We are excited to introduce to you a new land tour of Italy, visiting many popular sights, cities and beautiful hilltop towns and villages. We have created three options for you to explore Italy, all come with a 7-night cruise sailing round-trip from Venice to the Greek Isles and the Adriatic coast. What a great way to have a relaxing cruise halfway through your busy coach tour. You may also opt to take one of two shorter segments and begin or end your land tour of Italy with a cruise. The choice is yours
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Day 1 Depart CANADA
Day 2 Milan, ITALY Hotel Stay
Day 3 Milan, ITALY Hotel Stay
Day 4 Lake Maggiore, ITALY Hotel Stay
Day 5 Lake Maggiore, ITALY Hotel Stay
Day 6 Lake Como, ITALY Hotel Stay
Day 7 Lake Como, ITALY Hotel Stay
Day 8 Lake Como / Verona / Venice, ITALY Hotel Stay
Day 9 Venice, ITALY Hotel Stay
Day 10 Venice, ITALY Embark
Day 11 Kotor Bay, MONTENEGRO 2 pm 8 pm
Day 12 Corfu, GREEK ISLE 9 am 4 pm
Day 13 Santorini, GREEK ISLE 2 pm 10 pm
Day 14 Mykonos, GREEK ISLE 7 am 2 pm
Day 15 Argostoli, GREEK ISLE 9 am 3 pm
Day 16 Split, CROATIA 11 am 6 pm
Day 17 Venice, ITALY Disembark
Bologna / Tuscany, ITALY Hotel Stay
Day 18 Volterra / Tuscany, ITALY Hotel Stay
Day 19 Florence / Tuscany, ITALY Hotel Stay
Day 20 Cortona / Umbria, ITALY Hotel Stay
Day 21 Spoleto / Umbria, ITALY Hotel Stay
Day 22 Assisi / Umbria, ITALY Hotel Stay
Day 23 Orvieto / Rome, ITALY Hotel Stay
Day 24 Rome, ITALY Hotel Stay
Day 25 Depart for CANADA
Day 1 – Friday / September 11, 2020 – DEPART CANADA
Meet your host at the Toronto airport for your evening Air Canada flight departure to Milan, Italy.
Day 2 – Saturday / September 12, 2020 – MILAN, ITALY
Welcome to Milan! Meet our local guide and transfer to Milan city centre for a panoramic walking tour of the city centre: the Duomo (inside) and its Piazza, as well as the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. Lunch will be at a local restaurant and then check-in at your Hotel. Free time for dinner on your own, overnight. Accommodation: GRAND VISCONTI PALACE HOTEL similar (2 nights). (L)
Day 3 – Sunday / September 13, 2020 – MILAN, ITALY
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, meet our guide for a walking tour of the city centre: the Navigli, Pinacoteca di Brera and La Scala theatre from outside. See the Santa Maria delle Grazie Sanctuary with its famous Last Supper painting. Enjoy your free afternoon for some shopping on your own. Dinner will be served at a local resteurant. (B/D)
Day 4 – Monday / September 14, 2020 – MILAN – LAKE MAGGIORE, ITALY
Breakfast at the hotel followed by check out. After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to your Hotel on Lake Maggiore. After check-in at your accommodation, the rest of the day is at your leisure. Dinner is at a restaurant nearby your hotel. HOTEL REGINA PALACE or similar (2 nights). (B/D)
Day 5 – Tuesday / September 15, 2020 – LAKE MAGGIORE, ITALY
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, meet your local guide and walk to the embarkation point for the boat tour of the 3 Borromean Islands: Isola Bella, Isola Madre and Isola Pescatori. On the Isola Bella you will visit the Palace, its Italianate garden, and a small fishing village. Isola Madre, the largest island of the Isole Borromee archipelago, is occupied by a number of buildings and architectural structures and is especially well known for its gardens. There you will see the Palazzo Borromeo, surrounded by impressive gardens, the Giardini Botanici dell’Isola Madre, covering an area of eight hectares in the English style. Have lunch at a restaurant on Isola dei Pescatori and return to your hotel in Stresa. Free time for dinner on your own. (B/L)
Day 6 – Wednesday / September 16, 2020 – LAKE MAGGIORE – LAKE COMO, ITALY
Breakfast at the hotel followed by check out. After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to your hotel located at Lake Como and check-in. Rest of the day at your leisure. Enjoy dinner at a restaurant walking distance from your hotel. Accommodation: HOTEL TERMINUS or similar (2 nights). (B/D)
Day 7 – Thursday / September 17, 2020 – LAKE COMO, ITALY
