A Taste of North & South

Rome, Italy Sorrento, Italy Rome, Italy Amalfi, Italy
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from $2,151**

Departures from Jan. 14, 2017 – Oct. 28, 2017

Escorted Tour: 11 Days/ 9 Nights

Visit the “Cradle of the Renaissance”, with its fascinating churches, monuments, and works of Michelangelo. Taste “nobile” wine in medieval towns in Tuscany. Tour the Vatican Museums and magnificent Sistine Chapel in Rome.  See the ruins of Pompeii, frozen in time, now Unesco World Heritage sites.

Rome, Assisi, Siena, Florence, Bologna, Padua, Venice, Montepulciano, Pompeii, Naples, Sorrento, Capri

ITINERARY:

Note: First day of tour is your departure date from the USA. Actual tour in Italy begins the next day.

Day 1: Departure from USA to Rome.
Departure from USA to Italy – with your own purchased airline tickets.
Day 2: Arrival in Rome
Welcome to Italy!
Upon arrival in Rome’s Fiumicino airport please proceed through the Passport Control and collect your luggage inside the customs area. Then meet your driver for a private transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the Eternal City.
Overnight in Rome.
Day 3: Rome/Assisi/Siena/Florence
After breakfast, depart for Assisi at 7:15 by a deluxe coach. You can explore this tiny town, surrounded by walls built in the middle ages, at your own leisure. Make time to visit the basilica of St. Francis, where you will see masterpieces by Giotto and Ciambue, and to have lunch (not included). Board the bus for Siena, a medieval town surrounded by ancient walls that is known for the Palio, an annual summertime horse race around the shell-shaped town square, Piazza del Campo. Next, you will continue on to Florence, where you will check in to your hotel before enjoying dinner and a well-earned night of rest.
Overnight in Florence.
(Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 4: Florence (Pisa Optional)
After breakfast, you will spend the day venturing around beautiful Florence, the “cradle of renaissance, where, with the help of Michelangelo, Italian art reached its pinnacle. Based on Etruscan-Roman origins, the city flourished in the middle ages as a free “commune” and was further refined by the renaissance. You will be fascinated by its numerous monuments, churches, and buildings, as Santa Maria del Fiore, more commonly referred to as the Duomo. On your visit, you will be amazed by its magnificent dome built by Filippo Brunelleschi. Cross a small piazza to see the campanile tower (partly designed by Giotto) and the baptistery, with its bronze doors that Michelangelo dubbed the “gates of paradise.” In the heart of the city, you will see Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo della Signoria (also known as Palazzo Vecchio), and the basilica of Santa Croce. Lunch in a typical Tuscan restaurant in Santa Croce square. Spend the afternoon strolling the cobblestone streets of Florence on your own or take a short trip to Pisa with an optional excursion, one of the four main historical marine republics of Italy. There, you will tour the square of miracles, which houses the Duomo, the leaning tower, and the baptistery.
Overnight in Florence.
(Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 5: Florence/Bologna/Padua/Venice
Depart for Bologna after breakfast in Florence. There, you will wander through the city’s 38 kilometers worth of elegant arcades (or porticos), for which Bologna is famous. From Piazza Malpighi, we will walk to Piazza del Nettuno and Piazza Maggiore (Neptune square and Major square) in the heart of the city, where you will find Neptune fountain; King Renzo Palace; Podestà Palace; and the basilica of San Petronio, one of the largest in the world. In the afternoon, continue toward Padova, with its original Sant’Antonio basilica. Later, you will arrive in Venice, world-renowned for its classic gondola boats and its elegant, refined art. Check in to your hotel and enjoy your first Venetian dinner.
