THE BEST OF THE AMALFI COAST & ROME

9 DAYS/7 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, near Conca dei Marini, the Amalfi Coast will captivate you with its warmth and beauty.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Depart USA
Depart New York 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. In the afternoon, enjoy a walking orientation tour of Sorrento. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (D)

Day 3 Sorrento - Tour of Amalfi Coast
This morning, leave Sorrento for a full day of sightseeing on the Amalfi Coast. Brief 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 and finally reach Ravello. Enjoy lunch on your own at a restaurant with spectacular views of the Amalfi Coast and the Bay of Salerno. Enjoy time for a stroll around the center of town before returning to Sorrento. Overnight at the hotel. (B)

Day 4 Sorrento
Full day at leisure or take an optional tour to Capri. Weather permitting, a morning 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. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B,D)

Day 5 Sorrento - Tour of Naples
Today take a full day tour to Naples. You will be taken on a city tour that will highlight the beauty of this uniquely amazing city. Located in the shadow of Mt. Vesuvius, Naples dates back 2,800 years. Today it is the third-most populated city in Italy, with some 1 million residents. Discover an age-old city dotted with Medieval, Baroque and Renaissance era churches and castles. Feel its energy everywhere - in the traffic, the noise, the music, the performing arts, and in the people's deep love for and pride in their city and in their fervent religious devotion. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B)

Day 6 Sorrento
Today at leisure for some shopping in boutiques along the main street and the small "vicoli" of Sorrento. Maybe enjoy lunch in an outside cafe, relax on a bench looking at the splendid views over the Bay of Naples or sample its delicious Sorrentine lemons found in Limoncello. The day is yours. Overnight at the hotel. (B)

Day 7 Sorrento
Full day at leisure or take an optional tour to Salerno and Paestum. This optional 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 Paestum, one of the best collections of Greek temples in Western Europe, and see the 2000 year old Doric Temples. Next, visit a "Mozzarella di Bufala" factory to learn about the Mozzarella making process, and to sample some of it. Return to Sorrento. Farewell dinner at a local restaurant with live music and overnight at the hotel. (B,D)

Day 8 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 9 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 9 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 10 Rome
Full day at leisure. Rome is filled with monuments, fountains, antiquities and other sites worth exploring. Use this free day to stroll down the beautiful Via Condotti or the romantic Spanish Steps and to discover why Roman trattorias are famous for their fine cuisine. (B)

Day 11 Rome to USA
Morning 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 7 nights
  • SUPERB CUISINE - 10 included meals consisting of 7 buffet breakfasts and 3 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, full day tour of Naples, and tour of Pompeii. Optional tours available
  • CULTURAL DISCOVERY SERIES - Our program encompasses cultural connections, in-depth learning on the local economy, social systems and interaction with locals
  • 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

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
  • Relax with six nights 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 
  • The terraced Gardens of Augustus 
  • City of Naples 
  • Salerno, the site of the Allied landing in WWII 
  • Paestum, the most well-preserved Greek temples outside of Greece 
  • The 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