(6) Buffet Breakfasts
(5) Dinner Meals
Luxury air-conditioned coach w/ restroom & WiFi onboard (except in remote locations)
An expert Travel Director and separate driver
Audio Headsets Provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling and all fees and local taxes
Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply.
Day 1 - ARRIVE ROME (2 NIGHTS)
Welcome to Rome. After check-in, relax and unwind. Later meet with your Travel Director and fellow travelers. Spend an evening getting to know Rome. We’ll take you via coach where you’ll have the chance to see some of the city’s much-loved sights. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a delicious light dinner of Italian specialties, alongside local music and drinks.
Day 2 - ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
Your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour with a visit to the Vatican City. Visit the awe-inspiring St. Peter's Basilica and view Michelangelo's statue, the Pietà. Don't miss the opportunity to join an Optional Experience to visit inside the famous Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums. View the mighty Colosseum and see the ancient sites of Rome. Afterwards enjoy free time to take in the sights or join an Optional Experience to explore the Pantheon and Piazza Navona.
Piazzas and Fountains of Rome
Discover the most charming areas in the city with a Local Specialist. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares of Rome's historic centre, leading to highlights such as the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon, as well as hidden corners of the Eternal City.
Adult Price: $40.00
Inside The Vatican & Colosseum
We skip the lines at the Vatican Museums for this tour that shows not just remarkable works of art collected and commissioned over the history of the Papacy, but also Michelangelo’s amazing ceiling frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Later we hear fascinating tales of gladiatorial combat and more on our visit to the Colosseum, again with time-saving VIP entrance.
Adult Price: $95.00
Day 3 - ROME – PISA – FLORENCE (2 NIGHTS)
This morning leave Rome and head north towards Central Italy. Travel through picturesque scenery in Umbria and Tuscany before arriving in the town of Pisa. Visit the Square of Miracles featuring the Leaning Tower, Cathedral and Baptistery. Join us for a scenic drive through the beautiful Tuscan countryside. We will enjoy a meal at a charming restaurant where a selection of regional favorites is served, accompanied by a selection of local wines and live music. A truly unforgettable experience, with an atmosphere that is the essence of all things Tuscan. There is time to shop for souvenirs and take pictures. Later arrive at your hotel near Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance.
Novotel Firenze Nord
Day 4 - FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
There are few cities in the world with an artistic legacy to equal that of Florence. Your Local Specialist gives a superb commentary of the city's history during your walking tour, which includes views of the Baptistery, Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the impressive Giotto's Bell Tower and a visit to Piazza della Signoria. Experience a demonstration of fine leatherwork with time to explore on your own. Shop for high-quality leather and 18-carat gold jewelry for which Florence is renowned and don't forget to try the gelato. Later enjoy dinner at the hotel.
Novotel Firenze Nord
Michelangelo's 'David' & Accademia
Enjoy an insight into the world of Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. We have fast track entry to the Academy of Fine Arts and its Michelangelo collection, where you’ll learn all about the life and works of this immortal Renaissance genius through the expert commentary of our Local Specialist.
Adult Price: $48.00
Visit To San Gimignano
Join us for a drive to the nearby hilltop town of San Gimignano, known as the ‘medieval Manhattan’ of Tuscany. Surrounded by fields of sunflowers, vineyards and olive groves, this is Italy’s best preserved medieval city and will give you a taste of day-to-day life in Italy during the Middle Ages.
Adult Price: $42.00
Day 5 - FLORENCE – VERONA – VENICE (MESTRE) (2 NIGHTS)
Your journey continues north across the dramatic Apennine Mountains to Verona, the home of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers. View the vast Roman Arena, where concerts are still held regularly each year. Stop and view Juliet's balcony in a courtyard which has become a popular tourist site for the tragic story of the Montague and Capulet family feud. Head east to the magical, romantic city of Venice. Return to hotel for dinner.