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, you’ll meet your local guide and depart to Tremezzo, on Lake Como, for a visit to Villa Carlotta and its botanical gardens, with its museum, whose art collection includes works by Canova, Thorvaldsen, Migliara and Hayez in addition to pieces of furniture from the time of the various owners. After that, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a pleasant boat tour on the lake and reach Bellagio, the pearl of the lake, famous worldwide for its beautiful villas overlooking the water (like Villa Serbelloni or Villa Melzi). A walking tour to the old centre with the tiny streets and the main road, Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, gets you to Punta Spartivento (top of the village) in less than 10 minutes. Via Giuseppe Garibaldi is populated by dozens of shops where visitors can find local food, leather goods, clothing and perfumes. Return to the hotel in Como for dinner. (B/D)
Day 8 – Friday / September 18, 2020 – LAKE COMO – VERONA – VENICE, ITALY
Breakfast at the hotel followed by check out. Depart for Venice with a stop in Verona for a visit to this fascinating city, famous for the Juliet & Romeo love story and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Visit the Arena, the ancient amphitheatre built by the Romans (outside) and then walk through its city centre to see Juliet’s balcony and the Piazza delle Erbe. After free time for lunch on your own, you’ll proceed on your journey to Venice. This evening, enjoy dinner at hotel or in a restaurant nearby the hotel. Accommodation: HOTEL MONACO or similar (2 nights). (B/D)
Day 9 – Saturday/ September 19, 2020 – VENICE, ITALY
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a guided walking tour of Venice. Visit the landmarks and historical sites of the city centre (exteriors only): St. Mark’s Square and its monuments, S. Maria Formosa, the Church and Campo of S.S. Giovannie Paolo, Marco Polo’s house, Teatro Malibran, and the famous Mercerie. Free time for lunch on your own. In the afternoon your you will be taken to the embarkation point for your 30 minute gondola ride. Take a gondola ride along the most suggestive canals of Venice and part of the Grand Canal to discover its charming aspects. In the evening, dinner will be at a local restaurant nearby the hotel. (B/D)
Day 10 – Sunday / September 20, 2020 – VENICE – EMBARKATION
Breakfast at the hotel followed by check-out. Enjoy a half-day excursion by boat to the Lagoon to visit the islands of Murano and Burano. A unique experience which will lead you to the historic, artistic and popular heart of the northern part of the Venetian Lagoon. From the boat you can take some breathtaking pictures of the Lagoon and its several islands. You will visit MURANO and BURANO which are the traditional destinations among the islands. Return to Venice Island and then transfer to the pier to embark on you cruise aboard the Norwegian Dawn, your home away from home for next 8 days while exploring the beautiful Adriatic coast and the Greek Isles. (B/D)
Day 11 – Monday / September 21, 2020 – KOTOR, MONTENEGRO
Tucked away between the mountains and the Bay of Kotor, one of the most indented parts of the Adriatic Sea, is where you’ll find the picturesque town of Kotor. As you arrive at this secluded city, you’ll notice the dramatic 65-foot high protective walls, which date back to the Venetian period during the 9th century. Stroll the labyrinth of cobbled streets with cozy cafes and craft shops as you marvel at the graceful old buildings. Listed as a UNESCO World Natural and Historical Heritage Site, Kotor is also world-famous as a premier yachting and sailing destination. (B/L/D)
Day 12 – Tuesday / September 22, 2020 – CORFU, GREECE
One of the lushest of the Greek Isles, Corfu is rimmed in dramatic blue waters and topped with tranquil hillside villages. A collection of quaint cafes in the town of Corfu feels very continental, but the island’s secluded coves and sandy beaches could only be found in the Greek Isles. (B/L/D)
Day 13 – Wednesday / September 23, 2020 – SANTORINI, GREECE
Whitewashed villages clinging to the sides of the sea cliffs have made the volcanic island of Santorini one of the most widely photographed places in the world. The island’s charm and subtle mystery have even made it a target of speculation as the location of the lost city of Atlantis. (B/L/D)
Day 14 – Thursday / September 24, 2020 – MYKONOS, GREECE
Mykonos is a classic Greek Island with whitewashed houses, blue-domed churches and windmills. Add a reputation for beautiful beaches and you’ll understand why Mykonos is the most popular island in the Cyclades. Explore the island in a 4 x 4 or take a ferry to the tiny island of Delos. (B/L/D)
