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Italy Dream: Tuscany, Cinque Terre, Venice, Milan, Naples, Rome and More!

Location: Italy (Rome, Naples, Florence, Cinque Terre, Bologna, Venice and Milan)

  • Dates: October 07-23-2022
  • Price: 5,495.00
  • Deposit: 700.00
  • Group Leader: Eduardo
  • RSVP Limit: 10
  • Trip Physical Level: 3 (optional level 4 hikes)

 

ONE SPOT AVAILABLE

 

Uplift Financing Available.

 

Once again, we at 1000 Treks have outdone ourselves and put together the ultimate Italy trip, where we will see all the great places to see in one of the most beautiful countries in the world.

 

Highlights:

- Visit SEVEN of Italy's beautiful and famous cities and areas, such as Rome, Tuscany/Florence, Venice, Pisa, Naples, Bologna, Verona, Capri, the Amalfi Coast, Cinque Terre , and Milan. Yup we are going to see all of those in one trip! 

- We will not only see the Coliseum, one of the 7 Wonders of the World, but get to go inside the arena and walk the footsteps of Gladiators at the Gladiator's Gate

- See the Vatican, St. Peter's Square, and St. Peter's Basilica. 

- Go wine tasting in Tuscany, as we drive through one of the most beautiful scenic routes in the world: The Chianti Route.

- See the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa

- View the historic art of Florence, including Michelangelo's Statue of David. 

- Explore Milan and see one of Leonardo Da Vinci's masterpieces, The Last Supper 

- Explore and hike the breathtaking Cinque Terre

- Tour Venice, the fascinating city built on water, and go on a gondola ride (every travel lover must do this one day).

 - Visit Pompeii and have the chance to hike Mt. Vesuvius (yup, of course we are going to do that!). 

- See the stunning Amalfi Coast

- Visit Capri and go inside the famous Blue Grotto.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7: ARRIVE IN ROME. FREE DAY IN ROME.

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Arrive in Rome (City #1), get transferred to our hotel and have a free day in Rome. We can relax at the hotel or venture around. We always try to have your Group Leader arrive a day early to be there when everyone arrives, so Eduardo should be in Rome already as you arrive. A fun activity we love to do is to go on a hop-on-hop-off bus tour of the city by ourselves. That's not officially part of the itinerary, but it's a great way to see the whole city.

Accommodations: Hotel MonteCarlo Roma or similar

Meals: N/A

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8: GUIDED VATICAN, SISTINE CHAPEL AND ST. PETER'S BASILICA TOUR

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For our first official guided tour, we will see one of the most important landmarks in the world: The Vatican. We will skip the line as our guides takes us through St. Peters Square, St. Peter's Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel. Interesting fact: Although located inside Rome, the Vatican is an independent State, governed as an absolute monarchy with the pope at its head. Spanning just over 100 acres, the Vatican is the smallest independent country in the world.

Accommodations: Hotel MonteCarlo Roma or similar

Meals: Breakfast

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9: GUIDED FULL DAY ROME CITY TOUR, INCLUDING THE COLOSSEUM ARENA AND GLADIATOR GATE.

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Today we'll go on a full day tour or Rome. In addition to all the important and historical attractions such as the Arch of Constantine, Roman Forum, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain,  Piazza Venezia,  Piazza Navona, and Historical Center, we will see one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Colosseum. Not only we will visit it, but we will also go inside the arena and walk through the Gladiators' Gate!

Accommodations: Hotel MonteCarlo Roma or similar

Meals: Breakfast

MONDAY, OCTOBER 10: TRANSFER TO NAPOLI AND NAPOLI CITY TOUR

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In the morning we'll get on a fast train to major city #2: Napoli. We'll arrive in Napoli late in the morning, drop our luggage off at the hotel (check in later), and go on a guided Napoli city tour, where we will see the Historical Center of Napoli, the Sansevero Chapel, and the famous Veiled Christ.

Accommodations: 3-star in Napoli

Meals: Breakfast

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11: FULL DAY TOUR TO CAPRI , ANACAPRI, AND THE BLUE GROTTO.

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Today we will go on a full day tour to the island of Capri. We will visit Capri, Anacapri, and go on a tour inside the breathtaking  Grotta Azzurra (The Blue Grotto).

