Home to the Vatican and the former Roman Empire, the city of Rome is the site of thousands of years of world-shaping history. But even centuries after the empire’s collapse, the city continues to be an international centre of culture, art, and religion. Tourists can visit Vatican City for its spiritual significance or purely for the beauty of its medieval and renaissance architecture. Either at you’re their own pace or by one of the many tour groups available, visitors can experience the wonder of ancient Rome, as much of the city’s historical development has been preserved and is open to the public. But as the capital city of Italy, Rome also features many modern shopping and fashion outlets. Regardless of what draws tourists to this beautiful city, it’s guaranteed to leave them with a lasting impression.
ROME, FLORENCE, VENICE
7 Day Tour from Rome to Venice
Majestic Rome, with its historical sites beyond compare, is your first discovery on your affordable Italy vacation. From St. Peter’s Square at the heart of the Vatican, to the Colosseum and Roman Forum, you’ll see why this “eternal city” is a must-see on every traveler’s list. From Rome, your escorted Italy tour takes you to Pisa and Florence through a gentle landscape of exquisite vineyards, olive groves, and the rolling hills of Tuscany. In Pisa, you’ll see the famed leaning tower and visit the Square of Miracles before heading to Florence – “Cradle of the Renaissance.” Take a guided walking tour of Florence to soak up the world-famous squares and palazzos of the ornate city, including the Duomo and the Baptistry’s bronze door (“Gate of Paradise”). Off to Venice via Verona – the setting for Shakespeare’s fabled tragedy of Romeo & Juliet. You’ll see the ancient Roman Arena where gladiators battled – but today serves as the home of the magnificent Arena Opera Festival. From Verona, you’ll continue to romantic Venice, the city of unparalleled beauty. Take a boat to St. Mark’s square and gaze upon the canals with their gondolas and bridges. You can visit an original glassblowing workshop, discover the narrow alleyways of Venice’s Calli, or its ornate palaces at your leisure for the perfect end to your inspiring Italy tour.
ROME: Guided sightseeing, see St. Peter’s Square
PISA: See the leaning tower
FLORENCE: Guided walking tour
VERONA: See Juliet’s balcony
VENICE: Boat ride to St. Mark’s Square, visit glassblowing workshop
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; canal transfer boat in Venice; mini-train in Pisa
Buffet breakfast daily with two dinners
Sept 30, Oct 7, 14, 20 $1589
Nov 3, 17 $1459
Dec 16, 30 $1519
Jan 5, 19, Feb 2, 16, March 1 $1309
ROME & SORRENTO, ITALY
Long stay March 2020
return airport transfers
5 nights in Rome at the Smooth Hotel with breakfast daily
transfer to Sorrento and back to Rome
14 nights in Sorrento at the Grand Hotel Flora with daily breakfast
Calgary: March 3 to 23, 2020 $2999
Vancouver: March 4 to 24 $2949
Chianti Walking & Wine
August 17, 24, 31, Sept 28, 2019 $1995
Single room $2480
Discover picturesque towns and delicious wines in Tuscany
With its Renaissance cities, mediaeval villages and cypress-lined avenues snaking through vineyards, southern Tuscany is the perfect place for a relaxing guided walking holiday. Based at the tranquil Villa Casalta, on our tour we visit beautiful San Gimignano, the market town of Greve in Chianti, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Siena and the magnificent city of Florence. During the week we sample several varieties of the world-renowned local Chianti and have the opportunity to learn more about Italian wine at the Wine School of Siena.
Walk the classic rolling hills of Tuscany
You will spend 7 nights at Villa Casalta, a renovated farmhouse with swimming pool and en suite facilities. The villa is family-run and known for the fine home-made food prepared with traditional ingredients and locally produced wines and olive oil. Free Wi-Fi available.
Enjoy the fabulous Chianti wines
7 nights renovated farmhouse with panoramic swimming pool
5 days gentle walking and sightseeing
Low altitude throughout
Countries visited: Italy
All breakfasts, 5 dinners, 3 wine tastings
All transport and listed activities
Tour leader throughout
Hidden Treasures of Italy
This 9-day Italy tour “off the beaten path” takes you on a journey to discover world-renowned treasures in art, architecture, and history. You’ll begin in Naples – home to centuries of some of the most important art and architecture Italy has to offer.
