Italian Treasures & Sorrento
Italian masterpieces come alive: from the canals of Venice and Florence's art & architecture to the wine of Tuscany, the history of Rome, and the stunning Amalfi coast. First-class hotels throughout
|Style||Small Group TourTravel with a small, intimate group of no more than 16 likeminded travelers (and often much fewer), escorted by an English speaking guide and/or tour manager for some or all of your journey. More of these packages
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|Departures||Group Size||16 travelers max|
|Themes||History & Culture, Grand Tours|
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From the complex flavors of wine and the warm Mediterranean sunshine that spills across the countryside bathing everything in a golden glow to the wealth of artistic and opulent masterpieces and the turquoise blue waters that lap the stunning Amalfi coast, Italy offers treasures that nourish the body, mind and soul. Our newest small group tour is designed to ensure your dream trip to this unforgettable destination not only hits the must-see sights but helps gain deep insights into the art, culture and friendly people of Italy, the secret sauce that makes Italy among the most visited countries in the world.
Begin in Venice for two nights of art, night life and history. Stroll through St. Mark's Square; enjoy a Murano glass blowing demonstration, and give traditional screen printing a try at a hands-on workshop. Head to Bologna where you'll visit FICO, the largest agri-food park in the world, then continue to Florence, where you'll explore masterpiece after masterpiece here in the city of art, including Michelangelo's David. Enjoy a guided tour of Oltrarno to get acquainted with the working class side of the city where you'll explore a maze of workshops, jewelers, potters, crystal millers and more. Travel through the winelands of Tuscany to a winery in the heart of Chianti, stopping for a tour and tasting, arriving in Rome, the Eternal City, to experience its magic! Your guide will bring history to life at Vatican, where you'll visit the impressive Vatican Museum and St. Peter's Basilica, look up and have your breath taken away at the expansive, magnificent Sistine Chapel. Then, step back in time to a land of ancient gods as you tour the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.
After the hustle and bustle of the big city, travel to Naples to indulge in traditional Margherita pizza and visit Pompeii, a city seemingly frozen in time after Vesuvius' historic eruption in 79 A.D. End your epic trip in style as you arrive in Sorrento for a day of leisure and independent adventure with a backdrop of blue skies and gentle waves, or join our optional excursion to visit the blue grottoes of Capri.
- Round-trip flights from New York including taxes & fees
- All ground transportation and transfers
- 11 nights' accommodations in first-class hotels
- 18 meals: 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 5 dinners, including welcome and farewell dinners with wine
- Professional English-speaking tour director and local guides
- Comprehensive touring program and entrance fees
- Advanced audio headset guided tour system
- Full day excursion to Cinque Terre
- Afternoon tour of Piazza Venezia & Gelato Tasting
- Full day excursion to Capri & Anacapri
Why you'll love it
- Travel the cities and countryside of Italy with a group of no more than 16 travelers.
- Eat like a local and sip like a sommelier during 2 lunches and 5 dinners throughout your trip.
- Rest your head in carefully selected, centrally located, first-class hotels.
- Immerse yourself in Italy's rich history at Doge's Palace in Venice, the Colosseum in Rome, and the ruins of Pompeii.
- Attend a Murano glass blowing demonstration to learn how artisans continue the centuries-old tradition.
- Get creative and design your own masterpiece at a traditional silk screen workshop.
- Discover the traditions, culture, and ingenuity behind Italian cuisine at FICO, the largest agri-food park in the world.
- Be inspired by Michelangelo's most iconic works of art including the Sistine Chapel, La Pieta and David.
- Tour a vineyard and wine cellar in Chianti and sample some of the world’s finest wines.
- Live la dolce vita along the Amalfi Coast’s picturesque villages of Positano and Ravello.
Itinerary at a Glance
- 1 Depart USA
- 2 Venice
- 3 Venice
- 4 Bologna & Florence
- 5 Florence
- 6 Florence
- Optional Excursion: Cinque Terre, $275
- 7 Tuscany, Chianti & Perugia
- 8 Rome
- 9 Rome
- Optional Excursion: Piazza Venezia & Gelato Tasting, $85
- 10 Rome & Sorrento
- 11 Sorrento
- 12 Sorrento
- Optional Excursion: Capri & Anacapri, $95
- 13 Depart Naples/Arrive USA
Day 1 Depart USA
- Depart New York on your overnight flight for Venice, Italy
Day 2 Venice
- Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel
- Get to know your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner with wine
Hotel Giorgione Venice or similar DinnerFull Day Itinerary
Arrive at Venice airport, where after completing immigration and customs formalities, you will be met by our representative and escorted to the pier for the transfer to Venice via private boat. After a short walk, arrive at your hotel for check-in. Join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant this evening.
