The Best of Italy with Sorrento & the Amalfi Coast

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Iconic landmarks. Glorious museums. Archaeological, historically significant, and religious sites. Not to mention divine cuisine. This journey through Italy encompasses exactly that: this incredible country’s most desired destinations. Start in Venice, laced with picture-perfect canals, and end in spectacular Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast. 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. You’ll truly be living “la dolce vita” as you roam the postcard-perfect streets of its enchanting cities and towns.

Shorten Your Trip! Enjoy our Best of Italy tour visiting Italy’s highlights from Venice to Rome.

Itinerary at a Glance

2024 Tour Itinerary:

  • 2 nights in Venice
  • 2 nights in Florence
  • 3 nights in Rome
  • 3 nights in Sorrento

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
  • Tuscan wine tasting with local food specialties
  • Dinner at a Tuscan Villa
  • Florence city tour – Michelangelo Square, Galleria dell’Accademia with Michelangelo’s David, Signoria Square, Duomo, and Ponte Vecchio (“Old Bridge”)
  • Assisi – Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi
  • Vatican tour – St. Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museum
  • Ancient Rome tour – Colosseum, Arch of Constantine, Roman Forum
  • Culinary walking tour in Trastevere (Rome)
  • Pompeii – Temple of Apollo, Temple of Jupiter
  • Sorrento resort town on Bay of Naples
  • Amalfi Coast drive
  • Option Full-Day Capri Excursion

Your Tour Includes

  • Optional round-trip airfare from the New York area (varies by departure) including taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Accommodations at first-class hotels
  • 16 meals: 10 breakfasts, 6 dinners, and 1 wine tasting with local food specialties
  • 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

Is this tour right for you? Find out What to Expect

2024 Tour Itinerary


Passengers who purchase flights will depart 1 day before the tour starts and return on the same day as the tour ends.

Note: Flights may not be available on all departures.

You may have to book your own flights to the tour destination. If so, you are responsible for making your own way to the tour starting point, where you will meet your Tour Director. This is normally the first hotel in your itinerary.

You can find more details on the Before You Depart page.

Day 1: Arrive in Venice

Benvenuti to beautiful Italy! Travelers who purchased our air-inclusive program will be met and transferred by private boat taxi to our hotel on the Grand Canal. This evening our tour director hosts an orientation followed by a welcome dinner with wine.

Accommodations: Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal or similar
Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Venice

Day 3: Venice – Pisa – Florence

Day 4: Florence

Day 5: Florence – Assisi – Rome

Day 6: Rome

Day 7: Vatican City

Day 8: Rome – Pompeii – Sorrento

Day 9: Amalfi Coast Excursion

Day 10: Sorrento at Leisure

Day 11: Depart Italy

Guided Tour Pricing

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Prices listed as “with flights” below include round-trip airfare from one or more airports in the USA.

2024 Tours With Flights Tour Only  
Sep 2–13
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Sep 3–13
$5,199 $4,899
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Sep 16–27
$6,399 $6,099
Sep 17–27
$5,199 $4,899
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Sep 23–Oct 4
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Sep 24–Oct 4
$4,999 $4,699
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Sep 30–Oct 11
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Oct 1–11
$5,199 $4,899
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Oct 14–25
Flights not available
Oct 15–25
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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 (Monday-Friday from 9:00 am - 5:30 pm Eastern) at 1.800.337.7773.

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

Enhance your trip with these 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

Full-Day Capri Excursion

What to Expect

Max Group Size: 30 travelers

Activity Level: Level 2

Expect most included touring to require walking and standing periods up to 4 hours at a time (up to 2 times per day). Included touring may feature light hiking, and/or stairs on some hilly and/or uneven terrain. Learn More

Pacing Level: Moderate

Expect full-day tours most days with some limited free time at specific sites, for meals, and/or in the evenings. You can expect several early mornings and/or long travel days by bus (don’t worry—there are always comfort stops!), and you may expect to stay in most accommodations for 2+ nights (with limited 1-night stays). Learn More

New in 2025: ETIAS Visa Waiver Required for U.S. Passport Holders

A valid passport is required for international tours. Effective for travel in 2025, U.S. passport holders are required to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver. Please visit our Passports & Visas page to learn more about any required actions, next steps, and additional costs.

Due to local regulations, bus pick and drop off areas are not always directly in front of sites and sometimes walking is required (up to 900m) to reach the site of interest. Good balance is required in order to get on water taxis and boats. This tour has limited free time.

For more detailed information about this tour and destination, visit our Before You Depart section.


Denise G

1 month ago
Recently returned from "The Best of Italy with Sorrento & the Amalfi Coast" with SmarTours. This is our third tour with SmarTours and again they did not disappoint. I highly recommend this tour for a first visit to Italy, because it hits all of the most popular destinations and tourist sights. (Venice, Florence, Rome & Sorrento).
Our tour director Claudio Zeni was outstanding. Her knowledge of Italian history, as well as the places we visited, was excellent. In addition, her energy level, positive personality, patience and ability to juggle many balls at the same time was very impressive. Every detail ran like clockwork. I cannot imagine seeing Italy without her.
The one thing I MIGHT have changed was not to book all 3 of the optional tour add-ons. Every day was fun-filled and jam much so, that we were pretty tired at the end of the day. But, I also can't imagine missing any of the optional tours either. I'm definitely conflicted, as you can tell. So, it's up to you..."But when in Rome..."