LIBERTYVILLE, Illinois - If you've been putting off a trip to Italy because you don't speak Italian, don't want to drive, and don't know where to stay, TourCrafters comes to the rescue.
Their small-group escorted luxury tour of Italy solves all these problems and provides a hassle-free trip with guaranteed departures.
The 8-day/7-night tour, which covers Italy's highlights - Rome, Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, and Venice - costs US$1,869 in March, US$2,099 in April, US$2,165 in May, and US$2,150 in June. Included in the price are an English-speaking tour escort; a welcome cocktail in Rome; three nights' accommodation in Rome, two nights in Florence, two nights in Venice (all in deluxe 4-star hotels); daily breakfast; one lunch and five dinners (with wine); visit to the Vatican with entrance fee; walking tours of ancient Rome, Florence, Siena and Venice; free time in the medieval village of San Gimignano; deluxe bus and high-speed train transportation; transfer to the train in Florence, from the train in Venice; luggage handling in hotels; Discover Italy guide book; a frree aperitivo at Terrazza Caffarelli in Rome; and a free gelato in Florence.
Because the tour is limited to a maximum of 16 participants, personal attention and special care can be given to each person. Breakfast buffets are bountiful, and other meals are in traditional local restaurants (the ones Italians go to!). Hotels are gems like the stylish Ponte Sisto in Rome, which has a courtyard garden and roof terrace, the Berchielli in Florence, which overlooks the River Arno and Ponte Vecchio, and the Ca'dei Conti in Venice, a renovated 18th-century residence decorated in classic Venetian style.
All prices quoted are per person, double occupancy, are subject to availability, and do not include transatlantic airfare or arrival and departure transfers (both available on request), porterage at airports, city tax (to be paid in euros directly to the hotels), and tips.
For additional information, visit www.tourcrafters.it/tour.lasso?ID=101 . For reservations, call 800-482-5995. Small-group escorted tours are also available to Spain, Turkey, and Sicily.