pp/double occupancy

Nov. 25-Dec. 3, 2018

8 Nights

​4 Nights

​4 Nights

The original trip price quoted was $5,300 per person is broken down as follows: $2,675 per person is for hotel accommodations and the horseback riding excursion. $2,625 per person is paid to Anne of Villas and Vines an affiliate of Strong Travel for tours, train travel,  private driver transfers in Rome, and professional planning fees. UPDATED INFORMATION: The trip price has been reduced based on the following: Client no longer needs to pay for the horseback ride, it is now included as one of your tours and includes your transportation. A private driver for the horseback ride is no longer needed. Now the client only needs to pay for hotel accommodations which comes to approximately $2,250 per person a savings of $425 per person.

An additional charge of $2,625 per person is for tours, private driver/transfers in Rome, train travel and professional planning fees. 

The Whittaker's Italian Vacation

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. 


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

November 25 - Sunday - Florence

When you arrive in Florence there should be a taxi stand outside the airport. Have the taxi drop you off at Villa Cora in Florence.  

Villa Cora Address:  Viale Machiavelli 18, 50125 Firenze

Florence Hotel - Villa Cora
Note: The hotel and city tax will be paid by client directly to the hotel 
ORIG. QUOTED PRICE: 440 euros per night/double occupancy
REVISED PRICE: 365 euros/night/double occupancy - 
Tax: 10% VAT Excluded
ROOM TYPE: Double Deluxe
ADDRESS: Viale Machiavelli 18, 50125 Firenze
PHONE: +39 055 22 87 90 
Check-in: November 25, 2018
Check-out: November 29, 2018
Number of Nights: 4
City Tax: 5 euros per night per person
Paid in cash by client at time of departure
​(City tax is not included in the quoted price)

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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.

  • 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

  • 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 canceled 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
Tour: Florence Night Tour - Walking Tour

MEETING POINT: Piazza SS Annunziata #3 - Your docent will meet you in front of the hotel "Il Loggiato sei Serviti". Your docent will meet you on the terrace just to the right of the doorway of the hotel.
DEPARTURE TIME:  5:30 PM (Plan  to arrive 5 to 10 minutes early)
EMERGENCY NUMBER:  (011) 39 01 58 97 75 08
DOCENT: Alan Pascuzzi

Perhaps the best way to experience Florence is in the early evening when the light softens, the buildings take on a magical hue, and locals partake of la passeggiata, an evening stroll. In this introductory, 2-hour Florence Night Tour you'll join an expert Florence guide for a walk through the city center, passing the Duomo and other major sites.   The tour begins in Piazza SS. Annunziata, an integral public space in the Florence city center. After a 10-minute stroll down the shop- and cafe-filled Via dei Servi, we will arrive at Brunelleschi's later masterpiece, the Duomo. The Evening Passeggiata is intended as an orientation walk. The guide will not go into too much depth on any one topic or structure.   The purpose of this walk is to give you a sense of the city, and to let you feel its pulse.

Includes: Walking Tour
Limited to 6 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. 

DINNER RESERVATIONS:  San Michele in Fiesole
TIME: 7:30 PM
ADDRESS: Via Doccia 4, 50014 Fiesole, Florence, Italy
PHONE: +39 055 5678 200

Note: You may want to arrive early and have a cocktail in the bar before dinner.

STATUS:  Waiting on confirmation from Belmond Hotel

November 27 - Tuesday - Florence ​
Tour: Your First Walk In Florence

TIME: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM (Please arrive about 10 minutes early)
ADDRESS: Via C avour, 1 (close to the Duomo) see photo on the left
TOUR GUIDE: Barubiani Paola     Cell: 00393355266496

​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. You'll 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 Skip the Line Entry to Academy Museum

November 28-  Wednesday - Florence
Horseback Riding in Tuscany
Booking Code: 71497-408740
Status: Confirmed and Paid
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: Transportation with a small group, horseback riding, lunch, wine and olive oil tasting.

