Italian Treasures

June 16, 2021 to June 27, 2021

Join us for a beautiful trip to Italy where you will be visiting the historical sites from the Roman Empire and seeing the architectural treasures, splendid artwork, and ornate churches with their religious artifacts. All this and more are offered on this amazing Italy tour—with overnights in Rome, Lucca, Florence, Venice Island, and Assisi.

Food and wine connoisseurs will enjoy the visit to Verrazzano Castle. Located on a hilltop in the Chianti region, learn how the famous Chianti wine is made and sample some! History buffs will delight in visiting some of Italy’s ancient sites, including the Colosseum, completed in the 1st century AD. Art fans will enjoy seeing Michelangelo’s famous works, including the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling paintings in Rome and his celebrated David in Florence. If you’re interested in magnificent churches, you’ll enjoy St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome as well as St. Francis’ Basilica in Assisi, where St. Francis is buried Visit Orvieto Cathedral, a great example of gothic architecture in Italy, and St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, one of the best examples of byzantine architecture.

As a special adventure, take an excursion to Cinque Terre, five small medieval villages on the Italian Riviera and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These are just a few of the many highlights on this remarkable tour to Italy’s treasures.

 

 

 

 

Your journey begins aboard an (optional) motorcoach transfer from select cities to Chicago O’Hare, where you will board your overnight flight to Rome.

At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, then leave the hotel for a welcome dinner at one of Rome’s lively restaurants.
Hotel: Romanico Palace (or similar)
Meals: Dinner

Guided sightseeing of the ‟Eternal Cityˮ starts with a visit to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment, followed by a visit to monumental St. Peter’s Square and Basilica to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà. Then, enjoy views of other major sites as you drive to the Roman Forum and visit the ancient Colosseum, where gladiators once fought. An optional walking tour with a Local Guide is available to further explore Rome's famous landmarks.
Hotel: Romanico Palace (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

Head north and arrive in historic Lucca completely surrounded by the original medieval walls. Enjoy a walk through the quaint town center to the famous amphitheater square. A suggestion for tonight: join an optional dinner at a local agriturismo.
Hotel: Grand Hotel Guinigi (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

La Spezia on the Mediterranean Coast is the town where your exciting excursion starts to Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including a boat ride (weather permitting) with a Local Guide. The name dates back to the 15th century and is derived from five little medieval villages standing on stony spurs along five miles of the rocky coastline: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso. Then, a train ride returns you to La Spezia. On the way back to Lucca stop in Pisa and take pictures of the legendary Leaning Tower, 180 feet high and at least 12 feet out of the perpendicular.
Hotel: Hotel: Grand Hotel Guinigi (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

A scenic day in Tuscany. This morning visit Siena and walk through ancient narrow lanes to beautiful Piazza del Campo, site of the biannual Palio, Siena’s spectacular medieval-style horse race. Your next visit is to San Gimignano, the most picturesque of Italy’s perfectly preserved medieval towns. Browse through the little shops and admire the tower houses before leaving for the splendid Verrazzano Castle. Hear about the fine art of blending four types of grapes to obtain the famous Chianti and enjoy a wine tasting with local specialties. Next, drive to Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance.”
Hotel: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

Meet your Local Guide and visit the Academy of Fine Arts with Michelangelo’s celebrated David. Continue your walking tour through the historic center and stand in awe in front of the magnificent cathedral, admire Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gates of Paradise,” and sculpture-studded Signoria Square. Afterward, you may wish to shop for Florentine leather goods and gold jewelry, sold by the ounce. To make the most of your stay, an optional excursion to the magnificent Uffizi Gallery is available. Tonight is your chance to try out the culinary delights of a fine Tuscan restaurant.
Hotel: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

Verona is world-famous as the setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. See Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza Bra, and admire the Arena, an incredibly well-preserved pink marble Roman amphitheater. Built in the 1st century AD, it was the place where gladiators once fought. Today, it is the magical venue for world-famous opera performances. Arrive in Venice, a powerful magnet for romantics and art lovers from around the globe and enter in style by private boat.
Hotel: Palazzo Selvadego (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

Join your Local Guide for a walking tour and visit St. Mark’s Square and the Byzantine Basilica, lavish Doges’ Palace, and the world-famous Bridge of Sighs. Also watch a skilled glassblower fashion delicate objects in an age-old tradition. Time to wander through the narrow streets with the numerous shops. An optional boat ride is available to the picturesque island of Burano.
Hotel: Palazzo Selvadego (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

