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Trip Overview

Treat yourself to an all-embracing 19-day tour of the main highlights from Italy's Rome to Croatia's Zagreb. See the top attractions of Rome, including the Colosseum and explore the Vatican, spend time in Naples and ancient Pompeii. Then continue to Sorrento and the stunning Amalfi coast and spend time discovering Matera, Alberobello, and Bari. Take a ferry to Croatia and spend a week touring Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar, Zagreb and even Slovenia's Ljubljana.

Tour type:
Private tour
Tour rating:
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  • BEST HOTELS
  • 4-star centrally located hotels:
    17 nights
    Outside cabin onboard the ferry:
    1 night
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Private airport/railway station transfers
    1 train ride between cities
    Private transfers between cities
    Private drivers for day trips
    1 boat cruise
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 9 guided walking city tours
    2 guided city tours with private/taxi transportation
    2 guided day-tours outside cities
    1 non-guided day-trips
    12 guided visits to sights and museums
  • MEALS
  • 18 breakfasts
    Wine tasting
    Street food tasting

Day-by-Day

Day 1
Arrival in Rome

Welcome to Rome - one of the most charming and heritage-rich cities of Italy. Upon arrival, you are met by your private driver at the airport, who transfers you to the hotel for the check-in.

The rest of the day is at your own leisure to relax after the trip.

Day 2
Highlights of Rome & Colosseum


After breakfast in your hotel, you meet with your private guide and have a transfer to the very heart of Rome. Today you discover the famous ancient treasures of the Eternal City.


Your first stop 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 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.

Day 3
Vatican Sightseeing

In the morning after breakfast, you meet your guide and walk 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 tour is in St. Peter’s Square, where you can admire Michelangelo's Dome and the gorgeous colonnades designed by Bernini. 


After the tour, you enjoy a leisurely walk back to your hotel and 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.

Day 4
Train to Naples

After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, you check out. Your driver takes you to the railway station for a comfortable railway ride across Southern Italy to the picturesque coastal town of Naples.

Upon arrival, your driver picks you up at the railway station and transfers you to your hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is at your own leisure.

Day 5
Naples City Tour

Following breakfast your private guide takes you on a touring program around the best sights of charming Naples, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Its towering palaces, narrow streets, ancient churches and underground passages dating to different time periods are making Naples city center probably the most unchanged one in Europe.

Start your tour in the Monumental Area of the city and see Plebiscito Square, Galleria Umberto I, San Carlo Opera House and the Royal Palace of Naples (from outside). Proceed to the UNESCO-listed historic center of Naples. Walk along Via San Gregorio Armeno, the crib-alley with the shops exclusively dedicated to the famous Neapolitan Crib, and see the churches of Gesù Nuovo and Santa Chiara. The highlight of the tour is a visit to Sansevero Chapel Museum to admire the masterpieces of the world artistic heritage.

Why not to get acquainted with the culture of Neapolitan street food in the city that booasts to be the motherland of pizza? You can choose to try fried pizza or neopolitan cuoppo with fried fish. Sfogliatella pastry - the most famous neapolitan pastry - is naturally in the tasting too!

You then continue to the Dante Metro Station which features modern installations by internationally renowned artists. You ride one stop and arrive at the Toledo Metro Art Station, designed around the themes of light and water. Built at 50 m (164 ft) deep, the station extends below the ground water. After the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Day 6
Pompei and Amalfi Tour & Transfer to Sorrento

Following breakfast in your hotel, you check out, meet your private guide and driver and start an exciting day-tour.

The first destination for today is the ancient city of Pompeii. Set near the foot of a picturesque mountain are the archeological sites of Pompeii, one of the greatest and richest cities of the Roman age that was tragically completely destroyed in 79 AD as a result of the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Today you see the excavated finds of the remnants of this ancient city, buried alive under 4 to 6 m (13-20 ft) of volcanic ash almost 2000 years ago.

During the tour of this unique UNESCO World Heritage Site, you see artifacts, city walls, the Pompeii amphitheater and other almost perfectly preserved objects that give a detailed insight into the life of the city.

After Pompeii, you get to experience the breathtaking beauty of the Amalfi Coast and the surrounding area. We have prepared for you the scenic sightseeing tour through the coastline. You discover the picturesque towns of Positano and Amalfi from a local perspective and take in the local history and culture. During the tour, you enter to the Cloister of Paradise, an open-air cloister which presents an influence which both Arabs and Romans had on Amalfi.

After the tour, you are transferred to the hotel on the Amalfi coast (or Sorrento) for check-in.

