Small Group Italy luxury tour are grand Italy vacations, small group style! Smaller groups, averaging 24 guests, enjoy an intimate travel experience on our two-week Italy best-seller… at small, chic hotels in the heart of Sorrento, Rome, Venice and Florence… in Michelangelo’s vast painted drama on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel… along the blue expanse of the Mediterranean along the Amalfi Coast… or Cinque Terre… in the lavish halls of the Doge’s Palace in Venice – where your small group visits after hours… at the haunting ruins of the Colosseum… in the passion of Renaissance scenes in the Uffizi… in the panorama of rolling vineyards from the heights of Orvieto… in the quaint cobblestone piazza of San Gimignano, or at your first taste of Umbrian cuisine, traveling in small intimate groups, like family – you find yourself on the trip of a lifetime with this small group Italy luxury tour.
5-Star Small Group Italy Luxury Tour Hotel Accommodations:
- 2 nights Sorrento Grand Hotel Favorita
- 3 nights Rome Hotel d’Inghiterra
- 2 nights Torgiano, Umbria Le Tre Vaselle
- 1 night Viareggio, Tuscany Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte
- 3 nights Florence Hotel Brunelleschi
- 2 nights Venice Hotel Bauers L’Hotel
- Transfer from Naples airport to Hotel Favorita
- Transfer from Venice hotel Bauers to Marco Polo airport
- Meals per itinerary
- All gratuities for hotel staff and restaurants
Small Group Italy Luxury Tour Special Features
- After hours Vatican tour to visit Vatican Museum
- Cruise along coast of the Cinque Terre
- Guided Tour of Uffizi art gallery
- After hours tour of the Doge’s Palace
- Dinner with Wine & Olive Oil tasting at Umbrian Vineyard
- Visit to the excavations at Pompeii
- Scenic Amalfi Drive
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Small Group Italy Luxury Tour Amalfi Coast Rome Tuscany Cinque Terre Venice Itinerary
DAY 1, Arrive Naples Italy and transfer to Sorrento to begin your Small Group Italy Luxury Tour.
One of our most popular small-group Italy vacations begins at 6:00 PM at Grand Hotel La Favorita. A transfer is included from Naples International Airport to Grand Hotel La Favorita. Surrounded by gardens, perched atop a cliff overlooking the blue waters of the Gulf of Naples in Sorrento’s historic center, your landmark hotel boasts a rooftop restaurant and poolside terrace with stunning panoramic views. Your taly Small Group tour gets underway with a welcome cocktail reception and dinner… and one of the most fabulous two-week Italy vacations begins.
Grand Hotel La Favorita
DAY 2, A drive along the spectacular Amalfi Coast to Amalfi, Ravello, and wander Sorrento
You’ll rise early on your small group Italy luxury tour for an unhurried drive along the Amalfi Coast, one of the most spectacular drives in the world! Fantastic rock formations drop vertically into the sea; sub-tropical vegetation on the hillsides, together with colorful Mediterranean flora, create bewitching landscapes. Stop for a visit in the seaside cathedral town of Amalfi on the Bay of Salerno, with its many medieval antiquities. Continue winding through vine-draped hills to Ravello, a “terrace over the sea” known for its dramatic villas; its panoramic views of the coast offer a picture-perfect backdrop for a lunch of local specialties. Return to Sorrento in the afternoon to explore its charming piazzas and small alleys; the historic center of town, and the old Roman streets, make this day one of the highlights of Italian Tourism Italy vacations. Today breakfast and lunch are included with your small group Italy luxury tour.
