Italy boasts a wealth of diversity in its beauty, museums, wineries and Country side. On this wonderful Tour of Italy, you will experience a variety of the best of what Italy has to offer. You have the option to start in beautiful Venice, the city built on the water. Surrounded by canals, this maze like town features Cathedrals, Museums, St. Marks Square, and a wealth of boutiques to buy Murano glass.
The main tour begins in Florence which is known as the museum capital. Enjoy a tour of the city with time for you to visit any museums of your choice. You will then head to the gorgeous country side of Umbria. Your time will allow you to visit the many quaint and picturesque towns and wineries that make up the glorious Umbria area. You will also experience an authentic Italian cooking class. Your next stop is Rome where you will enjoy a private tour of the Vatican. Rome is also known as the “outdoor museum city”. With so many sites to see, just driving around the city offers a full perspective on this historical place.
You may also continue your journey to the beautiful Amalfi Coast as an add on extension.
Italy Tour Itinerary:
Optional 2 night Venice pre trip
May 3 and 4, 2018
May 3rd – Arrive into Venice (VCE) in the AM. Transfer via Vaporetto (boat) to the island of Venice. Check in to your hotel. Your hotel is within close proximity of the Saint Marks square which is the main center of Venice. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure and simply “get lost”, as is the custom here, among the many streets, shops, and canals. Optional gondola ride this evening to enjoy the famous canals that make up Venice. Hotel Saturnia International for 2 nights.
May 4th– Venice Full Day – After breakfast, enjoy a guided tour of some of the famous sites Venice has to offer, such as Saint Marks square, the Basilica Di San Marco, Dodges Palace, Saint Marks Bell Tower, and the San Zacarria Church. Your local Italian guide will explain the history of each site, as well as how Venice came to be built on the water. You will finish at the local outdoor market loaded with fresh fruits, vegetables, and fish, a site not to be missed. Afterwards, time at your leisure to choose from the following: a boat trip to Murano Island to see glass making techniques and a gallery, or a ferry ride around the island of Venice for a view of the sites from the water. You may also opt to wonder the streets and get lost a bit while shopping for Murano glass works and leather handbags. Dinner at your leisure this evening. (B)
May 5th – Venice – Florence. This morning depart via train for the 2 hour trip to Florence. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel in the city center. Your guide and tour leader will meet you at the hotel and assist with your check in. She will be on hand for suggestions of sites and activities for the day which is at your leisure. Welcome dinner tonight as a group. Hotel Loggiato Dei Serviti for 2 nights. (B, D)
Main Italy Tour Itinerary
Day 1:May 5, 2018: Arrival Day – Arrive at the Florence airport (FLR) and transfer to your centrally located hotel. Your tour leader will meet you and assist you with check in. The day is at your leisure to explore Florence as you wish. Your local tour leader will be on hand to assist you with any suggestions on how to spend your day. Welcome dinner this evening as a group. Hotel Loggiato Dei Serviti for 2 nights (D)
Day 2:May 6 – Florence Tour – Your guide will take you on a walking tour of the city, giving you the highlights of the many sculptures, museums, and sites Florence has become famous for. You will also visit the Accademia, where Michelangelo’s “Statue of David” is kept. The remainder of the day can be spent visiting any museums of your choice such as the Pitti Palace and Gardens, Uffizi Gallery and the Duomo. (B,L)
Day 3:May 7 – Transfer to Perugia – Assisi – Gubbio. Transfer this morning via fast train to Perugia, the capital of Umbria. Perugia is a medieval walled town offering many wonderful historical sites. Upon arrival, our driver and guide will pick us up and take us on a guided tour of the Umbrian towns of Assisi and Gubbio. Hotel Brufani Palace for 3 nights (B, D)
Assisi is best known as the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi — patron saint of Italy, founder of the Franciscan order, and one of the most popular Catholic saints in history. Assisi’s main attraction is the 13th-century Basilica di San Francesco, which contains the sacred relics of Francis and beautiful frescoes of his life. There are at least seven other churches well worth visiting for their history, beauty, and connection with Francis or his friend Clare. The town of Assisi, with its Roman ruins, winding medieval streets and sacred shrines is a place worth seeing.
