Italian Experience: Venice, Rome & the Amalfi Coast with Pompeii

  • 9 Days, 8 Nights Adventure through Italy by Premium Rail Travel

2 to 16 Guests • Inquire about Private Travel • Fully-Guided Sightseeing
The adventure begins in Venice, takes you to Rome, the eternal city with a finalé in Sorrento & the Amalfi Coast.

Our Italian Experience: Venice Rome and the Amazing Amalfi Coast —
Prefer our fully-escorted, small group adventure? Then consider our Italy's Great Cities Tour here 

Italian Experience — Venice, Rome and the Amalfi Coast by High-Speed Train

ITINERARY AT A GLANCE: Embark on your Italian escapade starting with a captivating two-day exploration of Venice. Lose yourself in the intricate web of canals, wander through the narrow streets, and behold the grandeur of St. Mark's Square. Indulge in Venetian cuisine, savoring delectable cicchetti and fresh seafood by the shimmering waters of the Adriatic.

Next, board a sleek high-speed train to Rome. Your Italian odyssey in the eternal city of Rome is where history comes alive at every turn. Spend three days exploring ancient ruins like the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, tossing a coin into the Trevi Fountain for good luck, and savoring authentic Roman dishes like pasta carbonara and supplì. Let the eternal charm of Rome captivate your senses as you bid arrivederci to Italy's enchanting embrace.

Finally, we make our way to the Naples, Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast for 3 days and nights to "recover" from your Journey in Amalfitana paradise.

Looking for our Italy's Great Cities Small Group Tour that you have heard about? Visit our tours here: 10-Day Venice to Rome fr. $5,579 —  12-Day Venice to the Amalfi Coast fr. $6,779 —  14-Day Lake Como to the Amalfi Coast $7,979

Now Journey's "Italian Experience" highlights:

• Private Airport Meet & Greet Arrival Transfer
• Transfers to and from Train Stations
• Sightseeing: PRIVILEGED ACCESS: Skip-the-Long-Line Admissions with special access and Private Guide: 
— Venice: Doges Palace, Basilica San Marco
— Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Vatican City, Sistine Chapel, St. Peters
— Pompeii: Privately Guided with Admission
— Sorrento: Discovery Walk of Sorrento, Opt for Isle of Capri and Amalfi Coast Explorer
• No Up-Selling on tour, No Big Buses or Groups
• Reservations Service: We'll make reservations for your dinners for no stress. 
• High-Speed Train Venice to Rome, Rome to Naples;
• Private Driver from Naples to Pompeii to Sorrento  
• Hand-Picked Select Deluxe and Classic Hotels

  1. Venice: 2 Nights
  2. Rome: 3 Nights
  3. Amalfi Coast/Sorrento: 3 Nights

Italy is a place that, once you’ve been, it never quite leaves you. It becomes a part of you, always there, whispering to you like a long-lost friend, wanting you to stop in for a visit. If you’ve never been, then you only have to imagine places like the canals of Venice, the world-famous Colosseum in Rome and the beauty of the Amalfi Coast to awaken inside of you the part that longs to see and experience a place where history is so alive. It speaks to you from every plaza, every church and even the very stones beneath your feet.

What's the Difference between Deluxe and Classic?

Journey's selection of Deluxe and Classic hotels are not just centrally located, but in the historic centers and sections of towns where you really want to be —  no needs for shuttles or transfers to get to the sites you want to visit.

Our Deluxe package includes a full, hot daily breakfast, Venice Welcome Dinner and 4+ to 5 Star hotel properties featuring large, air-conditioned guestrooms with ensuite bathrooms.

Our Classic package includes continental breakfast, Venice Welcome Dinner, and 3 to 4 Star hotels with ensuite bathrooms.

"Effortless. Serene. I'll travel no other way."
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Our Complete Day-by-Day Itinerary:

Perfectly-balanced with sightseeing in the mornings.

Italy: Italian Experience begins in Venice, Rome and finalés on the Amalfi Coast in Sorrento.

Begin in Venice

La Serenissima —  2 Days, 2 Nights — Ah! Venice!



Italian Experience begins upon arrival to Marco Polo Airport in Venice with our included Airport Arrival Transfer.

Your Now Journey experience begins upon arrival to Marco Polo Airport in Venice. Now Journey's approach to touring Venice is unique: we combine local expert Italian Guides along with Deluxe or Classic Hotels for the perfect balance of activity, leisure time and experience, so you can truly soak up all that is Italy.

Discovery WalkGetting to Know You, Venezia: Enjoy your private Discovery Walk on Arrival Day
Our Discovery Walk is a hallmark of the Now Journey style of traveling when exploring new destinations —  a brief orientation walk with our Now Journey Local Host (not to be confused with our immersive Sightseeing Tour that occurs the next day with our licensed expert Italian Guide). In Venice we will take in the beautiful sights of Piazza San Marco, the "Campanile" or clock tower, the Grand Canal and more.

