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The Best of Italy

ROME, VENICE/VENICE LIDO, FLORENCE, PISA, TUSCANY & OPTIONAL SORRENTO & AMALFI COAST EXTENSION

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  • Duration: 9 days
  • Price: from $2,699

 

    Save up to $800 per couple!!!

For a limited time only save up to $800 per couple on these remarkable Italy vacations. Reserve by December 15, 2016 to qualify for the early booking discount. Space is limited on these tours of Italy so please reserve early.

Click on the Extension tab below to learn about our wonderful 3-day Sorrento & Amalfi Coast extension from $699!

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Itinerary at a glance Tour Highlights Your tour includes
  • 2 nights in Venice/Venice Lido
  • 2 nights in Florence
  • 3 nights in Rome

Sorrento & Amalfi Coast Extension: 

  • 3 nights in Sorrento
  • The Vatican
  • Colosseum (Rome)
  • Michelangelo’s David (Florence)
  • Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Boat Tour of Murano
  • Piazza del Miracoli (Pisa)
  • Accademia (Florence)
  • Roman Forum

Sorrento & Amalfi Coast Extension:

  • Temples of Apollo & Jupiter (Pompeii)
  • Enchanting Resort Town of Sorrento
  • Spectacular Amalfi Coast Drive
  • Optional Tour to Capri
  • Round-trip airfare from JFK Airport via scheduled flight on Delta/Air France or Alitalia
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-Italy transportation via airconditioned motor coach
  • Accommodations at First Class hotels
  • 11 meals: 7 buffet breakfasts (B) and 4 dinners (D)
  • A glass of wine with included dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees as indicated in the itinerary
  • Professional English-speaking Tour Director throughout

Your Sorrento & Amalfi Coast Extension Includes:

  • Three nights at the beautiful Grand Hotel Vesuvio overlooking the Bay of Naples and opposite Vesuvius
  • 5 Additional Meals: 3 buffet breakfasts (B) and 2 dinners (D)
  • A glass of wine with included dinners
  • Sightseeing as indicated in itinerary

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Guided Tour Pricing

Pricing includes land and airfare

(Land only pricing available upon request)

Depart

Return

Best Value Pricing
Reserve by Dec 15 2016

Reserve after Dec 15 2016

2017

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discount

Sale

After Sale

Apr 10

Apr 18

$ 2699

$ 2799

$ 3099

May 15

May 23

$ 2999

$ 3099

$ 3399

Jun 5

Jun 13

$ 2999

$ 3099

$ 3399

Jul 17

Jul 25

$ 2899

$ 2999

$ 3299

Sep 11

Sep 19

$ 2899

$ 2999

$ 3299

Sep 25

Oct 3

$ 2899

$ 2999

$ 3299

Oct 4

Oct 12

$ 2799

$ 2899

$ 3199

Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $599.
3-DAY SORRENTO & AMALFI COAST EXTENSION: Add $699 per person double occupancy / $868 single
Business Class Supplement: $3645.
For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:30-5:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.
Reservations and Payments 
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable, non-transferable deposit (by check) which must be received within 7 days of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.

Day 1
Depart USA.
Your exciting journey begins as you depart New York this evening on your overnight flight to Italy.
Day 2
Arrive Venice/Venice Lido (Italy).
Welcome to beautiful Italy! After landing at Venice airport, you’ll be met and escorted to your beautiful hotel located along the water in Venice Lido. This evening your Tour Director hosts an orientation followed by welcome dinner with wine. Hotel Villa Mabapa or Albergo Quattro Fontane  (D)
* Note: If your departure flies into Milan instead of Venice, you’ll be met at the airport and enjoy a panoramic city tour of Milan before transferring to Venice/Venice Lido.

Day 3

Discover the charms of romantic Venice. First, embark on a boat tour to the island of Murano, world renowned for its glass craftmanship. Back in Venice a local guide will bring this remarkable city to life as you explore on foot St. Mark’s Square, the Golden Byzantine Basilica of San Marco, the lavish Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. This afternoon marvel at Venice at your own pace or shop for unique local crafts. (B)

