Classic Italy (10 Day Tour)
Tour Description > View ItineraryThe perfect introduction to Europe’s most visited destination, this is the first of our Classic Italy tours. You’ll travel the length of this uniquely diverse country, and have the opportunity to explore all the most beautiful and intriguing parts of Italy, from vibrant cities like Rome and Venice, to rolling countryside and the breathtaking coastal scenery of the Amalfi region. Classic Italy gives you a balanced blend of sightseeing, guided touring, and leisure time. Ideal for all travelers who want to visit Italy, but don’t want to do it alone. Whatever your experience level, from novice visitor to seasoned traveler, we’ll make your Italy tour relaxed and enjoyable, ensuring that you get to visit every destination on your wish list with total peace of mind. From beginning to end, all of our Classic Italy tours have been designed with you in mind. Contact us today and start planning a trip to Italy that will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime!
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ITINERARY AT A GLANCE
Day 1: Rome
Day 2: Rome – Assisi – Siena – Florence
Day 3: Florence
Day 4: Florence – Bologna – Padova – Venice
Day 5: Venice
Day 6: Venice – Montepulciano – Rome
Day 7: Rome
Day 8: Rome – Naples – Pompeii – Sorrento
Day 9: Sorrento – Capri – Rome
Day 10: Rome
Day 1: RomeWelcome to Italy! Get ready to embark on an unforgettable experience. Upon arrival, make your way to your Rome hotel. Today, take advantage of a day at leisure to rest up and you prepare to embark on your Italian adventure!
Day 2: Rome – Assisi – Siena – FlorenceRise and shine for an early departure from Rome via deluxe motor coach to your next destination, Assisi. Today, you will meet your tour guide and get to know your fellow guests. Relax, enjoy the ride, and welcome to the “Classic Italy” tour!
Assisi: Arrive in Assisi, in Italy’s Umbrian region, and enjoy some leisure time in this tiny town surrounded by ancient walls and graced by grand castles and historic ancient churches. A visit of the Basilica of St. Francis, a World Heritage Site, will provide visitors with a chance to view the frescoes of Giotto and Cimabue as well as many other beautiful works of art.
Departure from Assisi to Siena.
Siena: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this Tuscan hill town includes magnificent cathedrals, pretty botanical gardens, Gothic palazzos, and the shell–shaped Piazza del Campo, the town square and favored gathering place, home to the Palio horse race, an excellent art museum, and plenty of opportunity for people-watching.
Departure from Siena to our destination of the evening, magnificent Florence.
Florence: Arrive at your hotel. Enjoy a leisurely dinner and comfortable overnight accommodations.
Day 3: FlorenceEnjoy breakfast at your hotel and then depart for a day of Florence sightseeing.
Florence: Truly the center of Italian art, this breathtaking Etruscan city will be the highlight of the trip for culture lovers. Florence flourished in the Middle Ages as a free commune and became the center for art and architecture during the Renaissance. The most-populated city in Tuscany, it is best known for its domed cathedral, the 13th century Santa Maria del Fiore (known as the Duomo). A visit to this astounding site is included on the tour. This ecclesiastic structure is a masterpiece inside and out, having as its centerpiece the magnificent dome built by Filippo Brunelleschi We will then proceed to the nearby Campanile Tower (partially designed by Giotto) and the Baptistery with its golden bronze doors, dubbed the “Gates of Paradise” by Michelangelo himself. In the heart of this UNESCO World Heritage city, guests can view the Piazza della Signoria, the Santa Croce Basilica, and walk the paths that once led to the homes of the city’s most famous residents, including da Vinci, Machiavelli, Raphael, Donatello, the Medici Family, and even modern well-known “artists” such as Gucci and Ferragamo.
Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure or take part in the optional Pisa tour.
Pisa: (Optional) Most famous for its Leaning Tower, the power of this city as a mighty maritime nation reached its apex in the 11th century, when it acquired fame as one of the four main historical Marine Republics of Italy. We will take time to admire the area known as the Square of Miracles, which includes the Duomo, the Leaning Tower, the monumental cemetery, and the opulent Baptistery of the Cathedral.
Enjoy dinner with your tour companions and overnight accommodations in a Florence hotel.
Day 4: Florence – Bologna – Padova – VeniceAfter breakfast you will depart Florence by a deluxe coach and head to Bologna.
Bologna: : Situated between the Po River and the Apennines, the city of Bologna is home to the oldest university in the Western world (established in 1088) and is known throughout Italy for the excellent quality of life it provides its residents. The landscape of this city, one of the most developed in Italy, is enriched by elegant and extensive arcades (or porticos), an architectural element for which the city is famous. Have your camera ready as we explore Neptune Square and its beautiful fountain, and nearby Major Square, both located in the heart of the city. Home to companies such as Lamborghini and Masserati, Bologna is a pedestrian-friendly city where guests can feel free to explore on foot. Here, you’ll be fascinated by the opulent King Renzo Palace, the Podestà Palace, and the Basilica of San Petronio, one of the largest basilicas in the world.
