Iconic Italy

National Geographic Journeys, Venice to Rome

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

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.

What’s included

  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Pompeii with an Archaeologist, Pompeii Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Sorrento Lemon Farm and Limoncello Tasting, Sorrento Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Amalfi Agriturismo Experience, Amalfi Your Discover Moment: Florence Your Discover Moment: Rome
  • Orientation walks in Venice, Cinque Terre, Florence, and Rome
  • Amalfi "Walk of the Gods" hike (weather permitting)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

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.

Itinerary

Day 1 Venice Please make your own way to the joining hotel. Additional Notes: Please make every effort to arrive on time for this important welcome meeting. If you are delayed and will arrive late, please inform us. Your Chief Experience Officer will then leave you a message at the front desk informing you of where and when to meet up. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Venice (1B) 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. Included Activities: Orientation Walk
Day 3 Venice/Cinque Terre (1B) 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. Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s)) Local train (0.50 hour(s))
Day 4 Cinque Terre/Florence (1B) 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. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Aperitivo Experience Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))
Day 5 Florence (1B) 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. Additional Notes: Please note that it is very advisable to book tickets in advance for both the Uffizi and Accademia Galleries. The line-ups at these museums are always long and the time to visit them is limited. You can book online from home before you leave at www.weekendafirenze.com or by phone (+39) 055 294883 from Monday to Friday 8.30am-6.30pm, Saturday 8.30am-12.30pm. If you are interested in purchasing tickets we recommend that you do so once your G Adventures trip is confirmed (up to 2 months before if possible), especially for the ever-popular Uffizi and Accademia, for any time after 2pm on Day 4 or at any time on Days 5 and 6 of your trip. For additional museum resources you might want to refer to this website, www.firenzemusei.it, for more information to plan your day in Florence.
Day 6 Florence (1B) 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. Additional Notes: Please note that it is very advisable to book tickets in advance for both the Uffizi and Accademia Galleries. The line-ups at these museums are always long and the time to visit them is limited. You can book online from home before you leave at www.weekendafirenze.com or by phone (+39) 055 294883 from Monday to Friday 8.30am-6.30pm, Saturday 8.30am-12.30pm. If you are interested in purchasing tickets we recommend that you do so once your G Adventures trip is confirmed (up to 2 months before if possible), especially for the ever-popular Uffizi and Accademia, for any time after 2pm on Day 4 or at any time on Days 5 and 6 of your trip. For additional museum resources you might want to refer to this website, www.firenzemusei.it, for more information to plan your day in Florence.
Day 7 Florence/Naples (1B) 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! Transport: Train
Day 8 Naples/Sorrento (1B) After our tour, you have the option of visiting the nearby ruins of Herculaneum. Included Activities: Pompeii with an Archaeologist Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
Day 9 Sorrento (1B) Enjoy the day at leisure from our boutique hotel, just steps from the central piazza.
Day 10 Sorrento/Amalfi (1B, 1L) Visit an organic lemon farm to see how limoncello is made from beginning to end. Stroll through fragrant lemon groves and enjoy a taste of this delicious liqueur. Travel to the stunning Amalfi coast for 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. Included Activities: Sorrento Lemon Farm and Limoncello Tasting Amalfi Agriturismo Experience Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
Day 11 Amalfi (1B) 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." Additional Notes: Please note the Walk of the Gods is temporarily closed due to weather and deterioration. We are closely monitoring the closure and will resume offering the hike once it has been re-opened. As an alternate, a private transfer to Positano will be included on this day allowing for free time to explore the cliffside village. Included Activities: Walk of the Gods Hike Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s)) Ferry (0.50 hour(s))
Day 12 Amalfi/Rome (1B) 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. Additional Notes: Please note that if you wish to visit popular museums such as the Vatican Museums (Sistine Chapel) and Villa Borghese in Rome, it is advisable to reserve tickets in advance to avoid long lines. Tickets can be reserved online at various websites like www.tickititaly.com. Please make your reservations for Day 13 of your tour, when you will have a free day. There may be the possibility of arranging tickets on arrival on Day 1, with the help of your CEO, but availability cannot be guaranteed at such short notice. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))
Day 13 Rome (1B) 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 caffè or gelato. Additional Notes: Please note that if you wish to visit popular museums such as the Vatican Museums (Sistine Chapel) and Villa Borghese in Rome, it is advisable to reserve tickets in advance to avoid waiting in life. Tickets can be reserved online at various websites like www.tickititaly.com. Please make your reservations for Day 13 of your tour, when you will have a free day. There may be the possibility of arranging tickets on arrival on Day 1, with the help of your CEO, but availability cannot be guaranteed at such short notice.
Day 14 Rome (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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