The Best of Italy

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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.

Itinerary at
a Glance

  • 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.

Tour
Highlights

  • 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)

Activity Level: Discoverer* 

Your Tour
Includes

  • 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

Tour Itinerary

Map

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.

Day 2: Arrive in Venice/Venice Lido, Italy

Day 3: Murano Boat Tour, Venice Walking Tour and Venice at Leisure

Day 4: Venice/Pisa/Florence

Day 5: Florence City Tour and Florence at Leisure

Day 6: Florence/Assisi/Rome

Day 7: Imperial Rome Tour and Rome at Leisure

Day 8: Vatican Tour and Rome at Leisure

Day 9: Depart Rome/Arrive in the U.S. or Begin Sorrento & Amalfi Coast Extension

Guided Tour Pricing

Book by Jul. 29, 2022 to get the best price. The starting prices below reflect a $100 discount applied when you pay by echeck.

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.

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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.

For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00am – 5:30pm EST) at 1.800.337.7773.

Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made 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.

Gondola Ride

Uffizi Gallery

Reviews

Zita L

I never joined organized tours until April 2022 in The Best of Italy. Such a wonderful experience opened my eyes. The tour was packed with activities every day. Their accommodations were top-notch. The choice of restaurants and food venues was impeccable. The tour guides were very educated and knowledgeable about practically all subjects on the tour. Most of all, flights and airport connections, transfers and road trips from one town to another were seamlessly organized. All I had to do was show up. What a breeze! Thank you smarTours and most especially to our very calm and organized tour director Claudia!!

TERRI L

Best of Italy was my third trip with SmarTours. I was very impressed with the itinerary/sights/tours/busses. I learned so much of Italy's history, culture, food and people. We were going non-stop with a very full itinerary...Venice, water taxi to hotel and to Murano glass; St. Mark's, Duomo, Michelangelo's 'David' in Florence; Assisi, St Peter Basilica, Sistine, Coliseum, Roman Forum, Pisa, Pompeii, Sorrento, Amalfi Coast - all so awesome & exceeded expectations! Each hotel was comfortable. Included meals & entertainments were good, nice variety with generous portions of food & wine. Our tour director handled all the complex logistical details of boats, bus, luggage, hotel rooms, included meals, and local tour guides. The group of 38 (all wonderful companions!) was way too large to organize such a complex trip, but thought she could do a better job of explaining/posting details of the day (timing, expectations for next day, miles of walking, meals/driver tipping, directions to hotel, optional tours, shorts/shoulders/backpacks/large umbrellas not allowed, public toilets are 50 or 1 euro). Every one of our local tour guides were very good & knowledgeable. Overall, I truly enjoyed this amazing trip! Some disappointments: SmarTours should ask if double or twin bed desired by couples. Info in packet said casual clothing, however should mention proper dress for churches or the included 'lavish dinner'. They should make air details available and I would have done LAND only. We did not expect additional flights until received email week prior. We spent entire day at JFK; it's filthy & disorganized and Air Italia counter was rude. No seats pre-assigned therefore our seats were often not together & no choices regarding aisle/window. Food & service on all planes were awful. Should have returned us by bus from Sorrento to Rome Airport.

Anonymous

Well organized, fun, knowledgeable, helpful guides(especially AnnaMaria) Great bang for the buck and as advertised. All members of our group of 6 enjoyed it and we look forward to the next one!

Dave

Great time in Italy with Massimo as the tour guide. This was the trip of a lifetime as we saw countless historic and amazing things in Italy. Venice was wonderful with the water traffic and Murano glass factory. Florence had so many artistic scenes and a beautiful background. Rome was spectacular with the Collesseo, Vatican, Forum, and National Monument. The food was incredible, we are not fans of wine but it was excellent. We took advice from Massimo and went to several walking areas on our own - Florence Palace Pitta, and the famous Bascillica; Rome downtown National Monument.

