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Classic Italy Family Trip - June 2023
June 22, 2023 - July 2, 2023

$3,395

Classic Italy Family Trip – June 2023

This trip is being offered by Friends of Forest Park Elementary. A portion of the trip proceeds will go directly to the Friends of Forest Park foundation to benefit Forest Park Elementary and other local schools. Friends and families are welcome. 6 years and older is the recommended age.

In addition to seeing the highlights of Italy, we have organized this trip to consider the needs of families, offering an enjoyable pace and set of activities that engage children and adults alike, and a good balance between planned events and free exploration. Embark on a truly exciting, enjoyable, and educational immersion for the whole family!

Contact Forest Park Elementary parent Melissa Egizio Slechta (melissa@customizedjourneys.com) for more details. We will also be hosting family-friendly inforamtion sessions this fall where you can learn more about this trip. Stay tuned for dates and times!

ITINERARY


*Please click on each day to view daily itinerary.

DAY 0 - Tuesday, June 21, 2023

Fly from the US to Venice, Italy

DAY 1 - Wednesday, June 22, 2023: Arrival

Upon arrival in Venice, a private driver will pick you up at the airport to bring you to your hotel in Venice. You will have time to rest before meeting your guide and other travelers for a welcome talk and dinner. Overnight in Venice

DAY 2 - Thursday, June 23, 2023: Venice

This morning we will show you the best kept secrets in Venice including hidden artistic masterpieces and off-the-path architectural wonders. Our guide today, a PhD art historian- who is also lots of fun! - will take us off the beaten path to discover this magical city. Overnight in Venice.

DAY 3 - Friday, June 24, 2023: Venice & Tuscany

You will have time this morning to continue exploring Venice on your own. After lunch, we will transfer to a charming inn in the Tuscan countryside where you can unwind and enjoy the pool and beautiful vistas. We will enjoy a delicious Tuscan dinner at the resort tonight. Overnight in Tuscan countryside.

DAY 4 - Saturday, June 25, 2023: Florence

Today we will take in the great wonders of Florence. Florence is blessed with world-famous art, culture, history, and architecture -- all of which can be enjoyed by simply roaming its streets and public places. Enjoy a gelato as you stroll the famous Ponte Vecchio over the Arno River. Our local guide will also give us an unforgettable introduction to this essential city. Overnight in Tuscan countryside.

DAY 5 - Sunday, June 26, 2023: Lucca

Today we will visit the quaint walled city of Lucca. We will learn of the city’s many legends and medieval past. The city is still surrounded by impressive stone walls constructed in the 1500’s. We will have a chance to travel around the city walls on a family friendly bike ride. Overnight in Tuscan countryside.

DAY 6 - Monday, June 27, 2023: Sacro Bosco & Civita di Bagnoregio

Today we will transfer to Rome with stops along the way. We will visit the beautiful crumbling city of Civita Bagnoregio. We will also visit the Sacro Bosco, often called the Park of Monsters. This 16th century garden is filled with sculptures that will delight both adults and children. You will have time on your own in Rome this afternoon to begin exploring. Overnight in Rome.

DAY 7 - Tuesday, June 28, 2023: Rome

Once called Caput Mundi (capital of the world), Rome has been inhabited for at least 10,000 years and became the center of the civilized world after the fall of ancient Greece. Rome has never changed – it has only grown over itself a thousand times. Our fun and informative guide, who will show you some of the city’s greatest attractions including the Colosseum. After, we will visit a gladiator school where the children (and adults) can “train” as a gladiator. Overnight in Rome.

DAY 8 - Wednesday, June 29, 2023: PompeiI & Sorrento

Today we will make our way to Southern Italy starting with a visit to Pompeii. The ancient Roman settlement that was destroyed in A.D. 79 by the explosion of Mt. Vesuvius and remained covered in thick protective ash until its excavation began at the end of the 1700s. After the visit, you will be transferred to your hotel just outside Sorrento where you will spend the next two nights. Overnight near Sorrento.

DAY 9 - Thursday, June 30, 2023: Capri

This morning we will enjoy a boat ride to the fabled island of Capri. While on Capri we will drive up the unforgettable winding road to Anacapri, a picturesque town of 5,000 that somehow clings to the mountainside. Those wanting to reach the very top of the island can take a fun chairlift to Capri’s highest point, Monte Solaro - 1,926 feet above sea level. Overnight near Sorrento.

DAY 10 - Friday, July 1: Naples

We will enjoy our last day together with a walking tour along the greatest avenues of Naples with an experienced and entertaining local guide. The grandiosity of this city’s countless royal buildings and grand churches is a great surprise to the first-time visitor. We will also visit the Archelogical Museum of Naples where you will see all the most important discoveries from Pompeii. Overnight in Naples.

DAY 11 - Saturday, July 2, 2023: Departure

This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home or extend your trip with a private family extension.



INFORMATION


Trip Details:
2 nights in Venice
3 nights in Tuscan countryside
2 nights in Rome
2 nights near Sorrento
1 night in Naples
Total 10 nights – 11 days

Price:
$3,395 per person (20-30 travelers, double occupancy)
$3,275 per person (30-40 travelers, double occupany)
*250 discount on one fare for 3rd person staying in a triple room
Single supplement: Call for price

What is included in the trip

  • Accommodation in carefully selected, well located hotels and charming country inns
  • All group transportation in a deluxe air-conditioned private bus
  • All breakfasts, 5 dinners & 4 lunches per day including house wine for adults.
  • The services of a professional tour leader throughout the trip and local guides.
  • Entrance to museums and attractions as per itinerary
  • Tastings as per the itinerary

What is not included

  • International airfare from and to the US
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for your Customized Journeys tour manager, driver and local guides

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