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Simply Italy (Winter 2013/2014)

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Florence, Italy
The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy
Colosseum in Rome, Italy
The Roman Forum in Rome, Italy
The Trevi Fountain by night in Rome, Italy
Venice, Italy
  • Duration: 9 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2013-2014
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  • Style: Italy Regionals
  • Description: Feast your eyes on the wondrous sights of Italy! Tour the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican and the Colosseum in Rome, Signoria Square in Florence and explore the medieval city of Siena in Tuscany. Enjoy a feel for the spectacular romance of Italy as you cruise the beautiful canals of Venice.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    DEPART CANADA

    Overnight flight to Rome.

  • Day 2

    ARRIVE ROME (2 NIGHTS)

    Welcome to Rome! Spend the day relaxing or exploring this ancient city on your own. This evening enjoy a Welcome Reception with your Travel Director and fellow travellers. Afterwards, enjoy a drive to see the city lights and finish with a stroll through Piazza Navona featuring the famous Fountain of the Four Rivers.


    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Executive Style

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  • Day 3

    ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Guide 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. Later, view the Forum, centre of daily life in ancient Rome as well as visit the impressive Colosseum, the largest in the Roman Empire. See the Circus Maximus where Ben Hur style chariot racing took place. Spend free time discovering more of the city or relax at a pavement café and watch the world go by.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 4

    ROME – VENICE (2 NIGHTS)

    Travel through scenic Umbria and see the impressive hilltop towns of Orte and Orvieto before entering into Tuscany. Make your way past Chianti vineyards and terraced olive groves before crossing over the forested Apennine hills. Arrive later in Venice - one of the most unique and serene cities in the world. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Boscolo Bellini

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  • Day 5

    VENICE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME

    A visit to the magical city of Venice would not be complete without an orientation cruise by private motor launch along the Giudecca, as well as views of the Doge’s Palace and the renowned Bridge of Sighs. Witness a Local Speciality demonstration of the ancient art of glass-blowing at a workshop on Giudecca island. Then there’s time on your own to join the various optional activities on offer or to explore the labyrinth of streets and canals.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 6

    VENICE – PISA – FLORENCE (2 NIGHTS)

    This morning cross the Veneto plains then travel over the steep Apennine Mountains to the city of Pisa. See the incredible Leaning Tower and the amazing carved marble Cathedral and Baptistery in the Square of Miracles. Later, travel through the province of Tuscany to Renaissance Florence for your two-night stay.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo

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  • Day 7

    FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your Local Guide shows you the multicoloured Duomo, Ponte Vecchio and Piazza Signoria during your guided walking tour. Enjoy a panoramic view over the city from Piazzale Michelangelo before free time to shop for high quality leather and gold. Alternatively consider visiting the Fine Arts Academy to see the famous statue of David by Michelangelo. Today enjoy an authentic Be My Guest Tuscan lunch experience made with locally sourced fresh produce.


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

  • Day 8

    FLORENCE – SIENA – ROME

    Drive through the Chianti vineyards to the medieval city of Siena. Here an orientation includes the Piazza del Campo, scene of the annual Palio horse races. There is time at leisure to shop for Tuscan specialities before returning to the Eternal City of Rome. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and fellow travellers.


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

    Hotel: Sheraton Golf Parco De Medici Hotel & Resort

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  • Day 9

    DEPART ROME – CANADA

    Say 'arrivederci' to your Travel Director and fellow travelers at the end of this remarkable Italian vacation. Airport transfers are available to Rome Fiumicino. Conditions apply.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest Specialty Tuscan lunch experience with wine made with locally sourced fresh produce.
  • Local Specialty Visit Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian arts. See glassblowing artisans and other craftsmen in action.
  • 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 Guide for included sightseeing in Rome and Florence.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • RomeView the Forum and Circus Maximus. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum.
  • VeniceCanal cruise by private launch. View St. Mark’s Square, the Basilica, the Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs.
  • PisaView the Leaning Tower in the Square of Miracles and see the Cathedral and its Baptistery.
  • FlorenceSee the Cathedral and Signoria Square and view Ponte Vecchio. Admire Florentine leatherwork and enjoy views from Piazzale Michelangelo.
  • SienaVisit this medieval Tuscan city. Orientation includes the Piazza del Campo.

Dining

  • 7 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • Be My Guest lunch in Florence.
  • 3 evening meals including:
    • Welcome Reception including light snacks and Welcome Drinks with your Travel Director in Rome.
    • 1 three-course dinner with local wine.
    • Farewell Dinner with wine in Rome.

  • Christmas & New Year's Eve Highlights:

    • The 21 December 2013 departure
      Celebrate Christmas the 'Italian way' in Venice. Enjoy a traditional festive meal with all the trimmings. Christmas in Venice is simply unforgettable.
    • The 28 December 2013 departure
      Celebrate New Year's Eve in Venice. After a delicious meal in a local trattoria with wine, celebrate by witnessing the local festivities.

      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 onboard restroom.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map.

Airport Transfers

  • For full details on transfers, please click here.
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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. 
  • ^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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