Amazing Italy & Amalfi Coast
NEW! small group tour
Venice, Florence & Tuscany, Rome & Amalfi Coast
10 days/09 nights, Venice/Sorrento
2017 depart Mon: Apr 10, 24. May 15, 29. Jun 12, 26. Jul 10, 24. Aug 07, 21. Sep 04, 18. Oct 02, 16, 30. Nov 06.
Day 01 Monday Venice- Arrival
Welcome to Italy! Late afternoon meet your tour guide and your travel companion at the Bar of the hotel. Continue to the restaurant and enjoy a tasty welcome dinner.
Day 02 Tuesday Venice
In the morning, visit the classic Venice: S. Marco Square, Doge Palace, the Rialto Bridge and the Gran Canal. You have some free time for lunch. Late afternoon enjoy a fantastic experience and live as local live. Discover the amazing hand of Venice during the sunset time. Your tour guide will escort you between the venetian “calli” and their “Bacari”, the typical and traditional venetian bars to taste the famous “Cicchetti”, the typical venetian food. With this suggestive itinerary, you have the possibility to know the charmed Venice between lights, colors and savors. In the evening, meet your assistant for a 45 minutes sunset walking followed by a Venetian Dinner.
Day 03 Wednesday Venice-Florence
Meet your assistant in the lobby and transfer to Venice Station. High speed train to Florence. Upon your arrival in Florence, transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, visit Florence with your guide. Lorenzo de Medici transformed Florence into the cradle of the Renaissance by attracting the best artists, architects and writers of the time such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Botticelli to whom he commissioned various works. Visit Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio (from outside), the Dome with Giotto's bell tower (from outside), Ponte Vecchio. Finally, visit the Accademia and see the masterpiece of Michelangelo: the statue of David.
Optional: Tuscan Dinner with a sunset walking. This moment of the day is spectacular and the great to shoot your photos.
Day 04 Thursday Florence
Today, you have the day at leisure to explore Florence. You can also join an optional excursion to Pisa and Lucca.
Day 05 Friday Florence-Siena-Rome
Meet your tour guide at hotel in Florence and transfer to Rome by private coach. The drive itself is a magnificent path along the roads of Tuscany, where it is possible to enjoy the view of hills covered by vineyards, olives tree, small villages and original bell towers. En route stop in Siena, probably Italy's loveliest medieval city. The town offers magnificent masterpieces and incredible views. Upon arrival, enjoy a “farmer lunch”: Original Tuscan Food with wine tasting with cheese and salami. After lunch, free time to explore the city. Continue to your final destination. Before arrival, stop in a vineyard in Chianti for a wine tasting. Arrive late afternoon in Rome. Free time for dinner.
Day 06 Saturday Rome
Meet your assistant in the lobby and transfer to the heart of Rome: Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Piazza Navona and the Baroque quarter. Free time for lunch and relax. Then transfer to the Vatican for a guided visit. Transfer back to your hotel after the tour. Tonight, experience the real Roman food! Meet your tour leader and enjoy a relaxed walking along the narrow streets of ancient Rome. End the tour at the restaurant for a tasty Roman Dinner. Return to hotel with your tour leader.
Day 07 Sunday Rome
Enjoy your day at leisure.
Day 08 Monday Pompei
Late morning transfer to Sorrento by private coach. En route stop and visit of Pompei. Due to its healthy climate and pleasant scenery, Pompeii was a holiday resort for rich Romans. It is now famous for its civic buildings lining the streets that are still intact today. Some of these include the Surgeon’s House, as well as those of the Faun and the Chaste Lovers, which are exceptional examples of the epoch’s architecture. Another remarkable construction is the House of Mysteries, which derives its name from the murals depicting the initiation rites (i.e., the mysteries) of the Dionysian cult. A peculiar characteristic of Pompeii is the florid graffiti covering the walls in just about every building; this is because when the volcanic eruption happened, Pompeii was set to carry out elections in the days ahead – hence the writings and ideograms. Enjoy a light lunch and a wine tasting on the Vesuvio Volcano. From the wine estate you will enjoy the view of the entire Gulf of Naples with Capri, Ischia, Naples and other small villages on the coastline. Sorrento Coast and overnight in Sorrento.
Day 09 Tuesday Amalfi & Ravello
Full day tour of Amalfi & Ravello with Lemon tour on the cliffs of Amalfi. This excursion combines the fantastic landscapes of Ravello and Amalfi with the local culture of food and wines. In Amalfi, learn about the history of the city and the ancient Maritime Republics, then visit an incredible “limoneto”, a cliff where lemon trees are cultivated. Pick up your lemons and prepare a fresh squeezed lemonade “Amalfi style”. Later, continue to Ravello, a destination for artists, musicians, and writers, including Richard Wagner who composed here some operas. Ravello is also famous for its villas, such as Villa Cimbrone, dating from at least the 11th century AD and Villa Rufolo. Overnight in Sorrento.
Day 10 Wednesday Sorrento-Departure
Your tour comes to an end after breakfast. Independent transfer to Airport.
Inclusions: twin share in 4 star accommodations, welcome briefing in Venice, daily breakfast, lunch and wine tasting in Siena, evening walking tour of Venice ending with a Farewell Dinner to Venice, evening walking tour of Rome ending with a Farewell Dinner to Rome, traditional Pizza & white wine tasting in Pompei, multilingual tour escort from Venice to Rome, transfer from your hotel in Venice to Venice Station, 1st class seat reserved on high speed train from Florence to Venice, transfer from Florence Station to your hotel in Florence, transfer from Florence to Rome by private coach with en route stop in Siena and Monteriggioni, transfer from Rome to Amalfi Coast with a stop in Pompei for a guided visit, entrance fees, porterage at hotels and train station, local taxes.
Sightseeing: guided visit of Venice, guided Visit of the heart of Florence, including Accademia & Michelangelo’s David with skip the line reservation, guided Visit of the heart of Rome, guided visit of Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel with skip the line reservation, full day guided visit of Amalfi & Ravello with Lemon Tour
Exclusions: city tax to be paid locally, beverages, arrival & departure transfers
Hotels: Venice-Palazzo Selvadego, Florence-Cavour, Rome- Dei Mellini, Sorrento- Regina (or similar)