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Italy’s Must-See Classic Wonders

Rome, Florence, Venice, Tuscany, Cinque Terre, Pompeii & Amalfi Coast.

Discover the classic beauty of Italy as you explore these five iconic destinations and encounter the culture and history that brings each one to life. Learn from your expert private tour guide as you visit sites like Pompeii, the Vatican Museums in Rome, and the Accademia in Florence, experience Venice's incredible St. Mark's Basilica with a VIP after hours visit away from the crowds, sip a cappuccino on a beautiful terrace overlooking the Tirreno Sea on the Amalfi Coast, and explore the five fishing villages of Cinque Terre nestled on a spectacular sea cliff. Relax and savour the Italian dolce vita - we'll take care of all the planning!

  • Tour Category: Small Group Tour
  • Duration: 12 Days, 11 Nights
  • Max. Number of Participants: 12
  • Tour Pick-Up Location: Rome International Airport
  • Tour Drop-Off Location: Naples International Airport
  • Transportation: Private van (or mini coach), high-speed train
  • Departure Dates: Monthly departures are available.
  • Number of nights in each destination:
    Rome: 2 nights -- Florence: 2 nights -- Venice: 2 nights -- Cinque Terre: 2 nights -- Sorrento: 3 nights
  • Also included: Pompeii, Tuscany, Amalfi Coast

This itinerary is suited for independent travellers, families, and small private groups.

We can further customize this tour just for you. Any element can be tailored including the activities, length, hotels, and destinations.

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Day 1


Meet and greet with our representative at the Rome Airport and transfer to your hotel. During the transfer, our guide will do an orientation tour of the Eternal City. Enjoy a welcome dinner in a typical Roman restaurant. Rome is Italy’s capital and a sprawling, cosmopolitan city with nearly 3,000 years of globally influential art, architecture and culture on display. Ancient ruins like the Forum and Colosseum evoke the power of the former Roman Empire, while Vatican City, headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, has St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, which house masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes.

Day 2


Breakfast at your hotel. Meet our local Vatican expert for a tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica (skip-the-line tickets included). In the afternoon, explore Rome on your own: you can enjoy a walk through the small streets, watch locals interact at a coffee shop, or visit one of the hundreds of churches (you can find one at every corner!)

Day 3


Breakfast at your hotel, check-out, and travel north towards the spectacular region of Tuscany. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of vineyards, olive trees, winding roads, and medieval hamlets along the way! You will stop at a winery in the heart of the Chianti Classico appellation area for a tasting and lunch. In the afternoon, continue to Florence - the Renaissance capital of Italy - and check-in to your hotel. Florence, the capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, is home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture. One of its most iconic sights is the Duomo, a cathedral with a terracotta-tiled dome engineered by Brunelleschi and a bell tower by Giotto. The Galleria dell'Accademia displays Michelangelo’s “David” sculpture and The Uffizi Gallery exhibits Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” and da Vinci’s “Annunciation.”

Day 4


Breakfast at your hotel. Afterwards, you will meet an expert local guide and spend 3 hours discovering and learning about this magnificent city, known as the cradle of the Renaissance. A visit to the famous Galleria dell'Accademia is included with skip-the-line tickets.

The Galleria dell’Accademia – or Accademia Gallery – is most famous for its sculptures by the great Renaissance artist, Michelangelo. His Prisoners (or Slaves), St. Matthew and, above all, the magnificent statue of David within the Tribune are what draw most of the hundreds of thousands of visitors to the museum every year. The main halls at the Accademia also offer visitors works by other great Italian artists like Sandro Botticelli, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Pontormo, Andrea del Sarto, Allessando Allori, and Orcagna.

Day 5


Breakfast at your hotel. Check-out and transfer to the magical city of Venice by high-speed train! Upon arrival, you will check-in to your hotel, and then embark on an afternoon walking tour of this magnificent city on water. Venice is the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region and built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. It has no roads, just canals – including the Grand Canal thoroughfare – lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces. The central square, Piazza San Marco, contains St. Mark’s Basilica, which is tiled with Byzantine mosaics, and the bell tower offers views of the city’s red roofs.

Day 6


Breakfast at your hotel and a full day dedicated to exploring Venice at your leisure! You can take a boat trip to the islands of Murano and Burano (at an extra cost), or get lost in the city's labyrinth of narrow streets and find the hidden bàcari – tiny neighbourhood bars that serve up some of the city's tastiest food bites (cicchetti) and wine.

Day 7


Breakfast at your hotel and then departure for the amazing Cinque Terre by train via Milan! Check-in to your hotel and enjoy the afternoon at your leisure. Dinner at a local restaurant in the evening. Cinque Terre is a string of centuries-old seaside villages on the rugged Italian Riviera coastline. In each of the five towns, colourful houses and vineyards cling to steep terraces, harbours are filled with fishing boats and trattorias turn out seafood specialties and the Liguria region’s famous pesto. The Sentiero Azzurro cliffside hiking trail links the villages and offers sweeping sea vistas.

Day 8


Breakfast at your hotel followed by a private half day guided walking tour of these enchanting villages.

Day 9


Breakfast at your hotel and departure to Naples by train. Transfer from the Naples train station to your hotel in the enchanting town of Sorrento for a 3-night stay. Interest in Sorrento was first sparked by the poet Byron, who inspired a long line of holidaying literary geniuses - including Dickens, Goethe and Tolstoy - to sample the Sorrentine air. The romance persists. Wander through Piazza Tasso on any given Sunday and you’ll be exposed to one of Italy’s finest passeggiatas (strolls), snaking past palatial hotels, magnificent marquetry shops and simple Campanian restaurants serving gnocchi alla sorrentina.

Day 10


Breakfast at your hotel, followed by an excursion to Pompeii and Vesuvio! Enjoy a tour of this fascinating archaeological site with an expert local guide. Once a thriving and sophisticated Roman city, Pompeii was buried in meters of ash and pumice after the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Near the coast of the Bay of Naples, this well-preserved site features excavated ruins that visitors can freely explore.

Day 11


Breakfast at your hotel. Enjoy a full day on the Amalfi Coast, which you will reach by boat! The Amalfi Coast is a 50-kilometer stretch of coastline along the southern edge of Italy’s Sorrentine Peninsula, in the Campania region. It’s a popular holiday destination, with sheer cliffs and a rugged shoreline dotted with small beaches and pastel-colored fishing villages. The coastal road between the port city of Salerno and clifftop Sorrento winds past grand villas, terraced vineyards and cliffside lemon groves.

Day 12


Breakfast at your hotel. Transfer from your hotel to Naples airport.

  • Hand-picked 4-star hotels located in the historical city centres of Rome, Florence and Venice.
  • Personal tour leader or local representative with you in each destination to assist with all transfers.
  • Breakfasts, plus a variety of lunches or dinners as per tour itinerary.
  • Use of professional local guides when touring areas of significant historical / artistic / cultural importance.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Plenty of leisure time in each destination.
PLUS All private car transfers from/to airports, train stations, and hotels with a professional local driver.
  • Airfare.
  • Transfers and accommodations pre and post tour.
  • Any expense incurred for personal items, services or hotel room extras.
  • Travel, cancellation, and medical insurance.
  • Gratuities and city hotel taxes.

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