Italy at Christmas Time -11 Day (10 Days/9 Nights)

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Dec 17 - 26, 2022
Group size: 6 - 20
Italy at Christmas Time -11 Day (10 Days/9 Nights)
Italy

Now Journey
  • Facebook verified
6 reviews

$NaN
Dec 17 - 26, 2022
Group size: 6 - 20

About this trip

Italy at Christmas Time: 11-Day Small Group Tour commences in Venice and Finalés in Rome — The Holidays are a great time to visit Italy with Journey's Italy at Christmas Time Tour. We begin the holiday adventure in amazing Venice. Step back in Florence's Christmas Renaissance past and learn of unique and fun traditions only the Florentines know about! Relax in Tuscany's sunny countryside (even in winter!) and celebrate the Yule spirit. And finale with the grandeur of Rome all dressed up for the Holiday season. Remember, you can expand your Journey by adding Bellagio on Lake Como for a 2D/2N pre-tour extension to experience the Holidays on Lake Como.

What’s included

  • Journey Tour Director
    Our expert and personally trained Tour Director is your host throughout the Journey.
  • Local Guides
    Local, expert easy-to-understand Italian Guides
  • Journey's Cusine
    Journey Dining means everything is included in your dinner: Premium beverages, order from the regular menu or from our recommendations.
  • Premium Beverages
    At included dinners: Farm-to-table Cuisine with Premium Italian Wine & Cocktails
  • Portage & Wifi
    Luggage Portage throughout your Journey, WiFi
  • Airport Meet & Greet
    Meet & Greet at Airport with Arrival Transfer
  • Hotel Accommodation
    Accommodation at hand-picked Hotels.
  • Premium Sightseeing
    Exclusive Premium Sightseeing with most in the mornings, and most afternoons at leisure. Enjoy Christmas in Italy with themed experiences.
  • Tuscan Winery Experience
    Tasting paired with delicious morsels
  • Venetian Gondola
    Gondola with our Venetian Musicians Serenade
  • Admissions & More
    Admission fees, taxes, and gratuities excluding the Journey Tour Director
  • International Airfare
    Airfare is separate and not included.
  • Personal Items
    Items of a personal nature.
  • Certain Meals
    Based on your selected package.

Available Packages

Deluxe Hotels Package
Available until November 17, 2022

Included in the Deluxe Hotels' package are our 4+ to 5 Star, heart of city properties:

OPTIONAL BEGINNING: LAKE COMO, 2 Days/2 Nights
BELLAGIO ON BEAUTIFUL LAKE COMO
Expand your Great Cities with Lake Como!
Deluxe: Hotel Belvedere or Similar

TOUR COMMENCES: VENICE, 2 Days/2 Nights
CASANOVA, WINGED LIONS, VENETIAN PASSION
The Republic of Venice soars again.
Deluxe: Hotel Saturnia & International, Hotel Bauer, or Similar

FLORENCE, 2 Days/2 Nights
BIRTHPLACE OF THE RENAISSANCE
Michelangelo, Da Vinci, and other Masters come to life.
Deluxe: Hotel Bernini Palace or Similar

THE TUSCAN COUNTRYSIDE, 2 Days/2 Nights
UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN
Frances Mayes had this place right: it's amazing.
Deluxe: Villa Marsili, Hotel San Michele, Monastero Hotel & Spa, or Similar

TOUR FINALE: ROME, 3 Days/3 Nights
A THOUSAND ROADS LEAD ALWAYS TO ROME
Heart of the Empire of Rome, Roman Holiday
Deluxe: Iconic Pantheon Rome Hotel or Similar

Because of our long-standing relationship, we get only the best rooms in category for these properties. The Journey Way! 

$5,855
Deposit: $500
Classic Hotels Package
Available until November 17, 2022

Included in the Classic Hotels' package are our 3+ to 4 Star, heart of city properties:  

OPTIONAL BEGINNING: LAKE COMO, 2 Days/2 Nights
BELLAGIO ON BEAUTIFUL LAKE COMO
Expand your Great Cities with Lake Como!

Classic: Hotel Metropole or Similar

TOUR COMMENCES: VENICE, 2 Days/2 Nights
CASANOVA, WINGED LIONS, VENETIAN PASSION
The Republic of Venice soars again.

Classic: Hotel Bonvecchiati or Similar

FLORENCE, 2 Days/2 Nights
BIRTHPLACE OF THE RENAISSANCE
Michelangelo, Da Vinci, and other Masters come to life.

