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.

Italian Overture

Rome, Italy Florence, Italy Venice, Italy Siena, Tuscany, Italy BOOK NOW!

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Departures from April 13, 2017 – Nov. 16, 2017

Escorted Tour: 9 Days/ 7 Nights

The Art Cities Rome, Siena, Florence, Venice.   Limited to 16 people.

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. Transfer on your own to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the Eternal City. In the evening, at 6:30PM meet your tour guide for a short briefing followed by a welcome dinner in a local restaurant nearby.
Overnight in Rome.
(Dinner)
Day 3: Saturday — Rome
After breakfast, meet your guide who will take you through the heart of Rome. Visit the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona and the Baroque quarter.  Free time for lunch.  In the afternoon transfer to the Vatican for a guided visit of the Museums. Vatican art and history have always left a profound impression on visitors to Rome: discover the masterpieces of Greek and Roman ancient art, works of Raphael, Michelangelo and Caravaggio, the Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica and more. Return to your hotel in late afternoon. In the evening, as an option, your guide will take you to a traditional Roman trattoria to experience fine local cuisine.
Overnight in Rome.
(Breakfast)
Day 4: Sunday — Siena/Florence
After breakfast depart for Florence, en-route a stop in Siena is a must. The drive itself is a magnificent path along the roads of Tuscany. Enjoy the view of the hills covered by vineyards, olive trees, small villages and original bell towers. Lunch will be served in a typical farmhouse, where some of the world’s best wines are produced. Continue on to Siena, and enjoy a guided walking tour of the town, probably the loveliest medieval place in Italy. In the heart of Siena is the Piazza del Campo, where the famous horse race Il Palio takes place twice a year. Continue to Florence and en-route stop at a typical vineyard for a wine tasting.  Arrive in Florence in late afternoon.
Overnight in Florence.
(Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 5: Monday —Florence
Today is entirely free to explore the rest of Florence or the surrounding area. Florence is a shoppers delight and, whether it’s gold, leather goods or fashion products, you can’t go wrong.  Your guide will help you select an optional tour to:
Pisa with its leaning tower,
Montepulciano and Montalcino,
Cortona & Assisi,
Wine tour of Chianti,
The Gardens of Tuscany, or
Cinqueterre.
Overnight in Florence.
(Breakfast)
Day 6: Tuesday — Florence
In the morning, enjoy a guided walking tour of the city. Lorenzo de Medici, in the 15th century, transformed Florence into the cradle of the Renaissance by attracting the best artists, architects and writers of the time the likes of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Botticelli to name a few. Visit Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, Giotto’s bell tower, Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio, and Santa Croce. Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring Florence on your own, maybe taking the opportunity to visit the Uffizi Gallery or the Accademia to admire Michelangelo’s “David”. Later in the day, join us for an optional evening walk in the sunset followed by a dinner to taste the local Tuscan delights.
Overnight in Florence.
(Breakfast)
Day 7: Wednesday — Venice
After breakfast transfer to the rail station to catch the Florence – Venice high speed train. Upon arrival in Venice, one of Europe’s most romantic cities, transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is for you to explore Venice on your own.
Overnight in Venice.
(Breakfast)
Day 8: Thursday — Venice

In the morning visit classic Venice: Piazza San Marco, the Doge’s Palace, the Rialto Bridge and the Grand Canal. Free time for lunch. In the early evening, discover the amazing hand of Venice during the sunset. Your tour guide will then escort you between the Venetian “calli” and their “Bacari”, the typical and traditional Venetian bars, to taste the famous “Cicchetti” nibbles. 
With this itinerary, you will get to know the charmed Venice between its lights, colors and tastes.  At the end, enjoy a Venetian Dinner.
 Then take an optional gondola ride followed by a sunset tour in this magical city.
Overnight in Venice.
(Breakfast)
Day 10: Friday — Venice/U.S.A.
Say farewell to Venice and transfer to the Airport, on your own, for your return flight home.
(Breakfast)

Includes:

  • Hotel accommodations in 4* hotels for seven nights (Rome-2 nights, Florence-3 nights, Venice-2 nights) based on two people sharing a double room.
  • Transfer from hotel in Florence to the rail station.
  • Transfer from Venice rail station to the hotel.
  • Breakfast daily.
  • 1 lunch.
  • 2 dinners (with wine).
  • Wine tasting in Siena.
  • Visit the heart of  Rome and the Vatican (entrance fees included).
  • Visit to Siena.
  • Walking tours of Florence and Venice.
  • High speed train from Florence to Venice.*
  • Bus as per itinerary.
  • Services of a professional tour escort.**
  • Hotel taxes and service charges.
  • Porterage at hotels.

*May be substituted by coach occasionally. **For groups of 6 or less, a tour host will be provided.
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.
  • Arrival and departure transfers.
  • Beverages and meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Tips.
  • Optional excursions.
  • Transit tax to be paid locally to your hotel at check-out.
  • Travel Insurance.

 

Hotels:
Rome:
Hotel Londra (4*) or similar
Piazza Sallustio, 18
00187 Rome
http://www.HotelLondraRoma.com/
Florence:
Pierre
(4 *) or similar
Via De’ Lamberti, 5
50123 Florence
http://www.Hotel-Pierre-Florence.com/
Venice:
Palazzo Selvadego (4*)
or similar
San Marco 1124/B
30124 Venice
http://www.HotelPalazzoSelvadegoVenezia.it/
Note — Should the tour not operate you will be notified 45 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 Guaranteed Departures Return Holidays Land Only Price Comments
Thursdays Fridays
Apr. 13 $1,899
Apr. 27 $1,899
May 04 $1,999
May 18 $1,999
June 01 $1,999
June 15 $1,999
June 29 $1,999
July 13 $1,899
July 27 $1,699
Aug. 10 $1,699
Aug. 24 $1,699
Sept. 07 $1,999
Sept. 21 $1,999
Oct. 05 $1,899
Oct. 19 $1,899
Nov. 02 $1,559
Nov. 09 $1,499
Nov. 16 $1,499
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 Visit Italy Tours

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 $900 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.

