The Duke's Trip to Italy

Sep 17-28, 2018 / 12 DAYS

A land full of history and stunning sites.

The true question on a tour of Italy is “Where not to go?” The country is bursting with personality and beauty, making the possibilities for cultural …

Your package includes

  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 10 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 4 dinners with beer or wine
  • 1 wine tasting
  • Guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motor coach

Included highlights

St. Mark’s Basilica, Gondola ride, Florence Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, Colosseum, Roman Forum, Capri

Tour pace

You will walk for about 2 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including cobblestone streets, with few hills or stairs.

Itinerary

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Overnight flight / 1 NIGHT

Sep 17: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Venice today.

Venice / 2 NIGHTS

Sep 18: Arrival in Venice

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Italy! Transfer to your hotel and get settled in. Later, gather with your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Sep 19: Sightseeing tour of Venice

Included meals: Breakfast

Experience historic churches, winding canals, and picture-perfect piazzas on a guided tour of the city known as “the Queen of the Adriatic.” • Step into the iconic St. Mark’s Square and enter St. Mark’s Basilica • View the stately Doge’s Palace, built in the Venetian Gothic style in 1340 • Marvel at the Bridge of Sighs, the link between Doge’s Palace and the New Prison • See a glassblowing demonstration to learn about the city’s most celebrated art • Take a gondola ride through the city’s beautiful canals Please note: The gondola ride is weather-dependent.

Florence / 2 NIGHTS

Sep 20: Transfer to Florence & sightseeing tour

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Cross through the Apennine Mountains as you make your way to Florence. Once you arrive, get to know the city with a local guide. • View the legendary Florence Cathedral, known as the Duomo • Pass Giotto’s Campanile, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture • Walk past Piazza della Repubblica to the medieval Ponte Vecchio • Stroll along the Arno River and through the courtyard of the Uffizi Gallery to Piazza della Signoria, center of Florentine life • Step inside the Galleria dell’Accademia to see Michelangelo’s David

Sep 21: San Gimignano

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Travel through the beautiful Tuscan countryside to discover the essence of the region during today’s activities. • Visit the medieval village of San Gimignano and learn about the interesting history of the area • Head to a local winery for a taste of the region’s wines and a sample of olive oil and balsamic vinegar • Sit down to enjoy lasagna during lunch

Rome / 3 NIGHTS

Sep 22: Transfer to Rome & sightseeing tour

Included meals: Breakfast

Depart Florence for Rome, where you’ll explore the ancient city on a guided tour. • Pass by Trajan’s Column and Piazza Venezia, the city’s central hub • Stop at the ruins of the Forum, once the setting of parades, elections, and trials • Soak up over 2,000 years of history in Imperial Rome, viewing the Arch of Constantine, the Arch of Titus, and the Temple of Venus and Roma • Enter the Colosseum, the largest amphitheater of the Roman Empire, and take time to explore on your own

Sep 23: Vatican City

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day to explore Rome or add excursions.

Sep 24: Vatican City

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today’s guided tour takes you inside the world’s smallest state, Vatican City.  • Visit the Vatican Museums, which are over 500 years old and hold many of the world’s most important Classical- and Renaissance-era sculptures  • Step inside the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll gaze up at what is perhaps Michelangelo’s greatest masterpiece  • Pay a visit to the enormous St. Peter’s Basilica, the epicenter of the Roman Catholic faith  Please note: Backpacks are not allowed in the Vatican and a dress code of no shorts or sleeveless shirts is enforced.  This evening, enjoy an elegant, four-course dinner at a local restaurant. While you dine, you’ll be treated to some of opera’s best-loved arias.

Sorrento / 3 NIGHTS

Sep 25: Sorrento via Pompeii

Included meals: Breakfast

En route to Sorrento, stop at Pompeii for a guided walking tour of the city’s ruins. • Learn how wealthy Romans lived as you explore the ruins • View the excavated Roman ruins of theaters, villas, temples, and baths

Sep 26: Capri

Included meals: Breakfast

Explore the picturesque island of Capri on today’s guided tour. • Take a boat ride around the island • Spend free time exploring the area at your leisure Please note: Today’s activities are weather-dependent. In the case of inclement weather a visit to Anacapri will replace the boat ride around the island.

Sep 27: The Amalfi Coast

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a full-day excursion to the scenic Amalfi Coast, which offers magnificent views of the sea. • Drive along the coast, stopping at Amalfi Cathedral and at the Madonina viewpoint in Positano • Enjoy free time for lunch and shopping in Amalfi • Continue along the coast to Vietri sul Mare before returning to Sorrento Celebrate your trip at a farewell diner this evening.

Sep 28: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the Naples airport for your flight home.

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