98在线福利网From the breathtaking Amalfi Coast to eternal Rome, through the gentle Umbrian and Tuscan countryside to timeless Venice, this leisurely 17-day tour showcases ancient sites, contemporary life, priceless art, and beautiful natural scenery.
Begin in stunning seaside Amalfi and visit the ruins at Pompeii. Continue to Rome and visit the Colosseum, the Forum, St. Peter’s Square and the Sistine Chapel. Spend three nights in pastoral Umbria, journey through Tuscany touring Siena, Florence, and San Gimignano, and enjoy a local wine tasting before concluding in wondrous Venice. Enjoy more time in this wondrous city on an optional 3-day/2-night post-tour extension.
Tour highlights and included features
- Round-trip air transportation from listed cities
- 15 nights’ accommodations in Superior First Class and First Class hotels, including three- and four-night stays in intimate small hotels in Amalfi, Tuscany, and Umbria
- 24 meals: 15 breakfasts, 9 dinners
- Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees
- Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
- Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
- Luggage handling for one bag per person
- Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
- Stunning Amalfi Coast
- Ruins at Pompeii
- Amalfi Coast cruise
- Rome sightseeing, including St. Peter’s Square, Sistine Chapel, Colosseum, Forum
- Pastoral Umbria, the “green heart” of Italy
- Italian cooking demonstration
- Visit to the walled city of Assisi
- Comprehensive Tuscany sightseeing: San Gimignano, Siena, Florence
- Local wine tasting
- Timeless Venice
Dates April 5 – April 21, 2016
Cost $4,684* (Air included from New York City and taxes included. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and early booking deadlines. Dates, itineraries, and prices are subject to change.)
Contact Debbie Vargo
800-852-TOUR (8687), ext. 1
“Visiting Pompeii, seeing the Coliseum and the Forum in Rome and touring the Amalfi Coast where the high points of my trip!” Robert
April 5 Day 1 - Depart U.S. for Naples, Italy
April 6 Day 2 - Arrive Naples/Amalfi
98在线福利网After arriving in Naples this morning, we travel to seaside Amalfi, a popular resort and our base for exploring Italy’s Campania region. We dine at our hotel tonight, as we will throughout our stay here.
April 7 Day 3 - Amalfi/Ravello
98在线福利网This morning we experience this breathtaking coast by sea as we cruise from our hotel to Amalfi Center (weather permitting). Here we enjoy a brief tour of the region’s largest town then have lunch on our own. Next we ascend to mountaintop Ravello, with its spectacular gardens and coastal views.
April 8 Day 4 - Pompeii/Amalfi Coast/Sorrento
Our full-day excursion begins in Pompeii, the city frozen in time by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 CE but not excavated until 1748. After a tour and lunch on our own here we embark on a breathtaking drive along the winding Amalfi Coast high above the azure Mediterranean, with stops for photos and in Sorrento along the way. We return to our hotel late this afternoon.
April 9 Day 5 - Amalfi/Montecassino/Rome
98在线福利网En route to Rome today we visit the town of Montecassino, whose Abbey is the mother church of the Benedictine order and a center of medieval art. A German stronghold during World War II, the hilltop Abbey was destroyed by Allied bombing then rebuilt as a replica of the 17th-century original. We tour the Abbey, then continue on to the Eternal City. We arrive at our well-located hotel mid-afternoon; our tour director will lead an informal walk of the nearby area.
April 10 Day 6 - Rome
This morning we tour the heart of ancient Rome: the 55,000-seat Colosseum, built in 72 CE to stage gladiator spectacles; and the temples of the Forum, ancient Rome’s political and legal center. The afternoon is free to explore on our own; the possibilities endless: shopping along the fashionable Via Veneto; sipping espresso in beautiful Piazza Navona; seeing the Pantheon, the city’s best preserved ancient building; tossing a coin into Trevi Fountain; or visiting any number of renowned museums and churches.
April 11 Day 7 - Rome
98在线福利网Another morning of touring followed by a free afternoon. Today we visit the Vatican for a tour of St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican Museums. Highlights include Michelangelo’s “Pieta” in St. Peter’s, considered one of the greatest sculptures of all time; his frescoed ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, now restored to its original glory; and art-filled St. Peter’s itself, the most important church in all Christendom.
April 12 Day 8 - Rome/Umbria
Leaving Rome, we travel north through a pastoral landscape of gentle agricultural land bounded by mountain wilderness and dotted with traditional villages and medieval hill towns. Mid-afternoon we reach Orvieto, perched high on a plateau above a vineyard-clad plain. After checking in at our hotel in the heart of the city’s medieval quarter, our tour director leads us on an informal walking tour. Tonight we attend a simple cooking demonstration followed by dinner at Zeppelin Restaurant.
April 13 Day 9 - Orvieto
98在线福利网This morning we embark on a guided walking tour of this dramatically-set city. We visit the medieval Duomo featuring a frescoed chapel by Fra Angelico and Luca Signorelli’s masterpiece, “The Last Judgment.” Next we explore the formerly secret passages of Parco delle Grotte, a labyrinth of underground caves used since Etruscan times. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
April 14 Day 10 - Orvieto/Assisi
98在线福利网Today’s excursion is to Assisi, considered a gem of an Umbrian town with inviting plazas, abundant flowers, buildings of white marble, and a pervasive medieval air. We visit St. Clare Church and the renowned Basilica di San Francesco, the burial place of St. Francis and a sacred pilgrimage site. Inside are Giotto’s priceless frescoes “The Life of St. Francis.” There’s time on our own to stroll the fountain-splashed piazzas and to enjoy local specialties for lunch. We also visit Deruta, known for its prized hand-painted Majolica ceramics.
April 15 Day 11 - Orvieto/Perugia/Siena
Continuing our journey, we leave Umbria for the equally alluring region of Tuscany. We stop along the way in charming Perugia. Late afternoon we reach Villa Lecchi, our restored 18th-century country villa hotel outside Siena.
April 16 Day 12 - Siena
98在线福利网Today we visit walled Siena, whose ochre-colored buildings and ancient ramparts evoke the city’s medieval past. Fan-shaped Piazza del Campo is one of Europe’s greatest public squares; its Duomo, one of Italy’s finest. We set out on a guided walking tour that includes an inside visit to the Duomo, housing masterpieces by Michelangelo and Donatello, then have free time to explore on our own.
April 17 Day 13 - Florence
A living monument to the Renaissance, Florence is the crown jewel of Tuscany. We encounter this splendid city on a full-day excursion that includes a morning walking tour. Then we visit the Galleria dell’Accademia to view Michelangelo’s sublime “David,” as well as his pieces for the papal tombs; and the revered Duomo, with its stupendous dome by Brunelleschi. This afternoon is free to enjoy Florence as we wish.
April 18 Day 14 - San Gimignano
98在线福利网We encounter classic Tuscany today as we visit the hill town of San Gimignano, known for the 13 watchtowers that have left its skyline virtually unchanged since medieval times. Later we visit a local winery and enjoy a tasting before returning to our lodgings mid-afternoon.
April 19 Day 15 - Siena/Venice
Leaving Tuscany today, we travel through the Veneto region to Venice, arriving early this afternoon. Then we’re free to explore this wondrous city on our own.
April 20 Day 16 - Venice
98在线福利网This morning we take a guided walk through vast St. Mark’s Square and surroundings. Our afternoon is free to explore Venice independently; tonight we bid “arrivederci” to Italy and our fellow travelers at a farewell dinner.
April 21 Day 17 - Depart for U.S.
98在线福利网We depart early this morning for our connecting flights to the U.S.
*Itinerary subject to change due to local conditions.