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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After breakfast, transfer to the Venice airport and depart.
Enhance Your Journey
Elevate your experience with a host of options available for an additional cost.
A&K Philanthropy Visit: Save the Florentine Monuments
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 A&K 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.
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.