12 Day Tour. Year-round availability
Good 3-Star or 4-Star Hotel
1. January - 31. December
If you are seeing Italy for the first time or the only time, this is the tour that has all the places that are essentials on a list of Italy’s top tourist attractions: Rome; Naples; Pompeii; Vesuvius; Capri; Florence; Pisa; Verona; and, Venice.
DAY 1: Rome (overnight in Rome)
After you retrieve your luggage and clear customs at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport, a transfer bus will be waiting to take you to your 3- or 4-star hotel in Rome. Enjoy a quiet afternoon resting, or do some exploring on your own. Then have dinner at your hotel and get a good night’s sleep to conquer the jet lag.
DAY 2: Ancient Rome (overnight in Rome)
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and get ready for a day in Rome, ‘The Pearl of Antiquity’. Today you’ll be visiting the special sites of ancient Rome with a full-day guided tour of the Capitoline Hill, the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the ancient obelisks, the Pantheon and other places where the ancient Romans walked. You’ll be on your own for lunch so find one of those special restaurants and sample the food that has made Italy famous. Dinner at your hotel.
DAY 3: Christian Rome (overnight in Rome)
Wake up in Rome again, have breakfast at your hotel and then prepare to enjoy a guided tour of the Christian Roots that are found in Rome. Tour St. Peter’s Basilica and see Michelangelo’s “Pieta”. Explore the Sistine Chapel and view the magnificent work that Michelangelo left on its ceiling. See the catacombs, where early Christians hid from persecution. Again today, you can look for special restaurants to try the food of Rome at lunch. In the afternoon your guided tours will continue. Dinner at your hotel.
DAY 4: Classic Rome (overnight in Rome)
Today is your last full day in Rome. You’ll be touring its classical attractions: its streets: its fountains (including, of course, the Trevi Fountain); its Piazzas (including Piazza Navona);the Spanish Steps; and, much more. Don’t get lost, but in the afternoon you’ll be left on your own to enjoy leisure time and shopping. Dinner again at your hotel.
DAY 5: Monte Cassino – Naples (overnight in Naples) (daily distance 250 km)
You’ll be sad to leave “The Eternal City”, but today you’ll have to pack your bags and say goodbye to Rome, because this morning you’ll be heading south. Along the route, there will be a stopover in Monte Cassino where you can ponder the site of the World War II battle in January through May of 1944 that resulted in 75,000 casualties during the Allied Army’s Italian campaign against Hitler’s forces. Continue on to Naples, check into your 3-star or 4-star hotel, and then take a guided tour of this city that is known for its pizza, its narrow alleyways and its strings of laundry high above the street. Enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening.
DAY 6: Pompeii – Vesuvio (overnight in Naples) (daily distance 55 km)
Today you’ll be taking a guided tour of the famous city of Pompeii and of Mt. Vesuvius, which buried that ancient city under 4 to 6 meters of ash and pumice in 79 AD. A tourist destination for over the last 250 years, which is now an UNESCO World Heritage site. You’ll be left to your own devices for lunch (maybe some of that renowned Neapolitan pizza?) and during the afternoon. Dinner at your hotel.
Or, if you prefer, an alternative Day 6 might look like this (and we’re always open to alternatives):
DAY 6: Amalfi Coast (overnight in Naples) (daily distance 135 km)
Enjoy some relaxation on the beautiful and famous Amalfi Coast, a popular tourist destination listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend the day there, maybe taking in the beaches at Positano or doing some hiking in Monti Lattari regional park. Dinner at your hotel.
DAY 7: Capri – Ana Capri – Blue Grotta (overnight in Naples) (daily distance 120 km)
An exciting full-day of Mediterranean flare awaits you: a boat ride across the blue waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea to the fantastic island of Capri and a guided tour that will show you all the main attractions of the island, including the towns of Capri and Ana Capri, and, of course, the Blue Grotto (but you will have to make on-site arrangements for that – see below). Return to your hotel in Naples for the night. Lunch on your own. Dinner at your hotel.
DAY 8: Florence (overnight in or around Florence) (daily distance 480 km)
Pack your bags again; after breakfast this morning you’re heading north, this time travelling through the rolling hill country of Tuscany to the incomparable city of Florence where you’ll check into your hotel and have dinner.
DAY 9: Florence (overnight in or around Florence)
Wake up and pinch yourself! You’re in Florence!! The city of Leonardo da Vinci; of Michelangelo and the de Medici; of Machiavelli and Savonarola. The birthplace of the Renaissance. Ranked by Forbes Magazine as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Art and Architecture are on today’s agenda: you’re on a guided tour, off to see Michelangelo’s “David”, Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus”, the Duomo (the cathedral of Florence). Climb the 414 steps to the top of Giotto’s Belltower. Stroll the gardens at Palazzo Pitti, and window shop on the Ponte Vecchio. You’ll be on your own for lunch and there’s no shortage of appetizing menus in La Bella Firenze. Dinner at your hotel.
DAY 10: Pisa, Verona, Venice (overnight in or around Venice) (daily distance 515 km)
On the road again. First you’re going to Pisa where you will not be disappointed by the famous leaning tower. Climb the steps to the very top (just under 300 of them) and take in the view that Galileo had if he really did drop cannonballs from there. Then you’ll continue to Verona where you’ll take a break from driving and have a look at the famous balcony where Romeo first wooed Juliet. Back on the bus, and next stop will be Venice, the city of canals. Dinner at your hotel.
DAY 11: Venice (overnight in or around Venice)
This morning venture out for a half-day tour of the enchanting city of Venice. Visit Saint Mark’s square and the town centre. Take a gondola ride and enjoy the view from “the Bridge of Sighs”. You’re on your own for lunch and you have the afternoon and evening to shop or stroll or simply sit in one of the many cafes and drink delicious Italian coffee. Dinner at your hotel.
DAY 12: Venice, flight homewards
All good things come to an end. You’ll reluctantly pack your bags today and take a transfer to Marco Polo International Airport, from where you’ll journey home, all the while reflecting on the many things you saw and did. But don’t worry! You’ll be back.
Prices* By Hotel Star Rating and Group Size
|Tour with 3-Star Hotel Accommodation
| € 1,436.-
| € 1,066.-
|Tour with 4-Star Hotel Accommodation
| € 1,759.-
|*prices are per person in double room
|Single Supplement in 3-Star Hotel
|| € 198.-
|Single Supplement in 4-Star Hotel
*Prices are based in part on quotations from third-party suppliers and may vary slightly at time of booking.