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Classic Exploring Italy: Venice, Florence & Sorrento to Rome

Duration
14 Days
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US$ 3,419

This Italy tour takes you to the country’s most romantic cities. Cruise the canals in Venice, step back into the Renaissance in Florence, and marvel at Rome’s ancient splendour, all in between magnificent meals and charming local discoveries.


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This 14-day vacation takes in Italy’s most popular cities, while making time to get away from the big tourist sites and discover local delights.

Enjoy a two hour guided walking tour of Venice, exploring back alleys and cultural icons such as La Fenice Opera House, and the Bovolo spiral staircase. Your tour also includes the big attractions such as the Rialto Bridge and Marco Polo’s house, but your local guide will help you uncover a Venice unseen by many tourists, with insight into the city’s countless stories, and modern challenges. A gondola ride is of course a must, and your included ride through the canals treats you to Venice’s best view, one had from the water.

From Venice, go on to the city that inspired Shakespeare, majestic Verona. A visit to Piazza Bra gets you in a theatrical mood before having two and a half hours free to explore. Juliet’s house (yes, that one) and the Piazza delle Erbe are both popular attractions. Afterwards, visit the surrounding medieval towns and sample some of the local Amarone wine.

Get a unique first impression of Florence on a night-time tour with dinner included. Visit the palace in Via Tornabuoni, the high end fashion street of Il Salotto di Firenze, Ponte Vecchio, and Piazzale Michelangelo for an astonishing night-time view. The tour also takes you to historic parts of Florence most tourists never reach. The following day, a cheeky side trip to Pisa gives you time to climb the famous Leaning Tower, before a walking tour unearths the secrets of this medieval city. Return to Florence for a tour of the main sights. This includes the Piazza Duomo, the Baptistery of San Giovanni, and the Giotto bell tower. Immerse yourself in the excitement of the Mercato della Paglia, and roam the sights of the Piazza Signoria. Discover why so many travellers have called Florence one of the world’s most beautiful cities.

Another contender for the list is your next destination, UNESCO World Heritage listed Cinque Terre. Leaning precariously against one another on the mountainside, the houses here are a true Italian icon, evoking romance and enchantment as you explore.

It’s then on to the Eternal City, Rome. Again, your first taste of the city will be a night-time tour, putting a unique perspective on famous sights such as the Coliseum, the Arch of Constantine, and St Peter’s Square and Basilica. The following day, a guided tour takes you from the Spanish Steps to the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and other must-sees. At the end of the tour, jump the queues at the Vatican Museum for a look at what may be the world’s most important collection of ancient art. Swing by the Sistine Chapel to admire Michelangelo’s ceiling, and end your day with a visit to the Basilica of St. Peter. Rome, however, is a huge, multifaceted city with much to explore. The following day is yours to spend as you please. An included Hop On, Hop Off bus pass lets you see many other key sites at your own pace.

Skip down to Sorrento for a taste of Southern Italy, starting with a visit to Pompeii and imposing Mount Vesuvius. Explore the ruins of this ancient city then enjoy the view from the summit of the mountain that tragically ended it. Another day trip takes you to the island of Capri, visiting its namesake town, and Anacapri. This is your chance to enjoy a more relaxed side of Italy, where life seems unchanged by the rush of the modern world. Both towns are steeped in mythology and folklore too. Return to Sorrento for a day at leisure to explore before transferring to Naples for departure.


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Duration
14 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,419

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Day 1

Venice Airport to Venice City Centre Hotel - Private Transfer

Duration1 Hour

Hotel Tiziano

The Hotel Tiziano is located in a neighbourhood where you can feel the romantic atmosphere of Venice: the streets and squares are truly genuine, suspended between art, history and daily life, and far from the areas of the mass tourism. Hotel Tiziano is set in a 15th-century building in the Dorsoduro district, near the Church of San Nicolo dei Mendicoli, one of the most beautiful churches in the heart of Venice. The famous Churches St. Nicolo dei Mendicoli or Angello Raffaele are only several metres from the front door.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Hotel Tiziano

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    The Hotel Tiziano is located in a neighbourhood where you can feel the romantic atmosphere of Venice: the streets and squares are truly genuine, suspended between art, history and daily life, and far from the areas of the mass tourism. Hotel Tiziano is set in ...