Leave the Adriatic coast and enter Umbria to peaceful Assisi. During your walking tour with a Local Guide, visit St. Clare’s Church and St. Francis’ Basilica, the hub of a religious order devoted to the ideals of humility, forgiveness, simplicity, and love for all God’s creatures. Hear about monastic life and admire the priceless frescoes adorning the walls of the church.
Hotel: Hotel Giotto (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Following the Tiber Valley, reach Orvieto, perched high atop a volcanic rock. Here taste local pastries at renowned Caffè Montanucci, an historic pasticceria for more than 100 years. Time to browse through tempting shops in the lanes off Piazza del Duomo, and to visit the fabulous gothic cathedral with its San Brizio Chapel. In the afternoon, return to Rome. This evening, a farewell dinner with operatic entertainment awaits at Tanagra restaurant.
Hotel: Romanico Palace (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today your journey draws to an end. After breakfast you’ll transfer from the hotel to the airport for your flight home. Upon arrival at Chicago O’Hare, your (optional) motorcoach transfer will return you to your original pick-up point.
Meals: Breakfast

Hotels and tour itinerary are subject to change.


Air-Inclusive Package

  • Optional Motorcoach to/from Chicago O’Hare from Northeast Wisconsin (from select cities)
  • Round-trip air from Chicago O’Hare to Rome round-trip including current air taxes and fees
  • Round-trip airport/hotel transfers in Rome

Hotel Accommodations

  • Ten-night stay in Italy in First Class hotels
    • Two nights in Rome
    • Two nights in Lucca
    • Two nights in Florence
    • Two nights on Venice
    • One night in Assisi
    • One night Rome
Includes hotel baggage handling for one bag per person including hotel porter gratuities.

Tour Highlights

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach for transportation and sightseeing
  • Tour Highlights to include:
    • Rome: Welcome and farewell dinners at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, and the Colosseum
    • Cinque Terre: By boat (weather permitting) with a Local Guide, and train
    • Pisa: Walking tour including Piazza del Campo
    • Verrazzano Castle: Wine tasting
    • Florence: Guided walking tour, visit Michelangelo’s David and Signoria Square
    • Verona: Walk to Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza Brà
    • Venice Island: Private boat ride; guided walking tour, visit St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs; glassblower demonstration
    • Assisi: Guided walking tour, visit St. Clare’s Church and St. Francis’ Basilica
    • Orvieto: Taste local pastries in historic Caffè Montanucci; visit the cathedral
    • Fox Exclusive Tour (TBD)
  • Headset for guided sightseeing visits and walking tours
  • Professional Tour Manager from Fox World Travel*
  • Professional, local Tour Director
  • Customized informative travel documents

Included Meals

  • Full buffet breakfast daily
  • 4 three-course dinners, including a welcome dinner at a local restaurant in Rome
Not included:  Travel Insurance, roundtrip motorcoach transportation to and from Chicago O’Hare airport, 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. 
NOTE: Hotels and daily itinerary are subject to change.

Tour Only

Tour Only
Arrange your own airfare
Based on double occupancy

Air-Inclusive

Air-Inclusive
Round-trip airfare from Chicago
Based on double occupancy

Single Supplement: $820.00
Triple Reduction: $70.00 (upon request)
Initial Deposit: $400.00 per person
Final Payment Due:
No later than March 11, 2021

*Above base pricing is per person based on double occupancy. All air taxes and fees of $528.75 are included and subject to change.

Globus Early Booking Discount: Book no later than December 17, 2020 and receive a $350.00 discount per person

Discounts are subject to change at any time.

Flights from Chicago O’Hare to Rome are currently pending.

Flight schedules are subject to change and Fox has no control over flight changes, seat assignments, 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. Checked baggage fees may apply.
Pricing and flight options from other cities available upon request.

Optional Motorcoach Transfers – Chicago O’Hare:

Optional motorcoach transfers are offered from select cities to and from Chicago O’Hare. Cost is $45 per person one way or $90 per person round-trip.

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 March 11, 2021: Initial deposit of $400.00 per person
  • March 12, 2021 – April 10, 2021: 50% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • April 11, 2021 – May 14, 2021: 75% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • May 15, 2021 to 0 days prior to travel: No refunds
Airline tickets are non-refundable once ticketed.

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