2017 SEASON
Apr 2017 - Oct 2017

14 Day Classic Italy, Small Groups

Tauck Small Group Tour starting in Naples and finishing in Venice

Small Groups Italy & Sicily Tours Tauck Europe Tours
Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Tauck's 14 Day Classic Italy, Small Groups. Averaging 24 Tauck guests, Classic Italy, Small Groups are more personal Italian vacations highlighted by stays at chic smaller hotels in the heart of the cities. Explore Venice, Florence, Rome, Pompeii, Tuscan hill towns, Cinque Terre,...read more

Overview

Operator: Tauck
Type: Small Group Tour (Premium)
Style: Culturious Small Groups
Duration: 14 Days
From: Naples to Venice
Tour Code: ITS
Reviews: Not Yet Reviewed
Visits: Italy
Our Price From:
$ 9,990
Per Person ($AU)

Day By Day

1

Arrive In Naples... And Cocktails In Sorrento

Tour begins: 6:00 PM, Grand Hotel La Favorita. A transfer is included from Naples International Airport or Naples Train Station to Grand Hotel La Favorita in Sorrento. Surrounded by gardens and perched atop a cliff overlooking the Gulf of Naples in Sorrento's historic center, your landmark hotel has a rooftop restaurant and poolside terrace with stunning views. Classic Italy, Small Groups gets underway with a welcome cocktail reception at the hotel, followed by dinner at a nearby local restaurant... and a fabulous two-week journey begins. Stay Two Nights: Grand Hotel La Favorita (D)
2

Winding Along The Fabulous Amalfi Coast

Rise early for an eye-opening scenic feast along the Amalfi Coast, one of the most spectacular drives in the world! Fantastic rock formations drop vertically into the sea, colorful Mediterranean flora create bewitching landscapes and beaches beckon. Stop in the lemon-scented town of Amalfi on the Bay of Salerno, then wind up vine-draped hills to Ravello; its panoramic seaside views offer a perfect backdrop for a lunch of local specialties. Return to Sorrento for dinner on your own. (B/L)
3

A Guided Tour Of Pompeii And On To Rome

Travel back in time to Pompeii, a prosperous Roman city of 27,000 until it was frozen in time, literally, when it was buried by volcanic ash from the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD. The city lay undisturbed for more than 1,700 years; ex­ca­va­tions begun in the 18th century are still in progress today. A guided walk with a local expert reveals what 1st-century life was like; visit the temple, the forum and a home adorned with frescoes. Arrive late af­ter­noon in Rome for a three-night stay. Stay Three Nights: Grand Hotel de la Minerve (B/L/D)
4

The Vatican Museums And Sistine Chapel - After Hours

No trip to Rome would be complete without a visit to the Vatican, a state and city all in one; tour St. Peter's Basilica this morning, with an opportunity to see St. Peter's Square. Your evening is highlighted by a Tauck Exclusive - an after-hours, unhurried tour of the Vatican Museums (subject to availability and day of the tour may vary). See the Candelabra Gallery, the Map Gallery and the Tapestries, and go inside the Sistine Chapel to view Michelangelo's famous ceiling frescoes - all without the usual large crowds! (B)
5

Experiencing The Glories Of Ancient Rome

Explore the glories of ancient Rome with a guide who knows them best. See the ruins of the Imperial Palace, Circus Maximus and other sites. We've pre-secured tickets for the Colosseum so you can bypass the lines and enter this amazing 2,000-year-old amphitheatre that is best known for its gladiatorial contests. Get a taste of modern-day life when you dine family-style at a local restaurant in the Trastevere section of Rome tonight. (B/D)
6

Orvieto's Duomo & A Wine Tasting In Umbria

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. The façade is a visual treat, a blend of sculpture and mosaic splashed with a palette of colors and magnificent bronze doors. Inside, view inspiring frescoes by renowned artists. After a trattoria lunch near the Piazza del Duomo, continue through the wine-producing regions of Umbria. Arrive in the little town of San Martino in Campo - just outside of Umbria's capital city, Perugia - and your home for the next two nights, Alla Posta dei Donini. The present-day hotel was created from two renovated villas dating to the 17th century, whose guest rooms feature wood-beamed ceilings, canopy beds, period furniture, frescoes, drapery and exquisite fabrics; its warm hospitality, elegant decor and exquisite cuisine are reminiscent of the aristocratic country houses of centuries past. Tonight, attend a wine tasting followed by an à la carte dinner (wine included) at the hotel. Stay Two Nights: Alla Posta dei Donini (B/L/D)
7

Back In Time In Old Assisi - And A Chef Shares Secrets

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 your hotel 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; afterward, enjoy an à la carte dinner with wine included. (B/D)
8

San Gimignano's Towers & Seaside Viareggio

Depart Umbria and traverse Tuscany's lush, rolling landscapes; the beauty of nature has blended with the ingenuity of mankind for centuries - your travels through the rolling Tuscan hills take you through landscapes dotted with olive and fig trees that produce delectable local food products. 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 stay at the Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte. Stay: Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte (B/D)
9

