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Italy: Rome, Florence & Venice Family Vacation
8 Days, 7 Nights


The Perfect Family Trip to Italy

Story's Small Group Tour to Italy: Rome, Florence & Venice Family Vacation includes:

  • Super Kid-Friendly Itinerary
  • No Large Groups! Frommer recognized True Small Group
  • Hotels located in the Very Heart of the Cities
  • Special Access Admissions
  • Skip-the-Line Sightseeing with Expert Italian Guides
  • Tour Captain who is with you throughout the trip, handling all the logistics while you enjoy!
  • All land transportation during the tour
  • Customary Gratuities for hotels, meals, baggage and drivers

Remember, Kids get Great Savings!
Have your kiddo stay with you in your room with two full-paying guests:
Kids ages 10 to 16 receive a $550 savings;
Ages 8 to 10 receive a $750 savings;
Ages 3 to 7 receive a $1250 savings'
Ages 2 and younger receive a $1850 savings.

"My kids have never enjoyed a trip as much as this one! We were so pleased with our decision."
Mitch & Sandy Ames


ITALY'S 3 FAMOUS CITIES WITH A SPECIAL EXPERIENCE IN TUSCANY

One week in Italy changes you and your family forever: experience a journey that shows you where Emperors plotted and planned and Gladiators fought, where Gondoliere have served for centuries, where a 14' statue amazes, and where authentic pizza is created just for your enjoyment.

Rome —  There's a magic in the air that makes Rome enchanting. Enjoy 3 days, 2 nights in Rome.

Florence —  David's home. And he's tall! Enjoy 3 days, 3 nights in Tuscany and Florence.

Venice —  Ah! Venice. There's a reason there's so much 'sighing' going on in this magical city. Enjoy 2 days and 2 nights in Venice.

A specially designed itinerary for your family with just the right amount of art, history and FUN! Let your Italy Story begin.

Note: This itinerary may also run in reverse: Venice, Florence and Rome. Inquire for details.


Day-by-Day Itinerary

Discover the Empire of Rome, the Renaissance of Florence, and the Magic of Venice without the stress of planning the trip in a small group tour of Italy. We've taken the work out of the equation so you can simply enjoy the destination.

 

Your Tour Captain meets you in Rome and is right there with you all along the journey to help you discover...like a local — We've made it easy for you with included guides, hotels, transportation and sightseeing.


WELCOME TO ROME
Sunday –  Day 1: Arrive the Rome FCO Airport today.

 

IT'S ALL SET: Our chauffeur will meet you upon clearing customs and your Tour Captain will see you at the hotel upon check-in!

Upon arrival to Rome Airport, you will be met by our driver once you have exited the secure customs hall. Just look for the Story sign/placard. Your transfer to Story's Heart of Rome hotel kicks off your Italian vacation.

Tuscan Sunset

INCLUDED ROME ORIENTATION WALKING TOUR: Your Tour Captain leads you on a walking orientation with a visit to Piazza Navona, Campo di Fiore and the Pantheon. Enjoy getting to know the digs around your home for the next 2 nights.

Group in Rome

Walking Level: Leisurely pace; Volume: Medium.

INCLUDED ROMAN DINING: Join your Tour Captain for an included Welcome Dinner tonight in Rome.

About the Story Way®: Slow Food: Locally grown, farm to table.
Our approach to dining is truly unique just like each of the regions of Italy. The Italian chefs and families are proud of their delicious dishes which hail from each of the regions in which Story travels.

Accommodation in the Heart of Rome: Grand Hotel de la Minerve is our home for 5-Star accommodation in Rome. Enjoy 2 nights in our Superior Category rooms with breakfast included.
 




THE ROMAN EMPIRE

Monday –  Day 2: Skip the Line: Colosseum & Roman Forum

After breakfast, we begin our walking tour with our Expert Guide through Rome with stops along the way to admire history and modernity in Rome: see ancient elements intertwined perfectly with present-day apartment buildings, and discover how the modern Romans have intertwined their vast history into present-day experience.

