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Italy, 2018

Your 14-day Tour of Italy

Join this once-in-a-lifetime group tour as you adventure around Italy’s top destinations with Cosmos, the leader in affordable escorted travel.

    • Tour Value – save up to 30% less than traveling alone.
    • Perfect Hotels – within minutes of the city center.
    • Tour Directors – expert guides make destinations fascinating.
    • Flexibility – customize your experience with optional excursions!
    • Transportation – sit back and enjoy the ride in comfort.

Estimated departures available from March through October.
Base tour rate $2,289.00 per person, a $164 per day average.
Pricing may be vary based on the exact departure date.
Early Bird Promotion! Book by October 17th & save $50 per person.
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Call Cassie at 330-790-1230 to join the group and reserve your space or click here to request more information!
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Your Italy Adventure Highlights:

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Tour Details

 
Welcome to your 14-day Italy’s Best Adventure with Cosmos

Please Note: Information has been shared directly from the Cosmos itinerary, and may not include the most up-to-date information or details.

Click on your day-by-day itinerary to see how you’ll experience each destination! Items listed in CAPITAL LETTERS are included activities, inside visits, and special features.

 Day 1: Arrive in Rome, Italy

Welcome to Italy! Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore this ancient capital. This evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

 Day 2: Rome

The ”Eternal City”—a city steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts in St. Peter’s Square and Basilica. Other highlights are the iconic COLOSSEUM, the largest amphitheater ever built; the ROMAN FORUM; Piazza Venezia, and Campidoglio. An optional visit is available to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, world famous for Michelangelo’s impressive fresco of The Last Judgment.
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 Day 3: Pisa-Montecatini

Vistas of rolling hills, rows of cypress trees, terraced vineyards, olive groves, and rural villages form the backdrop of your journey through beautiful Tuscany. Stop in Pisa to visit the SQUARE OF MIRACLES and see the amazing Leaning Tower. Arrive in Montecatini for two overnights.
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 Day 4: Montecatini-Florence excursion

Today, enjoy an included excursion to Florence. Your Local Guide will show you most of the cities highlights on the walking tour. You will see Piazza Santa Croce; beautiful Piazza Signoria; Palazzo Vecchio and its courtyard; Loggia dei Lanzi; and, to top it all, Piazza del Duomo and its cathedral with the Giotto Campanile, and the magnificent East Door of the Baptistry, known as the “Gate of Paradise.”
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 Day 5: La Spezia-Cinque Terre-Genoa

Travel towards La Spezia, a province in Italy’s Liguria region. Then, hop aboard the TRAIN to discover some of the five spectacular Cinque Terre villages. Here, the beauty of the rugged cliffs and romantic fishing villages once inspired poet Lord Byron. From Levanto, head towards Genoa, birthplace of explorer Christopher Columbus.
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 Day 6: Genoa-Milan-Lake Maggiore

Today’s included guided sightseeing tour is an excellent introduction to Genoa. A maze of squares and alleys, the city grew around the port, a natural inlet, and boasts the largest medieval historical center in Europe. Some of the highlights include the remains of the city’s 17th-century fortifications. Next, head north into the plains of Lombardy, and stop in Milan to marvel at its magnificent DUOMO. Then, continue to Baveno on Lake Maggiore.
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 Day 7: Lake Maggiore-Lugano excursion

Time to relax and get to know Lake Maggiore, one of Italy’s largest lakes. Located on the very edge of Alpine Switzerland, on clear days you can see the peaks of the Swiss Alps. Take advantage of the included excursion to visit Lugano in Italian-speaking Canton Ticino.
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 Day 8: Verona-Venice

Travel across the Po River plains and stop in the romantic city of Verona to see Romeo and Juliet´s balcony, and enjoy some time at leisure marveling at the Roman amphitheater. Carry on to the Venice area.
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 Day 9: Venice

