Iconic Italy: Venice, Florence & Rome

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Travel Style: Array Relaxed
Physical Level: Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
7 days
From: $ 1,944 $ 278 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Want to stay longer? You can extend this trip up to a total of 10 days!
  • Walking Tour of Venice
  • Florence Walk and Talk Tour
  • Rome Hop-on/Hop-off Bus Tour (Green Line) - 48 hours

Short Description

This vacation has been carefully crafted for a great independent travel experience. This isn’t a bus, group, or tour guide vacation but one where you can set your own pace of discovery every day. However, you’re not alone – if you need any help during your trip, we’ re just a phone call or an email away.

Your Italian adventure awaits! You'll start in the floating city of Venice, where your days will be spent exploring Gothic palaces and navigating the water-laden streets. You'll enjoy a guided walking tour which will take you to some of the city's most iconic sights, from the famous San Marco Piazza to Marco Polo's house!

After a comfortable train ride, you'll then arrive in Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Your special Florence Walk and Talk Tour will take you through some of Florence's top attractions while you learn about the interesting history of the area.

Just one more rail ride and you'll arrive in a city filled with ancient ruins and some of the world's most iconic works of art: Rome. Pay a visit to the Colosseum or experience the Sistine Chapel and its famous ceiling for yourself - the choice is yours!

Style Self-guided 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*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport
Start City Venice
End City Italy

Itinerary

Day 1 Welcome to Venice!

Arrive at Venice Airport and enjoy an airport transfer straight to your Venice accommodation. The rest of your day is to enjoy at leisure; consider celebrating your first night in Venice by treating yourself to a glass of Prosecco Champagne, a specialty of the Veneto region. 

Day 2 Venice

Today you'll get the chance to enjoy a lovely tour through the unique and romantic city of Venice. From the Piazza San Marco to Palazzo Ducale and beyond, this tour will lead you through the sights lining Venice's street and finish up along main street, with plenty of shopping to find the perfect souvenir!

Day 3 Venice - Florence

After a leisurely morning in the stunning city of Venice, make your way to the train station to embark on the journey to your next destination. Be sure to look out the window during your train ride, you'll drive through the picturesque region of Tuscany before reaching Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance.

Day 4 Florence

Take today to use your Florence Walk and Talk Tour! Learn about the history of the area while admiring stunning architecture, strolling through the Piazza della Signoria, and crossing the marvelous Ponte Vecchio Bridge!

Day 5 Florence - Rome

Start the fun with your Hop-On/Hop-Off pass through Rome! Tour your way through amazing ancient sites like the Colosseum where gladiators fought for their life, the mighty and elegant Parthenon, and the Roman Forum, among other ruins that h are withstanding the test of time.

Day 6 Rome

Continue using your sightseeing bus pass today. Hop off at Vatican City and spend the day exploring the highlights of this Italian city-state. You'll want to leave some time to explore the Vatican Museums; here you'll find the Sistine Chapel and its famous ceiling painted by Michelangelo. 

Day 7 Depart Italy

In accordance with your flight, enjoy an airport transfer from your hotel to Rome Airport (FCO).

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Iconic Italy: Venice, Florence & Rome

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Honestly this is one of the first times I ever buy a package deal like this one and I was very impressed with how professional and well timed everything was. They had all of our paperwork and tickets ready, I can’t even think of one time where anything went wrong or was wrong, very nice people I will definitely buy another trip soon!
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Good value and ligit package.

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Good value and ligit package.

I love discounted and the reservation…

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I love discounted and the reservation was quickly.

Too many flight changes

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Too many flight changes, so that was a nightmire. Lost luggage, wrong seats. Couldn't upgrade hotels.
So was adequate, but took away from the enjoyment
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We had an amazing time in Iceland

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We had an amazing time in Iceland. The excursions with our package were very good. We had one small issue and customer service worked it out. Very happy
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WARNING!

This company seems like the right choice based on price. BEWARE! DO NOT USE! They are not helpful prior to trip. They mislead you when you speak with customer service. We took a trip to Ireland and were told by customer service that the hotel was in Sligo and Cork after asking prior to our trip. When we arrived, the hotels were both over one hour out in very small towns. This is one hour to the city we were told we were going to by customer service and one hour back.

The rental car we got prior to trip with our package, we paid to upgrade to a larger car. Then we paid extra to have an automatic car. When we arrived, we were told that we could have paid much less by just doing it onsite at Dublin airport. The car rental was in shock for how much Great Value charged us for the car rental.

You can save a lot of money if you book this Ireland trip on your own. And save many headaches. The kicker to all of this is when I got home and tried to speak with customer service. The lady told me she could not do anything to help me. I must instead email a supervisor. I did have email communication with GVV and they were quite snappy and rude. They refused to help me in any way. I asked them to change their wording so that the next customer would not be misled like we were. I would NEVER recommend nor use this company. There are too many reputable tour groups out there.

Please don't waste your money on a company that does not care about you.

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In response to the reply that GVV gave to my negative review.

It is pleasing to see how quickly you can reply to a negative review. If only you were so quick to respond to my queries prior to my trip.

To begin, my review is public. However, it is NOT OK to include my name when replying to a review when the name was not included by me in my review of you.

Next, when responding to my review you must be truthful. For you to say: "We are not surprised to receive this review as we did not agree to your request for a cash refund in exchange for you not posting a negative review." is false. In my initial phone call to customer service I was told to tell you what I wanted. Since you never asked, in my email communication toy I stated "I will be happy to complete your survey with my negative concerns and complete multiple reviews on your company if you choose to not correct this grand misleading mistake. I do not want to receive a discount for a future trip. I believe some money back to me is fair due to the amount of gas money and time I lost for travel due to the poor locations of the hotels."

I did not say I was disappointed with the hotels in Cork and Sligo. I said I was angered that I was misled by customer service prior to my trip when they did not inform me the distance to the cities on the tour. I asked if they were centrally located and was told that they were. Again, when I arrived, I discovered that they were over two hours round trip, without traffic. My initial communication to you was to inform that this was misleading. Your company seemed to be defensive of my comments from the start.

I called customer service before the trip because you switched my hotel in Dublin. My original hotel was one 45 minutes away from the city. You switched me to a hotel that was in Dublin after finding the original hotel was unable to host us. The new hotel in the city was centrally located. Great news. But the closest parking garage was 3/4 mile away. Perhaps you could suggest a hotel in the future that has closer parking so that when your flight is at 7am one does not need to walk the streets of Dublin at 5am.

My complaint to you is the absolute disdain and lack of concern that you have for customers after the trip. Even after my trip was booked I was unsuccessful at receiving any positive support.

I do not want this communication to continue. You are trying to prove your point as I am mine. But keep in mind, you should not use the name of the consumer if they did not disclose first themselves. Please check
in house legal for affirmation. Also, please be accurate and truthful when disclosing your side.

Just as you had to get the last word to our email thread by sarcastically stating "dully noted".

Your lack of professionalism speaks volumes. Perhaps this is why you get so many complaints and low stars on your reviews.
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Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport

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