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You could spend an eternity exploring the enchanting Italian capitals of Venice, Florence and Rome, but this exciting 7-day journey will deliver a multitude of memorable experiences that will linger long after you’ve returned home. Take a walk down memory lane – one that spans centuries of tradition, heritage and culture, as you encounter such iconic sights as the mighty Colosseum, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Florence’s spectacular Duomo. Your exploration of this veritable open-air museum will leave you enriched and inspired.

Inclusions
  • Airfare to Rome and return from Venice
  • 6 nights Costsaver coach tour Jewels of Italy Guided Vacation with 8 meals included (6 Breakfasts, 2 Three-course dinners)
  • 7 night cruise aboard Brilliance of the Seas
  • Transfers included from airport to hotel in Rome and from hotel in Venice to airport. Round trip transfers included from Venice airport to Ravenna pier.
  • Exclusive $50 USD per cabin on board credit and $50 CAD per person optional experience voucher!
Vancouver May 8, 2022 August 14, 2022
Inside $3299 $3699
Oceanview $3399 $3799
Balcony $3799 $4199
Taxes & Fees $898 $898
Tour Pre-Pay Gratuities (Tour Director & Driver) add $87 per person
Cruise Pre-Pay Gratuities add $134.99 per person
Victoria, Kelowna, Comox add from $300 more
Calgary, Edmonton add from $200 more

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Jewels of Italy Tour Inclusions
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • City orientation tours
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply.
  • Sightseeing Highlights
    Rome: Sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist includes a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica and views of the mighty Colosseum
    Pisa: Visit the Square of Miracles to view the Leaning Tower
    Florence: Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes views of the Cathedral, Piazza della Signoria and Ponte Vecchio
    Verona: View the Roman Arena and Juliet’s Balcony
    Venice: Cruise by private boat to St. Mark’s Square and visit a traditional glassblowing workshop

 

Map showing route taken, modes of transport and stays during your holiday

2022 Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Rome (2 Nights)
Buongiorno! Rome kicks off your epic Italian trilogy – one that will scratch beneath the surface of Italy’s iconic cities. After checking in to your hotel, spend the rest of the day relaxing or pound the pavements to discover why Rome so deserves its title, the ‘Eternal City’. Later, you’ll meet up with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a glimpse into what lies ahead. There’s even time for a leisurely stroll to one of the city’s thronging piazze to people-watch or to join an optional sightseeing tour of Rome followed by a light Italian dinner, if such a thing exists! Embrace life lived the Italian way – to the fullest.
Hotel – Ergife Palace (subject to change)

Day 2 Rome sightseeing and free time
With so much to see and do, you could explore Rome for an eternity without getting bored. Why not join an Optional Experience to Michelangelo’s famous Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums? Get to grips with the city’s main attractions, joining a Local Specialist at the Vatican City, the world’s smallest country. Stand in St. Peter’s Square, sharing your space with devoted pilgrims. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and view Michelangelo’s greatest work, the sorrowful Pietà. Cross the Tiber next, to view the mighty Colosseum and the countless other ancient sites which featured prominently in the days of the powerful Roman Empire.
Included Meals – Breakfast

Day 3 Rome – Pisa – Florence (2 Nights)
Set your sights firmly on Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance and a city that has inspired poets, authors and artists for centuries. But first, a mesmerising journey through the rolling vineyards and olive groves of Tuscany awaits. Visit Pisa and its Square of Miracles, one of the most beautiful architectural complexes in the world. Yield to peer pressure and snap a few strategic photos featuring you and the extraordinary Leaning Tower of Pisa, leaning precariously. You’ll have some time for souvenir shopping before continuing to Florence. This evening, there’s an opportunity to head into the Tuscan Hills for dinner on an unforgettable Optional Experience.
Hotel – Novotel Firenze Nord Aeroporto (subject to change)
Included Meals – Breakfast

