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Cost
$5,300
pp/double occupancy

Nov. 25-Dec. 3, 2018

8 Nights

Florence
​4 Nights

Rome
​4 Nights

The trip price of $5,300 per person is broken down as follows: $2,675 per person is for hotel accommodations and the horseback riding excursion. Hotel payments will be made by client directly to the hotel at the time of departure.  Quote of $5,300 per person is based on either a Grand Deluxe Room at the Baglioni in Rome or a Prestige Room at  Hotel Eden. If another room type is selected such as a superior room at the Baglioni, the price will be REDUCED by $500 per person for a trip price of $4,800 per person that you will pay at the hotel. Client will pay the horseback riding provider in cash (in euros) on the day of the ride. 

An additional charge of $2,625 per person is for tours, private drivers, train travel and professional planning fees. 

This is a tentative schedule. We can change the tours and hotels if these are not what you prefer. The prices may go up or down based on your changes.

The Whittaker's Italian Vacation

RESERVE NOW!
Your 8-day trip will begin in Florence the heart of the Renaissance with its beautiful masterpieces and then you'll spend 4 days  in the Eternal City of Rome that has been a beacon of civilization across the Western World for more than two thousand years, a city to which all roads once led.  Italy is best experienced at a leisurely and relaxing pace. With 8 days in Italy, you'll have time to  visit both iconic and the off the beaten path gems. 

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Your Custom
Tour of Italy
 

Your custom itinerary has been created specific to your interests for a memorable trip of a lifetime! This allows you to experience a vacation just for you from arrival to departure, the details are anticipated that most travelers don't consider which makes for an unforgettable experience. You'll walk right past the long lines to visit the iconic sites and even have the opportunity to go inside before they are open to the public if you choose.  You'll visit authentic places that the first time visitor rarely discovers.

Nowdays, anyone can book a hotel and airfare on the internet.  As your travel professional, I will be able to negotiate the best rates for you along with a room with a view, special amenities and possibly an upgrade that is rarely given to the price conscience customer on the internet.  In the unlikely event there is a problem with your room or excursions, I'll be able to reach out to the management rather than relying on the person at the front desk or waiting for a reply through the internet. 

 Itinerary
1st Revision: July 22, 2018
11/2/18 Added Italo Train and Stefano the Driver confirmations 

November 24 - Saturday - International Flight


11/24  Delta 3911 DHN departs at 2:19 pm arriving at ATL at 4:28 PM
11/24 Delta 8517  ATL departs at 5:35 pm arrives at CDG on 11/25 at 7:55 am

11/25 Delta 8593 CDG departs at 9:35 am arrives at FLR at 11:30 am



Note: The cost of the flight is not included in the quote. Airfare was purchased separately by the Whittakers.
Florence Hotel - Villa Cora
Note: The hotel will be paid by client directly to the hotel 
Check-in: November 25, 2018
Check-out: November 29, 2018
Number of Nights: 4
City Tax: Paid by client at time of departure
​(City tax is not included in the quoted price)

RESERVATION NUMBER:  639461
WEBSITE: www.villacora.it
ORIG. QUOTED PRICE: 440 euros per night/double occupancy
REVISED PRICE: 365 euros/night/double occupancy
ROOM TYPE: Double Deluxe
The fresco-packed Villa Cora was built by a Baron for his Baroness in the 1870s, but the huge heated outdoor pool - Florence’s only - comes courtesy of a 21st-century renovation. Step back into 19th-century opulence, in a converted noble estate, set inside a centuries-old park overlooking the Boboli gardens, just minutes from the city center. At home in its elegant rooms and suites and magnificent common areas, you will feel like a true Florentine aristocrat. Each floor of the Villa reflects a particular style, from Empress Eugénie and her passion for roses, to an oriental style, to the America of the 1950s. Created in harmony with the seasons, memorable gourmet meals are served in the Moorish room or at Le Bistrot. The Bellevue roof terrace is the perfect spot for enjoying impressive views and mesmerizing sunsets, while the heated pool is open all year round for relaxation. 

SUGGESTED ROOM: Double Deluxe Room (25 sqm) - You have been placed at the top of the VIP list for a room upgrade upon arrival (if available). Deluxe rooms come with a view of the internal gardens, or views of the Florentine hills. Rooms on the third floor have a private balcony. Note: No reservation has been made at this time.

