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Cultural Capitals with Amalfi and Classic Sicily

17 days7 cities
Italy1 country
Tour rating: 4.88 / 5, Based on 34 Reviews
Small group tour to Italy

Marvel at the iconic sites and unparalleled heritage in Italy. Enjoy the calm ambiance of Venice as you sway on a gondola along its authentic canals, gaze at wondrous monuments and mind-boggling landscapes in Rome and Florence, and gaze at spectacular views of the Amalfi Coast and Sicily.

17 days7 cities
Italy1 country
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Venice, Italy
3
days
Italy

Waterfront palazzos and palaces make drifting down the Grand Canal feel like cruising through a painting. Venice is the world's most romantic city.

Day by day
Hotel
Day-by-day program
1
day
Arrival in Venice

Welcome to Venice - one of the most charming cities in Italy. Upon arrival, you have a private water-taxi transfer to the hotel for the check-in. The rest of the day is at your own leisure to relax after the trip.

No meals included.

2
day
Venice Sightseeing

After breakfast at your hotel, meet your guide in the lobby and enjoy a wonderful walking city tour of all the must-see places.

Your sightseeing program starts with a visit to St. Mark's Basilica, where you can see the astonishing Pala D'Oro altar. Next, you go up to Loggia dei Cavalli to enjoy the best panoramic views of St. Mark's Square.

Next on your list is the tour of the Doges Palace that includes crossing the Bridge of Sighs, visiting the old prisons, and lushly decorated chambers of the Palace.

After the tour return to the hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure or may go on an optional 1-hour gondola ride (170 USD per person).

Breakfast is included.

 

3
day
Day at Leisure & Optional tour to Murano & Burano

After breakfast and check-out you can explore and enjoy Venice on your own. We suggest visiting the Peggy Guggenheim Collection or joining a carefully planned optional group day trip to the islands of Murano & Burano (55 USD per person).

In the afternoon you are met at your hotel by an assistant for a transfer by a water-taxi. 

Upon arrival to Florence, your driver transfers you to the hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is at your own leisure to relax after the trip.

Breakfast is included.

Al Theatro Palace, Venice
4

Located in the heart of unforgettable Venice, the stylish Al Theatro Palace provides amazing views over one of the most famous theatres in the world, La Fenice Theatre, as well as top-notch service and great amenities.

train
Venice
Florence
2 hrs

Modern Italian trains are among the fastest and most comfortable ways to get to Florence. Free WiFi, power sockets, comfortable seats with footrests, and extensive luggage space are at your service during the journey.

Florence, Italy
2
days
Italy

One of the brightest gems of the Tuscany region, Florence, is the treasure trove, birthplace and cradle of the Renaissance.

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Hotel
Day-by-day program
4
day
Florence Sightseeing

After breakfast in your hotel, meet with your guide and go on a comprehensive walking tour of Florence's highlights.

Today's program includes exploration of the Piazza del Duomo with a visit to the Baptistery dedicated to St. John the Baptist.

Your ticket to the Grande Museo del Duomo allows you to visit the other magnificent monuments of Piazza del Duomo in your free time within 72 hours: the Cathedral itself, the Dome, and its famous Bell Tower.

As you proceed to the main square of the city - Piazza della Repubblica - you pass by the touristic area of the Strozzi Palace a bustling shopping street, via Tornabuoni.

Then you enter Oltrarno where you see numerous local craftsmen shops and the beautiful Santo Spirito Church and Convent, built for the Augustinian monks. In this very part of the city, you can find the first official work of Michelangelo dating back to the age when he was 17 years old.

We also visit the Galleria dell'Accademia to see the famous Michelangelo's statue David as well before ending the tour on the Ponte Vecchio.

After the tour, you return to the hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure or may go on an optional Uffizi Gallery guided tour (160 USD per person).

Breakfast is included.

5
day
Day at Leisure in Florence & Evening Wine Tasting

Today is reserved for you to explore and enjoy Florence on your own. After breakfast you can do some independent sightseeing, shop for souvenirs, or have a good rest.

Today you have a chance to join our carefully planned optional cooking class and market tour (191 USD per person) or a day trip to Pisa (150 USD per person).

In the evening meet your fellow travelers for a wine tasting organized for your small group. Enjoy a tasting of 3 different wines selected by the sommelier and paired with snacks.

Breakfast and wine tasting with snacks are included.

