Optional Pre-Florence Trip Extension to Rome, Italy
October 30 - November 4, 2017
- Lufthansa Airlines flights from Dulles to Rome and from Florence to Dulles
- Group transfers between the airports & hotels in Rome and Florence
- Group transfer by motor coach from hotel in Rome to hotel in Florence (approx. 3.5 hours)
- Accommodation in Deluxe Category rooms for 4 nights at the 5-star Westin Excelsior, Rome.
- Full American Breakfast Buffet daily at the hotel
- Half-day tour of the Vatican & Sistine Chapel.
- Half-day Ancient Rome Tour
- Hospitality Desk daily at the hotel
- On-site Tour Leader and Rome Guide, Antonella Capocelli
- All taxes and gratuities to hotel bellmen, hotel maids, and as levied on other included features
AccommodationsA legend in a city of legends, moments from Piazza di Spagna and the Villa Borghese gardens, The Westin Excelsior, Rome, the “magnificent white palace on Via Veneto,” is one of the world’s great classic hotels. Unique and unforgettable, it is located on the most well-known street of the capital, the famous Via Veneto, one of the most celebrated meeting places of Europe. The Excelsior establishes a link between a sparkling past and a dynamic present, facing the street that was the cradle of the shining “Dolce Vita” and, thanks to the captivating style of Fellini, reached the collective imagination and became immortal.
We've arranged for a group flight that covers both the Rome and Florence portions of the trip. It will still be on Lufthansa, departing and returning to Dulles. The cost of the this flight is approximately equal to that of the flight in the base package, despite taking in two destinations, and therefore the airfare is already built in to the with-airfare package cost for Florence: the price below is for the hotel and other amenities in Rome.
If you choose to make your own travel arrangements, register for the Florence trip at the "without airfare" price at a savings. However, you'll receive no additional credit in the package price listed below.
We will be happy to explore flight options on an individual basis from Richmond, Norfolk, or other hometown cities. Please indicate on the reservation form whether you would like to consider options other than Dulles.
ORIENTATION TOUR OF ANCIENT ROME--The Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill and St. Peter in Chains Basilica Antonella will take us back in time to discover the origins of the “Eternal City” and will bring its history to life with legends and tales of fearless leaders and courageous gladiators. We will also visit St. Peter in Chains, a beautiful basilica first built in the middle of the 5th century to house the relic of the chains that bound Saint Peter while imprisoned in Jerusalem. The Basilica also houses Michelangelo's magnificent Moses.
VATICAN MUSEUM AND SISTINE CHAPEL--Join Antonella for an informative tour of one of the most fascinating sovereign states in the world. She will lead us through the richly decorated galleries of the Vatican Museums which house some of the world’s most precious artistic and religious treasures. We will also visit the Sistine Chapel to admire Michelangelo’s masterpieces, The Creation and The Last Judgment. Upon leaving the Sistine Chapel, you will have direct access to St. Peter's Basilica through the exit reserved for visitors accompanied by authorized guides. In St. Peter’s Basilica, you will marvel at the splendor of renaissance and baroque masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s Pieta’ and Bernini’s Canopy. Before leaving the Basilica, you will have the opportunity to see the Tomb of Pope John Paul II.
Double Occupancy: $3,200.00 (check) / $3,325.00 (credit card) per couple
Single Occupancy: $2,4000.00 (check) / $2,500.00 (credit card) per person
(Based on a minimum of 20 participants)
Deposit: $1,200.00 per room (due by May 15, 2017)
Balance: Due on or before July 30, 2017