Best of Italy
Rome, Tuscany, Venice
Discover a trio of Italy’s most enchanting cities on a journey that lets you walk in the footsteps of gladiators, drift leisurely down Venice’s canals, marvel at the finest works of art, and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Italian countryside. Rome, Tuscany, and Venice are among Europe’s greatest treasures.
Our journey starts in Rome, the ageless Italian capital, with a self guided walking tour that captures the spirit of the modern city and its ancient past through stops at beloved landmarks like the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish Steps (with vino and gelato along the way, of course). Next, dive deep into the city’s impeccable art and architecture on a private tour, beginning with the Vatican’s St. Peter’s Basilica and Michelangelo’s impossibly beautiful Sistine Chapel before it opens! Next moving on to the massive Colosseum, pausing to grab snapshots of must-see sights like Villa Borghese, the ruins of Circus Maximus, the Roman Forum, and others. Discover the underground of the Colosseum, where the gladiators entered the arena.
Continue your adventure on to Tuscany via rail. Soak up the splendor of Siena, San Gimignano, and Chianti on a tour that connects you with the region’s medieval villages, exquisite food, and gorgeous Tuscan landscapes. Dine in a true Tuscan Farmhouse on the famous Bistecca alla Fiorentina while enjoying Farm to Table wines, olive oils, and cheeses.
Your travels comes to an end in Venice, one of the world’s most romantic cities, where you’ll embark on a private half-day sightseeing-and-snacking tour through narrow, twisting streets before boarding a private gondola for a relaxing twilight cruise through the canals. But before you bid addio to Italy, spend some time on the islands of Murano and Burano to learn the secrets of glass blowing and lacework at private tours of workshops that have trained skilled artisans for generations.
From the lush green rainforests, raging rivers, and mist-shrouded volcanoes, there’s an exotic energy that lives in Costa Rica. The locals express it in a phrase that’s shorthand for anything and everything: pura vida (“pure life”).
In the lush jungle of Arenal, take a guided walk through the Hanging Bridges of Arenal, home to a dazzling 10,170-foot (3,100-meter) network of elevated walkways that provide unbelievable views and the chance to spot howler monkeys and exotic birds in their natural habitat. Later, climb into a whitewater raft and brave the rushing Class II and III rapids of the Balsa River on a thrilling three-hour ride. Next, head deep into Arenal’s magical rainforest on a privately guided hike to the base of the region’s namesake volcano, keeping an eye peeled for monkeys, toucans, coatimundi, and other creatures along the way.
Next stop is Manuel Antonio where you’ll have the chance to wander the trails or stretch out on the beach and hang out with curious monkeys before devoting an entire day swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and lounging about at the comfortable confines of a beach retreat. This vacation is a perfect marriage of adventure and relaxation!
London with the Family
With London as your home base, there’s never a dull moment for the family as you experience the sights and sounds of England’s finest. The best area to access all there is to see is Covent Garden. Make it your place to call home during this journey. It has perfect access to transportation and all the best landmarks are just a short walk away.
Take a ride in the massive London Eye, giving you a true 360-degree view of the city. Set out to see the city’s signature sights with a guide or on a hop-on hop-off bus, and enjoy a theatrical performance in the theater district, which rivals Broadway. Visit the Warner Brothers studios for the Harry Potter Tour and get an insightful behind-the-scenes perspective on this thrilling series. Devote a full day to explore the daily markets at Notting Hill or Borough Market, and take a private day trip to the renowned seaside resort Brighton. Eat fish & chips with a pint of England’s finest ales at an authentic pub (they are on every corner). With family-friendly accommodations and daily fun, you’re bound to get purposefully lost in a family adventure full of memories.