Italian Treasures & Sorrento

Italian masterpieces come alive: from the canals of Venice and Florence's art & architecture to the wine of Tuscany, the history of Rome, and the stunning Amalfi coast. First-class hotels throughout

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Style Small Group TourTravel with a small, intimate group of no more than 24 likeminded travelers (and often much fewer), escorted by an English speaking guide and/or tour manager for some or all of your journey. More of these packages
Dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures May – November 2020 Group Size 16 travelers max
Themes ActiveHistory & CultureGrand Tours
Activity Level Moderate
What to Expect This fast-paced, escorted tour includes a reasonable amount of walking or hiking and requires an average level of physical fitness
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Package Includes

  • Flights
  • Coach
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Guides
  • Round-trip flights from New York including fuel surcharges and taxes and fees
  • All ground transportation and transfers
  • 11 nights' accommodations in first class hotels
  • 18 meals: 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 5 dinners, including welcome and farewell dinners with wine
  • Professional English-speaking tour director and local guides
  • Comprehensive touring program and entrance fees
  • Advanced audio headset guided tour system

Optional add-ons

  • Full day excursion to Cinque Terre
  • Afternoon tour of Piazza Venezia & Gelato Tasting
  • Full day excursion to Capri & Anacapri

Why you'll love it

  • Travel the cities and countryside of Italy with a group of no more than 16 travelers
  • Eat like a local and sip like a sommelier over 2 lunches and 5 dinners during your journey
  • Rest your head in carefully selected, centrally located, First Class hotels
  • Discover Italy's vast history while exploring the Doge's Palace in Venice, a neighborhood of ancient craft workshops in Florence, the Via Sacra and ancient temples in Rome, and the ruins of Pompeii
  • Immerse yourself in artistic expression as you create your own keepsake at a traditional silk screening studio and attend a demonstration of Murano glass blowing
  • Explore the largest agri-food park in the world and learn about the traditions, culture, and craftsmanship behind Italian cuisine
  • Be inspired by some of Michelangelo's iconic masterpieces, such as the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, La Pieta in St. Peter's Basilica and David at the Accademia
  • Sample wine in Chianti after visiting a vineyard and wine cellar
  • Live la dolce vita as you drive along the Amalfi coast and visit Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello, some of its most picturesque villages
Italian Treasures & Sorrento itinerary

From the complex flavors of wine and the warm Mediterranean sunshine that spills across the countryside bathing everything in a golden glow to the wealth of artistic and opulent masterpieces and the turquoise blue waters that lap the stunning Amalfi coast, Italy offers treasures that nourish the body, mind and soul. Our newest small group tour is designed to ensure your dream trip to this unforgettable destination not only hits the must-see sights but helps gain deep insights into the art, culture and friendly people of Italy, the secret sauce that makes Italy among the most visited countries in the world.

Begin in Venice for two nights of art, night life and history. Stroll through St. Mark's Square; enjoy a Murano glass blowing demonstration, and give traditional screen printing a try at a hands-on workshop. Head to Bologna where you'll visit FICO, the largest agri-food park in the world, then continue to Florence, where you'll explore masterpiece after masterpiece here in the city of art, including Michelangelo's David. Enjoy a guided tour of Oltrarno to get acquainted with the working class side of the city where you'll explore a maze of workshops, jewelers, potters, crystal millers and more. Travel through the winelands of Tuscany to a winery in the heart of Chianti, stopping for a tour and tasting, arriving in Rome, the Eternal City, to experience its magic! Your guide will bring history to life at Vatican, where you'll visit the impressive Vatican Museum and St. Peter's Basilica, look up and have your breath taken away at the expansive, magnificent Sistine Chapel. Then, step back in time to a land of ancient gods as you tour the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.

After the hustle and bustle of the big city, travel to Naples to indulge in traditional Margherita pizza and visit Pompeii, a city seemingly frozen in time after Vesuvius' historic eruption in 79 A.D. End your epic trip in style as you arrive in Sorrento for a day of leisure and independent adventure with a backdrop of blue skies and gentle waves, or join our optional excursion to visit the blue grottoes of Capri.

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If you want a few extra days to explore on your own, we may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates, including extra hotel nights and separate airport transfers, for an additional charge. Ask us about prices and availability when (or after) you reserve. More information Want to extend your trip?

