2020 Italy

A Grand Tour of Italy with 4 Options: (A) Rome-Bologna-Verona-Aosta–$4994; (B) Rome-Bologna-Verona–$4320; (C) Bologna-Verona-Aosta–$4320; (D) Bologna-Verona–$3500

The tour will include two meals a day, breakfast and either lunch or dinner, numerous entrance fees to all of the historical sites we will visit, day excursions from Bologna, Verona, and Aosta, airport transfers, and coach transfers between the cities. Final prices will be determined after I return from a FAM in January and have all of the quotes from restaurants, hotels and coach companies. In all probability, they will be slightly lower than what is listed above. They will NOT be any higher.

Itinerary (Sketch)

Saturday, 3 October – Groups A & B Fly from the USA

Sunday, 4 October -Arrival in Rome

Upon arrival in Rome and picking up luggage and clearing customs, exit the baggage area and look for a driver with a sign either with “Barker Group” or your name(s). You will then be  transferred  into Rome and the Hotel Mediterraneo. Once you check into the hotel, the rest of the day is free. Optional: Join Dr. Alessi in the afternoon (time TBA) for an introductory stroll around our neighborhood. 7:00 pm: Meet in the hotel lobby before walking to a nearby restaurant for dinner. Overnight and breakfast at the Hotel Mediterraneo.

Monday, 5 October: Classical Rome with Dr. Alessi

Breakfast in the hotel (and every morning on the tour) 9:00 a.m. departure from hotel to walk to the Msetro. Take Metro (transportation pass provided) to the Colosseum station. This morning we will visit the Imperial Forums. After a short break for lunch at noon (independent) we will meet again at 1:00 to visit the Roman Forum and Palatine. Don’t miss this! Even if you have already visited the Roman Forum, new areas are now available for viewing . After  the tour, return to hotel independently. (Walk, Metro, Bus) 7:00 pm, meet in lobby to walk to nearby restaurant for dinner. Overnight and breakfast at the Hotel Mediterraneo.

Tuesday, 6 October: Classical Rome with Dr. Alessi

This morning we will visit the Capitoline Museum. After lunch (independent), visit the Colosseum. The rest of the afternoon is free–time to visit the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and/or the Piazza Navonna on your own. 7:00 pm, meet in lobby to walk to nearby restaurant. Overnight and breakfast at the Hotel Mediterraneo.

Wednesday, 7 October, Groups C & D Fly from the USA

Wednesday, 7 October, Holy Rome

This morning we will take taxis to the Vatican Museums. I will make reservations in an attempt to avoid the long lines. When we get into the museums, don’t make a mad dash to the Sistine Chapel. Yes, you will want to see it, but there are many other attractions. Have lunch at the cafe in the museum, We will then visit St. Peter’s Basilica followed by independent return to the hotel. 7:00 pm, meet in lobby to walk to nearby restaurant. Overnight and breakfast at the Hotel Mediterraneo.

Thursday, 8 October, Groups C & D Arrive in Rome

Upon arrival in Rome and picking up luggage and clearing customs, exit the baggage area and look for a driver with a sign either with “Barker Group” or your name(s) who will  transfer you to the Hotel Mediterraneo. The rest of your day is free. 7:00 pm, meet in lobby to walk to nearby restaurant. Overnight and breakfast at the Hotel Mediterraneo.

Thursday, 8 October, Options to Join Paul or Bill on morning walking tours

This morning you have three choices: Choose to take a walking tour with either Paul or Bill, or explore Rome on your own; Afternoon free. 7:00 pm, meet in lobby to walk to nearby restaurant. Overnight and breakfast at the Hotel Mediterraneo.

Friday, 9 October, To Bologna via Orvieto

9:00A transfer by coach to Bologna with a stop in Orvieto for short city tour including Duomo and caves. Mid-afternoon arrival in Bologna

Saturday, 10 October,  Through Tuesday 13 October–Bologna and environs

Activities will include a walking city tour of Bologna, a cooking class, and excursions to nearby Parma, a Parmesan Cheese and Balsamic Vinegar factories, I will have full details after I visit Bologna in January

Wednesday 14 October, to Verona via Cremona

9:00A Coach transfer to Verona with a stop in Cremona for a brief look at the Duomo and to hear a Stradavarius violin which is played daily at noon at city hall. Time for lunch (optional) before heading on to Verona

Thursday, 15 October, through Sunday, 18 October-Verona and environs

Activities will include a walking tour of Verona, including Piazza Erbe, the Arena, and cathedral, an excursion to the Teatro Olympico, Scrovegni Chapel, a winery visit and an ancient marble quarry, and a possibility of a day trip to Bolzano to see the Ice Man. I will have full details after I visit Verona in January

Monday, 19 October-Groups B & D to Milano/Malpensa

Transfer with the group and get dropped off at First Hotel very near the airport.

Monday, 19 October-To Aosta Via Milano

Coach transfer to Aosta with a possible stop in Milano.

Tuesday, 20 October-Groups B & D fly back to the USA

After breakfast, use the free hotel shuttle to transfer to the airport for flights back to the USA or elsewhere in Europe. (B)

Tuesday, 20 October through Thursday 22 October

Our activities will include a city tour of some great Roman & Medieval sites in Aosta, excursions into the mountains for some fall color and a great lunch, a possible excursion to Monte Bianco, assuming at least one very clear day, castles to explore, and we might check out an old church or two. I’m leaving the scheduling to the weather and our knowledgeable local guide, Anna Corregio.  

Friday, 23 October-to Milano Malpensa via Torino

Transfer to the First Hotel near the airport with a stop in central Torino for lunch

Saturday, 24 October–Arrivederci Italia and fly home.

After breakfast, use the free hotel shuttle to transfer to the airport for flights back to the USA or elsewhere in Europe. (B)

Group A (Everything) Arrival Departure
Laurence Barker 4 Oct Single 24 OCT
Carol Boyd 4 Oct Twin 24 OCT
Greg & Judy Parks 4 Oct Double 24 OCT
Scott & Merri Plummer 4 Oct Double 24 OCT
Robert & Luisa Price 4 Oct Double 24 Oct
Carrol Smith & Gretchen Quinn 4 Oct Twin 24 Oct
Paddy Irvin 4 Oct Twin 24 Oct
Larry Hanna & Carol Rice Thompson 4 Oct Double 24 Oct
Paul Alessi, Bill Curtis, Milt Oster 4 Oct Triple 24 Oct
Ruth Smith & Catherine Russell 4 Oct Twin 24 Oct
Bohn & Vivien Smith 4 Oct Double 24 Oct
Group B (No Aosta)
Scott & Michele Harrage 4 Oct Double 20 Oct
Kelly Clark 4 Oct Twin 20 Oct
Group C (No Rome)
Xavier & Polly Pena 8 Oct Double 24 Oct
Rebecca Marti 8 Oct  Twin 24 Oct
Cindy Abbott 8 Oct Single 24 Oct
Group D (Just Bologna & Verona)
Jim & Sharon Fox 8 Oct Double 20 Oct