Reflections of Italy – March 14-23, 2018

Reflections of Italy
Rome, Assisi, Perugia, Florence, Venice, Murano Island, Milan 

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Monday – Wednesday
March 14 – March 23, 2018 

$3,599.00 per person double occupancy
$4,049.00 per person single occupancy 

$250.00 per person deposit is due within 7 days after reservations are booked. Due to the requirements of the airline and tour company, full payment is due by January 11, 2018. Trip insurance is available for an additional $280.00 per person. 

Our group space is on hold until September 12, 2017. Please book your reservations prior to this date to secure space with our group. Any reservations made after that date are subject to availability. 

Roundtrip transportation from Lafayette to the Indianapolis Airport may be added for an additional $45.00 per person. 

A valid passport book is required for this trip. 

Includes Roundtrip air from Indianapolis, 8 nights hotel accommodations, 13 meals (8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, & 4 dinners), admissions per itinerary, hotel taxes, Imperial Escort and Professional tour director in Italy & Switzerland. 

Revel in the magic of Italy on this 10-day tour that explores the cities of Rome, Florence, Siena, Venice, Assisi, Perugia and Milan. Travel the rolling hills of the scenic Tuscan and Umbrian countryside exploring medieval hill towns and visiting the birthplace of St. Francis, Assisi. Discover the masterpieces of the Renaissance in Florence and see hot glass transformed into exquisite art on Murano Island. Linger in romantic Venice for two nights discovering its treasures. Our journey comes to a close in Milan and includes a visit to the magnificent Gothic Cathedral – the Duomo. 

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Ground arrangements by Collette Vacations. 

Day 1 – March 14, 2018 Depart Indianapolis, IN 

Our flight departs from Indianapolis. We’ll make a change of plane and then travel overnight to Rome. 

Day 2 – March 15, 2018 Rome

Welcome to Rome, the “Eternal City.” This evening, join our fellow travelers for a special welcome dinner at a popular local restaurant featuring regional delicacies and fine Italian wines. 

Day 3 – March 16, 2018 Rome

This morning we’ll come to know the history and traditions of Rome while on a locally guided panoramic tour featuring the impressive Piazza Venezia, the Circus Maximus, the Arch of Constantine, the famous Piazza Navona, and a visit to the Colosseum. The remainder of the day is at leisure. An Optional tour may be purchased to visit the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica during you free time. 

Day 4 – March 17, 2018 Rome – Assisi – Perugia

We’ll ease our way into the local culture as our local Tour Manager shares a few key Italian phrases. Travel to Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis. Take in the old-world atmosphere on a guided walking tour of the old city, including the Basilica of St. Francis. Then we’re are off to medieval Perugia, the historic capital of Umbria. Behold one of the grandest squares in Italy – the Piazza IV Novembre – and delight in the medieval palaces and ornate cathedrals. 

Day 5 – March 18, 2018 Perugia – Siena – Florence

A scenic journey through Tuscany’s graceful low-lying hills brings us to the mystical city of Siena. Delight in its narrow Gothic streets, magnificent palaces and historic Piazza del Campo. After a walking tour with a local expert, take some time to explore the medieval corners of Siena. You are sure to find many surprises among its shops and outdoor cafés. Arrive in Florence and enjoy some free time before gathering for dinner. 

Day 6 – March 19, 2018 Florence

In Florence, the “Cradle of the Italian Renaissance”, visit the world-famous Academy Gallery to see Michelangelo’s incredible statue of David. During our cultural tour of Florence we’lll also view the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Palazzo Vecchio and the Church of Santa Croce. The remainder of the day is at leisure to enjoy this fascinating city on your own. 

Day 7 – March 20, 2018 Florence – Venice 

Start today with a visit to a historic winery in the heart of the Chianti region. In the shadow of its 12th-century castle, learn about the winery’s famed Tuscan wines and enjoy a light lunch filled with local specialties. This afternoon, journey through central Italy, crossing the wooded Apennine Mountains toward the Valley of the Po. Enchanting Venice awaits with 117 tiny islands and its latticework of 150 canals and 400 bridges. 

Day 8 – March 21, 2018 Venice – Murano Island – Venice

See Venice from the water this morning as we board a boat (weather permitting) bound for Murano Island for an up-close glass making demonstration. Discover the secrets of this ancient art and marvel at the intricate designs of each one-of-a-kind piece. Then we make our way to St. Mark’s Square where you choose how you want to see Venice! You may choose to join a local expert who will take you on a walking tour of this famous square to view the stunning Basilica and visit the impressive Doge’s Palace and the legendary Bridge of Sighs. Or perhaps you would prefer to go off the beaten path to explore the Castello Sestiere district with a local expert; get to know authentic Venice and see for yourself how the locals live as you walk canal by canal through the narrow streets lined with churches and historic buildings of this very unique city. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore independently. 

Day 9 – March 22, 2018 Venice –– Milan Malpensa

Today we travel to Milan. Take in some of the city’s amazing sights on a locally guided walking tour; view the Opera House La Scala and Vittorio Emanuele Gallery, and visit the Duomo – this magnificent Gothic cathedral is the third largest church in Europe. Later, perhaps you will indulge in some shopping at the “Quadrilatero della Moda,” Milan’s high-fashion district. Continue to Milan Malpensa for a farewell dinner celebrating the end of an unforgettable trip. 

Day 10 – March 23, 2018 Milan Malpensa – Indianapolis, IN 

Our tour ends today. We board our flight today for the return trip to Indianapolis.

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