Overnight in Venice.
(Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 6: Thursday — Venice
Hit the water after breakfast as you board a private water bus to enjoy St. Mark’s square, interior visit of the splendid cathedral , the Doges palace, a symbol of the glory and authority of Venice as it housed the seat of the government and the court of justice. Nearby you will see the legendary Bridge of Sighs. Spend the afternoon roaming along Venice’s canals at your leisure and then return to the hotel for dinner and relaxation.
Overnight in Venice.
(Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 7: Venice/Chianti Region(Montepulciano)/Tuscany/Rome
Once you eat breakfast, depart from Piazzale Roma to Tuscany, known for its romantic churches and castles and its famous wines. You will proceed to Val di Chiana with a stop in Montepulciano, a medieval town rich with history and art. Known for its “nobile” wine, which can be purchased in the town, Montepulciano is also the host of an annual jazz and wine festival every July. Spend the afternoon getting to know Montepulciano at your own pace with free wine tasting in many shops and free time for shopping. That evening, you will check in to your new hotel in Rome.
Overnight in Rome.
(Breakfast)
Day 8: Rome
After breakfast, tour the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St Peter’s Basilica with our exclusive skip the line access! Your guide will lead you into the museums where you’ll visit one of the most important art collections of the world. Walk along the beautiful Galleries of Tapestries and Geographical Maps before admiring Raphael’s Rooms and, then, the amazing Sistine Chapel. After this incredible masterpiece, you will be taken by a privileged door to St. Peters’s Basilica: the biggest church in the world! Later, enjoy free time for lunch in a local panini shop, then meet your English- Speaking driver for a panoramic tour of Rome, including the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and the Colosseum.
Overnight in Rome.
(Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 9: Rome/Naples/Pompeii/Sorrento
After breakfast at your hotel, depart by coach at 7:00a.m., taking the highway “of the sun”through the regions of Lazio and Campania, where you will see a picturesque view of the abbey of Montecassino. Upon arriving in Naples, you will go on a short panoramic walking tour, seeing sites such as the Mergellina neighborhood, Castel dell’Ovo, Plebiscito square, the Royal Palace, Maschio Angioino, and the port. Have lunch in a restaurant en route to Pompeii and then visit the excavations of the famous Roman city, destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 a.D. Leaving Pompeii, you will drive along the Sorrentine coast, arriving in Sorrento for dinner.
Overnight in Sorrento.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 9: Sorrento/Capri/Rome
Breakfast at the hotel and free time to discover Sorrento or, if you want, you may opt for a visit to the Island of Capri (not included) or take an Amalfi coast excursion (not included). In the afternoon, at around 04.00 p.m., departure back to Rome.   (Attention: during the Low Season the itinerary doesn’t include the visit to Capri)
Overnight in Rome.
(Breakfast)
Day 10: Rome
Arriverderci to Sorrento! After breakfast meet your driver for a private transfer to the airport or rail station for your return trip home or your continuation to another destination.
(Breakfast)

