Italy is the perfect place to getaway for a long stay vacation. The food, wine, art, beautiful landscapes, and history will definitely amaze and delight you for extended periods of time! We've partnered with a great company who specializes in long-stay trips in Europe - and this one takes you to two beautiful areas of Italy over 23 days!
Price Per Person In A Double Occupancy Room:
- Prices are subject to change according to availability at the moment of reservation
- March departure from Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton 2799+ 600 |Montreal or Toronto 2599 +600tx, St-Johns | Winnipeg: 2949 +600tx
- Supplements : Superior room in Sorrento only +520 | single sup standard room +999
- April departure: +$500 | superior room in Sorrento only +520 | single sup standard room +1100
- Note : Group seats for March from Winnipeg – no seat selection available prior to departure
Rome has a wonderful reputation as the ancient capital of the world. This 'Eternal City' has accumulated incredible antiques, and galleries of Renaissance and Baroque art. Known also for its archaeological sites and monuments, as well as churches, sculpted fountains, and stunning parks, you'll never run out of something to do in this beautiful city. Aside from its many UNESCO World Heritage Sites (the Colosseum, the Pantheon, & the Sistine Chapel) Rome is also home to many modern trattorias, sleek coffee bars, and beautiful locally sourced cuisine in unique restaurants.
Long Stay in Sorrento
Sorrento is wonderfully located over white steep cliffs and offers a fantastic view over the Bay of Naples. Sorrento lies on a Tufa terrace and is enclosed by impressive rocks of the limestone mountains. For 2000 years already visitors from all over the world have been attracted to Sorrento by breathtaking sunsets and fragrances of orange and lemon gardens.
Sorrento and the Amalfi coast are well known for its splendid big lemons. Typical products from Sorrento are produced with these "Limoni": Limoncello, a very tasty lemon liqueur, lemon chocolate, colorful ceramic articles with lemon motives or lemon soap. One should also try the over 70 different ice cream flavours of Gelateria Bougainvillea. One is tempted to shop by the small street Via S. Cesareo, the heart of Sorrento. In addition to this there is the weekly market that takes place on Tuesdays, where one can buy real bargains.
Sorrento is also very popular due to its good location as starting point to all the important surrounding sights. The summit of the peninsula of Sorrento is only about 5 km away from Capri, which can be easily reached from the Harbor Marina Piccola. Also Ischia and Procida, of which the silhouettes can be seen on clear days, can be reached very quickly per speedboat. Sorrento is also the terminus of the Circumvesuviana, a small train with its start in Naples. One can reach Pompeii and Herkulaneum by this rail in about thirty minutes and Naples in circa one hour's time.
The good location of Sorrento unfortunately also led
to heavy traffic load in the narrow streets of the town. Relaxation and silence
can presently still be found in the gardens and private beaches of the hotels,
the orange grove of the museum or the monastery garden. Sorrento is
recommendable as a tourist destination or starting point for sightseeing of
every kind, however it is less recommendable for a pure swimming or
•3 nights at Rome Galles 3* hotel with breakfast
•17 nights at Sorrento Grand Hotel Flora 3* with breakfast
•3 nights at Rome Galles 3* hotel with breakfast
•Return flights to Rome Airport
•A Half day city tour of Rome
What's not included:
Meals not mentioned, gratuities to drivers, guides, tour leaders, local representatives, optional excursions, travel insurances, seat selection is not possible on our Group of seats. The Italy touristic tax (between 20 and 60 euros depending of the stay dates), to pay at Rome and Sorrento hotel’s front desk. All other items not mentioned in the present itinerary or vouchers.
Hotel Galles 3* Rome - 6 nights
Hotel Galles is a nice and well located standard hotel located right in front of the splendid National Library and just steps away from the Termini Station, just three subway stops away from the majestic Coliseum and from the enchanting Piazza di Spagna. Undoubtedly, Hotel Galles is a perfect solution for tourists as well as for business clients.
From the Hotel all of the following places of interest are within easy reach: the Umberto I Polyclinic, La Sapienza University, the National Research Centre (CNR), the National Health Institute (Istituto Superiore di Sanita’), the High Council of Judges (CSM), the national headquarters of all main parties and workers' unions, numerous institutions and companies.
Hotel Galles is located in a prestigious building in the city centre, more precisely, in the villa of a noble household dating back to 1902; opened in 1968, it preserves unaltered the architectural style of the building's period.
From Rome's Fiumicino Airport the hotel may also be reached using Leonardo Express, a non-stop train service with departures to and from Rome-Termini Station every 30 minutes; the journey lasts about 30 minutes.
Grand Hotel Flora 4* Sorrento - 17 nights
The Grand Hotel Flora Sorrento is centrally located, along the main street of the city.
