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4 Reasons You Should Still Travel to the Caribbean

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Hurricanes Irma and Maria attacked the Caribbean as if it was their mission this September, leaving billions of dollars of damage in their wake. Reports say that Barbuda (sister island of Antigua) is no longer inhabitable, and a tragic news story about Puerto Rico comes out every day.

And, let’s not forget about St. Maarten and Dominica, where as much as 90 percent of the islands were destroyed.

While all the bad news may make you wonder if the Caribbean is worth visiting, it’s important to note that there are still plenty of reasons to visit the selection of islands that make up this part of the world. Before you eschew the Caribbean and book elsewhere, consider these reasons to visit anyway:

Plenty of Islands Are Outside the Hurricane Belt

If you’ve been dreaming of visiting the Caribbean but are worried about running into damage that might ruin your trip, keep in mind that plenty of Caribbean islands are outside the hurricane belt—and that many didn’t encounter a hurricane at all.

Barbados, Curacao, Grenada and many other islands aren’t anywhere near the typical hurricane zone. Many others like Jamaica and Grand Cayman saw no damage at all while some resort destinations like the Dominican Republic and St. Kitts/Nevis saw only a passing blow.

Damaged Islands Need Your Money and Help

Since many Caribbean islands rely on tourism as their main source of income, actually visiting an impacted island is one of the best ways you can help.

By spending your money at hotels and restaurants, you’re putting cash right into the hands of people who can desperately use it.

 

Many Damaged Islands Are Already Back Up and Running

Some islands that noted damage were able to turn around and reopen to tourists rather fast.

Antigua, for example, is mostly open and just as beautiful as ever, its CEO of the local tourism board told The Telegraph. Anguilla appears to be on its way back in business, and the islands that make up the Bahamas are mostly back up and running as usual.

The Caribbean Offers Any Travel Experience You Could Want

You could fly to Europe to experience Dutch, French or British culture, but several islands in the Caribbean offer European flair—and often food—since they are colonies of larger countries across the pond.

Visit Curacao for a taste of Dutch delicacies like bitterballen and stroopwafels, for example.

And, don’t forget that the Caribbean is more than just beautiful beaches. The islands boast mountains you can climb, amazing snorkeling, plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation and amazing foodie experiences featuring local ingredients like seafood and spices.

Hurricanes Irma and Maria may have battered part of the Caribbean, but the islands still have plenty to offer visitors. Whether you love seafood or snorkeling or giant stretches of white sand beach, you can still find it in the Caribbean.

And right now, they need you more than ever. Call Elite Travel Consulting at 1-559-207-0545 for more information

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Let Our Group Handle Your Group Travel Needs

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Whether you are planning a corporate meeting or incentive trip, a destination wedding, family reunion, bachelor party or girls’ getaway weekend, our Group Specialists can customize a deluxe itinerary including flights from multiple departure cities, transfers, tours and activities. Add our deluxe hotels and tours to a pre- or post-cruise itinerary in many port cities.

We offer a variety of hotels, condos, all-inclusive resorts, villas and homes at some of the world’s finest destinations. We can also book tours for groups who are doing a pre- or post-cruise in one of our destinations, or in conjunction with one of our specialty products, like Paul Gauguin, Blue Lagoon, and Mooring Yachts in the Caribbean and Mexico, Endless Blue Yachts in the Mediterranean, and Orion Adventures Down Under. The options are endless.

 

Our Group Packages Offers These Important Advantages:

  • Customized group packages that deliver the best values and itineraries designed to meet your exact needs.
  • Expert recommendations for hotels and resorts that cater especially to group travel.
  • Travel insurance for cancellation protection.
  • Customer Service assistance throughout your entire trip.
  • A dedicated team of Group Specialists to ensure a seamless process, from the initial quote through post-trip.
  • Beautiful documents for each party (electronic documents are also available)
  • Rooming lists and accounting spreadsheets

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Book Funjet Vacations

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Do something you’ll never forget

Funjet Vacations is a family-owned business that has been fulfilling vacation dreams for 40 years and counting. At Funjet, we are committed to creating vacations that far exceed the expectations of every customer and providing the best end-to-end service every step of the way. Our customers’ collection of experiences and memories define us, and it is our desire to provide you with opportunities to truly do something you’ll never forget.

