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Italian Highlights: Rome, Tuscany & Venice tour

Italian Highlights: Rome, Tuscany & Venice

Great Value Vacations
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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
9 days
From: $ 948 $ 105 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Imagine the Colosseum as it was in its prime; the crowd, the excitement, the danger.
  • Treat yourself to a wine tasting in Tuscany, and learn about the process from grape to glass.
  • Takes easy day-trips while in Tuscany. You can visit Florence, Pisa, Siena, and many other medieval towns and villages within a short drive.
  • Discover the staple dishes in each region; try white pizza in Rome, pasta faglioli in Tuscany, and risi e bisi (rice and peas) in Venice.
  • Experience firsthand Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling, now on display at the Vatican Museums in Vatican city.

Short Description

Make your way through three of the Italy's most iconic cities and regions on this 8- or 10-night adventure! Start in the ancient city of Rome, explore the winding roads in Tuscany, then see the sinking city of Venice.

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.
Trip Type Self-guided / Independent Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City Rome
End City Venice

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip economy class airfare into Rome (FCO), out of Venice (VCE)
  • Manual car rental for 8 nights- upgrade to automatic available
  • 2 nights near Rome at the Hotel Villa Mercede or similar
  • 4 nights in Tuscany in a 2-bedroom apartment at the Fattoria degli Usignoli or Villa il Palagio
  • 2 nights in Treviso at the Villa Park Hotel Bolognese
  • Breakfast daily

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Rome!

Arrive in Rome and collect your rental car. Take off to your first destination, settle in, and begin exploring the Eternal City!

Why not start your Rome exploration with a visit to the iconic Colosseum? You'll also want to see the ruins at the Roman Forum and make a stop at the Pantheon. Stop by the iconic Trevi Fountain to throw a coin in and make a wish, then treat yourself to some authentic Italian food.

Day 2: Rome

Today you may want to spend the day exploring the highlights of Vatican City. Explore the breathtaking St. Peter's Basilica, the world's largest Christian basilica.

Treat yourself to a visit at the Vatican Museums, where you'll be surrounded by masterpieces of some of the greats, from Da Vinci to Giotto. Don't forget to stop by the show-stopper: the iconic Sistine Chapel ceiling, painted by Michelangelo.

Don't leave Rome without trying Rome's culinary specialties, such as Roman artichokes. You'll also discover that Rome has its own specialty pizza, much different than the pizza found in Naples. Grab a slice (or two) and dig in!

Day 3: Rome - Tuscany

Today you will take off to your next stop; Tuscany! Make your way through the Tuscan countryside until you arrive at your accommodation for the next four nights.

Your first night in Tuscany calls for a glass of locally-produced wine. Relax with a meal and treat yourself to a glass of its famous reds.

Day 4: Tuscany

Today, hop in your car and make way for Florence! Discover the exciting culture, the dynamic atmosphere and all of the history that exists in this vibrant city. Stroll down the cobblestoned lanes, through the majestic squares, and across the ancient bridges that are sprinkled throughout the city.

Along the way, make stops at the Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, Giotto's bell tower, and of course: the Accademia.

Day 5: Tuscany

Take the drive to Pisa today, where you can see its famous leaning tower up close. Spend some time at the famous Knights' Square where you can discover remnants of its Renaissance past, and explore the Gothic buildings that are sprinkled through the city.

Day 6: Tuscany

Today consider taking a drive to Siena, one of the most beautiful medieval towns of Italy. Take a stroll to the magnificent Piazza del Campo, then pay a visit to one of the most breathtaking examples of Romanseque-Gothic churches: the Duomo in Siena. This stunning building will have you in awe from the intricate exterior to the colorful interior.

Day 7: Tuscany - Treviso

Depart Tuscany today and drive to Venice where you will spend the final two nights of your vacation.

Day 8: Venice

The city of Venice is picturesque and romantic with canals and outdoor cafes on every corner. Take a gondola ride over the Grand Canal, visit Saint Mark’s Square for a remarkable 360-degree view and take a stroll over the Accademia Bridge!

Day 9: Depart Venice

Depart Venice today. The airport is about 25 minutes from your hotel.

Fly home!