Tuscany Independent Tour – Just Tuscany

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from  $3,457**  

Departures from April 2017 – November 2017

Tuscany Independent Tour: 9 Days/ 7 Nights

Fall in love with Tuscany!  Experience fine art, excellent food and wine and amazing scenery.

Florence, Pisa, San Gimignano, Siena, Montepulciano, Chianti, Pienza

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 Italy – with your own purchased airline tickets.
Day 2: Florence
Welcome to Italy!
Upon arrival at Florence airport please proceed through the Passport Control and collect your luggage inside the customs area. Meet your driver at the airport and enjoy a private transfer to your hotel in central Florence, where you will be left to explore the Renaissance city.
Overnight in Florence.
Day 3: Florence
After breakfast at your hotel, take in Florence during a private walking tour, including a visit to the Accademia Gallery, home of Michelangelo’s famous “David” statue. In the afternoon, join a group tour to Pisa, where you will see the famous Leaning Tower. Return to your Florence hotel for the evening.
Overnight in Florence.
(Breakfast)
Day 4: Florence
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before meeting your Chef for the day, who will take you to the food markets before proceeding to the kitchen for an amazing cooking class. Prepare classic Tuscan dishes in a fun, no-pressure environment before sitting down to enjoy your work. Spend the rest of the day at your own pace, roaming the quaint cobblestone streets of Florence. Overnight in Florence.
(Breakfast)
Day 5: Tuscany
Tuscany awaits after breakfast at your hotel! Our driver will transfer you to a Tuscan villa where you will check in and spend a relaxing evening.
(Breakfast)
Day 6: Siena & San Gimignano
Our English-speaking driver will take you through the scenic hills of Chianti en route to Siena, a Medieval town known for its Palio horse race. A local historian will show you Piazza del Campo, Torre del Mangia, Palazzo Pubblico, and the cathedral. Dine on typical Sienese pici pasta at a trattoria or opt for a lunch excursion to the beautiful Monteriggioni Castle. After, travel to San Gimignano to enjoy a pleasant walk through this enchanting village, admiring its famous Medieval towers. Sit back for a relaxing drive to your villa.
(Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 7:
Montepulciano & Pienza
After breakfast, our English-speaking driver will transport you to Montepulciano, a wine town built on volcanic rock. Meet your expert historian for a tour of this Renaissance town, known for its beautiful churches and Vino Nobile, one of Italy’s oldest wines. After a three-course lunch, the tour will continue with a panoramic drive to Monticchiello and Pienza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. En route back to your villa, stop in at a local winery for a visit and tasting.
(Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 8: Tuscany
Today is at leisure at your gorgeous Tuscan villa; indulge in an optional spa treatment, or walk along the scenic grounds and enjoy the beauty.
(Breakfast)
Day 9: Florence/US
After breakfast transfer back to Florence, enjoying one last picturesque drive before your tour concludes.

Includes:

  • Hotel accommodations  seven  nights (Florence – 3 nights in a 4* hotel, Tuscany – 4 nights in a 5* hotel) based on 2 persons sharing a room.
  • Private transfer from Florence airport to your hotel in Florence.
  • Breakfast daily.
  • Half-day private walking tour of Florence, including  entrance to the Accademia.
  • Group tour to Pisa.
  • Cooking class in Florence.
  • Private transfer from Florence to your villa/hotel in Tuscany.
  • 2 private full-day tours with an English-speaking driver.
  • 2 lunches.
  • 1 wine tasting.
  • Local tour guide in Siena and Montepulciano.
  • Private transfer from your villa/hotel in Tuscany to Florence
  • Hotel taxes and service charges.
    **Tours are run by local city tour operators with certified, professional local tour guides.

Does not include:

  • Round-trip air transportation from USA or Canada to Italy.
  • Porterage at airports.
  • 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:
Florence:
Hotel Brunelleschi (4 Stars) or similar
Piazza Sant’Elisabetta
50122 Florence
http://www.hotelbrunelleschi.com/
Chianti Region:
Castello del Nero (5 Stars) or similar
Strada Spicciano n. 7
50028 Tavarnelle Val di Pesa
http://www.castellodelnero.com

Note
— Should the tour not operate you will be notified 45 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
 
April/Oct. 16 to Nov.16 $3,457
May to Oct. 15 $3,649
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. Black out dates apply during trade shows, holidays and events.
Single Supplement: On Request   Luxury Hotel Rates: 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. Some tours may not be available certain seasons and alternates will be offered.  Black out dates apply during trade shows, holidays and events.*****

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     (451)

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:
First piece of baggage (up to 23 kilos and 158-203cm) is free. Second piece has an airline imposed fee of $55. Third piece $200. Baggage allowance is per passenger, each way. Different airlines may have other 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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Departures from Apr. 03 – Oct. 16, 2017

Italy & France Escorted Tour: 11 Days/ 10 Nights

Visit two of Europe’s most enchanting countries, Italy and France. See St. Peter’s, the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum, and the Forum in Rome. Visit the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, and St. Mark’s Square in Venice.  See the beautiful Cinque Terre.   Admire Michelangelo’s David, the legendary Leaning Tower in Pisa, the famous Fragonard perfume factory in Èze, the famous artist town of St. Paul de Vence, and the Eiffel Tower for a spectacular view of Paris.