Who we are

Funjet Vacations is the flagship brand of the Mark Travel Corporation, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Funjet specializes in providing travelers with vacation packages that meet their needs, delivered with unparalleled customer care and at an exceptional value. With over 40 years of experience and hundreds of destinations, Funjet Vacations creates memories and helps each traveler do something they’ll never forget.

Destinations

Funjet has spent the last 40 years building relationships with the best hotels and resorts around the world. The hotels and resorts that Funjet recommends include luxurious all-inclusive resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean, Hawaiian hotels with stunning surroundings, upscale and trendy locations in Costa Rica and Panama, popular U.S. vacation destinations and a wide selection of charming European accommodations. Wherever your wanderlust may take you, Funjet will be there with the perfect place to call your home-away-from-home. Start planning your vacation to one of our unforgettable destinations!

Customer care

At Funjet, our customers come first. Their happiness is our number one concern, and that’s why we offer unmatched customer service from end-to-end. The moment you begin dreaming about your vacation, Funjet is there for you.

Experienced customer service representatives support you from the booking process all the way through the time when you return home.

While you’re on vacation, you’ll have 24/7 access to Funjet’s travel specialists to help you travel safely and without stress.  Funjet’s all-in-one travel protection offers great benefits, allowing you to plan and protect your dream vacation with no fees and no worries.

For more information about Funjet’s superior customer service and top-notch travel protection, click here.

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Questions & Answers About Hurricanes & Travel Insurance

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Q. How can travel insurance cover my vacation investment in the event of a hurricane or other unforeseen severe weather?
A. In the event of a covered hurricane or other unforeseen severe weather, travel insurance provides coverage under the Trip Cancellation and Interruption benefit. If your trip is cancelled for a covered reason, we will refund the pre-paid, forfeited, non-refundable trip costs trip up to the limit of coverage.

Q. If a hurricane watch or warning is issued that may impact my travel plans, up to what point can I still purchase travel insurance?
A. Insurance must be purchased 24 hours prior to when the hurricane has been named. Once the hurricane has been named, Trip Cancellation and Interruption losses resulting from the hurricane are excluded from the coverage of the policy.

Q. If the resort that I will be staying at next week is damaged in a storm before my scheduled departure, can I cancel my trip and be reimbursed for my non-refundable costs?
A. If the resort is damaged and cannot accommodate you (or provide comparable accommodations), your nonrefundable costs will be reimbursed.

Q. I’m worried that a predicted storm’s path will be too near to the location of my upcoming insured vacation; can I cancel for a refund?
A. If the storm directly affects your travel arrangements or accommodations, you are entitled to Trip Cancellation or Trip Interruption benefits. For example: an airport is closed due to the high winds; you are forced to evacuate your hotel/resort; the road you are traveling is impassable due to high water. On the other hand, if you choose to cancel a trip based on what you think might happen — and not because the inclement weather has directly affected your travel arrangements — that would be considered a matter of choice — not a direct loss to your arrangements.

Q. If my airport is closed due to a hurricane or other weather event, and my vacation is delayed, will I be reimbursed?
A. Yes, travel insurance will cover the expenses incurred if your trip is delayed and will cover reasonable, additional accommodations and travel expenses until travel becomes possible.

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Turkey Moves Up in Tourism Ranks

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Turkey is the only country in the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) list that moved up among the top ten rankings from seventh to sixth place in 2011.

The UNWTO is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.

Each year it publishes the “Tourism Highlights Edition” and in the 2012 edition,Turkey was the only country able to move up in the top ten rankings.

