Treasures of Italy with Dave Spano

October 20, 2018 to November 1, 2018

 

Join Annex Wealth Management and WTMJ’s Dave Spano on this incredible tour of Italy.  You’ll be immersed in Italy’s historic cities, idyllic fishing villages, islands, lakes, and canals, heritage buildings, inspiring art, fabulous food and breathtaking scenery. Join us for this enchanting trip to Italy, with an extra night in Rome included.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Rome is the former religious, political and commercial heart of a vast empire. You will be met on arrival at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport and transferred to your hotel.

Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.

Hotel: Romanico Palace (or similar)

Meal: Welcome Reception and Dinner

In the morning, you will be joined by a Local Expert to lead you through the priceless art collection of the Vatican Museums culminating beneath Michelangelo's famous ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. Your VIP visit includes fast-track entry and a behind-the-scenes look at the Bramante Staircase, a part of the Vatican closed to the general public. More of Michelangelo's genius is on display next door in St. Peter's Basilica. There's free time to do as the Romans do, or perhaps join a tour inside the Colosseum. Rome is about art, antiquity, piazzas and pizzazz, and our included walking tour this afternoon has it in abundance. Toss a coin into the spectacular Trevi Fountain, see the Pantheon, the best preserved monument from the Roman period, and enjoy free time for dinner in Piazza Navona.

Hotel: Romanico Palace (or similar)

Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Enjoy your day at leisure. Perhaps take an optional tour or enjoy Rome on your own.

Hotel: Hotel Romanico Palace (or similar)

Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Journey to the ill-fated town of Pompeii, frozen in time when it was engulfed by an eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD. Walk with a Local Expert through the cobbled streets to learn about Roman life in the first century before enjoying a refreshing lemon granita. Then continue to the Bay of Naples and board your hydrofoil to the Isle of Capri. In brilliant sunshine, enjoy a scenic drive by open-top taxi past orange and lemon groves to your hotel, then appreciate the glorious vistas over the rugged coastline and sparkling sea. Saturday departures will visit Pompeii on Day 5.

Hotel: La Residenza, Capri (or similar)

Meal: Buffet Breakfast

(Relaxed Start) Wake up refreshed on this delightful island. Visit Capri town, with its whitewashed houses, winding alleyways and small cafes. A Local Expert escorts you to the luxuriant Caesar Augustus Gardens for views of the Faraglioni rocks. The afternoon is yours to devote to Capri's fashionable boutiques, craft shops and artisan’s studios. As the glow of twilight descends and the day-trippers have gone home, the island is yours to saunter along scenic paths, gather with the locals in the piazzetta or relax with a glass of wine at an al-fresco restaurant.

Hotel: La Residenza, Capri (or similar)

Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Descend to the port by open-top taxi and take the hydrofoil across the bay to Naples. Follow the ‘Motorway of the Sun', north past Rome, through the Province of Umbria. Continue through idyllic Tuscan landscapes to Florence, center of art and culture, and heart of the Italian Renaissance.

Hotel: Hotel Londra (or similar)

Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

With your Local Expert walk through the historic centre and visit the Academia Gallery, to see Michelangelo’s masterpiece statue, David. View the multi-coloured marble cathedralGiotto's bell tower and the 'Gates of Paradise' which adorn the baptistery. Visit the Piazza della Signoria - an open-air museum and still the political heart of Florence. Stroll on to Piazza Santa Croce, famous for its basilica and leather goods. The joys of Florence are varied so the afternoon will be free for your own personal exploration.

Hotel: Hotel Londra (or similar)

Meal: Buffet Breakfast

The famous Italian Riviera and the Cinque Terre - a highlight of your journey as a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Italy's most beautiful landscapes. With a Local Expert, appreciate the views as you approach one of the picturesque fishing villages by boat. Spend some time exploring the old medieval quarter or the popular sandy beach before continuing along to the elegant seaside village of Portofino, epitome of La Dolce Vita. Admire the colorful houses, browse the boutiques or stay a while in the cafe bars on the piazzetta and watch the yachts moored in the harbor. Weather permitting, return along the rugged Ligurian coast by boat to the resort of Santa Margherita.

Hotel: Best Western Regina Elena (or similar)

Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

In the morning, head north to the beautiful Italian Lake District, a favorite retreat of the rich and famous where alpine scenery combines with luxuriant subtropical vegetation. Relax and enjoy an afternoon at leisure at this popular resort and beautiful lake or perhaps take a cruise out to the lovely Borromean Islands? For your dining pleasure, you are invited to choose from a selection of local restaurants.
Hotel: Simplon Hotel, Baveno, Lake Maggiore (or similar)

Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dine-Around Dinner

Follow the southern fringes of the European Alps to the vineyards, close to the shores of Lake Iseo. Winemaking traditions run deep here and you will get to taste the delicious vintages produced with a master vintner at a family-owned estate. Continue to Verona, the setting for one of history's most romantic love stories. Walk with your Tour Director to Juliet's balcony in the inner courtyard of the Capulet home and see the well-preserved Roman Arena, still used for open-air opera performances. Head on to the unique city of Venice - a complete step back in time to the 16th century. In the evening, celebrate your tour finalé with good food, good wine and good company in a magical setting.

