Grand Tour of Italy – 14 Days
September 21, 2018 Double: $6,895, Single: $8,095 If booking your own airfare reduce price by $800. Book by March 16, 2018 and SAVE $100 pp. Discover Italy on a remarkable journey along stunning coastlines, filled to the brim with ancient ruins, priceless art, and…
September 21, 2018
Double: $6,895, Single: $8,095
If booking your own airfare reduce price by $800.
Book by March 16, 2018 and SAVE $100 pp.
Discover Italy on a remarkable journey along stunning coastlines, filled to the brim with ancient ruins, priceless art, and fascinating history. If you only visit Italy once in your life, let DeNureTours take you on the vacation of your dreams! On this Grand Tour of Italy, you begin in the northern mountainous Lake District and work your way down through the incredible historic cities of Venice, Tuscany, Pisa, Florence, Sorrento, and Rome.
A guided tour of vibrant Venice kicks things off! A magical floating landscape, Venice is teal canals, gondolas, and Gothic Venetian architecture. In Verona you’ll see Shakespeare’s famous “Juliet’s balcony” before a cruise on captivating Lake Garda, visiting medieval Sirmione, Lake Garda’s prettiest village.
Then, Florence! The cradle of the Renaissance, this small Tuscan city is one of overwhelming beauty – packed with enchanting basilicas, cathedrals, sculptures, and extraordinary masterpieces. Next, it’s onto Siena before arriving in Rome for the next three nights. Guided tours and free time let you explore ancient Rome’s 3,000 years of history, its massive stone monuments, museums, and famous works of art, as well as its romantic piazzas and al fresco trattorias. Explore Vatican City before you head south to the ancient ruins of Pompeii, arriving in Sorrento, the gateway to the Amalfi Coast.
A beautiful drive along the iconic turquoise Amalfi Coast is a tour favourite – a must-see Mediterranean dreamscape! An excursion to the idyllic, whitewashed Isle of Capri ends your grand romantic Italia escape.
Rome, Italy’s capital, is a sprawling, romantic city with crumbling ruins, art and architectural masterpieces, and lovely piazzas. There’s a saying in Rome – “History Starts Here”– and after two days here, you’ll agree.
The power of the Roman Empire lives in the Roman Forum and the Colosseum. Built in AD 80, the Colosseum’s arches and columns were once covered by a canvas awning supported by 240 masts. Inside, 50,000 spectators cheered as gladiators fought wild animals.
Marvel at the ingenuity of the Pantheon. This 2,000-year-old temple is one of Rome’s most impressive and best-preserved buildings. A remarkable feat of revolutionary design, it remains the world’s largest non-reinforced dome ever built and has served as an architectural blueprint for millennia.
Nearby in the Vatican City, the smallest sovereign state in the world, stands St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, which house Italy’s most revered masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes.
Return airfare from Toronto, airport transfers in Italy, motorcoach transportation, 12 nights accommodation, 12 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 8 dinners, all highlights listed, a DeNureTours Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.
Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and include HST.
• Venice: guided walking tour, cruise of the islands, free afternoon
• Murano Glass Factory
• Basilica of St. Anthony
• Lake Garda boat cruise
• Parmigiano Reggiano DOP Cheese Factory tour and tasting
• Parma Ham DOP tasting & lunch
• Florence: guided walking tour, free time
• Chianti & olive oil farm tasting & lunch
• Rome: guided tour (on foot and by coach), free afternoon
• Guided tour of Ancient Rome
• Guided tour of the Vatican City
• Sistine Chapel
• St. Peter’s Basilica
• Guided tour of Pompeii
• Amalfi Coast
• Limoncello Liqueur tasting
• Sorrento dinner with Tarantella show
• Isle of Capri
• Guided walking tour Tragara’s Belvedere
Venice: Santa Marina* (2 nights)
Garda Lake: Hotel West Garda* (2 nights)
Florence: Hotel California* (2 nights)
Rome: Hotel Villafranca* (3 nights)
Sorrento: Hotel Central* (2 nights)
Hotel Rome: Cristoforo Colombo* (1 night)
(All hotels will be 4 stars with ensuite)
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Grand Tour of Italy – 14 Days
Day 1-2: Overnight flight to Venice
Arrive in Venice where you will be met by you DeNureTours tour director. This afternoon tour Venice on foot with a walking tour and a local, English speaking guide. Walk through St. Mark’s Square and see St. Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s Palace, the Campanile, the Clock Tower, and the Procuratie.
