12 Day Tuscany & Amalfi with Rome - Monday Departure

12 Day Tuscany & Amalfi with Rome - Monday Departure


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Italy

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1, Monday - Depart for Italy
Depart for Italy

DAY 2, Tuesday - Arrive in Florence, Transfer to Montecatini
Arrive in Florence and transfer to your hotel in Montecatini. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Tonight, attend an orientation meeting at approximately 6 pm (exact time will be advised on tour arrival day) with your Tour Manager to discuss the upcoming journey that awaits you in Italy, followed by a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers
Overnight: Montecatini
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Wednesday - Excursion to Florence
Today, travel to Florence, birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour through the heart of Florence, to view the magnificent Duomo, with its Brunelleschi-designed dome, the renowned "Gates of Paradise" of the Baptistery by Ghiberti and Giotto's Bell Tower. Proceed to the open-air art museum of Signoria Square and admire the statues of the Loggia dei Lanzi, Palazzo Vecchio, former residence of the Medici family before continuing to the Ponte Vecchio, the "Old Bridge”. Spend time on your own in the early afternoon to visit Museums, shop for gold and quality leather before returning to Montecatini
Overnight: Montecatini
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Thursday - Full Day in Montecatini
Explore Montecatini on your own today, or join the optional full day excursion to the enchanting medieval city of Siena that sits elegantly over three hills. The heart of the city is the stunning Piazza del Campo, the huge central plaza where the Roman Forum used to be. It is now the site of the famous Palio horse race, that takes place twice every summer to celebrate the holy apparition and assumption of the Virgin Mary, patron saint of the city. Tour Campo Square and spend some time on your own savoring the atmosphere of the city before returning to Montecatini. This evening indulge in the Tuscan atmosphere, its food and wines!
Optional: Full Day Siena from Montecatini
Overnight: Montecatini
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Friday - Full Day in Montecatini
Spend a full day at leisure to explore Montecatini and its surroundings on your own, or take an optional tour to the spectacular Cinque Terre*, one of the most beautiful areas of the Liguria region. Here the Cinque Terre National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, comprises five small villages, nestled in the cliffs overlooking the sea and the surrounding hillsides. Marvel at the scenic coastline while exploring the villages and the beautiful vistas. This active walking tour covers a fair amount of ground facing uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Trains and/or boats will be the means of transportation between the towns. Tonight enjoy dinner at your hotel*Exact tour itinerary & operation of the tour is subject to weather conditions and group size and will be advised locally.
Optional: Full Day Cinque Terre
Overnight: Montecatini
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Saturday - Travel towards the Sunny South
Depart Montecatini, driving south. Along the way, stop for lunch in the hills of Lazio. Then, on to the Gulf of Naples for hotel check in and dinner together
Overnight: Naples
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Sunday - The Gorgeous Amalfi Drive
Embark on one of the most spectacular drives in the world along the rugged Amalfi coast, with its dramatic landscapes and amazing panoramas. Nestled into mountains that rise thousands of feet above the sea, you’ll see enchanting villages, cliffs terraced with lemon groves, whitewashed villas and sparkling turquoise seas. Drive by Positano and stop in Amalfi, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to spend time at leisure in town. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon
Overnight: Naples
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Monday - Full Day in Naples
Spend the day at leisure in Naples, strikingly beautiful with its seaside setting and city monuments. Don't miss the optional full day tour to the enchanting and picturesque Isle of Capri by boat - it will be a highlight! Here, you'll walk through the narrow lanes of Anacapri, with its chic boutiques and shops offering tastings of the island's famous limoncello. Then continue on to La Piazzetta, where everyone gathers to socialize, and to the Gardens of Augustus, a natural paradise, from where you can see splendid views of the sea and the famous Faraglioni rock formations, one of the island's natural wonders. After a lovely day in Capri, return to your hotel. Tonight, savor dinner with your fellow travelers
Optional: Full Day Capri Tour
Overnight: Naples
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Tuesday - Visit Pompeii en route to Rome
Depart Naples and head towards Rome. On the way, visit Pompeii, the city that was frozen in time under a thick carpet of volcanic ash almost 2,000 years ago. The tragic fossils of people attempting to escape, along with their children and dogs are still visible, along with the preserved ruins of the Temples of Apollo and Jupiter, and the Forum. Continue north towards Rome, at a distance you can view the magnificent Abbey of Monte Cassino perched high on the mountaintop (weather permitting). This was the scene of a huge battle near the end of World War II during which the abbey was completely destroyed, but has now been lovingly restored. The rest of the day is at leisure after checking in to your hotel in Rome
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Wednesday - Tour Ancient Rome
The historic tour of ancient Rome begins at the legendary Roman Forum, the central area of the city from which ancient Rome developed. Next, view the triumphal Arch of Constantine, erected by the Roman Senate to commemorate Constantine’s tenth year of leadership over the Eternal City. On to the mighty Colosseum, the largest amphitheater built in the Roman Empire that seated over 50,000, where gladiator contests and public events were attended by the rich, the poor and by the Emperor himself. Spend the afternoon at leisure
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Thursday - Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel
Today, visit the Vatican Museums and Michelangelo's masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel. Stroll through one of the most important art collections of the world. Admire the Gallery of Tapestries and the Geographical Maps before arriving to the Sistine Chapel, with its great frescoes by Michelangelo. Continue to St. Peter's Square, passing Bernini's famous colonnade to view St. Peter's Basilica,* built on the burial site of Saint Peter, with the most famous Michelangelo’s Pieta. Spend the afternoon at leisure, or join the optional walking tour of the Eternal City’s grand piazzas that begins at the Spanish Steps, and continues to the legendary Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and the baroque Piazza Navona. Tonight, join your Tour Manager and fellow travelers for a Farewell Cocktail at the hotel*Due to Religious events, the opening times of St. Peter's Basilica are subject to change without notice. In these cases, you will visit the Vatican Library instead of the Basilica.
Optional: Piazzas of Rome (PM)
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Friday - Depart Italy
Transfer to the airport in Rome for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Florence, Rome-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 10 nights First Class accommodations
  • 4 nights Montecatini
  • 3 nights Naples
  • 3 nights Rome
  • Italian city hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 16 meals: 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners with wine
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
  • Special Features

