Joe Banana Limos & Travel

Package 43 - Breath the Italian Essence

20 Nights / 21 Days

Local Tours

Price from18.700or less
Package 43 - Breath the Italian Essence

INTRO

  • Embark on an extraordinary 21-day journey through Italy
  • Enjoy private water taxi transfers and guided tours of iconic cities like Venice, Verona, Bologna, Florence, Rome, and Pompeii
  • Dive into Venetian culture with a mask-making experience and a musical gondola ride along the Grand Canal. Indulge in a full-course Venetian lunch and Prosecco tastings in the renowned Prosecco Valley
  • Delight in wine tastings in Garda and Bolgheri, and a private sunset cruise on Lake Garda
  • Experience culinary delights with Parmigiano Reggiano and balsamic vinegar tastings, a Prosciutto demonstration, and authentic Neapolitan pizza
  • Explore landmarks like Pisa, Lucca, and the Tuscan countryside with winery stops and a sensational hot air balloon excursion
  • Relax with horseback riding in the Tuscan fields and thermal baths in Saturnia
  • Discover the Amalfi Coast's charm with a private boat tour to Capri, and a visit to a lemon grove with a lemon-based meal.
  • Retreat nightly to hand-picked 4 or 5-star accommodations with breakfast included

HIGHLIGHTS

Breath the Italian Essence - 20 Nights/21 Days
  • 21 day tour with 3 Nights in Venice, 2 Nights in Garda, 3 Nights in Bologna, 2 Nights in Florence, 3 Nights in Tuscany, 4 Nights in Rome, 3 Nights in Sorrento
  • Private water taxi transfers
  • Private guided tours of Venice, Verona, Bologna, Florence, Rome, Pompeii Ruins
  • Create your own Venetian mask experience
  • Musical gondola ride along the Grand Canal with your private singer
  • Day tour of Murano and Mazzorbo
  • Full course Venetian lunch in a starred restaurant
  • Prosecco tastings and appetizers throughout the renown "Prosecco Valley"
  • Wine tasting and light lunch in Garda
  • Private sunset cruise on Lake Garda
  • Visit a cheese factory for a Parmigiano Reggiano demonstration and tasting
  • Stop at a balsamic vinegar factory for tasting and light lunch
  • Enjoy a stop for a demonstration and tasting of the worldwide famous "Prosciutto"
  • Day tour of Pisa and Lucca
  • Entrance tickets to the Accademia, Uffizi Gallery, Colosseum and Roman Forum, Vatican and Sistine Chapel, Catacombs, Pompeii Ruins
  • Winery stop for tastings and light lunch in the Tuscan countryside
  • Sensational hot air balloon excursion
  • Stroll through the Tuscan fields on a horseback
  • Amazing wine tasting and light lunch in Bolgheri
  • Pamper yourself during a relaxing thermal bath experience in Saturnia
  • Authentic Neapolitan pizza in its birthplace
  • Private boat tour to/around Capri
  • Tour of one of the oldest lemon groves in the Amalfi Coast with demonstration and tasting
  • Lemon based full course meal whilst admiring the breathtaking view from a characteristic styled Amalfi Coast terrace
  • 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 free 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 18.700€ 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
All year
Price From
18700.00
Level
Very Easy

What’s included

  • 20 Nights in 4 or 5 star hotel
  • 20 Breakfasts
  • English speaking driver at your disposal for 10-11 hrs per day
  • Water - snacks - refreshing cotton wipes with aloe vera
  • Local licensed guides
  • Entrance Tickets to sites as indicated

Not included

  • Gratuities
  • Air fare
  • City Taxes

Breath the Italian Essence - 20 Nights/21 Days

Day 1

Arrival at Venice Airport. One of our representative will be waiting for you outside the baggage claim area.
Private boat transfer from airport to a 4 or 5 star accommodation in Venice for a three night stay.
Remainder of the day/evening at your leisure. 

