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Cultural Capitals with Amalfi and Sicily (2021)

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.

Cultural Capitals with Amalfi and Sicily (2021)

17 days7 cities
Italy1 country
Small group tour to Italy
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$5,158
Tour rating: 4.88 / 5, Based on 34 Reviews

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.

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Venice, Italy

Venice

first destination

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

3 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
3 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 1
Arrival in Venice
Transfer
Transfer

Welcome to Venice - one of the most charming cities of 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.

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Day 2
Venice Sightseeing
City tour
City tour

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).

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

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.

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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

Florence

second destination

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

2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 4
Florence Sightseeing
City tour
City tour
Museum
Museum

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 in Oltrarno where you see numerous local craftsmen shops and beautiful Santo Spirito Church and Convent, built for the Agostinian 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).

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Day 5
Day at Leisure in Florence & Evening Wine Tasting
Tasting
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.

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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
Sorrento

Get ready for an exciting journey onboard a high-speed modern train. During the ride, you are welcome to enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, electric sockets, cushy seats, and ample legroom. Upon arrival, your driver will be waiting for you at the railway station.

Sorrento, Italy

Sorrento

third destination

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.

2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 6
Pompeii tour & Arrival in Sorrento
Transfer
Transfer
City tour
City tour

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.

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Day 7
Amalfi Coast Tour
City tour
City 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.

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Hotel Isabella, Sorrento
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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.

train
Sorrento
Rome
2 hrs 20 min

All modern Italian trains are fast and safe. They are equipped with comfortable seats, footrests, power sockets, and enough space to put your luggage. WiFi is fast and free, you are welcome to use it during the journey.

Rome, Italy

Rome

fourth destination

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.

3 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
3 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 8
Arrival & Highlights of Rome
Transfer
Transfer
City tour
City tour

After breakfast you check-out from the hotel and your driver transfers you to the Naples train station, where you board a train to Rome. 

An hour and a half later you arrive in Rome. Your 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 famous Pantheon.

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

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Day 9
Discovering Ancient Rome
City tour
City tour

In the morning after breakfast you meet your guide to discover 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, archs 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 amphitheatre, 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.

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Day 10
Vatican Sightseeing
Museum
Museum
City tour
City tour

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 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.

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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.

plane
Rome
Palermo
1 hr 5 min

Enjoy a quick and comfortable journey while traveling from Rome to Palermo. Hop onboard a plane and reach your destination in no time!

Palermo, Italy

Palermo

fifth destination

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

2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 11
Arrival in Palermo
Transfer
Transfer
Free day
Free day

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

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Day 12
Palermo City Tour & Optional Tour to Monreale
City tour
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 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.

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Hotel Plaza Opera, Palermo
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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.

car
Palermo
Agrigento
2 hrs

Our trusted driver takes you on a journey through the Sicilian countryside to arrive in Agrigento.

Agrigento, Italy

Agrigento

sixth destination

Beautifully placed in southern Sicily, hilly Agrigento is among the most popular destinations in this part of Italy.

2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 13
Departure from Palermo & Cooking Class in Agrigento
Master Class
Master Class

The first half of the day is free for you to enjoy and explore Palermo on your own. Alternatively, you can enjoy our carefully planned optional tours like a Trip to Monreale or join a Street Food Tour in Palermo.

In the afternoon you meet with the driver to have a transfer to the hotel in the Province of Agrigento. Upon arrival in the hotel, you have a check-in, and in the late afternoon, we invite you to a private cooking class.

Together with the chef, you start a 2.5-hour workshop where you get acquainted with some typical Sicilian dishes. Today you are fully involved in the process and, in the end, you have a perfect setting for your dinner. Enjoy your freshly cooked meal paired with Sicilian wine!

After dinner, you have the evening at leisure.

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Day 14
Valley of the Temples & Scala dei Turchi Cliffs
City tour
City tour
Nature views
Nature views

Today after a delicious breakfast at the hotel you spend the day with your guide exploring famous Agrigento sights and its surroundings.

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. 

In the evening you enjoy dinner at the hotel restaurant.

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Hotel Foresteria Baglio della Luna
4

The Baglio della Luna is situated 5 km from the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. It offers free Wi-Fi and air-conditioned rooms with minibar, satellite TV and private bathroom.

car
Agrigento
Taormina
2 hrs 30 min

A car ride with an experienced driver is one of the best ways to enjoy the views of Sicily. On your way to Taormina, you pass dozens of Italian villages and numerous beautiful dales.

Taormina, Italy

Taormina

seventh destination

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.

3 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 15
Arrival in Taormina
Transfer
Transfer
Free day
Free day

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 rest of the day free to enjoy Taormina on your own.

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Day 16
Sightseeing of Taormina
City tour
City tour

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 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.  

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Day 17
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.

*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.

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

What's Included

What's Included

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

Note: 1. Hotels availability is subject to change. In case current hotels are booked out we will provide alternative hotels of an equal value for you. 

2. We include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

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

 

  • Professional local guides;
  • 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
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