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Italy's Treasures
Beautiful Amalfi Coast
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Tour Dates May 24th - June 8th, 2017 (16 days)
Included meals 14 breakfasts, 14 dinners
Tour Host(s) Rev Dr Susan MacAlpine-Gillis & Paul Gillis
Pricing from $7,295 CAD
Join us on an unforgettable trip to discover the historic, cultural and scenic highlights of Italy. From Rome and the Vatican City to Capri and its Blue Grotto, Tuscany to Venice and its canals, we'll learn about the exploits of the great Roman Empire. We'll embrace the Renaissance when viewing countless masterpieces in Florence and the Vatican Museums. And we'll be charmed by the medieval towers of San Gimignano, and the natural diversity of the Amalfi coastline. With an astounding eleven UNESCO World Heritage Sites on the agenda, this comprehensive itinerary is designed to delight and amaze as we experience the treasures of Italy.
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Itinerary

Day 1 - Departure Day

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Today we meet our fellow travellers at the airport to board the departure flight, ready to begin a journey filled with new and exciting experiences.

Day 2 - Rome

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Rome ForumToday we arrive in the capital of Italy, Rome, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (WHS). Steeped in history and tradition and long time capital of the Roman Empire, Rome will provide us with the perfect start to our adventure in Italy. After meeting our guide and driver at the airport, we take a short panoramic coach tour to get our bearings, then it's off to check in to our hotel.

Meals: Dinner

Day 3 - Vatican City - Free Afternoon

Friday, May 26th, 2017

St Peter's SquareA morning tour of the Vatican City (WHS) includes the Sistine Chapel, where the ceiling by Michelangelo is the highlight, and St. Peter's Basilica, Catholicism's most sacred shrine. This afternoon is free for resting, shopping or exploring further the many sites of the "Eternal City".

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 - Ancient Rome - Sorrento

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

Coliseum at NightOur morning tour includes sites from Ancient Rome (WHS), including the Circus Maximus, the Arch of Constantine, the Roman Forum and a visit to the Colosseum - Rome's greatest amphitheatre and site of deadly gladiator combats. In the afternoon we travel towards Sorrento, with a commanding view of the sapphire blue Gulf of Naples dominated by Mount Vesuvius.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 - Capri

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

Blue GrottoHistory and nature are the components that have made Capri one of the most desirable tourist destinations of all time. From the Roman emperors who ruled from their villas, to the flocks of international jet-setters, all have found the island to be a heaven on earth. We'll take the hydrofoil across the Punta Campanella, the small strait separating Capri from the mainland and explore the town on foot. With a relaxed pace and plenty of time to enjoy the winding streets, elegant little shops and the tratoria's where you can sample local specialties while overlooking the beautiful Bay of Naples. Our tour includes entrance into the Blue Grotto by boat (weather permitting).

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 - Pompeii

Monday, May 29th, 2017

Pompeii and Mount VesuviusWe begin today with an intriguing morning tour of Pompeii (WHS). The thriving resort town for wealthy Romans was buried under ash and mud during the devastating eruption of Mt Vesuvius in AD 79. The vast ruins provide a fascinating insight into how the ancient Romans lived, and include impressive temples, a forum, one of the largest known Roman amphitheaters, and streets lined with shops. Afterwards, we return to Sorrento for some free time before dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 - Amalfi Coast - Assisi

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

Beautiful Amalfi CoastAfter checking out of our hotel this morning we travel along the Amalfi Coast which is some of Europe's most stunning coastline (WHS), stretching for 50km and passing through the town of Amalfi. The road hugs the bends and curves of the coast, overlooking intensely blue waters and passing picture-postcard villages that cling to the cliff walls. After our coastline journey, we head north towards Assisi. We will make a short stop in Tivoli and visit Villa Adriana (WHS), the largest and richest villa of the Roman Imperial era. We then continue on to our hotel in Assisi.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 - Assisi - Tuscany

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Basilica of San FrancescaThis morning we will explore Assisi (WHS), the home of St. Francis who left a position of wealth for a life of poverty and whose followers became known as the Franciscans. Here we visit the St Francis Basilica and his tomb and learn more of his works of charity. After a break for lunch, we travel north and into the heart of Tuscany.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 - Florence Sightseeing

