Italy Intensive Voyage
This tour is a great post option to our CPE The Islands of Venice Conference@Sea
7 DAYS, 8 NIGHTS | 13 - 20 May 2019
There’s no better place to begin your immersive Italian adventure than in Rome. Go a bit off the beaten path to the Testaccio neighborhood (a favorite among Rome’s foodies) and get swept away by the whimsical architecture of the “fantasy district” in Quartiere Coppedè. It’s all about the views in Amalfi, where rainbow-hued homes are stacked on the cliff side and winding roads lead you to Positano and Salerno.
Savor some Italian comfort food in Sorrento and fuel up for a day of archaeological exploration in Pompeii. We stay late in port here so you’ll be able to capture the true essence of la dolce vita. Next stop: Sicily, where Mount Etna looms large and the hilltop village of Taormina offers stunning views of the island from an ancient Greco-Roman amphitheater.
Our next destination allows you to discover one of Italy’s best-kept secrets—the Puglia region. Experience unique Romanesque style and endless orchards and olive groves in Brindisi and Lecce. We divert briefly from Italy to visit Kotor, Montenegro. Trust us, this medieval fortress city is well worth the detour.
We return to Italy to experience the mélange of Latin, Slavic, and Germanic cultures in historic Trieste before sailing for Venice, where you’ll have two days to soak in every last ounce of timeless romance before you debark.
Details of our Tour with Tauck, from $6,240 pp*
DAY 1: Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy | Date:Sat 27-Apr 2019 | Activity:Embark
Arrival:- | Depart:6:00 pm
Always enchanting, the Eternal City will captivate you—no matter how many times you visit. Walk in the steps of gladiators at the Coliseum, channel your inner statesman at the Forum, or gaze up in wonder at Michelangelo's masterwork at St. Peter's Basilica. Pasta and vino are a must, and there are plenty of places to relax and refuel after a day of exploration.
DAY 2: Amalfi, Italy | Date:Sun 28-Apr 2019 | Activity:Tendered
Arrival:7:30 am | Depart:10:00 pm
Live it up in the land of limoncello. Perched on one of the world's most stunning coastlines, Amalfi delivers a true Italian experience. Discover unique shops and galleries, take a thrilling cliffside drive, or stay close to the shore and live la dolce vita.
DAY 3: Sorrento, Italy | Date:Mon 29-Apr 2019 | Activity:Tendered
Arrival:7:30 am | Depart:10:00 pm
Looking out from Sorrento is the isle of Capri. The island is divided into two main parts, Capri and Anacapri. Capri is full of Italian luxury, with designer stores and five-star hotels lining the streets, while Anacapri is slightly more down-to-earth. Take a relaxing chair lift ride to the very top of the island, as the views are jaw-droppingly gorgeous.
DAY 4: Giardini Naxos, (Taormina), Sicily, Italy | Date:Tue 30-Apr 2019 | Activity:Tendered
Arrival:12:00 pm | Depart:6:00 pm
For rest and relaxation, Giardini Naxos is just the ticket, with a coast that seems to stretch on for miles. To the left looms Mount Etna, Italy’s largest active volcano. Hikes to the top are only advised for experienced hikers (dress warmly!), but the Silvestri Craters are fun to explore at any skill level. Or head to the hilltop town of Taormina, one of the most beautiful places in all of Sicily.
DAY 5: Brindisi, (Lecce/Alberobello), Italy | Date:Wed 1-May 2019 | Activity:Docked
Arrival:1:00 pm | Depart:8:00 pm
Once used by Holy Roman Emperors as a base for their Crusades to the Holy Lands, Brindisi is a hidden gem in Italy's Puglia region. With sprawling orchards and olive groves, and pink-washed Baroque towns nearby, it's the quintessential Italian experience. One must-see for history buffs is the temple of St. Giovanna—rumored to be the home of the Knights Templar.
DAY 6: Kotor, Montenegro | Date:Thu 2-May 2019 | Activity:Docked
Arrival:7:30 am | Depart:2:00 pm
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kotor is filled with churches, shops, bars, restaurants, and hidden piazzas. (The latter are perfect for enjoying Montenegrin wines like the red Vranac or dry white Krstač.) The entire city is surrounded by stone, both in the form of imposing Mount Saint John and by towering ancient walls, creating a cozy feeling of protection when you walk the cobblestone streets.
DAY 7: Trieste, Italy | Date:Fri 3-May 2019 | Activity:Docked
Arrival:1:00 pm | Depart:10:00 pm
Nestled up against Slovenia and at the intersection of Latin, Slavic and Germanic cultures, Trieste’s historic grandeur still captivates, from the Roman amphitheater to the city core’s array of noble buildings.
DAY 8-9: Venice, Italy | Date:Sat 4-May to Sun 5-May 2019 | Activity:Docked/Debark
Arrival:9:00 am (May 4) | Depart:-
Experience Venice, one of the most captivating—and romantic—cities in the world. Tour the city’s cobblestone streets and overarching bridges, or take to the water and explore the canals on a water taxi or gondola. As you make your way through the city, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to shop, sample delicious Veneto wines, or people watch in Piazza San Marco.
ALL SMALL GROUP DEPARTURES averaging 24 Tauck guests! A small group size means a more personal travel experience highlighted by stays at chic smaller hotels in fabulous locations.
A two-night stay in Matera in Basilicata, with sightseeing by tuk-tuk and guided exploration of the Sassi cave-dwelling settlement, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Guided tour of Castel del Monte, one of the best-preserved medieval castles in Southern Italy
Two nights in the Baroque city of Lecce, known as the “Florence of the South”
Lunch at a winery known for Puglian Primitivo wine
A visit to Alberobello’s famous limestone trulli houses
Guided walking tours of Galatina and Otranto
15 meals (7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners), airport transfers as noted, gratuities to local guides, service charges, porterage and taxes