Italy in 14 Days
Eternal Cities & Sensational Sorrento
Our classic cultural tour of Italy's eternal cities of Venice, Florence and Rome combined with an unforgettable 3-night stay on the picturesque shores of the Sorrentine Peninsula.
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.
14 days trip including flights*
13 days and 12 nights in destination
NYC - VCE
NYC - VCE
FCO - NYC
* 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.* Night on board.
* 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.
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. Overnight stay in Venice.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, set off on a guided walking tour through Venice to learn about the history, culture and artistic heritage of the city. Experience the best of the city and stop at a local bacaro, or tavern, to taste a traditional spritz (own expense), the perfect chance to understand a little more about Venetian culture. Stroll through the most emblematic neighborhoods, see Venice's famous markets and pay a visit to the iconic Rialto Bridge. Finally, take a motorboat back to the meeting point at Piazzale Roma, cruising along the Giudecca Canal and taking in the beautiful views of Giudecca Island and the Fondamenta delle Zattere. The rest of the day is at your leisure to continue discovering this unique city at your own pace perhaps enjoy a peaceful gondola ride through the atmospheric canals.*. Overnight stay in Venice.
*Optional Gondola Ride Experience: One of the most famous characteristics of Venice is its historic gondolas and now you can be a part of this legacy yourself! Experience an unforgettable 30-minute gondola ride through the charming waterways of Venice including the iconic Grand Canal. The quintessential Venetian experience! Note: Please note that it is a shared gondola (up to five people for each one) so you might have to share it with other people.
Why not upgrade your trip with our Must-Sees of Italy package of 2 excursions available in the next step of the booking process!
Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, make your own way to the train station to catch the Frecciarossa high-speed train to Florence. 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.
* Optional Day Trip to Pisa: No trip to Italy is complete without a photo at the iconic leaning tower, so don't miss your chance to take a day trip to Pisa! Enjoy a guided walking tour of Piazza dei Miracoli and its monuments and visit the spectacular Pisa Cathedral before spending time at the legendary Leaning Tower of Pisa, learning all about the history of this University city along the way.
Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, self-transfer to Florence Santa Maria Novella station to catch the 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 Piazzas and Fountains of Rome excursion.* 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 Piazzas & Fountains of Rome Excursion: Take a pleasant walk through the artistic heart of Rome to visit its most symbolic piazzas and fountains! Visit Piazza Navona, the most elegant of all Rome squares and home to Bernini's Four Rivers Fountain. See the Church of San Luigi, the incredible Pantheon and the legendary Trevi Fountain, an icon of the city. Finally, pay a visit to the famous Spanish Steps at Piazza di Spagna, the most photogenic spot in the city!
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, St. Peter's Basilica and Sistine Chapel: Explore the priceless treasures held within the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel! Visit the Pio Clementino Hall, Laocoon and Apollo Belvedere, Maps Gallery, Candelabra Gallery, Tapestries Gallery and the incredible Sistine Chapel. Afterwards, discover the incredible St. Peter’s Basilica and the atmospheric St. Peter’s Square, dominated by Michelangelo’s imposing Cupola!
Why not upgrade your trip with our Must-Sees of Italy package of 2 excursions, available in the next step of the booking process!
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, travel to Sorrento, a coastal town situated in southwestern Italy. Transfer to the train station from Roma Termini station to Napoli Centrale station and from here, 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 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. We suggest uncovering the secrets of authentic Italian cuisine with a pasta-making and tiramisu workshop!* Overnight stay in Rome.
* Optional Pasta-Making & Tiramisu Masterclass: Learn to cook like a local with a 3-hour class focused on the art of making fresh pasta and Tiramisu. Begin by enjoying a glass of prosecco and antipasti before crafting authentic pasta and Tiramisu from scratch, under the supervision of an English-speaking chef. Once the hard work is complete, tuck into your freshly prepared homemade meal, accompanied by a selection of wines. A true celebration of Italian gastronomy!
Breakfast at the hotel.* At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for your return flight back to the US. Arrive in the US 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 US 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: Best Western Hotel Tritone 4*, Best Western Plus Hotel Bologna, Hotel Plaza Venice, voco Venice Mestre - The Quid.
Included activity for day 3 in Venice
Duration 01:30h Approx. Pick up time: 09:00 Approx
Guided Walking Tour of Venice
Take a guided walking tour through Venice to learn about the culture and artistic heritage of the city. Stroll through the city, taste a traditional spritz (own expense) at a local tavern, visit the iconic Rialto Bridge and cruise on the Giudecca Canal!
What's included: Walking tour in Venice with professional guide Not included: Hotel pick up and drop off, entrance fees.
Included activity for day 5 in Florence
Duration 02:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination
Guided Walking Tour of Florence
Discover the highlights of Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, on a guided walking tour. Highlights include the historic Ponte Vecchio bridge, Piazza della Signoria, Piazza San Giovanni, the iconic Florence Cathedral and the Giotto Belltower.
What's included: Walking tour in Florence with professional guide Not included: Hotel pick up and drop off. Food and beverages.
Included activity for day 8 in Rome
Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination
Walking Tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
Take a guided walking tour of three of the main archaeological sites in Rome. Learn about the history of this empire, from its birth to the gladiator fights of the Colosseum and appreciate the relics of ancient Rome at the Forum and Palatine Hill.
What's included: Skip-the-line entrance tickets: Colosseum - Palatine Hill - Roman Forum, Authorized guide and headphones Not included: Hotel pick up and drop off
If you have reduced mobility you can request assistance for these activities by speaking to one of our experts
Suggested activity for day 3 in Venice
Duration 00:35h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination
Gondola Ride in Venice
One of the most famous characteristics of Venice is its historic gondolas and now you can be a part of this legacy yourself! Experience an unforgettable 30-minute gondola ride through the charming waterways of Venice including the iconic Grand Canal.
What's included: 35 minute Gondola Ride Not included: Pick up and drop off, guide
Suggested activity for day 3
Pick up time: info at destination
Pack of 2 Excursions: Must-sees of Italy
Make the most of your time in Italy with this pack of two unmissable experiences: a Skip-the-line guided tour of Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel and a gondola ride in Venice
What's included: Skip-the-line guided tour of Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel & Gondola ride experience in Venice
Suggested activity for day 6 in Florence
Duration 05:30h Approx.
Half-Day Tour to Pisa & The Leaning Tower
No trip to Italy is complete without a photo at the iconic leaning tower, so don't miss your chance to take a day trip to Pisa! Enjoy a guided walking tour of Piazza dei Miracoli, visit the spectacular Pisa Cathedral and admire the famous Leaning Tower!
What's included: Round trip journey by GT Coach, expert multilingual escort, guided tour of Pisa and Piazza dei Miracoli with professional guide, admission fee to Pisa Cathedral. Not included: Hotel pick up and drop off, meals, drinks and any other service not mentioned in included
Suggested activity for day 8 in Rome
Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: 09:15 Approx
Piazzas & Fountains of Rome Excursion
Discover the most symbolic piazzas and fountains in Rome! Visit Piazza Navona, home to Bernini's Four Rivers Fountain and see the Pantheon and the legendary Trevi Fountain. Finally, pay a visit to the famous Spanish Steps at Piazza di Spagna.
What's included: Professional licensed guide, headsets, pick up service from centrally located hotels Not included: Drop off at hotels. Pick up from hotels not located in the downtown area.
The price includes
- Included in all our trips. more information
- Departures from main US airports.
- International flights: US - Venice, Rome - US.
- 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 the US.
- 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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