Hamilton Tours Ltd. with Collette Vacations presents...
Monday, May 12 to Saturday, May 24, 2014 - Italian Vistas
Highlights Include: Rome, Coliseum, Ruins of Pompeii, Sorrento Coast, Isle of Capri, Florence, Statue of David, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Tuscan Winery, Venice, Murano Island, Verona, Stresa, Locarno, Switzerland 13 Days ● 18 Meals: 11 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 6 Dinners
Day 1: Overnight Flight
Day 2: Rome, Italy - Tour Begins
Arrive in Rome and join your fellow travellers for a special welcome dinner featuring regional delicacies and Italian wines. Today dinner will be included.
Day 3: Rome - Classical Rome City Tour
A locally guided tour of Classical Rome features such sights as the Piazza Venezia, the Roman Forum, the Circus Maximus and the Arch of Constantine. During an in-depth visit to the Colosseum, your guide recounts its rich history. The catacombs, burial place of early Christians, the mythic Pantheon and Piazza Navona are also featured. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 4: Rome
Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore Rome’s cultural treasures independently. Your tour manager will be on hand to offer suggestions. Perhaps a trip to Vatican City, with an optional tour to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica, will be on your personal sightseeing list. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 5: Rome - Pompeii - Sorrento Coast
After a short lesson on the local language, journey south toward the brilliant Bay of Naples where charming villages are built into hillsides above a sparkling blue sea. Soak in 2,000 years of history during your discovery of the excavated ruins of Pompeii. A local guide provides an in-depth view of this remarkably preserved archaeological site. Continue to the scenic resort town of Sorrento for a demonstration of the art of inlaid wood making by a local artisan. Take some time to explore Sorrento independently. End your day on the breathtaking Sorrento Coast. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 6: Sorrento Coast - Isle of Capri - Sorrento Coast
A scenic boat ride* brings you to the enchanting Isle of Capri.. Upon arrival, take a panoramic ride to the island’s highest town, Anacapri. Spend time in Capri town with its world-famous piazzetta, and explore this island paradise of chic boutiques, lush vegetation and outdoor cafés before returning to the Sorrento Coast. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 7: Sorrento Coast - Florence
Today Tuscany unfolds with its vista of vineyards and olive groves. Florence, the “Cradle of the Italian Renaissance,” awaits offering Italy's best art and architecture. Visit the Academy Gallery to see Michelangelo’s magnificent sculpture of David. This evening, it’s Diner’s Choice…tonight your dinner is included and you’ll choose the perfect spot from a “menu” of Florence’s great restaurants. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 8: Florence
A locally guided tour highlights the Piazza del Duomo, with its Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and the famous Gates of Paradise on the Baptistery of St. John. You also view the magnificent Piazza della Signoria with its imposing Palazzo Vecchio. Next, explore a pair of traditional Italian specialties at local shops. Visit a family-owned leather store and then enjoy an informative explanation of Florentine gold. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 9: Florence - Pisa - Venice
Visit the ancient maritime Republic of Pisa to discover the Piazza Dei Miracoli, the Duomo (Cathedral) and the famous Leaning Tower. A special stop is made at a Tuscan winery and farm to enjoy lunch and sample local wines and specialties. Next, cross the Apennine Mountains en route to Venice where 117 islands are connected by a latticework of 150 canals and 400 bridges. Today breakfast and lunch will be included..
Day 10: Venice - Murano Island - Venice
Embark on a boat trip* (weather permitting) to Murano Island for a glass-blowing demonstration. Return to St. Mark’s Square where a local expert takes you on a walking tour of the Basilica, Doge’s Palace and the legendary Bridge of Sighs. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore independently. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 11: Venice - Verona - Stresa
Depart Venice for Verona to stroll the streets that were the backdrop for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Arrive in the resort town of Stresa in the breathtaking Italian Lakes District, your home for the next two nights, and admire the beautiful views of Lago Maggiore. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 12: Stresa - Locarno, Switzerland - Isola dei Pescatori, Italy - Stresa
Cross into Switzerland and the picturesque lakeside resort of Locarno for magnificent views, excellent shopping and charming cafés. Tonight, travel by boat to Isola dei Pescatori for a farewell dinner while surrounded by beautiful scenery. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 13: Stresa - Tour Ends
Today breakfast will be included.
Tour includes: Door to door sedan service with pick-up and transfer to airport within 100 km area of Pearson Airport, return flights from Toronto, air taxes, hotel transfers and departure taxes, hotel accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners, admissions as outlined, Collette Tours Director, Collette Tour Pkg. Insurance & HST EXEMPT.
Cost per person: Twin $5585.00 & Single $6535.00
A valid Canadian Passport is required for this tour.