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Italy's Great Cities Tour Off Season ~ Small Group Tour to Italy

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15 Passengers or Less; Voted 'Best in Class'
Open my heart and you will see, engraved inside of it, ‘ Italy.'

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10 Days Priced

2009 Dates: Nov. 9, 23, Dec. 7

2010 Dates: Jan. 4, 18, Feb. 8, 22, Mar. 8, 22, April 5th.

Off Season Pricing on our Deluxe Tour to Italy

Italy Tour: Italy's Great Cities Tour: Off-the-Beaten-Path Italy
Discover Italy in the Off Season: Savings & No Crowds

Discover Off-the-Beaten-Path Italy Tour Vacation:
10 Days Venice, Florence, Tuscany and Rome

• Hotels in the Heart of the cities - never on outskirts.
• True Small-Group® Tour - 15 or less.
• No Up-Selling on the tour - admissions included!
• 5 Full Dinners with regional wine included.
• 14 Meals including Breakfasts with Cappuccinos, Welcome and Farewell Galas.
• Tour Captain invites you to dinner every night or explore on your own!

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“Open my heart and you will see, engraved inside of it, ‘ Italy.’”
-Robert Browning

Dear Italy Tour Enthusiast,

QueensLander Tours extends our personal invitation for you to join us on the Small Group Italy Tour during the Off Season in Italy! Discover savings and no crowds during the fall, winter and early spring season in Italy. QueensLander Tours' small-group “Italy's Great Cities” tour is Best in Class and provides a unique alternative to the traditional big tour group!

~ Mark,
Mark Story
Program Director, Italy

ITALY ITINERARY: It's a Small Group Tour of 15 or Less.
Please inquire with reservations about our Budget Tour package - same itinerary, budget hotels.

Day 1 | Depart the United States on your Trans-Atlantic flight to Europe. Yes, we can arrange your air travel from the QueensLander air department. We’ll work with you to get the absolutely lowest-fare available based on your travel preferences. We utilize both our own air department and online agencies to find the best rate.  

Day 2 | Welcome to Venice, Italy

Our tour representative will meet you upon arrival at the Venice airport or Train Station. Opt to take our Arrival Transfer for $95 per person. Arrive in style and enjoy the Bay of Venice! We make our way to our hotel in the heart of Venice located very near St. Mark's Square.  Enjoy a great location in Venice with our hotel and then join the Tour Captain in the lobby tonight for an included Welcome Dinner to Venice!    Ah Venice!!



· INCLUDED WELCOME DINNER TONIGHT: Join your Tour Captain for a Welcome Feast in Venice, Italy. Experience what can only be described as a tour of the best cuisine in Italy!

2 Nights at Hotel Saturnia & International, Palace Bonvecchiati or similar


Day 3 | Venice | Giudecca Canal, St. Mark's Square, Doges' Palace, Bridge of Sighs


Start your morning sightseeing in style as your Tour Captain and our local Guide escorts you throughout Venice! We tour by walking today, with in-depth visits to St. Mark's Square and St. Mark's Basilica, the DOGES' PALACE and the Bridge of Sighs. The romance of this city is apparent every step of the way, from Venetian glass blowers fashioning their craft in their traditional style to the classic gondola ride.  Enjoy a boat ride on Luigi’s new authentic Venetian boat over to the Isle of Murano to experience the original glass blowers – quite fascinating to observe! The afternoon is at your leisure as you explore the city of Venice. You may opt to join your Tour Captain tonight for dinner (departs from lobby) or opt to explore on your own throughout Venice!




Day 4 | Venice to Florence | Birthplace of the Renaissance


We embark on the EuroStar via 1st Class service with reserved seats to Florence. Florence is the city of Arts and birthplace to the Renaissance. After transferring from the Florence Train Station (smaller groups of less than 10 passengers may utilize taxi service arranged and included by Tour Captain), we check-in to our hotel to freshen up and meet in the lobby for a short walk through the cobblestones streets to dinner.  Enjoy 2 nights at the 5-Star Helvetia & Bristal Hotel or similar. The Helvetia & Bristol is authentic Italiano and perfectly located in the heart of Firenze (Florence!).  Tonight included dining at a delightful restaurant, fully authentic! Florence welcomes us with a variety of regional cuisine, beverages and a sampling of fine local wines.




