Day 1: Naples
Welcome to Naples, Italy - capital city of the Campania region and the Province of Naples. Its metropolitan area is the second most populated in Italy and one of the largest in Europe. It is located halfway between the volcano, Vesuvius and a separate volcanic area, the Campi Flegrei. Overnight in Naples.
Day 2: Naples - Capri - Naples
Visit the dazzling Mediterranean island of Capri on this tour from Naples. The perfect day-trip destination from mainland Italy, Capri will charm you with its craggy coastline, colorful harbors, Imperial Roman villas and hilltop views over the sea. Ride a high-speed hydrofoil to the island, and get recommendations from your guide for your free time in the village of Anacapri: take the chairlift up Monte Solare, venture to the Blue Grotto or explore dreamy Villa San Michele. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and finish with a guided tour of the Gardens of Augustus. You'll be picked up from your selected location the Naples train station or your Naples hotel and taken to the main harbor for your journey to Capri. Board a high-speed hydrofoil for an exciting 40-minute ride to the island of Capri. Arriving at the port, transfer to a minibus and head to the lovely village of Anacapri, where you'll enjoy one hour of free time to explore at your own leisure and expense. Ride the chairlift up to Monte Solare for spectacular views of the island and the Bay of Naples, take a boat ride to the dazzling Blue Grotto, or walk to Villa San Michele, the dream home of the famous Swedish doctor Axel Munthe. One of Capri's most-visited attractions, this must-see sight was built on the ruins of an ancient chapel dedicated to San Michele, and gazes over the whole island and the Gulf of Naples. Your guide can give recommendations on things to do and see based on your interests. Or you can simply park yourself at a caf terrace, admire the scenery and soak up the cool Mediterranean vibes. Reconvene with your group for a 3-course lunch at a local restaurant. In the early afternoon, take a walk with your guide to the Gardens of Augustus. These hillside botanic gardens offer beautiful views of the Mediterranean Sea and the famous Faraglioni rock formations. At the end of the day, re-board the hydrofoil for the ride back to Naples. Inclusions: - Local guide - Lunch - Water - High-speed hydrofoil ride - Transfer by minivan to Anacapri - Capri Island tax - Hotel pickup and drop-off Duration: 8 hours Departure Point: Hotel Departure Time: 8:30am Return details: Returns to original departure point Overnight in Naples.
Day 3: Naples - Rome
Train transfer to Rome. Enjoy a relaxing panoramic tour of the city by motor coach, and discover the magic of Rome's most famous monuments lit up under a darkened sky. Watch Rome sparkle as day turns to night, and then head out on an after-dark panoramic city tour. As you visit the city's famous monuments and squares, you'll be dazzled by how beautiful they look illuminated at night. During the approximate two-hour motor-coach tour, your local guide will regale you with interesting commentary and Roman history. You'll see Capitoline Hill, the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, Castel Sant'Angelo, St Peter's Basilica and the district of Trastevere. You'll also make a stop at the Trevi Fountain. Legend says if you throw in a coin, you'll have good luck and will return to Rome one day, so make sure you have some change! Inclusions: - Professional guide - Transport by air-conditioned coach Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes Departure Point: Central Rome close to Repubblica Metro stop Departure Time: 8:45pm: From meeting point Overnight in Rome.
Day 4: Rome
Hear the stories and secrets of the intriguing Vatican while following your guide through incredible rooms like the Gallery of Tapestries and the Gallery of Maps, a seemingly never-ending corridor adorned with intricately detailed Italian maps. Pass through the Gallery of Candelabras, seeing ancient sculptures and opulent candelabras from Imperial villas, and wander through Bramante's Pinecone Courtyard to pose for pictures in front of the bronze Pigna statue. Amble through Raphael's Rooms, marveling at the interconnecting galleries that showcase the artistic genius of Raphael, and then enter the awe-inspiring Sistine Chapel - the crowning glory of any visit to the Vatican. Gaze up at Michelangelo's famous The Creation of Adam ceiling fresco, see The Last Judgement on the chapel's back wall and absorb the sacred ambiance of the pope's private chapel. Your tour finishes with a fully guided visit to St Peter's Basilica, the home of the Catholic Church, where more artistic masterpieces await. See La Pieta, a stunning Michelangelo sculpture created by the artist when he was just 24, and admire Bernini's Baldachino - the ornate bronze canopy that sits above St Peter's high altar. Bid your guide farewell and take a stroll through St Peter's Square if you wish. Inclusions: - Entrance fee - Professional guide - Skip-the-line entry - Headsets to hear the guide clearly Duration: 3 hours Departure Point: Tour departs near the Vatican Museums entrance Departure Time: 9am Return details: Concludes at St. Peter's Basilica. Overnight in Rome.