Because entering the Blue Grotto depends on the weather and sea conditions, the entrance is not included. Our guide will help us buy tickets to get on a small boat that will take us inside the cave. There might also be other tickets (for public transportation on the island, for example) that are not included, although they will be very inexpensive.

Accommodations: Hotel Piazza Bellini or similar

Meals: Breakfast 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12: POMPEII, HIKE MT. VESUVIUS, AND SORRENTO

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Today will be a full and amazing day! We'll start with a visit to Pompeii, the ruins of the ancient city that was buried under lava and ash when Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D. Then we will go on to hike to the top of the very Mt. Vesuvius! The hike is a moderately strenuous hike that should take 30 minutes up and 30 minutes down. We will get to climb this iconic active volcano and look inside the crate that 2,000 years ago completely destroyed an entire city! Although Vesuvius is still active, we are completely safe as today we have the technology to know when a volcano is about to erupt. Those of us who choose not to do the hike can wait and relax at the bottom.

After that, we'll get back on our private bus and head out to another beautiful and famous city, and our major city #3: Sorrento. Our guide will take us on a tour of Sorrento to see this dreamy city. Depending on how the day is flowing, we will have lunch in Sorrento.

We will cap the day with a visit to a Limoncello factory where we will get to taste and see how this unique liquor is made.

Accommodations: Hotel Piazza Bellini or similar

Meals: Breakfast

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13: THE AMALFI COAST

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Today we will go on a full day trip along one of the most gorgeous places in the world: The Amalfi Coast. With bright colored villages along cliff sides contrasted by clear blue waters, the 50 kilometer drive along the Amalfi Coast will be an unforgettable highlight of our trip.

Our guide and private driver will take us along the coast and fishing villages for the day, stopping at all the great places and taking pictures of unforgettable sites.

Accommodations: Hotel Piazza Bellini or similar

Meals: Breakfast

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14: FLORENCE

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Today we will get on an early fast train and arrive in yet another renowned region: Tuscany! We will stay in Tuscany's capital, Florence (our city #3). One of the most beautiful cities in the world, Florence will surely captivate your heart and eyes.

We will arrive late in the morning, leave our luggage at the hotel, and go on a guided tour of The Uffizi Gallery  and the Accademia Gallery, where we will get to see our one of the greatest masterpieces of classical art: Michelangelo's statue of David.

After our tour, we will have a free day to explore this unique and beauteous city.

Accommodations: Hotel Rosso 23 or similar

Meals: Breakfast

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15: WINE TASTING AT THE CHIANTI ROUTE

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Today we will go on yet another brilliant drive, this time through the hills of Tuscany. We will visit several wineries, tasting some of the world's most delicious wines while taking in some of the world's most stunning scenery.

Accommodations: Hotel Rosso 23 or similar

Meals: Breakfast

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16: FLORENCE CITY TOUR

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Today we will go on a half day tour of Florence and see the Duomo, Battistero, Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, and all the must-see places in Florence.

We will be finished mid-afternoon and then will have free time to explore Florence on our own.

Accommodations: Hotel Rosso 23 or similar

Meals: Breakfast

MONDAY, OCTOBER 17: PISA AND TRANSFER TO LA SPEZIA

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Today we will say goodbye to Florence and go visit another one if Italy's famous tourist attractions: the Leaning Tower of Pisa. We will get to explore the Campo dei Miracoli, where the tower is located, and take a picture with the tower in the background. We'll have lunch in Pisa an head out to La Spezia, the gateway to Cinque Terre. We will arrive at la Spezia mid-afternoon and have the rest of the day free.

Accommodations: Hotel Corallo Spezia or similar

Meals: Breakfast

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18: CINQUE TERRE, INCLUDING OPTIONAL HIKE

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Today we'll visit another one of the must-see Italian destinations: the exquisite Cinque Terre. The best way to visit Cinque Terre is the local Ferry Boat that leaves every day from the Port of La Spezia and stops in each little village. This way we can visit all five villages at our own pace. For those of us who like to hike, we can actually hike between one or more villages. We will have a timetable of the ferries and can break up into different groups according to what we want to do. The bottom line is, we'll get to see all of the five villages and explore them in whatever way we most enjoy.