Venice is more like a marvelous film set than a real-life city, with its criss-crossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and piazzas. The included orientation starts with a BOAT RIDE to St. Mark’s Square, and is followed by time at leisure and a chance to watch Venetian GLASSBLOWERS fashion their delicate objects as they did centuries ago. Don’t miss out on the optional gondola trip, gliding along the picturesque canals with a local troubadour to serenade you.
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 Day 10: Ravenna-Assisi-Perugia

An interesting drive southwards right across the Po Delta to Ravenna, renowned for its treasure of byzantine mosaics, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to Assisi, enclosed by ramparts and little changed since the Middle Ages. This is the town of the deeply mystical and poetic St. Francis—see the BASILICA OF ST. FRANCIS, with its famous frescoes by Giotto, brought back to life by a Local Guide. Overnight in beautiful nearby Perugia, capital of Umbria.
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 Day 11: Pompeii-Neapolitan Riviera

Travel to POMPEII, where time stopped for the rich, aristocratic town with the terrible eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. On the included guided visit, see the remains of luxurious villas, temples, theater, and forum. Carry on to Sorrento, set on a plateau above the waters of the Bay of Naples. Wander the winding streets lined with shops and stalls, and sit with a glass of wine, absorbing the easygoing life of this charming resort.
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 Day 12: Neapolitan Riviera-boat trip to Capri

Enjoy a day trip to the legendary island, surrounded by rocky coastline where the crashing sea has formed awe-inspiring caves. The town with its pretty piazza, maze of streets, fashionable boutiques, and cozy restaurants is a mecca for the jet set. Explore on your own or take an optional island tour.
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 Day 13: Neapolitan Riviera-Rome

Today, time at leisure or enjoy an optional excursion to Positano before returning to Rome.
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 Day 14: Rome

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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Quick Glance at Vacation Highlights

Sightseeing – visits to Pisa, Milan, Lake Maggiore, Lugano, Verona, Venice, Ravenna, Assisi, Neapolitan Riviera, Capri
Scenic Highlights – Tuscany, Cinque Terre, Italian Lake District, Bay of Naples, Capri
Guides – Local Guides for city sightseeing in Rome, Florence, Genoa, Pompeii with a professional Tour Director while touring.

Welcome to your 14-day Italy’s Best Adventure with Cosmos

Please Note: Information has been shared directly from the Cosmos itinerary, and may not include the most up-to-date information or details.

Italy is home to a wealth of “magnificents,” and this vacation features them all. Rome with its famed archaeological sites; Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance;” enchanting Lake Maggiore; the unique floating city of Venice; Perugia, capital of Umbria; and the lively resort of Sorrento. You’ll also experience Pisa’s amazing Leaning Tower; the charming landscapes of Cinque Terre; Genoa, childhood home of Christopher Columbus; Milan, capital of fashion; Italian-speaking Lugano in Switzerland; Romeo & Juliet’s romantic Verona; Ravenna with its precious Byzantine mosaics; Assisi’s frescoed St. Francis Basilica; Pompeii’s remarkable archaeological site; and the jet-set Isle of Capri. Enjoy it all amid the warmth of the Italian people and the beauty of the panoramic landscapes.

Optional Excursions for your 14-day Italy’s Best Adventure with Cosmos

Please Note: Information has been shared directly from the Cosmos itinerary, and may not include the most up-to-date information or details.

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be available. Whether it’s a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites & experiences. We also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; to get an estimated price, use a currency converter for exchange rate information (pricing may vary at the time of booking).

Once you have booked your vacation, Cosmos provides the ability to pre-purchase excursions online, or with my assistance.

