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BEST OF ITALY

OCTOBER 12 - 21, 2024

Experience the Best of Italy on this travel experience with Paul Fletcher to Rome, Florence, Tuscany, Cinque Terre and Venice!

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Highlights & Inclusions:

  • Airfare included from Minneapolis

  • Included Daily Breakfast

  • Welcome & Farewell Dinners

  • Professional Tour Director

  • Local Italian guides

  • Rome City Tour

  • Entrance to the Roman Colosseum

  • Roman Forum Tour

  • Leisure Time in Rome

  • Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona & the Pantheon

  • Rome Food Walking Tour

  • San Gimignano, Tuscany

  • Gourmet Lunch & Wine Experience 

  • Statue David, Florence 

  • Florence City Tour

  • Cinque Terre Tour

  • Florence Leisure Time

  • Montecatini Terme, Tuscany

  • High Speed Train to Venice

  • Venice City Tour

  • Doge Palace Tour, Venice

  • Gondola Cruise in Venice

  • And so much more!

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Day 1:  October 12
Fly To Rome, Italy

Depart the United States for an overnight flight to Europe and the eternal city, Rome

Day 2:  October 13
Arrive In Rome, Italy

Buongiorno & welcome to Italy! A local guide will join us as we are acquainted with Rome during an orientation tour of the city. We will see Roman classics such as the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona and the Pantheon. Later we check into our centrally located hotel (check in is 3PM). Tonight, mingle with fellow travelers during our Italian Welcome Dinner, hosted by Paul Fletcher.  (airport transfers are included with the airfare included rate).

Included Meals: Welcome Dinner

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Day 3:  October 14
Roman Colosseum & Ancient Rome Tour - Food Tour

This morning a local Roman guide joins us as we for a tour of the major sites of this historic city. We have specially arranged tickets to see inside the Colosseum before we walk the Roman Forum, which dates back 2000 years. Tonight, we are joined by a local food guide as we discover the Trastevere, one of Rome’s more authentic and exciting neighborhoods. As we explore this district, we will stop and sample several dishes of the area and sip some of Rome’s local wines. The evening is sure to be a culinary highlight during our time in Italy. 

Included Meals: Breakfast, food & wine walking tour 

Day 4:  October 15
Rome at Leisure

Enjoy a full leisure day in Rome! Perhaps a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museum’s priceless art collection may be of interest (We can help you book your special reservations). Art enthusiasts may want to see the Baroque styled Borghese Gallery, home to numerous Bernini sculptures and paintings by Raphael, Titian and Caravaggio. Tonight, dine alfresco in front of the Pantheon or on charming Piazza Navona, the choice is yours. 

Included Meals: Breakfast

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Day 5:  October 16
San Gimignano & Montecatini Terme

This morning we depart Rome for the sculpted hills and vineyards of Tuscany. During our drive we will stop at a local agriturismo near San Gimignano for lunch before tasting some of the region’s most notable items including; Mortadella, Parmigiano, local olive oils, Balsamic vinegar and Tuscan wines. Today’s lunch is sure to be a highlight. Later, we make our way to the village of San Gimignano, known for its medieval skyscrappers and cobbled lanes. Late afternoon finds us checking into our comfortable accommodations in the historic spa town of Montecatini Terme for the next three nights.  

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6:  October 17
Cinque Terre

Depart the hotel with your Tour Director on an included trip to the Cinque Terre. The Cinque Terre offers a dramatic coastline with quaint villages that cling to its cliff-sides. Our day trip will feature three of these iconic villages, including Riomaggiore, Manarola and Vernazza. The Italian Riviera & Cinque Terre will sure to be a highlight during our Italian adventure. Later, we return to our hotel in Tuscany. 

Included Meals: Breakfast

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Day 7:  October 18
Florence 

Today, we journey to Florence, the heart of Tuscany by train. Our day begins with an enlightening walking tour led by a local expert, immersing us in the city's rich history. Following this, we'll visit the Accademia Gallery to admire Michelangelo's renowned Statue of David. You'll then have the opportunity to explore Florence at your leisure, meandering through its historical markets and charming lanes. Our day concludes with a train ride back to our hotel in Montecatini. Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner.

Included Meals: Breakfast,  Dinner

Day 8:  October 19
High Speed Train to Venice

As we bid farewell to the rolling hills of Tuscany, we set off on a scenic train ride towards the captivating island city of Venice, a place where history and romance intertwine. Upon arrival, you'll be immediately immersed in the distinctive allure of Venice, a city built on water. You'll experience its winding canals, historic architecture, and the vibrant culture that makes this city a world treasure.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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Day 9:  October 20
Venice City Tour - Gondola Experience

A local guide joins us as we experience Venice, St. Mark’s Square, Doge’s Palace and the Rialto Bridge. Discover the tucked-away treasures of Venice’s back streets and charming canals before gliding along on an included gondola cruise on the Grand Canal.  Tonight, join fellow travelers during a farewell dinner. 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 10:  October 21
Fly Home from Venice

Today, we say farewell to Italy as we depart for the airport in Venice. We arrive back home with fond memories of our trip to the Best of Italy.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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Tour Price:

AIRFARE INCLUDED RATE

$5999

PER PERSON

(Based on 2 people in a room) AIRFARE INCLUDED OUT OF MSP

LAND ONLY RATE

$4899

PER PERSON

(Based on 2 people in a room) INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE IS NOT INCLUDED

AIRFARE INCLUDED RATE

$6899

SINGLE RATE

(Based on 1 person in a room) AIRFARE INCLUDED OUT OF MSP

LAND ONLY - SINGLE RATE

$5799

PER PERSON

(Based on 1 person in a room) LAND ONLY - AIRFARE IS NOT INCLUDED

Trip Deposit

A $300 non-refundable per person deposit is due at the time of registration. After final payment all monies are non-refundable. Travel Insurance is available and HIGHLY ENCOURAGED

Final Payment
July 4, 2024

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