Classic: Grand Hotel Cavour or Similar

THE TUSCAN COUNTRYSIDE, 2 Days/2 Nights
UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN
Frances Mayes had this place right: it's amazing.

Classic: Hotel Italian or Similar

TOUR FINALE: ROME, 3 Days/3 Nights
A THOUSAND ROADS LEAD ALWAYS TO ROME
Heart of the Empire of Rome, Roman Holiday

Classic: Antica Albergo al Sole dal Pantheon or Similar

Journey's Classic Dining Plan includes the Welcome Dinner in Venice. You can upgrade to 5 total dinners included for $390 per person. The Journey Way of Dining includes Premium Beverages - unique in the travel industry!

$3,855
Deposit: $500
Econo Hotels Package
Available until November 17, 2022

Included in the Econo Hotels' package are our 3 Star properties:    


OPTIONAL BEGINNING: LAKE COMO, 2 Days/2 Nights
BELLAGIO ON BEAUTIFUL LAKE COMO
Expand your Great Cities with Lake Como!
Econo: Hotel Centrale or Similar

TOUR COMMENCES: VENICE, 2 Days/2 Nights
CASANOVA, WINGED LIONS, VENETIAN PASSION
The Republic of Venice soars again.
Econo: Hotel San Marco or Similar

FLORENCE, 2 Days/2 Nights
BIRTHPLACE OF THE RENAISSANCE
Michelangelo, Da Vinci, and other Masters come to life.
Econo: Hotel Mia Cara or Similar

THE TUSCAN COUNTRYSIDE, 2 Days/2 Nights
UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN
Frances Mayes had this place right: it's amazing.
Econo: Hotel Italia or Similar

TOUR FINALE: ROME, 3 Days/3 Nights
A THOUSAND ROADS LEAD ALWAYS TO ROME
Heart of the Empire of Rome, Roman Holiday
Econo: Hotel Marco Polo or Similar


Journey's Econo Dining Plan includes the Welcome Dinner in Venice. You can upgrade to 5 total dinners included for $390 per person. The Journey Way of Dining includes Premium Beverages - unique in the travel industry!

$2,375
Deposit: $500

Available options

PreTour LakeComoBellagio Deluxe $1669/pp
$1,669
PreTour LakeComoBellagio Classic $1179/p
$1,179
PreTour LakeComoBellagio Econo
$639
Cooking Class in Florence
$185
5 Total Dinner Upgrade (Classic/Econo)
$390
Individual City Dinner Upgrade
$90
Cooking Class from Cortona
$248
Cortona Evening Apericena
$75
Siena Tour from Cortona
$375
Rome Christmas Walk + Lunch
$135
Welcome to Rome Dinner
$95
Vatican City at Christmas Tour
$165
Rome Farewell Dinner
$85
Rome Departure Transfer
$55
$NaN


Itinerary

Day 0: Depart US
Begin Transatlantic Flight overnight

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NJ
Now Journey
6 reviews
Now Journey purveys small group tours and Private Journeys for the Modern Traveler.

