IT20 NORTHERN ITALY for less! TOURSEARCH TOUR
An Off-Season Adventure
Rome - The Vatican & the Sistine Chapel; Skyscraper skyline of San Gimignano; Water taxi ride on Venice canals; Murano glass factory tour; Guided walking / bus tours of all major towns / cities; low-season rates and no crowds!
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Dates & Prices
Prices are in US Dollars (USD), before any applicable taxes. The pricing reflects twin-sharing, per-person costs without airfare to/from the tour; however, we can book flights from your home airport for an added cost. Contact us for a no obligation quote.
|Start Date||End Date||Price||More Info|
|Thu 07 Feb 2019||Mon 18 Feb 2019||$3240 USD|
|Thu 07 Nov 2019||Mon 18 Nov 2019||$3240 USD|
|Thu 06 Feb 2020||Mon 17 Feb 2020||$3240 USD|
|Thu 05 Nov 2020||Mon 16 Nov 2020||$3240 USD|
Optional Single Supplement: $546 USD (number of singles limited).
Experience a wide range of incredible highlights on this off-season, super-saver exploration of Northern Italy. We avoid the heat and crowds of high season (May-Sept) and enjoy substantial price reductions on hotel accommodation and other tourist services. Nothing is compromised - you enjoy our usual expert leadership, inclusions, 3-4 star hotels, but at low season rates. Air fares are also significantly lower - pack a sweater and and join us!
Gary B. (Salmon Arm, BC, CA)
This tour exceeded our expectations and we are very pleased that we were part of it. We were very fortunate to have had not only an excellent tour leader, but also congenial group of fellow travelers and very good weather. The sightseeing venues were well chosen and probably best represented the wealth of historical and cultural sites available for visitation. We particularly enjoyed the walking tours of the medieval towns/cities and the Uffizi gallery in Florence. We were impressed with the quality of the local guides. They were, without exception, highly skilled and knowledgeable. We were very pleased with all of the hotel accommodation. The hotels were clean and comfortable, breakfast was very good and the staff were courteous and helpful.
Jacquelyn W. (Laguna Niguel, CA, US)
Everything that was scheduled was very good. But, if pressed, I would say that having time to stay on at the Uffizi Gallery after the wonderful tour with our local guide was a high point of the trip for me. I also, enjoyed the time at the Academia, especially to see Michelangelo's David. I also very much enjoyed the time we had in Tuscany and I enjoyed stopping in Assisi on the way to Siena. What a charming town.Staying two nights in Siena was wonderful. I had time to see that wonderful town and also the side trips to San Gimignano and Volterra were delightful. I have traveled over the years and had different trip leaders on my tours. Many have been good too. But, Ondra (our tour leader) stands out as going the extra mile to make sure the trip goes well. I know I'm in good hands when he is the trip leader. Only the weather is out of his control. And, he is a very kind person with excellent people skills. The evening meals were wonderful! Each evening seemed to be better than the previous evening, if that was possible. Ondra knew the best places in each city or town where we could get the best local/regional food. His knowledge of knowing where we would have good meals was a real asset of his being the trip leader. If I had been in Italy on my own, it would have been more difficult to find the good places, even with all the "social media" input available. The hotels on IT 20 were excellent because they were so well located. And, they were nice hotels too. As for my overall impression of IT20, it was a wonderful trip and my expectations were met and exceeded. The itinerary looked very good and it was. I pinched myself everyday that I was in Italy seeing so many wonderful sights and enjoying wonderful food and wine with a very good trip leader. I savored every day of the trip and now I have wonderful memories that will sustain me as I face life at home. Travel is my passion and the three trips I have taken with Adventures Abroad have all been excellent. I do hope to take other trips offered by Adventures Abroad.
Jessie R. (Vancouver, BC, CA)
It was interesting to visit the Tuscan hill towns and see the early architecture still intact. The hotels were great and in good locations. All local guides were very knowledgeable about their respective subjects and enthusiastic in imparting their information to us. Buses were comfortable and allowed for plenty of room for our group. Our tour leader chose good restaurants and tried to introduce us to local specialties. His experience with this tour over the years was very valuable in making suggestions for sites to focus on. A good leader adds a tremendous amount to enriching a tour in more ways than just showing the clients the sites.
