THE BEST OF THE AMALFI COAST & ROME

8 DAYS/6 NIGHTS

Description

It is little wonder that this country is one of the world's best-loved destinations and that two-thirds of the world's historical artistic heritage is in Italy. Whether it's culture, gastronomy, cutting-edge design, sybaritic pleasures or simply the art of dolce far niente, doing nothing and just soaking up the atmosphere, this is a country for lovers of all that is good in life.The Amalfi Coast's mixture of history and nature are yours to discover from the Cathedral of Amalfi, to the villas in Ravello and the numerous churches built during the historical period of Amalfi's Republic. From Galli's Isles in front of Positano to the Emerald Grotto, the Amalfi Coast will captivate you with its warmth and beauty.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Depart USA
Depart the US for Italy. Meals and refreshments served on board.

Day 2 Arrive Rome, Italy/Sorrento
Upon arrival proceed to baggage claim. After clearing customs, you will be met by our Tour Director and transferred to your hotel in Sorrento, an attractive seaside town at the center of the Amalfi Coast. The rest of the day is at leisure. Enjoy your time today either with a quick rest or begin your exploration of the beautiful Amalfi Coast. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (D)

Day 3 Sorrento - Walking Tour
After breakfast, enjoy a guided walking tour through the coastal city of Sorrento, a cosmopolitan place full of stylish and typical Italian artisan shops selling local products and wares. The delightful climate attracted Roman aristocrats in ancient times, who came to Sorrento and built magnificent villas. Today Sorrento is a rich and stylish city. Next, take part in two of our Cultural Discovery Series – Visit Alessandro Fiorentiono Collection and learn about wood craftsmanship. Later, enjoy a local “Limoncello” demonstration and tasting to learn about the tradition and secrets behind Limoncello production. The afternoon is free to relax and enjoy the Italian way. (B)

Day 4 Sorrento
Full day at leisure or take an optional tour to Capri. This morning a jetfoil whisks you across the blue Bay of Naples to the fabled Isle of Capri. Upon arrival we will drive to Anacapri where you will have free time for shopping before heading to Capri. You will ascend to the Piazzetta and visit the Floral Gardens of Caesar Augustus. The town center is where extravagance is the non-noticed norm. The magic of the island is everywhere. Walk by spotless narrow streets. Gaze at boutique displays. Sit at an open air cafe for lunch on your own, before returning to the pier by funicular and boarding the jetfoil back to the mainland. (B)

Day 5 Sorrento - Tour of Amalfi Coast
This morning, leave Sorrento for a full day of sightseeing on the Amalfi Coast. Stop at the Sorrento Belvedere to enjoy a unique view of Moorish architecture blended with pastel colored houses and to take pictures of this unforgettable site. Then continue to Amalfi for a walking tour of the old village, lined with shops, café bars and spectacular views. Then reach Ravello, a dramatic hillside town, famous for its Villa Rufolo, which was originally used as a watchtower when it was built in 1200 AD. Here enjoy some free time for lunch on your own at a restaurant. Then onwards to Positano one of the most beautiful valleys of the Amalfi peninsula. At the center of town you can see the brightly colored “maiolica” dome of Santa Maria Assunta, the main church of Positano. Enjoy time for a stroll around the center of town before returning to Sorrento. (B)

Day 6 Sorrento
Today enjoy a day at leisure for last minute shopping, a walk or you may take an optional tour to Salerno. This tour will be to the lively port town of Salerno. During medieval times the town’s medical school was among the most advanced. In recent history, Salerno was the site of the Allied landing in September 1942. Continue to a “Mozzarella di Bufala” factory to learn about the Mozzarella making process, and to sample some of it. Return to Sorrento and relax. Tonight, join us for a farewell dinner to Sorrento at the local restaurant (B,D)

