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Italy by Rail

Italy by Rail

Italy by Rail featuring Venice, Florence and Rome! October 15-24, 2018

**NOTE: YOU WILL NEED TO HAVE YOUR PASSPORT IN HAND WHEN YOU PHONE IN TO MAKE YOUR RESERVATION. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after return.**

 

DEPARTURE CITIES Omaha, Lincoln, Council Bluffs, Grand Island, Norfolk, Fremont & Sioux City
Rates to fly from Des Moines and other U.S. Cities are available upon request.

 

ALLIED'S TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Walking tour of Venice with a local guide

  • Ride the high-speed train from Venice to Florence

  • Walking tour of Florence with a local guide

  • Visit the Accademia Gallery including the sculpture of Michelangelo’s David

  • Three nights in Montecatini

  • Full-day excursion to Siena

  • Excursion to Pisa to see the Leaning Tower

  • Ride the high-speed train from Florence to Rome

  • City tour of Rome with a visit to the Coliseum

  • Vatican City Tour with a visit to the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica

  • 11 Meals: 8 breakfasts (B), 3 dinners (D)

  • Tour Director - TBA (with 16 or more travelers)

 

FEATURED HOTEL 

  • Venice, Italy (2) – Hotel Ala or similar

  • Montecatini Terme, Italy (3) – Grand Hotel Tamerici & Principe

  • Rome, Italy (3) – Hotel Universo

 

RATES, per person

$5,215 Double Occupancy

$5,915 Single Occupancy

 

PAY-BY-CHECK SAVINGS: $150

Early Booking Savings: Book by May 15, 2018 and save $100!

Day 1

Depart the USA Today you'll depart the USA on your overnight flight to Venice, Italy.

Day 2

Venice

Upon arrival in Venice, you'll be met by a Mayflower Tours representative who will transfer you to the hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure before the included welcome dinner.

Overnight (2) Venice, Italy




D

Day 3

Fairytale Venice, The City of Canals

Venice is the "Jewel of the Mediterranean." The city itself boasts a marvel of engineering feats, built on 118 small islands crossed by its world-famous canals.

B

Day 4

Florence, Cradle of the Renaissance

This morning, depart Venice on a high-speed train to Florence. Watch the picturesque hill towns, lush vineyards and beautiful wineries pass by.

Upon arrival, walk in the footsteps of great rulers, artists and philosophers as you explore Florence. A visit to the famous Accademia Gallery is included where you'll get an up-close view of Michelangelo's masterpiece, David. Enjoy your free time shopping for Italian leather goods, art and crystal as lovely reminders of your journey through Italy. This afternoon, continue on to Montecatini, home for the next three nights.

Overnight (3) Montecatini Terme, Italy

B, D

Day 5

Montecatini and Siena

After breakfast enjoy an included excursion to Siena. This is one of Italy's most popular destinations, known for its fine cuisine, art, museums, medieval cityscape and the Palio, a horse race held twice a year in the Piazza del Campo. Your local guide will walk with you through this beautiful Tuscan town and UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the Palazzo Pubblico, once City Hall, now an art museum, showcasing its famous frescoes or climb the "Torre del Mangia." You'll have free time for lunch on your own and shopping for local specialties before returning to Montecatini this evening.

B

Day 6

Pisa, The Leaning Tower

This morning, depart on an included excursion to Pisa, best known for the bell tower of the cathedral, the "leaning Tower of Pisa." Your local guide will explain the history of this beautiful town as you walk around the Piazza dei Miracoli and see the architecture and historic walls of this medieval city. Return to Montecatini for an afternoon at leisure.

B

Day 7

Rome, The Eternal City

Leaving the resort town of Montecatini, return to Florence by coach and board a high-speed train for the journey to Rome. With a history spanning more than 2,500 years, Rome offers a breathtaking overview of the highlights of Western civilization. From the remarkable Colosseum to the gorgeous Sistine Chapel to Vatican City, this bustling metropolis invites you to imagine life centuries ago as you gaze upon memorials to ancient civilizations. Upon arrival, take a panoramic tour of the city and a guided visit to the Colosseum. Built between 70-80 AD, the Colosseum is considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and engineering, and remains the largest amphitheater in the world.

Overnight (3) Rome, Italy

B

Day 8

Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

This morning, enjoy a guided visit to the spiritual center of the Roman Catholic Church and the smallest independent state in the world; Vatican City. During the guided visit of the Vatican Museums you'll walk through halls containing some of the most priceless art treasures in the world. The highlight of the visit may be the Sistine Chapel which houses the single most impressive work of art by Michelangelo. Be sure to see Michelangelo's famous statue, Pietà, created by the artist when he was only 25 years old. The afternoon and evening are free to enjoy on your own.

B

Day 9

Day at Leisure in Rome

Your last day in Rome is yours to enjoy as you wish. This evening join your Tour Manager and fellow travelers for a farewell dinner at the hotel.

B, D

Day 10

Travel Home

As you bid 'arrivederci' to Italy you'll be filled with memories of Renaissance art and architecture, rolling hills and vineyards, and all the glory of the Roman Empire.

B

B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

**NOTE: YOU WILL NEED TO HAVE YOUR PASSPORT IN HAND WHEN YOU PHONE IN TO MAKE YOUR RESERVATION. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after return.**

 

Included in the vacation package: 

  • All attractions listed under Tour Highlights 

  • Airfare as stated in the itinerary 

  • Home pickup in all Allied Departure Cities on Prestige Tours 

  • Luggage handling at hotel (one piece of luggage per person) 

  • Hotel accommodations as listed in itinerary & tax 

  • All admissions and meals per itinerary 

  • All taxes for included items 

  • Gratuities to step-on guides

  • Tour Director with minimum of 16 passengers

Deposit: To confirm your reservation, a $450 per person deposit is required when making your reservation.