Paul E

For the 1st, 2nd or 3rd timer to Italy, this is a superb trip packed in 12 days. It includes the major cities of Venice, Florence, Rome & Sorrento and adds Pisa, Assisi & Pompei. Ending the trip on the Amalfi Coast is heavenly. The local tour guides were extremely knowledgeable with good English. The accommodations were generally very good with the included meals very satisfactory. My first time visit to Italy with smarTours was a real success. Kudos and Ciao!!

Debbie

What an amazing and enjoyable experience! Our tour director Anna Maria was Marvelous! She was so informative with handling purchases with tax documents, knew exactly where to direct us for shopping. Her local tour guides for each area were very good. The hotels were all good, each a step up (better)as we moved on. Tours were amazing. This was my first trip with SmarTours and thanks to Anna Maria, I would definitely recommend SmarTours and take another trip.

Loretta F

My tour to Venice, Florence and Rome was ABSOLUTELY fantastic!!! Andrea and the Museum Tour Guides were excellent. They were not only knowledgeable about the subject matter of each tour, but also friendly and attentive to answering any and all questions. Andrea has a wonderful personality and went beyond the call of duty to make everyone happy and to even offer assistance to a disabled person throughout the tour. I was very happy with the stops between the major cities where we were able to visit Assissi, as well as have a wonderful lunch at a Olive Oil and Winery and a fantastic dinner in Tuscany. Additionally, the driver was friendly and very careful to get us to each and every destination safely. There are two things I would suggest...a much nicer hotel in Rome and a much longer tour and stay in Italy. I would have loved a twelve or fourteen day Italy stay. Thank you Smartours for these wonderful tours--this was my second one, first visiting China and just recently Italy. I am seriously contemplating Dubai/Abu Dhabi or Cuba. Keep it up Smartours! You are the best at world wide travel!!! Loretta Flanagan

Deborah

The Best of Italy Tour showed us what a travel company is made of. We had unforeseen weather delays just getting to the initial U.S. departure city which caused us to miss our flight to Venice, Italy. smarTours was aware of the delay and kept in constant contact with our flight, arranging (at no cost to us) a later connecting flight. The Airline lost our luggage and for 24 hours our smarTours tour guide communicated with the airline so that they could track the tour and bring us our long-delayed luggage. smarTours showed excellent care and concern. We are looking forward to booking our next trip (2017) with Smartours.

Betty L

This trip was just the right length to see all the major spots in Italy. The local guide, Mercedes Medici was absolutely wonderful. All tours were arranged for earliest part of the morning before crowds gathered. This left all afternoon free for whatever you wanted to do. The bus driver was very accommodating and the group of 26 people could spread out on the bus. We been on 6 or 7 tours with smarTours in years past and found those to be very good although I prefer the smaller groups - 26 was just enough so you get to know people. I would do it again and highly recommend to my friends.

Judy S

This was my first SmarTour and first time to visit Italy. It was 100% fantastic from our truly amazing host, Mercedes, great driver - Cataline and great tour guides-especially Roberto and Sofia. I loved exploring Italy with my husband on this well planned, not hectic or too demanding experience. We were able to experience the truly important historic and cultural aspects of Venice, Florence, Assisi, Pisa, and Rome. The knowledge and kindness and human connection with Mercedes made every moment memorable. She is a true asset to your company! I would absolutely recommend this tour. The friendships we developed with other guests were such an amazing bonus as well. Every person on this tour added to making the trip more interesting. We did not do all optional tours but felt what we chose were excellent and worthwhile. We are planning our next SmarTour right now! I must thank my sister for recommending SmarTours!~ Ciao and arrivederci...

