EXPO CRUISES AND TOURS
Duration: May 25, 2019 - June 4, 2019

Highlights…  Rome • Orvieto • Spoleto • Cooking Class • Assisi • Home-Hosted Lunch • Montefalco • Winery • Bevagna •
Olive Oil Farm • Florence • Siena • Choice on Tour • Monteriggioni • Volterra • Guarnacci Museum • San Gimignano •

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Day 1                     Depart CANADA
Day 2                     Rome, ITALY                      Hotel Stay
Day 3                     Umbria, ITALY                    Hotel Stay
Day 4                     Umbria, ITALY                    Hotel Stay
Day 5                     Umbria, ITALY                    Hotel Stay
Day 6                     Umbria, ITALY                    Hotel Stay

Day 7                     Tuscany, ITALY                  Hotel Stay
Day 8                     Tuscany, ITALY                  Hotel Stay

Day 9                     Tuscany, ITALY                  Hotel Stay
Day 10                   Tuscany, ITALY                  Hotel Stay
Day 11                   Depart for CANADA

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DAY 1: DEPART CANADA FOR ROME, ITALY
Follow the less-traveled roads of Umbria and Tuscany.  Along the way experience charming towns, regional delicacies, and renowned Italian wines.

DAY 2: ROME, ITALY – TOUR BEGINS
Welcome to Rome – Italy’s dynamic capital city.  Say hello to your fellow travelers during a welcome dinner. Today dinner will be included.  Accommodation: HOTEL KOLBE ROME or similar (1 night).  (D)

DAY 3: ROME – ORVIETO – UMBRIA
Travel to the Etruscan hill town of Orvieto.  A local expert leads you on a walking tour amid the town’s treasures, including a visit to its prominent Gothic cathedral, home to a Signorelli fresco. Explore the many sides of Orvieto on your own. Perhaps pause for a leisurely lunch, sip on some white wine, and become a part of the local scene.  This is just the beginning.  You’ll spend the next four nights immersed in country life in a pristine Umbrian hill town. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.  Accommodation: HOTEL DEI DUCHI SPOLETO or similar (4 nights).   (B/D)               

DAY 4: UMBRIA – SPOLETO – COOKING CLASS – UMBRIA
Set off for a guided walking tour of historic Spoleto. See medieval palaces, the ornate Duomo of Santa Maria Assunta, and the magnificent Ponte delle Torri, an aqueduct dating back to the 13th century.  Enjoy free time to peruse the town’s shops and cafés. Next, visit a country restaurant housed in a 16th-century farmhouse. This is the Italy few get to experience. Take a stroll through their herb garden (weather permitting) and see how they make their own cheese. Afterwards, join the chef for a hands-on Umbrian cooking lesson. Indulge in an early dinner in the countryside before turning in for the evening. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.    (B/D)

DAY 5: UMBRIA – ASSISI – HOME HOSTED LUNCH – UMBRIA
Travel to Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis. Set out on a walking tour of the old city with a local guide.  Come to know its history as you stroll the medieval streets, pausing along the way to see its famed Basilica of St. Francis. Next, you are in for a treat when an Umbrian family welcomes you to their country home as they prepare you a delicious home-cooked meal. Share stories and make an Umbrian friend (or two). Today breakfast and lunch will be included.  (B/L)

DAY 6: UMBRIA – MONTEFALCO – WINERY – BEVAGNA – OLIVE OIL FARM – UMBRIA
Head to the “Balcony of Umbria.” The charming medieval town of Montefalco received this moniker because of its unobstructed views of the Umbrian countryside.  Step back in time as you explore independently.  Then, it’s on to a local winery to sample some of this region’s most prized wine, Sagrantino.  Next, savor a lunch of authentic Umbrian dishes. Continue to Bevagna where we meet a local expert for a walking tour featuring Roman and medieval archaeological and architectural marvels. Cap off your day by learning about another locally made product – olive oil – at a family-run ‘frantoio’ (olive-presser). Today breakfast and lunch will be included.  (B/L)

DAY 7: UMBRIA – WINERY – TUSCANY
It’s on to Tuscany! You’ll fall in love with the picturesque Renaissance landscape of hills and villages as we make your way through the Val D’Orcia region.  Of course we’ll make a stop at a local winery to see the wine cellar, family estate, vineyards and olive groves. The winery’s chef creates an authentic Tuscan lunch, expertly paired with wines produced on-site.  Later, make yourself at home in your restored Tuscan palazzo. Today breakfast and lunch will be included. Accommodation: HOTEL UNA PALAZZO MANNAIONI or similar (4 nights).   (B/L)

DAY 8: TUSCANY – FLORENCE – TUSCANY
Today it’s Florence, “Cradle of the Italian Renaissance.” Join a local guide for a walking tour of the city’s iconic sights. Return to another age as you view the Cathedral of Santa Maria Del Fiore, located in the religious center of the Piazza Del Duomo and the Palazzo Vecchio.  Catch a glimpse into the creative side of Florence when you meet a local artisan in his workshop to see how and where he refines his craft. Take some time to browse the shops and explore Florence on your own. Today breakfast will be included.  (B)

DAY 9: TUSCANY – SIENA – MONTERIGGIONI – TUSCANY
Travel to the city of Siena. During your locally guided walking tour, visit the historic piazza famous for the Palio Horse Race. Then, the choice is yours!  Explore the 14th-century Torre (Tower) del Mangia, the 3rd tallest tower in Italy at your own pace or join your guide to get to know local life in a Contrada (neighborhood).  Each of these small, close-knit communities is unique and has traditions all their own.  Then it’s off to the walled town of Monteriggioni. Stroll its quaint streets, seemingly frozen in time. Take an afternoon break and try some local snacks before heading back to your quiet Tuscan retreat. Today breakfast will be included.  (B)

DAY 10: TUSCANY – VOLTERRA – SAN GIMIGNANO – TUSCANY
Roll along the country roads to Volterra, a former Etruscan city perched high above the countryside.  Spend time at the Guarnacci Museum, one of the oldest public museums in Europe, founded in 1761.  Then it’s on to an alabaster carving demonstration* at a local workshop.  Later, we travel to San Gimignano, known as the “City of Beautiful Towers.” Look up to see the town’s fourteen medieval towers that date back to the 13th century.  Enjoy a stroll along Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Cisterna.  Tonight, gather for a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers. Partake in an interactive and fun presentation on wine by the restaurant’s sommelier. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.  (B/D)

DAY 11: TUSCANY – CANADA
Following your early breakfast, you will be transferred to the Florence airport for your homebound flight.  (B)

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May 25 – June 4, 2019
Book NOW and save up to $300 per person from our published fares – Limited time offer!
Double Occupancy $5,745      Single Occupancy $6,395

 

September 28 – October 8, 2019
Book NOW and save up to $300 per person from our published fares – Limited time offer!
Double Occupancy $5,895      Single Occupancy $6,545
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ALL PRICES ARE IN CANADIAN DOLLARS (PER PERSON) AND INCLUDE:
Airfare from TORONTO, for departures from OTTAWA please add $200 per person, other gateways on request
9 Nights first class hotel accommodation
Fully Guided sightseeing as per our itinerary
Full buffet breakfast at the hotel
All departure taxes and fees
3 Lunches and 4 Dinners in while on the tour
Hosted by Expo Cruises & Tours*
Deposit of $700 per person is required to secure booking
Please note a penalty of $500 per person will apply prior to your final payment.
Final payment is due March 14th for May 25th departure and July 18th for September 28th departure