This tour has everything you’ve always wanted in a trip to Italy. Enjoy multiple-night stays in Rome, Florence, Venice, the Sorrento Coast and Stresa in the Lakes District. Discover the treasures of Classical Rome, including the Colosseum. Walk in the footsteps of the ancient Romans in Pompeii. Take a boat to the enchanting Isle of Capri. See the gems of the Renaissance in Florence’s Academy Gallery, including Michelangelo’s David. Marvel at the Leaning Tower of Pisa and stroll the streets of Verona that were the backdrop for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Stop at a Tuscan winery and farm for a lunch of regional specialties and wines. You choose your tour in the Jewel of the Adriatic, Venice: a walking tour of St. Marks Square or go off the beaten path and explore the Castello Sestiere district. Visit Locarno, Switzerland, and cap of your journey through Italy with a cruise to Isola dei Pescatori, one of the scenic Borromean Islands.
Day 1: Overnight Flight
Day 2: Rome, Italy – Tour Begins
Arrive in Rome and join your fellow travelers for a special welcome dinner featuring regional delicacies and Italian wines.
Day 3: Rome – Classical Rome City Tour
A locally guided tour of Classical Rome features such sights as the Piazza Venezia, the Roman Forum, the Circus Maximus and the Arch of Constantine. During an in-depth visit to the Colosseum, your guide recounts its rich history. The catacombs, burial place of early Christians, the mythic Pantheon, and Piazza Navona are also featured.
Day 4: Rome
Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore Romes cultural treasures independently. Your Tour Manager will be on hand to offer suggestions. Perhaps a trip to Vatican City, with an optional tour to the Vatican Museums and St. Peters Basilica, will be on your personal sightseeing list.
Day 5: Rome – Pompeii – Sorrento Coast
After a short lesson on the local language, journey south toward the brilliant Bay of Naples where charming villages are built into hillsides above a sparkling blue sea. Soak in 2,000 years of history during your discovery of the excavated ruins of Pompeii. A local guide provides an in-depth view of this remarkably preserved archaeological site. Continue to the scenic resort town of Sorrento and take some time to explore the city independently. You may wish to visit the Duomo, a Romanesque cathedral with inlaid woodwork, a famous local Sorrento craft. End your day on the breathtaking Sorrento Coast.
Day 6: Sorrento Coast – Isle of Capri – Sorrento Coast
A scenic boat ride* brings you to the enchanting Isle of Capri. Upon arrival, take a panoramic ride to the islands highest town, Anacapri. Spend time in Capri town with its world-famous piazzetta and explore this island paradise of chic boutiques, lush vegetation and outdoor cafs before returning to the Sorrento Coast.
Day 7: Sorrento Coast – Florence
Tuscany unfolds with its panorama of vineyards and olive groves. Florence, the Cradle of the Italian Renaissance, awaits and offers Italy’s best art and architecture. Visit the Academy Gallery to see Michelangelos magnificent sculpture of David. Tonight, enjoy regional Italian cuisine at a local restaurant.
Day 8: Florence
A locally guided tour highlights the Piazza del Duomo, with its Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and the famous Gates of Paradise on the Baptistery of St. John. You also view the magnificent Piazza della Signoria with its imposing Palazzo Vecchio.
Day 9: Florence – Pisa – Venice
Visit the ancient maritime Republic of Pisa to discover the Piazza Dei Miracoli, the Duomo (Cathedral), and the famous Leaning Tower. A special stop is made at a Tuscan winery and farm to enjoy lunch and sample local wines and specialties. Next, cross the Apennine Mountains en route to Venice where 117 islands are connected by a latticework of 150 canals and 400 bridges.
Day 10: Venice – Murano Island – Venice
Embark on a boat trip* (weather permitting) to Murano Island for a glass-blowing demonstration. Then we make our way to St. Marks Square where you choose how you want to see Venice! You may choose to join a local expert who will take you on a walking tour of this famous square to view the stunning Basilica and visit the impressive Doges Palace and the legendary Bridge of Sighs. Or perhaps you would prefer to go off the beaten path to explore the Castello Sestiere district with a local expert; get to know authentic Venice and see for yourself how the locals live as you walk canal by canal through the narrow streets lined with churches and historic buildings of this very unique city. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore independently.
Day 11: Venice – Verona – Stresa
Depart Venice for Verona to stroll the streets that were the backdrop for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Arrive in the resort town of Stresa in the breathtaking Italian Lakes District, your home for the next two nights, and admire the beautiful views of Lago Maggiore.
Day 12: Stresa – Locarno, Switzerland – Isola dei Pescatori, Italy – Stresa
Today, cross into Switzerland and the picturesque lakeside resort of Locarno for magnificent views, excellent shopping and charming cafs. Tonight, we travel by boat to Isola dei Pescatori** for a farewell dinner while surrounded by beautiful scenery.
Day 13: Stresa – Tour Ends