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  • Tour Code : TUR-01352
  • Type : Private
  • Duration : 11 days
  • Departs from : Naples
  • Meeting Place : Airport

Description

Many of the most beautiful places in Italy are not accessible by train or public transit and getting to many of these places with a car rental when you don't know the roads nor the rules of Italy is less than advisable. For this reason, we've put together this incredible Absolute Italy mostly private experience of this remarkable country we call home  that includes all your transportation needs with local professionals who will take you to some of the most beautiful places in Italy which are otherwise inaccessible that you wouldn't want to visit with big groups who require the big coaches.   

Over the course of this 11 day experience, we visit some of Italy's most popular destinations with local experts in each location and everything is coordinated by our expert team.  All of our tours include VIP skip the line tickets and one of the top features of this tour is that you will be away from the big groups tours and able to move around easier without the hassle of the crowds! 

Our local drivers and professional academic guides, bring the history of Pompeii, Vatican City, ancient Rome and the galleries of Florence to life for you in addition to introducing you to some of the most remarkable geographical destinations on the planet, like the Amalfi Coast, CapriTuscany and the Venetian Lagoon!  This semi-private experience in Italy truly has it all including great hotels with fine amenities in wonderful central locations, so you can easily access great shopping and historic areas of these cities.  The hotels we include in this package are reason unto itself to take this tour!  We truly work with wonderful properties with outstanding staff, facilities and locations. 

As previously stated and we cannot stress this enough, many of the most beautiful destinations in Italy are not accessible by train or public transit and this experience includes all your transportation needs here in Italy with local professionals who will take you to some of the most beautiful places in Italy which are otherwise inaccessible. 

Highlights inlucde, the Amalfi Coast and gardens of Ravello, the island of Capri, Pompeii, the Val d'Orcia in Tuscany home to the tows of Montepulciano, Pienza, Montalcino and others. 

This itinerary truly does have it all and is a special holiday experience that is a combination of private & small group tours,  private transport, high speed rail and wine experiences, to name but a few, put together by your local experts here in Italy who organize all the logistical elements of your experience so that you can relax and enjoy the beauty of this amazing country which we call home! 

Itinerary

 

Day 1 - Private Transfer from Naples Airport to Sorrento - Welcome Dinner in Sorrento Sea View Dining Experience

Where we visit : Naples, Sorrento
Meeting Location : Airport
Arriving in the southern Italian warmth of Naples, you will find your driver waiting for you as you exit the arrivals gate, waiting to whisk you around the Bay of Naples to your Sorrento hotel.
 
You will be staying in one of the town’s luxury 4* hotels, situated on the cliffs above the Bay of Naples.  Sorrento is loved by visitors for its mild climate, lemon-lined streets and beautiful sea-views, looking out onto Capri.  It’s the perfect location to discover the Amalfi Coast and the ancient sites that surround Mount Vesuvius in the distance.
 
Settle into your hotel, then you will be at your leisure to enjoy a stroll around the town, wander down to the beach or find a clifftop bar and have your first aperitivo and embrace the relaxed pace on an Italian evening.

Overnight in Sorrento. 
Meals : Dinner
 

Day 2 - Full Day Private Tour of the Amalfi Coast with Lunch at Torre Normani

Where we visit : Amalfi Coast
After you have enjoyed breakfast, looking out onto the sea, your driver will pick you up at the hotel reception for your tour.

Driving the narrow coastal road can be harrowing for experienced drivers if they are unprepared for the twisting roads, sharp drops and oncoming traffic.  In the comfort of a luxury vehicle and in the safe hands of a local, professional driver, you can relax and concentrate on the stunning views on one of Italy’s most beautiful natural landscapes.

Your driver will take you to the most famous of the towns scattered along the jagged cliffs, sharing local knowledge as you go.  First stop of the day will be Positano, once a popular retreat for artists who were responsible for the painted houses.  You will have time to wander the narrow streets that lead down to the beach, discovering great shops and wonderful views as you go.

From here we head further south stopping in towns like Maiori, Minori, Amalfi, Conca Marini, Ravello and many other stunning places.

For lunch, we dine in a special tower called Torre Normani, which is one of the most beautiful restaurants on the Amalfi Coast. 

Return in the everning to Sorrento where you will have free time to enjoy Sorrento and dinner at leisure. 

Overnight in Sorrento. 
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
 

Day 3 - Tour of Capri from Sorrento

Where we visit : Sorrento, Capri
The island of Capri conjures images of wealth and glamour, and there’s no more glamourous way to arrive there than by private boat. 
 
