Venice, Florence, Rome and Sorrento
11 days/10 nights, Venice/Sorrento
2016 Depart Sun: Oct 23. Nov 06.
2017 Depart Sun: Apr 02, 16, 30. Jun 04. Jul 09. Aug 06. Sep 03. Oct 22. Nov 05.
day 01 Venice Arrival
Arrive at Venice airport where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Later meet your Tour director and traveling companions for a Welcome dinner.
day 02 Venice
We begin our exploration of Venice with a boat ride to the Murano Island, famous for its artistic glassware. Visit a glassblowing factory, where you will watch a demonstration of traditional Venetian glassblowing by master craftsmen. Then, on to St. Mark’s Square, for the walking tour, visiting St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace, and enjoying views of the Bell Tower and Bridge of Sighs. The balance of the day is at leisure to enjoy Venice at your own pace, shop, or perhaps join an optional gondola ride.
day 03 Ferrara-Pisa-Florence
Drive to Ferrara, a renaissance gem in the Emilia-Romagna region standing on the banks of the Po River. After an orientation tour, continue to Pisa and view the famous Piazza del Miracoli with its Leaning Tower, Baptistery, and Duomo. Then on to Florence for dinner and a free evening.
day 04 Florence
A morning city tour begins at the majestic Piazza del Duomo to see the Cathedral crowned by Brunelleschi’s splendid Dome, Giotto’s Bell Tower, and the Baptisery with Ghiberti’s intricate bronze “Gates of Paradise”. Then, visit the Academy of Fine Arts and see Michelangelo’s David. The tour ends at the Piazzale Michelangelo with a breathtaking view over Florence. The remainder of th day is yours to savour the Renaissance splendour of the Tuscan capital your own way and at your own pace.
day 05 Assisi-Rome
Travel through the rolling landscapes of Tuscany on your way to Assisi, the hometown of St. Francis. Here, take a walking tour to see the main square and visit the impressive Basilica of St. Francis. Continue to Rome for dinner and an evening at leisure.
day 06 Rome
A full day tour shows you all the highlights of the Eternal city. Visit the Vatican Museums with Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Then continue on to visit the Colosseum, ancient Palatine Hill overlooking the Circus Maximus and the Imperial Palace, and the Roman Forum.
day 07 Rome
A day is at leisure in spectacular Rome. Your tour guide will have suggestions on how to spend your time. You might want to visit some of the wonderful shops, galleries and museums, or relax in a sidewalk cafe - there are plenty of things to do and see, depending on your interests. Tonight, a dinner with your fellow travellers will provide a perfect way to celebrate your glimpse of Italy.
day 08 Rome-Pompeii-Sorrento
Departing Rome, travel to Pompeii, the Roman city destroyed and also forever preserved by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. After a visit to the haunting site, continue to Sorrento. Enjoy dinner at your hotel, then a free evening.
day 09 Sorrento-Capri-Sorrento
Glide across the bay to the beautiful Isle of Capri. Visit the magnificent Gardens of Caesar Augustus and view the famed Faraglioni Rocks. Wander through the winding streets past the chic boutiques before returning to Sorrento.
day 10 Sorrento
Take in the sights of Sorrento your way with a full free day. You might want to wander through the shops, indulge in a spa treatment, or simply relax, enjoy the views, and breathe in the fresh sea air.
day 11 Sorrento-Naples Departure
Tour comes to an end in the morning. You will be transferred to Naples airport for your departure flight.
Inclusions: twin share in first class hotels, breakfast daily, one lunch, five dinners, arrival and departure transfers, tour director throughout, deluxe coach, local tour guides, porterage, service charges, taxes.
Sightseeing: Venice, Florence, Assisi, Rome. Entries: Venice-St Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace, Florence-Academy, Assisi-Basilica of St Francis, Rome-Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica, Colosseum, Roman Forum, Sorrento-Pompeii.
Hotels: Venice-Carlton, Florence-Croce di Malta, Rome-Grand Hotel Palatino, Sorrento-Central (or similar).