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Italian Glory

Pompeii, Italy
14 Days from $3,056 per person

From north to south, trace the Renaissance cities, lush countryside and ancient heritage of Italy's historic centers of Milan, Venice, Florence and Rome. 

Enjoy a leisurely break on the Amalfi Coast, exploring its medieval cliff-side fishing villages, café culture on the seaside promenade of Amalfi and a cruise to the elegant Isle of Capri to see the famous Piazetta.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Welcome to Milan - capital of the Lombardy region. Transfer to your hotel in Como. Unwind or take a leisurely stroll to see the exquisite villas and gardens. Meet your travel companions and Travel Director later for a Welcome Reception.
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    hotel:Barchetta Excelsior
  3. Today head to fashionable Milan, your Local Specialist shows you the impressive sights. View the Gothic cathedral, La Scala and the Galleria.
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  4. See the Roman arena and Juliet's balcony in Verona, the setting of Shakespeare's most famous play. There's time to relax or shop on the Via Mazzini. Arrive later in the Renaissance city of Venice, your home for the next three nights. Consider a gondola ride this evening – the perfect introduction to this romantic city.
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    hotel:Best Western Biasutti
  5. 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. The rest of the day is free to explore, or perhaps consider an Optional Experience to Burano for some delicious local food.
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  6. Cruise to Rialto Bridge where your Local Specialist brings the city to life during a walking tour. See how the locals shop for food and learn about some of the regional cuisine including the delicious seafood. Cross the Rialto Bridge and see the beautiful architecture including Marco Polo's house.
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  7. Travel over the picturesque Apennine Mountains to the Renaissance city of Florence, nestled on the banks of the River Arno.
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  8. Learn about Florence's artistic heritage during a walking tour with your Local Specialist. View the multi-colored Duomo and visit Piazza della Signoria and the Ponte Vecchio bridge, one of the city's most famous landmarks. Enjoy panoramic views of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo. Spend free time shopping for high-quality leather and gold or consider an Optional Experience to the Fine Arts Academy to see Michelangelo's ‘David'. Tonight, join your fellow travelers and Travel Director for an authentic Be My Guest dinner at a family owned medieval villa with stunning views over the rolling Chianti hills.
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  9. Drive south from Florence through the Arno Valley and past the Bay of Naples to your hotel in Maiori on the Amalfi coast. Dine tonight at your hotel.
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    hotel:San Pietro
  10. Spend the day relaxing on this magnificent coastline. Sip a cappuccino, browse in the shops or perhaps take a dip in the Mediterranean - the choice is yours.
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  11. This morning visit the charming town of Amalfi to see the Romanesque church and other interesting sights. Later cruise to the Isle of Capri and continue to Capri Town by funicular railway. See the famous Piazzetta during your guided walking tour with a Local Specialist. Spend time exploring on your own. Perhaps visit the house of Dr. Axel Munthe or shop for souvenirs.
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  12. Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, leaving Pompeii covered for centuries by a layer of volcanic ash. Immerse yourself in the history of this partially buried ancient town during a Small Group Sightseeing guided walking tour. Later, enjoy views of the Benedictine Abbey in Cassino on the way to Rome. Tonight, consider an evening excursion in the city.
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    hotel:Grand Tiberio
  13. 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 Circus Maximus where chariot races were held and visit inside the impressive Colosseum. There's time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers and Travel Director.
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  14. Say ‘arrivederci Roma' at the end of a memorable vacation. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.
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  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options

Meal Summary

12 nights, 12 hot buffet breakfasts, 4 dinners, On-trip transport.

Included Highlights

Be My Guest

  • Enjoy local Tuscan cuisine with Count Miari Fulcis on his 15th century organic olive oil estate in the Tuscan hills, used as a location for many famous films like ‘Room with a View' and ‘Tea with Mussolini'

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 visit with a Local Specialist to the excavations in Pompeii in a group size of no more than 25 guests

Local Specialist

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

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Milan, Venice, Florence, Capri, Pompeii, Rome
  • Visit the excavations at Pompeii, St. Peter's Basilica, the Roman Colosseum
  • Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice, and to the Isle of Capri
  • View the Gothic Cathedral and La Scala Opera House in Milan, scenic Lake Como, the Byzantine St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, Juliet's Balcony in Verona, the Duomo in Florence, the ancient sites of Rome
  • See the Roman Arena in Verona, the Abbey at Cassino
Definite Departure
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9 Apr 17 22 Apr 17 checkmark $3,425$3,083pp
$3,425 $3,083 pp
16 Apr 17 29 Apr 17 $3,425$3,083pp
$3,425 $3,083 pp
30 Apr 17 13 May 17 $3,495$3,146pp
$3,495 $3,146 pp
7 May 17 20 May 17 checkmark $3,495$3,146pp
$3,495 $3,146 pp
14 May 17 27 May 17 checkmark $3,495$3,146pp
$3,495 $3,146 pp
21 May 17 3 Jun 17 $3,495$3,146pp
$3,495 $3,146 pp
28 May 17 10 Jun 17 $3,495$3,146pp
$3,495 $3,146 pp
4 Jun 17 17 Jun 17 checkmark $3,495$3,146pp
$3,495 $3,146 pp
11 Jun 17 24 Jun 17 $3,495$3,146pp
$3,495 $3,146 pp
18 Jun 17 1 Jul 17 $3,495$3,146pp
$3,495 $3,146 pp
25 Jun 17 8 Jul 17 $3,495$3,146pp
$3,495 $3,146 pp
2 Jul 17 15 Jul 17 checkmark $3,495$3,146pp
$3,495 $3,146 pp
9 Jul 17 22 Jul 17 $3,495$3,146pp
$3,495 $3,146 pp
16 Jul 17 29 Jul 17 $3,395$3,056pp
$3,395 $3,056 pp
23 Jul 17 5 Aug 17 $3,395$3,056pp
$3,395 $3,056 pp
30 Jul 17 12 Aug 17 $3,395$3,056pp
$3,395 $3,056 pp
6 Aug 17 19 Aug 17 $3,395$3,056pp
$3,395 $3,056 pp
13 Aug 17 26 Aug 17 $3,395$3,056pp
$3,395 $3,056 pp
20 Aug 17 2 Sep 17 $3,425$3,083pp
$3,425 $3,083 pp
27 Aug 17 9 Sep 17 $3,495$3,146pp
$3,495 $3,146 pp
3 Sep 17 16 Sep 17 checkmark $3,495$3,146pp
$3,495 $3,146 pp
10 Sep 17 23 Sep 17 checkmark $3,495$3,146pp
$3,495 $3,146 pp
17 Sep 17 30 Sep 17 checkmark $3,495$3,146pp
$3,495 $3,146 pp
24 Sep 17 7 Oct 17 $3,425$3,083pp
$3,425 $3,083 pp
1 Oct 17 14 Oct 17 $3,425$3,083pp
$3,425 $3,083 pp
8 Oct 17 21 Oct 17 $3,425$3,083pp
$3,425 $3,083 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 $640 p.p.

Triple Discount: $140 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $93 per person.

Airport transfers: On arrival at Milan Malpensa Airport transfers will operate at 9:30 am, 1:00 pm and 3:30 pm to Lake Como. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Rome Fiumicino Airport at 7:00 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.

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