Best of Italy

September 21, 2017 to October 2, 2017

This Vacation will be escorted by Fox World Travel Tour Manager, Elizabeth Cramer

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Our Best of Italy escorted group tour allows you to explore the very best of Italy’s hidden gems.  We will be featuring everything from amazing Roman antiquities and Venetian canals to the renaissance of Florence and the sunshine in Capri.  Italy is culturally rich with its wealth of architecture, history and priceless art and this vacation truly shows you why Italy is the best place to experience  “La Dolce Vita” or “The Good Life”.  Travel for 12 days as you make your way through Italy’s most historic and scenic areas, including Rome, Florence, Venice, Assisi, Sorrento, Capri and more, all with plenty of time for sightseeing at your leisure. You’ll enjoy Alpine peaks in the north, the olive groves and vineyards in the heart of Italy, and the warm waters, volcanic islands and Mediterranean lifestyle in the south. Take in-depth tours with local guides, enjoy included authentic quality dining and stay in premium hotels in the best locations Italy has to offer.

This tour has a well balanced pace with a three nights in Rome, two nights in Florence, two nights in Venice, one night in Assisi and two nights in Sorrento.  The driving days are short and comfortable, interspersed with sightseeing.

Your journey begins aboard a motorcoach transfer from select cities to Chicago O’Hare, where you will board your overnight flight to Europe.

Welcome to Rome, a glorious city filled with Classical antiquities, medieval buildings, Renaissance palaces and baroque churches. Upon arrival in Rome, you will be transferred to your hotel.

Hotel: Hotel Romanico Palace or Hotel Dei Borgia, Rome (or similar)

Enjoy your day at leisure. Tonight, meet your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and light, informal meal.

Hotel: Hotel Romanico Palace or Hotel Dei Borgia, Rome (or similar)

Meals: Buffet Breakfast/Welcome Reception

Enjoy an in-depth sightseeing tour with a local guide who will take you inside the Vatican Museums to gaze upon the treasures of the Popes. Enjoy clear commentary via your audio headset as you admire Michelangelo’s famous ceiling inside the Sistine Chapel. Now, enter St Peter’s Basilica to wonder at another of his works, the emotive ‘Pieta’. Then cross the Tiber to visit the Colosseum, scene of many gladiatorial contests. After seeing the Roman Forum, the rest of the day is yours to sightsee or shop.

Hotel: Hotel Romanico Palace or Hotel Dei Borgia, Rome (or similar)

Meals: Buffet Breakfast

(Relaxed Start) Travel north, through glorious Tuscan landscapes to reach renaissance Florence. On arrival, enjoy a delicious exploration of Tuscany's red wines, their robust flavors and absorbing history.

Hotel: Hotel Londra, Athenaeum Florence (or similar)

Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

(Relaxed Start) Join a local guide for a walking tour of the historic city center. A highlight is the visit to the Academy Gallery to see Michelangelo’s monumental figure of David. Continue to the multi-colored marble Cathedral to see Giotto’s bell tower and ‘Gates of Paradise’ before visiting the Piazza Della Signoria, still the political heart of Florence. The area around Santa Croce Basilica is famous for the quality of its luxury goods; see a demonstration of leather work in the very place this craft was first established. Then, there’s free time to shop for Florence’s finest or continue sightseeing. This evening, don’t miss the chance to sample the fine Florentine cuisine - tasty starters, rich pastas, accompanied by Chianti wine.

Hotel: Hotel Londra, Athenaeum Florence (or similar)

Meals: Buffet Breakfast

Journey to the coastal town of Pisa to see the famous Leaning Tower. Continue through the marshes of the Venetian Lagoon and across the causeway to the beautiful city of Venice. The rest of the day is yours to sightsee or shop.

Hotel: Eurostars Residenza Cannaregio, Venice (or similar)

Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

(Relaxed Start) Your private launch awaits this morning, ready to cruise past Palladian churches and 13th Century palaces to St. Mark’s Square. First sight is the pink marble of the Doges’ Palace, connected to the prisons by the Bridge of Sighs. It was from here that Casanova made his daring escape. As you turn the corner, the gilded regalia of St. Mark’s Basilica comes into view. A visit to an arts center on Giudecca Island has also been arranged, for you to admire the age-old skill of glassblowers and gondola builders.

