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Luxury Tailor Made Travel

Tailor Made Italy: Vatican City to Venice


10 Days from $16,495

Private Journey

Travel with your private party on this Luxury Tailor Made Journey, departing when you choose and with expert local guides leading the way; you can even customize the itinerary to your interests.

On a privately guided journey that reveals Italy's splendors at their most compelling, enjoy a special early entrance to the Vatican, view the artistic treasures of Florence, learn about an art restoration project sponsored by A&K Philanthropy, and sample Italian cuisine with a special tasting in Tuscany and a food tour in Venice.

A&K Advantages

Explore several of Italy's most popular cities, as you make your way through Rome, Florence and Venice

Admire the Vatican before the crowds arrive on a special early morning visit

Savor Italian cuisine on your visit to one of Tuscany's Michelin-starred restaurants, where you are invited to taste olive oils and Tuscan wine before enjoying lunch

Tour the treasures of Florence, including the Duomo, the Galleria dell'Accademia and the Uffizi Gallery

Go off the beaten path to a lesser-known chapel, where you learn firsthand from an art restorer about a project supported by A&K Philanthropy

Embark by private motorboat to the islands of Murano and Burano to see their famous artisan glassworks and handmade lace

Stroll the market district in Venice, and sample cicheti (traditional snacks) at local bacari (wine bars)

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1
ARRIVE ROME, ITALY
Day 2
ROME | SPECIAL EARLY ENTRY TO THE VATICAN
Day 3
ROME | ANCIENT, IMPERIAL ETERNAL CITY
Day 4
ORVIETO | WINE TASTING IN TUSCANY
Day 5
FLORENCE | RENAISSANCE RESTORATIONS
Day 6
CHIANTI | TASTINGS AT A MEDIEVAL ABBEY
Day 7
FLORENCE & VENICE | GALLERY OF THE MEDICI
Day 8
VENICE | MURANO GLASS & ST. MARK’S BASILICA
Day 9
VENICE | SAMPLING LOCAL FLAVORS
Day 10
DEPART VENICE

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Luxury Tailor Made Journeys depart on the dates that work for you and feature expert local guides throughout your journey. The itinerary below can be customized to your interests.

Day 1
ARRIVE ROME, ITALY

Arrive in Rome, capital of Italy, where you are met by your Guardian Angel, transferred to your hotel and assisted with check-in.

Hotel de Russie, A Rocco Forte Hotel
Meals: Breakfast
Day 2
ROME | SPECIAL EARLY ENTRY TO THE VATICAN

Early this morning, cross the Tiber River for an unforgettable exploration of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica. Begin at the Vatican, where you are permitted special entry and enjoy a light cafeteria-style breakfast. Then, proceed with a handful of other visitors to experience outstanding highlights, including Michelangelo’s breathtaking masterpiece, the frescoed ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, before the museum is open to the general public. Afterward, visit the Basilica of St. Peter, passing by the colorfully dressed Swiss Guard and into the world's largest church, where you behold a glorious mix of Renaissance and Baroque architecture.

Hotel de Russie, A Rocco Forte Hotel
Meals: Breakfast
Day 3
ROME | ANCIENT, IMPERIAL ETERNAL CITY

Explore ancient Rome with your expert guide, starting on Capitoline Hill, traditional seat of religious and political power, where you visit the Capitoline Museums. In Palazzo dei Conservatori, view splendid historical frescoes, and in Palazzo Nuovo, view the wonderful sculptures on display. After time for lunch at leisure, continue to the Roman Forum and nearby Palatine Hill, where you discover the remains of temples, palaces and excavated homes from ancient times. Finish at the imposing Colosseum and the adjacent Arch of Constantine.

Hotel de Russie, A Rocco Forte Hotel
Meals: Breakfast
Day 4
ORVIETO | WINE TASTING IN TUSCANY

Drive to Florence, stopping en route for a guided walking tour of the hillside city of Orvieto, home to the cathedral housing Signorelli’s Cycle of the Apocalypse. Proceed through the rolling Tuscan countryside, where you visit a local wine producer and savor a wine tasting before continuing to Florence.

The St. Regis Florence
Meals: Breakfast
Day 5
FLORENCE | RENAISSANCE RESTORATIONS

Tour Florence, visiting the famed Duomo (Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore) and the Galleria dell'Accademia, where you view Michelangelo's incomparable David. Next, go off the beaten path to the 13th-century Basilica of Santissima Annunziata, where you will look in on an ambitious restoration project sponsored by Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy. Accompanied by a member of the small, on-site team of art restorers, visit the Giambologna Chapel, one of the Basilica’s many side chapels. Observe firsthand how restorers bring out the original features of its Renaissance artworks, which might otherwise be lost forever.

The St. Regis Florence
Meals: Breakfast
Day 6
CHIANTI | TASTINGS AT A MEDIEVAL ABBEY

Venture into the Chianti region today, in the beautiful Tuscan countryside. Enjoy a special visit to Badia a Passignano, a fourth-century medieval hamlet and abbey where monks of the Vallombrosan Order still reside. Visit the abbey’s wine cellars before adjourning to the on-site Michelin-starred restaurant for an authentic Tuscan wine and olive oil tasting experience and lunch. Receive tips on decanting wine and food pairing, and then continue, time permitting, to visit the market town of Greve in Chianti or the charming hilltop village of Montefioralle. This evening, return to Florence.

