Day 1 UK - Rome
Fly into Rome and transfer straight to your hotel, which offers a free shuttle bus service throughout the day. You'll have time to settle in, enjoy a traditional Roman dinner and get to know your fellow travellers.
Day 2 Rome
Today, you'll have an introductory walking tour of Rome. Our knowledgeable Local Guide will give you a taster of the city's incredible ancient ruins and architectural wonders. Tick off the city's bucket-list attractions, from the ornate Trevi Fountain and imposing Pantheon to the Spanish Steps.
In the afternoon, continue exploring Rome's iconic architecture at your own pace. Alternatively, take advantage of our optional excursion to the Colosseum, which includes entering its legendary walls via a special gate once used by fearsome gladiators.
Day 3 Rome - at Leisure
There are countless more sights to explore in Rome, and today you'll have plenty of free time to discover major monuments like the Roman Forum or lesser-known neighbourhoods like arty Trastevere. Alternatively, you can join our tour and enjoy 'skip-the-line' entrance to the Vatican Museums and the sensational Sistine Chapel, and admire the intricate interiors designed and crafted by Michelangelo.
Day 4 Frascati - Monte Cassino
The next stop on our Italian adventure is Naples, a city made famous for its mythical links and, of course, for being the birthplace of tasty Neapolitan pizza. Before we delve into the city itself, we'll stop off at a vineyard in Frascati, a town celebrated for its crisp white wine. We'll then cruise through gorgeous countryside, pausing briefly at Monte Cassino to view the poignant World War II cemetery and ancient abbey that was partially destroyed during the 'Battle of Monte Cassino' in 1944.
Day 5 Naples - at Leisure
Make the most of Naples' art heritage during a day of leisurely sightseeing. Admire Duomo di San Gennaro's gorgeous frescoes or marvel at masterpieces created by Italian greats like Caravaggio at the Museo di Capodimonte. If you'd rather get out of the city, join our optional excursion to beautiful Capri. As well as a boat trip along the balmy Mediterranean coast, you'll uncover all four corners of the glamorous resort island.
In the evening, recreate Naples' namesake pizza for your dinner under the careful instruction of an expert. You'll learn how to roll out, generously garnish and cook the Italian culinary classic in a proper pizza oven.
Day 6 Pompeii
Pompeii's ancient ruins are undeniably the stuff of legends and they'll be brought to life by a Local Guide on our unmissable walking tour. Afterwards, we'll journey down the coast to the picturesque village of Sant'Agata just four kilometres from the centre of Sorrento. Soak up sea views over the Gulfs of Naples and Salerno from your hotel or wander along one of the many trails from the village that lead straight to the ocean.
Day 7 Sorrento - at Leisure
Sweeping panoramas are what await you in Sorrento, the gateway to the Amalfi Coast. We'll transfer you from your hotel to the enchanting town, where you'll have a day all to yourself to explore its maze of charming alleyways and sample local delicacies like limoncello.
If you want some insight into traditional Italian cuisine, you could indulge in an optional cookery class at lunchtime. We also offer an optional 'I 3 Tenori' opera evening in the Museum Correale's impressive hall. Inspired by the famous 'Three Tenors' concerts performed by Pavarotti, Domingo and Carreras, you'll hear songs from iconic Italian operas, as well as some toe-tapping regional Neapolitan tunes.
Day 8 Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast has long been a holiday hotspot thanks to its pastel-hued villages and idyllic coves. Today, we'll explore the region's most iconic towns, including Amalfi with its striped Byzantine buildings and Ravello, famed for its pleasure gardens. There will also be a stop at Positano to photograph the bright boutiques and quaint cafés that cling to its cliffs.
Finally, you'll end your exploration of Italy with a memorable farewell dinner hosted by a local family in their Sorrento farmhouse. You'll get to see how they craft their homemade melt-in-the-mouth mozzarella, then tuck into a traditional Italian meal.
Day 9 Naples - UK
Today we'll transfer you to Naples airport for your return flight to the UK.