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Our classic escorted tour of Italy's most iconic cities! Discover the capital city Rome, hilltop town Assisi, fascinating Orvieto, Florence and the Renaissance, historic Bologna, ancient Padova and the stunning canals in Venice.

Trip Highlights

  1. Assisi
  2. Bologna
  3. Florence
  4. Orvieto
  5. Padua
  6. Rome
  7. Venice

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Itinerary

Immerse yourself in Italian history, culture and gastronomy. Land in Rome and admire one of the most romantic cities in the world. Head to Florence to discover its hidden treasures and Renaissance heritage, via the quaint medieval towns of Assisi and Orvieto. Next, explore ancient Bologna and artistic Padova. Finally, uncover Venice, known for its stunning canals, built across 100 small islands.

1st Day: Canada - Night on board

Pack your bags and head to your departure airport, ready for a flight to the eternal city of Rome.* Night on board.

* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

2nd Day: Rome

Land in Rome, the Italian capital known as the Eternal City. Transfer to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, the remainder of the day is free to begin exploring this romantic, historic city. The evening is the most magical time of day in Rome when the streets take on an even more charming character, wander around the quaint streets and charming piazzas while you indulge in their world-famous gastronomy. Overnight stay in Rome.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Hotel Gambrinus or similar

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3rd Day: Rome

Breakfast at the hotel. Your guide will greet you at the hotel. Today, enjoy and discover the eternal city*. Learn about the history of this empire, from its birth to the gladiatorial fights in the Colosseum** with a guided tour, and appreciate the preserved corners of ancient Rome in the Forum and the Palatine Hill. We recommend the optional Piazzas and Fountains of Rome excursion*** and dinner at an authentic Italian restaurant****. Overnight stay in Rome.

*Note: During 2023, you will also enjoy panoramic view on the hop on hop off bus.

** Times and days in rome can be changed in according to the availability of the colosseum tickets. Clients will be inform by the tour leader during the welcome speech. All included excursion are already guaranteed.

*** Optional Piazzas & Fountains of Rome Excursion: Take a pleasant walk through the artistic heart of Rome to visit its most symbolic piazzas and fountains! Visit Piazza Navona, the most elegant of all Rome squares and home to Bernini's Four Rivers Fountain. See the Church of San Luigi, the incredible Pantheon and the legendary Trevi Fountain, an icon of the city. Finally, pay a visit to the famous Spanish Steps at Piazza di Spagna, the most photogenic spot in the city!

**** Optional Authentic Italian Dinner at a restaurant in Campo Di Fiori: Enjoy an evening of authentic Italian cuisine in beautiful Campo Di Fiori Square, nestled in the heart of historic Rome. Soak up the atmosphere as you indulge in Italian dishes at a local restaurant.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Hotel Gambrinus or similar

1582 Reviews

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Activities

included
Walking Tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

Moderate

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Optional
Piazzas & Fountains of Rome Excursion

Moderate

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Optional
Authentic Italian Dinner at a restaurant in Campo Di Fiori in Rome

Light

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4th Day: Rome

Breakfast at the hotel, today enjoy a day at your leisure in Rome. Perhaps visit the Vatican, trace the footsteps of the greats in the ancient streets of the old city or simply indulge in some delicious Italian ice cream. However you choose to spend your day, Rome is sure to delight you with its old-world charm and unbeatable sights. We suggest taking the optional Guided tour of Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel*. Overnight stay in Rome.

Optional Skip-the-line Guided Tour of Vatican Museums, St. Peter's Basilica and Sistine Chapel: Explore the priceless treasures held within the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel! Visit the Pio Clementino Hall, Laocoon and Apollo Belvedere, Maps Gallery, Candelabra Gallery, Tapestries Gallery and the incredible Sistine Chapel. Afterwards, discover the incredible St. Peter’s Basilica and the atmospheric St. Peter’s Square, dominated by Michelangelo’s imposing Cupola!

Please note: Optional tour available Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays afternoon, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays only. Sundays are closed.

** Optional Rome by Night - Baroque Rome, with Dinner excursion: A nocturnal view of Rome, with the splendid squares illuminated and away from the daytime bustle. The charming Plaza de España with its spectacular staircase, the fairytale frame of the Trevi Fountain, the majesty of the Pantheon and the baroque Piazza Navona, a route structured to go back in time and evoke the times of the "Dolce Vita" fellini. The tour will end with a typical Roman dinner.

Why not upgrade your trip with our Must See's of Italy package of 2 excursions, available in the next step of the booking process!

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Hotel Gambrinus or similar

1582 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

Optional
Baroque Rome by Night & Dinner

Moderate

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Optional
Skip-the-line Guided Tour of Vatican Museums, St. Peter's Basilica and Sistine Chapel

Moderate

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Optional
Pack of 2 Excursions: Must-sees of Italy

Moderate

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5th Day: Rome - Assisi - Orvieto - Florence

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning you will travel to the beautiful city of Florence. To break up this journey, first take a break in Assisi, a majestic hilltop town known for its medieval architecture and the Basilica of St. Francis, a huge 2-level church. Next, stop in Orvieto*, a quaint town especially known for its renowned Duomo, European Gothic architecture and the San Patrizio Well, a masterpiece of hydraulic engineering in which you can immerse yourself, descending into the bowels of the earth. Arrive in Florence, the heart of the Italian Renaissance, and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure exploring the city and the Italian cuisine in this gourmet paradise. We recommend an evening excursion of the city lit up that includes a delicious dinner**. Overnight stay in Florence.