Day 4 Florence sightseeing and free time
There are few cities in the world with an artistic legacy equal to that of Florence. Now’s your chance to experience it in all its glory with your Local Specialist at your side. Lace up your walking shoes and view the city’s most iconic sights on foot – the Baptistery, Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Giotto’s Bell Tower and Ponte Vecchio. You’ll visit Piazza della Signoria and witness a demonstration revealing the centuries-old Florentine trade of leatherwork, followed by some time to explore on your own. Later on, why not visit San Gimignano as part of an Optional Experience? If you’re in the mood for some shopping, consider buying some of the high-quality leather goods you’ve just witnessed or shop for 18-carat gold jewellery. This evening you’ll enjoy dinner at your hotel.
Included Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 Florence – Verona – Venice (Mestre) (2 Nights)
Journey across the dramatic Apennine Mountains to Verona, the home of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers. View the vast Roman Arena, where concerts are still held several centuries after it was built to entertain the citizens of this fair city. Juliet’s Balcony is a further highlight, revealing the tragic story of the Montague and Capulet family feud. Your journey continues to Venice, your home for the next two nights. Time on your own means an opportunity to explore one of the world’s most romantic cities, watching the busy traffic on its canals over a crisp glass of Aperol Spritz, or to embark on an optional gondola ride along Venice’s narrow waterways. Salute!
Hotel – Antony (subject to change)
Included Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 Venice orientation and free time
Cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square, in the heart of Venice. All the main attractions are within walking distance of the Piazza so you’ll have easy access to view the Byzantine Basilica of St. Mark, which you could visit as part of an Optional Experience. Spend your time wandering the calle of Venice then watch talented master craftsmen at work engaged in the same craft as their ancestors from centuries ago. Witness the beautiful glass creations, that are characteristic of Venice, being made. Consider taking an Optional Experience cruise across the lagoon to the colourful island of Burano.
Included Meals – Breakfast

Day 7 Depart Venice (Mestre)
Brief but jam-packed, this memorable encounter with Italy’s favourite cities has been brimming with culture, history and culinary delights. We hope you tossed a coin in the Trevi Fountain to secure your speedy return to Rome, but if you didn’t, you’ll have a heart full of fond memories that will stay with you forever. For now, it’s arrivederci, but not farewell forever as you say goodbye to your Travel Director and newfound friends. Find out more about your free airport transfer at costsavertour.com/freetransfers.
Included Meals – Breakfast

 

 

Sailing Itinerary
Date Ports of Call Arrival Time Departure Time Activity
Sun 15May2022 Venice (Ravenna), Italy 5:00 PM Boarding
Mon 16May2022 Dubrovnik, Croatia 10:00 AM 6:00 PM Docked
Tue 17May2022 Cruising Cruising
Wed 18May2022 Santorini, Greece 6:00 AM 6:00 PM Tendered
Thu 19May2022 Mykonos, Greece 6:00 AM 6:00 PM Tendered
Fri 20May2022 Cruising Cruising
Sat 21May2022 Split, Croatia 8:00 AM 6:00 PM Tendered
Sun 22May2022 Venice (Ravenna), Italy 6:45 AM Departure
Sailing Itinerary
Date Ports of Call Arrival Time Departure Time Activity
Sun 21Aug2022 Venice (Ravenna), Italy 5:00 PM Boarding
Mon 22Aug2022 Dubrovnik, Croatia 10:00 AM 6:00 PM Docked
Tue 23Aug2022 Cruising Cruising
Wed 24Aug2022 Mykonos, Greece 6:00 AM 6:00 PM Tendered
Thu 25Aug2022 Santorini, Greece 6:00 AM 6:00 PM Tendered
Fri 26Aug2022 Cruising Cruising
Sat 27Aug2022 Split, Croatia 8:00 AM 6:00 PM Tendered
Sun 28Aug2022 Venice (Ravenna), Italy 6:45 AM Departure

Optional Experiences

AVAILABLE ON DAY 1 Roman Delights With Dinner
Tonight, relax and enjoy typical Italian cuisine, soaking up Rome’s unique atmosphere in a characteristic trattoria with drinks and music.
Adult Price: €51.00*

AVAILABLE ON DAY 2 Piazzas and Fountains of Rome
Discover the most charming areas in the city with a Local Specialist. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares of Rome’s historic centre, leading to highlights such as the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon, as well as hidden corners of the Eternal City.
Adult Price: €33.00*

