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Overview

REDUCED RATES: Explore the north and south of Italy, from seductive Milan to the picturesque Amalfi Coast. Discover the beauty of Cinque Terre towns and Como Lake, immerse yourself in Renaissance Florence, and see the hidden treasures of eternal Rome and sacred Vatican on your way. Petite group of travelers, stays at best hotels, and convenient transfers between cities included.
 

Tour type:
Small group tour
Tour rating:
4.97 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • 4-star central hotels
    standard rooms
    16 nights
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Private airport transfers
    7 train rides
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 5 guided city tours
    3 day trips: to Cinque Terre, Lake Como,
    Pompeii & Amalfi Coast
  • MEALS
  • 16 breakfasts
    Wine-tasting in Florence

Day-by-Day

Day 1
Arrival in Rome

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

The rest of the day is free so you can start exploring the magnificent city center on your own, dine in one of the local restaurants or take a good rest in your comfortable room.

Not included.

Day 2
Train to La Spezia

Following breakfast you check-out from the hotel in Rome and your driver takes you to the rail station to board the train to La Spezia. In about four hours you arrive at your next destination and walk to your hotel located within walking distance from the train station. Upon arrival to the hotel, you have the rest of the day at leisure.

Breakfast is included.

Day 3
Cinque Terre Tour

After breakfast at your hotel, your guide takes you on a fascinating full day-trip along Cinque Terre to visit the most remarkable little towns.

You take the train from La Spezia and in twenty minutes you arrive at the coastal village Vernazza. Here you see a natural pier with an amphitheater shape making it perhaps the most picturesque village of the Cinque Terre. Vernazza was a Roman installation and had big strategic importance during the age of the Maritime Republics of Genoa. It was also famous for its carpenters.

Then you continue your travel by ferry to the village surrounded by wineries - to Manarola. This village may be the oldest one in the Cinque Terre with a Church of San Lorenzo dating back to 1338. After the tour, you travel back to La Spezia hotel and have the rest of the evening at your own leisure.

Breakfast is included.

Day 4
Train to Milan

Following breakfast, you check out from the hotel and walk to the train station, where you board a train to Milan. In about 3 hours you arrive in the fashion capital of Italy! Upon arrival to Milan you are met by your driver and taken to your downtown hotel.

There are no planned activities for you for today day, so you can relax and recover after the trip. If you would like to do some looking around, we suggest visiting the world famous shopping and fashion avenue, Quadrilatero della Moda.

Breakfast is included.

Day 5
Trip to Como Lake

Following breakfast at your hotel you meet your driver who transfers you to Como, located on the shores of another stunningly beautiful lake - Lake Como. Como town boasts several artistic monuments from different historical periods.

Upon arrival you meet your local guide who shows you around. During the city tour you see the medieval walls surrounding the historic center, stroll through the ancient streets in the heart of the town, and admire beautiful Romanesque and Baroque churches. You see the Piazza Volta and Piazza Duomo with its charming old Town Hall building and its characteristic bell tower. During the tour you enjoy public boat tour as well as a Como-Brunate funicular ride.

The highlight of the tour is visit of the superb 600-year old Como Cathedral. Nearby is the Palazzo Terragni, an example of the modern rationalist architecture.

After the tour your driver takes you back to your hotel in Milan.

Breakfast is included.

Day 6
Milan Sightseeing & Train to Venice

Following breakfast you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and have a 3-hour walking tour of Milan to learn more about the city’s history and reputation as a fashion capital.

The preview of your upcoming adventure:




You start with visiting to world-known Milan Duomo, the Gothic cathedral and the highest sight in the city which took about six centuries to build. Then you walk through nearby-located Galleria Vittorio Emanuele and reach La Scala Theatre. Prepare to be wowed by the prestigious Milan opera house (no entrance is included). You continue with picturesque Brera district to feel the historical atmosphere of the city. Explore the public areas, with stories of its 15th-century owners ringing in your ears. After all you make a stop at Castello Sforzesco to see history and style combined with Milanese flair.

  • Please note: the Milan Cathedral 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.
  • Note: The unique treasure of Milan - Leonardo da Vinci’s legendary fresco “The Last Supper” located in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie is not included in the city tour due to its limited availability. Please, ask your travel specialist about available tickets for your tour date.

In the afternoon you are transferred to the rail station to board the train which will take you to Venice. Upon arrival you are picked up from the railway station and taken to the hotel for the check-in.

Breakfast is included.

Day 7
Venice Sightseeing

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.

Here's what you can expect from your time in 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.

Breakfast is included.

Day 8
Optional Activities 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.

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.