Rome, Assisi, Venice, Florence, Pisa, Cinque Terre, Genoa, Eze, Nice, St. Paul de Vence, Paris

ITINERARY:

Day 1 Arrive in Rome, Italy
Welcome to Rome! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and leave the hotel for a welcome dinner with pasta and wine at Mino restaurant.
(Dinner)
Day 2 Rome
E
njoy unique guided sightseeing, including inside visits to the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL with Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment, monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà.  Then, drive to the amazing COLOSSEUM, and the ROMAN FORUM, where Roman legions marched in triumph. To make the most of your stay, join our optional walking tour with a Local Guide to explore famous sights like the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and more.
(Breakfast)
Day 3 Rome–Assisi–Venice

Take a morning break in peaceful Assisi. Visit the massive 13th-century BASILICA OF ST. FRANCIS built above the saint’s grave. Continue to the Adriatic coast and arrive in romantic Venice. Tonight is your chance to join an optional evening excursion featuring a private water-taxi ride along the Grand Canal, followed by a traditional Venetian dinner.
(Breakfast)
Day 4 Venice

Start out in style by private boat and meet your Local Guide. Highlights of your walking tour are ST. MARK’S SQUARE and the byzantine BASILICA, lavish DOGES’ PALACE and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Also watch a skilled GLASSBLOWER fashion delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner. Later, you may wish to join an optional cruise to colorful Burano Island.
(Breakfast)
Day 5 Venice–Florence

Drive across the wooded Apennine Mountains into Tuscany and arrive in Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance.”   Your guided walking tour features a visit to the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS with Michelangelo’s celebrated David. Admire the magnificent cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, and the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gate of Paradise,” and visit sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Enter Piazza Santa Croce and check out the enticing shops with Florentine leather goods and gold jewelry.
(Breakfast)
Day 6 Florence–Pisa–Cinque Terre–Genova

In Pisa, marvel at the amazing Leaning Tower, 180 feet high and 12 feet out of the perpendicular. Continue to La Spezia on the Mediterranean Coast and enjoy your excursion to  CINQUE TERRE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including a BOAT RIDE (weather permitting) with a Local Guide. The name dates back to the 15th century and is derived from five little medieval villages standing on stony spurs along five miles of the rocky coastline: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso.  From here, take the TRAIN and head for Genova, birthplace of Christopher Columbus.
(Breakfast)
Day 7 Genova–Eze–France–Nice

An orientation gives you a good impression of this amazing city, and there is time to explore the Porto Antico before your drive along the coast towards France with spectacular views of Italian and French Riviera resorts. Leave the highway for the panoramic Moyenne Corniche and stop in Èze.  Visit the Fragonard perfume factory, learn about the fascinating history of the art of PERFUME-MAKING, and receive a souvenir gift to take home with you. Arrive in Nice. An optional outing is available tonight to Monte Carlo.
(Breakfast)
Day 8 Nice. Excursion To St. Paul De Vence

A highlight visit this morning to the picturesque hilltop town of St. Paul de Vence. Explore the many art galleries and enjoy the spectacular view, or relax at a café, where you may see the locals play pétanque (lawn bowling). Return to Nice for a lazy afternoon to dabble in the blue Mediterranean or to stroll along the elegant Promenade des Anglais.
(Breakfast)
Day 9 Nice–Paris

Transfer to the railway station and board the high-speed TGV TRAIN to Paris.  Today is at leisure to enjoy what this extraordinary metropolis has to offer. This evening, a special dinner with wine has been included at a local restaurant where you can try out specialties like escargots (snails), soupe à l’oignon (onion soup), boeuf bourguignon (beef Burgundy), or others, followed by a drive through the “City of Light.”
(Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 10 Paris

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the most famous sights: the Opéra, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysées, and more. For a bird’s-eye view, take the elevator to the second floor of Paris’ most famous landmark: the EIFFEL TOWER.  To enhance your stay, you may wish to join an optional excursion to the lavish baroque Palace and Gardens of Versailles, built by the Sun King, Louis XIV. Tonight, an optional dinner and show at the famous Moulin Rouge may be the best way to say, “Au revoir, Paris.”
(Breakfast)
Day 11 Paris

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
(Breakfast)

Includes:

  • Hotel accommodations in a 4* hotel for ten nights. (Rome – 2 nights, Venice – 2 nights, Florence – 1 night, Genoa – 1 night, Nice – 2 nights, Paris – 2 nights) based on 2 persons sharing a room.
  • Welcome cocktail.
  • Buffet breakfast daily.
  • 2 special three-course dinners with wine in Rome and Paris.
  • Guided tours of Rome, Venice, Florence
  • Visit Assisi, Cinque Terre, Pisa, Genoa
  • Guided tour of Paris.
  • Visit a perfume factory in Eze.
  • Excursion to St. Paul de Vence.
  • TGV (first-class) high-speed train* from Nice to Paris.
  • Services of a professional tour escort throughout.
  • Bus as per itinerary.
  • Hotel taxes and service charges.

*In the rare event that the TGV train is unavailable, alternative services will be provided.

Does not include:

  • Round-trip air transportation from USA or Canada.
  • Porterage at airports.
  • Airport transfers.
  • 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:
Ludovisi Palace (4 Stars) or similar
Via Ludovisi, 43
00187 Rome
http://www.LudovisiPalaceHotel.com
Venice:
Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal (4 Stars) or similar
Santa Croce 578
30135 Venice
http://www.carltongrandcanal.com/
Florence:
AC Hotel Firenze – Marriott (4 Stars) or similar
Via Luciano Bausi, 5
50144 Florence
http://www.marriott.com/
Genoa:
NH Hotel Genoa Centro (4 Stars) or similar
Via Martin Piaggio, 11
16122 Genova
http://www.nh-hotels.com/
Nice:
AC Nice (4 Stars) or similar
59 Promenade des Anglais
06000 Nice
http://ac-hotel-nice.h-rez.com/
Paris:
Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel (4 Stars) or similar
17 Boulevard Saint-Jacques
75014 Paris
http://www.marriott.com/
We urge you to purchase travel insurance to cover the cost of your entire vacation including any services you purchased from another agency.

