Day 1: Home - Rome, Italy
Your tour starts in Rome with an included welcome dinner.
Day 2: Rome - Classical Rome City Tour
A locally-guided tour of Classical Rome features such sights as the Piazza Venezia, the Roman Forum, the Circus Maximus and the Arch of Constantine. During an in-depth visit to the Colosseum, your guide recounts its rich history. The catacombs, burial place of early Christians, the mythic Pantheon and Piazza Navona are also featured.
Day 3: Rome
Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore Rome’s cultural treasures independently. Your Tour Manager will be on hand to offer suggestions. Perhaps a trip to Vatican City, with an optional tour to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica, will be on your personal sightseeing list.
Day 4: Rome - Pompeii - Sorrento Coast
Journey south towards the Bay of Naples where you’ll discover the ruins of Pompeii with a local guide. You’ll then continue to Sorrento and take some time to explore on you own.
Day 5: Sorrento Coast - Isle of Capri
A scenic boat ride* brings you to the enchanting Isle of Capri. Upon arrival, take a panoramic ride to the island’s highest town, Anacapri. Spend time in Capri town with its world-famous piazzetta and explore this island paradise of chic boutiques, lush vegetation and outdoor cafés before returning to the Sorrento Coast.
Day 6: Sorrento Coast - Florence
Today, Tuscany unfolds with its panorama of vineyards and olive groves. Florence, the “Cradle of the Italian Renaissance,” awaits and offers Italy’s best art and architecture. Visit the Academy Gallery to see Michelangelo’s magnifi cent sculpture of David. Tonight, enjoy regional Italian cuisine at a local restaurant.
Day 7: Florence
A locally-guided tour highlights the Piazza del Duomo, with its Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and the famous Gates of Paradise on the Baptistery of St. John. You also view the magnificent Piazza della Signoria with its imposing Palazzo Vecchio.
Day 8: Florence - Pisa - Venice
After breakfast you’ll travel to Pisa and discover the Piazza Dei Miracoli, the Duomo and the Leaning Tower. You’ll enjoy lunch at a Tuscan winery before heading across the Apennine Mountains en-route to Venice
Day 9: Venice - Murano Island
Embark on a boat trip* (weather permitting) to Murano Island for a glass-blowing demonstration. Return to St. Mark’s Square where a local expert takes you on a walking tour of the Basilica, Doge’s Palace and the legendary Bridge of Sighs. he remainder of the day is at leisure to explore independently.
Day 10: Venice - Verona - Stresa
This morning you’ll travel to Verona, where you can stroll the streets that were the backdrop for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. You’ll end the day in the resort town of Stresa in the Italian Lake District, with beautiful views of Lago Maggiore.
Day 11: Stresa - Locarno, Switzerland - Isola dei Pescatori, Italy
Today, cross into Switzerland and the picturesque lakeside resort of Locarno for magnificent views, excellent shopping and charming cafés. Tonight, we travel by boat to Isola dei Pescatori for a farewell dinner while surrounded by beautiful scenery.
Day 12: Stresa - Home
Your tour ends today in Stresa.