Arrive at your hotel and enjoy an included dinner in a restaurant nearby.
Stay: Santa Marina*, Venice (*or similar)
Day 3: Venice
After breakfast this morning, depart on a mini-cruise of the Venice islands. This tour combines many different characteristics of Venice: the natural beauty, craftsmanship, a genuine fisherman village and the history of the earliest days. Sail by the island of St. Giorgio Maggiore and the Lido famous for its beach. Enjoy time on the island of Murano, famous for its glass works. Here, you can admire expert glass-makers at work in a glass factory. Leaving Murano, you travel further north to Burano, a fishermen’s island with brightly-coloured houses. It is famous for the handicraft production of lace, the technique for which is inspired by the weaving of the fishing nets.
Return to Venice around lunch time for a free afternoon to explore on your own.
Day 4: Verona, Padua, Lake Garda
This morning travel through the Veneto Region to Padua. Galileo lectured in Padua’s 13th century university; Dante, Petrarch and Tasso also studied here – Giotto decorated the Scrovegni Chapel with a serious of 38 frescos depicting the history of Christian redemption. you will visit the Basilica of St. Anthony, which is a mixture of Gothic, Romanesque and Byzantine Architecture with the relics of the saint and a huge collection of art treasures.
Enjoy free time for lunch in Padua before continuing on to Verona. Here you will discover why Verona is referred to as one of Italy’s loveliest towns. A major stop on the Shakespearean tourist trail, Verona is rich in archaeological sites and a beautiful medieval centre. The Roman arena, where concerts and operas are performed in summer, is the city’s grandest sight, but Juliet’s Balcony is the principal point of interest for lovers of Shakespeare.
Arrive at the hotel this afternoon, located in the picturesque Lake Garda region.
Stay: Hotel West Garda*, Garda Lake (or similar)
Meals: B, D
Day 5: Garda Lake
Today is dedicated to Garda Lake. It is the biggest lake in Italy, situated between the Alps and the Po valley and surrounded by palms, olive groves, orange trees, lemon trees and vineyards.
In the morning enjoy a boat cruise on the lake and visit medieval Sirmione – known as the “Jewel of the Lake”. A spa town since Roman times, you stroll the narrow, cobbled lanes and see the 13th century castle and well-preserved Roman ruins. Enjoy some free time for Lunch.
This afternoon, you continue your visits to some picturesque villages and their charming historical centre and small ports bordering the lake.
Meals: B, D
Day 6: Gastronomic day in Emilia Romagna, Florence
Explore the Emilia Romagna region including a guided tour of a Parmesan cheese factory. You follow the different phases of the “birth” of the most famous cheese in the world. At the end of the tour, you will have a tasting of this “King of Cheeses”.
At lunch today you get to meet a family who has produced Parma Ham DOP for three generations. You’ll learn how this special ham is made. You then get to enjoy a tasting-lunch in their restaurant accompany with wine.
In the afternoon you travel towards Tuscany, to Florence.
Stay, Hotel California*, Florence (or similar)
Meals: B, L, D
Day 7: Florence
A walking tour with a local guide, is the perfect way to see the historical centre of Florence and its most important monuments: St. Maria del Fiore Dom, Giotto’s tower bell, Piazza dei Signori, the facade of Palazzo Vecchio, Santa Croce Church, Ponte Vecchio.
The rest of the day is yours to explore at leisure.
Day 8: Florence, Siena, Rome
Today you travel to Rome.
On the way you will stop in Siena, cradle of the Italian Gothic style. Here, you will see the spectacular Dome and Baptistery, which beautifully symbolize the religious nature of the Sienese. The 12th century shell-shaped piazza known as the Campo is the site of the famous Palio horserace and is crowned by the Palazzo Pubblico, representing the independence and economic might of the Sienese oligarchy.
A special treat awaits for for lunch today. You will visit a local farm, very close to Siena. Here they produce the red wine, Chianti and olive oil. The farm is an historical residence of an ancient Siena Family with a panoramic view on Siena.
