Cortona will be your base as you travel through the surrounding Tuscan hill country. In Umbria, explore two walled cities—medieval Assisi, home to the exquisite Basilica of St. Francis; and Perugia, an ancient Etruscan city-state. Then, journey to tiny Montepulciano, set in the heart of Chianti country. In Siena, navigate narrow cobblestone streets lined with gothic buildings, visit the city’s magnificent Duomo and stroll the Pi-azza del Campo, one of the loveliest squares in Italy. Finally, experience the brilliant artistic and architectural heritage of Florence, the “Cradle of the Renaissance.”
Approximately $2,195 per person, plus airfare and VAT, based on double occupancy.
Begin in Ennis, County Clare, and travel to the ancient Burren and Cliffs of Moher. Appreciate the country’s epic literary heritage at Coole Park in County Galway. Cruise to the Aran Island of Inishmore, and see the limestone Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary before touring the high-lights of Kilkenny. Visit the Irish National Heritage Park in County Wexford, the Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre, Jerpoint Abbey and the famous Dunbrody Famine Ship.
Approximately $2,495 per person, plus airfare and VAT, based on double occupancy.
Start in historic Athens, and marvel at the Acropolis, Olympic Stadium and Constitution Square. Transfer to diverse Rethymnon, Island of Crete, where you will tour the Palace of Knossos archaeological site, center of the extinct Minoan civilization. Then stroll through Chania and journey to the ancient Minoan city of Akrotiri, on Santorini Island, and enjoy fantastic panoramic views from the top of Mt. Profitis. After cruising to the nearby Caldera Islet of Thirassia, visit a local winery in Ia.
Approximately $3,095 per person, plus airfare and VAT, based on double occupancy.
Note: You will receive a $100 early booking discount per person if your deposit is received by March 15, 2007.
Cruise the magnificent Rhine River! Stroll the winding streets of quaint Breisach, Germany. Then, see Freiburg before admiring the stunning beauty of Lake Titisee in the Black Forest. In the heart of the Alsace region, experience cosmopolitan Strasbourg, France, with its impressive Cathédrale Notre-Dame. Travel the Alsatian Wine Road, through medieval villages and bountiful vineyards, sampling some local wine along the way. Returning to Germany, explore the resort town of Baden-Baden, nestled between the Black Forest and the Baden vineyards. Ride to Hei-delberg, site of Germany’s most famous university, and discover Romanesque Speyer Cathedral. Continue to Worms, center of Luther’s refor-mation, and Mainz, where the historic Gutenberg Bibles were printed. Finally, sail through the Rhine Gorge to Bonn, Beethoven’s childhood home.
From approximately $2,345 per person, plus airfare and VAT, based on double occupancy.