Best of Italy
Your journey begins in Rome - a perfect introduction to Italy's beguiling blend of ancient architecture and cosmopolitan city life. You'll have the chance to take in landmarks like the Sistine Chapel and Colosseum before heading to explore historic Pompeii, sunny Sorrento, charming Capri and mystical Assisi. After soaking up the romance of beautiful Venice and Verona (home to Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet), it's then onto fashionable Milan, a private boat tour at Lake Maggiore, the famous tower of Pisa, and acres of gorgeous countryside in Florence - with knowledgeable local specialists on hand throughout your trip too.
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Duration: 13 days
Tour Highlights: Rome, Monte Cassino, Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri, Assisi, Venice, Verona, Milan, Lake Maggiore, Como, Pisa, Florence, Siena
- City tour in Rome, Pompeii, Capri, Assisi, Milan and Florence
- Cruise to the beautiful Isle of Capri and by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice
- Orientation of Venice, Verona, Pisa and Siena
- See the Roman Forum and the Circus Maximus in Rome
- View the Byzantine St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, Juliet's Balcony in Verona, the Gothic Cathedral and La Scala Opera House in Milan, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Duomo in Florence
- Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums, the Roman Colosseum, the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Monte Cassino, the excavations at Pompeii, St. Francis Basilica in Assisi, picturesque Lake Como and the medieval city of Siena
- 12 nights accommodation
- Hand-picked insider experiences
- Dining highlights (Be My Guest Dining Experiences)
- First class travel highlights
- VIP entry to many sights
- Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
- Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
- Expert Travel Director and separate driver
- Luxury air-conditioned coach or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
- Optional experiences and free time
- All porterage and restaurant gratuities
- Tour also available for summer 2016
Arrive Rome (2 Nights)
Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City.
Spend the rest of your day relaxing or take a leisurely stroll around the city. Join your companions and your Travel Director later for a Welcome Reception. Enjoy an orientation drive to see St. Peter's Basilica and other sights - a great introduction to this beautiful city. Welcome Reception.
Rome Sightseeing and Free Time
Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialists begins at the Vatican Museums.
Experience a Cultural Insight in the Vatican when you ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante. Admire Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and then visit St. Peter's Basilica to see his famous Pietà. Your tour continues in ancient Rome. See the Forum and the Circus Maximus, where chariot races were held. Visit the impressive Colosseum. There's time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by. Note: Certain departures will visit the Vatican Museums on Day 3 before departing Rome. Buffet Breakfast.
Rome - Monte Cassino - Pompeii - Sorrento (2 Nights)
Visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery near Monte Cassino.
Your Local Specialists tells you all about the devastation caused by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79 during your walking tour of Pompeii. Arrive later at your hotel in Sorrento where you dine tonight. Note: Certain departures will visit Pompeii and Monte Cassino on Day 5 en route to Assisi. Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine.
Isle of Capri Excursion and Free Time
Witness the intricate art of inlaid woodwork, a Cultural Insight for which Sorrento is famous.
Later, embark on an included excursion by ferry to the Isle of Capri. Visit Capri Town and other sights during your tour with a Local Specialists. Spend time exploring this lovely island on your own. Buffet Breakfast.
Sorrento - Assisi
Assisi is a mystical town perched on the slopes of Mount Subasio overlooking the peaceful Umbrian landscape.
Under the protection of St. Francis this city is still enclosed by medieval ramparts. Your Local Specialists takes you on a walking tour, which includes a visit to the Basilica of St. Francis, famous for its frescoes depicting the life of this much-loved saint. Spend time afterwards exploring on your own and shopping for souvenirs. Dine at your hotel this evening. Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine.
Assisi - Venice (2 Nights)
Today, enjoy the glorious countryside and historic architecture of the Emilia Romagna region.
The area is also renowned for its cuisine such as Tortellini, Mortadella and Parmesan cheese, which you could sample during your lunch stop. Arrive later in Venice, Queen of the Adriatic. Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine.
Venice Orientation and Free Time
Your cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square is magical. View the Bridge of Sighs, the beautiful Doge's Palace and the Basilica. Gain a Cultural Insight into the ancient art of glassblowing at a traditional workshop on Giudecca Island. Spend free time seeing the sights of your choice. You might like to cruise across the lagoon to the Island of Burano and enjoy a delicious meal. Buffet Breakfast.
Venice - Verona - Milan - Italian Lake District (2 Nights)
This morning travel to Verona, the home of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, to admire the Roman arena and Juliet's balcony. Cross the plains of Lombardy to Milan for a walking tour of this fashionable city with your Local Specialists. See the Duomo, La Scala Opera house and the famous Galleria. Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine.
Lake Como Orientation and Free Time
Enjoy an orientation of Como including the Old Town and views of the Cathedral. Later consider joining a lake cruise that takes in views of beautiful villas and gardens along the shoreline. Buffet Breakfast.
Italian Lake District - Pisa - Florence (2 Nights)
Cross the Plains of Lombardy and the forested Apennine Mountains to Pisa. View the extraordinary Leaning Tower before arriving in Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Tonight, you might like to sample some local Tuscan cuisine. Buffet Breakfast.
Florence Sightseeing and Free Time
Your Local Specialists brings the city's rich history to life during your walking tour. See the Cathedral and Piazza della Signoria and view Ponte Vecchio. Tonight experience typical Tuscan cuisine as you enjoy a special Be My Guest dinner with a local family. Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining.
Florence - Siena - Rome
Set in scenic Tuscan countryside, visit the medieval town of Siena, famous for its exciting Palio horse race.
This evening in Rome, join your Travel Director and new friends for a Farewell Dinner. Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner.
Say 'arrivederci Roma' at the end of your memorable holiday in Italy. Transfers are available to Rome Fiumicino Airport. Conditions apply. Buffet Breakfast.