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Italy TOURS ARTISTIC ITALY PAGE 2 BEST OF ITALY PAGE 5 GRAND TOUR OF ITALY PAGE 8 ITALY S JEWELS PAGE 12 SOUTHERN SPLENDORS OF ITALY PAGE 15 1 Artistic Italy 10-Day / 9-Night TOUR 14 meals Explore the fabulous art, architecture and the rich culture of Italy s historic past. Rome Montepulciano Pienza Siena San Gimignano Chianti Florence Portofino Stresa/Baveno/Lake Maggiore Lugano (Switzerland) Verona Venice ITINERARY Day 1 (Mon) Arrive Rome Welcome to Italy! If your arrival is synchronised with the group, you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in, if applicable. Enjoy lunch at leisure and time to relax. In the evening, there s a welcome dinner where you will also meet our local appointed representative. (D) Grand Hotel Beverly Hills (2 nights) Day 2 (Tue) Rome After breakfast, begin your guided panoramic city tour which highlights ancient Rome with visits to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Marvel at Michelangelo s painted ceilings, The Last Judgment and his magnificent Pietà in the Basilica. Also visit St. Peter s Square, the Colosseum (outside) and the Roman Forum (outside). Balance of the day at leisure. We suggest joining our optional Roman Highlights excursion (at additional cost) or returning to the Colosseum for a visit inside, on your own. (B) Day 3 (Wed) Montepulciano/Pienza/Siena After breakfast and check-out, we depart Rome, driving through scenic Chianti region to the hilltop town of Montepulciano, an ancient village and home to one of the oldest wines of Italy. Here, we visit a cellar for wine tasting and to sample some local hams, cheese and salami. Next stop is Pienza, The Ideal 2 Renaissance Town, built by Pope Pius II and well known for its Pecorino cheese. Later, arriving in Siena we walk through its historic city centre, strolling along its medieval streets and admiring many splendid palaces. We will spend some time at the Piazza del Campo, one of Italy s most beautiful squares and the site of the famous 600-year-old bareback horse race, and will walk around the outside of the spectacular cathedral. The evening is at leisure. (BL) NH Hotel Excelsior (1 night) Day 4 (Thu) San Gimignano/Chianti/Florence Following breakfast and check-out, we depart for a day long excursion to San Gimignano, a picturesque and fascinating medieval town. Apart from being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is also famous for its white wine, Vernaccia. Next, we travel deep through the Chianti region with its impressive landscape to stop at a famous wine estate to sample some excellent Chianti red wine while having a light lunch. In the afternoon we arrive in Florence the Cradle of the Renaissance. (BL) Grand Hotel Mediterraneo (2 nights) Day 5 (Fri) Florence/Optional Excursion to Pisa Our morning guided tour starts with admiring Giotto s Bell Tower (outside), and then goes on to Piazza della Signoria and the Church of Santa Croce, known as the Temple of Italian Glories, plus many of Florence s other timeless highlights. Explore more of Florence on your own this afternoon or join our optional tour (at additional cost) to Pisa (dinner included). (B) Day 6 (Sat) Santa Margherita Ligure/Portofino/Stresa/Baveno/Lake Maggiore Following breakfast and check-out, we drive through the Liguria region with its Cinque Terre glamorous coastal resorts to elegant Santa Margherita Ligure. Here we board a local bus for the ultra-chic town of Portofino, where there is time for a leisurely lunch. Later, we will continue to Stresa-Baveno, twin picturesque towns on the shores of one of Italy s most beautiful lakes, Lake Maggiore, for a relaxing evening. (BD) Grand Hotel Dino (2 nights) Day 7 (Sun) Lugano (Switzerland)/Lake Maggiore Today, our full-day excursion takes us to Switzerland, driving along the shores of Lake Maggiore until crossing the border and arriving in Lugano. There will be lots of free time to enjoy Lugano s chic boutiques, its restaurants or its magnificent Civic Park before