Gondolas and the Grand Canal
Join us for a scenic cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal. You’ll admire the magnificent palazzi, as well as catching a glimpse of the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's Square. Later on, you'll glide gracefully on a gondola along Venice’s dreamy, narrow waterways.
Adult Price: $84.00
Day 6 - VENICE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME
Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialties at a glassblowing workshop on Giudecca Island. Then cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square in the heart of Venice. Admire the Bridge of Sighs, the ornate Doge's Palace and the Byzantine Basilica of St. Mark. Join us as we discover the Venetian Lagoon by private boat. You will enjoy a delicious farewell dinner with a selection of drinks on the fishermen's island of Burano, famous for its multi-colored houses - a real photographer's paradise.
Venice's Secrets and St. Mark's Basilica
Explore the hidden maze of streets which make up this unique city as your Local Specialist gives you a fascinating insight into Venice's past and present. You’ll visit the majestic Basilica of St Mark, where you’ll have a chance to view some of the prized trophies looted by the Venetians in their rise to power. Alternatively, we’ll visit the outside terrace for exceptional vistas.
Adult Price: $43.00
Day 7 - DEPART VENICE (MESTRE)
This morning say 'arrivederci' to Italy, your Travel Director and newfound friends at the end of an unforgettable holiday. Transfers are available to Venice Marco Polo Airport. Conditions apply (see airport transfers below).
Initial Deposit - $400 ($200 is non-refundable)
2nd Payment - $400 is due by February 15th.
3rd Payment - $400 is due by May 15th.
Final Payment is due by August 15th.
All payments except the initial $200 deposit is 100% refundable until the Final Payment due date.
After Final Payment Due Date, the following penalties are incurred:
44-22 days to prior to departure will forfeit 25% ($437.50) - (August 16th - September 7th)
21-8 days prior to departure will forfeit 30% ($525) - (September 8th - September 22)
7-1 days prior to departure will forfeit 50% ($875) - (September 23 - September 29th)
Departure Day/No show will forfeit 100% ($1,750) - (September 30th)
Travel Protection Insurance
Travel insurance is available for this trip. Please indicate that you would like an insurance quote on the registration form. Please be aware that it is in your best interest to purchase the insurance within 14 days of making your deposit. If you purchase the plan within 14 days of your initial trip deposit/payment you will be covered for pre-existing conditions. By purchasing within the 14 day period, it will protect you against unforeseen circumstances that may arise at a later date and the Pre-Existing Condition exclusion.
Baggage handling of one suitcase per person, at each guided vacation hotel and porter service
at airports for intra-air inclusive guided vacations, is included in the guided vacation price. Due to limited
motorcoach capacity, a single bag is allowed with dimensions not exceeding 30”x18”x10” (76x46x25cm)
and weight not exceeding 50 lbs.
A charge of US$6/CA$6 or local currency equivalent per traveling day will be collected by the Travel Director if a
second piece of baggage is permitted to be carried, or if suitcase exceeds weight or size limits. This is not assurance
that luggage in excess of limits on size, weight and number of pieces will be permitted on the motorcoach.
Carry-on/hand luggage is restricted to one piece per person, not exceeding 12”x11”x6” (30x28x14 cm) to fit
under your motorcoach seat or in the small overhead compartment. Carry-on/hand luggage handling is the
responsibility of each guest and must be taken on and off the motorcoach by you each day of the guided vacation.
Carry-ons with telescopic handles and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartments or
under seats and therefore, cannot be accepted as carry-on luggage.
For those that may be interested, Jimmy Buffett will be doing his annual shows in Paris on September 26th, 28th & 29th. Brent will be in Paris a few days prior to the Italy trip and is going to try to attend one of the shows. If you can score a ticket, what a great add-on that would be! Catch a Buffett show in Paris, then on to Italy for a fantastic coach tour with some really fun people. We will try to get a group rate at a hotel for those that may want to spend a night or two in Paris and possibly attend a Buffett concert. We’ll forward details as they become available.