15-day Treasures of Italy Tour

$3,740 p.p. dbl. occ. (2023)
15 Days
1 Country
19 Meals

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15-day tour featuring Milan, Verona, Venice, Pisa, Tuscany, Florence, Sorrento, Pompeii and Rome. So many of the famous sights that you've seen in pictures are found in this storied country . . . the canals of Venice, Pisa's Leaning Tower, the Tuscan countryside, Florence's Duomo, the ruins of Pompeii, Sorrento on the Amalfi Coast, the Roman Colosseum and St. Peter's Square . . . it's the Treasures of Italy!

2023 Departure Dates Price*
Sep-28-2023 $200PP DISCOUNT $3,740 pp

Tour Year 2023

DAY 1 - Overnight flight to Italy.

The Trip Documents will provide guidance for airport check-in and for your arrival in Italy. Relax on your transatlantic flight with the assurance that Image Tours has taken care of all the details.

DAY 2 - Arrival at Milan's Malpensa Airport - Italian Lake District.

Upon arrival, clear passport control and collect your luggage. Refer to the "Arrival Instructions" in the Trip Documents for directions on where and when to meet your tour manager. Transfer to your hotel in the Italian Lake District to check in and freshen up. Get to know your fellow tour members at the "Welcome to Italy" dinner at the hotel. (Dinner)

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DAY 3 - Italian Lake District - Milan.

This morning begins with a visit to Milan’s center, where the Galleria (the world’s oldest shopping mall) and the Duomo dominate the main square. Following an interior visit of the Duomo, your tour manager will direct you toward high-fashion shops and noteworthy sights, such as La Scala Opera House. Along the way, a gelateria will tempt you with Italian ice cream. This afternoon, return to your Lake District hotel for dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 4 - Lake Garda - Verona.

Your first destination today is Lake Garda. Stroll along the lake front, browse the quaint markets, or take in the scene from one of the many sidewalk cafés. From Garda, it’s a short ride to Verona, famous for Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” Your tour manager will offer a walking tour through the medieval center of the city. The focal point of Verona is the Arena, which is still used for outdoor opera performances every summer. Sample authentic Italian dishes during an independent dinner in Verona before transferring to your hotel. (Breakfast)

DAY 5 - Venice.

Today features a full day visit to the romantic city of Venice, known for its characteristic canals, colorful gondoliers and magnificent St. Mark’s Square. All transportation is done exclusively over water, so like the Venetians, you will take a boat ride to the center of this "floating city." A guided walking tour follows, ending with a visit to a glass-blowing workshop where highly-skilled artisans craft everything from delicate figurines to grand chandeliers. If you have your heart set on gliding through the canals, the cost is about €45 ($55) per person based on up to six people sharing a gondola. The day provides ample time to marvel at the architecture of the San Marco Basilica, the Doge’s Palace, and the Clock Tower. Have dinner at a pizzeria or join your tour manager at a classic Venetian restaurant for the optional Venice Dinner excursion (see Optional Excursions). After a memorable day of sightseeing, return to your Verona area hotel. (Breakfast)

DAY 6 - Lucca - Pisa - Montecatini-Terme.

A morning drive takes you south through the Apennine Mountains and into Tuscany. Stop in the medieval center of Lucca before continuing to Pisa and its Leaning Tower. Work on this unique structure began in 1174, and it had already started to tilt while constructing the second floor. The cathedral complex consists of the Duomo, baptistery and bell tower. Set against the Field of Miracles (an expansive green lawn), these three white marble buildings are an impressive sight. This evening, pastel-tinted buildings on palm tree-lined streets welcome you to the spa resort town of Montecatini-Terme, your home for the next three nights. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 7 - Florence - Montecatini-Terme.

This day is devoted to the art and architecture of Florence. Some of the masterpieces you will see during the guided walking tour are the Duomo, the renowned bronze baptistry doors by Ghiberti, and Giotto’s Campanile (bell tower). The rest of the day is yours to explore at your own pace. Admire the piazzas, each with its own distinct character, shop the open-air markets, visit an art gallery, or enjoy gathering with Florentines and visitors alike on the Ponte Vecchio. Subject to availability at the time of your visit, your tour manager may arrange for an optional Accademia Gallery excursion to admire Michelangelo's "David" (see Optional Excursions). Return to Montecatini-Terme, where you can dine "al fresco" on one of the sidewalk terraces. (Breakfast)

DAY 8 - Montecatini-Terme.