  • Explore the Renaissance city of Florence with a guided walking tour
  • Enjoy a Tuscan Farm Dinner with wine and olive-oil tasting
  • Experience one of the world’s most spectacular drives along the Amalfi coast
  • Travel past the Bay of Naples and Mt. Vesuvius to Pompeii, the city frozen in time
  • Historic tour of Ancient Rome including the Roman Forum and the Colosseum
  • Tour of the Vatican Museums and Michelangelo's incomparable Sistine Chapel
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    *Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


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    Grand Hotel Plaza & Locanda Maggiore
    This first class hotel is located on the main square, close to the Thermal Park.

    Grand Hotel Plaza & Locanda Maggiore
    This first class hotel is located on the main square, close to the Thermal Park.

    Grand Hotel Plaza & Locanda Maggiore
    This first class hotel is located on the main square, close to the Thermal Park.

    Grand Hotel Vittoria
    This first class hotel is located in Montecatini Terme, near Terme Park.

    Grand Hotel Vittoria
    This first class hotel is located in Montecatini Terme, near Terme Park.

    Grand Hotel Vittoria
    This first class hotel is located in Montecatini Terme, near Terme Park.

    Grand Hotel Vittoria
    This first class hotel is located in Montecatini Terme, near Terme Park.

    Hotel Royal Continental
    This first class hotel is a historic establishment that is located right on the Neapolitan waterfront.

    Grand Hotel Palatino
    This first class hotel is located in the heart of ancient Rome, just a short walk from the Colosseum.

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