Escorted by Yolanda of Wooster Street Travel
October 3rd – October 18th, 2017 (15 days and 14 nights)
TRAVEL DAY – OCTOBER 3rd, 2017 (TUES): DEPART USA
Bus to NYC Airport will depart from Wooster Street Travel’s office at 12:00pm (sharp). If you cannot make it to the office by that time, you will have to have your own transportation to JFK. Our flight AZ 605 with Alitalia Airlines to Milan will depart at pm (US time) and arrive in Milan at am (Italian time) the next day. Meals and refreshments will be served in flight.
DAY 1 – OCTOBER 4th, 2017 (WED): ARRIVE: MILAN / PADUA
Arrival as mentioned above. Once luggage is retrieve on own, we will meet and proceed to our motor coach. Before long we are on our way. Once we arrive at our hotel and check in, you will have time to settle in and have the remainder of the day free to either rest or discover Padua on your own. This free time will be a perfect opportunity to visit the Basilica of St Anthony’s. Tonight enjoy a “Welcome Dinner” at the HOTEL. (D)
DAY 2 – OCTOBER 5th, 2017 (THURS): PADUA / VENICE / PADUA
This morning, we will be joined by our Local Guide for an ALL DAY excursion starting in San Marco’s Square, for a beautiful walking tour. Time permitting; you may visit the beautiful Cathedral of San Marco on your own. Then we are off to visit 2 nearby islands - Murano and Burano. Our first stop is Murano which is famous for its blown glass. We will visit the museum of glass and learn how some of the most beautiful glass pieces are made. We then continue to Burano, a picturesque fishing village with colorful houses, known for its lace craft. Lunch will be on your own at some point. Early dinner on Burano Island (included). After our bellies are full and we have enjoyed the sites of Venice, we depart Burano to return to the Hotel. (B/D)
OPTIONAL TOUR: Gondola Serenade
DAY 3 – OCTOBER 6th, 2017 (FRI): PADUA / LAKE GARDA / SIRMIONE / PADUA
This morning, bright and early, after breakfast, we board our motorcoach and begin our journey to Lake Garda, the largest and considered by many, the most beautiful of Italian Lakes. Upon arrival, we will be joined by our Local Guide and drive around Lake Garda. We will make a stop in the ancient Roman SPA town of Sirmione, where we will see the fascinating medieval castle, Rocca Scaligera. We will then continue to Riva del Garda, the lake’s best known resort town, where we will have time for lunch (on our own). Time permitting; you may be able to board one of the public CRUISES for a delightful ride on Lake Garda. Dinner will be included at a Local Restaurant in Padua. (B/ D)
DAY 4 – OCTOBER 7th, 2017 (SAT): PADUA / LUCCA / TUSCANY
Today we departing bright and early from Padua, after breakfast for the Tuscan region of Italy. Our southerly scenic drive will bring us through to beautiful Lucca, a cultural and artistic hub in Tuscany, which was formerly an Etruscan city. In fact, Etruscan work is still visible in the foundations of LUCCA’s massive stone walls. It’s the more than 2000 years of history that make Lucca one of the most fascinating and characteristic of Italian cities. We will enjoy a tour with a Local Guide as we walk through this beautiful city. Then we are off to the Tuscan region. Along the way, we will stop for Lunch (on your own). After some leisure time (time permitting), we will continue to Tuscany to check in at a local hotel. This evening, Dinner is included at the hotel. (B/D)
DAY 5 – OCTOBER 8th, 2017 (SUN): TUSCANY - FLORENCE BIRTH PLACE RENAISSANCE AND SHOPPER`S WORLD
After a bright and early breakfast, we depart this morning for Florence where we will meet our Local Guide. Our tour begins with a visit of the Academia Museum, where we'll see Michelangelo's original statue of "David", the Florentine symbol of courage and independence. Our next stop is in the Piazza del Duomo where we will visit the Church of Santa Maria delle Fiore, capped by Brunelleschi's magnificent dome and the Baptistry with its "Gates of Paradise" bronze doors by Ghiberti and Giotto's Bell Tower. We will then continue to the Piazza Signoria, the political center of the city, where we'll see the Loggia della Signoria and the Palazzo Vecchio where the powerful Medici's once held office. Our tour concludes at the Church of Santa Croce, which contains the tombs of Michelangelo, Macchiavelli, Galileo and other great Florentines. Florence is also known as the City of lots and lots of SHOPPING; GOLD, LEATHER AND MORE. After we spend all our MONEY, we return to our hotel. Tonight DINNER included at a local Winery. (B/D)