*Upon arrival at Orvieto you'll need to take a funicular to reach the hilltop meeting point as it's not accessible by bus. We advise you to take cash to pay for your ticket upon arrival at the station.

** Optional Illuminated Florence Tour with Dinner excursion: Depart from the hotel and stop at Piazzale Michelangelo where you can admire Florence from the best hill of the city with the most interesting viewpoint, continue to the center from where a night walk will begin to enjoy the illuminated city. The walk will end with a typical Florentine dinner.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
NilHotel or similar

857 Reviews

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Activities

Optional
Illuminated Florence Tour with Dinner

Light

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6th Day: Florence

Breakfast at the hotel. Today head to the Historic Centre for a guided walking tour of Florence and discover the hidden secrets of the Tuscan capital. Start discovering the up-market Piazza Repubblica, before heading to Loggia del Mercato Nuovo, a building within which a local market takes place. Keep exploring the streets of Florence before arriving at the beautiful and well-known Ponte Vecchio, the most iconic bridge in the city and one of its main symbols. You will then walk through the Piazza della Signoria, the heart of Medieval Florence with the imposing Palazzo Vecchio. End the tour admiring Piazza San Giovanni, home to the impressive Florence Cathedral, with its iconic Brunelleschi cupola and the famous Giotto Belltower. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure to continue exploring the captivating sights of Florence. Why not explore the city in more depth with one of our optional excursions. Overnight stay in Florence.

* Optional excursion to The Uffizi: The Uffizi Gallery, designed in the mid-sixteenth century by Giorgio Vasari, consists of 90 museum rooms that host the most important and famous paintings in the history of art: works by Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Botticelli, in addition to numerous paintings by Flemish and Dutch painters exhibited in chronological order. A visit to this museum is a real journey through time by means of art.

* Please note that this activity can de purchased up to 30 days before departure of your trip.

** Please note that this optional is not available on Mondays.

**  Optional Half-Day Tour to Pisa & The Leaning Tower: No trip to Italy is complete without a photo at the iconic leaning tower, so don't miss your chance to take a day trip to Pisa! Enjoy a guided walking tour of Piazza dei Miracoli and its monuments and visit the spectacular Pisa Cathedral before spending time at the legendary Leaning Tower of Pisa, learning all about the history of this University city along the way.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
NilHotel or similar

857 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

included
Guided Walking Tour of Florence

Moderate

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Optional
The Uffizi Gallery

Light

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Optional
Half-Day Tour to Pisa & The Leaning Tower

Moderate

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7th Day: Florence - Bologna - Padova - Venice Mestre

Breakfast at the hotel. Today you head to the city of Venice. During the journey stop in Bologna and discover this lively, historic capital of the Emilia-Romagna region, free time before continuing with your journey. Make another stop in Padova, a city rich in beauty, which retains traces of its glorious past, and one of the most important cultural capitals during the fourteenth century. After a short walk, continue towards Venice Mestre. Built across more than 100 small islands, Venice is a pleasure to explore on foot as you get lost in the labyrinthine streets, stumbling across hidden cafes and cultural gems along the way. Get out and discover the plentiful delights of this eternal city, such as the immense Piazza San Marco. Overnight stay in Venice Mestre.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
NH Venezia Laguna Palace or similar

3353 Reviews

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8th Day: Venice

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, see the sights of the beautiful city of Venice. Enjoy a guided walking tour through the City of Water to learn about the history, culture and artistic heritage. Stroll through the most emblematic neighborhoods, see Venice's famous markets and pay a visit to the iconic Rialto Bridge. The rest of the day is at your disposal to continue discovering this unique city at your own pace. We recommend enjoying a quintessentially Venetian gondola ride* or a trip to discover Murano and Burano islands**. Overnight stay in Venice Mestre.

* Optional Gondola Ride Experience excursion: One of the most well-known characteristics of Venice are its historic gondolas. You can be a part of this legacy! Experience an unforgettable gondola ride through the charming waterways of Venice including the iconic Grand Canal. The quintessential Venetian experience! Note: Please note that it is a shared gondola (up to five people for each one) so you might have to share it with other people.

** Optional Half-Day Murano and Burano excursion: Discover the most beautiful islands in Venice, enjoying the enchanting scenery of the Venetian lagoon. The tour includes two stops to visit Murano and Burano and discover their typical artisan products: the centuries-old glass processing in Murano, the fine lace in Burano. Enoy the original colorful buildings as you tour this enchanting area.

Why not upgrade your trip with our Must See's of Italy package of 2 excursions, available in the next step of the booking process!