AccommodationsHotel Corallo Spezia or similar

Meals: Breakfast 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19: BOLOGNA

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Today we'll leave La Spezia on a private bust to major city #4: Bologna. Bologna is known as the food capital of Italy, so today is going to be a "foodie day," which will start with a late morning stop at a Parmigiana Factory. There we will take a unique private tour and taste of one of the most important cheeses in the world.

After that we'll continue our journey and arrive at Bologna and have a light lunch before checking in to our hotel.

Later in the afternoon we'll meet our guide for a private walking/food tour of Bologna. We will see Piazza Maggiore, the leaning towers of Bologna, Fontana de Nettuno (Neptune's Fountain), and other spots, and then go to a trattoria to have a delicious Bolognese dinner.

Accommodations: Hotel Atlantic Bologna or similar

Meals: Breakfast

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20: VENICE

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Today we'll wake up early and take a fast train to our next destination, and major city #5: Venice.

Venice, the city over water is a unique city and a must-see destination for every travel lover. We will take a vaporetto, the Venetian public waterbus the locals use, to get to our hotel. We'll check in our hotel and go on a guided walking tour where we will see St. Mark's Square, St. Mark's Basilica, and have the chance to ride a gondola, another must do experience for every travel lover.  Since those are paid on the spot, the fare for the vaporetto and cost for the gondola ride are not included but are very inexpensive.

At the end of the afternoon, we will stop at a local bar for a prosecco tasting.

Accommodations: Hotel Montecarlo or similar

Meals: Breakfast

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21: VISIT MURANO, BURANO, AND TORCELLO

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Today we'll go on a private boat tour to see the three islands of Venice:  Murano, Burano, and Torcello. We'll also get to see a glass blowing and handmade lace demonstration.

Accommodations: Hotel Montecarlo or similar

Meals: Breakfast

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22: VERONA AND MILANO

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Today we'll say goodbye to Venice and head to our final destination: Milano. On the way we will stop at major city #6: Verona, The City of Love. We'll do a private walking tour of Verona, including the inside of the Verona Arena and the Casa de Giulietta, where we will see Juliet's Balcony. We'll have lunch in Verona and head to our final destination and famous city #7: Milano, the capital of fashion in Italy and a city brimming with art and history. We will check into our hotel and go on a guided walking tour of the city. One of the highlights of the tour will be to the monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie, where we will see Leonardo Da Vinci's iconic Last Supper.

Note: it is very hard to make reservations to see the Last Supper, so chances are we might not be able to get in to see it. Our operator will try to get us tickets  in advance. If we can't get tickets, we will go see another masterpiece of Michelangelo: The Pietà Rondanini

Accommodations: Hotel Milano Castello or similar

Meals: Breakfast

OCTOBER 23: FREE DAY IN MILANO AND DEPARTURE

We will have our last day free in Milano until it's time to say "arrivederci" to magical Italy.

Accommodations: N/A

Meals: Breakfast

Transportation:

- Transportation from Rome Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO) to the hotel and from the hotel to Milan Malpensa International Airport (MXP) if you arrive within the guidelines on FLIGHT GUIDELINES below.  If arrive or leave at a different time, you’ll have to arrange your own transportation or pay extra for our operator to transport you.

- Ferry boats roundtrip Napoli/Capri.

- Private boat in Venice.

- Fast train tickets or private transportation between cities.

- Check Points in all the cities (local touristic taxes for private drivers) paid.

 

Accommodations:

(All the hotel stays at double-occupancy. Please see OCCUPANCY below.)

Hotel MonteCarlo Roma or similar - Rome.

Hotel Piazza Bellini & Apartments or similar - Napoli.

Hotel Rosso 23 or similar - Florence.

Hotel Corallo Spezia or similar - La Spezia.

Hotel Atlantic Bologna or similar - Bologna.

Hotel Montecarlo or similar - Venice. 

Hotel Milano Castello or similar - Milan.

 

Meals:

 - Breakfast: 16 

 

Activities & Other Inclusions:

- 1000 Treks guide and local guides when described.

- 100% private tours and skip-the-line tickets.

- Guided Vatican, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica tour.

- Guided full-day Rome city tour, including the Colosseum arena and Gladiator Gate.

- Guided Napoli city tour.

- Visit to Pompeii and hike of Mt. Vesuvius.

- Sorrento tour.

- Limoncello factory stop and tasting.

- Guided driving tour of the Amalfi Coast.

