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Best of Italy: Venice to Amalfi Coast

Tour rating: 4.77 / 5, Based on 22 Reviews
Small group tour to Italy

REDUCED RATES: Explore the top attractions of manifold Italy! Start your amazing 11-day tour in romantic Venice and it's alluring canals. Then continue to artistic Florence and get an insight of the Renaissance heritage. Make your way to Eternal Rome and stroll its ancient streets. As a final chord, visit sunny Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast.

Best of Italy: Venice to Amalfi Coast

11 days4 cities
Italy1 country
Small group tour to Italy
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$3,398
Tour rating: 4.77 / 5, Based on 22 Reviews

REDUCED RATES: Explore the top attractions of manifold Italy! Start your amazing 11-day tour in romantic Venice and it's alluring canals. Then continue to artistic Florence and get an insight of the Renaissance heritage. Make your way to Eternal Rome and stroll its ancient streets. As a final chord, visit sunny Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast.

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Venice

first destination
3 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 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.

No meals included.

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Day 2
Sightseeing in Venice
City tour
City tour

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

We’ve carefully chosen the stops on this tour to give you a real insight into the city. You see the Rialto Bridge (and Rialto fish market), walk past the quiet streets, peaceful canals and go beyond the areas that visitors usually see. This is where Venice is hiding its best architecture and secret stories – and that’s what we’re out to explore.

Among many sights you discover are the iconic St. Mark's Basilica, where you see the astonishing Pala D'Oro altar. You go up to Loggia dei Cavalli to enjoy the best panoramic views of St. Mark's Square.

After the tour return to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure or may go on an optional gondola ride.

  • Optional tour: Gondola Ride, Venice

Breakfast is included.

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Day 3
Free Day in Venice, Train to Florence
Free day
Free day

The first half of the day is free for you to enjoy and explore Venice on your own. Alternatively, you can take one of the short optional day trips to nearby places.

  • Optional tour: Murano & Burano Boat Tour, Venice

In the afternoon you are met at your hotel by an assistant for a water-taxi transfer. Upon arrival to Florence in about 2 hours, you are taken to your downtown hotel for check-in. The rest of the evening is free.

Breakfast is included.

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Ca’Pisani Hotel, Venice
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The beautiful Ca’Pisani Hotel is housed in a 16th-century edifice and invites guests to take advantage of the nice La Rivista bar, Turkish bath, as well as the amazing rooftop terrace, providing a breathtaking view over scenic Venice.

Welcome to Venice

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

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

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

After breakfast in your hotel, meet with your private 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 famous Dome, the Bell Tower, and the Cathedral Museum with works by Michelangelo and Donatello. 

As you proceed to the main square of the city - Piazza della Signoria - you pass through the heart of the historical center with its landmark sites like Piazza della Repubblica and the Strozzi Palace. Stroll down via Tornabuoni, one of the most beautiful streets of the city, famous for its fine shops. 

We will also cross over the Arno River on the Ponte Vecchio to enter the Oltrarno district where you see numerous local craftsmen shops and the beautiful Santo Spirito Church and Convent, built for the Agostinians. In this very part of the city you can find an early work of Michelangelo dating back to when he was just 17 years old. 

During the tour we also visit the Galleria dell'Accademia to see Michelangelo's famous colossal statue of David, a must-see in Florence. 

After the tour return to your hotel and enjoy the evening at your own leisure.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 5
Day at Leisure & Evening Wine Tasting
Free day
Free day
Tasting
Tasting

Today is free for you to savor magnificent Florence on your own or join our carefully planned optional tour.

  • Optional tour: Day trip to Pisa
    Take the chance to visit the nearby Pisa and explore Piazza dei Miracoli, the Square of Miracles with its jewel - the Leaning Tower.

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 included.

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Hotel De La Ville, Florence
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Set near the magnificent Florence Cathedral and the amazing Uffizi Gallery, the Hotel De La Ville is a great place to stay during your Italy getaway. The stylish property boasts excellent service and top-notch amenities.

