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Quintessential Italy

12 Days / 11 Nights

Venice, Florence, Rome, Sorrento

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A lifetime would not be enough to explore all the charms of Italy but this 12-day itinerary is a very good start. Your fascinating trip across Il Bel Paese starts on a dreamy note - Venice. You'll get to know this marvel of a city in depth before you move to your next destination, Florence. There, you'll feast your eyes on spectacular art but also mingle with locals at romantic piazzas that scream dolce vita at every turn. Your next stop couldn't be else than the Eternal City. In Rome, you'll discover the treasures of the Pantheon, the Colosseum, and many other world-renowned monuments, but also indulge in the worldly pleasures of pizza and pasta to your heart's content. End your trip by the sea; the Amalfi Coast awaits to fill your last days in Italy with lemon scents and memorable snapshots.

One of our team members in Italy will be available to you leading up to and during your trip to answer any questions and arrange local services. You will receive access to your Guest Page, with information on the best these destinations have to offer, including things to see and do, and other inside tips from restaurant recommendations to tipping advice. Upon arrival, we will provide you with a local SIM card or e-SIM with data that you can use to reach your local JayWay contact (who you will meet in person) throughout your trip. In all of our destinations, we offer a variety of memorable 3- to 5-star accommodation options, including boutique hotels and charming B&Bs. With our firsthand experience, we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable, and centrally located, with local ambiance.

Route for Venice, Florence, Rome, Sorrento tour

2 Nights in Venice

2 Nights in Venice

3 days in Venice
3 days in Venice

2 Nights in Venice

Venice is a legendary city with a charm and atmosphere all its own. The city was constructed on more than 100 islands connected by a series of canals, most of which are lined with gorgeous palaces, beautiful churches, and all sorts of impressive architecture. While the city isn’t huge, it is packed with pedestrian-only streets and quaint, winding alleys that will keep you exploring for days. The city is very popular with tourists year-round, so you certainly won’t be the only travelers walking through the streets with camera in hand. This being Italy, the cuisine in Venice is delicious, and we can especially recommend the Cicchetti of Venice tour. Cicchetti are Venetian tapas, and this tour will introduce you to some of the city’s most iconic eateries and its most delicious recipes. If it’s your first time in Venice, we can organize a tour to show you all the most important sites. And since no trip to the city of canals is complete without a boat ride, we offer a number of ways for you to get a new point of view of the city and its magnificent architecture. It’s easy to while away your time in Venice, discovering new secrets around every corner.

Venice is a legendary city with a charm and atmosphere all its own. The city was constructed on more than 100 islands connected by a series of canals, most of which are lined with gorgeous palaces, beautiful churches, and all sorts of impressive architecture. While the city isn’t huge, it is packed with pedestrian-only streets and quaint, winding alleys that will keep you exploring for days. The city is very popular with tourists year-round, so you certainly won’t be the only travelers walking through the streets with camera in hand. This being Italy, the cuisine in Venice is delicious, and we can especially recommend the Cicchetti of Venice tour. Cicchetti are Venetian tapas, and this tour will introduce you to some of the city’s most iconic eateries and its most delicious recipes. If it’s your first time in Venice, we can organize a tour to show you all the most important sites. And since no trip to the city of canals is complete without a boat ride, we offer a number of ways for you to get a new point of view of the city and its magnificent architecture. It’s easy to while away your time in Venice, discovering new secrets around every corner.

Day 1

Day 1 - Arrival in Venice

Start your Venetian experience off in style by arriving in a private water taxi. We'll arrange a transfer by boat from Venice Marco Polo airport to the closest possible point to your hotel in Venice. Please note that porter assistance from the water taxi to the hotel is not included but can be arranged at extra charge.

Welcome to Venice!

Suggestion to explore on your own

Enjoy Venice from the very start! Depending on your preference, this can be a relaxing or active time. If you are feeling a bit tired, we suggest visiting the rooftop at Fondaco dei Tedeschi for a beautiful view of the city, especially around sunset. After that, enjoy an aperitif with a view of the Grand Canal at Erbaria (Rialto), where there are many bars with outdoor seating. Finally, dinner in one of the many restaurants in the Rialto area will definitely make your first evening in Venice a perfect one. If you arrived full of energy and ready to explore, head to the Zattere area and enjoy a stroll along the canal up to Punta della Dogana, where you can admire the view of San Marco and the Grand Canal. The walk to Santa Maria della Salute church is pleasant and you can take the traghetto (a big gondola) to cross the canal.

