Thanksgiving in Italy


6 days / 5 overnights

Italy Classic
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Stunning Monuments

marvel at the Coliseum, the cathedrals, the palazzos

Amazing Food

delightful Italian cuisine -fresh, pure and soo tasty

Breathtaking landskapes

from the Alps in the north, trough the rolling hills of Tuscany to the beautiful coastline along the bay of Naples

Smiling Faces

you'll fall in love with the Italians...their joy, friendliness and style is so inspiring

A Thanksgiving to remember...

Enjoy a hassle free Thanksgiving Holiday that celebrates the best of Italy’s sites, history and amazing food. This journey takes you through the majestic Alps, Lake Garda and Pisa in Italy's north, Venice on the east coast, through Tuscany to Florence and of course Rome and the Vatican! Your visit to Italy would not be complete without a Celebratory Feast at the famous Villa Machiavelli on Thanksgiving.  Here we will enjoy four-courses of Tuscan classics, along with live entertainment and unlimited wine! Simply the best of Italy in 6 amazing days!

Itinerary

Day One - Alps + Lake Garda

Following an early morning departure, we head south along the Rhine, through the snowcapped Swiss Alps, reaching Lake Garda by mid-afternoon, where we visit the town of Pesciera.  Here you can take in the views from of the lakeside promenade from one of the cafés or local restaurants. For an early dinner, perhaps enjoy a delicious, real Italian Pizza, made in a wood-fired oven. Later in the afternoon, we depart for a short drive to Venice where we check-in to our hotel and spend the night.

Day 2 - Venice

After breakfast at our hotel and check-out, we cross the Venetian Lagoon by ferry, to St. Mark’s Square, the historical center of Venice. The guided sightseeing on foot provides an overview of this magnificent city and takes you to St. Marc's Basilica, Doge’s Palace, the Bridge of Sighs as well as a visit to a local glass-blowing workshop.  You will then have free time where you can explore on your own, and perhaps take a gondola ride along the Grand Canal or find a cozy spot for a hot coffee or bite to eat.  We depart Venice to travel further south, past the olive groves, Chianti vineyards and into Rome where we travel directly to our hotel for check-in.

Day 3 - Rome + Vatican

Today we will explore the Eternal City with a grand sightseeing tour that takes you to some of Rome’s famous sites. We begin with the Vatican, where you can view Michelangelo's amazing copula at St Peter's Basilica, followed by stops at the Circus Maximus, the monumental Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Capitoline Hill and the Pantheon. At Trevi Fountain, throw a coin into the water to make a wish while you enjoy the festive ambiance of Piazza Navona.  From here you are free to pick from the many restaurants in the area or perhaps dine together at our favorite family-style Roman trattoria and enjoy some great italian food.

Day 4 - Pompeii + Sorrento

Following breakfast at the hotel, we're off for a full-day excursion to the Bay of Naples and Pompeii, where we first visit Pompeii, which was buried by erupting Mt Vesuvius in 79 AD. We will tour the excavations with an expert local guide and learn all about this historic place.  Next, we take a short drive along the Peninsula Sorrentina, which is perhaps one of the most scenic roadways in Italy.  This will take us to Sorrento, a famed resort on the cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. There will be free time for you to explore, shop around the quaint historical center and have a quick lunch.  Before we leave Sorrento, join us for a visit to a local Limoncello producer to sample some delicious treats and perhaps purchase a few to take with you.  For our return trip, you can travel by bus or choose to join us on a cruise, via jet boat, along the scenic coast to Naples where we will see the Anjou Castle at the Port of Naples before heading back to Rome and our hotel.

Day 5 - Florence & Thanksgiving Celebration

After breakfast and hotel check out, we head north into Tuscany for a late morning arrival in Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance and the city of Art. Our sightseeing begins with the impressive Cathedral, Piazza Signoria and Santa Croce church which houses the tomb of Michelangelo.  The afternoon offers free time for you to explore on your own, shop for Italian fashion, leather, gold jewelry, Tuscan specialties and enjoy a bite to eat before we journey to back to our hotel before and freshen up for an amazing Thanksgiving Celebration.  Tonight we will enjoy a spectacular evening of Thanksgiving festivities at the Villa Machiavelli, which boasts over 500 years of rich history, including being the residence of the infamous Niccolo Machiavelli.  We will tour the Villa, House Museum and Cellars, which have been beautifully restored to present a warm Tuscan atmosphere with rustic charm, refined cuisine and fine wine.  This evening we will discover the secrets of the Borgo with a Thanksgiving Feast of Tuscan delights, live musical entertainment and a never-ending flow of wine!

DAY 6 - Pisa

Following breakfast and hotel check out, we journey east to visit one of Italy’s most famous and iconic buildings, the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Built in the 12th century, on the so called Field of Miracles, this bell tower is treasured by Italian’s as an architectural wonder. We then travel back north, passing the impressive quarries of Carrara marble, back through the alpine regions of Switzerland into Germany.

