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Best of Italy (Winter 2013/2014)

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The Papal Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Assisi, ItalyIsle of Capri in the province of Naples, ItalyPonte Vecchio in Florence, ItalyThe Leaning Tower of Pisa, ItalyThe ruins of Pompeii near Naples, ItalyColosseum during Christmas in Rome, ItalyColosseum in Rome, ItalyCeilings within Vatican City, ItalyLake Maggiore in Stresa, ItalyVenice, Italy
The Papal Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Assisi, Italy
Isle of Capri in the province of Naples, Italy
Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy
The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy
The ruins of Pompeii near Naples, Italy
Colosseum during Christmas in Rome, Italy
Colosseum in Rome, Italy
Ceilings within Vatican City, Italy
Lake Maggiore in Stresa, Italy
Venice, Italy
  • Duration: 14 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2013-2014
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  • Style: Italy Regionals
  • Description: Explore world-famous ancient sightseeing in Rome, the long-lost city of Pompeii and beautiful beaches on the Isle of Capri. Visit the ancient Romanesque Abbey of Pomposa, Juliet's balcony in Verona and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Cruise the canals of Venice and lose yourself in the endless attractions of Florence, Siena and Milan on this spectacular Italy tour!
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    DEPART CANADA

    Overnight flight to Rome.

  • Day 2

    ARRIVE ROME (2 NIGHTS)

    Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! Spend the rest of your day relaxing or take a leisurely stroll around the city. Join your companions and your Travel Director later for a Welcome Reception. Then enjoy an orientation drive to see St. Peter’s Basilica and other sights - a great introduction to this beautiful city.


    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Hotel: Il Cantico

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  • Day 3

    ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Visit St. Peter’s Basilica with your Local Guide, one of the most important Christian churches in the world. Across the Tiber, view the Forum, centre of daily life in ancient Rome, and the Circus Maximus where chariot races were held. Later visit inside the mighty Colosseum. Then spend free time this afternoon seeing the sights of your choice. This evening, why not discover the city’s culinary delights?


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 4

    ROME – SORRENTO (2 NIGHTS)

    Visit the Sistine Chapel this morning with a Local Guide to see Michelangelo’s famous frescoed ceiling. Then travel south to the Commonwealth Cemetery in Monte Cassino which lies below the famous Abbey that was the site of a fierce battle in May 1944. Continue south through the fertile Campania region to the Bay of Naples in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, and along the coast to Sorrento. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Johanna Park

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  • Day 5

    ISLE OF CAPRI EXCURSION

    Witness the art of inlaid wood-working, for which Sorrento is famous. Later, embark on an included excursion by ferry to the Isle of Capri. See the local gardens and other sights during an orientation walk of Capri town. Spend time exploring this lovely island on your own. Perhaps consider visiting the villa of the Swedish doctor, Axel Munthe.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfas)

  • Day 6

    SORRENTO – POMPEII – ASSISI

    This morning, your Local Guide tells you all about the devastation caused by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79 during your included walking tour of Pompeii. Assisi is your next destination. This mystical town is perched on the slopes of Mount Subasio overlooking the peaceful Umbrian landscape. Under the protection of St. Francis this city is still enclosed by medieval ramparts. Your Local Guide takes you on a walking tour, which includes a visit to the Basilica of St. Francis, famous for its frescoes depicting the life of this much-loved saint. Spend time afterwards exploring on your own and shopping for souvenirs. Dine at your hotel this evening.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Cenacolo

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  • Day 7

    ASSISI – CLASSE – VENICE (2 NIGHTS)

    Driving north from Assisi, cross the Apennines to the Adriatic Coast and the town of Classe, famous for ancient mosaics and Byzantine architecture. Visit the Church of St. Apollinaris. Admire the Romanesque Basilica of Pomposa. Arrive later in Venice, Queen of the Adriatic, where you stay for two nights.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Principe

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  • Day 8

    VENICE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square is magical! View the Bridge of Sighs, the beautiful Doge’s Palace and the Basilica. Watch a demonstration of the ancient art of glass-blowing at a traditional workshop on Giudecca island. Spend free time seeing the sights of your choice. You might like to cruise across the lagoon to the Island of Burano and enjoy a delicious seafood lunch.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 9

    VENICE – VERONA – MILAN – VARESE (2 NIGHTS)