Day 3 Venice
- Tour through St. Mark's Square and the Doge's Palace
- See a glass blowing demonstration
- Enjoy a walking tour of the San Pietro di Castello district
- Visit a well-known atelier for a hands-on lesson in silk screen printing
Hotel Giorgione Venice or similar BreakfastFull Day Itinerary
This morning, depart with your guide for a walking tour of the historic center of Venice. The tour starts from St. Mark's Square, with its surrounding monuments, such as St. Mark's Basilica, the Doge's Palace, the Campanile, the Clock Tower, and the Procuratie. Explore the splendid Doge's Palace, the true heart of medieval Venetian political power, and discover the places where the Doge and his council discussed the city's fate. See the Golden Staircase and many other works of art. Cross the famous Bridge of Sighs and enter the Venetian prison to learn how the prisoners of the Most Serene Republic lived.
In the afternoon, visit a glass blowing factory. Murano glass is famous worldwide, and you will see artisans continue the tradition, developed over centuries, with roots in ancient Rome and Byzantium.
Later, enjoy a walking tour, starting from the lively Castello quays through the tranquil and solitary island of San Pietro di Castello, where the Cathedral of Venice once stood.
Then, visit Fiorenzo Fallani's Atelier for a hands-on workshop to learn about traditional screen printing. The workshop will be divided into two phases, first viewing the historical archive of print and the technical steps of the process. You will learn to recognize the working tools, such as the frame, squeegee blade, and the various inks used in this unique graphic technique. Then, you will prepare frames and colors and print a three-color graphic on paper. Return to your hotel for a free evening.
Day 4 Bologna & Florence
- Walking tour of Bologna’s well-preserved old center
- Enjoy a sampling of local delicacies
- Enjoy a Florentine dinner
Grand Hotel Adriatico or similar Breakfast & dinnerFull Day Itinerary
After breakfast, take a walking tour of Bologna's old center, one of the best preserved in Europe. Start at the Piazza Maggiore, the heart of the city and its civic palaces. Then, walk along the Pavaglione Portico and its elegant shops to reach the 16th-century Archiginnasio Palace, the old University building decorated with about 6,000 coats of arms of students. Walk through the picturesque alleys of the Mercato di Mezzo, the old market with its fabulous food shops, to reach the lovely Square of Santo Stefano, Piazza della Mercanzia, the gothic Palazzo della Mercanzia and some 13th-century buildings with wooden porticoes. End at the foot of the Two Towers, the city's symbol. After the city tour, enjoy a sample of local meats, including mortadella, capocollo, and ham, along with local wine.
Continue to Florence for check-in at your hotel. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 5 Florence
- Visit the old neighborhood of Oltrarno and see how the traditional crafts are still hand made at an Officina Creativa
- Enjoy Florence, including the Duomo, squares, churches and works of art
- Visit the Accademia Gallery Museum and admire Michelangelo’s David
Grand Hotel Adriatico or similar BreakfastFull Day Itinerary
Start the morning in Oltrarno, the “other Florence,” a working-class neighborhood of ancient craft workshops with many restaurants and bars today. In the maze of workshops occupied by craftspeople and small businesses, restorers, potters, jewelry makers, and crystal millers, Oltrarno is an open-air museum and an extraordinary legacy of unique Tuscan traditions. Visit an Artisan Workshop (Officina Creativa), where everything is still patiently and meticulously carried out by hand, and participate in a creative workshop.
Set off on a walking tour of Florence. Stroll through the picturesque Signoria Square, where you can admire Cellini, Giambologna, and Ammannati statues before proceeding to the famous Ponte Vecchio. Visit Santa Croce Church Square, where the tombs of illustrious Florentine citizens such as Michelangelo, Galileo, and Machiavelli are found, as well as fascinating works by Giotto and Donatello. Visit the Accademia Gallery Museum and view one of the city’s eternal masterpieces – Michelangelo’s David. Return to your hotel for a free evening.
