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MERCY NWA - Italian Sampler Vacation
September 13 – 23, 2018
SAVE $100 Per Person – Book by February 8, 2018
Sample the best that Italy can offer by joining Mercy NWA for an unforgettable trip to Italy. Package highlights include visits to Rome, Tuscany, Florence, Monticatini, Pisa, Verona, and Venice. Many sightseeing features, most meals, accommodations, ground transportation and airfare from NW Arkansas Regional Airport are included. There will also be some optional tours you can add to enhance your experience, or choose free time for your own self-exploration. GalaxSea Cruises & Tours will be available to help you choose additional sightseeing options, and help keep your trip on track. Don’t wait to join this special trip! Seating is limited.
$3,793 per person - Double
$4,493 per person - Single
Depart from NW Arkansas for Rome. Our departure time and flight schedule will be announced later. Most flights leave in the afternoon and travel thru the night to Rome, arriving the next day. Meal served on your flight.
Welcome to Rome! Transportation to your hotel will be included. The remainder of the day/evening will be free time for you to explore Rome, and relax after your day of travel. Dinner will be on your own tonight.
After breakfast, join one of our exciting tours to see Rome, or you can choose to have a relaxing day on your own. Tonight around 5 pm, you will meet your Tour Director and other traveling companions, and leave the hotel for a special welcome dinner with wine at one of Rome’s lively restaurants. BreakfastDinner included
This morning, guided sightseeing reveals Rome's highlights. Visit the amazing Colosseum and the Roman Forum, where Roman legions marched in triumph. The balance of the day is at your leisure. Optional tours will again be available to further explore famous sites for those who wish to see it all. Breakfast included
In the morning, visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment and monumental St. Peter’s Square and Basilica to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà. Then, we leave the city, and follow the Apennine Hills to the medieval walled town of Monteriggioni, which dates back to the early 13th century, and still has the original 14 towers. Walk to the main square, Piazza Roma, enjoy some free time, and try out traditional cantucci alle mandorle (local almond biscuits). Through unforgettable vine-clad landscapes arrive at your hotel, perfectly situated in the renowned Chianti hills. Breakfast, Dinner included
After breakfast, walk through the center of picturesque San Gimignano, one of Italy’s most perfectly preserved medieval towns. Continue to Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance,” and follow your Local Guide on a walking tour. Visit the Academy of Fine Arts to admire Michelangelo’s celebrated David. Marvel at the magnificent marble cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gate of Paradise,” and sculpture-studded Signoria Square. Afterwards, time to shop for leather goods and gold jewelry, which Florence is famous for. Continue to your hotel in the spa resort of Montecatini. Breakfast, Dinner included.
Today stop in Pisa and marvel at the legendary Leaning Tower before arriving at the fascinating city of Mantua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, surrounded by three artificial lakes that were created in the 12th century. Guided sightseeing features a walk through the historical center and the Percorso del Principe (Path of the Prince), and a visit to Teatro Bibiena, designed by Antonio Galli Bibiena in late baroque/early rococo style. Mozart performed here at the age of 13 in January 1770, a few weeks after the theater opened. Breakfast, Dinner included
In Verona, medieval setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, follow your Local Guide on a walking tour of this interesting city. Take pictures of Juliet’s balcony and rub the shining breast on her statue for good luck. Continue to the Arena, an incredibly well-preserved pink marble Roman amphitheater, where gladiators once fought. Built in the 1st century AD, it is now a magical venue for world-famous opera performances. Remainder of the day is at leisure. An exciting optional excursion is available to Lake Garda and Sirmione. Breakfast included
Follow the valley of the Adige River to Trento, a modern city in the Dolomites, the “Rocky Mountains” of Europe. Over the centuries, Trento was always an important commercial and strategic city, Italy’s “Gate to Northern Europe,” with the Brenner Pass through the Alps to nearby Austria. In the 14th century, Trento province was under Austrian rule, and until the end of World War I, the city was practically on the Austrian border. Your orientation shows you how Italian Renaissance and German styles have mixed over time. Next, a spectacular drive through the Dolomites brings you to the area of Bassano, where you will enjoy a Grappa Tasting, accompanied by some local specialties at the famous Poli Museo della Grappa (Grappa Museum). Later, continue to Padua and see St. Anthony's Basilica. Breakfast included
A short drive brings you to Venice. Enter in style by private boat and meet your Local Guide. Highlights of your walking tour are St. Mark’s Square and the byzantine Basilica, lavish Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. Also watch a skilled glassblower fashion delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner. Time at leisure to further explore Venice at your own pace or to join an optional gondola serenade. Later, follow your Tour Director through narrow streets to Al Colombo restaurant near the Rialto Bridge, where the owner, Domenico Stanziani, has prepared a special farewell dinner with wine. Afterwards, enjoy a private water-taxi ride through the Grand Canal as a proper arrivederci. Breakfast, & Dinner included
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning, then transfer to the airport for your flight home from Venice. Flight schedule will be announced later. Breakfast included at hotel. Meals also served on flights home.
Mercy NWA Package includes:
Roundtrip airfare from NW Arkansas Regional Airport
Airport transfers in Rome and Venice (airport to hotel, hotel to airport)
All of the trip components of the “Italian Sampler Tour”
Full buffet breakfast daily; (5) three-course Dinners with wine.
All Taxes & Fees associated with the Package
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