10 Days Jewels of Italy
10 Days – You will live the Best of Italy in a holiday of a lifetime. You will enjoy the views of the Amalfi coast and walk the Roman paths all the way to the Etruscan Tuscany and its sunflower, vineyard bounty, to the Italian Renaissance all the way to Venice.
Day 1 – Arriving in Rome
After your long journey, you will be welcomed by our driver who will be holding an identifying sign right outside the luggage claim. He will then escort you to your luxury vehicle, to transport you safely and comfortably to your hotel in the city.
Day 2 – Rome in a day – 8 hours
You will begin your Tour Package by exploring the “Eternal City”, which through over 2,800 years of existence houses the most impressive landmarks of the world. Your English Speaking driver, will make his way to the city center where you will experience first-hand thousands of years of history. From the Majestic Piazza Venezia to the time-defiant Coliseum and the Roman Forum to the beautiful squares like Piazza Navona or the Spanish Steps and the “Dolce Vita” reminisce of the Trevi Fountain. You will fall in love with the city with all its contrasts and chaotic charm. Then you will experience the Smallest Independent State in the world, that houses one of the richest art collection imaginable: The Vatican. While visiting the Museums you will stand in Awe under the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel and feel the overwhelming magnificence of Saint Peter’s Basilica. After the tour, your driver will then take you back to your hotel.
* Private Vatican guide is included during this day.
We highly recommend you pre-purchase your Vatican Tickets https://biglietteriamusei.vatican.va/musei/tickets/index.html at 2 pm
We highly recommend for you pre-purchase your Colosseum Tickets http://www.coopculture.it/en/colosseo-e-shop.cfm
Important notice: St Peter’s Basilica might close for last minute ceremonies or mass. We will try to inform you as soon as we can but not always possible.
St. Peter’s Basilica now requires all visitors to pay 1.5 Euro cash for Earphones.
Please note that the Vatican Museums are closed on Sundays!
Day 3 – Day trip to Tivoli – 8 hours
On this Day you will enjoy the Roman countryside and visit two glorious UNESCO World heritage sites. After you are greeted by your English speaking driver at your hotel in the city, you will head to the Roman’s favorite summer retreat: Tivoli. Your first stop will be the archeological site of Emperor Hadrian’s imperial residence, where you will enjoy this monumental living complex of classical buildings created in the 2nd century A.D., and sample the finest architecture of the Roman world. In the afternoon you will arrive in Villa D’Este, the renaissance summer estate known for its exquisitely manicured gardens and magnificent concentration of fountains, nymphs, grottoes, plays of water and music. The Tivoli Gardens have been a source of inspiration for countless baroque gardens in Europe, and constitute a vivid example of the Renaissance culture at its most refined. After the tour your driver will take you back to your hotel in Rome.
*Entrances fees to Villa Hadrian and Villa D’Este are approximately 12 Euros each site per person. Tickets can be bought on location.
Please note that Villa D’Este is closed on Mondays!
Day 4 – Rome to Sorrento via Pompeii – 10 hours
Your English speaking driver will be waiting for you at your hotel in Rome and will proceed to drive you through the picturesque region of Campania, where you will spend the day sightseeing and immersed in the legends of the ancient city of Pompeii. Under the morning sun, you will stroll down this incredible city, which was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius on August 24, 79 ad. The city remained buried for almost 1,700 years and on this day you will walk on the same stones ancient Romans walked, illustrated by the story told by your own Private Guide. Then you will head to the small town of Sorrento, which has been for over 2,000 years the destination of visitors from all over the world. You will enjoy the amazing views of the Bay of Naples, while you linger down the terraces and gardens perfumed with lemon and orange blossoms. After the tour your driver will take you to your hotel in Sorrento.
* Private Pompeii guide is included during this day.
*Entrance fee to Pompeii is approximately 13 Euros per person. Tickets can be bought on location.
Day 5 – Highlights of Positano, Ravello and Amalfi – 8 hours
You will meet your English Speaking driver in Sorrento and continue your adventure down the hills of the Amalfi Coast to the the jewel of the coastal crown: Ravello. This refined, picture perfect town, nestled on a mountaintop, offers majestic views of the coast where you can leisurely stroll and enjoy your morning. Afterwards, you will drive through overwhelming coastal views all the way to Positano, built into a steep cliff overlooking the magnificent emerald sea. Our last stop, is the historic town of Amalfi which gives name to the whole coast, where you will spend the remaining time before heading back to your hotel in Sorrento.
