Italy

Italy 2019-05-04T13:34:54+00:00

Project Description

Rome, Italy

Home to the Vatican and the former Roman Empire, the city of Rome is the site of thousands of years of world-shaping history. But even centuries after the empire’s collapse, the city continues to be an international centre of culture, art, and religion. Tourists can visit Vatican City for its spiritual significance or purely for the beauty of its medieval and renaissance architecture. Either at you’re their own pace or by one of the many tour groups available, visitors can experience the wonder of ancient Rome, as much of the city’s historical development has been preserved and is open to the public. But as the capital city of Italy, Rome also features many modern shopping and fashion outlets. Regardless of what draws tourists to this beautiful city, it’s guaranteed to leave them with a lasting impression.




Walking the Amalfi Coast

Admire picturesque villages and stunning views as you get out and about in the great outdoors and explore the beautiful Amalfi Coast on foot.
7 nights half board in a 3-star hotel
14 meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners
Specialist Local Guide
Welcome drink & farewell get-together
4 guided walks
Overseas transfers & other transportation
Porterage
Audio Guide
Included excursions
Sorrento walk
Amalfi & Ravello walk
Punta Campanella walk
Path of the Gods walk​
8 days: Sept 17 $2149 Oct 8, 2019 $1949 Guaranteed solo room

ROME & SORRENTO ESCAPE

8 Day Tour from Rome to Rome
Experience the sights and bites of delicious Rome, Sorrento, and more with an off-season escape to Italy—without the higher prices and crowds of the busy season. Begin in the eternal city of Rome. Visit the Colosseum to imagine the spectacle of gladiator games, and see the Roman Forum, the heart of ancient Rome. Join an exclusive visit to the centuries-old Papal Palace and Barberini Gardens at Castel Gandolfo. Visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment. Also visit St. Peter’s Square and Basilica to see the artist’s magnificent La Pietà. Sculpted in Carrara marble, this Renaissance masterpiece depicting Christ in his Mother’s lap is the only piece Michelangelo signed. Visit Capua’s Amphitheater and hear of Spartacus’ gladiator training here. In lovely Sorrento, see St. Antonino’s church, named for the city’s patron saint, and enjoy a free day to relax in this beautiful setting. En route back to Rome, explore legendary Pompeii—the excavated Roman city that was destroyed in 79 AD by Mount Vesuvius’ eruption, and preserved by ash. Conclude your Italian escape in Rome with a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2019 Feb 29, March 7, 14, 21, 2020 $1519
Jan 25, Feb 1, 8, 15, 22, 2020 $1389
Prices are per person in single, double, or triple room occupancy.

BELLA ITALIA ESCAPE

7 Day Tour from Venice to Rome

On this escape to beautiful Italy, experience three of Italy’s most iconic cities Venice, Florence, and Rome—without the crowds of the high-season, or the high prices associated with busy travel months. What better way to start your escorted vacation to Italy than with a welcome dinner with your travel companions in Venice? Your Venetian experience also includes a private boat ride, a guided walking tour; a visit to St. Mark’s Square, its byzantine Basilica, the Doges’ Palace, and the Bridge of Sighs. Also watch the age-old tradition of glassblowing by a local artisan. Travel to Pisa—home of the famous Leaning Tower—before continuing on to Florence, considered to be the “Cradle of the Renaissance.” Florence is an art-lovers dream and your sightseeing highlights such masterpieces as Michelangelo’s David statue in the Academy of Fine Arts. You’ll also travel to Assisi to visit the Basilica of St. Francis—named after the saint who sought the virtues of humility, forgiveness, simplicity, and best known for his love of God.
Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2019 Feb 15, 22, 29, March 7, 14, 21 $1639
Dec 7, 14, 2019 Jan 25, Feb 8 $1389
Prices are per person in single, double, or triple room occupancy.