Hotel: Eurostars Residenza Cannaregio, Venice (or similar)

Meals: Buffet Breakfast

Leave Venice and continue through the Appennines to peaceful Assisi, one of Italy's most beautiful mountain towns, home of St. Francis. First, see the famous Church of St. Mary of the Angels and then continue up Mount Subasio to the upper town. Step inside the huge Basilica, built in the 13th Century after St. Francis’ death, where the frescoes by Giotto heralded a new era in Italian art.

Hotel: Giotto, Assisi (or similar)

Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

It’s an early start today as you travel south, past Cassino, scene of a fierce battle in World War II. Follow the scenic cliff top road to the picturesque resort of Sorrento. On arrival, investigate the art of ‘intarsio’ or marquetry wood inlaying before continuing to your hotel.

Hotel: Hotel Michelangelo or Grand Hotel Vesuvio, Sorrento (or similar)

Meals: Buffet Breakfast

In the morning, cruise to the Isle of Capri - the isle of dreams. Under the Mediterranean sun, take an open top taxi up to Capri Town, where you can explore the narrow alleyways, browse in exclusive boutiques and enjoy the views over the Tyrrhenian Sea. Perhaps join an optional tour to visit Axel Munthe’s Villa San Michele or join an optional cruise around the Island of Capri.

Descend to the port by funicular railway and return to Sorrento for some relaxation time. You can stroll to the Piazza Tasso, where the lively cafés and bars are a constant buzz of activity and conversation. Sorrento harbor has the atmosphere of a forgotten world. Tonight, join your fellow guests for an unforgettable Celebration Dinner of delicious Italian cuisine, wine and music.

Hotel: Hotel Michelangelo or Grand Hotel Vesuvio, Sorrento (or Similar)

Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Celebration Dinner

Arrivederci! Sadly, your tour comes to an end after breakfast. Transfer from the hotel to the Naples airport for your flight home. Upon arrival at Chicago O’Hare, your motorcoach transfer will return you to your original pick-up point.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast


Air-Inclusive Package Inclusions

  • Round-trip motorcoach transportation to Chicago O’Hare airport from select locations with air-inclusive package
  • Round-trip air from Chicago O’Hare to Rome, and return from Naples, Italy including air taxes and fees with air-inclusive package
  • Round-trip airport/hotel transfers in Rome and Sorrento to Naples with air-inclusive package

Sightseeing and Services

  • Luxury air-conditioned 40-seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom for transportation and sightseeing
  • Equivalent of $40USD per person in local currency to use as you wish
  • Headset for guided sightseeing visits and walking tours
  • Escorted by a professional, local Tour Director
  • Professional tour manager from Fox World Travel, Elizabeth Cramer*
  • Customized, informative travel documents containing trip details and helpful packing and planning information

Hotel Accommodations

  • Three nights in Rome at Hotel Romanico Palace or Hotel Dei Borgia, Rome
  • Two nights in Florence at Hotel Londra, Athenaeum Florence
  • Two nights in Venice at Eurostars Residenza Cannaregio
  • One night in Assisi at Giotto, Assisi
  • Two nights in Sorrento at Hotel Michelangelo or Grand Hotel Vesuvio

Hotel accommodations for ten nights include hotel service charges, taxes and luggage handling. Similar hotels may be substituted.

Included Dining

  • Ten buffet breakfasts
  • Welcome Reception with light meal in Rome
  • 3 three-course table d’hôte Dinners or Buffets
  • Final Celebration Dinner in Sorrento: Arrivederci! Enjoy a delicious end-of-tour Celebration Dinner of Italian cuisine, wine and music
  • Included Tour – Tuscan Dinner & Cooking Demonstration

