Taste of Italy

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Taste of Italy: Venice to Sorrento

October 13 – 22, 2024

This fully inclusive guided vacation departing from Venice, Italy on October 13th  features 9 hotel accommodations, 17 meals, view amazing art collections at Florence’s Accademia Gallery, marvel at Michelangelo’s masterpiece of the sculpture of David, see the glorious architecture of Venice as you take a gondola ride down its famous canals, walk amid the ruins of Pompeii, an entire city where Mount Vesuvius still reigns and ghosts still whisper, and take a fast-jet ferry to luxuriate on the Isle of Capri.

Please Note: Italy is an active destination that requires the ability to walk on cobblestones and uneven terrain, climb hills, stairs, and vehicle steps, and walk or stand for several hours at a time. A typical tour day may require up to five miles of medium-paced walking.

*Visits subject to availability.

On-Tour Transportation

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the views on our luxury motorcoaches with onboard bathrooms and free wifi! Also included is other on-tour transportation such as shuttles and ferries.

All-Inclusive Meals

  • 9 Breakfasts
  • 2 Lunches
    including authentic Neopolitan pizza
  • 6 dinners including
    a welcome dinner in Venice, traditional Tuscan fare in Florence, and a farewell dinner in Sorrento
Professional Tour

Be accompanied with a professional tour director each day with the inclusion of a welcome get-together drink with your group, as well as all local taxes, hotel service charges, handling of one suitcase per person.

Wallet & Backpack

Deluxe documents wallet and backpack to keep you organized.

Day 1: Venice Arrival & Welcome Dinner
Meet your tour director at 4:00 PM for a welcome reception and take an orientation walk around the city known as the ‘Queen of the Adriatic.’ Spend time exploring on your own before gathering again for a welcome drink and dinner with your fellow travelers. (D)
Day 2: Venice Tour, Doge’s Palace & Gondola Ride
Take a walking tour of Venice, the most serene of cities, with a local guide. See its glorious architecture, and charming bridges and canals. Visit the magnificent Doge’s Palace and the acclaimed Piazza and Basilica of San Marco. Journey along the canals for a view of the city from a gondola. Delight in an evening of independent dining and exploration. (B)
Day 3: Bologna & Florence Dinner
Take a private group water taxi from your hotel to your coach and travel on to Florence. During your journey, stop for free time and lunch on your own in the lively, historic foodie city of Bologna. Arrive at your hotel in Florence’s city center. Take an orientation walk with your tour director and then take some free time to discover this beautiful city. The capital of Tuscany, Florence was the birthplace of Renaissance art and architecture. Enjoy a typical Tuscan dinner with your group at a local Florence restaurant. (B, D)
Day 4: Florence Walking Tour & The Accademia Gallery
Take a walking tour of Florence with a local guide and marvel at the sights of the city center such as the Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio, and Piazza della Signoria. Visit the Accademia Gallery to see Michelangelo’s iconic sculpture of David. Savor a local lunch in the heart of Florence. After lunch you’ll have the rest of the day to explore this magnificent city at your leisure. (B, L)
Day 5: Orvieto & Roman Colosseum
You’re off to the Eternal City – Rome. Along the way, stop in the scenic hill town of Orvieto for a delicious tasting of its renowned local wine. Visit the Colosseum, imperial Rome’s iconic structure, built between 72 and 80 AD. This engineering marvel could hold up to 80,000 spectators for gladiator battles and dramatic productions. (Please note that on some departures, the Colosseum visit may be moved to day 6.) Imagine the ghosts of the Caesars in the ruins of the Forum, the ancient heart of the Roman Empire. Your hotel tonight is in Rome’s historic center. (B)
Day 6: Independent Exploration & Vatican Tour
Discover Rome independently this morning, as you enjoy free time to explore. In the afternoon visit the Vatican for a guided tour of the Museums, with entrance to the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. (Please note that the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica are sometimes closed by the Vatican, so visits are subject to availability.) Then it’s off to dinner in a local restaurant. (B, D)
Day 7: Pompeii & Sorrento
Depart from Rome for the World Heritage site of Pompeii, a city frozen in time after a volcanic eruption in 79 AD. Learn about the city’s rediscovery in 1748 and excavation on a guided tour of this archaeological treasure. Savor lunch at an authentic Neapolitan pizzeria before arriving at your hotel in Sorrento, a lively resort town since Roman times, now famous for stunning views of villas dotting the rocky cliffs along the coastline. (B, L, D)
Day 8: Isle of Capri & Independent Exploration
This morning take a fast ferry across the Bay of Naples to the charming island of Capri. Enjoy the breathtaking sights of this beautiful island. You’ll explore independently today. Capri is beloved as a day trip destination for its Roman ruins and colorful Blue Grotto, as well as its wonderful beaches. Return to Sorrento, where you’ll dine in the hotel this evening. (B, D)
Day 9: Positano & Amalfi
Take a scenic drive from Sorrento to Positano, a chic village that is one of the jewels of the Amalfi Coast. Stroll through the colorful, narrow streets, browsing the many fashion boutiques as you head down to the beach. Then take a cruise to Amalfi, passing by fishing villages, clifftop churches, and stunning architecture. Amalfi is a beautiful resort town known for handmade ceramics, colorful tiles and the ancient craft of paper-making. You’ll have free time for sightseeing and lunch as you please. Return to Sorrento for a farewell dinner with your group. (B, D)
Day 10: Tour Ends in Sorrento
Your tour ends after breakfast in Sorrento. (B)

NOTE: The features, itinerary and hotels shown for this tour are based on 2023 departures, and may be subject to change for 2024 departures.

Double Occupancy
Land Only
$4,045/person*
  • 10 Day On-Tour Transportation
  • 9 Night Accommodations
  • 17 Meals
  • Professional Tour Director
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & handling of one suitcase per person
Single Occupancy
Land Only
$5,068/person*
  • 10 Day On-Tour Transportation
  • 9 Night Accommodations
  • 17 Meals
  • Professional Tour Director
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & handling of one suitcase per person

*Pricing includes land only, not airfare. This tour is subject to CIE Tours’ booking guidelines and cancellation penalties. Refer to General Conditions on your CIE Tours group contract. CST# 2021285-50. 

$4,045/person*

Land only per person based on double occupancy*

Single Room Supplement $1,230

*This price does not include airfare, which is not available to be booked yet. This will be booked by JayBee Travel in late 2023, with the price to be determined at that time.

To reserve your seat, please fill out the below reservation form to JayBee Travel with a $250 deposit per person.

Booking Payment

If you chose to pay online, you will receive an invoice by email from JayBee Travel to pay electronically. *A 3% service fee will be added for all credit card transactions. Otherwise please send your check to JayBee Travel, 600 E. Superior Street, Duluth, MN 55802.

Trip Cancellation Insurance

Trip cancellation insurance is recommended. Passengers may enroll in a travel protection plan by visiting nta.aontravelprotect.com or by calling AON’s contact center at (800) 388-1470. The Location Number for JayBee Travel is 236059.

Basic insurance includes trip cancellation and interruption coverage, travel delay, medical and evacuation, baggage, and assistance services. Enhanced insurance includes all the above, plus cancellation due to pre-existing conditions. Exact insurance costs will be calculated based on your dates of travel, and cost of the trip. This will be done online at the website above.

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