Due to popular demand, we are offering our highly acclaimed flagship 14 days, 13 nights Best of Italy with the Italian Riviera vacation. Enjoy our select overview of some of the best hospitality Italy has to offer, starting in Venice and continuing to the Lake Region, the Italian Riviera, Florence, the Tuscan countryside, Rome, and ending in the romantic Amalfi coast.
- Superior first-class hotels with daily buffet breakfast and hotel taxes included
- Transportation by private car, or first class high speed rail throughout
- Full day private guided tour of Lake Como, including hydrofoil transportation and entrance fee to Villa Carlotta
- Full day private guided excursion to teh Cinque Terre with inter village rail transportation and full access to the hiking & biking trails along the Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre
- Free time in Santa Margherita Ligure with a chance to visit nearby legendary Portofino
- Half day collective city tour of Florence with skip the line access to the Accademmia Gallery
- Full day collective excursion to Siena and San Gimignano, with lunch and wine tasting at a private wine estate in the Chianti countryside
- Half day collective sightseeing of Imperial Rome with skip the line access to the Colosseum
- Half day collective sightseeing with skip the line access to the Vatical Museums and Sistine Chapel
- Full day collective boat excursion to the island of Capri with prosecco or soft drinks
- Optional VIP Luggage Assistance available on request
DAY 1 | USA - VENICE
Independent air departure from your gateway to Venice.
DAY 2 | VENICE
Upon arrival at Venice Marco Polo Airport, private motor launch transfer with assistance and one suitcase per person porterage to your first-class downtown hotel.
DAY 3 | VENICE
After breakfast at your hotel, depart for a walking tour through the most characteristic and important places for the history of Venice through the millennium of life of the Serenissima Republic, recalling the charming history of this unique city. Highlights include the Basilica San Marco, the Doge’s palace, Santa Maria Formosa square, the Great School of Charity, Marco Polo’s residence, the Malibran theater, and the Bridge of Sighs.
DAY 4 | VENICE - MILAN - COMO
Breakfast at hotel, and soon after, private motor launch transfer from the Venice hotel to Venice Santa Lucia Rail Station. Board your first class high speed rail transfer to Milan. Upon arrival in Milan Centrale Rail Station, transfer via private car with English speaking driver to the Lake District. Overnight in Como.
DAY 5 | COMO
Enjoy your morning breakfast before meeting your private English speaking guide at the nearby pier for a full day Lake Como Excursion. Travel by high speed ferry to Tremezzo, where you will disembark to visit Villa Carlotta with its formal Italian Gardens and Canova Art Collection including entrance fee. Continue on to Bellagio, the Pearl of Lake Como. Along the way, you will have a glimpse of George Clooney’s secluded villa - don’t forget your camera! Return to Como late afternoon. Overnight.
DAY 6 | COMO - SANTA MARGHERITA LIGURE - PORTOFINO
After morning breakfast, meet your private English speaking driver in the hotel lobby and transfer to Milan Centrale Rail Station for your first class train to Santa Margherita Ligure. Upon arrival, meet your English speaking driver and transfer to your hotel. After check in, perhaps enjoy a leisurely walk to the nearby playground of the rich and famous, Portofino. Here real estate is valued by the number of windows a building has! A chance for you to sit down at a local café overlooking the sea and enjoy a classic Italian Aperitivo. Overnight.
DAY 7 | SANTA MARGHERITA LIGURE - CINQUE TERRE - SANTA MARGHERITA LIGURE
For your pleasure, we have arranged a full day excursion by private car to the Cinque Terre, a unique Unesco World Heritage Site, comprising of five villages hugging the rugged coastline. Pick up your prepaid Cinque Terre Card which grants you unlimited access to the hiking and biking trails along the Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre with inter village rail transportation included. Enjoy breathtakingviews from the trails. Return to Santa Margherita Ligure in the late afternoon. Overnight.
DAY 8 | SANTA MARGHERITA LIGURE - FLORENCE
After breakfast, meet your driver in the hotel lobby and transfer to your hotel in Florence. Enjoy a day of scenic travel, passing Pisa, one of the four former Italian Maritime Republics, Lucca and Montecatini Terme. Check in and room assignment. Balance of the afternoon at leisure to acquaint yourself with the Cradle of the Renaissance. Overnight.
