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*Solo Series*
Reflections of Italy
Mar 7, 2024

9 Days

March 7, 2024

From: $3,204*
per person
double share

Welcome to Italy, a land rich in history, culture and art!

AAA Travel invites you to embark on a captivating journey that takes you from the piazzas of Rome to the canals of Venice. Discover the rolling hills of the scenic Tuscan and Umbrian countryside and explore many medieval hill towns. Visit Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis and discover the massive Basilica. Spend time at a historic winery in the heart of the Chianti region and enjoy a chef-led cooking class. Experience Florence’s cultural treasures in this famous Renaissance city. Explore Venice and see glass transformed into exquisite art on Murano Island. In Milan, choose an iconic walking tour for immersive experiences exploring many famous sights. You may also enjoy a pre-tour extension to Sicily! 

*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.

DAILY ITINERARY:

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

Today, we’ll travel through Tuscany’s graceful low-lying hills to the Etruscan city of Cortona. Perched on the side of a hill, take in the ornate facades and medieval architecture. Peek at the adjacent Lake Trasimeno, situated off in the distance. You might recognize the city as the charming setting for the book and film Under the Tuscan Sun.
 
We’ll end our day in Florence – the “Cradle of the Renaissance” – and visit the world-famous Academy Gallery to see Michelangelo’s David. (B)
 
Hotel Albani Firenze or similar, Florence – 2 nights
This morning, experience Florence’s cultural treasures on a walking tour, passing by the Duomo, the Baptistery, the Palazzo Vecchio, and the Piazza della Signoria.
 
The rest of the day is yours to experience your way. Perhaps you’ll join an after-hours tour of the 14th-century Certosa monastery, followed by dinner featuring local wines, Tuscan food, and live entertainment. (B)
 
 
Start your day with a visit to a historic winery in the heart of the Chianti region. In the shadow of its 12th-century castle, learn about Tuscan wines and enjoy a chef-led cooking class. Sit back and savor regional delicacies during a delicious lunch.
 
This afternoon, journey through central Italy, crossing the wooded Apennine Mountains toward the Po River Valley. Enchanting Venice awaits with 117 tiny islands and its latticework of 150 canals and 400 bridges.  (B, L, D)
 
Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal or similar, Venice – 2 nights

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)

Today, we’ll travel to the cosmopolitan city of Milan.
 
Upon arrival, you will have a choice of excursions. 1. A Milan walking tour: Take in some of the city’s iconic sights on a walking tour. View the La Scala Opera House and Vittorio Emanuele Gallery before visiting the Duomo – a Gothic cathedral that is the third largest in Europe. 2.  A Fashion District walking tour: join a local guide for a tour of the Quadrilatero della Moda, Milan’s high-fashion district, including visits to some of the city’s best ateliers and fashion stores.
 
This evening, celebrate the end of an unforgettable trip with a farewell dinner at a popular local restaurant, featuring regional delicacies and fine Italian wines. (B, D)
 
Unahotels Scandinavia Milano, Milan – 1 night

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)

Day 1: Overnight Flight – 
You’re on your way to Sicily – an island paradise nestled amongst the deep blue waves of the Mediterranean. 
 
Day 2: Taormina, Sicily 
Arrive at the Catania airport and transfer to Taormina, a seaside hub of ancient Greek theaters and hilly walkways. Settle into your new home for a 3-night stay in this Sicilian gem perched high above the Mediterranean Sea. This evening, join your fellow travelers for dinner at a local restaurant featuring regional delicacies. Today dinner will be included. 
 
Day 3: Taormina
Uncover Taormina’s charms in company of an expert local guide. During your walking tour, you’ll see Corso Umberto, the imposing Corvaja Palace, and the city’s well-preserved Greek theatre. Walk in the footsteps of ancient attendees and take in an unparalleled viewpoint of the adjacent ocean. Spend the afternoon on your own. Perhaps you’ll grab a bite to eat at a sidewalk café, or peruse the local boutiques for handcrafted souvenirs. Today breakfast will be included. 
 
Day 4: Taormina – Mount Etna 
See Sicily’s wilder side on an off-road adventure to Mount Etna. Stare up at the iconic peak as your off-road vehicle climbs along the sides of Europe’s largest active volcano. Spend the day exploring this legendary giant, passing by lava formations and basalt rocks. Back in Taormina, enjoy an evening at leisure in this enchanting resort town. Today breakfast will be included. 
 
Day 5: Taormina – Rome
Say Arrivederci to Taormina as you transfer to the Catania airport for your flight to Rome. Today breakfast will be included.   
 
$1299.00 per person based on 2 pax in room
Land & Air Inclusive 

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
  • Rome
  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
  • St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Assisi
  • Perugia
  • Cortona
  • Florence
  • Michelangelo’s David
  • Chianti Winery & Cooking Class
  • Venice
  • 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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Please contact your local AAA Travel Advisor or call 1.877.371.5757
Colorado call 1.866.212.8639 / Carolinas call 1.877.912.8747