Joe Banana Limos & Travel

Package 34 - Nature, Wine, Food and History

12 Nights / 13 Days

Local Tours

Price from10.600or less
Package 34 - Nature, Wine, Food and History

INTRO

  • Embark on a 13-day journey through the heart of Italy
  • Discover the treasures of Florence, Montepulciano, Pienza, Chianti Region, SanGimignano, Assisi, Orvieto, and Rome on guided tours
  • Delight in a unique chocolate experience at Perugina Chocolate's House and explore Lake Trasimeno on a scenic boat tour
  • Indulge in wine tasting in Tuscany and near Perugia, along with gastronomic delights such as olive oil tasting
  • Enjoy leisure time in Rome to explore at your own pace
  • Experience luxury with hand-picked 4 or 5-star accommodations, complete with breakfast

HIGHLIGHTS

Nature, Wine, Food and History - 12 Nights/13 Days
  • 13 day tour with stays in Tuscany, Perugia and Rome
  • Tours of Florence, Montepulciano, Pienza, Chianti Region, San Gimignano, Perugia, Perugina Chocolate's House, Lake Trasimeno, Assisi, Orvieto, and Rome
  • Leisure day in Rome
  • Enjoy a unique chocolate experience at Perugina Chocolate's House
  • Boat tour on Lake Trasimeno with a professional skipper
  • Wine tasting in Tuscany and a vineyard visit near Perugia
  • Gastronomic experiences, including wine and olive oil tasting
  • Hand-picked 4 or 5 star accommodations with breakfasts included

our safety measures

  • English speaking driver at your disposal for 10-11 hrs per day
  • New luxury mercedes vehicle
  • Vehicle sanitized prior to pick up of guests 
  • The vehicle will be used exclusively for you for the duration of the vacation/tour 
  • The driver and vehicle is exclusive the same from the start till the end of the vacation.
  • Our tours frequent off the beaten path locations, less frequented by tourists with a greater authentic feel.
  • No hidden costs: guides and tickets are always included in our packages
  • Company representative available by phone 24 hrs per day
  • Flexible, risk bookings and penalty changes*
  • Changes to land portion of tours up to 30 days prior to the travel date without penalty*

Why choose our tours vs big groups?

  • Customize your days and timing at sites directly with your driver
  • Private, comfortable luxury vehicle exclusively for your party for the duration of your tour
  • Our private vehicles (which can hold a maximum of 8 guests) can arrive directly in the main center of the cities, while taking a bus involves a considerable amount of walking which is a significant amount of lost touring time.
  • No need to wait around for groups members to arrive and designated meeting times 
  • More time to spend actually visiting sites 
  • Air conditioning (temperature control) and wifi on board
  • Water, snacks and refreshing cotton wipes with aloe vera, provided everyday
  • Friendly, local, english speaking driver/guides who engage with guests and share information to optimize your touring experience
  • 24/7 assistance and support from our ground operational office in Italy
  • Private small groups of  3, 4, 6 and 8 + price per person will be lower
  • For groups more than 8 guests, we’ll use 2 minivans and the service provided will be the same
  • For custom made tours we work with any reasonable budget

 
AVERAGE PRICE

Average Price for this package is 10.600€ per person based on private party of 4 guests in a 4 or 5-star hotel in standard double occupancy rooms. If there are additional guests in your party, the price per person decreases, please fill the form to get the best offer for your private tour of Italy 🇮🇹.

 

When
Spring
Price From
10600.00
Level
Very Easy
Service Type
Vehicle + Walking Tour

What’s included

  • Vehicle and driver at your disposal for 10/11 hrs a day
  • 3 Nights in a 4 or 5 star hotel in Florence
  • 5 Nights in a 4 or 5 star hotel in Perugia
  • 3 Nights in a 4 or 5 star hotel in Rome
  • All breakfasts included
  • Private guided tours of Perugia,Rome city, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Colosseum and Catacombs
  • Visit the beautiful Tuscan Countryside.
  • Experience the Perugina Chocolate's House.
  • Wine tasting experiences.

Not included

  • Gratuities
  • Any meal or beverage not mentioned above
  • City taxes at the hotel

Nature, Wine, Food and History - 12 Nights/13 Days

Day 1

Arrival at Florence Airport.
A driver will meet you outside of the baggage claim area and will transfer you from Florence airport to a 4 or 5-star accommodation in Tuscany countryside for a three night stay. 
Remainder of the day/evening at your leisure. 

