Joe Banana Limos & Travel

Package 35 - Off the Northern beaten path

9 Nights / 10 Days

Local Tours

Price from9.200or less
Package 35 - Off the Northern beaten path

INTRO

  • Embark on a captivating 10-day journey through Northern Italy
  • Experience the rich history and culture with private guided tours of Turin's iconic landmarks, including the EgyptianMuseum, Piazza San Carlo, Palazzo Madama, and Mole Antonelliana
  • Discover the charm of Genoa and the stunning beauty of Cinque Terre on guided excursions
  • Indulge in local delights with a visit to a podere in Alba
  • Choose between exploring the renowned GenovaAquarium or taking a scenic boat ride in the Old Port of Genoa
  • Relax in luxurious 4 or 5-star accommodations, thoughtfully selected for your comfort, and enjoy daily breakfasts to start your day right

HIGHLIGHTS

Off the Northern beaten path - 9 Nights/10 Days
  • 10 day tour with 4 Nights in Turin, 5 Nights in Genoa
  • Private guided tours of Turin city, Egyptian Museum, Piazza San Carlo, Palazzo Madama and Mole Antonelliana, Genoa city, Cinque Terre.
  • Enjoy a visit to a local Podere in Alba and WiMu Museum of Wine in Barolo
  • Genova Aquarium or Boat ride in the Old Port Of Genoa.
  • 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 9.200€ 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
9200.00
Level
Very Easy
Service Type
Vehicle + Walking Tour

What’s included

  • Vehicle and driver at your disposal for 10/11 hrs a day
  • 4 Nights in a 4 or 5 star hotel in Turin
  • 5 Nights in a 4 or 5 star hotel in Genoa
  • All breakfasts included
  • Private guided tours of Turin, Egyptian Museum, Piazza San Carlo, palazzo Madama, Mole Antonelliana, Genoa historic centre and Cinque Terre.
  • Visit Alba and enjoy a wine tasting experience in a local Podere
  • Visit of the WiMu Museum of wine in Barolo
  • Explore Portofino and Santa Margherita Ligure
  • Choose between a visit to Genova Aquarium or a boat ride from Old Port of Genova
  • Day at the discover of the Cinque Terre

Not included

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

Off the Northern beaten path - 9 Nights/10 Days

Day 1

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

Day 2

Day tour in Turin, guided tour of the Egyptian Museum, and guided walking tour of the city that includes a visit to Piazza San Carlo, palazzo Madama, Mole Antonelliana.
Enjoy a lovely walk to Parco del Valentino. 

day 3
Day tour to visit Alba that hides Medieval treasures and his reputed for excellent local food & wine.
Visit to a local Podere and enjoy a wine tasting experience with light lunch.
You can stop on the way back to the accommodation to take a picture on one of the famous giant bench, project designed by Chris Bangle that aims to support local communities, tourism and artisan excellence in the countries where these out-of-scale installations are located.
day 4

Day in Asti, enjoy a visit to Cathedral and the Torre Troiana dell’Orologio which is one of the architectural symbols of the city.

day 5
Check-out of Turin hotel.
Your driver will transfer you to Genoa with a stop in Barolo for a visit to WiMU Museum of Wine.
Upon arrival in Genoa, check in to your 4 or 5 star hotel for a five night stay.
day 6
Day in Genoa to visit top sites and hidden gems in the historic center with a private licensed English speaking guide.
Try local food and drinks like pesto, focaccia, and Prosecco.
day 7
You will explore Portofino, a small fishing village and a popular meeting place for VIPs from around the world since the 1950's.
Enjoy a walk while admiring the colorful houses, have a drink in “La Piazzetta” or shop for luxury brands in many of the boutiques.
Santa Margherita Ligure is a beautiful village where elegant hotels with Liberty Facades perfectly blend with the brightly colored house of local fishermen. Do not miss the chance to enjoy the seafront, with its lively harbor, nice cafes, and small boutiques.
day 8
Today you can enjoy a visit to the famous Porto Antico, Loved and iconic almost as much as the lantern, the Bigo is the panoramic elevator that offers you a unique view of Genoa.
The Bigo is reminiscent of the ancient cranes that moved goods in port. Every day of the year, every 10 minutes, the circular structure gently takes you to 40 meters high and offers a 360 ° horizon on the port and city.
Afternoon at Genova Aquarium or Boat ride to live a unique and fascinating experience; set off from the Old Port of Genoa to visit the most beautiful places in Liguria.
day 9

Discover one of the world’s most enchanting landscapes, the unique Cinque Terre Region. A UNESCO heritage site since 1997, it is composed of the charming towns of Manarola, Monterosso al Mare, Riomaggiore, Corniglia and Vernazza.
These five villages, suspended between sea and land, will surely fascinate you with their incredible panoramas. View this rare mix of natural and human ingenuity reflected in the steep terraces, gardens, vineyards and olive groves, hanging from sheer cliffs thanks to an ingenious system of "muretti" (low stone walls) shaped and layered over the course of nearly two millennia. 

Day 10
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.

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.

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!

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!

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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.

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