we return to Stresa-Baveno late in the afternoon. (BD) Day 8 (Mon) Verona/Venice Following breakfast and check-out, we depart for romantic Verona where we will see many of its historic buildings and monuments such as Juliet s Balcony (immortalized by Shakespeare s drama) and the outside of a Roman Theatre. Afterwards, we continue on to Venice arriving in this unique city for an evening at leisure. (B) Hotel Bonvecchiati (2 nights) Day 9 (Tue) Venice/Optional Excursion to Murano and Burano After breakfast, enjoy a guided walking tour of the city on water, led by a local expert that will highlight St. Mark s Square and its surrounding buildings. The afternoon is at leisure to explore, or perhaps take our optional excursion to the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello (at additional cost). Dinner is at leisure. (B) Day 10 (Wed) Depart Venice After an early breakfast, transfer to Venice airport for departing flight. End of services. (B) 3 INCLUSIONS Meet & Greet Service at Rome airport or hotel, as applicable (conditional see below note) Roundtrip transfers airport/hotel in Rome/Venice (arrival must coincide with Tour Only start date) Accommodation in 4* hotels as described (or similar) based on double occupancy and inclusive of local Government taxes including City Tourist Tax where applicable. Meals: Continental breakfast daily, three 3-course dinners and two wine tastings with light lunch (lunches and dinners include ¼ litre of wine & ½ litre of mineral water) All applicable touring as per itinerary by deluxe air-conditioned coach Escorted walking tours of Rome, Florence, Siena and Venice (on foot/by boat) Applicable entrance fee to the Vatican Museums and Church of Santa Croce Porterage of one piece of luggage per person at each hotel Services of a professional English-speaking tour escort Services of licensed local English-speaking guides NOT INCLUDED: Flights, meals and beverages not specified, gratuities, items of personal nature, any optional services and any items not mentioned in the itinerary PRICES Estimated prices per person in $ CAD, LAND ONLY at following dates: TWIN OR DOUBLE RATE $2599 SINGLE supplement : +$595 TRIPLE reduction: -$100 GUARANTEED arrival dates in Rome on the following Mondays July 13 th, 27 th ; September 21 st, 28 th ; October 5 th **Tour ends in Venice. Exclusive to Canadians. Transfers are included if arrival and departure are Arrival Rome around 13:00 or a little before Depart Venice around 12:10 or a little after Example of the flight used by the main Toronto group- not included Dep: AZ651 YYZ 22:25 FCO 13:00 Ret: AZ1466 VCE 12:10 FCO 13:25 Ret: AZ650 FCO 15:15 YYZ 19:10 4 Best of Italy 11-Day / 10-Night TOUR 16 meals Explore the very best of Italy s historical beauty on this classic and popular itinerary Rome Montepulciano Pienza Siena San Gimignano Chianti Florence Portofino Stresa/Baveno/Lake Maggiore Lugano (Switzerland) Verona Venice Modena Parma Rome ITINERARY Day 1 (Mon) Arrive Rome Welcome to Italy! Upon arrival in Rome, If your arrival is synchronised with the group, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for check-in, if applicable. Enjoy lunch at leisure and time to relax. In the evening, there s a welcome dinner where you will also meet our local appointed representative. (D) Grand Hotel Beverly Hills (2 nights) Day 2 (Tue) Rome After breakfast, begin your guided panoramic city tour which highlights ancient Rome with visits to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Marvel at Michelangelo s painted ceilings, The Last Judgment and his magnificent Pietà in the Basilica. Also visit St. Peter s Square, the Colosseum (outside) and the Roman Forum (outside). Balance of the day at leisure. We suggest joining our optional Roman Highlights excursion (at additional cost) or returning to the Colosseum for a visit inside, on your own. (B) Day 3 (Wed) Montepulciano/Pienza/Siena After breakfast and check-out, we depart Rome, driving through scenic Chianti Region to the hilltop town of