Best of Italy
Say ciao to a country filled with history, culture and some of the best food in the world on this 11-day tour through Italy.
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Featuring a look at three of Italy’s best-known travel destinations - Rome, Florence and Sorrento - this guided journey offers so much more than just sightseeing. Begin your Italian adventure in the ancient city of Rome, where sites such as the Colosseum, the Vatican, Piazza Navona and the Trevi Fountain wait to be explored. From Rome, a high-speed train takes us to Florence - a place where famed sites meet new experiences. Here, enjoy tastes of Renaissance art, medieval architecture and, of course, wine. A high-speed train takes us from Florence, this time bound for Sorrento. As if the scenery thus far has not been amazing enough, you will be delighted by a trip down the Amalfi Coast and be astounded by your guided visit to the ancient city of Pompeii. Come, experience Italy in a whole new way.
Highlights and Inclusions
- High-speed rail travel between Rome and Florence and Florence and Naples
- Hotel accommodations for 9 nights
- 14 meals
- Complimentary wine with included dinners
- Rome city tour, including Vatican Museum, St. Peter’s Basilica and Colosseum
- Florence walking tour, including entrance to the Accademia Gallery
- San Gimignano guided tour
- Cooking class and dinner at a Tuscan winery
- Pompeii excursion
- Full-day Amalfi Coast tour including Positano
- Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
- Services of a professional tour manager
- Baggage handling
Day 1 - Rome
Welcome to Italy! Arrive at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Included transfer will accommodate flights arriving into Rome before 11:00 a.m. The rest of the day is yours to relax or begin exploring the city independently. This evening, meet your tour manager and fellow travelers for a welcome dinner at the hotel. Overnight Rome. (D)
Day 2 - Rome Sightseeing
After breakfast we start our exploration of Italy with a guided tour through the center of Rome enjoying some of the famous highlights: the Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona and the Trevi Fountain. The deep history of the city can be felt as we make our way from site to site and only increases as we venture to the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. At the Colosseum, we are treated to a look inside the former home to Gladiators, and at the Roman Forum, the centuries-old ruins are sure to amaze you. This evening you are free to explore the local restaurant scene or sites at leisure. Overnight Rome. (B)
Day 3 - Vatican City
A religious mecca that visitors from all over the world flock to, Vatican City and its sites are on our itinerary for today. We begin at the Vatican Museums, where we admire ancient excavations, detailed marble sculptures, a fantastic array of religious artwork and, of course, the beautiful architecture. From here, enjoy a look at the 15th-century Sistine Chapel, which most notably features Michelangelo’s work on the ceiling. We also tour St. Peter’s Basilica and explore another stunning example of Renaissance architecture. Overnight Rome. (B)
Day 4 - Train to Florence
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before transferring to the train station for a high-speed ride to Florence. The ride is less than 2 hours in length, thanks to this efficient transportation system. We meet our local guide upon arrival at Florence’s Santa Maria Novella Train Station and embark on a tour featuring a look at some of the most famed attractions in the city, such as Piazza Santa Croce, Piazza della Signoria and the Duomo, Florence’s beautiful cathedral from the 1400s. Ready for another dose of Michelangelo’s masterpieces? You are in luck. This walking tour concludes with a visit to the Accademia Gallery, where his “David” is on display. Tonight, we enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight Florence. (B, D)
Day 5 - San Gimignano Excursion / Evening Cooking Class
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and some free time in Florence. Visit one of the many gardens, check out one of the museums or gaze upon the Renaissance-period buildings that fill the city. This afternoon we head to the ancient city of San Gimignano. A guided walking tour showcases the medieval building and homes, cobblestone streets and soaring towers. This evening we visit a Tuscan winery for a hands-on Tuscan cooking class. Our chef guides us through the culinary preparation and creation, then we enjoy a traditional Italian dinner paired with local wines. Overnight Florence. (B, D)
Day 6 - Florence at Leisure
The day is yours to take on Florence and the surrounding region however you see fit. Perhaps you want to visit Piazzale Michelangelo which offers the very best views over the city; take in the Renaissance Art at the Uffizi Galleries; or simply meander along the city’s winding streets stopping for an espresso or shopping at the famous leather market. If you want to venture out of the city, embark on a train ride to the medieval city of Siena, to Pisa to see if you too can get the perfect leaning tower picture or maybe even to the coastal area of Cinque Terre, where colorful homes accent the stunning views of the Italian Riviera. Your tour manger is available throughout the day to assist with your plans. Overnight Florence. (B)
Day 7 – Naples/Sorrento
This morning we board the high-speed train to Naples. On arrival, we have time to stretch our legs and get acquainted with this waterside city before boarding our deluxe motorcoach for the scenic drive to Sorrento. Our hotel for the next three nights is ideally located and features awe-inspiring views of the spectacular Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. Overnight Sorrento. (B)
Day 8 – Pompeii Excursion
This morning we visit one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world, Pompeii. Once a thriving port town, the ill-fated eruption of Mount Vesuvius devastated the town in 79 AD. Our expert guide transports us back to Roman times as we walk along the stone streets and see what is left of ancient buildings. We learn more about their complex water systems, food and everyday life as we move throughout the ruins. After an included lunch we return Sorrento with the afternoon at leisure. Overnight Sorrento. (B, L)
Day 9 - Amalfi Coast & Positano
Turquoise waters and colorful villages lie ahead on today’s excursion along one of the most impressive examples of Mediterranean beauty, the Amalfi Coast. We begin with a short drive from Sorrento to Tordigliano. Take a quick glimpse at the water and the rugged cliffs that dramatically cascade into it before boarding a minivan bound for Positano. This city is known for its posh atmosphere, colorful cliffside homes, shop-lined narrow streets and stunning pebble beaches. From Positano we board a boat for an incredibly scenic journey to Amalfi. In Amalfi, we embark on an orientation tour followed by free time to meander along the streets, seeking out the best views and culture the town has to offer. Do not miss the mosaic facade of St. Andrew’s Cathedral as you explore. This evening, gather with your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant to recap your marvelous time in Italy. Overnight Sorrento. (B, D)
Day 10 - Tour Conclusion
Following breakfast this morning, your time in Italy concludes. Transfer to Naples International Airport for your return flight home. Included transfer will accommodate flights that depart Naples after 11:00 a.m. (B)
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotels include Hotel Romanico Palace (Rome), Hotel Cellai (Florence), and Hilton Sorrento Palace.
Frecciarossa accommodations will be in Premium Class. Premium Class features reclining leather seats, air-conditioned carriages, and a complimentary hot or cold beverage. Frecciarossa high-speed trains, operated by Trenitalia, travel at speeds up to 200 mph combining speed with deluxe comfort.
Dates & Prices
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: Departs 21st June 2020 ($3,895), 13th September 2020 ($3,895)
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