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Discover and Explore Italy

October 18 to October 26, 2017

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October 18 | Day 1: USA – Italy
Today depart the U.S. on an international flight to Italy.

October 19 | Day 2: Montecatini
Upon arrival, proceed to baggage claim. After clearing customs, you will be met by your English speaking Discovery Program Guide who will assist you onto your deluxe motorcoach. You will arrive at the nearby spa resort town of Montecatini, your home for the next seven nights. Montecatini is situated in the northern part of Tuscany, just outside of Florence, in the heart of the Italian art cradle. One of the many highlights of this tour is that there is no “packing and unpacking” . . . a relaxed way to experience this wonderful region of Italy. Have a Welcome Cocktail and briefing this evening at the hotel. Then enjoy your first real Italian meal this evening in the dining room. Dinner is at the hotel.
(D)

Pisa (panoramic) - Large October 20 | Day 3: Pisa
In the morning, you will visit Pisa. The square of Mirades contains some breathtaking monuments: the Leaning Tower, the Cathedral, the Baptistry, the monumental cemetery and the Opa Museum. Exploring is easy as everything is located within a few hundred yards of each other. Maybe taste a local cappuccino at one of the cafes on the square.
(B, D)


October 21 | Day 4: Florence
After breakfast, you’ll travel to the heart of the Tuscan region and the city of Florence, which has produced famous artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Dante and Michelangelo. Your tour of Florence will include a visit to the Piazza del Duomo to see its massive bronze “Gates of Paradise,” Signoria Square, the 13th century Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Giotto Tower and the Church of Santa Croce where Michelangelo is buried. The afternoon will be free to sightsee or shop in Florence.
(B)

October 22 | Day 5: Montecatini (Cinque Terre)
Today, enjoy an Optional Tour of Cinque Terre where you’ll find rugged beauty and a slow pace. Named for the five towns of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore, this portion of the Italian Riviera is a UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with a string of centuries old seaside villages on the rugged Italian Riviera coastline. In each of the five towns, colorful houses and ancient vineyards cling to steep terraces, fishing boats bob in harbors and trattorias turn out seafood specialties along with the Liguria region’s famous sauce, pesto.
(B)

October 23 | Day 6: Montecatini (San Gimignano – Chianti)
After breakfast we travel into the heart of Tuscany. As we travel south you will recognize many of the landscapes from the movie “Under the Tuscan Sun,” filmed in this area. Visiting the walled city of San Gimignano, the best-reserved medieval village in Italy, you will admire the many towers that once served as the skyscrapers of the 13th and 14th centuries. We will stroll around the tiny streets leading to the top of the village, maybe stop in one of the many cafes and small trattorias for a sandwich and a “gelato”… Italian ice cream. [Chamber Experience] As you drive south through the wine country of Chianti this afternoon, your stop will include a winery to taste the local superb wine. Enjoy local wines and an educational program as brought to you by the leaders of the local wine industry.
(B, D)

October 24 | Day 7: Montecatini (Venice)
Day at leisure or take an optional full day tour to Venice. Enjoy a city tour of Venice where you will see St. Mark’s Cathedral and Doge’s palace. This afternoon, make a life memory as you enjoy the sights, sounds and the hustle and bustle of Venice while cruising the Grand Canal aboard a traditional wood carved gondola boat. While cruising be sure to look for the Rialto Bridge which is the most famous and oldest of the four bridges that span the Grand Canal. Venice is a mustdo Italian experience. Enjoy!
(B)

October 25 | Day 8: Montecatini (Siena)
Day at leisure or take an optional tour to Siena, in the heart of Tuscany. Your escort will lead you to the Piazza del Campo, the ancient Tuscan capitol, a fascinating art town. This is the site of the most famous “palio” in all of Italy. This race of men on horseback, held twice a year, is charged with electricity as the competitors race around the town square at a furious pace. Take the time to explore the museums and churches of Siena and the glamorous shops of the Via dei Banchi de Sopra. This evening enjoy a delicious Tuscan feast with your fellow travelers as a tribute to your new fond memories of Italy.
(B, DB)

October 26 | Day 9: Montecatini – USA
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your return flight to the U.S. (B)

*On some dates tours and cities visited operate in a different order.
LEGEND: ( ) = Included meal, B = Breakfast, D = Dinner, DB = Dinner Banquet

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Payments
$450 per person deposit is required to hold your space on the trip. The final statement will be emailed to you. Your final payment is due June 30, 2017, 110 days prior to departure, or upon receipt of invoice.

Rate:
$3,325 per person double occupancy. Single supplement, add $600. Fuel surcharges and airport taxes are included. The price is subject to supplemental price increases after the date of purchase due to additional charges imposed by a supplier or government for increased fees, fuel surcharges, taxes, fluctuations in foreign exchange markets, or a combination thereof. By signing this agreement, you hereby consent to any post-purchase price increases.

*Book & Save
Simply make your deposit by March 15, 2017 and make your balance of payment by check, and you will receive a $200 per person discount.

Refunds
Cancellations made more than 130 days prior to departure for any reason, will be issued a refund less $150 per person. Cancellations made 129 days to 110 days prior to departure date will receive a refund less $450 per person. Cancellations made 109 to 61 days prior to departure date will receive a refund of 50% of the total trip cost. Any cancellations made within 60 days of departure will be charged 100% of total trip cost. Each CD traveler receives our comprehensive Trip Interruption Insurance including Medical, Baggage, and Missed Connection insurance, plus Emergency Assistance Services. CD strongly encourages participants to purchase an additional trip cancellation plan. Plans are available through us at www.chamberdiscoveries.com. Written notice of cancellation is required and is effective when received by Chamber Discoveries during normal business hours. Note: Valid U.S. passport required. Single supplements are limited. Passport, tips to guides, airline bag fees, airport/departure taxes paid locally, visa, credit card payment fees and other items of a personal nature are not included. Order of events, flights, hotels, taxes, charges, fees and fuel charges are subject to change. Airport departure city is Atlanta.

 

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