RELAXATION AND REJUVENATION
Enjoy sunny holidays in the beautiful south of Italy, accompanied by the irreplaceable Sister Angèle, an undisputed ambassador of Italian culture in Quebec. More than just a trip, this adventure is a rare opportunity to experience privileged moments alongside a personality passionate about the treasures of Italy. An exclusive and unique experience to seize!
Imagine strolling through the sun-soaked streets of Rome, Sorrento, Capri, and Matera, bathed in the gentle light of southern Italy, all in the company of Sister Angèle and her infectious joy. Wander through picturesque villages where each monument tells a story, and let yourself be enchanted by the sea and the magic of Italy’s typical landscapes and architecture.
Your comfort is at the heart of this adventure: travel aboard a private coach with a attentive national guide, and rest in carefully selected quality hotels, with the peace of mind of not having to pack and unpack every day.
The carefully thought-out itinerary alternates between enriching visits and moments of pure relaxation, allowing you to fully savor the essence of Italy.
Discussions led by the writer Rosette Pipar and Sister Angèle on Dolce Vita, happiness, and daily joy of living will awaken your senses and mind. And what about discovering Italian cuisine and local delights? A delicious experience in every way not to be missed!
This journey under the sign of friendship and discovery, with Sister Angèle as the spiritual and cultural host, promises to create lasting memories and new friends. Come and live this unique experience with us, a perfect blend of culture, discoveries, and the sweetness of life that makes Italy so magical.
– Amalfi Coast and its small villages
– Tastings of typical local products and meetings with producers: lemon tour in Sorrento (visit and tasting)
– The Puglia region and its whitewashed cities
– Papal audience
– Cooking class with Sister Angèle (optional $)
– Visit to the archaeological site of Pompeii
Born in Italy, Sister Angèle experienced the hardships of war. At the age of 17, she immigrated to Quebec, where she joined the religious community of Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Conseil. She taught cooking at the Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec for 16 years, established a culinary research laboratory, and became a television host on Radio Canada for nearly 50 years. She has received numerous honorary awards, including the Grand Prix Max Rupp (Chef cuisinière), the Order of Canada, and the National Order of Quebec. Sister Angèle has authored numerous books and established the Soeur Angèle Foundation for the benefit of underprivileged youth.
Originally from Belgium, Rosette Pipar immigrated to Quebec in 1980. She worked in Quebec and Europe as an artist agent, event organizer, communication consultant for government organizations, and for companies that received numerous awards, including the Grand Prix de la Culture for the Fondation des Arts des Laurentides, which she managed for 12 years. Rosette Pipar is also the author of 18 books with a humanistic and spiritual flavor, including three books about Sister Angèle. She co-hosted a series of conferences on “The Joy of Being Oneself… according to Sister Angèle.” Additionally, she produced a documentary about Sister Angèle in Italy and three television series.
Departure from Montreal for a direct flight to Rome with Transat.
Arrival in Rome and transfer to the splendid Amalfi Coast, a 3-hour drive away. Enjoy the comfort of our luxury coach through picturesque landscapes. Check-in at the hotel located near Sorrento. Discover a Mediterranean haven with breathtaking views of the emerald waters from the hotel. Enjoy the botanical park, the outdoor pool, and the breathtaking beauty of a terrace overlooking the Bay of Naples. End the day with a peaceful night, ready for an unforgettable adventure between emerald waters and the intoxicating scent of lemons. (S)
Experience an enchanted morning on the glamorous island of Capri (optional $). Explore the beautiful island of Capri during a half-day including ferry arrival, a panoramic elevator from the port to the city center, a guided tour of the city center with the discovery of Piazzetta, a local minibus transfer to Villa San Michele, and a tour of this historic residence with its picturesque gardens. Enjoy free time to stroll and have lunch in the charming atmosphere of Capri before concluding your morning. For a more relaxed morning, explore Sorrento at your own pace, with the option to visit the Cloister San Francesco for free, merging 14th-century styles with later elements. In the afternoon, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm, have a refreshing experience in a limonetto, discovering the making of Limoncello and tasting its sunny flavors. Dinner and overnight on the Sorrento Coast. (B/D)