- Guided tour of The Uffizi Gallery  and the Accademia Gallery.

- Multi-stop winery tour in Tuscany.

- Florence city tour.

- Visit to Pisa and the Leaning Tower.

- Visit to Cinque Terre and option to hike some or all of the five villages (no cost).

- Private tour of the Parmigiana factory in Bologna, including tasting.

- Private walking and food tour of Bologna.

- Guided walking tour of Venice (vaporetto and gondola paid on-the-spot at extra but minimal cost).

- Private boat tour of the three islands of Venice: Murano, Burano, and Torcello, including glass-blowing and lace demonstrations.

- Guided walking tour of Verona.

- Guided walking tour of Milan.

 

Optional Upgrades & Activities: 

- Entrance and tour of the Blue Grotto - purchased on-the-spot due to changeable weather conditions.

- Gondola & vaporetto ride in Venice (must be purchased on-the-spot, minimal cost).

- Public transportation we or you may choose to get.

- Flights (see FLIGHT below).

- Optional activities, such as gondola ride.

- Any public transportation we may get, such as the vaporetto in Venice.

- Lunch or dinner, unless specifically stated in the itinerary.

- Travel insurance (REQUIRED). We do offer Travel Guard and Nomad Ventures travel insurance and will send you a link to purchase it once you pay your deposit. You can also get insurance with any company you would like.

- Tips to guides, drivers, staff, etc.

- Souvenirs or anything extra you would like to get.

- Any activity not described in the itinerary.

- Double-occupancy: You will be paired up with someone of the same gender as a roommate, unless you have someone that you are already coming with. 

 - Single supplement (if you want a room for yourself): 2,995.00.

- The last people to RSVP and pay the deposit MAY have to be put in triple-occupancy rooms (if we end up with an odd number of men or women).

Flights are NOT included. Flights are very easy to book on your own, and some people want to do side trips, so it becomes impractical to include flights. Besides, many of you can use miles or other ways of making your flight free or save money if you book it yourself. So instead of including air, we will give you guidelines so you can book your own.

 

FLIGHT GUIDELINES

- Arrives in Rome (FCO) by 8:00 pm on October 07.

- Leaves Milan (MXP) on October 23 no earlier than 10:00 am and no later than 9:00 PM.

- 5,495.00

- In order to save you money, we don't add the cost of credit card processing to the price of the trip, so this price is for check, bank transfer, or any form of payment that does not incur a fee. We can take the deposit via credit card, but need the remaining balance to be paid by a direct form of payment. If you want to pay for the remaining balance with a credit card, we can accept it, but have to add a 5% fee.

- A deposit of 700.00 (non-refundable, but movable) starts your reservation. Once we receive your deposit, we'll send you a questionnaire and a contract that will need to be returned to us in 72 hours to guarantee your spot.  You can read the contract in advance HERE.

- Once you return the filled out questionnaire and signed contract, we will send you an invoice for the remaining amount. You will have until July 7, 2022 (three months before departure) to finish making your payment.

- Once you are confirmed, your deposit becomes movable. That means, if you need to cancel your participation on the trip for any reason, you may request a credit for 100% of your deposit that can be applied to any 1000 Leagues Travel Trip which departs within one year of the departing date of the original trip.

- When you make your deposit, you will be asked for your email. MAKE SURE YOU LIST AN EMAIL YOU CHECK DAILY WHEN YOU MAKE YOUR PAYMENT. THAT'S WHERE YOU'LL RECEIVE YOUR QUESTIONNAIRE, INVOICE, AND ALL THE EMAILS IN REGARDS TO THE TRIP.

 

CLICK HERE TO MAKE YOUR DEPOSIT

 

- Full payment is only due on July 7, 2022, three months before the trip. You can make payments in any way you prefer so long as you are fully paid by the due date.

 

- If you make payments or pay in full before the due date, your payments (minus the deposit) are refundable before the due date. After that, all payments are entirely non-refundable.

- All trips are governed by our comprehensive contract. You should familiarize yourself with it prior to signing up for any of our trips. You can access it by clicking HERE or visiting https://www.1000treks.com/contract/. A link to the contract can also be found at the bottom of all our webpages under "CONTRACT".

