We look forward to another trip with Trafalgar in the future. I would without a doubt definitely recommend this trip, it is a little fast pace but Danilo, made sure that we had options if there were needed.

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Operator Trafalgar

the best of the best in Italy!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

I didn’t know what to expect on a group trip, but this ended up being one of the best vacations we’ve ever been on! Being an intense planner, I had a hard time giving the reins away, but it was the best decision I’ve ever made. Annie truly found the best of the best in Italy! We felt like we were on a luxury, private vacation that was perfectly customized for us! The tours, the food, the accommodations, while booked for the group, truly felt personalized, making the experience absolutely magical and so much fun! Not to mention, it was a huge value! Being in finance, I 'ran the number'. For accommodations, daily transportation, daily meals, and excursions, I thought the cost made sense. What I didn't factor in was the intimate experience. We ate amazing meals in local's private homes! Our tours were limited to our group and we we're shuffled into tour buses but privately chartered luxury vans to travel between destinations. It's hard to vacation without these amenities these days, I hope The Table Less Traveled continues to offer a new tour yearly, or else my vacations will be limited. :)

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Operator The Table Less Traveled

Fast-Paced Tour of Western Europe that highlighted most Bucket List Sights. Awesome Company. Great Food and Tour Leader

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

I jumped on this tour with very little notice and planning, and I was thoroughly impressed. Our Topdeck trip leader was very knowledgeable, fun, and adjusted the trip to the group (34 people). The meals provided were delicious, and they worked hard to cater to dietary needs. Accommodations were good, typically with 2-6 people in a hostel room. Keep in mind they are hostels, not hotels (bring your own towel).

I loved the itinerary, as it highlighted the must-see places and had variety (ex. Paris, Rome vs. Switzerland). The optionals in each city were all wonderful. However, many were not presented in the Topdeck literature online and were not introduced on the trip more than a day in advance. All are paid for in cash (Euros). Because of how the optionals were presented, it was a bit harder to budget. I would recommend inquiring more about the optionals when booking and at the beginning of your tour via your trip leader. Don't feel pressured to do all of them and remember to keep your own interests in mind.

The solo travelers easily found others with similar interests to explore with. For many on this trip, drinking and going out to bars/clubs was a major component (as alcohol is often cheaper than water). Because of the shortness of this tour along with all the destinations, prepare for lots of driving and to make the most of the time you have in each city.

This trip provided am amazing sampling of Western Europe and opened my eyes to cultures and history I was unfamiliar with. Overall, I would highly recommend this itinerary and touring company, as it provided a good balance between budget and experiences.

P.S. Stay flexible with plans, but some of the popular sights need more pre-planning than expected, like the Eiffel Tower and the Anne Frank House (Amsterdam).

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Florence Tours and Travel Guide

Florence Attractions & Landmarks Guide

A bustling city with endless things to do and see, Florence is a must stop on most Italy tours. Impressive art museums, including the Galleria dell'Accademia where the original David statue can be seen, classic Italian piazzas, and churches give no end of sightseeing possibilities.

A multitude of popular day trips all leave from Florence making it a hub for tourists and locals alike. Or if you're exhausted from tourist activities, it's the perfect city to grab a delicious gelato and sit in a cafe, just watching the world go by.

Walks With a View

Florence is an ideal city to explore by foot. As you walk across the Arno river and up the hill to Piazza Michelangelo, you will be rewarded with a spectacular vista of red-tiled rooftops. The Boboli Gardens is another great spot for views and picnicking. Northeast of Florence by a short bus ride, the Etruscan village of Fiesole will also take your breath away with its vantage point high above the city. 

Florence Churches 

Renaissance churches offer peace and tranquility, and a respite from the heat, depending on the season you visit Florence. Gaze in wonder at frescos, sculptures, and intricate tile work. The San Minato al Monte is one church in particular that will transport you back in time.

Located near the Piazza Michelangelo, the monks that live in the church have regularly scheduled hours of Gregorian chanting. The sound is beautiful and haunting (and maybe a little bit reminiscent of Monty Python and the Holy Grail...), and definitely work taking the time to go appreciate. 