day 2

Discover the art of creating your very own Venetian mask which will surely rival those featured in famous movies like Phantom of the Opera, Romeo and Juliet, and Eyes Wide Shut! Guided by an expert atelier learn to cut and shape the paper in ancient stone moulds to get the perfect shape for your very own souvenir mask!
Enjoy a magnificent gondola ride along the Grand Canal listening to pleasant music and Italian songs by your private singer.

day 3
Together with your guide, you will explore Murano and visit one of oldest glass blowing factories where you will remain in awe as you watch the incredible craftmanship of the glass-blowers creating a myriad of incredible yet fragile objects.
You will stop in Mazzorbo, a small town close to Burano where you can easily enjoy a more authentic Venice away from the crowds.
Enjoy a delicious full course lunch in a famous starred restaurant for a Venetian meal.
day 4
Check out of Venice and head onto Garda with a tasty stop en route.
You will discover a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Prosecco Valley, during a panoramic driving through the vineyards, a perfect spot for souvenir photos. 
After a visit to the scenic Asolo area in Valdobbiadene and to an amazing Palladian villa, you will have prosecco tastings and enjoy some appetizers in two of the best wineries that produce this world-famous wine.
Check in to a 4 or 5 star accommodation in Garda for a two night stay.
day 5
Today you will explore Lake Garda, Italy’s largest lake.
Ringed by mountains to the north, the area enjoys a very mild microclimate. The region is carpeted with vineyards and is home to some of the country’s classic wines.
Stop at a local winery and savor various typical wines accompanied by a light lunch.
Later in the afternoon watch the sun slip into the hills during a private evening cruise on Lake Garda.
day 6
Check out of Garda and head onto Bologna with a stop in Verona en route.
Visit Verona, an ancient city with a history stretching back to Roman times also known as “The city of lovers”, opera and romance in northern Italy, during a 2 hour guided tour with a professionally licensed English speaking guide.
Check in to a 4 or 5 star accommodation in Bologna for a three night stay.
day 7
Full day guided tour of Bologna, world-famous for its porticos, medieval squares, the Torre degli Asinelli, the Garisenda and especially for its gastronomic tradition such as: cotoletta bolognese, tagliatelle al ragù or tortellini in broth.
day 8

Today you will have the opportunity to discover the unique Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. During the guided tour of the dairy you can learn the secrets of cheese making and taste the final product.
Visit a balsamic vinegar farm in Modena during which you will discover the Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena. Relish a tasting of balsamic vinegars with a selection of cold cuts and cheeses and a glass of Lambrusco wine!
Discover the history and tradition behind the world famous Italian “Prosciutto” followed by cured ham tasting and more.

day 9
Check out of Bologna and head onto Florence with a stop in Pisa and Lucca en route.
You will have time in Pisa, a Tuscan town that is a perfect blend of modern and ancient. Don’t miss Piazza dei Miracoli, where you can visit the medieval Duomo, the Baptistery, and the world-famous Leaning Tower. 
You will stop in Lucca, “the city of 100 churches”. You will get a taste of an Italian medieval town thanks to its cobbled streets, historic buildings and artistic treasures. Another must see is the old city wall, which still encircles most of the historic old town.
Check in to a 4 or 5 star accommodation in Florence for a two night stay.
day 10

Full day in Florence. Private tour of Florence with a professionally licensed, English speaking guide.
Visit iconic sites such as The Accademia and see Michelangelo’s famous Statue of David, see Piazza Santa Croce, Piazza Signoria,  Ponte Vecchio, The Duomo, and visit The Uffizi.
Skip the line entrance tickets to Accademia and Uffizi included. 

