Italian Treasures

May 10, 2020 to May 21, 2020

Join us on this fantastic 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.

 

 

 

 

Join us with an optional motorcoach from select pick up points to Chicago O’Hare. Your flight to Rome departs from Chicago.

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: Romanico Palace (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: Romanico Palace (or similar)
Meals: 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. 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. 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 and enter in style by PRIVATE BOAT.
Hotel: Palazzo Selvadego (or similar)
Meal: 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)
Meal: Breakfast

Follow the Adriatic coastline to Ravenna, where you will 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, 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

Your tour ends with a flight back to Chicago.
Meal: Breakfast


Air-Inclusive Package

  • 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 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, 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: $480.00
Triple Reduction: $60.00
Initial Deposit: $400.00 per person
Final Payment Due:
No later than Feburary 5, 2020

*Above base pricing is per person based on double occupancy. All air taxes and fees of $461.43 are included and subject to change.

Available Discounts:

Early Booking Discount: $335.00 per person if deposited by November 25, 2019

*Discounts are subject to change at any time

Departing Flight (May 10, 2020)

United Airlines    Chicago O’Hare – Rome   3:55 PM – 8:25 AM (arrives May 11)

Return Flight (May 21, 2020)

United Airlines   Rome – Chicago O’Hare    10:20 AM – 2:10 PM

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 February 5, 2020: Initial deposit of $400.00 per person
  • February 6 – March 5, 2020: 50% package price + applicable airline fees
  • March 6  – April 9, 2020: 75% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • April 10 to 0 days prior to travel: No refund
Airline tickets are non-refundable once ticketed.

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