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Grapes and Gladiators
View to Mount Vesuvius
Tour Dates September 19th - October 4th, 2017 (16 days)
Included meals 14 breakfasts, 1 lunches, 14 dinners
Tour Host(s) Jay & Angela Simpson
Pricing from $7,550 CAD
History, art, food and excellent wine will be yours on this unforgettable journey through Italy. You'll be charmed by medieval towers, beautiful lakes, rolling hills of vineyards and delightful rural towns. See historic icons, leaning towers, breathtaking coastlines. Hear stories of Venetian lovers, battles, the great Roman Empire and the Renaissance. You'll see, eat and drink the best of Italy, at a relaxed pace and with ample free time to make your own adventures.
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Day 1 - Departure Day

Tuesday, September 19th, 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 - Arrive in Milan

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Milan VittorioEmanueleMilan is one of the world's design and fashion capitals, but it has much more than a busy commercial centre - it has a rich historical tradition. Leonardo Da Vinci came here to work at the Sforza Court - the castle still remains. After being met at the airport by our guide and driver, we take a short panoramic tour to view the amazing La Scala Opera House as well as stop to see the magnificent Duomo, the world's largest Gothic cathedral. Then we will check into our hotel and freshen up before dinner.

Meals: Dinner

Day 3 - Italian Lake District

Thursday, September 21st, 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 4 - Verona - Venice

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Juliet's BalconyA day of intrigue as we cross northern Italy to Venice. Along the way we'll visit Verona, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (WHS), home of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet". We can see Juliet's house and its famous balcony and enjoy a break for lunch. After lunch we will have a wine tasting of the regions amazing Prosecco. After a little of the bubbly, we travel on to Venice (WHS) and a private boat transfer to our hotel in central Venice for the next two nights.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 - Venice Sightseeing

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

Venice CanalA morning tour of this unique city includes a visit to 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 - Pisa - Tuscany

Sunday, September 24th, 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. Everyone comes to admire the famous Leaning Tower, which is once again open thanks to an extensive renovation designed to rebalance the structure. Afterwards we'll travel to our hotel located in Montecatini Terme.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 - San Gimignano - Siena

Monday, September 25th, 2017

San Gimignano's TowersA glorious day of sightseeing in Chianti. Our first stop today is San Gimignano (WHS), known for its thirteen towers that dominate the skyline. Next we stop in Siena (WHS), 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 at Castello Vicchiomaggio.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 - Florence Sightseeing

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Duomo in 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 sculptures 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 9 - Market Day - Wine Estate

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Typical Tuscan ViewToday we have the opportunity to shop during a local market day in the area. Many merchants come from all over the region to offer their wares. Everything can be found from wine and cheese to shoes. In the afternoon we depart for another excursion into the Tuscan hills. The highlight will be a visit to a local winery where we'll be treated to olive oil tasting, wine tasting and snacks. Afterwards we take time to admire a glorious Tuscan sunset before enjoying another scrumptious dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 - Tivoli - Sorrento

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Villa AdrianaThis morning we depart for the south of Italy and our destination of Sorrento. Along the way we will make a short stop in Tivoli and visit Villa Adriana (WHS), the largest and richest villa of the Roman Imperial era. After a break for lunch, we then continue on to Sorrento, situated high on a beautiful plateau, with a commanding view of the sapphire blue Gulf of Naples dominated by Mount Vesuvius.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 - Free Day in Sorrento

Friday, September 29th, 2017

Sorrento lemonsToday is free to relax, or explore some of the great sites in Sorrento. The old section of Sorrento is a wonderful place to get lost in its narrow streets and alleyways. Grab a table at one of the café’s on the Piazza Tasso, take a Hop on Hop Off bus tour or shop to your hearts content. There is much to see or do here.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12 - Capri - Blue Grotto

Saturday, September 30th, 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. A relaxed pace will give us plenty of time to enjoy the winding streets, elegant little shops and the trattorias where we can sample local specialities while overlooking the beautiful Bay of Naples. Our tour includes lunch and entrance into the Blue Grotto by boat (weather permitting). Afterwards we return to our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 - Pompeii - Amalfi Coast

Sunday, October 1st, 2017

Pompeii and Mount VesuviusThis will be a day of excitement. Our first stop is at Pompeii (WHS), the thriving resort town for wealthy Romans that 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 amphitheatres, and streets lined with shops. This afternoon we travel along the Amalfi coast. Stretching for 50km along a promontory from Sorrento to Salerno and passing through the town of Amalfi, is some of Europe's most beautiful coastline (WHS). The road hugs the zigzagging bends and curves of the coast, overlooking intensely blue waters and passing picture-postcard villages that cling to the cliff walls. After a leisurely drive along the Amalfi Coast we return to our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14 - To Rome - Vatican City

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Vatican MuseumThis morning we depart Sorrento on our way to Rome. Upon arrival, we will have a short break for lunch, then start our tour of Vatican City (WHS) which includes the Sistine Chapel, where the ceiling by Michelangelo is the highlight, and St. Peter's Basilica, Catholicism's most sacred shrine. We also visit the Vatican Museum. Then we travel to our hotel to check in, have dinner and a good sleep.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 15 - Touring Rome

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Pantheon InteriorWe enjoy a morning tour of Rome, the "Eternal City". Our excursion 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. After a break for lunch, we visit the Pantheon which was formerly a Roman temple and now a church. The rest of the day is free for us to continue exploring this amazing city. Tonight we toast the success of our trip at our farewell dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 16 - Return Home

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Today we travel home with luggage, souvenirs and memories of new friends and places we have explored on our wonderful tour of Italy.

Meals: Breakfast

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Special Inclusions

  • Boat trip on Lake Como
  • Prosecco Wine Tasting
  • Dinner and Wine Tasting at a Wine Estate
  • Wine, Olive Oil & Balsamic Tasting
  • Boat excursion to the Blue Grotto on Capri
  • Visit 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Prices per person (CAD)

Single supplement$1,650


  • 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
  • All foreign taxes
  • 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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