Day 7
Free Day at Amalfi Coast

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: Sorrento City Tour
    Today you can learn more about the beautify city located on the shores of the Bay of Naples.
  • 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.
  • Optional tour: Gastronomic Tour, Sorrento
    Spend 8 hours learning about the local gastronomic traditions and history.
Day 8
Transfer to Matera

After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, you check out. Your driver meets you in the hotel lobby and takes you across the picturesque landscapes of Southern Italy to Matera.

Upon arrival, you check in to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your own leisure.

Day 9
Matera Tour

After breakfast in your hotel, you meet your private guide, who takes you on a comprehensive private sightseeing tour around Matera.

Together with your guide, you visit the UNESCO-listed World Heritage ancient cave dwellings called Sassi di Matera. You wander the lanes alongside the picturesque cave-filled cliffs and learn the history of this fascinating place. During the tour, you also explore the city's fascinating architecture, pay a visit to the Casa Grotta Museum that shows a traditional cave dwelling, and enjoy a stroll through its baroque area.

After the tour, your return to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 10
Trip to Alberobello

In the morning after breakfast at your hotel, you check out. Your driver transfers you to the fascinating countryside town Alberobello.

Alberobello is a charming city famous for its unique beehive-shaped houses which were built by peasants in the mid-14th century under the rule of the Earls of Conversano. Constructed out of limestone found in the soil or in caves, the whitewashed cone-shaped dwellings are now UNESCO-listed treasures.

Together with your guide, you enjoy the views of Basilica Santi Medici and enter one of Alberobello's ‘trulli’ houses built from traditional Apulian stone. You then get a unique chance to indulge into the local experience with local products and wine tasting. Sip on glasses of Puglian wine, and learn about the local grapes as you drink.

After the sightseeing tour, your driver transfers you to Bari. Upon arrival, you check in to your hotel. The rest of the day is free.

Day 11
Bari City Tour & Cruise to Dubrovnik

Following breakfast, you check out from the hotel and meet your guide for a 3-hour private guided city tour of Bari.

Bari is a sparkling resort town with a lovely historic center. During the tour, you stroll the maze-like Bari Vecchia - medieval heart of the city and see its major attractions including the 11th-century Basilica di San Nicola. You enjoy views of Piazza Mercantile, Piazza Ferrarese and enter the medieval Castello Svevo. You can also make a stop for a cold lemonade or iced coffee at one of the many sidewalk cafes.

After the tour and some free time in the city, you return to the hotel to pick up your luggage. In the evening your driver transfers you to the port, where you embark on an overnight ferry with a route Bari-Dubrovnik.

Day 12
Arrival in Dubrovnik and City Tour

After breakfast, you arrive in the port of Dubrovnik where you meet your private driver who transfers you to your centrally located hotel to leave your luggage.

Then you meet your guide in the hotel lobby who takes you on a walking city tour and shows you the main city attractions.

Dubrovnik, one of the most beautiful medieval cities on the Mediterranean, was included on UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage List for its well-preserved beautiful Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque churches, monasteries, palaces, and fountains. Your walking tour of the Old City starts from Pile Gate and takes you to its elegant main street and most important sights: Onofrio's Fountains, Sponza Palace, Orlando's Column, City Bell Tower, Church of St Blaise, who is the city's patron saint, and many others. During the tour, you also make an inside visit to Franciscan Monastery and Rector's palace.

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 13
Tour in Spilt & Transfer to Zadar

In the morning after breakfast you check out from the hotel, your private driver picks you up at the hotel lobby and you head to north Croatia via a relaxing, scenic ride up the Dalmatian coast.

On your way to Zadar you stop in Spilt for a 2-hour walking tour with a professional local guide. During the tour you enter the 1700-year-old Diocletian Palace as well as the Cathedral of St. Duje, also called Saint Domnius, and see its Temple of Jupiter, one of the most beautiful cultural wonders on the Adriatic coast. You also visit the ancient cellars (from the inside), see Peristyle in center of the palace, Roman temples, the famous Golden Gate and the big statue from Grgur Ninski.

After your tour you are transferred to Zadar. Upon arrival you check in to your hotel and the rest of the day is free.

Day 14
Zadar Sightseeing

Following breakfast, you meet your guide and start your 2-hour walking city tour in Zadar.

Zadar is the heart of the Croatian Adriatic, rich in touristic attractions. During its existence, Zadar was for many centuries the home of the Illyrian Liburni and was the capital city of Dalmatia for 1000 years. During the tour, you explore St. Anastasia's Cathedral, Sea organs and Greeting to the Sun (no inside entrances are included).

