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Cultural Capitals with Cinque Terre and Amalfi (2021)
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Cultural Capitals with Cinque Terre and Amalfi (2021)

Small group tour
16 days
7 cities
1night

Rome, Italy

The legendary Eternal City, vibrant Rome is a unique living museum which never lets you forget about its saturated almost 3-thousand-year history. Ever asked yourself why they say that "all roads lead to Rome"? Well, the gorgeous Italian capital is, indeed, a multifaceted place where monumental ruins are adjacent to cozy cafes, gorgeous basilicas coexist with posh boutiques, and there are so many iconic Rome attractions that it's possible to write a dozen books if counting them all! The ancient Roman Forum, the famed Spanish Steps, the impressive Pantheon… you'll come across a remarkable landmark at almost every corner. In fact, there is no date on the calendar when the lines near the Colosseum or the sacred Vatican disappear or no traveler throws a coin into the marvelous Trevi Fountain. But one thing is absolutely certain - visiting Rome is an absolute "must" at least once in a lifetime!...
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    Day 1: Arrival
    Welcome to Rome - one of the most charming cities and capital of Italy. Upon arrival, you are met by your private driver at the airport, who transfers you to the hotel.

    The rest of the day is free so you can start exploring the magnificent city center on your own, dine in one of the local restaurants or take a good rest in your comfortable room.

    Day 2: Train to La Spezia
    Following breakfast you check-out from the hotel in Rome and your driver takes you to the rail station to board the train to La Spezia.

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    Hotel Dei Mellini
    4-star hotel
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    2 days / 1 night
    Why we chose this hotel
    Hotel Dei Mellini has a very convenient location within a walking distance from both Vatican and the city center highlights. Moreover, it features a panoramic rooftop terrace and great rooms....
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Connection | Rome - La Spezia
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Roma Termini
Rome, Italy
3 h 30 min
La Spezia Centrale
La Spezia, Italy
2nights

La Spezia, Italy

La Spezia is an appealing Ligurian port city, recognized for its delightful cliff views and picturesque ragged coastline. Thousands of travelers visit this city for its clear Mediterranean waters and top-notch beaches, colorful villages and Italian Riviera feel. As for sightseeing, the places not to miss are the Piazza Garibaldi, San Giorgio Castle. What is more, La Spezia is a perfect starting point for exploring the famous picture-perfect Cinque Terre towns....
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    Day 2: Arrival in La Spezia
    Upon arrival to La Spezia walk to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.

    Day 3: Cinque Terre Tour
    After breakfast at your hotel, your guide takes you on a fascinating full day-trip along Cinque Terre to visit the most remarkable little towns.

    You take the train from La Spezia to Monterosso, the biggest village of the 5 Terre and the only one with a nice sandy beach. The town is divided in two parts. In the medieval one you walk along its alleyways, called carrugi, see the “tower houses” and their coloured facades, the parish church, many restaurants and shops. The new one called Fegina is close to the train station and a sandy beach.

    Continue with a short train ride to the village Vernazza, which has a natural pier with an amphitheater shape making it perhaps the most picturesque village of the Cinque Terre. Vernazza was a Roman installation and had big strategical importance during the age of the Maritime Republics of Genoa. It was also famous for its carpenters.
    Here you have time for a light lunch before you head to the last village in your tour today by the boat. 

    Arrive in beautiful and the oldest village Manarola  surrounded by wineries. During the tour you explore local sights and of course you see the Church of San Lorenzo dating back to 1338 and afterwards you travel back to La Spezia hotel by the train.

    Upon arrival in La Spezia you have the rest of the evening at your leisure.

    *Note: The ferries between the villages are available From April 20th till November 1st. If weather is not permitting tourists have the whole trip with trains.

    Day 4: Departure to Milan
    Following breakfast, you check out from the hotel and walk to the train station, where you board a train to Milan.