Includes:

  • Hotel accommodations in 4* hotels for nine nights (Rome-4 nights, Florence-2 nights, Venice-2 nights,Sorrento-1 night) based on two people sharing a double room.
  • Breakfast daily.
  • 3 lunches.
  • 4 dinners.
  • Visit of the Vatican (entrance fees included).
  • Panoramic Tours as per itinerary. (during low season visit to Capri (Day 9) not included.
  • Round-trip airport/hotel transfers.
  • Bus as per itinerary.
  • Services of a professional tour director.
  • Hotel taxes and service charges.

Please Note: based on your flights, your transfers to/from the airport may not be included in your tour price even if referenced in the day by day description above.

Does not include:

  • Round-trip air transportation from USA or Canada to Italy.
  • Porterage at airports and hotels.
  • Beverages and meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Tips and optional excursions.
  • Transit tax to be paid locally upon check-out.
  • Travel Insurance.
    Optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further while giving you the flexibility you want in a vacation. Click here for some must-see sights and experiences.
Hotels:
Rome:
Bettoja Hotel (4*) or similar
Via Cavour, 15
00184 Rome
http://www.RomeHotelMediterraneo.it/
Florence:
Grand Hotel Mediterraneo
(4 *) or similar
Lugarno del Tempio, 42-44
50121 Florence
http://Mediterraneo.HotelinFirenze.com/
Venice:
Hotel Carlton Grand Canal (4*) or similar
S. Croce, 578
30135 Venice
http://www.CarltonGrandCanal.com/
Sorrento:
Grand Hotel Michelangelo
(4 *) or similar
Corso Italia, 275
80067 Sorrento
http://michelangelohotel.it/
Note — Should the tour not operate you will be notified 30 days in advance of your departure date. We urge you to purchase travel insurance to cover the cost of your entire vacation including any services you purchased from another agency.
2017 Departures Holidays Land Only Price Air & Land Price*
Jan. 14* $2,151
Feb. 04, 18* $2,151
Mar. 11* $2,151
Mar. 25 $2,512
Apr. 01, 08, 15, 22, 29 $2,512
May 04, 06, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27 $2,512
June 01, 03, 08, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24 $2,512
June 29 $2,431
July 01, 06, 08, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29 $2,431
Aug. 03, 05, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24 $2,431
Aug. 26, 31 $2,512
Sept. 02, 07, 09, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30 $2,512
Oct. 05, 07, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28 $2,512
 *During low season – visit to Capri (Day 9) is not included.
Note: First day of tour is your departure date from the U.S. Actual tour in Italy begins the next day.
**Price is based on 2 persons sharing a Double room.Prices are subject to change as a result of fuel surcharge increases or currency fluctuations. No changes will be made once final payment is received.
Single Supplement: on request.
*Air Fare is not included but discounted rates are available upon request.
Click here to view information on travel insurance.
For information on air fare, transfers or optional tours, please contact us: info@EuropeByChoice.com 212-400-7347

Please note that for operational reasons it may be necessary to substitute hotels and adjust itineraries due to local conditions.

To submit a reservation request BOOK NOW! Or call for more info 212-400-7347.


DEPOSITS/PAYMENTS:

We accept American Express, Visa, Master Card and Discover credit cards as well as checks as forms of payment. A deposit of 25% of the total price of the land services, inclusive of taxes and fees or full payment (depending on departure date) is required to confirm a reservation. Final payment is due no later than 90 days prior to departure. Airline tickets must be paid in full prior to issuance regardless of departure date. Ticket prices cannot be guaranteed until paid in full and ticketed. For full Terms and Conditions please click here.

Cancellation Policy
61 days or more prior to departure: 5% of package price
60-46 days prior to departure: 10% of package price
45-31 days prior to departure: 20% of package price
30-15 days prior to departure: 40% of package price
14-8 days prior to departure: 50% of package price
7-0 days and no-shows: 100% of package price

Tour operated by Ciao Italy & Carrani Tours (9)

TRAVEL TIPS:

Gratuities:
Tips to waiters, chambermaids, and to the Tour Directors, local guides, and drivers are not included. The following is a suggested guideline on tipping:
(a.) Euro 1.00 per person/per day for waiters and chambermaids
(b.) Euro 2.00 per person/per day for drivers and local guides
(c.) Euro 3.00 per person/per day for your Tour Director
Transfers:
Add transfers to your tour so you don’t have to worry about how to get to your hotel and back. Prices available upon request.
Transit Tax:
As of July 1, 2011 all visitors to Italy are required to pay an additional tourist tax for their hotel stay. The new tax has been created mainly to help re-build the ancient cities and is based on how many stars a hotel has. This tax may vary by city and can range from 1 to 6 Euro per person, per night, for a maximum of 10 consecutive nights. This must be paid by the visitor, in Euro, directly to the hotel at time of check-out. It will be presented as a separate charge from any other charges accrued at the hotel. (Children under the age of 10 are exempt from this tax.
Baggage:
Different airlines may have different policies. For information on specific airline policies, please check your carriers web site.
Air Transportation:
Air fares change often and vary by gateway city, season, day of week and seat availability. Our air fares will be quoted to you within two business days of your tour reservation and will include the air fare, fuel surcharges and government taxes as quoted by the airlines. You are under no obligation to accept our airfare quote and may elect to use your reward miles or your preferred airline. Typical airfares from New York to Rome varies from $1200 in March – May and September – October to $1500 in June – August but can change without prior notice. We highly recommend to reserve your seats early in order to obtain the best air fare.

