Winter Special: A Taste of Italy

EXPERIENCE ITALY'S MOST TRAVELLED ITINERARY IN WINTER!

Rome > Assisi > Siena > Florence > Bologna > Padua > Venice > Montepulciano > Rome > Naples > Pompeii > Sorrento > Rome

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 ten days sampling the best of Assisi, Siena, Florence, Bologna, Padova, Venice and Montepulciano. Explore the ruins of Pompeii, and discover the stunning Sorrentine Coast. 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!

Itinerary

Day 1: WELCOME TO ROME!

Welcome to Rome! After your arrival at the airport (airport transfer available upon request), make your own way to your hotel and then enjoy your first day in the city at your own leisure. Overnight stay.

Day 2: ROME > ASSISI > SIENA > FLORENCE

Departing at early morning from your hotel by a deluxe coach, you will arrive in Assisi, ready to explore, at your own leisure, this tiny town surrounded by walls, built in the Middle Ages. Take your time to visit the Basilica of St. Francis, where you will see art masterpieces! Board on the bus to reach Siena, a Unesco World Heritage Site, world-known for the Palio, the historical horse race around the shell-shaped town square, Piazza del Campo. Next, you will continue on to Florence, where you will check in at your hotel before enjoying dinner and a well-earned night of rest. Meals: B, D

Day 3: FLORENCE

After breakfast, you will spend the day venturing around beautiful Florence, the “Cradle of Renaissance, where, with the help of Michelangelo, Italian art reached its pinnacle. You will be fascinated by the uncountable monuments, churches and buildings as Santa Maria del Fiore, more commonly referred to as the Duomo. On your visit, you will be amazed by its magnificent dome built by Filippo Brunelleschi. Spend the afternoon strolling the cobblestone streets of Florence on your own or take a short trip to Pisa (optional), one of the four main historical Marine Republics of Italy. There, you will tour the Piazza dei Miracoli with the Duomo, Pisa’s symbol “the Leaning Tower” and the Baptistery. Dinner at leisure, overnight in Florence. Meals: B, L

Day 4: FLORENCE > BOLOGNA > PADUA > VENICE

After breakfast in Florence, departure to Bologna. There, you will discover the elegant city centre with its “porticos”, it’s shopping streets and so on. In the afternoon, continue toward Padova, with Sant’Antonio Basilica: one of the most visited churches by pilgrims of the Catholic world. Later in the afternoon, arrival in Venice, the City of Love, one of the most romantic cities of the whole world and, undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man! Check in at your hotel for dinner and overnight stay. Meals: B, D

Day 5: VENICE

After breakfast, enjoy your private water-taxi transfer to Piazza San Marco, with “Skip the Line” tickets to visit the splendid St. Mark’s Basilica and, after this, check out the most iconic places of the “Floating City”: the Palazzo dei Dogi, symbol of Venice’s glorious past, the legendary “Bridge of Sighs”. Spend the afternoon roaming along Venice’s canals at your leisure and then return to the hotel and overnight. Meals: B

Day 6: VENICE > MONTEPULCIANO > ROME

After breakfast, depart to Tuscany, world-known for its landscapes, its churches and castles and its delicious wines. You will proceed to Val di Chiana with a stop in Montepulciano, a medieval town rich in history and art. Known for its “Nobile” wine, on purchase in local wine houses. Enjoy lunch in a typical Tuscan restaurant. After lunch, a quick stop to spend some free time. In the evening, you will arrive in Rome to check in into your hotel. Meals: B, L

Day 7: ROME

After breakfast, depart from the hotel for a tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica with exclusive “Skip the Line” access! Upon arrival, your guide will lead you to the museums where you’ll visit one of the most important art collections in the world. Walk along the beautiful Galleries of Tapestries and Geographical Maps before admiring Raphael’s Rooms and, then, the amazing Sistine Chapel. After this incredible masterpiece, you will be taken by a privileged door to St. Peter’s Basilica, the biggest church in the world! Enjoy the rest of the day to explore the city at your own leisure. Meals: B

Day 8: ROME > NAPLES > POMPEII > SORRENTO

After breakfast, departure by coach heading south crossing the regions of Lazio and Campania. Arrival in Naples and short panoramic tour climbing up to Vomero hill to enjoy beautiful views over the Gulf of Naples with the Vesuvius, Capri, Ischia and Procida and the city below. Descending towards the port of Mergellina you will leave the city and travel south toward Mount Vesuvius, and, once you reach the town of Pompeii, you will have lunch with Neapolitan pizza! After lunch, you will enter into one of the most important archaeological sites in the world: a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ruins of Pompeii, with Skip the Line entrance and a guided tour. After the visit, you will drive along the Sorrentine Coast, arriving in Sorrento for dinner (dress code: jacket for men) and an overnight in your new hotel. Meals: B, L, D

Day 9: SORRENTO > ROME

Breakfast at the hotel and free time to discover Sorrento or, if you want, you may opt for a visit to the island of Capri (not included) or take an Amalfi Coast excursion (not included). In the afternoon, at around 4:00 pm, departure back to Rome. Meals: B

Day 10: ROME

Final breakfast followed by check-out. Arrivederci! Meals: B

Departures

2019/20 Winter Departures: November 3, 10, 17, December 8, 22, January 12, 26, February 9, 23 & March 8, 15

Includes

  • Accommodation in 4 stars hotels
  • Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
  • Monolingual Tour-escort in English
  • Traditional Tuscan lunch in Montepulciano
  • Entrance tickets to St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice with “Skip the Line”
  • Tour of Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica (with exclusive “Skip the Line” tickets)
  • Tour of Pompeii with “Skip the Line” tickets and Neapolitan Pizza lunch with 1 drink
  • Visits to Assisi, Siena, Florence, Bologna, Padua, Venice, Tuscany Wine Region, Pompeii, Sorrento and Rome
  • Meals as per itinerary (please inform us at the moment of the booking, in case of any food allergy or dietary restrictions)
  • Visits with an expert local guide as per itinerary
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board to be in touch with family and friends
  • Headsets to follow the information provided by the tour leader and local guides

Pricing Details

  • All prices are per person
  • Free accommodation for children up to 6 years old sharing the room with their parents
  • City tax not included (paid directly at the hotel)
  • Drinks are not included with meals

Optional Extras

  • Take advantage of our preferred airfares to Europe from any Canadian gateway
  • Airport Transfers
  • Afternoon Ancient Rome Tour
  • Morning Excursions from Sorrento
  • Pre and Post Accommodation in Rome
  • Pisa Excursion from Florence

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