    The Hotel Tiziano is located in a neighbourhood where you can feel the romantic atmosphere of Venice: the streets and squares are truly genuine, suspended between art, history and daily life, and far from the areas of the mass tourism. Hotel Tiziano is set in a 15th-century building in the Dorsoduro district, near the Church of San Nicolo dei Mendicoli, one of the most beautiful churches in the heart of Venice. The famous Churches St. Nicolo dei Mendicoli or Angello Raffaele are only several metres from the front door.

    Facilities

    • Express Check In/Out
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Reception (Limited hours)
    • Smoke Free Hotel

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Private Gondola Ride Night (Summer)

A unique form of water transportation, the gondola has been used to carry passengers along Venice's waterways for centuries. Not everyone can be a gondolier. In Venice, it is considered a noble profession that has been passed down from generation to generation through the centuries. Gondolas were once the chief form of transportation through the canals of Venice. Today, they are generally used as sightseeing vessels for tourists willing to shell out quite a few euros for a ride on these historic rowing boats.

Sit back and relax on a marvelous and enchanting half an hour evening gondola ride through the Grand Canal and inner canals of Venice. You will take in the atmosphere of this ancient city built on water.

Duration30 Minutes
Day 2

Discover Venice Walking Tour (Summer)

Enjoy a relaxing 1.5 hour guided walk away from the main tourist sites and crowds. We make our way through the labyrinth of alleyways towards the famous Opera house La Fenice which burned down and has now been rebuilt to is original glory, then a quiet walk towards Palazzo Fortuny once known as Palace of the Orpheans, we will see the ornate Bovolo spiral staircase (known as "of the snail") tucked away in a tiny courtyard, then onto a view of Rialto bridge and Grand Canal.

Discover the Hunch-back of Rialto, Marco Polo's house and much more. Take advantage of our expert guides, and learn about the Venetian dialect. Hear the history of this enchanting city from our local guides. Discover the extraordinary architectural masterpieces and why they were built that way, learn how Venice lost out on the trade routes when the New World was discovered, leaving Venice medieval forever. Strolling along the narrow streets, "Calle" to encounter hidden away treasures. Explore the particular difficulties Venice has to face. This tour will leave you knowing so much more about this not so practical but precious city!

Note: the tour excludes Saint Mark area

Duration1 Hour
Day 3

Venice City Centre Hotel to St. Lucia Railway Station - Private Transfer

Duration1 Hour

Florence Train Station to Florence Hotel

Duration1 Hour

Hotel Rosso 23

Hotel Rosso 23 is located in the centre of Florence, featuring a modern and refined design that give all guests the pleasure of a stay in a perfectly preserved historic building in the pedestrian center of the city, overlooking the magnificent Santa Maria Novella square. With the Duomo just a short walk away, this contemporary hotel is ideally positioned for those wishing explore this charming city. Hotel Rosso 23's guest rooms exhibit a stylish design and are equipped with the latest conveniences and amenities like satellite television and wireless internet access.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration4 Nights
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Hotel Rosso 23

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    Hotel Rosso 23 is located in the centre of Florence, featuring a modern and refined design that give all guests the pleasure of a stay in a perfectly preserved historic building in the pedestrian center of the city, overlooking the magnificent Santa Maria Novella square. ...

    Hotel Rosso 23 is located in the centre of Florence, featuring a modern and refined design that give all guests the pleasure of a stay in a perfectly preserved historic building in the pedestrian center of the city, overlooking the magnificent Santa Maria Novella square. With the Duomo just a short walk away, this contemporary hotel is ideally positioned for those wishing explore this charming city. Hotel Rosso 23's guest rooms exhibit a stylish design and are equipped with the latest conveniences and amenities like satellite television and wireless internet access.

