Off Season Italy:
Small Group Italy Tour Itinerary
my heart and you will see,
engraved inside of it, ‘ Italy.’”
Italy Tour Enthusiast,
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!
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.
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
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 |
| 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.
INCLUDED REGIONAL WINES WITH DINNER TONIGHT
• 2 Nights at Hotel Helvetia & Bristol, Grand Hotel Baglioni or Davanzati or similar
5 | Discovering
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!
ADMISSION TO ACCADEMIA INCLUDED
6 | Under the Tuscan Sun – Discovering San Gimignano and Villa Dievole Estate in the heart of beautiful
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!
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
, situated on a
commanding hill, and overlooking
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
– 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
8 | Welcome to
! Today we have in-depth touring of
with the Sistine
Chapel, St. Peter's Square, Roman Forum & the Colosseum.
There was a dream that was
. You could only
whisper it. Anything more than a whisper and it would vanish, it was so
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
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
– and did you know, all
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!
9 | Roman Holiday
Enjoy a free day in
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!
• BREAKFAST INCLUDED
• INCLUDED FAREWELL GALA & DINNER
10 | Check Out or Extend Further. Arrividerci Day
Catch flights for the
we meet again, may your days be full of discovery and your nights full of good
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We provide confirmed reservations for
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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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in "Under the Tuscan Sun"
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– Joe & Billie Devine,
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the cuisine and delicious wine - it literally
flows on this tour - every dinner and
the amazing wine road in Tuscany - wonderful!"
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
OUR DELUXE HOTELS
Hotel Saturnia & International, Venice
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.
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!
Extending to Amalfi Coast?
Hotel Bellevue Syrene (5 Star) or Hotel BelAir (4 Star) in Sorrento.
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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Restaurants throughout! Small, authentic
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SUGGESTED READING ON ITALY
A Thousand Days in Venice – Marlena
A Venetian Affair - Andrea Di Robilant
In the Company of the Courtesan –
Venetian Stories – Jane Turner Rylands
The City of Falling Angels - John Berendt
The World of Venice – Jan Morris
A Thread of Grace – Maria Russell
A Bell for Adano – John Hersey (WWII
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
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
La Bella Figura – Beppe Severgnini
Culture Shock! Italy – Alessandro
That Fine Italian Hand – Paul Hoffman
Dances with Luigi - Paul Paolicelli (Southern
Under the Tuscan Sun – Frances Mayes
When in Rome – Robert Hutchinson
Summertime (Katherine Hepburn)
Life is Beautiful
Two Women (Sophia Loren)
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
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Ciao mi familia!
posted by QueensLanderTours.com'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 job...photos
of the rich food will be online upon our
return...then we were off to the Piazza
Navona...in 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.
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it's Marco. In Rome, it's Rosa. Bilingual,
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