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A TASTE OF ITALY ESSENTIAL TRIP INFORMATION

TRIP OVERVIEW

Italy has much to experience from incredible food and wine, culture and history and we will enjoy exploring Florence and Cortona in Tuscany and Bologna and Verona in the north.

You will not be disappointed if you want to travel to Italy and see something more than the standard itinerary.

This bespoke small group tour is hosted by me and I am keen to show you my favourite places in Italy as I share out of the way places and introduce you to locals who will show us what they love most about their cities.

This trip is a combination of rest and relaxation, and a bit of luxury mixed in with real experiences of travelling in Italy. I want to surprise and spoil you, while still keeping things authentic and real.

Join me and experience Italy at its best!

INCLUSIONS

    • Accommodation in twin rooms in 3-4 star hotels
    • Daily continental/buffet breakfast
    • 4 x dinners at local restaurants
    • Train tickets, 2nd class
      • Florence to Bologna
      • Bologna to Verona
      • Verona to Cortona
    • Florence Evening Walking Tour
    • Entry to Galleria Accademia with audio guide
    • Entry to the Uffizi Gallery
    • Private Shopping, Food & Wine Tour
    • Picnic Lunch
    • Day trip to Lucca (train)
    • Transfers from Train Stations to Hotel
    • City Tour Red Bus/San Luca Express
    • Full Day Bus Tour to Modena including food, wine tastings and traditional lunch
    • Food Walking Tour of Bologna
    • Day Trip to Ravenna (train)
    • Food & Wine Walking Tour Verona
    • Full Day Bus Tour to the Dolomites
    • Full Day Wine Tour to Montepulciano & Pienza
    • Day trip to Arezzo (train)
    • Hotel Taxes

     

    Excluded

    Airfares; Transfers unless stated in the itinerary; Items of a personal nature; Entrances/activities/sites/meals, other than those specified in the itinerary as included; Tips to guides, representatives and drivers; Meals not specifically mentioned in the itinerary; Beverages unless specifically described; Optional excursions or activities that may be offered but are not included in the tour price; Any changes you choose to make during your holiday; Travel Insurance; Transfers to and from Airport (we can help you with this); Any other items not listed in above-specified inclusions.

  • *Price is a guide only. Price is subject to change

ITINERARY

PACKING

We recommend you pack as light as possible. You will need to manage your own bag on trains and cobblestone roads, upstairs at train stations and lift it into luggage racks.

The weather will range from:

  • May: Florence 24°C - 12°C down to Cortona 21°C - 8°C
  • September: Florence 27°C - 15°C to Cortona 24°C - 11°C

We recommend you dress in layers for the cooler evenings and bring good walking shoes and a warm jacket and of course, a waterproof jacket.

Our trips are casual unless otherwise stated, there will be no need to dress up, Smart casual for dinner will be perfectly fine.

MONEY& TIPPING

The Euro (EUR) is the official currency in Italy.

The easiest and cheapest way to get money while travelling is from an ATM. And preferably one inside a bank, for security reasons. Check with your bank in advance concerning the suitability of using your card overseas and any international fees that you may incur. Although you can easily obtain money at airports and major train stations, we suggest you bring some extra cash in the local currency in case the ATM's are not working. Alternatively, you can bring other money in a major currency and exchange it at the airport.  Exchanging money at the airport will cost more, but a good back up in case of emergency.

The safest option is to bring cash in either Euro or US dollars. When leaving home don't forget your PIN and make sure you have noted the phone numbers (and kept in a safe place) to call in case the need arises to cancel your cards.

Credit cards are not always accepted in stores and restaurants. While travelling, we recommend you carry some cash to pay for restaurant bills and other services. Change can be difficult to obtain so throughout the day, try to gain as many small denominations as you can.

Tipping is not necessary, however, if you are satisfied with the services provided a tip is appropriate. As a guide - in basic restaurants and cafes we suggest you round your bill up to the nearest €1. In more up-market restaurants we suggest adding 5% to 10% of your bill. You may like to pay local guides (used in addition to your trip host) €2-€3 per day, and we suggest €1-€2 per day for drivers on your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

We recommend you have access to extra fund in case of emergency.

Please allow additional money for meals and beverages not included in the itinerary.

FOOD & DIETARY REQUIREMENTS

On our trips, we like to experience food authentic to the region in which we are travelling.

So that you have flexibility in deciding where. what and with whom you eat, not all meals are included in the trip price.

If you have any dietary issues or requirements please notify us so that we can take this into consideration.

Please understand that some destinations may be more difficult to cater to dietary restrictions, but we will do our best to advise you on what to do.

Some areas are more difficult for vegetarian or vegan menu selections and may be less varied than at home. Gluten-free menus and food options are widely available throughout Italy.

ACCOMMODATION

All our accommodation will be in 3-4 star hotels and on a twin share basis unless otherwise specified.

Single travellers will be paired with another traveller. If you’d prefer not to share, a single room supplement is available at an additional charge. Please indicate your preference on your booking form.

Be aware that accommodation in Europe does not always have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together. Most of the time it is possible to separate them. But don't be shocked if there is little space.

STAYING CONNECTED

If you have not already done so, please provide your mobile phone number to your host so that they are able to contact in the event of emergency or changes to the itinerary.

A Messenger and Facebook Group will also be created and daily itineraries will be posted here, along with changes in itinerary and other events as they come up.

Please let us know if you are not on Messenger or Facebook and we will discuss alternative arrangements with you.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

It is ESSENTIAL that you have travel insurance. You will not be able to travel with us if you don't.

All trips are non-refundable, however, if you have travel insurance and the cancellation is for a medical reason Travel Charm and Lisa Malnar, TravelManagers, will assist in putting the insurance claim in for a refund.

If you would like to arrange travel insurance complete the appropriate section on the booking form.