CITY: Rome
activity-italy-rome-vatican-museum-sistine-chapelVatican Museum & Sistine Chapel On this fascinating excursion with a local guide you can stroll through the Vatican Museum and marvel at Michaelangelo’s famous creation in the Sistine Chapel. The Vatican Museum houses over 2000 rooms and 9 miles of the most extensive collections of art in the world. The Museums are brilliantly decorated and brim over with treasures and history and the local guide will share with you the stories and secrets contained within the Museum’s walls. In the Sistine Chapel you can marvel at Michaelangelo’s masterpiece, which is perhaps the greatest example of art anywhere and certainly the largest contiguous body by one painter. There are also some lesser masterpieces in the Sistine Chapel which are also worth seeing. Approximate value: €60 EUR per person
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Italy Treasures of Rome by Night & DinnerTreasures of Rome by Night & Dinner An early evening tour will show you other aspects of Rome, perhaps not seen on the included sightseeing tour. Either before or after dinner you will have an orientation drive to probably include Castel Sant’ Angelo, Palace of Justice, Mausoleum of Augustus, Aurelian walls, Villa Borghese, Via Veneto, Piazza Barberini and Via Nazionale. Dinner will be taken at one of the local restaurants and you can sample a delicious 3 course menu with dessert including local wine and mineral water plus coffee or tea. During the evening there will be music to add to the romantic Roman atmosphere. Approximate value: €55 EUR per person
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Italy Farewell DinnerFarewell Dinner Why not round off your Italian experience in the company of new found friends and soak up “la dolce vita” of this romantic but pulsing capital. Dinner will be taken in one of the traditional local Roman restaurants and you can really taste typical Italian specialties with a menu offering a wide choice of both starters and main course and including wine or soft drinks plus mineral water and coffee or tea. During the evening there will be music to add to the romantic atmosphere. After dinner a stop will be made at the Spanish Steps for a short visit. This monumental stairway of 138 steps was built around 1724 and the steps climb a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna at the base and Piazza Trinità dei Monti dominated by the Trinità dei Monti church at the top. They are said to be the widest staircase in Europe. After the stop return back to the overnight hotel. Approximate value: €55 EUR per person
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CITY: Montecatini
Italy Montecatini Tuscan DinnerTuscan Dinner Enjoy a lovely evening out in the Tuscan countryside in a restaurant which is situated on the land of an ancient farm. The farm was completely renewed and the production of the wine and olive oil are open to visitors with traditional Tuscan hospitality. During the winter season the old wine cellar becomes a warm and welcoming dining room. In spring and autumn, weather permitting, one can dine outside and enjoy the warmth of the first or last sunbeams whilst in the summer the ancient surrounding trees offer a cool shelter and the outside lamps create a magical setting. You can sample a good selection of local Tuscan dishes together with a tasting of locally produced wines plus mineral water, coffee and Italian liqueur. Approximate value: €50 EUR per person
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CITY: Lake Maggiore
Italy Lake Maggiore Dinner on Pescatori IslandDinner on Pescatori Island There’s no better way to get to know this lovely Borromean island of Isola dei Pescatori than by dining in one of the picturesque restaurants dating from 1905. Already in the year ‘900 there was a small tavern, where the locals met, with the men narrating their fishing adventures and the women dedicating themselves to the darning of the nets. In time the tavern was extended and nowadays the restaurant has a large room with a fireplace and also a lovely big terrace which stretches towards the lake. You will be taken to the island by boat from the mainland to enjoy a three course dinner with local specialties plus wine, mineral water and coffee. At the end of the evening return to the mainland by boat. Approximate value: €45 EUR per person
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CITY: Lugano
Italy Lugano Lunch on Monte TamaroLunch on Monte Tamaro After your orientation tour of Lugano, rejoin your coach which will take you to Rivera from where a 20 minute cable car ride will take you to Monte Tamaro. Not to be missed is a visit to the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli (designed by the worldwide famous architect Mario Botta) and then enjoy a lunch inside the mountain top restaurant or outside on the open terrace.
Approximate value: €50 EUR per person
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CITY: Venice
Italy Venice Discover the Vetetian LagoonGondola Serenade One of the highlights of a trip to Europe and something not to be missed during your visit to Venice is a gondola serenade. The gondola ride either takes place in the morning or the afternoon and lasts approximately 30 minutes when during this time you can relax whilst cruising not only on the Grand Canal but also down many small canals to see Venice from the water. During the gondola ride a local musician will serenade you with the traditional romantic music of Italy. Note: the gondola is to be shared with other Cosmos guests (maximum 6 participants on each gondola). There will be one musician on board of one of the gondola boats in your fleet.
Approximate value: €40 EUR per person