Cerretani Firenze MGallery by Sofitel
4

Set in the heart of Florence, the Cerretani Firenze MGallery by Sofitel boasts comfortable rooms and is a perfect place to stay for shopping and exploration.

train
Florence
Rome
1 hr 30 min

Taking a train is one of the best options for traveling from Florence to Rome. Trains in Italy are well-equipped, fast, and conveniently connect these Italian cities from one center to the other.

Rome, Italy
3
days
Italy

The capital of Italy, Rome, obtains an unrivaled and unfathomable collection of historical treasures. This safe and welcoming region one of the most popular tourist destinations around the globe.

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Hotel
Day-by-day program
6
day
Arrival & Highlights of Rome

Following breakfast in your hotel, you check out and meet your driver for a transfer to the train station, where you board a train to Rome. 

Upon arrival to the glorious capital of Italy, our driver meets you and takes you to your downtown hotel where you meet with your guide and embark on a tour to discover the famous ancient treasures of the Eternal City.

You see the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, the famous Fountain of the Four Rivers, as well as witness the masterpieces by Bernini, Borromini, and visit the famous Pantheon.

After the tour, your guide takes you back to the hotel and you have the evening at leisure.

Breakfast is included.

7
day
Discovering Ancient Rome

In the morning after breakfast, you meet your guide to discovering the famous ancient treasures of the Eternal City on a walking tour. 

Your first stop today is the iconic Roman Forum, situated on low ground between the Palatine and Capitoline hills, it was the key political, ritual, and civic center of ancient Rome and can be traced 3 thousand years back. Today you can see columns and remains of ancient temples, arches, and buildings, such as the Temple of Caesar and the Arch of Septimius Severus, as well as the adjacent Palatine Hill, which was the site of the city’s first settlements. 

The next place you discover today is Rome's hallmark site - the Colosseum. Originally known by the name of Flavius amphitheater, it was the biggest and most imposing building of its kind in the Roman world, designed as an arena for the fights of Roman gladiators and could hold up to 70 thousand spectators. 

After the tour, your guide takes you back to the hotel and you have the evening at leisure.

Breakfast is included.

8
day
Vatican Sightseeing

In the morning after breakfast, you meet your guide and have a transfer to the walled enclave and the world’s smallest independent state - Vatican*.

When inside the Vatican, you visit the private apartments of Julius II, Pinecone Courtyard, Gallery of the Maps, Gallery of the Tapestries, and Gallery of Candelabra.

Next, you proceed to the Sistine Chapel, where you have enough time to admire Michelangelo's famous frescoes and learn about the intense relationship between Pope Julius II and Michelangelo that drove the artist to create the greatest work of art the world has ever known.

After a coffee break, your tour continues in the vast open spaces of St. Peter’s Basilica where you see a stunning Pieta - a world-famous work of Renaissance sculpture by Michelangelo, and Bernini's impressive Papal Canopy, a legacy left to the Basilica by the Barberini family.

The ending point of your tour is St. Peter’s Square, where you can admire Michelangelo's Dome and the gorgeous colonnades designed by Bernini.

After the tour of the Vatican, you enjoy a leisurely walk to the hotel with your guide and have a photo stop at the legendary Castel Sant'Angelo, built originally as a mausoleum, and then used by the popes as a fortress, refuge, and a prison.

Upon your return to the hotel, you have the rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the beauty of Rome on your own.

  • Please, note: the Vatican is a sacred religious site thus the dress code for visiting it is applied just as when you visit any church in Italy: no shorts – no uncovered knees and shoulders, no backpacks. Due to religious services St. Peters Basilica may be spontaneously closed, thus entrance to St. Peters Basilica may not be guaranteed.

Breakfast is included.

Hotel Dei Mellini, Rome
4

Set within a walking distance from Saint Peter’s Square, the beautiful hotel is housed in an 19th-century building and offers comfortable air-conditioned guestrooms, fitted with a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom.

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Rome
Sorrento
2 hrs 40 min

At the train station, you board the train to Naples and set off on a scenic trip to the Italian south on a comfortable train. Upon arrival, your private guide-driver meets you at the station.

Sorrento, Italy
2
days
Italy

Situated on the shores of the Bay of Naples, Sorrento is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful colorful places both in the Amalfi Coast region and in Italy.

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Hotel
Day-by-day program
9
day
Pompeii tour & Arrival in Sorrento

Following breakfast in your hotel, you check out and continue your Italian adventure.

