VENICE, MURANO, FLORENCE, PISA, TUSCANY, ASSISI, VATICAN, AND ROME
Iconic landmarks. Glorious museums. Archaeological, historically significant and religious sites. Not to mention divine cuisine. This escorted Best of Italy tour package from the U.S. with airfare included encompasses exactly that: this incredible country’s most desired destinations. You’ll truly be living “la dolce vita” as you roam the postcard-perfect streets of its enchanting cities and towns. Plus, consider lingering a little longer with our spectacular Sorrento & Amalfi Coast Extension. As you surrender to Italy’s spell, allow your wise smarTours® guide to handle the details, including recommendations for your dining and free time sightseeing.
Extend Your Trip! Enjoy our 12-day Best of Italy with Sorrento & the Amalfi Coast tour visiting Italy’s highlights from Venice to the Amalfi Coast.
For COVID-19 updates, please scroll down to our Before You Depart
Did you know that you can make this tour private? Find out about pricing and options for groups of 10 or more travelers.
- Overnight international flight to Venice
- 2 nights in Venice/Venice Lido
- 2 nights in Florence
- 3 nights in Rome
- Return flight to the U.S.
- Murano boat tour
- Venice walking tour – St. Mark’s Square, Saint Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace, Bridge of Sighs
- Pisa – Square of Miracles, Leaning Tower of Pisa
- Tuscany with food and wine
- Florence city tour – Michelangelo Square, Galleria dell’Accademia, Michelangelo’s David, Signoria Square, Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, “Old Bridge”
- Assisi – Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi
- Vatican tour – St. Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museum
- Imperial Rome tour – Colosseum, Arch, Roman Forum
- Culinary walking tour in Trastevere (Rome)
- Round-trip flight from the NY area (JFK or EWR) (passengers may also book this tour without flights)
- Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
- Accommodations at first-class hotels
- 11 meals: 7 buffet breakfasts (B), 4 dinners (D)
- A glass of wine with included dinners
- Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees
- Professional English-speaking Tour Director throughout
- All intra-Italy transportation via air-conditioned motor coach
Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.
Day 1: Depart from the U.S.
Your exciting Best of Italy tour begins as you board an overnight flight to Venice, Italy.
*Passengers who did not purchase flights will join the tour in Venice on Day 2.
Day 2: Arrive in Venice/Venice Lido, Italy
Welcome to beautiful Italy! After landing at Venice Airport, we’ll be met and escorted to our hotel, located along the water on the Venice Lido. This evening, our Tour Director hosts an orientation, followed by a welcome dinner with wine.
Hotel Le Boulevard (2022) or Hotel Riviera (2022) or Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal (2023) or similar | Dinner
Day 3: Murano Boat Tour, Venice Walking Tour and Venice at Leisure
First, embark on a boat tour to the island of Murano, world-renowned for its long tradition of glass craftsmanship. Back in Venice, a local guide will bring this remarkable city to life as you explore on foot Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square); the golden, Byzantine Basilica di San Marco (Saint Mark’s Basilica); the lavish Doge’s Palace; and the famous Bridge of Sighs. This afternoon, lose yourself in Venice as you explore cobblestone streets, marveling at attractions and shopping for unique crafts and souvenirs. Don’t miss the chance to take an optional gondola ride. See Optional Tours for details.
Day 4: Venice/Pisa/Florence
Today, travel south to Pisa, and view the famous Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles) and the amazing Leaning Tower of Pisa, that legendary Pisa Cathedral bell tower with its around 4-degree slant. Then, we’ll visit a Tuscan countryside farm for a wine tasting and sampling of local specialties. Later, arrive in Florence, the splendid capital of Tuscany.