Special Note About Travel Documents

Travelers must be in possession of a Blue US Tourist Passport. Nationalities traveling with a non US Tourist Passport must check with the respective consulates and ensure they have the appropriate travel documents required to enter all countries the tour visits and travels through.

Festivities at the Villa Machiavelli

Thanksgiving Evening of Tuscan Delights

Tour of Villa, House Museum and Cellars, followed by an exquisite four-course Tuscan meal, live musical entertainment, and unlimited wine and water.

Antipasti

Charcuterie featuring Tuscan pecorino cheese, salami and cured meats, accompanied with seasonal Vegetables

Pasta

Ravioli Tartufo

Handmade ravioli filled with ricotta cheese and spinach accompanied by truffle cream sauce

Penne Arrabbiata con Carne

Spicey tomato sauce with meat and penne pasta

Carne

Bistecca alla Fiorentina

Regional specialty of herb-marinated, grilled porterhouse steak accompanied by rosemary seasoned oven roasted potatoes

Dolce

Selection of classical Italian desserts such as Tiramisu (coffee cream cake), Panforte (fruit cake), Torte de la Nona (custard pie)



Trip Details

Dates & Prices   2021

  • Nov 21-26: Adults €999 Confirmed

Please note that the listed dates may be subject to change due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, safety or limitations in being able to provide a quality of travel experience. For complete details regarding our response to COVID-19 and please see below.

Pick Up Time

  • Departs 0530
  • Returns 2400 (midnight)

Pick Up Location

  • Ramstein AFB, Main Chapel Parking Lot
  • Day Tours:  Park toward center of the lot.
    Overnight Tours:
    Park in the overnight parking area.
    Tour guide will provide parking passes.

Included

  • Modern tour bus with AC / WC / DVD
  • 5 x overnight at 1st class hotels

  • 5 x buffet breakfast at hotel
  • Boat ride round trip in Venice
  • Excursion to the bay of Naples (Pompeii + Sorrento)

  • City sightseeing of Venice, Rome, Florence and Pisa
  • Hotel & city taxes
  • Services of driver and HORIZON tour guide

Not Included.....(prices may vary)

  • Gondola Ride in Venice € 35

  • Entry Colisseum € 21

  • Tuscan Dinner € 59

  • Roman Dinner € 45

  • Entry & guided tour of Pompeii excavations € 25

  • Boat ride from Sorrento to Naples € 15

  • Lunch Sorrento € 23

  • Single room supplement €300
  • Cancellation Insurance: Adults €84

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Additional Info

  • This tour involves extensive walking, please bring comfortable shoes for sightseeing. Physical disabilities that restrict mobility may limit your ability to participate in some of the planned itinerary.

  • Prices listed are per person, double room occupancy.
  • Triple rooms may be available upon request.
  • Please review our Cancellation Policy and Terms & Conditions prior to booking your trip.

Important COVID-19 Information

Mandatory Travel Documents ALL TOURS
COVID-19 Vaccination Certificates In QR Code Format

  • COVID-19 health documentation is mandatory to travel on all our tours (see next section for age-specific requirements).
  • All adults and youths are required to obtain COVID-19 vaccination certificates/proof of recovery in QR CODE format. This can be obtained from any German Apotheke (Pharmacy).
  • If you are unfamiliar with how to complete this procedure please see our blog article using this link for complete instructions, or contact us for assistance.

General

  • Tickets are sold on a First Come First Serve basis.
  • You are required to stay in your assigned seat (seat assignments are done by the office before departure).
  • Surgical grade or FFP2 face maks are required during all times while inside the bus and during boarding process.  They are also required at venues, sites and destinations.
  • Consumption of food or snacks is not currently permitted on the bus.
  • Covid-19: Tour is operated in accordance with the latest ordinance of the State of  Rhineland Pfalz. 

Adults & Youths

  • Adults and passengers 12 years and older must be fully vaccinated or provide a letter of recovery in QR CODE format (see Mandatory Documents sections above for additional details).

Children

  • Children ages 6 - 11 years old must provide a negative COVID-19 test.
  • Test must be valid through the entire tour until the scheduled tour return time. 
  • Children 0 - 5 years are not currently permitted on tours.

Bus Disinfecting Measures

  • Bus will be thoroughly disinfected after every journey.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available on the bus.
  • Bring your own hand sanitizer or personal cleansing products for use outside of the bus.

Bus Boarding Process

  • Masks must be in place and hands must be disinfected before boarding the bus.
  • Keep safe distance while entering and exiting the bus (1,5m).
Making Reservations
  • To place your reservation, please use the Book It button on each tour page, located at the top of the Trip Details section.
  • Reservations are processed in the order they are received, on a first come first serve basis Mon - Fri 0900 - 1600.
  • Before placing your reservation, please verify that your tour is still available on our Departure Status Page.
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