Italy in 13 Days
Eternal Cities & Amalfi Coast Escape
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Land in Venice, known for its waterways and canals before heading to Florence to discover its hidden treasures and Renaissance heritage. Explore Rome and admire one of the most romantic cities in the world, filled with cultural delights, such as the Colosseum and the Vatican City before taking some time out to admire the breathtaking sea views and Mediterranean charms of Sorrento.
13 days trip including flights*
13 days and 12 nights in destination
LON - VCE
FCO - LON
* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.
The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.
Pack your bags and head to your departure airport, ready for a flight to Venice.* Arrive in the romantic city of Venice, transfer to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Built across more than 100 small islands, Venice is a pleasure to explore on foot as you get lost in the labyrinthine streets, stumbling across hidden cafes and cultural gems along the way. Get out and discover the plentiful delights on this eternal city, such as the immense Piazza San Marco, and perhaps enjoy a peaceful gondola ride through the atmospheric canals. Overnight stay in Venice.
* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, make the most of a guided walking tour through Venice to learn about its history and culture and the greatest artists of the city. Start the tour with a tranquil walk through Cannaregio, one of the most characteristic neighbourhoods of Venice, and cross the iconic Rialto Bridge. Finally, head to Campo San Bartolomeo to see the Basilica of Santi Giovanni e Paolo and end up your experience in Piazza San Marco. Rest of the day at your leisure to continue discovering this unique city. Overnight stay in Venice.
Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, make your own way to the Venice Mestre train station to catch the Frecciarossa high-speed train to Florence Santa Maria Novella station. Arrive in Florence, the heart of the Italian Renaissance, and self-transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day at your leisure to explore the city and keep enjoying the Italian cuisine in this gourmet paradise. Overnight stay in Florence.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today head to the Historic Centre of Florence for a guided walking tour of Florence and discover the hidden secrets of the Tuscan capital. Start discovering Piazza Repubblica, one of the fanciest of the city, before heading to Loggia del Mercato Nuovo, a building where a local market takes place. Keep exploring the streets of Florence before arriving at the beautiful and well-known Ponte Vecchio, the most iconic bridge in the city and one of its main symbols. You will then walk through the Piazza della Signoria, the heart of Medieval Florence with the imposing Palazzo Vecchio. End the tour admiring Piazza San Giovanni, home to the impressive Florence Cathedral, with its iconic Brunelleschi cupola and the famous Giotto Belltower. Rest of the day at your leisure to continue exploring the captivating sights of Florence. Overnight stay in Florence.
Breakfast at the hotel. Full day at your leisure to enjoy your last day in the city. Florence's historical centre is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so why not take a stroll on your own to discover its hidden treasures. Overnight stay in Florence.
Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, self-transfer to Florence Santa Maria Novella station to catch the Frecciarossa high-speed train to Roma Termini station. Arrive in Rome, the Italian capital, and transfer to the hotel. Depending on your arrival time, the remainder of the day is free to begin exploring this romantic, historic city. The evening is the most magical time of day in Rome when the streets take on an even more charming character. Overnight stay in Rome.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, enjoy a guided visit to the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill, three of the main archaeological sites of the Eternal City. Learn about the history of this empire, from its birth to the gladiatorial fights in the Colosseum, and appreciate the preserved corners of ancient Rome in the Forum and the Palatine Hill. We recommend the optional Guided Walking Tour through the best of Rome*. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore the historic streets of Rome and dine on delicious Italian cuisine! Overnight stay in Rome.
* Optional Best of Rome Guided Walking Tour: Discover one of Rome's most typical squares, Piazza di Spagna, and its famous Spanish Steps. Continue experiencing this eternal city by visiting the iconic Trevi Fountain, a 17th-century masterpiece in which throwing a coin is supposed to assure your return to Rome. End the tour by stopping at the Pantheon, one of the best-preserved monuments of Roman antiquity. Please note: On Saturdays the Pantheon is CLOSED.
