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Tuscany & the Italian Riviera

Departs: 10/15/2018 Returns: 10/23/2018

9 Days | All Airfare Included

Discover the charming Tuscan countryside, visit and explore the colorful villages of the Cinque Terre.
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Daily Itinerary Items

Day 1 : Ciao Italia
Our tour begins with an overnight flight to Italy. Anticipation builds as we fly across the ocean.


Day 2 : Tour Tuscany
Upon arrival, we are greeted by our Italian Tour Guide and Driver who accompany us throughout our tour. We then begin our journey through the famous rolling hills of Tuscany to our home for the next four nights, the breathtaking Hotel Casafrassi. This Neoclassical villa sits nestled among a panorama of landscaped gardens, olive groves and vineyards. Amenities include a spa, optional wine tasting and much more. All rooms overlook the Chianti hills. This evening, enjoy a Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner at the hotel's restaurant and meet our fellow travelers over expertly prepared Italian cuisine and local wine. D


Day 3 : Volterra & San Gimignano
Today we visit two of Italy’s best preserved medieval hill towns. Both are still surrounded by fortified walls and overlook rolling farmland. Pre-dating the Roman Empire, Volterra was once an important Etruscan city. Learn about its ancient history, see the more recent 12th-century Romanesque cathedral and perhaps shop for something made from alabaster. In the afternoon we visit San Gimignano, famous for its medieval towers once used by feuding noble families. Walk through the same city gate once used by pilgrims on their way to Rome. Dinner is included tonight to discover the tastes of the region. B,D


Day 4 : Florence
Today we tour Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Visit the Galleria dell’Accademia and view incredible works including Michelangelo’s David. Wonder at the Duomo, the largest brick dome ever constructed and gaze upon Ghiberti’s bronze doors of the Baptistery, often called the Gates of Paradise. Take time this afternoon to visit the Ponte Vecchio, a famous bridge housing local gold vendors, or enjoy a fresh gelato, traditional Italian style ice cream. This evening offers a special treat, the Castello di Verrazzano. Learn the history of Giovanni da Verrazzano, celebrated navigator and discoverer of the Bay of New York. We delight in an included dinner featuring a fantastic selection of wines, meats and cheeses for our sampling pleasures. B,D


Day 5 : Cortona
After a splendid breakfast, we make our way to the hilltop town of Cortona. Our Italian Guide will provide a fascinating tour of the medieval architecture of the Piazza Garibaldi, the sights and shops of the Via Nazionale and the Palazzo Casali, displaying relics from the Etruscan, Roman and Egyptian civilizations. The afternoon is yours for individual pursuits to enjoy the Renaissance churches, olive groves and terraces that surround us in this picture-postcard town. Tonight we take in an included dinner and bid farewell to our time in Tuscany. B,D


Day 6 : Pisa & Santa Margherita Ligure
Enjoy breakfast on the terrace and say arrivederci to Tuscany as we travel north to Pisa, known for its opulent churches and palaces. Our guide introduces us to this charming city. A highlight of our visit is seeing the world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. We continue to the comfortable coastal town of Santa Margherita Ligure in the heart of the Italian Riviera. The wide promenade follows the sandy beach to the small boat harbor. Enjoy two evenings in this idyllic setting. B,D


Day 7 : Cinque Terre
Today we visit the Cinque Terre, an Italian National Park and UNESCO World Heritage site. We have the day to visit this rocky coastline on the Mediterranean Sea. The pastel colors of the buildings in the tiny fishing villages make for stunning pictures. Enjoy superb views of the distinctive terraced vineyards that produce the local dry white wines. We start in the morning at the little village of Riomaggiore, sightsee to Vernazza and end our visit in Monterosso al Mare, the village with the best beach and beautiful lemon trees. We return to Santa Margherita Ligure for an evening at leisure. We suggest dining in a sidewalk café on the palm-lined street facing the sea! B


Day 8 : Italian Riviera
A leisurely day awaits us. We visit Portofino, known as the Pearl of the Italian Riviera. This enchanting fishing village with its picturesque harbor is frequented by some of Europe's wealthiest and most discerning pleasure seekers. This afternoon we travel to Milan for our overnight accommodations. Tonight, we gather together for a Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner and toast our new friendships. B,D


Day 9 : Arrividerci Italia
After an included breakfast, we make our way home with fond memories of our Italian adventure. B


Additional Tour Information

Your Holiday Vacations Experience Includes 
 All airfare
 All fuel surcharges, government fees, airport & departure taxes (minimum value of $728 per person)
• Holiday Vacations Tour Director
• Experienced European Guides
• Motorcoach and professional Driver
• Baggage handling at hotels
 $100 travel voucher for a future Holiday Vacations tour