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When I booked with Great Value I was nervous because it seemed too good to be true. Nope, just a really great deal. I was able to take my dream trip to Ireland and Scotland and it was within my budget. Everything was covered, my lodging, flights, and rental car. There was no hidden fees, or fine print that would nickel and dime me later on, as "good deals" usually have. I also had to change the date of my trip and the customer service was excellent and this change was simple. Thank you Great Value, I'll be using you every time I travel from now on
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Everything on the trip was excellent. The only concern with any services from GVV was initial communications ahead of the trip regarding when and how we'd receive all our travel vouchers, as some were available online, and some were to be picked up in country upon arrival. It took no less than 5 phone calls to learn some vouchers would be picked up in country. The trip was outstanding, exhausting, but gloriously beautiful. It was exhausting from the perspective of moving around the country and only a few places were 2 nights. But, we knew that going in, and we wanted to see ALL of Switzerland and this certainly checked those boxes. We saw majestic mountains, we saw countless waterfalls and glaciers. The trains in Switzerland were all clean and we felt safe. The hotels were good with delicious breakfasts each morning. Overall, I would recommend GVV to a friend or family member and I would personally book another vacation with GVV.
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This was my first time planning a trip out of the country. I read previous reviews who had a good experience with Great Value Vacation. Our trip was amazing! The booking and reservations were easy to use with the vouchers provided. The staff was helpful. The only downside was I upgraded to have an automatic vehicle and they gave me a stick shift. It took a while to get sorted out but other than that I loved my trip! I will definitely use great value vacations again when I book my next trip. I opted for the additional wine tasting package and I did not regret it! I recommend adding those additional tours to get a more complete experience.
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My wife and I recently booked our vacation through Great Value Vacations. We were a bit nervous to travel to Europe for the first time, but we are glad we did. Great Value Vacations took care of us. Great customer service. Seamless transactions. They booked the hotels and flights for us. All we had to worry about were the daily activities! I would highly recommended them. The hotels offered through the package were as advertised: nice and in great locations. The flights times were also convenient. The best part was the price. I am thankful for the experiences Great Value Vacation was able to provide for us!
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Really enjoyed both of my trips through Great Value Vacations. I went on one family trip to Ireland (Adare villa, rental car with trips out to Dublin, Cliffs of Moher and more) . The villa was very comfortable with a kitchen, three bedrooms, and proximity to the local shops /restaurants. We were able to upgrade to an automatic car and had fun navigating to each location on our itinerary. The trip as planned by the agency still leaves time for exploring on your own and since we picked a trip with our own transportation, we had flexibility on which tours we wanted to do and when.

My second trip was a solo trip to Scotland. I like to go on vacation by myself sometimes, but it can be hard to find ones where you aren’t penalized for being on your own. This train trip to Edinburgh, Inverness, and Glasgow worked out really well for me. The hotels were all near the train stations and in safe areas (good lighting, plenty of people, etc.). I got a good mix of options for sightseeing in each city. The hop-on, hop-off bus circuit was especially useful for getting around Edinburgh. I also added an extra tour on in Glasgow to see nearby castles and a distillery and was very glad to have done so as the views of the countryside were amazing!

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Just got back from our trip to Italy booked through Great Value Vacations & was our dream come true! We could not have gone if it were not for their unbelievable rates. Each 4 Star Villa we stayed at was above and beyond our expectations...I cried after leaving each part of our journey. I am so glad I took a leap of faith and would HIGHLY RECOMMEND booking with them. Besides the Villas being beautiful, great locations, clean, and great staff; each place we arrived at actually said, "They said to give you a very nice room." (with a rate of just under $1,900 a piece for 9 nights not counting travel days at 4 stars Villas in Rome, Tuscany, & Venice including airfare and rent a car... a few friends told us to expect the worst rooms at the places we were staying ~ NOT the case! Our rooms had the best views...I could go on and on. Every step of the way was smooth with no worries whatsoever. Thanks again GVV! LOVED IT!
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Flights & Transport

Airfare included

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

Accomodations

  • Hotel Villa Mercede
  • Pineta Palace Hotel Roma
  • Hotel Midas
  • Hotel Cristoforo Colombo
  • Hotel Roma Aurelia Antica
  • Fattoria Degli Usignoli
  • Villa Il Palagio
  • Villa Pace Park Hotel Bolognese

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