Vacation Packages in Italy
Venice and 4 other cities.
Istria Experience - a Five-Day Getaway from Venice
Istria Experience - a Five-Day Getaway from VeniceBeautiful Istria is often nicknamed the gourmet paradise of Croatia. Besides the precious white truffle, the black truffle can be found year-round, olive oil produced here is of the highest quality, and the wines are simply excellent. Being only a bit over two-hour drive away from Venice, four nights in Umag is ideal for all that wish to spend some time exploring the diversity of this region, whether on a pre- or post-cruise trip, or as an extension to the stay in La Serenissima. The experience commences with a private chauffeured transfer from Venice airport or cruise port to Umag - a charming fisherman's town on the coast of Istria peninsula. The five-star Melia Coral will be your home for the next few days in Istria. The day following your arrival, you will embark on a discovery of the charming, historical towns dotting the coast - Pula, Rovinj, and Porec. Pula is a city known for one of the last preserved Roman amphitheaters in the world; Rovinj is a charming coastal town known for the bell tower of St. Euphemia that dominates the panorama, while Porec is the home of a World Heritage Site - the Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica dating back to the 6th century. On the third day, you can select to either enjoy Umag and the amenities of your hotel, or you can pick one of the alluring excursions to either nearby Slovenia - Lake Bled and Ljubljana, or the UNESCO-protected Plitvice Lakes with its' stunning waterfalls. The final day is reserved for the true truffle hunt in inland Istria - following specially trained dogs, you will try to find the 'treasure' in the form of the white truffle, season permitting. This is also the area that boasts many hilltop towns - Motovn, Groznjan, Zavrsje, and Oprtalj. These Medieval picturesque towns in the hinterland will charm you at first sight. Following your last night at the luxurious Melia Coral your driver will take you back to Venice for your departure flight. If you would like to customize this package in any way - shorten or lengthen it, or add some more fun activities while in Istria, please give us a call at 1-800-877-1755.
Rome and 2 other cities.
The Big 3 - Rome, Florence and Venice
The Big 3 - Rome, Florence and VenicePerfect for first-time visitors and experienced travelers alike, this package focuses on the must-see marvels of the Bel Paese. From the ancient majesty of the Eternal City to the Renaissance splendor of Florence and the incomparable atmosphere of Venice, this affordable package includes accommodations in selectively chosen 3-star hotels, museum reservations, a private walking tour and ground transportation. Your sojourn begins with three nights in Rome at the charming Hotel Fontanella Borghese, located within walking distance of the Spanish Steps and Piazza Navona. It is an ideal starting point from which to explore not only the most famous of Rome's monuments but her exclusive boutiques, fine restaurants and many theaters as well. Included in your package is a half-day private walking tour to give you a greater understanding of Rome's prominent place in world history, as well as entrance tickets to the Vatican Museums (meaning that you get to skip the lines!). A private wine tasting in one of the city's most stylish wine bars provides a taste of La Dolce Vita, Roman style! Florence beckons so it's off to the capital of Tuscany and the birthplace of the Renaissance. Opened in 1999, the Hotel Relais Uffizi seems almost too good to be true; its prime location on Piazza della Signoria means your morning cappuccino can be enjoyed overlooking what is virtually an open-air museum of Renaissance sculpture. Just across the square is the Uffizi Gallery, housing world-renowned masterpieces by such luminaries as Botticelli, Michelangelo, Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci. Your vacation package includes advance reservations to this museum, as well as to the Accademia Gallery where Michelangelo's 15-foot tall marble "David" stands center stage. Your final destination is Venice: no other place on earth quite compares with the allure of this romantic city often called La Serenissima. During your two nights in Venice, the delightful Hotel Violino d'Oro will be your home base. From here the joys of Venice are right at your doorstep including the glittering, mosaic-encrusted Basilica of St. Mark, the lavish Doge's Palace and the art treasures in the Accademia Gallery. Not to mention brightly lit shops featuring exquisitely hand-blown Murano glass and exceptional restaurants serving the best of Venetian cuisine; we're sure you'll leave Venice wanting more! If you like this package but prefer to customize it in any way, such as a different style of hotel, additions or subtractions in the number of nights, extensions into other cities, or a change in the number of participants, please click on the following link and use our Custom Itinerary Service.
Venice and 11 other cities.