In 2010 Turkey registered in seventh spot, but was able to creep up a notch in 2011 to sixth place with 29.3 million visiting tourists. Turkey was able to supersede England on the list and ranked twelfth in terms of tourism receipts. While England ranked one spot behind Turkey in tourist arrivals in seventh place, it also came in seventh in terms of receipts.

Summer in Turkey

“We are working night and  day to reach our [tourism] targets,” said Culture and Tourism Minister Ertugrul Gunay.

France continues to lead the ranking of international tourist arrivals (79 million), and ranks third in receipts ($54 billion), while the United States ranks first in receipts ($116 billion) and second in arrivals (62 million).

Spain is still the second largest earner worldwide and the first in Europe ($60 billion), while ranking fourth in the world by arrivals (57 million).

China continues to rank third in arrivals (58 million) and fourth in receipts ($48 billion), while Italy remains in fifth place in both arrivals (46 million) and receipts ($43 billion).

Germany continues to rank eighth in tourist arrivals and sixth in receipts, while Malaysia is ninth and fourteenth respectively. Australia, Macao (China), and Hong Kong (China) complete the top ten ranking by receipts in eighth, ninth and tenth place respectively, while Mexico closes the top ten by arrivals in tenth position, according to the report

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Aman Resorts in Laos:

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Amantaka Buddhist Celebrations:

The town of Luang Prabang boasts a history and culture that are intrinsically linked to Theravada Buddhism, with around 1,200 monks and novices residing in this UNESCO World Heritage Site. From 13-16 September the town will be celebrating Boun Khao Padap Dinh. This festival honors the deceased and culminates in boat racing on Nam Khan River. Another imminent celebration is Boun Ook Phan-Sa which marks the end of Buddhist Lent. Occurring 29 October – 1 November, it involves evening candlelit processions and hundreds of colorful floats decorated with flowers, incense and candles adrift on the Mekong River. Situated in the heart of Luang Prabang, Amantaka offers insight into Buddhist culture and an array of activities to get closer to daily life in Luang Prabang during these Buddhist festivals.

About Amantaka

Set on a large garden estate, Amantaka is housed in graceful French colonial buildings in the UNESCO protected town of Luang Prabang. Airy and elegant throughout, the décor and furnishings reflect the town’s French colonial history. Situated just south of Phousi Hill, the resort is within strolling distance of the boutiques, bakeries and restaurants lining the town’s main street. The fabled night market, the picturesque banks of the Mekong River and the former Royal Palace are also nearby.

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Tanzania Safari & Zanzibar Africa

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Tanzania Safari & Zanzibar Africa Singles Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Arusha, Tanzania
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be greeted by our representative. He will introduce you to the group’s safari guides as well as our vehicles. Once everyone arrives the group will embark on a drive to Arusha and check in into our rooms.

Day 2: Arusha – Lake Manyara
Enjoy an early breakfast at the lodge before our pre – safari briefing. Then collect your picnic lunch box as we are on our way to Lake Manyara National Park for our first game viewing. Lake Manyara National Park spreads out across the Great East African Rift Valley, dominating a vast landscape. Often called Tanzania’s water due to the large number of birds and animals the lake supports, Lake Manyara NP is also famous for its’ tree-climbing lions.

Following our wonderful safari we drive to Migunga Tented Camp for dinner and overnight. Nestled in a quiet corner on the northwest of the lake, Migunga Tented Camp is only 5 minutes from the entrance of the park.

Day 3: Lake Manyara – Serengeti
After a leisurely breakfast we check-out of Migunga and drive to Serengeti National Park. Arriving by the Naabi gate about noon, we complete our check in procedures and enjoy our picnic lunch boxes. Our game safari begins as we drive towards Ikoma Tented Camp, set in the midst of an incredible vista of savannah and skies and sheltered in a grove of acacia trees.

