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Italian Explorer

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!

With a country as beautiful as Italy, travelling 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
Milan, Lake Como, Bellagio, Venice, Florence, Pisa, San Gimignano, Siena, Rome, Frascati

Location:

Milan, Italy (MXP), Venice, Italy (VCE), Florence, Tuscany, Italy, Rome, Italy (FCO), Italy

11  Days | 9  nights
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Travelling as a group of 10 or more?  Request a group quote.

INCLUSIONS

  • Flight to Milan; return from Rome (if flight and hotel package option is chosen)
  • Private airport transfers in Milan and Rome
  • 9 nights of centrally located accommodation
  • 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners, and 2 tastings
  • High-speed train between Milan and Venice; Venice and Florence; Florence and Rome (First Class offered)
  • Round-trip train between Milan and Lake Como; Frascati and Rome
  • 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 and Siena
  • Guided walking tour of Rome with Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel
  • Hotel-to-hotel luggage service (1 suitcase per person)
  • Bilingual guide (French & English)
  • Earn Aeroplan Miles

ITINERARY

Day 1

Depart Canada

Fly to Milan.

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Day 2

Welcome to Milan: Guided Sightseeing & Tasting

Upon arrival, meet your tour director and take a private transfer to your hotel. Embark on a guided 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
Accommodation:
(1 night)
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Day 3

Milan: Lake Como & Bellagio Guided Excursion (approx. 176 km)

Discover the beauty of the Italian lakes! Transfer by train from Milan to Lake Como, then embark on a guided 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
Accommodation:
(1 night)
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Day 4

Milan - Venice: Guided Sightseeing, Dinner Experience & Gondola Ride (approx. 270 km)

Enjoy Milan at your own pace this morning, then travel to Venice by high-speed train. Upon arrival in Venice, enjoy a walking tour with with a local guide and learn all about Venice's secret spots and fascinating stories. Later, experience a highlight of Venetian cuisine: the cicchetti, traditional tapas accompanied by wine. Next, live the quintessential Venetian experience: a gondola ride! Spend the night in Venice.
 

Meal(s): Breakfast, dinner
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Italian Explorer

Day 5

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

Venice is yours to explore this morning. 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, dinner
Accommodation:
(1 night)
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Day 6

Florence: Pisa, San Gimignano & Siena Guided Excursion & Tasting (approx. 220 km)

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
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Italian Explorer

Day 7

Florence: At Leisure

Enjoy the day at leisure in Florence. If you like, take an optional excursion ($) to Cinque Terre or the Accademia Gallery to see Michelangelo's famous sculpture, David, head out to explore the Tuscan countryside on a Vespa tour ($) or go horseback riding ($).

Meal(s): Breakfast
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Italian Explorer

Day 8

Florence - Rome: Guided Sightseeing (approx. 300 km)

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
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Italian Explorer

Day 9

Rome: At Leisure

After breakfast, head out and explore Rome to the fullest! If you like, take part in an optional activity ($).

Meal(s): Breakfast
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Italian Explorer

Day 10

Rome: Frascati & Dinner Experience (approx. 40 km)

Spend the morning 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, dinner
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Italian Explorer

Day 11

Rome - Return to Canada

After breakfast, take a private transfer to the airport and board your flight home.

Meal(s): Breakfast
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ACCOMMODATIONS

WHERE YOU'LL STAY

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.

LOCATION
HOTEL
Milan, Italy (MXP)
UNA Hotel Century(or similar)
Venice, Italy (VCE)
Hotel Continental Venice(or similar)
Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Home Florence(or similar)
Rome, Italy (FCO)
Bettoja Hotels Collection(or similar)

Room Specifications

Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a standard room at all hotels during the trip. 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 INFO

DEPARTURE DATES

April 30, 2020

May 7, 14, 21, 28, 2020
June 4, 11, 18, 25, 2020
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2020
August 6, 13, 20, 27, 2020
September 3, 10, 17, 24, 2020
October 1, 8, 2020

MORE TO KNOW

Not included
 

  • Meals, unless noted
  • Transfers, unless noted
  • Additional activities and excursions
  • Personal expenses and insurance

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.

ACTIVITIES

At time of reservation, please indicate if you would prefer an English-speaking or French-speaking tour guide.

 

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.

TRANSPORTATION

Tour group limit is 30 guests.

High-speed train between Milan and Venice; Venice and Florence; Florence and Rome
 

Pricing display

Prices take into account taxes and are rounded to the nearest full dollar. Full details on taxes and fees are on the booking page.