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Signature Italy Tour

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A cherished favourite for many travellers, and the home of the “Dolce Vita” way of life, Italy has an expansive and established influence in world culture. Fall under the subliminal charm of fine leathers, renaissance art, classical music, delicate pasta, Neapolitan pizza, wonderful wines, fresh mozzarella and velvety chocolate. From Venice’s waterways and Pisa’s leaning tower, to Florence’s Duomo and Cinque Terre’s panoramic views – an unforgettable experience awaits. Our complete itinerary goes beyond the essentials and is the perfect way to discover Italy for the first, second or tenth time.

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The Details

16 days

All-inclusive

$9,795CAD

Per person in double occupancy


Single supplement: $1,500

Max Group Size: 30 travellers

Deposit Terms:
$500 per person at time of booking
$1,000 per person 45 days later
Balance due 90 days before departure

Our approach perks

Private car service to and from your home airport

International flights and transportation while abroad

Meals and excursions that are typically sold separately

Tips for all service providers

24/7 Group Guru (in addition to tour guide and local guides)

$5 million of emergency medical travel insurance coverage, as well as protection for lost, damaged or stolen luggage

All taxes at home and abroad (including airport and hotel taxes)


Total PERKS value: $4,179

This tour also includes

Tour Essentials

Tour essentials

International flights with KLM / Air France / Lufthansa (details)

14 nights in first class hotels

Dedicated English-speaking tour guide and local guides

Carefully selected visits, with entrance fees

Luxury coach bus transfers and luggage porterage throughout

Food & drinks

Food & drink

All 42 meals, including: 14 breakfasts, 14 lunches and 14 dinners

4 local product tasting lunches (included in meal count)

Amalfi style farewell dinner (included in meal count)

Welcome cocktail

Bottled water daily (2 x 500ml)

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Our happy travellers rave about Italy

Above and beyond what could have been expected

The whole experience was absolutely top-notch. The meals, the hotels and the tour guides (both local and permanent) were remarkably informative and helpful. I should, however, reserve the highest praise for our guru & guide, Rasha Salem and Francesca. They went above and beyond what could have been expected – and we did expect a lot. Their ability to adapt to unforeseen circumstances; closed roads, rough sea and incredible crowds was superlative. The choice of venues and activities was, obviously, well thought out and our individual requests were catered to.

David from Edmonton, AB
Joined us Fall, 2023

The itinerary and tours were outstanding

Wonderful experience! Approach all-inclusive tours are very professional making travel stress-free. They pick you up and deliver you to the airport where you are met by your trip guru who accompanied us from start to finish. We also had a local guide in Italy who was with us from start to finish. Her job was to get us from one place to the next as well as keep us informed about our day and local sites while we travelled. Expert local guides were also used at most attractions. They were really knowledgeable and made each attraction come alive. These guides made all the difference to ensure we had a superior trip. Our trip guru RASHA SALEM was outstanding. Caring, quick to address any issues, helpful and knowledgeable. She is a real gem. Hotels and especially the beds were great. Breakfast was typical European fare, all lunches were great to excellent….especially the wine tastings. Food and drink were plentiful…..always past full each evening. The itinerary and tours were outstanding. Highly recommend Approach Tours Signature Italy trip.

David & Nicole from Amherstview, ON
Joined us Fall, 2023

I would highly recommend this trip to anyone

The Signature Italy Tour was the trip of a lifetime for my partner, Pina and me. Approach Tours did an amazing job organizing every detail from picking us up at our home to ensuring we stayed at top hotels while enjoying wonderful meals each day. Our Group Guru Rasha Salem was the best. She was very caring and detail-oriented. She made sure we all had the best time ever! I would highly recommend this trip to anyone. Book yours today.

Marcello & Pina from Tottenham, ON
Joined us Fall, 2023

A fabulous holiday

I joined as a solo traveller and had a fabulous holiday. Our group guru Rasha and our Italian guide Franschesca helped to make the trip far beyond what I expected. From incredible sightseeing (including wineries) to amazing local lunches and lovely hotels, I can’t say enough how much I enjoyed the 16-day tour.

Anne from Victoria, BC
Joined us Fall, 2023

Extremely organized, knowledgeable and very resourceful

This was an experience of a lifetime from beginning to end. A fantastic group of people who made this trip unique and fun. Our Guru (Rasha Salem) and our Italian tour guide (Francesca Anghileri) we’re 100% dedicated and committed to the whole group 24/7.  They were extremely organized, knowledgeable and very resourceful, it was very obvious that they had done this before. We also appreciated that in some of the major cities they included “local” guides who shared all the pertinent information and history of the places we were visiting!  Amazing!  Approach advertising about literally being all-inclusive, they are not lying. We just had to get up in the morning and be on time for the bus… they took care of everything else.  Kudos to the Approach team(s) who work in the background – from the time of booking, pick up at home, travel arrangements, hotel(s) bookings, buses, events scheduling … and so much more!! THANK YOU!

