Gems of Italy
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Tour Itinerary || Terms & Conditions ||
Day 1 - Toronto - Venice - We fly on board Air Canada Rouge non-stop service Toronto - Venice. In-flight meals
Day 2 - Sunday - Welcome to Venice - Upon arrival at Venice airport , following immigration and customs, we collect our luggage and proceed into the arrival hall. We’ll be met by our local representative who will assist in transferring us to our hotel in Venice. Luggage will be transferred directly to the hotel while our group will have a separate transfer and a pleasant walk to reach the hotel. Check-in and the rest of the day at leisure. This evening, get to know your fellow travellers at our ‘Welcome to Italy’ dinner at a typical Venetian restaurant. Overnight stay at Hotel All’ Angelo, Standard rooms (D)
Day 3 - Venice - Breakfast at the hotel. Few cities can claim such a priceless art and history heritage as Venice. This unique city with its magical, spectacular scenery is not just beautiful; it is a real miracle of creative genius, a city built on mud, sand and the slime of a difficult, inhospitable landscape. We’ll explore the highlights together with our English speaking professional guide. During the afternoon, it’s time to explore the city at your own pace. Dinner on own. Overnight stay at Hotel All’ Angelo, Standard rooms (B)
Day 4 - Venice – Florence – Lucca - Following an early breakfast, we check-out of our hotel, settling all our incidental charges. A private vaporetto boat will wait for us at hotel’s nearest pier to transfer us to Venice train station (our luggage will be transferred separately) and we board the train to Florence. We’ll be met and assisted with our luggage at Florence station and then we’ll make our way to the countryside to discover lovely Lucca, where cobbled streets, red-roofed buildings, fascinating history and fine architecture await us. This evening, we’ll be free to explore Lucca at our leisure. Our group dinner is arranged in the Lucca area. Overnight stay at Hotel Villa La Principessa, Standard rooms (B,D)
Day 5 - Full-day excursion to Cinque Terre - After an early breakfast at the hotel, we’ll travel by coach to reach La Spezia. Lookout for a rocky coastline dotted with multi-colored villages as we turn into Cinque Terre (Five Lands), a UNESCO World Heritage Site! Together with our expert local guide, we’ll take the Cinque Terre train to explore the villages and spend time getting to admire the area. The little adventure ends at Monterosso where we enjoy a light lunch (included). In the afternoon, we return from Monterosso to La Spezia by boat and then a coach transfer back to Lucca. The evening is left at leisure to relax or explore the quaint streets and little alleys of Lucca.
Overnight stay at Hotel Villa La Principessa, Standard rooms (B,L)
Day 6 - Lucca – San Gimignano – Siena – Pienza Area - Following breakfast and check-out, we’ll depart for San Gimignano, home to a magnificent piazza, meandering cobbled streets and some beautifully preserved architecture - skyscrapers as they once were known as they were 6 or 7 floors high. While here, we’ll sample some exquisite creations of a local and renowned ice-cream gelato producer, then continue to an indulgent experience of Tuscan wine tasting and light lunch. Before the day concludes, we visit the medieval town of Siena. It is quite simply an open-air museum of Gothic architecture and home to another magnificent Duomo Cathedral, almost the twin of the Cathedral in Florence. After taking in the town’s historic sights and delights with our very own orientation tour, we’ll continue onwards to Pienza – our home for the night.