Day 9
Florence Sightseeing

After breakfast in your hotel, meet with your private guide and go on a comprehensive walking tour of Florence's highlights.

Florence through our eyes:




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.

Day 10
Optional Cooking Class & Evening Wine 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.

Day 11
Highlights of Rome & Colosseum


Today you have the morning at leisure. In the afternoon you meet your group and guide and embark on a tour to discover the famous ancient treasures of the Eternal City.


Take a virtual look around the capital:


 

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.

Day 12
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 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.

Day 13
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.

Breakfast is included.

Day 14
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 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, Ravello and Amalfi from a local perspective, and take in the local history and culture.

The wonderful sights of the cost that you’ll see:




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

Breakfast is included.

Day 15
Free Day in Sorrento or Optional Tours

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

Breakfast is included.

Day 16
Train to Rome

After breakfast you check-out from the hotel and your driver transfers you to the Naples train station, where you board a train to Rome.

Upon arrival in about 1 hour, your driver transfers you to your centrally located hotel, and you have the rest of the day at leisure.

Breakfast is included.

Day 17
Departure from Rome

This is the final day of your amazing journey! After breakfast your driver transfers you to the airport for your flight back home.

We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!

Breakfast is included.


Included

16 nights at 4-star centrally located 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 Rome, La Spezia, Milan, Venice, Florence & Sorrento;
  • Delicious breakfasts at your hotels;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary with drivers;
  • 1st class train tickets Rome - La Spezia, La Spezia - Milan, Milan - Venice, Venice - Florence, Florence - Rome, Rome - Naples, Naples - Rome;
  • Sightseeing tours with professional English-speaking guides in Cinque Terre, Milan, Como, Venice, Florence, Rome, Pompeii and Amalfi Coast;
  • 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, gratuities and all personal expenses.

Tour highlights
  • Explore the charming and colorful Cinque Terre towns;
  • Spend time in Italy's most romantic lake - Como;
  • Enjoy the top sights of Milan and romantic Venice;
  • Visit to Florence Baptistery and Grande Museo del Duomo;
  • Taste delicious Tuscan wines in Florence;
  • Guided tours of Rome and the Vatican;
  • Discover Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast.
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
Jul 12
Jul - 28, 2019
Aug 30
Sep - 15, 2019
Sep 6
Sep - 22, 2019
Sep 27
Oct - 13, 2019
Oct 4
Oct - 20, 2019
Nov 1
Nov - 17, 2019
Friends Trip: 4+ travelers (price per person)
$6,212
sold out
deposit
$1,243
$6,212
deposit
$1,243
$6,212
deposit
$1,243
$6,212
deposit
$1,243
$6,212
deposit
$1,243
$5,812
U$6,212
U$400 off
deposit
$1,163
Two travelers: double occupancy (price per person)
$6,412
sold out
deposit
$1,283
$6,412
deposit
$1,283
$6,412
deposit
$1,283
$6,412
deposit
$1,283
$6,412
deposit
$1,283
$6,012
U$6,412
U$400 off
deposit
$1,203
Single traveler
$9,614
sold out
deposit
$1,923
$9,614
deposit
$1,923
$9,614
deposit
$1,923
$9,614
deposit
$1,923
$9,614
deposit
$1,923
$9,214
U$9,614
U$400 off
deposit
$1,843

 

 

 

2020 Early Bird Special: Book a year in advance and secure 2019 rates. 2020 tours start every Friday from March 20 to July 10, 2020 and from September 4 to October 30, 2020.

 

 

Dates
Jul 12
Jul - 28, 2019
Aug 30
Sep - 15, 2019
Sep 6
Sep - 22, 2019
Sep 27
Oct - 13, 2019
Oct 4
Oct - 20, 2019
Nov 1
Nov - 17, 2019
Friends Trip: 4+ travelers (price per person)
$6,212
sold out
deposit
$1,243
$6,212
deposit
$1,243
$6,212
deposit
$1,243
$6,212
deposit
$1,243
$6,212
deposit
$1,243
$5,812
U$6,212
U$400 off
deposit
$1,163
Two travelers: double occupancy (price per person)
$6,412
sold out
deposit
$1,283
$6,412
deposit
$1,283
$6,412
deposit
$1,283
$6,412
deposit
$1,283
$6,412
deposit
$1,283
$6,012
U$6,412
U$400 off
deposit
$1,203
Single traveler
$9,614
sold out
deposit
$1,923
$9,614
deposit
$1,923
$9,614
deposit
$1,923
$9,614
deposit
$1,923
$9,614
deposit
$1,923
$9,214
U$9,614
U$400 off
deposit
$1,843

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