ITALY UNIQUE JOURNEYS
At Grand Tourist we work with couples, families and small groups to create unique and exceptional journeys in Italy. From the Dolomite Mountains to the coast of Sicily, Grand Tourist can create the perfect Italian travel experience just for you. History and culture, gastronomy and wine, world famous art galleries, hidden villages. Every trip is tailor-made for each individual client.
Why not sample our ‘signature tour’ a private boat trip on the Venetian Lagoon, seeing Venice and St Mark’s Square from the water. Discover this vast, natural harbour that enabled Venice and her maritime fleet to dominate trade in the eastern Mediterranean for hundreds of years. Experience the Grand Canal, lined with magnificent palaces and enjoy a Prosecco Aperitivo on a terrace over-looking the water.
Ferrari Driving in Tuscany is another popular choice. It is ideal for a team-building event or for a group of friends. Other guests may prefer to relax on the Amalfi Coast or the island of Capri after a private tour to the Blue Grotto or the archaeological remains at Pompeii or Herculaneum.
Sometimes clients have a very precise requirement, for example, visiting the historic houses designed by the architect Andrea Palladio, by bike!! Our response to these requests is always positive. We are delighted to help to make your dream come true.
OUR CLIENTS SAY
- As an American guest recently commented, ‘Once you’ve travelled with Grand Tourist there’s no going back to other travel companies’. Venice and Veneto Tour – October, 2017
- A British visitor recently commented, ‘It was all I could have asked for and more. The driving of the Ferraris was epic. A big thank you from us!’ Very happy Ferrari driving guests – August 2018
- Booking ‘The Writer’s Retreat with Grand Tourist was the best investment I’ve made in years’ – September, 2019
To really discover a new way of travelling in Italy, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Truly, tailor-made travel, designed, uniquely and exceptionally for each individual client.
Maps – I just love maps
Maps are a rich source of information including history, geography and landscape. To study a map carefully is to learn about a region or an area before setting foot in it. Grand Tourist
Venice – Quarantine and Santa Maria Salute
Venice was a port city – visiting ships arrived from the east every day. Sometimes the ships were carrying not just cargoes but also the plague. Venetians created quarantine islands in the 15th century. Then in 1631 they began to build the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute – in gratitude for surviving the plague of 1630.
Venice – Quarantine and Santa Maria Salute
The Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute, Venice was built by the Venetian people – in gratitude for surviving the plague of 1630.
GRAND TOURIST – ITALY EXPERTS
WE WILL CREATE A PERFECT TRAVEL EXPERIENCE JUST FOR YOU
Imagine a private motor launch along the Grand Canal, Venice. Cruising in style to your perfectly located hotel, with its own landing stage. Visit churches and museums accompanied by a professional guide – learn about the history and culture of the city. Stay in comfortable and welcoming independent hotels. Enjoy shopping for unique and exceptional goods, hand-made shoes, ceramics, Venetian glass.
GROUPS & COUPLES
INDIVIDUAL, UNIQUE JOURNEYS FOR EVERY CLIENT
What’s your dream? A week on the Amalfi Coast perhaps with a visit to the island of Capri and a day’s walking along the spectacular cliff paths. A private boat trip to Ischia, for a day of indulgence in one of the natural spas. What about a visit to a mozzarella cheese farm. Or a visit to the spectacular Greek Temples at Paestum. There’s some wonderful red wines being produced in Campania – a degustazione di vini is always popular.
ABOUT GRAND TOURIST
My name is Janet Simmonds, I started Grand Tourist in 2005. As a tour guide and writer I wanted to share my love of Italy with my clients. Every trip is prepared uniquely and exclusively for each individual traveller.
My inspiration comes from the ‘Grand Tour’ of the 18th century, when British ladies and gentlemen journeyed through France and Italy to discover art, culture, history and the treasures of Ancient Rome and Greece. I specialise in unique journeys throughout Italy, The Alps and the Mediterranean region. Very high quality personal service and attention to detail are the hallmarks of Grand Tourist.
A recent client said: ‘I must tell you how impressed I was with every step of the planning process. It was my distinct pleasure to work with you. I’m recommending your services to anyone who will listen’. Ferrari Driving in Italy, June 2016
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“There is no other word for Janet’s organisational ability other than superb”. Mr John Eaton & Baroness Margaret Eaton– Verona, Lake Garda and Soave – June, 2017
“Our Ferrari Driving trip far exceeded our expectations, thanks to Grand Tourist”– Rachel and Jim Jacobson, FL August, 2018