FUN HAPPENINGS TRAVEL PRESENTS A TRIP OF A LIFETIME TO NORTHERN ITALY TOUR WITH ANDREA BOCELLI CONCERT IN TUSCANY
- DEPART TUE. JULY 16TH – RETURN SAT. JULY 27TH 2019
- Tour is Limited to Only 30 Persons! | $3050 + $1125 Air from JFK!
Join Fun Happenings Travel Group for an Amazing “Once in a Lifetime” opportunity to experience the food, wine, history, and art of Northern Italy, including the Northern Lake Region, Milan, Florence, Pisa, Venice (optional excursion for day), Cinque Terre and the Tuscany and Chianti wine regions! But wait, There’s More… We are attending the 14th Annual Teatro del Silenzio Andrea Bocelli Concert in an outdoor amphitheater in The Tuscan countryside! This trip is limited to only 38 spots and is expected to sell out quickly, so if you are considering joining… I would make a decision quickly!
Get ready for a Tour of Italy like never before! This tour is not your average cookie-cutter tour purchased from an American Tour company, as this tour is customized exclusively for Fun Happenings Travel Group and includes unique and memorable life-changing experiences!
I have worked closely with an Italian Tour company over the last 5 years and they are including some incredible activities on this tour… and Most Everything is Included, except 2-3 optional excursions, that are planned during our free time.
Our group will visit and explore so much over 11 days and won't have to travel far each day, as we are concentrating this tour on 3 regions in Northern Italy. Our group will be immersing ourselves fully in the Italian Culture and Experience a side of Italy- like never before as we:
1. Immerse yourself in the local culture of each of the 3 Northern Italy regions we visit.
2. Visit the Swiss Alpine Town of Locarno for the day, as we cross the Swiss Alps by train.
3. Tour and taste wines from two prominent wineries in the Chianti and Tuscany wine regions and meet the winemakers.
4. Explore one of the most charming & quaint villages of Tuscany Italy- San Gimignano, and Siena Italy!
5. Visit the Famed Italian Riviera and Cinque Terre by train and boat and experience some of the most scenic seaside villages in all of Europe!
6. Explore Florence and its famous Renaissance masterpieces as we spend 4 nights here.
7. Attend the Famed Andrea Bocelli concert in an amphitheater in the Tuscan countryside.
8. Have the option to explore Venice for the day by High Speed Bullet train from Florence.
9. Experience the Real Italy with outstanding local guides in each region we visit!
10. Visit Milan and one of the largest cathedrals in the world during our visit of this beautiful city.
TRIP DATES: Depart Tue. July 16th – Return Sat. July 27th 2019 for 10 nights / 11 days.
LAND PACKAGE PRICE: $[masked]
ROUND TRIP AIRFARE FROM NEW YORK JFK: $1,125.00 (Non-stop Flights to Milan & Return from Rome- Everyone is responsible for getting to JFK on their own as trip begins here)
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT FOR SINGLE ROOM: $890.00 (limited to 5 Single Rooms)
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THIS AMAZING TRIP OF A LIFETIME:
• 4-star Superior First Class Hotels (Stresa/Lake Maggiore: 3 nights; Florence: 4 nights; Siena / Tuscany area: 3 nights- Total 10 Nights / 11 Days)
• 15 Meals Included (10 full American breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners, and 2 wine tastings)
• Daily Guided Excursions included as per our itinerary (excluding 2-3 optional activities offered during free time)
• Private Local Tour Guide for our Group throughout entire trip
• Deluxe Private Coach for Airport Transfers, all Tours and Andrea Bocelli concert
• Ticket to the Sold Out Andrea Bocelli concert on July 25th at Teatro del Silenzio, an open air amphitheater, located in Bocelli‘s hometown- Lajatico, Tuscany.
• Enjoy a Special Post-Concert Dinner at unique venue, near Lajatico.
• “Whisper Technology” Headsets on all guided tours
• Baggage porterage for airport and hotel transfers
• All VAT and local service taxes, city taxes
This amazing itinerary will allow us to explore a variety of locations throughout Northern Italy with minimal travel time, as we will use Florence and Siena as bases from which to explore the Tuscany and Chianti wine regions. During our time in Stresa, we will explore the Borromean Islands, and even venture across the border to Switzerland for the Day!