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Day 4

Florence City Tour with Academy Gallery - Seat in Coach

Please make your own way to the meeting point and ensure you arrive at least 20 minutes before the scheduled start time. This discovery tour begins with one of the most beautiful and romantic stops in the world: Piazzale Michelangelo, where you can drink in the sights and historic panorama of Florence lying before your eyes. You will then plunge into the city itself: first stop is the Academy Gallery, famous for its "David of Michelangelo", the unfinished works of Prigioni, San Matteo, La Pieta di Palestria and other master pieces by great artists. The tour ends with a stroll through the historic streets of the city, to arrive in the Square of the Duomo. Here you will learn secrets of Giotto's Bell Tower, and discover the beauty of the Baptistery with its golden and bronze doors. Last but not least, there is the breathtaking Cathedral itself.

Duration3 Hours
Day 5

A Special Day In Tuscany: Pisa, San Gimignano, Siena with Lunch (Full Day)

Do you want to feast your eyes and tickle your palate with the joys of Tuscany in just one day? Pisa, San Gimignano and Siena plus a typical Tuscan lunch in just one day, well here is the tour for you. Your day begins early in the morning with a tour of Pisa, where you will have time to admire the stunning Cathedral, the Baptistery, and the Monumental Cemetery. Also, you will have the chance to snap photographs of the celebrated Leaning Tower. Then we move onto the rustic wine estate in the foothills of San Gimignano, where you can enjoy a typical Tuscan lunch enriched by precious wine. After lunch you will discover one of the most famous medieval hilltop villages in Italy which is in San Gimignano. In San Gimignano, you can explore the maze of cobbled streets, the small squares and many local artisan shops. Our exciting day continues with a panoramic view of the true Chianti countryside. Before arriving in Siena, where our specialist guide will meets us and starts the walk around the most important squares to the Cathedral, with a visit of its interior. At the end of the tour there will be time to enjoy coffee and some shopping in typical local shops. Then we will return to Florence in a beautiful Tuscan sunset. The end of a memorable day in Tuscany.

Duration11 Hours
Day 6

Cinque Terre - The Scent of the Sea - Seat in Coach

Our trip to the Cinque Terre is an unforgettable whole day devoted to the discovery of one of the most amazing and enchanting landscapes in the world. Five (Cinque) villages, hanging between sea and land, a place where you can immerse yourselves in paradise, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. Our visit begins at daybreak, with the arrival at La Spezia, where we will take a train to Riomaggiore. The village, dating back to the early thirteenth century, is famous for its historic character and local wine. You can admire the houses leaning one against the other and stroll along the narrow cobble alleyways and sheltered paths. We then reach Manarola by walking along the famous "Via dell'Amore" (The Path of Love) - a romantic and evocative promenade hewn from the rocks falling sheer into the sea. The tiny harbor has a boat ramp and picturesque buildings clinging to the ravine. Our journey continues to Monterosso, an ancient fi shing village considered "The Pearl of the Cinque Terre", where you will be awed by its enchanting beaches and the lush vegetation encircling the little town. Here you will have free time to plunge into the crystal sea and sunbathe, before taking the boat to Vernazza, a seaside town surrounding a small natural port. As well as comfortable clothes and shoes, we recommend you bring your swimwear!

Important note: At the moment the "Via dell'Amore" (The Path of Love) is close and the reopening depends on local authorities. If it still won't be accessible during high season, a longer route in boat will be offer as financial compensation and the given order of the visits may change. Please note that due to bad weather it may not be possible to use the boat.

