The most important historical and religious sights of Rome. Wine-tasting tour at the Sportoletti winery in Spello. Assisi and the Basilica of St. Francis. Two-hour cooking lesson by the hotel's Executive Chef, followed by lunch. Visit to the Trevi Olive Mill, to learn about the art of olive oil making. Discover the famous Cathedrals at Orvieto and Siena, San Gimignano with its "Towers of Nobility". Florence, City of Art and home to Michelangelo's famous "David". The beautiful city of Venice on the water, and much more....
Depart on your overnight flight from Toronto or Montreal to Rome via a European gateway.
On arrival in Rome, you will be met by our ground operator and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. This evening there will be a Welcome Cocktail followed by dinner at your hotel.
Buffet breakfast at your hotel, followed by a full day guided sightseeing tour of Rome to include St. Peter's Square and Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, The Vatican Museum, the Roman Forum, Coliseum, Spanish Steps, and more. Dinner at your hotel.
After breakfast, check-out from your hotel and depart for the Sportoletti winery in Spello, where you will enjoy a visit to the winery, wine tasting and light lunch. After lunch, depart for Assisi, for a half day guided tour of this town famous for its narrow streets lined with flower-decked balconies. The tour will include a visit to the famous Basilica of St. Francis. After the tour, continue to Trevi and transfer to your hotel. Dinner and overnight will be in Trevi.
Today, after breakfast, you will depart for Todi. You will have some free time in this charming little town. Interesting sights include the Piazza del Popolo, the Church of St. Fortunatus and the ruins of a 14th century castle. After lunch (independent), depart for Orvieto. Perched on a 300 meter plateau, it looks down from its cliff-edged balcony over a vineyard-spotted plain. You will have some free time to explore this typical Tuscan town. Return to your hotel for dinner and the night.
Buffet breakfast, followed by a morning at leisure. In the afternoon, visit to the Trevi Olive Mill (OlioTrevi). Established in 1968, it is the only distributor of "Trevi Oil" sold directly to consumers and to Italy's finest restaurants. The extra virgin olive oil produced at this facility is known for its low acidity, intensive fruity taste and emerald green color. The visit will include sampling some of the products. This afternoon, enjoy a 2-hour cooking lesson by the hotel's Executive Chef. Dinner will consist of the items cooked during the cooking lesson.
Buffet breakfast and check-out. Depart for Siena, where you will enjoy a two-hour guided walking tour. Once a capital to rival Florence, Siena is still unspoiled and endowed with the grandeur of the age in which it was at its peak. Visit the Piazza del Campo and the Duomo, one of Italy's greatest Cathedrals. After the tour, depart for Poggi Bonsi and transfer to your Tuscan villa. Dinner and overnight will be at the villa.
Leisurely breakfast at your hotel. Mid-morning departure for Volterra, situated on a high plateau, offering views of surrounding hills. On arrival, you will enjoy a two-hour guided tour, which will include a visit to Piazza dei Priori, the Duomo and the Etruscan Museum. After lunch (independent) depart for San Gimignano, where you will have free time to explore at your own pace. Stroll along the narrow streets lined with palaces, and old villas, and see the "towers of Nobility" (only 14 of the original 72 remain). Return to your hotel for dinner and the night.
After breakfast, depart for Florence, where you will enjoy a half day guided tour to include such sights as the Duomo and Baptistry, Piazza della Signoria, the Palazzo Vecchio (Villa Medici). The afternoon is at leisure to explore this beautiful city at your own pace and do some shopping. Return to your hotel for dinner and the night.
After breakfast, depart for Padova. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, discover Padova at your own pace. We recommend a stroll in this charming town, where Galileo lived for many years, and taught at the local university. Interesting sights include: the church of St. Anthony, Prato della Valle, the University, Scrovegni Chapel and the Saint's Basilica. Dinner and overnight will be at your hotel in Padova.
After breakfast, depart for Venice (located approximately 45 minutes from the hotel). Enjoy a two-hour guided tour to include St. Mark's Square and Basilica, Doges' Palace (from outside only) and the Bridge of Sighs. There will be free time in Venice for independent lunch, and to further explore this beautiful "city on the water" at your own pace. Return to Padova for dinner and the night.
Transfer to the airport, in order to take your return flight to Toronto or Montreal.
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Airfare from Toronto or Montreal to Rome and back from Venice via a European gateway
All transfers between the airports and hotels
10-night accommodations in four-star hotels (based on double occupancy) as follows:
- 2 nights in Rome
- 3 nights in Trevi (Umbria)
- 3 nights in Poggi Bonsi (Tuscany)
- 2 night in Padova (nera Venice)
Buffet breakfast every morning
4-course dinners every evening (including half a litre of wine, bottled mineral water and coffee with dinner)
Deluxe chartered coach transportation throughout
Sightseeing tours and excursions as follows:
- Full day Rome (with a guide)
- Half day Assisi (with a guide)
- Excursion to Todi/Orvieto (no guide)
- Half day Siena (with a guide)
- Excursion to Volterra / San Gimignano (guide only in Volterra)
- Half day Florence (with a guide)
- Half day Venice (with a guide)
Entrance fees to the following places:
- Coliseum (Rome)
- Sistine Chapel (Rome)
- Etruscan Museum (Volterra)
- Santa Croce (Florence)
- Water taxi in Venice
Cooking lesson by the hotel's professional chef (dinner on that day will consist of the items cooked during the cooking lesson)
Visit to an olive oil mill and tasting of their products
Wine tasting tour of Sportoletti wines in Umbria (including a light lunch)
All service charges and taxes