day 11
Check out of Florence and head onto the Tuscan countryside with a stop in a prestigious winery en route.
The visit will take you through the past, present and future of a long-standing passion for wine, allowing you to admire the vineyard that covers the roof of the cellar and the wine production areas. The your will be deliciously followed by wine tastings and light lunch.
Check in to a 4 or 5 star accommodation in the Tuscan countryside for a three night stay.
day 12
Enjoy a bird's-eye view of the Tuscan countryside on this hot air balloon flight, discover the Tuscan hills from another perspective. An experienced captain will take you through the air for 600 meters. Admire unparalleled views of Tuscany's olive groves and vineyards, quaint villages and beautiful castles.
The pilot and crew will guide you on the balloon excursion taking off from the farm fields in the heart of Tuscany. A hot air balloon trip a few kilometers from Florence, flying over the treasures of this beautiful region, a unique and unforgettable experience.
Discover the Tuscan countryside in a delightful, unusual and somewhat adventurous way… on horseback! Stroll through vineyards and flower-studded fields.
day 13

Meet your driver and head onto Bolgheri, a relatively young yet prestigious Italian town located in the Maremma on the Tuscan coast.
You will have the chance to admire excellent vineyards and take pleasure in tasting various typical wines accompanied by a light lunch in the Bolgheri area.


day 14

Check out of Tuscany and head onto Rome with a stop at the world-known thermal baths of Saturnia.
Saturnia Hot Springs, known in Italian as Terme di Saturnia or Cascate del Mulino, is one of the amazing wonders of the Tuscan countryside. Naturally warm water cascades into travertine stone pools, creating a perfect atmosphere for visitors to wonder at the beauty of nature and relax.
Check in to a 4 or 5 star accommodation in Rome for a four night stay.

day 15

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 16

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 17

Day at your leisure for shopping, relaxing or sightseeing in Rome.
The driver will be at your disposal.

day 18

Check out of Rome and head onto Sorrento with two stops en route.
Experience the delight of an authentic Neapolitan pizza in its birthplace.
Enjoy a private, two hour guided tour of Pompeii Ruins with a professionally licensed, English speaking guide. Entrance tickets included.
Upon arrival in Sorrento, check in to your 4 or 5 star hotel, for a three night stay.

day 19

Private boat tour to Capri aboard a luxury yacht.
Roundtrip transportation from hotel to port.
Private boat with English speaking skipper.
Drinks, snacks, towels, snorkeling equipment included.
Tour around the island, visit the White and Green Grottos.
Entrance to Blue Grotto is weather/sea condition dependent and entrance fees are separate.*

day 20

Discover the Amalfi Coast and its golden treasure, its majesty, the Lemon!
You will have a relaxing drive through the breathtaking Amalfi Coast, one of the most scenic drives in the world, where you will have the chance to stop for photos. 
Visit Ravello, that unlike most of the other towns of the area, is located atop a hill. 
Stop in Amalfi, where you will have time to stroll around or splurge on shopping of handmade Amalfi paper, bottles of local limoncello, and of course ceramics.
Visit one of the oldest lemon groves in the area where, together with a local guide, you will discover everything about this golden treasure! You will learn how Limoncello is made, have a tasty appetizer and a full course lunch where the main ingredient will be lemon!

day 21

Have your breakfast at the hotel, meet your driver.
Private transfer from Sorrento hotel to FCO Rome Airport or Naples Airport.
Departure from Italy 😔

 

*Seasonal service. During off season or not favorable weather conditions, a private, professionally licensed guide will accompany you to Capri via hydrofoil and provide a guided walking tour of the island.


 
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).

Lisa B
From

Our custom three-week tour through Italy with Joe Banana was the trip of a lifetime! Milena arranged an amazing itinerary that covered everything on our wish list, even a private kayak experience in Sorrento. Our driver, Stefano, picked us up in Tuscany, and kept us laughing as we travelled to Cinque Terre, Sorrento, Amalfi, Positano and Rome, to name a few of the spots we visited. A highlight of the trip was our private boat tour around Capri. We loved the Parco dei Principi in Sorrento and wish we had allowed for more down time to enjoy our time there. I can't speak highly enough of the fabulous service we received and the attention to every detail. I only wish Joe Banana had offices at every destination on our travel list!

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.

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!

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.

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