Welcome to Venice!

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Venice

First Time in Venice Private Tour

First Time in Venice Private Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Discover Venice with this unique walking tour, which unfolds through the elegant Piazza San Marco, surrounded by the governmental buildings of the ancient Republic. You'll see the beautiful Saint Mark church, then stroll through the Castello district including the large campo Santa Maria Formosa. The square of San Giovanni e Paolo will be your next stop. Before reaching Rialto you'll pass by the Marco Polo house. From the top of the famous Rialto bridge you'll encounter all the splendours of the Grand Canal.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Venice Street Food and Rialto Market Group Tour

Venetian Tapas and Wine Tours

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

You're in Italy so good food isn't too far away if you know where to look. One of our favorite ways to get to know a city is by taking a food tour. We can highly recommend taking part in these small group tours and getting your culinary bearings set with an afternoon sampling cicchetti, Venetian tapas, accompanied by wine at Venice's best Bacari, traditional wine bars.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 3 hours

Day 3

Day 3 - Traveling to Florence by Train

It's time to bid arrivederci to Venice. You will board a high-speed train that will whisk you to the capital of Tuscany: Firenze or Florence to you and me, in around 2 hours. We've included second class tickets in your package but an upgrade to a higher class is possible for an extra fee. We'll arrange a water taxi to pick you up from your accommodation or the closest dock and take you to Santa Lucia Train Station. Please note that porter assistance from the hotel to the water taxi is not included but can be arranged at extra charge.

Florence by Train

You can upgrade your transfer

Upgrade to Florence by Private Transfer with a stop in Modena

Florence by Private Transfer with a stop in Modena

Upgrade for an additional cost
We also offer the following excursions in Venice

Ancient Crafts & Artisans' Workshops Tour
Light3 hours
Authentic Murano Glass Factory Private Tour
Light2 hours
Cortina and Dolomites Private Day Tour
Moderate8 hours
Cortina and the Dolomites Day Small Group Tour
Moderate8 Hours

3 Nights in Florence

3 Nights in Florence

4 days in Florence
4 days in Florence

3 Nights in Florence

Florence is the capital of Tuscany and home to the region’s greatest Renaissance art and architecture. The Renaissance actually started here, and today the city’s numerous cathedrals and art galleries show the evidence of this rich and inspiring period. You’ll want to see the Duomo Cathedral and the Galleria dell’Accademia, which houses Michelangelo’s “David.” Botticelli and Da Vinci's works are here too, at some of the city’s other amazing galleries. But there’s more to do in Florence than simply admire the art. It’s a beautiful, romantic place, and even a stroll through the streets is charming. Add world-class restaurants, delectable local wine and cuisine, and a warm Tuscan welcome, and you have a destination unlike any other. Florence is also an ideal base for exploring Tuscany, with its picturesque hills and vineyards in the heart of Italy.

Florence is the capital of Tuscany and home to the region’s greatest Renaissance art and architecture. The Renaissance actually started here, and today the city’s numerous cathedrals and art galleries show the evidence of this rich and inspiring period. You’ll want to see the Duomo Cathedral and the Galleria dell’Accademia, which houses Michelangelo’s “David.” Botticelli and Da Vinci's works are here too, at some of the city’s other amazing galleries. But there’s more to do in Florence than simply admire the art. It’s a beautiful, romantic place, and even a stroll through the streets is charming. Add world-class restaurants, delectable local wine and cuisine, and a warm Tuscan welcome, and you have a destination unlike any other. Florence is also an ideal base for exploring Tuscany, with its picturesque hills and vineyards in the heart of Italy.

Day 3

Day 3 - Arrival in Florence

Upon arriving to Florence's main station, Santa Maria Novella, we'll arrange for our driver to pick you up from the train station and take you to your centrally located accommodation.

Day 4

Day 4 - Your First Full Day in Florence

Florence Walking and Accademia Gallery Private Tour

Florence Walking and Accademia Gallery Private Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

With this tour you'll make the most of your time in Florence: you'll be picked up at your accommodation by your guide, who will lead you through the city streets. You'll explore the most important bridges, alleys, medieval markets and Renaissance palaces, so you can appreciate the best of this unique city. Together, you will then reach the Academia Gallery. The statue of David is definitely the most famous work on display, but it's certainly not the only thing worth seeing. Have your questions at the ready!


