Rome & The Amalfi Coast Tour – OPEN TO ALL
ITALY SMALL GROUP TOURS
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE – 12 PEOPLE
Main Destinations: Rome, The Vatican, Sorrento, Pompeii, Herculaneum, Positano, Ravello, Town of Amalfi
Amazing art, history, architecture plus breathtaking sceneries, fabulous food, fantastic accommodations and excellent guides await you on one of the most enjoyable escorted tours of Italy, our Rome and the Amalfi Coast tour.
NOTE: Pre-tour and post-tour accommodations are available. Arrive early or depart later. We’ll make all the arrangements for you.
NOTE: Activities or order of activities are subject to change.
Arrival Airport: Rome
Departure Airport: Naples
(B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
DAY 1: Arrival in Rome, Evening Cocktails, Overnight in Rome
Arrive at your Rome hotel, your home for the next three nights. We can arrange a private transfer from the airport if needed. Rest, freshen up and meet everyone in the hotel lobby at 5pm. We’ll go for stroll and acquaint you with your new surroundings before we head to a wonderful place for cocktails before a group welcome dinner. (D)
DAY 2: Vatican and Ancient Rome Tours, Overnight in Rome
Early in the morning, our group meet our local professional tour guide for the Vatican tour. We will immerse ourselves in the art, history and religion of the smallest state in the world, The Vatican City. You will visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museum.
The Vatican Museum’s art collections, assembled over the course of the centuries, are still the most important in the world. You will see the recently restored Sistine Chapel, home to Michelangelo’s Last Judgment frescoes. You will tour St. Peter’s Basilica and view Michelangelo’s famous Pieta, Bernini’s amazing Baldacchino. A very special Italian feast is planned for lunch.
After our group lunch, our tour guide will lead our walking tour of ancient Rome. We will begin with a visit to the Pantheon, Italy’s best-preserved dome and the biggest in Europe until the Renaissance. You will then see and hear about fascinating stories about the Colosseum, perhaps the finest surviving example of ancient Roman architectural engineering. You will see the Forum, once the administration, business and commercial center of Ancient Rome. There are numerous sites within the Forum: numerous temples, basilicas, arches and more. Other sites of Ancient Rome include the Arch of Constantine and Piazza del Campidoglio, designed by Michelangelo.
You are free the rest of the day and for dinner. (B, L)
DAY 3: Morning Exploration of Rome, Leisure Afternoon, Overnight in Rome
Today is your free day to explore Rome on your own. If you would like, your tour manager can escort you to Rome’s famous sights like the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, Piazza di Spagna and more. You may separate from the group at any time visit a museum or shop. You may want to enjoy leisure time sitting at an outdoor cafe in one or Rome’s many beautiful piazzas.
Lunch and dinner on your own. Let your tour manager know, if you want company. As always, she/he is available if you want company. (B)
DAY 4: Guided Tours of Pompeii & Herculaneum, Overnight in Sorrento
After breakfast, we’ll check out of our hotel and travel to Sorrento, our next home base, positioning us for our tours of Sorrento, Capri and the beautiful Amalfi Coast.
On the way to Sorrento, we’ll tour the lost city of Pompeii, one of the many highlights of your escorted tour of Italy. Thirty feet of hot mud and volcanic ash buried this Roman city completely when Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D. We will tour this once-prosperous city, established in 12th century B.C., with our licensed tour guide. You will see villas, baths, storefronts, houses, pizza parlors, forum and other artifacts from Pompeii’s heyday. Our tour of Italy also takes us to Herculaneum, an ancient Roman town, which was also buried by Mt. Vesuvius during this eruption.
Group pizza lunch is planned in Naples.
In the evening, we’ll stroll in lovely Sorrento, a charming city perched on a bluff overlooking the Mediterranean sea. You will enjoy Sorrento’s impressive seaside cliffs, lovely squares, cafes, resutaurants, market and shops. (B, L)
DAY 5: Positano, Amalfi, Ravello, Overnight in Sorrento
Enjoy one of the most memorable day in Italy, to the beautiful Amalfi Coast, and tour Positano, Amalfi and Ravello. This tour of Amalfi, Positano and Ravello is a relaxing tour of these three world-famous holiday seaside resorts, rich in history, fashion and spectacular views.
This Amalfi Coast tour will start in Positano. The laid-back town of Positano offers many photo and shopping opportunities, between its multi-colored houses clinging to the cliff face overlooking the bay, and the fashionable boutiques and cobblers’ shops along its pedestrian main street. Your next stop in this private tour is Amalfi, a UNESCO World Heritage site featuring the St. Andrea’s Cathedral, whose 57 steps will reward you with a great workout and a great view. The city is also home to the Museo della Carta, which introduces you to the art of paper making for which Amalfi is known.
The last stop on this guided tour of the Amalfi Coast is breathtaking Ravello, which has long been a retreat for artists and writers seeking their muse here, from Richard Wagner to Virginia Woolf. You will be blown away by the beautiful Villas Rufolo and Cimbrone here, with their gardens towering above the sea from an impressive height.
We’ll return to Sorrento late afternoon. (B, L)
DAY 6: Leisure Day in Sorrento, Farewell Dinner, Overnight in Sorrento
Today is the last day of our Rome and Amalfi Coast tour. Spend the day as you please – relax by the pool, explore the town of Sorrento to ferry over to Capri. Your tour manager is available to help you set up your day.
Tonight is our last night together; a wonderful farewell dinner is planned. (B, D)
DAY 7: Departure for home
Today is the end of this upscale small group tour of Rome and Amalfi Coast, your last day in Italy. Have breakfast and prepare for your flight home. (B)