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Iconic Italy

14 Days, Venice to Rome
Iconic Italy

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Experience two inspirational weeks in Italy, connecting with the some of the greatest cultural highlights in the world. Get in touch with the ancient past alongside an ar read more...

What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 13 nights accommodation (Hotels (13 nts)).
  • 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch.
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  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Train, private minivan/bus, boat, walking).
  • Orientation walks in Venice, Florence, and Rome.
  • Cinque Terre boat trip.
  • Guided tour of the ruins of Pompeii with an archaeologist.
  • Visit to a lemon farm with limoncello tasting.
  • Lunch at a local agriturismo.
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout the tour, local guides.
  • Interesting articles, helpful tips, and photography advice from National Geographic before you depart
VERY IMPORTANT
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 550-715 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
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Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Venice
Day 2 Venice
Day 3 Venice/Cinque Terre
Day 4 Cinque Terre/Florence
Day 5 Florence
Day 6 Florence
Day 7 Florence/Naples
Day 8 Naples/Sorrento
Day 9 Sorrento
Day 10 Sorrento/Amalfi
Day 11 Amalfi
Day 12 Amalfi/Rome
Day 13 Rome
Day 14 Depart Rome
Departures
  • Apr
    2018
  • May
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  • Jun
    2018
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    2018
  • Aug
    2018
  • Sep
    2018
  • Oct
    2018
  • Nov
    2018
  • Dec
    2018
  • Start
  • Finish
  • Sat, 14 Apr '18
  • Fri, 27 Apr '18
  • Sat, 28 Apr '18
  • Fri, 11 May '18
  • Sat, 12 May '18
  • Fri, 25 May '18
  • Sat, 19 May '18
  • Fri, 01 Jun '18
  • Sat, 26 May '18
  • Fri, 08 Jun '18
  • Sat, 16 Jun '18
  • Fri, 29 Jun '18
  • Sat, 14 Jul '18
  • Fri, 27 Jul '18
  • Sat, 28 Jul '18
  • Fri, 10 Aug '18
  • Sat, 11 Aug '18
  • Fri, 24 Aug '18
  • Sat, 25 Aug '18
  • Fri, 07 Sep '18
  • Sat, 01 Sep '18
  • Fri, 14 Sep '18
  • Sat, 15 Sep '18
  • Fri, 28 Sep '18
  • Sat, 22 Sep '18
  • Fri, 05 Oct '18
  • Sat, 06 Oct '18
  • Fri, 19 Oct '18
  • Sat, 03 Nov '18
  • Fri, 16 Nov '18
  • Thu, 20 Dec '18
  • Wed, 02 Jan '19
TRIP SPECIFIC SAFETY

Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • Venice
  • Cinque Terre
  • Florence
  • Naples
  • Sorrento
  • Amalfi
  • Rome
  • DAY 1 Arrive Venice

    Arrive at any time.

    Please make your own way to the joining hotel.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    1h
    The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour.

    Optional Activities
    Welcome Dinner

    You've arrived! Why not share a meal and a drink with your new travel mates? (None (Meals on your own))

  • 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.

    Orientation Walk
    30m-1h
    Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

    Free Time
    Venice
    Admire great Renaissance works of art at the Accademia or the Scuola di San Rocco, or visit the Peggy Guggenheim Gallery for more contemporary pieces.

    Optional Activities
    Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale) Visit

    Venice
    17EUR per person
    Visit this former palace, rebuilt and restored numerous times, and admire the Gothic Venetian architecture. Once the seat of the government, the Palazzo Ducale is now a grand museum. Enjoy the stellar artwork, ornate chambers, and courtyards.

    Gondola Ride
    Venice 30m-45m
    80EUR per group
    Sit back and enjoy a different point of view as you glide through the historic canals of Venice on a gondola.

    Murano and Burano Islands Visit
    Murano - Burano
    Take a quick trip across the lagoon and experience Venice's artisanal roots. Explore the island of Murano, famous for its skilled glassblowers, and walk along the colourful streets of Burano, known for a centuries-old tradition of lacemaking. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 3 Venice/Cinque Terre

    Head to Cinque Terre, one of the most beautiful areas of the Mediterranean. Enjoy an overnight stay in a charming village perched on the rocky coast and a boat ride on the crystal clear Ligurian Sea.

    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.

    Private Vehicle
    Venice - Cinque Terre 5h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Cinque Terre Boat Trip
    Cinque Terre 4h-5h
    Take in the beauty of Cinque Terre's five colourful villages while cruising along the Ligurian Sea. Witness the steep hillsides and terrain covered in olive groves and grape vines. (Breakfast)

  • 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.

