May -June 2018
This adventure is front-loaded and full with Italy’s must-see treasures of history, art and culture, including the historical gondola race (Regata Storica) of magical Venice, the art filled museums of Renaissance Florence and the bustling culture of the eternal city, Rome.
The second half is dedicated to five days of pure relaxation on Sardinia’ beautiful Costa Smeralda (Emerald Coast), a string of ancient islands, pink coral beaches and a truly transparent, aquamarine sea. A Mediterranean archipelago of luxury and natural beauty, remote enough to discover your own hidden inlet and secluded beach.
Total Cost: +/- $2,200
Venice, Florence, Rome
Truly the definition of an adventure vacation, whether you’re a first time visitor, or a returning one with Italia already etched in your heart.
Day 1 (Sep. 4): Meet at Venice Airport, boat ride to your boutique hotel in St Mark’s, this evening join all for an orientation walk and your Welcome Benvenuti Dinner. (D)
Day 2 (Sep. 5): Morning with local professional tour guide Sabrina, + entry to St. Mark’s Basilica (Barroque Mosaics), group lunch then free day. (opt. accompanied boat ride to Burano island). (B, L)
Day 3 (Sep. 6): Free day, meet group early evening to find best seat along Grand Canal for the Regatta Storica. (B)
Day 4 (Sep. 7): After breakfast 90 min. train ride to Florence, check into boutique hotel next to Ponte Vecchio bridge, orientation walk, group lunch, then free day. (B, L)
Day 5 (Sep. 8): Morning with local professional tour guide Paola, + entry to Uffizi Gallery (Renaissance Art), free day, meet for late dinner and Tuscan wines. (B, D)
Day 6 (Sep. 9): Morning 90 minute train to Rome, check into boutique hotel next to Piazza Navona, orientation walk, group lunch, then free to explore. (B, L)
Day 7 (Sep. 10): Morning with local professional tour guide Kiron, entry to Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica, then free day. (B)
Day 8 (Sep. 11): Morning to the airport for 50 minute flight to Olbia, Sardegna, drive and ferry to island of La Maddalena, check in, late evening join group for orientation walk and dinner. (B, D)
Day 9 (Sep. 12): Full day on a beautiful sailboat, beach and island stops, lunch on board. (B. L)
Day 10 (Sep. 13): Morning ferry to mainland for drive to explore the Nuraghi, then a Sardinina Winery and lunch (B, L)
Day 11 (Sep. 14): Free day. (B)
Day 12 (Sep. 15): Free day, evening Arrivederci dinner with Suckling pig and Sardinian specialties (B, D)
Day 13 (Sep. 16): Ferry and ride to Olbia Airport for morning flight back to Rome. (B)
12 nights accommodations in centrally located or beach front boutique hotels.
12 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 dinners (all with wine of course)
Starts at the Venice Airport the morning of Friday, September 4, 2015.
Ends at the Rome Airport about noon, Wednesday, September 16, 2015.
PRICE: +/- $2,200 in a double occupancy room, some single supplements available.
STATUS: OPEN and filling fast. Due to the logistics involved, group max is 12.