Italy

Italy 2019-11-19T15:46:03+00:00

Project Description

Rome, Italy

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.




Sail, Italy, Greece & Croatia

Norwegian Getaway

Book by Dec 9 and receive $100 off per person from the fares below! 
Stroll the Waterfront, an innovative, industry-first open-air promenade designed to connect guests with the ocean like no other cruise line. Experience the thrill of five water slides, and three levels of action-packed activities in the sports complex. The excitement and entertainment continue with Broadway musical Million Dollar Quartet
ALL-INCLUSIVE Cruise Package including international flights, greeting and transfers, 1-night pre-cruise with breakfast included in Rome, 10 nights on the Norwegian Getaway cruise ship including the premium beverage package with tips, the 4-meals specialty dining package with tips and a USD $100 onboard credit!
Sail from Rome to Kotor, Dubovnik, Corfu, Santorini, Mykonos, Naples, Florence, Rome
11 Nights / 13 Days
May 06, 26, 2020
Montreal & Toronto: from $4277 Interior Stateroom
Ottawa, Edmonton Calgary, Vancouver & Halifax: from $4477 Interior Stateroom
Upgrade package to Ocean View Stateroom: + $698 p.p.
Upgrade package to Balcony Stateroom: + $1298 p.p.
June 16, July 7, Aug 18, Sept 8, 2020
Montreal & Toronto: from $4377 Interior Stateroom
Ottawa, Edmonton Calgary, Vancouver & Halifax: from $4577 Interior Stateroom
Upgrade package to Ocean View Stateroom: + $848 p.p.
Upgrade package to Balcony Stateroom: + $1298 p.p.
September 29, Oct 20, 2020
Montreal & Toronto: Starting from $3977 Interior Stateroom
Ottawa, Edmonton Calgary, Vancouver & Halifax: from $4177 Interior Stateroom
Upgrade package to Ocean View Stateroom: + $598 p.p.
Upgrade package to Balcony Stateroom: + $998 p.p.
*BONUS for Ocean View & Balcony Stateroom: USD $50 off on shore excursions per cabin per port and 250 minutes WI-FI package on board!
Package includes:
-Round-trip international flights between Canada / Rome with good itineraries
-Transfers between the airport, the hotel, and the port of Rome
-1-night pre-cruise in Rome at the Roma Tuscolana 3* hotel (or similar) in a standard room with breakfast included
-10 nights on the Norwegian Getaway cruise ship in an Interior Stateroom
-Premium beverage package including tips (Value of USD $2376 per cabin)
-4-meals specialty dining package with tips (Value of USD $274 per cabin)
-USD $100 onboard credit per cabin
-All taxes

The Italian Dream

Book by Dec 9 and save $100 per person off the fares below!

Rome, Florence, Venice 9 days
Package includes:
-Round-trip international flights between Canada to Rome
-Greeting and transfers between the hotel and the airport in Rome
-Transportation by deluxe motor coach
-3 nights in Rome at the Rome Garden 3*
-2 nights in Florence at the Raffaello 4*
-2 nights in Venice (Mestre) at the Delfino 4*
-Panoramic tours with an English-speaking guide
-Visits of the St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice & The tour of Vatican Museums (Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s Basilica) in Rome with the ”Skip the line” pass
-All breakfasts + 2 lunches + 2 dinners. (11 Meals)
-All taxes, fees
Starting at $2679 (taxes included per person) *$500 OFF on the second passenger for high season dates below!
Limited availability
2020: March: 21 & 28
April: 04, 11, 18, 25 & 30
May: 02, 07, 09, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28 & 30
June: 04, 06, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25 & 27
July: 02, 04, 09, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 & 30
August: 01, 06, 08, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27 & 29
September: 03, 05, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24 & 26
October: 01, 03, 08, 10, 15, 17, 22 & 24
From Montreal & Toronto: Starting from $2679 taxes included pp
From Edmonton, Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver & Halifax: Starting from $2879 taxes included pp
Prices are based on starting rates and may fluctuate depending on availability and the season you are travelling

