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*Women’s Series*
Italy Bellissimo
Apr 26, 2024

11 Days

April 26, 2024

From: $3,395*
per person

Share the joy of Italy's most popular cities with like-minded ladies!

Round up your girlfriends and embrace the Italian passion for life on this grand adventure that starts and ends in the ‘Eternal City’ of Rome. Our captivating journey will take us to the Isle of Capri, Pompeii, Assisi, Venice, the Tuscan countryside and the Renaissance city of Florence. Connect with locals at a Be My Guest Experience with a delicious Italian dinner and olive oil tasting. Cruise the canals of Venice and learn about the 13th century tradition of glassblowing. Local experts in each city will share insights into the history, culture and traditions. Stay in a renovated old Franciscan monastery and other beautiful hand-picked hotels with character and style. Please join us on this memorable Italian journey of discovery!

*Rates are per person, land only, based on double occupancy. Single rates available. Rates do not include airfare, air taxes or possible fuel surcharges. Deposit of $200 per person (double) is Non-Refundable. Travel Insurance is recommended. Hotels, events and itinerary are subject to change. Events and inclusions listed may be substituted/eliminated based on passenger participation and have no cash value. 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:

Take time to embrace the Italian passion for life on this grand adventure that starts and ends in the ‘Eternal City’ of Rome. Spend the day exploring on your own before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travelers this evening for a Welcome Reception and evening orientation drive.

Complimentary transfers are included for arrival and departure dates at specific times.

Grand Hotel Tiberio – 2 nights

Our captivating journey through Rome begins at the Vatican Museums where we join a Local Specialist to Dive into Culture and admire Michelangelo’s magnificent, frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and his sorrowful Pietà in St. Peter’s Basilica.

We’ll visit the enduring symbols of Ancient Rome, paying tribute to the gladiators who entertained thousands in the mighty Colosseum. See the Circus Maximus before spending the afternoon at leisure. Wander up Via del Corso on a shopping spree, soak up the coffee culture in one of Rome’s lively piazza’s or discover the masterpieces of Rome in one of the city’s many museums. (B)

Venture south towards the ancient city of Pompeii which remains frozen in time since it was covered in ash during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius centuries ago. Here we join a Local Specialist who will share insights into the city’s tragic history.
 
Later, we will cruise across the Bay of Naples and arrive at the Isle of Capri, where we’ll spend the next two nights in picture-perfect surroundings. (B)
 
Hotel Regina Cristina – 2 nights

Explore the glamour of Capri on a walking tour with a Local Specialist that will include views of the marina. Venture to the heart of the island and the legendary piazzetta, where the locals come to people-watch.
Spend free time shopping at elegant boutiques or perhaps join an Optional Experience and explore the rugged coastline and hidden grottos by private motor launch. Tonight, we dine at our hotel. (B, D)

Today, we’ll sail back across the Mediterranean to Naples and venture north to the historic city of Perugia. Here we’ll discover Italy’s weaving tradition during an impressive MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience at our visit to Laboratorio Giuditta Brozzetti, a TreadRight and JoinTrafalgar Heritage Initiative project. Explore one of the last remaining traditional wooden frame hand- weaving workshops in the country, before continuing to the ancient hilltop town of Assisi where tonight we’ll stay at one of Trafalgar’s Stays With Stories – a fully renovated old Franciscan monastery. (B)
 
Hotel Cenacolo Assisi – 1 night
Join a Local Specialist and visit the Basilica of St. Francis, famous for Giotto’s exquisite frescoes and 13th-century-stained glass windows.
 
Continue north past hilltop medieval villages and through picturesque farming plains towards Venice, the ‘Queen of the Adriatic’. Enjoy a free evening watching the sunset over the Venetian Lagoon or consider joining an Optional Experience before retiring at your Stays With Stories hotel, once a beloved home-away-from-home for Romantic poet, Robert Browning. (B, D)
 
Hotel Albergo Quattro Fontane Lido – 2 nights

The Winged Lion of Venice is your constant companion as you cruise by private launch to your memorable MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience bringing to life the 13th-century tradition of Venetian glassblowing.
Dive Into Culture and watch the talented master craftsmen use the same techniques that have been passed down through the generations, perhaps inspired to buy a souvenir or two to remind you of your visit.

Next, you’ll continue on to St. Mark’s Square where you’ll view the Basilica, the ornate Doge’s Palace and Bridge of Sighs, so named because of the sound prisoners made as they took one last look at their beloved city from the bridge before meeting their fate.

The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore what was once the haunt of Casanova and Marco Polo, and you’ll want to relish every second experiencing life in this enchanting city. (B)

This morning, we’ll travel to Pisa and to its Field of Miracles to view the famous Leaning Tower before arriving in the spa-resort of Montecatini Terme in Tuscany, your home for the next two nights. (B)
 
Hotel Minerva Palace – 2 nights

Explore one of the world’s most cultural cities today – the former home of great masters and a testament to the ambitious legacy of the Medici family. Your Local Specialist shares all the sights, including views of the magnificent marble Duomo and Baptistery. We’ll visit Piazza della Signoria, the heart of this flourishing city with its statues and stunning palazzi then view the Ponte Vecchio. Learn about the quality and workmanship of two of this city’s historic industries at demonstrations of Florentine leathercraft and 18-carat gold.

Later, enjoy some free time to stroll around the city and embrace this Renaissance gem.

This evening, we’ll Connect With Locals at a Be My Guest experience with the Callistri family at their borgo in the Hamlet of Limonaia for a delicious Italian dinner, olive oil tasting and leisurely walk through their olive groves and lemon orchards. (B, Be My Guest Dinner)

Today, we’ll admire the medieval beauty of Siena, walking to its shell-shaped Piazza del Campo, the site of the Palio horse race, and dominated by the rusty red Palazzo Pubblico and Torre del Mangia. See the hilltop town’s extraordinary architecture, shop for beautifully hand-painted ceramics or relax with a gelato at a pavement café.
 
This evening, we’ll celebrate a magnificent Italian adventure with newfound friends at a Farewell Dinner. (B, Farewell Dinner)
 
Hotel Barceló Aran Mantegna – 1 night
After breakfast, we’ll say a fond farewell to Italy and prepare to return home after a memorable Italian journey of discovery. (B)
 

AAA EXCLUSIVE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Transfers included on arrival and departure dates at specific times
  • Cherry-Picked Hotels
  • VIP Admission to the Vatican Museums
  • St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, Colosseum in Rome
  • Pompeii
  • Cruise to the Isle of Capri
  • The Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi
  • Glassblowing Factory in Venice
  • St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Santa Croce Basilica, the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio in Florence
  • Siena
  • Surprise Extra’s
  • Local Specialists throughout
  • Expert Travel Director and Professional Driver

 Dining Highlights

1 Be My Guest Dinner
1 Farewell Dinner
1 Welcome Reception
10 Breakfasts
2 Dinners

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