DETAILED ITINERARY: NORTHERN ITALY TOUR WITH ANDREA BOCELLI CONCERT
Tuesday, July 16: Depart New York JFK Airport [Trip begins at New York JFK]
Day 1 – Tuesday July[masked]
DEPART NYC JFK FLIGHT #198 AT 4:40PM
ARRIVE MILAN MXP AT 6:35AM (Arrive Wed. July 17th)
Day 2 – Wednesday, July 17
Welcome to Italy! We will arrive at Milan-Malpensa Airport at 6:35 AM via American Airlines. We will be greeted there by our tour director, Alex, who will lead our group on a guided tour of Milan including a visit to the famous Milan Cathedral.
After our Milan Tour, you will be free for lunch and exploring or shopping on your own
In the late afternoon, we will transfer by private motor coach to our hotel in Stresa (3 nights), which overlooks the beautiful Lake Maggiore. This evening, we will enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant (D Included).
Day 3 – Thursday, July 18
After breakfast, we depart for morning cruise of The Borromean Islands. The islands take their name from the Borromean family, art lovers and botanists, who took ownership of the land in the 14th century. At Isola Bella, we visit the Palazzo Borromeo, the epitome of opulence and luxury. We will have free time for lunch then proceed by boat to exotic Isola Madre, noted for its English Botanical Garden, rich in rare plants. We return to Stresa, where the rest of the afternoon and dinner are at leisure. Overnight in Stresa. (B included)
DAY 4 – Friday, July 19
Today we enjoy a full day outing, as we travel to the Canton of Ticino in Switzerland.
The Canton of Ticino is a very interesting part of Switzerland—it's a wedge of warm country that is almost completely surrounded by Italy. Italian is spoken here and the culture is decidedly Italian, even though the Swiss have controlled the Ticino since the early 1500s. The area is stunningly beautiful and is a great place for a walking, biking, or driving tour. We depart in the morning by the Centovalli train and return in the late afternoon by boat. Dinner in Stresa tonight is on your own. Overnight in Stresa. (B included) **NOTE: YOUR PASSPORT IS REQUIRED TO ENTER SWITZERLAND FOR THE DAY!
Day 5 – Saturday, July 20
We will have breakfast at the hotel prior to checkout. We transfer from Stresa to Florence by private coach. During our route our group will stop in Pisa to visit the famous Leaning Tower in the Piazza Dei Miracoli. After our stop in Pisa, we proceed to Lucca, a town known for the cobblestone streets and the well-preserved Renaissance walls that encircle the historic city center. In Lucca, we will have free time for lunch and shopping or exploring this quaint town. Late this afternoon, we arrive in Florence. Overnight Florence (B included)
Day 6 –Sunday, July 21
We begin the day with breakfast at the hotel. This morning, our group will take an orientation tour of Florence's historical center led by our local guide. After the tour, enjoy an afternoon on your own to explore this beautiful city, known as the center of the Italian Renaissance. Today, lunch and dinner are on your own. Overnight in Florence (B included)
Day 7 – Monday, July 22
After our breakfast at hotel, our group will visit the Cinque Terre (Five Villages), five picturesque fishing villages on the coast known as the Italian Riviera. We will first travel to La Spezia, where we will board the ferry to Cinque Terre. As we travel up the coast, be prepared for the incredible, breathtaking views. You are on your own for lunch in beautiful Monterosso, the largest and oldest of the Cinque Terre villages. For an authentic takeaway snack, look for a friggitoria, where bite-sized seafood is piled into a paper cone. Also, try the Cinque Terre DOC wine and support the local vignerons. After lunch, we will take the ferry back to La Spezia, and return to Florence in the late afternoon. Dinner in Florence tonight is on your own. Overnight in Florence (B included)
Day 8 – Tuesday, July 23
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel. Today you will have a free day to explore Florence on your own, or you may opt to join Fun Happenings for an adventurous, full day trip to Venice (optional excursion; additional fees will apply) via high speed bullet train (90 minutes each way). Overnight in Florence (B included)
Day 9 – Wednesday, July 24
After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, we depart for San Gimignano, city of beautiful towers. As we walk with our tour director through the narrow, medieval streets of San Gimignano, you will notice the magnificent 13th century stone walls that completely enclose this Tuscan hill town. As you encounter the 14 towers that remain today, imagine how the town might have appeared when 72 towers were standing. You will have time for lunch on your own after which we will proceed to our hotel located in the beautiful countryside just outside the town of Siena. Tonight, we will enjoy dinner with wine tasting at a local Tuscan winery. Overnight in Siena area. (B, wine tasting, D included)
Day 10 – Thursday, July 25
After our breakfast at the hotel, we will enjoy a morning tour of Siena with our local guide. We will visit the Piazza del Campo, known for the Palio, an important horse race that takes place twice a year in Siena (July 2 and August 16). We will also visit the Duomo di Siena and the Baptistery of San Giovanni Battista, as well as the Torre del Mangia (Tower of the Eater). We will have free time in this gorgeous medieval city to enjoy lunch, shop, and explore the narrow streets and contrade. We will return to our hotel after lunch.
