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Venice & the Italian Lakes * October 20 - 28, 2014
Star FEATURING 7 NIGHTS ON LAKE COMO Star
Offered By: Gad-About Tours
Immerse yourself in the breathtaking scenery of Italy.

Operates: Oct 20 2014
Tour Length: 9 Days, 8 Nights
Departs From: Cleveland, OH


Price:
Single Room - $3,398.00
Double Room - $2,898.00

Tour Highlights:

  • 7 Nights in Lecco, Italy on Lake Como
  • Milan City Tour
  • Milan Duomo
  • Lake Como Cruise
  • Bellagio
  • Verona
  • Romeo & Juliet Balcony
  • Verona Arena
  • Venice
  • Venice Gondola Ride
  • Doge's Palace & St. Marks Basillica
  • Lugano, Switzerland
  • Monte Bre Cable Car
  • Italian Motors & Flavors (optional)
  • Stresa (optional)  

 Package Includes:

  • 8 Nights Accommodations
  • Round Trip Air from Cleveland Hopkins Intl Airport
  • International Air Departure Taxes/Fuel Surcharges
  • Professional Tour Director
  • Deluxe Motorcoach on Tour
  • Admissions per Itinerary
  • 26 Meals:
    •  7 Breakfasts
    •  3 Dinners
  • Comprehensive Sightseeing
  • Luggage Handling and Taxes

Hotel Accomodations:

  • 7 Nights First Class Hotels
  • 7 Nights - Hotel NH Pontevecchio, Lecco, Italy (Lake Como

 

 

Tour Itinerary:


Day 1: Overnight Flight to Europe/Italy  

Today board your overnight flight to Europe.


Day 2: Arrive in Milan - Tour Begins

Arrive in Milan (MXP), meet your Tour Director and enjoy a Milan City Tour featuring the Duomo di Milano, which took 6 centuries to complete and it the 5th largest cathedral in the world.  Transfer to your hotel in Lecco on Lake Como this afternoon for a 7 night stay.  This evening enjoy a welcome dinner and meet your fellow travelers.  Meal: (D)


Day 3: Como - Bellagio

Today enjoy a scenic Lake Como Cruise to on of the most famous resort towns in Italy, Bellagio.  The village is characterized by century-old buildings, stone lande and picturesque cobbled stairways filled with shops showcasing the finest Italian wares.  Enjoy some time to explore Bellagio at your own pace before returning to Lecco.  Tonight enjoyd dinner on your own.  Meal: (B)


Day 4: Verona

After breakfast travel to Verona where a guided tour reveals that this city is second only to Rome in its number of Roman ruins  Pastel villas, built from rosso di Verona, the local pink limestone, line the cobbled streets.  See the famed Romeo & Juliet balcony that inspired Shakespeare's tale of love gone tragically wrong.  Also enjoy a visit to the Verona Arena, a Roman amphitheater which is internationally famous for the large-scale opera performances give there.  Tonight enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers.  Meals: (B, D)


Day 5: Venice 

Today travel to Venice, one of the most unique cities in the world built on 117 islands with 150 canals and 400 bridges.  Start your Venice Tour with a boat ride to St. Marks' Square, the most famous square in Venice to see St. Mark's Basillica and Doge's  Palace, a pink marble Gothic masterpiece containing a precious art collection, the Clock Tower and the Bridge of Sighs.  Also enjoy the quintessential Venetian experience - a Venice Gondola Ride on the canals!  Later enjoy a Venetian glass making demonstration.  This afternoon enjoy a bit of leisure time to wander through this exceptional city.  Return to Lecco and enjoy the evening at leisure.  Meal:  (B) 


Day 6: Day at Leisure - Italian Motors & Flavors optional

Enjoy the day at leisure in Lecco.  Maybe stroll along city streets to shop and enjoy a tasty pizzeria lunch.  a full day Italian Motors & Flavors optional tour will be available.  Travel south to Maranello and visit the Ferrari Museum.  The museum is a collection of history and achievement of the famed brand.  Continue and experience some of the staples of Italian cuisine.  Italy's black gold or Balsamic Vinegar has been produced in this region for centuries using traditional recipes.  Learn how it is produced and have a chance to sample some for yourself.  Later, learn about Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese production which is also produced in the region.  Return to Lecco and enjoy the evening at leisure. Meal:  (B)


Day 7: Lugano, Switzerland

This morning travel to Lugano, Switzerland, an Italian-style city set on the edge of a bejeweled lake with views of  the not-too-distant alps.  Enjoy a tour of Lugano and some free time to explore on your own.  Appreciate the splendor of the Bernese and Vallese alps as seen from the top of Switzerland's sunniest mountain as you enjoy your ride on the Monte Bre Cable Car.  From the top, enjoy the stunning views of Lake Lugano and surrounding mountains from the panoramic terraces.  Return to Lecco and enjoy the evening at leisure.  Meal: (B)


Day 8: Day at Leisure - Stresa optional

Enjoy the day at leisure in Lecco.  An optional tour to Stresa will be available.  Travel through the Italian Lake District to Stresa on the shores of Lake Maggiore.  Enjoy a short boat ride to Isola Bella, perhaps the most admired destination on Lake Maggiore, derives it's name fame from its stunning Baroque palace and elaborate Italian gardens.  Enjoy a guided visit to the palace and time to enjoy the gardens.  Travel back to Stresa and enjoy a brief tour and some time to enjoy on your own before returning to Lecco.  This evening enjoy a farewell dinner featuring great food and wine.  Meals:  (B, D)


Day 9:  Flight Home 

This morning transfer to Milan (MXP) for your flight home with wonderful memories of Italy!  Meal:  (B)


 
Special Note:
 

This is aGold Card Program Tour, which can earn you $100 in Free Travel.

