Sheahan Custom Italy Tour July 1, 2017 to July 14, 2017

Depart Newark 5:40 PM on Aer Lingus July 1, 2017

Arrive Venice 11:10 am July 2, 2017

Private Transfer (Boat) from Venice Airport to Canal Grande Hotel July 2, 2017

Venice July 2, 2017 to July 4, 2017

Canal Grande Hotel, Venice **** (2 nights, B&B, 2 rooms, Double Superior)

Set in a small noble residence, this 4-star boutique hotel offers a combination of an historic setting, rich classical design with modern comforts, and a central location in Venice. Enjoy spacious and luxuriously decorated rooms and suites. In-room amenities include free Wi-Fi internet access, year-round air conditioning and heating and satellite TV. The guests can relax with a drink on a small terrace and admire the view of the Grand Canal. They can take advantage of the hotel's meeting rooms, bar and internet point. The hotel features its own private dock so the guests can quickly arrive by private water taxi or gondola. Professional staff will assist guests with tours and area information.

Absolute Venice walking tour with Doge's Palace and Golden Basilica July 3, 2017

Combine three exciting tours of Venice for a fun and comprehensive experience of the Serenissima Repubblica, the best way of learning all there is to learn about this most beautiful of European cities.

On the first tour, you will be taken on a delightful stroll to all of the city’s most important landmarks. After beginning at the magnificent Piazza San Marco, where you see the Basilica, the Bell and Clock Tower and more, head off towards Santa Maria Formosa, another magnificent square. Along the way you will discover very interesting buildings such as Marco Polo’s home and even the Pantheon of Venice. Finish with a walk through the Mercerie.

The second tour is that of the Doge’s Palace, where you will explore the magnificence and opulence that decorate the ample interior of the Palazzo Ducale. Admire the wealthy ornaments and decor, cross the famous Bridge of Sighs like prisoners in ages past and even delve into the Venetian prisons. Feel transported to the privileged side of the Mediaeval Ages.

The final tour of this triple decker is The Golden Basilica, by far the most majestic cathedral in Venice. Roam around the interior of this masterpiece of byzantine art and gorge your eyes on the splendid gold mosaics and marble inlays. After learning all about the biblical scenes represented in the cathedral, this tours offers an optional private boat trip to Murano to visit the glass factory that blows life into Venice’s famous glass.

High-speed rail from Venice to Florence (Standard Class) July 4, 2017

Florence July 4, 2017 through July 7, 2017

Hotel Spadai, Florence **** (3 nights, B&B, 2 rooms, Double occupancy)

Nestled right in the heart of Renaissance Florence, just a stone's throw from the Cathedral and Piazza Signoria, this elegant hotel offers travellers a memorable and comfortable stay in a uniquely historical setting. From the recently restyled, sympathetic design to the exclusive toiletry kits and attentive staff, every detail will ensure guests an authentic Florence experience, as well as an amazing stay in the gorgeous rooms. Visitor can be one of the first guests to experience the service and luxury accommodations. The enchanting property invites to enjoy the well-appointed rooms and suites and equipped with the most modern comfort, which guests may need.

Florence in One Day Guided City Tour with Accademia and Uffizi Galleries July 5, 2017 (9:00 am)

Explore the very best of Florence in just a day. Admire the city’s most famous sites and make the most out of visiting the Accademia Gallery and Uffizi Gallery with a guided tour.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Admire Florence’s skyline from Piazzale Michelangelo
  • Reserved entry into the Accademia and Uffizi galleries
  • Enjoy a walking tour through the historical heart of the city

Drive along the romantic Viale dei Colli to Piazzale Michelangelo where a wonderful panorama over the city skyline will open up in front of you. Spot the most beautiful buildings that characterise the city before heading into the heart of historic Florence.

Visit the world-renowned Accademia Gallery, where the famous statue of David by Michelangelo and other works by great artists are housed. We then proceed on a walking tour passing by San Lorenzo Church and the incredible Duomo complex that is nothing short of impressive. See the Baptistery with its bronze doors including the famous Porta del Paradiso and the Cathedral with its magnificent Cupola del Brunelleschi and Giotto’s bell tower.

A short walk further brings us to Piazza Signoria, where the imposing Palazzo Vecchio rises before you. We then enter the famous Uffizi Gallery for a guided tour of superb paintings by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Giotto, Cimabue, Masaccio. Our tour ends at the Uffizi Terrace where the city stretches out in front of you where you can choose to stay in the museum.

San Gimignano, Siena and Chianti July 6, 2017

Uncover the essence of Tuscany with a full day tour to San Gimignano, Siena and Monteriggioni Castle and taste the Tuscan flavours with a typical lunch and wine tasting.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Visit the medieval town of San Gimignano and beautiful Siena
  • Savour Tuscan food and wine at a Chianti winery
  • Round off the tour with a trip to the impressive Monteriggioni Castle

See and taste Tuscany on this full day tour from Florence to San Gimignano, Siena and Monteriggioni Castle. Discover the best of the Chianti region and savour its delicious local food and wine. By the end of the tour you’ll have visited some of Tuscany’s most compelling places envied by all tourists.