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Italy Venice Gondola SerenadeDiscover the Venetian Lagoon Discover the Venetian lagoon on an afternoon excursion lasting approximately 3 hours. After sailing past the island of St. Giorgio, the public gardens, Sant’Elena, the Lido and Murano the boat takes you to the famous island of Burano. This is the most picturesque of Venetian islands of the lagoon and the pretty fishing village has its streets and canals lined by pastel colored houses. It is also famous for its lace-making industry. There will be time to look around Burano on your own before returning back to St. Mark’s Square by boat.
Approximate value: €35 EUR per person
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Italy Venice Venetian Night out & DinnerVenetian Night Out & Dinner As the title suggests, this is a real Venetian night out. Embark on a motorboat for a cruise along the impressive Giudecca Canal with the tour director pointing out the most important palaces, all built by the Venetian gentry between the 12th and 13th centuries. Upon disembarkation an evening stroll though some of the romantic narrow streets of this fascinating city to eventually reach one of the specially chosen local restaurants for your Venetian dinner. After a welcoming aperitif of the house you can sit down and enjoy a typical dinner with a choice of starters and main course followed by a delicious dessert. Included also is red or white wine plus mineral water and tea or coffee. After dinner you will be given some free time in St. Mark’s Square, said to have been called the “drawing room of Europe” by Napoleon and which is one of the few great urban spaces in Europe where human voices prevail over the sounds of motorized traffic. A motorboat will then take you part of the way back to your hotel. Approximate value: €70 EUR per person
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CITY: Verona
Italy Verona Magic of VeronaMagic of Verona Verona is one of the main tourist destinations in northern Italy due to its artistic heritage and shows and operas which are often held in the beautiful ancient amphitheater built by the Romans – the Arena. The city has been awarded World Heritage Site status because of its architecture and urban structure. On the sightseeing tour of this fascinating city the local guide will take you first on a panoramic drive with the coach to see the Scaliger Bridge and Castle, the Roman Gavi-arch, the Roman city gate, Roman bridge and theatre and various churches. Then disembark from the coach and proceed on foot through the historical city center to include sites such as Juliet’s House, Romeo’s house, Piazza “Erbe” and Piazza “Signori” and the Scaglier tombs and last, but not least, Piazza Bra with the beautiful Arena. Approximate value: €22 EUR per person
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CITY: Sorrento
Italy Sorrento Capri Island TourCapri Island Tour One of the jewels of the Mediterranean – the romantic island of Capri. Your visit of this beautiful island with a local guide will include a chair lift to Monte Solaro for a breathtaking view, a visit to the fabulous Villa S.Michele – home of Dr. Axel Munthe, a Swedish doctor whose best selling book tells of his time on Capri. The villa has a beautiful shady garden with a terrace offering splendid views of the island. Visit also the Gardens of Augustus situated towards the top of the island which offer tranquility and natural beauty. From vantage points of the Gardens one can see the roofs and bell tower of the St. James’ Charterhouse, the Faraglioni rocks rising from the blue of the Tyrrhenian Sea and far below the harbor of Marina Piccola. Approximate value: €60 EUR per person
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Italy Sorrento Charming PositanoCharming Positano Don’t miss the opportunity to visit this charming village on the Amalfi Coast, which a famous author once said “It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.” On the journey to Positano you will pass some small towns adjoining Sorrento to reach the Bay of Salerno, from where the first view of the coast is breathtaking. As you approach Positano you can see the statue of the Madonna overlooking the town with its sumptuous villas and gardens with colorful flowering shrubs. You will be dropped off in Piazza dei Mulini to explore the center of Positano on foot, see the enchanting beach, stop and look at the lovely small shops displaying beautiful clothes and ceramics, smell the wonderful aromas from the pastry shops or make an inside visit to the local parish church with its green and yellow majolica dome visible from just about anywhere in Positano. This excursion will either be operated in the early evening or morning, depending on program of tour. Approximate value: €28 EUR per person
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Italy Sorrento Flavours
Sorrento Flavours Soak up the Mediterranean atmosphere in one of the typical local restaurants and sit back and enjoy a traditional Italian menu with a mixed starter, pizza and pasta followed by dessert. The meal includes 1/2 liter of wine and 1/2 liter of mineral water per person, plus tea or coffee or instead a delicious “cappuccino” or even better a lemon liqueur for which Sorrento is famous – “Limoncello.”
Approximate value: €30 EUR per person
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Italy Sorrento MusicalSorrento Musical For a really enjoyable evening out in Sorrento, this excursion will take you to a local theatre where the traditions of songs and dances are magically changed into a musical. The show tells the daily life of people from the south in different scenes – the market place (where people bargain whilst chatting and exchanging gossip), the sea (where the fishermen make their tasks more pleasant by singing), love (as here in Sorrento is where the most beautiful Neapolitan love songs were created) and finally the feast (where everybody dances and sings to communicate their job of life). At the beginning and end of the evening you will be offered free flowing wine or soft drinks. Return back to the hotel no doubt with your favorite song still playing in your head. Approximate value: €28 EUR per person
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Take a look at where you will be staying on your 14-day Italy’s Best Adventure with Cosmos

