Journey to Italy: Rome, Venice and the Amalfi Coast

Specially prepared for Michael & Lydia

May 25th – Cairo/Rome

Today you will be departing from Cairo to begin your journey to Italy. Arrival in Rome will be at 7:55pm. After receiving your luggage you will transfer on your own to your hotel in Rome, the Hotel Montecarlo. The Hotel Montecarlo is located in the old town center of Rome, near Termini train station, in the quarter of the embassies and consulates that are just a few meters from the hotel, along with Umberto I Hospital, the University of Rome and the headquarters of many banks and private companies.

May 26th – Rome

Discover this city filled with history and culture. Visit the the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and the Coliseum. Make sure to spend time walking through the streets and take in the Roman atmosphere. Don’t forget to make a wish at the Trevi Fountain.

May 27th – Rome

Today is your 2nd day to discover this fascinating city. If you are up to something a little more exciting, why not go on a Roman countryside bike tour of the ancient Appian Way and the catacombs. You’ll cycle on a 2,300-year-old cobblestone Roman road past an ancient sepulchre and an imperial palace. You’ll follow ancient Roman aqueducts. And you’ll ride through Caffarella Park, a preserved strip of land in the Roman countryside that impressed 19th-century travelers like Byron, Goethe and Stendhal.

May 28th – Rome

Depending on how would like to spend your day, you could use today to experience the full glory of Rome’s Colosseum on a unique, small-group tour with skip-the-line entry. Accompanied by an expert guide who is passionate about Roman history, you’ll gain rare access to areas of the Colosseum that are newly opened or normally off-limits. Enjoy private viewings of the Colosseum’s underground chambers, arena and upper level, and then head to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill for unforgettable views of Ancient Rome.

May 28th – Rome

After an early breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel for your all day small group day trip visiting Pompeii and the beautiful Amalfi coast villages. You’ll travel in a comfortable air-conditioned minivan with your driver. Each minivan accommodates 8 people maximum. A driver-guide will accompany the group throughout the day and an additional licensed guide will meet the group in Pompeii for the two-hour walking tour.

May 29th – Rome/Venice

After a leisurely breakfast you will take a taxi to the Rome Termini Station to board your direct train to Venice. The train ride will take just under 4 hours before you arrive at the Venice St. Lucia train station. You will be able to walk to your hotel, the Hotel Continental Venice. This hotel is about 200 meters from the train station which has easy access to the Vaporetto. Spend the rest of the day at your own leisure.

May 30th – Venice

Venice is a great city to discover on your own. You can take the Vaporetto (Waterbus in Venice) to most parts of town. I would also recommend to walk around and enjoy the quaint walkways and bridges over the canals. If you prefer something more organized, there are walking tours available as well as tours of the attractions in Venice, like the Doge’s Palace and the Basilica di San Marco.

May 31st – Venice

Enjoy one more full day in this beautiful city. If you haven’t done so yet, I’d highly recommend a gondola ride through the canals or you might like to explore the famous islands of the Venice lagoon – Murano, Burano and Torcello – on a half-day excursion. You’ll see a glass-blowing display on Murano, shop for lace on Burano and visit Venice’s first church on the tranquil island of Torcello. This morning or afternoon tour is a great introduction to the magical islands of the Venetian lagoon.

June 1st – Venice/Rome

After your last breakfast you will be going to the train station, where you will board your train to Rome. Upon arrival in Rome you will transfer on your own to the Hotel Montecarlo which is about 800 meters from the Termini Station.

June 2nd – Rome/US

After an early breakfast transfer on your own to the Termini Station from where you will take the Leonardo da Vinci Express directly to the airport and check in for your nonstop flight to Los Angeles, departing at 9:15am.

Cost for the above itinerary is $ 1,520.00 per person based on double occupancy.

All services were available at the time of this quote but please note that this itinerary is subject to availability and pricing could change. Especially airfares fluctuate almost daily but we’ll do our best to confirm everything at this quote.

INCLUDED:

– Hotels with value added tax, service and breakfast
– Trenitalia tickets: Rome – Venice/Venice – Rome
– All day excursion to Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast as described
– Service and ticketing fees
– Independent touring booklet, we have put together for our clients that show the traditional sights as well as little unknown sites, shopping info, restaurant suggestions and much more.

NOT INCLUDED:

– Meals, except for all breakfasts
– Taxi transfers
– Tips
– Personal expenses like gifts, souvenirs etc
– Excursions other than described

I would be more than happy to make more suggestions for excursions in Venice and Rome and can also make arrangements for any of them in advance for you. As you will be receiving a touring booklet from me, there will also be extensive additional information on tour options inluded.

Notes:

Many European cities are starting a tourist city tax that must be paid locally at each hotel for 2013. Usually this city tax is 3 Euro per day.

As this is a custom designed itinerary we can make any changes you might like to have made so that this journey will be everything you are hoping for it to be and give you the most memorable experience possible.

Thank you very much for allowing us to create this initial itinerary for you. – Ales

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