While renaissance buildings and art is what Florence is primarily known for it, there is also a significant number of preserved medeival features in the city. Just one fo these is the Palazzo Vecchio. The 13th century palace's exterior is strikingly different from the whimsical and colorful fronts of renaissance churches, it is dark, sharp, and fortified -- clearly a medeival building. 

Another stunning example of medeival architecture is the Cappella dei Pazzi. Finished in 1446, this building serves the dual purpose of a tomb for the Pazzi family, and a chapterhouse for Franciscan monks. It is located in the Piazza Santa Croce, an extensive religious facility, well known for its grand church. To learn more about the compound's fascinating history, go on a historic sightseeing tour in Florence. 

Bustling Markets 

High-end shopping abounds in Florence, but you are likely to have a richer experience by visiting the numerous markets with vendors selling leather goods, souvenirs, household goods, fresh produce, and antiques. San Lorenzo Market is the most popular, but there are markets throughout the city, offering a great reason to explore. 

Gelato Your Heart Out 

It’s nearly impossible to visit Florence and not try gelato at least once (a day)! Popular shops are everywhere from Il Duomo to Santa Croce to Piazza Michelangelo. A few of the more traditional shops serve gelato only in cups with miniature shovel-esque spoons. 

Dine the Night Away

A perfect night in Florence might just be spent sitting in and outdoor cafe, sipping wine, eating a freshly tossed salad, homemade pasta, or a cracker-thin pizza. Linger and take in the sights and sounds of this historical, magical city.

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Things to Do in Florence

  1. See the Duomo. The symbol of Florence, this stunning renaissance church is not only known as one of the most impressive architectural feats ever built, but is also associated with Italy worldwide.
  2. Tour the Galleria dell’Accademia. Going a guided walk of this famous museum will put you face to face with art history’s biggest hunk, the David, among other famous works.
  3. Stroll through Piazza della Signoria. This square is essentially an open air museum filled with dozens of beautiful renaissance statues. Not only this, but it remains one of the few free attractions in Florence!
  4. Piazzale Michelangelo. This piazzale is a short hike up a string of stairs, making it one of the less accessible attractions in Florence, but the impressive views of the city, along with its beautiful flower gardens, make this square worth the trek.
  5. The Uffizi Museum. Another museum chock full of gorgeous art, this time focusing on painting and its hanging art. Inside, you will have a chance to see the iconic “Birth of Venus.”
  6. Mercato Centrale. If you want a taste of genuine Italian life, take a stroll through this open air market, and pick up a delicious, fresh lunch to go at one of the many stalls.
  7. Boboli Gardens. These beautiful, terraced gardens filled with extravagant fountains and statues. This garden used to belong to the ancient Medici family, and by walking through the quiet corners of the garden, it’s easy to imagine what their lives must have been like.

Florence Wine Tours

While not many wines are actually made within Florence, the city does lie in the center of some of the most prolific wine country in all of Italy.

Wine remains one of Italy’s main exports, and it is deeply interwoven in Italian culture and history. If you are interested in wine at all, or are interested in learning, then you should strongly consider going on a wine tour in Italy. A wine tour might take a couple of different forms.

It may just be a half-day activity to round out your Italian experience, or, depending on the length of your tour, maybe you will spend a couple of days in wine country with the chance to see how different wineries operate. On these tours, you will likely taste many different varietals from different producers, learn how to taste wine, and get an overview on the particular winery’s process and specialties.

If you are a true wine fanatic, then consider going on a wine tasting tour of Italy. On this kind of trip, you will gain a much more comprehensive understanding the winemaking process, and the intricacies of tasting wine, and probably a history lesson or two on each region’s contributions to winemaking. You will also, of course, get the opportunity to taste a lot of wine!

Private Guided Florence Tours

Florence, along with some of the other very popular Italian cities, is one of the few places that we strongly suggest getting a private tour. When you travel to Florence, you will immediately notice the number of tourists and the crowds. While these crowds are less in the spring and fall months, they can be overwhelming in the winter, and especially in the summertime.

The crowds are so intense that they can really make or break a trip to Florence, and it may be the last thing you need to get lost in a large group tour. For this reason, we highly recommend private guided Italy tours and small group escorted tours when traveling to Florence and Italy’s other main cities.

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