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Italian Explorer

 

Overview

Hotel description:

11 days / 9 nights

Explore what Europe has to offer on this all-inclusive Italy tour. Stroll the streets of fashionable Milan, relax on a gondola ride in Venice and discover the unparalleled beauty of Tuscany. Wrap up in Rome with a taste of history, and enjoy incredible food and drink on a fun-filled Italian vacation!

Location

Milan, Venice, Florence and Rome

What's included

Package Inclusions

  • Flight to Milan; Return flight from Rome (if flight and hotel package option is chosen)
  • 9 nights of centrally located accommodation
  • Airport transfers in Milan and Rome
  • High-speed train between Milan and Venice; Venice and Florence; Florence and Rome (Economy Class)
  • Round-trip train between Milan and Lake Como; Frascati and Rome
  • Bilingual guide
  • Local guides in Milan, Como, Venice, Florence and Rome
  • Guided walking tour of Milan,Venice and Florence
  • Full-day excursion to Como
  • Gondola Ride in Venice
  • Excursion to Pisa, San Gimignano, Siena
  • Guided walking tour of Rome with Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel
  • 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners, and 3 tastings
  • Hotel-to-hotel luggage service (1 suitcase per person)
  • Accumulate Aeroplan Miles

Itinerary

 

Day 1        Depart Canada
Fly to Milan.

Day 2        Welcome to Milan
Upon arrival, meet your tour director and transfer to your hotel. Embark on a walking tour of Milan's top fashion districts. Visit the imposing Duomo, admiring its extraordinary Gothic architecture. From there, go to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and the world-famous La Scala Theatre. Head to the splendid Sforza Castle by tram. Your tour concludes with a gourmet Italian aperitivo. Sip a delicious cocktail accompanied by a tasty appetizer.

Meal(s): Tasting

Day 3        Milan - Lake Como - Bellagio - Milan (176km)
Today, discover the beauty of the Italian lakes! Transfer by train from Milan to Lake Como, then embark on a walking tour of the chic lake town. Continue along the lakeside promenade to Villa Olmo. Next, enjoy a cruise on the lake to Bellagio, the pearl of Lake Como. Your one-day boat pass allows you to explore the area at your leisure. Return to Milan for the night.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 4        Milan - Venice (266km)
Enjoy your morning at leisure, then travel to Venice by high-speed train. Delve into Venice's secrets on a Ghosts and Legends Chicchetti tour. Later, take in Venice's magical atmosphere on a gondola ride.

Meal(s): Breakfast, tasting and dinner

Day 5        Venice - Florence (270km)
Enjoy free time in Venice. If you like, take an optional excursion to the Venetian Islands ($). In the early afternoon, travel via high-speed train to Florence. Experience the city's beauty by night on a walking tour. See Piazzale Michelangelo and marvel at the amazing views over the city, and head to the city centre to see some of Florence's incredible monuments. Then, enjoy an exclusive dinner including a typical Florentine-style T-bone steak.

Meal(s): Breakfast and dinner

Day 6        Florence - Pisa - San Gimignano - Siena - Florence (220km)
After breakfast, discover Tuscany! Visit Pisa and its stunning Piazza dei Miracoli, where you will admire the baptistery, the cathedral and, of course, the famous Leaning Tower. Stop for lunch and a wine tasting in a local restaurant, then visit San Gimignano and Siena before you return to Florence.

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

Day 7        Florence
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 8        Florence - Rome (300km)
Today, board your high-speed train to Rome. 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 9        Rome
After breakfast, enjoy free time in Rome, or take part in an optional activity ($).

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 10        Rome - Frascati - Rome (40km)

Spend the day at leisure in Rome. In the late afternoon, board a local train for a 30-minute train ride to the lovely town of Frascati. Enjoy a farewell dinner in a typical fraschetta: drink wine, eat delicious food and take in the informal, friendly atmosphere. After dinner, board your return train to Rome.

Meal(s): Breakfast and dinner

Day 11        Rome - Return to Canada
After breakfast, transfer to the 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

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

The locations and corresponding hotels are as follows:

  • Milan: NH Machiavelli or similar
  • Venice: Hotel Continental Venice or similar
  • Florence: UNA Hotel Vittoria or similar
  • Rome: Genova Hotel or similar

Room occupancy: Maximum 3 persons

Important notes

2018 Departure Dates
July 5, 19, 26
August 9, 23
September 6, 13, 20, 27
October 4
 
City Taxes
To be paid locally by passenger

Tour Details
Tour group is limited to maximum 30 guests
This itinerary if available for individual travelers