Day 15 – Friday / September 25, 2020 – ARGOSTOLI, KEFALONIA, GREECE
Looking at picturesque Argostoli, you wouldn’t know it suffered a devastating earthquake in 1953. The city and its surrounding area are full of treasures, including a 12th-century Byzantine cathedral and beautiful 16th century frescoes. The nearby underground Lake of Melissani is simply magical. Enter the caves to find ancient stalactites, and marvel at the scattered rays of light beaming through, turning the water an intense blue. (B/L/D)
Day 16 – Saturday / September 26, 2020 – SPLIT, CROATIA
This Mediterranean city on the eastern shores of the Adriatic has a long and eventful history dating back to the awesome Diocletian’s Palace (circa 295 A.D.) in the centre of the city. Split offers cruise guests a wealth of exciting places to visit, from the majestic cathedral and marble streets in the centre of town to the harbour area with its cafe-lined promenades and views of coastal mountains. (B/L/D)
Day 17 – Sunday / September 27, 2020 – VENICE – DISEMBARKATION – TUSCANY, ITALY
Breakfast on board the ship, followed by disembarkation and start your journey to the Emilia Romagna region. Arrive in Bologna, the capital and largest city of the Emilia-Romagna Region, famous for its culinary culture with the famous “Bolognese ragù”, Tortellini, Tagliatelle and many other local specialities. A walking tour in the city centre will give you the opportunity to see the 2 Towers, Piazza Maggiore and St. Stephen Basilica, ending at the local market where you will have the opportunity to taste some local products and have lunch on your own. Continue your journey to the Tuscan region. Arrive at the hotel in the Chianti region for dinner. Accommodation: HOTEL BORGO DI CORTEFREDA or similar (3 nights). (B/D)
Day 18 – Monday / September 28, 2020 – TUSCANY – FLORENCE, ITALY
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, depart to Florence city centre where you will meet your local guide. Enjoy a walking tour of the city , including the Ponte Vecchio and the wonders of the architecture of Brunelleschi’s Dome which overlooks the Baptistery golden ‘Gates of Paradise’and the Piazza della Signoria. Lunch at a local restaurant, then enjoy a guided tour of the Accademia Gallery and admire the masterpiece of Michelangelo “the David”. Return to the hotel. (B/L)
Day 19 – Tuesday / September 29, 2020 – TUSCANY – SAN GIMIGNANO – VOLTERRA, ITALY
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart to San Gimignano, a magnificent example of a medieval urban town; in fact it is a UNESCO world heritage site. Here you will have free time to visit the village and its splendid squares, palaces, churches and the magnificent towers. Stop for lunch in one of the most beautiful vineyards of the area, right close to San Gimignano, where you will also have the chance to visit the cellars and have lunch in the wineyard (weather permitting). Continue to Volterra and together with San Gimignano are the cities of stones. Their narrow streets, looming towers, and majestic palaces and fortifications are made of stone. It is famous as a centre of alabaster working, a craft which was revived in the 19th century and in recent years, Volterra has attracted international attention for its connection to the famous Twilight series of books and movies. Return to the hotel, free time for dinner on your own. (B/L)
Day 20 – Wednesday / September 30, 2020 – TUSCANY – CORTONA – UMBRIA, ITALY
Breakfast at the hotel followed by check out. Depart to the Umbria region with a stop in Cortona, the main cultural and artistic centre of the Val di Chiana. Enjoy a morning walking tour through the steep narrow streets situated on a hillside that embraces a view of the whole Valdichiana. From the Piazza Garibaldi you can admire a fine view of Lake Trasimeno. Continue to Perugia and check-in to the hotel with dinner to follow. Accommodation: HOTEL SANGALLO PALACE or similar (3 nights). (B/D)
Day 21 – Thursday / October 1, 2020 – UMBRIA – SPOLETO, ITALY
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart for the ancient city of Spoleto for a morning tour with your tour guide: see the Roman Theatre and amphitheatre, Ponte delle Torri, Palazzo della Signoria and the majestic Palazzo Vigili. After some free time for lunch on your own, return to the hotel for dinner. (B/D)
Day 22 – Friday / October 2, 2020 – UMBRIA – ASSISI, ITALY