The Sicilian

10 Day Tour from Palermo to Taormina Riviera
This tour of Sicily is packed with architectural treasures that have withstood the ages. Begin your “off the beaten path” tour with guided sightseeing in Palermo’s ornate city of piazzas, markets, and churches.
Relish the baroque style of the city’s historic sights, and savor authentic Sicilian culinary specialties that have been handed down for generations. From panelle, arancini, and cannoli – to almond biscuits and Marsala wines – your escorted tour of Sicily is an epicurean’s dream when it comes to cuisine. You’ll also be treated to a tasting at Sicily’s oldest chocolate factory.
As you tour the perimeter of the beautiful island of Sicily, enjoy escorted tours through Sicily’s centuries-old UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the elaborate Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina.
From palaces to churches, you’ll encounter ancient works of art, architecture, and archaeological treasures. Visit the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento with its Greek structures that have miraculously endured 24 centuries, the iconic baroque St. George Cathedral and Ibla district of Ragusa, and the famous mosaic-tiled Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte in Caltagirone.
Travel to Syracuse – birthplace of mathematician Archimedes – for a guided sightseeing tour that includes the 5th-century-BC Greek theater. See the Church of Santa Lucia – filming location of Michael Corleone’s wedding scene in The Godfather movie– then relax with a granita and brioche at a local bar.
Your Sicily tour package concludes on the beautiful Taormina Riviera with an opportunity to visit Mount Etna – Europe’s largest active volcano. A sumptuous meal will put the finishing touch to your beautiful tour of the ancient island of Sicily – with new memories to cherish for years to come.
2020:  April 4 $2737 April 11, 13 2798
April 18, 24, 27, May 4, 11, 16,  23, 25, 30 June 6, 8, 13, 20, 22 Sept 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, Octt 3, 5, 10, 12 $2852
June 27 Aug 29 Sept 5, 7 $2897  Oct 19 $2816 Oct 24 $2735

Italian Vista

8 Day Tour from Rome to Milan
On this Italy tour—Italian Vista—travel from Rome to Milan with overnights also in Assisi and Padua. Along the way, visit some of the country’s most famous sights, including the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, and the Colosseum in Rome; Signoria Square in Florence; St. Francis’ Basilica in Assisi, where the saint is buried; and the glass-domed Galleria in Milan, filled with designer shops and famous cafés.
From Padua, visit the romantic city of Venice, where your guided walking tour includes the must-see sights, such as St. Mark’s Square and byzantine Basilica. On another excursion, travel from Milan to Lake Como, regarded as one of Europe’s most beautiful lakes. Here, there is a special treat for you: a private boat ride to Bellagio, the “Pearl of Lake Como.” and to taste local pastries at a historic bakery that has been in Orvieto for more than 100 years—just another example of the out-of-the-ordinary experiences offered on this tour! Round it all out with a special farewell risotto dinner in Milan…
From the authentic, tasty food to the historic sites and from the magnificent cathedrals to the beautiful scenery, this Italy tour is sure to delight.
2020: April 5, Oct 25 $2249 April 12 , Oct 18 $2375 April 19, June 28, Oct 11 $2501 April 26, May 10, 17, 24, 31 June 7, 14, 21 , Aug 16, 23, $2519 May 3, Sept 6, 13, 20, $2636 Aug 30 $2618

Southern Italy & Greece

14 Day Tour from Palermo to Athens
This extraordinary 14-day guided vacation through Italy and Greece begins with two nights in Palermo on the island of Sicily to explore the magnificent cathedrals, cuisine, and culture. Tour the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento on your way to Catania on the eastern coast of Sicily. Take an excursion to Syracuse to explore the fascinating 5th-century Greek and Roman archaeological site before visiting the small island of Ortigia. Stop to gaze on the stunning hilltops and coastal cliffs of Taormina, then cross the Straits of Messina by ferry to the Italian mainland. Explore Southern Italy’s “boot” with overnights in Cosenza and Matera, including a specialty dinner at a local restaurant, and a visit to a whitewashed trullo house—the signature Alberobello architecture of circular stone houses with conical roofs. Visit the beautiful towns of Locorotondo and Martina Franca in the “heel” of Italy, and spend two nights in Lecce, the “Florence of the South.” Sightseeing includes visits to the Duomo and Santa Croce Basilica. In Brindisi, have lunch and a sightseeing tour before boarding your overnight ferry to the Ionian Sea to Patras in Greece. Cross the Gulf of Corinth via one of the world’s longest cable-stayed bridges, visit the beautiful coastal town of Nafpaktos, and overnight in Itea. Enjoy an olive oil tasting in the area famous for its Amfissa olive trees. On to Delphi, where the Oracle told the future and the god Apollo found sanctuary on Mount Parnassus. Tour the extraordinary excavations and visit the Archaeological Museum—home to the 5th-century-BC bronze Charioteer. Continue to Athens, the Greek capital and home to the iconic Acropolis, Parthenon, Temple of Athena Nike, the Theseum where Socrates taught, and many more incredible sights of Greek history and mythology. Your escorted tour through Southern Italy and Greece is an experience for the ages!
2020: April 28, Oct 20 $3689 May 12, Sept 22 $3779 May 26, June 9, Sept 8, Oct 6 $3806 Aug 25 $3752

