Vatican [2022]

May 26 – June 8, 2022

AAA Central Penn President's Italian Elegance Tour

More information on this great trip is available in our Travel Talks Blog. Please click here to watch the recorded presentation. 

Join AAA Central Penn's President & CEO, Jodie Daubert on this fantastic trip to Italy!

Booking Deadline: March 8, 2022

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Pricing

Occupancy Rate Per Person
Double $6,299
Single $7,319

All non-members must add $60 to the above rate.
 

Airfare is currently not included in the price of the trip. Airfare will be added when rates and schedules become available.

Rates are subject to availability at time of booking and include taxes, fees and fuel surcharges which are subject to change. All pricing and included features are based on a minimum of 20 passengers.

 

Included Features

  • Free parking with roundtrip transfers to a local International Airport
  • Roundtrip transfers – airport/hotel
  • Hotel accommodations for twelve nights
  • Sightseeing as stated in itinerary by luxury coach
  • Services of a Professional Insight Vacations driver/guide
  • Gratuities for the Insight Vacations driver/guide and local experts
  • Meals: 12 Breakfasts and 9 Dinners with 2 drinks included
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
  • Hosted by AAA Central Penn President & CEO, Jodie Daubert
  • Services of a Discoveries Journey Manager

Desired pick up location is not guaranteed until passenger minimums are met. 

Highlights

  • Rome
  • St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Florence
  • Tuscany
  • San Gimignano
  • Pisa & Lucca
  • Portofino
  • Verona – home of Romeo & Juliet
  • The Cinque Terre – UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Lake Maggiore in the Italian Lake District, retreat of the rich and famous
  • Isola dei Pescatori dinner
  • Cortina d’Ampezzo & The Dolomites
  • Venice with gondola ride

Itinerary

Thursday, May 26: Depart for Italy

Motorcoach from Central PA to a local international airport for your overnight flight into Rome, Italy.

Friday, May 27: Welcome to the Eternal City of Rome

On arrival at Rome’s Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport, transfer to your hotel. In this unique city, ancient monuments happily co-exist with some 900 churches, fine palaces, bustling piazzas, green parks and a vast urban sprawl. This afternoon, enjoy a bit of free time to orient yourself in the Eternal City. Perhaps take a walk to see the nearby Spanish Steps, and Trevi Fountain. This evening, join your fellow guests and Travel Director for a Welcome Dinner, a fun evening of Italian cuisine and wine. Hotel: Kolbe Hotel, Rome (Dinner with 2 drinks)

Saturday, May 28: Visit the Vatican

Today, enjoy the very best of the city’s highlights including visiting the magnificent St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican with your Local Expert. With some free time, why not head to the Colosseum to learn about the city’s ancient past? Availability permitting, enjoy special fast-tracked VIP entry into the Vatican Museums with a Local Expert. Admire the Papal art collection and observe the stunning Museo Gregoriano Profano which documents various moments and themes in classical art, from Ancient Greece through to the late Imperial Roman age. Enter the Sistine Chapel to marvel at Michelangelo’s masterpiece on its ceiling. Finally, enjoy a special dinner at the Vatican (availability permitting) with your fellow travelers. (Breakfast, Dinner with 2 drinks)

Sunday, May 29: Castle Gandolfo & Barberini Garden

Following breakfast this morning, journey to Castle Gandolfo, which is perhaps better known as the Pope’s Summer Residence. Spend the day exploring the gorgeous grounds and gardens. After returning to Rome this evening, head out on the town to enjoy dinner at a local restaurant with some very special operatic performances (Subject to availability). (Breakfast, Dinner with 2 drinks)

Monday, May 30: Siena and Monteriggioni

Take the autostrada north to Tuscany. Visit medieval Siena where narrow cobbled streets lined with palaces and patrician mansions, lead to Piazza del Campo, scene of the Palio horse race. Explore with your Local Expert and visit the beautiful, striped cathedral. Later, venture into the hill of Tuscany. Hotel: Four Points by Sheraton Siena, Monteriggioni (Breakfast)