The medieval town of Gubbio can be found with its rich historical and artistic traditions intact. It is the oldest town in the Umbria region. The Palazzo Ducale in front of the Cathedral Dome is a Renaissance building built at the request of Federico da Montefeltro. There is also a very beautiful inner courtyard. While walking through the old town, it is possible to see many craft shops and buy typical products related to the manufacturing of pottery, leather, iron, gold and embroidery.
Day 4:May 8 – Perugia – Cooking class. This morning, you will enjoy learning to cook an authentic Italian meal. During your cooking class, you will learn firsthand how to make a traditional Italian meal from scratch consisting of 4 courses and then dine on your creation. This afternoon and evening is at your leisure to enjoy some time at your leisure to visit the many sites listed here in the town of Perugia.
Top sites to see include the Piazza IV Novembre, a large open square that contains the beautiful Fontana Maggiore, surrounded by the Duomo. The Palazzo dei Priori, and medieval buildings with shops and bars are also worth visiting. The Palazzo Dei Priori, where the town councilors used to meet, has some beautiful 13th-century frescoes and wooden furniture. It houses the National Art Gallery of Umbria and three other museums.
The Corso Vannucci is the main pedestrian street and is lined with elegant shops, bars, and eating places. The Rocca Paolina is a fortress built by Pope Paul III over the houses and buildings he destroyed. You can wander through the underground remains of the streets and houses. There are also art exhibits held in the building. (B, L)
Day 5:May 9 – Orvieto – Todi – Wine Tastings. Tour the towns of Orvieto and Todi and stop at two wineries along the way for some authentic Italian wine tastings. The evening will be at your leisure to enjoy Perugia.
Orvieto is one of the most striking, memorable, and beautiful hill towns in central Italy. Sitting majestically high above the valley floor atop a big chunk of “tufo” volcanic stone, overlooking cypress-dotted Umbrian plains. A colorful-inside-and-out cathedral and some of Italy’s best wine. Orvieto has two distinct parts: the old-town hilltop and the dull new town below. Travelers start at the bottom and then drive or take an elevator or escalator to the medieval upper town. Orvieto’s cathedral is colorful and a Gothic facade.
Todi has one of central Italy’s most photogenic piazzas. There is nothing showy about Piazza del Popolo, just an understated serenity enclosed by the 13th-century Palazzo del Capitano and Palazzo Dei Priori. The façade and rose window of Todi’s Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral are truly worth a picture. The town’s most photographed building stands just downhill from the walls: the church of Santa Maria Della Consolazione was designed by Cola da Caprarola, and its divine geometry follows the classic Greek Cross pattern that became fashionable during the High Renaissance. To get the best view of it—and the hills of central Umbria that form its backdrop—climb the campanile (bell tower) of San Fortunato church. (B,L)
Day 6:May 10 – Transfer to Rome – Rome Tour. We transfer this morning to Rome via train. Check in at our hotel in the city center. Enjoy some lunch, then your local tour guide will give you a tour of the city’s highlights. These sites include The Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Pantheon, St. Peters church, Colosseum, and more. Enjoy the evening at your leisure. You may also opt to take an evening tour of Rome as the city all lite up at night is truly a site to see. River Palace Hotel for 2 nights (B,L)
Day 7:May 11 – Vatican Tour – Today you are treated to a very special excursion. A private tour of the Vatican. This tour gives you an in-depth view of the best of the Vatican. Enjoy the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museum, St. Peter’s Square and more. This is truly a highlight of Rome. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to visit any remaining sites of your personal interest. Your local guide is on hand to suggest to you any sites or activities you wish. A farewell dinner tonight. (B, D)
Day 8:May 12 – Departure Day. After breakfast, depart for the airport in Rome (FCO) for your return flight home, or you may wish to continue to the Amalfi Coast. Details below. (B)
