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Hold on to your helmet for this family expedition marching through the Eternal City of Rome, illustrious Florence and the historic lagoon of Venice.
Experience life as a Roman gladiator and learn the basics of sword-fighting, toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain and create your own Venetian Carnival mask before devouring the pizza you've just learnt to make.
9 nights, 9 hot buffet breakfasts, 5 dinners, On-trip transport.
|Depart Date||Return Date||Price||Discount||Availability||Price|
|31 May 18||10 Jun 18||$2,595$2,336pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|7 Jun 18||17 Jun 18||$2,650$2,385pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|14 Jun 18||24 Jun 18||$2,650$2,385pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|21 Jun 18||1 Jul 18||$2,650$2,385pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|28 Jun 18||8 Jul 18||$2,575$2,318pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|5 Jul 18||15 Jul 18||$2,575$2,318pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|12 Jul 18||22 Jul 18||$2,575$2,318pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|19 Jul 18||29 Jul 18||$2,575$2,318pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|26 Jul 18||5 Aug 18||$2,550$2,295pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|2 Aug 18||12 Aug 18||$2,525$2,273pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|9 Aug 18||19 Aug 18||$2,525$2,273pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|16 Aug 18||26 Aug 18||$2,525$2,273pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|23 Aug 18||2 Sep 18||$2,525$2,273pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|30 Aug 18||9 Sep 18||$2,650$2,385pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|6 Sep 18||16 Sep 18||$2,650$2,385pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|13 Sep 18||23 Sep 18||$2,650$2,385pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|20 Sep 18||30 Sep 18||$2,650$2,385pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.
Young Traveller Discount: $250
Single Room Supplement: from $420 p.p.
Triple Discount: $285 p.p.
Quad Discount: $425 p.p.
Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.
Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $71 per person.
Shared Rooming: Room Share is not available on this trip. Single rooms are not available unless traveling as part of a family group.
Airport transfers: On arrival at Rome Fiumicino Airport transfers will operate at 9:30 am, 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Venice’s Marco Polo Airport at 8:00 am and 9:30 am.
Early Payment Discount: Pay in full to save the amount listed above. For details, click here.
AARP members SAVE $100 per person on any guided vacation or river cruise!
Past Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the Land Only price of the vacation.
The currency in Italy is the Euro (€). While it’s a good idea to bring some euros for when you first arrive in Italy, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate when you arrive in your destination. The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Italy. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling. It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.
While Italy is most famous for pizza and pasta, few travelers are aware of just how varied the country’s culinary offering actually are. In fact, each of the 20 regions has its own distinctive cuisine. Traditionally, lunch (pranzo) is the most substantial meal of the day. A full meal consists of antipasto (starter), a primo piatto (pasta, rice or soup), a secondo piatto (meat or fish) with a side, or contorno (vegetable or salad), then frutta (fresh fruit). Finish with espresso and maybe a limoncello or grappa. Wine is usually served with the meal, accompanied by mineral water. Tap water is safe to drink, but not always tasty. We recommend you buy bottled mineral water. ‘Acqua non potabile’ means the water is not safe to drink. Find out about some local specialties to try in Italy’s top destinations below.
Food in Florence is simple and humble, and relies on the fresh ingredients of the surrounding Tuscan countryside. Many of the local recipes have evolved from peasant dishes to international favorites. Bread is an important staple in Florentine cooking, and is featured in everything from antipasti (appetizers) such as bruschetta to traditional main dishes. Panzanella is a popular summer salad prepared with day old crusty bread and tomatoes. Papa al pomodoro is a delicious soup made with bread, tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, and herbs. You’ll also find a variety of dishes featuring white beans, including the hearty ribollita soup. But the flagship of Florentine cuisine remains the famous bistecca alla fiorentina (T-bone steak). For a sweet finish, meals are topped off with traditional cantuccini (almond cookies) and the local vin santo dessert wine.
A visit to Venice offers an opportunity to discover a variety of truly unique gastronomic traditions. Venetians have a long-standing tradition of eating cicchetti, small bites similar to Spanish tapas. You can enjoy a variety of these before lunch or dinner, paired with a glass of local wine at restaurants and bars around town. Other common dishes include polenta, risotto with peas, salted cod, sardines, and local bigoli pasta.
Roman cuisine is deeply rooted in the past. Despite the city’s imperial history, the food in Rome and the surrounding Lazio region is anything but refined. Humble pasta dishes such as carbonara, amatriciana, aglio e olio (garlic and olive oil) and cacio e peppe (pecorino cheese and pepper) are local favorites served in trattorias around town. Other foods to try in Rome include pizza, a variety of fritti (fritters) made with everything from salted cod to zucchini flours, stewed oxtail, suppli (rice and Bolognese sauce croquettes) and sharp pecorino cheese. For dessert, try crostata di ricotta (Italian cheesecake) or zeppole (donuts).
In Italy, the weather changes very quickly, with temperatures varying from morning to night. We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.
At bars and restaurants, tipping is less common or generous as in the U.S. When dining out, it’s appropriate, although not required, to leave an extra euro or two for your waiter.
At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director. Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit. A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.
Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.
You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions. All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers. In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group.
If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.
We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.
Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.
Adult Price: € 34
Enjoy a drive up to one of the highest points that overlooks the city of Florence. Afterwards, you'll join our Local Specialist at the River Arno to take a walk over the Ponte Vecchio, see the new market, admire Piazza della Republica, the Bargello Museum and Dante's House. Then we will finish off with a Carousel Ride for the younger participants (if available).
Adult Price: € 35
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: € 64
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 favourites 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.
Adult Price: € 41
Castel Sant' Angelo has passages, stairways, cannon and ramparts that are just waiting to be explored. The castle has many ancient secrets and wonderful views over the River Tiber, and you’ll also visit the incredible Pantheon which was built by the Emperor Hadrian in 126 AD.
Adult Price: € 50
Enjoy this evening by visiting the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain and other unique sites of the eternal city! A light dinner accompanied by music will top off the experience.
Adult Price: € 70
Join us as we discover the Venetian Lagoon by private boat. You will enjoy a delicious meal with a selection of drinks on the fishermen's island of Burano, famous for its multi-coloured houses - a real photographer's paradise.
Adult Price: € 70
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: € 42
Accompanied by a Local Specialist, you'll visit the magnificent Doge's Palace and its elegant courtyards, which were home to the rulers of the Venetian republic. After, you'll get to explore the Byzantine Basilica of St. Mark the Evangelist, patron saint of Venice.
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