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, depart to Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis, who founded the Franciscan religious order in the town in 1208. Visit to the St Francis Basilica, Temple of Minerva, Church of St Peter and the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli (St. Mary of the Angels), which houses the Porziuncola. Free time for lunch on your own. Dinner will be at the hotel. (B/D)
Day 23 – Saturday / October 3, 2020 – UMBRIA – ORVIETO – ROME, ITALY
Breakfast at the hotel followed by check out. Start your journey to Lazio region. A scenic two-hour drive will take you to Orvieto, a town perched high atop a hill. Orvieto is impressively situated above a volcanic plug, which is a volcanic landform created when magma hardens within a vent on an active volcano. Upon arrival, you will visit the stunning Cathedral, which was built in the fourteenth century. Free time for lunch on your own. After take a short 30-minute drive to Civita di Bagnoregio, a small ancient village that clings to the precipice of the steep hill it sits on. A small island in an eerie sea of uninhabitable landscape makes up the surrounding valleys. For this reason views of Civita di Bagnoregio from across the valley are incredibly picturesque. This is also one of the most popular villages featured in post cards from Italy. Civita is a traffic-free community, and can be reached only by a footbridge suspended in the air. Perhaps for this reason, and its complete isolation from the real world, only about 20 people live here year around. Continue to Rome and check-in at your hotel. Dinner will be at a restaurant nearby the hotel. Accommodation: HOTEL DELLA CONCILIAZONE or similar (2 nights). (B/D)
Day 24 – Sunday / October 4, 2020 – ROME, ITALY
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, meet our guide and transfer to the Vatican for a visit to the Museum to enjoy one of the most important art collections in the world, the Sistine Chapel and the masterpieces of St. Peter’s Basilica. Discover the Ancient Rome and some of the most visited places in the world: The Colosseum, Roman forum and Palatine Hill. Lunch and afternnon is on your own. Tonight we meet together for our farwell dinner. (B/D)
Day 25 – Monday / October 5, 2020 – ROME – CANADA
Breakfast at the hotel followed by check out. Transfer by a private coach to the airport for your Air Canada flight. (B)
All prices are in Canadian dollars, per person and include:
Return airfare from TORONTO, for departures from OTTAWA add $200 per person. Other cities are upon request.
16 Nights in first class hotel accommodation.
Full buffet breakfast daily at each hotel. 7 Night cruise aboard NCL Norwegian DAWN.
12 Dinners and 4 Lunches during our land tour. All your meals during the cruise (B/L/D).
Localy guided tours as per our detailed itinerary. All gratuities for the onboard crew.
All gratuities for local guides and drivers. All departure taxes and port fees and surcharges.
Fully Hosted by Expo Cruises &Tours. All luggage porter service at each hotel.
SINGLE OCCUPANCY FARES:
Inside Category “IB” $15,195
Outside Category “OB” $16,195
Balcony Category “BB” $17,695
Initial deposit of $500 per person is required to secure your space.
Final payment is due by: JANUARY 21st for May departure and MAY 19th for September departure. Please note a cancellation fee of $200 per person will apply for any cancellation prior to the final payment. Save an additional 2% if you deposit and pay for your package by cheque.
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1 – FREE Unlimited Beverage Package
Guest is responsible for 20% gratuities on the retail value of the Ultimate Beverage Package prior to cruise in the amount of $30.00 per person per day.
2 – FREE Shore Excursion Credit
$50 USD per port shore excursion credit is per stateroom. Credit has no monetary value and is non-refundable. In the event a port of call or excursion is missed, for any reason, no refund or credit will be issued. Shore excursion credit is applicable for each port, including debarkation port, and is not transferable to other ports. Use the credit or lose it. It does not include embarkation ports. Overnight stays count as one port.
3 – FREE Specialty Dining
On cruises of 10 days plus 5 meal packages are available. Guest is responsible for 20% gratuities on the retail value of the Specialty Dining Package prior to cruise in the amount of $35.00.
4 – FREE Wi-Fi
Internet Package: 250 minutes is per stateroom. One login per stateroom, package includes activation fee.