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Cultural Capitals with Amalfi & Sicily

Tour rating: 4.89 / 5, Based on 27 Reviews
Small group tour to Italy

REDUCED RATES: Set off on a grand exploration of Italy and enjoy it's best destinations in 17 days! Have the time of your life touring the canals of Venice, taking in the artistic atmosphere of Florence. Then continue to the Eternal City and explore the Colosseum and Vatican. Immerse yourself in the sun-kissed Amalfi Coast and traverse the top places in Sicily.

Cultural Capitals with Amalfi & Sicily

17 days7 cities
Italy1 country
Small group tour to Italy
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$5,298
Tour rating: 4.89 / 5, Based on 27 Reviews

REDUCED RATES: Set off on a grand exploration of Italy and enjoy it's best destinations in 17 days! Have the time of your life touring the canals of Venice, taking in the artistic atmosphere of Florence. Then continue to the Eternal City and explore the Colosseum and Vatican. Immerse yourself in the sun-kissed Amalfi Coast and traverse the top places in Sicily.

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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 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.

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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 have 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.

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

  • Optional tour: Gondola Ride, Venice
    Treat yourself to an unforgettable experience and see the best of Venice from water as you ride on a traditional gondola.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 3
Free Day in Venice & Train to Florence
Free day
Free day
Transfer
Transfer

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
    Enjoy a tranquil trip through Venetian lagoon to the islands of Murano & Burano.

In the afternoon you are met at your hotel by an assistant for a water-taxi transfer to the railway station. 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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4-star hotel
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Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

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 the 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 your hotel and enjoy 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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4-star hotel
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Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

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, 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 are transferred 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.

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 with a private guide and driver during your 3-hour Catacombs of Rome tour.
  • Optional tour: Tivoli Tour: Hadrian’s Villa & Villa d’Este
    Set off on an incredible 6-hour tour from Rome to Tivoli with a private guide and driver and see the gorgeous Roman Villa of Emperor Hadrian, built 19 centuries ago.

Breakfast is included.

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4-star hotel
4

Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

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
2 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 on Amalfi coast (or Sorrento).

Breakfast is included.

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Day 10
Free Day in Sorrento or Optional Tours
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
    Spend 8 hours learning about the local gastronomic traditions and history. A must for all food lovers!
  • 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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4-star hotel
4

Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

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.

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

fifth destination
2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 11
Flight to Palermo
Transfer
Transfer

After breakfast, you check-out from the Sorrento hotel and your driver transfers you to the Naples Airport for your short 1-hour flight to Palermo.

Upon arrival, you are met by your 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. If your arrival is in the morning you also have a chance to join our carefully planned optional tours.

  • Optional tour: Day Tour to Erice and Segesta, Palermo
    Embark on a day tour with your guide-driver to Segesta and the unforgettable medieval hilltop town of Erice.

Breakfast is included.

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

After breakfast you meet with your 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 guide, you start the tour at the Norman Palace and the Palatine Chapel (entrance tickets are included).

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 rest of the day free to enjoy Palermo on your own or join our carefully planned optional tour.

  • Optional tour: Monreale Sightseeing Tour, Palermo
    Enhance your trip with a guided day trip to Monreale. This is the town where Arab-Norman art and architecture reached their apogee.

Breakfast is included.

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4-star hotel
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Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

Welcome to Palermo

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

car
Palermo
Agrigento
2 hrs

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

Agrigento

sixth destination
2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 3
Optional Street Food Tour & Arrival in Agrigento
Transfer
Transfer

The first half of the day is free for you to enjoy and explore Palermo on your own. Alternatively, you can enjoy the carefully planned optional Street Food Tour.

  • Optional tour: Palermo Street Food Tour, Palermo
    Highlight your time in Palermo with a half day street food tour. Your experienced guide takes you to the local market where you dive in the atmosphere of traditions and delight yourself with the tastiest Sicilian dishes.

In the afternnon you are transferred to Agrigento where you check-in at your charming hotel and have the evening at leisure.

Breakfast is included.

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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.

You 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 day 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 return to your hotel and have the evening at leisure.

Breakfast is included.

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4-star hotel
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Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

Welcome to Agrigento

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

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

seventh destination
3 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 15
Villa Romana del Casale & Transfer to Taormina
Day tour
Day tour
Transfer
Transfer

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

Along the way, we have arranged a stop to see the hidden gems of Sicily - Piazza Armerina and visit the Villa Romana del Casale. This is a must-see site included in the UNESCO World Heritage list for the richness and artistic quality of its mosaics.

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

Breakfast is included.

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Day 16
Sightseeing of Taormina & Optional Tour to Mount Etna
City tour
City tour

In the morning after breakfast at the hotel meet your 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, dine in one of the local restaurants overlooking the bay or join our carefully planned optional tour to Mount Etna.

  • Optional Tour: Tour to Mount Etna, Sicily
    Go on a road-trip to Sicily's main attraction - Mount Etna, the highest volcano in Europe.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 17
Departure
Transfer
Transfer

This is the last day of your amazing tour of Italy! 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!

  • Recommended extension: If you would like to extend your Italian vacation, continue exploring its wonders with our extensions - contact your specialist for details.

Breakfast is included.

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Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

Welcome to Taormina

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.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodation at remarkable centrally located 4-star hotels in Venice, Florence, Rome, Sorrento, Palermo, Agrigento and Taormina;
  • Delicious breakfasts at your hotels;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary with private drivers;
  • 1st class train tickets Venice - Florence, Florence - Rome, Rome - Naples; 
  • Economy class flight tickets Naples - Palermo;
  • Sightseeing tours with private professional English-speaking guides;
  • 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

  • Sightseeing in Venice
  • Visit to Florence Baptistery and Grande Museo del Duomo
  • Evening wine tasting in Florence
  • Guided tours of Rome and Vatican
  • Tour of Pompeii and coastal exploration of Amalfi
  • Exploration of Valley of the Temples & Valley of the Temples

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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