THE GRAND EVENT

The Best That Italy Has To Offer

DEPART OCTOBER 16th, 2018
RETURN OCTOBER 27th, 2018

11 days, 10 nights

It goes without saying that every tour event in one’s life needs a component that’s both iconic and unforgettable. Europe has several destinations that fit th

e bill, and your Grand Event tour of Italy will start with a true nonpareil, Rome. In addition to the Eternal City, you’ll discover Florence

, Cinque Terre and Venice. From the Coliseum to the Grand Canal… and a whole lot in between!

Ken Chase, President, Conservative Tours Incorporated

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Andrew J. Polk

Accompanying this tour is El Paso talkmaster Andrew J. Polk

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Highlights

You’ve arrived in the capital of this great nation, where the sun always shines and the natives always have a warm embrace for their friends from America!

It goes without saying that every tour event in one’s life needs a component that’s both iconic and unforgettable. Europe has several destinations that fit the bill, and your Grand Event will start with a true nonpareil, Rome. In addition to the Eternal City, you’ll discover Florence, Cinque Terre and Venice. From the Coliseum to the Grand Canal… and a whole lot in between!

Upon arrival in Rome you will be greeted at the airport by one of your tour leaders from Conservative Tours who’ll help you with your suitcases and lead you to our motor coach for the short ride into the Eternal City and beyond.

  • Imperial Rome: The Coliseum, The Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, The Imperial Forum.
  • The Arch of Constantine, Circus Maximus, Aventine Hill.
  • Via Veneto and “La Dolce Vita!”
  • The Vatican—–The Museum and Art Galleries, Round Hall, The Hall of the Greek Cross, The Tomb of St. Helen and St. Constance. The Gallery of the Chandeliers, the Tapestries and the Geographical Maps.
  • The Sistine Chapel, the Basilica and the Papal Catacombs.
  • Piazza Navona at night.
  • Florence. Need we say more. It’s Florence. For its size, many visitors will tell you it’s the most beautiful city in the world!
  • Michelangelo’s David. Giotto’s Bell Tower, Ghiberti’s Doors of Paradise, (The Divine Comedy from Dante.)
  • Wine tasting at the famous Castello di Oliveto.
  • Learn to cook with a private lesson for our group from an Italian chef.
  • World class Italian cuisine accompanied by three tenors, a night to remember at one of Rome’s best restaurants.
  • Historic and artistic tour of the stunning and unequaled city of Venice. The costumes. The pageantry. The peppermint sticks. Gondolas at sunset. Rialto Bridge. Saint Mark’s Square and the Basilica. The Murano glassworks industry—-the way it’s been done for hundreds of years. Doge’s Palace and Piombi Prison and the Bridge of Sighs.
  • San Gimignano—-The Medieval Manhattan—you’ll see why!

 

At Conservative Tours we love to dine!

  • One of my favorites in Rome: Piccola Cuccagna just off Piazza Navona. The best grilled eggplant on the planet! You’ll be amazed at what Massimo does with vegetables – a meal in themselves!
  • My favorite seafood restaurant in Rome is on Via di Ripetta near Piazza del Popolo. One of my favorite Trattorias in Florence is Trattoria Marione. Talk about cozy! Italy is a food lover’s paradise and we intend to discover it all!

The view from our roof top deck in Florence is a sight to behold; but if you find the time visit one of the best restaurants in Florence with a view to match. It’s called Omero.

 

Itinerary

You’ve arrived in the capital of this great nation, where the sun always shines and the natives always have a warm embrace for their friends from America!

  • Rome

As soon as we arrive we’ll be greeted by our Rome based, professional Italian tour leader, who will assist us with our luggage and supervise our private motor coach transfer to the hotel in the heart of the capital, and one of its most desirable neighborhoods. You will have the remainder of the day at leisure to begin your discovery of the capital of the Roman Empire and the seat of Christianity. Dinner this evening at one of our favorite local restaurants.  

After dinner we’ll enjoy a narrated tour of Rome By Night.

 

IMPERIAL ROME

There are so many sites for your eyes to feast upon all over this stunningly beautiful country, and we’re going to start at an iconic one: The Coliseum. With any luck, the lions won’t be there to greet us but in case they are we recommend to all our guests the purchase of a spray can at the entrance of “Roman Coliseum Instant Lion Repellant.”

The Romans were great builders and everywhere they went and conquered they built monuments to themselves and their culture (and asserted their architectural prowess.) Both inside and out, you’ll marvel at the symmetry and beauty of the construction! How did they do it, particularly the arches? What holds it all together? You’ll find out from our Roman expert, Paolo.

