Italy Escorted Tour from Halifax

 

Italy  Itinerary

May 6-16, 2020 11 Days / 10 Nights  

“Care has been taken to make this Italy itinerary as adventurous and exciting as possible. You will see majestic and beautiful scenery, museums and world class cities but also be given the story of the land and people of this country .The insights, experiences and stories that tour guests will absorb should  be fascinating and the memories will linger long after you return.“

Ron Mac Eachen –Tour Director

May 2019 11 Days / 10 Nights

DAY 1

Arrival Italy

Accommodations: Hotel Adriano or similiar 

Location: Rome

Duration: 2 nights

Meals Included – D

Highlights

Once we are checked in at Hotel Adriano, you are free to do some personal exploration of Rome or perhaps take a nap after the flight. Your hotel is centrally located allowing access on foot to some iconic sites and good shopping

  • 5:30 - We meet in Hotel Adriano lobby for our welcome to Italy reception.
  • 6:30 – We leave the hotel and stroll about 10 minutes to our local restaurant for our welcome to Italy topening dinner .Return to hotel at 930 .

 

DAY 2

Rome City Tour

Accommodations: Hotel Adriano

Location: Rome

View the Sites: Roman Forum, Vatican  Colosseum, Trevin Fountain, & the Spanish Steps

Guided tour of the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museum Guided Tour

Meals Included – B

Highlights

Today’s adventure begins with a city tour of Rome, Italy’s capital. This cosmopolitan city invites you back in time, nearly 3000 years, to experience its architecture, art and culture.

  • 9:00am - We depart on a panoramic tour where we see the Ancient ruins of the Roman Forum, the Vatican plus  plus other iconic locations within the city.
  • 11am -Guided  tour of Roman Collosseum
  • 1pm  Lunch on your own  with the remainder of the day free .

DAY 3

Rome/Cortona/Tuscany

Accommodations: Your Tuscan Villa 

Location – Heart of Tuscany

Meals Included – B,D

Highlight

After breakfast there’s time to do some final exploration of Rome. This is a time to return to a historic sites or visit a café you saw on your travels and sip in a little more of Rome!  Lunch on your own.

  • 1:00pm depart the hotel for Tuscany making a stop in Cortona, the village made famous by the movie, Under the Tuscan Sun.
  • 5:45 pm arrive in the heart of Tuscany and check in to your accommodations. Tonight we dine together at the villa enjoying a four course dinner  beginning your Tuscan  food expeience. 

DAY 4

Full day excursion to San Gimignamo and  Siena

Accommodations: Your Tuscan Villa .

Meals Included – B

Highlights

This morning we depart for two fascinating places .We start in the walled village of San Gimignamo. Encircled by 13th-century walls, its old town centers on Piazza della Cisterna, a triangular square lined with medieval houses. We then move on to Siena where we will have lunch,  a guided tour of the cathedral and the town. There will be some free time for shopping before we return to our Villa .Evening free. 

DAY 5

Full day excursion to Busatti linen palace, an old historical family farmhouse and winery tour & tasting.

Accommodations: Tuscan Villa 

Meals Included – B,L,D

Highlights

We start our day at the amazing Busatti linen palace where production of high end linens has been a family business since centuries. We then move to a rustic family home for lunch in a picturesque setting. After lunch we stop at a winery for a tour of the grounds before we end the day with a wine tasting.

After a little down time at your accommodations we have lovely buffet dinner at the villa .

DAY 6
Morning Visit to Pecorino Cheese farm and a visit to an organic farm for tour and lunch.
 
Accommodations: Tuscan Villa 
 
Meals included B,L,D
 

Highlights

Today is a day for exploring the more rural and agricultural parts of Tuscany.

We start at a farm where they produce the famous Pecorino cheese which is made from sheep’s milk. That is followed up with a visit to an organic farm where we will hear about the many herbs they grow, honey making and more. Lunch will be at the farm

We will arrive back at the accommodations at around 230 and the remainder  the afternoon is free or you can join in a shopping trip.

Dinner tonight is at a lovely local restaurant in the neaby town of Loro Cicfenna .

DAY 7

Transfer in to the historic city of Florence.

Guided walking tour and free time

Accommodations: Hotel Pendini or similiar 

Meals Included – B

Highlights

Leaving the rural Tuscan countryside we move on to Florence arriving around 11am for a guided city tour in the famous central region of the city where the famous Duomo Cathedral is as well as many faous museums and sites .After the tour you will have lunch on your own and the balance of the day and evening you are free to explore Florence from you centrally located hotel. Dinner on your own 

DAY 8

Free time in the morning in Florence. Visit a Balsamic vinegar production facility and arrive in Venice region .

Accommodations: Hotel Plaza, Venice Region

Meals Included – B

Highlights

There will be more time this morning to explore Florence, do some shopping, and visit a museum.  After lunch at 130 we will depart for Venice .On route we will stop at a balsamic vinegar estate  in famous Modena, home of balsamic vinegar.

After this informative stop we will move on to Venice and  our hotel in Mestre arriving at around 630pm. Dinner on your own 

DAY 9

Morning transfer to San Marco square via the Grand Canal. Walkiing tour and  cathedral visit. tour.

Accommodations: Hotel Plaza , Venice Region

Meals Included – B, D

Highlights.



Today is a Venice day .We take the train for our 10 minute transfer on to Venice Island.

We meet our private water taxi for a 35 minute cruise through the Grand Canal arriving at St Mark’s Square. We will have a guided walking tour of the cathedral and the region around that area. After the tour is finished around 1pm you are free for the balance of the afternoon to explore this city of canals and interesting streets .In the evening we meet for our final group dinner in  one of the most local restaurants you will find. 

DAY 10

845 am Transfer to Venice airport for return flight to Toronto /Halifax

Meals Included – B

Highlights

Say goodbye to Italy as we make our way back to Canada.

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Return airfare from Halifax with Air Canada .Fly in to Rome and return from Venice.
  • All transfers from/to airports
  • 9 nights’ accommodation -  4* hotels or bed & breakfast )
  • 16 meals
  • Exciting day excursions
  • Visit a winery with tasting
  • Visit an organic farm 
  • Visit a balsamic vinegar estate .
  • Knowledgeable local guides
  • Walking tour of  Cotona ,San Gimignamo Siena ,Florence & Venice
  • City tour of Rome. 

PACKAGE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Beverages & meals not mentioned;
  • Personal expenses;
  • Gratuities;
  • All that is not indicated in the package includes.

PRICING SCHEDULE:

Please note Sandy Travel reserves the right to adjust the price below after all supplier pricing is made available to the company including the airfares from Air Canada  ..

Any price increase would be likely be 2-3 % and would be posted in this space on October  1st 2019. Any resrvations for this  Italy  tour taken before October 1st  /2019 would honored at the rate below

$3,995.00 plus $270.00 tax and service charge

$4,265.00 Total per person based on double occupancy .

If you wish to travel single (one person in a room) please inquire by email or phone 1-877-726 3947.Subject to availability at the time inquiry is made 

If available the single price will be confirmed at that time. 

$500.00 Deposit per person is due at time of booking .

Nov. 6, 2019 - $1,250.00 per person is due

February 6, 2020 - Remaining balance is due

 

All payments made become non refundable .Trip cancellation Insurance and hospital medical insurance is is available and details will be made available on request .