Day 5: Rome - Florence
Train transfer to the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany and of the province of Florence, one of the most beautiful cities in Italy. Overnight in Florence.
Day 6: Florenec - Pisa - Florence
Discover the delights of Pisa on an afternoon tour from Florence, led by a friendly local guide. After traveling through the gorgeous Tuscan countryside, explore Cathedral Square (Piazza dei Miracoli) and pose for photos by the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa. Learn about other monuments like Pisa Baptistry and then either enjoy some free time, or continue your walking tour to Knights' Square (Piazza dei Cavalieri) seeing attractions like the Church of San Sisto and Scuola Normale di Pisa. Leave central Florence and travel west through the emerald hills of Tuscany. Your destination is Pisa, an elegant Tuscan city located near Lucca. Hop off your coach after a journey of 1.5 hours and set off to sightsee with your guide. Walk around Cathedral Square, home to the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pose for photos by the tilting monument, which has captivated sightseers for centuries, and learn all about its history from your guide. The square is also home to Pisa Baptistry, Campo Santo and Duomo di Pisa, so listen to your guide explain each one as you walk around. After your tour of Cathedral Square, choose from one of two different options. Either enjoy free time to discover Pisa at your own pace or continue sightseeing on a guided walk to Knights' Square. Pass the Church of San Sisto, the oldest church in Pisa. See the house of Conte Ugolino who is mentioned by Dante on the Divive Comedy. Then enter Knights' Square itself, seeing the prestigious Scuola Normale di Pisa, part of the city's university that was founded by Napoleon Bonaparte. Admire the square's Renaissance buildings and marble statues, and hear how it was once the political center of medieval Pisa. Continue past an ancient house where the 18th-century Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi once lived, and then finish your walking tour with a visit to Piazza Arcivedscovado to see Palazzo Vescovile. If you opted to spend your afternoon at leisure, simply return to the meeting point at the pre-arranged time to meet your tour escort and return to the coach.Travel back to Florence, and then finish your day trip with a drop-off at the start point Inclusions: - Transport by air-conditioned coach - Live commentary on board - Tour escort - Professional guide in Pisa Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes Departure Point: Central Florence, near Santa Maria Novella Station (Central Station) Departure Time: 1:45pm Return details: Returns to original departure point Overnight in Florence.
Day 7: Florence - Venice
Train transfer to Venice. In afternoon enjoy a walking tour of the city to discover its treasures nestled amid charming squares, bridges and narrow streets and then hop aboard a classic Venetian gondola boat. After exploring the Grand Canal and the smaller canals around the neighborhood of Fenice, soak up the charms of the romantic city while wandering through through picturesque cobblestone alleyways and squares. Your knowledgeable guide will point out all the highlights of Venice from the area between Piazza San Marco (St Mark's Square) to Rialto Bridge. This walking tour is a perfect way to get to know Venice, both as a must-do introductory city tour for new visitors, as well as for anyone interested in the city's history. After meeting your expert guide near St Mark's Square, you'll take a leisurely stroll through the streets of Venice, learning about its colorful past through its most characteristic and iconic attractions along with its lesser-known sites. The tour is composed of two parts and allows you to discover the lesser-known places of Venice and to try a means of transport found only in the city! Starting with a walking tour of the city, you will explore the area around Piazza San Marco and Rialto Bridge. Learn about the top attractions and stop for photos in front of Venice's cultural centerpieces such as Teatro la Fenice, Scala del Bovolo and Rialto Bridge. Your guide will determine the exact itinerary, depending on the day. After your walking tour get ready to hop aboard a classic gondola boat (for up to 6 people) and enjoy a 35-minute ride through the famous Grand Canal (Salute area) as well as the smaller canals around the neighborhood of Fenice. As you glide along the Grand Canal, marvel at the glamorous bank-side palaces and churches and hear tales about how it became Venice's most important thoroughfare. The gondola ride ends by disembarking at Vallaresso Station in Dogana. Inclusions: - Walking Tour - Gondola ride (35 minutes) - Professional guide Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes Departure Point: Campo San Luca, Venice Departure Time: 3pm (meet at 2:45pm) Return details: Returns to original departure point Overnight in Venice.
