DISCOVER ITALY TOUR
Escorted by Yolanda of Wooster Street Travel
September 6th - September 20th, 2019 14 days and 13 nights)
Travel Day (FRI) – Sept 6th, 2019: DEPART USA
Bus to NYC Airport will depart from Hamden at 12:00pm (sharp). If you can not make it to the Hamden meeting point by that time, you will have to have your own transportation to JFK. Our flight 604 with Alitalia Airlines to Milan will depart at 7:15 pm (US time) and arrive in Milan at 9:25 am (Italian time) the next day. Meals and refreshments will be served in flight.
Day 1 (SAT) Sept 7th, 2019: ARRIVE MILAN / STRESA
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. Balance of afternoon is to relax and stroll along the boardwalk at Lake Maggiore and the town of Stresa. Lunch will be on your own. This evening, we enjoy a lovely Welcome Dinner at the hotel. (B/D)
Day 3 (SUN) Sept 8th, 2019: STRESA
This morning we depart our hotel for a full day excursion to Bellagio which has been called the most beautiful city of Italy. We will meet our Local Guide in Como and then board a boat for a scenic tour. Bellagio is located on the tip of the triangle separating Como’s two “legs”. Lunch will be on your own. We will have free time to stroll around or perhaps sit and people-watch as you enjoy a coffee. Later that afternoon we return to Stresa. Balance of day is free. Dinner is on your own. (B)
Day 4 (MON) Sept 9th, 2019: STRESA / VERONA / PADUA
After a bright and early breakfast, we depart for Padua. En route to Padua, we will make a stop in Verona, the largest city of the mainland, Veneto, rich with Roman sites and streets of pink-hued medieval buildings. We will meet our local guide who will take us on a delightful walking tour of Verona where we will discover one of Europe’s secret jewels. We will visit the 2,000 year old Arena, built by the Romans and is still in use today for Opera performances and popular concerts. We will also see Piazza Bra, Piazza delle Erbe and tomb of the renowned Scaliger family and of course, one of the most famous balconies of all, Giulietta’s (Juliet’s) balcony (Romeo and Juliet). Lunch will be on your own. With our heart content and our tastebuds charmed, we continue our drive to Padua to check into our Hotel for the next 2 nights. Time permitting, we will visit the Basilica of St Anthony’s. Tonight, Dinner at a local restaurant. (B/D)
Day 5 (TUES) Sept 10th, 2019: VENICE
This morning, we will be joined by our Local Guide for an excursion starting in San Marco’s Square and then on to the island of Murano. The island famous for its blown glass, where we will visit the museum of glass. Lunch on your own. We depart Murano and head to a Local restaurant for dinner tonight. (B/D) Optional: Gondola
DAY 6 (WED) Sept 11th, 2019: PADUA / LUCCA / TUSCANY
Today, we depart bright and early from Padua, after breakfast, for the Tuscan region of Italy. Our southerly scenic drive will bring us 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 guided 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 our hotel for next 3 nights. This evening, dinner is at the hotel. (B/D)
Day 7 (THURS) Sept 12th, 2019: FLORENCE BIRTH PLACE of the RENAISSANCE AND SHOPPER`S WORLD
We depart this morning to meet our Private Local Guide. The 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, the Baptistery with its "Gates of Paradise" bronze doors by Ghiberti and Giotto's Bell Tower. We will 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 Medicis once held office. Our tour concludes at the Church of Santa Croce, which contains the tombs of Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Galileo and other great Florentines. This is the City of lots and lots of GOLD JEWELRY shopping, LEATHER and more. At some point during the day, Lunch will be on your own. After we spend all of our MONEY, we go directly to a local Winery to enjoy dinner. (B/D)
Day 8 (FRI) Sept 13th, 2019: TUSCANY / SAN GIMIGNANO / TUSCANY
Today, we drive through the beautiful countryside to San Gimignano - an attractive town often bypassed by travelers where we will meet our Local Guide. This small, medieval town has kept its appearance virtually unchanged throughout the centuries. Most renowned for it 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, Dinner is at another Local Winery. (B/D)
Optional Cooking Class in Poggio
DAY 9 (SAT) Sept 14th, 2019: TUSCANY / POMPEII / SORRENTO