Overnight in Pienza area at Hotel Relais Il Chiostro, Standard Rooms (B, Snacks, Wine-tasting, Lunch)
Day 7 - Pienza – Amalfi Coast - Pienza offers timeless charm with an enchanting rural backdrop, creating a serene spot to spend the morning and exploring at leisure. We sample some artisan goat’s cheese and depart to the enchanting Amalfi coast, our next destination. Dinner and overnight in the Amalfi coast area. Overnight in Costiera Amalfitana at Hotel Pietra di Luna, Standard Rooms (B,D)
Day 8 - Amalfi Coast - After breakfast, we embark on a private tour that takes us on a spectacular drive along the Amalfi Coast to admire the beautiful little towns hanging over the cliffs all along the coast. We’ll stop in the Belvedere of Positano to take some unforgettable pictures of the great panorama. Then we continue to Amalfi to thoroughly enjoy a typical lunch and a limoncello tasting. Overnight in Costiera Amalfitana at Hotel Pietra di Luna, Standard Rooms (B,L)
Day 9 - Amalfi Coast – S.Nicola Arcella – Praia a Mare - Following breakfast and checkout, we travel to the region of Calabria. Quite unknown to most foreigners, the region is loved by Italian people. A jewel in the southwest Italy, Calabria occupies the "toe" of the country’s boot-shaped peninsula and is a sunbaked region of rugged mountains, old-fashioned villages and dramatic coastline, with many popular beaches. Upon arriving at Praia a Mare, a beach resort on the Tyrrhenian Sea, we first explore the nearby San Nicola Arcella, a small Calabrian village overhanging 110 meters above sea level. Inhabited by almost two thousand people, the village is famous for being the home of Lord Crawford, an English writer around the end of the 19th century, who lived in the watchtower. We’ll have free time for lunch on our own, then a guided visit of the old town. Afterwards, we will have a short stop at the “Belvedere” to enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the magnificent coastline and to take photos. Later, we go back to Praia a Mare for check-in at the hotel. During the evening, we will explore the town on foot on our own and at our own pace. Overnight stay at Hotel Garden, Standard Rooms (B)
Day 10 - Full day excursion: Riviera dei Cedri & Diamante - Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, we enjoy a two-hour boat trip tour of the Riviera dei Cedri, visiting Dino Island, the largest of the two Calabrian islands on the Tyrrhenian Sea. We will enter the Grotta Azzura (Light blue Cave) and the Grotta del Leone (Lion’s Cave), and then continue sailing towards the coast of San Nicola Arcella to admire the Arcomagno, a popular destination for its majestic arch that frames a fairy-tale Bay. There will be a 45-minute stop in Saraceno Bay where you have a choice of bathing or just relaxing. Lunch is on your own. Afterwards we move to Diamante, better known as the "City of the Pepper" and famous for the murals that fill the alley walls and central streets. After the visit, we return to Praia a Mare. Late in the afternoon, we reach the kitchen where our local hostess, accompanied by an English-speaking interpreter, awaits our arrival. We will take part in a cooking session, learning the secrets of “fileja”, “tagghiulini” or “maccarruni”, a typical Calabrian handmade pasta. Then, enjoy a dinner featuring local cuisine. Overnight stay at Hotel Garden, Standard Rooms (B,D)
Day 11 - Praia a Mare - Rome - Bidding farewell to Calabria, we depart for Rome early this morning, a 4.5 hour drive that’ll bring us into the capital city of Rome after midday. Check-in at our hotel and time to relax. Later, in the afternoon, we depart for the newly opened underground attraction at the Domitian’s Stadium. Our visit to the underground levels of Piazza Navona, takes us below street level to the newly restored section of the archaeological area which has just opened to the public for the first time. This new discovery makes the Roman Empire’s history of Piazza Navona and the Stadium of Dominitan more complete. Late evening return to our hotel. Dinner on own.
Overnight stay at The Guardian Hotel, Standard Rooms (B)
Day 12 - Rome - This morning, we will visit the well-known Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica, considered among the most important sites of the world and an absolute must for anyone who comes to Rome. We will see some of the greatest masterpieces of all time that are on display to be admired. At the Vatican Museums, we’ll visit the Raphael Rooms and Michelangelo’s magnificent Sistine Chapel ceiling. Afternoon at leisure to discover this beautiful city at your own pace.
Our Farewell Dinner will be in a spectacular setting for us to witness breathtaking sunset views from the highest rooftop restaurant of the city and enjoy an evening of live music.
Overnight stay at The Guardian Hotel, Standard Rooms (B,D)
Day 13 - Homebound - After breakfast, check out and private transfer with our English-speaking assistant to Rome airport to board the flight home. We’ll fly Air Canada Rouge non-stop service, arriving in Toronto the same evening. (B, In-flight meals)
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Safety Protocols in Italy:
As a responsible business, Victours International continues to closely monitor developments surrounding the coronavirus (Covid-19), prioritizing the safety of our travellers in all destinations where the company offers travel arrangements. Following are some safety measures which we have compiled in collaboration with our principal suppliers regarding new measures in place:
The hotels and the other hospitality properties are carrying out rigorous sanitization processes in the bedrooms using the defined protection policy which is also in place throughout the property. The public areas will be managed to monitor access and presence of all visitors to ensure social distancing is adhered to within the limits permitted.
Specific agreements are in place to guarantee the safety distances between passengers. Hand sanitizer dispensers have been installed in all vehicles and personal protective masks are obligatory for both passengers and drivers.