Wonders of Italy

Tuscany, Italy Florence, Italy   Siena, Tuscany, Italy  Verona, Italy
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 $2,109**

Departures from May 04 – Oct. 19, 2017

Escorted Tour:  9 Days/ 7 Nights

Visit Italy’s favorite Art Cities plus quaint Tuscan towns.  Enjoy fabulous food in Bologna, and visit the city of Romeo and Juliet fame. Gaze at the picturesque view of Lake Como.

Rome, Assisi, Siena, Florence, Bologna, Padua, Venice, Verona, Sirmione, Como, Milan

ITINERARY:

Note: First day of tour is your departure date from the USA. Actual tour in Italy begins the next day.

Day 1: Thursday — Departure from USA/Canada to Rome
Departure from USA to Italy – with your own purchased airline tickets.
Day 2: Friday — Arrival in Rome
Welcome to Italy!
Upon arrival in Rome’s Fiumicino airport please proceed through the Passport Control and collect your luggage inside the customs area.  Then meet our driver for your private transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the Eternal City.
Overnight in Rome.
Day 3: Saturday — Rome/Assisi/Florence
After breakfast, depart for Assisi at 7:15 a.m. from the Hotel Massimo D’Azeglio by a deluxe coach. Explore this tiny town, surrounded by walls built in the middle ages, at your leisure. Be sure to visit the Basilica of St. Francis, where you will see masterpieces by Giotto and Cimabue, and to have lunch (not included). Board the bus for Siena, a medieval town surrounded by ancient walls.  It is known for the Palio, an annual summertime horse race around the shell-shaped town square, Piazza del Campo. Next, you will continue on to Florence, where you will check in to your hotel before enjoying dinner and a well-earned night of rest
Overnight in Florence.
(Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 4: Sunday — Florence
After breakfast, you will spend the day venturing around beautiful Florence, the “Cradle of Renaissance, where, with the help of Michelangelo, Italian art reached its pinnacle. Based on Etruscan-Roman origins, the city flourished in the Middle Ages as a free “Commune” and was further refined during the Renaissance. You will be fascinated by the uncountable monuments, churches and buildings such as Santa Maria del Fiore, more commonly referred to as the Duomo. On your visit, you will be amazed by its magnificent dome built by Filippo Brunelleschi. Cross a small piazza to see the “Campanile” tower (partly designed by Giotto) and the Baptistery, with its bronze doors where Michelangelo imagined the “Gates of Paradise.” In the heart of the city, you will see Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo della Signoria (also known as Palazzo Vecchio), and the Basilica of Santa Croce. Lunch in a typical Tuscan restaurant in Piazza Santa Croce. Spend the afternoon strolling the cobblestone streets of Florence on your own or take a short optional tour to Pisa, one of the four main historical Marine Republics of Italy. There, you will tour the Piazza dei Miracoli with the Duomo, Pisa’s symbol “the Leaning Tower” and the Baptistery.
Overnight in Florence.
(Breakfast)
Day 5: Monday —Florence/Bologna/Padua/Venice
After breakfast in Florence you will depart for Bologna. There, you will discover the elegant city center with its “porticos”, it’s shopping streets and so on. From Piazza Malpighi you will walk to Piazza del Nettuno and Piazza Maggiore (Neptune square and Major square) in the heart of the city, then King Renzo’s Palace; Palazzo Podestà and the basilica of San Petronio, one of the biggest in the world. Bologna is a real gourmet’s heaven…don’t miss trying a tasty meal for lunch at your own leisure! In the afternoon, continue toward Padova, with Sant’Antonio Basilica: one of the most visited churches by pilgrims of the catholic world. Later in the afternoon, arrival in Venice: the City of Love, one of the most romantic cities of the whole world and, undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man! Check in at your hotel for dinner.
Overnight in Venice.
(Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 6: Tuesday — Venice
After breakfast, enjoy your private water-taxi transfer to Piazza San Marco, with “skip the line” tickets to visit the splendid St.Mark’s Basilica and, after this, check out the most iconic places of the “Floating City”: the Palazzo dei Dogi, symbol of Venice’s glorious past, the legendary “Bridge of Sighs”. Spend the afternoon roaming along Venice’s canals at your leisure and then return to the hotel for dinner.
Overnight in Venice.
(Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 7: Wednesday — Venice/Verona/Sirmione/Como
After breakfast departe for the famous city of Verona: the town of Romeo and Juliet. A walk through its narrow streets will allow you to get in touch with Verona’s varied and fascinating past: traces of its splendid roman origins, as the world-famous Arena and its medieval structures, its magnificent renaissance palaces, as well as the impressive fortifications protecting the city. The combination of art and history will fascinate you. You will proceed to Sirmione, where you will see Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy. Enjoy the area, rich in vegetation including lemon trees, oleanders and magnolias. You will see the Sirmione cape, the castle and the ruins. Then, in the afternoon, we will arrive in Como and enjoy the picturesque view of Lake Como. Free time to visit Como, one of the most beautiful cities in Italy. After the visit check-in at the hotel.
Overnight in Como.
(Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 8: Thursday — Como/Milan
A leisurely day in Milano, the fashion capital of Italy, awaits you after breakfast. Optional tours of the city are available.  
Overnight in Milan
(Breakfast)
Day 9: Friday — Milan/U.S.A.
After breakfast we say arriverderci! Meet our driver for your private transfer to the airport for your trip home or continue on to another destination.
(Breakfast)