After the tour, you have the rest of the day free.

Day 15
Plitvice Lakes National Park & Transfer to Zagreb

After breakfast, you check out from the hotel and meet your private driver who transfers you to Zagreb. Along the way, you explore the Plitvice Lakes National Park.

The Plitvice Lakes known as "Falling lakes" were included into the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1979, among the first natural sites worldwide. You have a great opportunity to enjoy the beauty of shapes and colors in the oldest national park in Croatia (entrance tickets and guide for the tour in park are included).

In the evening you arrive in Zagreb and check in to your hotel. The rest of the evening is at your own leisure.

 

Day 16
Enjoying Zagreb

After breakfast, enjoy your day in Zagreb on a 2-hour tour with your private guide.

Zagreb is a city of green parks and beautiful architecture. During the tour, you see the Upper town, the former Gradec, and Kaptol which are the oldest parts of the city which historically united into one town that spread further down to the South.

After the tour, you return to the hotel and have the rest of the evening free.

Day 17
Day Trip to Slovenia's Postojna Caves & Exploring Ljubljana

Today after breakfast you meet your driver and guide who take you on a day trip to the neighboring country Slovenia to see its world-famous Postojna Cave Park as well as for a tour of the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana.

Your first stop today is the Postojna Cave Park, offering a wonderful subterranean world abundant with unusual sculptures and animals. Together with your guide, you get to enjoy the cave's wonderful underground world of passages, halls and galleries abundant with cave formations. Not far from the cave, above the surface, you can admire the views of the Predjama Castle and the Pivka River.

After exploring Slovenia underground you continue your trip to Ljubljana, where you have a walking tour of the main attractions (from the outside).

After your tour you are brought back to your hotel in Zagreb and have the remaining part of the day free.

Day 18
Free day in Zagreb

Today you have the day free to continue enjoying Zagreb on your own or join our carefully planned optional tour.

  • Optional tour: Tour of Hrvatsko Zagorje, Varazdin & Trakoscan Castle
    Spend a day exploring southern Croatia's Hrvatsko Zagorje, the region north of Zagreb boasts more than 50 castles, some of which have their own preserved parks. 
Day 19
Departure from Zagreb

This is the last day of your amazing tour to Italy and Croatia! After breakfast, your driver meets you in the hotel lobby and takes you to the airport for your flight back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future vacations!


Included

17 nights at 4-star centrally located hotels, 1 night in the outside cabin aboard the ferry

  • Hand picked hotels
  • Best value rooms
  • Restaurant

Always included:

  • Best location for sightseeing
  • Breakfasts
  • All taxes and fees

What's Included
  • Accommodation at remarkable centrally located 4-star hotels in Rome, Naples, Amalfi coast (or Sorrento), Matera, Bari, Dubrovnik, Zadar & Zagreb;
  • Delicious breakfasts at your hotels;
  • All land transportation according to the itinerary with private drivers;
  • 1st class railway tickets Rome - Naples;
  • Tickets for overnight ferry Bari - Dubrovnik;
  • Sightseeing tours with private professional English-speaking guides;
  • Entrances to Colosseum, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, Cloister of Paradise in Amalfi & Sansevero Chapel Museum, Castello Svevo, Trullo Sovrano, Cave Church, Casa Grotta Museum, Franciscan Monastery and Rector's Palace in Dubrovnik, Cellars of Diocletian palace and Cathedral with Temple of Jupiter in Split, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Postojna caves;
  • Wine tasting in Alberobello;
  • All tourist fees & taxes, including tourist city taxes;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

Not included: international flights, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses, gratuities.

Tour Highlights
  • Fully tailor-made program according to your interest;
  • Your own professional local guides and drivers;
  • Full flexibility of hotel options;
  • Comprehensive city tour of Rome with guided tours inside Colosseum and Vatican City;
  • Scenic sightseeing tour along the Amalfi coastline including Positano and Amalfi;
  • Tour to one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world - Matera and UNESCO World Heritage Site - town Alberobello;
  • Travel across Croatia from Dubrovnik to Zagreb with private transportation and easy pace guided tours;
  • Day-tour with local guides to Postojna Caves and the capital of Slovenia - Ljubljana;
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

Dates & Rates

Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
$5,665
Deposit $1,133
Two travelers: double occupancy
$7,495
Deposit $1,499
Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
$5,665
Deposit $1,133
Two travelers: double occupancy
$7,495
Deposit $1,499

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