This charming hotel in Sorrento has a wonderful outdoor swimming pool (April to October) of fresh water which is further enhanced by services provided by a snack bar and the presence of a large and pleasant solarium. The hotel is ready to provide every comfort for their customers who want a relaxing holiday in a four-star hotel, for a holiday in Sorrento. The hotel pays special attention to every aspect of the food & beverage. The attention paid to the culinary aspect is combined with the scenic context of this establishment. The restaurant is located on the top floor of the hotel, offering spectacular views of the Amalfi coast.
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS DURING THE STAY IN ROME
Discover some of the main monuments of the Eternal City in the romantic atmosphere of times past. Some of the sights you pass by include The Fountain of the Nayads, The Exhibition Palace, Piazza Venezia with its Tomb to the Unknown Soldier and the Capitoline Hill. Glimpse the Imperial Roman Age as you drive by and admire the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, the Arch of Constantine and the Circus Maximus. Leap into the Papal era when, driving along the banks of the Tiber, you see the Jewish Quarter complete with synagogue and the imposing Castel Sant’Angelo closeby that heralds your approach to St. Peter’s. Set in the ancient Aurelian Walls that frame part of the Villa Borghese park, you’ll see a couple of the most beautiful gateways in Rome: Porta Flaminia through which you can admire the Piazza del Popolo and Porta Pinciana, through which you reach the famous Via Veneto symbol of “la dolce vita” in Rome. There will be two stops on this tour: at Piazza Navona to see Bernini’s beautiful Fountain of the Four Rivers and at the Trevi Fountain so that you can keep up the tradition of throwing coins into the fountain. Return to the vicinity of your hotel. No drop-off at the hotels but in the city centre.
Including: Transportation, guide.
Season: daily in the evening on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday (except 24 Dec and 31 Dec )
Departure: From hotels between 7.00 p.m. and 7.40 p.m. - From Agency 8.00 pm
Duration: 2 hours approx.
The first stop will be on the Esquiline Hill where our guide will show you some of the treasures inside the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, before continuing by coach to stop and see the Holy Staircase and the Lateran Palace before visiting inside the Basilica of San Giovanni*, the cathedral of Rome (visit inside). Then proceeding along the Ancient Appian Way, you will pass by the Chapel of “Domine Quo Vadis?” before arriving at the Catacombs, the ancient underground cemeteries and first hiding places for the Christians. A visit will be made to either the Catacombs of S. Callisto, Santa Domitilla or San Sebastiano depending upon seasonal conditions. The tour will end with a spectacular view of the Baths of Emperor Caracalla. No drop-off at the hotels but in the city centre. Wear comfortable shoes.
Including: Transportation, guide, entrance fees.
Season: From April to October: Mon, Wed, Fri (except on the date of Marathon in Rome and Easter) – From Nov to March: Wed and Sunday (except on Jan 1 and Dec 25)
Departure: From Hotel 1.15/2:15 pm. - From Agency 2:30 pm
Duration: 3 hours approx. *N.B. ENTRANCE TO BASILICAS AND CATACOMBS REQUIRES APPROPRIATE ATTIRE (NO SHORTS, MINISKIRTS OR UNCOVERED SHOULDERS). IT IS ALSO ADVISABLE TO WEAR COMFORTABLE SHOES FOR BOTH VISITS. –
No drop off at the hotels, on the retour the bus stops are at: Piazza Venezia – Piazza Cavour – Piazza Barberini – Piazza della Repubblica – Stazione Termini
Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance period, where you breathe art in its Medieval streets, the craftsmen’s’ workshops and the Renaissance Palaces. Here, the memories of the Medici family are linked with the splendour of the works of the renowned artists like Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Botticelli. Leaving Rome in a northerly direction and crossing the green valley of the Tiber, you pass the slopes of the Apennines covered with olive groves and vineyards to reach the famous valley of Chianti, before finally arriving in Florence built on the banks of the river Arno. The city tour will start with a visit to the Academy Museum where you will see the magnificent David by Michelangelo before continuing on foot with your local guide to see the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore with its beautiful dome by Brunelleschi. Other treasures, the Baptistery and Giotto’s Bell Tower can also be admired before reaching Piazza della Signoria, the ‘heart’ of Florence. Your included lunch will be served in a typical Florentine restaurant before resuming your walk in the afternoon and making you way to Piazza Santa Croce where the church of the same name is situated and where great artists like Michelangelo are buried. You will have the opportunity to visit a leather shop in order to admire one of the typical crafts of the city, and here you will also have some free time to see the work of local goldsmiths and other traditional craftsmen. Departure from Florence at approximately 5.00 pm for the return journey to Rome. No drop-off at the hotels but in the city centre.
Including: Transportation, assistance, lunch, guide in Florence.
Season: From April to Oct.: Tues, Thurs, Sat From Nov to March: Tues and Thurs and Sat with minimum 8 people to leave Except December 25, January 1
Departure: From hotels between 6.30 a.m. and 7.15 a.m. - From Agency 7.30 am
Duration: Full Day - 13 hours approx.
