Italian Treasures with WBAY’s Bill Jartz

June 5, 2019 to June 16, 2019

Join WBAY’s Bill Jartz on this incredible trip to Italy. You’ll savor the regional cuisine and sample local wines. You’ll visit historic sites from the Roman Empire and see architectural treasures, splendid art, and ornate churches. 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, you’ll learn how the famous Chianti wine is made and have a sample! History buffs will delight in seeing some of Italy’s ancient sights, 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. Enjoy a special excursion to Cinque Terre, five small medieval villages on the Italian Riviera – 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 a motorcoach transfer from select cities to Chicago O’Hare, where you will board your overnight flight to Europe.

Welcome to Rome! Tonight, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, then leave the hotel for a special welcome dinner at one of Rome’s lively restaurants.

Hotel: Starhotels Michalengelo (or similar)
Meal: Dinner

Guided sightseeing includes inside visits to the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL with Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment, and monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà. Then, drive to the Roman Forum and visit the amazing COLOSSEUM, where gladiators once fought. An optional walking tour with a Local Guide is available to further explore famous sites for those who wish to see it all.

Hotel: Starhotels Michelangelo (or similar)
Meal: Breakfast

Head north and arrive in medieval Lucca, completely surrounded by the original medieval wall, and enjoy a walk through the quaint medieval town center. An optional dinner at a local agriturismo farm is available.

Hotel: Grand Hotel Guinigi (or similar)
Meal: Breakfast

Drive to La Spezia on the Mediterranean Coast and enjoy your excursion to CINQUE TERRE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including a BOAT RIDE (departures April 2 to October 22, 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. Stop in Pisa and take the traditional picture pushing back the amazing Leaning Tower, 180 feet high and no less than 12 feet out of the perpendicular, before returning to Lucca.

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, theater of the biannual Palio, Siena’s spectacular medieval-style horse race. Continue to hilltop San Gimignano, the most picturesque of Italy’s perfectly preserved medieval towns. In the afternoon, drive along the Chianti Road leading north to Florence. Next is the highlight of the day: stop at splendid VERRAZZANO CASTLE to hear about the fine art of blending four types of grapes to obtain the famous Chianti. Enjoy a WINE TASTING and an early dinner with local specialties.

Hotel: Amcasciatori Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

During your walking tour with a Local Guide, visit the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS to see Michelangelo’s celebrated David. Admire the magnificent marble cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gate of Paradise,” and sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Time to explore this fascinating city so beautifully filmed in movies like Room with a View and Tea with Mussolini, and to browse through the shops. Leather goods and gold jewelry sold by the ounce are attractive buys. To make the most of your stay, join our optional excursions to the magnificent Uffizi Gallery and a dinner outing to try out the culinary delights of a fine Tuscan restaurant.

Hotel: Ambasciatori Hotel (or similar)
Meal: Breakfast

Stop in Verona, setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Take pictures of Juliet’s balcony and rub the shining breast on her statue for good luck. Next, 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. Enter in style by PRIVATE BOAT. Tonight is your chance to join an optional gondola ride and to sample the city’s fine restaurants.

Hotel: Palazzo Selvadego (or similar)
Meal: Breakfast

Enjoy morning sightseeing with your Local Guide. 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 traditional manner. An optional boat ride is available to the picturesque island of Burano.

Hotel: Palazzo Selvadego (or similar)
Meal: Breakfast

Follow the Adriatic coastline to Ravenna. Here, see the famous mosaics in the 6th-century BASILICA of ST. APOLLINARIS IN CLASSE. Next is 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, you have a chance to taste local pastries at renowned Caffè Montanucci, a 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 special farewell dinner and opera entertainment awaits you at Tanagra restaurant.

Hotel: Sharhotels Michelangelo (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast this morning you will be transferred to the Rome Airport for your flight home. Upon arrival in Chicago, your motorcoach will transfer you to your original pick up location.

Meal: Breakfast


Air-Inclusive Package

  • Round-trip air from Chicago O’Hare to Rome round-trip including current air taxes and fees
  • Round-trip motorcoach transportation to Chicago O’Hare airport from select locations
  • Round-trip airport/hotel transfers in Rome

Hotel Accommodations

Ten Nights in four-star Hotels
  • Two nights in Rome
  • Two nights in Luca
  • 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, guided sightseeing, visit the Vatican museums, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica and the Colosseum
    • Lucca – Orientation tour
    • Cinque Terre – Sightseeing by boat and train with local guide
    • Pisa – Legendary leaning tower
    • Siena – Walking tour including Piazza del Campo
    • San Gimignano – Orientation tour
    • Verrazzano Castle – Wine tasting and a special dinner
    • Florence – Walking tour including Michelangelo’s David and Signoria Square
    • Verona – Tour including Juliet’s balcony and the Arena
    • Venice Island – Walking and private boat tour that includes St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs
    • Ravenna – St. Apollinaris in Classe Basilica
    • Assisi – Guided walking tour and visits to St. Clare’s Church and St. Francis’ Basilica
    • Orvieto – Local pastries at historic Caffè Montanucci; Visit to cathedral
    • Surprise Fox experience
  • 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

  • Daily breakfast buffet
  • Five dinners including:
    • Welcome Dinner
    • Three 3-course dinners
    • Final Celebration Dinner

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. NOTE: hotels and daily itinerary are subject to change.

Tour-Only

Tour Only
Arrange your own airfare
Based on double occupancy

Air-Inclusive

Round-trip airfare from Chicago
Based on double occupancy

Single Supplement: $471.00
Initial Deposit: $400.00 per person
Final Payment Due:
March 4, 2019

*Above base pricing is per person based on double occupancy. All air taxes and fees of $426.65 are included and subject to change.

Early Booking Discount: Receive $340.00 off per person if booked by November 26, 2018

Discounts are subject to change

Flights from Chicago are pending

The flights included in the air-inclusive package have not yet been announced, the identity of the carrier, which may include the carrier’s code-share partner, will be assigned and disclosed at a later date.
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.

WBAY TV-2 News Anchor Bill Jartz

Raised in Clintonville, Wisconsin, Bill Jartz earned All-State recognition as a high school football player, which took him to Northwestern University on an athletic scholarship. Graduating with a degree in journalism, Bill began his career as a sports anchor in Wausau, then came to WBAY in 1983. After receiving various accolades for sports broadcasting, he became a news anchor in 1998. In addition to anchoring Action 2 News weeknights at 5, 6, and 10, Bill is also the Voice of Lambeau Field at Green Bay Packers home games, joining them as public address announcer in 2005.  Bill is very involved in a number of charities and has been married to his wife, Mary, since 1984.

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 4, 2019: Initial deposit of $400.00 per person
  • March 5 – April 5, 2019: 50% package price + applicable airline fees
  • April 6 – May 3, 2019: 75% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • May 4, 2019 to 0 days prior to travel: No refund

Airline tickets are non-refundable once ticketed.