Our first stop is San Gimignano, a picturesque medieval hilltop town now a Unesco world heritage site. Here you have a couple of hours to wander the historic streets, quaint squares, 15 towers and alleyways to explore the charm inside the town’s walls. Next we head on to the Chianti Classico region – the oldest and most genuine area. We make a break at a typical Tuscan winery where you visit the cellars and vineyards. Taste the wine produced here complemented by a delicious typical lunch consisting of Tuscan pasta, cold meats, bruschetta, cheeses and typical pastries (vegetarian menu available upon request).

After lunch we continue to Siena, a city nestled amongst three hills, for a guided tour of the city centre. Admire the Gothic cathedral, town hall and Piazza del Campo; the location of the world renowned Palio horse race. We end the tour with a visit to the dramatic medieval fortress of Monteriggioni before returning to Florence.

High-speed rail from Florence To Rome (Standard Class) July 7, 2017

Rome July 7, 2017 through July 10, 2017

IQ Hotel Roma**** (3 nights, B&B, 2 rooms, Double occupancy) Rome

The hotel is perfectly located in the centre of Rome just 400 metres from Repubblica Metro Station, and 15 minutes' walk from the Colosseum. This innovative hotel offers a fully customizable service, designed for modern travelers who want the opportunity to choose all the best amenities at an affordable price. Termini train station is situated around 700 m from the hotel, making this an ideal starting point to explore the magic of the Eternal City

Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's tour July 8, 2017 (8:30 am)

With skip the line access this guided tour to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica shows you the best of the Vatican City in under four hours.

  • Make every minute count with skip the line entry
  • See world famous Renaissance art at the Sistine Chapel
  • Visit the Vatican Museums and St Peter’s Basilica with a professional guide

The Vatican Museums attract millions of tourists every year and it’s clear to see why. Come and see for yourself the beautiful artwork and artefacts which inhabit the museums from Vincent Van Gogh’s Pietà, after Delacroix, which is housed in the Collection of Modern Religious Art, to the Augustus of Prima Porta in the Braccio Nuovo. The various sculptures and paintings are a sight to behold and at night they’re even more so.

After the visit to the Museums you will be taken to the renowned Sistine Chapel, the official residence of the Pope in Vatican City. Get a taste of the architecture and art which has gone into making the Sistine Chapel what it is today, with work from some of Italy’s most famous Renaissance artists, including Michelangelo and Pinturicchio. See the gorgeous Sistine Chapel Ceiling, covered in art including The Creation of Adam and many more pieces by Michelangelo.

Visit the renowned St Peter’s Basilica. Venture inside the Basilica and find yourself lost in the amazing architecture and artworks which have gone into bringing this magnificent building to life. Created during the Renaissance period, the building is filled with art from famous Italian artists of the time and was even designed by the famous Michelangelo himself. See the beautiful altar which sits above the resting place of the tomb of St Peter himself, taking pride of place as the centrepiece of this wonderful example of Renaissance architecture. Take this fascinating tour through the Vatican City!

Colosseum Dungeons Tour, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill: July 9, 2017 (1:55 pm)

This is not a regular Colosseum tour, this is the most EXCLUSIVE Colosseum tour in Rome! Let us treat you like a VIP as we enter with skip the line tickets included in the price and get behind the scenes access to explore the Colosseum Underground, Arena Floor and Third Level!

The Roman Guy sees it as his mission to reveal some of the last remaining secrets of the Colosseum during this VIP Rome tour. With our professional English-speaking guide, you'll get the opportunity to experience something that very few visitors get to see, going behind the scenes in the Colosseum and retracing the footsteps of gladiators! Guide, tickets and admissions included.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The Dungeons
  • The arena floor
  • The third level
  • Small group tour
  • Guided stroll of the Ancient City (Roman Forum and Palatine Hill)

Your tour begins inside the Colosseum when a padlocked gate is opened for your group. You'll descend underground into the "Hypogeum", commonly known as the Colosseum Underground or Dungeons. This is where Gladiators and wild animals awaited their fate! You are now standing in an area that was unknown to the tens of thousands of screaming spectators above. Your expert guide will explain how you would have felt at this moment if you were a gladiator - It was dark, you were alone, and you knew that you might be taking your last breaths in this world.

Next, your guide leads you into the heart of the Colosseum, as you walk under a great archway known as the "Porta Libitina" or "Gate of Death" and out onto the reconstructed arena floor, where gladiators once fought for their lives. From this gate only the dead passed through, because this was the direction to the Gladiator district. Once inside the arena, look around you, and your expert guide will bring the roaring games back to life. The arena floor along with the other restricted areas make this one of the best guided tours in Rome.

