Hotels (4****) for this tour have been carefully selected for their charm, historic ambiance, and central location. Although covering quite a bit of ground, the itinerary has been designed to allow multiple night stays in our chosen hotels. This will afford us a deeper immersion in the places we visit. In Italy older and more historic hotels have a rustic charm about them. They sometimes lack the convenience of a modern hotel but what they lack in convenience they make up for in charm.
We will have 7 guides other than myself who will bring Italy to life for us.
To get the most out of a visit to a town, site, or building, it is important to go beyond the historical data that most tours offer and plunge into an immersive experience of the place. Only then can a deeper process of self-discovery unfold.
Therefore, an important component of the tour is a series of talks given by me that will help guide this process. The language of instruction will be ENGLISH.
To fully enjoy the cities, towns, museums, and countryside on this tour we will have to take long walks. Older towns and villages are often located on hilltops so this often involves stairs and steep gradients, as well as cobbled and uneven surfaces. A comfortable pair of shoes or boots with a good grip is essential. You should be fit enough to stroll for periods of up to 2 hours with only short breaks.
Our Vatican visit will take almost 3 hours to complete and there are no places to sit or rest. We will then walk back to the hotel. All in all this will involve a lot of walking.
Our Alps hike will also require a good degree of fitness, as it will involve hikes up steep slopes and along medium gradients. This will be a full day of walking with stops for breaks and lunch.
WEATHER & CLOTHING
Italy is exquisite in the late summer with an autumnal tinge. It is not too hot yet not cold either. Temperatures range from 15 at night to 26 during the day. There are also chances of the occasional shower in September, especially the closer we get to the Alps. Although it will be too cold to swim outdoors, one of our hotels has a lovely indoor pool if you would like to take a dip. So bring your swimmers!
$US 5,300 per person
(based on twin share accommodation)
► Single accommodation is $US 1,150 extra ►The number of sites visited, the rich spiritual, intellectual, and historical content, and is unrivalled in any other comparable tour.
Hotel accommodation at 4 **** hotels or equivalent based on sharing a twin or double room
Airport-Hotel pickups and drop offs (provided flights arrive and leave at fairly close times on the same morning or afternoon)
Air-conditioned bus for transfer from city to city
All boat transfers & water taxis where listed
One group dinner
One Tuscan estate wine tasting, lunch and cheese tasting
One Opera concert
Hotel city tax (the Italian government levies a tax on tourists per person per night. It ranges from 2.4-5 euros per night per person depending on the city).
One group gondola boat ride in the water canals of Venice
Local guide fees for tours (7 local guides):
Walking tour inside Coliseum & Roman Forum with guide
Walking tour inside Vatican with guide
Walking tour of Assisi including main cathedrals with guide
Walking tour inside Uffizi and Pitti Palace with guide
Day tour of Tuscany with guide
Walking tour of Venice (St. Marco & Doge Palace) with guide
Walking tour of Alps with 2 guides
All admissions to all of the following sites and venues, which require tickets:
Castello Sant’ Angelo
Vatican (including St. Peters, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Raphael Rooms)
Basilica di San Francesco (St. Francis Basilica)
Cathedral of San Rufino
St. Marco Cathedral
Isola Madre (island & villa)
Isola Bella (island & villa)
Santa Caterina del Sasso
Day hike with 2 guides & 2 buses
There are 12 other sites we will visit which do not require tickets but which I will cover myself as guide.
Visas (if you require one)
Travel insurance (it is compulsory to purchase travel insurance. It costs between $25-35, which will cover any medical emergencies for the duration of our trip)
Airport-Hotel pickups and drop offs if flights are too far apart
Single room supplements (extra $1150/person in case you want a single room no share)
Lunches (except for the one Tuscan estate lunch)
Dinners (except for one group dinner),
Gratuities (it is customary to pay tips to drivers and local guides)
Other daily personal expenses
You will get a 48-pageDiscover Yourself in Italy Guidebook for daily readings, my daily reflections, and exercises.
You will get an elegant Discover Yourself in Italy Journal Notebook & Pen.
You will receive the following talks by your Ciceroni:
► The Inner & Outer Landscapes: The Art, Philosophy, & Psychology of Travel
► The Eternal City: Rome, Classicism, & Stoic Philosophy of Mindfulness
► Gardens of the Soul: Renaissance Garden Design & the Hermetic Tradition
► Wandering and Wondering: Finding Yourself with Nietzsche
► Goethe & Henry David Thoreau on Immersion in Nature
► Returning Back to Reality: Tips on Keeping Your Journey Alive
For more information about this trip, tailor made trips just for you, or for any other information please feel free to contact me. I would be more than happy to have a sit down info session with anyone of you over coffee or over the phone to plan your dream educational escape.
You will get post-journey meet-ups, calls, or emails if you want to discuss issues that have come up. People usually find it difficult to re-adjust to normal life after a transformative experience.
10% discount on all future MCA trips
SCHEDULE OF PAYMENT
A first deposit payment of US $1,000 is due by March 2nd, 2018 to secure place.
A second payment of US $2,300 is due by May 4th, 2018.
The final balance of US $2,000 is due June 8th, 2018.
Enrolment is on a first-come first-serve basis.
Payments must be made promptly on the due dates.
There will be a cancellation fee of USD $ 750.
No cancellation is possible and no refund after June 8th.
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