Best of Italy: Venice to Amalfi Coast | Small Group Italy Tour
Colosseum, Rome
Venice, Italy
Venice, Italy
Florence, Italy
Trevi Fountain, Rome
Amalfi Coast, Italy

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Overview

Explore the top attractions of manifold Italy! Start your amazing 12-day tour in romantic Venice and it's alluring canals. Then continue to artistic Florence to get an insight of the Renaissance heritage. Make your way to Eternal Rome to stroll its ancient streets and as a final chord visit sunny Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast.

Tour type:
Small group tour
Tour rating:
4.77 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • 4-star centrally located hotels:
    11 nights
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Private airport/railway station transfers
    3 train rides between cities
    Private transfers between cities
    Private drivers for day trips
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 3 guided walking city tours
    1 guided city tours with private transportation
    1 guided day-tour outside the city
    10 guided visits to sights and museums
  • MEALS
  • 11 breakfasts
    Wine tasting

Day-by-Day

Day 1
Arrival in Venice

Welcome to Venice - one of the most charming 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.

No meals included.

Day 2
Sightseeing in Venice

After breakfast at the hotel, meet your private 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.

Day 3
Free Day in Venice, Train to Florence

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 at 4 pm, your private driver picks you up from the hotel and transfers you 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.

Day 4
Florence Sightseeing

After breakfast at the 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 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.

Day 5
Optional Cooking Class & Evening Wine Tasting

Today is free for you to savor magnificent Florence on your own or join our carefully planned optional market tour and a cooking class with a Tuscan chef.

  • Optional tour: Market Tour and Cooking Class, Florence
    Enjoy a morning small group tour of the Mercato Centrale with some tastings followed by a cooking class where you learn to make the real Italian food.

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 included.

Day 6
EXTRA DAY*: Optional Uffizi Gallery Tour & Train to Rome

The first part of the day today is free for you to explore Florence on your own or join our carefully planned optional tour to the Uffizi Gallery.

  • Optional tour: Uffizi Gallery Tour, Florence
    Spend time exploring the Uffizi Gallery which is home to an outstanding collection of art, including masterpieces by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Botticelli.

In the afternoon you meet your driver in the hotel lobby for a transfer to the rail station to board a train to Rome. An hour and a half later you arrive in the Italian capital. Your driver meets you and takes you to your downtown hotel for check-in.

Breakfast is included.

*Note: this is extra day is not included in the 2019 small group tour program.

Day 7
Vatican Sightseeing

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.

Day 8
Tour to the Colosseum

After breakfast in your hotel, meet with your private guide and go to the very heart of Rome. Today in about 4 hours you discover the famous ancient treasures of the Eternal City.

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

Breakfast is included.

Day 9
Free Day in Rome

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.

Day 10
Pompeii and Amalfi Coastal Exploration

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 private 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 the Amalfi coast (or Sorrento).

Breakfast is included.

Day 11
Free Day in Sorrento

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.

Day 12
Departure from Naples

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.

Included

11 nights at centrally-located 4-star hotels

  • Hand picked hotels
  • Best value rooms
  • Restaurant
4-star accommodation at top hotels

Always included:

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

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 with private drivers;
  • 1st class train tickets Venice - Florence, Florence - Rome, Rome - Slerno & Sorrento - Rome; 
  • Sightseeing tours with private professional English-speaking guides in Florence, Rome and Sorrento; 
  • 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

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

Dates & Rates

Dates
Sep 24
Oct - 5, 2018
Oct 2
Oct - 13, 2018
Oct 23
Nov - 3, 2018
Mar 20
Mar - 30, 2019
Apr 12
Apr - 22, 2019
Apr 17
Apr - 27, 2019
May 15
May - 25, 2019
Jun 19
Jun - 29, 2019
Jul 17
Jul - 27, 2019
Sep 4
Sep - 14, 2019
Sep 11
Sep - 21, 2019
Oct 9
Oct - 19, 2019
Nov 6
Nov - 16, 2019
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
$3,988
on request
deposit
$798
$3,988
deposit
$798
$3,988
deposit
$798
$3,798
deposit
$760
$3,798
deposit
$760
$3,798
deposit
$760
$3,798
deposit
$760
$3,798
deposit
$760
$3,798
deposit
$760
$3,798
deposit
$760
$3,798
deposit
$760
$3,798
deposit
$760
$3,798
deposit
$760
Two travelers: double occupancy
$4,228
on request
deposit
$846
$4,228
deposit
$846
$4,228
deposit
$846
$3,998
deposit
$800
$3,998
deposit
$800
$3,998
deposit
$800
$3,998
deposit
$800
$3,998
deposit
$800
$3,998
deposit
$800
$3,998
deposit
$800
$3,998
deposit
$800
$3,998
deposit
$800
$3,998
deposit
$800
Single traveler
$6,098
on request
deposit
$1,220
$6,098
deposit
$1,220
$6,098
deposit
$1,220
$5,898
deposit
$1,180
$5,898
deposit
$1,180
$5,898
deposit
$1,180
$5,898
deposit
$1,180
$5,898
deposit
$1,180
$5,898
deposit
$1,180
$5,898
deposit
$1,180
$5,898
deposit
$1,180
$5,898
deposit
$1,180
$5,898
deposit
$1,180
Dates
Sep 24
Oct - 5, 2018
Oct 2
Oct - 13, 2018
Oct 23
Nov - 3, 2018
Mar 20
Mar - 30, 2019
Apr 12
Apr - 22, 2019
Apr 17
Apr - 27, 2019
May 15
May - 25, 2019
Jun 19
Jun - 29, 2019
Jul 17
Jul - 27, 2019
Sep 4
Sep - 14, 2019
Sep 11
Sep - 21, 2019
Oct 9
Oct - 19, 2019
Nov 6
Nov - 16, 2019
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
$3,988
on request
deposit
$798
$3,988
deposit
$798
$3,988
deposit
$798
$3,798
deposit
$760
$3,798
deposit
$760
$3,798
deposit
$760
$3,798
deposit
$760
$3,798
deposit
$760
$3,798
deposit
$760
$3,798
deposit
$760
$3,798
deposit
$760
$3,798
deposit
$760
$3,798
deposit
$760
Two travelers: double occupancy
$4,228
on request
deposit
$846
$4,228
deposit
$846
$4,228
deposit
$846
$3,998
deposit
$800
$3,998
deposit
$800
$3,998
deposit
$800
$3,998
deposit
$800
$3,998
deposit
$800
$3,998
deposit
$800
$3,998
deposit
$800
$3,998
deposit
$800
$3,998
deposit
$800
$3,998
deposit
$800
Single traveler
$6,098
on request
deposit
$1,220
$6,098
deposit
$1,220
$6,098
deposit
$1,220
$5,898
deposit
$1,180
$5,898
deposit
$1,180
$5,898
deposit
$1,180
$5,898
deposit
$1,180
$5,898
deposit
$1,180
$5,898
deposit
$1,180
$5,898
deposit
$1,180
$5,898
deposit
$1,180
$5,898
deposit
$1,180
$5,898
deposit
$1,180

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