USEFUL INFORMATION: We suggest that you wear comfortable shoes, and remember that it is not permitted to visit churches in shorts, miniskirts or with uncovered shoulders.
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS DURING THE STAY IN SORRENTO
Capri and Anacapri (8h)
A full day guided tour, of the elegant Capri centre, the faraglioni rocks and much more! Discover Anacapri, with its breathtaking views and its beauties. No holiday would be complete without a trip to the evocative island of Capri. Upon arrival in Capri, we will start of the guided tour of the island by private minibus. We will then stop at Anacapri for the visit of Villa St Michele, built by the Swedish doctor and writer Axel Munthe on the remains of Roman ruins. This Villa is offering a wonderful view of the island from its beautiful shady garden. From the Chapel St Michele's terrace, you will also enjoy a beautiful view of the sea. Then we will continue to Capri town centre: the centre of this small city is the main square better known as ‘la Piazzetta’, filled with sidewalk cafes. Do not miss the most exclusive boutiques and shops! Not very far there is the old city made of lanes, quarters. We will then visit to the Garden of Augustus and have some free time for shopping or sample to stroll in the area. (The price based on a minimum of 25 participants: 88 Euros)
Vesuvio & wine tasting (7h)
The beautiful hacienda, we have selected for the wine tasting, lies just down the Vesuvius, offering breathtaking views over the Volcano and the surroundings till the sea. Introduction to the Volcanic wines, the story of the wine cellar and the legends about Lacryma Christy. We will visit of the vineyards and learn about grapes growing methods. After the visit, we will stop at the casolare for a wine tasting and a country lunch cooked with local specialties. In the afternoon, a walking tour up to the crater is schedule: The bus stops at 1000 mt then we will continue on foot if you wish get the top of the volcano and enjoy a unique view on the Gulf of Naples and Sorrento peninsula (all the visit will take ~1 h20). This excursion includes farm visit and lunch tasting. Sample menu: Bread of the house, Vesuvius tomatoes and oil Donnangela . Lacrya Cristi Vesuvius wine (white) with Pasta of Gragnano ; wine Lacryma Cristi Vesuvius (red) with selection of salami and cheeses, seasonal vegetables. Passito Fior of Ginestre (white wine for dessert) with the dessert of the house. (The price based on a minimum of 25 participants: 69 Euros)
Pompeii and Vesuvius (7h)
Departure to Pompeii, one of the most important archaeological sites in the world, the roman city buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Visit to the archaeological site: with its excavated area, extending for approximately 44 ha. Pompeii can be considered the only archaeological site which gives the real image of roman city. In the afternoon the excursion goes on with the visit of Vesuvius. The bus stops at 1000 mt then we will continue on foot if you wish get the top of the volcano and enjoy a unique view on the Gulf of Naples and Sorrento peninsula. (The price based on a minimum of 25 participants: 44 Euros)
Paestum & mozzarella making (9h)
Depart to Paestum and witness how artisans make mozzarella cheese from water buffalo milk. The first stop will be a visit to a cheese farmhouse, where you will see how buffalo mozzarella is made (including the tasting of a bite-size); the yoghurt making; buffalo-rearing; visit to the farming museum and leather-shop . We will then drive to the Archeological site of Paestum and enjoy a guided tour to the magnificent 5th and 6th century B.C. Greek temples, some of the best preserved in the world. Visit the museum with sculptures, wall paintings, pottery and history of Paestum. (The price based on a minimum of 25 participants: 47 Euros)
Amalfi Coast: Positano / Amalfi / Ravello (8h)
A full day tour spent on the Amalfi Coast: Visit the chic Positano, the historical Amalfi and the elegant Ravello.The tour starts with Positano where we will have some times to stroll around and discover the tiny shops and the atmosphere of this remarkable village. One of the most visited place from worldwide tourists. Our tour continues to Amalfi, the ancient maritime republic with Roman origins. Admire the stunning cathedral of St Andrews, walking through the downtown with its beautiful stores and cafes. In the afternoon we reach Ravello the city of Music where Wagner composed the last part of its "Parsifal, a gorgeous little town famous for its spectacular views and its two fabulous villas; Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone. (The price based on a minimum of 25 participants: 55 Euros)
Naples (7h) Discovery the mythical city of Naples.
Upon arrival in Naples, we will tour the city with a local specialized guide, partly on foot and partly by bus. During the panoramic tour you will see San Carlo Opera House, the Piazza del Plebiscito, the beautiful facade of the Royal Palace, the port of Santa Lucia Castel dell'Ovo….and we will make a stop at Posillipo to explore the ancient Greek-Roman city. In the afternoon we will visit of the National Archeological Museum displaying items from all the important excavation sites in the region including the mosaics of Pompeii. (The price based on a minimum of 25 participants: 44 Euros)