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The Best of Italy tour

The Best of Italy

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
9 days
From: $ 3,199 $ 355 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Enjoy a tour to the Vatican which includes visits to St. Peter’s Basilica, the spectacular Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museum
  • Explore Imperial Rome
  • Visit the Colosseum
  • Walk under the Arch and marvel at the ruins of the Roman Forum
  • See Michelangelo’s celebrated David
  • View the famous Piazza del Miracoli and the amazing Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Embark on a boat tour to the island of Murano

Short Description

Experience the Italy with SmarTours by visiting Florence, Rome and other historic city. view the famous Piazza del Miracoli and the amazing Leaning Tower.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City Venice
End City Rome

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip airfare from JFK Airport via scheduled flight on Delta/Air France or Alitalia
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-Italy transportation via airconditioned motor coach
  • Accommodations at First Class hotels
  • 11 meals: 7 buffet breakfasts (B) and 4 dinners (D)
  • A glass of wine with included dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees as indicated in the itinerary
  • Professional English-speaking Tour Director throughout

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Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA

Your exciting journey begins as you depart New York this evening on your overnight flight to Italy.

Day 2: Arrive Venice/Venice Lido (Italy)

Meals: Dinner

Welcome to beautiful Italy! After landing at Venice airport, you’ll be met and escorted to your beautiful hotel located along the water in Venice Lido. This evening your Tour Director hosts an orientation followed by welcome dinner with wine. Hotel Villa Mabapa or Albergo Quattro Fontane

* Note: If your departure flies into Milan instead of Venice, you’ll be met at the airport and enjoy a panoramic city tour of Milan before transferring to Venice/Venice Lido.

Day 3

Meals: Breakfast

Discover the charms of romantic Venice. First, embark on a boat tour to the island of Murano, world renowned for its glass craftmanship. Back in Venice a local guide will bring this remarkable city to life as you explore on foot St. Mark’s Square, the Golden Byzantine Basilica of San Marco, the lavish Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. This afternoon marvel at Venice at your own pace or shop for unique local crafts.

Day 4: Venice/Pisa/Florence

Meals: Breakfast

Today journey south to Pisa, where you’ll view the famous Piazza del Miracoli and the amazing Leaning Tower. Visit a Tuscan countryside farm for wine tasting and sampling of local specialties. Arrive in Florence, the splendid capital of Tuscany. Grand Hotel Diplomat

Day 5

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

This morning’s tour of Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance, starts with a breathtaking view of Florence from Michelangelo Square. Proceed to visit the Accademia of Fine Arts housing Michelangelo’s celebrated David. You’ll also visit the sculpture-filled Signoria Square, the famous Duomo Cathedral and Ponte Vecchio, the “Old Bridge”, lined with craft shops. Afternoon at leisure to visit some of the museums that make Florence a magnet for artlovers and enjoy a stroll along the romantic Arno River. This evening a special treat awaits. Travel to the hills surrounding Florence and enjoy a typical dinner complete with wine and local entertainment at a picturesque Tuscan Villa.

Day 6: Florence/Assisi/Rome

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Depart south through the stunning panorama of Tuscany and Umbria to the Medieval hilltown of Assisi and view the fabled Basilica of St. Francis and Giotto’s frescoes. Late afternoon arrival in Rome, the “Eternal City”. Settle into your centrally located hotel. The Building Hotel Rome

Day 7

Meals: Breakfast

A morning tour to the Vatican includes visits to St. Peter’s Basilica, the spectacular Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museum abundant with priceless collections of art and treasures. Afternoon is at leisure for shopping or to indulge in Rome’s favorite pastime: people watching at the outdoor cafes of the bustling Via Veneto.

Day 8

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

This morning explore Imperial Rome on an included guided tour. Listen to the echoes of Emperor Nero in the Colosseum, walk under the Arch and marvel at the ruins of the Roman Forum. Afternoon at leisure to explore Rome’s elaborate piazzas and fountains on your own. Tonight, you are our guest at a lavish  gala dinner at a typical Roman restaurant complete with wine and entertainment. Cap your evening with a tour of illuminated Rome by night.

Day 9: Rome/USA or Sorrento & Amalfi Coast Extension (See Additional Info)

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, say “ciao” to Italy and transfer to the airport for your return flight arriving back in the USA the same day, or continue on to the magnificent Sorrento & Amalfi Coast Extension. Please see the “Additional Info” tab for more details.