AVAILABLE ON DAY 2 Inside The Vatican & Colosseum
We skip the lines at the Vatican Museums for a tour with our Local Specialist that shows not just remarkable works of art collected and commissioned over the history of the Papacy, but also Michelangelo’s amazing ceiling frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Later, we hear fascinating tales of gladiatorial combat and more on our visit to the Colosseum, again with time-saving VIP entrance.
Adult Price: €87.00*

AVAILABLE ON DAY 3 Traditional Dinner, Wine and Music in the Tuscan Hills
Tonight we’ll dine at a delightful regional restaurant, set among pine and cypress trees. After a scenic drive through the stunning Tuscan countryside, we’ll enjoy a meal of delicious specialities from the area, accompanied by local wines and music.
Adult Price: €64.00*

AVAILABLE ON DAY 4 Tuscan Tasting Tour
Today, with our local specialist foodie, we’ll explore the glories of Florence’s cuisine, through market tastings and visits to select shops and cafés. On this unforgettable tour, we’ll sample traditional fare like: lampredotto, Schiacciata, olive oils, cheeses, pane toscano, pastries, hams and salamis. For each tasting, we’ll learn about the cultural and historical significance of the food’s origins. n.b. There is a minimum of 5 guests and a maximum of 20 for this optional.
Adult Price: €60.00*

AVAILABLE ON DAY 4 Truffle Hunting in Tuscany
Today we’ll enjoy a unique experience – truffle hunting. Our tour will take us on an adventure through a beautifully-wooded area, where truffles are most readily found. Throughout the hunt, we’ll be accompanied by a local farmer and his dog and will learn about the fascinating history surrounding truffle hunting, as well as the many varieties of truffle. Afterwards, we’ll visit the wine cellars at the sumptuous Villa Machiavelli and be treated to a truffle tasting and a glass of wine. n.b. There is a minimum of 5 guests and a maximum of 16 for this optional.
Adult Price: €73.00*

AVAILABLE ON DAY 4 Michelangelo’s ‘David’ & Accademia
Enjoy an insight into the world of Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. We visit the Academy of Fine Arts and its Michelangelo collection, where you’ll learn all about the life and works of this immortal Renaissance genius through the expert commentary of our Local Specialist. This optional is subject to availability and involves reservations and entrance prepayments. If you decide to cancel this optional, a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred.
Adult Price: €47.00*

AVAILABLE ON DAY 4 Visit To San Gimignano
Join us for a panoramic drive to the nearby hilltop town of San Gimignano with our Local Specialist. Magnificently preserved from the Middle Ages, this little town, known as the ‘Medieval Manhattan’, is one of the most beautiful in Italy – a true gem.
Adult Price: €36.00*

AVAILABLE ON DAY 5 Gondolas and the Grand Canal
Join us for a breathtaking cruise by private water taxi along Venice’s Grand Canal. You’ll admire the magnificent palazzi, as well as catching a glimpse of the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark’s Square. Later on, you’ll glide gracefully on a gondola along Venice’s dreamy, narrow waterways.
Adult Price: €70.00*

AVAILABLE ON DAY 6 Venice’s Secrets and St. Mark’s Basilica
Explore the hidden maze of streets which make up this unique city as your Local Specialist gives you a fascinating insight into Venice’s past and present. You’ll visit the majestic Basilica of St Mark, where you’ll have a chance to view some of the prized trophies looted by the Venetians in their rise to power.
Adult Price: €36.00*

AVAILABLE ON DAY 6 Lagoon cruise to Burano with Farewell Dinner
Join us as we discover the Venetian Lagoon by private boat. You will enjoy a delicious farewell dinner with a selection of drinks on the fishermen’s island of Burano, famous for its multi-coloured houses – a real photographer’s paradise.
Adult Price: €72.00*

*We’re always sourcing more great experiences for you to choose from. When you join us on your tour, your Travel Director will share the most up to date choices for your trip and travel season. For this reason, the optional experiences and pricing offered here are a guide only and subject to change.

 


 

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