Iconic Italy

  • Trip Type: Journeys
  • 14 Days | Venice to Rome
  • Group Size: Max 16

Trip Details


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.

Trip Highlights

    • Delve into the colorful coastal towns of Cinque Terre, and do the “Walk of the Gods” in Amalfi.
    • Walk amid the ruins of Pompeii alongside an expert archaeologist.
    • Sip limoncello at a seaside orchard in Sorrento.

Itinerary - 14 Days

Day 1 — Venice

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 — Venice

Take an orientation walk through the spectacular lanes and piazzas of Venice. Explore the city on your own this afternoon, or opt to visit the Doge’s Palace, glide across the canals on a gondola ride, or cruise to Murano and Burano—two of the northern Venetian islands. (1B)

Day 3 — Cinque Terre

Head to Cinque Terre for an overnight stay in a charming village perched on the rocky coast. Take in the region’s colorful waterfront towns during a boat ride on the crystal-clear Ligurian Sea. (1B)

Days 4, 5, & 6 — Florence

Travel to Florence and take an orientation walk through its lively streets. Then enjoy two free days to explore the city, with optional tours of Ponte Vecchio and the Medici Chapels. Or opt to take an excursion to Pisa or the medieval city of Lucca. (3B)

Day 7 — Naples

Catch the train to Naples, where there is the option to enjoy a fantastic meal in the birthplace of pizza. Opt to visit the National Archaeological Museum, or tour the labyrinth of caves and tunnels that lies below the old town. (1B)

Days 8 & 9 — Pompeii/Sorrento

This morning, head out of town to walk amid the ruins of Pompeii with an archaeologist. Continue by private bus to Sorrento and tour a lemon farm, where we’ll sample limoncello. Later, take an optional trip to the well-preserved ruins of Herculaneum. Enjoy the next day at leisure in Sorrento, or opt to visit the nearby islands of Capri or Ischia. (2B)

Days 10 & 11 — Amalfi

Travel to the awe-inspiring Amalfi coast and tour a local agriturismo . Meet the family that lives there and stroll the beautiful property, a converted 17th-century monastery. Head into the kitchen for a cooking demonstration and sit down for an unforgettable meal overlooking the Mediterranean. The next day, hike the famous “Walk of the Gods,” following ancient trails linking isolated farms, villages, churches, and monasteries. (2B, 1L)

Days 12 & 13 — Rome

Travel to Rome and take an orientation walk. Enjoy a free day to explore this ancient city. Opt to visit the Colosseum or the Vatican. Or just wander the streets, breaking at a café for some gelato. (2B)

Day 14 — Rome

Depart at any time. (1B)

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Activity Level


Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives, or easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and biking.

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Cost Details

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy. If you're traveling on your own, we'll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. Prices are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

My Own Room

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option: From $1,359

What's Included

Transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. The optional excursions in Florence and those to Pisa, Capri, and Ischia, as well as visits to the National Archaeological Museum, the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and the Vatican, are at an additional cost.

Comfortable, mid-range hotels (13 nights)

Meals Included
13 breakfasts, 1 lunch. Allow an additional $550–715 for meals not included.

Train, private minivan/bus, boat

Optional Experience

You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you're in need of suggestions, we've got them. Details about any optional experiences for this trip will be available during the booking process. Please note, these are at an additional cost.