After all the action, you'll visit the Third Level. This is another restricted area, where we will be the only visitors, and from here you'll see one of the best views both down into the Colosseum and out onto the Roman Forum.

By the end of the tour your guide will have created an excellent picture of what life was like during the 1st - 4th century A.D. as well as create a timeline of events through Roman history. You can leave knowing you have really conquered ancient Rome and the Colosseum!

High-speed rail from Rome to Naples (Standard Class) July 10, 2017

Amalfi July 10, 2017 through July 13, 2017

Private Premium Transfers from the Naples Train Station to the Hotel Aurora on July 10, 2017

Aurora**** (3 nights, B&B, 2 Classic rooms, Double occupancy) Amalfi

This wonderful waterfront hotel enjoys a fabulous location in Amalfi. The property is situated right next to a yacht pier and within steps from the major city attractions and places of interest such as the gorgeous Andrea's Cathedral and Chiostro del Paradiso set within just 600 metres. Guests will find themselves within a walking distance from a host of dining options, numerous shopping opportunities and places of interest. Nature lovers may have leisure walks through magnificent sea and mountain landscapes. This charming establishment offers spacious and light-filled rooms and apartments. Each of them is delightfully appointed and is a quintessence of luxury and good taste, offering a complete escape for senses.

Full Day Private Boat Excursion from Sorrento to Capri July 11, 2017

Enjoy a full day private boat ride from Sorrento to the island of Capri. Cruise in a speedboat with a local Italian captain who will show you the best of the coastline with an insider's view, bypassing the chaotic tourist crowds. You will cross the Bay of Naples with a spectacular view of Mt. Vesuvius looming over the city. Once you reach the island of Capri you will see all of the not-to-miss sights such as the Faraglioni rock formations, grottos and hidden bays. If you choose, you can either stay on the boat or enjoy time on the island at your leisure.

Private Premium Transfer from Hotel Aurora to the Naples Airport on July 13, 2017

Flight departs Naples Airport at 12:20 pm July 13, 2017

Dublin July 13, 2017 through July 14, 2017

Arrive Dublin 2:50 pm July 13, 2017

Private premium transfer from Dublin airport to your hotel July 13, 2017

Ashling Hotel**** (1 night, room only, 2 Standard rooms, Double occupancy)

The hotel is situated on Parkgate Street, across the River Liffey and Heuston train station. The centre of Dublin, as well as the famous Temple Bar district, is a 20-minute walk from the hotel. It is also a short distance to many of Dublin's premier tourist attractions. Dublin Airport is about 11 km from the hotel and is connected from Heuston Station. The hotel offers the Chesterfields and the Iveagh Bar. Conference facilities are available. All units are elegantly-decorated and equipped with modern essentials. They come with an en suite bathroom, double or twin beds, complimentary Internet access and TV.

Private premium transfer from your hotel to the Dublin airport July 14, 2017

Flight departs Dublin at 1:00 pm

Arrive Newark July 14, 2017 at 3:45 pm

INCLUDED IN THIS CUSTOM TRIP

  • Airfare for 4 passengers on Aer Lingus from Newark to Venice and Naples to Newark (with an overnight stop in Dublin) $3976
  • Rail Tickets from Venice to Florence, Florence to Rome, and Rome to Naples for 2 Adults and 2 Youths ($365)
  • 2 Superior rooms at Canal Grande 7/2/2017 - 7/4/2017 ($1410.68)
  • 2 Deluxe Rooms at Hotel Spadai 7/4/2017 - 7/7/2017 ($1,977.80)
  • 2 Standard rooms at iQ Hotel Roma 7/7/2017 - 7/10/2017 ($1488.02)
  • 2 Classic Rooms at Aurora 7/10/2017 - 7/13/2017 ($1596.66)
  • Arrival Transfer Amalfi - Private Car 07/10/2017 ($160.00)
  • Departure Transfer Amalfi - Private Car 07/13/2017 ($160.00)
  • Arrival Transfer Venice- Private - Standard (Boat) 07/02/2017 ($161.06)
  • Absolute Venice: walking tour, The Doge's Palaces & Golden Basilica 07/03/2017 ($337.72)
  • Florence in One Day Guided City Tour with Accademia and Uffizi Galleries 07/05/2017 ($446.80)
  • San Gimignano, Siena and Chianti Tour from Florence 07/06/2017 ($234.04)
  • Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour - Skip the line 07/08/2017 ($238.28)
  • Colosseum Dungeons Tour, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill 07/09/2017 ($381.00)
  • Full Day Private Boat Excursion from Sorrento to Capri 07/11/2017 ($1000.00)
  • 2 Standard rooms Ashling Hotel 7/13/2017 - 7/14/2014 ($414.65)
  • Arrival and Departure Transfer Dublin: Private - Premium (Car) 7/13/2017 & 7/14/2017 ($149.06)

Total Price: $14,559.81

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