Departure from Bologna to Padova.
Padova: Our stop in Padova includes a visit to the beautiful Sant’Antonio Basilica in the heart of the city.
Departure from Padova to our next destination, Venice.
Venice: In the evening when the city sparkles, arrive in spectacular Venice, often described as one of the most romantic cities in the world, famous for its gondola-traveled canals and magnificent architectural sites.
Enjoy dinner in this magical city and a good night’s sleep before a day of sightseeing.
Day 5: VenicePartake of breakfast at the hotel and then depart by waterbus for St. Mark’s Square. Today, you will visit the Doge’s Palace (outside). Built during the 14th and 15th centuries, this was the long-time residence of Venice’s Dukes and the center for the Court of Justice. It can be reached by crossing the famous Bridge of Sighs, so named because it provided prisoners with their last breathtaking view of the city before they were incarcerated. At the end of the tour, the group will have the opportunity to explore one of the famous Murano glass factories.
Spend the evening at leisure, including dinner and an overnight stay in a Venice hotel.
Day 6: Venice – Montepulciano – RomeEat breakfast at your hotel and depart by motor coach from Piazzale Roma to the famous Montepulciano in Tuscany.
Montepulciano: Known for its pork, cheese, pasta, honey, and famous Vino Nobile wine, this attractive ancient city is situated in southern Tuscany. A medieval and Renaissance hill town, it’s a great place to enjoy a little wine tasting. A pedestrian-friendly, car-free town, Montepulciano also boasts several handsome churches and a small palazzo designed by Michelozzo.
Departure from Montepulciano to our last destination, Rome.
Rome: Evening arrival in Rome and an overnight stay.
Day 7: RomeEnjoy breakfast at the hotel then depart for a fun and educational walking tour of this famous city and all it offers, from great works of art and architecture to romantic sights to public places where you can experience the friendliness of the Roman people. You will enjoy such attractions as: Fontana di Trevi, Pantheon, Piazza Navona and San Pietro Basilica in Vatican City. After the tour, you will have the afternoon at your leisure to rest or explore further. Don’t forget to grab some gelato before retiring to your hotel for an overnight stay!
Day 8: Rome – Naples – Pompeii – SorrentoBreakfast at the hotel and depart from Rome to Naples.
Naples: After leaving Rome, the coach will take the “Sun Route” motorway, driving through the regions of Lazio and Campania, providing views of the Abbey of Montecassino. Upon arrival in Naples, guests will embark on a short panoramic city tour which will include: Margellina, Castel dell’Ovo, Plebiscito Square, the Royal Palace, the Maschio Angioino, and the port. We’ll stop for a pleasant lunch in a local restaurant before departing for Pompeii.
Pompeii: Visit the excavations of this famous Roman City, destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A. D. After the tour, we will depart and drive along the Sorrentine Coast on our way to the town of Sorrento.
Sorrento: Arrival at the hotel, where you will eat dinner and enjoy an overnight stay.
Day 9: Sorrento – Capri – RomeEat breakfast at the hotel and depart for the port, where we board a boat for the Island of Capri.
Capri: In Capri, weather and sea conditions permitting, we will visit the Blue Grotto in small row boats – a truly magical experience for visitors of all ages. Afterwards, enjoy a tasty lunch at a local eatery and time at your leisure to explore this picturesque island.
In the afternoon, you will depart from Capri and head to Rome.
Rome: Arrival at the hotel and overnight stay.
Day 10: RomeBreakfast at the hotel and end of services. Not ready to go home yet? Having too much fun exploring magnificent Italy? Your travel specialist will review all the options available to you at the end of the trip, including an extended opportunity to explore the country or the option of spending an extra night in Rome. If you must go, you’ll head to the airport for your return home. Remember, we are always eager to help you create the travel experience you desire, so don’t hesitate to ask if you’d like to keep your travel options open!
Hotel Accommodations :
* 3 or 4 star hotel pricing available
Additional Information :
The tour includes:
- Private transfer to and from airport
- Transportation by deluxe motor coach
- Multilingual tour guide and escort
- Accommodation at the hotels
- Meals as per itinerary
- Panoramic visits as per itinerary
- Luggage service: 1 piece of luggage per person in Florence and Venice
- Taxes and fees
- 24 hour emergency hotline
The tour does not include:
- Drinks and extras in hotel
- Entrance fees to monuments and museums not included in the itinerary
- Everything that is not mentioned in “The tour includes” section
- Extra luggage may incur an additional fee
- Rome Hotel Taxes (2 euros per person per day for 3 star hotels or 3 euros per person per day for 4 star hotels) paid to hotel
- Florence Hotel Taxes (4 euros per person per day) to be paid directly to hotel
- Venice Hotel Taxes (4 euros per person per day) to be paid directly to hotel