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Iconic Italy

Connect with some of the world’s greatest cultural highlights on a two-week exploration of Italy. Get in touch with the ancient past alongside an archaeologist amid the ash-preserved ruins of Pompeii, marvel at Renaissance treasures in iconic Venice and enchanting Florence, and stop and smell the lemons in the quaint cliff-side villages of the Amalfi Coast. La dolce vita is sweet indeed.

  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Moderate%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: EITNG/155210
  • Starts: Venice, Italy
  • Finishes: Rome, Italy
You will Visit
  • Venice
  • Rome

Itinerary

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Day 1: Venice

Arrive at any time.
Please make your own way to the joining hotel.

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Day 2: Venice

Take an orientation walk through the local markets and neighbourhoods of Venice. Opt to visit museums, churches, the Doge's Palace, or take a gondola ride.

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Day 3: Venice/Cinque Terre

Head to Cinque Terre, one of the most beautiful areas of the Mediterranean. Enjoy a boat ride on the crystal clear Ligurian Sea, and overnight stay in a charming village nestled in the hillside.
Take advantage of the chance to enjoy some truly amazing food. Eat a succulent starter of local anchovies marinated in lemon and locally produced olive oil, follow it with Trofie al Pesto and top the lot with the famous dessert, wine schiattetra. Heaven.

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Day 4: Cinque Terre/Florence

Travel to Florence, the capital of the Tuscany region. Take an orientation walk with the CEO through the lively yet ancient streets and enjoy an included aperitivo (pre-dinner alcoholic beverage) experience at a local bar.
On one of the evenings in Florence, we will walk up to Piazzale Michelangelo in the evening to take in the famous view over the River Arno and the city.

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Day 5: Florence

Enjoy a free day with a multitude of options including a day trip to the beautiful Tuscan town of Lucca, a visit to the Duomo, the Uffizi Gallery, the medieval Ponte Vecchio, and the Medici Chapels, or take an excursion to Pisa.

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Day 6: Florence

Enjoy a free day with a multitude of options including a day trip to the beautiful Tuscan town of Lucca, a visit to the Duomo, the Uffizi Gallery, the medieval Ponte Vecchio, and the Medici Chapels, or take an excursion to Pisa.

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Day 7: Florence/Naples

Catch the train to Naples with the option to enjoy a fantastic meal in the birthplace of pizza. Opt to to visit the National Archaeological Museum.
Look at the Veiled Christ, stroll through the chilled tunnels of underground Naples, or just sit in a plaza with a cocktail. Soak up this wonderful animated city different from anywhere else in Italy, where superstition blends with religion and pizza reigns supreme!

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Day 8: Naples/Sorrento

The day begins with an excursion to the ruins of ancient Pompeii with an archaeologist. Continue by private bus to Sorrento, and be welcomed to the south by panoramic views of the sea before settling in for the night.
After our tour, you have the option of visiting the nearby ruins of Herculaneum.

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Day 9: Sorrento

Enjoy a free day in Sorrento. Opt to visit the nearby islands of Capri or Ischia.
Enjoy the day at leisure from our boutique hotel, just steps from the central piazza.

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Day 10: Sorrento/Amalfi

Visit an organic lemon farm to see how limoncello is made from beginning to end, stroll through the fragrant lemon groves, and enjoy a taste of this delicious liqueur. Travel to the stunning Amalfi coast with lunch at a local agriturismo that specializes in home grown, delicious produce. Meet the family and tour the property – a converted 17th-century monastery. Head into the fields and gardens to learn about local produce and herbs, then sit down to a wonderful meal of local fare surrounded by lush greenery, open terraces and groves overlooking the Mediterranean. Continue to the hotel, which offers spectacular views of the coastline.

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Day 11: Amalfi

Hike the famous "Walk of the Gods," following ancient paths and trails linking isolated farms, villages, churches, and monasteries.
Probably the most famous walk in the Amalfi region, this trail climbs along ridges high above the coastal towns of Positano and Praiano. We hike the ancient trails, once the only road connecting these two villages. The path can be rough underfoot and a little exposed, but well worth it for the spectacular scenery and the chance to be so close to nature and "the Gods."

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Day 12: Amalfi/Rome

Travel to Rome and take an orientation walk with the CEO.
Rome exudes history. From its Catacombs that entombed early Christians, to the Colosseum where gladiators battled to the death, up to the Palatine Hill, the traditional site of Rome's founding. It is also home to the Vatican City – the home of the Pope and St Peter's Basilica.

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Day 13: Rome

Enjoy a free day to explore Rome. Opt to visit the Colosseum and Roman Forum, the Vatican, or just wander the streets and palazzi, taking time for a cafe or gelato.

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Day 14: Rome

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Pompeii with an Archaeologist, Pompeii National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Sorrento Lemon Farm and Limoncello Tasting, Sorrento National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Amalfi Agriturismo Experience, Amalfi
    • Orientation walks in Venice, Florence, and Rome
    • Cinque Terre boat trip
    • Amalfi "Walk of the Gods" hike
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (13 nts)
    • 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch
    Transport
    • Train, private minivan/bus, boat, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore the ash-preserved ruins of Pompeii
  • Gaze at the Renaissance treasures in iconic Venice and Florence
  • Hike the famous "Walk of the Gods" in Amalfi
  • Opt to visit the Colosseum in Rome.