Throughout your guided tour of Southern Italy, you’ll visit royal residences, as well as ancient Greek archaeological marvels, before arriving in the Mediterranean-style town of Cellino San Marco
2019: Sept 2, 9, 16, 23 $2879 Sept 30, Oct 7 $2799 Oct 21 $2709
2020: April 6, 2493 April 13 $2565 April 20 $2612
2020: April 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Sept 28, Oct 5 $2647
2020: August 31, Sept 7, 14, 21, $2718 Oct 12, 19 $2612 Nov 2 $2493
TREKKING MONT BLANC
10 days, Chamonix to Chamonix
Experience the rarified air of Europe as you trek the Alps from France to Italy and Switzerland along the Tour du Mont Blanc. This challenging hiking circuit will reward you with mesmerizing views of glaciers, steep valleys, and, of course, Mont Blanc itself. Travel across high passes and through Alpine meadows, recharging at night with delicious mountain cuisine in simple refuges. Challenge yourself to conquer one of the world’s premiere hiking routes, uncovering the alpine heart of Europe on this incredible active adventure.
July dates $2099
August $2099 to $2219
Book by June 30, 2019
14 days, Rome to Venice
From the villages of the Cinque Terre to Tuscany’s medieval splendour, this is an adventure for those looking to indulge in all of Italy’s delights. Walk through grand piazzas and winding lanes, stroll the canals of Venice, and float past villas on Lake Como. Marvel at the ancient grandeur of Rome and the Renaissance masterpieces of Florence. Your expert local Chief Experience Officer (CEO) will take care of the details so you can travel at a leisurely pace and appreciate the scenery, whether it’s sipping vino in Tuscany or sampling local delicacies within the walls of charming Montepulciano. Experience the best of Italy in this all-encompassing tour.
July 7, $3039 August 11 $3229 Sept 29 $2903 Nov 3 $2759
Book by June 10, 2019
Cycling in Tuscany
7 days Rome to Chianciano Terme
What better way to experience the beauty of Tuscany than from the seat of a bike? A mixture of on- and off-road biking awaits on a ride through some of the most gorgeous, yet challenging countryside you’ll find anywhere. Explore beautiful hill towns, stunning lakes, and have the option to soak in thermal hot springs. When you are not riding, take in the view of the rolling Tuscan hills from your hotel rooftop and relax with a glass of wine.
June 30, July 14 $1487 Oct 13 $1439
Book by June 10, 2019
Walking the Amalfi Coast
Admire picturesque villages and stunning views as you get out and about in the great outdoors and explore the beautiful Amalfi Coast on foot.
7 nights half board in a 3-star hotel
14 meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners
Specialist Local Guide
Welcome drink & farewell get-together
4 guided walks
Overseas transfers & other transportation
Amalfi & Ravello walk
Punta Campanella walk
Path of the Gods walk
8 days: Sept 17 $2149 Oct 8, 2019 $1949 Guaranteed solo room
ROME & SORRENTO ESCAPE
8 Day Tour from Rome to Rome
Experience the sights and bites of delicious Rome, Sorrento, and more with an off-season escape to Italy—without the higher prices and crowds of the busy season. Begin in the eternal city of Rome. Visit the Colosseum to imagine the spectacle of gladiator games, and see the Roman Forum, the heart of ancient Rome. Join an exclusive visit to the centuries-old Papal Palace and Barberini Gardens at Castel Gandolfo. Visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment. Also visit St. Peter’s Square and Basilica to see the artist’s magnificent La Pietà. Sculpted in Carrara marble, this Renaissance masterpiece depicting Christ in his Mother’s lap is the only piece Michelangelo signed. Visit Capua’s Amphitheater and hear of Spartacus’ gladiator training here. In lovely Sorrento, see St. Antonino’s church, named for the city’s patron saint, and enjoy a free day to relax in this beautiful setting. En route back to Rome, explore legendary Pompeii—the excavated Roman city that was destroyed in 79 AD by Mount Vesuvius’ eruption, and preserved by ash. Conclude your Italian escape in Rome with a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2019 Feb 29, March 7, 14, 21, 2020 $1519
Jan 25, Feb 1, 8, 15, 22, 2020 $1389
Prices are per person in single, double, or triple room occupancy.