- Insurance is REQUIRED. You may purchase insurance with any company you wish, but we require that your policy covers personal injury, death, medical expenses, emergency evacuation and treatment, repatriation, and personal liability, with a minimum coverage of USD$200,000. You will be required to submit proof of insurance no later than (seven) 7 days prior to the start of the trip or you will not be allowed to participate in the Trip and will forfeit all your payments.. Although not part of the requirement, we STRONGLY suggest that you get insurance right away (within 15 days of making your deposit), and that you buy a policy that will cover you in case you need to cancel your trip for any reason.

- Because of the adventurous nature of our trips, our itinerary and some locations are subject to change due to weather, tides, road conditions, logistics, and other unforeseen circumstances. It’s not likely, but it could happen. Whenever we make a change in the itinerary, we will do our best to maintain the integrity of the trip.

- A passport is required for all international travel. Your passport must be valid for 6 months after your return date.  If you don't have a valid passport, or if you passport expires before 6 months after the date you will arrive back in the U.S., make sure to get started on a new one ASAP. Here's the link for the Department of State Passport section: http://travel.state.gov//content/travel/en.html.

- As of the time of this posting American citizens don’t need a visa for Italy. If you have a foreign passport, you may need a visa. Here's the Italian Embassy website so you can look into that: https://ambwashingtondc.esteri.it/ambasciata_washington/en/.  We also recommend that even American citizens periodically check to make sure visa requirements have not changed. 

- If you need to take care of any those issues, make sure to get on them ASAP so you don't get held up because of some unexpected delay. We've had people missing trips and losing their money because they waited too long or had unexpected issues come up and couldn't take care of them before the trip started.

- Having a valid passport and all the required visas is your responsibility. Please make sure you have those, and any other necessary issues are resolved well ahead of time. 1000 Leagues Travel and its affiliates are not responsible for any problems resulting from you not taking care of issues ahead of time.

 

COVID-19/CORONAVIRUS

This trip will happen around a time in which a potential resurgence of COVID-19 could affect our plans. COVID-19 has become a tricky element because of the unpredictable nature of the virus. It appears that insurance companies have been very restrictive on their coverage; we know insurance companies do offer coverage for the Coronavirus at an additional premium, but this still remains limited and with caps on reimbursement. Additionally, local suppliers have found themselves in a difficult situation because they often have to make their plans and respective reservations for different activities in advance. Therefore, all they can possibly offer in case 1000 Treks needs to cancel the trip after the final payment due date is a credit for the exact same trip for next year. At the same time, because of the virus's effect on local economies, we have been able to secure pricing that at any other time would be notably more expensive.

We believe it is extremely unlikely that we will have to cancel this trip altogether, even if there is a resurgence of COVID-19 at that time. However, it is a possibility, and we want to be completely transparent about the possible outcome. We also want to be 100% upfront that there is the possibility that a resurgence and extreme measures similar to the ones taken in response to the initial outbreak may drive some of the suppliers out of business. If that's the case, they may be unable to provide us with credit or services. This could alter the itinerary, or even render the trip impossible to take and without refunds or credits provided for a future date. We will always do our best to make everything happen, and, again, although the outlined scenarios are extremely unlikely to occur, ultimately we cannot guarantee they won't.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required for all travelers. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required for all travelers. You will be required to show proof of current vaccination and all required boosters of a Center for Disease Control and/or World Health Organization approved vaccine to 1000 Leagues Travel at least seven (7) days before the first day of the Trip, or you will not be allowed to participate in the Trip and will forfeit all your payments. The type of vaccine accepted by different countries might vary, and all our groups will have to comply with all the requirements from all the countries we will be visiting, traveling through, or returning to. Noncompliance with any of the vaccinations requirements at any time may result in your removal from the trip without any refunds or compensation. 1000 Leagues Travel will not be held responsible for any circumstances resulting from failure to provide proof of vaccination.

Proof of a negative COVID-19 test might also be required. All travelers must be ready to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test if required by any of the locations we will be visiting, travelling through, or returning to. Noncompliance may result in your removal from the trip without any refunds or compensation, and furthermore may result in imposed quarantine, which might result in loss of airfare and other financial consequences. 1000 Leagues Travel will not be held responsible for any circumstances resulting from failure to provide a negative COVID-19 test whenever required.

Please refer to section 7 of the contract titled  "COVID-19/CORONAVIRUS (“VIRUS”)" for the limitations of our liability.