Grand Hotel La Favorita
DAY 3, Close up look of Pompeii and then drive up the sun route to Rome
Travel from Sorrento to Pompeii, a prosperous Roman city of 27,000 until it was frozen in time at the moment it was completely buried by volcanic ash from the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD. The doomed city lay undisturbed for more than 1,700 years, until excavations began in the 18th century and are still in progress today. Most Italy vacations include a visit to Pompeii – but with Italian Tourism, a walk through the ruins of Pompeii with a local expert provides a special connection as you learn what life was like in Italy in the 1st century AD. Arrive late afternoon in Rome, where you’ll spend the next three nights; your chic small hotel is at the top of the Spanish Steps, close to historic and cultural sites. Today breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
Day 4, Exclusive After Hours Vatican Tour of the Vatican Museum
No trip to Rome would be complete without a visit to the Vatican, a state and city all in one… and your small-group sightseeing is highlighted by a Italian Tourism Exclusive – an after-hours tour of the Vatican Museums, home to a vast collection of art treasures (subject to availability and day of the tour may vary). This after-hours visit means you’ll avoid the long lines and the usual crowds found earlier in the day; the experience is rich when you explore the treasures in the Vatican Museums at your own pace. See the Candelabra Gallery, Map Gallery, and the Tapestries; in the Sistine Chapel, gaze in amazement at Michelangelo’s masterpiece ceiling – and be able to contemplate all that you see in quieter surroundings. It’s a highlight that makes Classic Italy, Small Groups one of Italian Tourism’s most memorable of Italy vacations… one that you’ll remember forever. Today breakfast is included.
DAY 5, A Day in Ancient Rome and Vatican City
Seeing the sights of Rome, accompanied by a local guide, is a highlight of Italian Tourism Italy luxury vacations; and in a small group it’s intimate and informative. See the ruins of the Imperial Palace and Circus Maximus; tour St. Peter’s Basilica with an opportunity to see St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City; and view the Roman Forum from above. A visit to the Colosseum, the 2,000-year-old amphitheatre in the heart of Rome that was once used for gladiator contests and public events, will certainly be one of the highlights! Today breakfast is included and tonight you’ll get an authentic taste of Italian cuisine tonight when you dine family style at a local restaurant in Rome, also included.
DAY 6, Orvieto in Umbria for Sightseeing and Wine Tasting
Journey to Orvieto, set on a 984-foot-high plateau overlooking vineyards below. Visit the Duomo of Orvieto, a notable Romanesque-Gothic cathedral built over a span of 300 years. After a trattoria lunch near the Piazza del Duomo, continue through the wine-producing regions of Umbria. Arrive in Torgiano, a small village in the Tiber Valley, and your home for the next two nights, Le Tre Vaselle. The present-day hotel is a carefully renovated 17th century country villa of which the key elements have been preserved – thick walls, wooden beams, terracotta floors, broad stone fireplaces, antique furniture and hand-woven fabrics – with its own private winery. Warm hospitality, elegant decor and exquisite cuisine are reminiscent of the aristocratic country houses of centuries past. Tonight, you’ll attend a wine tasting and sample the vineyard’s grapes in the osteria. Today breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
Le Tre Vaselle
DAY 7, Assisi and Umbrian Food
Take a short drive to Assisi, a well-preserved medieval hillside town spread across the slopes of a mountain. Assisi was the home of St. Francis, who left a position of wealth and turned to a life of poverty, chastity and obedience, founding the order whose followers became known as Franciscans. The town has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its significant art and architecture. You’ll visit St. Francis Basilica, built by the people, which today houses some of Italy’s great 13th- and 14th-century frescoes, as well as the final resting place of Assisi’s beloved favorite son, the patron saint of animals. Enjoy some free time in the center of town, then return to Torgiano for the evening. Please join us tonight for a cooking demonstration by an Umbrian chef, where you’ll discover some of the nuances – and perhaps some of the secrets – of great Italian cuisine – another highlight of this most engaging of Italy vacations! Today breakfast and dinner are included.
Le Tre Vaselle
DAY 8, San Gimignano and the Tuscan Coast
From Torgiano, traverse Tuscany’s lush, rolling landscapes rich in fig and olive trees; the beauty of nature has blended with the ingenuities of mankind for centuries. Arrive in the hilltop town of San Gimignano, where you’ll see medieval towers built in the 12th century by the nobility as both private fortresses and symbols of wealth. Stroll along the town’s narrow, quaint streets and visit Piazza della Cisterna, one of Italy’s most picturesque town squares. Continue your travels under the Tuscan sun to the seaside resort town of Viareggio for an overnight at the Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte for an overnight stay. Ah, the pleasures of Italy vacations…Today breakfast and dinner are included.
Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte
DAY 9, Cinque Terre Stroll, Coastline Boat Cruise, and on to Florence
Cinque Terre was accessible only by sea for hundreds of years, five picture-book fishing villages nestled between the Mediterranean’s blue waters and the rugged coastal mountains. Travel by train through the mountains to one of the villages, where you’ll experience daily life – from colorful fishing boats home from the sea, to the wine, olives, and citrus fruit produced locally. You’ll have some time to explore the cobblestone streets and alleyways, perhaps sampling the unique flavors of the local cuisine for lunch, before a cruise along the shores of the Italian Riviera for unparalleled views of this dramatic coast. Travel to Florence for a three-night stay at a chic hotel in the cultural and historic heart of Firenze. Today breakfast and dinner are included.
DAY 10, The Art of Florence
Art and architecture whisper the history of the ages in Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance. Italian Tourism’s in-depth exploration of this beautiful city begins with a briefing by an art history lecturer, whose insights prepare you for a guided walking tour of Florence’s Renaissance heart. Then enjoy a guided visit through the collections of works by many of the greatest artists of the 14th and 15th centuries – including Michelangelo’s famous sculpture of David and paintings by Botticelli, Uccello, Ghirlandaio, del Sarto and others – at the inimitable Galleria dell’Accademia. Flourishing for more than four centuries, this world-renowned institution was established in 1563 as the first art school in Europe. Italy vacations are highlighted by free time in Florence… and so your day continues at a leisurely – or, if you wish, not so leisurely – pace as the rest of the afternoon and evening are free. Today breakfast is included.
DAY 11, More Art of Florence with Uffizi Tour
taly vacations. Originally a suite of offices, it was first used to display the Medici family’s private art treasures in 1581 – thereby making it the oldest art gallery in the world. Its vast collection includes some of the most revered works of the Italian Renaissance, such as Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus, Michelangelo’s The Holy Family, da Vinci’s unfinishedAdoration of the Magi, Bellini’s Allegory and Raphael’s Madonna of the Goldfinch. The remainder of the day in Florence is yours to explore as you please. Today breakfast is included with your Small Group Italy Luxury Tour.
DAY 12, Venice and Doge’s Palace After Hours Tour
Classic Italy vacations – small group style – continue with a journey by the sleek, high-speedEurostar train to Venice. Built on 118 small islands traversed by a canal network, this extraordinary city is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site. Transfer by canal boat to your hotel, conveniently located near St. Mark’s Square; after lunch, get an introduction to Venice on a walking tour. Visit St. Mark’s Basilica then explore this romantic city on your own. Later, join us for a Italian Tourism;s small-group Italy vacations exclusive: an after-hours guided tour of the Doge’s Palace – with its lavishly decorated rooms and Venetian masterpieces – including the legendary Bridge of Sighs, and the palace prison. This centerpiece of wealth, power and culture commands your full focus without the distraction of crowds, with the ability to enjoy it at your own pace. Dinner is on your own tonight – from fine dining to intimate trattorias, dining in Venice is a pure pleasure! Today breakfast and lunch are included with your Small Group Italy Luxury Tour.
DAY 13, A Free Day in Venice
The entire day is free to do as you please in Venice – and to say that you have a lot to choose from is an understatement. There’s visiting the museums, an eclectic group housing some of the world’s most famed art; strolling the winding, narrow streets that lead to countless bridges; taking a boat to one of the islands in the Venetian Lagoon such as Murano, Burano or Torcello where the arts, centuries-old crafts, and a kaleidoscope of color wait. This evening, indulge in the quintessential Venetian experience – a serenaded gondola ride on the canals – before joining us for a farewell cocktail reception and dinner that marks the end of one of Italian Tourism’s most popular Italy vacations. Today breakfast and dinner are included with your Small Group Italy Luxury Tour.
DAY 14, Ciao! to Italian Tourism’s small group Italy luxury tour.
Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from BAUERs L’Hotel to Marco Polo Airport; you should allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in at the airport. Today breakfast is included.
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