Day 6 –Sorrento to Rome via Naples – 10 hours
It is time to head back to Rome from Sorrento and through Naples. You will be able to experience the highlights of this colorful city which embodies the beauty of Italian culture and history along with natural beauty. You will enjoy the main square Plebiscito, the Royal Palace, the picturesque gallery of Umberto and the Maschio Angioino Castle. You will then have lunch at a local Pizzeria to taste the original pizza not to mention the most wonderful pastries. After lunch, you will visit one the most important archaeological museums in Europe with artworks, private collections and the main artifacts found during the excavation of Pompeii and Herculaneum. It will now be time to head back to Rome, where your driver will drop you off at your hotel.
Euro 9 per person is the fee to the archaeological Museum of Naples. Tickets can be bought on site.
Please note that the Archaeological museum is closed on Tuesdays!
Day 7 – Rome to Florence via Siena and Chianti – 10 hours
After your experience in Amalfi it is time to head north to Florence through the the rolling hills of Tuscany. Along your English speaking driver, you will make your way through the countryside to experience Italy before the renaissance: Siena. You will spend your morning discovering this medieval city and its gothic soul, wandering down Piazza del Campo in the center of this Unesco World Heritage site. In the early afternoon you will adventure into the Chianti area, with its magnificent landscape and lavish vineyards to Florence in the late afternoon. Your driver will drop you off at your hotel in Florence.
Day 8 – Highlights of Florence and Pisa – 8 hours
On this day you will now start experiencing a different Era, the rebirth of Europe, the unparalleled awakening of art, literature, architecture and beauty in one city: Florence. Your English Speaking driver will greet you at your hotel and drive you to meet your Private Guide, with whom you will immerse yourself on a walking tour of the historic center. There, you will explore some of the highlights of the city such as Brunelleschi’s Duomo, the Accademia Gallery that houses Michelangelo’s David and Ponte Vecchio prior to lunch. Later, your driver will take you along the scenic route through the Tuscan countryside to the small town of Pisa, where you will be able to admire the iconic leaning ivory bell tower, which is actually an architectural mistake, an unfortunate miscalculation that resulted in one of the most recognizable images of Italy and also a Unesco World Heritage site. Here you will spend a part of your afternoon as well as on the Miracle’s square before going back to your hotel in Florence.
* Florence Private Guide included
We highly recommend for you to pre-purchase Accademia tickets at 10 am by calling 011 39 055 294883 or visiting http://www.b-ticket.com/b-ticket/uffizi/default.aspx
If you wish to climb the tower of Pisa, please book the tickets at 3:30 pm by visiting http://www.opapisa.it/en/
Please note that the Accademia is closed on Mondays!
Day 9 – Highlights of Lucca and Bolgheri – 8 hours
After you are greeted by your English speaking driver at your hotel in Florence, you will make your way along the scenic route in the Tuscan countryside, before arriving to one of the most famous and glorious walled cities of Italy: Lucca, sitting at the foot of the Apuan Alps. Here you can stroll around the city walls, which after losing its military importance, were transformed into a pedestrian way. The area surrounding the walls is carpeted by green grass and trees that brings out a park like essence. You will spend a portion of your morning sightseeing the town and Duomo di San Martino, before heading over to the small town of Bibbona at the heart of the Etruscan Coast and the region of Bolgheri, which is one of the up and coming wine-growing areas of Tuscany and which is known as the “Bordeaux of Italy”, where you can spend the afternoon sightseeing and wine tasting before returning back to your hotel in Florence.
Day 10 – Florence to Venice via Bologna – 8 hours
On this day you will head to one of the most iconic cities of Italy: Venice. Our driver will escort you through the countryside of Emilia Romagna to the wonderful city of Bologna. Second in beauty to Venice, Bologna is one of the most romantic destinations in the world. The extensive town center is one of the best preserved Medieval centers in all of Europe Here you will spend a portion of your day visiting the Cathedral and the center of the city before heading to Venice.
* Note that our driver will drop you off in Venice, in Piazzale Roma where you will need to take a taxi boat to your hotel. Our services end here.
– Note that hotels, meals, gratuities nor entrance fees are not included in the rates.
– Price includes English speaking driver for all the tours.
– Price includes the driver’s meal during the trips.
– Taxes, traffic fees are all included in the rates.
|Mercedes A/C Sedan up to 2 people||€ 5800|
|Mercedes A/C Minivan up to 4 people||€ 6100|
|Mercedes A/C Minivan up to 6 people||€ 6500|
|Mercedes A/C Minivan up to 8 people||€ 6800|