Two options will be offered for this day. **OPTION 1:** Full-day excursion to Naples (optional $) including an exciting guided tour of Naples, an immersive experience through the history, culture, and vibrant daily life of this fascinating city. Accompanied by an expert local guide, you will explore historical gems such as the UNESCO-listed historic center, Piazza del Plebiscito, and the majestic Castel dell’Ovo. Immerse yourself in Neapolitan culinary richness by discovering lively markets and tasting local specialties. Be captivated by the authentic soul of Naples during this unforgettable adventure, where you will discover the art of Neapolitan pizza at the pizza museum, classified by UNESCO (if open). Explore the history of Neapolitan pizza, born in the popular neighborhoods of Naples, and its secrets passed down from generation to generation. Finally, join a fascinating experience at the San Gennaro catacombs, exploring a millennium-old history anchored underground and revealing the connection between the city and its patron saint, San Gennaro. **OR OPTION 2:** Free day in Sorrento: Opt for a relaxed day in Sorrento, strolling through picturesque alleys, discovering local shops, or relaxing by the sea, soaking in the unique Mediterranean atmosphere. Dinner and overnight on the Sorrento Coast. (B/D)
After breakfast, depart to explore the picturesque coastal road along the Amalfi Coast, revealing one of Europe’s most breathtaking landscapes. Start your day by exploring Positano Alta, an elegant seaside resort, then continue your journey to Amalfi, famous for its picturesque rocky cliffs. Along the way, enjoy panoramic views from Praiano a Mare, the Grotte dello Smeraldo, and Conca dei Marini. Once in Amalfi, indulge in free time for individual discoveries before taking a boat to Maiori, where our bus awaits the group. On the way to Ravello, a destination that has attracted celebrities from around the world for centuries. Return transfer to the hotel. Dinner and overnight on the Sorrento Coast. (B/D)
Start your day with a picturesque journey towards Matera, located in the Basilicata region. Admire the Italian landscape unfolding outside the window as we head to this unique and fascinating city. Along the way, savor local gastronomy with a dinner based on authentic products at a masseria, a typical fortified farm in southern Italy. Enjoy the warm atmosphere of this iconic place while tasting local flavors and traditional dishes. Next, explore Matera, immersing yourself in its millennia-old history with a guided tour of the old town, the Sassi. These troglodytic dwellings carved into the limestone rock have been UNESCO World Heritage-listed since 1993, offering a journey through time. Explore winding alleys, rock-hewn churches, and medieval ambiance while rediscovering the locations of famous films such as The Passion of the Christ and Ben-Hur (2016). Dinner and overnight in Matera. (B/D/S)
After a revitalizing breakfast, depart for San Giovanni Rotondo. This iconic town is home to the resting place of the famous Italian saint Padre Pio, canonized in 2002. Explore the extraordinary life of Padre Pio during a guided tour of the Sanctuary Santa Maria delle Grazie. This major Christian pilgrimage site in Italy offers a profound spiritual experience. Discover places dedicated to Padre Pio, contemplate sacred architecture, and feel the peace emanating from this holy place. Also, enjoy free time for meditation and immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere. In the early afternoon, head to Rodi Garganico, a Mediterranean pearl nestled by the sea. Settle into the Residence Tramonto hotel, facing the sea, providing a haven of relaxation. Discover the coastal beauty of Rodi Garganico during a peaceful evening. Dinner and overnight in Rodi Garganico. (B/D/S)
Start your day with the freedom to choose between a day at your own pace visiting the typical village of Rodi Garganico and enjoying the beach. Alternatively, opt for an optional boat adventure (optional $), allowing you to discover marine caves and fabulous coasts. Embark on a unique experience revealing extraordinary natural beauties shaped by water erosion. For those choosing this excursion, get ready for an unforgettable maritime escapade. Take a refreshing break in the Bay of the Lion for a refreshing swim, then explore the Vieste beach with a visit to the city and its historical center. Soak up the unique Mediterranean atmosphere of this region of Puglia. The afternoon is dedicated to discovering new sea perspectives and relaxing on the beach. Evening talk at the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Rodi Garganico. (B/D/S)
Depart for Pompeii after breakfast. Visit one of the most captivating archaeological sites in the world. Explore this ancient Roman city frozen in time by the devastating eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Walk through the cobbled streets, visit well-preserved houses, amphitheaters, and temples that tell the fascinating story of daily life in Roman times. The frescoes and artifacts reveal the details of this ancient city. After this dive into Pompeii’s history, hit the road towards majestic Rome. Immerse yourself in the Italian landscapes during the journey. Upon arrival in Rome, settle comfortably at the hotel to prepare for exploring the Italian capital in the days to come. Enjoy a relaxing evening in the eternal city. Dinner and overnight in Rome. (B/D/S)