Spend a leisurely day enjoying the shops, cafés, spas and parks of Montecatini-Terme. Take the funicular up to the old town of Montecatini Alte, and sip a cappuccino as you take in the panoramic view of the Tuscan countryside. Consider using the convenient train service to return to Florence for further exploration. Another choice for today is the optional Siena & Vineyard Dinner excursion (see Optional Excursions). (Breakfast)

DAY 9 - Tuscan Countryside - Pompeii.

Your final impressions of Tuscany take you past olive groves and rolling hills to a morning stop in one of the charming provincial villages of the region. This afternoon, continue south towards your hotel in the area of Pompeii, where dinner will be served upon arrival. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 10 - Sorrento.

Transfer to nearby Sorrento for a full day to explore at your leisure. Wander through the narrow streets and alleyways in Old Sorrento, sit at a sidewalk café at the Piazza Tasso, and walk among the frescoes in the Sorrento Duomo. Another option is to board a 25-minute ferry to Capri, and spend the day investigating this beautiful Island. Or, perhaps you have decided to join the optional Amalfi Coast & Dinner excursion (see Optional Excursions - Note: this excursion must be reserved prior to and paid with your final tour payment). (Breakfast)

DAY 11 - Pompeii - Rome.

A local guide will join you for an educational visit to sections of the excavated ruins of Pompeii. Buried under thick ash after Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D., Pompeii was discovered during an excavation in 1748. Since then, large sections have been unearthed providing extraordinary insight into the life of a city at the height of the Roman Empire. On the way from Pompeii to the “Eternal City” of Rome, stop for an included dinner of homemade specialties at a countryside farm. Afterwards, continue to your Rome area hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 12 - Rome.

Today is devoted to the wonders of Rome, crowned by the Colosseum which dates back to 80 A.D. During a panoramic tour, the local guide will introduce you to some of the most famous landmarks. This afternoon, continue with a walking tour including the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona and more. Top off the day with an independent dinner at one of Rome’s many restaurants or sidewalk cafés before returning to your hotel this evening. (Breakfast)

DAY 13 - Rome.

This morning, transfer to the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. A guided visit provides insight into the history of Christianity in Rome. The Basilica is built upon the grave of the Apostle Paul who came to Rome in 61 A.D. for his trial by the Roman court which condemned him to death as a Christian. His tomb became a place of veneration for the faithful, and throughout the centuries, the simple memorial chamber was expanded into an enhanced and embellished basilica. This afternoon, continue your guided experience by joining the optional Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel excursion (see Optional Excursions) or spend the afternoon exploring the area around the Vatican City on your own. Return to your hotel this evening for a "Farewell Dinner." (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 14 - Rome.

Your final day in Rome provides the opportunity for independent exploration. Transfer to the area around the Colosseum where you can wander the shops, visit the Capitoline Museums, and admire artwork and artifacts from the ancient Roman world. Or, simply relax with a cappuccino at a sidewalk café. This afternoon, your tour manager will offer the optional Colosseum excursion (see Optional Excursions below) for a guided tour through the interior of this colossal structure and the Roman Forum. Savor your final Italian meal of the tour during an independent dinner or join the optional Rome Dinner excursion (see Optional Excursions). (Breakfast)

DAY 15 - Daytime flight back to U.S.A.

Transfer to the Rome Fiumicino Airport for your return flight home (Breakfast)

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DAY 1 - Overnight flight to Italy.

Overnight flight from the U.S.A. to Italy.

DAY 2 - Arrival at Milan's Malpensa Airport - Italian Lake District.

Upon arrival at Milan Airport, meet your tour manager and transfer (1 hr) to your Italian Lake District hotel. The balance of the day is yours to rest and freshen up before the welcome dinner. (Dinner)

DAY 3 - Italian Lake District - Milan.

Transfer (1½ hrs) to Milan's city center for a walking tour and free time. Return (1½ hrs) to your hotel in the Italian Lake District for an included dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 4 - Lake Garda - Verona.

A leisurely morning drive (1½ hrs) to the morning stop and onto (1½ hrs) Lake Garda. From Garda, it is a short drive (1 hr) to legendary Verona of Romeo & Juliet fame. After independent dinner, transfer (½ hr) to your Verona Area Hotel. (Breakfast)

DAY 5 - Venice.

The entire day is dedicated to Venice. Motor along the Autostrada (2 hrs) and take a water taxi into St. Mark Square. A guided walking tour is followed by time for sightseeing and the opportunity for a Gondola ride. Have dinner on your own, or join the optional Venice Dinner excursion. Return (2 hrs) to your Verona Area Hotel. (Breakfast)

DAY 6 - Lucca - Pisa - Montecatini-Terme.