Reviews

MC
Mark Story's selection of Cynthia Garofalo as our private tour guide in Rome provided us 2 amazing half-day experiences. She accompanied my wife and me as we walked through the recently opened Domus Aurea (Nero's Golden House), the Colosseum, and the Palatine Hill on our first afternoon in Rome. The next morning she was our tour guide through the Vatican Museums. Cynthia's knowledge of Italian history, geography, archaeology, and art is unsurpassed. When she learned we were on our way to Cairo, she frequently pointed out the connections that Rome had with Egypt in ancient times. She is undoubtedly the very best guide we have ever had. We much appreciated her enthusiasm for all things Rome!
By Michael C for Michael & Jeannie's Rome Adventure on 17 Nov, 2021
We had a wonderful trip with a great, well located hotel, no wasted time, terrific guides & wonderful food. Can't wait to go back!! A very special experience.
By Jean W for Jean & Sarah Weber PARIS ADVENTURE 2021.NOV5.PJ.JEAN.WEBER on 15 Nov, 2021
This was just a wonderful trip all around. Each day was well balanced between free & organized time. As always, the food & hotels were superior. We saw places & met people that we would have missed in other circumstances. What a treat!
By Jean W for Jean & Sarah's Italy's Undiscovered Treasures 9D (copy) on 23 Oct, 2021
Treasures of Tuscany was a fabulous trip that exceeded all of our expectations. Our hotel in Florence was located in the city center close to many attractions, great restaurants and lots of shopping. The Farmhouse Villa was spectacular with wonderful vistas that will forever live in my mind. It was the perfect combination of relaxation by the pool and exploring nearby towns with a knowledgeable guide who provided great insight into each visit. Breakfast each day was a display of anything you could ask for including freshly squeezed juice. The nightly meals prepared by Chef Walter were excellent. It was like dining in a Michelin Star restaurant every night. His cooking class was so much fun and I have already prepared some delicious roasted potatoes for my family. I am looking forward to preparing fresh pasta as well. We did an extension to the Amalfi Coast where we rented a boat and marveled at the beauty of the sea and the cliffs. It was the perfect finale to a fantastic journey.
By Georgia B for Georgia & Gina's Treasures of Tuscany on 04 Oct, 2021
This trip was an excellent combination of a stay in Florence with city tour, a couple of days to stroll around the city, do some shopping, have pizza in an outdoor restaurant and enjoy the vitality of the city. We had an excellent Welcome dinner in a fine but authentic restaurant with friendly service. Our hotel location was central and extremely well-located. However, I felt that the management assigned us rooms which were not up to the standard that we expected. They were responsive when Mark questioned them on that, but I felt that they didn't go out of their way unless they were questioned on things. We had to call several times about our television. I have to say that when Mark complained about our room, they moved us to a more acceptable room immediately, but I felt that initially the room was not the Superior room that was booked and described on their website. The breakfast was high quality and well-done while observing COVID precautions. I always felt safe in the hotel and they were very vigilant about hygiene. The villa experience was excellent in every way! The property was very comfortable and that was due, in part, to the fact that we all had our own rooms and en suites. They rooms were overall comfortably appointed and the storage was excellent. Adding a comfortable chair to each bedroom would have made the room more comfortable. This is a farmhouse property, so insects are to be expected and I have to say that I did have to get rid of quite a few every day! The service and care that was provided for us was over-the-top wonderful! That made every minute of our week there so delightful. I can't say enough how hard the whole Journey team worked to provide us with delicious breakfasts, lunches, dinners, apericenas, beverages and snacks, Welcome Home juices after excursions, chocolates on our pillows, plentiful clean towels. It was a unique experience. I think for several reasons this was the ideal holiday - it was a very small group of guests all of whom knew one another from several trips. It also felt like we were very safe even during COVID since we knew that everyone was vaccinated and we formed our own little bubble. Since Italy has rigid mandates about masks, distancing and testing, I never felt at risk. Observations about the property - I would like a gathering area with more seating space indoors. I think we could have utilized the living room areas in house B for relaxing. There was only one sofa in house A so we were always seated at the table. I have already mentioned that to Mark, but wanted to express it here. The table outside was very nice to gather for beverages, snacks and simple lunches. The pool was beautiful and there were plenty of lounge chairs. It was lovely to be there and look at the amazing scenery. Mark and Pascal were always willing to drive us into Cetona if we wished to go to the village. In my ideal world, I'd like a villa very near a town so that it was easy walking distance. The excursions to Siena, Pienza, Montepulciano and Arezzo were very interesting and enjoyable. Susanna is an engaging and very knowledgeable guide and it was so nice to have the continuity of her throughout the week. The arrival and departure transfers were seamless and it made for a very easy trip. In terms of future villa experiences, I think that the experience is one that lends itself to a group of friends or family as opposed to a group who have never met. I feel that there's not quite enough space for strangers. All it would take is a couple of sitting areas where people can have some separation if desired. That could be either indoors and/or outdoors. Regarding the dining experiences - they were very high quality, everything was delicious and beautifully presented. I did feel compelled to have more courses than I really wished to eat at dinner and I'd like the opportunity in the future to decline a course if I wished. I didn't want to offend our wonderful chef Walter who prepared so beautifully for us and was so kind, thoughtful, warm and friendly. One of the highlights of the week for me was the pasta-making class. I learned so much having such a hands-on experience and it was the most enjoyable and helpful class I've ever taken in Europe. In fact, yesterday I was able to make the pasta at home that Chef taught us how to do! I'm so happy to have had that experience. As with most Americans who are traveling to Europe in 2021, we had a few hoops to go through to get there, but once we were in Italy, the experience was happy, fulfilling and hopeful for a future of travel again. Thank-you so much to Now Journey for the superlative trip!. Jane Meagher
By Jane M for Jane's Treasures of Tuscany on 03 Oct, 2021
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