    Train
    Cinque Terre - Florence 3h
    Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Orientation Walk
    30m-1h
    Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

    Aperitivo Experience
    Florence 1h-2h
    Take a break: sip a pre-dinner drink and snack on some Italian specialties at a local bar. (Breakfast)

  • 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.

    Free Time
    Florence Full Day
    There is still so much more of Florence to explore - its famous pontes, cathedrals, and shops. To see a side of the city that many miss, take the city bus to the town of Fiesole for breathtaking views over Florence.

    Optional Activities
    Lucca Excursion

    Lucca
    Medieval Lucca is perfect to explore on foot. Stroll atop the 17th-century city wall, still fully intact! Visit the 12th-century Cathedral of San Martino and the Duomo. Climb to the roof garden of the Guinigi Tower or see Puccini's birthplace.

    Pisa Visit
    Pisa
    Take the train to Pisa and check out its famous leaning tower. Wander the area and take photos to your heart's content. Opt to enter the church or tower or enjoy lunch at a nearby restaurant.

    Medici Chapels Visit
    Florence
    8EUR per person
    Admire the opulence of the two Medici Chapels. The Sagrestia Nuova was designed by Michelangelo and built as a mausoleum for the powerful Medici family.

    Ponte Vecchio Visit
    Florence
    Walk across this medieval bridge and look over the Arno River to feel the romance of this city. Jewelers, art dealers and souvenir shops run the length of the bridge, featured in many master paintings. (Breakfast)

  • 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.

    Free Time
    Florence Full Day
    There is still so much more of Florence to explore - its famous pontes, cathedrals, and shops. To see a side of the city that many miss, take the city bus to the town of Fiesole for breathtaking views over Florence.

    Optional Activities
    Lucca Excursion

    Lucca
    Medieval Lucca is perfect to explore on foot. Stroll atop the 17th-century city wall, still fully intact! Visit the 12th-century Cathedral of San Martino and the Duomo. Climb to the roof garden of the Guinigi Tower or see Puccini's birthplace.

    Pisa Visit
    Pisa
    Take the train to Pisa and check out its famous leaning tower. Wander the area and take photos to your heart's content. Opt to enter the church or tower or enjoy lunch at a nearby restaurant.

    Medici Chapels Visit
    Florence
    8EUR per person
    Admire the opulence of the two Medici Chapels. The Sagrestia Nuova was designed by Michelangelo and built as a mausoleum for the powerful Medici family.

    Ponte Vecchio Visit
    Florence
    Walk across this medieval bridge and look over the Arno River to feel the romance of this city. Jewelers, art dealers and souvenir shops run the length of the bridge, featured in many master paintings. (Breakfast)

  • 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!

    Train
    Florence - Naples
    Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Free Time
    Naples Afternoon
    "See Naples and die," the saying goes, and it's true. The tight roads, honking cars, busy restaurants, museums, three castles, and its waterfront bring it alive. Don't forget the infamous volcano, Mount Vesuvius. You can't say you went to Naples - the birthplace of pizza - until you have eaten some, so buon appetito!

    Optional Activities
    Archaeological Museum Naples

    Naples 1h-3h
    8EUR per person
    Visit the museum's outstanding collection of pieces from ancient Rome, as well as stunning mosaics and murals discovered in Pompeii.

    Underground Naples Visit (Napoli Sotterranea)
    Journey 40 metres under Naples' Historic Centre to a labyrinth of caves and tunnels that holds more than 150 cavities, hollowed by the Greeks to build the city's walls and temples. (Breakfast)

  • 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 with a visit to an organic lemon farm, getting an in-depth look at one of Italy's best-loved beverages from a local producer. Take in panoramic views of the sea, stroll through the fragrant lemon groves, and learn about the history of the agriturismo. See how limoncello is made from beginning to end and enjoy a taste of this delicious liqueur. After our tour, you have the option of visiting the nearby ruins of Herculaneum.

    Pompeii with an Archaeologist
    Pompeii
    Walk through the ruins of Pompeii, the city buried under ash and pumice when Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD 79. The forum, the baths and many houses remain well preserved and provide us with a glimpse of what life was like in the first century. Explore with an archaeologist, what is considered one of the most important archaeological sites in Europe and is unparallelled in its preservation of an ancient city.

    Private Vehicle
    Naples - Sorrento 1h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Sorrento Lemon Farm and Limoncello Tasting
    Sorrento
    Visit an organic lemon farm and get an in-depth look at one of Italy's best-loved beverages, limoncello, from a local producer. Take in panoramic views of the sea as you stroll through the fragrant lemon groves and learn about the history of the agriturismo. See how limoncello is made from beginning to end and enjoy a taste of this delicious liqueur. Salute!