Journey Dinners IconReservations Service throughout your Journey: Let us take the headache out of finding a restaurant for dinner and make a reservation for you.

Journey Hotels IconAccommodation in Venice, 2 Nights with breakfast


Sightseeing IconToday's Adventure: Private Sightseeing in Venice

Enjoy our Private adventure through this dramatic and historic port city after-hours when there are no crowds. We begin as we make our way along the romantic canals of Venice and arrive at the Doges' Palace.

Learn of Venice's fascinating and colorful past, including everything from Napoleon to Casanova. Venice's character springs to life as we make our way through her nooks and crannies and mysterious alley ways.

Journey's professional local guide provides expert commentary as we enter the fascinating and colorful Basilica San Marco (St. Mark's Basilica). Then we go 'back in time' with our visit to the Doge's Palace, the Old Prison (and yes, you will learn about the gentleman Casanova), and the famous Bridge of Sighs.

Special sightseeing today includes:

  • Basilica San Marco: Enjoy the beautiful mosaics and how they reflect and dance in the light. Our Guide "paints the picture" of the history and opulence that is the Basilica San Marco prior to entering. Then enjoy the terrace and the amazing views.
  • Enjoy included admission/entrance to Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana at your leisure.

Gondola IconSpecial Adventure: Gondola Experience with Serenade!

Later today, just before sunset enjoy our included Gondola ride through the canals of Venice with our professional musicians to make the ambiance perfect. On occasion inclement weather will prevent the gondola ride. In this scenario an alternate activity will be substituted later in the tour.

Enjoy the balance of the afternoon and evening at your leisure.  


A 1000 Roads Lead Always to Rome — 3 Days, 3 Nights



Pantheon in Rome, ItalyAfter breakfast, join our Now Journey Host and make your way to the Venice Train Station for the High-Speed train to Rome.

On arrival, the included transfer will be waiting to whisk you to our hotels which are located a short distance from the magnificent Pantheon.

After freshening up, meet our Local Guide for the amazing tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum.

Sightseeing IconToday's Adventure: IMPERIAL ROME SIGHTSEEING TOUR

You will see ancient elements intertwined perfectly with present-day apartment buildings. Discover how modern Romans have combined their history into present-day experience. You will see ancient elements intertwined perfectly with present-day apartment buildings, and discover how the modern Romans have intertwined their vast history into present-day experience.

Our special sightseeing Walking Tour of the Heart of Ancient Rome Includes:

  • The Colosseum of Rome: Flavian's amphitheater known popularly as the Colosseum or Colosseo. Special skip-the-long-line Entrance, Admission and Guided Tour of the amazing Colosseum of Rome.

  • The Roman Forum: Special skip-the-long-line Entrance, Admission and Guided Tour of the Roman Forum or Foro Romano. We walk through the archaeological dig for unique perspectives of the Old Town Center of Rome, Palatine Hill, Capitoline Hill, Caesar's Palace, Curia or the Senate House, Temple of the Vestal Virgins, and the Triumphal Arches.
  • Capitoline Hill: We ascend this amazingly sculptured and architecturally inspirational locale with its many statuary and works of art that pay homage to the Empire that was Rome.
  • Walking Delights: Views of Trajan's Market, Palatine Hill, Caesar's Palace, Curia known as the Senate Building, the Vittorio Emanuele II National Monument, the Jewish Ghetto, and other historic landmarks. 

We have recommendations for dinner tonight. Inquire!


Journey Hotels IconOur Hotels in Rome, 3 Nights with breakfast

DeluxeThe Pantheon Iconic Rome Hotel, Autograph Collection, Hotel d'Inghilterra, Palazzo Navona, Antico Albergo del Sole al Pantheon, or Similar
Classic: Hotel Navona, Albergo Abruzzi, Albergo Santa Chiara or Similar



Sightseeing IconToday's Adventure: Vatican City Privileged Access

This morning we will enter Vatican City with our Priority Early Morning Privileged Entry (1 hour ahead of regular Vatican visitors). Enjoy a visit to the Vatican museums to see the amazing tapestries, the Sistine Chapel and its iconic ceiling, and St. Peter's Basilica and Square as the majestic Vatican City comes to life.

After our experience is complete we will exit at St. Peter's Square where you see the multi-color uniformed Swiss Guard on display as they guard the Vatican and the expanse of the beautiful piazza.

Our special sightseeing Walking Tour of Vatican City Includes:

•  St. Peter's Basilica and Square: Admission and Guided Tour to St. Peter's Basilica: By design, we enjoy early admission around 8:15 am to avoid the large cruise and tour groups that arrive later in the morning. Enjoy Skip-the-Line special access with Admission Included.

Sistine Chapel: Admission and Guided Tour of the Sistine Chapel: You will find inside the chapel The Last Judgment painting by Michelangelo, which he painted during the years 1535 to 1541. The work, designed on a grand scale, spans the entire wall behind the Sistine Chapel altar.

