Northern Italy - 2021

Fully Guided tour with Bill Ball, host of 2 Travel Series: Journeys in India and Journeys in Africa, seen Nationally on Public Television will guide your tour from start to finish. He has guided tours on all 7 continents and over 100 countries. Join him on this new offering from Passport Travel Tours.

10 Day Tour: August 24-September 2, 2021

Pricing

Northern Italy Base Tour Pricing

Double Occupancy, Per Person
$6,195
  • Base Pricing is always calculated for double occupancy.
Solo Traveler
$7,145
  • $950 supplemental for Solo Travelers.

Southern Italy Extension Tour Pricing – SAVE $2,395

Double Occupancy, Per Person
$9,995
  • Base Pricing is always calculated for double occupancy.
Solo Traveler
$10,945
  • $950 supplemental for Solo Travelers.

Tour Highlights

8

UNESCO
Site

7

Places to See
Before You Die

7

Architectural Wonders
of the World

  • Milan, Florence, Venice, Pisa & Rome
  • Rock Art of Valcamonica
  • The Last Supper
  • Villa Adrian
  • Vatican Museum
  • Bill’s Venetian’s Venice tour

Tour Includes

  • Roundtrip airfare from Chicago
  • First Class Hotel Accommodations
  • Daily Breakfast
  • 6 Dinners
  • Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
  • Admissions to all listed Attractions
  • Roundtrip airport transfers in the Chicagoland area
  • Guided by Bill Ball
  • Baggage Handling
  • All Gratuities

Tour Itinerary

Northern Italy

Day One: We fly to one of the most influential historic areas of the World—Northern Italy.  It is no wonder that Italy is a leader in UNESCO Heritage sights and architectural wonders.  We will explore this region seeing the places most people want to see and many that are just as incredible, but little known.  This is the dream Italy trip.

Day Two: We land in Milan, the economic center of this charming country.  Here is one of the first “malls”/gallerias in the world, one of the great opera houses, the city of DaVinci and one of the architectural wonders of the world—the cathedral.  This cathedral has 135 spires and is one of the most beautiful buildings in Italy—it is a Gothic treasure.  Speaking of treasures, we see one of DaVinci’s greatest works—The Last Supper.

Day Three: We head to Venice in the morning.  There are no cars, just boats because Venice is a series of islands tied together by footbridges.  At the center of it all is San Marcos Square with the unbelievable church and the Doges Palace.  We will learn the sad, sad tale of the Bridge of Sighs and the equally fascinating tale of how Venice stole its own symbols from other cities and undermined the Crusades.  Bill will take those that want on a backstreets tour where few tourists ever venture.  There will be some free time in the afternoon to shop for those Murano glass souvenirs.

Day Four: We make our way to Florence today, but do we have a treat for you—the Rock Art of Valcamonica.  This UNESCO site is the best and largest collection of rock petroglyphs in the world.  Nearly 300,000 pieces of ancient art that span 8000 years is found in this narrow valley within the Alps.  This reminds us of the deep history of Italy and the beauty of the Alps.

Day Five: We tour the great city of Florence—Bill’s favorite city with his favorite church where his hero is buried.  This city is the principal reason for the Renaissance and man clawing his way out of the dark ages.  All the great artists of that era had a hand in building, decorating or designing this great city.  We will see the fabled Duomo, The guildhalls, the doors of the Baptistry, the Ponte Vecchio and of course, Bill’s favorite church.  This is the city of art and artists and you will learn how they changed the world.  There will be some free time to seek out museums, go shopping or just people watch.

Day Six: We head to Rome.  This is one of the most scenic rides in Europe as we drive across the Apennines—the mountainous backbone of the peninsula. We will stop at Pisa to see the most famous poorly constructed tower in the world.  It was not the badly designed bell tower that originally brought the tourists—it was the Cathedral.  We will show you why. 

Day Seven: We tour what was once the greatest city in the world—Rome.  Our tour includes all the great sights—the Colosseum, the Forum, Trajan Column (which Bill will decipher for you), the Spanish Steps and of course a private tour of the Vatican Museum.  There are few places on earth that can rival the history, art, and architecture of this city.

Day Eight: We head a short way out of town to visit an ancient complex of buildings that Hadrian built for his pleasure and rest—Villa Andrian.  This second-century palace complex is amazing with its gardens, fountains, and design.  This demonstrates once and for all why it is good to be the Emperor.  The afternoon will be free to museum hop, find that last-minute gift or just wander the streets of this fabulous city.

Day Nine: On the way out of this world capital, we will visit the astounding necropolis and ancient city ruins of the Etruscans. Before Rome was a superpower, the Etruscans ruled the land.  These 6000 plus tombs rival any ancient society in their complexity, art, and reverence.  This is one sight few have ever seen or even heard of but you will never forget it—it will be a highlight.

Day Ten: This is the departure day.  We will be flying home with great memories of the cities that made world history.


Tour Extensions

Southern Italy Extension

This extension includes Naples, Bari, Catania, Sicily, Castel del, Monte, Trulli of Alberobello, Syracuse, Agrigento, Amalfi Coast