Tuesday, May 31: San Gimignano & Renaissance Florence

In the morning, visit hilltop San Gimignano, famous for its medieval towers that scrape the azure Tuscan sky. Ascend serpentine alleyways to the artisan gelato parlor of world champion gelato maestro, Sergio Dondoli, for a taste of his finest frozen treats. Then, it's on to Renaissance Florence. Accompanied by an art expert, venture inside the famous Accademia Gallery to admire Michelangelo’s original “David”. From there, see the cathedral, campanile and the baptistery, adorned with the Gates of Paradise. Walk on to Piazza della Signoria with its open-air gallery of Renaissance sculpture. There is time to shop for Florentine leather or gold before returning to your elegant Tuscan villa near the walled town of Monteriggioni. This evening, stop at a local winery to sample some of the robust red wines of Tuscany, along with your dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner with 2 drinks)

Wednesday, June 1: The Chianti Hills to Pisa, Lucca and Santa Margherita

Drive through the patchwork of vines, olives and cypresses that typify the Chianti hills. Head for Pisa and see the incredible Leaning Tower, from which Galileo is said to have conducted experiments on velocity and gravity. See the splendid cathedral and baptistery, decorated with mosaics and designs in solid marble, before continuing to the delightful town of Lucca. Enjoy a bit of free time in Lucca before continuing on to the coast. Should weather permit, cruise along the rugged Ligurian coast to the elegant seaside village of Portofino, the epitome of la dolce vita. Enjoy leisure time to admire the colored houses, browse the boutiques or simply stay a while in the cafe bars on the piazzetta, watching the yachts moored in the harbor. Continue along the coast to the pretty seaside resort of Santa Margherita Ligure. Hotel: BW Regina Elena Hotel, Santa Margherita Ligure (Breakfast, Dinner with 2 drinks)

Thursday, June 2: The Cinque Terre

Head for the port of La Spezia for a highlight of your travels, the Cinque Terre - a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Italy’s most beautiful landscapes. With a Local Expert, appreciate the views as you approach one of the picturesque fishing villages by boat. There is time to explore the old medieval quarter or the popular sandy beach before returning to your hotel. With the afternoon at leisure, perhaps make the most of the hotel’s private beach before enjoying a delicious farm-to-table dining experience. (Breakfast, Dinner with 2 drinks)

Friday, June 3: Relaxed Start - Lake Maggiore

In the morning, head north to the beautiful Italian Lake District, a favorite retreat of the rich and famous where Alpine scenery combines with lush subtropical vegetation. This evening escape to the charming and tranquil island of Isola dei Pescatori. A short boat ride from the shores of Lake Maggiore, this fisherman’s Island is inhabited year-round by only 50 permanent residents. Stroll through the small piazza surrounded by the tight and winding alleys to enjoy a sumptuous dinner where reservations have been booked in one of the Island’s splendid restaurants. Hotel: Hotel Simplon, Baveno, (Breakfast, Dinner with 2 drinks)

Saturday, June 4: Verona and Cortina d’Ampezzo

Journey to the town of fair Verona, legendary home of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet. Enjoy free time to admire the well-preserved Roman Arena still used for opera performances, or perhaps recite Shakespeare’s immortal words and get cozy with Juliet’s well-worn statue beneath the balcony where the Capulet family is said to have lived. Continue through the magnificent Dolomites, to the mountain resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo. Hotel: Ancorra Hotel, Cortina d’Ampezzo (Breakfast, Dinner with 2 drinks)

Sunday, June 5: Relaxed Start - Experience the Dolomites

The whole day is free for you to explore the colorful peaks and sheer valleys of the Dolomites, one of the most impressive mountain ranges in the Alps. During summer, once the snow and ice have melted away, a breathtaking landscape is revealed. There are a number of walking tracks through pristine Alpine wilderness for the adventurous to explore, or for a more relaxed pace, perhaps take a thrilling Optional Experience cable car ride to the summit of one of the peaks for breathtaking 360-degree views. (Breakfast)

