Absolute Italy
9 Days

ITINERARY

Day 01: Friday – Arrive Rome
Welcome to Italy!

Meet your private driver upon arrival in Rome and transfer to your hotel in Rome. Early afternoon meeting with your Tour Host in the hotel. You will learn more about your tour and familiarize yourself with travel companions. Later enjoy a walking tour of the Baroque Town with Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Piazza di Spagna, the Italian Parliament and the fascinating narrow streets of ancient Rome. In the end, walk to the restaurant and enjoy a tasty
welcome dinner. Overnight in Rome. (B)


Day 02: Saturday – Vatican & Cooking Experience

After breakfast, transfer from your hotel to the Vatican Museum to meet your guide. Access the Museum easily with your skip the line tickets. Your visit will be memorable: our guides have drawn up a route to include all the major sights as well as some unexpected surprises. See the Belvedere Courtyard with Apollo Belvedere & Laocoön & His Sons, Raphael Rooms, the Galleries of the Candelabra, of the Maps and of the Tapestries, the Sistine Chapel and the Pinecone Courtyard. In the end, exit on the St. Peter’s Square and enjoy the magnificent view of the imposing Cathedral.

You will return to your hotel to relax after a challenging morning. Spend the early evening diving into the secrets of pasta-making in a cooking class with a local chef. After some sips of beautiful Prosecco and a bite or two of Roman *aperitivi*, get a crash course on making authentic pasta that you can recreate at home. Dust the flour from your fingertips and cleanse your palette with the perfect wine while you sit down with your fellow classmates to enjoy your meal. In the end, return transfer to your hotel Overnight in Rome. (B,D)


Day 3 – Sunday – Rome

Today it will be free at leisure. Overnight in Rome. (B)


Day 4 – Monday – Rome to Florence (Montepulciano and Montalcino)

Private transfer to your hotel to Florence passing along Montepulciano and Montalciano. In Montepulciano, you will meet your guide for a walking tour of the town. Later, move to Montalcino for a wine tasting and lunch. Arrive in Florence late. Overnight in Florence. (B,L)


Day 5 – Tuesday – Magnificent Florence with Accademia

Start your exploration of Florence from the unknown and most picturesque sides of the city: visit the market of San Lorenzo, where it’s possible to see the food arriving from the Tuscan countryside. It’s a chance to taste many local cheeses, fruits, vegetables, and bread varieties. If you are still hungry, there’s free time for lunch. In the afternoon, meet your guide in the hotel and get ready to explore the heart of the town. Lorenzo de Medici transformed Florence into the cradle of the Renaissance by attracting the best artists, architects, and writers of the time; Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Botticelli, who he commissioned to produce various works of art and architecture. We’ll visit Piazza della Signoria, walk by the Palazzo Vecchio, the Duomo
with Giotto’s bell tower ( from outside), and Ponte Vecchio. Our walkthrough of Florence will end with a visit to the Accademia to admire, among the many masterpieces, the jewel of Michelangelo: the statue of David. Overnight in Florence. (B)

In the afternoon, you can join an option tour of Siena & San Gimignano with dinner in a boutique winery.

Siena & San Gimignano with dinner in a boutique winery.
Leaving Florence in the afternoon, enjoy the drive to Siena, the first stop on tour. Enjoy a guided tour of its UNESCO-listed historic center, which includes the unique shell-shaped square where the legendary Palio race takes place twice a year. Next, reach San Gimignano, the stunning medieval town with an impressive skyline crowned by 14 towers that have survived through the centuries, earning it the nickname “Medieval Manhattan”. Get some time to explore its
atmospheric cobbled lanes, then take the road to the hills of Chianti and admire the beautiful colors of Tuscany at sunset. Dinner will take place at a charming wine estate, where you’ll visit the cellars and dine on traditional Tuscan dishes paired with their fine wines.


Day 6 – Wednesday – Florence

Today is free at leisure. Overnight in Florence. (B)

Optional CinqueTerre Tour
Spend a day exploring the enchanting fishing villages along UNESCO-listed Cinque Terre coastline, amid breathtaking scenery and authentic local flavours
After meeting your guide in central Florence, travel in a comfortable minivan and enjoy a relaxing ride towards Cinque Terre, Italy’s smallest national park with one of the world’s most dramatic coastal landscapes. Upon arrival, board the little coastal train that runs between the five villages within the park, scenically sneaking through dark tunnels cut into the mountains that open out to glorious views of the Ligurian Sea. Discover their history and unique features as you tour some of the villages on foot and by boat accompanied by your guide. Come lunch, enjoy fresh seafood accompanied by fine local wine, then continue with a leisurely hike through seafront vineyards to learn about the region’s unique grape harvesting process.


Day 7 – Thursday – Welcome to Venice

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Florence train station. Board your train to Venice. Enjoy the ride by high-speed train to Venice.
The city does not have roads and cars but only boats and canals. It is built on several small islands linked by hundreds of bridges. Arrive late morning and transfer to the hotel in Laguna. Free time to explore Venice on your own. Overnight in Venice.