Cost: $2396.00 per person based on double occupancy (Roommates can be provided)
Single Supplement: $615.00
Booking/full payment deadline 60 days prior to departure
SAVE 3% OFF Tour cost if paying by check or ACH transfer
7 night’s 4* hotel including hotel tax
1 cooking class with lunch and wines
2 winery tastings
Arrival airport transfers in Florence
Departure airport transfers in Rome
All tours and transfers with private guide/driver as per itinerary
Train tickets Florence to Perugia and Perugia to Rome
Tour and Tickets to the Acadamia
Private Vatican Tour with entry tickets
All City taxes
Italian Tour leader
Local Italian tour Guide where needed
Gratuity for driver/guides/Tour leader
Departure taxes if any
Meals not listed in itinerary
Drinks with meals other than water
Additional tours, museum tickets, etc not included in itinerary
Amalfi Coast Extension at Leisure – Please note this extension uses local Guides as needed- no tour leader
May 12: Transfer from Rome to Naples – Fast train from Rome to Naples, just a little over an hour journey. Arrive to Naples late morning and take a private transfer to beautiful Sorrento. Check into your seaside 4 star hotel for 3 nights. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to enjoy the beach, gorgeous sea views, or take a walk into the quaint town of Sorrento which is filled with shops, dining, and views galore. This evening we enjoy a pizza making class where you will learn first hand how to make real authentic Italian Pizza. Then enjoy your pizza dinner with some Italian wine. Hotel Helios Sea View rooms for 3 nights (B, D)
May 13: Amalfi Coast Tour – Today you will enjoy a tour of the beautiful and breathtaking Amalfi Coast. We start our day first visiting the town of Amalfi, then on to the postcard perfect Positano, where scenes from the movie “Under the Tuscan Sun” were filmed. Next, we visit the town of Ravello. Its quaint streets and gorgeous ocean views around every corner are truly spectacular. You will have several photo stops and lunch along the way. Remainder of the day and evening at leisure. (B)
Thousands of years of history, an enchanting mountaintop setting on Italy’s most beautiful coastline and views that have captivated countless people, is Ravello. There are stories to be uncovered along its medieval streets, garden villas, and ancient stone pathways. Ravello has been named the City of Music and is home to the Ravello Festival, the striking Auditorium Oscar Niemeyer, and a vibrant cultural scene. May 14: The Isle of Capri awaits you today as you take a short ferry ride from the port of Sorrento to the Island of Capri. Begin your visit with a guided tour of this famous and quaint island. Stop for a lunch break and then it is time to really see the beauty of Capri as you board the boat for a tour on the water all the way around the island. The views and the rock formations you will see are truly spectacular. Have your cameras ready as every turn provides a new and wonderful photo op. (B)
May 15: Departure Day. After breakfast depart via private transfer to the Naples airport. (NAP) Please note the transfer time from Sorrento to the airport is about 1 hour. Flights need to be booked accordingly. Please consult with us for the best air options. (B)
Cost: $860.00 per person based on double occupancy (Roommates can be provided) Based on 4 people attending
Single Supplement: $504.00
Booking/full payment deadline 60 days prior to departure
3 night’s 4* hotel including hotel tax
Pizza Making class with dinner and wine
Private Arrival transfers from Naples Train station to Sorrento
Private Departure transfers from Sorrento to Naples airport
Local Guide/driver as per itinerary needs
Train tickets Rome to Naples
Ferry tickets to Capri
Capri Boat tour
Required city tax 1.5 euro per day
Meals not listed
Gratuities for drivers and guides
Venice Pre Trip – Please note this extension is at your leisure, no tour leader just a local tour guide based on 4 people attending
Cost: $525.00 per person based on double occupancy (Roommates can be provided)
Single Supplement: $173.00
Booking/full payment deadline 60 days prior to departure
2 night’s 4* hotel including hotel tax
Tour of Venice with local guide
Arrival transfers from Venice airport to Venice island if traveling with others on the same transfer
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