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Savor the romance of Italy

Enjoy a little more time—and a lot more beauty—on this extended tour of Italy. Visit the most spectacular sights of Venice, Rome, and Florence with our Taste of Italy tour, then move on to the historic remains of the tragic city of Pompeii, and postcard-perfect seaside favorites, Sorrento and the Isle of Capri. 

Trip details

Tour start Venice

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Tour end Sorrento

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Days

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Nights

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Meals

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Itinerary

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slide Day 1Venice | Welcome Dinner
Meet your tour director at 4:00 PM for a welcome drink, and take a one-hour orientation walk around the city known as the "Queen of the Adriatic." Spend a couple of hours exploring on your own before gathering again for an ample dinner with your fellow travelers. (D)
Take a guided walking tour of Venice, "La Serenissima," the most serene of cities, with its glorious architecture, and its charming bridges and canals. Visit the magnificent Doge’s Palace and the acclaimed Piazza and Basilica of San Marco. Journey along the canals for a view of the city from a gondola. Delight in an evening of exploring and dinner on your own. (B)
Take a private water taxi from your hotel to your coach and travel on to Florence. During your journey you’ll stop for free time and lunch on your own at the lively historic foodie city of Bologna. Arrive at your hotel outside Florence’s city center. Take a break, then depart for a short orientation walk in this beautiful city. Enjoy a typical Tuscan dinner with your group at a local Florence restaurant. (B, D)
Take a guided walking tour of Florence and marvel at the sights of the city center such as the Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio, and Piazza della Signoria. Visit the Accademia Gallery to see Michelangelo’s iconic sculpture of David. Savor a locally-sourced lunch in the heart of Florence. After lunch you’ll have the rest of the day to explore this magnificent city at your leisure. (B, L)
They say that all roads lead to Rome, so you’re off to the Eternal City with a special and delicious stop in Orvieto for a local wine tasting. Spend the evening in Rome exploring and dining as you please. Your hotel tonight is in Rome’s historic center. (B)
See the historic Colosseum, the iconic structure of Imperial Rome, and the ruins of the forum, the ancient heart of the Roman Empire. Take a short break for lunch before your visit to the Vatican, with a privately guided tour of the Museums and entrance to the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica.* Then enjoy dinner with your group in a charming Roman neighborhood. (B, D) *The Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica are subject to occasional closure by the Vatican. Itinerary timing could change on Day 6 due to Vatican availability.
Depart from Rome for the World Heritage site of Pompeii, a city frozen in time after a volcanic eruption in 79 AD. Learn about the city’s rediscovery in 1748 and excavation on a guided tour of this archaeological treasure. Savor lunch at an authentic Neapolitan pizzeria before arriving at your hotel in Sorrento, a resort town famous for stunning views from the rocky cliffs along the coastline.
This morning take a fast ferry across the Bay of Naples to the charming island of Capri. Enjoy the breathtaking sights of this picturesque island. Once there, you’ll have time to explore on your own. Take a chairlift for views of the colorful waters from Anacapri, explore the Roman ruins, opt for a spa treatment or just take a leisurely stroll along the winding lanes. The choice is yours. Return to Sorrento in the afternoon for an evening at leisure. (B)
The day is yours in Sorrento, a town popular with tourists since the days of the 19th-century Grand Tour. You might also choose to visit the Amalfi Coast. You can explore one of the scenic small towns along the coastal drive such as Positano, Amalfi, or Ravello. Or you may choose to take a culinary class to learn how to make some of the region’s specialties. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with your group. (B, D)
Your tour ends after breakfast. Nearest international airport is Naples. (B) B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

Where you’ll stay

Inclusive package with no hidden extras

What's included?

  • Full daily breakfast (except day 1)
  • Transportation (Buses, shuttles & ferries)
  • Welcome drinks with your group
  • Free Wi-Fi on luxury coaches
  • Comprehensive travel itinerary and documents

Our welcome gift to you

  • A travel backpack
  • Travel adapter
  • Rain poncho
  • Luggage strap and tags
  • Documents wallet

From our experts

Florence

Taste of Italy with Sorrento is a new tour for us in 2020 - it's a fantastic blend of the excitement and history of Italy's amazing cities and then the opportunity to relax and enjoy the magnificent coastal scenery of Sorrento and Capri.

Caron, Product Manager, CIE Tours
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