Day 8: Venice - Murano, Burano, Torcello - Venice
Explore three famous islands of the Venetian Lagoon - Murano, Torcello and Burano - on a half-day sightseeing excursion by motorboat. Accompanied by a local guide, you'll stop at a glass-blowing factory on Murano, visit Venice's first cathedral on the tranquil island of Torcello and shop for handcrafted lace on Burano. This morning or afternoon tour is a great introduction to the magical islands around the medieval city of Venice and its enclosed bay in the Adriatic Sea. Board a comfortable motorboat, departing from the Alilaguna pier in front of the Royal Gardens, and speed along the Venetian Lagoon to three islands famous for their handicrafts and architecture. You'll cruise past the islands of San Giorgio Maggiore, San Servolo, San Lazzaro degli Armeni and Sant'Elena Gardens to Murano, divided into nine islets crossed by a wide canal. Known for its glassware shops and factories, Murano boasts a long and still-thriving tradition dating back to 1291, when glass artisans moved their kilns from the old city center. Explore the island on foot and stop at a glass factory to watch a skilled glass blower create works of art. Learn from your guide about Murano's wealth in the 15th and 16th centuries when the island was central to Europe's glass making. View the magnificent splendor of Murano's palaces and Veneto-Byzantine style churches, some with mosaics and ornamental motifs designed in the 12th century, and catch a glimpse of San Michele - Venice's 19th-century cemetery - across the water. Before re-boarding the boat, you'll have time to visit a museum showcasing the world-famous Murano glass. When you reach the island of Torcello - established between the 5th and 6th centuries and the earliest center of civilization in the Venetian Lagoon - you'll see evidence of the island's glorious past as it once flourished with ornate palaces and churches. First, view the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, founded in the 7th century. Your guide will also show you the excavated remains of the circular baptistery in the Church of Santa Fosca, which showcases a delightful portico and striking Byzantine interior. Afterward, journey to the island of Burano and admire the picturesque fishermen's houses painted in bright pastel colors. In this miniature Venice, you'll find the famous lace - abundant since the 16th century and once considered the most refined in Europe. Browse local shops and find lace on display at a museum dedicated to the craft of lace making before your guide returns you to Venice. Inclusions: - Professional guide - Visit a glass-blowing factory at Murano - Travel by shared motor boat between Venice, Murano, Burano and Torcello Duration: 4 hours Departure Point: Tour departs from the Alilaguna pier in front of the Royal Gardens (Giardinetti Reali) at San Marco Departure Time: 11am Return details: Returns to original departure point Overnight in Venice.
Day 9: Venice - Innsbruck
Train Transfer to Innsbruck. Do you feel more comfortable with a certified guide who will make you discover Innsbruck - the Capital of the Alps - on foot- Then you should participate in a Per Pedes tour, a museum tour or an event tour. City walkthrough Innsbruck's historic town at 02.00 p.m daily duration: 1 h german/English Meeting point: Innsbruck-Information, Burggraben 3, Foyer Overnight in Innsbruck.
Day 10: Innsbruck
Day at leisure and Overnight in Innsbruck.
Day 11: Innsbruck - Salzburg
Train transfer to Salzburg. Day at leisure and overnight in Salzburg.