Includes:

  • Hotel accommodations in a 4* hotel for seven nights (Rome – 1 night, Florence – 2 nights, Venice – 2 nights, Como – 1 night, Milan – 1 night) based on 2 persons sharing a room.
  • Breakfast daily.
  • 1 lunch.
  • 4 dinners.
  • Panoramic visits as per itinerary.
  • Round-trip airport/hotel transfers.
  • Bus as per itinerary.
  • Services of a professional tour director.
  • Hotel taxes and service charges.

Please Note: based on your flights, your transfers to/from the airport may not be included in your tour price even if referenced in the day by day description above.

Does not include:

  • Round-trip air transportation from USA or Canada to Italy.
  • Porterage.
  • Beverages and meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Tips and optional excursions.
  • Transit tax to be paid locally.
  • Travel Insurance.

Optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further while giving you the flexibility you want in a vacation. Click here for some must-see sights and experiences.

Hotels:
Rome:
Bettoja Hotel (4*) or similar
Via Cavour, 15
00184 Rome
http://www.RomeHotelMediterraneo.it/
Florence:
Grand Hotel Mediterraneo (4 *) or similar
Lugarno del Tempio, 42-44
50121 Florence
http://Mediterraneo.HotelinFirenze.com/
Venice:
Hotel Carlton Grand Canal (4*) or similar
S. Croce, 578
30135 Venice
http://www.CarltonGrandCanal.com/
Como:
Hotel Cruise (4 *) or similar
Via Giosuè Carducci, 3,
Montano Lucino, Como
http://www.HotelCruise.it/
Milan:
Hotel Galles (4 *) or similar
Piazza Lima, 2,
20124 Milan
http://www.Galles.it/