A driver will meet you at your hotel in the morning and accompany you down to the marina, where your English-speaking skipper will be waiting to welcome you on board.  Together you will visit some of the caves that surround Capri, including the Grotto Azzurro (Blue Grotto), if the weather conditions are suitable.  You will have time to go swimming in the island’s clear, blue waters, before docking in time to enjoy lunch on the island.
 
Explore the island at your leisure, taking the cabal car up to the top of Mount Solaro, or relax in Piazza Umberto, sipping a glass of prosecco while you watch the fashion-conscious locals.
 
When you return to Sorrento, you will have the evening to yourselves.
 
Overnight in Sorrento. 
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
 

Day 4 - Sorrento - Pompeii - Wines of Mt. Vesuvius - Rome

Where we visit : Pompeii, Rome
Following your final breakfast in Sorrento, you will find your driver waiting to take you and your bags to Naples.
 
On the way, you’ll be stopping in the legendary city of Pompeii, for a privately guided tour of the ruins with a licensed, local guide.  For 2hrs you will walk the ancient streets of this incredible city, frozen in time on an August day in AD79 for you to discover as you make your way to the Forum, bath house, theaters, houses and brothel, in the shadow of Europe’s most dangerous volcano.
 
Before leaving Naples, you will stop for lunch at a local winery, where you’ll enjoy fresh, local produce and some of the wines produced in the rich, volcanic soils that surround Vesuvius. 
 
Your driver will leave you at Naples train station, in time to catch the high-speed train to Rome and in little over an hour, you’ll be in the heart of the Eternal City and on your way to your hotel with.

Our drivers ensure to put you on the train and there to pick you up in Rome. 
 
After a demanding day, your first evening in Rome will be at your leisure.
 
Overnight in Rome
 
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Wine Tasting
 

Day 5 - Rome & The Vatican

Where we visit : Rome
Following breakfast at the hotel, we will pick you up and head to Vatican City, the smallest city state in the world. 

Your local expert guide will show you the highlights of this amazing collection, started by Pope Julius II in the 16th century and added to by successive popes ever since. The path through the galleries, leads to the Sistine Chapel, where you will need a little time to absorb the wealth of detail and color surrounding you from the Creation on the ceiling, to the Last Judgment adorning the altar wall.

Exiting straight into the Basilica of St. Peter's, the most imposing of Rome's Papal Basilicas.  Julius II declared that this was to be the greatest church in all of Christendom and with Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno and Bernini all playing a role in its design and construction, it was destined to be.  Prepared to be awed by the space, the light, the lavish decoration and the wonderful works of art that have been commissioned by popes keen to leave their mark here.

Our services will end here at Vatican city an some of you may want to venture into Trastevere for lunch or enjoy more of Vatican city on your own, however our tours try not to jam so much in that you can't enjoy Rome!  

There is great shopping in Rome near the Spanish Steps, Via Condotti and many other areas around your hotel.

The rest of the day will be at leisure.  You will have time to see something of Rome on your own.  

Overnight in Rome
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
 

Day 6 - Ancient Rome: The Colosseum & Roman Forum

Where we visit : Rome
This morning’s tour will take you through some of the fascinating ruins of ancient Rome.  From her mythical foundations, to the expansion of the empire throughout Italy and the Mediterranean, Rome continued to be ruled from the narrow stretch of land in the center of the city: The Roman Forum. Today a mix of temples, churches and monuments spanning more than 12 centuries of history, our guide will help you unravel this mix of beautiful structures and explain the story of their survival.

Standing above the Forum is the Palatine Hill, where Romulus and Remus are said to have been raised by the She-Wolf and where Augustus and the emperors who followed, chose to build their palaces. Here we will see the remains of some of these palaces and the wonderful view the emperors would have had of the races in the Circus Maximus, without having to mix with the people!

The final monument in the archeological complex, is perhaps the pinnacle of Roman engineering and lasting symbol of power: the Colosseum. Here we will skip-the-line and head inside to learn about the violent world of public entertainment in the Roman Empire, discover how and why the Colosseum was built and why this spot was chosen and to dispel a few myths!

Free time for lunch and rest of the afternoon at leisure in Rome.  

Overnight in Rome
Meals : Breakfast
 

Day 7 - Rome - Tuscany - Wine Tasting in Tuscany - Florence

Where we visit : Rome, Montalcino
It’s time to bid farewell to Rome and prepare for a day in one of the most beautiful parts of Tuscany.

Following breakfast, you will check out of the hotel and meet your driver at the reception. Relax and enjoy watching the hilltop towns of the Lazio region as you drive north into Tuscany and the Orcia Valley.  This valley is a UNESCO World Heritage site, recognized as a cultural treasure for its outstanding natural beauty. 

It is also home to numerous winemakers, producing reds such as Brunello di Montalcino.  Close to Montalcino, you will stop for lunch at a winery to discover some of these wines and enjoy some typical local products. 