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Sunset over FlorenceThis morning we enjoy a tour of Florence (WHS) including the Uffizi Gallery, Italy's greatest art gallery. It houses the best collection of Renaissance paintings, as well as many Dutch, Spanish and German masterpieces. Stops will also be made at Piazza della Signoria, a veritable open-air museum of sculpture and the Baptistery, with the Golden Doors of Ghiberti. The afternoon is free to explore this culture-filled city on our own before returning to our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 - San Gimignano - Siena

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

San Gimignano's TowersA glorious day of sightseeing in Chianti. Our first stop today is San Gimignano, known for its thirteen towers that dominate the skyline. Next we stop in Siena, a city founded by the Romans in the first century, where we'll see the fan-shaped Piazza del Campo, Palazzo Publico (town hall) and the Duomo. Before we leave Chianti, we will visit a local vineyard to sample their wine followed by a special Tuscan meal.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 - Pisa - Venice

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

Leaning Tower and BasilicaFrom coast to coast today as we travel to Pisa (WHS), a city that dominated the Western Mediterranean from the 11th to 12th centuries. We'll gaze in wonder at the famous leaning tower where remarkable efforts were made from 1990 - 2001 to secure the building and keep the tower from falling. Later, we travel to Venice and our hotel for the next two nights.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12 - Venice Sightseeing

Sunday, June 4th, 2017

View of Venice at DuskA morning tour of this unique city includes a ride on the many canals. We stop at St. Mark's Square, to see the 11th century Basilica with a radiant gold altar-piece. Then we step into the Doges Palace, once home to Venice's rulers and a triumph of Gothic architecture. We also see The Bridge of Sighs, reputedly taking its name from the sounds of prisoners being led to trial. The afternoon is free for us to explore to our heart's content. We end the day with a gondola serenade.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13 - Verona - Milan

Monday, June 5th, 2017

Verona Aerial at DuskA day of intrigue as we cross northern Italy to Milan. Along the way we'll visit Verona (WHS), home of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet". We'll see Juliet's house and its famous balcony before continuing on to our hotel in Milan.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14 - Italian Lake District

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

Lake ComoA drive in the country is on the agenda today as we spend the day around beautiful Lake Como. We'll take a boat ride on the lake to view the elegant villas - many built in the 18th and 19th centuries, and the small ports and charming villages lining the shores. This afternoon there will be some free time to relax and enjoy the surroundings, before returning to Milan.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 15 - Milan

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

Duomo in MilanMilan is one of the world's design and fashion capitals, but it has much more than a busy commercial center - it has a rich historical tradition. Leonardo Da Vinci came here to work at the Sforza Court - the castle remains as does Da Vinci's famous painting of the Last Supper. First we visit the Duomo, the world's largest Gothic cathedral, begun in 1386 and taking nearly five centuries to complete. Then view the amazing La Scala Opera House. Milan also hosts the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie (WHS), that is famous for its mural of the Last Supper, which covers one wall of the refectory. After our tour, we have some free time for any last minute souvenir shopping, before our farewell dinner tonight.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 16 - Return Home

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

This morning we gather luggage, souvenirs and memories of new friends and places we have explored. Our return flight home has us anxious to share experiences with family and friends waiting for us back home.

Meals: Breakfast

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Special Inclusions

  • Boat excursion to the Blue Grotto on Capri
  • Dinner and Wine Tasting at a Wine Estate
  • Gondola ride in Venice
  • Boat trip on Lake Como

Prices per person (CAD)

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Single supplement$1,460

Included

  • Return economy class airfare
  • Current airline taxes, fuel surcharges and airport fees
  • Superior Tourist class and First class hotels
  • First class motorcoach
  • Meals as shown (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Professional tour guide
  • Sightseeing tours including entrance fees
  • Luggage handling at hotels
  • Tipping for all included services
  • Rostad Tours travel gift
  • Comprehensive and personalized tour documentation

Not included

  • Meals not shown
  • Beverages
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Any airline luggage fees
  • Increases to surcharges, taxes or fees
  • Insurance
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