The Grand Tour
A little History
The Grand Tour saw British travellers journey to the continent between C.1550 and 1850. It was considered a rite of passage for aristocratic young men. Mainly because it was expensive to travel and it was also difficult. The young men would be travelling around Europe for around 3 to 4 years, with an extensive stop in Italy. Rome was considered the ultimate destination of cultural tourism. The travellers would have chaperones (or guides) to introduce them to the authentic culture, history, architecture and food, their Grand Tour would have a big influence on Britain, especially in architecture, fashion and art.
What do there is now?
With the Internet, we have been able to read about different countries and the creation of quicker and cheaper travel we are able to visit them in person. With this life changing experience, we can learn so much from visiting new places.
The key to The Grand Tour was a guide or chaperone. They were there to help the person to experience the culture, discover the best places and to learn about the history. We have taken this aspect and we have created amazing tours, and the best guides to help our clients to experience their own Grand Tour, tailored to their requirements and what they would like to see.
What we do
With the dawn of the internet, we are able to do the organising, giving you time to concentrate on the important things; exploring, learning, eating, drinking, shopping and having fun.
Holidays are important, to be able to relax and discover and experience somewhere new. But the planning can often be stressful. Ensuring that everything is in place and that you get to see attractions.
Here at The Grand Tour Europe, we plan your itinerary with you, making sure that you get to see everything you want to see. Once you are happy with the itinerary, we take the stressful aspect of organising the transfers, transport, guides and entrance tickets for you.
All of our guides are local and experts, with masters degrees and PhD’s. They are all trained to our high standard and are able to take you on a journey of storytelling that is both interesting and entertaining.
Some of our Classic Grand Tour Itineraries
To help you to get some ideas, here are some of our Classical itineraries;
The Classical Grand Tour
This example of an itinerary starts in the wonderful Capital city, Rome. Visiting the highlights of the city, like the Colosseum, the Vatican, the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and Appian way (which is a nice driving tour out of the busy city). Florence is the next city, with visits to Uffizi gallery and the Accademia, which is where Michelangelo’s David is housed. (From Florence there is also the option to visit towns outside of the city; Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa and Lucca, as well as the Tuscan countryside and wineries). The final city is Venice, one of the most famous cities in the world. Discover the amazing squares and streets that run along canals, visit the beautiful St Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace and relax with an aperitif in one of the charming cafes.
Click here to download the PDF: Classical Grand Tour
Rome, Florence, Naples, Amalfi Coast
If you have a few more days extra, why not visit the south of Italy and visit Naples and the Amalfi Coast. Starting again in Rome visiting the highlights, before visiting Florence. After Florence, a high-speed train will take you to Naples, where you will be meet at the station by your personal guide and a driver. Visit the unique city of Naples with a 3 hour tour. Discovering the amazing sites before visiting the picturesque Amalfi Coast. Your private driver will take you from Naples to the town that you are staying. Whilst soaking up the sun, visit the famous island of Capri, before you stop at Pompeii for a guided tour on your way home.
Click here to download the PDF: Rome, Florence, Naples and Amalfi Coast
Milan and the North to Florence and the Southern Coast
Here is a big itinerary covering most of Italy. Starting from the fashionable Milan, where you can visit the Last Supper to the Lakes and Northern parts in Bolzano. Bolzano is a beautiful place and the surrounding towns are quaint and are often missed when people visit the major cities. From the northern parts, the next place is Florence and the surrounding towns before continuing to the the Southern coast. This is a great itinerary for people that have already visited Rome and you want to discover new places. Remember that we are able to customise all itineraries to suit you.
Click here to download the PDF: Milan, the North, Florence and the South Coast
Visit Italy with The Grand Tour Europe and experience the authentic.
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Multi-centered holidays: The Classic Tour of Venice, Florence and Rome
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