DAY 9 | FLORENCE
After morning breakfast, enjoy a short walk to nearby meeting point where you will meet your local English speaking guide/lecturer for a half day walking tour of Florence, including a visit to the Accademia Gallery to see Michelangelo’s iconic “David” statue among other famed works of art. Other walking tour highlights include the San Michele church, the Mercato della Paglia, the Ponte Vecchio, and Piazza Signoria, featuring the Palazzo Vecchio and Arnolfo Tower. Afternoon at leisure in Florence. Overnight.
DAY 10 | FLORENCE - SIENA - SAN GIMIGNANO - MONTERIGGIONI- FLORENCE
Buffet Breakfast & Wine Tasting with Snacks
Enjoy your morning breakfast before departing for a full day collective excursion to the Tuscan Countryside. Your first stop is in San Gimignano, a world famous hilltop town renowned for its tall towers and wonderful frescoes. Continue on to Siena, where you will enjoy a comprehensive guided tour including Piazza del Campo, Palazzo Pubblico, and the Santa Caterina Cathedral. Proceed to the charming medieval walled hamlet of Monteriggioni for your final stop at a private winery, where you will enjoy a tasting of four wines, balsamic vinegar, and typical local organic farm-to-table products. Return to Florence late afternoon for overnight.
DAY 11 | FLORENCE - ROME
Breakfast at hotel before meeting your private driver to transfer to Florence Santa Maria Novella Rail Station for your first class high speed rail service to Rome. Upon arrival, meet your private English speaking driver and transfer to your downtown Rome hotel. After check in, time to freshen up before your afternoon collective guided sightseeing of Ancient & Imperial Rome, to view the Colosseum with skip the line access and the Roman Forum. Return to your hotel for overnight.
DAY 12 | ROME
After breakfast, enjoy a morning of guided collective sightseeing of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, including entrance fees with skip the line access and whisper headset rental. Afternoon at leisure to explore the majestic Eternal City at your own pace. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 13 | ROME - NAPLES - POSITANO
After breakfast and check out, meet your local private English speaking driver and transfer to Rome Termini Rail Station for your first class high speed rail service to Naples. Upon arrival meet your private English speaking driver at the Naples Centrale Rail Station and transfer to the romantic resort town of Positano, one of the jewels along the Amalfi Coast. After check in, enjoy the rest of the day to explore the amenities of your seaside hotel or take a stroll in the town center just steps from the hotel. Overnight.
DAY 14 | POSITANO - CAPRI - POSITANO
Enjoy your morning breakfast before heading to the Port of Positano. Depart by small boat shuttle service to Praiano Pier, where you will board the boat for the cruise to Capri. After passing Punta Campanella you approach the Island of Capri. Our captain will circumvent the island by boat, passing the Statue of Scugnizzo, the Grotta del Corallo, the Grotta Bianca, the Natural Arch, Villa Malaparte, the Faraglioni, the Bay of Marina Piccola, the Grotta Verde, the Lighthouse at Punta Carena. Optional visit to the Blue Grotto, entrance fee payable locally. After cruising around the island, you'll have free time to visit the center of Capri on your own arrangement. Late afternoon return to the mainland. Don’t forget your swim suit, as there will be opportunities for swimming (weather permitting)! Overnight in Positano.
DAY 15 | POSITANO - NAPLES - USA
After an early breakfast, depart Positano by private car and English speaking driver to Naples Capodichino Airport for your return flight to the USA.
Accommodation, Departure Dates and Prices
OUR FIRST CLASS HOTELS
Cavalletto & Doge Orseolo, Salute Palace in Venice
Metropole Suisse in Como
Metropole in Santa Margherita Ligure
Hotel Kraft in Florence
Dei Borgognoni in Rome
Buca di Bacco in Positano
PRICING PER PERSON, DOUBLE OCCUPANCY
VALID FOR TRAVEL APRIL 1-30, 2019 & OCTOBER 1-31, 2019
$5,899.00 per person, two participants
$4,949.00 per person, four participants
$4,649.00 per person, six participants
$4,469.00 per person, eight participants
$4,350.00, single supplement
VALID FOR TRAVEL May 1 - June 30, 2019 & September 1-30, 2019
$6,049.00 per person, two participants
$5,099.00 per person, four participants
$4,799.00 per person, six participants
$4,599.00 per person, eight participants
$4,500.00, single supplement
VALID FOR TRAVEL July 1 - August 31, 2019
$5,869.00 per person, two participants
$4,899.00 per person, four participants
$4,599.00 per person, six participants
$4,399.00 per person, eight participants
$4,300.00, single supplement