Iconic Italy

Iconic Italy

Iconic Italy

9 Days

Italy

Rome (3), Florence (2), Venice (2), Milan (2)

Overview

Highlights

  • Explore the incredible cities of Vesuvius, Pompeii, Capri, Naples, Rome, Siena, Florence, and Venice with your expert guide.
  • Visit the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica.
  • Participate in a Gladiator school in Rome for a hands-on historical experience.
  • Savor a pizza-making demonstration and lunch in Naples.
  • Experience lunch and an olive oil tasting at a Tuscan agriturismo.
  • Explore the Ferrari Museum in Maranello.
  • Discover traditional mask-making at an artisan workshop in Venice.

Itinerary

Welcome to Italy!

Arrive at Rome Fiumicino Airport and transfer by private coach to Castellammare di Stabia. If arriving in the morning, enjoy an afternoon visit to Sorrento.
Overnight: Castellammare di Stabia

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before a bit day of exploration! Begin the day with a climb to the crater of Vesuvius for breathtaking views of the Gulf of Naples. Continue to Pompeii for a guided tour of the archaeological site. Enjoy lunch in Pompeii and try new Italian dishes (paid locally). At the end of the day, enjoy dinner and then return to your hotel.

Overnight: Castellammare di Stabia

Embark on a full-day excursion to Capri. Travel by boat from Castellammare di Stabia and explore the island by minibus with your guide. Capri is one of the magnificent Mediterranean islands known throughout the world for its breathtaking beauty. Enjoy free time for lunch and optional activities before returning to Castellammare.

Overnight: Castellammare di Stabia

Bid farewell to the coast as you make your way back to Rome. Depart early for a panoramic tour of Naples, followed by a pizza-making demonstration and lunch. In the afternoon, arrive in Rome and check in at your hotel. Depending on timing, you will have a chance for some independent explorations before dinner.
Overnight: Rome

Gear up for a big day exploring Rome! In the morning, visit the Vatican, wandering the Vatican museum and St. Peter’s Basilica. After lunch, check out other major Roman landmakrs such as  Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and Piazza Navona, with an ice cream tasting along the way. Free time for lunch.
Overnight: Rome

Continue your explorations of Rome with a guided tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum. After lunch, participate in a Gladiator school activity, learning about Roman legionnaires and gladiators.
Overnight: Rome

Say goodbye to Rom as you depart early for Tuscany, enjoying lunch and an olive oil tasting at a local agriturismo along the way. Continue with a half-day guided tour of Siena before heading to Florence for dinner and overnight stay.
Overnight: Florence

Explore Florence with a half-day walking tour, including the Accademia Gallery, home to Michelangelo’s David. Enjoy free time for lunch and explore additional sites such as the Scuola del Cuoio, depending on the group’s preference. Return to the hotel for dinner.
Overnight: Florence

Make your way from Florence to Venice by private coach. Stop along the way to visit the Ferrari Museum. After the visit, continue you on to Venice and check into your hotel.
Overnight: Mestre

Make your way to Piazzale Tronchetto and then take a private boat to San Marco Cornoldi. Take a guided tour of Venice and learn how Venetian masks are made. Enjoy a final dinner an reminisce about your Italian adventures.

Overnight: Mestre

Head to the airport and start the journey back home. We hope you had an incredible experience here in Italy!

This Trip Includes

  • Round-trip airfare
  • All accommodations on program
  • All transportation in-country
  • All breakfasts and dinners on the program, lunches paid locally
  • All activities as outlined in the itinerary
  • A Tour Director available 24 hours a day from when you arrive until you depart
  • Sightseeing tours and excursions led by local guides as specified
  • Airport transfers and transportation between destination cities
  • Travel insurance for all participants
  • 24-hour worldwide emergency assistance
  • Support from GEC representatives abroad