• 2 Nights at Hotel Helvetia & Bristol, Grand Hotel Baglioni or Davanzati or similar


Day 5 | Discovering Florence


Today join your Tour Captain and our local guide on a leisurely walkabout of Florence. Florence boasts a variety of fine sights to see, including Santa Maria del Fiore, the Baptistry's Bronze "Gate of Paradise," Giotto's Bell Tower, Signoria Square and the Accademia Galleria where Michelangelo's David is housed. A great tour and perfectly balanced day allows you to enjoy the afternoon for shopping and sightseeing on your own. We highly recommend the Uffizi Gallery if you want to dig deeper into the vast riches of Florence’s art and heritage. This afternoon you may also choose from our Authentic Italian Cooking Experience. Inquire with reservations if you're interested in this phenom class.

Tonight’s dinner is optional – join your Tour Captain in the lobby or explore Florence on your own tonight for a great feast!





Day 6 | Under the Tuscan Sun – Discovering San Gimignano and Villa Dievole Estate in the heart of beautiful Tuscany and Chianti regions


This morning we enter deep into the heart of Tuscany with a stop in the hilltop village of San Gimignano - One of San Gimignano’s most impressive sights is the medieval skyline made up of 13 remaining towers dating back from the 11th century. San Gimignano rises on a hill dominating the Elsa Valley. The town increased in wealth and developed greatly during the Middle-Ages thanks to the "Via Francigena" the trading and pilgrim's route that crossed it. Once in San Gimignano, we enjoy a walking sightseeing experience with our local guide. San Gimignano also has several distractions for shopping – so dig in and enjoy! – from San Gimi we're off to Villa Dievole Estate for a tour of the cellars and a delightful wine tasting with appetizers. Experience the castle grounds with a tour of the cellars along with wine-tasting featuring palate-pleasing appetizers including pecorino cheese and bruschetta!  You’ll get your fill of classic Chianti and Tuscan vino along with delicate cuisine. We overnight tonight in Cortona - absolutely beautiful!


·  INCLUDED DINING TONIGHT: Join your Tour Captain for a welcome dinner in Toscana!

 1 Night at Villa Marsili


Day 7 | Cortona | On to Rome

After breakfast, enjoy morning in Cortona – is a small but fascinating city in the province of Arezzo , Tuscany , central Italy , situated on a commanding hill, and overlooking Lake Trasimeno . Its cyclopean walls, still in great part preserved, are said to be 3000 years old. It was one of the twelve cities of Etruria and is our host this morning as we observe Italian life in Tuscany! Depart 12:00 for departure for Rome – where all roads lead. We check into our hotel, the Hotel d'Inghilterra or similar - about 2 minutes from the Spanish Steps.



·  INCLUDED DINING TONIGHT: Join your Tour Captain for a welcome dinner in Roma.

• 3 Nights at Hotel D'inghilterra, or similar  

Day 8 | Welcome to Rome !  Today we have in-depth touring of Rome with the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Square, Roman Forum & the Colosseum.

There was a dream that was Rome . You could only whisper it. Anything more than a whisper and it would vanish, it was so fragile.


After a great breakfast we begin our walking tour of Rome! We begin along the banks of the Tiber River in the heart of Rome. Your Tour Captain provides commentary at important points along the route including Castello San Angelo, the Justice Palace and finally arriving at St. Peter’s square. We navigate along the outer perimeter of the square before meeting our local guide for admission and tour of Vatican City. Our 2 hour tour includes the Vatican museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica – however, make note the Pope may close any of the Vatican at any time without notice for a variety of reasons. After exiting the Vatican via St. Peter’s square – smaller groups will take taxis to relocate to the Pantheon where you will enjoy a delightful lunch at one of the many restaurants in the Piazza (not included). After lunch, we continue our tour and go back in time as we visit the Roman Forum with admission to the Colosseum – one of the most impressive sights in the entire city of Rome – and did you know, all of Rome is a live archaeological dig? Literally, new discoveries are happening all of the time! Ask your Tour Captain about optional tours later today or tomorrow but join him tonight for dinner (optional)


· OPTIONAL DINING TONIGHT: Join your Tour Captain for dining out tonight in!