In the afternoon, you will have some time to visit Pienza on your own, considered to be the ideal Renaissance town and Montepulciano, where visitors who climb all the way to the square at the top, are rewarded with wonderful views out across the valley.  It’s also a great place to shop for souvenirs, or stock up on wine!

The tour will end as you arrive in your hotel in the heart of Florence and you will be free to relax and enjoy dinner at your leisure.

Overnight in Florence.

 
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Wine Tasting
 

Day 8 - Guided Morning Tour of Florence Including the Accademia Gallery - Afternoon at Leisure

Where we visit : Florence
Start the day at your own pace today, before your guide arrives to meet you at the hotel at around 10am. 
This morning’s tour will take you through the Renaissance streets of Florence, passing some of the city’s best-known sites including Palazzo Vecchio, Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Pitti and the duomo.  Discover the history of the powerful Medici family who at one time ruled great parts of Tuscany and whose influence of Florence can still be seen today.  Their patronage of young artists gave rise to some of the greatest talents of their day, including Michelangelo.  Your tour will include a visit to the Accademia Gallery, which houses one of his finest sculptures: the monumental statue of David.

The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure, visit the city’s galleries and go shopping at the famous leather market.

Overnight in Florence.

 

Meals : Breakfast
 

Day 9 - Morning Train from Florence to Venice - Afternoon Tour of the Venetian Islands

Where we visit : Venice
After breakfast, head to the railway station to catch the fast train to Venice, where a private boat will be waiting to take you to your hotel, giving you your first glimpse of the beautiful canals that run throughout the city.

Once you have checked into your hotel, you’ll have some time to look around St. Mark’s Square and the surrounding area and enjoy your first Venetian meal, before getting in another boat and heading out into the lagoon to visit some of the other islands.

The delicate ecosystem of the lagoon is home to 118 small islands, and countless species of animals and birds.  Your tour will take you to 3 of the larger islands, Murano, Burano and Torcello.  Murano has been home to the city’s famed glass-makers for generations, and during your visit you will see a demonstration of glass-blowing.  Burano is known for lace-making and its brightly-colored houses, while Torcello is home to Venice’s first cathedral, the Medieval Santa Maria Assunta, decorated with wonderful examples of 11th century mosaics.

Returning to Venice, you will be free to enjoy dinner, a typical Venetian aperitivo and to visit the streets in the quiet of the evening.

Overnight in Venice.
 
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 

Day 10 - Secrets of Venice: Doge's Palace and Historical Venice - Farewell Dinner in Venice

Where we visit : Venice
Your final day will start with a private tour of Venice with a local guide.  Choose between a classic tour of the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s or Venice: Off the Beaten Track.  This tour will take you away from the tourist center, through Rialto Market, over the Rialto Bridge to Europe’s first Ghetto, where the city’s Jewish population lived for 270 years.  Discover the houses of Mozart and Marco Polo, the La Fenice opera house, the intriguing Bovolo staircase and a bookshop that is well-prepared for aqua alta!

Of course, no trip to Venice would be complete without a gondola ride!  But it’s no fun to get stuck in a gondola pile-up, so your ride will be in the quieter canals, away from St. Mark’s, where you can relax and enjoy Venice the way it’s meant to be seen – from the water.

In the afternoon, go out and get lost!  Unlike Rome and Florence, Venice isn’t a city of great monuments, but of beautiful canals, tiny hidden squares where local children still play, alleyways and bridges that you will stumble upon unexpectedly.

Overnight in Venice.
Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
 

Day 11 - Private Transfer from Venice Island to VCE Airport

Where we visit : Venice
A private boat will meet you at your hotel for your airport transfer, in time for your flight home.
Meals : Breakfast

Map

 

Inclusions/Exclusions

Tour Highlights and What's Included

  1. 4 star hotels in great locations
  2. Daily Buffet Breakfast
  3. Excellent Photo Opportunities
  4. Full day excursion to Capri
  5. Half-day private walking tour of Venice with expert bilingual certified guide
  6. Personalized Services
  7. Private Amalfi Drive excursion with expert bilingual driver
  8. Reservation and Ticket to the Accademmia Gallery
  9. Road Tolls
  10. Service charges and taxes included
  11. Skip the Line Entrance to Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
  12. Transfer from Venice Railway Station to hotel in Venice
  13. Privately Guided Tour of Vatican City with Licensed Guide

What's Not Included

  1. Everything not clearly specified under “rates include”.
  2. Food and beverages not mentioned in the program
  3. Gratuities of any type
  4. Hotel City Taxes which must be paid locally

Sites and Locations Visited on this Tour

No. of Pax Price/Pax Total Price
1 € 4750.00 € 4,750.00
 

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