Three-City Italian Vacation
Traveling by train is one of the best ways to experience Italy—you can sit and watch as the rolling hills and rocky coastline pass by. Thanks to high-speed Eurostar cars, the train is also one of the fastest ways to see the country. On this 11-day vacation from Gate 1 Travel, you’ll travel by train between three major cities—Venice, Florence, and Rome—with leisure time set aside in each.
This vacation includes:
- Round-trip airfare from New York
- Three nights at Hotel Olimpia, Hotel Abbazia, Hotel Tre Archi, or similar in Venice
- Three nights at Hotel Delle Nazioni, Hotel Meridiana, or similar in Florence
- Three nights at Hotel PortaMaggiore, Hotel Donatello, or similar in Rome
- Standard rail transportation between cities; may upgrade to first-class available upon request for an additional fee
- Walking tour of Venice
- Hop-on, hop-off bus tour in Florence and Rome
- Daily breakfast
View the full itinerary here.
Days 1–4: Venice
No matter where you go in Venice, you’re hardly ever more than a few feet from the water. The city is built along the coast amid a winding system of canals; it’s worth it to hop on one of the local waterbuses, which travel along the Grand Canal and to the small islands that surround the city center.
- Say it in Italian: Venezia
- Walking tour takes you to Saint Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace; both are centrally located in Saint Mark’s Square
- Watch a glassmaking demo on the islands of Murano, world-famous for colorful stemware and chandeliers
- Optional tours: Gondola serenade or a visit to the islands of Venetian Lagoon
Days 5–7: Florence
The city of Florence is considered by many to be the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance in the 15th century, thanks in part to the support of the powerful Medici family. They helped fund some of the country’s most renowned sculptors and painters, including Michelangelo, Botticelli, and Leonardo da Vinci. You can still see many of these artists’ masterpieces today at Uffizi Gallery, one of the city’s best art museums.
- Say it in Italian: Firenze
- Hop-on, hop-off bus tour takes you past the legendary Statue of David—housed in the Academia Gallery—as well as the Duomo cathedral and its neighboring bell tower
- Go shopping: You can pick up handmade jewelry from small stands along Ponte Vecchio, a pedestrian bridge built in the 14th century.
- Optional tours: morning city tour or half-day Chianti tour in the nearby wine country of Tuscany
Days 8–11: Rome
Rome is one of the oldest cities in Europe—according to its foundational myth, Rome was founded in 753 BC by Romulus after he killed his twin brother, Remus. It was around this time that a handful of ancient Romans settled along the Tiber River, creating a society that would grow into one of the most prolonged and powerful civilizations in European history. You can still see remnants of ancient Rome today at popular sites such as the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Circus Maximus. The hop-on, hop-off double-decker bus tour (included with the deal) covers several routes and the Eternal City's most popular attractions, narrated by a guide.
- Say it in Italian: Roma
- Must-see attraction: Vatican City, a sovereign city-state that encompasses St. Peter’s Square, the Vatican Museums, and the Vatican Gardens
- Make a wish: Legend has it that visitors who toss a coin into Trevi Fountain are guaranteed to return to Rome.
- Optional tours: a tour of Rome by night, a Vatican tour, or a tour of ancient Roman sites
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How much would it cost to fly from an airport not listed as part of this deal?
The supplemental fee is subject to departure date and availability at the time of booking. For information regarding a specific departure date, please call (800) 682-3333 to speak with a Gate 1 Travel Reservation Specialist.
2. Can we extend our trip before or after the promotional dates for the deal?
No, there are no extensions available for this deal.
3. How do I find out if the dates I want to travel are available?
The dates available are listed on each option.
4. What happens if I buy the Groupon and my travel dates are not available?
You can either choose another date or be refunded by Groupon. We suggest calling Gate 1 Travel to redeem your vouchers as soon as possible so that you do not run into this problem.
5. Does my child need a Groupon, and can they stay in my room?
Contact Gate 1 Travel directly for child fares (1-800-682-3333).