Discover the tastes, culture, and architecture of iconic Italy. Visit the playground of the Gladiators, explore the birthplace of the Renaissance and the scenic Tuscan countryside, and sip Limoncello at the Mediterranean's most beautiful coastline. Learn the art of talking with your hands, experience the delight of perfectly cooked pasta, and live the passion of Renaissance Art, in the home of one of history's most renowned empires.
Please note: This tour begins in Florence and ends in Rome upon return from the Amalfi Coast. You may book an additional night in Florence.
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Note: All transportation and accommodation is included in this tour. Please refer to each day to see what additional activities and meals are included and are option.
This tour meets in Florence at 4:00pm on the first day of the tour at Plus Florence. You may book to arrive one day prior. If you choose to do so there will be a Bus2alps trip leader there to get you set and show you around Florence. If you arrive one day early, then you will have the ability to do the activities of Day 2 both days.
Included: Club entries
You will have all day today free to explore more of Florence’s endless beauty. We will have an orientation tour in the morning. Today you will be able to check out Florence’s great museums and galleries, like the Uffizi, Bargello, Accademia (home of the David), Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens, and more. Refer to your trip leader for recommendations and how to visit.
You can head to Tuscany to visit the medieval city of Siena, San Gimignano (the medieval New York City), go wine tasting in the Chianti region, push over the Leaning Tower of Pisa, or other beautiful cities in the region. On Wednesday evening your trip leader will take you to Piazzale Michelangelo, which offers the best view of the city, and great gelato. We will then return to the city center for a Welcome Dinner at our local family-style restaurant, Il Gatto e La Volpe, where we will be treated to family servings of local Tuscan appetizers, pastas, and Tuscan Wine. After dinner there will be exclusive VIP entrance to one of the many clubs in Florence.
Included: Breakfast, Walking Tour, Family-Style Dinner
Optional: Tuscany Day Trip, Museum Entrance
The morning and early afternoon is free to catch any of the Florence sites you have not already visited. We will depart for The Amalfi Coast. The Amalfi Coast is Italy’s premier coastline, and Bus2alps signature destination (the Bus2alps Amalfi Coast tour was awarded #1 trip in Europe for 2012). Travel to The Amalfi Coast is by private luxury coach with A/C, DVD, and bathroom. Approximate arrival time is in the late Thursday night*. Upon arrival to The Amalfi Coast, we will immediately check into our accommodation.
We depart for the port in the morning where we board our private boat and set sail for Capri. First stop is the Blue Grotto. You will be transferred directly from our boat to the grotto if you choose to enter for an additional fee. After, we continue around the island and dock at Marina Grande. Your trip leader will walk you up Via Krupp to the Augustus’ Garden where you have great views of the island. We then walk to Capri Town where we meet our private transport to Anacapri. Anacapri bustles with options; riding up the chairlift to the top of Mt. Solaro to get a breathtaking 360 degree view of the island, grabbing a unique pair of custom made sandals and enjoying some homemade limoncello and chocolates. Our private boat departs from Marina Grande that evening. Friday night we organize an optional dinner in the Sorrento town center at Il Leone Rosso, an excellent restaurant with an extensive menu of local specialties at great prices. Afterwards we can head down to the English Inn, an outdoor beer garden with drinks specials for Bus2alps members.
Included: Breakfast, Capri Island Tour, Transport to Capri, VIP Treatment
Optional: Group Dinner
In the morning we depart by private bus to Positano. After some photo opportunities, we will walk to the black sand beaches through this remarkable cliff-hanging coastal village. Sun and beach wait for the rest of the day. Bus2alps organizes an optional boat trip that takes you on a costal tour of Positano to cliff jump, cave swim, and capture great photos. Cliff jump into the crystal clear deep Mediterranean or go swimming inside some incredible caves! From Positano you can venture further along the coast to the town of Amalfi. Our private bus will return us to Sorrento in the late afternoon. Saturday night you have free to yourself to either kick back at one of the scenic viewpoints at the accommodation or head into Sorrento. It is possible to organize transport to a club in Positano built into a cave.
Included: Breakfast, Transportation to Positano
Optional: Boat Tour with Cave Swimming and Cliff Jumping
In the morning we depart for Pompeii. We arrive at Pompeii and break for an hour for lunch. At Pompeii, Bus2alps will organize a professionally guided 2 hour tour. Bus2alps has been using the same guides for the past 4 years and they paint an excellent picture of Pompeii life during the Roman era and how to relate it to young adults. After the tour we will return to Rome, arriving in Rome in the evening. There will be an optional group dinner in Rome and night out.
Included: Breakfast, Pompeii Tour
We will spend today on a walking tour of the Roman Forum, Circus Maximus, and Colosseum. Entrance to the Colosseum will be an optional cost. Other sights in Rome include The Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Villa Borghese, and Piazza Navona. This evening we will have dinner at our favorite restaurant in Rome, Tony’s Trattoria. Located in Rome’s beautiful Trastevere district, Tony’s will serve us up a family-style dinner with several Roman specialties and wine. Afterwards we will head to the district of Campo de Fiori, Rome’s bustling nightlife location.
Included: Breakfast, Walking Tour, Family-Style Dinner
Optional: Entrance to the Colosseum
Today there will be an optional guided tour of the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. We will depart from our accommodation for the tour at 9:00*. The tour will end here at the train station where you can connect to another city, or find accommodation to stay an extra night in Rome.
Optional: Vatican and St. Peter’s tour