Group in Rome

We're making our way to the Colosseum and Roman Forum, the town center of the Roman Empire, for our special access, in-depth touring experience, complete with admissions.

We venture back in time with our walk through the archaeological dig that is the Roman Forum. After our world-class touring experience of Imperial Rome, the balance of the day is free. 

INCLUDED SIGHTSEEING AND ADMISSION ~ Today ENJOY ADMISSION & SIGHTSEEING WITH EXPERT GUIDE:

  • Colosseum - Heart of The Empire
  • Roman Forum - Walk through archaeological dig and enjoy a unique perspective of Capitoline Hill, Palatine Hill and the Forum. 
Rome GuideExpert guides work with all ages for a magical experience.


Walking Level: Strenuous, but leisurely Pace;
 Volume: Robust.

WHERE TO DINE IN ROME TONIGHT? Exploring and discovering a new restaurant can be a wonderful experience or join the Tour Captain for an optional dinner tonight.

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ST. PETERS & SISTINE CHAPEL - TO FLORENCE

Tuesday –  Day 3: Skip-the-Line: Vatican City, St. Peters and Sistine Chapel

The majestic Vatican City comes to life as we explore up close. We Skip-the-Line with our special access tour. Enjoy a visit of the Vatican museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica and Square.

INCLUDED EXCURSION: SIGHTSEEING IMMERSION OF VATICAN CITY WITH ADMISSION WITH EXPERT GUIDE:

  • St. Peter's Basilica
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Inside the Sistine Chapel you will view The Last Judgment. Painted by Michelangelo from 1535 to 1541. The work was designed on a grand scale, and spans the entire wall behind the altar of the Sistine Chapel.
  • Vatican Museums

    Walking Level: Strenuous, but leisurely Pace; Volume: Robust.
Group in Rome

High-Speed Train to Florence: Birthplace of the Renaissance

After time for optional lunch, we transfer to the train station for our included high-speed train to Florence Santa Maria Novella station. We arrive Florence and walk the very short distance to our hotel located in the very heart of the city (about 5 minutes from train station).

INCLUDED FLORENCE ORIENTATION WALK: Your Tour Captain leads you on a walking orientation with a visit through the heart of Florence pointing out sites including Piazza della Repubblica, Piazza Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, Uffizi Gallery and the Ponte Vecchio. Enjoy getting to know the digs around your home for the next 3 nights.

Walking Level: Leisurely pace; Volume: Medium.

INCLUDED FLORENTINE DINING: Join your Tour Captain for an included Welcome Dinner tonight in Florence.

Accommodation in the Heart of Florence: Hotel L'Orologio is our home in Florence. Enjoy 3 nights with breakfast included.

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EXPLORING FLORENCE

Wednesday –  Day 4: Florence Medieval City

This morning we enjoy our expertly-guided walking tour of Florence with special Skip-the-Line access to the Accademia Gallery to visit the legend of Florence: Michelangelo's David.

INCLUDED EXCURSION: SIGHTSEEING IMMERSION TOUR ~ Today ENJOY ADMISSION & SIGHTSEEING WITH LOCAL EXPERT GUIDE:

  • Skip-the-Line to see Michelangelo's DAVID in the Academy Gallery
  • Entry to Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore ~ The "Duomo." You will see Giotto's Bell Tower and the 'Gates of Paradise' on the Baptistery
  • Walking through Piazza della Repubblica, Piazza Signoria and the heart of Florence

    Walking Level: Light, Leisurely Pace: Volume: Light
Tuscan Sunset

At Sunset: Join your Tour Captain for a walk to the stunning overlook of Piazzele Michelangelo to take in sunset over Florence —  Amazing!

Walking Level: Medium with uphill walk, Leisurely Pace. Volume: Medium

INCLUDED DINING IN FLORENCE TONIGHT: We keep some experiences a secret and prefer to 'unwrap' them while you smile. A special dinner tonight in Florence.

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UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN

Thursday –  Day 5: Of Biking Tuscany, Of Gelatto, Of Pizza, Of Pasta, Of Vino, Of Course!