Day 4
Venice/Pisa/Florence.
Today journey south to Pisa, where you’ll view the famous Piazza del Miracoli and the amazing Leaning Tower. Visit a Tuscan countryside farm for wine tasting and sampling of local specialties. Arrive in Florence, the splendid capital of Tuscany. Grand Hotel Diplomat (B)
Day 5
This morning’s tour of Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance, starts with a breathtaking view of Florence from Michelangelo Square. Proceed to visit the Accademia of Fine Arts housing Michelangelo’s celebrated David. You’ll also visit the sculpture-filled Signoria Square, the famous Duomo Cathedral and Ponte Vecchio, the “Old Bridge”, lined with craft shops. Afternoon at leisure to visit some of the museums that make Florence a magnet for artlovers and enjoy a stroll along the romantic Arno River. This evening a special treat awaits. Travel to the hills surrounding Florence and enjoy a typical dinner complete with wine and local entertainment at a picturesque Tuscan Villa. (B,D)
Day 6
Florence/Assisi/Rome.
Depart south through the stunning panorama of Tuscany and Umbria to the Medieval hilltown of Assisi and view the fabled Basilica of St. Francis and Giotto’s frescoes. Late afternoon arrival in Rome, the “Eternal City”. Settle into your centrally located hotel. The Building Hotel Rome (B,D)
Day 7
A morning tour to the Vatican includes visits to St. Peter’s Basilica, the spectacular Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museum abundant with priceless collections of art and treasures. Afternoon is at leisure for shopping or to indulge in Rome’s favorite pastime: people watching at the outdoor cafes of the bustling Via Veneto. (B)
Day 8
This morning explore Imperial Rome on an included guided tour. Listen to the echoes of Emperor Nero in the Colosseum, walk under the Arch and marvel at the ruins of the Roman Forum. Afternoon at leisure to explore Rome’s elaborate piazzas and fountains on your own. Tonight, you are our guest at a lavish  gala dinner at a typical Roman restaurant complete with wine and entertainment. Cap your evening with a tour of illuminated Rome by night. (B,D)
Day 9
Rome/USA or Sorrento & Amalfi Coast Extension (See Extension Tab).
After breakfast, say “ciao” to Italy and transfer to the airport for your return flight arriving back in the USA the same day, or continue on to the magnificent Sorrento & Amalfi Coast Extension. Please see the “Extension” tab for more details. (B)

Why not extend your trip with a spectacular three-night Sorrento & Amalfi Coast extension? Sorrento is a charming old town overlooking the Bay of Naples and a wonderful base for exploring the surrounding area. And the Amalfi Coast is simply one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places in the world. Your extension includes three nights at the beautiful Grand Hotel Vesuvio, breakfast daily, two dinners, tours of Pompeii and Sorrento, a magnificent drive along the world-famous Amalfi Coast and time for independent sightseeing or an optional tour of Capri. 

Day 9 Ext.
Rome/Pompeii/Sorrento.
Depart Rome, passing Mt. Vesuvius en route to the Bay of Naples. Visit Pompeii, the town frozen in time by Vesuvius’ ashes. See the temples of Apollo and Jupiter. Your final destination today is the enchanting resort town of Sorrento, perched high on the cliffs overlooking the sparkling bay. Grand Hotel Vesuvio or similar. (B,D)
Day 10 Ext.
Day at Leisure or Optional Capri Excursion.
Sorrento is world renowned for its scenic splendor, woodworking and lace making, horse drawn carriages and relaxing atmosphere. A day at leisure to enjoy this charming town independently or perhaps enjoy an optional excursion to Capri. This evening celebrate with your fellow travelers at dinner in a famous local restaurant. (B,D)
Day 11 Ext.
Spectacular Amalfi Coast Drive.
Your final full day in Italy includes one of the highlights of this incredible country, if not one of the highlights of the entire world. Driving along the rugged Amalfi Coast will surely take your breath away, with its dramatic landscapes and awe-inspiring panoramas. You’ll cherish the coastal mountains plunging into the sea with picturesque towns and rich forests. Drive through Positano, the coast’s most exclusive town, and spend some time at leisure in Amalfi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later, return to Sorrento and enjoy an evening at leisure. (B)
Day 12 Ext.
Naples/USA.
After breakfast, say “ciao”to your romantic Italy vacation as you transfer to Naples Airport and board your return flight to the USA arriving back the same day. (B)

Optional Tours

To enhance and make your experience when you visit Italy more complete and memorable, you tour director will offer optional tours. Optional tours are subject to a minimum number of participants, payable in cash only, and may be cancelled if the minimum is not met. Additional optional tours may be added for your enjoyment, and the optional tours listed below may not be available on all departure dates.

