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Rome by Night - Orientation Tour of Rome

Absolute Italy: Luxury Escorted Tour of Amalfi Coast - Capri - Pompeii - Rome - Florence - Venice Back

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

Description

Absolute Italy: Includes The Amalfi Coast - the island of Capri - Pompeii - Rome - Tuscany - Florence & Venice.  This holiday option truly does have it all and is a very unique holiday experience in Italy that is a combination of private tours,  private transport, first class rail and wine experiences, to name but a few.

This truly is Italy at its finest and a fantastic way to see the best of Italy in comfort and style with private guides, winery visits, the highlights of Italy and a farm to table cooking class in Tuscany - which are all included!  Get ready for Absolute Awesome on our Absolute Italy journey through Italy.

Itinerary

 

Day 1 - Private Transfer from Naples Airport to Sorrento - Welcome Dinner in Hotel

Where we visit : Naples, Sorrento
Meeting Location : Airport
Upon arriving at the Naples airport, you will be met by one of our English speaking drivers and privately transferred round the Bay of Naples to the beautiful town of Sorrento.  Here, you will be staying in one of the fabulous hotels perched high up on the cliffs, giving wonderful views of the bay and the island of Capri.

In the evening, you will meet your escort and fellow travelers at the welcome dinner.

Overnight in Sorrento. 
Meals : Dinner
 

Day 2 - Full Day Private Tour of the Amalfi Coast

Where we visit : Amalfi Coast
Today we will spend the day exploring the towns of the famous Amalfi Coast as we travel along the often dizzying heights of the coastal road, in the safe hands of one of our local drivers.  Stops will include the town of Amalfi, with its beautiful cathedral, Ravello and the stunning gardens of Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo and Positano, where you will have some free time to enjoy the views and shopping.

In the evening we will return to the hotel for dinner.

Overnight in Sorrento. 
Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
 

Day 3 - Tour of Capri from Sorrento

Where we visit : Sorrento, Capri
This morning after breakfast, you will meet the English-speaking skipper who will be taking you on a tour around the island of Capri.  There will be plenty of opportunities to go swimming, visit some of the caves, including the Blue Grotto and to go ashore, where you can have lunch at your leisure (any transport on the island at your own cost).  

In the late afternoon, you will be taken back to Sorrento where you will have some free time to yourselves until dinner is served at the hotel.

Overnight in Sorrento.
Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
 

Day 4 - Sorrento - Pompeii - Rome by Night

Where we visit : Pompeii, Rome
After breakfast at the hotel this morning we depart Sorrento for Rome, en-route stopping in Pompeii, where a guide will meet you for a private tour of the incredible ruined town.  Although in a couple of hours, you will just be able to see some of the highlights of this immense site, including the Greek theater, amphitheater and Forum, you will discover the moving story of a city which was completely unprepared for the disaster which struck on an August night in AD79.  Afterwards you will enjoy lunch and a wine tasting at a local vineyard, before continuing to Naples, where you will catch the fast train to Rome.

In Rome, our driver will meet you at the station and take you to your chosen hotel.  You will have time to settle in or take a walk around the local area, before dinner this evening at Otello-Concordia Restaurant, one of the best Roman trattorie, right by the Spanish Steps.

Following dinner this evening, we will come to take you on a wonderful introductory tour of Rome by Night!  The evening when the temperatures have dropped and the streets are less crowded, is the perfect time to visit some of the city's most popular monuments, which are beautifully lit up every night and make for great photo opportunities!  The tour ends back at your hotel.

Overnight in Rome.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Wine Tasting
 

Day 5 - Rome & The Vatican

Where we visit : Rome

After breakfast we will go to Vatican City for an tour of the largest private museums in the world. Our guide will show you the highlights of this amazing collection, begun by Pope Julius II in the 16th century and added to by successive popes ever since. The path through the galleries, leads us 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.

We will continue into the Basilica of St. Peter's, the most imposing of Rome's four Major 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, there 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 successive popes keen to leave their mark here.