Monday, June 6: Relaxed Start - Venice, Queen of the Adriatic

Descend through the mountains to the romantic city of Venice. A private launch ferries you past canals lined with ornate palaces to St Mark’s Square. See the Basilica, the Doge’s Palace and Bridge of Sighs, before checking into your intimate and luxurious hotel. With the afternoon at leisure, why not cruise the Venetian lagoon to the island of Burano for a meal of local specialties and wine? Hotel: Splendid Venice- Starhotels Collezione, Venice (Breakfast)

Tuesday, June 7: Venice - The Magic of La Serenissima

Visit an arts center to watch one of the few remaining craftsmen blow Venetian glass. Then there is free time to enjoy the magical atmosphere of this incredible city at your own pace. Mingle with the locals at the open air markets near the Rialto Bridge and explore the back lanes and squares where Venetians go about their day. Later, on your romantic gondola serenade, glide along the atmospheric canals exploring the intimate and hidden parts of this unique city while musicians set the mood with traditional songs.

In the evening, toast the finale of your journey with great food, wine and company at your celebration dinner in a magical setting. Venice can be Europe’s most romantic city in the evening, offering dramatic landscapes with buildings that dazzle as the sun sets and the lights go on. Sit back and take it all in as private water taxis whisk you to the center of it all, Piazza San Marco, where we have seats reserved outside a famous Venetian cafe, in front of a live orchestra and in view of those illuminated St Mark’s sights. Our private water taxis will also take us the length of the Grand Canal, under the Rialto Bridge and back to our hotel, having seen Venice at its most magical. (Breakfast, Dinner with 2 drinks)

Wednesday, June 8: Depart for home

After breakfast, bid arrivederci to Bella Italia and transfer to the Venice International Airport for your flight and transportation back to Central PA with fond memories of Italy. (Breakfast)

Itinerary and hotels are subject to change at any time without notification and/or compensation.

Tour Activity Level: 3
This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs, or on uneven walking surfaces, should be expected.

General Information

Travel Documents

Original, signed passport valid for 6 months beyond stay, and with at least one blank visa page for visa stamp(s) is required for this tour. As of the writing of this brochure all guests are required to obtain an ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System) travel authorization for travel to Europe’s Schengen Zone (not included in the price of the trip). Please see your AAA travel professional for more information.

Payment

A non-refundable deposit of $200 per person will confirm your reservation. Final Payment is due to AAA by March 8, 2022.

Cancellation/Penalties

Deposit date to departure date- $25 per person, plus…
Deposit date to departure date- $200 per person, plus...
From March 22– April 21, 2022- 30% per person, plus additional suppliers fees
From April 22–May 18, 2022- 50% per person, plus additional suppliers fees

After May 18, 2022- NON-REFUNDABLE

 

*Airfare is non-refundable after final payment.

Flight

Air arrangements are handled by the tour operator. Seat assignments cannot be confirmed until the tour operator releases names to the airlines(s) 30 days prior to departure. Specific seat requests cannot be guaranteed. Some flights may contain code share agreements.

Insurance

For your protection AAA recommends travel insurance. Pre-existing medical conditions may be waived with proper coverage if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of initial deposit only. Other conditions may apply; ask your travel agent. AAA recommends Allianz.

Clothing/Climate

Temperatures for Italy in May/June average in the 80s with cooler evenings. Pack for a variety of temperatures. Casual clothes that can be layered work best. Comfortable walking shoes and a small umbrella are recommended. Country club casual attire is recommended for evening dinners.

Baggage

One suitcase per person will be allowed. You may also bring a carry-on bag small enough to fit under your seat. Baggage fees are not included in the price of the trip. Baggage fees and other charges may be directly assessed by airlines or airport.

Travel Assistance

For personal comfort, group participants who need assistance are required to have a traveling companion who is capable of and totally responsible for providing the needed assistance.

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