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Italian Glory

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Tour Pace: Leisurely
Amalfi, Italy
Tour Style: First Class
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 the flavors of the local limoncello while watching the world go by.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Chic Milan is our launch pad to the Lake District where we spend the first night of our At Leisure jaunt through Italy. On arrival at Milan Malpensa Airport transfers will operate at 9.30am, 1pm and 3.30pm to Lake Como. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. After arriving in Como, unwind and soak up the peaceful atmosphere. Enjoy a leisurely stroll admiring the exquisite lakeside villas and gardens before meeting your travel companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception.

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    hotel:Barchetta Excelsior
  3. The runways of Milan take center stage today as we head to the fashion capital of Italy. Join a Local Specialist to see the iconic sights of this stylish city. View the exquisite Gothic architecture of the Duomo with its massive stained glass windows, the ornate La Scala and neo-classical Galleria with its imposing iron- and glass-domed roof.
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  4. Visit Verona to view Juliet's Balcony and the ancient Roman Arena, still in use today. Indulge in a leisurely cappuccino stop before meandering to Venice, where we will spend the next two nights.
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    hotel:Quattro Fontane
  5. Glide through the canals of Venice by private launch visiting some of the jewels in the crown of the Queen of the Adriatic. We travel to Giudecca Island to enjoy a Cultural Insight into the centuries-old Venetian tradition of glassmaking before admiring the profound beauty of the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica on bustling St. Mark's Square.
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  6. From Venice, we cross the picturesque Apennine Mountains to Florence. Don't forget to rub the bronze snout of Il Porcellino to secure your return to Florence or perhaps join your Travel Director for a typical Florentine dinner in the heart of Chianti Hills.
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    hotel:Grand Mediterraneo
  7. This morning we join a Local Specialist on a leisurely walking tour to delve into the fascinating culture and history of Florence, venturing to the imposing Piazza del Duomo to view the multi-colored marble Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, Piazza della Signoria with its exquisite art and palazzi, and the 400-year-old Ponte Vecchio bridge. Follow in the footsteps of Dante up the Scalinata del Monte alle Croci to Piazzale Michelangelo for spectacular views of the city. Join your fellow travelers for an authentic Be My Guest dinner at a family owned property with stunning views over the Tuscan vineyards.
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  8. Meandering south through the picturesque Arno Valley, we pass the Bay of Naples arriving in Maiori on the Amalfi Coast where we will dine tonight at our hotel.
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    hotel:San Pietro
  9. Wander past fragrant lemon terraces, enjoy fresh seafood flavors straight from the fisherman's boat or take a dip in the welcoming, warm Mediterranean waters – the choice is yours.
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  10. Our first stop today is the charming town of Amalfi, perched perfectly within the dramatic coastal landscape. We see the 11th century Sant'Andrea cathedral at the heart of the town with its beautifully striped Byzantine façade and soak up the laidback atmosphere. Consider joining an Optional Experience to the Isle of Capri and wander through the famous Piazzetta in Capri Town.
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  11. Discover the lost city of Pompeii buried under volcanic ash when Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD on a Small Group Sightseeing walking tour. En route to the Eternal City of Rome, we enjoy views of the 6th century Benedictine Abbey in Cassino.
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    hotel:Grand Tiberio
  12. We spend the morning in the Vatican City with a Local Specialist, visiting the imposing St. Peter's Basilica to view Michelangelo's sorrowful Pietà. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with its exquisite frescoed ceilings crafted by Michelangelo. We cross the Tiber into Ancient Rome to see Circus Maximus, and visit the impressive Colosseum. This afternoon we have time to explore the city on our own terms.
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  13. A full day at leisure to enjoy the passionate embrace of the city and its zesty locals. Spend the day enjoying la dolce vita, or consider an Optional Experience to Tivoli, where you can visit Villa d'Este and its magnificent Renaissance gardens and exquisite fountains. This evening, we enjoy a Farewell Dinner with newfound friends and your Travel Director before bidding arrivederci to Rome.
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  14. Our unforgettable encounter with Italy comes to an end today. Return transfers  will arrive at Rome Fiumicino Airport at 7am and 9.30am. Conditions apply.