Ronald S

What a great time we had. Saw the highlights of Italy, Venice, Florence and Rome; and had ample time to wander on our own. Transportation on the bus was smooth and comfortable. The tour guides are what really made the trip. Without these intelligent and passionate tour guides, we would not have seen the history and contribution that Italy made to the world. We're thinking of going on another Smartour and we just got back. Ciao

Carol S

The Best of Italy really was the very best. We had twenty two people in our group and a wonderful tour guide named Andrea. Andrea was always saying things like, "Is this another Mama Mia day?" Hence, we called ourselves the Mama Mia group. It was an action packed 12 days including the extension to Amalfi Coast. We had group lunches in old farmhouses and a lovely dinner in a very nice restaurant called La Tavola Di Lucullo in Sorrento. It was so delicious. The hotels were excellent. Our guide Andrea was on top of everything. The local guides were wonderful as well. I would strongly recommend this tour.

Pat B

I had a wonderful time in Italy! Our tour director, Lynn Maloni, made this trip an exceptional one. She and all of our guides in Venice, Florence, Rome, Assisi, Sorrento, at Pompeii, and on Capri shared a wealth of fascinating historical information with us and offered access to local experiences I might have missed if travelling alone. All four hotels provided excellent services, although the bed at the Grand Hotel Vesuvio in Sorrento wasn't very comfortable. (It does have a beautiful swimming pool, which was a delight since the weather during the tour was unseasonably hot and humid.) I thoroughly enjoyed all of the meals, especially the family-style feast and wine tasting at a Tuscan countryside farm and the farewell dinner in Sorrento. The optional side tours, including a gondola ride in Venice, the piazzas and fountains in Rome, a day on Capri, and the Amalfi Coast ride were outstanding. I also enjoyed sharing the tour with a small group of travelers (22 of us), all of whom were friendly and interesting to meet.  In terms of the flight plans for this trip, I was very disappointed in the fact that we flew from New York to Istanbul and then on to Venice. Going home, we again flew from Naples to Istanbul and then on to New York. The trips to Istanbul and the long hours in the airport there made for a stressful beginning and end to an otherwise fantastic trip. I hope that smarTours plans to use more direct flights to Italy in the future. My only other suggestion is that for those of us who are travelling as singles, it would be nice to have a double bed option. I had a twin bed at all four hotels, and as a large person, they weren't as comfortable as I would have liked. Again, a big thank-you to smarTours for a great first trip to Italy! :^)

Gina H

I initially had doubts about traveling on a bus tour. Visions of waiting around endlessly to move a large party from one place to another haunted me. I was more than pleasantly surprised at how organized and well run every aspect of the tour was. Our bus was always on time and our tour director was exceptional. We had reservations at all of the museums or attractions we visited and NEVER waited in the long lines for tickets. We would have only seen a fraction of the sights had we made this trip on our own and not with Smartours. Can't wait to go on another tour!

Kathy S

My trip to Italy the end of April 2015 was my second Smartours trip. I learned so much of this country's history, culture, food, wine and amazing people. It is wonderful to have someone else handle all the logistical details and just enjoy the experience. I credit our tour guide, Martin, with his expertise, organization, compassion, humor, and knowledge. There are so many memorable moments, from arriving in Venice and after a short walk to a water taxi, being whisked off to our hotel (ha, never took a boat to my hotel before), Gondola ride, Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Sq, wonderful lunch at Tuscan farm, Accademia and Michelangelo's 'David', Assisi, St Peter's Basilica, Vatican, Sistine Chapel, Colosseum, Roman Forum, Pompeii, Pisa, Sorrento, Capri, Amalfi Coast -- all so breathtaking!!! All the lavish dinners and entertainment shared with our wonderful travel companions. There is one itinerary issue that I feel needs addressed. Prior to booking and several contacts after, I called to question the duration of the flights and the length of the layovers and was told there was no additional info available other than flight departure and return to JFK. Flight from JFK to Istanbul was 10 hrs; layover 5 hrs; then backtrack Istanbul to Venice 2 1/2 hrs. Repeat return Naples-Istanbul 2 hrs; 3 1/2 Hrs layover; another 10 hrs Istanbul to JFK. Surely a more direct flight could be made to avoid the extreme flight times and layovers. Overall, I truly enjoyed this amazing trip -- THANK YOU SmarTours for providing this amazing tour
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