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PRICED FROM: $1849 + 570 taxes per person* (based on double occupancy) 

*Prices are: per person, based on double occupancy (add taxes & fees: $570); include the Early Booking savings

of $250/person (if booked by Feb. 28, 2017); based on Toronto departures with roundtrip flight in Economy Class

on board Air Transat (subject to change without notice).

 

AVAILABLE DEPARTURES:

May 27/2017: $1849

Sept. 2, and Sept 9/2017 (Gtd Departure): $2069

 

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DESCRIPTION

If hearty cuisine, fine wine and awe-inspiring scenery are key ingredients to your European holiday, this itinerary serves up a true taste of northern and central Italy. From the captivating UNESCO-inscribed villages of Cinque Terre to the Renaissance

masterpieces and famous towers of the Tuscan countryside, you’ll eat your way through regions that are a delight to explore, too!

 

HIGHLIGHTS

• Rome: three-hour walking tour

• Montepulciano: wine cellar visit and wine tasting

• Siena: walking tour of the Old Town

• San Gimignano: visit the Old Town

• Chianti Classico region: wine tasting

• Pisa: walking tour

• Cinque Terre: discover this UNESCO World Heritage Site

• Carrara: visit the marble quarries

• Montecarlo di Lucca: enjoy Tuscan specialties

 

GOOD TO KNOW

Services of a bilingual (English-French) tour guide available throughout tour

The local visitors’ tax is not included and is payable at the destination

 

10 MEALS INCLUDED

7 hot or cold buffet breakfasts (BB), 3 dinners (D)

 

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DAILY ITINERARY

DAY 1: Canada – Rome.

Depart for Rome.

 

DAY 2: Rome

Arrive in Rome and transfer to your hotel. Spend the afternoon exploring the Eternal City at your leisure.

 

DAY 3 : Rome

After breakfast, set off on a guided walking tour of Rome, from Largo di Torre Argentina to Campo de’ Fiori, Piazza Farnese, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Rome. (BB)

 

DAY 4: Rome • Montepulciano • Pienza • Siena (254 km)

Travel past Chianti’s rolling hills to the ancient, hilltop town of Montepulciano, brimming with medieval and Renaissance buildings, and home

to Nobile di Montepulciano, one of Italy’s oldest wines. Visit a wine cellar to taste wine and local products like ham, cheese and salami. Continue to the Renaissance town of Pienza, known for its pecorino cheese. Then, it’s off to Siena’s medieval Old Town and spectacular Piazza del Campo, where the famous Palio bareback horse race is held twice a year. (BB/D)

 

DAY 5: Sienna • San Gimignano • Tavarnelle • Chianti area • Pisa • La Spezia (205 km)

After breakfast, depart for San Gimignano, the Town of Medieval Towers, before heading to the Chianti Classico region for wine tasting and a light snack at a farmhouse in Tavarnelle Val di Pesa. Lunch at leisure in Pisa, followed by a guided walking tour of the historic centre, Piazza dei Miracoli with its famous Leaning Tower (exterior), the Baptistery (exterior) and other striking monuments. Dinner and overnight in La Spezia. (BB/D)

 

DAY 6: La Spezia • Porto Venere • Golfo dei Poeti • Cinque Terre • La Spezia (65 km)

After breakfast, spend the day discovering one of the most enchanting landscapes in the world. Suspended between land and sea, the five villages that make up Cinque Terre are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire amazing views as you travel along the coastline by boat (or coach and train in case of rough waters) to Porto Venere and other major villages. Free time to explore Porto Venere, Vernazza and

Monterosso. Dinner and overnight in La Spezia. (BB/D)

 

DAY 7: La Spezia • Carrara • Montecarlo • Rome (442 km)

After breakfast, visit Carrara’s impressive marble quarries carved deep into the mountain. See ancient tools, sculptures and a quarryman’s house at the quarry museum before continuing to Montecarlo. Next, stop at a farmhouse for wine tasting accompanied by olive oil, cheese,

bread, pasta and other Tuscan specialties. Overnight in Rome. (BB)

 

DAY 8: Rome

Spend the day exploring more of the Italian capital at your leisure. (BB)

 

DAY 9: Rome - Canada

Transfer to the airport for your return flight (Breakfast).

 

 

ACCOMMODATION (or similar)

Rome: 4 nights Hotel Villafranca 4*

Siena: 1 night Hotel Degli Ulivi 4*

La Spezia: 2 nights Hotel NH La Spezia 4*

 

INCLUDED

   Roundtrip flight in Economy Class

   Roundtrip transfers between the airport and the hotel

   Accommodation in double occupancy (standard room) with private facilities

   Mentioned excursions (More excursions can be added upon request, please enquire)

   Hotel taxes and services charges (Local city tax fees ranging from 3-4 euros per day are not included and must be paid directly to the hotel)

 

NOT INCLUDED

   Baggage handling

   Meals other than those detailed

   Gratuities

   Optional tours

   Fees for visa - if required

   Tourist tax (payable locally)

 

 

REMARKS

- Accommodation mentioned in the itinerary is subject to change.

- Indicated distances are subject to change.

- Travellers should always cover their shoulders and legs when visiting some religious sites.

- In Europe, hotel rooms are generally smaller than in North America. There are rarely two double beds in a room. Triple rooms usually feature one double bed and one single bed or three single beds or one double bed and one foldaway bed or two single beds and one foldaway bed.

- All hotels provide towels; some do not offer face cloths.

- In most European countries the voltage is 220V.

- This information is subject to change.

 

 

 

The information about this product is valid for departures between May 1 - October 31, 2017.

 

 

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