Rome & Amalfi Coast | Small Group Italy Tour from Australia

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Overview

Traverse the top attractions of Rome, often called the Eternal City, and then set off to the sun-kissed Amalfi Coast in a small group of travelers. Together with professional guides, see iconic places like the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps, the Roman Forum and the Trevi Fountain, enjoy the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel, as well as must-sees of Sorrento and Positano.
 

Early Bird Special: book 2019 departures of the Rome & Amalfi Coast small group tour until August 31, 2018 at special rates.
 

Tour type:
Small group tour
Tour rating:
4.87 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • 4-star centrally located hotels:
    6 nights
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Private airport/railway station transfers
    1 train ride between cities
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 3 guided city tours
  • MEALS
  • 6 breakfasts

Day-by-Day

Day 1
Arrival to 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
Vatican Sightseeing & Highlights of Rome

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 3
Colosseum & Roman Forum

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.

Your first stop today is the iconic Roman Forum, situated on low ground between the Palatine and Capitoline hills, it was the key political, ritual, and civic center of ancient Rome and can be traced 3 thousand years back. Today you can see columns and remains of ancient temples, archs and buildings, such as the Temple of Caesar and the Arch of Septimius Severus, as well as the adjacent Palatine Hill, which was the site of the city’s first settlements.

Another place you discover today 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 the tour your guide takes you back to the hotel and you have the evening at leisure.

Breakfast is included.

Day 4
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 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.
  • Optional tour: Catacombs of Rome, Rome
    Discover a layer of Roman history with a private guide and driver during your 3-hour Catacombs of Rome tour and explore one of the Eternal City’s underground catacombs and burial chambers.

Breakfast is included.

Day 5
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 on Amalfi coast (or Sorrento).

Breakfast is included.

Day 6
Free Day in Sorrento or Optional Tours

Today following breakfast at your hotel you have free day to continue enjoying fascinating Sorrento at your leisure. You can join one of our carefully planned optional tours.

  • Optional tour: Trip to Capri Island
    Enjoy a trip to Capri Island! Your guide meets you in the hotel lobby and together you take a hydrofoil to the island and have a tour of Ancapri.
  • Optional tour: Gastronomic Tour, Sorrento
    Learn about the local gastronomic traditions of Sorrento together with a private guide and driver.

Breakfast is included.

Day 7
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.


Hotels

6 nights at centrally-located 4-star hotels

  • 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 and Sorrento;
  • Delicious breakfasts at your hotels;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary with private drivers;
  • 1st class train tickets Rome - Naples; 
  • Sightseeing tours with private professional English-speaking guides in 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

What's Included
  • Comprehensive city tour of Rome with guided tours inside Colosseum, Forum;
  • Tour of the Vatican & seeing the Sistine Chapel;
  • 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 2
Sep - 8, 2018
Sep 16
Sep - 22, 2018
Sep 29
Oct - 5, 2018
Oct 7
Oct - 13, 2018
Oct 28
Nov - 3, 2018
Mar 24
Mar - 30, 2019
Apr 21
Apr - 27, 2019
May 19
May - 25, 2019
Jun 23
Jun - 29, 2019
Jul 21
Jul - 27, 2019
Sep 8
Sep - 14, 2019
Sep 15
Sep - 21, 2019
Oct 13
Oct - 19, 2019
Nov 10
Nov - 16, 2019
Friends Trip (4+ travelers)
$2,281
deposit
$500
$2,281
on request
deposit
$500
$2,281
deposit
$500
$2,281
deposit
$500
$2,281
deposit
$500
$2,281
Early Bird
deposit
$500
$2,281
Early Bird
deposit
$500
$2,281
Early Bird
deposit
$500
$2,281
Early Bird
deposit
$500
$2,281
Early Bird
deposit
$500
$2,281
Early Bird
deposit
$500
$2,281
Early Bird
deposit
$500
$2,281
Early Bird
deposit
$500
$2,281
Early Bird
deposit
$500
Two travelers: double occupancy
$2,481
deposit
$500
$2,481
on request
deposit
$500
$2,481
deposit
$500
$2,481
deposit
$500
$2,481
deposit
$500
$2,481
Early Bird
deposit
$500
$2,481
Early Bird
deposit
$500
$2,481
Early Bird
deposit
$500
$2,481
Early Bird
deposit
$500
$2,481
Early Bird
deposit
$500
$2,481
Early Bird
deposit
$500
$2,481
Early Bird
deposit
$500
$2,481
Early Bird
deposit
$500
$2,481
Early Bird
deposit
$500
Single traveler
$3,541
deposit
$709
$3,541
on request
deposit
$709
$3,541
deposit
$709
$3,541
deposit
$709
$3,541
deposit
$709
$3,541
Early Bird
deposit
$709
$3,541
Early Bird
deposit
$709
$3,541
Early Bird
deposit
$709
$3,541
Early Bird
deposit
$709
$3,541
Early Bird
deposit
$709
$3,541
Early Bird
deposit
$709
$3,541
Early Bird
deposit
$709
$3,541
Early Bird
deposit
$709
$3,541
Early Bird
deposit
$709
Dates
Sep 2
Sep - 8, 2018
Sep 16
Sep - 22, 2018
Sep 29
Oct - 5, 2018
Oct 7
Oct - 13, 2018
Oct 28
Nov - 3, 2018
Mar 24
Mar - 30, 2019
Apr 21
Apr - 27, 2019
May 19
May - 25, 2019
Jun 23
Jun - 29, 2019
Jul 21
Jul - 27, 2019
Sep 8
Sep - 14, 2019
Sep 15
Sep - 21, 2019
Oct 13
Oct - 19, 2019
Nov 10
Nov - 16, 2019
Friends Trip (4+ travelers)
$2,281
deposit
$500
$2,281
on request
deposit
$500
$2,281
deposit
$500
$2,281
deposit
$500
$2,281
deposit
$500
$2,281
Early Bird
deposit
$500
$2,281
Early Bird
deposit
$500
$2,281
Early Bird
deposit
$500
$2,281
Early Bird
deposit
$500
$2,281
Early Bird
deposit
$500
$2,281
Early Bird
deposit
$500
$2,281
Early Bird
deposit
$500
$2,281
Early Bird
deposit
$500
$2,281
Early Bird
deposit
$500
Two travelers: double occupancy
$2,481
deposit
$500
$2,481
on request
deposit
$500
$2,481
deposit
$500
$2,481
deposit
$500
$2,481
deposit
$500
$2,481
Early Bird
deposit
$500
$2,481
Early Bird
deposit
$500
$2,481
Early Bird
deposit
$500
$2,481
Early Bird
deposit
$500
$2,481
Early Bird
deposit
$500
$2,481
Early Bird
deposit
$500
$2,481
Early Bird
deposit
$500
$2,481
Early Bird
deposit
$500
$2,481
Early Bird
deposit
$500
Single traveler
$3,541
deposit
$709
$3,541
on request
deposit
$709
$3,541
deposit
$709
$3,541
deposit
$709
$3,541
deposit
$709
$3,541
Early Bird
deposit
$709
$3,541
Early Bird
deposit
$709
$3,541
Early Bird
deposit
$709
$3,541
Early Bird
deposit
$709
$3,541
Early Bird
deposit
$709
$3,541
Early Bird
deposit
$709
$3,541
Early Bird
deposit
$709
$3,541
Early Bird
deposit
$709
$3,541
Early Bird
deposit
$709

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