Story Biking Adventure
Today we embark through the countryside of Tuscany for a morning bike ride. The landscape springs to life as we enjoy the path along fields of sunflower, golden wheat, medieval villages and abbeys.  

Tuscan Landscape

After our morning bike adventure we transfer by vehicle to the hill-town of San Gimignano, known for its remaining 14 towers. This medieval town boasts stunning views along with great food and vino.

Story Exclusive: A fantastic cooking class this afternoon allows both the adults and kids to enjoy and consume the fruit of their labor. The adults will enjoy Chianti Classico and Super Tuscan wine as well!

After our fun afternoon in San Gimignano we return to Florence for a free evening.

Tuscan Sunset

WHERE TO DINE IN FLORENCE TONIGHT? Enjoy your exploration of Florence or join the Tour Captain for an optional dinner tonight.

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TO VENICE

Friday –  Day 6: High-Speed Train to Venice: Ah! Venice!

The romance of Venice is apparent every step of the way, from the fine Venetian hand-blown glass in the traditional style to the amazing gondola experience. Upon arrival, we board our water taxi to check-in and drop bags at our hotel.

Meet our Expert Guide and enjoy our special walking tour of Venice.

Grand Canal, Venice, Ital

INCLUDED EXCURSION: SIGHTSEEING TOUR WITH LOCAL GUIDE:

  • Walking Tour of Venice. Our Expert Guide will show us Saint Mark's Square or Piazza San Marco where you will see the Campanile Tower, Basilica San Marco along with the Doges' Palace.
  • We will enjoy Admission to the Basilica San Marco. Our guide will take you inside to see the beautiful interior and you may notice what the lighting does to the frescoes!
  • Then you will see the Grand Canal, Rialto Bridge, and the Bridge of Sighs.

    Walking Level: Moderate, Leisurely Pace: Volume: Moderate

The balance of the day is at leisure.

INCLUDED VENETIAN WELCOME DINNER: Experience what can only be described as a night of the best cuisine and vino from the regions of Italy and especially the Veneto.

Dinner in Venice
Accommodation in the Heart of Venice: Hotel Saturnia & International is our home in Venice with breakfast included, 2 Nights.

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VENICE AT LEISURE

Saturday –  Day 7: Enjoy Venice at your own pace today.

Enjoy exploring Venice today at leisure until our included Gondola Experience at dusk.

GONDOLA WITH MUSICIANS EXPERIENCE: Enjoy this quintessential Venetian experience on an authentic Gondola ride through the canals of Venice with our professional musicians.

Venice Gondola Ride

FAREWELL DINNER: After the Gondola, we celebrate the week long journey through Italy as we dine in one of our favorite ristorante in all of Italy. Our days have been filled with new sights, tastes and discoveries - tonight enjoy reflecting on the incredible journey we've had together. Until we meet again, Arrivederci

Group in Venice
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VENICE DEPART

 

Sunday –  Day 8: Part Company at your Venice hotel.

Included breakfast this morning if your morning departure flight is not too early! Inquire about our optional departure transfer service.

Do you prefer to return to your home airport from Rome? Inquire for assistance.

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What's Included

ROME

  • Services of professional Tour Captain throughout your journey.
  • Arrival transfer from airport making your arrival easy.
  • Meet our Tour Captain and enjoy our private walking orientation to Rome
    • Go inside the Pantheon
    • Walk through and be amazed at the Piazza Navona
  • Rome Walking Tour with our Expert Guide including admission and tour of:
    • Roman Empire's Foro Romano: Roman Forum
    • Colosseum
    • Palantine Hill
  • Vatican City Walking Tour with our Expert Guide including admission and tour of:
    • St. Peter's Basilica
    • the Sistine Chapel
    • the Vatican Museums
  • Transfer to Train Station for onward journey to Florence
  • Story Way® Dining: Welcome Dinner in Rome
  • 2 Nights Accommodation in the Heart of Rome
    • Daily Breakfast
    • Air-conditioned guestrooms
    • Gratuities and Tourist Tax