    This morning travel to Verona, the home of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, to admire the Roman arena and Juliet’s balcony. Cross the plains of Lombardy to Milan for a walking tour of this fashionable city with your Local Guide. See the Gothic Duomo, La Scala Opera House and the famous Galleria. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Palace Grand - Varese

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  • Day 10

    LAKE COMO EXCURSION

    Travel to the beautiful Lake Como with free time to explore or simply soak up the magnificent scenery.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 11

    VARESE – PISA – FLORENCE (2 NIGHTS)

    Cross the Plains of Lombardy, the forested Apennine Mountains, and pass by Genoa to Pisa. View the extraordinary Leaning Tower before arriving in Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Tonight, you might like to sample some local Tuscan cuisine.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo

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  • Day 12

    FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your Local Guide brings the city’s rich history to life during your walking tour. See the Cathedral and Signoria Square and view Ponte Vecchio. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo. Spend free time exploring or shop for high quality leather and gold. Later enjoy a delicious Be My Guest lunch at a typical farmhouse close to Florence.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest)

  • Day 13

    FLORENCE – SIENA – ROME

    Set in scenic Tuscan countryside, visit the medieval town of Siena, famous for its exciting Palio horse race. This evening in Rome, join your Travel Director and newfound friends for a Farewell Dinner.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

    Hotel: Grand Hotel Tiberio

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  • Day 14

    ROME – CANADA

    Say 'arrivederci Roma' at the end of your memorable holiday in Italy. Transfers are available to Rome Fiumicino Airport. Conditions apply.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Local Specialty Visit Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian arts. See glass-blowing artisans and other craftsmen in action.
  • Local Specialty Visit a traditional inlaid wood workshop in Sorrento.
  • Be My Guest Visit an ‘Agriturismo’ farmhouse close to Florence for a delicious Italian meal. After a warm welcome by the family, walk through the olive groves and lemon trees and taste some of the locally produced olive oils.
  • Local Guide In Rome, Pompeii, Assisi, Milan and Florence.
  • Unique Insight Follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and da Vinci when visiting the Vatican Museums. Ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante, in a part of the Vatican not open to the public.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • RomeView the Forum and Circus Maximus. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum.
  • Monte CassinoVisit the Commonwealth War Cemetery.
  • PompeiiVisit the excavations.
  • Isle of CapriCruise to the beautiful island in the Tyrrhenian Sea.
  • AssisiVisit St. Francis’ Basilica.
  • ClasseVisit the Church of St. Apollinaris and admire its mosaics.
  • PomposaView the ancient Romanesque Abbey.
  • VeniceCanal cruise by private launch. View St. Mark’s Square, the Basilica, the Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs.
  • VeronaSee the Roman arena and Juliet’s balcony.
  • MilanWalking tour with your Local Guide includes views of the Glass Domed Galleria, the Gothic Cathedral and La Scala Opera House.
  • Lake ComoVisit the beautiful Lake Como.
  • PisaView the Leaning Tower.
  • FlorenceAdmire the panoramic views from Piazzale Michelangelo. Your walking tour with a Local Guide takes you to Signoria Square and includes views of the Duomo, Baptistery, Ponte Vecchio and Santa Croce Basilica.
  • SienaVisit this medieval Tuscan city, home of the Palio horse race.

Dining

  • 12 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • Be My Guest Lunch at a farm near Florence.
  • 6 evening meals including:
    • Welcome Reception including light snacks and welcome drinks with your Travel Director in Rome.
    • 4 three course dinners with local wine.
    • Farewell Dinner with wine in Rome.
  • Christmas & New Year's Eve Highlights:

    • The 13 December 2013 departure
      Celebrate Christmas in Rome where you will enjoy a delicious and traditional festive meal with all the trimmings 'Italian-style'.
    • The 20 December 2013 departure
      Celebrate Christmas in Assisi and New Years Eve in Florence. For both Christmas and New Year, we have arranged special celebratory meals with wine and soft drinks for you to enjoy these memorable events.
    • The 27 December 2013 departure
      Celebrate New Year's Eve in Sorrento. Enjoy musical entertainment and local specialties that make up a sumptuous three-course meal at a local restaurant before toasting in the New Year with a glass of 'prosecco'.

      Each of these specially arranged Festive meal celebrations will replace one of the included meals featured in the itinerary.

Travel Highlights

  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.
  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.

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  • * For single travellers purchasing the twin-share option, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 
  • ^Twin-share option not available for trips to South America., Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey.

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