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Grand Tour of Italy – 12 Days

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September 24, October 1, 2019 Double: $5,995, Single: $7,295 Book by December 14, 2018 SAVE $200 pp or book by March 15, 2019 SAVE $100 pp. If booking your own airfare reduce price by $1,000.     If you only visit Italy once in your life, you must…

September 24, October 1, 2019

Double: $5,995, Single: $7,295

Book by December 14, 2018 SAVE $200 pp or book by March 15, 2019 SAVE $100 pp.

If booking your own airfare reduce price by $1,000.

 

 

If you only visit Italy once in your life, you must experience its stunning coastlines, ancient ruins, priceless art, and fascinating history.

Using picturesque Montecatini as our base, we’ll begin exploring Tuscany in Florence. The cradle of the Renaissance, this small city is one of overwhelming beauty – packed with enchanting basilicas, cathedrals, sculptures, and extraordinary masterpieces. Then, Venice! A magical floating landscape of teal canals, gondolas, and Gothic Venetian architecture, Venice floods your senses with la bea vita (the beautiful life). Next, travel through Chianti wine country and the narrow streets of Siena to the medieval walled hilltop town of San Gimignano. Known as “the most famous small town in Italy,” its soaring towers offer breathtaking views of Tuscany’s olive groves, truffle fields, and vineyards.

On to “The Eternal City” for a guided tour of ancient Rome’s 3,000 years of history, massive stone monuments, museums, and famous works of art. In your free time, explore Rome’s modern piazzas and al fresco trattorias. Tour Vatican City before heading south to the ancient ruins of Pompeii, arriving in Sorrento, the gateway to the Amalfi Coast.

A beautiful drive along the turquoise Amalfi Coast is a must-see Mediterranean dreamscape! An excursion to the idyllic, whitewashed Isle of Capri ends our grand romantic Italia escape.

 

Discover the Romance of Rome

Italy’s capital is a sprawling, romantic city with crumbling ruins, architectural masterpieces, and lovely piazzas (squares). They say that history starts in Rome and, after two days to explore, you’ll agree! The power of the Roman Empire lives on in the Roman Forum and the Colosseum. Built in 80AD, the Colosseum’s columns were once covered by a canvas awning that shaded 50,000 spectators who cheered as gladiators fought wild animals (a scene made famous by the movie Gladiator).

Marvel at the revolutionary design of the Pantheon, a 2,000-year-old temple that’s one of Rome’s most impressive and best-preserved buildings. An architectural blueprint for millennia, it is the world’s largest non-reinforced dome. We’ll tour Palatine Hill, the Emperors’ Palace, the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, and much more before heading to nearby Vatican City, the smallest sovereign state in the world. The Vatican Museums house Italy’s most revered masterpieces, such as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes. St. Peter’s Basilica is the largest church in Christendom and the Vatican’s towering showpiece.

 

 

Price Includes

Return flight from Toronto, airport transfers in Italy, motorcoach transportation, 10 nights accommodation, 10 breakfasts, 10 dinners, all highlights listed, English speaking tour manager, Connections Program and all taxes.

Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and include HST.

 

Highlights

• Florence: Guided sightseeing and walking tour, Academia Museum
• Venice: Walking tour of Piazza San Marco, Doge’s Palace, Bridge of Sighs
• San Gimignano
• Rome: Ancient Rome, Forum, Palatine Hill, Emperors’ Palace, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Montecitorio, Pantheon, Piazza Navona
• Vatican City: Tapestry Gallery, Raphael Rooms, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica
• Pompeii
• Naples
• Amalfi Coast
• Isle of Capri: Ferry, transportation and guided tour of Capri

 

Accommodation*

• Montecatini Terme: Hotel Columbia (4 nights)
• Rome: Grand Hotel Tiberio (3 nights)
• Sorrento: Hotel Michelangelo (3 nights)

*or similar

 

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Grand Tour of Italy – 12 Days

Day 1-2: Fly to Florence

Fly from Toronto to Florence, where you’ll be taken on a scenic drive to the small city of Montecatini. The afternoon is yours to discover Montecatini’s enchanting basilicas, cathedrals, sculptures, and extraordinary masterpieces. We’ll meet for a welcome dinner back at the hotel.

Stay: Hotel Columbia, Montecatini Terme (or similar)
Nights: 4
Meals: D

Day 3: Florence

After breakfast at the hotel, we are off under the Tuscan sunshine for a guided sightseeing tour of Florence. The birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence is packed with masterpieces – the works of art themselves and the 15th-century buildings that house them. The entire city centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site! Walk the historic city centre and see magnificent palazzi (palaces). Visit the Academia Museum, site of Michelangelo’s David. Return for dinner at the hotel this evening.

