LIBERTYVILLE, Illinois - If you'd just as soon get away from the cooking, the decorating and - oh, yes - the inlaws, you'll be glad to know that TourCrafters has designed two good-deal Italian getaways for Thanksgiving.
The 5-night/6-day Rome package includes hotel accommodations, 5 buffet breakfasts, a 48-hour Hop On Hop Off bus ticket, a 50 euro coupon for dinner in a gourmet restaurant, a real Italian gelato in an historic gelateria, and a 5% discount on optional airport transfers. The choice of hotels ranges from the 3-star comfortable Hotel Brasile (US$329), which overlooks the British Embassy garden, to the 5-star luxurious contemporary Hotel St. George (US$939), which is also well located and offers free Wi-Fi. This is your chance to enjoy your tachino (that's Italian for âturkeyâ).
The 5-night/6-day Florence (and Chianti) package provides an arrival transfer from the Florence airport, hotel accommodations, 5 generous buffet breakfasts, a half-day escorted tour of the Chianti countryside with winery tours and wine tastings in the medieval town of Monteriggioni, a cooking class to learn how to make authentic gelato and pizza, a gelato at the famous Vivoli, service charges, and taxes. An array of hotels includes the 3-star Hotel Alba (US$385), which boasts mini-bars, satellite TV, and CD players; the 3-star Hotel Meridiana (US$428) with a 3-course dinner at the Restaurant Riflessi; and the 5-star luxury Hotel degli Orafi (US$609) which offers the view of the River Arno and Ponte vecchio seen in the Merchant/Ivory film âA Room with a View.â
Both land-only packages are valid from November 15 to 26 and have daily departures. All prices quoted are per person, double occupancy, are subject to availability and do not include air fare or city tax, which is to be paid directly to the hotels in euros.
For additional information, visit www.tourcrafters.it and click âDeal of the Week.â For reservations, call 800-482-5995. Note that TourCrafters' other Off-Season Specials to Paris, Barcelona, Rome & Florence, Vienna, Budapest, and Prague will be available soon.