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    Hotel Firenze e Continentale
    4-star hotel
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    3 days / 2 nights
    Why we chose this hotel
    Hotel Firenze E Continentale is an elegant hotel set in a renovated colorful early 20th-century building in beautiful La Spezia....
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La Spezia, Italy
3 h 30 min
Milan, Italy
2nights

Milan, Italy

The world's fashion capital, artistic Milan, is justly considered one of the brightest highlights of the Italian north. Having gained the reputation of a shopping paradise where creativity and good taste are big businesses (which is, indeed, true), Milan also preserves the shades of its ancient and intriguing history as it was once the capital of the Roman Empire and has seen the ruling of Caesar, Napoleon, and Mussolini. The first attraction associated with this gorgeous metropolis is the incredible Milan Duomo, embodying all the splendor of human fantasy in its stunning Gothic spires and fancy facades, decorated with more than 3 thousand sculptures! For a touch of art, pay a visit to the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie housing Leonardo da Vinci's legendary fresco "The Last Supper", enjoy a brilliant show in the celebrated Scala Theater, don't miss out on some high-end shopping at the glorious Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, and check out some of the most famed Milan museums. You won't be disappointed, for sure!...
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    Day 4: Arrival
    Upon arrival to Milan you are met by your driver and taken to your downtown hotel.

    There are no planned activities for you for today day, so you can relax and recover after the trip. If you would like to do some looking around, we suggest visiting the world famous shopping and fashion avenue, Quadrilatero della Moda.

    Day 5: Trip to Como Lake
    Following breakfast at your hotel you meet your driver who transfers you to Como, located on the shores of another stunningly beautiful lake - Lake Como. Como town boasts several artistic monuments from different historical periods.

    Upon arrival you meet your local guide who shows you around. During the city tour you see the medieval walls surrounding the historic center, stroll through the ancient streets in the heart of the town, and admire beautiful Romanesque and Baroque churches. You see the Piazza Volta and Piazza Duomo with its charming old Town Hall building and its characteristic bell tower. During the tour you enjoy public boat tour as well as a Como-Brunate funicular ride.

    The highlight of the tour is visit of the superb 600-year old Como Cathedral. Nearby is the Palazzo Terragni, an example of the modern rationalist architecture.

    After the tour your driver takes you back to your hotel in Milan.

    Day 6: Milan Sightseeing & Departure to Venice
    Following breakfast and check-out, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and have a 3-hour walking tour of Milan to learn more about the city’s history and reputation as a fashion capital.

    You start with visiting to world-known Milan Duomo, the Gothic cathedral and the highest sight in the city which took about six centuries to build. Then you walk through nearby-located Galleria Vittorio Emanuele and reach La Scala Theatre. Prepare to be wowed by the prestigious Milan opera house (no entrance is included). You continue with picturesque Brera district to feel the historical atmosphere of the city. Explore the public areas, with stories of its 15th-century owners ringing in your ears. After all you make a stop at Castello Sforzesco to see history and style combined with Milanese flair.

    In the afternoon you are transferred to the rail station to board the train which will take you to Venice.

    • Please note: the Milan Cathedral is a sacred religious site thus the dress code for visiting it is applied just as when you visit any church in Italy: no shorts – no uncovered knees and shoulders, no backpacks.
    • Note: The unique treasure of Milan - Leonardo da Vinci’s legendary fresco “The Last Supper” located in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie is not included in the city tour due to its limited availability. Please, ask your travel specialist about available tickets for your tour date.  
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    Hotel Milano Scala
    4-star hotel
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    3 days / 2 nights
    Why we chose this hotel
    Choose the unparalleled Hotel Milano Scala for your next stay in the bustling Fashion Capital in Italy. Located in the heart of the city, close to the La Scala Opera House and the Milan Cathedral, it boasts not only an excellent location but some other exceptional features as well. It is set in a historical 1800 Milanese palazzo, thus provides a unique amalgam of authentic heritage and modern-day comfort. The hotel boasts fully-equipped rooms that are each decorated to reflect a famous opera, as well as an on-site restaurant, a bar, and a sky terrace....
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    • Half Day Private City Tour with Duomo
    • Day Trip to Como with Private Transportation
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Connection | Milan - Venice
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Milano Centrale
Milan, Italy
2 h 15 min
Venezia S.Lucia
Venice, Italy
2nights

Venice, Italy

Venice is indeed one of the most romantic cities on the planet! Serene gondolas passing the narrow canals, historic palaces, squares and colorful buildings adorning the Venetian lagoon and islands - this Italian gem is surely worth a visit. Among the must-see places are the beautiful Dodge's Palace, the symbol of the city - Rialto Bridge, the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, the colorful islands of Murano and Burano, and the Piazza San Marco, home to the gorgeous Saint Mark's Basilica....
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    Day 6: Arrival in Venice
    Welcome to Venice - one of the most charming cities of Italy. Upon arrival, you have a private water-taxi transfer to the hotel for the check-in. The rest of the day is at your own leisure to relax after the trip.