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 4 hours

Uffizi Gallery Private Tour

Uffizi Gallery Private Tour

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

This tour of the Uffizi Gallery is a great way to experience the rich artistic culture and history of Florence. You'll meet your guide at your hotel or at the gallery, then walk through the gallery together. There are numerous world-famous masterpieces on display that you're sure to recognize.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Day 5

Day 5 - Your Second Full Day in Florence

The Tuscan Gems - Siena, San Gimignano and the Tuscan Countryside Small Group Tour

Explore Tuscany: San Gimignano, Siena, and Tuscany

Included in your vacation package price.

Enjoy some of Tuscany's most breathtaking sites and scenery on this small group tour. After nearly an hour and a half of driving through the beautiful countryside, you'll arrive at the heart of Siena, for a walk through the city's picturesque narrow streets with your guide. You'll hear the city's stories and anecdotes and visit its highlights with some free time in Siena. The next stop is a wine estate, where you'll enjoy a proper Tuscan lunch, with the vineyard's own wine. A further drive through the countryside, with its olive trees, vines, and ancient stone buildings, will take you to San Gimignano, with its splendid skyline of vertiginous Medieval tower homes, where you'll be able to end your day at a leisurely pace.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 10 hours

Day 6

Day 6 - Traveling to Rome by Train

Your time in Florence has drawn to a close but there's plenty more art ahead of you as you head to Italy's magnificent and history-packed capital. We've included standard class tickets in your package on one of the frequent direct high speed train services that will get you to Rome in around two hours; an upgrade to a higher class is possible for an extra fee. We'll arrange for our driver to pick you up from your accommodation and take you to Florence Train Station.

You can upgrade your transfer

Upgrade to Rome by Private Transfer with a Stop in Orvieto

Rome by Private Transfer with a Stop in Orvieto

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We also offer the following excursions in Florence

Best of Florence Group Walking Tour
Light3 hours
Buildings on the Arno Private Photo Tour
Light3-4 hours
Chianti E-bike Cycling Group Tour with Lunch and Wine Tasting
Moderate8 hours 30 minutes
Cinque Terre Self-Guided Private Day Trip
Light10 Hours

3 Nights in Rome

3 Nights in Rome

4 days in Rome
4 days in Rome

3 Nights in Rome

The capital of Italy is a vibrant, energetic and stylish city. While thoroughly modern in sensibility, Rome is also home to some of the world’s most important works of classic art and architecture. This city has been an epicenter for culture, politics and religion for more than 2,500 years. From the Spanish Steps to the Vatican, there are more than enough sights to keep even the most active tourists busy and even somewhere as popular as Rome you can find places just off the tourist trail and bustling with locals. But it’s also nice to slow down and enjoy Rome’s famous cafes and restaurants, which can be just as beguiling as the buildings. Lounge with an espresso on the Campo de Fiori and watch the changing light on the fountains and the facades. Visit the Vatican and explore some of the world’s most beautiful churches. Rome really comes alive at night, when restaurants and wine bars bring a renewed vitality to the city. You’ll also have opportunities for day trips to local vineyards, olive groves, and other places producing regional delicacies. No matter what your interests, or what kind of holiday you’re looking for, Rome will be an enjoyable destination.

The capital of Italy is a vibrant, energetic and stylish city. While thoroughly modern in sensibility, Rome is also home to some of the world’s most important works of classic art and architecture. This city has been an epicenter for culture, politics and religion for more than 2,500 years. From the Spanish Steps to the Vatican, there are more than enough sights to keep even the most active tourists busy and even somewhere as popular as Rome you can find places just off the tourist trail and bustling with locals. But it’s also nice to slow down and enjoy Rome’s famous cafes and restaurants, which can be just as beguiling as the buildings. Lounge with an espresso on the Campo de Fiori and watch the changing light on the fountains and the facades. Visit the Vatican and explore some of the world’s most beautiful churches. Rome really comes alive at night, when restaurants and wine bars bring a renewed vitality to the city. You’ll also have opportunities for day trips to local vineyards, olive groves, and other places producing regional delicacies. No matter what your interests, or what kind of holiday you’re looking for, Rome will be an enjoyable destination.

Day 6

Day 6 - Arrival in Rome

Upon arriving to Roma Termini train station, we'll arrange for our driver to pick you up from the terminal and take you to your centrally located accommodation.