Croatia's Dalmatian Coast Cruise
Croatia's Dalmatian Coast CruiseThe marvelous Dalmatian Coast, situated where the Mediterranean and central Europe meet, can be defined as one of the last paradises not yet ruined by mass tourism. Once land of the ancient Greeks, of the Roman and Byzantine emperors, and of Venetian doges and Ottoman caliphs, this exquisite coastline, dotted with over 1,000 little islands, is rich in history and treasures waiting to be discovered. Undoubtedly the best way to admire this enchanting seascape and to explore the well-preserved medieval towns along the coast is to go on a cruise! Ours is not a big commercial cruise ship that holds thousands of tourists but the "Corinthian", an exclusive private yacht-like vessel that accommodates a maximum of 100 guests in 50 spacious suites, 16 of which have a private balcony. Among the yacht's facilities are two lounges, a restaurant, an outdoor cafe, a library, a gym, a spa, an infirmary, an outdoor Jacuzzi and a spacious open-deck area for relaxing and sunbathing. Operating from Venice to Dubrovnik, the vessel will cross the Adriatic Sea and cruise along the glorious coastline of Croatia and Montenegro. The journey lasts eight days, with departure from Venice or from Dubrovnik. The carefully designed itinerary includes some of the most fabulous destinations on the Dalmatian coast such as Hvar, Split, the Kornati archipelago, Vis and the Lastovo islands and Kotor, among other unique places. One of the advantages of sailing on the "Corinthian" is that you will be able to stop at small, unspoiled ports and admire highlights that are usually inaccessible to larger cruise ships. The "Corinthian" can anchor in secluded bays for swimming and snorkeling, and remain berthed until late in some ports so that passengers can enjoy the local nightlife. All meals and several entertaining onboard activities are included in this exclusive package. Throughout the cruise, organized shore excursions are planned; it is also possible to arrange them on your own. Additionally, a fleet of bikes and kayaks is available at no additional cost, allowing passengers to go on self-guided excursions along country roads, or to paddle through the turquoise waters of Croatia and Montenegro.
Rome and 2 other cities.
Amazing Family Tours
Amazing Family ToursSelect Italy's Amazing Family Tours are a bonding experience for the whole family! We have created them by teaming up with Alphabet Kids, the go-to source for multicultural educational activities and adventures. The trip starts in Venice where your hotel is the warm and welcoming 3-star Locanda al Leon. It's right in the center of town, and when you arrive, a gondola ride will introduce you to the city's canals and to mesmerizing views of its ancient palazzo. The following day, explore Venice with a private guide in a special guided walking tour designed for children with interactive learning in mind. In the afternoon, get your hands dirty during an informative and fun mask-making workshop. You will learn all about Carnival and its centuries-old traditions, while making your very own mask to take back home with you! Florence is your next stop -- here you will stay at Relais Uffizi, a charming property facing onto the central Piazza della Signoria. Our family-friendly walking tour introduces your children to the birthplace of the Renaissance; they'll get to climb a 13th century tower and do a yummy gelato tasting, too! No visit to Florence is complete without a face-to-face meeting with Michelangelo's David. In Italy food is both culture and fun, so get ready for a visit the farmer's market and your hands-on family cooking class where you will prepare a traditional Tuscan meal. Last stop is Rome, the Eternal City. Your hotel, the Fontanella Borghese, once belonged to a Borghese princess. A highlight is your visit to one of the world's the most compelling art spaces: the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. In the afternoon, it's time for another hands-on cooking class where you will learn how to make a real pizza just like the Romans do! If you like this package but prefer to customize it in any way, such as a different style of hotel, additions or subtractions in the number of nights, extensions into other cities, or a change in the number of participants, please click on the following link and use our Custom Itinerary Service.
Venice and 2 other cities.
Wine Roads of Italy: The Allegrini Experience
Wine Roads of Italy: The Allegrini ExperiencePolished elegance and superior quality define that which is the Allegrini family's oenological reign. As pioneers Veneto wine making since the 16th century, the family's advancement in research and innovation coupled with a fierce commitment to the indigenous grapes of the region has resulted in year after year of spectacular wines whose praises are only superseded by their taste. The family's estate in Veneto and join-ventures with Leonardo Lo Cascio in Tuscany are woven into this highly customized eight-day experience, carefully tailored to bring the refined flavors of Allegrini in the glass to life. Your experience begins with exploring and tasting La Serenissima from the five-star Danieli, from the hotel's opened Wine Suite, depths of the doge's palace to the nooks of Venice's cicchetti bars. The following stay in Verona at Allegrini family's luxury apartment, located in the historical center of Verona, includes a private afternoon tour of the city and dinner reservations at the critically acclaimed Antico Bottega del Vino. Frequented by celebrated authors, poets, and artists, this self-proclaimed "Temple of Wine" boasts a world-famous wine cellar and one the most extensive wine lists in Italy. A visit to Allegrini's acclaimed Palazzo della Torre Estate, dedicated to traditional Veneto grapes such as Corvina, Rondinella, and Mollinaro, reveals how the family implements the age-old appassimento technique while using state-of-the-art technologies to create their award-winning wines. A tasting and lunch follows at the on-site Villa della Torre, a 16th-century jewel of the Italian Renaissance. Arrival in Tuscany at the wine resort Castello di Casole allows you for relaxing pause before venturing on a two-day experience of Tuscan wine country, beginning with a trip to Montalcino's San Polo Estate and the tasting of its elegant expression of the Sangiovese grape. The grounds are a tribute to the natural beauty of the landscape, and use only environmentally friendly practices in their cultivation, harvesting, and vinification of grapes. The final day begins with a scenic drive from the Castello through an unspoiled Tuscan landscape to the coastal region of Bolgheri, where the tesoro, "treasure" of Bolgheri is evident in the three distinct plots of land at the Poggio al Tesoro Estate with the many excellent expressions of international varieties.
Venice and 4 other cities.
Veneto at Your Fingertips