    Day 7: Venice Sightseeing 
    After breakfast at your hotel, meet your guide in the lobby and enjoy a wonderful walking city tour of all the must-see places.

    Your sightseeing program starts with a visit to St. Mark's Basilica, where you can see the astonishing Pala D'Oro altar. Next you go up to Loggia dei Cavalli to enjoy the best panoramic views of St. Mark's Square.

    Next on your list is the tour of the Doges Palace that includes crossing the Bridge of Sighs, visiting the old prisons and lushly decorated chambers of the Palace.

    After the tour return to the hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure or may go on an optional 1-hour gondola ride (170 USD per person).

    Day 8: Day at Leisure & Departure
    After breakfast and check-out you can explore and enjoy Venice on your own. We suggest visiting the Peggy Guggenheim Collection or joining a carefully planned optional group day trip to the islands of Murano & Burano (55 USD per person).

    In the afternoon you are met at your hotel by an assistant for a transfer by a water-taxi.  

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    Al Theatro Palace
    4-star hotel
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    3 days / 2 nights
    Why we chose this hotel
    Nestled in the center of Venice on the same piazza as the Gran Teatro La Fenice and just 250 meters from the St. Mark’s Square, the Al Theatro Palace is destined to become a point of reference for those who love art, music and ready to fall in love with magnificent Venice....
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    • Half Day Comprehensive Guided Walking Tour
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Connection | Venice - Florence
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Santa Lucia
Venice, Italy
2 h 3 min
Santa Maria Novella
Florence, Italy
3nights

Florence, Italy

Cradle of the Renaissance, Florence, is among the most outstanding cities in Italy, rich in historic architecture and some the world's finest museums. When visiting Florence, make sure to save enough time to view not only the symbol of the city, the red-domed Florence Cathedral, and but also visit outstanding galleries. As such, the iconic Uffizi Gallery, the Leonardo da Vinci Museum, and the Galleria dell'Accademia, home to Michelangelo's masterpiece "David", are must-visit sites....
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    Day 8: Arrival in Florence
    Welcome to Florence! Upon arrival, your driver transfers you to the hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is at your own leisure to relax after the trip.

    Day 9: Florence Sightseeing 
    After breakfast in your hotel, meet with your guide and go on a comprehensive walking tour of Florence's highlights.

    Today's program includes exploration of the Piazza del Duomo with a visit to the Baptistery dedicated to St. John the Baptist.

    Your ticket to the Grande Museo del Duomo allows you to visit the other magnificent monuments of Piazza del Duomo in your free time within 72 hours: the Cathedral itself, the Dome and its famous Bell Tower.

    As you proceed to the main square of the city - Piazza della Repubblica - you pass by the touristic area of the Strozzi Palace a bustling shopping street, via Tornabuoni.

    Then you enter in Oltrarno where you see numerous local craftsmen shops and beautiful Santo Spirito Church and Convent, built for the Agostinian monks. In this very part of the city you can find the first official work of Michelangelo dating back to the age when he was 17 years old.

    We also visit the Galleria dell'Accademia to see the famous Michelangelo's statue David as well before ending the tour on the Ponte Vecchio.

    After the tour you return to the hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure or may go on an optional Uffizi Gallery guided tour (160 USD per person).

    Day 10: Day at Leisure in Florence & Evening Wine Tasting
    Today is reserved for you to explore and enjoy Florence on your own. After breakfast you can do some independent sightseeing, shop for souvenirs or have a good rest.

    Today you have a chance to join our carefully planned optional cooking class and market tour (191 USD per person) or a day trip to Pisa (150 USD per person).

    In the evening meet your fellow travelers for a wine tasting organized for your small group. Enjoy a tasting of 3 different wines selected by the sommelier and paired with snacks.

    Day 11: Departure to Sorrento
    Following breakfast in your hotel, you check out and meet your driver for a transfer to the train station.

