Small Group Tour! Soak up Rome's overwhelming history experiencing 3 days and ample time to visit its many splendours, before travelling south to Sorrento. Boasting outstanding views over the Bay of Naples, Sorrento is the largest resort on the Amalfi Coast, bustling with a wide array of shopping, outdoor restaurants & entertainment choices!
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Day 1: Rome
Friday - Welcome to Italy! Collect your luggage & clear customs and then make your way to your hotel located in central Rome. An optional private transfer is available. Check-in and enjoy some time to relax or explore the Eternal City on your own before meeting your host and travel companions in the late afternoon at the hotel bar for an information session. Dinner this evening will be hosted at a nearby restaurant within walking distance of your hotel. (D)
Day 2: Rome | Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica + Heart of Rome Walking Tour
Saturday - This morning, after breakfast you'll meet your driver and your guide and head to the Vatican Museum where you will enjoy Skip-the-Line entrance. Your visit will be memorable: our guides have drawn up a route to include all the major sights as well as some unexpected surprises. See the Belvedere Courtyard with Apollo Belvedere & Laocoön & His Sons, Raphael Rooms, the Galleries of the Candelabra, of the Maps and of the Tapestries, the Sistine Chapel and the Pinecone Courtyard plus St. Peter's Basilica ending with the magnificent view of the imposing Cathedral from St. Peter's Square. You'll return to your hotel with your driver and enjoy some free time for lunch on your own or simply take some time to relax before, late in the afternoon you'll meet your tour leader for a walking tour of the Baroque Town visiting Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, Piazza di Spagna, the Italian Parliament and the fascinating narrow streets of ancient Rome. Now you can return to your hotel with your tour leader or remain in the historic centre to enjoy dinner on your own in the very heart of the eternal city. (B)
Day 3: Rome
Sunday - Today is yours to pass as you choose. This tour has been designed to offer the best of each city visited combined with ample free time to customise your travel experience as well as take your time to relax. Optional tours to choose from today include and Imperial Rome Tour with Colosseum Visit, or, visit one of the most beautiful art collections in Europe at Palazzo Borghese. If you are in the mood for travel, why not opt for an optional excursion to visit Capri or Pompeii taking advantage of the new high-speed train which connects Naples and Rome in just 1hour. Of course, you can simply spend the day strolling Rome’s historic streets. (B)
Day 4: Rome | Pompeii | Sorrento
Monday - This morning, after breakfast, your driver will bring you to the railway station of Rome to board a high-speed train with reserved seating to Naples. You'll be met at Naples and now your tour heads south to Sorrento, with a stop en route in Pompeii where you'll enjoy a guided visit to the excavations of this ancient Roman city which was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 BC and buried under a deep layer of ash & stones. Admire the fascinating structures of this ancient Roman town including the main square or forum, baths, theatres, mansions with remains of frescoes, casts containing bones of Pompeians that died during the disaster. Shortly you'll arrive in Sorrento to settle into your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day and evening at leisure. (B)
Day 5: Sorrento
Tuesday - This morning on a relaxing walking tour of Sorrento, you will visit the heart of the town: from Piazza Tasso to walk along Via San Cesareo, one of the oldest streets in town, until your reach Sedil Dominova, once the gathering place for Sorrento's high society. Here, you will see the lovely cloister which dates from 1300 then enjoy the amazing view from Piazza della Vittoria. Your walking tour will end with a taste of limoncello liquor in an ancient factory still located in the Old area of the town. Late in the afternoon, meet your guide at the hotel to start your exploration of the magnificent Sorrento countryside. Very few know that Sorrento is surrounded by a magnificent countryside with exquisite vegetables, where you can smell the flavour of freshly baked bread and see cows that give excellent cheeses. It’s an incredible place if you consider that from many corners you can enjoy the view of the sea and Capri Island. You'll visit a farmhouse on the hills of Sorrento, managed by a Sorrentine family for five generations in about 20 minutes. The tour includes a trip to an ancient citrus grove and wine cellar located in Sorrento where your host, a young farmer, will explain the various stages of production of local wine with cold cuts of our own production. Afterwards, we will walk together through the vineyard, among the olive trees and products of the garden. At the end of the visit, we will taste some typical dishes of Sorrento prepared with natural ingredients all carefully grown on the farm. Any good dinner cannot end without a limoncello, and you will have yours, among the best in Sorrento. Return to your hotel in Sorrento. (B.D)
Day 6: Amalfi Drive & Ravello
Wednesday - The beauty of Amalfi Coast is legendary and has inspired artists, writers and musicians over the centuries, and is widely considered to be Italy's most scenic stretch of coastline, deemed by UNESCO "an outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape, with exceptional cultural and natural scenic values" These delicate fishing villages embrace the hillsides or stretch in deep green valleys, along a dramatic coastline, challenging the force of gravity.
Your driver guide will lead you first to the town of Amalfi where you will have free time to explore the medieval part of the city with the imposing Dome of St.Andrew and ancient buildings dated from the times when Amalfi was one of the maritime powers of the Mediterranean Sea. Later, you will ascend to Ravello, considered the most romantic and beautiful of small towns in Southern Italy. Perched on arduous, terraced slopes, the French novelist André Gide was quoted as saying that Ravello was closer to the sky than the sea. Covered with lush gardens, quiet and sleepy roads, you will find corners providing unforgettable views over the azure coast below. Return to Sorrento late afternoon. (B)
Day 7: Sorrento
Thursday - Today is yours to pass as you choose, a perfect day to relax or take the opportunity to continue the exploration of the magnificent region. You may consider one of our many optional tours and we suggest a visit to the Isle of Capri, a tour to Paestum to visit the Greek Temples and taste the original buffalo mozzarella or explore Amalfi Coast by boat. (B)
Day 8: Sorrento
Friday - Today marks the end of your Sunny Italy - Rome & Sorrento Small Group Tour. At a time to suit your departing flight or train make your way to the airport or railway station to begin your onward journey. An optional private transfer is available. (B) Arrivederci!
Guaranteed departures: April 13 & 27; May 4 & 18; June 1, 15 & 29; July 13 & 27; August 10 & 24; September 7 & 21; October 5 & 19, 2018
This tour is operated with a tour escort. Our commitment is to guarantee any departures even with 2 participants. In case the number of people travelling will be 6 or less, the tour will be operated with a bilingual tour host who will assist you at hotel check-in, escort you to restaurants where dinner is included and be available to you 24-hours a day by telephone.