Day 7 Sorrento - Tour of Pompeii/Rome
Today you will be leaving Sorrento for Rome, the “Eternal City”. Along the way we stop and tour Pompeii. No visit to southern Italy would be complete without a visit to the unique ruins of Pompeii. Explore the ancient city covered by volcanic dust from Mt Vesuvius in AD 79, and see the excavated remains of the Forum, thermal baths, Lupanare and Vetti's House. Once we arrive to Rome, the rest of the day is at leisure. Italy’s renowned capital city is a constant among “top ten” lists of places to visit. Rome welcomes, embraces, and captivates travelers at every turn. Soak in the Italian culture as you stroll past Roman ruins, absorb the impressive architecture, and explore everything from Imperial temples to early-Christian churches, medieval bell towers, baroque basilicas and playful piazzas. Tonight a dinner on your own at a local restaurant will end your Italian stay. (B)

Day 8 Rome to USA or extend your stay with an optional Rome extension
Morning transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B)

OPTIONAL ROME EXTENSION
Day 8 Rome - City Tour

This morning experience a very special privately guided tour of the priceless collection of art and treasures in the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museum. Then proceed to the Piazza Venezia and Roman Forum, with a stop at the Colosseum, a testament to the greatness of Rome’s past, for a guided tour. Continue your full day tour by viewing the Arch of Constantine, Circus Maximus, the Great Synagogue, Isola Tiberina and Castel Sant’Angelo. (B)

Day 9 Rome
Today enjoy a full day is at leisure. Italy’s renowned capital city is a constant among “top ten” lists of places to explore. Soak in the Italian culture as you stroll past Roman ruins, absorb the impressive architecture, and explore everything from Imperial temples to early Christian churches, medieval bell towers, baroque basilicas, playful piazzas or shop until you drop! Tonight a dinner on your own at a local restaurant will end your Italian stay. (B)

Day 10 Rome to USA
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B)

Includes

  • ROUND TRIP AIR TRANSPORTATION - Air transportation from New York
  • FIRST-CLASS ACCOMMODATIONS - Hotel accommodations for 6 nights
  • SUPERB CUISINE - 8 included meals consisting of 6 buffet breakfasts and 2 dinners
  • SIGHTSEEING TOUR PROGRAM - Sightseeing, including local guide and all entrance fees as follows: Walking tour of Sorrento, Full day tour of Amalfi Coast - Positano, Amalfi and Ravello, and Tour of Pompeii. Optional tours available
  • CULTURAL DISCOVERY SERIES - Our program encompasses cultural connections, in-depth learning on the local economy and social systems, and interaction with locals such as learning about wood craftsmanship and the traditions and secrets behind “Limoncello” production
  • PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR - Assistance of a professional Tour Director for the entire length of the tour upon arrival in Rome
  • DELUXE MOTORCOACHES - Touring by private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach
  • BAGGAGE HANDLING AND TRANSFERS - Baggage handling for one piece of checked luggage outside of the airport
OPTIONAL ROME EXTENSION TOUR FEATURES
  • FIRST-CLASS ACCOMMODATIONS - Hotel accommodations for 2 nights
  • SUPERB CUISINE - 2 included meals consisting of 2 buffet breakfasts
  • SIGHTSEEING TOUR PROGRAM - Sightseeing, including local guide and all entrance fees as follows: Full day tour of Rome, including the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum
  • PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR - Assistance of a professional Tour Director for the entire length of the tour
  • BAGGAGE HANDLING AND TRANSFERS - Baggage handling for one piece of checked luggage outside of the airport

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Notes

DESTINATION HIGHLIGHTS
  • Extended stay in one location 
  • Sorrento, a vibrant town overlooking the Bay of Naples 
  • Sorrento’s great shops, bars, restaurants and entertainment 
  • Southern Italy’s friendly people and lifestyle 
  • Breathtaking Amalfi Coast drive, a UNESCO site 
  • Romantic coastal towns of Amalfi, Positano and Ravello 
  • Savor traditional Italian dishes 
  • Isle of Capri, a popular resort since Roman times 
  • Terraced Gardens of Augustus 
  • Salerno, the site of the Allied landing in WWII 
  • UNESCO site of Pompeii 
  • Discover the Eternal City of Rome 
  • Walk in the steps of the Colosseum’s gladiators 
  • Get insider access to the treasures of the Vatican 
  • Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel