Explore the charms of Italy with this 15 night vacation package.
Walk in the footsteps of gladiators, view paintings of the Renaissance and immerse in the culture of each area.
The itinerary can be re-worked to your requests.
- 3 nights hotel accommodation in Venice
- 3 nights hotel accommodation in Milan
- 3 nights hotel accommodation in Florence
- 3 nights hotel accommodation in Rome
- 3 nights hotel accommodation in Amalfi coast
- Venice - Excursion to the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello
- Milan - Como Lake & Bellagio Full day organized tour
- Florence - Chianti Authentic experience including wine tasting
- Rome - Ancient Rome & Colosseum half day (Afternoon walking tour)
- Amalfi - Full day Capri and Anacapri private tour
- Train tickets Venice – Milan – Florence – Rome – Naples
- All transfers as mentioned
- Daily breakfast
- 24 hour assistance phone number
- All taxes except hotel overnight tax
- Travel insurance
- International flights
- Personal expenses
DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN VENICE
Arrive in Venice. You will be met and transferred to your hotel. Balance of day at leisure.
DAY 2: MURANO BURANO & TORCELLO
With this tour you can visit the three most important islands of the Venetian lagoon. Torcello is known for being the first island to be inhabited in the Venice Lagoon: the inhabitants of Altino moved here during the 5th century. The cathedral contains some wonderful mosaics. Today, the island is known as a place of great quiet and tranquility because it has a little more than 20 residents and seems like a place that time forgot. Burano, inhabited by 3000 people, is known for its handmade lace and typical sweets "bussolai", but also for its brightly colored houses that, it is said, were painted by its inhabitants to make them recognizable to the fishermen coming home in heavy foggy weather. Murano is known around the world for the artistic production of blown glass. Initially, the production took place in Venice, but, at that time, the buildings were made of wood and often the fire escaped from the ovens and caused dangerous fires. The government of the Republic ordered then to move the seat of the furnaces to Murano. The island also hosts the Glass Museum which contains a large collection of very ancient glass masterpieces and surely deserves a visit. In case of no show total amount will be charged.
DAY 3: VENICE
Free day in Venice.
Venice is a city unlike any other. No matter how often you've seen it in photos and films, the real thing is more dreamlike than you could imagine. With canals where streets should be, water shimmers everywhere. The fabulous palaces and churches reflect centuries of history in what was a wealthy trading center between Europe and the Orient. Getting lost in the narrow alleyways is a quintessential...
Optional tours available.
DAY 4: VENICE / MILAN
At the indicated time you will be transferred to the train station for your train to Milan. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.
DAY 5: COMO LAKE & BELLAGIO FULL DAY TOUR
Discover Lake Como in Italy's beautiful Lake District, just a short distance from Milan. Nestled between the huge snowcapped Alps that rise up from its shores, is fashionable lakeside town Como. After spending time shopping and dining, you will take a two-hour panoramic cruise on Lake Como to the enchanting village of Bellagio. After your 1-hour coach journey from Milan, start your tour of Como visiting historic center and enjoy some free time to get to know the town and shop in the many local boutiques. Lake Como is the third largest lake in Europe and it is surrounded by stunning alpine scenery and beautiful villages famed for their high quality silk production. The tour continues with a 2-hours cruise on the lake. Admire the lakeside villas and keep an eye out for Villa d'Este at Cernobbio, a luxurious hotel set in tropical gardens. The mild Mediterranean climate ensures an abundance of exotic and rare plants thrive year round. Docking at the town of Bellagio, one of the most famous towns on the lake, you can follow the steep alleys running up from the lake and stop for a coffee or gelato at one of the lively cafes housed in grand historic buildings. Spend some time at your leisure here before cruise to Cadenabbia and return to your coach for the journey back to Milan.
DAY 6: MILAN
Free day in Milan.
If there’s one city that worthy of the “fashion capital” crown, it’s Milan. Milan is without a doubt the capital of Italian and international fashion. Cosmopolitan, it incorporates luxury, art, gastronomy and culture… it’s the perfect place for fashionistas and industry enthusiasts.