Rita & Joe from Grand Bend, ON
Joined us Fall, 2023

Definitely will travel with Approach Tours again

Definitely will travel with Approach Tours again. Many opportunities were available as part of this group that I would not have had travelling on my own. I loved having the opportunity to experience so many various activities (wine tastings, cheese tastings, boat trips, etc.). 

Linda from Chatham, ON
Joined us Fall, 2022

A tour that I will remember forever

I loved the variety of excursions, from wine festivals to small towns, to Rome and the Vatican. Roberta took us on a real tour of Italy that I will remember forever. 

Julie from Grimsby, ON
Joined us Fall, 2022

Amazing to see in person!

Our favourite part was the gondola ride in Venice. All the boat rides were really good… Lake Garda, Cinque Terre, Sorrento/Amalfi/Positano. Enjoyed the beautiful churches in Venice, Pisa, Rome and Florence. All stops had beautiful architecture. Lastly cannot forget Rome and the Vatican, amazing to see in person!

Rick and Kathy from Selbyville, DE
Joined us Fall, 2022

Very interesting commentary by the guides!

I loved Verona for its musical associations, Cinque Terra, San Giminagno, taking a gondola ride in Venice, and Pisa (I had visited it before and was pleasantly surprised to enjoy it so thoroughly). Very interesting commentary by the guides! Also greatly enjoyed the wine tasting in Vineyards. 

Mebbie from Toronto, ON
Joined us Fall, 2022

Everything is included, including tips

I enjoyed my time in Cinque Terre. I went for a swim in my clothes! I also enjoyed the boat ride at Lake Garda. I like that everything is included, including tips. Our Guru, Caroline was very helpful and good at creating good group cohesion. 

Judy from Cambridge, ON
Joined us Fall, 2022

Positano, Amalfi, Capri, and Lake Garda

The fabulous local guides were the highlights. Learning the history of the area was my favourite, but I also really enjoyed the “down days” at Positano, Amalfi, Capri, and Lake Garda. All the planning on behalf of Approach was a bonus to me, as it was the firsttime I had travelled “solo”. Bravo!! 

Susan from Cambridge, ON
Joined us Spring, 2022

Spirit & kindness of my fellow travellers

Highlight was the variety, spirit & kindness of my fellow travellers. I particularly enjoyed several places I had never been to before and benefited from the knowledge & humour of the local drivers & guides. I took the opportunity to explore some places on my own and rekindle my personal interests and confidence in my ability to navigate new places. 

Mary from Dartmouth, NS
Joined us Fall, 2019
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This tour’s itinerary

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DAYS 1 & 2 GOODBYE CANADA, CIAO ITALIA!

Enjoy a private car ride to the airport. Travellers departing from the Toronto airport are assisted with their check-in. Meet your fellow travellers and fly overnight to Venice. Upon arrival, meet your Group Guru before checking into your hotel. Enjoy a light lunch, then take some time to refresh before joining your group for a welcome cocktail and dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Lido di Jesolo. (L,D) View image gallery

DAY 3 EXPLORE VENICE

Walking tour of the main attractions of Venice, including the Grand Canal, Piazza San Marco, Palazzo Ducale, the Ponte Dei Sospiri. Venture inside the iconic Saint Mark’s Basilica and marvel at its striking Byzantine mosaics before taking the afternoon to explore the city at your own pace. Dinner and overnight in Lido di Jesolo. (B,L,D) View image gallery

DAY 4 VERONA & ROMEO & JULIET (212 KM)

Travel to Verona and enjoy a panoramic tour of must-sees, including the Basilica di San Zeno, Arena di Verona and Piazza del Erbe. Romantics get ready, you will see Juliet’s balcony at the Casa di Giulietta. On to Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy, where you will stay for the night. (B,L,D) View image gallery

DAY 5 DISCOVER LAKE GARDA

Today is dedicated to the Italian lake district. Visit the resort town of Sirmione, whose history dates back to the Middle Ages. After a tour of the area, explore at your own pace. Weather permitting, take a picturesque cruise along the spectacular coast of Lake Garda. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before a panoramic drive around Lake Garda. Overnight in Verona. (B,L,D) View image gallery

DAY 6 SAVOURING EMILIA ROMAGNA (362 KM)

Spend today touring Emilia-Romagna and savouring the region’s gastronomy. Discover the secrets of creating the perfect Parmesan cheese (a big part of it is tasting!) then continue your culinary adventure at a Prosciutto farm before driving to Tuscany. Overnight in Montecatini. (B,L,D) View image gallery

DAY 7 COLOURFUL CINQUE TERRE (294 KM)

Today you explore the picturesque Cinque Terre National Park. Follow the coast of La Spezia, then set out to explore the village of Vernazza at your own pace. Hop on a boat and set foot in the fishing village of Monterosso before returning to La Spezia by train. Overnight in Montecatini. (B,L,D) View image gallery

DAY 8 BEAUTIFUL FLORENCE

Onward to Florence to visit many of its famous landmarks, notably Il Duomo, Piazza della Signoria and Ponte Vecchio. Free afternoon, or join us for optional tour of the Uffizi Gallery (at no additional cost). Overnight in Montecatini. (B,L,D) View image gallery