DAY 6 – OCTOBER 9th, 2017 (MON): TUSCANY / SAN GIMIGNANO / TUSCANY
Today we drive through the beautiful countryside to San Gimignano, an attractive town often bypassed by travelers. This small, medieval town has kept its appearance virtually unchanged throughout the centuries. We will meet our Local Guide and tour this beautiful town most renowned for its towers which were best used in the yesteryears for detecting enemy troops advancing for an attack. We'll have some time to walk through the narrow, cobbled streets, now lined with craft shops and boutiques and enjoy lunch on your own. We return to our hotel in Tuscany in the late afternoon. This evening, we will enjoy the taste of the fine Italian wines of the region and a delicious Tuscan dinner at the Local Winery (included). (B/D)
OPTIONAL: Cooking Class at Local Winery
DAY 7 – OCTOBER 10th, 2017 (TUES): TUSCANY / SAN MARINO / ANCONA
This morning, bright and early, after breakfast, we depart theTuscan region and journey to March Region region. We will stop in San Marino (part of the Emilia-Romagna region) for an excursion to visit their Hilltop Castles. After enjoying lunch on your own, we continue our journey to the Marche region for our next 2 nights in Ancona. Dinner will be at our hotel or a local restaurant. (B/D)
DAY 8 – OCTOBER 11th, 2017 (WED): ANCONA / SENIGALIA / ANCONA
This morning, bright and early, after breakfast, we will be joined by our Local Guide for a tour of this area. Along the way, we will visit Senigalia to taste the delicious Italian truffles of this region. Lunch is on your own. Dinner will be at our hotel or a local restaurant. (B/D)
DAY 9 – OCTOBER 12th, 2017: ANCONA / ROME – WALKING TOUR
This morning, bright and early, after breakfast, we depart Ancona and journey to Rome – The Eternal City. Upon arrival, we will meet our Local Guide for a walking tour in the center of Rome. We will visit Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Piazza di Spagna, and Via del Corso. Dinner is included at a Local Restaurant with Entertainment. After dinner, we will enjoy an Illumination tour with our local guide from earlier in the day and visit the Trevi Fountain where you will have the opportunity to throw some coins in the water and make a WISH to visit Italy and its splendors again soon. (B/D)
DAY 10 – OCTOBER 13th, 2017: ROME – VATICAN CITY
After an early breakfast, we depart our hotel this morning for a very special, privately guided tour with our Local Guide of the priceless collection of art, maps and tapestries of the Vatican. We'll tour Raphael's rooms, decorated with frescoes by the artist, Raphael, whose paintings inspired the revolutionary style of the high Renaissance. The scene on the ceiling is literally a painted Bible and the story of humanity, a task that took four years of mental and physical anguish. The scene of the "Last Judgment" painted 30 years later behind the main alter, is a powerful and dark expression of the moment of final judgment. Lunch is on your own. This evening we enjoy a festive dinner with entertainment at a local restaurant which is included. (B/D)
DAY 11 – OCTOBER 14th, 2017: ROME / SORRENTO
This morning we depart bright and early after breakfast for Sorrento which sits high on a beautiful plateau where we are greeted by the sapphire blue gulf of Naples and the Majestic Mount Vesuvius. En route, we will stop in Santa Mara a Vico, Yolanda’s home town for a sip of espresso and a delicious Italian pastry - sfogliatella. We then journey to the small village of Faicchio and have a late Lunch/early Dinner hosted by Yolanda. Later, we continue to our final destination – Sorrento for the next 4 nights. The rest of the evening will be free to stroll the streets of Sorrento. (B/L)