Day 9 | Roman Holiday

Enjoy a free day in Rome to sightsee and explore on your own. Go back to the Colosseum and explore the Forum deeper. Your Tour Captain will have a variety of activities you can opt for or you can explore on your own. Tonight, enjoy our farewell Gala dinner at an authentic Roman restaurant at the Spanish Steps with your Tour Captain. Our days have been filled with new sights, tastes and discoveries - tonight enjoy reflecting on the incredible journey we've had together!




Day 10 | Check Out or Extend Further. Arrividerci Day
Catch flights for the USA from Rome . Until we meet again, may your days be full of discovery and your nights full of good friends.





  ***Tour Ends***

Extend your Italian Vacation!

Amalfi Coast 3 Day Extension
~Discover the beauty that is the Amalfi Coast with Positano, Amalfi and Sorrento. Breathtaking!

Sicily 3 Day Extension
~Palermo, Messina and so much more await you in Sicily!

Cinque Terre 4 Day Extension
~The truly undiscovered Italian Cinque Terre (five lands) boasts territory that few make it to!

Italian Lakes 6 Day Extension
~Lake Como, Bellagio, Maggiore and more await you in the north of Italy!


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We provide confirmed reservations for viewings of all the original works at the Doges Palace in Venice and the Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence along with the imperial Vatican collection! Visit St. Mark’s Square, and take a gondola ride and enjoy the serenade of the gondoliers. Go inside the magnificent Colosseum as well as the Italian village of San Gimignano in the Tuscan countryside.

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Small group tours to Italy is QueensLander's specialty and we invite you to discover our service on your Italy vacation! QueensLander Tours is the first choice for inexpensive Italy tour packages and italy tours throughout Italy, Tuscany, the Amalfi Coast and Cinque Terre. We provide small group Italy tours and Italy tour packages in Rome, Venice, Florence, Milan, the Amalfi Coast and Cinque Terre along with Chianti and Tuscany regions Our Italy tours provide you with low cost private Airport transfers both inbound and outbound. We offer Italy Tours as our specialty at QueensLander Italy Tours. Your choice for Italy Tour Packages, italian tours, italy travel and travel to italy. Discover the real Italy with our italy tours, italy tour packages, italian tours, italy travel, travel italy, italy vacations, italy vacation packages, italian tour operators, italian tour vacations, italian tour vacation, italian wine tour, italian tour guide, italian tour guides, italian riviera tours, italian tour packages, italian tour company, italian tour companies, italian special tours, italian cruises, hosted italian tours and small-group Italy tours. Our Italy Tour Concept is Small-Group Italy Tours that have engaging itineraries, flexible schedules, personalized service, fabulous Italian cuisine and regional wines. We use authentic Italian hotels and accommodations that are in the city center. We avoid the Large Italy Tour groups.

QueensLander features unique dining venues throughout Italy, included gratuities, service-driven staff - compare QueensLander Tours with the other tour companies and see our difference.



Frances Mayes in "Under the Tuscan Sun" once said that "...most trips have an underlying quest. We're looking for something. What? Fun, escape, adventure--but then what?"

Everyone travels for different reasons, but my question for you would be what are you looking for?

And, no matter what the answer to that may be, I can guarantee one thing-this trip can be life changing. To experience another culture, to open your eyes to another part of the world, to step in another's shoes, if even for a few days, it changes you, even if only a little.

My name is Marcello and I invite you to join my friends at QueensLander on a true small group tour to Italy - you will be moved, inspired...changed. Ciao!


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Discover Small Group Italy Touring –
"We loved QueensLander's Italy Tour – everything was perfectly arranged each step of the way!"
– Joe & Billie Devine, Italy Tour
Manhattan Beach, California

"Discover the cuisine and delicious wine - it literally flows on this tour - every dinner and the amazing wine road in Tuscany - wonderful!"


