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We all have our passions... Food, wine, art, history, music, and more. At Maritime Travel, we design our own exclusive, specialty tours adventures with this in mind. Graciously escorted, intimate, and worry-free experiences provide an opportunity to embrace your passions in the world's most fascinating destinations. Imaginative itineraries, lots of free time, expert hosts, personal attention, and loads of extras combine to provide our most discerning guests with a trip of a lifetime. Indulge your passion on one of our specialty tours below.



Italian Treasures

Sep 21, 2019 - Oct 3, 2019


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September 21 - October 3, 2019 | 13 Days, 12 Nights
Maximum 24 Guests 

Experience Italy’s most enduring treasures with our own Italy expert, Charline Fortier. Past guests are still raving about these small-group adventures. Our new Italian Treasures tour has been enhanced and expanded to include the best of Venice, Gubbio (Umbria), Tuscany, Rome and /_uploads/images/escortedgroups/Italian-Treasures-bridge.pngthe Amalfi Coast. Join Charline as she reveals Italy’s best-kept secrets; giving an insider’s take on her favourite trattorias, hotels, specialty shops and other hidden gems.  


Highlights:
• Cellar tour and dinner with wine pairing at Villa Vignamaggio
• Private tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica
• Private tours of Rome, Venice, Florence, Ravenna and Herculaneum
/_uploads/images/escortedgroups/Italian-Treasures-canal.png• Cooking class – 5 courses including wine
• Visits to Burano, Gubbio and Siena
• Lots of free time of shopping & exploring
• Three days on the Amalfi Coast
• Fun, Laughs, and Memories to last a lifetime


Includes:
• Airport transfers, meet & greet
• 12 nights hotel accommodation
/_uploads/images/escortedgroups/4499-tax-in.png• 12 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners with wine and 1 Lunch with wine
• Land transportation by luxury motorcoach
• Services of Maritime Travel’s own escort, Charline Fortier, plus private local city guides
• Lots of extras



/_uploads/images/escortedgroups/Charline-Fortier-Sep-2019.png/_uploads/images/escortedgroups/Service-dispnible-en-francais.pngMeet Charline Fortier!
This intimate, worry-free, Italian adventure is designed and hosted by our own Charline Fortier, a Maritime Travel counsellor for more than 30 years. Charline is an expert on all things Italian, and has been to Italy more than 30 times – on her own, with her wine-expert husband, and hosting groups. “I feel more at home in my beloved Italy, than I do in Canada,” she will tell you. Charline loves to share her secrets… whether it’s a favourite restaurant where she’s friends with the owners, the best little gelato shop, or the best shoe store in town. Charline speaks Italian, English and French.

"“Charline was amazing as a host, very knowledgeable and gave us lots of tips and free time. The food and wine were awesome."  — ITALIAN TREASURES PAST GUEST


Contact your local travel counsellor for more details!
 Hurry!  Space is limited.
 

Itinerary


ITALIAN TREASURES WITH CHARLINE FORTIER ITINERARY*


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 – Overseas travel to Venice, Italy

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
– Arrive at Venice Airport. You will be met by a Maritime Travel representative at the international arrivals area. From there, you will be provided a transfer to our hotel in Venice. The balance of the afternoon is yours to rest and rejuvenate. Later this evening we will meet up with Charline at one of her favorite restaurants and enjoy a welcome dinner with wine as we get to know our travelling companions. To bed early this evening to rest up for our adventure ahead.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 – Following breakfast at our hotel, we will pick up our transfer to Tronchetto, where we will board our private water launch, which will take us to Piazza San Marco for our walking tour of Venice. This will include the Piazza San Marco, the Basilica San Marco and the Doges Palace. This afternoon, join us for a visit to the island of Burano, known for its fishermen and lace-makers. There will be time for lunch on your own, and to explore this lovely island before we head back to San Marco and some more free in time in Venice. We will make our own way back to our hotel. Supper and the balance of the evening will be on your own. Be sure to get some great suggestions from Charline, or perhaps join her!