Meals: B, D

Day 4: Venice

A magical floating landscape of teal canals, gondolas, and Gothic Venetian architecture, Venice floods your senses with la bea vita (the beautiful life). After breakfast, we will spend the day exploring this canal city: a walking tour of Piazza San Marco, Doge’s Palace, and crossing the Bridge of Sighs which connects to the Piombi Prisons. Spend the afternoon shopping and browsing. We will come back together for a light dinner in the evening.

Meals: B, D

Day 5: Siena, San Gimignano

After breakfast, we’ll travel southwest through the heart of Italian wine country, over the rolling hills of Chianti to Siena. Our guide will take us through Siena’s narrow streets, past medieval towers and walls to Piazza del Campo and San Domenico, which holds the relics of St. Catherine. Italy’s “most famous small town” is our next destination. San Gimignano’s soaring towers offer breathtaking views of Tuscany’s olive groves, truffle fields, and vineyards. Return to the hotel for dinner this evening.

Meals: B, D

Day 6: Montecatini, Assisi, Rome

We will have breakfast at the hotel and check out. Today we head to Rome! But first, a stop in Assisi to view St. Francis’ Cathedral and have some free time to browse. In Rome, we’ll check into a first-class hotel, freshen up, and relax a bit before dinner.

Stay: Grand Hotel Tiberio, Rome (or similar)
Nights: 3
Meals: B, D

Day 7: Ancient & Modern Rome

We’ll wake in Italy’s Capital for breakfast before a full day of guided exploration. Rome’s 3,000 years of history, massive stone monuments, museums, and famous works of art put cameras to the test! In the morning, we’ll see the glorious remains of Ancient Rome, the birthplace of modern civilization. We’ll visit the grand Colosseum and learn about its bloody past. On to the Forum, Palatine Hill, Emperor’s Palace, Capitol, Senate, and more! Free time for lunch is your opportunity to explore Rome’s modern piazzas and al fresco trattorias. The afternoon introduces modern Rome. A walking tour lets us get up close to the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Montecitorio, the Pantheon, and Piazza Navona. We’ll wrap up the day with dinner back at our hotel.

Meals: B, D

Day 8: Vatican City

After breakfast, the Vatican is ours to discover! The smallest sovereign state in the world. The Vatican Museums protect Italy’s most revered masterpieces. Hundreds of galleries are filled with treasures: the Tapestry Gallery, The Raphael Rooms, and the Sistine Chapel, home to Michelangelo’s “The Last Judgement.” St. Peter’s Basilica is the grandest church in Christendom and the Vatican’s towering showpiece. Marvel at Pieta and Bernini’s amazing bronze canopy. Before dinner, we’ll have free time to shop or sit in one of the outside cafés and watch the world go by.  

Meals: B, D

Day 9: Rome, Pompeii, Naples, Sorrento

Breakfast and then checkout. Arrivederci to Rome and onward to Pompeii for a guided tour of Mt. Vesuvius’ destruction almost 2000 years later. Pompeii remains the best-preserved ruin of Roman times. A panoramic tour of Naples is a highlight on the way to Sorrento, where we’ll check into our hotel and have dinner. 

Stay: Hotel Michelangelo, Sorrento (or similar)
Nights: 3
Meals: B, D

Day 10: Amalfi Coast

Sorrento is the gateway to the Amalfi Coast, and what a coast it is! After breakfast we’ll take a beautiful drive along the turquoise Mediterranean dreamscape – one of the most scenic roads in the world! Our first stop, Positano, is one of Italy’s most famous and elegant resorts. We’ll continue along the coast and find some free time to visit the beautiful Cathedral of St. Andrew, have lunch, and explore Ravello. Return to Sorrento for dinner. 

Meals: B, D

Day 11: Isle of Capri, Sorrento

An excursion to the idyllic, whitewashed Isle of Capri ends our grand romantic Italia escape. After breakfast, we’ll catch a ferry ride across the Bay of Naples and enjoy a guided tour of Capri’s hotels, chic shops, and restaurants along winding streets. Piazza Umberto has a pretty white church and open-air cafés. We’ll return to Sorrento in the afternoon by ferry for some free time, then come together for dinner at the hotel. 

Meals: B, D

Day 12: Return Flight Home

After breakfast, we’ll check out of our hotel and transfer to Naples Airport for our return flight to Toronto.

Meals: B

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