This morning, we depart bright and earl,y after breakfast, for Sorrento . We journey through the rolling hills, the scenic vineyards and post-card perfect scenery of Tuscany, as we make our southerly drive towards Sorrento . Along the way, we will stop for lunch on your own. After lunch, we continue towards Sorrento with a stop in Pompeii, where we will be joined by our Local Guide. Imagine, an entire city perfectly preserved as it was on that fateful day almost 2,000 years ago, when ash and lava literally stopped it in its tracks. You'll see the tragic fossils of people attempting to escape and also the 'secret room'. This advanced civilization came to an abrupt end by the violent eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD. After our beautiful visit, we continue to Sorrento which sits high on a beautiful plateau where we are greeted by the sapphire blue gulf of Naples and the Majestic Mount Vesuvius. Tonight, after we get settled, we will have a relaxing dinner at the Hotel. (B/D)
DAY 10 (SUN) Sept 15th, 2019: SORRENTO / CAPRI / SORRENTO
This morning, after breakfast, bright and early, we will board private transportation to transfer to the port to board the high speed hydrofoil to the fabled island of Capri. Today, Lunch and Dinner are on your own. There will be time for shopping in the town of Capri before we board the hydrofoil back to Sorrento. (B) OPTIONAL TOUR: a private boat around the Island of Capri with a tour Guide. Anacapri included if this optional is taken
DAY 11 (MON) Sept 16th, 2019: SORRENTO / POSITANO / AMALFI / SORRENTO
Today, we depart bright and early, after breakfast, we board a private smaller bus to enjoy a day we will remember for a lifetime. We will see a wonderland of small villages, via the spectacular "Amalfi Drive", the most famous road in Italy, affording spectacular views of the sea and coastline. Our first stop will be Positano, where we can stroll the village and have a sip of Expresso or Gelato. From there, we will visit the beautiful town of Amalfi. We'll stop to relax and have a nice lunch on your own. After lunch, we can stroll through the cobbled streets, and either do some shopping, sip a cappuccino or just watch the passerbyers. As the sun sets, we'll return to Sorrento, filled with the warm memories and dreams of "Bella Italia". Tonight dinner will be on your own. (B)
DAY 12 (TUES) Sept 17th, 2019: SORRENTO / SANTA MARIA A VICO / FAICCHIO / ROME
This morning, we depart bright and early after breakfast traveling north along the "Highway of the Sun" to the eternal city of Rome . En route, we will stop in Santa Mara a Vico, Yolanda’s home town for a sip of expresso. We then journey to the small village of Faicchio and have lunch hosted by Yolanda. After lunch, we continue to our final destination - Rome. Upon checking into our hotel, Dinner will be on your own (B/L)
DAY 13 (WED) Sept 18th, 2019: ROME – WALKING TOUR
This morning, 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. Lunch will be on your own. During the course of the day, we will also 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. Farewell Dinner at a Local Restaurant (B/D)
DAY 14 (THUR) Sept 19th, 2019: ROME
Today, we depart our hotel this morning, bright and early, after breakfast, for a very special, privately guided tour with a 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. But the highlight of our tour is the Sistine Chapel, where Michelangelo's famous frescoes are to be seen in new splendor after their recent renovation. 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. We return to our hotel, where the balance of the day is free. Lunch will be on your own. Dinner at a local restaurant. (B/D)
DAY 15 (FRI ) Sept 20th, 2019: DEPART FOR USA
This morning we bid “ARRIVEDERCI ROMA” as we transfer to the airport for our return flight home. Flight Az ??? Alitalia Departure from airport is (Italian time ??? ) and arrives (US time ??? pm ) at JFK. We should arrive back in Hamden , Wooster Street Travel parking area by ????pm .
TOUR FEATURES INCLUDE:
- Bus from Hamden to the airport round trip.
- Round Trip coach airfare via Alitalia Airlines (transfers included).
- 13 nights accommodations at First Class hotels or similar with private bath or shower.14 Buffet breakfast daily (depending upon hotel’s service)
- 9 dinners at local restaurants or hotels including wine (1/4 Bottle pp) and (1/2 bottle mineral water pp) as described above. 1 in Stresa ( Welcome Dinner), 2 in Padua, 3 in Tuscany ( 2 Local Winery), 1 in Sorrento, 2 in Rome (1/Farewell Dinner)
- 1 Lunch Hosted by Yolanda in FAICCHIO (BN)
- All sightseeing and entrance fees as outlined in itinerary.
- Winery Visit
- Professional English Speaking Local Guide for the entire trip
- Private deluxe air-conditioned motor coach
- Hotel taxes and service charges ( Gratuity for the maid is not included)
- Some gratuity for waiters is required.
- This tour will be escorted by YOLANDA.
- This tour does not include gratuity for bus driver, tour Escorted or Local guide.
- Optional Tours will be at own expense and must be 25 people minimum.