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Italian Discovery 2014

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Florence, ItalyThe Trevi Fountain by night in Rome, ItalyLake Maggiore in Stresa, ItalyVenice, ItalyVerona Arena in Verona, Italy
Florence, Italy
The Trevi Fountain by night in Rome, Italy
Lake Maggiore in Stresa, Italy
Venice, Italy
Verona Arena in Verona, Italy
  • Duration: 11 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
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    Italy 2014
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  • Style: Regional
  • Description: Wine regions, floating cities and historic capitals. Six of Italy's best known cities are explored, in this regional feast of beauty and culture. It's Insider moments like… sharing a home-cooked meal with the Landi family at the Villa il Leccio, their home for nine generations. Savouring delicious dishes cooked to perfection by mother and daughter Maria Luisa and Giadda, made with fresh produce grown and farmed on the land by sons Cosimo and Gregorio. Accompanied by a glass or two of Chianti, made right on the premises, they eagerly reveal their family history, and how they transformed a 14th century lookout tower into a buzzing family home and business.
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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! Relax after your journey or perhaps take a stroll through this historic city. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers later for a Welcome Reception. Then, an evening orientation drive will take you to admire and view the magnificent St. Peter's Basilica - a perfect start to your Italian Discovery!


    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: NH Leonardo da Vinci

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  • Day 3

    ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Expert begins at the Vatican Museums. Experience a Unique Insight in the Vatican when you ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante. Admire Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and then visit St. Peter's Basilica to see his famous Pietà. Your tour continues in ancient Rome. View the Forum and see the Circus Maximus, where chariot races were held. Visit the impressive Colosseum. There's time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by!


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 4

    ROME – FLORENCE

    Drive north through picturesque scenery to the Renaissance city of Florence in Tuscany. View the city in all its glory from Piazzale Michelangelo. Your Local Expert reveals Florence's rich cultural heritage during your walking tour. See Piazza della Signoria, with its impressive sculptures and imposing palazzi. See the marble Duomo and the famous Baptistery, renowned for its bronze doors with relief sculptures. View the ancient Ponte Vecchio, one of the most famous landmarks in Florence. Afterwards, explore on your own or shop for high quality leather and 18-carat gold jewellery. This evening, enjoy a memorable Be My Guest dining experience in a Tuscan villa situated on an organic olive-oil estate overlooking Florence and the Tuscan Hills.


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

    Hotel: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo

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  • Day 5

    FLORENCE – PISA – TURIN

    A short journey brings you to Pisa, and the famous Leaning Tower in the Field of Miracles. There's time for photos before you continue past the marble quarries of Carrara and the resorts of Portofino, Rapallo and Genoa. In Turin, see the Antonelliana building and the Piazza San Carlo during your orientation tour.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Concord Torino

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  • Day 6

    TURIN – LAKE MAGGIORE – MILAN

    From Turin via Lake Maggiore, you arrive in Milan. Your Local Expert takes you on a tour of the city's spectacular sights including the Galleria, the Gothic Cathedral and the renowned opera house La Scala.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with wine)

    Hotel: Atahotel Quark

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  • Day 7

    MILAN – VERONA – VENICE (2 NIGHTS)

    Stop in Verona, where Shakespeare based his most famous play, to see Juliet's balcony and the 2,000 year old Roman arena, still in use today. Continue across the Veneto plains to the magical city of Venice.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with wine)

    Hotel: Viktoria Palace

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  • Day 8

    VENICE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    View the Doge's Palace and the Byzantine Basilica on your cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating Local Speciality at a glass blowing workshop on Giudecca Island. Spend free time afterwards as you wish. Relax in a café, shop for souvenirs or take an optional experience to one of the islands in the lagoon!


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 9

    VENICE – FERRARA – BOLOGNA

    Visit Ferrara, a city of artistic importance during the Renaissance. Later, in Bologna - famous for its university, architecture, fine sausages and hams - your Local Expert shows you the sights including Neptune's fountain, the Kissing Towers and Piazza Maggiore. Don't forget to sample the excellent local cuisine!


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Una

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  • Day 10

    BOLOGNA – ASSISI – ROME

    Cross the dramatic Apennine Mountains to Assisi on the slopes of Mount Subasio. Enjoy a walking tour of St. Francis' hometown with a Local Expert. Visit the magnificent Basilica and see the tomb of St. Francis who founded the Franciscan Order in Assisi in 1208. See the Church of Santa Maria delgi Angeli, built on the site of his death. Later, travel south towards Rome, passing the scenic hilltop town of Orte. Tonight, join your companions and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner with wine.


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

    Hotel: Sheraton Golf Parco de Medici

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  • Day 11

    ROME - CANADA

    Say ‘arrivederci’ to your newfound friends at the end of your memorable Italian vacation. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest Visit an Agriturismo farmhouse in the heart of Tuscany for a meal with a local family.
  • Local Expert in Rome, Florence, Milan, Bologna and Assisi.
  • 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.
  • Local Speciality Visit Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian Arts. See glass-blowing artisans and other craftsmen in action.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City Tours in Rome, Florence, Milan, Bologna and Assisi.
  • Orientation in Venice and Turin.
  • Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, the Roman Colosseum, the medieval city of Ferrara and St. Francis Basilica in Assisi.
  • Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice.
  • View the Roman Forum, Santa Croce Basilica, the Duomo, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, beautiful Lake Maggiore, the Gothic Cathedral and La Scala Opera House in Milan, the Byzantine St. Mark's Basilica and the Kissing Towers in Bologna.
  • See the Roman Arena and Juliet's Balcony in Verona.

Dining

  • 9 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • 5 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, 2 three course dinners with wine and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

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

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Notes
  • * 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. 
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