 

Departure Details Tour Start Date Return Date Land Only Price**
4/03/2017 4/13/2017 $3,489.00
4/10/2017 4/20/2017 $3,499.00
4/17/2017 4/27/2017 $3,499.00
4/24/2017 5/04/2017 $3,499.00
 Popular Departure 5/01/2017 5/11/2017 $3,499.00
5/08/2017 5/18/2017 $3,499.00
5/15/2017 5/25/2017 $3,499.00
Popular Departure 5/22/2017 6/01/2017 $3,499.00
5/29/2017 6/08/2017 $3,499.00
6/05/2017 6/15/2017 $3,499.00
6/12/2017 6/22/2017 $3,499.00
Popular Departure 6/19/2017 6/29/2017 $3,499.00
6/26/2017 7/06/2017 $3,499.00
7/03/2017 7/13/2017 $3,499.00
 Popular Departure 7/10/2017 7/20/2017 $3,499.00
7/17/2017 7/27/2017 $3,499.00
7/24/2017 8/03/2017 $3,499.00
7/31/2017 8/10/2017 $3,499.00
8/07/2017 8/17/2017 $3,499.00
8/14/2017 8/24/2017 $3,499.00
Popular Departure 8/21/2017 8/31/2017 $3,499.00
8/28/2017 9/07/2017 $3,499.00
Popular Departure 9/04/2017 9/14/2017 $3,499.00
9/11/2017 9/21/2017 $3,499.00
9/18/2017 9/28/2017 $3,499.00
Popular Departure 9/25/2017 10/05/2017 $3,499.00
10/02/2017 10/12/2017 $3,499.00
10/09/2017 10/19/2017 $3,499.00
10/16/2017 10/26/2017 $3,489.00
**Price is per person 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: $867, Triple Room Reduction: $54 per person, Extra nights per person in Rome: $124-$214 for single, $83-$144 for double, $75-$121 for triple; in Paris: $257-$582 for single, $139-$301 for double, $156-$395 for triple.
*Air Fare is not included but discounted rates are available upon request.
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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.

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Tour is operated by Globus and the purchase of any travel services offered by Globus, constitutes a contractual arrangement between you and Globus, and represents your acceptance of the Terms & Conditions. Please ensure that you read carefully and understand the Terms & Conditions prior to booking. These Terms & Conditions cover Deposit & Final Payment information, Air-Inclusive Deposits & Final Payment, Revisions & Revision Fees, Air Arrangements, Participation, Travelers Who Need Special Assistance, Young Travelers, Smoking, Price Policy, Visas and Passports, Hotels & Accommodations, Baggage Allowance, Travel Documents, Not Included in the Land Price, Refunds, Service Inquires After the Vacation, Holidays, Safety, Photos & Pictures, Optional Excursions, and Responsibility. View full Terms & Conditions

Important Notes:

  • Vacation departures, itineraries and prices are subject to change.
  • A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $250 per person per vacation is required  to reserve space for you. View Terms & Conditions for limited exceptions.
  • The following charges are not included in the land vacation price unless otherwise noted: airfare to and from the start of your vacation; Intra-vacation air unless specified in the itinerary; airline baggage fees including checked and/or excess baggage fees; Federal inspection fees for the Federal U.S. Customs and Immigrations; International Air Transportation tax; agricultural tax; other per person taxes imposed by government entities; airport taxes and fees including the September 11th Security fee up to $10 per person, passenger facility charges up to $18 per person, Federal domestic flight segment fees up to $3.70 per segment, and U.S. and International arrival and departure and other government-imposed added by the airline and applicable at time of booking; port taxes; passports; visas (except on Cuba programs) and vaccinations; tips to your Tour or Cruise Director, Globus Group Leader in Cuba, Local Host, driver, Local Guides, and/or ship’s crew; gratuities on ferries, trains, and cruise ships; laundry; telephone; minibar; alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted Globus menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant or onboard your vessel (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel, ship, or restaurant); airport transfers on non-qualifying flights; optional excursions; additional activities and excursions purchased online; porterage at airports and train stations; Travel Protection; and all other items of a personal nature.

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.
Baggage:
Different airlines 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. We highly recommend to reserve your seats early in order to obtain the best air fare.

The Magnificent South & Flavors of Tuscany*

Siena, Tuscany, Italy Puglia, Italy Pisa, Italy Liguria, Italy BOOK NOW!

$2,209

Departures from April 29, 2017 – Oct. 14, 2017

Semi-Escorted Tour: 13 Days/ 11 Nights

*Featuring a full-day tour of the Cinque Terre in Liguria

Puglia is located in the southeastern part of Italy known as “the heel.” It’s not only well-known for its nature, but also for its fertile countryside. Many come for the glorious food (locally grown figs, olives, almonds, and grapes, and just-caught seafood), the hill towns, and tiny fishing villages that feel caught in time, and, of course, the climate, which while heavenly in summer is mild year-round. Museums, art, culture, history!  Visit San Gimignano, a splendid example of a Tuscan medieval town now declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco.

Rome, Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri, Castellana Caves,  Alberobello, Lecce, Gallipoli, Ostuni,  Matera, Sorrento, Montepulciano, Pienza, Siena, San Gimignano, Tavelnelle, Pisa, La Spezia, Portovenere, Cinque Terre, Montecarlo di Lucca

ITINERARY:

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

Day 1: Saturday
Departure from USA to Italy – with your own purchased airline tickets.
Day 2: SundayArrival 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. Transfer on your own to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the Eternal City. Optional private transfer is available. Overnight in Rome.
Day 3: Monday — Rome/Naples/Pompeii/Sorrento
After an early breakfast, meet your multilingual tour leader at 7:30 a.m. at the Gartour sightseeing office for you departure to Naples by coach. Hotel pick up may also be available from 6:45 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. Upon arrival in Naples our local guide will take you for a walking tour of the historical center to admire Piazza del Plebiscito, Royal Palace, Gallery of Umberto I, and the San Carlo Opera House. From Naples, continue to Pompeii, and enjoy a short visit to a coral and cameo factory. Lunch is in a typical Restaurant, followed by a visit of the excavations of this ancient Roman city which was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvio in 79 b.C. and buried under 4 to 6 meters of ash and stones. Proceed to Sorrento, a charming town of the Sorrentine Peninsula famous for the cultivation of Oranges, Lemons and Olives trees. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Sorrento.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4: Tuesday — Sorrento/
Capri/Sorrento
American buffet breakfast at the hotel and departure at 8.00 a.m. to the island of Capri. You will board the ferry and arrive in Marina Grande. Once on the island, you will visit the Blue Grotto (weather permitting), the Augustus Gardens and stop at the famous “Piazzetta”. A Minibus will take you up to Anacapri. After lunch in Anacapri, you will return to Marina Grande where you will board the ferry for your transfer back to Sorrento. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Sorrento.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5: Wednesday — Sorrento/Castellana Caves/Alberobello (Trullli)
Depart at 7.30 a.m. for Apulia. Along the way you will visit the Castellana Caves discovered in 1938. The Grottos of Castellana are one of the most important attractions of Puglia and a natural heritage of inestimable value to Italy. The tour winds along a distance of 3 km. A unique guided tour of the caves to more than 60 meters deep in an amazing scenario made of stalactites, stalagmites, concretions, incredible shapes, fossils, canyons and caves with fantastic names; calcifications from conformations and amazing colors solicit the imagination of children and adults. Time at leisure for lunch. After the visit to the Caves, will continue our journey to Alberobello the town of the “Trulli” which is part of the Unesco Heritage list. The trulli are typical houses with a cone roof, used as homes and to store farmer utensils. Here you will enjoy wine tasting in a local wine cellar.  Proceed to Castellana Caves.  Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Castellana Grotte.
(Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 6: Thursday — Castellana Caves/Lecce/Gallipoli/Ostuni/Castellana Caves
After breakfast depart for Lecce famous for its baroque arts & architecture developed between the end of the XVI century and the first half of the XVII century. During the tour you will admire the rich and beautiful decoration of the St. Oronzo church, the basilica of Santa Croce and the Celestini palace and the roman amphitheatre. The tour will continue to Gallipoli, from the Greek Kallipolis meaning beautiful city, a fishing village on the coast in southern Italy’s Puglia region. Gallipoli is an old town built on a limestone island and linked to the mainland by a 16th century bridge. Its harbors are used by fishing boats and there’s plenty of fresh seafood. Free time for lunch and proceed to the village of Ostuni, also called “white town” because of its white walls and white painted houses. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Castellana Grotte.
(Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 7: Friday — Castellana Caves/Matera/Rome
Buffet breakfast at the hotel and departure to Matera. This town, internationally known for the “Sassi” (stones), originated from a prehistoric (troglodyte) settlement, and is suspected to be one of the first settlements in Italy. The Sassi are houses built into the rock itself, which is characteristic of the Basilicata & Apulia regions. One of the peculiarities of this ancient city is that there is a great similarity with the ancient sites in and around Jerusalem. This caught the eye of film directors and movie studios and the Sassi were the set of various films such as “The Gospel according to St. Matthew”(Pasolini 1964), “King David” (Bruce Beresford 1985), “The Passion of the Christ” (Gibson 2004) and the “Nativity story” (Hardwicke 2006). Matera is also part of the Unesco Heritage List. Time for a snack in Matera and return via Pompeii where you will board a bus to Rome. Overnight in Rome.
(Breakfast)
Day 8: Saturday — Rome
Enjoy this full-day at leisure or take one of our optional tours to discover the ancient and modern aspects of this cosmopolitan city; stop in Trastevere to try the local cuisine, sit outside a café on the elegant Via Veneto or maybe shop in the fashionable Via Condotti or visit the Trevi Fountain. Walk along the Forum and visit the Colesseum, the most famous monument of ancient Rome an impressive testament to its glorious past and greatness. Overnight in Rome.
(Breakfast)
Day 9: Sunday — Rome/Montepulciano/Pienza/Siena
After an early breakfast, you will be picked up at your hotel at 7:30 a.m. Meet your multilingual tour leader and start a delightful trip through the rolling hills of the Chianti Region. Arrive at the hilltop town of Montepulciano, an ancient village rich of medieval and Renaissance buildings, famous for producing one of the oldest wines of Italy, the “Nobile di Montepulciano”. You will stop for a visit to a wine cellar and experience a tasting of wines and local products like ham, cheese, and salami. Proceed to Pienza, the Renaissance town built under Pope Pius II and also well-known for its pecorino cheese. The tour will then proceed to Siena, where you will enjoy a visit to the old city centre. You will be walking along the medieval streets admiring splendid palaces. The sightseeing tour will end in the Piazza del Campo with its spectacular Cathedral. This is one of the most beautiful squares in the world and site of the famous 600-year old horse-race, called “Il Palio”. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Siena.
(Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 10: Monday — Siena/San Gimignano/ Tavernelle/ Chianti Area/Pisa/La Spezia
After breakfast at the hotel, departure for San Gimignano, a tiny city that has remained intact through the centuries; situated on a hilltop and famous for its numerous towers, frescoes and other art treasures. You will then proceed to Tavernelle Val di Pesa located within the Chianti Classico “Gallo Nero” region, where we will make a stop at the farmhouse La Tancia to enjoy an excellent wine tasting with light lunch. The tour continues to Pisa where you will have free time to explore. In the early afternoon, our expert tour leader will take you for a pleasant walk in the historical center.  See  the Piazza dei Miracoli, with its famous Leaning Tower (exterior visit), The Baptistery (exterior visit) and other beautiful monuments. Proceed to La Spezia. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in La Spezia.
(Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 11: Tuesday — La Spezia/Portovenere/Golfo dei Poeti/Cinque Terre/La Spezia
After breakfast, depart by boat for an unforgettable day dedicated to the discovery of one of the most amazing and enchanting landscape in the World. The five villages, “Cinque Terre” is an area suspended between sea and land, hanging from sheer cliffs surrounded by hills and vineyards. You will enter into a little piece of heaven. By touring the coast line by boat, you will have the possibility to admire this amazing landscape from the seaside*, like in a postcard. (*In the event of rough sea, the visit will be done partly by coach and partly by train.) During the tour, the boat will reach Portovenere and the most important villages. You will be able to stop at Portovenere, Vernazza, and Monterosso and visit them at leisure.
Portovenere: on the Gulf of Poets, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its picturesque harbor is lined with brightly colored houses, while narrow medieval streets lined with shops lead up the hill from the ancient city gate to the castle.
Riomaggiore: c
aught between two steep terraced hills descending in steep cliffs to the sea, the ancient village of Riomaggiore strikes visitors with its delight- fully colored houses built vertically.
Manarola:
built on a high rock 70 metres above sea level, is one of the most charming and romantic villages. The tiny harbor features a boat ramp, picturesque multicolored houses facing the sea, and a tiny piazza with seafood restaurants.
Corniglia:
an ancient Roman village that has a long and rich agricultural tradition. The village is surrounded on three sides by vineyards and terraces. Its architecture is closer to that of a rural inland village than that of a coastal village.
Vernazza:
this small fishing village is probably the most characteristic of the Cinque Terre and is classified as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. The village is surrounded by very steeply-terraced olive groves which are said to produce among the finest olive oil in the country.
Monterosso: the largest of the five coastal villages. Its amazing beaches, its beautiful reefs and the sea’s crystal clear waters, make this small village one of the most hospitable of the Ligurian Riviera. Board the train from Monterosso and arrive in La Spezia. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in La Spezia.
(Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 12: Wednesday — LaSpezia/Carrara (Marble Caves)/Montecarlo di Lucca/Rome
After breakfast at the hotel, the tour will take you to Carrara for a visit of the impressive marble quarries carved deep into the mountain. This is where Michelangelo took the raw material to create his superb masterpieces.
Continue to Montecarlo di Lucca, a lovely town located in the hills around Lucca. This territory is ideal for the production of top quality wine and extra virgin olive oil. We will stop and visit a farmhouse where the owners will have you taste delicious Tuscan food specialities, from olive oil to cheese, from bread to wine and of course pasta, which you will taste with different wines. Proceed to Rome and arrival in the evening. Overnight in Rome.
(Breakfast)
Day 13: Thursday– Rome/U.S.A.
After breakfast transfer to the Airport in Rome for your return flight home.
(Breakfast)