CLIENT AMENITIES:
  • Upgrade at time of arrival, subject to availability
  • Buffet breakfast for two daily for the duration of the stay
  • $100.00 credit on food and beverage to be used during your stay (not redeemable for cash and not valid on room rate)
  • Wi-fi internet connection in rooms and public areas

COMPLIMENTARY SERVICES: 
  • Personalized welcome on arrival
  • Shuttle service to Florence city center (schedule available on arrival)
  • Concierge on site to assist with transportation, city tours, guides, and to offer suggestions about entertainment and leisure activities 
  • Entrance to the Benè spa (Jacuzzi, Sauna, Turkish bath, emotional shower)
  • Fitness center
  • Outdoor heated swimming pool - open year round

PAYMENT AND CITY TAX:  Paid to hotel at time of departure - City tax is 5 euros per night per person
GUARANTEE: Room to be held with a valid credit card
CANCELLATION POLICY: Reservations must be cancel with the hotel 48 hours before the arrival to avoid any charge (within 2:00 pm Italian time). In the event of a non-arrival or late cancellation, the first night will be charged to the credit card given as guarantee of the booking. Early departure 100% penalty fee.

 
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November 25 - Sunday - Florence
Welcome to Florence!

Welcome to Firenze. In Florence it is easy to catch a taxi right outside of the airport to take you to the hotel.

If you would like a private driver, that can be arranged for an additional charge of 50 euros.





November 25 - Sunday - Florence
Sunset Promenade Walking Tour

MEETING POINT: Bronze statue of Cosimo I, Piazza Sginoria
DEPARTURE TIME:  5:30 PM
DURATION: 2 HOURS
CONFIRMATION: NOT YET BOOKED

This evening you will have a Sunset Promenade Small Group Walking Tour of Florence to get you acquainted with the city. During your walk you will see Piazza Repubblica, Piazza Duomo, Piazza Signoria, Ponte Vecchio, Oltrarno District. This is not too much of a historic tour but one to enjoy the beautiful city of Florence. 

Includes: Walking Tour
Limited to 8 persons max.

November 26 - Monday - Florence
Happy Anniversary! Today is a Day of Leisure

After a long flight you will appreciate a day of leisure. You'll be given my guide of favorite restaurants, and places to stop for the best artisan gelato. The best way to know about gelato is that the bright colorful gelato piled up high in the windows is mass-produced and made for unknowing tourists. The best gelato is made on site using fresh ingredients and the flavor is superior to the mass-produced.  The colors are subdued and reflect the true color, such as the banana won't be bright yellow. Don't waste your money or calories on the touristy gelato. 

My favorite area to wander is in the Oltrarno district and rarely seen by tourists. This is where the local restaurants and artisans are located. I'll give you some of my favorite shops and restaurants for this area. Of course, there is plenty of shopping, eating and incredible wine all over Florence.

NICE LUNCH OR DINNER RECOMMENDATION:
Belmond San Michele in Fiesole with beautiful views of Florence

November 27 - Tuesday - Florence ​
First Timers Tour of Florence

TIME: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
SKIP THE LINE TICKETS
SMALL GROUP WITH A MAXIMUM OF 8 GUESTS
CONFIRMATION: NOT YET BOOKED

​Your walking tour combines amusing anecdotes and interesting insights to offer an enjoyable and relaxed approach to the city. Your walk  begins with an unforgettable look around the gallery of the Academy with the statue of David the symbol of the Florentine Renaissance.  Then you'll hear about Michelangelo's masterpieces such as, the ”Prisoners” and the touching “Pietà”.  A walk to the Santa Maria del Fiore, better known as the Duomo.
The guided tour then continues with the Baptistery, one of the city's most ancient religious buildings; the beauty of its doors moved Michelangelo to call them “the Gates of Paradise”! Ghiberti, the artist who created the doors, spent much of his life casting the doors in bronze and then gilding them.

You will walk you through the beauty of the city, moving along the oldest medieval streets of the city centre, lined up with towers. We reach Piazza Signoria, the political heart of the city, with its ancient buildings and famous statues. The square hasn’t changed, since the Medici period, and there you will discover one of the most astonishing perspectives, the view of the Uffizi Gallery.  They will make reservations to skip the lines for you if you wish!