Day 8 – Friday – Enjoy “La Serenissima” Venezia

Start your day early in the morning near the Rialto Bridge, where you’ll learn how the city grew from the lagoon mud. You’ll learn to identify how its sea-borne origins have impacted its history and culture. Begin your stroll from the bustling Rialto Fish Market, where professional chefs mix with home cooks, competing for some of the freshest fish you’ll ever see. You will then pass through the backstreets of Venice, passing quiet piazzas and picturesque bridges, occasionally stopping at landmarks like the childhood home of Marco Polo. Later, enjoy a 30-minute gondola ride that takes you through busy thoroughfares and quieter residential canals.

After a break for lunch, you’ll meet again in St. Mark’s Square and stroll into St. Mark’s Basilica with pre-reserved, skip-the-line tickets. Learn how a Byzantine-style building became Venice’s most significant landmark while pointing out some of the more remarkable stories featured in the golden mosaics that cover the ceilings. Finally, enter the Doge’s Palace, once the political nerve center for an empire stretched across the Mediterranean and Asia. In this building, the Doge, or Duke of Venice, lived where he lorded over an empire of immense wealth but almost no actual land. In the end, return to your hotel on
your own. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner in a lovely restaurant. Overnight in Venice. (B,D)


Day 9 – Saturday – Depart Venice

Transfer to the Airport or Railways Station. (B)

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DATES/PRICING/ACCOMMODATIONS

2024
Max 12 People
Departure Sgl Occ Dbl Occ Trp Occ
Apr 05 - Apr 13 SOLD OUT
Apr 12 - Apr 20 CAD 6,105 CAD 4,410 CAD 3,750
Apr 26 - May 04 CAD 6,105 CAD 4,410 CAD 3,750
May 10 - May 18 CAD 6,350 CAD 4,560 CAD 3,870
May 24 - Jun 01 CAD 6,350 CAD 4,560 CAD 3,870
May 31 - Jun 08 CAD 6,350 CAD 4,560 CAD 3,870
Jun 14 - Jun 22 CAD 6,735 CAD 4,770 CAD 4,055
Jun 28 - Jul 06 CAD 6,735 CAD 4,770 CAD 4,055
Jul 12 - Jul 20 CAD 5,525 CAD 4,080 CAD 3,470
Jul 19 - Jul 27 CAD 5,525 CAD 4,080 CAD 3,470
Aug 02 - Aug 10 CAD 4,750 CAD 3,655 CAD 3,100
Sep 13 - Sep 21 CAD 6,350 CAD 4,560 CAD 3,870
Sep 27 - Oct 05 CAD 6,350 CAD 4,560 CAD 3,870
Oct 11 - Oct 19 CAD 6,350 CAD 4,560 CAD 3,870
Oct 25 - Nov 02 CAD 6,350 CAD 4,560 CAD 3,870
Nov 01 - Nov 09 CAD 5,395 CAD 4,020 CAD 3,410
Nov 08 - Nov 16 CAD 5,395 CAD 4,020 CAD 3,410
Nov 15 - Nov 23 CAD 5,395 CAD 4,020 CAD 3,410
Optional Tours
Siena & San Gimignano with dinner in a boutique winery CAD 520 Per Person
Cinque Terre from Florence CAD 560 Per Person
* Minimum 2 passengers
* Single travelling alone price is available upon request.
* The accommodation will be provided in the below hotel or similar in case the priority hotel is unable to accommodate the booking.
Hotels:
Rome
Della Conciliazione / Orazio
Florence
Executive / Palazzo Castri
Venice
Indigo Sant’Elena

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INCLUSIONS

Inclusions:

  • 3 nights in Rome
  • 3 nights in Florence
  • 2 nights in Venice
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Arrival & Departure airport private transfer
  • Welcome briefing & Tour Escort service
  • Walking along the heart of Rome
  • Welcome dinner in Rome
  • Guided visit of the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, and St.Peter Basilica
  • Skip the line tickets to Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel
  • Cooking Experience followed by dinner in Trastevere, Roma
  • Transfer from Rome to Florence via Montepulciano and Montalcino by luxury minicoach
  • Guided visit of Montepulciano followed by lunch and wine tasting in Montalcino
  • Guided Visit of the heart of Florence, including Accademia with Michelangelo’s David
  • Skip the line tickets to Accademia
  • 1st Class High-speed Train Tickets from Florence to Venice, transfer from/to hotel included
  • Guided visit of Venice with Gondola, St.Mark Basilica and Doge Palace
  • Skip the line tickets to St.Mark Basilica & Doge Palace
  • Farewell Dinner in Venice
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Exclusions:

  • City Tax to be paid locally
  • Drinks on meals
  • Porterage in the stations

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