Add a dash of ‘issimo’ to your love affair with Italy as you explore its captivating landscapes, culture, and the mouth-watering flavours that have inspired its residents to coin the phrase: “First we eat, then we do everything else…” Your Italian discovery made ever more delectable amidst the lemon scents of Sorrento, Renaissance romance in Florence and imposing Rome.

Travel Best Bets Package Includes
  • Round trip airfare to Rome
  • 12 nights guided vacation First Class coach tour, Hand-picked 4 or 5 star accommodation
  • Dining: 12 hot buffet breakfasts. 7 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, and Farewell Dinner).
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights
Sightseeing highlights
  • City tour in Rome, Pompeii, Capri, Assisi and Florence
  • Cruise to the beautiful Isle of Capri and by private launch to St. Mark’s Square in Venice
  • Orientation of Venice and Milan
  • See the ancient sites of Rome including Circus Maximus
  • View the Benedictine Abbey in Monte Cassino, Juliet’s Balcony in Verona, the Byzantine St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the Gothic Cathedral and La Scala Opera House in Milan, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Duomo in Florence
  • Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museum, the Colosseum in Rome, the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Cassino, the excavations at Pompeii, St. Francis Basilica in Assisi, picturesque Lake Como and the medieval city of San Gimignano
Insider experiences
  • Authentic Accommodation
    Built to welcome pilgrims visiting Assisi, Hotel Cenacolo is a fully renovated old Franciscan convent in nearby Santa Maria degli Angeli. Enjoy a stay at the romantic Grande Albergo Ausonia & Hungaria which opened in 1907 on the exclusive Lido di Venezia
  • Be My Guest
    Join Signor Telli for an exclusive dinner and ‘bei tempi’ at his family run restaurant on the secluded Isola Madre island on Lake Maggiore
  • Cultural Insights
    Follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo when visiting the Vatican Museums. Ascend the smooth and stepless spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante, in a part of the Vatican not open to the public. Witness the exquisite craft of glassblowing on Giudecca Island, a delicate tradition that generations of Venetian craftsmen have perfected over the centuries
  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure
  • Local Specialists
    For included sightseeing in Rome, Pompeii, Capri, Assisi and Florence

Travel Best Best Exclusive: Book and pay by January 31 and save $590 per person (price reflects savings)