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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 $740 p.p.

Triple Room Discount: $170 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $127 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.

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Meal Summary

12 nights, 12 hot buffet breakfasts, 5 dinners, On-trip transport, .

Included Highlights

Be My Guest

  • Eight generations of history with plenty of stories to tell. Enjoy a traditional dinner with the Landi family at their home near Florence, set within a garden of oak trees against the backdrop of Tuscan vineyards and olive groves

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, Pompeii and Rome

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Milan, Venice, Florence, 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
  • 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

Reviews

Saturday, September 30, 2017
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Service rating : The person that helped with our planning and scheduling was great. Only once was the ball dropped and it was a minor item. We had asked to have help with a side trip to my husbands grandparent's town. She assured us that our travel guide would be made aware of what we wanted to do. On the first night of our trip, we talked to our guide and she didn't know anything about it. She was great though and was able to pull it together for us.
Vacation : Pricey, but everything was taken care of. Well worth it!
  • 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 24 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 and seasonal availability. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip, and pricing. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can only be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Amalfi

Explore Ravello

Join us on a trip to the balcony of the Amalfi coast. Ravello is perched high above the terraced groves with breathtaking views. Your Local Specialist will show you the gardens of the Villa Rufolo, which inspired Wagner, and you’ll have free time to visit the 11th century cathedral.

Dinner On The Amalfi Coast

Come with us for a short drive to a restaurant we know and love on the Amalfi Coast. You'll get to try some locally-loved dishes and drinks, all served alongside Neapolitan hospitality and beautiful views.

The Highlights of Capri

Take in amazing views of the 'jet-set' island of Capri. You'll cruise around the island and visit the villa of Swedish author Axel Munthe, whose gardens are rated among the finest in Europe. The tour will finish at the elevated village of Anacapri. A light lunch will replace the cruise in the event of bad weather.

Amalfi Coast and Positano

Join us as we take in delightful villages and spectacular scenery along the incredible Amalfi Coast. You’ll visit the celebrated town of Positano, which is also a Unesco World Heritage site. There will be time to shop for local goods or enjoy a drink in a cafe overlooking the beach.

This optional involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee.

Florence

Dinner, Wine And Music In The Tuscan Hills

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.

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.

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.

This optional involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee.

Italian Lakes

Visit Lake Como And Bellagio

On this visit to the shores of Lake Como with your Local Specialist, you’ll witness many beautiful villages and villas that retain true Italian charm. From the lakeside, a private boat will take you to visit the gem of the lake, Bellagio. We've also left some time to stroll and to shop.

Milan

Treasures Of Milan

Join our Local Specialist at the impressive Castello Sforza museum, where you’ll see the 'Pieta of Rondanini' by Michelangelo, among other great works. Your tour finishes with a visit to the world renowned 'La Scala' opera house and museum.When La Scala or the Castello is unavailable, you’ll visit the Museum of Milan.

Rome

Ancient And Christian Rome

Join us on an exploration of Rome's past. On this trip you will visit the Catacombs, where the early Christians assembled to escape persecution and which were used as underground cemeteries. Continue on to the Pyramid of Cestius and the Baths of Caracalla.

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 center, leading to highlights such as the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon, as well as hidden corners of the Eternal City.

Inside The Vatican Museums And Sistine Chapel

Join us for an extension to your included sightseeing tour, which gives you a chance to see the artistic masterpieces collected and commissioned by the Popes. You’ll visit the Tapestry Gallery, Gallery of Maps and the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo spent 4 years preparing the vault and altar wall, and we give you plenty of time to admire just how much painstaking work went into his creations.

This optional involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee.

Venice

Lagoon Cruise to Burano with Food and Drinks

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-colored houses - a real photographer's paradise.

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.

Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica

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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