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    Cerretani Firenze MGallery by Sofitel
    4-star hotel
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    4 days / 3 nights
    Why we chose this hotel
    Ideally located in the old town center near the cathedral, the Hotel Cerretani is framed by Renaissance buildings. Guestrooms have modern décor and high-comfort amenities....
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    • Half Day Comprehensive Guided Walking Tour
    • Evening Wine Tasting
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Connection | Florence - Sorrento
At the train station you board the train to Naples (1st class tickets are included). Upon arrival your private guide and driver meet you at the station and take you on a scenic sightseeing trip.
Florence train station
Florence
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Stop in Pompeii
Sorrento hotel
Sorrento
Pompeii
Pompeii, Italy
Today you discover the archeological sites of Pompeii, set near the foot of a picturesque mountain. In 79 AD Pompeii, one of the greatest and richest cities of the Roman age, was tragically completely destroyed as a result of the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. During the 2-hour tour of this unique UNESCO World Heritage Site you see the artifacts, city walls, and other excavated finds, buried alive under 4 to 6 m (13-20 ft) of volcanic ash almost 2000 years ago, that give you a detailed insight into the life of the city.
2nights

Sorrento, Italy

Hidden among the rugged cliffs on the picturesque shores of the Bay of Naples, charming Sorrento is a colorful gateway to the lush Amalfi Coast. The main attraction of fascinating Sorrento is its mind-blowing natural panoramas which disarm at first sight. Just imagine the crystal clear waters tenderly washing the rocky shores, hilly mountain slopes covered with emerald greenery, and the sweet scent of lemon trees imbuing the air… the ideal scene to take in the entire splendor of life! The city of Sorrento itself doesn't lack scenic spots either, boasting a network of petite winding streets with multicolored houses, cozy trattorias, and tiny bars, thus giving way for extensive on-foot exploration. Marvel at the wonderful Sorrento Cathedral, enjoy the ancient San Francesco complex, proceeding to some lovely cafe on Piazza Tasso, topped with some sea views to treat yourself with delicious pasta accompanied by the famed local limoncello. La dolce vita at its finest!...
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    Day 11: Arrival in Sorrento
    After the tour of Pompeii you arrive in Sorrento and have a check-in to the hotel. The rest of the evening is at leisure.

    Day 12: Amalfi Coast Tour
    Following breakfast in the hotel, you meet your private guide and driver at the hotel lobby for a scenic 6-hour trip around the scenic Amalfi Coast. During this tour, you stop at the Belvedere of Madonnina to take in the breathtaking views of Positano from above.

    Then you proceed to the old picturesque Positano center where you enjoy a walking tour and marvel at splendid panoramas of the Amalfi Coast.

    One more highlight of the tour is a visit to the medieval Cathedral of Saint Andrew and adjacent to it Cloister of Paradise in the city of Amalfi. 

    After the tour, you are transferred to the hotel in Sorrento.

    Day 13: Departure to Rome
    After breakfast you check-out from the hotel and your driver transfers you to the Naples train station, where you board a train to Rome. 

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    Hotel Isabella Sorrento
    4-star hotel
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    3 days / 2 nights
    Why we chose this hotel
    Set on the marvelous Sorrento coast, the 4-star recently renovated hotel Isabella provides exceptional opportunities for an ideal Italy getaway. The property features a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a lovely garden, a bar, and a restaurant serving a continental breakfast every morning. In addition to that, it boasts an excellent location, set in a calm area; however, within walking distance from the historic center of the town. The fully-equipped rooms in the hotel provide all the necessary amenities for a comfortable stay....
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    • Half Day Tour to Pompeii with Lunch
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Connection | Sorrento - Rome
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At the train station in Naples you board a high speed train to Rome.
Sorrento, Italy
2 h 30 min
Rome, Italy
3nights

Rome, Italy

Often referred to as "the Eternal City", Rome is like a living museum which every person should see at least once in their life. The capital of Italy has historic sites from different eras just about around any corner and attracts over 4 million tourists a year. Among the top sights of Rome are without a doubt the Colosseum and the ancient Roman Forum, the iconic Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona to name a few. Moreover, a whole country, Vatican, is set right in the beating heart of Rome!...
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    Day 13: Arrival & Highlights of Rome
    An hour and a half later you arrive in Rome. Your driver meets you and takes you to your downtown hotel where you meet with your guide and embark on a tour to discover the famous ancient treasures of the Eternal City.