You are transferred to the train station, where you board a train heading towards Naples. Upon arrival, your private guide and driver meet you at the station and take you on a tour around the next destination - one of the most unique locations in Italy, Pompeii. After touring the city and exploring its archeological sites, you enjoy a private transfer to Sorrento.

After the tour of Pompeii, you arrive in Sorrento and have a check-in to the hotel. The rest of the evening is at leisure.

Breakfast is included.

10
day
Amalfi Coast Tour

Following breakfast in the hotel, you meet your private guide and driver at the hotel lobby for a scenic 6-hour trip around the scenic Amalfi Coast. During this tour, you stop at the Belvedere of Madonnina to take in the breathtaking views of Positano from above.

Then you proceed to the old picturesque Positano center where you enjoy a walking tour and marvel at splendid panoramas of the Amalfi Coast.

One more highlight of the tour is a visit to the medieval Cathedral of Saint Andrew and adjacent to it Cloister of Paradise in the city of Amalfi. 

After the tour, you are transferred to the hotel in Sorrento.

Breakfast is included

Hotel Isabella, Sorrento
4

The charming 4-star hotel Isabella is gracefully set on the scenic coast of Sorrento. Being recently renovated, the property offers great facilities and top-notch service for a perfect getaway on the Amalfi Coast.

plane
Sorrento
Palermo
1 hr

Without a doubt, the fastest and one of the most comfortable ways to travel from Sorrento to Palermo is taking a plane. Our trusted driver will take you to the airport and meet you upon arrival.

Palermo, Italy
2
days
Italy

Palermo is a small province that stretches out in northern Sicily and can easily become the highlight of your trip to Italy.

Day by day
Hotel
Day-by-day program
11
day
Arrival in Palermo

After breakfast and check-out, your driver meets you at the hotel lobby and takes you to the airport for your flight to the stunning capital of Sicily, Palermo.

Upon arrival, you are met by your private driver at the airport, who transfers you to the hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is at your own leisure to relax after the trip.

Breakfast is included.

12
day
Palermo City Tour

After breakfast, you meet with your private guide to enjoy a comprehensive sightseeing tour of Palermo.

The capital of Sicily - Palermo - has been a crossroads for cultures and civilizations for 8 millennia. Together with your private guide, you visit the Norman Palace and the Palatine Chapel.

Then you walk along the Villa Bonanno to the Cathedral in Corso Vittorio Emanuele, just to admire the exterior; continue along Vittorio Emanuele to the imposing Four Corners. Then on to the Tuscan fountain in Piazza Pretoria and just behind it see two splendid Arabo-Norman churches, La Martorana and San Cataldo.

After the tour, you return to the hotel. You have the rest of the day free to enjoy Palermo on your own or join our carefully planned optional tour to Monreale.

Breakfast is included.

Hotel Plaza Opera, Palermo
4

The Hotel Plaza Opera is a great place to stay during your Sicily adventure. Its location is perfect to explore all major sights of the scenic city of Palermo. Tastefully decorated, guestrooms offer everything you need for a comfortable stay.

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Palermo
Syracuse
9 hrs

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the spectacular views as one of our trusted drivers takes your from sceniс Palermo to lively Syracuse. Although the ride takes about 3 hours, you have a sightseeing stop in Agrigento planned, so the whole trip will take about 9 hours.

Syracuse, Italy
2
days
Italy

Welcome to lovely Syracuse, a gorgeous town on the Sicilian coast, attracting a growing number of visitors each year with its beautiful amalgam of Roman and Greek architecture.

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Hotel
Day-by-day program
13
day
Agrigento Tour & Arrival to Syracuse

Today after a delicious breakfast at the hotel you check out say goodbye to Palermo and start your journey to Syracuse. Get ready for an exciting journey! On your way to the beautiful city, you make a sightseeing stop in Agrigento to explore its wonders.

Your tour begins with one of the two highlights of the city - the splendid Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage site. You then continue to the near-intact Temple of Concord, the best-preserved temple in the world, and one of the symbols of Sicily.

In the second part of the tour, you enjoy a trip to the seaside to see the famous Scala dei Turchi Cliffs. The dazzling chalky white rocky cliff eroded conveniently into stairs rises 50 meters above sea level. This natural phenomenon so-called "Stairs of the Turks" allows for easy walking. Its gleaming color is eye-catching enough, but what makes it even more remarkable is that it looks like a staircase carved by man even though its shape is entirely natural.

