Duration

  • 12 Days
  • 12 Days

Price

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$5,995
Single
$7,295
Double
$5,995
Single
$7,295
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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.

• 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

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.

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

*or similar

Day1 - 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

Day3

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

Day4

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

Day5

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

Day6

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

Day7

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

Day8

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

Day9

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

Day10

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

Day11

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

Day12

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

Packing

  • Sunscreen is an essential product to have, regardless of the climate. Since UV exposure is unavoidable, a hat and sunglasses are also suggested for your protection, even in the winter.
  • Mosquito repellent can prove useful in wooded areas or in the evenings in some regions.
  • Comfort is important when on vacation. Bring comfortable walking shoes. And loose, casual clothing is suggested to keep you cozy.
  • Pack extra batteries and memory cards for your camera.
  • Always pack an extra jacket or sweater in case of inclement weather or cooler evenings. DeNureTours recommends you dress in layers, so you can add or remove layers if the temperature rises or drops.
  • Use every corner, nook and cranny of your suitcase when packing. Rolled sweaters and bulky clothing occupy less space, but clothing that wrinkles easily should be laid flat. Roll socks or underclothing and pack them into shoes, and slip smaller items into side pockets.
  • Use sample-sized toiletry items and always transport containers of creams and liquids in a sealed plastic bag.
  • Keep an extra set of keys for your luggage.
  • Always prepare for the possibility of rain. An umbrella, or rain jacket will easily fit in your luggage, and could prove to be the most useful article you pack. When travelling as a couple, bring two so neither person gets half wet.
  • Pack your bathing suit.
  • Pack a good book, or a deck of cards to keep you busy during free time.
  • Leave items of monetary or sentimental value at home. Costume and faux jewelry always travels well.
  • If you require corrective lenses, pack an extra pair of glasses or contacts.
  • If you wear dentures, and have a second set, pack them just in case. You’d be surprised how often these important items end up where they shouldn’t.
  •  Not all hotel rooms are equipped with alarm clocks. While most hotels offer wake-up calls, a small travel alarm clock might prove useful.
  • Couples travelling together may find it wise to split their belongings between two suitcases. If one suitcase should go missing, neither person is left without a change of clothes.

Medical

  • Remember to pack any medications or prescriptions in your carry-on and not in your suitcase in case of emergency or luggage misplacement. Medications should be packed in their original containers for security reasons.
  • Keep a listing of your recent medical history with you, including medications you currently take, prescription or otherwise, as well as allergies you suffer from, and any medical conditions you have. Carry the listing in your wallet, and leave a copy with your emergency contact person at home.

Documents

  • Identify your luggage with an identification tag as well as your DeNureTours luggage tags.
  • If you carry travellers’ cheques, record the numbers of the cheques and keep this list in a separate location. When travelling as a couple, put some cheques in your partner’s name so you both have access to funds.
  • Always carry your travel insurance policy with you, and read it carefully before you leave.
  • Always carry your passport, or other important identification on your person. Make a photocopy to keep in your suitcase.
  • Ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months after your return date. This is a requirement for entering certain countries.
  • Always check the spelling of your name on all documentation you receive. Often, your travel documents must match your passport or birth certificate. It is imperative that your legal name be listed correctly on your documents. Failure to comply may result in your being denied entry to a country, or boarding on an airplane or cruise ship. Name changes on documents may be subject to a change fee.
  • Use extra copies of your travel itinerary and hotel listing to distribute to friends or relatives, so you can be reached in case of emergency.
  • Keep a log of your purchases, including what you paid in foreign currency and the equivalent in Canadian dollars. This will assist you in filling out customs forms. Keep all receipts.

General Travel

  • Secure your home before you leave. Arrange for a friend or neighbour to pick up mail and check in periodically. Have someone cut your lawn (or shovel your driveway) and care for your property. Set automatic timers on the lights and television. Empty the refrigerator of perishables. Lower your thermostat to save on energy.
  • When flying, drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, and limit your intake of caffeine and alcoholic beverages.
  • To avoid circulatory problems on a plane or coach, walk up the aisle every hour or so. Periodically, stretch your legs, arms, shoulders and neck.
  • Arrive early for flights. DeNureTours recommends to check-in 90 minutes prior to departure for domestic flights, or 2-3 hours prior for international flights.
  • An inflatable travel pillow can make you more comfortable on long coach rides or flights. The U-shaped pillow keeps your head from rolling during travel, reducing the risk of neck pain.
  • Avoid the use of perfume or scented sprays on the coach or an airplane. These are confined spaces, so be courteous to your fellow travellers who may be allergic or sensitive to scents.
  • Get as much rest as possible before you leave.
  • Try your best to be flexible. Unexpected things can happen. Your holiday will be more enjoyable if you are open-minded.

Gratuities

Tips to waiters, taxi drivers, step-on guides, tour directors and drivers are a tangible way for you to express your appreciation for jobs well done. This practice, though customary, is voluntary and is not included in tour prices. As a guide to the amounts to tip, the following amounts are suggested:

  • Taxi Drivers – Drivers should be tipped 10% of the taxi fare.
  • Waiters – For meals that are not included in the tour price, tip waiters between 15% and 20% of your bill, but never less than $1.
  • Tour Directors and Drivers – A gratuity of $4 per person per day is suggested.

The pace of a tour varies by itinerary, as each destination, its sightseeing and the activities are unique. Pacing is often subject to personal interpretation, but our trip pace indicator on each tour page may assist you in determining if a tour is suitable for you.

Day-by-day itinerary descriptions can be found on our website or requested from our office. Generally, the more activities included, distance travelled in a day, or number of hotel changes, will increase the pace of a tour.

Some of the most unique sightseeing is found in locations that can be a challenge for motorcoaches, especially in historic areas. For your comfort, we recommend packing walking shoes so you fully enjoy every aspect of your holiday.

Tours with the highest “On-the-go” ratings require a level of activity that is not suitable for those who use either walkers or wheelchairs. If a trip pace is not ideally suited for you, our reservations team will be happy to help you find your perfect vacation.

 

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