Day 2

 Visit the beautiful Tuscan Countryside.
You will visit Montepulciano, a beautiful medieval town located in the southern part of Tuscany. Here is where the famous Vino Nobile is produced, but there are also many historical attractions to visit, such as the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta that contains many masterpieces of the Senese school.
You will have time to explore Pienza, the “ideal city of Renaissance”, created by Pope Pius II following what he considered the Utopian City ideals. Today, Pienza is known as the Capital of Pecorino, a tasty cheese made from sheep’s milk.
Enjoy your drive along the Val d’Orcia, UNESCO World Cultural Landscapes since 2004, and be sure not to miss the opportunity to taste the delicious, locally produced wines there.

day 3
Your driver will escort you through the rolling tuscan hills, made of historic olive groves, vast vineyards and typical little towns, stopping for photos along the way.
You will visit the Chianti Region, stopping in several small towns, the most famous one being Greve in Chianti. Best-known as the “wine town”, as you will find many typical shops with “vino for sale” and visit the very peculiar triangular square where the market is held.
You will visit in a local vineyard and learn about the wine making process and taste several local wines, followed by a typical Mediterranean light lunch.
You will visit the medieval town of San Gimignano, a UNESCO Heritage Site, famous for its skyline of tall towers and enjoy a stroll along its streets. Do not forget to visit the Duomo with its walls entirely covered in frescos.
day 4

Check-out of Tuscany hotel. Your driver will transfer you from Tuscany to Perugia. Upon arrival in Perugia, check in to your 4 or 5 star hotel, for a five night stay in a double occupancy room.

day 5
 Full day at the discovery of Perugia city centre.
Perugia is a city full of charm and history. Every ancient door, alley, square, palace and church will capture your imagination; and every museum and gallery will impress you with a sense of history, culture and art. Perugia is not only an old and suffocating showcase of the ancient, but it also has a young, vibrant and energetic atmosphere.
You will start your walking tour in Piazza Italia, From there we will first go to explore the different layers of the Rocca Paolina - the so-called ‘Underground Perugia’. Once back in the center, there will be a stop in a famous old-fashioned but very traditional cafe for an espresso or cappuccino topped with hand whipped cream.
You will visit The Rocca Paolina, or Paolina fortress, is located right in the historic center of Perugia and you can enter through a door to Porta Marzia or the escalator that connects Piazza Italia to Piazza Partigiani.
Stop at Fontana Maggiore, The top marble basin has twelve sides divided into twenty-four smooth panels of pink stone from Assisi. Each is separated by an equal number of white Carrara marble statuettes arranged on protrusions between the panels. Some of the figures represent characters from the city's history and legends, while others are symbolic.
day 6
Perugina Chocolate’s House, is waiting for you to live a unique chocolate experience. The route begins from the Historical Museum letting itself be enchanted by the history of Perugina, continues in the sweet stop of the tastings and arrives in the heart of the Factory, accompanied by irresistible aromas. 
day 7
Pleasant morning to spend on Lake Trasimeno, the largest in central Italy, a splendid body of water, surrounded by natural landscapes of great beauty, ancient villages and historic mansions. You will spend three unforgettable hours aboard a luxury speedboat with a professional skipper, through foam trails, natural landscapes of incomparable beauty, historic houses, adventurous maneuvers, moments of fun and relaxation. During the trip, we will make a stop for a short visit to Isola Maggiore or Isola Polvese.
Discover Assisi, a Franciscan place par excellence, not only in Umbria and Italy, but all over the world. Let's take a walk through its fascinating alleys, admiring the most remarkable sites of the city: the Basilica of San Francesco, the Church of Santa Chiara, the Piazza del Comune, the Cathedral of San Rufino, the Church of San Damiano.
day 8
Morning at your leisure. In the afternoon, you will be welcomed in one of the farmhouse of beginning of ‘800, between Perugia and Assisi. You will be guided to one of the vineyards and then between the premises of the cellar, telling you the story and illustrating all the stages of wine production, from the vineyard to the bottle. We will then make you taste the wines, accompanied by typical cutting boards selected by companies with which we collaborate.
day 9

Check out from Perugia hotel and transfer to Rome with a stop in Orvieto for lunch on your own in another beautiful medieval town surrounded by a nostalgic atmosphere, that will welcome you with its 3000 years of history.
Upon arrival in Rome, check in to your 4 or 5 star hotel, for a three night stay.