Italy's Great Cities Tour
Hotels & Highlights

Admissions throughout, Small Group Touring with QueensLander's exclusive approach to Italy Touring, all gratuities included, no tipping guide, driver or tour captain - Worry Free! Hotels have been personally inspected by our own Hotel Snob, Mark Story.


Hotel Saturnia & International, VeniceItaly Vacation Package
Located near St. Mark's Square, the Saturnia is a delightful way to start your Italy Tour - a 14th century palace. Or perhaps the Palace Bonvecchiati or Cavalletto.

The Hotel Helvetia & Bristol in Florence is part of the Leading Hotels of the World is situated perfectly in the heart of Florence and is about a 3 minute leisurely walk to the Ponte Vecchio and Duomo. Or perhaps you'll enjoy Grand Hotel Baglioni or the Hotel Davanzati in Florence.

In Cortona you will enjoy the Villa Marsilli or similar.
Italy Vacation Package While enjoying your time 'under the Tuscan sun' discover the romance of this quaint Tuscan town.

Hotel D'inghilterra or similar in Rome provides perfect location near the Spanish Steps and boutique shopping areas as well as the Tiber River!
The lovely Homs Hotel in Rome, Italy

Extending to Amalfi Coast?
Hotel Bellevue Syrene (5 Star) or Hotel BelAir (4 Star) in Sorrento.
Italy Vacation Package Okay, so you won't want to leave these hotels. Perched perfectly on the cliffs at Sorrento and each guest room has an incredible view!

OUR BUDGET HOTELS (or similar)

Venice - Hotel do Pozzi
Florence - Hotel Croce di Malti
Tuscany - Upgraded Hotel or Villa
Rome - Hotel Siena
Sorrento - Hotel Desiree

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• Off-the-Beaten-Path Restaurants throughout! Small, authentic restaurants that fit our group size. Not those the big companies use.


A Thousand Days in Venice – Marlena de Blasi
A Venetian Affair - Andrea Di Robilant
In the Company of the Courtesan – Sarah Dunant
Venetian Stories – Jane Turner Rylands
The City of Falling Angels - John Berendt (non fiction)
The World of Venice – Jan Morris (non fiction)

A Thread of Grace – Maria Russell (WWII Resistance)
A Bell for Adano – John Hersey (WWII Sicily)
The Agony & the Ecstasy – Irving Stone (Michelangelo & Sistine Chapel,
based on fact)
The Birth of Venus – Sarah Dunant
A Valley in Italy – Lisa St. Aubin de Teran - Tuscany
Italian Neighbors – Tim Parks (Northern Italy)
The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco
A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway

Italy for Dummies – Bruce Murphy and Alessandra de Rosa
Italy, A Short History – Harry Hearder
Italian Days – Barbara Grizzuti Harrison
La Bella Figura – Beppe Severgnini
Culture Shock! Italy – Alessandro Falassi
That Fine Italian Hand – Paul Hoffman
Dances with Luigi - Paul Paolicelli (Southern Italy)
Under the Tuscan Sun – Frances Mayes
When in Rome – Robert Hutchinson

Summertime (Katherine Hepburn) – Venice
Life is Beautiful
Ciao Professore!
Enchanted April
Cinema Paradiso
Il Postino
Two Women (Sophia Loren)
Roman Holiday
The Bicycle Thief
A Farewell to Arms
Big Night (Italian Americans)
Night of the Falling Stars
The Agony & the Ecstacy
La Strada – Frederico Fellini
Dangerous Beauty (Venice)
Visions of Italy (PBS 2-disc)
Arial photography, northern
& southern Italy & Sicily

From Italy Blog - Tour Captain Entry....

Our Italy tours also provide you with professionally trained and certified Italian guides on all excursions, including Rome, Venice, Florence and Tuscany with excursion vehicles that are comfortable to the "hard to find" destinations that any trip to Italy should boast! So if you want to travel to Italy make sure to visit with us and browse our website and learn what is available for you. When you're ready to see Rome, we offer excitiing Rome tour excursions with Vatican tours that go above and beyond.

Independent or Escorted Italy Tours: Regardless of your travel preferences, we offer both Independent or fully escorted tours of Rome, Venice, Florence, Tuscany, Amalfi Coast, Milan, Cinque Terre, Pisa, and the Chianti regions. Book your true Small Group Italy tour with us and travel in groups of 15 passengers or less.

