ITINERARYMay 27- Depart the U.S. for your overnight trip to Venice.
May 28- Meet your tour director at 4:00 PM for a welcome reception and take an orientation walk around the city known as the ‘Queen of the Adriatic.’ Spend time exploring on your own before gathering again for a welcome drink and dinner with your fellow travelers.(D)
May 29-Take a walking tour of Venice, the most serene of cities, with a local guide. See its glorious architecture, and charming bridges and canals. Visit the magnificent Doge’s Palace and the acclaimed Piazza and Basilica of San Marco. Journey along the canals for a view of the city from a gondola. Delight in an evening of independent dining and exploration. (B)
May 30-Take a private group water taxi from your hotel to your coach and travel on to Florence. During your journey, stop for free time and lunch on your own in the lively, historic foodie city of Bologna. Arrive at your hotel in Florence’s city center. Take an orientation walk with your tour director and then take some free time to discover this beautiful city. The capital of Tuscany, Florence was the birthplace of Renaissance art and architecture. Enjoy a typical Tuscan dinner with your group at a local Florence restaurant. (B, D)
May 31-Take a walking tour of Florence with a local guide and marvel at the sights of the city center such as the Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio, and Piazza della Signoria. Visit the Accademia Gallery to see Michelangelo’s iconic sculpture of David. Savor a local lunch in the heart of Florence. After lunch you’ll have the rest of the day to explore this magnificent city at your leisure. (B, L)
June 1-You’re off to the Eternal CIty – Rome. Along the way, stop in the scenic hill town of Orvieto for a delicious tasting of its renowned local wine. Visit the Colosseum, imperial Rome’s iconic structure, built between 72 and 80 AD. This engineering marvel could hold up to 80,000 spectators for gladiator battles and dramatic productions. (Please note that on some departures, the Colosseum visit may be moved to day 6.) Imagine the ghosts of the Caesars in the ruins of the Forum, the ancient heart of the Roman Empire. Your hotel tonight is in Rome’s historic center. (B)
June 2-Discover Rome independently this morning, as you enjoy free time to explore. In the afternoon visit the Vatican for a guided tour of the Museums, with entrance to the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. (Please note that the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica are sometimes closed by the Vatican, so visits are subject to availability.) Then it’s off to dinner in a local restaurant. (B, D)
June 3- Depart from Rome for the World Heritage site of Pompeii, a city frozen in time after a volcanic eruption in 79 AD. Learn about the city’s rediscovery in 1748 and excavation on a guided tour of this archaeological treasure. Savor lunch at an authentic Neapolitan pizzeria before arriving at your hotel in Sorrento, a lively resort town since Roman times, now famous for stunning views of villas dotting the rocky cliffs along the coastline. (B, L, D)
June 4-This morning take a fast ferry across the Bay of Naples to the charming island of Capri. Enjoy the breathtaking sights of this beautiful island. You’ll explore independently today. Capri is beloved as a day trip destination for its Roman ruins and colorful Blue Grotto, as well as its wonderful beaches. Return to Sorrento, where you’ll dine in the hotel this evening. (B)
June 5-Take a scenic drive from Sorrento to Positano, a chic village that is one of the jewels of the Amalfi Coast. Stroll through the colorful, narrow streets, browsing the many fashion boutiques as you head down to the beach. Then take a cruise to Amalfi, passing by fishing villages, clifftop churches, and stunning architecture. Amalfi is a beautiful resort town known for handmade ceramics, colorful tiles and the ancient craft of paper-making. You’ll have free time for sightseeing and lunch as you please. Return to Sorrento for a farewell dinner with your group. (B, D)
June 6- Your tour ends after breakfast in Sorrento. Transfer to the airport for your flight home.(B)
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner >
Hotels For This Tour
NH Venezia Rio Novo
2 nights Venice
2 nights Florence
NH Roma Vittorio Veneto
2 nights Rome
2 nights Sorrento
$3,485 Double Occupancy Tour, Insurance $349
$5,020 Single Occupancy Tour, Insurance $379
This fully escorted Small Group Tour includes accommodations in first class hotels, 15 meals, all entrance fees, and free Wifi on coaches.
Deposit $500 per person, balance due 4/01/23$250 of deposit is non-refundable
Economy Group airfare is available on Aer Lingus
from Washington Dulles.
The cost is $1085 per person.
27 May depart Dulles at 5:10pm, arrive Dublin 28 May at 5:05am
28 May depart Dublin at 7:40am, arrive Venice at 11:35am
06 June depart Naples at 11:40am, arrive Dublin 2:15pm
06 June depart Dublin 4:25pm, arrive Dulles 7:20pm
You will clear U.S. Customs in Dublin during your layover.
YOUR BEST CONNECTION TRAVEL ADVISOR: Rosie Cavin, 443-877-4455, Rosie@BESTCONNECTIONTRAVEL.COM
Is This Tour Right For You? Italy is an active destination! Visiting Italy requires the ability to walk on cobblestones and uneven terrain, climb stairs and vehicle steps, and walk or stand for several hours at a time. Traffic restrictions often require coaches to drop off passengers a substantial distance away, with a 20-minute walk to the attraction. Some tours include activities in late evening. Typical tour days may require five miles of medium-paced walking.
This Small Group Tour is operated by CIE TOURS.