Jose H. (Folsom, CA, US)
I enjoyed it all. This tour really did hit all of the highlights I wanted to see when I thought of Italy. The locations were planned well in terms of being able to see a town en route or as a "day trip." The guides were knowledgeable and helpful. The guides we had in Rome and Siena stand out for their wealth of insights in their respective locations. The food was fabulous. Our tour leader was funny, insightful and knowledgeable. He obviously knew the best places to eat or see and gave us plenty of time to explore on our own. He is one of the best AA tour guides we've had. You guys are great. Thank you so much. We refer you to anyone who asks.
Kathryn C. (Barrie, ON, CA)
We loved our small group and our excellent tour leader. It was a good pace with plenty of free time to explore on our own. All of the sights were amazing. It seemed every door we opened was a new and wonderful place. We had fantastic local guides; it was like we had history professors with us. Our tour leader was very knowledgeable, friendly and basically fun to be with. He was great with any language gaps especially with my wife being Celiac. Everything went according to plans as were set up by our tour leader. He really knew his stuff. We loved that our last hotel was right in the heart of Venice.
*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.
The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.
Hotel Augusta Lucilla Palace
Augusta Lucilla Palace Hotel is a newly refurbished 4 star Hotel situated in the historic centre of Rome, only 5 ... walk from the central train station, Termini.
The hotel is newly refurbished, characterized by Roman architecture of the 19th Century. The interiors have been entirely renovated, embracing the benefits of modern technology with a touch of elegance and style.
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The Hotel Minerva is situated in the historic center of Siena and commands a view over the whole town. There ... 59 bedrooms with private bath, phone, colour TV, safe deposit box, air conditioning, fridge-bar, laundry service, WI-FI.
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Hotel Caravaggio, is within a walking distance from the railway station and, most important, it is very close to the ... famous monuments and museums, which make Florence unique. Hotel Caravaggio has 37 rooms with private facilities, equipped with satellite TV, telephone, minibar, air-conditioning, hairdryer, safe, laundry service, and WI-FI.
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Hotel Belle Epoque
The Hotel Belle Epoque is located in the heart of Venice, a short walk from St Mark's Square (Piazza San ... Complementing the grand palaces and illustrious canals that make Venice famous, the Hotel Belle Epoque bathes guests in the radiance of classical Venetian design. Decor is in the style of the golden age of Venice.
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Breakfast and most dinners (mostly local restaurants) daily. All sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for local guides, drivers, restaurant staff, porters. Airport transfers for land & air customers and for early arriving / late departing land & air customers who book their extra hotel nights through us.
International airfare to/from the tour. Tour Leader gratuities, lunches, one dinner, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), air taxes (if applicable), and excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs and shopping.
Seasonality and Weather
This tour is operated in late fall & winter when rates for accommodation and other tourist services are significantly reduced. It will be chilly, though most of Italy enjoys a relatively mild winter in which extreme cold or snow are rare. Most days will be well above freezing, though showers occur regularly at this time of year.
If one is prepared for the weather one can experience all the magic of Italy at a significant savings and without the bother of huge high-season crowds and heat. Airfares are also lower at these times.
Transport and Travel Conditions
Transport throughout by private motor coach, 24-36 seats depending on ultimate group size (see 'group size'). Though we will have some full bus days, road travel is not particularly arduous as there are plenty of stops of interest and beautiful scenery along the way. Roads are in good condition, though a little winding on some stretches.
Our journey to Venice is via fast train, second class (non-smoking).
This trip is typical of most of our European tours, which are ambitious and involve full days of travel and sightseeing. While we don't have any actual strenuous activity (ie hiking) built into the program, you will do a lot of walking on this trip. These walks will mostly be in the form of walking tours of towns and cities and short walks to dinner. Being Europe, and a hilly/mountainous area, cobbles, uneven surfaces, and slopes/stairs are common. If you are accustomed to typical "bus tours," which rely heavily on vehicular transport for all sightseeing activities, you should be aware that this tour is considerably more active.
Well-located, heated, mid-range hotels and inns (3-star) used throughout. Some hotels are smaller properties (3-4 story) that may not have elevators. All hotels have en suite bath, though some may have shower only. Porter service is sometimes available (see 'inclusions') though you should be independent with your luggage. Single rooms are limited and likely smaller than twins.
Staff and Support
Tour Leader throughout, driver (s), local step-on guides in various locales.
10-18 plus Tour Leader
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