DAY 1, ROME: Check in to your Rome hotel in the early afternoon and spend the rest of your day at leisure. The city is a sightseers’ paradise with architectural delights to be found around every corner. Perhaps take a stroll around the area known as Ancient Rome to see the iconic Colosseum or check out Vatican City, home of the pope. All entrance fees, attractions and meals are at your own expense.
DAY 2, ROME – Assisi – Siena – FLORENCE: Leave the city after breakfast by coach and travel north to the hilltop town of Assisi in Umbria. A UNESCO World Heritage-listed town, Assisi is best known as the birthplace of Italy’s patron saint, St Francis of Assisi. Stop for a walk with your guide, seeing the incredible Basilica di San Francesco, which is dedicated to the saint, as well as Santa Maria degli Angeli Church. Continue traveling west into Tuscany to visit the city of Siena. Surrounded by ancient walls, the city is best-known as the venue for the Palio, a famous horse race. Stroll around at leisure, exploring Piazza del Campo where the Palio takes place each year, and see other highlights like Siena Cathedral and Palazzo Comunale – the city’s elegant Gothic palace. Return to your coach and
travel to Florence to check in to your hotel. Spend the rest of your evening at leisure. (B)
DAY 3: FLORENCE: After breakfast at your hotel, head out on a morning tour by coach with your guide. Taking in the city’s architectural highlights your tour visits places like Piazza della Signoria – home to the majestic Palazzo Vecchio – and Piazza della Duomo to see Florence Duomo topped by Brunelleschi’s Dome. Admire Giotto’s Bell Tower and learn about Renaissance art in the city from your guide.
Break for lunch at a traditional restaurant in Piazza Santa Croce, and then finish your tour back at your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure. Perhaps take a stroll across Florence’s magnificent bridge – the Ponte Vecchio – to visit the bohemian Oltrarno neighborhood, or relax in the beautiful Boboli Gardens. An optional excursion to the nearby city of Pisa can be also be arranged at your own expense. (B, L)
DAY 4, FLORENCE – Bologna – Padova – VENICE: Depart from Florence after breakfast and travel north out of Tuscany to Bologna in Emilia Romagna. The birthplace of the widely loved pasta dish – Spaghetti Bolognese – the foodie haven of Bologna has some magnificent monuments, too. Walk around town with your guide, passing through Piazza Nettuno to see the Fountain of Neptune while learning about lavish palaces like Palazzo Re Enzo and Palazzo del Podestà. Leave Bologna after lunch (own expense), and relax on the journey northeast to Padua, the neighboring town to Venice. Enjoy time at leisure to explore the city’s handsome streets or visit its most celebrated monument – St Anthony’s Basilica. Meet your guide at the pre-arranged time, and then travel to Venice. Check in to your hotel and enjoy dinner. (B, D)
DAY 5, VENICE: Relax over breakfast and then meet your guide at Piazza San Marco for your morning Venice tour of by vaporetto – one of the city’s water buses. Ride around the canals, and hop off at the important sights to get up close to the attractions. Admire Doge's Palace, where the doges of Venice once ruled, and then head inside St Mark’s Basilica (Basilica di San Marco) to see Italian Byzantine architecture at its finest. Dripping with gold and ornate mosaics, the cathedral came to symbolize the wealth and power of 11th-century Venice. Head back outside and stop for photos by St Mark’s Campanile – the cathedral’s distinctive red bell tower. Your tour then finishes in town, and you can spend the rest of your afternoon and evening sightseeing independently or relaxing. (B, D)
DAY 6, VENICE – Montepulciano – ROME: Leave Venice after breakfast and return south to Tuscany, traveling by luxury coach. Rather than a city stop, your tour’s next visit is to the hill town of Montepulciano in a picturesque area known as Val d’Orcia. As you explore the town independently, soak up the views of the gently rolling Chianti hills that surround you, and admire the gorgeous Renaissance architecture. The town is best known for its wine production, so make the most of your time here to shop for quality Tuscan wines. After enjoying lunch (own expense), return to your
coach and travel south to Rome to check into your hotel. (B)
DAY 7, ROME: After breakfast, start your day with a morning tour of Rome’s highlights. Visiting the Vatican City, get ready to skip the line and start your tour of the Vatican Museums. You will visit the most important art collections and you will also have the opportunity to admire the beautiful Spiral Stairway. The Gallery of Tapestries and Geographical maps will be also visited before arriving to the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica. Your tour will finish here and you have all the afternoon to explore the Vatican City at your pleasure. Once you decide that you cannot do any more walking, return to your hotel and give your feet some rest! (B)
DAY 8, ROME – Naples – Pompeii – SORRRENTO: Leave central Rome in the morning, and travel by coach to sunny Naples – your first destination of the day! Arrive around late morning, and then set off to explore on a leisurely paced walking tour. Centered on its UNESCO Cultural Heritage site (Naples’ historical center), your tour takes in the top city attractions like Piazza del Plebiscito – home to the Royal Palace of Naples (Palazzo Reale) – and Galleria Umbero I, with its glass-roofed arcade. Travel inland to Pompeii and, after lunch in town, visit its UNESCO-listed archaeological site to see the ancient Roman ruins with your guide. Hear how Pompeii lay buried under volcanic ash for centuries following Mount Vesuvius’ 79 BC eruption, and marvel at the incredible ruins that are scattered around.
Return to your coach and travel to the Amalfi Coast. Stop in the picture-perfect town of Sorrento and check in to your hotel in time for dinner. (B, L, D)
DAY 9, SORRENTO – Capri – SORRENTO: Enjoy breakfast, and then travel from Sorrento port to the Island of Capri by hydrofoil boat. Hop aboard a rowing boat at Capri’s Marina Grande harbor, and
relax as your guide rows you around the island to see the magical Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra), an under-lit cave. Return to Marina Grande and travel by minibus to the village of Anacapri, perched high above its glamorous Capri Town neighbor. Explore at leisure, admiring its romantic wisteria-draped villas and gaze down over the beautiful Bay of Naples. After a break for lunch in Capri Town, enjoy a
walk around the swanky Piazetta (Piazza Umberto) – Capri’s place to see and be seen! Board another hydrofoil boat in the late afternoon and return to Sorrento in time for dinner (B, L, D)
Note: Your Blue Grotto trip is subject to good weather conditions. In the event of storms or heavy rain, your tour visits Faraglioni (a rocky inlet) instead.
DAY 10: SORRENTO – ROME: After breakfast, spend your morning in Sorrento at leisure. If you’ve not had much time to discover its charm, then here’s your chance. Perhaps take a stroll along Corso Italia and climb the steps to see atmospheric Piazza Tasso, tucked away in the heart of Sorrento Old Town. Soak up views of the sun-soaked cliffs, where Sorrento’s houses almost seem to be stacked on top of each other, and then shop for any last-minute souvenirs of the gorgeous Amalfi Coast. Meet your guide at the pre-arranged time, and then return to Rome by coach. (B)
DAY 11, ROME: Your 10-night Rome tour finishes after breakfast in your hotel. (B)
· Transport by air-conditioned coach
· Onboard Wi-Fi
· Professional guide throughout tour
· 10 nights of hotel accommodation
· Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
· Entrance fee to archaeological sites
· Entrance fee to the Vatican Museum
· Skip the line to the Vatican Museum
·Food and drinks, unless specified
·Entrance fee to monuments or museums