Includes:

  • Hotel accommodations in 4* hotels for eleven nights (Rome-4 nights, Sorrento-2 nights, Castellana Grotte-2 nights, Siena-1 night, La Spezia-2 nights, ) based on two people sharing a double room.
  • Buffet breakfast daily.
  • 2 lunches.
  • 7 dinners.
  • 3 wine tastings with local products.
  • Full-day excursion to Pompeii.
  • Full-day excursion to Capri.
  • Visit of the Blue Grotto (weather permitting).
  • Boat tour along the enchanting Cinque Terre coastline.
  • Train from Monterosso to La Spezia.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Air conditioned bus as per itinerary.
  • Services of a multilingual tour director.
  • Taxes and service charges.

Does not include:

  • Round-trip air transportation from USA or Canada to Italy.
  • Arrival and departure transfers in Italy.
  • Porterage at airports.
  • 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:
Hotel Gioberti (4*) or similar
Via Gioberti, 20
00185 Roma
http://www.hotelgioberti.it/
Sorrento:
Grand Hotel Vesuvio
(4 *) or similar
Via Nastro Verde 7,
 80067 Sorrento
http://www.vesuviosorrento.com/
Castellana Grotte (4*) or similar
Hotel Semiramide Palace 
Via Conversano, 157
70013 Castellana Grotte
http://www.semiramidepalacehotel.it/
Siena:
Hotel Garden
(4 *) or similar
Via Custoza, 2,
53100 Siena
http://www.gardenhotel.it/
La Spezia:
NH La Spezia
(4 *) or similar
Via XX Settembre, 2
19124 La Spezia
http://www.NH-Hotels.com/
Note — Should the tour not operate you will be notified 45 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 Frequency Holidays Land Only Price Air & Land Price*
April 29 to October 14, 2017 Saturday’s $2,139
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 Gartour

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.

Cooking in Noble Tuscany – Cooking Tour

tuscany cooking tours - Italian Olives and Oil tuscany cooking tours - Montecatini Alto, Tuscany, Italy tuscany cooking tours - Italian Salumi tuscany cooking tours, Italy
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$2,299*

Departures:   Sept. 30, 2017 & Oct. 24, 2017

Tuscany Cooking Tour – Escorted Tour: 9 Days/ 7 Nights

At the heart of Etruscan civilization, Tuscany offers a picture of wondrous beauty. Art and culture both contribute to make this region one of international prestige. Montecatini, situated in the beautiful Nievole Valley near Florence, is your home for one week to experience the true Tuscan life. This tour is limited to 16 persons with a passion for fine foods.
Participants will discover the Chianti region, famous for great wine and food amid a relaxing atmosphere. You will have the opportunity to prepare traditional dishes, such as home-made pastas and other Tuscan delights. Savour great foods and wines while visiting noble homes and local farms throughout Tuscany’s rolling hills, charming old towns, and the grandeur of this unique region.

Montecatini, San Gimignano, Volterra

ITINERARY:

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

Day 1: Saturday
Departure from USA to Italy – with your own purchased airline tickets.
Day 2: Sunday — Pisa or Florence Airport/Montecatini
Arrival at the Airport, meet your assistant and transfer to your hotel in Montecatini Terme. At the hotel, you will have a welcome aperitif to discuss the itinerary for the week with Gianfranco.  The easygoing Italian way of life, La Dolce Vita, reflects the Italian custom of gathering friends and family together for good wine, delicious food and great conversations. Over the next week you’ll spend an unforgettable holiday in the heart of Tuscany that combines cooking courses, art and culture. Dinner is at the hotel.
(Dinner)
*Chef and food connoisseur Gianfranco has vast experience in the traditional Tuscan cuisine food, wine and oil products from the area. He will give you insight into the Tuscan Way of Life and convey the emotions and style which are so much admired.
Day 3: Monday — Cooking Class 1 – “From Farm to the Family Table”
After breakfast, transfer to a local farmhouse, where your hands-on cooking class “from farm to the family table” begins. The owner of the farmhouse, will show how only the finest and freshest ingredients are chosen. The meals will be prepared using the local products of the farm and served with local wines. After the cooking class and lunch, you will visit a pastry shop where the delicious Brigidini wafers are made…an absolute must. Continue to the chocolate laboratory of the “doyen” of Tuscan chocolatiers, Andrea Slitti. Dinner is at the hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4: Tuesday — Cooking Class 2 – “The Noble Art of Cooking”
After breakfast, you will enjoy your Tuscan “hands-on” cooking experience. Located in the region of Carmignano, our estate is one of the authentic jewels of this region, a small hamlet of houses with a majestic main villa where the Contini-Bonacossi family lives. You will visit the olive press, the underground wine cellars and the ancient “Vinsantaia” (holy wine cellar). You will have the opportunity to experience the fascinating transformation of grapes into wine and taste local wines. The chef of the Contini-Bonacossi family will assist participants in the preparation of traditional recipes passed down through generations. After the cooking class, lunch and local wine tasting, return to the hotel. Dinner is at the hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5: Wednesday — San Gimignano
After breakfast at the hotel start your full-day tour of San Gimignano. You will visit the wine cellars of the “Tenuta di Cusona”. The estate of the Guicciardini-Strozzi family extends over an area of 525 acres where the many varieties of grapes such as Sangiovese, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon are grown and Super Tuscan wines are created. The tour includes a visit to the historical cellars, to the enological museum, with a detailed description of all the production stages as well as tasting of the local production. Continue to a guided visit to San Gimignano, a town of Etruscan origin. Built by noble families, the fourteen remaining towers that lined the rampart look like medieval skyscrapers. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to have a walk in the town center and enjoy an Italian ice-cream in Piazza della Cisterna. Dinner is at the hotel.
(Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 6: Thursday — Montecatini Alto/Pizza Dinner
Enjoy this morning at your leisure. Spend time exploring the town of Montecatini where the local market stalls sell everything from clothes to shoes, scarves, and accessories. In the afternoon, you will visit a local olive press to follow all the different production stages of extra virgin olive oil and to taste the newly pressed olive oil. Continue to a local “Torrefazione” to discover and taste how true Italian espresso is made and savored. Continue to the ancient medieval village of Montecatini Alto and enjoy a pizza dinner in a traditional pizzeria. Lunch is at the hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7: Friday — Volterra – Cooking Class 3 – “Old-Style Country Cooking”
You will visit an ancient Tuscan bakery to taste typical Tuscan bread and focaccia. Continue to a local farmhouse for your hands-on cooking class “old-style country cooking” with Pietrina, the owner of the farmhouse. The farmhouse is located in the heart of a 37 acre property. Part of the land is cultivated and part is left untouched. You will have the opportunity to enjoy the authentic countryside and taste home-made products, such as the pecorino and ricotta cheeses. After the cooking class and lunch, continue with a guided tour to Volterra. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to have a walk in this magnificent Etruscan town. Dinner is at the hotel this evening.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8: Saturday — Day at Leisure – Cooking School Graduation
Enjoy this morning at your leisure. Spend time exploring Montecatini, enjoy a spa treatment or just relax. In the afternoon enjoy a farewell drink followed by a Cooking School graduation and dinner. Not only will you return with lots of great recipes, but Gianfranco will also have a little memento to take home with you.
(Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 9: Sunday — Montecatini/ Pisa or Florence airport/Depart for USA
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight back to the USA, where you will take home an experience and a dream that will last lifetime.

 

Includes:

  • Hotel accommodations in Montecatini Terme in a 4* hotel for seven nights based on 2 persons sharing a room.
  • Round-trip transfers to/from the airport in Italy on designated group transfer time.
  • Welcome cocktail.
  • Buffet Breakfast daily.
  • 1 lunch at hotel with wine and bottled water.
  • 3 Cooking lessons followed by lunch.
  • 5 dinners with wine and bottled water.
  • 1 pizza dinner.
  • 1 Graduation Party Farewell Dinner.
  • Visit to an olive oil press and wine cellar.
  • Cheese, wine and bread tastings.
  • Guided visit to San Gimignano and Volterra.
  • Services of a professional tour director.
  • Hotel taxes and service charges.

**Note: Minimum of 8 participants needed to operate tour.

Does not include:

  • Round-trip air transportation from USA or Canada to Italy.
  • Porterage at airports.
  • Round-trip airport to hotel transfers if arriving and departing on non designated group flights.
  • Beverages and meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Tips and optional excursions.
  • Transit tax to be paid locally.
  • Travel Insurance.
Hotel:
Grand Hotel Tamerici & Principe (4 Stars)
Viale IV Novembre 2B,
51016 Montecatini Terme
http://www.HotelTamerici.it/

Note
— 8 participants needed to operate tour. Should the minimum not be reached alternate dates or tour will be made available. Should the tour not operate you will be notified 45 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.

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. Single Supplement –$199.  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.
*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:

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

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.

 

REVIEWS:

“We completed the Cooking In Noble Tuscany tour on May 11th and it could not have been better. Starting with what we came for, the food was spectacular including the dishes we participated in preparing. Gianfranco, our chef, teacher, and guide throughout Tuscany was terrific. His knowledge of food preparation as well as the surrounding area was second to none. A nice balanced itinerary that also accommodated requests that were agreed to by our group. This tour was set up by the Europe by Choice travel agency,who we found through friends, also did a great job. Very responsive and even contacted us on Sundays during booking to ensure the best rates were available. The only place for improvement would be the hotel. It was advertised as a 4 star but, is closer to a three, due the room needing a little updating. However, the food and maid services at the hotel were outstanding and equivalent to a 5 star! Overall, the trip was excellent and exceeded my expectations. I look forward to visiting Italy again and engaging this agency to make the arrangements.” Dennis from N.Y.

 

The Best of Sicily

Agrigento, Italy Sicily, Italy Taormina, Italy Sicily, Italy
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$1,556

Departures from March 23, 2017 – Oct. 12, 2017

Escorted Tour: 9 Days/ 7 Nights

Visit as much Sicily as you can in this spectacular fully escorted tour of Sicily. See the wonders of Mt. Etna and “The Godfather’s” Corleone to name a few.  This tour operates in English only!

Taormina, Mount Etna, Siracusa, Agrigento, Segesta, Marsala, Trapani, Palermo, Monreale, Cefalu, Corleone, Ficuzza.

