2021 Member Appreciation Tour: Italian Elegance

Italy - Guided Tour Vacation Package

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12 days
Europe, Italy
AAA Hosted
AAA Host: Wendy Weigel

Travel from Rome to Venice with past AAA Minneapolis President and CEO, Wendy Weigel, and her husband Keith!

Cancellations and Refunds

  • More than 65 days prior to departure: loss of deposit
  • Between 65 & 34 days prior to departure: 30% of total tour cost
  • Between 35 & 08 days prior to departure: 50% of total tour cost
  • Between 07 days & day of departure: 100% of total tour cost
  • Pre/Post Accommodations: Between 14 days and day of departure 100% of accommodation cost

Penalties may apply to cancellation of additional night’s, transfers, internal air or sightseeing additions.

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Day 1 - Monday, September 20 - Welcome to the Eternal City of Rome

On arrival at Rome’s Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport, your airport transfers leave for your hotel at 09:30, 12:30. In this unique city, ancient monuments happily co-exist with some 900 churches, fine palaces, bustling piazzas, green parks and a vast urban sprawl. In the afternoon, enjoy special fast-tracked VIP entry into the Vatican Museums with a Local Expert. Admire the Papal art collection and observe the stunning Museo Gregoriano Profano which documents various moments and themes in classical art, from Ancient Greece through to the late Imperial Roman age. Enter the Sistine Chapel to marvel at Michelangelo’s masterpiece on its ceiling. After, dine in the Vatican’s elegant Cortile del Giardino Quadrato, should weather permit, where you will enjoy incredible views of the cupola of St. Peter’s during your private VIP Highlight Dinner. [Vatican Dinner is subject to availability.]

Hotel: Romanico Palace Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Meal: Dinner with Wine

Day 2 - Tuesday, September 21 - Rome Sightseeing

In the morning enjoy the very best of the city’s highlights including visiting the magnificent St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican with your Local Expert. With some free time, perhaps join an Optional Experience to the Colosseum to learn about the city’s ancient past? Tonight, enjoy a fun evening of Italian cuisine and wine at a local restaurant.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Day 3 - Wednesday, September 22 - Renaissance Florence

Take the autostrada north to Renaissance Florence. Explore Florence with Insight Choice. Choose between a visit to the Accademia Museum with an art historian to see Michelangelo’s monumental statue, David. Alternatively, wander through the market stalls on a guided shopping tour and enjoy all the treats and trinkets on show. From there, see the cathedral, campanile and the baptistery, adorned with the Gates of Paradise. Walk on to Piazza della Signoria with its open-air gallery of Renaissance sculpture. There is time to shop for Florentine leather or gold before continuing to your hotel.

Hotel: Borgo di Vescine Radda or similar, 2 nights

Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Day 4 - Thursday, September 23 - Gelato in San Gimignano

In the morning, visit medieval Siena where narrow cobbled streets lined with palaces and patrician mansions, lead to Piazza del Campo, scene of the Palio horse race. Explore with your Local Expert and visit the beautiful, striped cathedral. Continue to hilltop San Gimignano, famous for its medieval towers that scrape the azure Tuscan sky. Ascend serpentine alleyways to the artisan gelato parlour of world champion gelato maestro, Sergio Dondoli, for a taste of his finest frozen treats. On return to your hotel, stop at a local winery to sample some of the robust red wines of Tuscany and learn about their origins.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Hotel Dinner with Wine

Day 5 - Friday, September 24 - The Chianti Hills to Pisa, Lucca and Santa Margherita

Drive through the patchwork of vines, olives and cypresses that typify the Chianti hills. Head for Pisa and see the incredible Leaning Tower, from which Galileo is said to have conducted experiments on velocity and gravity. See the splendid cathedral and baptistery, decorated with mosaics and designs in solid marble, before continuing to the delightful town of Lucca. Taste the lavish loaves of buccellato, Lucca’s sweet raisin anise bread. Cruise along the rugged Ligurian coast to the elegant seaside village of Portofino, the epitome of la dolce vita [should weather permit]. Enjoy leisure time to admire the colored houses, browse the boutiques or simply stay a while in the cafe bars on the piazzetta, watching the yachts moored in the harbor. Continue along the coast to the pretty seaside resort of Santa Margherita Ligure.

Hotel: BW Regina Elena Santa Margherita or similar, 2 nights

Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Hotel Dinner with Wine

Day 6 - Saturday, September 25 - The Cinque Terre

Head for the port of La Spezia for a highlight of your travels, the Cinque Terre - a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Italy’s most beautiful landscapes. With a Local Expert, appreciate the views as you approach one of the picturesque fishing villages by boat. Enjoy a delicious Sea-to-Table lunch. There is time to explore the old medieval quarter or the popular sandy beach before returning to your hotel. With the afternoon at leisure, perhaps make the most of the hotel’s private beach.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch with Wine

Day 7 - Sunday, September 26 - Lake Maggiore

In the morning, head north to the beautiful Italian Lake District, a favorite retreat of the rich and famous where Alpine scenery combines with lush subtropical vegetation.

Hotel: Grand Hotel Dino or similar, 1 night

Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Day 8 - Monday, September 27 - Cortina d'Ampezzo

Continue through the magnificent Dolomites, to the mountain resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo.

Hotel: Hotel Ancora Cortina d’Ampezzo or similar, 2 nights.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Hotel Dinner with Wine.

Day 9 - Tuesday, September 28 - Experience the Dolomites

The whole day is free for you to explore the colorful peaks and sheer valleys of the Dolomites, one of the most impressive mountain ranges in the Alps. During summer, once the snow and ice have melted away, a breathtaking landscape is revealed. There are a number of walking tracks through pristine Alpine wilderness for the adventurous to explore, or for a more relaxed pace, perhaps take a thrilling Optional Experience cable car ride to the summit of one of the peaks for breathtaking 360-degree views.

Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Day 10 - Wednesday, September 29 - Venice, Queen of the Adriatic

Descend through the mountains to the romantic city of Venice. A private launch glides you past canals lined with ornate palaces to St Mark’s Square. See the basilica, the Doge’s Palace and Bridge of Sighs, before checking into your intimate and luxurious hotel. With the afternoon at leisure, why not cruise the Venetian lagoon to the island of Burano for a meal of local specialties and wine?

Hotel: Splendid Venice - Starhotels Collezione or similar, 2 nights

Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Day 11 - Thursday, September 30 - Venice at Leisure

Visit an arts center to watch one of the few remaining craftsmen blow Venetian glass. Then there is free time to enjoy the magical atmosphere of this incredible city at your own pace. Mingle with the locals at the open air markets near the Rialto Bridge and explore the back lanes and squares where Venetians go about their day. Later, on your romantic gondola serenade, glide along the atmospheric canals exploring the intimate and hidden parts of this unique city while musicians set the mood with traditional songs. This evening, stroll past the entrance doors of the famous Opera House to La Fenice restaurant for a magical Celebration Dinner. Indulge in traditional Venetian dishes that are enriched with inspiration from seasonal produce.

Meal: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Day 12 - Friday, October 1 - Arrivederci Venice

Bid farewell to Bella Italia and your newfound friends. Your departure transfer arrives at Venice Marco Polo Airport at 08:00 or 09:30.

Meal: Buffet Breakfast

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12 Days

Italian Elegance, by Insight Vacations

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