Ideally situated along the path of the migrating wildebeest between Kenya and Tanzania, the camp is situated at the border of the world-renowned Serengeti National Park. We will find ourselves on one of the best game drives in the area – along the western corridor of the park, taking in Kirawira and the Grumeti river – home to the infamous wildebeest-eating giant crocodiles. There is no better place to take in one of the world’s greatest wildlife spectacles.

Day 4: Serengeti
Today we get to explore the vast Serengeti National Park, Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park with both a morning and afternoon game viewing safari. The Serengeti, a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a 7th world wide wonder, is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing.

Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle. The spectacle of predator versus prey dominates Tanzania’s greatest park. Golden-maned lion prides feast on the abundance of plain grazers. Solitary leopards haunt the acacia trees lining the Seronera River, while a high density of cheetahs prowls the southeastern plains. Almost uniquely, all three African jackal species occur here, alongside the spotted hyena and a host of more elusive small predators, ranging from the insectivorous aardwolf to the beautiful serval cat.
Meals and Overnight at Ikoma Tented Camp

Day 5: Serengeti – Ngorongoro
A leisurely breakfast at the Camp before we depart the Serengeti and drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. We stop at Oldupai Gorge for a short but nformative lecture, and at the same time we shall have a moment to enjoy our delicious picnic lunch boxes.

Then we continue on to Crater Forest Lodge, for our overnight stay arriving before dusk. We will have twilight dinners on the verandas while enjoying astonishing landscape views of the dense forest. Watch wildlife, like elephants, roaming through the forest, hear the lions roar and listen to the magical sounds of the tropical night.. It will be an experience you will never forget. The lodge, established on a highland coffee plantation called Kirin Coffee Estate, directly borders Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area.

Day 6: Ngorongoro
After breakfast we collect our picnic lunch boxes and descend into the crater floor for our full day safari, The Ngorongoro Conservation Area (809,440 ha) spans vast expanses of highland plains, savanna, savanna woodlands and forests, from the plains of the Serengeti National Park in the north-west, to the eastern arm of the Great Rift Valley. The area was established in 1959 as a multiple land use area, with wildlife coexisting with semi-nomadic Maasai pastoralists practicing traditional livestock grazing.

It includes the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, the world largest caldera, and Olduvai Gorge, a 14km long deep ravine. The property has global importance for biodiversity conservation in view of the presence of globally threatened species such as the black Rhino, the density of wildlife inhabiting the Ngorongoro Crater and surrounding areas throughout the year, and the annual migration of wildebeest, zebra, Thompson and Grants gazelles and other ungulates into the northern plains.

In the evening after our full day crater experience, ascend out and return to Crater Forest Lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 7: Ngorongoro – Arusha – Zanzibar
A leisurely breakfast at the Camp dining facilities, Soon after drive to Arusha for lunch at a restaurant in town. We then transfer to Arusha airport for our scheduled 1 1/2 hour flight to Zanzibar at 3:00pm.

Upon arrival at Zanzibar airport, we will be met and transfered to our hotel in Stone Town, recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the most unique cities in the world, blending Moorish, Middle Eastern, Indian, and African traditions and architectures, it is possible to spend days winding through Stone Town’s labyrinthine alleys; shopping; drinking tea; and visiting the city’s historic sites.Time to do some exploring before an optional dinner.

Day 8: Zanzibar
Today we discover the history and small shops of Stone Town. Made from Zanzibar’s coral stone, this ancient city with its narrow alleys and twisting streets is a trip into the past. Once the centre of the slave trade, Stone Town no longer smells of human flesh but of the fragrant spices that have been the island’s main export since the slave trade was abolished.

There are a number of historically important buildings and beautiful doors in Stone Town. The House of Wonders and The Arab Fort is worth a visit. The market in Stone Town is one of the largest, most vibrant open-air markets anywhere. Here, you can find several varieties of bananas, “elephant garlic” unique to the island, the largest avocados you’ll probably ever see. Even if you have no intentions of purchasing food, the spectacle alone is worth a stop.