Montepulciano, an ancient village and home to one of the oldest wines of Italy. Here, we visit a cellar for wine tasting and to sample some local hams, cheese and salami. Next stop is Pienza, The Ideal Renaissance Town, built by Pope Pius II and well known for its Pecorino cheese. Later, arriving in Siena 5 we walk through its historic city centre, strolling along its medieval streets and admiring many splendid palaces. We will spend some time at the Piazza del Campo, one of Italy s most beautiful squares and the site of the famous 600-year-old bareback horse race, and will walk around the outside of the spectacular cathedral. The evening is at leisure. (BL) NH Hotel Excelsior (1 night) Day 4 (Thu) San Gimignano/Chianti/Florence Following breakfast and check-out, we depart for a day long excursion to San Gimignano, a picturesque and fascinating medieval town. Apart from being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is also famous for its white wine, Vernaccia. Next, we travel deep through the Chianti region with its impressive landscape to stop at a famous wine estate to sample some excellent Chianti red wine while having a light lunch. In the afternoon we arrive in Florence the Cradle of the Renaissance. (BL) Grand Hotel Mediterraneo (2 nights) Day 5 (Fri) Florence/Optional Excursion to Pisa Our morning guided tour starts with admiring Giotto s Bell Tower (outside), and then goes on to Piazza della Signoria and the Church of Santa Croce, known as the Temple of Italian Glories, plus many of Florence s other timeless highlights. Explore more of Florence on your own this afternoon or join our optional tour (at additional cost) to Pisa (dinner included). (B) Day 6 (Sat) Santa Margherita Ligure/Portofino/Stresa/Baveno/Lake Maggiore Following breakfast and check-out, we drive through the Liguria region with its Cinque Terre glamorous coastal resorts to elegant Santa Margherita Ligure. Here we board a local bus for the ultra-chic town of Portofino where there is time for a leisurely lunch. Later, we will continue to Stresa-Baveno, twin picturesque towns on the shores of one of Italy s most beautiful lakes, Lake Maggiore, for a relaxing evening. (BD) Grand Hotel Dino (2 nights) Day 7 (Sun) Lugano (Switzerland)/Lake Maggiore Today, our full-day excursion takes us to Switzerland, driving along the shores of Lake Maggiore until crossing the border and arriving in Lugano. There will be lots of free time to enjoy Lugano s chic boutiques, its restaurants or its magnificent Civic Park before we return to Stresa-Baveno late in the afternoon. (BD) Day 8 (Mon) Verona/Venice Following breakfast and check-out, we depart for romantic Verona where will see many of its historic buildings and monuments such as Juliet s Balcony (immortalized by Shakespeare s drama) and the outside of a Roman Theatre. Afterwards, we continue on to Venice arriving in this unique city for an evening at leisure. (B) Hotel Bonvecchiati (1 night) Day 9 (Tue) Venice/Modena/Parma Breakfast at the hotel followed by check-out. Our day starts with a guided tour to St. Mark s Square and its surrounding buildings before departing in the afternoon for Modena and a tour of the Acetaia Malpighi. While visiting this famous vinegar-cellar (acetaia) we learn of their traditional balsamic vinegar making process and sample and buy their products. Later, upon arrival in Parma, there is time to discover the beauty of the exteriors of Pilotta Palace and the Duomo. (B) NH Hotel Parma (1 night) 6 Day 10 (Wed) Parma/Rome After breakfast, we depart for Langhirano, spending the morning at the Museum of the Prosciutto. We learn about the full process of how this wonderful meat is made and enjoy a light lunch of cured meats and Parmigiano cheese. Later, driving south we arrive in Rome. (BL) Grand Hotel Beverly Hills (1 night) Day 11 (Thu) Depart Rome After an early breakfast, transfer to Rome airport for your departing flight. End of services. (B) INCLUSIONS Roundtrip transfers airport/hotel in Rome (Conditional see below note) Accommodation