Please Note: Information has been shared directly from the Cosmos itinerary, and may not include the most up-to-date information or details.

    • ROME: Green Park Hotel Pamphili (MF) or Holiday Inn Eur Parco Dei Medici (F) or Holiday Inn Express San Giovanni (ST)
    • MONTECATINI: Grand Hotel du Park et Regina (F) or Settenrionale Esplanade (F)
    • GENOA: Starhotels President (ST)
    • LAKE MAGGIORE: Simplon (SF)
    • VENICE AREA: Poppi (ST) or Holiday Inn Venezia (ST)
    • PERUGIA: La Meridiana (MF)
    • NEAPOLITAN RIVIERA: Central Park (TC)

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TC = Tourist-Class
ST = Superior Tourist-Class
MF = Moderate First-Class
F = First-Class

Check out photos of the 14-day Italy’s Best Adventure with Cosmos

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Rome Italy city viewRome Italy Saint Peter's Square VaticanItaly Florence city view
Saint.Peter’s.Square.in.Rome……………….Enjoy gorgeous views of Rome……………..Florence’s stunning Ponte Vecchio
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Italy Florence Leaning Tower of PisaItaly Riomaggiore Cinque TerreNothern Italy's Lake Maggiore
Italy’s.Leaning.Tower.of.Pisa………………..Village of Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre………Stunning views of Lake Maggiore
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Italy Lake Maggiore Isola BellaItaly's Milan Shopping CenterVenice Italy
Lake.Maggiore’s.Isola Bella Island………….Milan’s Galleria Vittorio Emanuele………….Soak up the canals in Venice
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Assisi ItalyItaly's Isle of CapriItaly Pompeii
Town.of.Assisi.near Perugia………………….Capri Island off Sorrento……………………..Historic city of Pompeii
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Pricing details for your 14-day Italy’s Best Adventure with Cosmos

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Please Note: This tour is estimated at $2,289 per person, but it subject to change. This includes the tour components only, and does not include flights to/from Rome. Promotional rates are offered for a limited time only. Call Oddball Escapes to discuss estimated rates, current promotions, and availability.
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Receive discounted rates! If multiple families want to take this trip, Oddball can create a “group” so that you receive extra benefits. As the group grows, so may the benefits and/or discounts! Of course, the exact benefits will not be determined until we get closer to the travel date. Contact Cassie to discuss details.
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What does it mean to be a part of a group? So, you will not be required to “hang out” and become best buddies with others in the group! You take your vacation, and other families take their vacation. But, you WILL be traveling with others, so why not let Oddball coordinate your travel plans as part of a group so that you get MORE from your vacation?!
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Start planning now? Exact pricing may not yet be available, but we ARE talking with families and individuals now who are interested in this tour of Italy. Contact Cassie for more details regarding this tour.
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Secure your spot. A $250 per person deposit secures your spot on this tour. This deposit can be placed now.