In the comfort of our private motor coach we’ll visit the other ancient ruins of Rome featuring the Roman Forum, the Palatine Hill, and the Imperial Forum. We’re not done yet on this our first day in the eternal capital; we’ll continue on to the Arch of Constantine, Circus Maximus and the Aventine Hill.

 

LA DOLCE VITA

We’ve reserved a little free time this afternoon to explore Rome on your own, at your pace. Perhaps you’ll head straight for the famous Trevi Fountain – don’t forget to throw your coins in to ensure your return to Rome!  You may be tempted by a genuine Roman gelato or perhaps an after-dinner drink in one of the many inviting cafes.

Vatican City

St Peter’s Square, Vatican City

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  • Vatican

The next day we’ll rendez-vous with our Roman guide to visit the Vatican Museum and Art Galleries, the Round Hall, the Hall of the Greek Cross, the Tomb of St. Helen and St. Constance, the Gallery of the Chandeliers, the Galleries of the Tapestries and Geographical Maps. Once again, we’ll be led by one of Italy’s most knowledgable Roman guides.

Finally, we’ll visit the Sistine Chapel, famed for Michelangelo’s frescoes, recently restored to their original colors. We will conclude our tour of the Vatican with a visit to the Basilica, where we’ll see the Papal catacombs.

 

  • Pompeii

The next day is an unscheduled day in Rome. We have added an optional day trip just for this group in our private motor coach to the Lost City of Pompeii!

 

  • Orvieto:  Medieval Europe

After breakfast together the next morning, we’ll depart Rome and head north towards Florence. We will stop, en route, in the fascinating town of Orvieto, situated on the flat summit of a large volcanic butte. Make sure your camera is in working order!!! The precise location of the city is among the most dramatic in Europe, rising above the almost-vertical faces of tuff cliffs that are completed by defensive walls built of the same stone. The façade of the Cathedral is one of the most beautiful works of art you will ever see—mosaics to rival St. Peter’s!!!

Panorama of Florence (Firenze) Italy

This looks like a Medieval painting but amazingly it is a photograph of today’s Florence (Firenze) Italy

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  • Florence

It’s on to what many consider the crown jewel of Italy, Florence. You will have the rest of the afternoon and evening to start your exploration of Florence, the Birthplace of the Renaissance. Our hotel’s location is ideally suited for strolling comfortably in this beautiful city. Be sure to visit RIVOIRE at Piazza della Signoria for the world’s best cup of hot chocolate! Dinner this evening at one of Florence’s landmark establishments.

After breakfast at our hotel in Florence we’ll meet our local Florentine expert guide, Letitia, and set out on a pleasant walking tour to visit the Accademia to see Michelangelo’s David. Continue our visit to the Duomo – highlighted by Brunelleschi’s magnificent dome, Giotto’s Bell Tower and the ancient Baptistry with Ghiberti’s Doors of Paradise (The Divine Comedy from Dante.) Dinner this evening together.

 

  • Cinque Terre

The next day we head to some of the most beautiful seaside villages you will ever see: Cinque Terre. This is the Italian Riviera and it’s every bit as stunningly beautiful as its French counterpart just up the coast! We’ll enjoy the best view of all five little jewels, from the comfort of our cruise just off shore, and we’ll stop and disembark in 3 of the villages for your visiting pleasure, weather permitting.

An early drive the next morning through the region of Chianti to San Gimignano, perched on a hilltop and noted for its famous towers, often referred to as the “The Medieval Manhattan.” Step through the gates of San Gimignano and be immediately transported to a time when the size of a family’s tower determined its place in society. You will be immersed in the medieval character that is the essence of this town.

 

  • The Castle

Then in the afternoon we’re off to a Tuscan Castle/Winery, called Castello di Oliveto. You will conclude the afternoon with a private cooking class held at the end of the visit to the winery. Dinner this evening will be prepared by you after learning from a true Italian chef. Our host at the Castello, Luisa, awaits us as always and you can tell from the photos what a joy it is at the castle in Tuscany!

The next morning we head across the wooded Apennine Hills towards Venice. In the famous city of Parma and see the 7 centuries old process of cheese Making. A cheese, which is unique in all the World! Visiting a “Caseificio” is like going back in time. The “King of Cheeses,” Parmigiano Reggiano is still made following the same traditional and authentic method. Parmigiano Reggiano is made from the best milk, from fire, and from the the gifted hands of the master craftsman. Come see for yourself and taste this delicacy!