13 Excellent Meals Featuring
• Holiday Vacations Welcome & Farewell Dinner
• Daily European breakfast
• Dinner & wine tasting at Castello di Verrazzano
• Dinner in Santa Margherita Ligure


All Accommodations Featuring
• 4 nights at Hotel Casafrassi, Castellina in Chianti, Tuscany
 2 nights in Santa Margherita Ligure
 1 night in Milan


Attractions & Highlights
• Volterra city tour
• San Gimignano
• Florence city tour - The Duomo, Galleria dell'Accademia & Michelangelo's David
• Cortona
• Leaning Tower of Pisa
• Tuscan countryside
• Santa Margherita Ligure
• Cinque Terre
• Boat ride to/from Portofino
• Portofino

Tour Pricing

Category - Occupancy Price (Per Person)
Airport - Double $4999
Airport - Single $5699

Final Payment Date: 7/13/2018

Guaranteed Airport Departure Cities

All tour prices include airfare from the guaranteed airports listed below. Additional cities, including flights from states not listed, are availible on request. Additional fees may apply. for more information, please call 1-800-826-2266 and one of our friendly Tour Consultants will be happy to assist.


TSA'S SECURE FLIGHT PROGRAM

The requirement to collect your date of birth, gender and full name as it appears on the government issued photo identification you will use on your tour is federally mandated by the Transportation Security Administration. TSA's privacy policy as well as additional details can be found at www.tsa.gov using the keywords Secure Flight.


Alabama

Birmingham

Arizona

Phoenix

Arkansas

Little Rock, Fayetteville

California

Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, San Francisco

Colorado

Denver

Connecticut

Hartford

District of Columbia

Washington D.C.

Florida

Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonvillle, Orlando, Tallahassee, Tampa/St. Petersburg, West Palm Beach

Georgia

Atlanta

Idaho

Boise

Illinois

Chicago, Moline/Quad Cities

Indiana

Indianapolis, Evansville, Fort Wayne, South Bend

Iowa

Des Moines, Cedar Rapids

Kansas

Wichita

Kentucky

Louisville, Lexington

Louisiana

New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Shreveport

Maryland

Baltimore

Massachusetts

Boston

Michigan

Detroit, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Saginaw

Minnesota

Duluth, Minneapolis/St.Paul, Rochester

Mississippi

Jackson, Gulfport/Biloxi

Missouri

St.Louis, Kansas City, Springfield/Branson

Montana

Billings, Bozeman, Missoula

Nebraska

Omaha, Lincoln

Nevada

Las Vegas

New Jersey

Newark

New Mexico

New York

New York City, Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse

North Carolina

Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh/Durham

North Dakota

Fargo, Bismark, Grand Forks

Ohio

Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton

Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Tulsa

Oregon

Portland

Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Allentown, Harrisburg/Middleton, Pittsburgh

South Carolina

Charleston, Greenville/Spartanburg

South Dakota

Sioux Falls, Rapid City

Tennessee

Nashville, Knoxville, Memphis

Texas

Houston (IAH) George Bush InterContinental Airport, Austin, Dallas/Ft.Worth, San Antonio

Utah

Salt Lake City

Virginia

Norfolk, Richmond

Washington

Seattle/Tacoma, Spokane

West Virginia

Charleston

Wisconsin

Milwaukee, Appleton, Eau Claire, Green Bay, Madison, Central WI/Wausau/Mosinee


AIRFARE, TAXES, & FUEL SURCHARGES INCLUDED

Tour prices are guaranteed and include airfare, federal taxes, airport security charges, airline segment fees, airport passenger facility charges and fuel surcharges, if applicable. International airfare also includes applicable airport fees and taxes assessed by individual countries. Airline luggage fees are an additional charge and are payable directly to the airlines at check in.

AIRLINE SEATING

Seat assignments are controlled by the airline. We will no longer solicit requests and seating cannot be guaranteed by Holiday Vacations

AWARD MILES

PLease be advised that some commercial airlines offer reduced award miles to travelers booked on a group reservation. Holiday Vacations is happy to submit your frequent flyer number to the airlines, but makes no guarantee that full mileage will be awarded.

AIRPORT DEPARTURE CITIES

Departue cities are subject to change due to limited or discontined airline service. The availablility of airline seats may be limited from each departure city. Holiday Vacations reserves the right to provide ground transportation to or from a larger or alternate airport.

DEPARTURE FROM CITIES NOT LISTED

You may request a departure from a city not listed. Holiday's air department will determine the feasibility of your request and advise you of any additional cost, if applicable.

LAND ONLY PRICE

You may request a land only price. If the tour is purchased as land only, it will be your responsibility to meet the group at the arrival airport at the time designated by Holiday Vacations. If you prefer, you can join the tour at the first night's hotel. Taxi or other airport transfer costs are not included for independant arrival or departure.

Itinerary ID:33956240 | Tour Code: INTY1015181
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