Day 6 Florence
- Enjoy a free day in Florence to explore at your leisure
- Or, join an optional excursion to Cinque Terre
Grand Hotel Adriatico or similar BreakfastFull Day Itinerary
Spend today exploring Florence at your own pace. You may visit the Uffizi Gallery, Pitti Palace, or the Boboli Gardens independently. Alternatively, you can join an optional excursion to Cinque Terre.Optional Excursion: Cinque Terre, $275
Today, visit one of Italy's most beautiful and photographed landscapes, Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Depart this morning for La Spezia, where you will board the train for Manarola. The presence of typical Genoese-style tower-houses characterizes this poetic village overlooking the sea. Proceed by train to Riomaggiore and wander through the narrow alleys of this beautiful village. Continue by boat, weather permitting, to Monterosso al Mare, an ancient fishing village nicknamed "the pearl of the Cinque Terre." After time for lunch, depart for Vernazza, one of the top 100 most beautiful villages in Italy. View the pastel-colored houses and steep staircases that characterize this picturesque town as you wind your way through its intricate maze of alleyways. Return to La Spezia by train and continue by car to your hotel. This tour requires a minimum of 6 passengers to operate.
Day 7 Tuscany, Chianti & Perugia
- Visit a winery in the heart of Chianti for a tasting
- Walking tour of Perugia
Sangallo Palace Hotel Breakfast & dinnerFull Day Itinerary
Depart Florence, heading towards the winelands of Tuscany and Chianti. Along the way, stop to visit a vineyard and tour wine cellars to discover the secrets of the world of wine. Some local specialties will accompany a tasting of 3 wines.
Continue to Perugia, and take part in an afternoon walking tour. See the Etruscan Arch, also called "Arch of August," which represents the power of Perugia in antiquity, the Church of St. Domenico, and the Cathedral of St. Lorenzo, which face Piazza IV Novembre. Visit the Priori Palace, a palace of the merchants' guild during the Common period.
This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 8 Rome
- Travel to Rome
- Tour the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica
Hotel Dei Borgia or similar Breakfast & lunchFull Day Itinerary
This morning, continue your drive south towards Rome. Arrive at Vatican City for a tour of the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica. First, see the vast collection of art and artifacts, including ancient Roman statues brought to the Vatican when the Popes ruled over the entire region. Next, visit the famous sculptures, including the Apollo of the Belvedere, the Laocoon, the Torso, and the busts of Hadrian and his lover Antinous. Then, view the Gallery of the Candelabra, the Gallery of Tapestries, and finally, the Sistine Chapel. See the famous paintings of the Last Judgment, the Stories of Moses and Jesus, and Michelangelo’s famous Creation of Adam. The chapel is also the location of the Conclaves, where papal elections are held. Continue to Saint Peter’s Basilica. There, you will see another one of Michelangelo’s masterpieces, La Pietà. End your Vatican experience in the magnificent Saint Peter’s Square, the great work of the architect Bernini, with many symbols, saints, and more than 200 columns.
Day 9 Rome
- Tour Ancient Rome, the Colosseum and the Roman Forum
- Spend the afternoon at leisure, or join an optional afternoon tour
- Enjoy dinner with wine at a local restaurant
Hotel Dei Borgia or similar Breakfast & dinnerFull Day Itinerary
This morning, tour Ancient Rome, visiting the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. See the hill where according to tradition, Rome was founded in the 7th century B.C.E. by Romulus and Remus. Then, visit the impressive Colosseum. The Amphitheater, created to entertain ancient Roman citizens with bloody shows of gladiators and wild animals, is now one of the fascinating landmarks of the city. Then, walk on the original path of ancient Rome along the Via Sacra and see the Temples of Vesta, Antonino and Faustina, and the old Basilica Julia and Aemilia while dreaming about the glorious past of the Roman Empire.
Enjoy the last afternoon at leisure in the Eternal City, or take part in an optional tour.