Burano, one of Venice's many islands

Burano, one of Venice’s many islands

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  • Venice

There are many beautiful sites to see in Europe, but just a handful command the iconic status of Venice. If you haven’t yet had the good fortune to visit Venice all you need to know is that the picture perfect city of Brugges in Belgium is referred to as “The Venice of the North.” Venice is so captivating on so many levels that it’s often the focal point of an entire vacation. The city itself is comprised of more than 100 islands; but, as always with Conservative Tours, we’ll start our tour in the most beautiful quarter and heart of each destination city and that’s where we remain.

The epicenter of this jewel of a city is Saint Mark’s Square where the imposing Basilica is located. Visit the Murano glass works! Our walking tour of Venice is romantic and leisurely paced and our expert local guide will share her secrets of her hometown with you. Catrina is a font of knowledge and you’ll appreciate her expertise! And the mosaic that depicts how the Venetians retrieved the skeletal remains of St. Mark from the Egyptians—-wait until you hear that story!!!

 

We’ll visit the Golden Basilica of San Marco, the Bridge of Sighs and of course Doge’s Palace and its Porta della Carta. It’s rare that we encourage our guests to go to prison but the Piombi Prison is well worth your momentary incarceration!

You’ve heard of “Carnevale” in Venice and you’ve seen the costumes. No such dress code tonight as we gather to dine and say fare well and celebrate all that is Venice and all that we’ve seen and done in this wondrous land!

The next morning we’ll head out early as a group and celebrate on our flight back to America all we’ve discovered in this beautiful country and all the new friends we’ve met on this Conservative Tour!

 

Pricing

Tour Price:  $3989.00     Deposit:  $ 500.00

What’s Included

  • Non-stop flight from several U.S. gateways to Rome and back from Venice.
  • Airport transfer from FCO in Rome to the Eternal City.
  • Airport transfer from hotel in Venice to Marco Polo Airport.
  • Expert commentary throughout the tour event by our friendly and talented tour leader from Italy.
  • Five dinners, most with wine included—and it’s very good wine!!! I’ll introduce you to the best Italian red I’ve ever had—-and it’s affordable should you want to bring home a bottle.
  • Breakfast daily in the comfort of your first class hotel.
  • Four nights in a centrally located, first class hotel in Rome.
  • Tour the factory and see Parmesan cheese made from scratch.
  • Four nights in the heart of Florence in a four-star first class property. A pleasant stroll to the Duomo.
  • Two nights first class hotel next to the main island in Venice.
  • COMPREHENSIVE GROUP TRAVEL INSURANCE POLICY FROM TRAVEL INSURED INTERNATIONAL.

  • Expert English-speaking professional full-time tour leader for the entire event.
  • Cooking lesson with an authentic Italian chef in a hilltop castle. As Rush might say, this particular event is more fun than a person has a right to have in one life.
  • All entrance fees as per the itinerary.
  • All deluxe motor coach transportation

What’s Not Included

  • Optional day trip to The Lost City of Pompeii
  • Government air tax.

 

Tour Dates

October 16 – 27, 2018
11 days, 10 nights

  • 4 hotel nights in Rome

  • 4 hotel nights in Florence

  • 2 hotel nights next to main island of Venice

 

TOUR NOTES

At Conservative Tours we love to dine. Some suggestions while in the Eternal City:

  • One of my favorites in Rome: Piccola Cuccagna just off Piazza Navona. The best grilled
    eggplant on the planet! You’ll be amazed at what Massimo does with vegetables– a meal
    in themselves!
  • My favorite seafood restaurant in Rome is on Via di Ripetta near Piazza del Popolo. One of
    my favorite Trattorias in Florence is Trattoria Marione. Talk about cozy! Italy is a food
    lover’s paradise and we intend to discover it all!
  • The view from our roof top deck in Florence is a sight to behold; but if you find the time
    visit one of the best restaurants in Florence with a view to match. It’s on the other side of
    the river and it’s called Omero.

 


Act now to experience the very best that Italy has to offer with this 2018 Grand Event first class excursion.

Contact Conservative Tours 888-733-9494 for more information or to reserve your place on this wonderful trip!

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TESTIMONIALS

“We’ve now enjoyed our second tour event with Conservative Tours in less than one year. The Italian Grand Event was everything promised and then some; but the organization was superb. Always had the feeling that good things were going to happen each day, and they did. The leisurely pace was helpful and the fine dining (particularly the Castle and Il Latini) was memorable.”

Mark & Celeste Lalli, New York City
Toured Italy with Conservative Tours