Venice
Gondola Ride with Music ($56 per person)
One of the highlights of all Italy vacations! Enjoy a relaxing gondola ride with music along the famous Grand Canal, and experience a piece of Venetian history. 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. 
Rome
Piazzas of Rome ($44 per person)
This half day walking tour takes you to explore the grand piazzas of the Eternal City. Stand in awe in front of the majestic Spanish Steps, the longest and widest decorative steps in Europe, and with your local guide stroll through the most characteristic “piazzas and vias ” of Rome. Stop to admire the breathtaking grandeur of the Trevi Fountain and take the opportunity to toss in one, two, or three coins, each of which is supposed to bring a unique kind of good fortune. View the monumental Pantheon, the best preserved of any Roman building and admire the baroque Piazza Navona, which follows the shape of the ancient Roman Diocletian Stadium, with Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers and the Egyptian Obelisk. Pick-up details to be advised locally. 
Capri (Ext.)
Full Day Capri ($119 per person)
Enjoy a full day journey to the colorful Isle of Capri by boat. Visit the lovely Anacapri and explore the charming shops and chic boutiques as you stroll the island’s 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 famous Faraglioni rocks. Tour includes: local guide, round trip transportation to port, round trip transportation by fast boat, minibus or cable car transportation on the island. Pickup details to be advised locally. 

Trip Preparation

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Your flights from New York to Italy and back are on the following airlines with the corresponding schedules.  We recommend that you arrive at the airport at least 3 ½ hours before the scheduled departure.

Departure Date

Airline Depart

Return

(Main Tour)

Return

(Main Tour + Sorrento & Amalfi Coast Extension)

2017: Apr. 10, May. 15, Jun. 5, Jul 17, Sep. 11, Sep. 25, Oct. 4 Alitalia Airlines 4:00PM 2:30PM

6:30PM

Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight.  We recommend at least 3 ½ hours.  Please keep in mind that flight schedules are always subject to change. 

ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT

The airlines above do not assign seats in advance. Seat assignments can only be arranged at the airport upon check in. If you have a preferred seating choice, please make sure you check in for your flight as early as possible. These airlines do not offer any frequent flyer miles.

PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION

You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. Visa not required for American passport holders. Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.

TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS

Your airline tickets along with final instruction and some additional travel tips will be sent to you 10 – 7 days before the scheduled departure of your tourPlease make sure to advise us in case your address changes.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you may wish to consult your personal physician or local public health authorities as to their suggestions. 

CLIMATE

You may expect daytime high temperatures ranging in the 50’s and 70’s. 

NON-INCLUDED MEALS AND SIGHTSEEING

The hotels used on this tour have several dining choices from coffee shop to specialty restaurants.  Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in the coffee shop is about $20-25 per meal per person.  Optional sightseeing tours and evening activities will be offered. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals.  

CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY

Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards.  However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency or U.S. Dollars.  Your hotels will be able to exchange for you cash to local currency. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations. 

BAGGAGE

Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase) and one carry-on piece. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.

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by Loretta Flanagan on Blank Business Name
Fascinating Italy

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

by Deborah on Blank Business Name
Excellent Care and Concern

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.

by Betty Liuzzi on Blank Business Name
Best of Italy + Sorrento & Amalfi coast

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.

by Judy S. on Blank Business Name
Better than

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...

by Carol Sue McDaniel on Blank Business Name
The Best of Italy

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.

by Ronald Salviolo on Blank Business Name
Besy of Italy

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

by Pat Blackwell-Marchant  on Blank Business Name
"Romantic Italy" in June 2015 

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! :^)

Pat - thank you very much for your feedback, and we are so glad you had such a great experience! We are always looking for the best and most affordable flight options, and in your case, Turkish was $400 less expensive than all other options. It's always an option to do the trip "land only" if you are not in favor our flight arrangements, and please know that we always work extremely hard to find the right balance of price and quality for our travelers!

by Gina Hartdegen on Blank Business Name
A wonderful experience!

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!

by Kathy Sharp on Blank Business Name
Romantic Italy Tour was AMAZING

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

by linh nguyen on Blank Business Name
Fabulous Trip

We had our trip at the end of July 2014. This was our first vacation with a tour group and it was outstanding. It was a wonderful vacation, we saw many places and Italy is so beautiful. Our accommodations were fabulous with good breakfast buffet. Our tour guide Gabriella was fantastic. Highly recommend this tour to everyone.

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