This fabulous seven day Italy vacation package will take you to see some of the country's most iconic destinations such as Assisi, Florence, Venice, Rome, Sorrento, and Capri. Discover the history of St. Francis in the beautiful hilltop town of Assisi and take in the medieval sights of the town of Siena. In Florence, enjoy a breathtaking sightseeing tour of the artistic heart of Italy, before going on to visit Padua and the romantic cities of Venice and Rome. Take delight in Naples' breathtaking art and architecture, the history of Pompeii, the charming beauty of Sorrento, and Capri's grottoes. This week long trip through Italy is designed to delight the senses!
From Rome to Rome
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: Assisi, Siena, Florence, Padua, Venice, Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri
DAY 01 - Monday: ROME - ASSISI - SIENA - FLORENCE
In the early morning you will meet at a designated point within the center of Rome. Travel north to the cherished town of Assisi, home of one of the two patron Saints of Italy, St. Francis. Assisi, where ancient walls once protected the town but were later overcome in several battles and severe earthquakes, is the destination of millions of tourists who have made the pilgrimage to this ancient commune. Frescoes of the life of St. Francis by great masters such as Giotto and Cimabue can be relished as the group visits the Basilica of St. Francis. You will also see the two medieval castles that dominate this beautiful landscape. From this wonderful visit to Assisi, relax as the journey continues on toward the beautiful Tuscan city of Siena. Siena is known for its fine art and museums and for the twice annual Palio horse race that is held in the center of town. The Siena Cathedral is one of the main sights of Siena with its beautiful artwork and breathtaking inlaid marble mosaic floor. Another pleasant ride on the coach will take you into the city of Florence, the capital of the Tuscany region. Refresh from this active first day during a pleasant dinner and get a peaceful night’s sleep at the hotel.
DAY 2 - Tuesday: FLORENCE
Enjoy a buffet breakfast at the hotel and be prepared to see why Florence has such a reputation for the arts and culture worldwide. The guided sightseeing tour of the city will include a stop at the beautiful Piazza del Duomo or Cathedral Square. This is one of the most visited places in Europe and is the home of the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, which displays wondrous statues and beautiful mosaics. The Piazza is also home to Giotto’s Bell Tower, often referred to as the “Lily of Florence,” and the octagonal wonder known as the Baptistry of St. John. Also included on this unforgettable tour is a stop in Santa Croce to see Cimabue’s famous crucifix in this 13th century Franciscan Church. This crucifix had been badly damaged, but was restored as much as possible without losing its original style and complexity. The rest of the day is at your leisure to do as you wish. Whether you choose to stroll through Florence, visit its famous museums, or take the half day tour of Pisa (Optional, activity not included), there are plenty of options that may pique your interest. Enjoy a relaxing dinner and get a good night’s rest at the hotel.
DAY 3 – Wednesday: FLORENCE - PADUA - VENICE
After a tasty buffet breakfast at the hotel, depart for Venice by motor coach via Padua, home of the 800 year old University of Padua that boasted Galileo as one of its lecturers. Padua is also the setting for Shakespeare’s play “The Taming of the Shrew.” Here you will visit the famous Basilica of St. Anthony of Padua, guarded by the stoic depiction of Donatello’s majestic “Gattamelata,”an equestrian statue dating back to 1453. Continue east to Venice, an island city in the marshy Venetian Lagoon, between the Po and Piave Rivers. Now it’s time to embark on a panoramic guided walking tour of the Canal City. You will see St. Mark’s Square, the main public square of Venice that was once called the “Drawing room of Europe” by Napoleon. At the eastern end of the square, the Basilica of St. Mark, with its breathtaking domes, is one of the best examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture worldwide. The next site on the tour is one of the main landmarks of Venice, the Doge’s Palace (External Visit). This amazing Gothic structure was the residence of the Doge of Venice, the supreme authority in this city for many centuries until the arrival of Napoleon. Today it is a favorite museum and visited by over one million annually. Next, see the Bridge of Sighs, so called because it was the last view of Venice that prisoners would have before being taken to their cells. Relax and enjoy dinner included with the package, and sleep overnight at the hotel on Venice Island.
DAY 4 – Thursday: VENICE - ROME
Refresh after your Venetian hotel rest with a buffet breakfast at the hotel. Next, enjoy a morning boat tour along the canals. You will cross the lagoon – just a short ride of about a mile – to Murano. This area was once an independent commune (or municipality) but now is a frazione (subdivision) of Venice, and it is famous for its artisan glass works and lamp making. Here, you will have the opportunity to partake in a glass blowing demonstration, a truly astounding art. You will also have some time for shopping. In the afternoon, meet at the hotel in order to travel south to Rome. Arrive in Rome and check into the hotel for the night. Dinner for this evening is on your own.