A Storybook Day In Cinque Terre And On To Florence

For hun­dreds of years, Cinque Terre was ac­ces­si­ble only by sea - five picture-book fishing villages nestled between the Medi­ter­ra­nean's blue waters and the rugged coastal moun­tains. Cruise along the Italian Riviera for unparalleled views of this dramatic coast en route to the village of Vernazza for free time and lunch on your own. Experience a taste of daily life as you stroll the cobblestone streets and alleyways, stopping to sample locally produced wine, olives, and citrus fruit. Get a different perspective of the scenery as you travel back to La Spezia by train. Journey to Florence for a three-night stay in a newly renovated luxury hotel in the heart of the city. Dine à la carte at a local restaurant this evening. Stay Three Nights: Brunelleschi Hotel (B/D)
10

The Art Of Renaissance Florence, Revealed Today

Art and architecture whisper the history of the ages in Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance. Your in-depth exploration of this remarkable 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 collections featuring works by many of the greatest artists of the 14th and 15th centuries - including Michelangelo's famous sculpture of David as well as paintings by masters like 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. The rest of the day is free; dine this evening at a local restaurant. On select "Ferragamo" departures, today includes an exclusive visit to the Ferragamo Museum in Florence, and a wine tasting reception hosted by Salvatore and Christine Ferragamo; ask at booking for details. (B/D)
11

Masterpieces Of The Uffizi Gallery And More In Florence

Join our local expert on a guided tour of Florence's inspiring Uffizi Gallery this morning. Originally a suite of administrative offices (uffizi), 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. Spend the rest of the day exploring as you wish. History is immortalized in art and architecture just about everywhere you look. (B)
12

St. Mark's & The Doge's Palace After Hours In Venice

A high-speed train whisks you from Florence to Venice, crisscrossed by some 100 canals. Board a private canal boat for a ride to your hotel, ideally located near St. Mark's Square. After lunch, embark on a walking tour including St. Mark's Basilica, then explore this romantic city on your own. Join us tonight for another Tauck exclusive: an after-hours guided tour of the Doge's Palace; discover its lavishly decorated rooms and Venetian masterpieces - including the Bridge of Sighs and the palace prison - without crowds! Stay Two Nights: Bauer Palazzo (B/L)
13

The Romance Of Venice, As You Please

The entire day is free in Venice to do as you wish. There's visiting the museums, housing some of the world's most famous art; strolling the narrow streets that lead to countless bridges; or 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 - then join us for a farewell cocktail re­cep­tion followed by dinner at a local restaurant. Spend the day exploring Venice as you wish. This evening, indulge in the quintessential Venetian experience - a serenaded gondola ride on the canals, followed by a farewell re­cep­tion and dinner, wine included, at a popular restaurant. (B/D)
14

Journey Home

Tour ends: Venice. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from Bauer Palazzo to Marco Polo Airport or Venice's Santa Lucia railway station; you should allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in at the airport. (B)

Trip Inclusions

Travelling Well Includes...

  • Unparalleled Alpine views when you scale the heights of Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland by cogwheel train, cable car and mountain coach
  • A private tour of the modern Liechtenstein Parliament building
  • Wine reception in Tratzberg Castle 
  • Wine tasting in the Landesmuseum in Vaduz, the national museum of the Principality of Lichtenstein
  • Dinner and entertainment in the historic Salt Mines of Berchtesgaden
  • Lunch with a tour and schnapps tasting at a 400-year-old family farm
  • An Alpine evening featuring traditional food & music
  • Q&A with a noted Italian mountain climber during lunch in the Dolomites
  • A day of alphorn traditions, cheese making and beer

Tauck Inclusions

  • Small groups averaging 24 Tauck guests!
  • Your tour is conducted by a professional, fully trained Tauck Director who remains with the group throughout the tour.
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted in the itinerary.
  • Service charges, taxes, gratuities to local guides and porterage
  • Complimentary basic Internet where available in hotel rooms (service levels are not guaranteed).
  • Air-conditioned motor coaches for your comfort.

Tauck Dining

  • This tour provides a variety of dining experiences, including buffets, à-la-carte dining and set menus.
  • 27 meals (12 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 9 dinners)

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • Price is for land, cruise and specified internal flights. International flights not included.

Operator Details

Region: Europe
Style: Culturious Small Groups
Accommodation: 4-5 Star
Location: Central - Mostly
Guided: Tour Host & Local Guides
Transport: Mini-Coach
Age Range: Open (min 8 years)
Flights: Not Included
Airport Transfers: Included in Price
Gratuities: Customary on Tour
Max Group Size: 24 (Avg. 20)
Free WiFi: In Hotels Where Available
* Source: Tauck for trips in Europe. Some variances may occur on individual tours and information is provided as a guide only. Refer to Trip Inclusions section for more details.

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