Day 9: Zanzibar
An essential ingredient in a Zanzibari’s everyday life, is the island’s connection to spices and herbs. that dates back to the 16th century. Apart from being an important commodity on the trade routes, spices are used in traditional dishes, as cures for ailments and even for dyeing traditional ceremonial outfits for weddings and festivals. A spice tour just outside Stone Town is a fantastic way to see the countryside, take in rural Zanzibar and connect with its people.

Our spice tour is a sensory experience as we will be introduced to cinnamon, ylang-ylang, nutmeg and vanilla in their raw forms.

Enjoy some free time before our Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 10: Zanzibar
Have breakfast at our hotel before beining transferred, according to your flight schedule) to the Zanzibar Airport, where our singles safari and Zanzibar tour ends.

Tanzania & Zanzibar Africa

Includes the following

  • 9 nights Accomodations
  • 9 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 8 Dinners
  • Air flight Arusha to Zanzibar
  • Transport in 4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser
  • Experienced Driver/Guides
  • Park entrance fees
  • Complimentary mineral water during safari
  • Zanzibar Spice Tour
  • All transfers
  • All Taxes & Services charge.

Not Included

  • International Airfare
  • Tanzania Visa ($100 get upon landing)
  • Tips – $100 collected first day of trip

The price per person is for a double room. Free roommate matching is available so there is never a need to pay a “single supplement”. If you wish to room alone the cost is an additional $785.

For More Information Please Contact Elite Travel Consulting.

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Colors of Thailand

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Tour Highlights & Inclusives:

Itinerary:

Day 1
Arrive Bangkok and transfer to your hotel.
Overnight Bangkok.

Day 2
Sightseeing includes a tour of Bangkok visiting the three most famous monasteries in Bangkok: the Marble Temple, Temple of the Reclining Buddha and the Golden Buddha Temple, concluding with a visit to the Grand Palace.
Overnight Bangkok. (B)

Day 3
Early-morning departure by road to one of the most authentic floating markets, the colorful Damnoen Saduak, boat-ride around the market. Afternoon at leisure.
Overnight Bangkok. (B)

Day 4
Excursion to see the magnificent ruins of Ayutthaya, the former capital of Thailand and Bang Pa-In, the former Summer Palace. Board a luxurious river-cruiser for lunch which will be served while returning to Bangkok on the Chao Phraya River.
Overnight Bangkok. (B,L)

Day 5
Flight to Chiang Mai., upon arrival transfer to your hotel.
Overnight Chiang Mai. (B)

Day 6
Visit Doi Suthep Monastery, situated on a mountaintop with splendid views of the surrounding countryside.
Overnight Chiang Mai. (B)

Day 7
Visit Mae Ta Maan elephant camp. After a demonstration of how the elephants are trained to haul lumber in the jungles and forests you will take an elephant ride through the forest followed by an ox-cart ride passing rice fields and small farms. Participate in an exciting bamboo-raft trip down the Mae Tang River.
Overnight Chiang Mai. (B)

Day 8
Transfer to the airport for your onward journey. (B).

 

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Michelangelo Tour – Italy (14-Days)

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Tour Summary:

Tour Highlights & Inclusives:

Itinerary:

Day 1 Milan | Como
On your arrival at Milan’s Airport you will be met and transferred to your selected hotel in Como by private car. After checking in you are free to relax or explore Como.

Day 2 Como
Today is free to explore the city.

Day 3 Como | Venice
This morning board a first-class train to Venice. A motor launch, the Venetian mode of transportation, will transfer you to your hotel in Venice. The afternoon is free to enjoy.

Day 4 Venice
This morning enjoy a comprehensive walking tour of the main attractions of Venice. The afternoon is free.

Day 5 Venice | Florence
This morning a motor launch will transfer you to the train station to board a first-class train for Florence. In Florence you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of your day is free to do as you please.

