Day 01, Sunday: U.S. to Venice
Overnight flight to Venice, Italy from the U.S. Celtic Tours World Vacations will be delighted to book your air in conjunction with your tour, or purchase this tour on a land only basis, where your tour would begin on day 02, in Venice.
Day 02, Monday. Arrival in Venice
Welcome to Italy! Transfer included from Venice Airport to your hotel. Late afternoon meet our tour escort and fellow traveling companions at the bar of the hotel. From our hotel, take a leisurely walk to a local restaurant and enjoy a tasty welcome dinner. After dinner, discover Venice with our tour escort and join a walking tour of the city enlightened. Overnight in Venice.
Day 03, Tuesday: Venice
In the morning visit classic Venice: S. Marco Square, Doge's Palace, the Rialto Bridtge and the Grand Canal. Free time for lunch. Late afternoon enjoy a fantastic experience and live as the locals live. Discover amazing Venice during the beautiful sunset time. Our tour guide will escort us between the Venetian “calli” and their “Bacari”, the typical and traditional Venetian bars to taste the famous “Cicchetti”, the typical Venetian food. With this suggested itinerary, we have the possibility to know the charmed Venice between lights, colors and flavors. In the evening, meet your assistant for a 45-minute sunset walking. At the end, enjoy a Venetian Dinner. Overnight in Venice.
Day 04, Wednesday: Venice - Florence
Bidding farewell to Venice, meet our escort in the lobby and transfer to Venice Station. High speed train Florence. Upon your arrival in Florence, transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, visit of Florence with your escort. Lorenzo de Medici transformed Florence into the cradle of the Renaissance by attracting the best artists, architects and writers of the time such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Botticelli to whom he commissioned various works. Visit Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio (from outside), the Dome with Giotto's bell tower (from outside), Ponte Vecchio. Finally, visit the Accademia and see the masterpiece of Michelangelo: the statue of David. Tonight we enjoy a Tuscan dinner with a sunset walk. This time of the day is spectacular, offering great photo opportunities. Overnight in Florence.
Day 05, Thursday: Florence
Today enjoy your day in Florence at your leisure. Overnight in Florence.
Day 06, Friday: Florence - Siena - Rome
Meet our tour escort at hotel in Florence and transfer to Rome by private coach. The drive itself is a magnificent path along the roads of Tuscany, where it is possible to enjoy the view of hills covered by vineyards, olive trees, small villages and original bell towers. En route stop in Siena, probably Italy's loveliest medieval city. The town offers magnificent masterpieces and incredible views. Upon arrival, enjoy a “farmers lunch”; original Tuscan foods with cheese, salami and a wine tasting. After lunch, free time to explore the city. Continue on, with a stop at a vineyard in Chianti for a wine tasting, before reaching Rom in the late afternoon. Dine independently tonight. Overnight in Rome.
Day 07, Saturday: Rome
Meet our assistant in the lobby and transfer to the heart of Rome. See the Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Piazza Navona and the Baroque quarter. Free time for lunch on your own. Then transfer to the Vatican for a guided visit. At the end transfer to our hotel. Tonight, experience real Roman food! Meet our tour leader and enjoy a relaxed walk along the narrow streets of ancient Rome. End the tour at our restaurant for a tasty Roman Dinner. Return to hotel with our tour leader. Overnight in Rome.
Day 08, Sunday: Free day in Rome
Today enjoy your day in Rome at your leisure. Overnight in Rome.
Day 09, Monday: Pompei
Late morning transfer to Sorrento by private coach. En route stop and visit of Pompei. Due to its healthy climate and pleasant scenery, Pompeii was a holiday resort for rich Romans. It is now famous for its civic buildings lining the streets that are still intact today. Some of these include the Surgeon's House, as well as those of the Faun and the Chaste Lovers, which are exceptional examples of the epoch's architecture. Another remarkable construction is the House of Mysteries, which derives its name from the murals depicting the initiation rites (i.e., the mysteries) of the Dionysian cult. A peculiar characteristic of Pompeii is the florid graffiti covering the walls in just about every building; this is because when the volcanic eruption happened, Pompeii was set to carry out elections in the days ahead - hence the writings and ideograms, which feature both political and sexual content. At the end, enjoy a light lunch and a wine tasting on the Vesuvio Volcano. From the wine estate you will enjoy the view of the entire Gulf of Naples with Capri, Ischia, Naples and other small villages on the coastline. Sorrento Coast and overnight in Sorrento.
Day 10, Tuesday: Amalfi & Ravello
Full day tour of Amalfi & Ravello with Lemon tour on the cliffs of Amalfi. This excursion combines the fantastic landscapes of Ravello and Amalfi with the local culture of food and wines. In Amalfi, learn about the history of the city and the ancient Maritime Republics, then visit an incredible “limoneto”, a cliff where lemon trees are cultivated. Pick up your lemons and prepare a fresh squeezed lemonade “Amalfi style”. Later, continue to Ravello, a destination for artists, musicians, and writers, including Richard Wagner who composed here some operas. Ravello is also famous for its villas, such as Villa Cimbrone, dating from at least the 11th century AD and Villa Rufolo. Overnight in Sorrento.
Day 11, Wednesday: Departure
Independent transfer to Airport (may be pre-booked at time of booking).