 

Final payment: Your final payment date will be listed on your deposit statement. You may remit by personal check, VISA, MasterCard, Discover or American Express.

 

Cancellation Policy: PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

Days Prior to Departure …………………………. Cancellation Fee, per person

151 Days or more prior to departure ……….. Full Refund

150 to 91 Days before departure …………………$250 Fee

90 to 45 Days before departure …………………20% of Tour Cost

44 to 15 Days before departure …………………50% of Tour Cost

14 or less to departure ……………………No Refund

 

Travel Insurance is highly recommended. Please ask your reservationist for pricing and details.

 

Travel Insurance We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance to protect your deposits from cancellation fees. Your trip investment is worth protecting and it's the best way to safeguard against unexpected events that can prevent you from traveling and being assessed significant cancellation fees. Contact Allied Tours for travel insurance information. Changes in Tour Price.

 

Not Included are meals not listed in the itinerary, optional tours, optional travel insurance, room incidentals, alcoholic beverages, items of personal nature, gratuities for tour director or driver, possible fuel surcharges. 

 

Final Documents Approximately two weeks prior to your departure date, you will receive your final documents. Departure times, a hotel list, detailed tour itinerary, medical form and luggage tags will be included.

 

Changes in Tour Price Tour prices in this publication are effective as of April 15, 2016 and subject to fluctuation due to the U.S dollar exchange rates and energy rates. Our best effort has been made to publish this information as accurately as possible. The right is reserved to change tour rates as deemed necessary by current currency and fuel price conditions. Due to the volatility of airfares and flight schedules, tour utilizing air transportation are subject to change both in price and routing. 

 

Changes in Itinerary The order of events and hotels scheduled in your tour are subject to change. Every effort will be made to preserve the original quality of attractions and hotels when circumstances necessitate a substitution. 

 

Baggage Allowance Portage for one suitcase (per person) is included in the tour price. Due to limited motor coach capacity, your single bag should have dimensions not exceeding 30" x 21" x 11" and weigh no more than 50 lbs. Small carry-on bags are allowed and are your responsibility. Most airlines assess a baggage fee. This fee is not included in the tour price and is paid for at airport check-in.

 

Church and Faith We encourage you to attend the church of your choice while on tours if conditions allow. Unfortunately, we are unable to make any special provisions or transportation to attend church. Many tour directors share "Thoughts of the Day" verses of inspiration, or a short prayer to start the day. 

 

Special Needs Travelers needing special assistance must notify Allied Tours at the time of booking. Persons requiring assistance must be accompanied by a companion who can help with these special needs as tour directors and drivers have obligations to the whole group. See your current tour book for details of customer responsibility.

 

Tour Provided by Allied Tours.

 

RESPONSIBILITY Allied Tours, Inc. (AT) act only as agents for suppliers. AT is not responsible for acts or omissions of the suppliers or their failure to provide services or adhere to their own schedules and assumes no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity, and can accept no liability for losses or personal injury or property damage, or additional expenses due to delay or changes in bus or other services, sickness, weather, strikes, war, quarantine, terrorism, or other causes. All such losses or expenses will have to be borne by the passenger. The right is reserved to accept or withdraw any tour if circumstances require. AT reserves the right to make any changes deemed necessary to the benefit of the tour and/or tour members. All rates are subject to change and are based on current tariffs available and current exchange rates as of September 15, 2017. All baggage is at owner's risk. The purchase of baggage and travel insurance covering cancellation, interruption, medical, baggage, etc., is recommended. The issuance and acceptance of tickets/vouchers or the payment of the required deposit or any partial or full payment for reservations on these trips shall be deemed to be consent to the above conditions. No refund or unused portions of the tour can be made unless agreed to prior to the departure of the tour. The usual contract in use by the airlines and other transportation companies when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the purchaser of the tour and/or the passenger. The services of any ARC and/or IATAN carrier may be used on this program. AT has no special knowledge regarding the financial condition of the suppliers or unsafe conditions at locations to which you may travel. You assume full responsibility for checking and verifying any and all passport, visa, vaccination, or other entry requirements of your destination(s), and all conditions regarding health, safety, security, political stability, and labor or civil unrest at such destination(s). Passengers hereby release AT from all claims arising out of any problem covered in these paragraphs and agree that the courts in Madison Co., NE will be the exclusive jurisdiction for all claims brought by you or AT.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Columbus Columbus HyVee
3010 - 23rd Street -please park SE corner of lot
Council BluffsBestWestern Council Bluffs-Best Western
2216 27th Avenue - I-80 & 24th St*712-322-3150
Fremont Fremont Walmart
3010 E 23rd St, Exit Hwys 30 & 275 - special instr
Grand Island Bosselman * 3335 West Wood River Road Parking in
The Gravel lot by Motel 6. Meeting bus at restaura
Grand Island Quality Inn Grand Island
Quality Inn I-80 & Hwy 281*308-384-7770
Lincoln-Best Western Plus Lincoln-Best Western Plus
I-80, Exit 403, 27th Street Exit, South
Norfolk Norfolk
Allied Tour Office - 720 E. Norfolk Ave.
Omaha - Arrow Stage Lines Omaha -- Arrow Stage Lines Depot
4220 South 52nd St.
Sioux City Sioux City -- New Victorian Inn
3101 Singing Hills Blvd. (I29, Exit 143 east 2 bl)
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