Italian Foodie Getaway - 9 days from $1,980

Venice, Florence, Rome

Start your ultimate foodie journey in magical Venice with bàcari tapas-bar hopping through the backstreets of Venice. Travel along Italy's boot and Chianti vineyards to Michelangelo's Florence and experience the rustic Cucina Toscana. Finish that off with a Roman banquet and Piazza Navona gelato in Caesar’s fair city. Capture the spirit, flavors and experience that is pure Italian. Delizioso!

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Transportation and Lodging

  • 7 nights in superior tourist class hotels or better, 2-share rooms with private bath/shower
  • All intra-Europe transportation by rail and private air-conditioned motor coach, as per itinerary
  • High-speed train travel from Venice to Florence, Florence to Rome
  • Airport transfers with purchase of AESU airfare

Meals

  • 7 daily continental breakfasts
  • 4 specialty lunches including:
    • Tapas-style, taste-around Cicchetti tour in Venice
    • Tuscan lunch & wine tasting at Villa Vignamaggio
    • Roman trattoria-Carbonara lunch
    • Roman Pasta-Making Cooking Class & lunch
  • 3 three-course specialty dinners including:
    • Welcome cocktail and Venetian dinner
    • Il Latini Florentine Feast
    • Roman Farewell Banquet & Tre Scalini Gelato

Activities & Admissions

Sights

  • In Venice, see St. Mark’s Square, the Campanile Bell Tower, Doge’s Palace, Bridge of Sighs, then in Florence, the Duomo, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Gates of Paradise, Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, Santa Croce Cathedral, Ponte Vecchio, Mercato di San Lorenzo,Chianti vineyards, 14th-century Villa Vignamaggio, medieval Greve, Piazzale Michelangelo. In Rome, Capitol Hill, Caesar’s Roman Forum, the Colosseum,Circus Maximus,Tiber River,Trastevere, Pantheon, Piazza Navona and more.

Plus:

  • A private tour director for the entire duration of the land tour
  • All service charges and local taxes

ITALY: Venice

  • The 'Sinking City'
  • Welcome Dinner & Cocktail
  • St. Mark’s Square
  • Cicchetti-Tapas
  • Play Venice Video

ITALY: Florence

  • 'Golden City of the Renaissance'
  • The Duomo
  • Wine & olive oil tasting
  • Michelangelo’s “David.”
  • Play Florence Video

ITALY & VATICAN CITY: Rome, Vatican City

Free Airport Transfers & Discount Airfare

When you book your airfare through AESU, you get these great benefits:

  • Free airport transfers overseas on tour start and return dates
  • Hassle free—we take care of all the details
  • Free quotes & competitive rates
  • Fly with fellow travelers
  • Flexible payment schedule
  • AESU can help with special flight requests too
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Optional Activities & Excursions Offered on Your Trip.

Have it your way and personalize your trip by adding fun, optional activities. These activities are not included in your land package price to allow free time for those who want to explore on their own. Rates have been specially negotiated with the suppliers and will include transportation to and from the event, where applicable. All options are based on a minimum number of travelers participating. Rates listed are approximate rates in US$ and are subject to change. Contact your tour director upon arrival overseas to book and pay for your options. Payment to tour director in cash in local currency.

If nothing listed below, check with your tour director overseas for possible options being offered.

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Gondola Ride
$25

Take in the beautiful sights of Venice on a 20-30 minute shared gondola ride on a six-passenger gondola by a traditionally dressed gondolier. Admire the Rialto Bridge, Palazzo Barberino and other romantic landmarks as your flotilla navigates the Grand Canal and smaller waterways.
The cost includes the gondola ride as described above.

Frascati Wine Tasting
$70

At the Old Minardi Farmhouse the current vintner takes us on a walk through the vineyard and cellar, explaining how Frascati wine is traditionally made, and shows us the equipment and tools used in the winemaking process. A wine tasting of up to three types of wines paired with Minardi olive oil, pizza, specialty breads,and seasonal fruit and vegetable is also part of the tour.
The cost includes round-trip transfer by private motor coach, 4 hour Frascati tour, wine and olive oil tasting with 3 wines and snacks.

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What to do during your free time? For more details or current local events talk to your tour director or your local city guide. They are always the best source for free-time activities and offer great tips on restaurants or local hang-outs.

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Meals

Traveling on this trip will introduce you to some native cuisine, including local specialties.

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Hotels

We stay in superior tourist class hotels, all with private bath/shower in 2-share rooms. Our hotels have been specially selected for their European atmosphere, friendly hospitality, and cleanliness. Our hotels are centrally located or within a short walk of public transportation to take you to the landmark of your choice in the city you are visiting. (Why stay in remote cabins, hostels, or share your room with up to 6 people, when you can stay in a centrally located hotel?)

