That’s it. Your fees to Explorica and Destination World cover everything else, from airfare and taxis to museum fees and hotels
Fly right into the city we visit first. And fly out of our last stop, with minimal bus rides in between.
We believe the more you dig in before visiting another country, the deeper and richer your experience will be while you’re there. So we’ll have three classes before we go. And you’ll have the option to Take a Site. Research ahead of time and become our tour guide to a particular location within Rome or Pompeii.
Our stays are not only in great neighborhoods, they are themselves worth visiting. We’ll stay at an 18th century pensione with its own ancient ruins and orchards. And we’ll stay at a retired abbey and a working convent.
We don't try to fill up tour buses. We want to know the people we travel , so we cap our group between 20-24 travelers.
We don’t attempt to see all of Italy in 12 days - but we try to get a real feel for the Bay of Naples, Rome, and snippets of Tuscany.
Every time I visit Italy something completely unexpected happens. Last time, it was a lasagna-and-ham sandwich that ranked in my top 5 sandwiches of all time. Once we stumbled onto a 2-hour long medieval parade in Pisa. Another time, we dined in Napoleon’s sister’s bedchambers.
Taste and smell and see and feel along the way.
We will eat the foods locals eat and drink the wines locals drink. And we’ll take the time to taste all of the flavors as we dine together each evening and regale one another with the adventures of the day.
We stay in the heart of each city. Enjoy a late-night gelato or an early morning stroll. You’ll see world-famous sights (and some quaint ones, too) as you roam.
We can’t “do” Rome. But what we choose to do, we’ll do well. Instead of 6 itinerary stops each day, we usually have 3 or less, with a goal of finishing soon after lunch. This gives you plenty of time to do your own exploring or take a siesta before we meet back up for dinner
We’ll teach you how to travel with only a carry-on and a backpack. And we’ll only stay in three hotels over 12 days, so you won’t have to repack every day