Includes: Tour and Entry to Academy Museum

November 28-  Wednesday - Florence
Horseback Riding in Tuscany
Booking Code: 71497-408740
Tour Provider: Florence Town Tours
Tour Name: VIP Small-group Horses and Vineyards
Time:   9:30 am 
Duration: About 6 hours
Telephone: 39-055 28110 
Meeting Point: Florencetown Tours & News Stand  
Piazza della Repubblica (next to the APPLE STORE under the loggias), corner of Via Pellicceria in Florence

Horses & Vineyards horseback riding tour in Tuscany will reveal the true beauty of the Tuscan countryside, giving you the opportunity to explore it in the most natural way! This is a very small-group tour (max 8 persons), providing a truly personal experience with the highest quality.

You will comfortably be shuttled to the Florentine Chianti wine region (about 25 mins), where the world famous wines are produced. Based in a truly picturesque environment you will be given a brief lesson to get acquainted with your horse, before a relaxed and easy hour horseback ride through a scenic landscape made of the typical Tuscan hillside, olive groves and vineyards. An approximately 1.5-hour horse experience that will immerse you in the true essence of the Tuscan countryside, like no other experience.
The horse ride will end at a spectacular wine estate, where you will get off the horses and enjoy a guided visit of their cellar, tasting some of their Tuscan wines. 


After this it's back on the van, reaching a fascinating ancient olive oil mill in a noble estate, and given a guided tour of their spaces in a unique mix of ancient and modern setting, learning about the processes involved in producing olive oil. A taste of their gourmet olive oil will reveal all the incredible flavors that their passion and work generate.


Finally, enjoy a delicious typical Tuscan lunch in a restaurant, immersed in nature. You will then be taken back to Florence with a relaxed and scenic drive on one of their minivans. Guests receive a booklet on wine and the Chianti territory to bring back home with you.

Quote Includes: Private transportation for 8 hours
Tour Company is to be paid in cash for horse ride and picnic by client

11/9/18 - This tour was changed from the private driver and horseback ride to Florence Town Tours who provides the transportation, lunch, wine tasting and olive oil tasting. The original quote has the horseride and lunch being paid in cash. It is now included in the tour price and there is no need for a private driver.

November 29 - Thursday - Florence to Rome
​Transfer by  Non-stop Train

After breakfast, you'll check out of the hotel. Ask the hotel to arrange for a taxi to pick you up and transfer you to the train station.  You will board the non-stop train and travel in Club Executive (Italy's version of first class) from Florence to Rome. 

When you arrive at the train station your driver will be there to greet you and take you to your hotel in Rome.

TICKET CODE: C589XV   TRAIN#8903    SEATS: 14 AND 15   
CLASS: Club Executive     CAR: First Car
Ticket Includes: Fast Track Lounge 
Departs from Florence Santa Maria Novella Station at 10:13am
Arrives at 11:33am in Roma at Tiburna Station

Includes:  Private driver to pick you up in Rome  
​Driver Confirmation:  Stefano Cipriani (CONFIRMED ON 10/19/18)
Ticket/Confirmation
Rome Hotel - The Baglioni Regina
NOTE: Hotel will be paid by client at the time of departure
RESERVATION NUMBER: ​Not yet reserved
WEBSITE: www.baglionihotels.com
ROOM TYPE WITH BREAKFAST: Gran Deluxe 500 euros
DELUXE  RATE: 325 euros/night 

CHECK IN: November 29, 2018
CHECK OUT: December 3, 2018
NUMBER OF NIGHTS: 4    
CITY TAX: Paid by client in euros at time of departure​
The Baglioni Hotel Regina is situated on the strategic, central Via Veneto, a stone’s throw from the Villa Borghese, Piazza di Spagna and Via Condotti, the famous fashion street. A meeting place beloved of the international jet-set, this hotel in Rome has a magnificent selection of rooms in original Art Deco style.

