Join us for a Highlights of Italy tour and a few hashing opportunities along the way. And we won't be stuck in traffic on a bus between cities- we're zipping along by high-speed rail! This package even includes the overnight rail to Prague, just in time to check into your hotel and attend Thursday's Red Dress event.
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Day 1 – 11 August (Wed) – Arrival in Rome
Welcome to Rome! Upon arrival in Rome, a morning group transfer will be provided to the hotel. You'll be on your own to get there if your flight arrives later in the day. Join in an afternoon Rome hash trail before we meet our Tour Director and enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (D)
Day 2 – 12 August (Thur) – Rome
Steeped in history, the “Eternal City” is vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Start your guided introduction to Rome from St. Peter’s Square, the heart of the Vatican, and see other highlights such as the COLOSSEUM and Circus Maximus. Maybe take an optional tour of the Vatican Museum to discover some unique art masterpieces. (B)
Day 3 – 13 August (Fri) – Rome – High-Speed Train to Naples, Afternoon excursion to Amalfi Coast
A transfer is provided to the Rome train station for your HIGH-SPEED TRAIN to Naples. An excursion takes you along the winding clifftop Amalfi Drive—carved out of the coastal cliffs by the Romans reviling breathtaking panoramic views around every bend. Your guide will tell you the legends and history tied to the world-famous route. Arrive in the village of Amalfi for some free time in this splendid UNESCO World Heritage Site. You might enjoy relaxing with a glass of the area’s renowned Limoncello liqueur! Return to your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure. Possible evening hash trail / pub crawl in Naples. (B)
Day 4 –14 August (Sat) – Naples. Boat trip to Capri
Enjoy a day trip to the legendary island of CAPRI, surrounded by a rocky coastline where the crashing sea has formed awe-inspiring caves. The town with its pretty piazzetta, maze of streets, fashionable boutiques, and cozy restaurants, is a mecca for the jet set. Explore on your own, take an optional island tour, or join a Capri Island hash trail. (B)
Day 5 – 15 August (Sun) – Naples. Morning excursion to Pompeii – High-Speed Train to Florence
This morning travel to POMPEII, where time stopped for the rich, aristocratic town with the terrible eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. On the included guided visit, see the remains of luxurious villas, temples, theater, and forum. Later transfer to the train station for your HIGH-SPEED TRAIN to Florence. Upon arrival, a guided walking tour features some of the city’s greatest attractions. See Piazza Santa Croce; world-famous Signoria Square; 13th-century Palazzo Vecchio with its collection of artistic masterpieces and incredible courtyards; Loggia dei Lanzi; the fantastic Duomo with Giotto’s gothic Bell Tower and the Baptistry’s ornate bronze door known as the “Gate of Paradise". Check into your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the evening at leisure. Possible evening hash trail / pub crawl. (B)
Day 6 – 16 August (Mon) – Florence. Excursion to Chianti Countryside and San Gimignano
Rolling hills dotted with olive groves and vineyards greet you around every bend as you travel through the beautiful Chianti countryside to charming San Gimignano. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the most famous of Italy's medieval walled towns, and you will have time to explore its ancient towers and fine examples of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. Is that Daenerys Targaryen on that dragon? Continue to VERRAZZANO Castle, whose vineyards and wine-making tradition date back to 1150. A guided visit of the castle’s gardens and aging cellars is followed by a light lunch and wine tasting of Verrazzano’s delectable wines. Return to Florence and enjoy the evening at leisure. (B,L)
Day 7 – 17 August (Tue) – Florence - High-speed train to Venice
Transfer to the train station for your HIGH-SPEED TRAIN to Venice, a place of unmatched beauty and a feast of fantastic sights. View the delightful crisscrossing canals, the gondolas, arched bridges, palaces, and piazzas. An orientation features a BOAT RIDE to St. Mark’s Square. You’ll have time to explore at leisure on your own, or an optional excursion, including a ride on one of the most iconic boats in the world, the romantic gondola. Otherwise, just relax, sipping a cappuccino or the typical Venetian drink called spritz at one of the many bars or cafés. (B)
Day 8 – 18 August (Wed) –Venice – Overnight train to Prague
Enjoy breakfast, check out and store your luggage for a day at your leisure or join in the Venice hash! Evening Night Jet train departs Venice, connects through Linz, Austria and arrives in Prague Thursday morning in plenty of time to check into your hotel and enjoy the red dress run. (B)
Current train schedule
(subject to change in 2021)
21h05 - Depart Venice
05h58 - Arrive Linz
06h35 - Depart Linz
10h56 - Arrive Prague
Everything below is included in the package.
Hash trails and pub crawls are optional so they will be pay as you go. Trails pending hares and finalized schedules. Care to volunteer?
The services of a professional, multilingual Tour Director will be provided throughout.
ROME similar to ATENEO GARDEN
NAPLES similar to HOLIDAY INN NAPLES
FLORENCE similar to ITALIAN HOTEL AND RESORT
VENICE similar to HOTEL CARLTON ON THE GRAN CANAL
Please note: Hotels mentioned above are not being held. Properties listed are indicative only. While we will make every attempt to secure the named hotel, the group may be accommodated in one of our Cosmos standard hotels which may not be the same as mentioned.
Motorcoaches are fully air-conditioned everywhere while touring.
High-speed train from Rome to Naples
High-speed train from Naples to Florence
High-speed train from Florence to Venice
Overnight train Venice to Prague*
*There is no direct train; clients must to change train in Linz, Austria. 4 berth cabins have been included in the costing.
Sightseeing as outlined in the itinerary with inside visits (including admission charges) and special features shown in UPPER CASE in the tour description. Sightseeing with local guides where applicable.
Headsets throughout tour
Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach
Air into Rome is not included. We will be running a free shuttle to the hotel from the airport for those that arrive on morning flights (which should be the case for most hashers arriving from the US). That departure time will be determined closer in once flights become available and schedules published. This usually happens about 10 months out for most airlines.
Here's the cool part - The more hashers that go, the less the trip costs!
Cosmos is giving us price breaks depending on how many people sign up. Here's how it shakes out:
20 - 24 hashers - $2,420 pp
25 - 29 hashers - $2,273 pp
30 - 34 hashers - $2,179 pp
35 - 39 hashers - $2,112 pp
40 - 44 hashers - $2,094 pp
This trip requires a minimum of 20 hashers to go. Registrations will be held until 20 hashers register at which time all deposits will be charged. The initial confirmation will show the $2,420 pp rate. An updated invoice will be sent prior to final payment showing the amount due based on the total number of hashers registered.
In addition to the above:
Driver and tour director pre-paid gratuities - $46 pp
Travel Leaders agency fee - $18 pp (nonrefundable)
All pricing is based on double occupancy. If booking as a single, you can pick your roomie, be assigned one or opt to keep the room as single occupancy for an additional $274.
Triple occupancy rooms may be available for a $49 pp reduction.
Note: Single and triple rooms are limited and are on a request basis.
Cosmos offers optional Travel Protection for $249.
This plan is highly recommended and includes protection for covered reasons (cash refund) AND a "cancel for any reason" coverage (future travel voucher). Details and coverage amounts here: https://affinitytravelcert.com/document/pdfs/Globus_Landing.html
Important: Deposits are non-refundable but fully transferable until 07May2021 when final rooming list is due.
Deposit: $250 pp + 18 pp service fee.
Final Payment due by May 31, 2021
This trip is being offered 18 months prior to travel and scheduled based on current timetables which are subject to change. Hash trails and pub crawls are subject to availability and willingness of hare volunteers if no local hash is available to host us.
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