After the tour, you are taken back to the hotel or you may take carefully planned optional tours like the City Tour of Agrigento, or a Coastal Tour with a private guide who introduces you to the history, myths, legends, and local traditions. 

Afterward, you continue your trip to beautiful Syracuse. Upon arrival, you check in to your luxurious hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure

Breakfast is included.

 

14
day
Sightseeing of Syracuse

Following breakfast in your hotel, meet your guide, and together you start the city tour. Today you visit one of the most important archeological sites in the World, the Neapolis Park of Syracuse. Here you explore the still-working Greek Theater, the Ear of Dionysius, and the Roman Amphitheater.

Your tour continuous to the delightful Ortygia Island where you have an inside visit to the Duomo where a Greek Doric temple remains to be a part of it, and for this reason, it is included in the UNESCO list.

After the tour, you return to the hotel and the rest of the day is at your leisure. And tomorrow morning, after your breakfast you continue a trip to Taormina.

Breakfast is included.

Caportigia Boutique Hotel
5

Caportigia Boutique Hotel is conveniently set in the heart of Sicily's Siracusa. Each room comes with modern amenities, guests are can dine in the on-site Il tiranno Restaurant and taste delicious wine from the wine cellar.

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Syracuse
Taormina
1 hr 20 min

Have a great time traveling with your driver along some of the most picturesque landscapes in Italy. On your way to Taormina, you’ll pass Lake Casa Schifazzo and picturesque Italian villages.

Taormina, Italy
3
days
Italy

Placed in the north-eastern part of the Italian island high up on hills close to the Mount Etna volcano, Taormina is one of the most picturesque and historically rich cities in Sicily.

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Hotel
Day-by-day program
15
day
Arrival in Taormina

In the morning after breakfast, you check-out, and your driver meets you at the hotel lobby for the trip to Taormina.

Upon arrival, you check-in at your hotel and have the rest of the day free to enjoy Taormina on your own.

Breakfast is included.

16
day
Sightseeing of Taormina

In the morning meet your private local guide. Together you take off to see the highlights of Taormina. During the tour, you stroll along the main street, Corso Umberto I, and visit the Greco-Roman Theater that has Etna as its backdrop.

After the tour, you return to the hotel. You have the rest of the day free to enjoy Taormina on your own, spend time on the beach, or dine in one of the local restaurants overlooking the bay.  

Breakfast is included.

17
day
Departure

This is the final day of your amazing Italy tour! Following breakfast in your hotel, you check out and meet your private driver for the departure transfer.

  • Please, note: departure transfer is included to Catania airport. Should you require a departure transfer to Palermo airport, this service could be provided for an additional fee.

Breakfast is included.

Hotel Villa Schuler
4

The 4-star Hotel Villa Schuler is the oldest owner-run hotel in Taormina.

What's Included

  • Accommodation at remarkable centrally located 4-star hotels in Venice, Florence, Rome, and Sorrento;
  • Delicious breakfasts at your hotels;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • 1st class train tickets Venice - Florence, Florence - Rome, Rome - Naples;
  • Sightseeing tours with professional English-speaking guides in Venice, Florence, Rome, Pompeii, and Amalfi; 
  • Wine tasting in Florence;
  • All tourist fees & taxes, including tourist city taxes;
  • Support line during the trip.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

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Tour Highlights

  • Intimate group size of up to only 8 travelers;
  • High-speed train transportation between cities;
  • Carefully planned optional tours and extensions;
  • Guided visit to the oldest open-air Rialto market in Venice;
  • Guided tour inside Florence Baptistery and Galleria dell'Accademia;
  • Comprehensive city tour of Rome with guided tours inside Colosseum, Forum and Vatican City;
  • Guided tour to the famous Pompeii - a town destroyed and preserved at the same time by the volcanic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius;
  • Drive along the scenic route of Amalfi coastline with tours in Positano and Amalfi;

What To Know

  • You can expect to find some shops and restaurants closed from 1-4 p.m. as it is "Riposo" time, Italy’s midday siesta. Most places will be also closed on Sundays
  • Most restaurants won’t open until 7 p.m. or later
  • Tipping in restaurants is included in the bill, the cover charge is called ”coperto”. A charge from $1 to $3 will be noted on the menu
  • Make sure you have coins, in Italy, you will be typically charged from 1 to 2 Euros to enter a public restroom