Sicilian Escape

7 Day Tour from Palermo to Taormina Riviera

Escape to Sicily for seven days of beauty, cuisine, and history—without the crowds you’d find in the high-season. Begin in Palermo and meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. Spend the following day on a guided sightseeing tour of Palermo’s ornate Piazza Bellini and Capo Market. See the stunning baroque features of the Church of the Immacolata, and visit the historic Palermo Cathedral. Enjoy the panoramic view of the Conca d’Oro in Monreale, and visit the 12th-century Norman Cathedral with its treasured byzantine mosaics.
Walk through the 24-centuries-old Valley of the Temples with your Local Guide in Agrigento, visit Piazza Armerina’s Villa Romana del Casale to admire the world’s largest collection of Roman mosaics. In Syracuse, the birthplace of mathematician Archimedes, you’ll take a guided visit to the archaeological site of the 5th-century-BC Greek Theater, Garden of Paradise, Ear of Dionysus, Altar of Hieron II, Roman Amphitheater, and the Cordmaker’s Cave. Travel to Catania, where you’ll sample Sicily’s famous Arancino, and spend two nights on the spectacular Taormina Riviera, your base for a fascinating excursion to Mount Etna—the largest active volcano in Europe. Explore Taormina, and complete your Sicilian Escape with a fabulous farewell dinner at a local restaurant. You’ll treasure the time spent exploring Sicily’s famous sights and stunning scenery—without the crowds of the busy travel season on this spectacular guided tour of Sicily!
Nov 3, 10, 17, 2019 March 1, 8, 15, 22, 2020 $1199
Dec 1, 2019 Jan 23, 2020 $999

Prices are per person in single, double, or triple room occupancy.

Inca Discovery

9 days
Lima to Lima

Like our Inca Discovery tour but with a flight back to Lima, this trip offers a fascinating combination of the region’s archaeological and cultural treasures. Retrace the steps of the Inca on a four-day trek along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. One of the world’s best-known hikes, it will reward those willing to break a sweat with stunning views of ruins and cloud forests. We run our own treks, which ensures fair treatment of our porters and quality equipment.
June 5, 8, July 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 26, 31, Aug 1, 2, 3, 9, 15, 25, 28, 29, 30 $1699
June 7, 13, 19, 30 $1599
June 18 , 20 $1499
Sept 7, 20 $1640
Book by May 30, 2019

Cycling in Tuscany

7 days Rome to Chianciano Terme

What better way to experience the beauty of Tuscany than from the seat of a bike? A mixture of on- and off-road biking awaits on a ride through some of the most gorgeous, yet challenging countryside you’ll find anywhere. Explore beautiful hill towns, stunning lakes, and have the option to soak in thermal hot springs. When you are not riding, take in the view of the rolling Tuscan hills from your hotel rooftop and relax with a glass of wine.
July 14, August 11 $1580
Book by May 30, 2019

Tuscany Gourmet & Cinque Terre

FLORENCE , MONTECATINI, SAN GIMIGNANO,
SIENA, LUCCA, PISA , CINQUE TERRE
Slow food certified Guaranteed tour
7 DAYS • 6 NIGHTS
FROM $2599 per person

Guaranteed departures May 20th, June 10th, Sept. 5th, Oct. 7th, 2019

• 6 nights in charming 4* hotels with buffet breakfast
• 4 meals based on traditional regional dishes ( Slow Food welcome dinner, one lunch after the cooking lesson, one lunch with cooking show , one farewell dinner)
• 3 tastings of a selection of wines and/or typical products from the Tuscany region
• 1 Cooking lesson • Half day guided visit of Florence (no entrance fees included)
• Transportation by motor coaches
• Baggage handling for the full duration of the tour

Rome & Sorrento Escape


Experience the sights and bites of delicious Rome, Sorrento, and more with an off-season escape to Italy—without the higher prices and crowds of the busy season.