This evening, have dinner at a local restaurant.Optional Excursion: Piazza Venezia & Gelato Tasting, $85
This afternoon, depart on a panoramic drive to Piazza Venezia, the hub of Rome. Here you'll find Il Vittoriano, dedicated to Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of Italy. The enormous white marble monument also serves as the backdrop to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Proceed to the terrace atop the monument by elevator or stairs, and take in the 360-degree, incredible views over Rome. After some free time to take photos, continue to Aventine Hill. Then proceed to Piazza dei Cavalieri Di Malta, where through a "keyhole," you can see the Dome of St. Peter's. Learn about gelato as you stop at a local gelateria for an authentic gelato tasting en route to your hotel. This tour requires a minimum of 3 passengers to operate.
Day 10 Rome & Sorrento
- Visit Naples
- Enjoy a traditional Margherita pizza lunch
- Visit the town of Pompeii, destroyed by the Vesuvius Volcano
Hotel Corallo Sorrento Breakfast & lunchFull Day Itinerary
Depart Rome, heading south to Naples. After a panoramic tour of Naples, enjoy a lunch of traditional Neapolitan pizza – the Margherita. Then, visit Pompeii, the city frozen in time after the volcano Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D. Continue to Sorrento and check in at your hotel. The evening is at leisure.
Day 11 Sorrento
- Discover the villages of the beautiful Amalfi Coast
Hotel Corallo Sorrento BreakfastFull Day Itinerary
Set off along the Amalfi Coast and visit the beautiful villages and iconic towns dotting the coastline. Wander through the colorful cliff-side village of Positano, with its narrow streets lined with quaint cafes and boutiques. Stroll along the promenade of Amalfi while taking in the views of the water and the town's white buildings hugging the coastline. Continue along the coast to the medieval village of Ravello. Set high atop the hills, this UNESCO World Heritage Site will charm you with its meandering cobblestone streets and lush gardens. Return to Sorrento late this afternoon.
Day 12 Sorrento
- Day at leisure in Sorrento, or join an optional tour of Capri & Anacapri
- Farewell dinner in a local restaurant
Hotel Corallo Sorrento Breakfast & dinnerFull Day Itinerary
Explore the town of Sorrento, or relax by the pool on your last day in Italy. Alternatively, take an optional tour to Capri.Optional Excursion: Capri & Anacapri, $95
Today is devoted entirely to visiting Capri, an island rich in natural beauty and scenic, historical, and social activities. Board a jetfoil this morning and travel along the Sorrento Peninsula to Marina Grande, a small port whose charm has withstood the passage of time. After disembarking, head to the island's top to visit Anacapri, which means above Capri. Enjoy a guided tour of Villa San Michele, the former home of Swedish physician, Axel Munthe, built on the ruins of an ancient chapel dedicated to San Michele. Continue down to Capri for a walking tour along the famous Via Camerelle. Stop at the famous Piazza Umberto I, more widely known as Piazzetta, for free time to shop, people-watch, or visit the blue grotto. Return to Sorrento by jetfoil this afternoon in time to freshen up before your farewell dinner. This is a regularly scheduled, English-speaking bus tour.
Day 13 Depart Naples/Arrive USA
- Transfer from Sorrento to the airport in Naples for you return flight
- Arrive in the USA later today
Housed in a historic building in Venice, the Hotel Giorgione is located in the heart of the old city, just a short distance from the Rialto Bridge and the Piazza San Marco.
Located in the heart of Florence, just a short walk from the Arno River, the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, and the trendy San Frediano district, the Grand Hotel Adriatico boasts a prime location for exploring this ancient city. The hotel has joined Lifegate's Stay for the Planet, becoming a green hotel with sustainable objectives.
Located in the historic center of Perugia, just a short walk from the 15th Century Rocca Paolina Fortress, the Sangallo Palace Hotel is a perfect base to visit the historic landmarks of the Umbrian capital.
Centrally located near some of Rome's main attractions including the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, and the Piazza di Spagna, the Hotel dei Borgia is the perfect starting point to explore the Italian capital.
Housed in an elegant former patrician's house, atop a cliff with beautiful views of the Gulf of Naples, Vesuvius and the Sorrentine Peninsula, the Hotel Corallo Sorrento boasts an enchanting and inviting atmosphere.
In the unlikely event that a particular hotel is not available, a similar or better hotel may be substituted.
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