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The Best of Italy

ROME, VENICE/VENICE LIDO, FLORENCE, PISA, TUSCANY & OPTIONAL SORRENTO & AMALFI COAST EXTENSION

  • Destination:
  • Duration: 9 days
  • Price: from $2,699

 

    Save up to $800 per couple!!!

For a limited time only save up to $800 per couple on these remarkable Italy vacations. Reserve by October 6, 2016 to qualify for the early booking discount. Space is limited on these tours of Italy so please reserve early.

Click on the Extension tab below to learn about our wonderful 3-day Sorrento & Amalfi Coast extension from $699!

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Itinerary at a glance Tour Highlights Your tour includes
  • 2 nights in Venice/Venice Lido
  • 2 nights in Florence
  • 3 nights in Rome

Sorrento & Amalfi Coast Extension: 

  • 3 nights in Sorrento
  • The Vatican
  • Colosseum (Rome)
  • Michelangelo’s David (Florence)
  • Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Boat Tour of Murano
  • Piazza del Miracoli (Pisa)
  • Accademia (Florence)
  • Roman Forum

Sorrento & Amalfi Coast Extension:

  • Temples of Apollo & Jupiter (Pompeii)
  • Enchanting Resort Town of Sorrento
  • Spectacular Amalfi Coast Drive
  • Optional Tour to Capri
  • Round-trip airfare from JFK Airport via scheduled flight on Delta/Air France or Alitalia
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-Italy transportation via airconditioned motor coach
  • Accommodations at First Class hotels
  • 11 meals: 7 buffet breakfasts (B) and 4 dinners (D)
  • A glass of wine with included dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees as indicated in the itinerary
  • Professional English-speaking Tour Director throughout

Your Sorrento & Amalfi Coast Extension Includes:

  • Three nights at the beautiful Grand Hotel Vesuvio overlooking the Bay of Naples and opposite Vesuvius
  • 5 Additional Meals: 3 buffet breakfasts (B) and 2 dinners (D)
  • A glass of wine with included dinners
  • Sightseeing as indicated in itinerary

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Land + Air 
(Land Only Prices Available Upon Request)

Tour cost airfare included

Depart

Return

Reserve by
Oct 6 2016

Reserve after Oct 6 2016

2016

w/check 
discount

Sale

After Sale

Sep 14

Sep 22

$ 3299

$ 3399

$ 3699

Oct 5

Oct 13

$ 3099

$ 3199

$ 3499

Oct 19

Oct 27

$ 2899

$ 2999

$ 3299

2017

w/check 
discount

Sale

After Sale

Apr 10

Apr 18

$ 2699

$ 2799

$ 3099

May 15

May 23

$ 2899

$ 2999

$ 3299

Jun 5

Jun 13

$ 2999

$ 3099

$ 3399

Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $599.
3-DAY SORRENTO & AMALFI COAST EXTENSION: Add $699 per person double occupancy / $868 single
Business Class Supplement: $3645.
For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:30-5:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.
Reservations and Payments 
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable deposit (by check) which must be received within 7 days of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.

Day 1
Depart USA.
Your exciting journey begins as you depart New York this evening on your overnight flight to Italy.
Day 2
Arrive Venice/Venice Lido (Italy).
Welcome to beautiful Italy! After landing at Venice airport, you’ll be met and escorted to your beautiful hotel located along the water in Venice Lido. This evening your Tour Director hosts an orientation followed by welcome dinner with wine. Hotel Villa Mabapa or similar. (D)
* Note: If your departure flies into Milan instead of Venice, you’ll be met at the airport and enjoy a panoramic city tour of Milan before transferring to Venice/Venice Lido.