Day 5 – Friday: ROME - NAPLES - POMPEII - SORRENTO
After the included buffet breakfast, prepare for another big day of travel and adventure! Meet in the early morning at your hotel then head to Naples via coach. Upon arrival in Naples, you will head out on a walking tour of its historical center with a local guide. Here, you will see and admire the city landmarks of the Piazza del Plebiscito, one of the largest public squares in Naples and the impressive Royal Palace on the eastern side of the square, showing fantastic frescoes. On site is also the Galleria Umberto I which houses the Coral Jewelry Museum. The theaters of Naples are among the oldest in Europe, and the Teatro di San Carlo opera house which dates back to the 1700s will also be shown on the walking tour. Afterwards, you will board a coach and depart for Pompeii. The route will travel alongside the Tyrrhenian Sea and to the northeast you will see Mount Vesuvius, the only active volcano in mainland Europe. Pompeii is famous for several reasons, most notably when it was buried by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD and then rediscovered 1,500 years later. On this tour you will first have a short visit to a coral and cameo factory, which is a specialty of the artisans of the area with similar artifacts dating back 4,000 years. Then, enjoy lunch in a typical restaurant, experiencing the local cuisine. Lunch is followed by a visit to the excavations of this ancient Roman city related to the famous volcanic eruption. After the careful unearthing of the 4-6 meters of ash and stone, an entire civilization was uncovered that would never have been otherwise preserved. When the eruption occurred, and later when the artifacts were found under the layers of ash, the entire civilization and people were stopped where they were and preserved. After the tour of Pompeii, you will travel by coach to the beautiful Sorrentine Peninsula, which has a unique landscape that alternates from deep valleys to magnificent mountains. It is also famous for the cultivation of orange, lemon and olive trees. The sea cliffs, spectacular views, and luxury hotels have attracted many notable people, including the opera singers Luciano Pavarotti and Enrico Caruso. After this eventful day, you will enjoy dinner at the hotel and settle in for the night.
DAY 6 – Saturday: SORRENTO - CAPRI - SORRENTO
Enjoy a buffet breakfast at the hotel to start your day off right. Then be ready for a morning departure to the beautiful island of Capri, which is just south of the Gulf of Naples and has been a resort since the time of the Roman Republic over 2,000 years ago. You will board the ferry and arrive in Marina Grande, which is the same port that Augustus and Tiberius used in the days of old. If the weather permits, you will have the opportunity to see the mysterious Blue Grotto, a sea cave where sunlight shines through the seawater and illuminates a blue reflection throughout the cavern. The Augustus Gardens will be visited next, which offer amazing views of the island and contain curious roads that wind back and forth up the sides of cliffs by the sea, proving that even roads can be works of art. There will be a chance to stop at the famous Piazzetta, considered to be the primary meeting place of the island and the center of town. From here, a Minibus will take you up to Anacapri to have lunch. The prefix Ana means above, and shows that this city has a higher elevation than the rest of the island. The composer Claude Debussy was a regular visitor here, and named one of his creations after Anacapri. After lunch in Anacapri, you will return to Marina Grande where you will board the ferry for your relaxing trip back to Sorrento. Enjoy dinner and a comfortable night's rest at the hotel.
Day 7 – Sunday: SORRENTO - ROME
For your final day, enjoy a buffet breakfast at your hotel then take the rest of the morning to explore the popular and attractive town of Sorrento on your own. Consider leisurely shopping along Via San Cesareo, Sorrento's main shopping street, or visit the Museo Correale, which is surrounded by a grove of lush citrus trees. You may also choose to visit the nearby coastal towns of Ravello, Positano or Amalfi. Be prepared to meet at the hotel in the afternoon and return to Rome via motor coach. Depending on traffic, your arrival in Rome will be around 9:00 p.m. Upon arrival in Rome, the tour, and our services, will end.
PACKAGE START AT $1,547.00 INCLUDES:
- Transportation by Deluxe motor coach air-conditioned as per itinerary;
- Accommodation in 4 Stars Hotels centrally located in double/twin rooms with private facilities;
- Daily American style buffet breakfast at the hotel;
- 5 Dinners as per itinerary;
- 2 Lunches as per itinerary;
- English Tour-Escort (1st Rome to Rome Segment) and Multilingual Tour-Escort (2nd Rome to Rome Segment);
- English speaking local guides (Passengers will be provided with a professional headset system to facilitate the hearing).
- Full day excursion to Pompeii
- Full day excursion to Capri
- Visit of the BLUE GROTTO (weather permitting)
- Panoramic Visits and sightseeing as per itinerary;
- Vat Taxes and service Charges.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:
- All Land & Air prices: Additional U.S. & Foreign Departure Taxes and Surcharges Fee(s) assessed by the Airlines.
-Hospitality city tax which varies by city and hotel category. Where applicable it must be paid locally to the hotel.
- Porterage service.
- Other Entrance Fees to Monuments or Museums, Tips, Extras.
- All which is not listed under “PACKAGE INCLUDES”.
English Only Speaking (from Day 1 to Day 4) and Multi language escorted group tour.
All departures are Guaranteed.
Only 1 piece of luggage per person allowed on the tour.
The excursion in Capri could be canceled in case of bad weather conditions (not refundable).
Due to logistic reasons, the itinerary can be reversed.
(*) Rate based on two adult persons sharing a double or twin bedded room with private bathroom. Single rooms are available at an additional supplement. Children’s, triple room rates and alternative accommodation arrangements are available upon request. (Additional and different charges may apply).