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 – After breakfast, we will check out of our hotel. We are in for a treat, as we will make our way to Umbria and the beautiful mountaintop village of Gubbio. En route, we will stop at Ravenna which was the capital city of the Roman Empire in the 5th Century. Located near the Adriatic Sea, Ravenna is renowned for its 6th century mosaics. There will be time for lunch before we continue on to Gubbio, one of the most beautiful Medieval towns in Umbria, known for its ceramics and for having been a frequent haunt of St. Francis of Assisi. We will check into our hotel. After checking into your hotel the balance of the day is on your own.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 – After breakfast, we will be getting together for a fabulous cooking class at our hotel. You can choose to participate as much or as little as you like. Our lunch today will be the fruits of our labors in the Italian kitchen! The afternoon and evening will be on your own to enjoy this gorgeous town. Charline will point the way to some of her favorite areas.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 – Following breakfast, we will make our way to wonderful Tuscany. Our first stop will be Siena, known as the best-preserved Medieval city in Europe. We will enjoy the famous Piaza del Campo, where there will be time to explore and to have lunch on your own. Charline will give you some suggestions. This evening, you are in for a real treat and one of the true highlights of our adventure. We will visit Villa Vignamaggio, where we will enjoy a cellar tour and a fabulous-tasting dinner with wines. You will be aglow and satisfied as we board our coach and head to Florence for an evening arrival and check-in at our hotel, our home for the next three nights.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 – Good morning, Firenze! We will enjoy breakfast at our hotel, before meeting our local guide for a walking tour of Florence, which will include the Piazza Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio, and Piazza della Signoria. Lunch and the balance of the day are on your own. Later, if you wish, you can meet up with Charline at one of her favorite trattorias.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 – Make sure you eat a good breakfast, as this will be our shopping day in Florence. Charline will point you in the right direction and highlight some of the best places for the best prices. Leather, silk, jewelry, shoe stores, handbags, clothing – you will be overwhelmed.
You can also visit Michelangelo’s David or the famous Uffizi museum. Lunch will be on your own but we will get together in the evening for a wonderful supper at Charline’s favorite local restaurant.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 – After breakfast, we leave for Rome and an early afternoon arrival at our hotel. We’ll grab a quick lunch en route. After check-in, we will meet up at our hotel lobby for a walking tour of Rome, including Piazza Navona and the Pantheon. Tonight, we gather together for a fabulous Roman meal at one of Charline’s favorite restaurants.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
– Following breakfast, we will make our way to Vatican City. Once there we will meet up with our private guide, Cinzia Cortese. She will make the world of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica come alive. Lunch and the balance of the day and evening will be on your own. Don’t forget to get some tips from Charline!

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 – This morning we say goodbye to Rome, and make our way to the Amalfi Coast. En route we will visit the fascinating preserved remains of Herculaneum – sister city to Pompeii. Though not as well known, the remnants of this civilization are said to be better preserved than those of Pompeii. We will enjoy a private, guided tour. We will then arrive in the town of Amalfi and check in to our hotel. The balance of the day is free for you to enjoy and explore on your own.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1 & WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2 – These are fabulous free days for you to explore and experience the stunning Amalfi coast. After breakfast each day, get some insider tips from Charline… Go to Ravello, or Positano or Capri (an easy boat ride away), or just sit back on your own and enjoy the lovely beach across the street from the hotel. You can also spend the day with Charline on some excursions, if you prefer. The possibilities are endless. Wednesday evening, we will meet up for a farewell dinner and toast our new friends and many amazing experiences.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3 – After breakfast, we will say farewell to the Amalfi Coast and Italy and make our way to Naples Airport to catch our flight back home.

TERMS & CONDITIONS: *Some itinerary details are subject to change. Price is per person based on double occupancy. Cancellation Policy: Once full payment has been received, the tour is considered noncancellable. Deposit of $750 per person required at time of booking. Deposit is fully refundable if tour does not occur. Full payment required 90 days before start date of tour. Minimum number of 12 bookings required to guarantee departure.

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(iv) the traveller missing flight connections or departures or failing to follow instructions of tour representatives.

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