Hotel Croce Di Malta or similar | Breakfast
Day 5: Florence City Tour and Florence at Leisure
This morning’s tour of Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance, starts with an incredible, panoramic vista from Michelangelo Square. Proceed to the Galleria dell’Accademia (Accademia Gallery of Fine Arts), which houses Michelangelo’s iconic marble statue, David. We’ll also enjoy sculpture-filled Piazza della Signoria (Signoria Square), the magnificent Duomo (cathedral) and Ponte Vecchio, the “Old Bridge,” lined with craft shops. Your afternoon is at leisure to check out local museums or stroll along the scenic Arno River. Tonight, a special treat awaits. We’ll head to the hills surrounding Florence to savor a typical dinner, complete with wine and local entertainment, at a picturesque Tuscan villa.
Day 6: Florence/Assisi/Rome
Travel through the stunning landscapes of Tuscany and Umbria to the wonderfully preserved medieval hill town of Assisi, the birthplace of Saint Francis, founder of the Franciscan religious order. We’ll see fabled pilgrimage site the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, where he is interred, and elaborate frescoes from artist Giotto. Late afternoon, arrive in Rome, “The “Eternal City,” and settle into your centrally located hotel.
Hotel Imperiale Roma or similar | Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: Imperial Rome Tour and Rome at Leisure
In the morning, dig up and in to Imperial Rome. Listen to the echoes of centuries of gladiatorial combat and public spectacles in the Colosseum. Walk under the Arch of Constantine, and marvel at the ruins of the Roman Forum, the day-to-day heart of ancient Rome. Your afternoon is at leisure to explore the city’s elaborate piazzas and fountains on your own.
Day 8: Vatican Tour and Rome at Leisure
Experience one of Christendom’s most sacred places this morning: the Vatican. Visits include awe-inspiring St. Peter’s Basilica (erected over the apostle’s tomb), the gloriously painted Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museum (abundant with priceless collections of art and treasures). In the late afternoon you will experience a culinary walking tour in Trastevere area, where you will have the opportunity to chat with our expert foodie guide in order to gain a better understanding of Italian culture and traditions and experience life as a Roman and to do as the Romans do on a typical evening out. Tonight, you are our guest at a lavish gala dinner at a typical Roman restaurant, complete with wine and entertainment. Cap your evening with an included tour of illuminated Rome by night.
Day 9: Depart Rome/Arrive in the U.S. or Begin Sorrento & Amalfi Coast Extension
After breakfast, say “ciao” to Italy and transfer to the airport for your return flight, which arrives back in the U.S. the same day. Or instead, continue on for our magnificent Sorrento & Amalfi Coast Extension. Please see the “Extension” tab for more details.
*The tour will end for passengers who did not purchase flights today, on Day 9, in Rome.
Prices and dates below include round-trip airfare from the New York area. Travelers may choose to purchase the tour only, and arrange their own arrival in destination.
|2022 Tours||Tour Only||With Flights|
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* Departures designated as "Guaranteed" may be canceled or rescheduled only under Extraordinary Circumstances, for example in situations deemed to be unsafe or nonviable due to local conditions. See Terms & Conditions for full details.
Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single supplement applies when not sharing a room. Select a date above to see the rates for that specific departure.
Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made online or by phone (1.800.337.7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of your non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, which must be received at the time of reservation. Deposits are $300 per person. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.
Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.
Enhance your trip with our recommended optional tours. Indicated optional tours are available to pre-book when you reserve your trip and can be added to your reservation up to final payment. This is the best option to guarantee your spot on your preferred optional tour! Optional tours require a minimum number of participants. Optional tours are non-refundable unless they do not operate.
Some optional tours can be purchased in-destination and may cost extra. The payment methods and currency information to purchase tours in-destination will be provided on final documentation.
- From approx. $29 Per Person
One of the highlights of all Italy vacations! Experience a piece of Venetian history during a relaxing gondola ride on the illustrious Grand Canal. Glide along the centuries-old canals, past lavish palaces and under famous arched bridges.
Note: This is not a private gondola ride, and the gondola holds a maximum of five passengers. Pickup details to be advised locally.
MUST BE PRE-BOOKED!
This tour must be pre-booked prior to final payment as it is not available to book in-destination.
