International Incident in Italy with WAPL

August 9, 2019 to August 18, 2019

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Join WAPL’s Len Nelson in magical Italy!  On this tour, you’ll get a sample of what Italy has to offer, from its historic sights and its marvelous art and architecture to its tasty cuisine and inspired drinks. You’ll enjoy guided sightseeing that includes the must-see ancient sights, such as Rome’s Colosseum, and the Sistine Chapel, home to Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings; Michelangelo’s David in Florence; Juliet’s balcony in Verona; and St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, dating to the late 11th century. You’ll admire Mantua – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and visit the Teatro Bibiena, designed by Antonio Galli Bibiena in late baroque/early rococo style.

A spectacular drive through the Dolomites—the “Rocky Mountains” of Europe—brings you to Bassano, where you’ll enjoy a grappa tasting along with local specialties at the Grappa Museum. Among the many unique experiences on your tour, you’ll travel to the medieval walled town of Monteriggioni, which dates back to the early 13th century and still has the original 14 towers. From its beautiful mountains to its exciting cities and from its amazing sights to its delicious cuisine, Italy offers it all.

 

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: Albani Hotel (or similar)
Meal: Dinner

This morning, guided sightseeing reveals Rome's highlights. Visit the amazing COLOSSEUM and the ROMAN FORUM, where Roman legions marched in triumph. Balance of the day at leisure. An optional walking tour with a Local Guide is available to further explore famous sites for those who wish to see it all.

Hotel: Albani Hotel (or similar)
Meal: Breakfast

In the morning, visit 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, leave the “Eternal City” and follow the Apennine Hills to the medieval walled town of Monteriggioni, which dates back to the early 13th century, and still has the original 14 towers. Walk to the main square, Piazza Roma, enjoy some free time, and try out traditional cantucci alle mandorle (local almond biscuits). Through unforgettable vine-clad landscapes arrive at your hotel, perfectly situated in the renowned Chianti hills.

Hotel: Compagnie Des Hotels Radda at Radda in Chianti (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Walk through the center of picturesque San Gimignano, one of Italy’s most perfectly preserved medieval towns. Continue to Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance,” and follow your Local Guide on a walking tour. Visit the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS to admire Michelangelo’s celebrated David. Marvel at the magnificent marble cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gate of Paradise,” and sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Afterwards, time to shop for leather goods and gold jewelry, which Florence is famous for. Continue to your hotel in the spa resort of Montecatini.

Hotel: Minerva Palace (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Stop in Pisa and marvel at the legendary Leaning Tower before arriving at the fascinating city of Mantua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, surrounded by three artificial lakes that were created in the 12th century. Guided sightseeing features a walk through the historical center and the Percorso del Principe (Path of the Prince), and a visit to TEATRO BIBIENA, designed by Antonio Galli Bibiena in late baroque/early rococo style. Mozart performed here at the age of 13 in January 1770, a few weeks after the theater opened.

Hotel: Hotel Villa Malaspina (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

In Verona, medieval setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, follow your Local Guide on a walking tour of this interesting city. Take pictures of Juliet’s balcony and rub the shining breast on her statue for good luck. Continue to the Arena, an incredibly well-preserved pink marble Roman amphitheater, where gladiators once fought. Built in the 1st century AD, it is now a magical venue for world-famous opera performances. Balance of the day is at leisure. An exciting optional excursion is available to Lake Garda and Sirmione.

Hotel: Hotel Villa Malaspina (or similar)
Meal: Breakfast

Follow the valley of the Adige River to Trento, a modern city in the Dolomites, the “Rocky Mountains” of Europe. Over the centuries, Trento was always an important commercial and strategic city, Italy’s “Gate to Northern Europe,” with the Brenner Pass through the Alps to nearby Austria. In the 14th century, Trento province was under Austrian rule, and until the end of World War I, the city was practically on the Austrian border. Your orientation shows you how Italian Renaissance and German styles have mixed over time. Next, a spectacular drive through the Dolomites brings you to the area of Bassano, where you will enjoy a GRAPPA TASTING, accompanied by some local specialties at the famous Poli Museo della Grappa (Grappa Museum). Later, continue to Padua and see St. Anthony's Basilica.