 

 

****The balance for all flight trips are due 90 days before departure, at which time it will become non-refundable.  Any bookings made within the last 90 days are subject to availability and will require full payment at the time of booking.****

 

 

All Fly Trips include airfare from Cleveland Airport , transfers and air taxes and fess (subject to increase until paid in full).  You will drive yourself to the airport.  Trip insurance is available, and will be sent to you upon making your reservation for your individual consideration.

 

 

IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: A passport is required to take this tour.  Call the office and we will cheerfully mail you an easy application with instructions or see the following link on line to get one:  www.travel.state.gov/passport.  There are no refunds for improper identification.


Terms and Conditions:

PAYMENT:
For overnight tours, the deposit is based on the cost of the tour as follows:
  • Overnight Tours Under $150 > $25 Deposit
  • Overnight Tours $150-$800 > $75 Deposit
  • Overnight Tours $801-$1,500 > $100 Deposit
  • Overnight Tours over $1,501 > $250 Deposit
The balance of an overnight tour is due 30 days prior to departure (unless otherwise notified). A confirmation will be sent to you after we receive your deposit. For your convenience, we accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover if you are making your reservation by phone, or you can send a check to our office (please call first to check availability). If you are booking online, payment must be made in full.

REFUNDS:
Up to 30 days prior to departure date, a full refund will be made. *Air and cruise tours, and some longer tours, may be different—be sure to ask for details when making your reservation. Tours including tickets also generally have earlier non-refundable dates. There are no refunds for cancellations made within 30 days prior to your departure date. However, we will do our best to recover as much as we can, but cannot guarantee anything. There will be no refund, for any reason, for a “no-show” on the day of the tour. A “Refund Protection Plan” is available at our office at a minimal cost. This insures you a full refund in case of a death or illness in the immediate family up to 24 hours before the tour departs. (It does require a doctor’s written note or copy of death notice.) On longer tours, we have a special insurance plan available if you are interested, and it will be sent to you with your confirmation. We encourage you to take advantage of these protection plans. The Refund Protection Plan does not apply to Day Trips, nor are there any refunds for Day Trips, with a few exceptions.

CANCELED TOURS:
Gad-About Tours Inc. reserves the right to cancel any tour that has not reached a minimum number of reservations. We reserve the right to change tour prices and itinerary. Tours are prepared up to a year in advance and may be impacted by circumstances that arise which are beyond our control. We reserve the right to cancel or refuse service to anyone, in our sole discretion. We always avoid changes and cancellations if at all possible, as we realize the inconvenience to you, our valued customer.

TRANSPORTATION:
All of our tours are by late-model, deluxe wide-body motorcoach. They are equipped with air-conditioning, reclining seats, public address system, VCR, and emergency restrooms. Our intent is for all overnight tours to be professionally escorted for your convenience. Upon occasion, in order to avoid canceling a trip with a low passenger count, our driver may serve both positions of driver and escort, and all are professionally trained to do so. Also, on air trips with low passenger counts, we may not be able to provide an escort from our company. However, we will provide airport transportation*, plus a guide from our connecting company will meet you upon arrival at your destination and be with you throughout the entire tour. (*If only a few are going on a given air tour, we will pay your airport parking fee in lieu of using the coach.)

LODGING:
Your lodging is included on all overnight tours. All hotels are AAA rated. We never use second-rate hotels, restaurants, or activities on any tour, to the best of our ability to make that determination. Payment of telephone calls, room service, and other incidentals at places of lodging are the responsibility of the customer.

LUGGAGE:
One suitcase per person is included in the price of your tour. You are also permitted a carry-on, which is your responsibility. Additional luggage may be transported at the cost of $5.00 per bag, per day. It is wise to travel light. Luggage tags are provided and required for hotel identification, and are sent with the final letter with the phone numbers of your hotels.

TAXES AND GRATUITIES:
All taxes and gratuities for included meals and activities are included, unless otherwise mentioned by the Escort. Driver and Escort gratuities are not included in the price of the tour, and are optional. However, the suggested gratuity as posted by the American Bus Assoc. for a job well done is $2.00-$2.50 per person/per day for the tour escort, and $2.00-$2.50 per person/per day for the driver. We request that you express this on an individual basis, and let the quality of service received be your guide.

SEATING:
On all overnight tours, we use a daily seat rotation. The first day of a trip, we allow you to choose your seat when you get on, and rotate from there. We feel this is fair to all involved. If the coach is not full, a less formal rotation may be used at escort’s discretion.

SMOKING:
We make regular stops for restrooms and for the convenience of smokers; however, we have a NO SMOKING policy aboard all coaches. This policy also applies to e-cigarettes.

RESPONSIBILITY:
Gad-About Tours, Inc. is bonded, insured, and registered with the ICC, number MC 198451. We act only as agents and are not responsible to any person for any loss of time or money due to a change or delay beyond our control. Nor are we responsible for non-performance by those we have contracted with. Any claims against Gad-About Tours Inc. must be made, in writing, within 30 days of the trip.


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