Day 6 Florence
Enjoy a guided tour of Florence – the “Cradle of the Renaissance”, visiting the main attractions. The remainder of the day is yours to spend as you wish.

Day 7 Florence | Pisa | Florence
Enjoy an afternoon guided motor coach tour to your choice of either Pisa or Chianti with an early evening return to Florence.

Day 8 Florence | Rome
A first-class train will transport you from Florence to Rome. Private transfers between train stations and hotels are provided. The remainder of today is free.

Day 9 Rome
This morning enjoy a city tour visiting some of the best-known monuments of Rome. The rest of your day is spent as you please.

Day 10 Rome
Spend the morning at leisure. In the afternoon a guided tour features a visit to the Roman Forum, Basilica St. Paul’s.

Days 11 & 12 Rome | Pompeii | Sorrento
Depart early this morning to the South. Enroute enjoy a short tour of Naples before traveling on to Pompeii for lunch and a visit to the excavations. Tonight have dinner and overnight in first-class hotel accommodation in Sorrento. In the morning, travel by boat to the Isle of Capri and visit the Blue Grotto (weather permitting). Enjoy lunch in Anacapri. Return to Sorrento by boat. Your return to Rome takes you by way of Castellamare for a late evening arrival at your hotel.

Day 13 Rome
An entire day to explore Rome.

Day 14 Rome
Today marks the end of your tour. After breakfast a transfer to Rome airport for your return flight or ask your travel agent about extending your vacation with CIT Tours.

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Raffaello Tour featuring Rome, Florence, Bologna and Venice

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Tour Summary:

Tour Highlights & Inclusives:

Itinerary:

Day 1 Rome
Upon arrival at Rome Airport make your way to your selected hotel. After checking in you are free to relax or explore Rome.

Day 2 Rome
This morning enjoy a city tour, which includes a visit to some of the best known monuments of Rome including the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. The tour ends with a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica where you can admire many masterpieces including Michelangelo’s Pieta. The rest of your day is spent at leisure.

Day 3 Rome | Florence
Today travel by first-class train from Rome to Florence. Check in at your selected hotel and the remainder of the day is yours to pass as you choose.

Day 4 Florence
This morning enjoy a guided tour of the “Cradle of the Renaissance” – Florence. Visit the Cathedral complex with Brunelleschi’s magnificent Duomo, Giotto’s Belltower & the ancient Baptistery with its bronze door. Another stop this morning will be at Palazzo Pitti Museum, or if on Monday, the Bargello Museum or Medici Chapels. A drive up the Viali dei Colli (Avenue of the Hills) to Piazzale Michelangelo to view the entire city finishes this morning’s tour. The remainder of the day is yours to spend as you wish.

Day 5 Florence | Bologna
Travel by first-class train from Florence to Bologna. After check-in at your selected hotel the remainder of the day is free to explore this city located in the Po river valley in Emilia-Romagna. Known for its cuisine, it’s porticoed streets, and as home to one of the oldest Universities in Europe, Bologna is a place to visit – especially if you like people and food.

Day 6 Bologna
Today is free to spend as you wish further exploring this fascinating city or perhaps take an optional excursion to visit the Lamborghini Museum, the Ferrari Gallery or the Ducatti Museum or perhaps take a cooking class at La Vecchia Scuola Bolognese.

Day 7 Bologna | Venice
Today travel by first-class train from Bologna to Venice. Check in at your selected hotel and the remainder of the day is yours to pass as you choose.

Day 8 Venice
This morning’s walking guided tour visits the historic centre of the city and its monuments. Points of interest will include St. Mark’s Square, St. Mark’s Basilica, the Baptistery, the Ducal Palace, the Prisons and the Bridge of Sighs. The tour ends with a visit to a glass blowing factory. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 9 Venice
Today marks the end of your tour. After breakfast you may consider one of the many optional tours available through CIT tours or travel to the airport for your return flight

 

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