in 4* hotels as described (or similar) based on double occupancy and inclusive of local Government taxes including City Tourist Tax where applicable. Meals: Continental breakfast daily, three 3-course dinners, one light lunch with ham and Parmigiano cheese, and two wine tastings with light lunch (lunches and dinners include ¼ litre of wine & ½ litre of mineral water), one balsamic vinegar tasting at Acetaia Malpighi All applicable touring as per itinerary by deluxe air-conditioned coach Escorted walking tours of Rome, Florence, Siena and Venice (on foot/by boat) Applicable entrance fee to the Vatican Museums and Church of Santa Croce Porterage of one piece of luggage per person at each hotel Services of a professional English-speaking tour escort Services of licensed local English-speaking guides NOT INCLUDED: Flights, meals and beverages not specified, gratuities, items of personal nature, any optional services and any items not mentioned in the itinerary. PRICES Estimated prices per person in $ CAD, LAND ONLY at following dates: TWIN or DOUBLE : $2599 SINGLE Supplement: +$830 TRIPLE Reduction: -$100 GUARANTEED arrival dates in Rome on the following Mondays: July 13 th, 27 th ; September 21 st, 28 th ; October 5 th *Tour ends in Rome. Exclusive to Canadians Transfers are included if arrival and departure are Arrival Rome around 13:00 or a little before Depart Rome around 15:15 or a little after Example of the flights used by the main Toronto group not included Dep: AZ651 YYZ 22:25 FCO 13:00 Ret: AZ650 FCO 15:15 YYZ 19:10 7 Grand Tour of Italy 15-day / 14-night Tour 23 meals An overall unforgettable touring experience. Rome Montepulciano Pienza Siena San Gimignano Chianti Florence Portofino Stresa/Baveno/Lake Maggiore Lugano (Switzerland) Verona Venice Modena Parma Rome Pompeii Sorrento Isle of Capri Roman Countryside (Castelli Romani) ITINERARY Day 1 (Mon) Arrive Rome Welcome to Italy! If your arrival is synchronised with the group, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for check-in, if applicable. Enjoy lunch at leisure and time to relax. In the evening, there s a welcome dinner where you will also meet our local appointed representative. (D) Grand Hotel Beverly Hills (2 nights) Day 2 (Tue) Rome After breakfast, your guided panoramic city tour begins, which highlights ancient Rome with visits to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo s painted ceilings and The Last Judgment, and his magnificent Pietà in the Basilica as well as St. Peter s Square. Afterwards, we will admire the exteriors of both the Colosseum and the Roman Forum before having the balance of the day at leisure. We suggest 8 joining our optional Roman Highlights excursion (at additional cost) or returning to the Colosseum for a visit inside this famous site, on your own. (B) Day 3 (Wed) Montepulciano/Pienza/Siena After breakfast and check-out, we leave Rome, driving through the rolling hills of the Chianti Region to the hilltop town of Montepulciano. This ancient village is home to one of the oldest wines of Italy and we ll visit a cellar for a wine tasting and to sample some local hams, cheese and salami. Next stop is in Pienza, The Ideal Renaissance Town, built by Pope Pius II and well known for its Pecorino cheese. Finally, we arrive in Siena and walk through its medieval streets, admiring many splendid palaces. We come to the Piazza del Campo, one of Italy s most beautiful squares and site of the famous 600-year-old bareback horse race. We also will walk around the outside of the spectacular Cathedral before spending the evening at leisure. (BL) NH Hotel Excelsior (1 night) Day 4 (Thu) San Gimignano/Chianti/Florence Following breakfast and check-out, we depart for a day long excursion to San Gimignano, a picturesque, fascinating medieval town and a UNESCO World Heritage Site plus famous for its white wine, Vernaccia. Next we travel deep through the Chianti region with its impressive landscape to stop at a famous wine estate to sample some excellent Chianti red wine