Taste of Italy

Experience Italy's Most Travelled Itinerary

Rome • Assisi • Siena • Florence • Bologna • Padova • Venica • Montepulciano

Book by December 31, 2017 to travel in 2018 and get 2017 prices.

Like a creamy gelato or hot espresso, one taste of Italy can linger for a lifetime. Travelling from eternal Rome and up through the hazy hills of Tuscany, you’ll spend eight days sampling the best of Assisi, Siena, Florence, Bologna, Padova, Venice, and Montepulciano. Catch the spirit of la vita bella as you explore elegant Florentine piazzas, rummage through handcrafted artisanal treasures, sip world-class wines, and float down intimate Venetian canals. Extend your visit by 2-3 days to discover the treasures along Italy’s Amalfi coast, from charmingly gritty Naples to sun-bleached Capri.

Itinerary

Day 1: Rome

Welcome to Rome! After a meet & greet, you will be transferred to your hotel.

Day 2: Rome, Assisi, Siena, Florence

Early morning departure for Assisi. Visit the Basilica of St. Francis featuring masterpieces by Giotto and Cimabue. Continue to Siena, home of the Palio. End the day in Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance for dinner and overnight. (B/D)

Day 3: Florence

Spend the day in beautiful Florence home to monuments, churches, and artisinal shops. Stroll the cobblestone streets on your own or take a short excursion to Pisa (optional). Florence dinner and overnight stay. (B/D)

Day 4: Florence, Bologna, Padova, Venice

Depart for Bologna after breakfast in Florence. Wander through some of the city’s many, elegant arcades (or porticos), for which Bologna is famous. In the afternoon, continue toward Padova, with its original Sant’Antonio Basilica. In the early evening we will arrive in Venice. Check-in to your hotel, dinner and overnight stay. (B/D)

Day 5: Venice

Cruise through the lagoon of Venice aboard a private boat before stopping at Murano. Spend the afternoon exploring Venice’s canals at your leisure. Return to the hotel for dinner and rest of evening. (B/D)

Day 6: Venice, Montepulciano (Tuscany), Rome

After breakfast, depart for Tuscany, known for its romantic churches, castles and beloved wines. Proceed to Val di Chiana with a stop in Montepulciano, a Medieval town rich with history and art. That evening we will arrive in Rome for an evening at leisure. (B)

Day 7: Rome

After breakfast depart from the hotel for the included tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St.Peter’s Basilica with our exclusive “Skip the Line” access. The tour ends in St. Peter’s Square. Afternoon and evening at leisure. (B)

Day 8: Rome

Final breakfast followed by check-out. Arrivederci! (B)

Departures

May 5 to October 29, 2017 (Sundays & Fridays) – Nov 5,19 (17) | Dec 3,24 (17) | Jan 14,28 (18)| Feb 11,25 (18) | Mar 11 (18)

Includes

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Deluxe motorcoach transportation
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Multilingual tour escort
  • Guided sightseeing tours as per itinerary
  • Admission fees as per itinerary
  • All Taxes
  • Not included: Hotel City Tax

Optional Extras

ADD AIR: Take advantage of our special airfares to Europe from any Canadian gateway.

We remind all passengers that the local city Councils throughout most of Italy introduced a new tax charged per person per night to all visitors. City tax varies by city. (To be paid ONLY IN CASH at check out).

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