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Grand Tour of Italy (Including Sicily)

Italy - one of the most visited countries in the world, is the ultimate destination to experience beauty, history, art, culture, food and wines, and so much more!

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Tour Inclusions

  • Flights with British Airways
  • First Class and moderate hotels
  • Enriched breakfast and dinner daily (wine and water with all dinners)

Costs

  • Per person, double occupancy, from Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver  - $5,997.00
  • Single Supplement  - $990.00 (Single accommodation is not available on the overnight ferry to Sicily. Those in single accommodation may have to share for that one night).
  • Ottawa - add $150.00 (with round-trip transportation to the Montreal airport)
  • Calgary or Edmonton - add $490.00
  • Halifax or Winnipeg - add $690.00

All Senior Discovery Tours Include

  • Home pick-up and drop-off (from most Canadian cities)
  • Most Meals
  • All airfare and airport taxes
    *Airline baggage fees are not included
  • Carefully selected accommodations
  • All gratuities (for hotels, drivers, guides & cruise staff)
  • Insurance for cancellation and health while outside Canada
  • Services of one of our cheerful experienced Tour Managers
  • All prices guaranteed in Canadian funds (All taxes included)

On this exciting and well-planned tour we travel from the breathtaking alpine region of northern Italy all the way south to the dramatic Mediterranean island of Sicily.

* Those joining any of our tours to Europe must be able to walk fairly long distances and climb stairs easily.

Tour Highlights

  • Elegant City of Milan
  • Scenic Lake Garda
  • The cypress hills of Verona
  • Venice - the city of canals
  • The Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Florence - Cradle of the Renaissance
  • Medieval Siena in Tuscany
  • Pink stone city of Assisi
  • Eternal Rome
  • Sorrento, on the amazing Sorrentine Peninsula
  • Pompeii at the foot of Vesuvius
  • Overnight ferry Naples to Palermo, Sicily
  • The Valley of the Temples, Agrigento
  • Cliffside resort village of Taormina

Day 1:  Depart

We depart for Milan, via London.

Day 2:  Milan

We arrive in Milan and transfer to our hotel. This evening is our Welcome Dinner.

Day 3:  Milan / Lake Garda

We have a brief tour of Milan before departing for Lake Garda, where we will take in the magnificent scenery with views of the Alps and picture-book villages along the shore. We will enjoy a lovely boat trip on the lake and visit medieval Sirmione - known as the “Jewel of the Lake”. A spa town since Roman times, we will stroll the narrow, cobbled lanes and see the 13th century castle and well-preserved Roman ruins.

Day 4:  Verona / Venice

We proceed through the cypress clad hills to Verona, where we see the Roman Arena and Juliet's famous balcony. A short drive brings us to the university town of Padua, home of many great Italians (Dante, Galileo, etc.) and numerous art treasures. We visit the famous Basilica of St. Anthony and then continue to the Venice area.

Day 5:  Venice

We cross the Venetian lagoon by boat and spend a full day in the magical city of Venice. We see St. Mark’s Square, the Bridge of Sighs and the Doge’s Palace.

Day 6:  Pisa / San Gilliano

We leave Venice and drive through the picturesque hills to Pisa and the famous Leaning Tower. We will also see the Duomo and the Baptistry. We continue on to the charming village of San Giuliano Terme, famous for its Spa Centre.

Day 7:  Florence / Siena

We depart for Florence, Cradle of the Renaissance. Our walking tour will take in the multi-coloured marble cathedral, Signoria Square, Santa Croce Basilica and more. We then head south for our overnight near Siena.

Day 8:  Siena / Assisi / Rome

After a walking tour of medieval Siena, site of the famous horse race, we continue on to the pink stone city of Assisi, which is under the protection of St. Francis. The city is still enclosed by medieval ramparts. Our tour includes St. Francis Basilica, well known for its Fresco paintings. After our visit we continue on to Rome.

Day 9:  Rome

Our touring in Rome begins in Vatican City - official residence of the Pope. We'll visit St. Peter’s Basilica - one of the holiest Catholic sites, and the Vatican Museum where we find the Sistine Chapel. The afternoon is free to explore Rome’s many museums, shops and cafes.

Day 10:  Rome / Sorrento

Our touring of Rome continues with the Roman Forum; the Arch of Constantine; Circus Maximus; Spanish Steps and an opportunity to visit the Coliseum. We then proceed to Sorrento on the beautiful Sorrentine Peninsula, which is characterized by majestic cliffs, terraced vineyards, orange groves and a striking rocky shoreline. We stay in Sorrento for 2 nights.

Day 11:  Sorrento at leisure

A day at leisure to explore this beautiful coastal city. Your Tour Manager will be on hand with suggestions.

Day 12:  Pompeii / Naples / Overnight Ferry

Today we visit fascinating Pompeii, the imperial city engulfed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. We then proceed to Naples for a panoramic tour of the old city with its Gothic and Baroque churches. Later we board our ferry bound for Sicily. As we depart the Bay of Naples be on deck for the breathtaking views of Naples and Mount Vesuvius.

Day 13:  Palermo / Agrigento

We arrive in Palermo, a fascinating city with a mix of Latin, Byzantine and Islamic buildings. We may have an opportunity to visit one of the huge and colourful markets with its riveting display of fruits, vegetables and other goods. We then drive through the scenic hills to Agrigento with its magnificent works of Doric architecture dating from the 6th century BC. In the evening the site is beautifully illuminated.

Day 14:  Agrigento / Taormina

This morning we visit the famed Valley of the Temples (formerly a Greek stronghold) and visit the temples of Juno, Concord and Hercules - very well-preserved Greek ruins. Then it’s on to the Taormina area with stunning views of the sea and Mt. Etna - Europe's tallest volcano.

Day 15:  Taormina

This charming town has long been a favourite international resort and has wonderful parks, gardens and an ancient Greek theatre. We enjoy a morning orientation tour, and an afternoon at leisure. From Piazza Garibaldi one can enjoy the best views of Mt. Etna and the beautiful Ionian coastline. Our Farewell Dinner tonight will be at a local restaurant featuring Sicilian foods and wine.

Day 16:  Home

We fly home via London.