Day 10
Day tour of Rome part 1.
Private 8 hour guided tour of Rome city center with a professionally licensed, English speaking guide.
Sites include: Navona Square, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, St. Peter’s Basilica.
Includes skip the line entrance tickets to the Vatican Museums with the Sistine Chapel. 
day 11

Day tour of Rome part 2.
Private 8 hour guided tour of Rome city center with a professionally licensed, English speaking guide.
Sites to be visited include St. Peter in Chains, Palatine Hill, Circus Maximus, Caracalla's thermal baths, Aventine Hill, Capitoline Hill and Venezia square.
Includes private, guided tour and skip the line entrance tickets to the Colosseum and Roman Forum.
Also includes a visit to the Catacombs, tickets included.

day 12
Leisure day in Rome
day 13

Have your breakfast at the hotel, meet your driver.
Private transfer from your hotel to the airport.
Departure from Italy 😔


What is the currency used in Italy, and where can I exchange money?

The currency in Italy is the Euro (€). You can exchange money at banks, exchange offices ("cambio"), or ATMs. Banks offer competitive rates but may have higher fees. Exchange offices are convenient but compare rates. ATMs are widespread with favorable rates, but watch for bank fees. Major credit cards are accepted, but carrying cash for small purchases and emergencies is advisable.

Do I need a Visa to travel to Italy?

Whether you need a visa to travel to Italy depends on your nationality and the purpose of your visit. Citizens of many countries, including those in the European Union, the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, can enter Italy visa-free for short stays as tourists

What are hotel taxes in Italy, how do I pay them and how much are they?

In Italy, hotel taxes, known as "tassa di soggiorno" or tourist tax, are fees charged by local municipalities on guests at accommodations like hotels, B&Bs, and vacation rentals. These taxes vary based on location and accommodation type, usually calculated per person per night. They're not typically included in the room rate and are paid directly to the provider upon check-out, often in cash or added to the final bill. Exemptions may apply for certain guests, such as children or those with disabilities.

How do you greet people in Italy?

Greetings in Italy are typically warm and involve a handshake. It's common to greet people with a friendly "Ciao" or "Buongiorno" (good morning) during the day. In the evening or when meeting someone for the first time, "Buonasera" (good evening) is more appropriate. Italians value politeness, so don't forget to use "Grazie" (thank you) and "Per favore" (please) when appropriate.

What are the opening hours for shops and businesses?

In Italy, traditional business hours are observed, with most shops opening around 9:00 am and closing for a few hours in the afternoon (usually between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm). Shops then reopen at around 5:30 pm. Some smaller businesses may close on Sundays, so it's advisable to plan shopping accordingly.

Are credit cards widely accepted in Italy?

While major credit cards are generally accepted, it's advisable to carry some cash, especially in smaller establishments. Notify your bank of your travel dates to avoid any issues with card transactions.

How do gratuities work in Italy?

Gratuities are not mandatory and never included, but if you've been pleased with the service, it's customary to show appreciation, and workers are very thankful. Generally speaking, gratuities can be 100€ full day guides, 50€ half/partial day guides, driver 75-150€ on full day use of vehicle, skipper 150-250€ for full day tours, hotel porters 3-5€ per bag, restaurants 10-20% on the total, guest ambassadors, based on service received, 1-5% on rhe total amount. Gratuities in Italy run anywhere from 10-25% depending on the services and your satisfaction with them.

What should I wear if I want to visit some religious sites?

If you intend to visit religious sites, please have knees and shoulders covered (both men and women).

Neil D
From

We took a 21 day private tour of Italy. Everything was perfectly planed and executed: We have traveled the world using tours from A&K and Tauck.The Joe Banana's Tour was better than both. Our travel coordinator Milena and our driver Rafaela were both professional and personable. We were well taken care of for the whole 21 day trip. We would highly recommend them to our family and friends.

roxyblackbu
From Houston, Texas

Best guided tour in italy: We enjoyed a 10 day private tour of Venice, Florence, Rome with day trips to numerous smaller cities for wonderful experiences like balsamic and wine tasting, cooking classes and gondola rides. Our driver Giuseppe’s was fantastic and the van was very luxurious. All aspects of the trip were delightful with plenty of down time, personal requests attended to and highly knowledgeable guides who enriched our experiences immensely. Our guides ensured we saw all the highlights in the many museums and churches we toured and helped us to understand ancient and Italian history and art. Would definately use Joe Banana again and highly recommend to anyone traveling to Italy. The entire experience was professional and excellently planned and carried out

Mike M
From

My wife and I had a personal driver tour of Italy for a once in a lifetime adventure, and Joe Banana's did not disappoint. Our trip included Rome, Naples, the Amalfi Coast, Assisi, Venice, Florence, and Cinque Terre. We had private tours of Rome, Venice, Florence, and Cinque Terre. Our driver was engaging and entertaining as we drove from place to place. We had a private tour of a cheese factory and a cooking class, but the highlight was a private tour of a family run balsamic vinaigrette that included a meal up in the hillside. From working with their staff, to the all the details they took care of, we would highly recommend using this company for your Italian Tour needs.

