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2020 Portrait of Italy

May 7 – 22 – Waitlist only
Tour Operator: Odysseys Unlimited
Price: From $5,074 (airfare included)
Tour Length: 16 days
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From the breathtaking Amalfi Coast to eternal Rome, through the gentle Umbrian and Tuscan countryside to timeless Venice, this wide-ranging 16-day tour showcases ancient sites, contemporary life, priceless art, and beautiful natural scenery.  Staying in unique accommodations in the Tuscan countryside and in a medieval village, you’ll especially appreciate traveling in a small group limited to 24 people.  Head first to the storied Amalfi Coast for a three-night stay featuring a cruise along this matchless coastline; a visit to Pompeii’s exquisite ruins; and a thrilling Amalfi Coast drive.  Lodging at a well-located hotel in Rome for the next three nights, tour the heart of ancient Rome – the Colosseum and the Forum; the Vatican’s monumental St. Peter’s Square and Basilica; and the sublime Sistine Chapel; and enjoy independent exploration.  A three-night stay in Orvieto, dramatically set in Italy’s “green heart” of Umbria, follows.  Attend an Italian cooking demonstration and explore Parco delle Grotte’s labyrinth of underground caves.  On an excursion to beloved Assisi, stroll through the fountain-splashed piazzas, and visit the renowned Basilica di San Francesco.  Journeying to alluring Tuscany for a three-night stay, tour Siena, which boasts one of Europe’s greatest public squares.  Discover Florence, living monument to the Renaissance, and its famed Galleria dell’Accademia; and the classic Tuscan hill town of San Gimignano.  Sample a local winery’s offerings.  In wondrous Venice, the final destination, get acquainted with vast St. Mark’s Square and explore the city independently.  Savor more time discovering this treasured city on an optional 3-day/2-night post-tour extension.

Schedule of Events

  • Day 1 : Depart U.S.
  • Day 2 : Naples | Amalfi Coast
  • Day 3 : Ravello
  • Day 4 : Pompeii | Amalfi Coast | Sorrento
  • Day 5 : Amalfi Coast | Montecassino | Rome
  • Day 6 : Rome
  • Day 7 : Rome
  • Day 8 : Rome | Orvieto
  • Day 9 : Orvieto
  • Day 10 : Orvieto | Assisi
  • Day 11 : Orvieto | Siena | Tuscany
  • Day 12 : Florence
  • Day 13 : San Gimignano
  • Day 14 : Tuscany | Venice
  • Day 15 : Venice
  • Day 16 : Depart for U.S.

Eligibility

We offer the Tar Heel Travel program as a service to our alumni and friends of the University. As travel is a GAA member perk, we require one traveler per room to be a member of the General Alumni Association in order to be eligible to travel. For more information or to join the GAA, contact the membership office at (800) 962-0742 or join online.

Additional Information

Note: Tour schedule is subject to change due to local conditions. Many excursions in this program involve an element of walking as some of the finest attractions are located in areas not closely accessible by motorcoach.

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All 2020 prices and itineraries (including port order) are tentative and subject to change; final pricing adjustments may occur after the release of marketing materials.

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