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ITALY 2019 TOUR INFO

Italy with Andrea King Travel
Emilia Romagna & Tuscany

Small Group Tour brought to you by Anywhere But Here Travel

Tour Start Date is May 27, 2019 in Bologna
Tour End Date is June 4, 2019 in Cortona

Please play the audio file below for a 19-minute introduction about this tour and what is in store for you!

Pre-Tour May 25-27: Read about our Pre & Post Tour Information! Or we can create a custom option for you.

Day 1 - May 27 - Bologna: Welcome to Emilia Romagna. If you didn’t join us for the Venice pre-tour and are just arriving today, you will be picked up at the airport and transferred to the hotel in Bologna. Enjoy a welcome drink and overview of our week together. In the evening, we will start off right with a typical Emilia Romagna dinner.

Day 2 - May 28 - Bologna: Vinegar, Wine and Ferrari. Let’s beat jet lag the right way! Today, we are heading for the countryside to breathe some fresh Italy air. The Modena country side is where balsamic vinegar (the good stuff at least) is produced. Our guide will take us through the attached winery and we will do a tasting of the finished products right before our lunch in the farmhouse restaurant. Now that we are nice and full, let’s look at Andrea’s next car at the Ferrari Gallery. After we purchase our new cars (or even if we only dream), we will head back to the hotel. We have the rest of the evening at our leisure. You may choose to rest, shop, find a great dinner spot, or all the above.

Day 3 - May 29 - Bologna: Old Market and St. Stefano Square. Food time! Our guide will take us around the city to see the greatest sites of the city, especially the Old Market. On our way we will see the basilica and everything Piazza Maggiore (The Major Square) has to offer. We will work up an appetite and once you see the quality cuisine at the market, there will be no stopping us. We can choose from delicious pastas, cheese, ham, fish, bread, fruits and vegetables. It’s create-your-own-lunch day! Tonight, we will enjoy dinner at a typical Bologna restaurant.

Day 4 - May 30 - Porreta Terme: Emilia Romagna Tour. Today we are packing up and we will head to the cheese. Parmigiano Reggiano, that is. As we enjoy the cheese, we will see the factory and inner workings of the production of this important, regional cheese. Then off we go to see castles and enjoy the scenery during an easy hike along the trenches to reach Mt. Belvedere. Don’t worry, we will have a lovely Italian picnic along the way, too! After our cheese and hiking adventure we will head to our new home for the next couple days, about 1 hour outside of Bolgona, Poretta Terme. Upon arrival and check in, there will be a little time to freshen up and lounge. Tonight, we will dine together at the hotel.

Day 5 - May 31 - Porreta Terme: Spa Day. We must take advantage of this beautiful spa hotel. One of the best in the area, and after several days of touring, hiking, drinking, and eating, this will be a nice break to rejuvenate and prepare ourselves for the last days of the tour. Lunch and dinner will be on your own today.

Day 6 - Jun 01 - Florence/Cortona. After breakfast, we are off to Tuscany. We will stop for a guided walking tour of Florence with my dear friend and of course we won’t miss out on the opportunity to have lunch at one of my favorite restaurants. From Florence, we will finish our day’s journey in a farmhouse type accommodation in Cortona. A light dinner will be served (trust me, after lunch that is all you will need).

Day 7 - Jun 02 - Cortona: We must see Cortona, so off we go to the city! A small and beautiful city, our guided visit will teach us some culture, some history and, of course, give us a taste of the area with a wine and olive oil tasting at one of my favorite shops. Now that we have worked up an appetite, let’s head back “home” to cook and dine with an Italian family.

Day 8 - Jun 03 - Cortona: Today, you will enjoy the day at your leisure. Enjoy the pool on property, have a picnic on the grass, or go into town.

Day 9 - Jun 04 - End of services: If you are joining us for the Rome post-tour, details will be available separately.

Post-Tour June 4-6: Read about our Pre & Post Tour Information! Or we can create a custom option for you.

THIS TOUR INCLUDES:

  • ACCOMMODATIONS/HOTELS
    • 3 night-stay in DBL Deluxe Room at Hotel Commercianti – breakfast included and welcome drink
    • 2 night-stay at Helvetia Thermal Spa (Classic room) breakfast, free use of spa 
    • 3 night-stay in DBL Room at Agriturismo/Farmhouse accommodation – breakfast included, welcome drink
  • MEALS/ACTIVITIES
    • Welcome dinner in Bologna (beverages not included)
    • Group dinner in typical Bologna restaurant
    • Group dinner Helvetia Thermal Spa (beverages not included)
    • Welcome dinner in room (light meal at Agriturismo/Farmhouse accommodation)
    • Guided visit of Parmigiano Reggiano dairy + tasting
    • Guided visit of Aceto balsamico vinegar and winery + tasting + lunch in farmhouse
    • Entrance fees Ferrari Gallery
    • Guided tour of Old market and light lunch
    • Hiking tour for 2/3 hours with English-speaking guide at disposal, picnic lunch and guided visit of Montese Castle
    • HD guided tour in Florence (tickets not included) + lunch
    • HD guided tour in Cortona
    • Cooking with an Italian Family experience at Agriturismo/Farmhouse
    • All the transfers described in the program will be in a Mercedes Sedan, Minivan or Minibus depending on participants

THIS TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • City taxes
  • Museum’s tickets in Florence not included
  • Beverages during included lunches and dinners unless specified
  • Other transfers, meals and beverages not included above

    Tour price: EURO 3700 per person
    (based on double occupancy)

    • As of Nov 2018, the conversion rate is 1.13 (tour is estimated to cost $4,180.00 USD)
    • Deposit of $500 USD per person is due by Dec 2, 2018 (non-refundable unless we don't get the minimum required)
    • Final payment is due on Feb 27, 2019
    • Payments will be converted to USD based on the actual conversion rate at the time of payment
    • Payment plans are available
    • We will have a Single Supplement fee for single travelers but it will be based on how many people sign up 
    • Estimated international airfare from Seattle starting at $1400 per person for economy 
    • Minimum of 6 people to run this tour
    • Maximum of 14 people on this tour

    VIP Members get a $500 USD ($250pp) discount off the final payment
    (Must join or upgrade to a 6-month VIP membership plan by Feb 27, 2019)

    Ready to book or want more information? 
    Please contact us at 425-608-0266 or info@goabhtravel.com

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