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Italian Concerto

Grand Canal, Venice
12 Days from $2,498 per person

The tragic story of Pompeii takes center stage on this journey from Rome, past the trendy Amalfi Coast and north to Venice via Florence. 

Take a walking tour past the ruins of the Amphitheater, Temple of Apollo and Basilica, and hear how the 79AD eruption of Mount Vesuvius destroyed the city, killing its inhabitants and burying it under tons of ash.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City. Relax after your journey, then meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers later for a Welcome Reception. This evening, enjoy an orientation drive to see St. Peter's Basilica and the Tiber, a great introduction to this magical city.
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    hotel:Villafranca
  3. This morning join your Local Specialist to visit St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City and view Michelangelo's Pietà. Your sightseeing tour continues in ancient Rome. See the Circus Maximus where chariot races were once held. Visit inside the impressive Colosseum. There's time afterwards to explore the city on your own and see such sights in the ancient city as the Roman Forum and Trajan's Forum and Market. Walk up the Palatine Hill to the ruins of the Flavian Palace and see the House of Nero and the ruins of Trajan's baths. Perhaps also visit the imposing Castel Sant'Angelo built as a mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian.
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  4. The day is yours to explore this wonderful city. Consider an Optional Experience to Tivoli, site of the magnificent Villa d'Este. Visit museums, churches and gardens or simply experience ‘la dolce vita' at a sidewalk café in one of the city's many piazzas. From the Vatican's arts and antiquities spanning centuries to the palaces down via Giulia, explore the city sights, your return visit to Rome secured by tossing a coin in the magnificent Trevi Fountain and making a wish.
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  5. Visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery at Cassino in the valley below 6th century the Abbey. In Pompeii - buried for centuries when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD - enjoy a fascinating visit of the excavations during your Small Group Sightseeing tour exploring such sites as the Amphitheater, Forum and Temple of Apollo. Arrive later at your hotel on the iconic Mediterranean Amalfi Coast where you dine tonight.
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    hotel:San Pietro
  6. Your day is free to do as you please. Smell the scents of lemon and admire the colored terrace houses and stunning sea views along this beautiful coast. Perhaps visit the splendid Villa Rufolo at Ravello or shop for souvenirs in the quaint cliffside towns of Positano and Atrani. After a day of sightseeing, spend the evening sipping limoncello while overlooking the glorious Bay of Salerno.
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  7. This morning your Travel Director takes you on an orientation tour of medieval Amalfi, featuring the spectacular 11th century Romanesque Cathedral of Sant'Andrea, the campanile and convent of Cappuccini. Later sail to the magical Island of Capri. Ascend to Capri Town by funicular railway for a guided walking tour with a Local Specialist including views of Marina Piccola and the famous Piazzetta.
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  8. Travel north through Umbria and into scenic Tuscany before arriving in Florence. Tonight why not dine at one of the city's many trattorias.
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    hotel:Ambasciatori
  9. Florence is a beautiful city with a wealth of Renaissance treasures to discover. Your Local Specialist shows you all the main sights including views of the marble Duomo and Baptistery. Visit Piazza della Signoria, the center of Florentine political life since the 14th century with its amazing sculptures and prominent Palazzo Vecchio overlooking the square. Join your companions this evening for an authentic Be My Guest dinner in a castle on a wine and olive oil estate.
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  10. Marvel at the breathtaking scenery on your journey across the Apennines via Bologna. In Ferrara see the family home of the notorious d'Este family. Arrive later in the sublime island city of Venice, Queen of the Adriatic, where you stay for the next two nights.
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    hotel:Principe/Amadeus
  11. Savor the unique sights and sounds of Venice as you cruise by private launch to visit some of the attractions of this unique city. Enjoy a Cultural Insight into the Venetian tradition of glass making before seeing the sights including the Bridge of Sighs, St. Mark's Square, St. Mark's Basilica and the ornate Doge's Palace. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and newfound friends.
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  12. Say ‘arrivederci' to your companions as your memorable Italian vacation comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.
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  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
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  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment

Meal Summary

10 nights, 10 hot buffet breakfasts, 4 dinners, On-trip transport.