Optional tours available.
DAY 7: MILAN / FLORENCE
At the indicated time you will be transferred to the train station for your train to Florence. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.
DAY 8: CHIANTI AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCE INCLUDING WINE TASTING
A comprehensive experience in one of the most fascinating areas of Tuskany, know all over the world for its wine and its countryside of unrivalled charm, where woods alternate with vineyards and olive groves, in a landscape dotted with Romanesque parish churches, farmhouses, villas and castles of rare beauty. The first stop of the tour is in the heart of the Florentine area of Chianti Classico, in a historic Winery with Castle producing also one of the most appreciated Chianti extra virgin olive oil. Here we experience an original itinerant tasting tour with four different wines and local products, guided by an expert winemaker, while visiting the ancient wine cellars under the Castle, admiring the vineyards and enjoying the delightful garden. We continue then to the picturesque medieval village of Greve, birthplace of the famous navigator Giovanni da Verrazzano, where every year takes place the most important wine fair of the Chianti region. Here we will have free time to admire the famous main square of the ancient "market" with its characteristic arcades and to browse through the local artisan shops. Moving along the ancient "Via Chiantigiana", we cross the heart of the Chianti Classico, admiring the breathtaking views of the rolling hills that made so famous this part of Tuscany. We reach then a family-run Winery located in the Sienese area of the Chianti Classico, which stands out for the excellent quality of its wines. Here we will be warmly welcomed by its passionate winemaker and after the guided tour of the cellars and the lovely aromatic garden, a delicious tasting of four different wines and local products will be waiting for us. The last stop of the tour is Castellina*, a fortified hilltop village of Etruscan origin, among the most lively and picturesque of Chianti, characterized by an imposing fortress: here, walking through the picturesque medieval covered street "Via delle Volte", the tour leader will guide us to discover the charming historical center and its picturesque houses, squares and shops.
DAY 9: FLORENCE
Free day to explore Florence at your own leisure.
Firenze, the cradle of the Renaissance, is one of Europe’s great art cities. With frescoes by Giotto and Ghirlandaio, canvases by Botticelli and Bronzino, and sculptures by Michelangelo and Giambologna, there is so much exquisite art and architecture within its ancient walls that it’s easy to become overwhelmed.
Optional tours available.
DAY 10: FLORENCE / ROME
At the indicated time you will be transferred to the train station for your train to Rome. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.
DAY 11: ANCIENT ROME & COLOSSEUM HALF DAY (AFTERNOON WALKING TOUR)
A walk through the heart of Ancient Rome, an area rich with historical memories, where the great epic of Rome began. From Venice Square you will walk up the Capitol Hill from where you will enjoy an incredible view of the Forum. Continuing onwards we will first admire Trajan's Column with its gorgeous bas-relief sculptures to then walk through the Roman Forum, center of the public life of ancient Rome, until we finally arrive at the Colosseum (visit inside), where, thanks to a preferred entrance ticket, you will skip the entrance line. DURATION OF THE TOUR: approx. 3 hours.
DAY 12: ROME
Day at leisure to enjoy Rome.
An epic, monumental city, Rome gets under your skin fast.
Even on a short break, you’ll be smitten by its artistic masterpieces and iconic monuments, operatic piazzas and haunting ruins. Life is lived to the full here, and the city teems with trattorias and designer restaurants, street-side bars and glam fashion boutiques.
Optional tours available.
DAY 13: ROME / NAPLES / AMALFI
At the indicated time you will be transferred to the train station for your train to Naples. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in Amalfi.