Gordon C
From

Our family of four just finished a three week European vacation which was organized and executed by JBL Tours. This was the best travel experience we have had so far. This was our fourth trip with JBL but first one to include other countries besides Italy. The arrangements were complex but Cindy and Milena were awesome at meeting all of our specific needs including hotels, tours, guides and any thing else we requested. Our trip started in Paris and France, went thru Switzerland and then Italy from Lake Como to the Amalfi coast. Our driver, Antonio, picked us up at the Paris airport and served as our driver and sometimes guide managing all the details with local English speaking guides, tours, restaurant recommendations and multiple cruises over a three week period. Thanks to him and all the JBL staff, we never had to worry about any details. Antonio feels like part of our family now. We had the pleasure of meeting Joe in Sorrento and saw his dedication to individualized travel experience. We will definitely be using JBL in our future European travel.

Andrew
From

Our private tour through Italy with Joe Banana was incredible. They arranged a beautiful journey with stays in Rome, Florence and Venice, as well as side trips to Naples, Pompeii, Orvieto and Modena. Milena helped us craft a perfect itinerary and was always readily available, when we wanted to make changes. Our driver, Giulio was an absolute pleasure to be around, and he took such great care of us. The guides in each city were so fun and knowledgeable, that we were always sad to only have a day or two with each. I cannot recommend Joe Banana highly enough. There was always someone there to help us. We wanted for nothing. This was truly a trip of a lifetime!

U9770EOmarkb
From

We built a customized tour with Joe Banana that was centered around Sorento / Amalfi / Pompei / Rome / Vatican City. It was an INCREDIBLE trip. Everyone we interacted with from Joe Banana was great. Our main driver Raffaele and main contact Milena were always above and beyond and the fact that we found our own VRBO places to stay and Joe Banana worked that in so easily made it even better! Our local guides in Rome and Pompei were extremely pleasant and knowledgeable and we even planned a private boat day with our Captain Luigi out to Capri (HUGE BONUS)! All in all would HIGHLY recommend Joe Banana and will absolutely use them again for our next visit to a different part of Italy!

968hollys
From

Anna at JB was amazing at helping me plan a whirlwind tour of a ton of Italy. She tailored the trip to be everything I asked for and more. Their communication throughout the trip was perfect, and we had 10 days of amazing adventures that I will never ever forget. A trip of a lifetime. I am already plotting my return to Italy, now that I have a taste of so much of it. I couldn't recommend Joe Banana more. Nothing will ever be perfect, but they are as close as it comes. I don't think anyone else would have helped me cram so much in, in the timeframe we had. We were never left without communication or a guide. From the start to the finish- TOP NOTCH planning and communication. Trust me, and use JB for your Italy travel. They KNOW Italy!

31suzannel
From

We searched for the right tour and the right company to help us celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. We reached out to Joe Banana based on reviews we had read and started planning a trip for August 2023. Milenia was the best person to ask all my questions and make suggestions. She calmed my fears when I was “nervous” about things and let me know she would always be in contact with us. We spent two weeks in Italy visiting Venice, Florence/Tuscany region, Sorrento/Amalfi Coast and finally Rome. We planned all private tours and drivers and none of them disappointed. They were all fabulous. At the end of the tours we felt like family. Milenia always checked in every afternoon and asked how things went. Some days we suggested a slight change for the next day and she would always try to accommodate. All do the tours guides were phenomenal and so knowledgeable about the areas. All the drivers were friendly and great. I would 1000% recommend them to anyone and should we find ourselves back in Italy I would not hesitate to work with them again.

Daniel Febbroriello
From South Carolina

I highly recommend Joe Banana and his crew for any of your vacation needs in Italy! We booked a 13 day tour with them and it was fantastic. From our first contact with Melana our entire trip was handled without us having to worry. She planned the perfect vacation for the 6 of us. All of our local tour guides were phenomenal and offered the best recommendations. Our driver Giuseppe was great and went above and beyond to make sure everything was taken care of. Wouldn't hesitate to book another trip with them!

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