 Vatican Museums: Admission and Guided Tour of the Vatican City Museums: The Museums boast some of the most impressive tapestries and other works of art and sculpture found in the world. *Please remember St. Peter's Basilica is an active church with celebrations and papal events that occur with short notice; Now Journey and our Guides cannot be held responsible for any cancellation or denial of entry due to last minute changes by the church leadership.

Enjoy the balance of the afternoon and evening at your leisure.


Enjoy a complete day at leisure. We have some ideas on what you might want to do today!

Spend a day exploring Rome's lesser-known yet equally captivating attractions. Begin at the picturesque Trastevere neighborhood, where narrow cobblestone streets are lined with artisan boutiques and vibrant cafés — perfect for experiencing authentic Roman life. Venture to the Pantheon to marvel at its ancient architectural prowess and oculus. Stroll through the Spanish Steps for a fashionable shopping experience and people-watching. Enjoy a tranquil afternoon in the Villa Borghese gardens, where you can rent a bike or boat to admire the lush landscapes and hidden gems like the Borghese Gallery. Cap your day with a visit to the bustling Campo de' Fiori Market, ideal for picking up fresh local produce or savoring traditional Italian street food.

SORRENTO & the Amalfi Coast

Costa Amalfitana — 3 Days, 3 Nights



After breakfast, join our Now Journey Host and make your way to the Rome Train Station for the High-Speed train to Naples.

Say goodbye to Rome as we make our way to the amazing Amalfi Coast and Sorrento Peninsula. Upon arrival to Naples and the modern city of Pompei is where we enjoy an expertly guided tour of Pompeii (note the two i's), which is the ancient Roman city we will visit with our tour this morning.

Sightseeing IconToday's Adventure: Pompeii Ancient Site
On our tour of the World Heritage Site of Pompeii we find out the city was lost for nearly 1700 years before its rediscovery in 1748. Enjoy the commentary of our Local Guide as you learn of its colorful history and tragic end.

After our experience we make our way to Sorrento, our home for the next two days and nights.

Journey Hotels IconOur Hotels in Sorrento, 3 Nights with breakfast

Our Deluxe Hotels Collection:
Deluxe: Hotel Bel Air, Grand Hotel Capodimonte, Bellevue Syrene or Minerva Sorrento

Our Deluxe Package includes these 4 Star and 5 Star properties with most hotels featuring a Standard or similar category room —  inquire if you'd like to upgrade for a larger room and/or category with a specific view (where available). Hotel room assignments are made closer to tour departure.
Classic: Hotel Bristol or Similar
Our Classic Package includes 3 and 4 Star properties with private bathrooms, and continental breakfast.
Our Lotus Hotel Collection:
Grand Hotel Capodimonte: Sea Sky Suite or Similar

Lotus class features exceptional room categories in our world-class hotels.



Isle of Capri

You will have today completely at your leisure to explore Sorrento or consider one of our optional adventures.

Highly Recommended: Option for the Day: Private Boat Tour to the Isle of Capri - $890 per person.
Enjoy our optional experience departing this morning and enjoy a boat trip to the Isle of Capri to enjoy free time on the Island. Then continue with our circumnavigation of the island, enjoy some time for swimming (towel service and refreshments onboard) and then we make our way back to Sorrento.

Sightseeing IconToday's Optional Adventure: Isle of Capri
Your Journey Tour Captain will introduce Capri to you (and the other villa of Ana Capri). Occasionally, and when weather and seas permit, we are
able to provide an experience that includes (in addition to round-trip service to and from Capri) time on the boat around the island with stops at various Grottos for viewing and swimming if you desire. We only "pass by" the Blue Grotto, we do not go inside the Blue Grotto as this usually takes the majority of the day.

Enjoy the balance of the afternoon and evening at your leisure. We will provide you with reservations at a restaurant tonight — just inquire.



Enjoy another day completely at your leisure to explore Sorrento or consider one of our optional adventures.

Sightseeing IconToday's Optional Adventure: Highly Recommended: Private Tour of Ravello and Amalfi - $590 per person.
Enjoy our optional experience departing this morning and enjoy our exclusive journey from Sorrento to the stunning towns of Ravello and Amalfi, chauffeured by a private driver. This personalized tour offers unparalleled access to breathtaking views, historic sites, and charming coastal streets, all at your own pace.

Enjoy the balance of the afternoon and evening at your leisure. We will provide you with reservations at a restaurant tonight — just inquire.

DAY 9: DEPARTURE DAY –  Arrivederci Italy!

Breakfast is included this morning should you have time before your departure. Most of our guests seriously consider extending your vacation to the Amalfi Coast for the perfect ending —  it's 2 days and nights and includes Pompeii and treasures of the Amalfi Coast. See our optional extension below for proper temptation!

Naples NAP Airport Departure Transfer: $88 per person, 2 guest minimum