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  • Deposit Price: $ 300
  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 649

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Great time in Italy with Massimo

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Great time in Italy with Massimo as the tour guide. This was the trip of a lifetime as we saw countless historic and amazing things in Italy. Venice was wonderful with the water traffic and Murano glass factory. Florence had so many artistic scenes and a beautiful background. Rome was spectacular with the Collesseo, Vatican, Forum, and National Monument. The food was incredible, we are not fans of wine but it was excellent. We took advice from Massimo and went to several walking areas on our own - Florence Palace Pitta, and the famous Bascillica; Rome downtown National Monument.
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12 Glorious Days in Italy

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For the 1st, 2nd or 3rd timer to Italy, this is a superb trip packed in 12 days. It includes the major cities of Venice, Florence, Rome & Sorrento and adds Pisa, Assisi & Pompei. Ending the trip on the Amalfi Coast is heavenly. The local tour guides were extremely knowledgeable with good English. The accommodations were generally very good with the included meals very satisfactory. My first time visit to Italy with smarTours was a real success. Kudos and Ciao!!
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Amazing and enjoyable experience

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What an amazing and enjoyable experience! Our tour director Anna Maria was Marvelous! She was so informative with handling purchases with tax documents, knew exactly where to direct us for shopping. Her local tour guides for each area were very good. The hotels were all good, each a step up (better)as we moved on. Tours were amazing. This was my first trip with SmarTours and thanks to Anna Maria, I would definitely recommend SmarTours and take another trip.
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Fascinating Italy

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My tour to Venice, Florence and Rome was ABSOLUTELY fantastic!!! Andrea and the Museum Tour Guides were excellent. They were not only knowledgeable about the subject matter of each tour, but also friendly and attentive to answering any and all questions. Andrea has a wonderful personality and went beyond the call of duty to make everyone happy and to even offer assistance to a disabled person throughout the tour. I was very happy with the stops between the major cities where we were able to visit Assissi, as well as have a wonderful lunch at a Olive Oil and Winery and a fantastic dinner in Tuscany. Additionally, the driver was friendly and very careful to get us to each and every destination safely. There are two things I would suggest...a much nicer hotel in Rome and a much longer tour and stay in Italy. I would have loved a twelve or fourteen day Italy stay. Thank you Smartours for these wonderful tours--this was my second one, first visiting China and just recently Italy. I am seriously contemplating Dubai/Abu Dhabi or Cuba. Keep it up Smartours! You are the best at world wide travel!!! Loretta Flanagan
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Excellent Care and Concern

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The Best of Italy Tour showed us what a travel company is made of. We had unforeseen weather delays just getting to the initial U.S. departure city which caused us to miss our flight to Venice, Italy. smarTours was aware of the delay and kept in constant contact with our flight, arranging (at no cost to us) a later connecting flight. The Airline lost our luggage and for 24 hours our smarTours tour guide communicated with the airline so that they could track the tour and bring us our long-delayed luggage. smarTours showed excellent care and concern. We are looking forward to booking our next trip (2017) with Smartours.
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Best of Italy + Sorrento & Amalfi coast

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This trip was just the right length to see all the major spots in Italy. The local guide, Mercedes Medici was absolutely wonderful. All tours were arranged for earliest part of the morning before crowds gathered. This left all afternoon free for whatever you wanted to do. The bus driver was very accommodating and the group of 26 people could spread out on the bus. We been on 6 or 7 tours with smarTours in years past and found those to be very good although I prefer the smaller groups - 26 was just enough so you get to know people. I would do it again and highly recommend to my friends.
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The Best of Italy provides the Extended Tours

Overview: 3-Night Sorrento & Amalfi Coast Extension: From Approx. $999 per person

Day 9: Rome/Pompeii/Sorrento

Leaving Rome, we’ll pass Mount Vesuvius, en route to the Bay of Naples. Visit Pompeii, the town frozen in time by the ashes of this volcano’s explosive eruption in AD 79. See the Temple of Apollo and the Temple of Jupiter, important Pompeii monuments dedicated to those ancient gods. Your final destination today: the pretty resort town of Sorrento, perched high on the cliffs overlooking the sparkling Bay of Naples. B/D Grand Hotel Vesuvio (or similar)

Day 10: Sorrento At Leisure Or Optional Full-Day Capri Excursion

Sorrento is world-renowned for its scenic splendor, woodworking and lace making, horse-drawn carriages and relaxing atmosphere. Your whole day is at leisure to enjoy this delightful town independently. Perhaps, take our Full-Day Capri Excursion. Please refer to “Optional Tours” for more details. This evening, celebrate with your fellow travelers at dinner in a famous local restaurant. B/D Grand Hotel Vesuvio (or similar)