Hotel: Milano Hotel (or similar)
Meal: Breakfast

A short drive brings you to Venice. Enter in style by PRIVATE BOAT and meet your Local Guide. Highlights of your walking tour are ST. MARK’S SQUARE and the byzantine BASILICA, lavish DOGES’ PALACE and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Also watch a skilled GLASSBLOWER fashion delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner. Time at leisure to further explore Venice at your own pace or to join an optional gondola serenade. Later, follow your Tour Director through narrow streets to Al Colombo restaurant near the Rialto Bridge, where the owner, Domenico Stanziani, has prepared a special farewell dinner with wine. Afterwards, enjoy a PRIVATE WATER-TAXI RIDE through the Grand Canal as a proper arrivederci.

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

After breakfast you’ll be transferred to the Venice Airport for your flight home to Chicago. Upon arrival a motorcoach will transfer you back to your original pick up location.

Meal: Breakfast


Transportation

  • 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,  including current air taxes and fees
  • Round-trip airport/hotel transfers in Rome and Venice
  • Luxury air-conditioned motorcoach with  on-board restroom for transportation and sightseeing

Hotel Accommodations

  • Hotel accommodations for eight (8) nights in First Class hotels (Begin with two nights Rome, one night Chianti Hills, one night Montecatini,  two nights Verona Area, two nights Padua) including hotel service charges, taxes and luggage handling for one bag

Dining & Beverages

  • Daily Buffet Breakfast
  • Five (5) three-course dinners with wine, including welcome dinner in Rome and farewell dinner in Venice

Sightseeing and Services Highlight

  • ROME: Welcome dinner at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Colosseum and Roman Forum, the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica
  • MONTERIGGIONI: Visit the medieval walled town and taste cantucci alle mandorle
  • SAN GIMIGNANO: Walking tour
  • FLORENCE: Guided walking tour, visit Michelangelo’s David and Signoria Square
  • PISA: Marvel at the legendary Leaning Tower
  • MANTUA: Guided sightseeing, visit Teatro Bibiena
  • VERONA: Walking tour including Juliet’s balcony
  • TRENTO: Orientation tour
  • BASSANO: Taste the local grappa at the Poli Museo della Grappa
  • PADUA: See St. Anthony’s Basilica
  • VENICE: Private boat ride; guided walking tour, visit St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doges Palace, Bridge of Sighs, glassblower demonstration; farewell dinner
  • Professional tour manager from Fox World Travel
  • Headset for guided sightseeing visits and walking tours
  • Escorted by a professional, local Tour Director
  • Customized, informative travel documents containing trip details and helpful packing and planning information

Not Included: Meals, unless noted; medical services; airline imposed baggage fees; airport gratuities to baggage handlers or any other items of a personal nature. A valid passport is required. Travel insurance protection is not included. Ask your travel consultant about our reasonable options.

* 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.

Air-Inclusive

Includes Airfare from Chicago O'Hare
Based on double occupancy

Tour Only

Air not included
Based on double occupancy

Single Supplement: $ 216.00

Triple Reduction: $ 35.00

*Above pricing is per person based on double occupancy in your choice of cabin category and subject to availability. All taxes and fees of $662.64 per person are INCLUDED and subject to change. Fox World Travel has no control over flight changes, delays or cancellations. Single pricing is on a request basis and subject to availability.

Initial Deposit: $400.00 per person
Final Payment Date: May 7, 2019

Early Booking Discount: Book and deposit by November 26, 2018 and receive a $236.00 discount per person

Welcome Back Discount: Past Passengers of Globus Family of Brands receive an additional discount per person. Call agent for more information.

*Must have traveled with Globus, Cosmos or Avalon within the last five years to qualify for past passenger discount.

Discounts are subject to change at any time.

Flights from Chicago O’Hare 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 FWT 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.

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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:

  • Date of Booking to May 7, 2019: Deposit amount $400.00 per person
  • May 8 to June 7, 2019: 50% of trip cost + applicable airline fees
  • June 8 to July 9, 2019: 75% of trip cost + applicable airline fees
  • July 10, 2019 to departure: 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. 

To talk to a travel specialist or book your trip, please call 1-888-369-8785