From Venice to Amalfi Coast & Sicily | Small Group Tour from Australia
Colosseum, Rome
Venice, Italy
Venice, Italy
Florence, Italy
Trevi Fountain, Rome
Amalfi Coast, Italy

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Overview

Set off on a grand exploration of Italy and enjoy it's most sought-after destinations in 18 days! Have the time of your life touring the canals of Venice, taking in the artistic atmosphere of Florence, visiting the Leaning Tower of Pisa. 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.

Tour type:
Small group tour
Tour rating:
4.89 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • 4-star central hotels
    standard rooms
    17 nights
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Private transfers
    3 train rides
    1 local flight
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 11 guided tours
  • MEALS
  • 17 buffet breakfasts

Day-by-Day

Day 1
Arrival in Venice

Welcome to Venice - one of the most charming cities in 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 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.

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

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 in 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 from local products.

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
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, in which the departure to Rome is on the following day in the morning.

Day 7
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 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 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.

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 on Amalfi coast (or Sorrento).

Breakfast is included.

Day 11
Free Day in Sorrento or Optional Tours

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.

Day 12
Flight to Palermo

After breakfast, you check-out from the hotel and your private 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 or join an optional tour.

Breakfast is included.

Day 13
Palermo City Tour & Optional Tour

After breakfast, you meet your private guide and 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 private guide, you start the tour at the Norman Palace and the Palatine Chapel.

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: Tour to Erice, Sicily
    Join an unforgettable small group tour to Erice, a wonderfully preserved Medieval town.​

Breakfast is included.

Day 14
Day Tour to Monreale & Cefalu, Transfer to Agrigento

Following breakfast, you check out from the hotel and meet with your private guide and driver to embark on an exciting day tour to Monreale and Cefalu.

After a short drive, you arrive in Monreale where we have planned a visit to the famous Cathedral, dating from the era of the Norman kingdom of Sicily, where the Arab-Norman art and architecture reached its apogee.

Then you proceed along the coast to the scenic town of Cefalu, the home of another astonishing example of religious Arab-Norman architecture. This colorful fishing village, complete with brightly-hued boats and twisting narrow streets gives you an opportunity to admire the iconic postcard views of Sicily.

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

Breakfast is included.

*Note: visits to Monreale and Cefalu are not offered on this day in the 2019 small group tour program.

Day 15
Valley of the Temples & Scala dei Turchi Cliffs

Today after a delicious breakfast at the hotel, you spend the day with your private 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.

Day 16
Villa Romana del Casale & Transfer to Taormina

In the morning after breakfast you check-out and your private 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.

Day 17
Sightseeing of Taormina & Optional Tour to Mount Etna

In the morning after breakfast at the hotel meet your private 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.

Day 18
Departure

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.


Included

17 nights at 4-star centrally located hotels

  • Hand picked hotels
  • Best value rooms
  • Restaurant

Always included:

  • Central location close to major sights
  • Buffet breakfasts
  • Free WiFi
  • Spacious beds

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 professional English-speaking guides in Venice, Florence and Rome;
  • Wine tasting in Florence;
  • 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
  • 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

Dates & Rates

Dates
Oct 23
Nov - 9, 2018
Mar 20
Apr - 5, 2019
Apr 17
May - 3, 2019
May 15
May - 31, 2019
Jun 19
Jul - 5, 2019
Jul 17
Aug - 2, 2019
Sep 4
Sep - 20, 2019
Sep 11
Sep - 27, 2019
Oct 9
Oct - 25, 2019
Nov 6
Nov - 22, 2019
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
$5,541
deposit
$1,109
$5,798
deposit
$1,160
$5,798
deposit
$1,160
$5,798
deposit
$1,160
$5,798
deposit
$1,160
$5,798
deposit
$1,160
$5,798
deposit
$1,160
$5,798
deposit
$1,160
$5,798
deposit
$1,160
$5,798
deposit
$1,160
Two travelers: double occupancy
$5,741
deposit
$1,149
$5,998
deposit
$1,200
$5,998
deposit
$1,200
$5,998
deposit
$1,200
$5,998
deposit
$1,200
$5,998
deposit
$1,200
$5,998
deposit
$1,200
$5,998
deposit
$1,200
$5,998
deposit
$1,200
$5,998
deposit
$1,200
Single traveler
$8,174
deposit
$1,635
$8,895
deposit
$1,779
$8,895
deposit
$1,779
$8,895
deposit
$1,779
$8,895
deposit
$1,779
$8,895
deposit
$1,779
$8,895
deposit
$1,779
$8,895
deposit
$1,779
$8,895
deposit
$1,779
$8,895
deposit
$1,779
Dates
Oct 23
Nov - 9, 2018
Mar 20
Apr - 5, 2019
Apr 17
May - 3, 2019
May 15
May - 31, 2019
Jun 19
Jul - 5, 2019
Jul 17
Aug - 2, 2019
Sep 4
Sep - 20, 2019
Sep 11
Sep - 27, 2019
Oct 9
Oct - 25, 2019
Nov 6
Nov - 22, 2019
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
$5,541
deposit
$1,109
$5,798
deposit
$1,160
$5,798
deposit
$1,160
$5,798
deposit
$1,160
$5,798
deposit
$1,160
$5,798
deposit
$1,160
$5,798
deposit
$1,160
$5,798
deposit
$1,160
$5,798
deposit
$1,160
$5,798
deposit
$1,160
Two travelers: double occupancy
$5,741
deposit
$1,149
$5,998
deposit
$1,200
$5,998
deposit
$1,200
$5,998
deposit
$1,200
$5,998
deposit
$1,200
$5,998
deposit
$1,200
$5,998
deposit
$1,200
$5,998
deposit
$1,200
$5,998
deposit
$1,200
$5,998
deposit
$1,200
Single traveler
$8,174
deposit
$1,635
$8,895
deposit
$1,779
$8,895
deposit
$1,779
$8,895
deposit
$1,779
$8,895
deposit
$1,779
$8,895
deposit
$1,779
$8,895
deposit
$1,779
$8,895
deposit
$1,779
$8,895
deposit
$1,779
$8,895
deposit
$1,779

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