Grand Tour of Italy Itinerary

Grand Tour of Italy
Rome, Florence, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast
Day-by-Day Itinerary
September 12-22, 2018
10 days/9 nights

Day 1 – WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2018 – Depart from the USA. Group airfare from Washington Dulles (IAD) has been reserved, but departures from other cities can be arranged upon request.

Day 2 – THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2018 (FLORENCE, HOTEL MEDITTERANEO)
Upon arrival to Rome, you will be met by your driver and tour director. Thereafter we will board a luxury coach for our drive to Florence. On the way, we will stop for a welcome lunch. Upon arrival to Florence, we will check into our hotel. Tonight you are on your own to explore Florence.
Meals: Lunch.

Day 3 – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 (FLORENCE, HOTEL MEDITTERANEO)
After breakfast, we will explore Florence with a local guide. Our tour will feature a visit to the first National Renaissance Museum, the famous Bargello Museum, where you will admire the masterpieces of Donatello, Michelangelo and more. Then, we continue on to Duomo Santa Maria in Fiore, Signoria Square, home of the Medici family, and the spectacular Santa Croce Square. Our guided tour today will also feature a private leather fashion show with an ice cream tasting.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 – SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2018 (FLORENCE, HOTEL MEDITTERANEO)
Today, we will visit the cities of Siena, famous worldwide for its horse racing, and San Gimignano, the most beautiful and preserved medieval town in the world. We will also visit a local winery in Tuscany for a late lunch (included) in Tuscany with cheese, salami, and wine before returning back to your hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2018 (ROME, HOTEL PALATINO)
After a nice breakfast, we will depart for Rome with a stop in Pisa. Tonight, we will enjoy a fabulous Roman dinner with wine and music courtesy of our host, Lucky. After dinner, we will take a panoramic illumination tour (night tour) of the Eternal City.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 – MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2018 (ROME, HOTEL PALATINO)
After breakfast, an expert local guide will lead us through Vatican City, including the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and Saint Peter’s Basilica. After a lunch break in the Vatican area (on your own), we drive to the archaeological area to visit the most famous Roman arena, the Colosseum. From there, we head to the Roman Forum, the religious, political, and commercial center of the Empire.
Meals: Breakfast.

Coliseum in RomeDay 6 – TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2018 (ROME, HOTEL PALATINO)
After breakfast, we will take a walking tour and discover the historical centre of Rome. We will stroll through the squares, visit the Pantheon, and walk the famous Spanish Steps and visit the Trevi Fountain. Don’t forget to throw some coins into the Trevi Fountain! Our dinner (included) tonight will include opera music and Roman wines.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 – WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2018 (SORRENTO, VILLA GIOVANNA)
This morning, after an early breakfast, we will depart for Sorrento. Our first stop will be Pompeii. Here, we meet a local expert guide who will lead us through the ancient Roman town that was frozen in time by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A. D. Afterwards, we will take a short drive with breath-taking views along the Bay of Naples to Sorrento. Enjoy a late lunch of fine meats, mozzarella cheese, wine and limoncello at a local farm before checking into the Villa Giovanna, which overlooks the Mediterranean Sea.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8 – THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 (SORRENTO, VILLA GIOVANNA)
After breakfast, weather permitting, we meet our local guide and cruise to the Island of Capri. The local guide will show you around the beautiful island. You will ride the funicular to the top of the mountain, take in the incredible views, and shop at all the wonderful shops. Return to hotel for dinner at Johanna Park.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Florence Venice Rome

Florence Venice Rome

 

Day 9 – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2018 (SORRENTO, VILLA GIOVANNA)
This morning after breakfast we will drive along the Amalfi Coast to Positano and Ravello. This is one of the most famous coastal roadways. There will be plenty of time for exploring the amazing Cliffside cities. Upon returning to Sorrento, enjoy a typical Neapolitan night! It begins with cooking school and a wine tasting, followed by a Farewell dinner, live music, and lots of surprises!
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 – SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2018 (DEPARTURE)
After breakfast, we say “arrivederci” to Sorrento and transfer to Naples Airport for departure.
Meals: Breakfast

Please note that there is always a slight chance that the listed hotels may not have rooms available for the entire group. This is beyond the control of Colesville Travel. Any reassignment of hotels will be of similar or better quality and convenience. Weather conditions are beyond our control and may prevent us from providing certain activities listed on the itinerary. In that event, we would reschedule, if possible, or provide a substitute activity of equal or greater value

 

 

 

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P.O. Box 4844
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Colosseum in Rome
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