DAY 9 LEANING TOWER (104 KM)

Journey to Pisa and visit the iconic Leaning Tower and Pisa Baptistry, the largest bapistry in Italy. Enjoy lunch in the area before returning to Montecatini for the night. (B,L,D) View image gallery

DAY 10 SAN GIMIGNANO & THE ROAD TO ROME (298 KM)

Delight awaits with wine and artisanal olive oil tastings at a local vineyard. After lunch, with your tongue amused, head to San Gimignano, otherwise known as the “Medieval Manhattan”. Explore the city at your own pace before embarking on the senic route to Rome where you will spend the night. (B,L,D) View image gallery

DAY 11 THE VATICAN & MICHELANGELO

Discover the holy “city-country” of The Vatican. Pause for a moment inside St. Peter’s Square before marveling at Michelangelo’s famous work inside the fresco-clad Sistine Chapel. Tour the magnificent St. Peter’s Basilica. After lunch in a local restaurant, enjoy the city at your leisure. Overnight in Rome. (B,L,D) View image gallery

DAY 12 ROMAN ADVENTURE

Explore the capital of what was the most influential and expansive empire the world has known. In the morning, embark on a guided tour of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and the Imperial Forums. After lunch, admire must-sees such as Piazza Navona, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps and the Pantheon. Overnight in Rome. (B,L,D) View image gallery

DAY 13 POMPEII, THE CITY OF ASH & SORRENTO (268 KM)

Travel to Pompeii, once preserved in time under 20 feet of ash. Tour the famous ruins and learn about the city’s tragic downfall. Continue to the picturesque seaside resort town of Sorrento, stopping along the way for a delicious mozzarella and limoncello tasting. Overnight in Sorrento. (B,L,D) View image gallery

DAY 14 AMAZING AMALFI COAST

Discover the famous Amalfi Coast while visiting Positano and Amalfi, where every view deserves to be its own postcard. Return to Sorrento for our farewell dinner in an authentic setting. Overnight in Sorrento. (B,L,D) View image gallery

DAY 15 DAY TRIP TO CAPRI

Spend the day in Sorrento or set sail to Capri. Discover the towns of Capri and Anacapri, very different even if they share a name. Bustle through Capri’s streets lined with hotels, restaurants, and distinguished boutiques. Relax on the quiet Anacapri plateau perched above the main city, and marvel at the panoramic views. Overnight in Sorrento. (B,L,D) View image gallery

DAY 16 ARRIVEDERCI ITALIA, HOME SWEET HOME

Fly from Naples to Canada, with a same day arrival. Your driver will meet you at the airport to help you with your luggage and drive you home. Grazie! (B)
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Hotels we've previously visited in Italy

Venice Leonardo Royal Hotel Venice Mestre
Garda Best Western Plus Hotel Expo
Montecatini Hotel Michelangelo
Rome Hotel Metropolis
Sorrento Grand Hotel Cesare Augusto
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Our unique approach

 

When we say we are all-inclusive, we mean it. Our tours have everything you need to sit back and enjoy your experience. No precious time wasted, no extra costs, no fine print.

 

While everything is included on an Approach tour, we built our experiences with different travel styles in mind. After all, your time is yours to enjoy as you please.

WHEN I'M ON VACATION...

I want free time

Feel free to break away and to rejoin the group whenever you want – we’ll even give you tips on how to get around and what there is to see. Just give us a heads up!

I want to do & see everything!

Feel free to break away and to rejoin the group whenever you want – we’ll even give you tips on how to get around and what there is to see. Just give us a heads up!

 

We sell directly to you so that you never have to pay for expensive agency commissions

 

 

From 24/7 customer service, to making every interaction as delightful as possible, we make it easy for our guests – every step of the way. Just ask.

 

MULTIPLE GATEWAYS. ONE FLAT SUPPLEMENT.

$100. Flat.
(Toronto gateways are included)

 

 

PRE TOUR

Call, message or email us anytime – we will respond 24/7

ON TOUR

Your dedicated Group Guru is available to help anytime.

 

DOOR-TO-DOOR SERVICE

We pick you up and drop off in a private car.
All you need to do is pack and walk out your front door!

 

WORLD-CLASS AIRLINES

  • Assisted check-in
  • Complimentary baggage allowance
  • In-flight entertainment
  • Possibility for upgrades at your discretion

FOOD IS PART OF THE EXPERIENCE

We’ve taken time to select our favourite spots for you to safely explore the local cuisine while on tour. Pack your taste buds.

HOTELS WE KNOW AND LOVE

We believe a restful night’s sleep is the cornerstone of any trip. Check out the tour pages for images from our favourite hotels for that destination.

HIGH QUALITY, MODERN COACHES

  • Air conditioning
  • Premium seating
  • Large windows to take in the view
  • Extra seating
  • Dedicated baggage storage so you can stretch out

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