After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a day at your leisure in Rome. Perhaps visit the Vatican, trace the footsteps of the greats in the ancient streets of the old city or simply indulge in some delicious Italian ice-cream. However you choose to spend your day, Rome is sure to delight you with its old-world charm and unbeatable sights. We suggest taking the optional Guided tour of Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel*. Overnight stay in Rome.
* Optional skip-the-line guided tour of Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel: In the Vatican Museums, admire the works of art in the Patio Della Pigna and the Gallery of Candelabra, among others. Next, visit the inimitable Sistine Chapel to discover the incredible and well-known ceiling paintings of Michelangelo. Note: This optional tour is NOT available on Sundays.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, travel to Sorrento, a coastal town situated in southwestern Italy. Catch a train from Roma Termini station to Napoli Centrale station and from here, self transfer to Sorrento. Watch the picturesque Bay of Naples unfold before your eyes as you travel south before arriving in idyllic Sorrento. This small town on the Sorrentine Peninsula has a big reputation. Famed for its spectacular sea views and dramatic clifftop situation, Sorrento is oozing with style and romance. Arrive, transfer to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day exploring at your leisure. Overnight stay in Sorrento.
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day to explore Sorrento at your own pace. A source of inspiration for many a literary legend, from Lord Byron to Dickens and Tolstoy, spend the day soaking up the sunshine at one of the nearby beaches, people-watch from a cafe terrace in Piazza Tasso or go shopping for souvenirs of limoncello and artisan crafts along Corso Italia and Via San Cesareo in the historic center. Overnight stay in Sorrento.
Breakfast at the hotel. A final day at your leisure in charming Sorrento. If you'd like to go sightseeing, some of the most famous places to visit here include the Museo Correale di Terranova, bursting with a wide array of curious objects and local crafts, the 14th-century Cathedral of Sorrento and the Roman villa and natural swimming pool at Bagni di Regina Giovanna. Overnight stay in Sorrento.
Breakfast at the hotel. Leave Sorrento behind today as you self transfer to Napoli Centrale station to catch a train back to Roma Termini station. Arrive, get settled at the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure to explore Rome at your own pace. If you're a lover of Italian cuisine we recommend an optional pasta and ice cream cooking masterclass to discover the secrets of authentic Italian cooking!* In the evening, an optional wine and cheese tasting session is the perfect way to end your Italian experience.** Overnight stay in Rome.
* Optional Italian Pasta & Ice Cream Cooking Class: Learn how to prepare homemade pasta and ice cream with this special cooking class in Piazza Navona. Discover the secrets of making authentic Italian pasta, from taglioni to pappardelle and whip up some delicious gelato. Enjoy your homemade creations with a glass of wine at the end of class.
** Optional Wine & Cheese Tasting Session: Start the evening with a wine and cheese tasting session at a historic wine bar. Accompanied by a professional Sommelier, sample three different wines paired with local cheeses and meats as you learn about wine production in Italy. Note: This optional tour is NOT available on Monday and Sunday.
You can choose only one of the two optional excursions available on this day.
Breakfast at the hotel.* At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for your return flight back to the US. Arrive in the UK/Ireland and end your trip.**
* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.
** Depending on the return flight schedule, you may arrive in the UK/Ireland the next day and the total duration of the trip would be 15 days.
*In case the advertised hotels are not available they will be replaced by one of these alternative hotels with the same quality: Hilton Garden Inn Venice Mestre San Giuliano, Hotel Plaza Venice, voco Venice Mestre - The Quid, Best Western Plus Hotel Bologna.
Included activity for day 2 in Venice
Duration 01:15h Approx.
Venice Walking Tour
Enjoy a guided walking tour through the historic streets of Venice! See the city's most emblematic sights and experience Venetian culture at a local bacaro, or tavern. Visit the Rialto Bridge and cruise back to Piazzale Roma along the Giudecca Canal.
What's included: Guided walking tour with a licensed guide Not included: Hotel pick up and drop off. Aperitivo at a typical Venetian bacaro (optional). Food and beverages. Gratuities.
Included activity for day 4 in Florence
Duration 01:30h Approx.