DAY 14: FULL DAY CAPRI & ANACAPRI PRIVATE TOUR
Loved by both the Jet Set and ancient Roman Emperors alike no holiday would be complete without a trip to the island of Capri! Relax and enjoy a wonderful day on this beautiful island... return transport is provided to the port, the Jetfoil has been prebooked, a local guide will show you all the wonderful sights and mini-buses to transport you to each stop on the Island are included. During the thirty minutes’ boat ride you can admire the beauty of the Sorrento coastline as you make your way across to the island. On arrival a mini-bus will take you to Anacapri, the highest part of the island, where you can make an optional visit to the famous villa of Dr. Axel Munthe whose bestselling book “Story of San Michele” tells of how he came to live on Capri and how he built his home on the remains of a Roman villa with its beautiful, panoramic terraced gardens. Weather permitting, there is a chance of taking an optional chairlift up Monte Solaro or wonder around the shops and relax in one of the many open-air cafes. Continue by car to Capri town where rows of chic designer shops line the cobbled streets. Your guide will take you down to admire the splendid views from the colourful “Augustus Gardens” overlooking the Faraglioni Rocks and the Marina Piccola where Gracie Fields once lived. Free time to explore the tiny alleyways and arcades full of little shops selling local handicrafts, clothing, jewellery, shoes and Capri’s famous perfumes. A mini-bus will take you back to Marina Grande where you have free time before returning by Jetfoil to Amalfi.
Please note: Entrance fee to Villa San Michele not included. At guide’s discretion the order of the visits may vary depending on crowds and queues. Don’t forget your camera, comfortable footwear, water, sun protection and hat.
DAY 15: AMALFI COAST
Free day to explore Amalfi.
Magically suspended between the blue sky and the iridescent colored sea, the Amalfi coast seems to be born from the palette of a painter who wanted to use the warmer color gradients for creating a landscape that enchants the visitor at the first shot, giving thrilling experience and such evocative view to doubt, for a moment, it is real.
Optional tours available.
DAY 16: AMALFI / NAPLES
According to your departure flight, you will be transferred to the airport of Naples. END OF SERVICES
Pisa half day tour
A splendid excursion through the fertile and picturesque Tuscan countryside to the historic university city of Pisa,famous for its architectural beauty. Upon arrival in Pisa, your informative guide will take you on a thorough outdoor guided walking tour of Piazza dei Miracoli and its monuments (exterior). You will be dazzled by this marvelous square which is dominated by the Cathedral, a model of the distinctive Pisan Romanesque architecture , the celebrated Leaning Tower and the round- shaped Baptistery surrounded by its suggestive columned arcades. The commentary of our guide will be particularly focused on the Leaning Tower one of the wonders of the world. You will be enthralled by the history and the leaning structure of the Tower which stirs the imagination of all visitors. Then, our guide will lead you through the historical quarter where you can admire the church of San Sisto, one of the oldest churches in Pisa. After a pleasant guided walk you will reach Piazza dei Cavalieri which was the political centre in the Middle Ages . Our guide will introduce this amazing square where you can admire the historic Scuola Normale, one of the most famous universities in the world.
Pompeii full day tour – 9 hours
The first stop is Naples, one of the most enchanting cities in the Mediterranean famous worldwide for its rich history, art, culture and gastronomy, where you will take a short panoramic tour to discover its beauty from the comfort of your coach climbing up the Vomero hill. The town overlooks the bay of Naples which extends from the Sorrento peninsula to vulcanic area of Phlegrean fields, and the skyline is dominated by the majestic and still active volcano Vesuvius, offering an impressive sight perfect to take stunning pictures. Descending towards the port of Mergellina, you will leave the city and travel south towards Mount Vesuvius and, once you reach the town of Pompeii, you will have lunch with the real Neapolitan pizza! After lunch, you will enter into one of the most important archaeological sites in the world: a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ruins of Pompeii, with Skip the Line entrance and a guided tour. Through the remains and ruins of this ancient city you will learn how the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD destroyed the city, killing its inhabitants and burying it under tons of ash. The site was lost for about 1,500 years until its initial rediscovery and the objects beneath the city have been well-preserved for centuries. So you can walk along the ancient streets for a glimpse into the lives of the Romans, discovering ancient houses, bakeries and shops and imagine the everyday life in the Roman times. At the end of the visit we will return to the coach for our trip back to Rome.
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