Guided city tour of Baroque and ancient Rome in the morning (general overview of the city’s major monuments without admission, such as the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza di Spagna, Trevi Fountain, and more). This tour will immerse you in the opulence of the 17th century. Explore majestic buildings, spectacular fountains, and elegant squares, witnessing the creative genius of master artists such as Bernini and Borromini. Soak in the outstanding cultural heritage that transformed the eternal city. In the afternoon, you have the choice of free time or a cooking class with Sister Angèle at a renowned cooking school in Rome (optional $). Dinner and overnight in Rome. (B/D/S)
Start your last day in Rome with a free morning to explore the city at your own pace or take advantage of the opportunity for a general audience with the Pope in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican (free option). Immerse yourself in the unique spiritual atmosphere of this memorable experience. In the afternoon, an exceptional guided tour of the Vatican awaits (optional $). A captivating immersion into the heart of history, art, and spirituality. Accompanied by an expert local guide, you will explore the priceless treasures of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel with its magnificent frescoes by Michelangelo. Discover the majesty of St. Peter’s Basilica, admire St. Peter’s Square, and delve into the fascinating history of this city-state within Rome. An enriching experience awaits you, combining culture, artistic beauty, and spirituality at the heart of the Vatican. For your last evening in Rome, we offer you a farewell dinner at a refined and renowned restaurant in Rome, savoring the authentic flavors of Italian cuisine. Seize the opportunity to share your experiences and celebrate the unforgettable moments of your journey. Spend a peaceful night in Rome, filled with memories of this extraordinary adventure. Relive the highlights of your stay and let yourself be enchanted by the charms of the eternal city. (B/D/S)
Transfer to the airport and return flight.
***Itinerary subject to change***
Early Booking: $6,199/person (double occupancy). Early Booking discount of $100 if registered before February 2, 2024.
Regular Price: $6,299/person (double occupancy)
Single Room Supplement: $1,320 (**Subject to availability – Limited quantity **)
* Spiritours offers the possibility of pairing, but exceptionally, Spiritours cannot assume additional fees for single occupancy if we cannot pair you.
* All prices are based on the exchange rate in effect on December 1, 2023.
THIS PACKAGE INCLUDES
– Round-trip flight Montreal-Rome with Air Transat
– Accommodation in 4-star hotels (3 stars in Rodi Garganico) – double rooms
– 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 10 dinners (including a farewell dinner at a renowned restaurant in Rome on the eve of departure and a lunch based on local products in a masseria near Matera).
– Coach services on-site according to the itinerary
– Service of a French-speaking national tour guide
– Services of local guides
– Rental of headphones for the entire stay
– Lemon tour in Sorrento (visit and tasting)
– Entrance fees
– At Hotel Tramonto: place service with 1 parasol/1 armchair and 1 sunbed per room included in the price, as well as access to the pool and wellness center
– All taxes
THIS PACKAGE DOES NOT INCLUDE
– Meals not mentioned in the program
– Travel insurance (see registration form)
– Tips & personal expenses
– Contribution to the Compensation Fund for Customers of Travel Agents (FICAV): $3.50 per $1,000. *Free starting in January 2024.
Registration deadline: April 2, 2024
(60 days before departure or when the maximum number of passengers is reached). Possibility to register after this date, additional fees may apply.
You can register on our website (see top of the trip webpage, right) or download and fill out the PDF form and send it to us with your $750 deposit. Please register as soon as possible as space is limited. Please include a photocopy of your passport and proof of travel insurance with your registration.
For travel insurance, please contact us to determine your premium.
Number of participants
Minimum 30 – Maximum 50
All Canadian travelers going to Italy must have a passport valid for three months after the expected return date to the country. No visa for Canadian and French citizens.
For more information, please contact:
(514) 374-7965, extension 200
Itinerary and Accommodations:
June 3-7: CÔTE SORRENTINE, Hotel Moon Valley, 4 stars
Website: [Hotel Moon Valley]
June 7-8: MATERA, 4-star hotel, to be confirmed
June 8-10: RODI GARGANICO, Hotel Tramonto, 3-star superior
Website: [Hotel Tramonto]
June 10-13: ROME, Hotel Cristoforo Colombo, 4 stars
Website: [Hotel Cristoforo Colombo]
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