Guided Walking Tour of Florence
Enjoy the streets of Florence, Piazza Repubblica and Loggia del Mercato Nuovo. Discover the beautiful Ponte Vecchio and walk through the Piazza della Signoria with Palazzo Vecchio. End the tour admiring Piazza San Giovanni, home to the Florence Cathedral.
What's included: Professional guide Not included: Pick up and drop off. Food and beverages.
Included activity for day 7 in Rome
Duration 03:00h Approx.
Guided Visit to the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
Visit three of the main archaeological sites of the Rome. Learn about the history of this empire, from its birth to the gladiatorial fights in the Colosseum, and appreciate the preserved corners of ancient Rome in the the Forum and the Palatine Hill.
What's included: Expert English speaking tour guide. Entrance ticket with skip-the-line access and reservation fee to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Not included: Hotel pick up and drop off. Food and beverages.
If you have reduced mobility you can request assistance for these activities by speaking to one of our experts
Suggested activity for day 7 in Rome
Duration 02:30h Approx.
Best of Rome Guided Walking Tour
Experience this eternal city by discovering one of Rome's most typical squares, Piazza di Spagna, and visit the iconic Trevi Fountain. End your tour stopping at the Pantheon, one of the best-preserved monuments of Roman antiquity.
What's included: Professional tour guide Not included: Hotel pick-up and drop-off. Entrance fees to the sites. Gratuities.
Suggested activity for day 8 in Rome
Duration 02:30h Approx.
Skip-the-line guided tour of Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
In the Vatican Museums, admire the works of art in the Patio della Pigna and the Gallery of Candelabra, among others. Next, visit the inimitable Sistine Chapel to discover the incredible and well-known work of art by Michelangelo.
What's included: Faster than skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums. All entrance and reservation fees to the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums. Expert tour guide Not included: Hotel pick-up and drop-off. Food and beverages.
Suggested activity for day 12 in Rome
Duration 01:00h Approx.
Wine & Cheese Tasting Session
Enjoy a Sommelier-led wine tasting session at a historic wine bar. Sample three different wines paired with local meats and cheeses as you learn about wine production in Italy.
What's included: 3 wine tastings. Guidance of a sommelier. Food samples to pair with the wines. Not included: Pick up and drop off. Tips.
Suggested activity for day 12 in Rome
Duration 02:30h Approx.
Italian Pasta & Ice Cream Cooking Class
Learn how to prepare authentic pasta and delicious Italian ice cream at a special cooking class in Piazza Navona. After class, enjoy your homemade creations with a glass of wine.
What's included: Theoretical and practical cooking class. English-speaking chef. Fresh ingredients and equipment. Your menu includes: fettuccine with chosen sauce, homemade gelato, a glass or red/white wine, 1 limoncello or coffee, 1 bottle of water. Not included: Pick up and Drop off. Please remember that the orders à la carte are not included in the experience.
The price includes
- Included in all our trips. more information
- Departures from main UK/Ireland airports.
- International flights: UK/Ireland - Venice, Rome - UK/Ireland.
- Domestic High-speed train in Standard Class: Venice Mestre - Florence - Rome - Naples - Rome.
- 12 nights accommodation in Superior category hotels.See hotels included
- 12 breakfasts.
- Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles as indicated in the itinerary.
- Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.See itinerary
- All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
- Guided walking tours in Florence and Venice.
- Guided visit to the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill in Rome.
Tax*, drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.
* Accommodation tax in Italy must be paid directly to the hotel (Approx. 6 € per room per night).
Please note: this itinerary is an independent tour, not a group tour. It includes accommodation, some activities and some transfers, but you will not be accompanied by a guide throughout the entire trip, nor will you be traveling in a group.
- Entry requirementsValid passport required.
- VisaNo visa is required to enter the country.
- Electricity220 V. No adapter required.
- HealthThere are no mandatory vaccinations for travellers from EU countries.
- Time zoneGMT + 01:00.
- Other useful informationItalian cuisine is one of the most prominent in the world. The national dish is pasta.
- Tourist Office websitehttp://www.italia.it/en/home.html
Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.
Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.
In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.
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