DAY 12 – OCTOBER 15th, 2017: SORRENTO / CAPRI / SORRENTO
This morning, after breakfast, bright and early, we will be joined by our Local Guide and depart our hotel for a spectacular day. We will board the high speed hydrofoil to the fabled island of Capri. After a tour of the beautiful "Gardens of Augustus", lunch will be on your own. You will have time to stroll through the streets of Capri and shop before we board the hydrofoil and arrive back in Sorrento. Tonight, dinner included at the HOTEL. (B/D)
OPTIONAL -CAPRI: An optional tour on a private boat around the Island of Capri and Anacapri
DAY 13 – OCTOBER 16th, 2017: SORRENTO / AMALFI / POSITANO / SORRENTO
This morning, bright and early, after breakfast, we will board our motor coach and visit Positano, a beautiful little village literally built into the rocks of the Coast. Lunch will on your own in Positano. After lunch, we will experience the spectacular "Amalfi Coast", the most famous road in Italy, affording spectacular views of the sea and coastline. We will stop in Amalfi, to enjoy the cobblestone streets, and either do some shopping, sip a cappuccino, taste some Gelato or just watch the passer-byers. As the sun sets, we'll return to our hotel, filled with the warm memories of old world traditions. Lunch and Dinner on own. (B)
DAY 14 – OCTOBER 17th, 2017: SORRENTO – FREE DAY
FREE DAY! Today is a day of leisure. You can sleep in, pack your luggage and stroll the streets and alleys of Sorrento sipping limoncello or just sitting at a local café` sipping cappuccino or an espresso and indulging in a delicious Italian pastry. Tonight, Dinner will be at the hotel. (B/D)
DAY 15 – OCTOBER 18th, 2017: DEPART ROME FOR USA
This morning we bid “ARRIVEDERCI SORRENTO” as we transfer to the airport for our return flight home. Flight: Alitalia TBD. Departure from airport is (Italian time TBD) and arrives (US Time TBD) at JFK. We should arrive back in Hamden; Wooster Street Travel parking area by TBD. (B)
Please join me for a wonderful 15-day tour of Italy. A summary of the itinerary follows:
|2 nights||Marche Region|
TOUR FEATURES INCLUDE:
- Bus from Hamden to the airport round trip.
- Round Trip coach airfare via Alitalia Airlines (transfers included).
- 14 night - accommodations at First Class hotels or similar with private bath or shower.
- Buffet breakfast daily (depending upon hotel’s service)
- 1 Lunch at restaurant in Faicchio including wine (1/4 bottle pp), (1/2 bottle mineral water pp) coffee
- 12 dinners at local restaurants or hotels; 2 in Padua (1 of which is Welcome Dinner); 1 in Burano; 3 in Tuscany (2 of which are Local Wineries, 2 in Marche Region, 2 in Rome, and 2 in Sorrento – (1 of which is the Farewell Dinner) - including wine (1/4 bottle pp), (1/2 bottle mineral water pp) coffee as described above.
- All sightseeing and entrance fees as outlined in itinerary. Professional English Speaking Local Guide for the entire trip.
- Private deluxe air-conditioned motor coach
- Portage of one (1) piece of luggage per person entire trip. Must be no more than 28 inches and cannot exceed 50 pounds
- Gratuity for the maids
- Gratuity for waiters ($1 per person per meal – lunch or dinner when with group)
- Gratuity for bus driver, tour escort, or local guides.
- Breakdown of gratuity will be provided.
- Optional Tours will be at own expense and must be 25 persons minimum.
Transportation of Hazardous Materials
1) Federal law forbids the carriage of hazardous materials aboard aircraft in your luggage or on your person. A violation can result in five years' imprisonment and penalties of $250,000 or more (49 U.S.C. 5124). Hazardous materials include explosives, compressed gases, flammable liquids and solids, oxidizers, poisons, corrosives and radioactive materials. Examples: Paints, lighter fluid, fireworks, tear gases, oxygen bottles, and radio-pharmaceuticals. (2) There are special exceptions for small quantities (up to 70 ounces total) of medicinal and toilet articles carried in your luggage and certain smoking materials carried on your person. For further information contact your airline representative or visit Alitalia Restricted Items section.