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 to Italy – with your own purchased airline tickets.
Day 2: Friday — Palermo
Welcome to Sicily!
Arrive in Palermo airport. Meet our driver and relax in a private transfer to your hotel in Palermo. Meeting with the participants. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Overnight in Palermo.
(Dinner)
Day 3: Saturday — Palermo — Monreale  (OPTIONAL: tour to Cefalu’) — Palermo
Buffet breakfast at your hotel then enjoy a morning tour of Palermo, a city full of character, featuring Quattro Canti – a splendid example of Spanish Baroque architecture, the Palace of the Normans and its superb Palatine Chapel, the Cathedral, and the famous Benedictine Abbey of Monreale. Here you will admire a 12th century cathedral, housing very fine mosaics representing a complete cycle of the Old and New Testaments. Balance of the day is at leisure to relax or take an optional tour with your tour director to the picturesque fishing village of Cefalù.
Overnight in Palermo.
(Breakfast)
Day 4: Sunday — Palermo/Corleone/Ficuzza/Palermo
After a buffet breakfast at your hotel you will enjoy this special day dedicated to one of the famous social phenomena in Sicily. We will depart in the morning to the inland of Sicily and specifically to the area of Corleone, known for being the place where the Mafia phenomena was born but also know nowadays for being the place where the Mafia is staunchly fought. First we will participate in a cooking lesson: we will be able to prepare some of the most genuine and traditional Sicilian dishes (only for who desire to participate).  After the lesson, enjoy this special lunch. Then we will experience an interesting LECTURE on the Mafia. One of the inhabitants of Corleone, born in the UK, will present a fascinating discussion on the topic of the Sicilian Mafia, explains its origins and the steps taken by the Corleone inhabitants to eliminate organized crime.
Overnight in Palermo.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5: Monday — Palermo/Segesta/Marsala/Trapani
After breakfast today we journey to Segesta, a large archaeological zone, with a magnificent Doric Temple, 420 B.C to 430 B.C., located within a beautiful and natural setting that ranks as one of the best-preserved Greek architectural sites. Continue to the sea town of Marsala, re-discovered in the 18th century by English merchant John Woodhouse and known for its sweet wines. Visit a wine cellar and sample some Marsala during a special wine tasting session. Drive along Trapani’s coastline and stop for a special Sicilian lunch in a restaurant before your return to Palermo. Dinner at a local restaurant
Overnight in Palermo.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6: Tuesday — Palermo/Agrigento/Taormina
Today, after a buffet breakfast at your hotel, depart for Agrigento, a hillside town famous for its magnificent Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a guided tour of the valley, dating back to the 5th century B.C. The poet Pindar described the site “as the most beautiful city built by mortal men”. The Doric style temples, all constructed within a century, face east, a standard criteria for both Greek and Roman temples so the statue of the god housed in each temple faced the rising sun. The best temple is that of Concordia (similar in design to the Partenon in Athens) which is in almost perfectly preserved condition. Your local guide will highlight the history and architecture of Concordia and of the other temples that are part of this archaeological treasure-trove.  After visiting the Valley of the Temples continue on to Taormina,  where you arrive in the evening in time for an enjoyable and relaxing dinner at your hotel.
Overnight in Taormina.
(Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 7: Wednesday — Taormina/Mount Etna/Taormina (OPTIONAL: tour to Savoca, Forza D’Agro’)
Buffet breakfast at your hotel and morning walking tour of Taormina’s charming city center which includes the Greek/Roman amphitheatre, with its spectacular view of Giardini Naxos and Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe. Enjoy an excursion to Mount Etna, to 1800 meters and visit the Sylvester Craters where you can enjoy the best views, as you drive through the fertile slopes and villages that sit on ancient volcanic eruptions. On the way back to Taormina, we offer a once in a lifetime experience. You may take an optional “Godfather” tour featuring the authentic villages chosen by Francis Coppola for most of the scenes in the Godfather movies. This is a good way to explore the real untouched Sicilian countryside, local lifestyle and culture.  Tonight you may experience dinner on your own in one of the many colorful restaurants of Taormina.
Overnight in Taormina.
(Breakfast)
Day 8: Thursday — Taormina/Siracusa/Taormina
After breakfast at your hotel, experience an excursion to Syracuse.  A guided tour of this venerable city highlights the Archaeological Park, Greek Theater, Latomia del Paradiso and Cave of Dyonisius’ Ear. This evening savor a special Sicilian dinner with wine in a restaurant characteristic of this region.
Overnight in Taormina.
(Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 9: Friday — Taormina/Catania
After breakfast, say farewell to Catania and take your shuttle transfer to Catania airport for your return flight home.
(Breakfast)

Includes:

  • Hotel accommodations at 4* hotels for seven nights (Palermo 4 nights, Taormina 3 nights) based on 2 persons sharing a room.
  • Breakfast daily.
  • Round-trip airport/hotel transfers in Italy.
  • 5 dinners with wine and mineral water.
  • 2 lunches with wine and mineral water.
  • Wine tasting at a local cellar in Marsala,
  • Cooking lesson and lecture in Corleone.
  • Sightseeing as indicated in itinerary.
  • Excursion to Mt. Etna up to 1800 meters.
  • Professional English Speaking Tour Escort throughout.
  • Local guides in Taormina, Siracusa, Agrigento, Palermo.
  • Air-conditioned motorcoach or minivan depending on the number of participants.
  • Hotel taxes and service charges.

Does not include:

  • Round-trip air transportation from USA or Canada to Italy.
  • Porterage at airports.
  • Beverages and meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Entrance fees (please prepare to pay approximately 50 euros per person locally).
  • Tips and optional excursions.
  • Transit tax to be paid locally.
  • Travel Insurance.
Hotels:
Taormina
Villa Diodoro (4 Stars)
Via Bagnoli Croci, 75
98039 Taormina
http://www.HotelVillaDiodoro.com/
or similar
Palermo
Hotel Palazzo Sitano (4 Stars)
Via Vittorio Emanuele, 114
90133 Palermo
http://www.HotelPalazzoSitano.it/
or similar

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 Frequency Holidays Land Only Price Air & Land Price*
March 23 Thursday $1,556
April 13, 20 Thursday $1,556
May 04, 11, 25 Thursday  Mother’s Day $1,556
June 01, 15 Thursday  Father’s Day $1,556
Sept. 07, 14, 21, 28 Thursday $1,556
Oct. 05, 12 Thursday  Columbus Day $1,556
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. Rates may be higher during fairs or special events.
Single Supplement : $559.
*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.  Hotel may be substituted based on availability.  Black-out dates apply during trade shows, holidays and events.

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  (426)

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 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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