SUGGESTED ROOM: Grand Deluxe Room (35 sqm) - A spacious room with high ceilings, designed in the refined Art Deco style.   Much of the furniture is original and this makes the room experience even more special. The bathrooms are spacious and decorated in sumptuous Italian marble. Your room will have view of the internal courtyard, traditional Roman street view or of Via Veneto

CLIENT AMENITIES:
Possible upgrade at time of arrival, subject to availability
Buffet breakfast for two daily for the duration of the stay
Wi-fi internet connection in rooms and public areas

COMPLIMENTARY SERVICES: 
Concierge on site to assist with transportation, city tours, guides, and to offer suggestions about entertainment and leisure activities 
Restaurant on site

PAYMENT AND CITY TAX:  Paid to hotel at time of departure - City tax is approximately 5 to 6 euros per person per day
GUARANTEE: Room to be held with a valid credit card
CANCELLATION POLICY: Reservations must be canceled  by noon, within 5 days prior to arrival. 
Failing to cancel, one night will be charged to your credit card details.
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November 29 - Thursday - Arrival in Rome
​Golf Cart Tour

Once you've settled into your hotel you'll be ready for a classic tour of the Eternal City riding in a golf cart. This is a nice way to tour Rome to see the highlights of the city. 

Quote Includes: 4 Hour Golf Cart Tour - You will have the opportunity to stop and get off where you would like. 

Meeting Place - Your hotel in Rome if it is accessible with the golf cart
Confirmation: Not yet reserved

November 30 - Friday - Rome 
Vatican Museum & St. Peter's  Basilica

Vatican Tour, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica - A small group or private tour of the artistic splendor of the Rome of the Popes! This tour will allow you to explore the most significant parts of the Vatican Museums, admire the Sistine Chapel, and end the tour in St. Peter's Square and Basilica, which showcases the Pietà by Michelangelo and the master pieces of Bernini. At the end of the tour you might enjoy climbing to the top of St. Peter's. If you climb to the top you will have a view of the city.

  • Skip-the-line Vatican tour (everyone must go through security lines)
  • Private (3 hours) or small group tour  (4 hours) is available
  • Includes Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica
  • Led by an art historian or church historian
  • Group tours are usually  from 8:30 am or 1:30 pm  (afternoons are less crowded)
  • Dress code: No shorts or skirts above the knee, no bare shoulders
  • Umbrellas and large back backs are not allowed

Price Includes:  3 or 4 hour tour 
​Entry tickets are to be paid in cash at the Vatican
There is a fee of 7 euros if you want to climb to the top of St. Peter's.
CONFIRMATION: Not yet booked

December 1 -  Saturday - Rome
Ancient Tour of Rome

An unforgettable plunge into the glorious past of Rome! This 3 1/2 hour small group tour with less than 12 people . You will explore the ancient heart of the Eternal City where the Roman Empire’s politics, religion, customs, and ceremonies were born. Get the red-carpet treatment as the gates to Coliseum’s typically restricted areas swing open for you as you tour the Underground area of the ColiseumWander the must-sees of the Palatine Hill and the Roman Forums with an official Coliseum Tour Guide.
English Speaking Tour Guide,  admission fee with Skip the Line access included. 

Includes: Walking Tour of the Coliseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill and entry tickets
TENTATIVE TIME:  
CONFIRMATION: Not yet booked


December 2 - Sunday - Rome 
​A Day of Leisure 

This is a day of leisure to enjoy doing whatever you choose from sleeping in, shopping, sitting in the piazzas, people watching, visiting any of the many galleries and museums.



December 3 - Monday - International Flight


12/3  Delta 8501 FCO departs at 9:50  am arriving at CDG at 12:05 pm
12/3 Delta 8606  CDG departs at 2:05 pm arrives at ATL at 5:55 am

12/3 Delta 3554 ATL departs at 9:10 pm arrives at DHN at 9:12 pm



Note: The cost of the flight is not included in the quote.  Airfare was purchased separately by the Whittakers.
What's Not Included in the Trip Price
  
  • Airfare and airport taxes
  • All transportation not expressed as included is not included
  • Cab fare(s)
  • Excess baggage, baggage loss and/or forwarding of baggage
  • Travel insurance  (travel insurance is recommended in the event of illness, work conflicts, and illness in the event you must cancel)
  • Gratuities 
  • Entry fees to museums/galleries and other places unless specifically stated as being included.
  • Beverages and meals other than what is not specifically mentioned such as breakfast.
  • Medical expenses
  • Extra charges at the hotel such as room service, wine that is not included, bottled water, mini-bar, laundry, or other incidental charges
  • Additional linen or towel changes other than what is provided 
  • Hotel city taxes (These are to be paid in cash at the time of departure and are usually 4 to 6 euros per day per person
  • Expenses related to unforeseen travel conditions, weather conditions, flight delays, train delays, airport blockages, terrorism and strikes.
  • Any travel expense not specified to be included is not included ​​
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