Duration12 Hours
Day 7

Florence Hotel to Florence Train Station

Duration1 Hour

Naples Airport or Train Station to Sorrento Hotels

Duration20 Minutes

Hotel Antiche Mura

The Hotel Antiche Mura is tucked just behind Sorrento's main square, Piazza Tasso, with boutiques and trattorias on the doorstep. The villa's decor is in keeping with its 19th-century roots. In the lobby, you'll find chandeliers, traditional wooden furniture and bottle-green leather sofas. Rooms are comfortable and spacious, and some come with French windows and balconies or terraces. Outside, you'll find a swimming pool surrounded by well-kept lawns and citrus trees. The whole area overlooks the lush Valley of the Mills, and the remains of the ancient town walls. There are loungers and parasols for relaxing in the sun, and a poolside snack bar serving Italian classics like Caprese salads and Margherita pizzas.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration4 Nights
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Hotel Antiche Mura

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    The Hotel Antiche Mura is tucked just behind Sorrento's main square, Piazza Tasso, with boutiques and trattorias on the doorstep. The villa's decor is in keeping with its 19th-century roots. In the lobby, you'll find chandeliers, traditional wooden furniture and bottle-green leather sofas. Rooms are ...

    The Hotel Antiche Mura is tucked just behind Sorrento's main square, Piazza Tasso, with boutiques and trattorias on the doorstep. The villa's decor is in keeping with its 19th-century roots. In the lobby, you'll find chandeliers, traditional wooden furniture and bottle-green leather sofas. Rooms are comfortable and spacious, and some come with French windows and balconies or terraces. Outside, you'll find a swimming pool surrounded by well-kept lawns and citrus trees. The whole area overlooks the lush Valley of the Mills, and the remains of the ancient town walls. There are loungers and parasols for relaxing in the sun, and a poolside snack bar serving Italian classics like Caprese salads and Margherita pizzas.

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    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Pool (s)

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Day 8

Capri and Anacapri (ex. Sorrento)

Visit the magical Island and sample its beauty sights and scenery! Travel to the island of Capri and visit two towns of Capri and Anacapri. The tour begins with a visit to Anacapri, where you can have time to wander around the lovely town. This picture-perfect town seems untouched by modern times; residents enjoy a slow, simple pace of life and welcome tourists with open arms. It is a town that beckons visitors to slow down, relax and enjoy its subdued ambiance. The tour then continues to the centre of Capri, where the little square (otherwise knows as "the drawing room of the world" is located). You will have a chance to view the Faraglioni Rocks from Augustus' Garden followed by a walk along the artisan and designer shops. Capri's unique beauties were celebrated in ancient times and later published for the world in Homer's works: Odysseus (known in Latin as Ulysses) sailing past the island, narrowly escaped the fate of those who hear the voices of the Sirens.

Duration7 Hours
Day 9

Drive to Paradise including Lunch

Our Select Tours are exclusive services for a maximum of eight people in luxury minivans including sights and locations not normally associated or possible with a larger group.
This dedicated service allows greater interaction between our clients and the driver-host throughout the day. The Drive to Paradise Experience provides the chance to explore three of the most amazing spots such as Positano Amalfi and Ravello. Drive along the scenic coast line as far as Positano where you have some free time to explore this beautiful and unique town.

The tour continues along this breath-taking and winding road as far as Amalfi where you have up to two hours on your own to stroll around this historical and characteristic location with its marvellous Cathedral. After Amalfi enjoy an included light lunch just outside Ravello lasting about 40 minutes in a carefully selected restaurant, away from the usual crowded locations, where a small group can expect a much more dedicated service, you will be offered a choice of main course served with local wine and water. After lunch have some leisure time in the lovely atmosphere of Ravello another must see of the so called "divine coast". Return to your hotel.

