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April 2018 Springtime In Italy

Springtime In Italy with Keri Evans – April 19-May 1, 2018

italy7Italy holds a romantic fascination for all of us. Excellent food, picturesque scenery, fascinating history, art and a friendly people make Italy a favorite for worldwide travelers.  Come with Italy-expert Keri DiSera Evans and experience an in-depth look at this historic destination.  Keri and her family lived in Italy and she loves sharing her favorite foods and sights of the country.

Included: round-trip airfare from many US cities, all hotel accommodations, sightseeing as outlined in itinerary, meals listed below, ground transportation via deluxe coaches, baggage handling, and excellent English speaking guides.

All travel will take place on a state-of-the-art motor coach, run by family-owned Principato Tours out of Sicily.

Itinerary:

April 19 – Fly from your home city to Rome, Italy.

italy3April 20 – After your overnight flight, greet your group in the Eternal City, Rome. Enjoy a traditional welcome dinner at a local restaurant. After your four-course meal, overnight in Rome.

April 21 – After a buffet breakfast, meet with a local tour guide to experience the best Rome has to offer. You will tour the ancient Colosseum and Roman Forum, stand in awe of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, and enter Vatican City to see the majestic St. Peter’s Basilica. Enjoy the rest of your day and evening on your own, free to explore Rome and its exciting shops and famous sites. Discover the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, Piazza Venezia, and the Pantheon to name a few.

April 22 – After a buffet breakfast, your motor coach will take you to Florence. You will be met by a local guide to tour the artistic riches of the city that stood at the heart of the Renaissance. See Michelangelo’s David, the church of Santa Maria Novella, including Brunelleschi’s dome and Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise at the Baptistery. Wander through famous piazza’s scattered throughout the city. Enjoy free time to explore more of the rich history and art only Florence can offer. Shop on Ponte Vecchio, visit a market, or one of the many museums. Free time for dinner. Overnight in Florence.

April 23 – After a buffet breakfast board the bus for an exciting visit to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Be sure to visit the beautiful chapel and baptistery that stand in its shadow, or if you wish, climb the famous tower itself. From there enjoy the scenery on our way to the floating city of Venice. Travel the “streets” of Venice on a gondola ride (optional). Dinner and overnight in Mestre.

italy6April 24 – After a buffet breakfast, board our chartered water taxi into Venice where we’ll meet our guide at Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s square). Tour the Basilica of San Marco and gaze up at the clock tower. Walk over the famous Bridge of Sighs, see the Rialto Bridge. Learn the amazing history of this one of a kind city, and the interesting life of the Venetian people. Take a tour of a glass blowing factory. Enjoy the rest of your day exploring Venice and it’s 200+ islands. Board our chartered water taxi and travel to the incredible island of Burano, famous for it’s exquisite lace. Dine al fresco at a local ristorante. Overnight in Mestre.

April 25– After a buffet breakfast, we’re on our way to Assisi, my favorite hill town. This magical city is flanked by a ruined castle on one side and the famous Basilica of St. Francis on the other. Learn about the beloved St. Francis of Assisi who taught anti-materialism, humanism, equality and love. Have your camera with you at all times, you’ll want to capture this picturesque “Italian hill town” on film. Dinner and overnight stay.

italy2April 26 – After breakfast we will stop at an outlet store where you can purchase olive oil, wine, balsamic vinegar, cheeses, pasta and much more. Next stop we’ll visit the Tuscan hill town Orvieto, my favorite place to buy beautiful, original hand-painted ceramics (shipping is available). This city’s cathedral has Italy’s liveliest façade. Take time to admire this gleaming mass of mosaics, stained glass, and sculpture. Back to Rome, where if time allows you may want to take a taxi back to the city for some sightseeing or shopping.

April 27 – After breakfast, we will continue our journey south to the Campania region. Enjoy the beautiful scenery as we pass the bay of Naples and Mt. Vesuvius. Take in the breathtaking view of the Mediterranean coastline as we near our destination, the serene resort town of Sorrento. Dinner and overnight stay in Sorrento.

italy5April 28 – After a buffet breakfast take a ferry to beautiful Capri, the vacation hideaway of Roman emperors Augustus and Tiberius (as well as many of today’s celebrities). Spend the day shopping, enjoying the sights, and soaking in the amazing scenery. Upon our return to Sorrento, the afternoon is yours to explore this charming town. Make sure to have some of the best gelato in Italy!

April 29 – Buffet breakfast. The day is yours to spend at your leisure in Sorrento, the “gateway to the Amalfi coast.” If you wish, you may join me on a short walking tour of the city. Soak in the culture and scenery of this dream of a European vacation. This afternoon you may want to take advantage of the optional Amalfi Coast Excursion. Experience a breathtaking ride along the Amalfi Coast to the charming seaside town of Positano, literally built into the cliffs. Wander around this quaint town where you’ll find interesting shops, churches, and a beach. Next we’ll wind our way back to Sorrento for a tour of a working farm. La Sorgente. Here they produce their own olive oil, limoncello, wine, and mozzarella. Enjoy an interesting demonstration of how the mozzarella is made fresh daily, and a few lucky people with join in the pizza making demonstration. We will feast on the fruits of our labors, including cheese and salami, fresh from the oven pizza, limoncello dessert, and of course, the house wine. At the end of the evening, we will have an opportunity to purchase their products to take home. If you choose not to join the excursion, the afternoon and evening are yours to enjoy Sorrento as you wish.

April 30 – After breakfast we head to the incredible city of Pompeii. A local guide will take you through this ancient city preserved after the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. It is a fascinating walk back in time. Following our tour of Pompeii we will make our way back to the “Eternal City” of Rome. An opera dinner show at Ristorante Tanagra will be a great way to end the trip!

May 1 – Departure. Buon Viaggio!

Meals included with tour: 11 – Breakfast, 7 – Dinner

Optional meals & excursions (reserve and pay while on tour):

– Walking tour of Rome – 10 euro per person
– Gondola ride – 25 euro per person
– Capri private boat ride around the island – 12-15 euro per person
– Artiginale Gelato experience – 20 euro per person
– Limoncello experience – 15 euro per person
– Amalfi Coast /Positano/La Sorgente excursion – 60 euro per person

 

Your Host: Keri Evans

Keri DiSera Evans (wife of national bestselling author Richard Paul Evans) began her love affair with Italy more than a decade ago when her father took her back to the old country to find their ancestral home. Shortly after her return Keri talked her husband, Richard, into moving to Italy with their 5 children where her passion for Italia inspired another of Richard’s bestselling novels, an Italian love story called The Last Promise. Since that time, Keri has traveled nearly every corner of Italy and considers herself “a displaced Italian”. She studies the language, culture and cooking and continues to help her friends find the best sites, shopping and food in the country.

Keri’s dream is to help others discover the beauty of the Italy, whether it’s in the Chianti wine country, floating the canals of Venice or walking in reverent awe beneath Michelangelo’s masterpiece of the Sistine Chapel. From small hill towns to the bustling streets of Rome, you’ll have an experience you’ll never forget.

With Buon Viaggio Italy, you’ll experience the culture not just as a tourist, but as a part of a remarkable culture of the one country everyone must see at least once in their lifetime.

 

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Tour with airfare from many US cities – Double Occupancy – $3975 per person (includes tour, air and taxes)

Single Supplement – additional $950

Credit Card Fee – 3.5% (only applies to final payment – pay by check to avoid it)

Deposit Required for Reservation – $1500 per person

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*Full payment due 90 days before departure.
*Cancellation charges: non-refundable after deposit is made
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