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Italian Treasures & Sorrento
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Double Occupancy included
Single Occupancy
Oct 31, 2020 +$1649
Oct 3, 2020 +$2099
Sep 5, 2020 +$2299
Jul 25, 2020 +$2349
All other departures +$2199
Optional Excursions
Full Day Cinque Terre1 +$260
Piazza Venezia & Gelato +$75
Full Day Capri & Anacapri2 +$90

1. This tour requires a minimum of 6 passengers to operate

2. This is a regularly scheduled, English-speaking tour.

So that we can offer you the best deals, our packages are, like most hotels and cruises, priced based on double occupancy rooms or cabins. We charge solo travelers an extra fee to cover the extra costs of single occupancy rooms or cabins. (Consider: if you booked a $200/night hotel room solo, you would pay the $200 yourself; but if a couple booked the same room, each one would pay only $100.) But you only pay extra for the rooms or cabins, nothing else, including meals, sightseeing, tips, etc.

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Flights & Departure Cities

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New York City (NYC)1 included

1. NYC departures will be from either JFK or EWR based upon availability when you make your reservation.

This package includes round-trip flights from the city listed above.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA

  • Depart New York on your overnight flight for Venice, Italy

Day 2: Venice

Accommodations: 2 nights Giorgione Hotel or similar. Included meals: Dinner.

  • Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel
  • Get to know your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner with wine

Full Day Itinerary: Arrive in Venice airport, where after completing immigration and customs formalities, you will be met by our representative, and escorted to the pier for transfer to Venice via private boat. After a short walk, arrive at your hotel for check-in. This evening join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 3: Venice

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Tour through St. Mark's Square and the Doge's Palace
  • See a glass blowing demonstration
  • Enjoy a walking tour of the San Pietro di Castello district
  • Visit a well-known atelier for a hands-on lesson in silk screen printing

Doge's Palace, VeniceFull Day Itinerary: This morning, depart with your guide for a walking tour of the historic center of Venice. The tour starts from St. Mark's Square, with its surrounding monuments, such as St. Mark's Basilica, the Doge's Palace, the Campanile, the Clock Tower and the Procuratie. Explore the splendid Doge's Palace, the true heart of medieval Venetian political power, and discover the places where the Doge and his council discussed the fate of the city. See the Golden Staircase and many other works of art. Cross the famous Bridge of Sighs and enter the Venetian prison to learn how the prisoners of the Most Serene Republic lived.

In the afternoon, visit a Murano glass blowing factory. Murano glass is famous throughout the world, and you will see artisans continue the tradition, developed over centuries, with roots in ancient Rome and Byzantium.

Castello bridges, VeniceLater, enjoy a walking tour, starting from the lively Castello quays through the tranquil and solitary island of San Pietro di Castello, where the Cathedral of Venice once stood. 

Then, visit Fiorenzo Fallani’s Atelier for a hands-on workshop to learn about traditional screen printing. The workshop will be divided into two phases, first viewing the historical archive of print, as well as the technical steps of the process. You will learn to recognize the working tools, such as the frame and the squeegee blade, and the various inks used in this unique graphic technique. Then, you will prepare frames and colors, and print a three-color graphic on paper.  Return to your hotel for a free evening.

Day 4: Bologna & Florence

Accommodations: 3 nights Grand Hotel Adriatico or similar. Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Spend time in FICO, an agri-food park
  • Walking tour of Bologna’s well-preserved old center
  • Enjoy a Florentine dinner

Full Day Itinerary: After breakfast, transfer via private boat to meet your coach, and set off in the direction of Bologna. Visit FICO, located on the outskirts of the city. FICO is the largest agri-food park in the world, and is dedicated to Italian biodiversity and craftsmanship, where raw materials are transformed into quality food. After you visit in the park, enjoy some free time to taste Italian gastronomic specialties.

Bologna cityscapeIn the afternoon, take part in a walking tour of Bologna’s old center, which is one of the best preserved in Europe. Start at the Piazza Maggiore, the heart of the city, and its civic palaces. Then, walk along the Pavaglione Portico and its elegant shops, to reach the 16th century Archiginnasio Palace, the old University building, which is decorated with about 6,000 coats of arms of students. Walk through the picturesque alleys of the Mercato di Mezzo, the old market with its fabulous food shops, to reach the lovely Square of Santo Stefano, Piazza della Mercanzia, the gothic Palazzo della Mercanzia and some 13th century buildings with wooden porticoes. End at the foot of the Two Towers, the symbol of the city. 

Continue to Florence for check-in at your hotel. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 5: Florence

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Visit the Accademia Gallery Museum and admire Michelangelo’s David
  • Enjoy Florence, including the Duomo, squares, churches and works of art
  • Visit the old neighborhood of Oltrarno and see how the traditional crafts are still hand made  at an Officina Creativa

FlorenceFull Day Itinerary: Start the morning with a walking tour of Florence. Visit the Accademia Gallery Museum and view one of the city’s eternal masterpieces - Michelangelo’s David. Continue through the city’s religious center to see some of Florence’s most impressive works of art, including the Baptistery, Giotto’s Campanile, and the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Duomo with its famous dome by Brunelleschi. Then stroll through the picturesque Signoria Square, where you can admire statues by Cellini, Giambologna and Ammannati, before proceeding to the famous Ponte Vecchio. Visit Santa Croce Church Square where the tombs of illustrious Florentine citizens such as Michelangelo, Galileo and Machiavelli are found, as well as fascinating works by Giotto and Donatello.