Enjoy a leisurely morning drive (1½ hrs) to your morning stop and onto (1½ hrs) your lunch stop in fascinating Lucca. Continue (½ hr) to the Leaning Tower of Pisa for a photo stop before heading (1 hr) to Montecatini-Terme, your home in Tuscany for the next three nights. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 7 - Florence - Montecatini-Terme.

Morning ride (1½ hrs) to the beautiful Byzantine city of Florence. A guided walking tour will point out the main highlights. The tour manager may offer an optional Accademia Gallery excursion. Return (1½ hrs), to your Montecatini-Terme hotel, where you can dine "al fresco" during your independent dinner. (Breakfast)

DAY 8 - Montecatini-Terme.

Free day in Montecatini-Terme to relax, bike, swim, golf, take a funicular up to the old town, or enjoy a spa treatment. Or, you can join the optional Siena & Vineyard Dinner excursion (2 hr transfer in each direction).  (Breakfast)

DAY 9 - Tuscan Countryside - Pompeii.

Your last morning in Tuscany takes you (2 hrs) past olive groves to your morning stop in one of the regional villages. Continue (2 hrs) to your lunch stop. Enjoy the changing scenery as you travel south (1½ hrs) with an afternoon rest stop before reaching your final destination (1½ hrs) in the Pompeii Area. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 10 - Sorrento.

Transfer (1 hr) to Sorrento to spend the day in this harbor city or take a ferry to the island of Capri. Your tour manager will offer an optional Amalfi Coast & Dinner excursion (2 hrs). (Breakfast)

DAY 11 - Pompeii - Rome.

Enjoy a short ride (½ hr) into Pompeii for a guided tour of the excavated ruins. From Pompeii, travel (1½ hrs) to a short rest stop and continue (2 hrs) to the location for your included dinner at a countryside farm outside of Rome. Transfer (1 hr) to your Rome Area Hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 12 - Rome.

Morning sightseeing tour of Rome by bus (3 hrs). This afternoon, the local guide continues with a walking tour. Top off the day with an independent dinner in Rome Center before the transfer (¾ hr) to the hotel. (Breakfast)

DAY 13 - Rome.

Visit the "Basilica of St. Paul's Outside the Walls" (¾ hr). Continue (½ hr) into Vatican City, where you may enjoy free time or join the optional Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel excursion. This evening return (¾ hr) to your Rome Area Hotel for a "Farewell Dinner". (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 14 - Rome.

After transferring (¾ hr) into Rome center near the Colosseum, the entire day is free to pursue individual interests. The tour manager will offer an optional afternoon Colosseum excursion. Dinner is independent tonight, or join the optional Rome Dinner excursion, before returning (¾ hr) to your Rome Area Hotel. (Breakfast)

DAY 15 - Daytime flight back to U.S.A.

Transfer (½ hr) to the Rome Fiumicino Airport for your return flight home. (Breakfast)

  •   Gaze upon the crystal clear waters of subtropical Lake Garda
  •   Kiss your true love under Romeo & Juliet’s balcony in Verona
  •   Cross bridges and glide through canals in one-of-a-kind Venice
  •   Pose for an iconic photo in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  •   Delight in panoramic vistas of the rolling Tuscan countryside
  •   Immerse in the art and architecture of Da Vinci’s Florence
  •   Envision life in Pompeii before the Vesuvius eruption in 79 A.D.
  •   Sample freshly prepared dishes during a Farm-to-Table dinner
  •   Stand in awe of the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain in Rome
  •   Accommodations in Superior Tourist Class or First Class hotels
  •   13 Breakfasts and 6 Dinners in addition to any in-flight meals
  •   Tour Manager for the full European duration of the tour
  •   Land Transportation in Europe by deluxe, air-conditioned motor coach
  •   Image Tours Touroclopedia® trip preparation tips
  •   Trip Documents with luggage tags, final details and travel guidance

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$3,740 p.p.d.o.