BELLA ITALIA ESCAPE
7 Day Tour from Venice to Rome
On this escape to beautiful Italy, experience three of Italy’s most iconic cities Venice, Florence, and Rome—without the crowds of the high-season, or the high prices associated with busy travel months. What better way to start your escorted vacation to Italy than with a welcome dinner with your travel companions in Venice? Your Venetian experience also includes a private boat ride, a guided walking tour; a visit to St. Mark’s Square, its byzantine Basilica, the Doges’ Palace, and the Bridge of Sighs. Also watch the age-old tradition of glassblowing by a local artisan. Travel to Pisa—home of the famous Leaning Tower—before continuing on to Florence, considered to be the “Cradle of the Renaissance.” Florence is an art-lovers dream and your sightseeing highlights such masterpieces as Michelangelo’s David statue in the Academy of Fine Arts. You’ll also travel to Assisi to visit the Basilica of St. Francis—named after the saint who sought the virtues of humility, forgiveness, simplicity, and best known for his love of God.
Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2019 Feb 15, 22, 29, March 7, 14, 21 $1639
Dec 7, 14, 2019 Jan 25, Feb 8 $1389
Prices are per person in single, double, or triple room occupancy.
7 Day Tour from Palermo to Taormina Riviera
Escape to Sicily for seven days of beauty, cuisine, and history—without the crowds you’d find in the high-season. Begin in Palermo and meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. Spend the following day on a guided sightseeing tour of Palermo’s ornate Piazza Bellini and Capo Market. See the stunning baroque features of the Church of the Immacolata, and visit the historic Palermo Cathedral. Enjoy the panoramic view of the Conca d’Oro in Monreale, and visit the 12th-century Norman Cathedral with its treasured byzantine mosaics.
Walk through the 24-centuries-old Valley of the Temples with your Local Guide in Agrigento, visit Piazza Armerina’s Villa Romana del Casale to admire the world’s largest collection of Roman mosaics. In Syracuse, the birthplace of mathematician Archimedes, you’ll take a guided visit to the archaeological site of the 5th-century-BC Greek Theater, Garden of Paradise, Ear of Dionysus, Altar of Hieron II, Roman Amphitheater, and the Cordmaker’s Cave. Travel to Catania, where you’ll sample Sicily’s famous Arancino, and spend two nights on the spectacular Taormina Riviera, your base for a fascinating excursion to Mount Etna—the largest active volcano in Europe. Explore Taormina, and complete your Sicilian Escape with a fabulous farewell dinner at a local restaurant. You’ll treasure the time spent exploring Sicily’s famous sights and stunning scenery—without the crowds of the busy travel season on this spectacular guided tour of Sicily!
Nov 3, 10, 17, 2019 March 1, 8, 15, 22, 2020 $1199
Dec 1, 2019 Jan 23, 2020 $999
Prices are per person in single, double, or triple room occupancy.
Tuscany Gourmet & Cinque Terre
FLORENCE , MONTECATINI, SAN GIMIGNANO,
SIENA, LUCCA, PISA , CINQUE TERRE
Slow food certified Guaranteed tour
7 DAYS • 6 NIGHTS
FROM $2599 per person
Guaranteed departures May 20th, June 10th, Sept. 5th, Oct. 7th, 2019
• 6 nights in charming 4* hotels with buffet breakfast
• 4 meals based on traditional regional dishes ( Slow Food welcome dinner, one lunch after the cooking lesson, one lunch with cooking show , one farewell dinner)
• 3 tastings of a selection of wines and/or typical products from the Tuscany region
• 1 Cooking lesson • Half day guided visit of Florence (no entrance fees included)
• Transportation by motor coaches
• Baggage handling for the full duration of the tour
Rome & Sorrento Escape
Experience the sights and bites of delicious Rome, Sorrento, and more with an off-season escape to Italy—without the higher prices and crowds of the busy season.