    You see the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, the famous Fountain of the Four Rivers, as well as witness the masterpieces by Bernini, Borromini and visit famous Pantheon.

    After the tour, your guide takes you back to the hotel and you have the evening at leisure.

    Day 14: Discovering Ancient Rome 
    In the morning after breakfast you meet your guide to discover the famous ancient treasures of the Eternal City on a walking tour. 

    Your first stop today is the iconic Roman Forum, situated on low ground between the Palatine and Capitoline hills, it was the key political, ritual, and civic center of ancient Rome and can be traced 3 thousand years back. Today you can see columns and remains of ancient temples, archs and buildings, such as the Temple of Caesar and the Arch of Septimius Severus, as well as the adjacent Palatine Hill, which was the site of the city’s first settlements. 

    The next place you discover today is Rome's hallmark site - the Colosseum. Originally known by the name of Flavius amphitheatre, it was the biggest and most imposing building of its kind in the Roman world, designed as an arena for the fights of Roman gladiators and could hold up to 70 thousand spectators. 

    After the tour, your guide takes you back to the hotel and you have the evening at leisure.

    Day 15: Vatican Sightseeing
    In the morning after breakfast you meet your guide and have a transfer to the walled enclave and the world’s smallest independent state - Vatican*.

    When inside the Vatican, you visit private apartments of Julius II, Pinecone Courtyard, Gallery of the Maps, Gallery of the Tapestries and Gallery of Candelabra.

    Next, you proceed to the Sistine Chapel, where you have enough time to admire Michelangelo's famous frescoes and learn about the intense relationship between Pope Julius II and Michelangelo that drove the artist to create the greatest work of art the world has ever known.

    After a coffee break, your tour continues in the vast open spaces of St. Peter’s Basilica where you see a stunning Pieta - a world-famous work of Renaissance sculpture by Michelangelo, and Bernini's impressive Papal Canopy, a legacy left to the Basilica by the Barberini family.

    The ending point of your tour is St. Peter’s Square, where you can admire Michelangelo's Dome and the gorgeous colonnades designed by Bernini.

    After the tour of the Vatican, you enjoy a leisurely walk to the hotel with your guide and have a photo stop at the legendary Castel Sant'Angelo, built originally as a mausoleum, and then used by the popes as a fortress, refuge and a prison.

    Upon your return to the hotel, you have the rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the beauty of Rome on your own.

    *Please note: the Vatican is a sacred religious site thus the dress code for visiting it is applied just as when you visit any church in Italy: no shorts – no uncovered knees and shoulders, no backpacks. Due to religious services St. Peters Basilica may be spontaneously closed, thus entrance to St. Peters Basilica may not be guaranteed.

    Day 16: Departure 

    This is the last day of your amazing tour to Italy! After breakfast your driver meets you at the hotel lobby and takes you to the airport for your flight back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future vacations!

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    Hotel Dei Mellini, Rome
    4-star hotel
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    4 days / 3 nights
    Why we chose this hotel
    Welcome to the wonderful world of Mellini, where every detail has been carefully put in place and where guests are surrounded by works of modern art made by artists from the Italian and Roman schools. ...
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    • Half Day Discovering Ancient Rome Tour
    • Half Day Highlights of Rome Tour
    • Half Day Tour of the Vatican Museums
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What’s included:
  • Accommodation at remarkable centrally located 4-star hotels in Rome, La Spezia, Milan, Venice, Florence, Sorrento;
  • Delicious breakfasts at your hotels;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • 1st class train tickets Rome - La Spezia, La Spezia - Milan, Milan - Venice, Venice - Florence, Florence - Naples, Naples - Rome, 
  • Sightseeing tours with professional English-speaking guides in Cinque Terre, Milan, Como, Venice, Florence, Pompeii, Amalfi, Rome; 
  • Wine tasting in Florence;
  • Cruise on Como Lake and Along Cinque Terre Coast;
  • Funicular Ride in Como;
  • All tourist fees & taxes, including tourist city taxes;
  • Support line during the trip.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses. 

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  1. Hotels availability is subject to change. In case current hotels are booked out we will provide alternative hotels of an equal value for you. 
  2. We include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

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