We offer extension vacation packages to Sicily including Palermo, Catania and Etna. We offer the most comprehensive Italy vacation packages with Sightseeing tours of Rome, Venice, Florence, Tuscany, Chianti, the Amalfi Coast and Cinque Terre regions. Italy Vacation Packages: Either pick from our regular Italian vacation packages or email us your preferred itinerary and our agents will send you a quote back.

Rome, Florence, Venice hotels are all centrally located and have been proven by our residential hotel snob, Mark Story.

Tour Excursions in Italy include all gratuities so you don't have to worry about tipping after you've completed your Italy Wine Tour!

Italy Groups: Yes! We can take your group and put together a custom Italy tour or Italy Wedding or Honeymoon.

Italy Blog:

Ciao mi familia!
posted by's Mark Story | 10:18 PM | 2 comments
Our last day in Rome was powerful!

My name is Maximus Desimus Meridius, Commander of the northern armies of Rome...

We were guided by QueensLander Tours' local Italian guide. She is simply wonderful and knows her stuff like nobody's business! The clients were quite pleased and enjoyed their tour to the Vatican but really appreciated the experience of the Coloseum and the Roman Forum. Every time I lead a group through Rome this site moves me more and more. It's truly a powerful and obviously historical place in human history!

Today is Liberacion Republica Italiano Day ' a national holiday and it added to the aura of being here....we saw the Castle St. Angelo and the many Italian security guards (Cabineira) everywhere...we crossed over Ponte St. Angelo (bridge over the river Tiber), walked up the cobble-stoned street to the Pantheon. We had lunch at a little restaurante right on the piazza with the Pantheon steps away...Il Scusate Ritardo (funny name but fantastic food!)...Sandria was our hostess and she did a fine of the rich food will be online upon our return...then we were off to the Piazza the 1st century (Dimetian) it was a coloseum (oval) and featured aquatic and naval games (yes, it could be filled with water)...then later it was turned into the present day Piazza which now features a variety of cafes, merchants and other goodies.

From Navona we walked to the infamous fontana de Trevi - we know it as the Trevi Fountain! Fantastic. We all made our donations with the determination to return to Roma one day! Next we took the opulent route to the base of the Spanish Steps. It is here that I walk among the crowds and dream of those I hold most dear were here with me....perhaps to sample one of the gilatto or a cappucino...From the piazza de Espana we returned to our hotel at the end of the Condetti Way - a street aligned with stores like Gucci, Bulgari and the like.

It is Rome. A great city on our tour.

Tomorrow, we tour the city called Vatican and in the afternoon have admission to the Coloseum, Circus Maximus and more...

Join me for the conclusion to these lines...

My name is Maximus Desimus Meridius....Commander of the northern armies of Rome....

Ciao my friends.

Book an Italy tour with QueensLander Tours, a leading seller of Italy tour vacations. We have Italy tours, travel packages, and Italy tour vacations built with your interests in mind. Small Group Italy Touring is the highlight of QueensLander's Italy's Great Cities Tour. Italy's Great Cities Italy Tour Package indulges in everything Italy from the tour's beginning: We have Italy tours, Italian independent travel packages, and Italy tour vacations to suit every taste. Italian tours, cruises, bus and coach tours as well as Italy's exceptional train travel packages are several of the many Italy tour vacations we have to offer. Travel to Italy with your escorted Italy Tour and Italy tour operator, QueensLander Tours.

Small Group Touring™ - Only Way To Go!Many companies boast interesting itineraries and complement that with a large group of bus junkies (some times upwards of 75 people!). With QueensLander's Italy's Great Cities Tour you are guaranteed a small group tour experience of this delightful land. We mean it when we say small: no more than 15 passengers on our deluxe tours! Licensed Professional Italian GuidesWe are proud to comply with Italy law and offer only professional, licensed guides throughout our Italy's Great Cities Tour experience. In Venice, we meet Cinzia and Luigi, our boat driver. In Florence, it's Marco. In Rome, it's Rosa. Bilingual, friendly and knowledgeable.


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