FLORENCE

  • Included High-Speed Train Tickets to Florence
  • Meet our Tour Captain and enjoy a private walking orientation to Florence
  • Renaissance Florence Walking Tour with our Expert Guide including admission and tour of:
    • The Duomo
    • Piazza della Repubblica
    • Piazza Signoria
    • Admission to the Galleria dell' Accademia to see Michelangelo's David and the other magnificent works of art
  • Special Culinary in Tuscany: San Gimignano Exploration & Cooking Experience
  • Story Biking Adventure: Tuscany Family Biking Adventure with Support Vehicle
  • Story Way® Dining: 2 Dinners in Florence
  • 3 Nights Accommodation in the Heart of Florence
    • Daily Breakfast
    • Air-conditioned guestrooms
    • Gratuities and Tourist Tax

VENICE

  • Included High-Speed Train Tickets to Venice
  • Included transfer with our local Tour Captain on our Private Water Taxi
  • Enjoy a private walking orientation with our Tour Captain in Venice
  • Hidden Venice Walking Tour with our Expert Guide including admission and tour of:
    • Piazza San Marco - St. Mark's Square
    • the Byzantine Basilica of San Marco
  • Special Gondola Experience on the Canals of Venice
  • Story Way® Dining: 2 Dinners in Venice
  • 2 Nights Accommodation in the Heart of Venice on San Marco
    • Daily Breakfast
    • Air-conditioned guestrooms
    • Gratuities and Tourist Tax

Travel with us: You Skip the Lines! No waiting on big groups or big buses.

All Admissions and Sightseeing as defined on itinerary

Services of our Tour Captain
The Tour Captain meets you upon arrival in Italy!

With Story's Family Vacation Series we've crafted unique experiences along with special surprises in every itinerary. Occasionally in Italy, the Italians will throw a festival, close a road, have an unexpected weather event, or close a venue with an unscheduled closing. When this happens your Tour Captain will arrange an alternate plan and modify the itinerary.

INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE NOT INCLUDED

PASSPORTS & VISAS
Travel documents are your responsibility including compliance with customs regulations. PASSPORTS: A valid passport is required and must be obtained in person by each tour member at a local passport office.

LODGING & ACCOMMODATIONS
Tour prices are per person, based on two persons sharing double or twin-bedded room with private bathroom with tub or shower. Single rooms subject to availability and at an additional cost (tour participants without a roommate will have to pay the single room surcharge). Should a scheduled hotel not be available Story will accommodate guests in an alternate property comparable in quality and location. This is rare and Story will advise you of this occurrence as soon as we are notified.

PORTAGE SERVICES
Portage services included at our hotels throughout your journey. Self-portage by guests for transfers and train travel.

SERVICE CHARGES AND TAXES
All departure taxes are included. 

INSURANCE
Story Land & Sea® highly recommends trip cancellation and interruption coverage. We recommend www.Travelex-Insurance.com.

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Dates & Prices for
Italy: Rome, Florence & Venice
Family Vacation

2017 Trip Dates & Prices

Enjoy small group touring from 6 to 16 guests.
Guaranteed departures with official Story Tour Captain® or Story Local Host® for groups of 5 or less. Inquire for your departure.

Priced in US Dollars. Questions? Call 1 877 865 6711.
Saturday to Sunday:
Rome, Florence & Venice
Trip Prices Single Supplement Triple Reduction
June 18 - 25 $4,379 $789 $288
June 25 - July 2 $4,379 $789 $288
July 2 - 9
$4,379 $789 $288
July 9 - 16
$4,379 $789 $288

Remember, Kids get Great Savings!
Have your kiddo stay with you in your room with two full-paying guests: Kids ages 10 to 16 receive a $550 savings;
Ages 8 to 10 receive a $750 savings;
Ages 3 to 7 receive a $1250 savings'
Ages 2 and younger receive a $1850 savings.

Trip prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Single supplement will ensure a double occupancy room for solo use. Triple occupancy reduction will feature three guests in one room (2 or 3 total beds, eg., 1 Double Bed + 1 Twin Bed).


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