This comprehensive tour allows you to delve deep into the history and culture of Italy as you visit some of the world's most beautiful places.
This tour has everything you've always wanted in Italy travel. Enjoy multiple-night stays in Rome, Florence, Venice, the Sorrento Coast and Stresa in the Lakes District. Discover the treasures of Classical Rome, including the Colosseum. Walk in the footsteps of the ancient Romans in Pompeii. Take a boat to the enchanting Isle of Capri. See the gems of the Renaissance in Florence's Academy Gallery, including Michelangelo's David. Marvel at the Leaning Tower of Pisa and stroll the streets of Verona that were the backdrop for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Stop at a Tuscan winery and farm for a lunch of regional specialities and wines. You choose your tour in the “Jewel of the Adriatic,” Venice: a walking tour of St. Mark’s Square or go off the beaten path and explore the Castello Sestiere district. Visit Locarno, Switzerland, and cap off your journey through Italy with a cruise to Isola dei Pescatori, one of the scenic Borromean Islands.
Get an in-depth tour of the famous Colosseum.
Relax on a scenic boat ride to the enchanting Isle of Capri.
Enjoy a boat trip to Murano Island for a glass-blowing demonstration.
Visit the Academy Museum in Florence to see Michelangelo's famous statue of David
Stroll the streets of Verona – the backdrop for Romeo and Juliet.
Enjoy the magic of the Italian lakes in the captivating resort of Stresa.
Visit a Tuscan winery and farm to enjoy lunch and sample the local wines.
Days 1 – 3 Grand Hotel Palatino, Rome or The K Boutique Hotel, Rome or Mediterraneo Hotel, Rome or Kolbe Hotel, Rome
Days 4, 5 Towers Hotel, Sorrento or Michelangelo Hotel, Sorrento
Days 6, 7 Grand Hotel Baglioni, Florence or Starhotels Michelangelo, Florence
Days 8, 9 B4 Bellini Venezia, Venice
Days 10, 11 Regina Palace Hotel, Stresa or Zacchera Hotels, Stresa
Multiple departure dates available, contact for details.
Day 1: Rome, Italy - Tour Begins
Welcome to Rome. Tonight, join your fellow travellers for a special welcome dinner featuring regional delicacies and Italian wines. Today dinner will be included.
Day 2: Rome - Classical Rome City Tour
A locally guided tour of Classical Rome features such sights as the Piazza Venezia, the Roman Forum, the Circus Maximus and the Arch of Constantine. During an in-depth visit to the Colosseum, your guide recounts its rich history. The catacombs, burial place of early Christians, the mythic Pantheon, and Piazza Navona are also featured. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 3: Rome
Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore Rome’s cultural treasures. Your Tour Manager will be on hand to offer suggestions. Perhaps a trip to Vatican City, with an optional tour to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica, will be on your personal sightseeing list. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 4: Rome - Pompeii - Sorrento Coast
Journey south towards the brilliant Bay of Naples where charming villages are built into hillsides above a sparkling blue sea. Soak in 2,000 years of history during your discovery of the excavated ruins of Pompeii. A local guide provides an in-depth view of this remarkably preserved archaeological site. Continue to the scenic resort town of Sorrento and take some time to explore the city independently. You may wish to visit the Duomo, a Romanesque cathedral with inlaid woodwork, a famous local Sorrento craft. End your day on the breathtaking Sorrento Coast. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 5: Sorrento Coast - Isle of Capri - Sorrento Coast
A scenic boat ride* brings you to the enchanting Isle of Capri. Upon arrival, take a panoramic ride to the island’s highest town, Anacapri. Spend time in Capri town with its world-famous piazzetta and explore this island paradise of chic boutiques, lush vegetation and outdoor cafés before returning to the Sorrento Coast. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 6: Sorrento Coast - Florence
Tuscany unfolds with its panorama of vineyards and olive groves. Florence, the “Cradle of the Italian Renaissance,” awaits and offers Italy's best art and architecture. Visit the Academy Gallery to see Michelangelo’s magnificent sculpture of David. Tonight, enjoy regional Italian cuisine at a local restaurant. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 7: Florence
A locally guided tour highlights the Piazza del Duomo, with its Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and the famous Gates of Paradise on the Baptistery of St. John. You also view the magnificent Piazza della Signoria with its imposing Palazzo Vecchio. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 8: Florence - Pisa - Venice
Visit the ancient maritime Republic of Pisa to discover the Piazza Dei Miracoli, the Duomo (Cathedral), and the famous Leaning Tower. A special stop is made at a Tuscan winery and farm to enjoy lunch and sample local wines and specialities. Next, cross the Apennine Mountains en route to Venice where 117 islands are connected by a latticework of 150 canals and 400 bridges. Today breakfast and lunch will be included.
Day 9: Venice - Murano Island - Venice
Embark on a boat trip** to Murano Island for a glass-blowing demonstration. Then we make our way to St. Mark’s Square where it’s your choice! Join a local expert who will take you on a walking tour of this famous square to view the Basilica and visit the impressive Doge’s Palace along with the legendary Bridge of Sighs -OR- step off the beaten path and explore the Castello Sestiere district with a local expert; see for yourself how the locals live as you walk canal by canal through the narrow streets lined with churches and historic buildings. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 10: Venice - Verona - Stresa
Depart Venice for Verona to stroll the streets that were the backdrop for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Arrive in the resort town of Stresa in the breathtaking Italian Lakes District, your home for the next two nights, and admire the beautiful views of Lago Maggiore. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 11: Stresa - Locarno, Switzerland - Isola dei Pescatori, Italy - Stresa
Today, cross into Switzerland and the picturesque lakeside resort of Locarno for magnificent views, excellent shopping and charming cafés. Tonight, we travel by boat to Isola dei Pescatori*** for a farewell dinner while surrounded by beautiful scenery. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 12: Stresa - Tour Ends
Your Italian adventure comes to a close today. Today breakfast will be included.
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