The St. Regis Florence
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7
FLORENCE & VENICE | GALLERY OF THE MEDICI

Set out with your guide on a walking tour of Florence, starting at the famed Uffizi Gallery, located in a building originally designed to hold the Uffizi (administrative offices) of the Medici Grand Duke Cosimo. Pause to admire such celebrated works as Caravaggio's Medusa, Botticelli's Birth of Venus, Leonardo da Vinci's Annunciation and the Madonna of the Goldfinch by Raphael. Next, stroll through Florence’s historic Mercato Centrale and enjoy tastings of various Tuscan street foods. This afternoon, journey by high-speed rail to Venice, where you embark on a cruise of the Grand Canal before arriving at your hotel.

The Gritti Palace
Meals: Breakfast
Day 8
VENICE | MURANO GLASS & ST. MARK’S BASILICA

Journey by private motorboat across the Venetian Lagoon to the island of Murano, known the world over for its elaborate glasswares. See how the glass is blown before heading to the colorful island of Burano, renowned for its handmade lace. This afternoon, discover Venice on a walking tour, including a visit to glorious St. Mark’s Basilica. View the four bronze horses on the exterior and admire the interior filled with luminous mosaics and marble floors. Stop to admire La Fenice Theater and view the Grand Canal from the Accademia Bridge.

The Gritti Palace
Meals: Breakfast
Day 9
VENICE | SAMPLING LOCAL FLAVORS

Begin your day at the Frari church, where you admire Bellini’s Madonna and Child and an altarpiece, Assumption of the Virgin, by Titian. Then, immerse yourself in local life with a visit to the market district around the Rialto Bridge. Next, sample Venetian cuisine at a bacaro (wine bar) that serves cicheti (traditional snacks) with un’ombra (a small glass of wine). Tonight, enjoy a relaxing gondola ride on the romantic Grand Canal.

The Gritti Palace
Meals: Breakfast
Day 10
DEPART VENICE

After breakfast, transfer to the Venice airport and depart.

Meals: Breakfast

Enhance Your Journey

Elevate your experience with a host of options available for an additional cost.

Explore Rome From Below

Descend three levels beneath Rome for a subterranean exploration of 2,000 years of history. See the unique Church of St. Clemente, as well as the catacombs of San Sebastian.

Make a Venetian Mask

Pay a guided visit to a Venetian mask-making studio, where you hear about the significance and history of the art form from experts at the craft. Under an artisan’s watchful eye, make mask of your own, be it inspired by Carnival, theater, modern times or daily Venetian life.

Enjoy a Private Cooking Class in a Family Home

Stroll through a local food market alongside your local host, who then welcomes you into her home. After discovering firsthand how to prepare time-honored Tuscan dishes — including pasta, sauce, a main course and dessert — sit down to the lunch you prepared.

Walk Pisa & Bike Lucca’s City Walls

Travel by private vehicle to Pisa, where you take a guided tour of the Piazza dei Miracoli and Leaning Tower. After lunch at leisure, travel to the beautiful, preserved town of Lucca to bike its city walls. As you see the historic city center and picturesque gardens from above, pause for refreshments at a café, with views of the San Martino Cathedral.

Tuscany Post-Tour Extension

Tailor Made Italy: Tuscany & Beyond

4 Days from $5,695

Priced from $5,695 in March 27 - April 30; July 3 - 30; August 21 - 27; December 23 - 31, 2018

Priced from $5,895 in May 1 - July 2; August 28 - October 29, 2018

Day 1
ORVIETO & TUSCANY | WINE TASTING IN TUSCAN LANDSCAPES

Drive into the rolling Tuscan countryside for a guided walking tour of Orvieto, home to the cathedral housing Luca Signorelli’s Cycle of the Apocalypse. Continue across breathtaking rural landscapes for a visit to a local vineyard, where you savor a wine tasting.

Castello Del Nero Hotel & Spa
Meals: Breakfast
Day 2
SAN GIMIGNANO & SIENA | IDYLLIC SMALL TOWNS

Set out this morning for the picturesque medieval town of San Gimignano, where you explore on your own, perhaps visiting the Collegiata, with its 15th-century frescoes; the Palazzo del Popolo, now the municipal museum; or the Church of Sant'Agostino. Continue to scenic Siena for a guided walking tour. View the Piazza del Campo, one of the finest main squares in Italy. Visit Siena's Duomo and see the unforgettable frescoes in the Piccolomini Library.

Castello Del Nero Hotel & Spa
Meals: Breakfast
Day 3
SOUTHERN TUSCANY | INSIDER ACCESS WITH CHEESE TASTING

Travel southeast to Pienza and view its Renaissance city center, designed by native son Pope Pius II. Proceed to nearby Montepulciano, an archetypal Tuscan hilltop town, for superb views over the surrounding countryside. Enjoy a tasting of some wonderful regional wines, and visit a typical Tuscan farmhouse in nearby Val d’Orcia for a private Ricotta cheese-making demonstration followed by a tasting.

Castello Del Nero Hotel & Spa
Meals: Breakfast
Day 4
CHIANTI | SCENIC COUNTRYSIDE DRIVE

Venture out into the Chianti region today, in the beautiful Tuscan countryside, renowned for its art, history and evocative landscapes. Journey past hill-towns encircled by Etruscan walls and slender cypress trees, venturing among vineyards and olive groves, farmhouses, villas and castles. Stop for a Chianti wine tasting at a local vineyard as you wind your way to Florence.

Meals: Breakfast


Priced from $16,495 in April 1 - 28; July 1 - August 26, 2018

Priced from $16,995 in April 29 - June 30; August 27 - October 29, 2018

Prices are per person and based on double occupancy for 2018. Please call for 2019 pricing. Internal and international air is not included in program pricing and is available on request. Additional supplements may apply for travel over holidays, festivals and special events. Subject to availability.

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