This evening we depart for one of the Top Highlights of our trip... the Andrea Bocelli concert that takes place at Teatro del Silenzio, an amphitheater in Lajatico, Italy, the birthplace of Bocelli. The amphitheater was built by the local government at the request of Bocelli. He performs a concert here each summer. The amphitheater sits unused the remainder of the year; however, the stage area is flooded and becomes a “lake” in which sculptures are exhibited.
The 14th Annual Andrea Bocelli Teatro Del Silenzio Concert, the exclusive event that takes place every year on the hills of Lajatico (Pisa), Maestro Bocelli’s hometown concert titled "Ali di libertà", scheduled for Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 8:30 pm is sold out.
The artistic direction is once again by Luca Tommassini a visionary guru artist and former choreographer of X Factor, collaborator of Madonna and Michael Jackson concerts. This year the most beloved Tenor in the world will be joined, by his son Matteo Bocelli, rising star of international pop, from the extraordinary success obtained with the song "Fall on me", duet interpreted together with his father.
The best of the best is in the program: a multi-sensory experience that will reinvent opera by offering the greatest composers, the most beloved songs and the most popular “classics”, presented within an innovative format that will symbolically take the audience by the hand, within spectacular moving sets that are, currently, unparalleled. It is a memorable journey, to be taken – as always – alongside Andrea Bocelli, through the places where he was born and where many of his dearest loved ones still reside. It’s an intimate concert and the best place to see Andrea Bocelli Live! After the concert, we will enjoy an authentic Italian dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight Siena. (B, Concert, D included)
Concert Promo Video: https://youtu.be/cPntqFzaY2M
Day 11 – Friday, July 26
After breakfast at our hotel, our group will enjoy an excursion to the Chianti Wine Region for a visit to the famous Verrazzano Winery. After a tour of the winery and vineyards, we will enjoy a tasting of their classic wines and a lunch featuring local products. We return back to our Siena area hotel for an afternoon of leisure. Tonight, our group will enjoy a farewell dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight in Siena. (B, L, wine tasting, D included)
Day 12 – Saturday, July 27
We will receive a boxed breakfast from the hotel as we depart early morning to Fiumicino (FCO) Airport in Rome. (B included, lunch, dinner served on board)
AMERICAN AIRLINES FLIGHT # 235
DEPART ROME FCO 9:40AM
ARRIVE NEW YORK JFK 1:20PM (Same Day)
Our Northern Italy Hotels:
Stresa / Lake Maggiore: Grand Hotel Bristol (4 star Superior Hotel):
July 17th – 20th; 3 nights
Florence: Hotel Ambasciatori (4 star Superior Centrally located Hotel):
July 20th – 24th; 4 nights
Historical Florence city center
Siena / Tuscany Area: Hotel Garden Siena (4 Star Tuscan Hotel):
July 24th – 27th; 3 nights
Countryside Hotel, just outside city center of Siena
HOTEL VIDEO: https://youtu.be/fDRusbiA1CQ
PAYMENT TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR NORTHERN ITALY TOUR WITH ANDREA BOCELLI CONCERT:
Our 11 Day Tour of Northern Italy is priced at $3050 + $1125 for International Air from New York JFK Airport [Fly into Milan | Return from Rome FCO]. You have the option to Pay for this Trip in Full by Check or Credit Card or Choose 5 Recurring Payments over 5 months on PayPal.