Duration9 Hours
Day 10

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 11

Sorrento Hotels to Naples Airport or Train Station

Duration1 Hour

Train Station to Central Rome

Duration30 Minutes

Hotel Twenty One

Located in Rome, the very contemporary Hotel Twenty One features an elegant, upscale setting with fantastic views of the Pincian Hill and of Saint Peter's Cupola. Staying here will surely be an unforgettable experience. The most famous touring itineraries of art, culture, history and tradition can be easily reached from this exclusive boutique hotel, located in the city center of Rome, half way between the Vatican Museums and the Spanish Steps. This hotel is unique for its modern, sophisticated style and for its attention to detail, is the ideal destination for those seeking a pleasant vacation and for those traveling on business.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Twenty One

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    Located in Rome, the very contemporary Hotel Twenty One features an elegant, upscale setting with fantastic views of the Pincian Hill and of Saint Peter's Cupola. Staying here will surely be an unforgettable experience. The most famous touring itineraries of art, culture, history and tradition ...

    Located in Rome, the very contemporary Hotel Twenty One features an elegant, upscale setting with fantastic views of the Pincian Hill and of Saint Peter's Cupola. Staying here will surely be an unforgettable experience. The most famous touring itineraries of art, culture, history and tradition can be easily reached from this exclusive boutique hotel, located in the city center of Rome, half way between the Vatican Museums and the Spanish Steps. This hotel is unique for its modern, sophisticated style and for its attention to detail, is the ideal destination for those seeking a pleasant vacation and for those traveling on business.

    Facilities

    • Attractions
    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Conference Facilities
    • Hairdryers
    • Housekeeping Service
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry Service
    • Luggage Storage
    • Mini Bar
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Tour Desk
    • TV

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Day 12

Rome 1 Day City Tour Hop On Hop Off Pass

Experience the magical sights of Rome aboard double decker buses! The Open Tour pass allows you to hop on/off the bus at any of the 10 stops throughout the city centre. The bus arrives every 20-25 minutes (depending on traffic), and has a running audio commentary in 8 different languages (provided by a free headset). Stops include: Via Ludovisi/Via Veneto, Barberini Square/Trevi Fountain, Termini Station (5 minutes break), S. Maria Maggiore, Colosseum, Circo Massimo/Bocca della Verita, Marcello's Theatre/Venezia Square, Vatican City, S. Angelo's Bridge and the Via Del Tritone/Trevi's Fountain (Saturday and pre-holidays until 3.00pm - Not Operate on Sunday).

Duration10 Hours
Day 13

Fountains, Squares, Vatican Museum and St. Peter's Basilica - Small Group

Enjoy a morning tour of Rome and see its most symbolic sights on a 2-hour journey to its fountains and squares. Departing from the Spanish Steps, dominated by the church of Trinita dei Monti, proceed to the Rococo splendor of the Trevi Fountain. Admire the fantasy creatures designed to embody movement. Your guide will explain how, according to tradition, if you throw a coin over your shoulder into the fountain you will eventually return to Rome. Toss in a penny and cross your fingers! Continue to the Pantheon (Temple of all The Gods), originally built to honor the 7 deities of Ancient Rome. Featuring the largest brick dome in the history of architecture, the Pantheon is considered a forerunner of all modern places of worship, and is the most copied of all classical buildings. Next stop is the Piazza Navona, built on the ruins of the Domitian Circus, and now adorned by Bernini's Fountain of the 4 Rivers. Today lunch is included at a typical Italian restaurant. Next it is time to skip the long lines at the Vatican Museum, St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. Your tour starts from the Vatican Museum, which houses the most important collection of ancient art in the world including about 1,400 rooms and over 65,000 works of art. The guide will take you to the best galleries to see the frescoes, statues, tapestries and historical maps by masters such as Botticelli, Perugino and Pinturicchio. You will also visit the magnificent Sistine Chapel to admire Michelangelo's ceiling and Last Judgement. As well as celebrated works by other famous painters including Botticelli and Ghirlandaio. At the end we will visit the Basilica of St. Peter.

Duration6 Hours
Day 14

Central Rome to Fiumicino or Ciampino Airport

Duration30 Minutes

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2018: Departs Daily (subject to availability)

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Transfers from/to train stations or airports
  • 9 nights’ accommodation
  • Breakfast daily
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

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TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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