Absolute Italy

8 Nights/9 Days


Experience the best Italy has to offer by taking a tour which encompasses three of the country’s most famous metropole. Perfect for first time visitors who want to get a taste of a variety of areas, start off in Rome to experience the Italian capital, and marvel at “the faithful city’s” ancient architecture and extensive history. Then head off to Italy’s art capital of Florence to see work by Italian masters, and finish up in Venice for a romantic gondola ride and even more breath-taking surroundings. As well as these cosmopolitan wonders, you’ll also get a chance to see some of the rural Tuscan countryside, of course tasting local delicacies and exquisite wines along the way. What more could you ask for?

Tour Information

Tour Code: AB19
Tour Type: Small Group Journeys
Tour Category: Coach/Bus Tours
Departure Type: Guaranteed Departure
Starting Point: Rome, Italy
Ending Point: Venice, Italy
Grade/Difficulty: Easy To Moderate
Duration: 8 Nights/9 Days
Transport Mode: Walking + Coach
Scheduling: Small Group Fully Escorted
Languages: English
Children Allowed: Yes
Min. Pax: 2
Max. Pax: 16
Blackout Dates:
25 May 2018
29 June 2018
13,27 July 2018
24 August 2018
7,21 September 2018


Be welcomed to Italy by your private driver upon your arrival at the airport, who will transfer you to your hotel in the heart of the bustling Italian capital. Relax and become acquainted with your surroundings until you meet your Tour Leader in the late afternoon, when you will have the opportunity to meet your fellow travel companions and learn more about the exciting adventure to come. Finish your first day with a tasty welcome dinner at a nearby restaurant. Overnight in Rome.
Meals : Welcome Dinner
After a tasty Italian breakfast, meet up with your driver and Tour Leader and make your way to the Vatican Museum in your private transportation. Skip the queue with your pre-booked tickets and follow the guide’s planned route which takes in all the major sights of one of the world’s foremost museums of Classical Antiquity, including the Belvedere Courtyard (home to the famous Apollo Belvedere), the statue of Laocoön and his sons being attacked by goddess Athena’s snakes, the Raphael Rooms, the Galleries of the Candelabra, Michelangelo’s incomparable Sistine Chapel, and of course St. Peter’s Basilica. Exit the museum and head onto Piazza San Pietro to enjoy a magnificent view of the historic Cathedral – a perfect photo opportunity – before returning to your hotel to relax and absorb all the information from your jam-packed morning. Set out again in the late afternoon to meet your leader to wander around ancient, narrow Roman streets, and head off on walking tour around the iconic sites of the city, from Piazza Navona (also known as the artists’ square) to the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps to the Piazza di Spagna, and even the Italian parliament! Head back to the hotel with your guide or finish off your day with a well-deserved dinner (not included) in the heart of the Eternal City. Overnight in Rome.
Meals : Breakfast
Enjoy a free day to explore the city at your own leisure and choose experiences best suited to your interests. History buffs may want to explore the might of Imperial Rome by visiting the imposing Colosseum and the Roman Forum, whereas art aficionados may prefer to head to Palazzo Borghese to visit one of the most beautiful art collections in Europe. Or, if you fancy escaping the city for a day, take advantage of the new high-speed train connecting Rome to Naples, and head to the renowned ruins of Pompeii, or take a boat trip to the idyllic and stylish island of Capri. Overnight in Rome.
Meals : Breakfast
Meet your guide in your hotel reception before your transfer from the capital of Italy to the capital of art – Florence! En-route you will be able to enjoy views of rolling Tuscan hills covered in neat vineyards, as well as enchanting villages and medieval castles. Before arriving at your destination, stop in Siena – the previously powerful city state that historically warred with Florence for dominance - to enjoy food and wine in the heart of the old town, and also experience a walking tour, taking in the Piazza del Campo, the site of the city’s famous and deadly Palio horse race. Time permitting, you may also enjoy a second stop in the medieval hill top, walled village of Monteriggioni, well known for its fortifications and watchtowers. Overnight in Florence.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Stay at : Executive, Hotel Pierre or similar
Explore the fascinating city of Florence, starting your day at the market of San Lorenzo, where you will see food – including local cheeses, fruits, vegetables and breads - arriving from the Tuscan countryside, which you of course, will also be able to taste. If you’re still hungry, head out for lunch on your free time, before reconvening with your guide at the hotel for a walking tour of the town. Take in the stunning Renaissance art and architecture created by the likes of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Botticelli as you explore the Piazza della Signora, the Palazzo Vecchio, the Duomo (complete with Giotti’s bell tower) and the Ponte Vecchio. Finish up at the Florentine Accademia to see, among many other masterpieces, the iconic symbol of Florence, Michelangelo’s statue of David. Overnight in Florence.
Meals : Breakfast
Stay at : Executive, Hotel Pierre or similar
Take a free day to explore Florence at your own leisure, or join a small group tour to the Cinque Terre. The Cinque Terre are a string of centuries old coastal villages, where you can relax and escape the crowds of the bustling city. Enjoy panoramic views of the Italian seaside, explore romantic vineyards, savour a fresh seafood lunch or even take a boat trip out to sea to capture breath taking images of the coastline. Overnight in Florence.
Meals : Breakfast
Stay at : Executive, Hotel Pierre or similar
Enjoy breakfast before your transfer to Florence train station, where you will head to one of Italy’s most iconic cities – Venice! Arrive late morning and after being transferred to your hotel, take some free time to explore the small winding streets, canals and bridges of this unique location. Overnight in Venice.
Meals : Breakfast
Wait till the afternoon when the crowds have died down to explore this unique city. Head out on a tour of Venice with your guide to discover the main city sights – such St. Marc’s Bascilica, the Bridge of Sighs and the Doge’s palace – as well as secret gems located away from the major tourist traps. Follow up your walking tour by hopping aboard the city’s most renowned and romantic method of transport – a gondola! – and then treat yourself to a tasty Venetian dinner in the evening. Overnight in Venice.
Meals : Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Bid farewell to your Italian adventure as you independently head to the necessary airport or train station.
Meals : Breakfast

What's Included

  • 3 nights in Rome
  • 3 nights in Florence
  • 2 nights in Venice
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Tour Escort service
  • Welcome briefing
  • Welcome dinner in Rome
  • Guided visit of Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel with skip the line reservation
  • Walking along the heart of Rome
  • Transfer from Rome to Florence via Siena by private luxury motor-coach
  • Wine & Food experience in Siena
  • Walking along the heart of Siena
  • Fresh market’s tour of Florence
  • Guided tour of Florence, including skip the line entry to see Michelangelo’s David in the Accademia
  • Transfer from your hotel in Florence to Florence Station, including porterage
  • 1st class seat reserved on high speed train from Florence to Venice
  • Arrival transfer in Venice
  • Guided visit of Venice + Gondola Tour
  • Evening walking tour of Venice ending with a Farewell Dinner in Venice
  • Arrival Transfer in Rome

Not Included

  • City Tax to be paid locally
  • Drinks on meals
  • Departure Transfer

Please Note

  • Hotel names will be communicated 30 days before arrival date