Included Sightseeing

  • Rome: VIP entrance into the Vatican Museums to admire the Bramante Staircase, the Popes’ treasure-trove and the Sistine Chapel; Enjoy a private guided tour of St. Peters Basilica
  • Florence: During your guided walking tour, see the Cathedral, bell tower, ‘Gates of Paradise’ on the Baptistery and visit Signoria Square; Admire Michelangelo’s David and witness a leather-work demonstration
  • Venice: Cruise to St. Mark’s Square by private launch; See St. Mark’s Basilica, bell and clock tower, Doges’ Palace and Bridge of Sighs; Witness handmade Venetian glass-blowing.
  • Pisa: See the Cathedral Baptistery and “Leaning Tower”
  • Assisi: See the Church of St. Mary of the Angels
  • Isle of Capri: Cruise to the famous island and, in the style of the jet-set, ride up to town by open top taxi

Not Included: Travel Insurance, gratuities for airport porters, tour guides, motorcoach drivers, meals (other than those included in the package), optional excursions that may be offered, trip cancellation insurance and any items of a personal nature.

*Minimum group required for the Fox World Travel tour manager to participate. In the unlikely event the minimum number is not reached, the tour will still include a professional local guide in the destination.

Tour-Only

Pay in full by Feb. 27 and receive $240 off!!
Tour only
Arrange your own airfare
Based on double occupancy

Air-Inclusive

Pay in full by Feb. 27 and receive $240 off!!
Airfare From Chicago O'Hare
Motorcoach to Chicago from select pick-up points
Based on double occupancy

FOX FLASH DISCOUNT: Savings of $100 per person when you book by February 24, 2017.

Single Supplement: $880.00
Triple Reduction: $90.00
Initial Deposit: $400.00 per person.
Final Payment Due:
 No later than June 12, 2017

*Above base pricing is per person based on double occupancy. All air taxes and fees of $668.50 per person ARE INCLUDED and subject to change.

Early Pay in Full Discount: $240.00 off per person for those who pay in full by February 27, 2017 (based on double occupancy)

Past Passenger Discount: $162.00 off per person available for those who have traveled with Insight Vacations or sister companies, Uniworld, Brendan Vacations, Trafalgar or Contiki, within the last 5 years.

Departing from Chicago

Depart September 21

Lufthansa #431 – Depart Chicago O’Hare at 4:05 p.m. and arrive in Frankfurt at 7:20 a.m. on September 22.

Lufthansa#232 – Depart Frankfurt at 10:35 a.m. and arrive in Rome at 12:20 p.m.

Return  October 2

Lufthansa #1927 – Depart Naples at 1:00 p.m. and arrive in Munich at 2:40 p.m.

Lufthansa #434 – Depart Munich at 3:40 p.m. and arrive in Chicago O’Hare at 6:30 p.m.

Please note: Flight schedules are subject to change and FWT has no control over flight changes, delays or cancellations.  Tickets will be non-refundable once issued. Changes will be subject to a fee plus any fare difference. Additional restrictions may apply. Flight schedules are subject to change. Fox World Travel has no control over flight or equipment changes, seat assignments, delays or cancellations. A minimum of 10 passengers is needed for the group air. Checked baggage fees may apply.

Pricing and flight options from other cities available upon request.

ElizabethCramerElizabeth Cramer, Tour Manager and Photographer

Elizabeth Cramer is a freelance tour manager and photographer for Fox World Travel.  A seasoned traveler, Elizabeth has backpacked through Central and South America, climbed some of America’s most noteworthy peaks and combed endless Caribbean beaches.  Favorite trips include Ireland, Hawaii, Peru, Guatemala, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and many U.S. National Parks (including hiking the Grand Canyon rim to rim!).  An enthusiast of both adventure and leisure travel, Elizabeth is always up for an exciting hike or a relaxing wine tasting with guests.  Elizabeth holds both a bachelors and masters degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

When not on tour, Elizabeth can usually be found on her farm in rural Wisconsin or hiking in one of the many state parks with her camera.  She’s thrilled to tour manage with Fox World Travel and document trips through photography and social media.

Optional Insurance:

Cancellation and travel protection is strongly recommended. Fox World Travel offers several plans with Travel Guard Insurance. Details and rates can be obtained from your travel consultant.

Cancellation Penalties:

  • From date of deposit to June 12, 2017: Initial deposit of $400.00 per person
  • June 13 to July 21, 2017: 50% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • July 22 to August 21, 2016: 75% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • August 22, 2016 to 0 days prior to travel: No refund

Airline tickets are non-refundable once ticketed.