Included Highlights

Be My Guest

  • The Pazzi and de Medici feud is brought to light in this visit to the 12th century Castle of Trebbio where you will enjoy a traditional Tuscan buffet, explore the castle dungeons, and indulge in olive oil and wine tasting

Cultural Insight

  • Witness the exquisite craft of glassblowing on Giudecca Island, a delicate tradition that generations of Venetian craftsmen have perfected over the centuries

Small Group Sightseeing

  • A guided walking tour of Pompeii with a group size of no more than 25 guests

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Rome, Pompeii, Capri and Florence

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Rome, Pompeii, Capri, Florence
  • Orientation of Amalfi Town, Venice
  • Visit St. Peter's Basilica and the Colosseum in Rome, the ruins of Pompeii, the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Cassino
  • Cruise to the beautiful Isle of Capri, private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice
  • View the ancient sites in Rome, the Benedictine Abbey in Cassino, the Duomo in Florence, the Byzantine St. Mark's Basilica
  • See the home of the d'Este family in Ferrara
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price AvailabilityPrice
16 Apr 17 27 Apr 17 checkmark $2,875$2,588pp
$2,875 $2,588 pp
23 Apr 17 4 May 17 $2,895$2,606pp
$2,895 $2,606 pp
30 Apr 17 11 May 17 $2,950$2,655pp
$2,950 $2,655 pp
7 May 17 18 May 17 checkmark $2,950$2,655pp
$2,950 $2,655 pp
14 May 17 25 May 17 checkmark $2,950$2,655pp
$2,950 $2,655 pp
21 May 17 1 Jun 17 checkmark $2,950$2,655pp
$2,950 $2,655 pp
28 May 17 8 Jun 17 checkmark $2,950$2,655pp
$2,950 $2,655 pp
4 Jun 17 15 Jun 17 checkmark $2,950$2,655pp
$2,950 $2,655 pp
11 Jun 17 22 Jun 17 checkmark $2,950$2,655pp
$2,950 $2,655 pp
18 Jun 17 29 Jun 17 checkmark $2,950$2,655pp
$2,950 $2,655 pp
25 Jun 17 6 Jul 17 checkmark $2,825$2,543pp
$2,825 $2,543 pp
2 Jul 17 13 Jul 17 checkmark $2,775$2,498pp
$2,775 $2,498 pp
9 Jul 17 20 Jul 17 checkmark $2,775$2,498pp
$2,775 $2,498 pp
16 Jul 17 27 Jul 17 $2,775$2,498pp
$2,775 $2,498 pp
23 Jul 17 3 Aug 17 $2,795$2,516pp
$2,795 $2,516 pp
30 Jul 17 10 Aug 17 $2,795$2,516pp
$2,795 $2,516 pp
6 Aug 17 17 Aug 17 checkmark $2,795$2,516pp
$2,795 $2,516 pp
13 Aug 17 24 Aug 17 $2,795$2,516pp
$2,795 $2,516 pp
20 Aug 17 31 Aug 17 $2,850$2,565pp
$2,850 $2,565 pp
27 Aug 17 7 Sep 17 $2,850$2,565pp
$2,850 $2,565 pp
3 Sep 17 14 Sep 17 checkmark $2,950$2,655pp
$2,950 $2,655 pp
3 Sep 17 14 Sep 17 checkmark $2,950$2,655pp
$2,950 $2,655 pp
10 Sep 17 21 Sep 17 checkmark $2,950$2,655pp
$2,950 $2,655 pp
10 Sep 17 21 Sep 17 checkmark $2,950$2,655pp
$2,950 $2,655 pp
17 Sep 17 28 Sep 17 checkmark $2,950$2,655pp
$2,950 $2,655 pp
17 Sep 17 28 Sep 17 checkmark $2,950$2,655pp
$2,950 $2,655 pp
24 Sep 17 5 Oct 17 checkmark $2,950$2,655pp
$2,950 $2,655 pp
24 Sep 17 5 Oct 17 checkmark $2,950$2,655pp
$2,950 $2,655 pp
1 Oct 17 12 Oct 17 checkmark $2,875$2,588pp
$2,875 $2,588 pp
1 Oct 17 12 Oct 17 checkmark $2,875$2,588pp
$2,875 $2,588 pp
8 Oct 17 19 Oct 17 checkmark $2,875$2,588pp
$2,875 $2,588 pp
15 Oct 17 26 Oct 17 checkmark $2,875$2,588pp
$2,875 $2,588 pp

 

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 $690 p.p.

Triple Discount: $110 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $73 per person.

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 Marco Polo Airport at 8:00 am and 9:30 am.

Cruise Connection: This trip starts or ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine a cruise with a more in-depth guided vacation in Europe.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Italy must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Italy.

  • 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.

    Florence

    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.

    Venice

    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.  

    Rome

    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.

Reviews

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Italina Concerto
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Top Notch !!!
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Italina Concerto
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Service rating : All aspects of services provided was extremely high.
Product : Guides, drivers, and the tour was all top notch.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Italina Concerto
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Vacation:
Service rating : Well planned, good variety of activities to choose from
Product : Same as above
Sally Reynolds was a great tour guide! Always aware of any special needs.
Sunday, June 19, 2016
Italina Concerto
Service:
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Excellant tour guides, very good pace

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