March 7, 2024
Welcome to Italy, a land rich in history, culture and art!
*Rates are per person, land only, based on double occupancy. Single rate is $3904. Rates do not include airfare, air taxes or possible fuel surcharges. Deposit of $349 per person (double) is Non-Refundable. Travel Insurance is recommended. Hotels, events and itinerary are subject to change. If scheduled airport hotel transfers are missed, passenger responsible for the cost of additional transfer. Events and inclusions listed may be substituted/eliminated based on passenger participation and have no cash value. Optional tours offered are an additional cost. Passports are required for US citizens and must be valid 6 month beyond return date of tour. This tour requires average physical activity. You should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven grounds. Change and Cancellation fees apply. Contact your AAA Travel Advisor for full details. The Auto Club Group is not responsible for errors or omissions printed in this document.
Your tour begins in Rome, the “Eternal City.” This evening, get to know your fellow travelers during a welcome dinner featuring regional specialties. (D)
Grand Hotel Palatino or similar, Rome – 2 nights
On a locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums, you’ll explore Papal palaces, halls and galleries housing priceless artifacts from ancient Egypt and Etruscan Italy, as well as statuary from classical Greece and Rome. Admire the Gallery of Maps and works by great Renaissance masters such as Perugino, Botticelli and Ghirlandaio.
In the Sistine Chapel, marvel at Michelangelo’s frescoed ceiling and brilliant Last Judgement. Next, wander through the towering columns of St. Peter’s Basilica, a daring feat of human artistry and engineering. Admire the baroque spirals of Bernini’s altar canopy and gaze up at Michelangelo’s dome – still the tallest in the world.
Later this afternoon, take in views of the River Tiber, the Circus Maximus and the Colosseum during a panoramic drive back to your hotel. The evening is yours. Perhaps you’ll join an optional dinner in a popular restaurant, indulging in a hearty meal accompanied by wine and local entertainment. (B)
Ease your way into the local culture as your Tour Manager shares a few key Italian phrases. Travel to Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis. Take in the old-world atmosphere on a guided walking tour of the old city, including the Basilica of St. Francis.
Then you’re off to medieval Perugia, the historic capital of Umbria. With free time to explore, consider wandering along the Piazza IV Novembre or visiting medieval palaces and ornate cathedrals. (B)
Sangallo Palace Hotel or similar, Perugia – 1 night
View scenic Venice from the water with a boat ride to Murano Island. At a glass-blowing demonstration, discover the secrets of this ancient art up-close and marvel at the one-of-a-kind designs.
Later, make your way to the historic center of Venice and see the Castello district with a local expert. End in St. Mark’s Square, taking in the basilica and the ornate façade of the Doge’s Palace. The remainder of the day is yours. Consider an optional tour featuring Venice’s most famous pastime – a serenaded gondola ride. (B)
Your adventure comes to a close in Milan this morning. What wonderful friendships and memories to take home with you. Transfer to Milan Airport. (B)
AAA EXCLUSIVE HIGHLIGHTS:
- Transfers between arrival and departure airports and hotels – day of tour only at specific times.
- 8 night’s accommodations
- Luxury air-conditioned coach with WIFi in most countries
- Vatican Museums
- Sistine Chapel
- St. Peter’s Basilica
- Michelangelo’s David
- Chianti Winery & Cooking Class
- Murano Island
- “Your Tour Choice” in Milan
- 12 Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
- Services of an expert Travel Director and professional Driver
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