Our morning will come to an end outside in St. Peter's Square and you will be more than ready to sit down for lunch together nearby.

The rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Rome. 
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
 

Day 6 - Ancient Rome: The Colosseum & Roman Forum

Where we visit : Rome
Today after breakfast we will pick you up at the hotel and introduce you to your guide, who will take you back to the days of ancient Rome and the heart of the great Roman Empire.  From its mythical foundations, to its expansion 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. 

 
Meals : Breakfast
 

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

Where we visit : Rome, Montalcino
Today we will depart Rome and drive north through the beautiful countryside of Lazio and Tuscany, until we reach the picturesque Orcia Valley, home to some of Italy's finest wines like the Brunello di Montalcino.  At the Col D'Orcia Winery, you will enjoy a fantastic guided tour of this exclusive winery with a light lunch. 

In the afternoon, we will visit some of Tuscany's famous hilltowns like Pienza and Montepulciano, giving you time to explore and stretch your legs.

Our final destination for the day is Florence.  Dinner tonight will be in the historical city center, not far from your hotel.

Overnight in Florence. 

 
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Wine Tasting
 

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

Where we visit : Florence

Our day will begin with a walking tour through Florence with a local guide who will show you some of the highlights of the city, explain the history of the powerful Medici family who ruled much of Tuscany during the Renaissance and were patrons to a young artist whose incredible painting skills you have already admired in Rome. In Florence, Michelangelo was better known as a sculptor, and our tour will include the Accademia Gallery which houses his monumental statue of David.

After the tour, you will have the rest of the day free to have lunch on your own and to decide whether you want to visit more galleries or go shopping in the city's famed leather market. If you would like an additional tour this afternoon, please speak to one of our travel consultants.

Overnight in Florence. 
Meals : Breakfast
 

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

Where we visit : Venice
This morning after breakfast from your hotel you will take a taxi to the Florence rail station to board your high-speed train from Florence to Venice where you will be met by our local representative and privately transferred to the hotel on Venice Island right off of St. Mark's square.  

In the afternoon, begin your tour of Venice's spectacular lagoon departing from St. Mark's square.  This tour includes the islands of Burano, Toricello and Murano, famous the world over for their magnificent colors, glass blowing and lace-making traditions. 

Return to Venice for dinner together.

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
This morning after breakfast your guide will meet you to begin your privately guided walking tour of Venice Island including the Doge's Palace and the many other highlights of Venice.

The afternoon will include a gondola ride, followed by time on your own to visit the city.

Farewell dinner in Venice in a gorgeous location.

Overnight in Venice. 
 
Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
 

Day 11 - Private Transfer from Venice Island to VCE Airport

Where we visit : Venice
After breakfast at the hotel this morning we will pick you up in Venice for your return flight home.

Conclusion of our services at the Venice airport and time to say Arrivaderci Italia! 
 
Meals : Breakfast

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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 water taxi excursion with expert guide to islands of the lagoon
  6. Personalized Services
  7. Private Amalfi Drive excursion with expert bilingual driver
  8. Privately Guided Tour of Vatican City with Licensed Guide
  9. Reservation and Ticket to the Accademmia Gallery
  10. Road Tolls
  11. Service charges and taxes included
  12. Skip the Line Entrance to Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
  13. Transfer from Venice Railway Station to hotel in Venice

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

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Overlooking the Grand Canal, Monaco & Grand Canal is just 92 m from Saint Mark's Square. Breakfast is served out on the restaurant's terrace with panoramic views..

Hotel Plaza Lucchesi

Set right on the bank of the Arno River, Plaza Hotel Lucchesi is 10 minutes’ walk from Piazza della Signoria. It boasts air-conditioned rooms, a 24-hour reception and traditional restaurant. Offering free Wi-Fi, elegant rooms at the Lucchesi come with a satellite flat-screen TV and minibar. Some have a balcony and/or overlook the Arno River or the Church of Santa Croce..

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