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
NH Venezia Laguna Palace or similar

3353 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

included
Guided Walking Tour of Venice

Moderate

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Optional
Half-Day Murano and Burano Excursion

Light

See more
Optional
Gondola Ride in Venice

Light

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9th Day: Venice - Canada

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer by bus from Venice Mestre to the airport for your return flight.

* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

** Depending on the return flight schedule, you may arrive in the Canada the next day and the total duration of the trip would be 10 days.

Included activities

Included

Included activity for day 3 in Rome

Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

Walking Tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

Take a guided walking tour of three of the main archaeological sites in Rome. Learn about the history of this empire, from its birth to the gladiator fights of the Colosseum and appreciate the relics of ancient Rome at the Forum and Palatine Hill.

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Included

Included activity for day 6 in Florence

Duration 02:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

Guided Walking Tour of Florence

Discover the highlights of Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, on a guided walking tour. Highlights include the historic Ponte Vecchio bridge, Piazza della Signoria, Piazza San Giovanni, the iconic Florence Cathedral and the Giotto Belltower.

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Included

Included activity for day 8 in Venice

Duration 01:30h Approx. Pick up time: 15:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

Guided Walking Tour of Venice

Take a guided walking tour through Venice to learn about the culture and artistic heritage of the city. Stroll through the city, taste a traditional spritz (own expense) at a local tavern, visit the iconic Rialto Bridge and cruise on the Giudecca Canal!

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Available Activities

Activities are subject to availability. The price for each optional activity will be shown in the next step of the booking process.
Optional

Suggested activity for day 3 in Rome

Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: 09:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

Piazzas & Fountains of Rome Excursion

Discover the most symbolic piazzas and fountains in Rome! Visit Piazza Navona, home to Bernini's Four Rivers Fountain and see the Pantheon and the legendary Trevi Fountain. Finally, pay a visit to the famous Spanish Steps at Piazza di Spagna.

more information
Optional

Suggested activity for day 3 in Rome

Pick up time: 18:30

Physical rating:

Light

Authentic Italian Dinner at a restaurant in Campo Di Fiori in Rome

Savourez un dîner de cuisine italienne authentique sur la magnifique place Campo Di Fiori, nichée au cœur de la Rome historique. Imprégnez-vous de l'atmosphère en savourant des plats italiens dans un restaurant local.

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Optional

Suggested activity for day 4 in Rome

Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: 18:00

Physical rating:

Moderate

Baroque Rome by Night & Dinner

A nocturnal tour of Rome, with the splendid squares illuminated and away from the daytime bustle. The tour will end with a typical Roman dinner.

more information
Optional

Suggested activity for day 4 in Rome

Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

Skip-the-line Guided Tour of Vatican Museums, St. Peter's Basilica and Sistine Chapel

Explore the treasures held within the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel! Visit Pio Clementino Hall, Candelabra Gallery, Tapestries Gallery and the incredible Sistine Chapel, among other sights. Also discover St. Peter’s Basilica and St. Peter's Square.

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The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. more information

  • Departures from main Canadian airports.

  • International flights: Canada - Rome, Venice - Canada.

  • 7 nights accommodation in Superior category hotels.

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  • 7 breakfasts.

  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles as indicated in the itinerary.

  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.

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  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.

  • Guided walking tours in Florence and in Venice and a panoramic view on the bus in Rome*.

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  • Tour Leader from day 2 to day 8. Guided visit to the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill in Rome.

  • Reduce groups of 30

*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

Tax*, drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

* Accommodation tax in Italy must be paid directly to the hotel (Approx. 6 € per person per night). We recommend taking cash in the local currency with you on this trip

Hotel ratings in Italy are not governed by the same standards as those in the Canada, so please keep this in mind when selecting your desired accommodation category.

Important: please bear in mind that the accommodation included in Venice is located in Venice Mestre, which is situated outside the island, approximately 15 minutes away by train, bus or Taxi.

Due to the nature of the destination the terrain can be uneven at times, it may require you to walk on a rocky path, and up and down hills.

Please note that there is no luggage assistance included throughout the trip. We recommend packing accordingly.

Please bear in mind that some of the points of interest are not accessible by bus. In these cases, you will either walk the final stretch or take alternative transport such as the metro.

*Note: As of 2024, the panoramic tour of Rome will no longer be available you will only enjoy a guided tour of the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.

Important: Download the PDF uploaded to your Exoticca account to check the time and pick up point of the activities.

** Times and days in rome can be changed in according to the availability of the colosseum tickets. Clients will be inform by the tour leader during the welcome speech. All included excursion are already guaranteed.

  • Entry requirements

    Valid passport required.

  • Visa

    No visa is required to enter the country.

  • Currency

    Euro.

  • Language

    Italian.

  • Electricity

    220 V. No adapter required.

  • Health

    There are no mandatory vaccinations for travellers.

  • Time zone

    GMT + 01:00.

  • Other useful information

    Italian cuisine is one of the most prominent in the world. The national dish is pasta.

  • Tourist Office website

    http://www.italia.it/en/home.html

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.

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