Begin in the eternal city of Rome. Visit the Colosseum to imagine the spectacle of gladiator games, and see the Roman Forum, the heart of ancient Rome. Join an exclusive visit to the centuries-old Papal Palace and Barberini Gardens at Castel Gandolfo. Visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment. Also visit St. Peter’s Square and Basilica to see the artist’s magnificent La Pietà. Sculpted in Carrara marble, this Renaissance masterpiece depicting Christ in his Mother’s lap is the only piece Michelangelo signed. Visit Capua’s Amphitheater and hear of Spartacus’ gladiator training here. In lovely Sorrento, see St. Antonino’s church, named for the city’s patron saint, and enjoy a free day to relax in this beautiful setting. En route back to Rome, explore legendary Pompeii—the excavated Roman city that was destroyed in 79 AD by Mount Vesuvius’ eruption, and preserved by ash. Conclude your Italian escape in Rome with a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
8 days – Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2019 Feb 29, March 7, 14, 21, 2020 $1519 Jan 25, Feb 1, 8, 15, 2020 $1319
COUNTRY ROADS OF SOUTHERN ITALY & SICILY (SUMMER 2019)
Rome: Explore the backstreets of Rome and experience local life, alongside a passionate Roman who will explain how modern life takes place around ancient treasures like the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona, the Living Room of Rome.
Vatican City: Gain VIP access to the Vatican Museums and be among the select few to admire the famous Bramante Staircase. Admire the Popes’ treasure-trove and witness the genius of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel before venturing inside St. Peter’s Basilica to see Michelangelo’s Pietà, and the splendid dome.
14 days – Dining Summary: 13 Breakfasts (B) and 7 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.
June 1, 15 Sept 28, Oct 5, 12 $5125
July 27, Sept 21 $5225 Aug 25 $5150 Sept 7, 14 $5250
TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS
Rome: See the mighty Colosseum and Roman Forum. You will also see other medieval buildings, including Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches, scattered throughout the city.
Sorrento: Perched upon the cliffs, lookout to see the mighty Mount Vesuvious across the Bay of Naples.
Pompeii: Walk with a Local Expert through the cobbled streets of this ill-fated town.
Isle of Capri: Cruise to this famous isle through beautiful blue Mediterranean waters to meet your Local Expert.
Isle of Capri: Wander through the narrow streets led by your Local Expert and see all the boutiques as you enjoy captivating sea views.
Isle of Capri: In unique style, ascend by open-top taxi and return to the port by funicular.
Matera: Visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site and see famous Sassi or cave dwellings, which were home to about 20,000 people until 1950.
Matera: With your Local Expert explore this town that Mel Gibson chose as the setting for his film ‘The Passion of the Christ.’
Alberobello: With your Local Expert, explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site showcasing the Trulli of Alberobello. Circular structures with conical roofs that are domed within, built from local limestone and stacked without using mortar.
Maratea: Wander through the rugged streets with your Travel Director to see why this peaceful little coastal town has been named the pearl of the Tyrrhenian sea.
Straits of Messina: Cross to Sicily by ferry.
Taormina Riviera: Visit the ancient Greek Ampitheatre with your Local Expert. Set on a cliff, open to the sky, take your seats and enjoy the view through the crumbling arches to snowy Mount Etna.
Taormina Riviera: During your orientation with your Travel Director, visit the courtyard of Palazzo Corvaja, seat of the first Sicilian parliament, and stroll along Corso Umberto to Piazza IX Aprile.
Agrigento: A Local Expert will lead you through the magnificent remains of the Greek colony in the Valley in the Temples. See the massive Temple of Concord and clifftop Temple of Juno.
Palermo: With a local historian, see the Teatro Massimo en route to Quattro Canti Square to glimpse the Fountain of Shame.
Palermo: Visit Palermo Cathedral and walk through the Palace of the Normans to stand in the jewel-like Palatine chapel for an up-close look at some of the finest examples of Norman art.
Scenic Drives: Admire the beauty of southern Italy as you travel along the Bay of Naples, past the Apennines and Calabria mountains, along Sorrento cliff top road and Capri cornich.