Begin in the eternal city of Rome. Visit the Colosseum to imagine the spectacle of gladiator games, and see the Roman Forum, the heart of ancient Rome. Join an exclusive visit to the centuries-old Papal Palace and Barberini Gardens at Castel Gandolfo. Visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment. Also visit St. Peter’s Square and Basilica to see the artist’s magnificent La Pietà. Sculpted in Carrara marble, this Renaissance masterpiece depicting Christ in his Mother’s lap is the only piece Michelangelo signed. Visit Capua’s Amphitheater and hear of Spartacus’ gladiator training here. In lovely Sorrento, see St. Antonino’s church, named for the city’s patron saint, and enjoy a free day to relax in this beautiful setting. En route back to Rome, explore legendary Pompeii—the excavated Roman city that was destroyed in 79 AD by Mount Vesuvius’ eruption, and preserved by ash. Conclude your Italian escape in Rome with a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

8 days – Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2019 Feb 29, March 7, 14, 21, 2020  $1519  Jan 25, Feb 1, 8, 15, 2020 $1319

COUNTRY ROADS OF SOUTHERN ITALY & SICILY (SUMMER 2019)

HIGHLIGHTS
Rome: Explore the backstreets of Rome and experience local life, alongside a passionate Roman who will explain how modern life takes place around ancient treasures like the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona, the Living Room of Rome.
Vatican City: Gain VIP access to the Vatican Museums and be among the select few to admire the famous Bramante Staircase. Admire the Popes’ treasure-trove and witness the genius of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel before venturing inside St. Peter’s Basilica to see Michelangelo’s Pietà, and the splendid dome.
14 days – Dining Summary: 13 Breakfasts (B) and 7 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

June 1, 15 Sept 28, Oct 5, 12 $5125
July 27, Sept 21 $5225 Aug 25 $5150 Sept 7, 14 $5250

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS
Rome: See the mighty Colosseum and Roman Forum. You will also see other medieval buildings, including Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches, scattered throughout the city.
Sorrento: Perched upon the cliffs, lookout to see the mighty Mount Vesuvious across the Bay of Naples.
Pompeii: Walk with a Local Expert through the cobbled streets of this ill-fated town.
Isle of Capri: Cruise to this famous isle through beautiful blue Mediterranean waters to meet your Local Expert.
Isle of Capri: Wander through the narrow streets led by your Local Expert and see all the boutiques as you enjoy captivating sea views.
Isle of Capri: In unique style, ascend by open-top taxi and return to the port by funicular.
Matera: Visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site and see famous Sassi or cave dwellings, which were home to about 20,000 people until 1950.
Matera: With your Local Expert explore this town that Mel Gibson chose as the setting for his film ‘The Passion of the Christ.’
Alberobello: With your Local Expert, explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site showcasing the Trulli of Alberobello. Circular structures with conical roofs that are domed within, built from local limestone and stacked without using mortar.
Maratea: Wander through the rugged streets with your Travel Director to see why this peaceful little coastal town has been named the pearl of the Tyrrhenian sea.
Straits of Messina: Cross to Sicily by ferry.
Taormina Riviera: Visit the ancient Greek Ampitheatre with your Local Expert. Set on a cliff, open to the sky, take your seats and enjoy the view through the crumbling arches to snowy Mount Etna.
Taormina Riviera: During your orientation with your Travel Director, visit the courtyard of Palazzo Corvaja, seat of the first Sicilian parliament, and stroll along Corso Umberto to Piazza IX Aprile.
Agrigento: A Local Expert will lead you through the magnificent remains of the Greek colony in the Valley in the Temples. See the massive Temple of Concord and clifftop Temple of Juno.
Palermo: With a local historian, see the Teatro Massimo en route to Quattro Canti Square to glimpse the Fountain of Shame.
Palermo: Visit Palermo Cathedral and walk through the Palace of the Normans to stand in the jewel-like Palatine chapel for an up-close look at some of the finest examples of Norman art.
Scenic Drives: Admire the beauty of southern Italy as you travel along the Bay of Naples, past the Apennines and Calabria mountains, along Sorrento cliff top road and Capri cornich.