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Private tour for up to 2 (Not a per person rate) $1414 USD
Private tour for up to 4 (Not a per person rate) $1594 USD
Private tour for up to 6 (Not a per person rate) $1808 USD
Private tour for up to 8 (Not a per person rate) $2091 USD
Additional hour with licensed guide (You must purchase this if you are visiting the Accademia.) $141 USD
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This tour will highlight the history of Florence, and its most important monuments.

We know that travelling with children can be challenging without the proper planning. This is why we have designed a special itinerary that will be engaging for parents and fun for the kids.

Our first stop, beating the crowds, will be in Pisa's "Field of Miracles" where you will find the Duomo (cathedral), Baptistery, Campo Santo (cemetery) and, of course, Campanile, better known as the Torre Pendente — the Leaning Tower. Make sure to bring your camera!

From the moment we arrive in Florence, you'll learn all about the history of the city and it's most important monuments. Our first stop is the Palazzo Davanzati, the Museum of the old Florentine. This ancient palace displays many original artifacts and decorations from the XIV century. This intimate display will really give you a feel for how old the city is.

Continuing on we'll stop by Piazza della Signoria, home of Palazzo Vecchio, and Ponte Vecchio, the famous 14th century bridge -- home of Florence's gold shops. Scenery aside, this one of Florence's most famous landmarks. While here your guide will point out the many beautiful statues that fill the square.

Next up is Dante's District where we will see the beautiful Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and also Brunelleschi's Dome.

Throughout the day we will stop for a slice of pizza and also gelato from a local favorite eatery.

If you chose, we have the option to pre-book the Accademia giving you the option to skip-the-line and make the most of your day. Remember that our tours are custom; while we're happy to provide a framework based on the most requested highlights, we specialize in tailoring itineraries to include other places of your choosing (time permitting). We have found these suggested stops to be family friendly.

  • This tour includes:
  • Round trip transportation from the cruise ship pier
  • Local English speaking driver
  • Certified kid friendly guide for your 3 hours in Florence
  • Visit/see:
  • Pisa's Field of Miracles--Baptistery, Camposanto, Duomo, and the Leaning Tower
  • Palazzo Davanzati
  • Ponte Vecchio
  • Piazza della Signoria
  • Dante's district
  • Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and the Brunelleschi's Dome
  • Palazzo Medici Riccardi
  • Accademia Gallery if you choose - option to pre book (must also purchase additional hour with guide)
  • Pizza slice
  • Gelato
  • Additional Languages Available
  • French
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • *Possible upcharge at checkout for languages denoted with ($) symbol.

Days of Operation

Mon - yes
Tue - yes
Wed - yes
Thu - yes
Fri - yes
Sat - yes
Sun - yes

Departures (local time)

  • 8:00 AM (8.5 hrs)
  • 9:30 AM (8.5 hrs) Only for ships that arrive at 9am.

Transfer / Meeting Instructions

No Taxi Required Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.

Special Instructions

• Your English-speaking driver will not enter sites with you, but will give running commentaries of what you are seeing and make sure you have enough time to visit each site. Once you arrive to Florence, you will have a licensed guide for 3 hours.
• The price of pizza and gelato included in this program.
• Entrance fees are not included. The Palazzo Davanzati is free for those under 18 years old, and costs 6 euro per person for adults.
• If you choose to go inside Santa Croce, the entrance fee for adults (over 18) is 8 Euro and teenagers (ages 11-18) is 6 Euro. Children (under 11) are free.
• If you choose to visit the Accademia, you must also purchase an additional hour with the licensed guide. Tickets to the Accademia are approximately 20€ per person (Note: The Accademia is closed on Mondays). If you choose to visit the Accademia, then you will pay this fee in cash directly to the driver at the time of the tour. Please note that if you are making a last-minute booking, especially during the high season, we cannot guarantee that you will have tickets reserved. Pre-reserved tickets are non-refundable.


• Please note that pre-reserved tickets are non-refundable. If you don't use your reserved tickets, you will still be charged the full cost of the ticket, plus a service fee.
• Please bring a photo ID/passport for all participants. This may be necessary to show proof of age for reduced child rates.
• Please note that on the first Sunday of each month many tourist sites in Italy have free admission. This can often result in long lines. If you are staying at a hotel, it may be beneficial to avoid booking a tour involving inside visits to major attractions on these days. If you have questions, contact ShoreTrips.
• The Accademia museum is closed on Mondays.
• Modest dress is required in all Italian churches. If you expect to enter a church during your tour, please do not wear shorts, sleeveless tops, skirts above the knee, or revealing clothing. If preferred, you may wear a shawl to cover your shoulders. This applies to children as well.
• We have found that there may be a rare occurrence of a port change from Livorno to La Spezia. La Spezia is accessible to the same sightseeing as Livorno, but is a slightly longer ride. This port requires an increase in cost as the distance from these highlights is further. Your guide will be waiting for you as you disembark. You may have an adjustment to your tour itinerary depending on your exit time, but be assured that your knowledgeable driver/escort will direct you to a satisfying day. This change is an exception to our policy that ship changes will result in a refund. People have been too disappointed sitting on the ship after this itinerary change and we feel this is in the best interest of the traveler. The additional costs are as follows: to Cinque Terre add $75; to Florence and Pisa, and Pisa and Lucca the additional charge is $265. We apologize for your difficult day, but promise that the sun will shine as soon as you meet your guide.