Day 3

Discover the charms of romantic Venice. First, embark on a boat tour to the island of Murano, world renowned for its glass craftmanship. Back in Venice a local guide will bring this remarkable city to life as you explore on foot St. Mark’s Square, the Golden Byzantine Basilica of San Marco, the lavish Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. This afternoon marvel at Venice at your own pace or shop for unique local crafts. (B)

Day 4
Venice/Pisa/Florence.
Today journey south to Pisa, where you’ll view the famous Piazza del Miracoli and the amazing Leaning Tower. Visit a Tuscan countryside farm for wine tasting and sampling of local specialties. Arrive in Florence, the splendid capital of Tuscany. Grand Hotel Adriatico or similar. (B)
Day 5
This morning’s tour of Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance, starts with a breathtaking view of Florence from Michelangelo Square. Proceed to visit the Accademia of Fine Arts housing Michelangelo’s celebrated David. You’ll also visit the sculpture-filled Signoria Square, the famous Duomo Cathedral and Ponte Vecchio, the “Old Bridge”, lined with craft shops. Afternoon at leisure to visit some of the museums that make Florence a magnet for artlovers and enjoy a stroll along the romantic Arno River. This evening a special treat awaits. Travel to the hills surrounding Florence and enjoy a typical dinner complete with wine and local entertainment at a picturesque Tuscan Villa. (B,D)
Day 6
Florence/Assisi/Rome.
Depart south through the stunning panorama of Tuscany and Umbria to the Medieval hilltown of Assisi and view the fabled Basilica of St. Francis and Giotto’s frescoes. Late afternoon arrival in Rome, the “Eternal City”. Settle into your centrally located hotel. Mediterraneo Hotel or similar. (B,D)
Day 7
A morning tour to the Vatican includes visits to St. Peter’s Basilica, the spectacular Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museum abundant with priceless collections of art and treasures. Afternoon is at leisure for shopping or to indulge in Rome’s favorite pastime: people watching at the outdoor cafes of the bustling Via Veneto. (B)
Day 8
This morning explore Imperial Rome on an included guided tour. Listen to the echoes of Emperor Nero in the Colosseum, walk under the Arch and marvel at the ruins of the Roman Forum. Afternoon at leisure to explore Rome’s elaborate piazzas and fountains on your own. Tonight, you are our guest at a lavish  gala dinner at a typical Roman restaurant complete with wine and entertainment. Cap your evening with a tour of illuminated Rome by night. (B,D)
Day 9
Rome/USA or Sorrento & Amalfi Coast Extension (See Extension Tab).
After breakfast, say “ciao” to Italy and transfer to the airport for your return flight arriving back in the USA the same day, or continue on to the magnificent Sorrento & Amalfi Coast Extension. Please see the “Extension” tab for more details. (B)

Why not extend your trip with a spectacular three-night Sorrento & Amalfi Coast extension? Sorrento is a charming old town overlooking the Bay of Naples and a wonderful base for exploring the surrounding area. And the Amalfi Coast is simply one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places in the world. Your extension includes three nights at the beautiful Grand Hotel Vesuvio, breakfast daily, two dinners, tours of Pompeii and Sorrento, a magnificent drive along the world-famous Amalfi Coast and time for independent sightseeing or an optional tour of Capri. 

Day 9 Ext.
Rome/Pompeii/Sorrento.
Depart Rome, passing Mt. Vesuvius en route to the Bay of Naples. Visit Pompeii, the town frozen in time by Vesuvius’ ashes. See the temples of Apollo and Jupiter. Your final destination today is the enchanting resort town of Sorrento, perched high on the cliffs overlooking the sparkling bay. Grand Hotel Vesuvio or similar. (B,D)
Day 10 Ext.
Day at Leisure or Optional Capri Excursion.
Sorrento is world renowned for its scenic splendor, woodworking and lace making, horse drawn carriages and relaxing atmosphere. A day at leisure to enjoy this charming town independently or perhaps enjoy an optional excursion to Capri. This evening celebrate with your fellow travelers at dinner in a famous local restaurant. (B,D)
Day 11 Ext.
Spectacular Amalfi Coast Drive.
Your final full day in Italy includes one of the highlights of this incredible country, if not one of the highlights of the entire world. Driving along the rugged Amalfi Coast will surely take your breath away, with its dramatic landscapes and awe-inspiring panoramas. You’ll cherish the coastal mountains plunging into the sea with picturesque towns and rich forests. Drive through Positano, the coast’s most exclusive town, and spend some time at leisure in Amalfi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later, return to Sorrento and enjoy an evening at leisure. (B)
Day 12 Ext.
Naples/USA.
After breakfast, say “ciao”to your romantic Italy vacation as you transfer to Naples Airport and board your return flight to the USA arriving back the same day. (B)

Optional Tours

To enhance and make your experience when you visit Italy more complete and memorable, you tour director will offer optional tours. Optional tours are subject to a minimum number of participants, payable in cash only, and may be cancelled if the minimum is not met. Additional optional tours may be added for your enjoyment, and the optional tours listed below may not be available on all departure dates.

