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Classic Italy Small group tour

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 14 day(s)
Group Size: 24 people
Destination(s): Italy  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey   Archeology/History  
Season: July - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 7890 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 9390 US Dollar (USD)

Day1 Arrive in Naples... and cocktails in Sorrento
Meals: D
One of Tauck's 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. Classic Italy, Small Groups gets underway with a welcome cocktail reception and dinner... and one of the most fabulous two-week Italy vacations begins.
Lodging: Grand Hotel La Favorita

Day2 A drive along the spectacular Amalfi Coast
Meals: B, L
Rise early 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 and have dinner on your own this evening; the historic center of town, and the old Roman streets, make this day one of the highlights of Tauck's Italy vacations.
Lodging: Grand Hotel La Favorita

Day3 An up-close look at Pompeii, then on to eternal Rome
Meals: B, L, D
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 Tauck, 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.
Lodging: Hotel d'Inghilterra

Day4 St. Peter's, then a Tauck Exclusive in Rome – an after-hours Vatican Museums visit
Meals: B
No trip to Rome would be complete without a visit to the Vatican, a state and city all in one. First, your small-group sightseeing is highlighted by a visit to St. Peter's Basilica and St. Peter's Square... then, following an afternoon at leisure, by a Tauck 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 Tauck's most memorable of Italy vacations... one that you'll remember forever.
Lodging: Hotel d'Inghilterra

Day5 Experiencing the glories of ancient Rome
Meals: B, D
Seeing the sights of Imperial Rome, accompanied by a local guide, is a highlight of Tauck's Italy vacations; and in a small group it's especially intimate and informative. See the ruins of the Imperial Palace and Circus Maximus, and view the Roman Forum from above. A guided 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! You’ll get an authentic taste of Italian cuisine tonight when you dine family style at a local restaurant in Rome's Trastevere section.
Lodging: Hotel d'Inghilterra

Day6 Orvieto's Duomo & on to a wine tasting at a Torgiano villa
Meals: B, L, D
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.
Lodging: Le Tre Vaselle

Day7 Back in time in old Assisi – and a chef shares secrets
Meals: B, D
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!
Lodging: Le Tre Vaselle

Day8 The towers of San Gimignano & a Tuscan seaside paradise in Viareggio
Meals: B, D
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 here 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...
Lodging: Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte

Day9 A storybook day in Cinque Terre and on to Florence
Meals: B, D
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.
Lodging: Brunelleschi Hotel

Day10 The art of Renaissance Florence, revealed today
Meals: B
Art and architecture whisper the history of the ages in Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance. Tauck’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.
Lodging: Brunelleschi Hotel

Day11 Masterpieces of the Uffizi & more in Florence
Meals: B
Join our local expert for a guided tour of Florence’s inspiring Uffizi Gallery, a highlight of Tauck's Italy 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 unfinished Adoration 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; choose from Florence's many culinary offerings for lunch and dinner on your own today.
Lodging: Brunelleschi Hotel

Day12 In Venice – St. Mark's & a walking tour... and the Doge's Palace, after hours
Meals: B, L
Classic Italy vacations – small group style – continue with a journey via high-speed 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 Tauck 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!
Lodging: BAUERs L'Hotel

Day13 The romance of Venice, as you please
Meals: B, D
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 our most popular Italy vacations.
Lodging: BAUERs L'Hotel

Day14 Ciao! – Your small-group Italian travels conclude
Meals: B
One of our most popular small-group Italy vacations ends in Venice. 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.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Prices based on double occupancy land only and vary on departure dates

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