Only premises where we can guarantee maximum hygiene and sanitization of the public areas several times a day, will be offered for our travellers. Where, the use of protective equipment and space and an adequate distance between each table is assured. More and more demand is for eating outdoors, which is an ordinary and normal ritual all over Italy throughout the summer months.
Headsets on guided tours
Procedure is in place to provide brand-new, individually sealed earbuds for each guests' personal use and all mono-use. Any reusable 'on-ear' earpieces and all receiver and transmitter units and packing cases, are scrupulously sanitized before delivery.
Accompanying Guides/ Tour Leader
The use of masks is now mandatory practise for each Tour Leader and Guide. Each one has been adequately trained to manage passenger flows when boarding and disembarking vehicles during transfers or tours to ensure safety and respect social distancing.
Churches and Museums
Museums and churches have opened throughout Italy. The number of visitors permitted to enter at the one time has been reduced to avoid crowds and maintain social distancing of 1 meter from fellow visitors. Face masks are obligatory when entering closed environments.
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Next Departure 2022, TBA
Italy has always been a treasure trove of history, culture and art; a country full of artistic wonders and a record-setting World Heritage Sites. We invite you to join us on this wonderful journey discovering masterful art cities, picturesque villages, fascinating landscapes and amazing coastal areas.
Take this opportunity to learn why the country is world-renowned for its mouth-watering cuisine and award-winning wines.
We’ll discover Venice with its magically spectacular scenery and admire the awesome Cinque Terre’s rocky coastline dotted with charming multi-colored villages.
From the beautiful sights of Tuscany to the amazing coastline of Amalfi, our journey will take us through the unique charm of Calabria and finally to the eternal city of Rome!
Due to the popular demand, we are offering 3 departures during 2021. Select yours from the dates as shown above.
Group size: Maximum 18 participants
Victours appointed profession Tour Leader travelling throughout with the group
An English-speaking Italian Guide/Escort to accompany the group for the entire trip
Meet & greet service at Venice International Airport by our local representative
Private transfer from Venice airport to the pier as near as possible to the hotel in Venice
Boat transfer from hotel to Venice station
Luggage transfer between Venice airport and hotel in Venice incl. porterage - Maximum 1 piece of luggage included per group participant; extra pieces will need to be paid directly on the spot by owner of the luggage to the porter
Train tickets from Venice to Florence - 2nd class (with stop in Bologna to change train)
Porterage from Florence station to the coach-Maximum 1 piece of luggage included per group participant; extra pieces will need to be paid directly on the spot by owner of the luggage to the porter
30 seater motor coach as per itinerary including applicable tolls, parking, city permits etc. starting from Florence station
Accommodation as described, in double occupancy rooms at below hotels:
2 nights in Venice – Hotel All’ Angelo 4* or similar
2 nights in Lucca area – Hotel Villa La Principessa 4* or similar
1 night in Pienza area - Hotel Relais Il Chiostro 4* or similar
2 nights in Costiera Amalfitana – Hotel Pietra di luna or similar 4* Maiori
2 nights in Praia a Mare – Hotel Garden 3 stars sup. or similar
2 nights in Rome – Hotel The Guardian 4* or similar
Meals as described by B,L,D as shown in the itinerary. All breakfasts are Continental.
1 x welcome dinner at local restaurant – Venice
1 x dinner at local restaurant – Venice
1 x lunch in local restaurant – Cinque Terre
1 x visit to cellar, wine tasting and lunch in local typical Fattoria – San Gimignano
1 x cheese tasting – Pienza
1 x lunch in local restaurant – Amalfi
1 x limoncello tasting - Amalfi
1 x cooking class – Praia a Mare or surroundings
1 x farewell dinner in local restaurant – Rome
Train tickets for Cinque Terre from La Spezia to Monterosso with 3 stops included
Boat for return transfer from Monterosso to La Spezia (direct transfer)
Applicable entrance fee at San Marco Basilica – Venice
Applicable entrance fee at Vatican Museums (incl. Pre-booking, entrance ticket, earphones), subject to availability
International flights from/to Canada (will be quoted separately)
City tax on all accommodations is not included and is to be paid by group participants directly to hotels at check-out.
Meals not included in the program
Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, bottled water during meals
Expenses of personal nature i.e., telephone and internet usage charges, laundry, etc.
Gratuities to drivers, guides, restaurant and house-keeping staff.
Any item not mentioned in the itinerary and inclusions