ROME & SORRENTO, ITALY

Long stay March 2020
Inclusions:
International flights
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

taxes included
Calgary: March 3 to 23, 2020 $2999
Vancouver: March 4 to 24 $2949

Sicily & Malta

Discover the true essence of the Mediterranean as you delve into the fascinating mosaic of Sicily and the island paradise of Malta. Get acquainted with Palermo’s colourful markets and the city’s famous “street food.” Meet a countess in her medieval palace and visit a family-owned farm where you’ll hear Sicilian folk music and learn how they make ricotta cheese. Stand in awe at Agrigento’s spectacular Valley of the Temples (UNESCO). Spend 4 nights in Taormina, the jewel of Sicily, perched above the Ionian Sea. Reflect on the grandeur of ancient Greek influence during an included excursion to historical sites in Siracusa (UNESCO), whose archaeological treasures rival those in Athens. Discover the medieval streets of Mdina and enjoy a day at leisure in Malta. On a journey along the Ionian coast, discover the everlasting influences left by ancient Greeks and Romans, Arabs and Normans.
13 days/12 nights     18 Meals: 11 Breakfasts 2 Lunches, 5 Dinners
2020: May 2, 23, June 13 Jul 25, Aug 22, Sep 5, 12, 19, 26, Oct 3, 10, 17, Nov 7, Dec 5 $4799

A Touch of Italy

Venice, Florence & Rome
9 days/7 nights
FREEDOM PACKAGE
Our Freedom Trips are the perfect combination of freedom and organization.
This tour includes all transportation, transfers, accommodation and more.
These packaged getaways remove the hassle of planning,
but keep the freedom in each trip for you to enjoy the highlights of each destination at your own convenience.
Package includes:
-International flights Canada / Venice and Rome / Canada with good itineraries
-2 nights in Venice (Mestre) at the Delfino 4 *hotel (or similar) in a standard room
-2 nights in Florence at the Corona d’Italia 3 *hotel (or similar) in a standard room
-3 nights in Rome at the Rome Garden 3* hotel (or similar) in a standard room
-Train tickets between Venice / Florence and Rome
-Breakfasts
-All taxes, fees
2019:
Nov  16, 30
Montreal & Toronto from $1799
Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Halifax & Ottawa from $1999
2020:
Jan 18, Feb 1, 29, March 7, 14
Montreal & Toronto from $1799
Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Halifax & Ottawa from $1999
April 4,  18, May 2, 16, 30 June 13, 27, July 11, 25
Montreal & Toronto from $2198
Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Halifax & Ottawa from $2398

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

2019:
Nov 17 $1459
Dec 16, 30 $1519
2020:
Jan 5, 19, Feb 2, 16, March 1 $1309

Chianti Walking & Wine

2020: April 11, 18, Oct 10, 17, 24 $1895
April 25, August 15, 22, 29, Oct 3 $1995
May 2, 16, 23, 30 $2095
June 6, Sept 5, 12, 19 $2075
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.
Highlights
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
Key information
7 nights renovated farmhouse with panoramic swimming pool
5 days gentle walking and sightseeing
Low altitude throughout
Centre-based holiday
Countries visited: Italy
What’s included
All breakfasts, 5 dinners, 3 wine tastings
All accommodation
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

2020:

April 6, $2501 April 13, 20  $2537 April 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25 $2582
June  8, 15, 22, $2582 June 29,  $2519
August 31, $2555 Sept 7, 14, 21, 28 $2591 Oct 5, 12, 19 $2591 Oct 26 $2519 Nov 2 $2375

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.

 

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.

Sicilian Escape

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.

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