Day 7

Day 7 - Your First Full Day in Rome

Golf Cart Around Rome Private Tour

Private Rome Golf Cart Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

The Private Rome Golf Cart Tour is designed to allow you to see the city without putting miles on your feet. Enjoy seeing the most important sites and hidden gems in an eco-friendly, comfortable golf cart on this private tour. Your private tour guide will chauffeur you around the Eternal City quickly and efficiently while sharing with you the rich history and exciting stories that have built up Rome. Your Rome Golf Cart Tour is a private tour that allows you to maximize your time in the Eternal City and gives you the opportunity to stop and snap a photo or enjoy a short coffee or gelato break if you wish (not included). Come enjoy a tour mixed with culture, history, and fun!


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 3 hours

Rome and Catholicism

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

It's hard to miss the dome of St Peter's, and it's the first thing you see when arriving in Rome by plane. It really is an ever-present reference point on the city's skyline. Vatican City is the spiritual and administrative center of the Roman Catholic Church. Technically a separate state and surrounded by stone walls, the Vatican is a must-see. We offer a range of options to suit your specific preferences: private tours, small group tours, and even tours with experienced scholars who can offer unique insight into the area.

The Complete Vatican Group Tour with Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

The Complete Vatican Group Tour with Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

For an in-depth exploration of Rome's iconic highlights, this guided tour with an expert is a must. Discover the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums, and beyond—an immersive Vatican journey. Skip the lines and delve into these remarkable buildings and their artistic treasures with your private guide, gaining insights into their rich history and profound significance.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3.5 hours

Pristine Sistine Early Entrance Small Group Vatican Tour

Pristine Sistine Early Entrance Small Group Vatican Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Gazing upon Michelangelo's masterpieces in the Sistine Chapel creates an enduring memory, and the optimal way to savor this experience is by gaining exclusive access to the Vatican an entire hour ahead of the general public. Although it entails an early start for this VIP small group tour, the rewards are boundless. Your guide will immerse you in the chapel's narrative before guiding you through a comprehensive exploration of the Vatican Museums.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 4 hours

Vatican Highlights Private Guided Tour

Vatican Highlights Private Guided Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Vatican Highlights Private Guided Tour give you the opportunity to thoroughly explore the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica, at your own pace with your own private guide. Your private guide will be happy to tailor your Vatican visit to suit your preferences.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Day 8

Day 8 - Your Second Full Day in Rome

Premium Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Group Tour

Premium Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Group Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Hear stories of lions, gladiators & emperors on this thorough exploration of Ancient Rome. There's no waiting in line as we've included express entry at the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill. Your expert guide will takae you in a group of no more than 15 people for an intimate and fun tour of three of the most significant sites of Ancient Rome.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 3 Hours

Day 9

Day 9 - Traveling to Sorrento by Train

Today you're off to the beautiful Amalfi Coast. The fastest and most economical way to get there is to take a 1-hour train from Rome to Naples and then have our driver pick you up from the train station to take you directly to your accommodations in Sorrento. We've included standard class tickets in your package but an upgrade to a higher class is possible for an extra fee. The whole journey should take approximately 2 hours.

You can upgrade your transfer

Upgrade to Sorrento by Private Transfer with a Stop in Pompeii

Sorrento by Private Transfer with a Stop in Pompeii

Upgrade for an additional cost
We also offer the following excursions in Rome

Bella Roma! Funny Family Private Tour - History, Games, and Delicacies
Moderate3 hours
Colosseum and Roman Forum Private Tour
Light3 hours
Cooking Class in the Jewish District Group Tour
Easy2.5 hours
Crypts, Bones and Catacombs - Rome Group Walking Tour
Light3 to 3 hours 30 minutes

3 Nights in Sorrento

3 Nights in Sorrento

4 days in Sorrento
4 days in Sorrento

3 Nights in Sorrento

The genteel resort town of Sorrento on the southern end of the Bay of Naples is clearly designed for comfort. Complete with a solid portfolio of three to five star hotels, plenty of restaurants and gelaterias it's a typical slice of the Italian riviera. It makes for an easily accessible and affordable base for boat trips to Capri, a visit to Naples, Pompeii and Vesuvius or a jaunt to the other side of the Sorrentine peninsula to the Amalfi Coast. In Sorrento itself you'll enjoy all the advantages of a small town with a sizeable year-round population and a cosy Centro Storico packed with bars, antique shops, churches and grand old palazzos.