Note
— Escorted tour packages are based upon a minimum number of participants.  Should the tour not operate you will be notified 30 days in advance of your departure date. We urge you to purchase travel insurance to cover the cost of your entire vacation including any services you purchased from another agency.
  2017 Departures Return Holidays Land Only Price Comments
Thursdays Fridays
May 04 $2,109
May 11 $2,109
May 18 $2,109
May 25 $2,109
June 01 $2,109
June 15 $2,109
June 22 $2,109
June 29 $2,109
July 06 $2,109
July 13 $2,109
July 20 $2,109
July 27 $2,109
Aug. 03 $2,109
Aug. 10 $2,109
Aug. 17 $2,109
Aug. 24 $2,109
Aug. 31 $2,109
Sept. 07 $2,109
Sept. 14 $2,109
Sept. 21 $2,109
Sept. 28 $2,109
Oct. 05 $2,109
Oct. 12 $2,109
Oct. 19 $2,109
Note: First day of tour is your departure date from the U.S. Actual tour in Italy begins the next day.
**Price is based on 2 persons sharing a Double room.Prices are subject to change as a result of fuel surcharge increases or currency fluctuations. No changes will be made once final payment is received.
Single Supplement: $660
*Air Fare is not included but discounted rates are available upon request.
Click here to view information on travel insurance.
For information on air fare, transfers or optional tours, please contact us: info@EuropeByChoice.com 212-400-7347

Please note that for operational reasons it may be necessary to substitute hotels and adjust itineraries due to local conditions.

To submit a reservation request BOOK NOW! Or call for more info 212-400-7347.


DEPOSITS/PAYMENTS:

We accept American Express, Visa, Master Card and Discover credit cards as well as checks as forms of payment. A deposit of 25% of the total price of the land services, inclusive of taxes and fees or full payment (depending on departure date) is required to confirm a reservation. Final payment is due no later than 90 days prior to departure. Airline tickets must be paid in full prior to issuance regardless of departure date. Ticket prices cannot be guaranteed until paid in full and ticketed. For full Terms and Conditions please click here.

Cancellation Policy
61 days or more prior to departure: 5% of package price
60-46 days prior to departure: 10% of package price
45-31 days prior to departure: 20% of package price
30-15 days prior to departure: 40% of package price
14-8 days prior to departure: 50% of package price
7-0 days and no-shows: 100% of package price

Tour operated by Ciao Italy & Carrani Tours (551)

TRAVEL TIPS:

Gratuities:
Tips to waiters, chambermaids, and to the Tour Directors, local guides, and drivers are not included. The following is a suggested guideline on tipping:
(a.) Euro 1.00 per person/per day for waiters and chambermaids
(b.) Euro 2.00 per person/per day for drivers and local guides
(c.) Euro 3.00 per person/per day for your Tour Director
Transfers:
Add transfers to your tour so you don’t have to worry about how to get to your hotel and back. Prices available upon request.
Transit Tax:
As of July 1, 2011 all visitors to Italy are required to pay an additional tourist tax for their hotel stay. The new tax has been created mainly to help re-build the ancient cities and is based on how many stars a hotel has. This tax may vary by city and can range from 1 to 6 Euro per person, per night, for a maximum of 10 consecutive nights. This must be paid by the visitor, in Euro, directly to the hotel at time of check-out. It will be presented as a separate charge from any other charges accrued at the hotel. (Children under the age of 10 are exempt from this tax.
Baggage:
Different airlines may have different policies. For information on specific airline policies, please check your carriers web site.
Air Transportation:
Air fares change often and vary by gateway city, season, day of week and seat availability. Our air fares will be quoted to you within two business days of your tour reservation and will include the air fare, fuel surcharges and government taxes as quoted by the airlines. You are under no obligation to accept our airfare quote and may elect to use your reward miles or your preferred airline. Typical airfares from New York to Rome varies from $1200 in March – May and September – October to $1500 in June – August but can change without prior notice. We highly recommend to reserve your seats early in order to obtain the best air fare.

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