Venice
Gondola Ride with Music ($56 per person)
One of the highlights of all Italy vacations! Enjoy a relaxing gondola ride with music along the famous Grand Canal, and experience a piece of Venetian history. Glide along the centuries old canals, past lavish palaces and under famous arched bridges (the Gondola holds a maximum of six passengers. Please note that this is not a private gondola ride).  Pickup details to be advised locally. 
Rome
Piazzas of Rome ($44 per person)
This half day walking tour takes you to explore the grand piazzas of the Eternal City. Stand in awe in front of the majestic Spanish Steps, the longest and widest decorative steps in Europe, and with your local guide stroll through the most characteristic “piazzas and vias ” of Rome. Stop to admire the breathtaking grandeur of the Trevi Fountain and take the opportunity to toss in one, two, or three coins, each of which is supposed to bring a unique kind of good fortune. View the monumental Pantheon, the best preserved of any Roman building and admire the baroque Piazza Navona, which follows the shape of the ancient Roman Diocletian Stadium, with Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers and the Egyptian Obelisk. Pick-up details to be advised locally. 
Capri (Ext.)
Full Day Capri ($119 per person)
Enjoy a full day journey to the colorful Isle of Capri by boat. Visit the lovely Anacapri and explore the charming shops and chic boutiques as you stroll the island’s narrow streets. Continue to see “La Piazzetta,” the social heart of the island, on your way to the open-air Gardens of Augustus, from where you will appreciate breathtaking views of the famous Faraglioni rocks. Tour includes: local guide, round trip transportation to port, round trip transportation by fast boat, minibus or cable car transportation on the island. Pickup details to be advised locally. 

Trip Preparation

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Your flights from New York to Italy and back are on the following airlines with the corresponding schedules.  We recommend that you arrive at the airport at least 3 ½ hours before the scheduled departure.

Departure Date

Airline Depart

Return

(Main Tour)

Return

(Main Tour + Sorrento & Amalfi Coast Extension)

2016: Apr. 13

Delta/Air France 6:30PM 5:00PM 9:30PM
2016: Jun. 8 Delta Airlines/Air France 7:30PM 7:00PM

9:30PM

2016: May 4, Oct. 5 Alitalia Airlines 6:00PM 2:30PM

6:30PM

2016: Sep. 14 Alitalia Airlines 4:00PM 2:30PM

6:30PM

2016: Oct. 19 Alitalia Airlines 6:00PM 2:30PM

7:30PM

2017: Apr. 10, May. 15, Jun. 5, Jul 17 Alitalia Airlines 4:00PM 2:30PM

6:30PM

Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight.  We recommend at least 3 ½ hours.  Please keep in mind that flight schedules are always subject to change. 

ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT

The airlines above do not assign seats in advance. Seat assignments can only be arranged at the airport upon check in. If you have a preferred seating choice, please make sure you check in for your flight as early as possible. These airlines do not offer any frequent flyer miles.

PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION

You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. Visa not required for American passport holders. Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.

TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS

Your airline tickets along with final instruction and some additional travel tips will be sent to you 10 – 7 days before the scheduled departure of your tourPlease make sure to advise us in case your address changes.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you may wish to consult your personal physician or local public health authorities as to their suggestions. 

CLIMATE

You may expect daytime high temperatures ranging in the 50’s and 70’s. 

NON-INCLUDED MEALS AND SIGHTSEEING

The hotels used on this tour have several dining choices from coffee shop to specialty restaurants.  Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in the coffee shop is about $20-25 per meal per person.  Optional sightseeing tours and evening activities will be offered. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals.  

CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY

Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards.  However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency or U.S. Dollars.  Your hotels will be able to exchange for you cash to local currency. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations. 

BAGGAGE

Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase) and one carry-on piece. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.

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