The Best of Italy with Sorrento & the Amalfi Coast

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VENICE, MURANO, FLORENCE, PISA, TUSCANY, ASSISI, VATICAN, ROME, SORRENTO & AMALFI COAST WITH POMPEII

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 9-day Best of Italy tour visiting Italy’s highlights from Venice to Rome.

For COVID-19 updates, please scroll down to our Before You Depart

Did you know that you can make this tour private for your friends and family? Find out more about pricing and options for your group.

Itinerary at
a Glance

  • Overnight international flight to Venice
  • 2 nights in Venice/Venice Lido
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Pompeii – Temple of Apollo, Temple of Jupiter
  • Sorrento resort town on Bay of Naples
  • Amalfi Coast drive – Positano, Amalfi
  • Option Full-Day Capri Excursion

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
  • 16 meals: 10 breakfasts, 6 dinners
  • 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

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.

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 or Hotel Riviera or similar | Dinner

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…

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

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…

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

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.

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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…

Rome/Pompeii/Sorrento

Leaving Rome, we’ll pass Mount Vesuvius, en route to the Bay of Naples. Visit Pompeii, the town frozen in time by the ashes of this volcano’s explosive eruption in AD 79. See the Temple of Apollo and the Temple of Jupiter, important Pompeii monuments dedicated to those ancient gods. Your final destination today: the pretty resort town of Sorrento, perched high on the cliffs overlooking the sparkling Bay of Naples. B/D Art Hotel Gran Paradiso (or…

Sorrento at Leisure or Optional Full-Day Capri Excursion

Sorrento is world-renowned for its scenic splendor, woodworking and lace making, horse-drawn carriages and relaxing atmosphere. Your whole day is at leisure to enjoy this delightful town independently. Perhaps, take our Full-Day Capri Excursion. Please refer to “Optional Tours” for more details. This evening, celebrate with your fellow travelers at dinner in a famous local restaurant. B/D Art Hotel Gran Paradiso (or similar)

Amalfi Coast Drive and Sorrento at Leisure

Cruising along the rugged Amalfi Coast will surely take your breath away, with its dramatic landscapes and awe-inspiring panoramas. You’ll cherish the scenic mountains plunging into the sea, as well as the idyllic villages and lush forests clinging to them. Drive through Positano, the coast’s most exclusive town, and spend some free time in Amalfi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later, head back to Sorrento for an evening at leisure. B Art Hotel Gran Paradiso (or…

Depart Naples/Arrive in the U.S.

Following breakfast, transfer to Naples Airport and board your return flight to the U.S., arriving back the same day.

*The tour will end for passengers who did not purchase flights today, on Day 12, in Sorrento.

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Guided Tour Pricing

Book by Jan. 28, 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.

2022 Tours Tour Only With Flights  
Monday
April 18
Friday
April 29
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$4,648 $4,248
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$5,448 $5,048
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Monday
April 25
Friday
May 6
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$4,498 $4,098
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$5,298 $4,898
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Monday
May 2
Friday
May 13
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$4,698 $4,298
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Monday
May 23
Friday
June 3
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$4,598 $4,198
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$5,398 $4,998
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Monday
June 6
Friday
June 17
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$4,598 $4,198
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Monday
September 26
Friday
October 7
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$4,548 $4,148
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$5,348 $4,948
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Monday
October 10
Friday
October 21
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$4,573 $4,173
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$5,373 $4,973
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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $798.

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 $99 per person for all 2021 departures, and $300 per person for all 2022 departures. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. 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.

These tours are available to pre-book! Optional tours are subject to change. If you choose to book your optional tours in-destination, please note that the prices are approximate and are payable by cash (euros). Optional tours are non-refundable.

Gondola Ride with Music

  • Venice
  • From approx. $84 Per Person

One of the highlights of all Italy vacations! Experience a piece of Venetian history during a relaxing gondola ride with music on the illustrious Grand Canal. Glide along the centuries-old canals, past lavish palaces and under famous arched bridges. The gondola holds a maximum of six passengers. Please note that this is not a private gondola ride. Pickup details to be advised locally.

AVAILABLE TO PRE-BOOK!

Uffizi Gallery

  • 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…

Full-Day Capri Excursion

  • Capri
  • From approx. $109 Per Person
Journey to the colorful Italian Isle of Capri by boat. Visit lovely Anacapri, and browse the charming shops and chic boutiques as you stroll the narrow streets. Continue to see “La Piazzetta,” the social heart of the island, on your way to the open-air Gardens of Augustus, from where you will appreciate breathtaking views of the iconic Faraglioni rocks. Tour includes: local guide, round-trip transportation to port, round-trip transportation by fast boat, minibus or cable…