TUSCANY &
VENETIAN TREASURES
University
of Memphis
It has been said if you're lucky enough to find yourself dining at dusk on a terrace in Tuscany, you really can't ask for more. And yet on this trip there is so much more. Go where the wine is from a nearby vineyard, the olives are picked in the backyard and the bread was made an hour ago, warm and crusty sitting next to a hunk of velvety cheese. Go where a gondola ride is followed by a trip to the fabled Harry's Bar, order a chilled cocktail and toast the sunset. Choose a mask from thousands, feed the pigeons in St. Mark's square, revel in the ancient glory and opulence of Venice. And still, there is more. It will be very hard to choose the moment you feel the luckiest.
Go and embrace Italy's diversity with stays in historic Chianciano, located in the cypress-covered rolling hills of Tuscany, and in the cosmopolitan resort of Lido di Jesolo on the Adriatic Sea. Savor the medieval ambience of Chianciano's old hilltop center with its idyllic vistas, and stroll the town's tree-lined streets flanked with fashionable shops. Flourishing Lido di Jesolo, famous for its golden beach landscapes and delightful Mediterranean breeze, is one of Italy's greatest seaside resorts just a short distance from the enchantment of Venice.

 

 

 

You may have the universe if I may have Italy. - Giuseppe Verdi

$1,899
INCLUDES AIRFARE

*Per person, Double & Triple Occupancy. Plus $269 government taxes, security charges, and airline fuel charge. Single Occupancy subject to availability add $500. Land only is available upon request.


Oct 12 - 20,
2007


Other departure cities and dates
are available upon request


AIRFARE FROM:
Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Kansas City, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Des Moines, Omaha


Daily Schedule and Optional Excursions Available
DAY 1: Depart U.S.A.
DAY 2: Arrive Rome and transfer to your hotel in Chianciano
DAY 3: The Splendor of Tuscany
DAY 4: Assisi and Cortona
DAY 5: Florence
DAY 6: Included scenic transfer
DAY 7: Venice
DAY 8: Padua and the Riviera del Brenta
DAY 9: Return from Venice

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All local transportation and sightseeing is arranged by Global Destinations Management, Ltd. and operated by ReisebŸro Eurotours Ges.m.b.H. ReisebŸro Eurotours Ges.m.b.H. may use other suppliers or providers to render the services.

INCLUDED FEATURES
  • Round-trip transatlantic air transportation to Rome, returning from Venice via Northwest Airlines/KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, or similar
  • Four nights first-class accommodations in Chianciano, Tuscany and three nights in Lido di Jesolo, Veneto
  • Continental buffet breakfast daily
  • Round-trip transfers between the airports and hotels via deluxe motor coach
  • Scenic transfer between Tuscany and the Veneto 
  • Luggage handling and related tipping
  • Local government and hotel taxes
  • Services of a professional travel director throughout
  • Complete pre-flight information


 Included scenic transfer via Bologna
Experience amazing scenery as you cross the Apennine Mountains. Bologna, once the cultural and intellectual capital of medieval Europe, is home to spectacular palaces, the famous Neptune Fountain and one of the oldest universities on the continent. There will be time to enjoy lunch on your own as you explore this intriguing city.



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OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
Excursions featured will be available to pre-book at 45 days prior to departure,
at an additional charge. Scheduling is subject to change.

TUSCANY


The Splendor of Tuscany
Poplar-studded landscapes, dramatic hilltop towns, gorgeous vineyards. Visit Siena, a medieval city of twisting streets and narrow stairways that wind their way through ancient arches and past Renaissance palaces. See the Piazza del Campo, setting for the unique Palio, a medieval-style horse race. Continue to Pienza, a small, amazingly well-preserved medieval village. Sample local wines at a charming family wine estate near famous Montepulciano.


Florence
Known as the "Cradle of the Italian Renaissance," Florence is a city with overwhelming historical and cultural significance. Take a walking tour of the city center and marvel at the magnificent Cathedral, its huge dome and elegant Campanile piercing the sky. See the marble encrusted Baptistery, famous for its vast bronze doors by Ghiberti. Visit the Academy of Fine Arts and stand in awe in front of the Statue of David by Michelangelo. Walk across the impressive Piazza della Signoria, and find yourself in front of the Uffizi Gallery and the Palazzo Vecchio.

Assisi and Cortona
Journey through the pastoral countryside of Umbria to Assisi, a walled city of fountain-splashed piazzas and medieval buildings, renowned as the birthplace of St. Francis. Tour the glorious Basilica of St. Francis, one of the great Christian shrines, with its exquisite frescoes detailing the life of St. Francis. Continue to Cortona, a picture perfect hilltop town and the setting for the book "Under the Tuscan Sun." Stroll its charming maze of streets lined with ancient architectural gems.

 

VENETO

Venice
Revel in this magic city of canals, bridges, opulent palaces and elegant piazzas. Travel by boat to the heart of Venice to begin a walking tour through the lovely highlights of this romantic city. Visit St. Mark's Square, the most famous part of Venice offering remarkable sights: St. Mark's Basilica, the ornate Doge's Palace, the Campanile, and the famous Bridge of Sighs.

Padua and the Riviera del Brenta
Known as "La Dotta" (the learned) because of its celebrated 13th century university, Padua was once frequented by Dante and Galileo. Admire the city's many splendid Renaissance buildings including the magnificent Basilica of Saint Anthony, with its exquisitely decorated chapels and shrine, a place of pilgrimage for centuries. Continue on to the Riviera del Brenta, where the patrician families of Venice built their summer villas. Around 100 villas still remain and you can see these architectural jewels as you journey along the banks of Brenta. The day culminates with a visit to the Villa Pisani, an 18th century baroque masterpiece, queen of the villas.