You arrive in Rome in the afternoon where you will meet a local guide for a coach and walking tour of Rome. Crossing Piazza della Repubblica with the Fountain of the Nayads, your local guide will take you on a pleasant stroll through the historical centre, where you can admire the Trevi Fountain, monumental masterpiece, the Palazzo di Montecitorio, designed by Bernini, the Pantheon, an ancient roman temple which was converted in a Church in 7th century. It supports an immense dome that remains the biggest of the antiquity; Palazzo Madama – seat of the senate and Piazza Navona.
You then check into your hotel and enjoy dinner with your fellow travellers.
Hotel: Villafranca*, Rome (*or similar)
Meals: B, L, D
Day 9: Rome, Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel
Your day starts with a guided visit to “Vatican City”. You visit the Vatican museums, a group of impressive buildings with hundreds of rooms, halls, galleries, libraries and chapels overflowing with art treasures. The “Sistine Chapel” world famous for Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and “The last judgment.” Then the St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest church in the world built over the tomb of St. Peter. Upon entering the Basilica one gets the feeling of majesty and grandeur associated with such a historical place. Here you find Michelangelo’s “Pieta” and many works of art from Giotto and Bernini.
You have the rest of the day free to explore the city as you wish.
Day 10: Ancient Rome
After breakfast, you will have a guided tour of Ancient Rome. You begin with one of the most famous monuments in the city, the Flavian amphitheatre, which is best known as the Colosseum. You visit the exterior of this magnificent amphitheatre, where in the first century the famous gladiatorial fought and also naval battles took place. You continue your tour to the Roman forum (exterior), center of the political and religious life.
The rest of the day is yours to explore, shop or relax.
Day 11: Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento
This morning you departure for southern Italy. You stop in Pompeii, where a local guide will take you on a tour. Pompeii is an unforgettable complex of ruins famous around the world for its violent end, caused by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Walk the streets and admire the perfect preservation of Pompeii’s ruins, including the famous Antiquarium, the Amphitheatre, the Basilica and the Forum. As you walk down the old Roman high streets, you can peek into the shops, read the graffiti on the walls, then wander down the back streets to explore the homes of the inhabitants and appraise their taste in painting.
Lunch today is included at a local restaurant.
After lunch you travel to Sorrento, one of the most beautiful corners of all Italy. The town, faces the gulf of Naples and offers wonderful views. The town boasts a historic centre where monuments and churches witness the presence of antique civilizations. The symbol of Sorrento is the lemon: wall paintings and mosaics uncovered in Pompeii and Herculaneum suggest that citrus fruit trees were cultivated here a long time ago. Nowadays, along the narrow streets you can enter many shops to buy a bottle or just to taste the famous Limoncello, the traditional beverage of the Sorrento. Enjoy some free time to explore, before dinner at your hotel.
Stay: Hotel Central*, Sorrento (*or similar)
Meals: B, L, D
Day 12: Amalfi Coast
Discover one of Italy’s most iconic and beautiful shorelines, the Amalfi Coast. Along the way, you will have many photo stops to capture the beautiful landscapes on camera and admire sweeping views over the pretty coastline.
Your first stop of the day is Positano, where you will have free time to explore the little town at your leisure. Discover colourful buildings cascading down to the sea, browse the traditional boutiques, take a stroll along the beach or perhaps visit the church of Santa Maria Assunta. You continue your travels through the beautiful villages of Praiano, Furore and Conca dei Marini to Amalfi. Here you can admire the traditional Mediterranean architecture and soak up the atmosphere in one of Italy’s most famous coastal resort towns. You stop for lunch at a local restaurant before you continue on to Ravello, where unparalleled views over the shoreline to Minori and Maiori await and attractions such as Villa Rufolo — a 13th-century villa with beautiful cascading gardens and exquisite views.
Your afternoon ends with a tour back to Sorrento. This evening enjoy dinner in Sorrento with original folk music, Tarantella show and great food.
Meals: B, L, D
Day 13: Capri Island
Spend a full days excursion to the Island of Capri. You cross by boat where you will have a Panoramic tour by minibus up to Anacapri. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon discovery of the centre of Capri with a walking tour up to Tragara’s belvedere to see the famous Faraglioni.
You return to the mainland and travel to Rome, with a stop for dinner on the way.
Stay: Hotel Cristoforo Colombo*, Rome airport (*or similar)
Meals: B, L, D
Day 14: Return flight home
After breakfast at the hotel you will be transfer to Rome Airport by coach for your return flight home.