while having a light lunch. In the afternoon we arrive in Florence the Cradle of the Renaissance. (BL) Grand Hotel Mediterraneo (2 nights) Day 5 (Fri) Florence/Optional Excursion to Pisa Our morning tour includes Giotto s Bell Tower (outside), and then goes on to Piazza della Signoria and the Church of Santa Croce, known as the Temple of Italian Glories, plus many of Florence s other timeless highlights. This afternoon see more of Florence on your own or join our optional tour (at additional cost) to Pisa (dinner included). (B) Day 6 (Sat) Santa Margherita Ligure/Portofino/Stresa/Baveno/Lake Maggiore Following breakfast and check-out we begin with a drive through the Liguria region, exploring Cinque Terre s glamorous coastal resorts and elegant Santa Margherita Ligure. Here we board a local bus for the ultra-chic town of Portofino where there is time for a leisurely lunch. After returning to Santa Margherita Ligure, we continue to Stresa-Baveno, twin picturesque towns on the shores of Lake Maggiore, one of Italy s most beautiful lakes, for a relaxing evening. (BD) Grand Hotel Dino (2 nights) Day 7 (Sun) Lugano (Switzerland)/Lake Maggiore Today, our full-day excursion takes us to Switzerland, driving along the shores of Lake Maggiore until crossing the border and arriving in Lugano. There will be lots of free time to enjoy Lugano s chic boutiques, its restaurants or its magnificent Civic Park before we return to Stresa-Baveno in the late afternoon. (BD) Day 8 (Mon) Verona/Venice Following breakfast and check-out, we drive to romantic Verona where will see many of its historic buildings and monuments such as Juliet s Balcony (immortalized by Shakespeare s drama) and the outside of a Roman Theatre. Afterwards we continue on to Venice, arriving in this unique city for an evening at leisure. (B) Hotel Bonvecchiati (1 night) 9 Day 9 (Tue) Venice/Modena/Parma Breakfast at the hotel followed by check-out. Our day starts with a guided tour to St. Mark s Square and its surrounding buildings before departing in the afternoon for Modena and a tour of the Acetaia Malpighi. While visiting this famous vinegar-cellar (acetaia) we will learn how the best traditional balsamic vinegar is produced with opportunities to sample and buy their products. On arrival in Parma there will be time to discover, from the outside, the beauty of the Pilotta Palace and the Duomo before relaxing for the evening. (B) NH Hotel Parma (1 night) Day 10 (Wed) Parma/Rome After breakfast, we depart for Langhirano to spend the morning at the Museum of the Prosciutto where we will be shown the full process of how this wonderful meat is made. We will enjoy a light lunch of cured meats and Parmigiano cheese before driving south to Rome. (BL) Grand Hotel Beverly Hills (1 night) Day 11 (Thu) Pompeii/Sorrento After breakfast, we drive south to the Sorrentine Peninsula with a stop to visit a cameo factory before arriving in Pompeii. Following lunch on your own we take a guided tour of the archaeological excavations of this ancient city, destroyed by an eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD. Later we arrive for our stay in Sorrento. (BD) Hotel Carlton International (3 nights) Day 12 (Fri) Capri/Sorrento After breakfast, we take a boat to the stunning Isle of Capri, famous since Roman times and the favourite vacation spot of the Emperor Tiberius. From the port of Marina Grande we take the funicular up to La Piazzetta and allow you plenty of free time to have lunch and explore the island on your own. We return to Sorrento by boat later in the day. (BD) Day 13 (Sat) Sorrento/Optional Amalfi Coast Enjoy a full day at leisure in lovely Sorrento or take our optional excursion (at additional cost) to the Amalfi coast. (B) Day 14 (Sun) Roman Countryside (Castelli Romani) Our drive today takes us back towards Rome, passing through typical Roman countryside before arriving in the Castelli Romani area and stopping at the village of Castelgandolfo, where the Pop
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