You'll be given a complete hotel address list with your final documents. Properties are subject to change and any substitutions would be the equivalent of those listed. *Single supplement only applies if single accommodations are requested. Independent hotel reservations, special tours and FIT tours always apply a single supplement. Please check your itinerary.

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HOTEL RESIDENCE ELITE, Mestre, Venice

The Residence is just a few minutes away by bus from Venice. This comfortable hotel in Mestre is set out over six floors and has three lifts, one of which is panoramic. All 85 units in the Hotel Residence Elite have been recently renovated to offer guests a vast range of options. The public rooms are extremely pleasant and welcoming: guests can have breakfast in a large, bright room, relax in the reading room or in the small garden and enjoy a cocktail at the hotel bar.

HOTEL PALAZZO RICASOLI, Florence

Just an 8-minute walk to the Accademia Gallery where you can visit Michelangelo's David, this 16th-century palace-turned-hotel is a 13 minutes walk from Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Amenities include air conditioning, satellite TV, and WiFi in public areas.

HOTEL REGENT, Rome

The Hotel Regent is located in the heart of an exclusive residential neighborhood in Rome, the Parioli area, just minutes away from Villa Borghese, the National Gallery of Modern Art and Via Veneto. Easy access to the city is available via public transportation. Wifi may be limited and at an additional cost.

Italian Foodie Getaway - 9 Days$1980.00
Click on a date below to get a quote or book online
Start In Mestre, VeniceEnd In RomeLand Only
2019
May 19  May 26$1980
Jun 23  Jun 30$1980
Aug 4  Aug 11$1980

Or call 800-638-7640 to speak with a travel expert

If you purchase your own airfare, book your overnight flight from the USA one day earlier than the tour start date listed above.

* Price per person based on a twin share room. If you're traveling alone, AESU will attempt to arrange for a 2-share room (same gender). Please see rooming policy. If you prefer a single room, a single supplement of $470 will apply.

AIRFARE

Gateway Cities

Fly into Venice, return from Rome

Airfare is not included in land price. If you choose to book air with AESU, after receipt of your land booking, AESU will email you a quote with your tour confirmation invoice. You will have 72 hours to accept or decline airfare. (Or call AESU at 800-638-7640 for a quote prior to booking).

Book Airfare with AESU - FREE Airport Transfer

Purchase your airfare from AESU and receive free arrival/departure transfers from the airport to your hotel. We also try to book you on the same flights as others traveling on your tour. Land only participants BOOKING OWN FLIGHT OVERSEAS, DO NOT receive airport arrival/departure transfers. If you book land only with us, book your flights from the USA one day earlier than the tour start date. If you are not booking flights through AESU, we recommend not booking airfare until your tour is guaranteed (This will be noted on website with “guaranteed” next to tour start date).

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How to Book

Click on a date above to get a quote or make a reservation. You can make your $500 deposit ONLINE to confirm your space on the land tour. Full payment isn't due until 90 days before departure, and you or friends and family can make partial payments after you've booked (See NOTE below if within 90 days). Or you can scan/email or fax a booking form.

If you just want a quote and don’t want to secure a spot on the land program, select date above and click "Get a Quote" button on next page.

NOTE: Reservations to be paid in full 90 days prior to departure. Reservations received after this date are subject to availability and any airfare quote can only be held for 72 hours. Payment in full will be due upon receipt of invoice from AESU. A late booking fee of $100 per person will apply.

All prices reflect a cash discount (For full payment by credit card, there is a 4% processing fee.)

To download a copy of the Terms and Conditions Click here.

PAYMENT PLAN: pay a little at a time and make your trip more affordable.

After paying a deposit of $500 online to reserve your spot, you can pay your balance in as many installments as you like, with a minimum of $100 for each transaction with no fee. Please indicate booking number on your check payment. If you prefer to pay installments by credit card, please call us at 800-638-7640 for details. (All prices reflect a cash discount. There is a 4% processing fee for any payments made by credit card after initial deposit.) The total tour cost (land, and air if applicable) must be paid in full at least 90 days before departure.

INSURANCE: We highly recommend travel insurance. You can get a quote and purchase online through Trip Assure. See the insurance link on AESU's website under Travel Tools or copy this link into your browser: https://www.tripassure.com/main/?welcome=AESU3922MD

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AESU Worldwide Tour Operators

3922 Hickory Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21211

Phone: 410-366-5494
Toll-Free: 800-638-7640
Fax: 410-366-6999

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