The Trip begins from NEW YORK JFK AIRPORT on Tuesday, July 16th 2019 departing at 4:40pm, so you should arrive to JFK 3-4 hours before departure. Each person is responsible for meeting the group at NYC JFK International Airport. NOTE: Southwest Airlines flies to nearby LaGuardia LGA Airport and is a 45-60 minute (depending on traffic) shuttle to JFK airport [Allow for Extra Time, if you fly into LGA]
THERE ARE 4 WAYS TO PAY FOR THIS TRIP:
1.) Pay in Full by Check ($3050 + $1125 Int'l Air) = TOTAL $[masked].) Pay in Full by PayPal Or Credit Card ($3050 Land Pkg. + $1125 Int'l Air + $125.00 cc fees) = TOTAL $[masked].) Pay in 5 Installment Payments over 5 months (5 Payments of $860.00)- Totaling $[masked]. [Note: Recurring Payments must begin by Feb. 15th or until Trip sells out]
4.) Land Only Package $3050 (by check) or $[masked] (PayPal or Credit Card) and Purchase your own Air and Meet us in Milan or Stresa Italy on July 17th 2019 [Note: Transfers are not included unless you arrive before group flights]
PAYMENT OPTION DETAILS
1.] PAY IN FULL BY CHECK...$[masked] ($3050 Land Pkg+ $1125 for Air -per person / Based on Double Occupancy - If paid in Full by Check (Single room is additional- See Single Supplement below)
MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO FUN HAPPENINGS AND MAIL TO:
PO Box 322
2.] PAY IN FULL OF AIR/LAND PACKAGE BY PAYPAL/CREDIT CARD: TOTAL $[masked] ($3050 Land Package + $1125 Int'l Air + $125.00 cc fees)
NORTHERN ITALY TOUR PAYMENT IN FULL PAYPAL LINK ($[masked]):
3.] PAY WITH 5 RECURRING PAYMENTS ON PAYPAL FOR NORTHERN ITALY LAND AND AIR PACKAGE- TOTALING $[masked] (5 Recurring Automatic Payments of $860.00)
A.) $860.00 Due Now (1st Payment Due Before Feb.15th/ or until Trip Fills up)
B.) $860.00 Due 4 weeks after previous payment (Auto PayPal Payment)
C.) $860.00 Due 4 weeks after previous payment (Auto PayPal Payment)
D.) $860.00 Due 4 weeks after previous payment (Auto PayPal Payment)
E.) $860.00 Final Auto Payment- Must be paid by July 10th 2019- If you begin payments late- you may be required to make 2 payments at end to make final payment by July 10th 2019.
** PAYPAL LINK FOR 5 RECURRING AUTOMATIC PAYMENTS OF $860.00 (Totaling $[masked]):
4.] LAND ONLY PACKAGE FOR NORTHERN ITALY $3050 (Mail Check to Address above) or $[masked] (PayPal or Credit Card) and Purchase your own Air.
PAYPAL LINK FOR LAND ONLY NORTHERN ITALY PACKAGE ($[masked]):
SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT $890.00: Single Room Supplement for entire 10 Night Tour.
PAYPAL LINK FOR SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT [$890.00]:
TO JOIN THIS AMAZING TRIP - PLEASE COMPLETE THESE 4 EASY STEPS!
1.) Make either 1st Payment on PayPal or Full Payment by check [Partial payments can only be made by PayPal] to Reserve your Space. **Payment is the only way to secure your space. [Note: This trip has more people interested in joining vs. the 38 available spots and trip is expected to fill up quickly.
2.) Take a photo or scan of your Passport Info Page & email to [masked]. Put your "Name and FH July 2019 Northern Italy Tour" in Subject line.
3.) RSVP "Yes" on this Trip Page on meetup site [Note: You must be logged into or "Register your name, email" on Meetup to RSVP and see full details on trip page] Also, +1, +2, If traveling with others.
4.) Email Fun Happenings Travel Group at [masked] and provide the best email for trip updates and if you're requesting a single room or want assistance in finding a roommate.
Thank you for your interest in Fun Happenings Travel Group! We hope you can join this Amazing Trip of a Lifetime, as we tour Northern Italy and experience Andrea Bocelli Live in Concert! Please contact me if you have any questions.
Your Travel Planner,
Fun Happenings Travel Group
Group Flight Itinerary
AA FLT # 198 JUL[masked]
DEPART NYC JFK 4:40PM
ARRIVE MILAN MXP 6:35AM (JUL 17)
AA FLT # 235
DEPART ROME FCO 9:40AM
ARRIVE NYC JFK 1:20PM (same day)
REFUND POLICY: No Refunds are offered with less than 120 days notice before departure date. If you can find a replacement, a name change fee of $200 is charged.