Hotel: Hilton Molino Stucky Venice Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Buffet Breakfast

(Relaxed Start) Cruise to a traditional arts center on the island of Giudecca to admire the art of glassblowing. Visit St. Mark's Square where the city's former wealth and power is evidenced by the riches of St. Mark's Basilica. Also admire the Doge's Palace and its adjoining Bridge of Sighs. Take your seat in a traditional gondola for a serenade through the myriad of beautiful canals. Cruise the Venetian lagoon to Burano and sit down to a sumptuous Celebration Dinner with wine, sampling the local specialties.

Hotel: Hilton Molino Stucky Venice Hotel (or similar)

Meal: Buffet Breakfast, Celebration Dinner

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

Meal: Buffet Breakfast


Air-Inclusive Package

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

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*
  • Customized, informative travel documents containing trip details and helpful packing and planning information

Hotel Accommodations

  • Three nights in Rome
  • Two nights in Isle of Capri
  • Two nights in Florence
  • One night in Santa Margherita Ligure
  • One night in Lake Maggiore
  • Two nights in Venice

Hotel accommodations for eleven nights in 4-star hotels, including hotel service charges, taxes and luggage handling for one bag

Included Dining

  • Daily Buffet Breakfast
  • Welcome Reception and dinner in Rome
  • Five dinners including a Welcome Dinner, three 3-course dinners, and a final evening Celebration dinner in Sorrento

Included Sightseeing

  • Fox World Travel added experiences: A visit to the Academia Museum in Florence to see the statue of David.  A special event in Venice
  • Rome: Gain VIP access into the Vatican Museums and be among the select few to admire the famous Bramante Staircase. Admire the Popes’ treasure-trove and confront the genius of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel. Enjoy a private guided tour of St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Pompeii: Walk with a Local Expert through the cobbled streets of this ill-fated town.
  • Isle of Capri: Get a flavor of the jet-set lifestyle with two nights on this famous isle. Ride by open-top taxi and enjoy sightseeing with a Local Expert.
  • Florence: Walk with a Local Expert to the Cathedral, Baptistery and see Signoria Square. Witness a leather-work demonstration.
  • Verona: See the Roman Arena and Juliet’s balcony.
  • Cinque Terre: Take a short cruise to visit two of the villages of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Portofino: Have a taste of ‘La Dolce Vita’ in this elegant fishing village and cruise to Santa Margherita.
  • Venice: Cruise to St. Mark’s Square by private launch. See St. Mark’s Basilica, bell tower, clock tower, Doges’ Palace and Bridge of Sighs. Witness handmade Venetian glass-blowing and travel by gondola through the canals of Venice

* 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

Tour Only
Arrange your own airfare
Based on double occupancy

Air-Inclusive

Includes round-trip airfare from Chicago O'Hare
Motorcoach to Chicago from select pick-up points
Based on double occupancy

Single Supplement: $960.00
Triple Reduction: $100.00
Initial Deposit: $400.00 per person
Final Payment Due:
 July 17, 2018

*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.

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.

Past Passenger Discount: $170.00 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

**Flights from Chicago are pending: The air-inclusive package includes air that has not yet been assigned, the identity of the carrier, which may include the carrier’s code-share partner, will be assigned and disclosed at a later date.

Depart October 20, 2018

Board American Airlines #110 on October 20 from Chicago O’Hare at 5:05 pm and arrive in Rome, Italy at 9:00 am on October 21

Return on November 1, 2018                  

Board British Airways #579  on November 1 from Venice at 12:50 pm. and arrive at London Heathrow at 2:15 pm.

Then board American Airlines #91 and depart from London Heathrow at 4:05 pm and arrive in Chicago O’Hare at 8:05 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.

About Dave Spano

Dave Spano, CEO of Annex Wealth Management, hosts the Saturday morning radio show “Money Talk” on 620 WTMJ.  Spano has over 25 years of experience in the financial planning profession, where he has the designation of Certified Financial Planner® professional.

Spano has served as the Chairman of the Board of the Financial Planning Association of Southern Wisconsin, where he has also served as President and Director of Government Relations. A prominent figure in the community, he is also the President of the Italian Community Center, Festa Italiana and The United Ethnic Festivals.

In his personal time, Spano is an avid musky fisherman and spends as much time as possible in Wisconsin’s north woods. He and his wife, Kim, are raising their children in Elm Grove, Wisconsin.

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 July 17, 2018: Initial deposit of $400.00 per person
  • July 18 – August 20, 2018: 50% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • August 21 – September 19, 2018: 75% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • September 20, 2018 to 0 days prior to travel: No refund

Airline tickets are non-refundable once ticketed.

A valid passport is required with a validity of at least six months beyond the return date of the trip.

Note: Daily Itinerary is subject to change. Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary. Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.