The genteel resort town of Sorrento on the southern end of the Bay of Naples is clearly designed for comfort. Complete with a solid portfolio of three to five star hotels, plenty of restaurants and gelaterias it's a typical slice of the Italian riviera. It makes for an easily accessible and affordable base for boat trips to Capri, a visit to Naples, Pompeii and Vesuvius or a jaunt to the other side of the Sorrentine peninsula to the Amalfi Coast. In Sorrento itself you'll enjoy all the advantages of a small town with a sizeable year-round population and a cosy Centro Storico packed with bars, antique shops, churches and grand old palazzos.

Day 9

Day 9 - Arrival in Sorrento

Your driver will bring you straight to your accommodation in Sorrento.

Day 10

Day 10 - Your First Full Day in Sorrento

Amalfi Coast Private Day Trip from Sorrento

Amalfi Coast Private Day Trip from Sorrento

Included in your vacation package price.

Don't miss the opportunity to go touring the gorgeous Amalfi Coast. We can arrange for an experienced English-speaking driver to pick you up in the morning and remain at your disposal for the whole day, so you can explore at your own pace and really make the most of your time on the Italian Riviera. This is an eight-hour tour, so you'll have plenty of time to explore, and your driver knows just where to go. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes, and don't forget your camera!


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 8 hours

Day 11

Day 11 - Your Second Full Day in Sorrento

Group Boat Excursion to Capri

Small Group Boat Excursion to Capri

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you'll be embarking by boat for the island Capri. Along the way you'll explore some of the most astounding natural beauties in Italy, including stops for swimming. On Capri you'll have several hours to explore on your own before returning back home. Bring a bathing suit and your camera, because you're really in for a treat!


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 7-8 hours

Day 12

Day 12 - Departure Day

It's time to say a teary arrivederci to Sorrento. We will arrange for a driver to pick you up from your accommodation and take you to Naples airport for your departing flight.

We also offer the following excursions in Sorrento

Cook Like a Local with a Sea View Group Cooking Class
Easy3 hours 30 minutes
Farm Experience with Tastings, Pizza Making and Limoncello Group Tour
Moderate4 hours 30 minutes
Farm Visit and Limoncello Tasting Group Tour
Light3,5 hours
Group Boat Excursion to the Amalfi Coast
Light8 hours

What's Included

Here are all the services provided as part of your complete vacation package. See what every JayWay trip includes.
Please let us know if you'd like to upgrade any transfers or add any additional tours or excursions to your itinerary.

Venice

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Venice Marco Polo Airport Transfer
First Time in Venice Private Tour
Venice Water Taxi Santa Lucia Train Station Transfer
Venice - Florence Standard Class Train Tickets

Florence

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Florence Train Station Transfer
Florence Walking and Accademia Gallery Private Tour
The Tuscan Gems - Siena, San Gimignano and the Tuscan Countryside Small Group Tour
Florence Train Station Transfer
Florence - Rome Standard Class Train Tickets

Rome

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Rome Train Station Transfer
Private Rome Golf Cart Tour
Premium Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Group Tour
Rome Train Station Transfer
Rome - Naples Standard Class Train Ticket
Naples - Sorrento Private Transfer

Sorrento

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Amalfi Coast Private Day Trip from Sorrento
Small Group Boat Excursion to Capri
Sorrento - Naples Airport Private Transfer

package excludes:


  • Flights to and from Europe.
  • Tips for Tour Guides, Drivers and Local Reps.
  • Meals (other than breakfast if included in room rate and meals listed as included in food tours and excursions, unless explicitly stated otherwise).
  • Parking fees for your Rental Car (if you are booking one with us) unless otherwise indicated. Some hotels provide free parking facilities.
  • Travel Insurance. See the insurance link on our website
Benefits of Traveling with JayWay

A JayWay vacation is more than the sum of its parts. Our team work tirelessly to ensure your experience is memorable for all the right reasons. Your trip is personalized to maximize your enjoyment. You're taken care of every step of the way.

A Travel Advisor who speaks your language

We will make sure that all your requirements and interests are taken into account in preparing your itinerary.

A totally tailored itinerary for your vacation

Your trip is customized for you by  an experienced trip planner and an expert on the region.

A choice of hand-picked hotels and excursions

We've personally inspected and tested all the hotels and local tour providers we work with to ensure quality.

Detailed pre-trip preparation to make the most of every day

Your Europe-based Tour Manager will be in touch by email and phone a month before you arrive to finalize timings.

On-trip Concierge Service to smooth out any bumps in the road

Your tour manager is at your service throughout your journey. We'll provide a local SIM so you can stay connected.

Personalized Guest Page to make sure you're not missing out

Packed with detailed information and recommendations curated by locals on the best things to do, see and eat.
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