Day 11: Amalfi Coast Drive And Sorrento At Leisure

Cruising along the rugged Amalfi Coast will surely take your breath away, with its dramatic landscapes and awe-inspiring panoramas. You’ll cherish the scenic mountains plunging into the sea, as well as the idyllic villages and lush forests clinging to them. Drive through Positano, the coast’s most exclusive town, and spend some free time in Amalfi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later, head back to Sorrento for an evening at leisure. B Grand Hotel Vesuvio (or similar)


Customize your trip with these optional tours.

  • Gondola ride with music: Venice from approx. $67 per person
  • Rome -Piazzas of Rome: From approx. $45 per person
  • Capri - Full-Day Capri Excursion: From approx. 100 euro per person

Flights & Transport

Airfare included

Round-trip airfare from JFK Airport via scheduled flight on Delta/Air France or Alitalia

Group Size:

Standard Group

Accomodations

  • Venice/Venice Lido: Hotel Villa Mabapa Riviera San Nicolo, 16, 30126 – Venice, Italy
  • Venice/Venice Lido: Albergo Quattro Fontane, Via delle Quattro Fontane, 16, 30126 – Venice, Italy
  • Florence: Hotel Diplomat, Via L. Alamanni, 9, 50123 Firenze, Italy
  • Rome: The Building Hotel Rome, Via Montebello, 126, 00185 Roma, Italy
  • Sorrento: Grand Hotel Vesuvio, Via Nastro Verde 7, 80067 Sorrento, Italy

Cancellation Policy:

Full Payment due 75 days before departure. Failure to make final payment on time may result in automatic cancellation of reservation and loss of deposit.

 

Changes to the original reservation will result in a $150 change fee per person per change. No changes allowed within 75 days of departure.

 

Cancellation charges per person are:

 

  • Up to 75 days before departure: $300
  • 74-45 days before departure: $600
  • 44-30 days before departure: $1000
  • 29-10 days before departure: $1500
  • 9 days or less before departure: No refund.
  • All cancellations must be received in writing.

 

We recommend the purchase of Travel Insurance. Insurance premium is non-refundable and cannot be transferred from one departure to another in the event of a reservation change.

Additional Information:

Why not extend your trip with a spectacular three-night Sorrento & Amalfi Coast extension? Sorrento is a charming old town overlooking the Bay of Naples and a wonderful base for exploring the surrounding area. And the Amalfi Coast is simply one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places in the world. Your extension includes three nights at the beautiful Grand Hotel Vesuvio, breakfast daily, two dinners, tours of Pompeii and Sorrento, a magnificent drive along the world-famous Amalfi Coast and time for independent sightseeing or an optional tour of Capri.

 

Day 9 Ext: Rome/Pompeii/Sorrento.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Depart Rome, passing Mt. Vesuvius en route to the Bay of Naples. Visit Pompeii, the town frozen in time by Vesuvius’ ashes. See the temples of Apollo and Jupiter. Your final destination today is the enchanting resort town of Sorrento, perched high on the cliffs overlooking the sparkling bay. Grand Hotel Vesuvio or similar.

Day 10 Ext: Day at Leisure or Optional Capri Excursion.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Sorrento is world renowned for its scenic splendor, woodworking and lace making, horse drawn carriages and relaxing atmosphere. A day at leisure to enjoy this charming town independently or perhaps enjoy an optional excursion to Capri. This evening celebrate with your fellow travelers at dinner in a famous local restaurant.

Day 11 Ext: Spectacular Amalfi Coast Drive.

Meals: Breakfast

Your final full day in Italy includes one of the highlights of this incredible country, if not one of the highlights of the entire world. Driving along the rugged Amalfi Coast will surely take your breath away, with its dramatic landscapes and awe-inspiring panoramas. You’ll cherish the coastal mountains plunging into the sea with picturesque towns and rich forests. Drive through Positano, the coast’s most exclusive town, and spend some time at leisure in Amalfi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later, return to Sorrento and enjoy an evening at leisure.

Day 12 Ext: Naples/USA.

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, say “ciao”to your romantic Italy vacation as you transfer to Naples Airport and board your return flight to the USA arriving back the same day.

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Meals Included:

7 Breakfasts and 4 Dinners

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