Day 12: Bavarian Mountains,Salt Mines & Original Sound of Music
Start the morning with a tour through the Bavarian mountains and visit the 450-year old Salt Mines before spending the afternoon discovering the film locations of the Sound of Music. The perfect choice if your time in Salzburg is limited. Bavarian Mountains and Salt Mines On leaving Salzburg the journey takes us along the King's Lake river to the picturesque Alpenstrasse. Upon arrival at the mines slip into traditional miners' clothes and enter the mines to hear historical and legendary tales of the fascinating underground world. Using the same slides as hundreds of miners before, descend to the grottos, the magical world beneath the surface of the earth. You end your adventure with a raft sail across the famous salt lake, accompanied by eerie, mystical sounds. Original Sound of Music Tour Highlights of the Original Sound of Music Tour, recommended by Maria von Trapp, include a tour of Mirabell Gardens, where Maria and the children danced to 'Do-Re-Mi', and the opportunity to view the wedding church at Mondsee. In between film locations you can relax and listen to the famous songs and lyrics from the film, including 'Edelweiss', 'Sixteen Going on Seventeen' and of course the glorious title song 'The Sound of Music'. The tour also takes in the historical and architectural landmarks in the city of Salzburg, as well as a part of the picturesque lake district. Inclusions: - Hotel pickup (selected hotels only) - Local guide - Transport by air-conditioned coach - Entrance fees to the Salt Mines Duration: 8 hours Departure Point: Tour departs from Salzburg city hotels and selected old town hotels. If hotel details not advised at time of booking, tour departs from the bus terminal at Mirabellplatz (in front of St. Andrew's Church) Departure Time: 8:45am Return details: Tour concludes at Mirabellplatz (bus terminal) Overnight in Salzburg.
Day 13: Salzburg - Vienna
Train transfer to Vienna. Day at leisure and overnight in Vienna.
Day 14: Vienna - Danube River Valley - Vienna
Enjoy a day in Vienna with a Johann Strauss twist as you combine a Danube River cruise with a classic evening of Austrian food and music! Thanks to Strauss' waltz 'On the Beautiful Blue Danube' (aka 'The Blue Danube'), Vienna's famous river is inextricably entwined with classical Viennese music. Experience the river first-hand during a 3.5-hour cruise, and then end your day with a 3-course meal at Schonbrunn Palace and a classical music concert at the Schonbrunn Palace Orangery. Your Vienna sightseeing combo includes the following features. Simply pick up your vouchers at the Schonbrunn Palace Orangery, and then begin your Vienna Combo experience! Danube River Cruise At the time of your choice, make your way to the cruise landing pier in downtown Vienna on Schwedenplatz. As you relax and enjoy the sights of the riverfront, see Viennese attractions like Donauturm (Danube Tower), Millennium Tower, Ringturm (Ring Tower), the Spittelau district heating plant, the Urania observatory and much more. The cruise returns to the place of departure at Schwedenplatz. (The last cruise, at 2pm, returns at 5:20pm, giving you time to make your way to dinner; if you wish to take the subway to dinner, hop on at Schwedenplatz and take the U4 to Schonbrunn station.) Dinner at Caf-Restaurant Residenz At 6:30pm, your three-course dinner will be served at the elegant Caf-Restaurant Residenz, located in the former Schonbrunn Palace kitchen, adjacent to the palace's main entrance. Dine on Austrian fare by candlelight and enjoy the cozy ambience, either indoors or out, depending on the season. Sample Dinner Menu: - Beef consomm with sliced pancake - Viennese boiled beef with chive sauce and roasted potatoes - Handmade Appelstrudel (Vegetarian dishes are available upon request) Concert at the Schonbrunn Palace Orangery After dinner, head to the elaborately restored Schonbrunn Palace Orangery for your grand finale of classical music. From your seat at this UNESCO World Heritage Site, enjoy music by Austrian composers like Strauss and Mozart, played by the Schonbrunn Palace Orchestra. Doors open at 8pm and the concert begins at 8:30pm. At intermission, toast your Vienna experience with an included glass of sparkling wine (if option selected) and then enjoy the rest of the performance, which ends at 10:15pm. When the night is over, use your public transport ticket to make your way back to your hotel. Departure Point: - On the day of your booking, you must pick up all your vouchers at the local operator's office at the Schonbrunn Palace Orangery - Cruise: Downtown Vienna, Schwedenplatz - Dinner: Caf-Restaurant Residenz - Concert: Schonbrunn Palace Orangery Departure Time: - Cruise departs at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm and 2pm - Dinner begins at 6:30pm - Concert doors open at 8pm for an 8:30pm start Inclusions: - Danube River cruise - 3-course dinner at Caf-Restaurant Residenz - Concert at the Schonbrunn Palace Orangery in your selected category - 1 glass of sparkling wine during intermission (VIP and Category A only) - 2 one-way tickets for public transport Return details: The evening concludes at approximately 10:15pm at Schonbrunn Palace. After the concert, taxis will be available right outside, or you can take the subway, which runs until midnight in 5- to 8-minute intervals. Overnight in Vienna.
Day 15: Departure
Proceed to the airport for your onward journey.