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The Italian Dream

 

Overview

Hotel description:

13 days | 11 nights

Sweet dreams are made of this! Wander through Venice and sample its local cuisine. Marvel at medieval masterpieces in Florence and Pisa. Delight in the history and architecture of Rome, the beaches of Capri and the exuberance of Naples. Wake up to the best on this 13-day Italy tour.

With a country as beautiful as Italy, traveling by train is a great way to cover as much ground as possible while also taking in the breathtaking sights. Let the smooth ride, great service, and amazing vistas transport you from city to city.

The train tickets and hotel stays are included in the package, along with some meals and many other travel essentials that will help make this trip easy, fun, and unforgettable.

Location

Venice, Florence, Pisa, San Gimignano, Siena, Rome, Frascati, Naples, Pompeii, Capri, Sorrento

What's included

Package Inclusions

  • Flight to Venice; return from Rome (if flight and hotel package option is chosen)
  • 11 nights of centrally located accommodation
  • Private airport transfers in Venice and Rome
  • Private transfer to Napoli train station
  • 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners, and 3 tastings
  • High-speed train between Venice and Florence; Florence and Rome; Rome and Naples (Economy and 1st class offered)
  • Round-trip local train between Frascati and Rome
  • Local guides in Venice, Florence and Rome
  • Guided walking tour in Venice
  • Gondola ride in Venice
  • Excursion to Pisa, San Gimignano and Siena
  • Guided walking tour of Rome with Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel
  • Guided visit of Pompeii
  • Excursion to Capri
  • Hotel-to-hotel luggage service (1 suitcase per person)
  • Bilingual guide (English & French)
  • Earn Aeroplan® Miles

Itinerary


Day 1        Depart Canada
Fly to Venice.

Day 2        Welcome to Venice: Guided Sightseeing, Tasting & Gondola Ride
Upon arrival, take a private transfer to your hotel and check in. In the afternoon, head out on a walking tour to discover Venice's secrets. Later, experience a highlight of Venetian cuisine: the cicchetti, traditional tapas accompanied by wine. Afterwards, enjoy Venice's magical atmosphere on a gondola ride.

Meal(s): Dinner

Day 3        Venice - Florence: Guided Sightseeing & Dinner Experience (approx. 270 km)

Enjoy free time in Venice. If you like, take an optional excursion to the Venetian Islands ($). In the early afternoon, board your high-speed train to Florence. Experience the city's beauty by night on a walking tour. Then, enjoy an exclusive dinner including a typical Florentine-style T-bone steak.

Meal(s): Breakfast, dinner

Day 4        Florence: Pisa, San Gimignano & Siena Guided Excursion & Tasting (approx. 220 km)
After breakfast, embark on a Tuscan adventure! Visit Pisa and its stunning Piazza dei Miracoli, where you will admire the baptistery, the cathedral and, of course, the famous Leaning Tower. Enjoy lunch and a wine tasting in a local restaurant, then stop in San Gimignano, a splendid medieval town and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to Siena, famous for its Palio horse race. Return to Florence.

Meal(s): Breakfast, light lunch, wine tasting

Day 5        Florence: At leisure
Today, enjoy the day at leisure in Florence. If you like, take an optional excursion ($) to Cinque Terre or the Accademia Gallery to see Michelangelo's famous sculpture, David. You may also choose to explore the Tuscan countryside on a Vespa tour, or go horseback riding.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 6        Florence - Rome: Guided Sightseeing (approx. 300 km)
Today, travel to Rome via high-speed train. Upon arrival, enjoy a panoramic tour and admire the Colosseum and Roman Forum from the outside. Continue with a walking tour of Baroque Rome, where you'll see the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon. Skip the line at the Vatican Museums and visit the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. Head back to your hotel, where your bags will be waiting for you.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 7        Rome: At Leisure
After breakfast, enjoy free time in Rome, or take part in an optional activity ($).

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 8        Rome: Frascati & Dinner Experience (approx. 40 km)
Spend the day at leisure in Rome. In the late afternoon, board a local train to Frascati, a lovely town about a 30-minute ride from Rome. Enjoy a farewell dinner in a typical fraschetta: drink wine, eat local food and take in the friendly atmosphere. After dinner, board your return train to Rome.

Meal(s): Breakfast, dinner

Day 9        Rome - Naples - Pompeii Guided Excursion - Sorrento (approx. 277 km)
This morning, board a high-speed train to Naples. Upon arrival, transfer to Pompeii for a guided excursion to the excavations of this Roman city, destroyed and buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Continue to Sorrento where you'll find your luggage at your hotel. Enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Meal(s): Breakfast, dinner

Day 10        Sorrento: Capri Guided Excursion & Tasting (approx. 50 km)
After breakfast, transfer to the harbour and cross to Capri, a favourite vacation spot that has been famous since Roman times. Arrive at the port of Marina Grande where you will explore the main sights. Later, take a minibus up to La Piazzetta. Enjoy free time on the island, then return to Sorrento and taste limoncello, the liqueur made from the fragrant lemons of the Sorrentine region.

Meal(s): Breakfast, limoncello tasting, dinner

Day 11        Sorrento: At Leisure
After breakfast, enjoy time at your leisure in beautiful Sorrento.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 12        Sorrento - Naples - Rome (approx. 210 km)
After breakfast, take a private transfer to Naples to board your high-speed train to Rome. Upon arrival, enjoy time at leisure in the Eternal City.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 13        Rome - Return to Canada
After breakfast, take a private transfer to the Rome airport and board your flight home.

Meal(s): Breakfast

 

Accommodations

Additional fees might apply
The hotels listed below are presented as examples for your reference only. Where “or similar” is indicated, guests will stay at a hotel of the same star rating. The hotel accommodations will be communicated to the consumer or travel agent prior to departure.

4-star Accommodation with Economy Class Train

Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a Standard Room at all hotels during the trip.

The location and corresponding hotels are as follows:
  • Venice: Hotel Continental Venice (or similar) (1 night)
  • Florence: UNA Hotel Vittoria (or similar) (3 nights)
  • Rome: Genova Hotel (or similar) (3 nights)
  • Sorrento: Towers Hotel Stabiae Sorrento Coast(or similar) (3 nights)
  • Rome: Genova Hotel (or similar) (1 night)


Room occupancy: Maximum 3 people

 

4-star Accommodation with First Class Train

Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a Standard Room at all hotels during the trip.

The location and corresponding hotels are as follows:
  • Venice: Hotel Continental Venice (or similar) (1 night)
  • Florence: UNA Hotel Vittoria (or similar) (3 nights)
  • Rome: Genova Hotel (or similar) (3 nights)
  • Sorrento: Towers Hotel Stabiae Sorrento Coast (or similar) (3 nights)
  • Rome: Genova Hotel (or similar) (1 night)


Room occupancy: Maximum 3 people
Note: Guests travelling in First Class will not be accompanied by the guide. The guide will remain in economy class with the other passengers.

 

Important notes

2019 Departure Dates
May 4, 11, 18, 25
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
July 6, 13, 20, 27
August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
September 7, 14, 21, 28
October 5, 12

City taxes
City taxes are applicable for hotel stays in Italy and are payable in local currency upon checkout. Rates vary from 1 EUR to 5 EUR depending on hotel star rating and location and are calculated per person, per night. Rates are subject to change without notice.

Not included
  • Meals, unless noted
  • Transfers, unless noted
  • Additional activities and excursions
  • Personal expenses and insurance