In the afternoon, head off to Oltrarno, the “other Florence”, a working class neighborhood of ancient craft workshops which today has many restaurants and bars. In the maze of workshops occupied by craftspeople and small businesses, restorers, potters, jewelry makers and crystal millers, Oltrarno is an open-air museum and an extraordinary legacy of unique Tuscan traditions. Visit an Artisan Workshop (Officina Creativa), where everything is still patiently and meticulously carried out by hand, and participate in a creative workshop.  Return to your hotel for a free evening.

Day 6: Florence

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Enjoy a free day in Florence to explore at your leisure
  • Or, join an optional excursion to Cinque Terre

Full Day Itinerary: Spend today exploring Florence at your own pace. You may choose to independently visit the Uffizi Gallery, Pitti Palace, or the Boboli Gardens. Alternatively, you can join an optional excursion to Cinque Terre.

Manarola, Cinque TerreOptional Excursion: Cinque Terre, $260 per person. Today we will visit one of the most beautiful and photographed landscapes of Italy, Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Depart this morning for La Spezia, where you will board the train for Manarola. this poetic village overlooking the sea is characterized by the presence of typical Genoese-style tower-houses. Proceed by train to Riomaggiore and wander through the narrow alleys of this beautiful village. Continue by boat, weather permitting, to Monterosso al Mare, an ancient fishing village nicknamed "the pearl of the Cinque Terre." After time for lunch, depart for Vernazza, one of the top 100 most beautiful villages in Italy. View the pastel colored houses and steep staircases that characterize this picturesque town as you wind your way through its intricate maze of alleyways. Return to La Spezia by train and continue by car to your hotel. This tour requires a minimum of 6 passengers to operate.

Day 7: Tuscany, Chianti & Perugia

Accommodations: 1 night Sangallo Palace Hotel. Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Visit a winery in the heart of Chianti for a tasting
  • Walking tour of Perugia

Vineyard, ChiantiFull Day Itinerary: Depart Florence, heading towards the winelands of Tuscany and Chianti. Along the way, stop to visit a vineyard and tour wine cellars to discover the secrets of the world of wine. A tasting of 3 wines will be accompanied by some local specialties.

Continue to Perugia, and take part in an afternoon walking tour. See the Etruscan Arch, also called “Arch of August”, which represents the power of Perugia in antiquity, as well as the Church of St. Domenico and the Cathedral of St. Lorenzo which face to Piazza IV Novembre.  Visit the Priori Palace, a palace of the merchants' guild during the Common period. 

This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 8: Rome

Accommodations: 2 nights Hotel Dei Borgia or similar. Included meals: Breakfast & lunch.

  • Travel to Rome
  • Tour the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica

St Peter's Basilica, Vatican CityFull Day Itinerary: This morning, continue your drive south towards Rome. Arrive at Vatican City, for a tour of the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. See some of the vast collection of art and artifacts, including ancient Roman statues, which were brought to the Vatican from every corner of the city of Rome when the Popes were ruling over the entire region. See the famous and significant sculptures, including the Apollo of the Belvedere, the Laocoon, the Torso, and the busts of Hadrian and his lover Antinous. Then, view the Gallery of the Candelabra and the Gallery of Tapestries, and finally, the Sistine Chapel. See the famous paintings of the Last Judgment, the Stories of Moses and Jesus, and Michelangelo’s famous Creation of Adam. The chapel is also the location of the Conclaves, where papal elections are held.  Continue to Saint Peter’s Basilica. There, you will see another one of Michelangelo’s masterpieces, La Pietà. End your Vatican experience in the magnificent Saint Peter’s Square, the great work of the architect Bernini, with many symbols, saints and more than 200 columns.

Day 9: Rome

Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Tour Ancient Rome, the Colosseum and the Roman Forum
  • Spend the afternoon at leisure, or join an optional afternoon tour to the Piazzas of Rome
  • Enjoy dinner with wine at a local restaurant

Roman ForumFull Day Itinerary: This morning, tour Ancient Rome, visiting the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. See the hill where according to tradition, Rome was founded in the 7th century B.C.E. by Romulus and Remus.  Then, visit the amazing Colosseum. The Amphitheater, created to entertain ancient Roman citizens with bloody shows of gladiators and wild animals, is now one of the most fascinating landmarks of the city. Then, walk on the original path of ancient Rome along the Via Sacra and see the Temples of Vesta, Antonino and Faustina, and the ancient Basilica Julia and Aemilia, while dreaming about the glorious past of the Roman Empire. 