Welcome to Florence

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

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

third destination
3 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
3 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 6
Highlights of Rome & Colosseum

City tour
City tour

Following breakfast in your Florence hotel, you check out and meet your driver for a transfer to the railway station. 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 have a taxi transfer to 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 touring Colosseum you proceed with a walking city tour to see the most famous attractions and hidden treasures of the Eternal City. You see the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, the famous Fountain of the Four Rivers, as well as witness the masterpieces by Bernini, Borromini, and many others.



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

Breakfast is included.

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Day 7
Vatican Sightseeing
City tour
City tour

In the morning after breakfast meet your guide to explore the Vatican and the major highlights of Rome in about 6 hours.

First you head to a 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.

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 Vatican tour is St. Peter’s Square, where you can admire Michelangelo's Dome and the gorgeous colonnades designed by Bernini.

After that you are transferred to the heart of Rome to see the most famous attractions and hidden treasures of the Eternal City. You see the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, the famous Fountain of the Four Rivers, as well as witness the masterpieces by Bernini, Borromini and many others.

  • 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.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 8
Free Day in Rome
Free day
Free day

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

We suggest visiting the Opera Theater, the Modern Art Gallery - Galleria nazionale d'arte or the Galleria Borghese or joining our carefully planned optional tour.

  • Optional tours: Catacombs of Rome, Rome
    Discover a layer of Roman history! Explore one of the Eternal City’s underground catacombs and burial chambers, unfolding millennia of history among tombs and inventive handmade memorials hidden deep underneath the city
  • Optional tour: Tivoli Tour: Hadrian’s Villa & Villa d’Este
    If you have a free day in Rome or would like to extend your stay by one more day we invite you to set off on an incredible 6-hour tour from Rome to Tivoli with a private guide and driver.

Breakfast is included.

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Hotel Dei Mellini, Rome
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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.

Welcome to Rome

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.

train
Rome
Sorrento
2 hrs 40 min

A train ride in Italy is a memorable experience. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful views of Southern Italy. One of our trusted drivers will take you to the station and meet you when you get to Sorrento.

Sorrento

fourth destination
3 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 9
Pompeii and Amalfi Coastal Exploration
Day tour
Day tour

Following breakfast, you check-out from the hotel in Rome and your driver takes you to the rail station to board the train to Naples.

Upon arrival, your guide and driver take you on a full-day scenic sightseeing trip to Sorrento. On the way, you have a tour of the Pompeii and experience the breathtaking beauty of the Amalfi Coast and the surrounding area. You also discover the picturesque towns of Positano and Amalfi from a local perspective and take in the local history and culture.

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

Breakfast is included.

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Day 10
Free Day in Sorrento
Free day
Free day

Today following breakfast at your hotel you have a free day to continue enjoying fascinating Sorrento at your leisure. You can join one of our carefully planned optional tours.

  • Optional tour: Gastronomic Tour from Sorrento
    Mozzarella, Pizza, Ice cream, Baba and other local cakes…Wine & Limoncello! These are just some of the local delights that you will get to try on the Gastronomic tour of the area.
  • Optional Tour: Trip to Capri Island
    Cruise along the Sorrento coast, before crossing to Capri to marvel at some of the most dramatic rock formations.

Breakfast is included.

Note: Amalfi tour in 2020 will be on day 10.

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Day 11
Departure from Naples
Transfer
Transfer

This is the last day of your trip. After breakfast, you check-out from the hotel and your private driver transfers you to the Naples Airport or train station. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future vacations!

Breakfast is included.

  • Recommended extension: If you would like to extend your Italian vacation, continue exploring its wonders with our extension to Bari, Alberobello & Matera. Contact your specialist for details.
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Hotel Plaza, Sorrento
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The beautiful Hotel Plaza is set near the Piazza Tasso and offers spacious air-conditioned guestrooms, equipped with flat-screen TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi. Guests are invited to take advantage of the hotel’s swimming pool, several restaurants, and the Plaza Cafe.

Welcome to Sorrento

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.

What's Included

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 Florence, Rome and Sorrento; 
  • Wine tasting in Florence;
  • All tourist fees & taxes, including tourist city taxes;
  • Support line during the trip.

Note: 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

  • Intimate group size of up to only 14 travelers;
  • 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 Grande Museo del Duomo;
  • 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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