- From approx. $69 Per Person
The Uffizi Palace was commissioned by Cosimo I de’ Medici and designed by Vasari (16th Century). It has an unusual U shape, which is closed towards the Arno. The two wings of the palace are connected by a corridor with six big arched windows, facing the Arno and the inner courtyard. Nowadays the building hosts the Uffizi Gallery, one of the most visited museums in the world, collecting masterpieces from the 13th to the 18th Century. The very beginning of the Uffizi Gallery was the collection of Francesco I de’ Medici; The collection became “public and inalienable good” thanks to Duchess Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici whose will it was that it would be open to the public forever. Today, the Uffizi Gallery is one of the most important museums in the world, with new acquisitions and gifts.
MUST BE PRE-BOOKED!
This tour must be pre-booked prior to final payment as it is not available to book in-destination.
Hotel Le Boulevard
In a stunning location between the sea and the lagoon, Hotel Boulevard is the starting point for a stay of comfort and style in Venice.
Gran Viale SME 41, 30126 – Venezia Lido
Granviale Santa Maria Elisabetta, 5, 30126 Lido VE, ItalyWebsite
Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal
Santa Croce, 578, 30135 Venezia VE, ItalyWebsite
Hotel Croce Di Malta
Via della Scala, 7 – 50123 Florence, ItalyWebsite
Hotel Imperiale Roma
Via Veneto, 24 – 00187 RomaWebsite
Departing the U.S.: For the safety of everyone in the group, smarTours has implemented COVID-19 travel requirements which apply to all tours regardless of destination. To learn more, click here.
Please note destination entry requirements are changing rapidly. smarTours will communicate entry requirements in your Tour Documents 10-14 days prior to departure. For up-to-date information, please click the links below.
- Entry requirements
- State Department Travel Advisory Updates (Italy)
- Center for Disease Control Updates & Information (Italy)
Your flights between the U.S. and Italy will are on the following airlines with the corresponding schedules. We recommend that you check-in at least three-and-a-half hours before the scheduled departure.
Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing customs and immigration if you are planning a connecting flight. We recommend at least three-and-a-half hours. Please note that flight schedules are subject to change without prior notice.
|2022: Sep. 26, Oct. 10||United Airlines||Newark (EWR)||6:45 PM||2:30 PM|
|2023: All Dates||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA|
ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
The airlines above do not assign seats in advance. Seat assignments can only be arranged at the airport upon check-in. If you have a preferred seating choice, please make sure you check-in for your flight as early as possible. These airlines do not offer any frequent flyer miles.
International flights to/from the U.S. are not included. Land-only travelers are responsible for arranging the entry and exit flights, as well as their arrival and departure transfers. smarTours cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by air schedule changes and delays. Unused land services are non-refundable.
Main Tour Only: Land-only services start upon independent check-in at your Venice hotel on Day 2 of the itinerary and end after breakfast at your Rome hotel on Day 9.
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
You must possess a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. No visa is required for U.S. passport holders. Non-U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.
TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS
Your airline tickets, along with final instructions and additional travel tips, will be sent to you 7–10 days before the scheduled departure of your tour.
Immunizations are not currently required; however, you should consult your personal physician, local public health authorities or the Center of Disease Control (CDC) as to their suggestions.
The average temperatures in Italy can vary depending on if you are in the North or South. Spring and Fall temperatures average between mid-40s-mid 60s. In the summer, the temperatures average between mid 60s-90 degrees.
NON-INCLUDED MEALS AND SIGHTSEEING
The hotels used on this tour offer several dining choices, ranging from coffee shop to specialty restaurants. The average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in the coffee shop is about $20-25 per meal, per person. Optional sightseeing tours and evening activities will be offered. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals.
CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY
Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards. However, for “street shopping,” you will need local currency. You can either exchange U.S. Dollars into local currency in advance of your trip, or you may use your debit card to withdraw local currency from an ATM. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.
Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase) and one carry-on piece. We recommend that you do not overpack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.