Enjoy a last afternoon at leisure in the Eternal City, or take part in an optional tour.

This evening, have dinner at a local restaurant.

Piazza Venezia, RomeOptional Excursion: Piazza Venezia & Gelato Tasting, $75 per person. This afternoon, depart on a panoramic drive to Piazza Venezia, the hub of Rome. Here you'll find Il Vittoriano, dedicated to Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of Italy. The tremendous while marble monument also serves as the backdrop to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Proceed to the terrace atop the monument by elevator, or stairs if you choose, and take in the 360-degree, incredible views over Rome. After some free time to take photos you'll want to share with all your friends, continue to Aventine Hill. Then proceed onto Piazza dei Cavalieri D'Italia where through a "keyhole" you can see the Dome of St. Peter's. Learn about gelato as you stop at a local gelateria for an authentic gelato tasting en route to your hotel. This tour requires a minimum of 3 passengers to operate.

 

Day 10: Rome & Sorrento

Accommodations: 3 nights Hotel Corallo Sorrento. Included meals: Breakfast & lunch.

  • Visit Naples
  • Enjoy a traditional Margherita pizza lunch
  • Visit the town of Pompeii, destroyed by the Vesuvius Volcano

Mt. Vesuvius, PompeiiFull Day Itinerary: Depart Rome, heading south to Naples. After a panoramic tour of Naples, enjoy a lunch of traditional Neapolitan pizza – the Margherita. Then, visit Pompeii, the city that is frozen in time after the volcano Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D. Continue to Sorrento and check in at your hotel. The evening is at leisure.

Day 11: Sorrento

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Discover the villages of the beautiful Amalfi Coast

Positano, Amalfi CoastFull Day Itinerary: Set off along the Amalfi Coast and visit the beautiful villages and iconic towns that dot the coastline. Wander through the colorful cliff-side village of Positano, with its narrow streets lined with quaint cafes and boutiques. Stroll along the promenade of Amalfi while taking in the views of the water and the town's white buildings hugging the coastline. Continue along the coast to the medieval village of Ravello. Set high atop the hills, this UNESCO World Heritage Site will charm you with its meandering cobblestone streets and lush gardens. Return to Sorrento late this afternoon.

Day 12: Sorrento

Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Day at leisure in Sorrento, or join an optional tour of Capri & Anacapri
  • Farewell dinner in a local restaurant

Full Day Itinerary: Explore the town of Sorrento, or relax by the pool on your last day in Italy. Alternatively, take an optional tour to Capri.

Blue Grotto, CapriOptional Excursion: Capri & Anacapri, $90 per person. Today is devoted entirely to visiting Capri, an island rich in natural beauty, scenic, historical, and social activities. Board a jetfoil this morning and travel along the Sorrento Peninsula to Marina Grande, a small port whose charm has withstood the passage of time. After disembarking, head to the top of the island to visit Anacapri, which literally means above Capri. Enjoy a guided tour of Villa San Michele, the former home of Swedish physician, Axel Munthe, built on the ruins of an ancient chapel dedicated to San Michele. Continue down to Capri for a walking tour along the famous Via Camerelle. Stop at the famous Piazza Umberto I, more widely known as Piazzetta, for free time to shop, people watch, or visit the blue grotto. Return to Sorrento by jetfoil this afternoon in time to freshen up before your farewell dinner. This is a regularly scheduled, English-speaking bus tour.

Day 13: Depart Naples/Arrive USA

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Transfer from Sorrento to the airport in Naples for you return flight
  • Arrive in the USA later today

Hotels

Grand Hotel Adriatico

First Class

Located in the heart of Florence, just a short walk from the Arno River, the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, and the trendy San Frediano district, the Grand Hotel Adriatico boasts a prime location for exploring this ancient city. The hotel has joined Lifegate's Stay for the Planet, becoming a green hotel with sustainable objectives.

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Hotel Corallo Sorrento

First Class

Housed in an elegant former patrician's house, atop a cliff with beautiful views of the Gulf of Naples, Vesuvius and the Sorrentine Peninsula, the Hotel Corallo Sorrento boasts an enchanting and inviting atmosphere.

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Hotel Dei Borgia

First Class

Centrally located near some of Rome's main attractions including the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, and the Piazza di Spagna, the Hotel dei Borgia is the perfect starting point to explore the Italian capital. 

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Hotel Giorgione Venice

First Class

Housed in a historic building in Venice, the Hotel Giorgione is located in the heart of the old city, just a short distance from the Rialto Bridge and the Piazza San Marco. 

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Sangallo Palace Hotel

First Class

Located in the historic center of Perugia, just a short walk from the 15th Century Rocca Paolina Fortress, the Sangallo Palace Hotel is a perfect base to visit the historic landmarks of the Umbrian capital.

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