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, Stefano 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

November 29 - Thursday - Rome Transfer
​Transfer - Roma Tiburtina Station to Baglioni Regina

When you arrive in Rome at the Tiburtina train station, Stefano Cipriani will be there to greet you at the PLATFORM. He will have a sign for Mr. Whittaker

ARRIVAL TIME: 11:33 am - Roma Tiburtina Station
DRIVER: Arranged by the concierge at the Baglioni (Francesco and Lorenzo)
CONCIERGE PHONE: +39 064 211827

Includes:  Private driver to pick you up at Tiburtina Station on the Platform  
​Driver Confirmation: Email confirmation
Rome Hotel - The Baglioni Regina
NOTE: Hotel and city tax will be paid by client at the time of departure
QUOTED RATE:  500 euros/night includes 10% VAT
ADDRESS: Via Veneto, 72  Rome, 00187
​PHONE: 39  06 421111

CHECK IN: November 29, 2018
CHECK OUT: December 3, 2018
CITY TAX: Paid by client in cash 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.

ROOM: Gran 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.

Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests
$100 USD Equivalent Food & Beverage credit, to be to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
Complimentary Wi-Fi

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 in cash 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 touring in a golf cart. This is a nice way to tour Rome and see the highlights of the city and some of Rome's quaint back streets. You  will see Rome's major attractions (Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona and the Spanish Steps) plus some of the tucked away sites. 

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

MEETING PLACE - Baglioni Hotel in  Rome 
TIME: 2:00 PM
STATUS : Confirmed by Email & Prepaid

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

Vatican Tour, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica - A  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.

The guide will tour you through the following itinerary: Pigna Courtyard, Lapidaria Gallery , Belvedere Courtyard, Octagonal Courtyard, Pius-Clementine Museum, Candelabra Gallery, Gallery of Tapestries, Gallery of Maps, Raphael's Rooms and, at the end, the Sistine Chapel. From there you will walk directly to St. Peter's Basilica.  In St. Peter's you'll see the famous Pietà by Michelangelo, the funeral monuments of the Popes who are buried in the Basilica, made by the most famous artists, the mosaics, the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament, Bernini's Canopy, St. Peter's Statue, Peter's Throne and many other fantastic works of art.

  • Skip-the-ticket line, however, everyone must go through security lines
  • Private 3 hour tour 
  • Includes Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica
  • Dress code: No shorts or skirts above the knee, no bare shoulders
  • Umbrellas and large back backs are not allowed  

STATUS:  Confirmed and Paid  (including entry fees)
TIME: 1:30 pm
MEETING POINT:  Your professional guide will meet you at their office which is only 50 meters (less than 200 ft) away from the entrance to the Vatican Museum: Via Santamaura, 9 00192 Roma
OFFICE: +39 06 9432 9438  OR +39 06 9432 9439
MOBILE: + 39 393 9070 080
EMERGENCIES: +39 337 7832 55
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December 1 -  Saturday - Rome
Tour - Coliseum Underground Tour

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
This tour begins outside the “Colosseo” metro station (Line B). Your guide will be waiting in front of the photo booth next to the green newsstand, holding a sign with ‘What a Life Tours’ logo on it. Please remember that Rome’s streets can be confusing so allow extra time in case you get lost. If you are uncertain about how long it will take you to arrive at the meeting point, please don’t hesitate to contact us for advice, as all tours require a prompt departure.
If you are arriving by taxi, your driver will drop you on the street above the metro. You will need to make your way down stairs to the meeting point.
Please note that for security reasons all visitors MUST present valid photo ID in order to be admitted access to the Colosseum. Photocopies are acceptable.  
The Colosseum is extremely strict with the entrance time slot for the underground portion of the tour.  The tour company cannot accommodate late arrivals, as the tour must depart at the designated time. 

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. In the event it is rainy or too cold, I really enjoyed the Capitoline  Museums. 

December 3  - Monday- Rome Transfer
​Transfer -  Baglioni Regina to Rome Airport (FCO)

Stefano will pick you up at the pre-arranged time and take you to the airport for your international flight home. 

PICK UP TIME:  6:30 am  is the estimated pick up time at the Baglioni Hotel
DRIVER: Arranged by the concierge at the Baglioni (Lorenzo and  Franceso)
CELL : +39 064 211827

Includes:  Private driver to pick you up at the Baglioni Hotel  
​Driver Confirmation:  Email Confirmation

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

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
  • 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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