Italy's Best 2017

Italy's Best 2017


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Book a select 2017 air-inclusive Europe vacation to receive a $200 per couple ($100 per person) Air Credit. Journeys Club members will receive an extra 5% savings, plus you'll also get our additional AffordableTours.com everyday savings.
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Must be booked, under deposit and discount applied between April 26 and June 20, 2017 for travel April 26 through December 31, 2017; not applicable to instant purchase air; Air must be purchased through Cosmos in conjunction with a Europe vacation. Promotion is combinable with all applicable promotions. Air Credit will apply to the per person air price and is non-transferable. An additional $300 non-refundable deposit is required for air booked in conjunction with a land vacation. Once ticketed, airline reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket price; air tickets may not be eligible for frequent flyer mileage/point accrual; stopover costs are additional. Promotional discounts do not carry forward on changed air bookings however other promotions at time of change may be available. Once airfare is confirmed and we have received your full air and land deposit, your air-inclusive price is guaranteed. We reserve the right to ticket passengers upon receipt of full land and air deposit. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply. Availability of promotional prices are limited and may be restricted to specific flights, class of service, travel dates or, length of stay. Additional restrictions apply. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. Offer is available from participating GFOB offices only.

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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

With its magnificent architecture, beautiful landscapes, sumptuous cuisine, ancient ruins, and brilliant art, Italy is a country like no other. On this Italy's Best tour, experience all of this and more.One of the tour's highlights is the excursion to the Cinque Terre, a name given to five medieval villages on the sea. The area is noted for its natural beauty with terraces built into the mountainside on cliffs that drop down into the sea. Delight in the unique charm of the area and take in the breathtaking views. On your journey through Tuscany, watch the undulating hills, terraced vineyards, olive groves, and rural villages. More breathtaking scenery awaits at Lake Maggiore, one of Italy's largest lakes. Located on the edge of the Swiss Alps, it's the perfect place to relax and soak in the beauty. From here, you'll even take an excursion to Lugano, a lake-side town in Switzerland. Witness breathtaking views of the crystal-clear, blue sea in the laid-back town of Sorrento and take a day trip to Capri, where the crashing sea has formed awe-inspiring caves.History comes alive on this Italy tour. Visit Pompeii, which was completely buried during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. This preserved town gives you an amazingly detailed look into ordinary life at the peak of the Roman Empire. See where gladiators fought during the Roman Empire in Rome's Colosseum and where the center of political and social life took place at the Roman Forum. In Genoa, boasting Europe's largest medieval historical center, see the remains of the city's 17th-century fortifications. Visit St Francis' Basilica in Assisi, a medieval town set in the Umbrian hills. Guided city sightseeing tours are foreseen in Rome, Florence and Genoa, and the orientation in Venice includes a boat trip to St Mark's square to see the maze of canals forming this unique romantic city.These are just some of the many highlights of this affordable tour through Italy!

Day 1: Arrive in Rome, Italy.
Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore this ancient capital. This evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

Day 2: Rome.
Rome, the "Eternal City," is steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts in St. Peter's Square, followed by a visit to the ROMAN FORUM and the mighty COLOSSEUM for full immersion into life during the Roman Empire. (B)

Day 3: Rome-Pisa-Montecatini.
Vistas of rolling hills, rows of cypress trees, terraced vineyards, olive groves, and rural villages form the backdrop of your journey through beautiful Tuscany. Stop in Pisa to visit the Square of Miracles and see the amazing Leaning Tower. Arrive in Montecatini. (B)

Day 4: Montecatini. Excursion to Florence.
Today, enjoy an included excursion to Florence. Your Local Guide will show you most of the city highlights on the walking tour. You will see Piazza Santa Croce; beautiful Piazza Signoria; Palazzo Vecchio and its courtyard; Loggia dei Lanzi; and, to top it all, Piazza del Duomo and its cathedral with the Giotto Campanile, and the magnificent East Door of the Baptistry, known as the "Gate of Paradise." (B,D)

Day 5: Montecatini-La Spezia-Cinque Terre-Genoa.
Travel towards La Spezia, a province in Italy's Liguria region. Then, hop aboard the TRAIN to discover some of the five spectacular Cinque Terre villages. Here, the beauty of the rugged cliffs and romantic fishing villages once inspired poet Lord Byron. From Levanto, head towards Genoa, birthplace of explorer Christopher Columbus. (B)