April 29, 2019 Based on double or Single Share
Vancouver, Toronto $5149 + $665 tax
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Itinerary
DAY 1 ARRIVE ROME (2 NIGHTS)
Ciao Roma! Explore this imperial city of emperors and senators, gods and goddesses, before joining your companions and Travel Director later for a Welcome Reception. Our introduction to the Eternal City is an evening orientation drive to view some of the sights which await you.
MEAL(S) – Welcome Reception
HOTEL – Una/Victoria (or similar)
DAY 2 ROME SIGHTSEEING
The Holy See takes centre stage today as we join a Local Specialist for an included sightseeing tour in the fascinating Vatican Museums. Witness firsthand the masterpieces of Bramante and Michelangelo in a Cultural Insight, admiring the smooth, stepless staircase created for Pope Julius II in the early 16th century, the magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel Experience and the marble masterpiece of Pietà, housed in St. Peter’s Basilica. We venture across the Tiber and into Ancient Rome to visit the famous  Colosseum and see Circus Maximus, once the site of celebrated chariot races. This afternoon, enjoy free time to explore the city streets of Rome on your terms. Indulge in an espresso in beautiful Piazza Navona, clamber up the Spanish Steps, or wander through the colourful food market of Campo de’ Fiori soaking up the enthusiasm of its lively vendors.
MEAL(S) – Buffet Breakfast
DAY 3 ROME – CASSINO – POMPEII – SORRENTO (2 NIGHTS)
Today we pay tribute to the brave souls of the World War II Italian Campaign whose last resting place is the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Cassino. We view the Benedictine Abbey, which featured as the site of the Battle of Monte Cassino in 1944, before heading south to the wellpreserved ruins of Pompeii. Here we join a Local Specialist who will share details of the devastation caused by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79 as we wander through the ancient paved roads of a city that was frozen in time. Later, we arrive at our hotel in the clifftop village of Sorrento where we will dine tonight.
MEAL(S) – Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
HOTEL – La Residenza/Johanna Park  (or similar)
DAY 4 ISLE OF CAPRI EXCURSION
We cross the Bay of Naples today by ferry to the glamorous Isle of Capri where we will visit some of its landmark sights. Wander past the chic boutiques and pavement cafés in Capri Town in the company of a Local Specialist before taking your time to soak up the sophistication of this lovely island on your own terms. Later, we return to the mainland and enjoy a Cultural Insight into the intricate art of inlaid woodwork for which Sorrento is famous.
MEAL(S) – Buffet Breakfast
DAY 5 SORRENTO – ASSISI
Heading north to the slopes of Mount Subasio, we arrive in the mystical town of Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis, under whose protection this medieval city is said to remain. We join our Local Specialist on a walking tour along the cobblestone streets towards the Basilica of St. Francis, which we will have a unique opportunity to visit before spending the rest of the day exploring the town on our own terms. See the remnants of Roman heritage at the church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva and the Lion Fountain in the central piazza. Shop on Corza Mazzini or admire the beautiful façade of San Rufino Cathedral before dining at your hotel this evening.
MEAL(S) – Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
HOTEL – Cenacolo Authentic Accommodation  (or similar)
DAY 6 ASSISI – VERONA – VENICE (2 NIGHTS)
Fall in love with the Renaissance architecture and delicious flavours of Emiglia Romagna indulging every sense on this journey through its glorious region that yields the muchloved Italian ingredients of tortellini, mortadella and parmesan cheese. The story of starcrossed lovers is celebrated during our stop in the exquisite city of Verona, where we will admire Juliet’s Balcony, and the Roman arena, before arriving in Venice, the Queen of the Adriatic.
MEAL(S) – Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
HOTEL – Grande Albergo Ausonia & Hungaria Authentic Accommodation  (or similar)
DAY 7 VENICE ORIENTATION
Wind your way through Venice by private launch along the city’s charming canals to soak up the unique sights and sounds of what was once one of the world’s greatest ports. We venture to the island of Giudecca where talented tradesmen share their centuriesold glassmaking traditions in a Cultural Insight, before meandering through the domain of St. Mark to view the impressive square and Basilica that still bear his name. Our journey through Venice takes us past the opulent Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs, before an afternoon at leisure to wander across the ornate bridges that connect this island city. See the colourful fishermen’s houses on the Island of Burano or perhaps stumble across a cosy bacaro for some tasty Venetian treats.
MEAL(S) – Buffet Breakfast
DAY 8 VENICE – MILAN – LAKE MAGGIORE (2 NIGHTS)
Today we cross the lush green plains of Lombardy to sophisticated Milan, the global capital of design and fashion. An orientation tour takes us past the intricate Gothic Duomo, La Scala Opera house and the famous Galleria, before we dinner served tonight at our hotel.
MEAL(S) – Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
HOTEL – Simplon  (or similar)
DAY 9 LAKE COMO EXCURSION
The glistening blue waters of Lake Como welcome us today, with free time to enjoy the lakeside lifestyle and beautiful scenery that has enchanted visitors for millennia. Spend the day exploring the picturesque little towns, indulge in the delicious gelato of the area or take the funiculare for spectacular views of the late. This evening we venture by private boat to an island on Lake Maggiore for an unforgettable Be My Guest dinner experience.
MEAL(S) – Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining
DAY 10 LAKE MAGGIORE – PISA – FLORENCE (2 NIGHTS)
The charm of Tuscany lures us across the forested Apennine Mountains, past Genoa to the famous city of Pisa and its Square of Miracles where we will enjoy an opportunity to view the Leaning Tower. Our next stop is Florence, the Cradle of the Renaissance, where you will have an evening at leisure to indulge in the extraordinary tastes of Tuscany.
MEAL(S) – Buffet Breakfast
HOTEL – Grand Mediterraneo/Adler Cavalieri  (or similar)
DAY 11 FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING
Delve into the extravagant legacy of the Medici and the glory of a city whose exquisite art and architecture is explored in the company of a Local Specialist. The elegant Duomo dominates the skyline as we visit Piazza della Signoria with its exquisite statues and palazzi. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the beautiful skyline of Florence and the 400yearold Ponte Vecchio from Piazzale Michelangelo, perhaps stopping for a taste of the rich hot chocolate for which the city is so famous. Learn about the quality and workmanship of two of this city’s historic industries at demonstrations of Florentine leathercraft and 18carat gold. Spend the rest of the afternoon wandering through the pictureperfect streets of this Renaissance capital, viewing its masterpieces or shopping for highquality leather and gold.
MEAL(S) – Buffet Breakfast
DAY 12 FLORENCE – SAN GIMIGNANO – ROME
This morning we visit the charming Tuscan hill town of San Gimignano, within whose colourful city walls are extraordinary examples of medieval architecture and history. Venture to the centre of town to view its Piazza del Duomo, surrounded by thousandyearold towers and ramble along the town’s 13th century city walls. We head back to Rome this evening for a Farewell Dinner spent in the company of newfound friends and our Travel Director.
MEAL(S) – Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
HOTEL – Sheraton Parco De Medici (or similar)
DAY 13 DEPART ROME
Our discovery of the best of Italy has sadly come to an end.
MEAL(S) – Buffet Breakfast

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