Hotel Villa Paradiso

Lago Maggiore, Italy
  • hairdryer
  • air conditioning
  • TV
  • mini-bar
  • free WIFI
  • elevator
  • restaurant
  • bar
  • outdoor pool
  • private beach

Montresor Hotel Tower

Bussolengo, Italy
  • hairdryer
  • air conditioning
  • satellite TV
  • mini-bar
  • in room safe
  • free WIFI
  • Elevator
  • restaurant
  • fitness center
  • spa treatments

Hotel Boston

Montecatini Terme, Italy
  • hairdryer
  • air conditioning
  • satellite TV
  • mini bar
  • in-room safe
  • free WIFI
  • elevator
  • restaurant
  • bar
  • fitness room

Hotel Da Vinci

Montecatini-Terme, Italy
  • hairdryer
  • air conditioning
  • satellite TV
  • mini bar
  • in-room safe
  • free WIFI
  • elevator
  • restaurant
  • bar
  • outdoor swimming pool

Hotel Europa

Castellammare di Stabiae, Italy
  • hairdryer
  • TV
  • free WIFI
  • mini-bar
  • in-room safe
  • elevator
  • restaurant
  • bar
  • private beach
  • outdoor pool
  • bike rental
  • hairdryer
  • air conditioning
  • satellite TV
  • mini-bar
  • free WIFI
  • restaurant
  • bar
  • bank
  • boutique
  • fitness center
  • sauna
  • outdoor swimming pool
  • safety deposit box at reception

OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS DETAILS

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Our tours are carefully planned to offer a comfortable balance of sightseeing, entertainment and leisure time. Optional Excursions provide the flexibility to choose between leisure time or additional guided sightseeing activities. Unless otherwise noted, optional excursions must be booked with and paid to your tour manager during the tour. Prices are in U.S. Dollars. MASTERCARD®, VISA®, or DISCOVER® (no other credit cards are accepted) are recommended to avoid carrying excessive cash and exchange rate fluctuations. You must be able to present the actual card to your tour manager. If you bring a DISCOVER® card, also bring a VISA® or MASTERCARD®, as DISCOVER® is not widely accepted in Europe. Cash payments during the tour must be in Euros. Personal checks and traveler’s checks are not accepted. The operation of all excursions is subject to sufficient participation, and some excursions are subject to favorable weather conditions. Your tour manager reserves the right to make changes or cancel excursions at their sole discretion.

VENICE DINNER

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. $55.00

At the end of your day in Venice, join your tour manager for a walk through the intriguing alleys to Al Giardinetto Restaurant, with its beautiful vine-clad courtyard and relaxing atmosphere. Dinner includes a glass of wine, local specialties and dessert.

ACCADEMIA GALLERY

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. $50.00

A local guide will highlight some of the popular pieces at the Accademia Gallery in Florence, with a focus on one of Michelangelo’s most famous sculptures, “David."

SIENA & VINEYARD DINNER

9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. $85.00

Located on three hills, Siena has lovingly maintained its medieval character, highlighted by the famous Piazza del Campo, one of Europe’s prettiest squares. A local guide will offer insight into the city’s storied history as Florence’s rival city and provide a guided tour of the breathtaking 13th-century Duomo. Dine on local specialties at a vineyard restaurant before returning to Montecatini-Terme.

AMALFI COAST & DINNER

1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $175.00

(Note: This optional excursion must be reserved prior to and paid with your final tour payment) Joined by a local guide, board a small private coach equipped for the narrow roads of the Amalfi coast. This unique stretch of rugged shoreline is comprised of breathtaking cliffs, terraced vineyards, and pastel-colored fishing villages. Pause in Positano and Amalfi, before concluding the day with a multi-course dinner.

VATICAN MUSEUMS & SISTINE CHAPEL

1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. $85.00

Enter the Vatican City, a 110-acre sovereign city-state established within Rome. A local guide will provide commentary as you tour the Vatican Museums, which house some of the most renowned masterpieces of Renaissance art. One of the highlights is the Sistine Chapel featuring Michelangelo’s frescoed ceiling and “The Last Judgment.” Your visit also includes St. Peter's Basilica, where you will find Michelangelo's “Pieta.”

COLOSSEUM

2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. $85.00

Marvel at one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and engineering during a guided tour of the Colosseum. Completed in 80 A.D., the Colosseum was the center of Roman entertainment for more than 500 years. A local guide will provide insight into the intriguing events and structural mysteries of this famous landmark.

ROME DINNER

6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. $65.00

A unique evening awaits you at a spirited restaurant in the heart of Rome. You will be served a multi-course dinner of Italian specialties, accompanied by wine. Following dinner, singers will bring some of Italy’s most beloved arias to life during engaging and entertaining performances.

ROME POST-TOUR EXTENSION

Tour Hotel available after the Treasures of Italy Tour. Extend your stay in Rome at the end of the tour for more in-depth, independent exploration. The tour hotel, conveniently located between the city center and Fiumicino airport, provides low cost shuttle services to the nearby metro station for easy access to the city.