Day 6: Genoa-Milan-Lake Maggiore.
Today's included guided tour is an excellent introduction to Genoa. A maze of squares and alleys, the city grew around the port, a natural inlet, and boasts the largest medieval historical center in Europe. Some of the highlights include the remains of the city's 17th-century fortifications. Next, head north into the plains of Lombardy, and stop in Milan to marvel at its magnificent gothic DUOMO. Then, continue to Baveno on Lake Maggiore. (B)

Day 7: Lake Maggiore. Excursion to Lugano.
Time to relax and get to know Lake Maggiore, one of Italy's largest lakes. Located on the very edge of Alpine Switzerland, on clear days you can see the peaks of the Swiss Alps. Take advantage of the included excursion to visit Lugano in Italian-speaking Canton Ticino. (B)

Day 8: Lake Maggiore-Verona-Venice Area
. Travel across the Po River plain and stop in the romantic city of Verona to see Romeo and Juliet´s balcony, and enjoy some time at leisure marveling at the Roman amphitheater before reaching the Venice area. (B)

Day 9: Venice.
Venice is more like a marvelous film set than a real-life city, with its criss-crossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and piazzas. The included orientation starts with a BOAT RIDE to St. Mark's Square, and is followed by time at leisure and a chance to watch Venetian GLASSBLOWERS fashion their delicate objects as they did centuries ago. Don't miss out on the optional gondola trip, gliding along the picturesque canals with a local troubadour to serenade you. (B,D)

Day 10: Venice Area-Ravenna-Assisi-Perugia.
An interesting drive southwards right across the Po Delta to Ravenna, renowned for its treasure of byzantine mosaics, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to Assisi, enclosed by ramparts and little changed since the Middle Ages. This is the town of the deeply mystical and poetic St. Francis—see the BASILICA OF ST. FRANCIS with its famous frescoes by Giotto, brought back to life by a Local Guide. Overnight in beautiful nearby Perugia, capital of Umbria. (B,D)

Day 11: Perugia-Pompeii-Sorrento.
Drive to POMPEII, where time stopped for the rich, aristocratic town with the terrible eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. On the included guided visit, see the remains of luxurious villas, temples, theater, and forum. Carry on to Sorrento, set on a plateau above the waters of the Bay of Naples. Wander the winding streets lined with shops and stalls, and sit with a glass of wine, absorbing the easygoing life of this charming resort. (B)

Day 12: Sorrento. Boat Trip to Capri.
Enjoy a day trip to the legendary island, surrounded by rocky coastline and where the crashing sea has formed awe-inspiring caves. The town with its pretty piazza, maze of streets, fashionable boutiques, and cozy restaurants is a mecca for the jet set. Explore on your own or take an optional island tour. (B,D)

Day 13: Sorrento-Rome.
This morning, time at leisure or enjoy an optional excursion to Positano before returning to Rome. (B)

Day 14: Rome.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Inclusions

NOTES:
December 24 Departure - Overnight in Milan instead of Lake Maggiore
December 24 Departure - Christmas in Rome and New Year's Eve in Venice including reveillon dinner

LOCAL HOST
Local Guides for city sightseeing in Rome, Florence, Genoa, Assisi, Pompeii archaeological site; professional Tour Director while touring

SIGHTSEEING & ACTIVITIES
Individual headsets

Sightseeing:
See Pisa's Leaning Tower, visit Milan Duomo, Lake Maggiore, Lugano (Switzerland), Verona Juliet's balcony, Venice canal boat ride, Ravenna, Sorrento, Capri. Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable

MEALS
Buffet breakfast daily; 4 dinners


TRANSPORTATION
Transportation:
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; canal transfer boat in Venice; boat transfer to Capri; train La Spezia-Levanto

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Accommodations

ROME Green Park Hotel Pamphili (ST)
MONTECATINI Grand Hotel du Park et Regina (ST) or Settenrionale Esplanade (F)
GENOA Starhotels President (F)
LAKE MAGGIORE Simplon (F) at Baveno
VENICE AREA Poppi (ST) at Mira or Holiday Inn (ST) at Marghera
PERUGIA La Meridiana (F)
SORRENTO Central Park (ST) at Massalubrense or Ascot (F)
ROME Holiday Inn Express San Giovanni (ST) or Holiday Inn Parco dei Medici (F)

Prices based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:
$650

No triple room reduction.

Extra nights per person in Rome:
in single room $93-$158, in twin $60-$96, in triple $57-$91

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