The Best of Italy featuring Tuscany to Amalfi

Let your love affair with Europe and Italy begin – a feast for the senses (and taste buds) as you travel from Florence the cradle of the Renaissance to Pisa and Sienna, with architecture still standing from their Medieval heyday to the splendor of Rome. Wend your way south along the Amalfi Coast and come face to face with Riviera sunshine and the pleasures of Sorrento, Capri, and Positano. In Pompeii walk back in time, then enjoy the exuberance of Naples, a cultural melting pot for centuries. This in-depth tour of Italy is amore!

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Florence

Arrive in Florence and transfer to our hotel. This evening, enjoy a walking tour of the Historic Center followed by a welcome dinner at a local restaurant  featuring regional specialties and our first taste of fine Italian wines. 

Day 2 - Pisa, Italy

This morning, we explore Pisa and it’s leaning tower. Later, we return to Florence for a historical tour: Piazza Santa Croce, Palazzo Vecchio,  Cathedral of Santa Maria Dei Fiori, and the famous “Gates of Paradiso” are included. Of course, we visit the Accademia  Museum to see the original Statue of David.

Day 3 - Siena

Our morning begins as we head into Tuscana! We enjoy a  guided tour of the renaissance-era city of  Siena including the Siena Dome. After, lunch at local Tuscan “Agriturismo” (Italian Farm) where we will indulge in authentic Tuscan fare featuring regional specialties and wines. Following our fest, we visit San Gimignano and have time at leisure to explore. We return to Florence for the evening where dinner can be experienced in many of the local restaurants.

Day 4 - Florence - Rome

After Breakfast, we say goodbye to Florence and travel to Rome. After arrival, check-in and some down-time, we have our first glimpse of this historical capital through a guided motor-coach tour of the Historic Center featuring Quirinale, Piazza Navona, Pantheon, & Campo dei Fiori. We complete our tour with a visit to the infamous Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain. For the evening, we sample the dining atmosphere Rome is known for.

Day 5 - Rome

This morning, we visit the Vatican City which includes entrance to the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel followed by The Colosseum. For the evening, we delight in a true Roman dinner at a traditional restaurant.

Day 6 - Rome - Sorrento

Our day begins traveling to Italy’s coast and the beautiful town of Sorrento. After check-in and a brief orientation, the remainder of the day is yours to relax and enjoy this seaside paradise at leisure. This evening, we get together for dinner.

Day 7 - Capri

This morning, we take the high speed ferry over to Capri  for  a guided tour of the island. Arriving back in Sorrento, we have free time to explore (and shop!) before this evening’s dinner.

Day 8 - Positano

Our day starts with a guided tour  of  the picturesque coastal village of Positano. We then board the bus for a scenic motor-coach tour of the Amalfi Coast with included entry to the Amalfi Dome Closter. Back in Sorrento, we have some down time before dinner.

Day 9 - Pompeii

Today, we take a preserved step back in time as we journey to Pompeii. The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. preserved the site and it features excavated ruins of streets and houses that we can freely explore.

Day 10 - Depart Sorrento

After breakfast, you can depart anytime. Ciao!


Tour Details

Hotel / Lodging
(or similar)

9-Nights 4-star Hotels

Hotel Cellai Florence

Hotel Cellai is located in the heart of the historic center of Florence, surrounded by monuments, churches and buildings of extraordinary beauty. All the most interesting and evocative city sites are within a short walking distance, passing through little streets full of charm and mystery.

Imperiale Rome

The Hotel Imperiale is a jewel of 19th Century architecture, a stately building with modern fully equipped interiors, set off in an elegant way to satisfy the requests of the most demanding travelers.

Grand Hotel Vesuvio Sorrento

Offering panoramic views of the Bay of Naples, the Grand Hotel Vesuvio features a semi-Olympic pool with a large terrace. The rooms are bright and spacious and are decorated with tile floors and classic furniture. All air-conditioned, they also feature a TV, minibar and a private bathroom with toiletries.

Transportation

Mini-coach
Boat

Meals

18 Meals: 9 Breakfasts | 8 Dinners | 1 Lunch
Local Italian Agriturismo
Pizza Party

Trip Highlights

Florence City Tour with the Statue of David
The Leaning Tower of Pisa & Tuscan Countryside
Rome and Vatican City
Knowledgable Local Guides
Capri & Amalfi Coast
True Italian Cuisine
Wine – Need We Say More?


Upcoming Departures

Tour DatesAvailabilityDeparture Points Subject to Change
Tue April 30, 2024 - Thu May 9, 2024
4/30/2024 - 5/9/2024
Available
  • Florence, Italy
Mon September 23, 2024 - Wed October 2, 2024
9/23/2024 - 10/2/2024
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  • Florence, Italy

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