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Contrast the domed cathedral of Florence with the beehive Trulli of Alberbello or Taormina's hillside location with the beautiful canals of Venice.
16 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 5 three-course table d'hôte Dinner (DW), 1 Dine-Around (DA) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.
|Depart Date||Return Date||Price||Discount||AvailabilityPrice|
|20 Apr 17||7 May 17||$4,595pp|
|27 Apr 17||14 May 17||$4,595pp||
|4 May 17||21 May 17||$4,750pp||
|11 May 17||28 May 17||$4,750pp||
|18 May 17||4 Jun 17||$4,750pp|
|25 May 17||11 Jun 17||$4,750$4,394pp||Early PaymentPay by Feb 28||
$4,750 $4,394 pp
|8 Jun 17||25 Jun 17||$4,595$4,250pp||Early PaymentPay by Feb 28||
$4,595 $4,250 pp
|22 Jun 17||9 Jul 17||$4,650$4,301pp||Early PaymentPay by Feb 28||
$4,650 $4,301 pp
|29 Jun 17||16 Jul 17||$4,725pp||
|6 Jul 17||23 Jul 17||$4,725pp|
|20 Jul 17||6 Aug 17||$4,625$4,278pp||Early PaymentPay by Feb 28||
$4,625 $4,278 pp
|3 Aug 17||20 Aug 17||$4,625pp|
|10 Aug 17||27 Aug 17||$4,625$4,278pp||Early PaymentPay by Feb 28||
$4,625 $4,278 pp
|17 Aug 17||3 Sep 17||$4,625$4,278pp||Early PaymentPay by Feb 28||
$4,625 $4,278 pp
|24 Aug 17||10 Sep 17||$4,775$4,417pp||Early PaymentPay by Feb 28||
$4,775 $4,417 pp
|31 Aug 17||17 Sep 17||$4,795pp||
|7 Sep 17||24 Sep 17||$4,795pp||
|14 Sep 17||1 Oct 17||$4,795pp||
|21 Sep 17||8 Oct 17||$4,775pp||
|28 Sep 17||15 Oct 17||$4,595pp||
|5 Oct 17||22 Oct 17||$4,595pp||
These departures will stay at alternative accommodation of similar standard in Rome.
Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.
Single Room Supplement: from $1,070 p.p.
Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $150 per person.
Early Payment Discount: Pay in full to save the amount listed above. For details, click here.
AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive Member Benefit Discount on all Grand European Travel vacations. Plus receive a free travel gift! Call Toll Free: 1-866-847-3858 for details.
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.
One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the local cuisine. While pizza and pasta are national favorites, few travelers understand just how varied Italy’s cuisine actually is. In fact, each of the country’s 20 regions has its own distinctive cuisine. Lunch (pranzo) is traditionally 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 fruit. Finish with espresso and maybe a splash of liqueur. 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.
Throughout Southern Italy, you can enjoy a variety of fresh and dried pasta with tomato sauce, vegetables marinated in olive oil, seafood, limoncello (lemon liqueur), and a selection of delicious desserts. In Rome, you can try humble pasta dishes such as carbonara, amatriciana, aglio e olio (garlic and olive oil) and cacio e peppe (pecorino cheese and pepper). Other foods to try include pizza, a variety fried foods called fritti that come stuffed with everything from salted cod to zucchini flours, and and a selection of cheeses including the popular pecorino Romano. You’ll also find traditional desserts such as Rome’s crostata di ricotta, Italy’s version of cheesecake, deep-fried zeppole rolled in sugar, as well as Sicily’s famous cannoli.
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.
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