    Optional Activities
    Herculaneum Visit

    Herculaneum 1h-3h
    11EUR per person
    Explore the well-preserved ruins of this ancient Roman town, lost in the same volcanic eruption as Pompeii. A UNESCO World Heritage site, much of Herculaneum's wooden roofs, beds, doors and food can be seen in their near-original state. Wealthier than Pompeii, view the fine houses of Aristides, Argus, Genius and Alcove. (Breakfast)

  • 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.

    Free Time
    Sorrento Full Day
    Stay in Sorrento and relax or visit the islands of Capri or Ischia.

    Optional Activities
    Capri Excursion

    Capri 6h-9h
    24-65EUR per person
    Take a catamaran or hydrofoil to see the jewel of the Amalfi islands. Visit the stunning Blue Grotto, stroll through the town, or simply relax and take in views of the blue water and striking limestone sea stacks.

    Ischia Excursion
    Ischia
    80EUR per person
    Relax at a one of the island's many volcanic spas. Visit the Aragonese Castle (built on a rock), the Mortella Gardens, or the Villa Ravino Gardens, or spend the day at English's Beach. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 10 Sorrento/Amalfi

    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 kitchen for a cooking demonstration, then sit down to a wonderful meal of local fare surrounded by gardens, open terraces and groves overlooking the Mediterranean. Continue to the hotel, which offers spectacular views of the coastline.

    Private Vehicle
    Sorrento - Amalfi 1h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Amalfi Agriturismo Culinary Experience
    Amalfi
    Enjoy lunch at a charming agriturismo that specializes in homegrown, delicious produce. Meet the family and tour the property, a converted 17th-century monastery immersed in greenery. Head into the kitchen for a cooking demonstration, then sit down to a wonderful meal of local fare surrounded by gardens, open terraces and groves, overlooking the Mediterranean.

    Free Time
    Amalfi Afternoon
    Walk the coast or drive along its famous curves; you'll have to catch your breath as you go from one stunning village to another: Sorrento, Positano, and Ravello. (Lunch,Breakfast)

  • 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."

    Local bus
    Amalfi - Bomerano 1h
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Walk of the Gods Hike
    Bomerano - Positano 5h-6h 8km
    Set off from the small town of Bomerano and follow the path along the Amalfi Coast with sensational views of lemon groves, gorges, deep valleys, woodland, abandoned farmhouses, and the sea below. Stop in the towns of Montepertuso and Positano, where there is more to explore.

    Ferry
    Positano - Amalfi 30m
    Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat. (Breakfast)

  • 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.

    Private Vehicle
    Amalfi - Rome 3h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Orientation Walk
    30m-1h
    Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended. (Breakfast)

  • 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.

    Free Time
    Rome Full Day
    There are endless places to explore in the Eternal City; monuments, churches, fountains, and squares. Shop along Via Veneto, climb the Spanish Steps, or take a walk in Trastevere.

    Optional Activities
    Colosseum Visit

    Rome
    12EUR per person
    Enjoy a visit to this famous spot, the scene of many bloody gladiator fights for the entertainment of ancient Rome's aristocracy. Take a tour of the old venue--a UNESCO World Heritage site--and feel free to walk around on your own. No battles, please!

    Vatican City Visit
    Vatican City 1h-2h
    Free
    Get ready to tick something off the bucket list. Visit the smallest country in the world--Vatican City! Stand in St Peter's Square and be wowed by colossal colonnades, numerous statues, and the obelisk. Opt to take in the magnificence of St Peter's Basilica, Michelangelo's Pieta, and the Sistine Chapel while you are in the area. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 14 Depart Rome

    Depart at any time.

    Departure Day
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. (Breakfast)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

  • TRIP DETAILS

    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 550-715 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 16 passengers, at an average there are 10 passengers travelling on this tour.

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.

  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.

  9. LOCAL GUIDES
    It is important to note that in Europe, all guiding is based around local guides all of whom are licensed to work only in a particular city. As such, our leaders are able to provide orientation walks which will show you the layout of each town and city as well as the location of local services such as post offices and laundromats, but are unable to legally share historical facts and figures in public places.


  10. LUGGAGE
    In Europe it is very rare to find elevators in train stations, hotels or other public places. We use public transport on this trip, which means you will need to carry your luggage from platform to platform, in and out of trains and buses etc. and also possibly up several flights of stairs. You will also need to be able to stow your luggage safely on trains and buses. It is therefore essential that you pack light and bring luggage which is compact and lightweight, and which you can easily transport. The carrying of your luggage remains your responsibility at all times.


  11. RESERVE TICKETS
    Please note that if you wish to visit popular museums such as the Vatican Museums (Sistine Chapel) and Villa Borghese in Rome, to avoid waiting in line for a long time (especially in high season May-September when it could be a question of hours!), it is advisable to reserve tickets in advance. Tickets can be reserved online at various websites including www.tickitaly.com. 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.



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