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Tired of waiting to make my dream trip come true

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I’ve got a yearning deep down in my soul to travel to Italy. Not just any old trip; a trip of a lifetime trip. I found the exact one I want to go on: it has EVERYTHING I’ve been dreaming of for Lord knows how long!

Here is the itinerary:

Day1
Overnight Flight

Ciao, Italy!

Day2
Rome, Italy – Tour Begins

Arrive in Rome and join your fellow travelers for a special welcome dinner featuring regional delicacies and Italian wines.

Day3
Rome – Classical Rome City Tour

A locally-guided tour of Classical Rome features such sights as the Piazza Venezia, the Roman Forum, the Circus Maximus and the Arch of Constantine. During an in-depth visit to the Colosseum, your guide recounts its rich history. The catacombs, burial place of early Christians, the mythic Pantheon and Piazza Navona are also featured.

Day4
Rome

Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore Rome’s cultural treasures independently. Your tour manager will be on hand to offer suggestions. Perhaps a trip to Vatican City, with an optional tour to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica, will be on your personal sightseeing list.

Day5
Rome – Pompeii – Sorrento Coast

After a short lesson on the local language, journey south toward the brilliant Bay of Naples where charming villages are built into hillsides above a sparkling blue sea. Soak in 2,000 years of history during your discovery of the excavated ruins of Pompeii. A local guide provides an in-depth view of this remarkably preserved archaeological site. Continue to the scenic resort town of Sorrento and take some time to explore the city independently. End your day on the breathtaking Sorrento Coast.

Day6
Sorrento Coast – Isle of Capri – Sorrento Coast

A scenic boat ride* brings you to the enchanting Isle of Capri. Upon arrival, take a panoramic ride to the island’s highest town, Anacapri. Spend time in Capri town with its world-famous piazzetta and explore this island paradise of chic boutiques, lush vegetation and outdoor cafés before returning to the Sorrento Coast.

Day7
Sorrento Coast – Florence

Today Tuscany unfolds with its panorama of vineyards and olive groves. Florence, the “Cradle of the Italian Renaissance,” awaits and offers Italy’s best art and architecture. Visit the Academy Gallery to see Michelangelo’s magnificent sculpture of David. This evening, it’s Diner’s Choice…tonight your dinner is included and you’ll choose the perfect spot from a “menu” of Florence’s great restaurants.

Day8
Florence

A locally-guided tour highlights the Piazza del Duomo, with its Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and the famous Gates of Paradise on the Baptistery of St. John. You also view the magnificent Piazza della Signoria with its imposing Palazzo Vecchio.

Day9
Florence – Pisa – Venice

Visit the ancient maritime Republic of Pisa to discover the Piazza Dei Miracoli, the Duomo (Cathedral) and the famous Leaning Tower. A special stop is made at a Tuscan winery and farm to enjoy lunch and sample local wines and specialties. Next, cross the Apennine Mountains en route to Venice where 117 islands are connected by a latticework of 150 canals and 400 bridges.

Day10
Venice – Murano Island – Venice

Embark on a boat trip* (weather permitting) to Murano Island for a glass-blowing demonstration. Return to St. Mark’s Square where a local expert takes you on a walking tour of the Basilica, Doge’s Palace and the legendary Bridge of Sighs. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore independently.

Day11
Venice – Verona – Stresa

Depart Venice for Verona to stroll the streets that were the backdrop for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Arrive in the resort town of Stresa in the breathtaking Italian Lakes District, your home for the next two nights, and admire the beautiful views of Lago Maggiore.

Day12
Stresa – Locarno, Switzerland – Isola dei Pescatori, Italy – Stresa

Today, cross into Switzerland and the picturesque lakeside resort of Locarno for magnificent views, excellent shopping and charming cafés. Tonight we travel by boat to Isola dei Pescatori for a farewell dinner while surrounded by beautiful scenery.

Day13
Stresa – Tour Ends
  • Breakfast

Doesn’t it sound amazing?? <dreamy sigh>

Is it cheap? HELL NO! It’s about $3600 (depending when you go) for the 13 day, fully guided tour through several different, amazing places of historical significance. It includes some of your meals, but not all, which is fine with me. It also includes admission to all the sightseeing stuff. And no, airfare is not included. So I’d have to figure on another $1800-2000 in airfare alone.

Something you need to understand about me: I’m an Aries which makes me as stubborn as a damn mule. I’m pretty unrelenting when I know what I want and I fight with every ounce of my being to attain it. And I’ve wanted this for so long I just can’t even tell you. I thought my bestie and I could do it together, but she is always so busy and can’t take two weeks off of work to do this. Plus, she honestly doesn’t know WHAT will be going on in her life a year from now (which is when I’m hoping to do the trip of my dreams). So that makes it hard. The hubby WON’T go with me, for reasons I’m really not gonna get into right now. So that leaves me….going by myself. Which I initially thought would be so lonely. But now I’m not so sure. I’m starting to get a little more comfortable in my own skin, and I could definitely do the the tour I have been salivating over for months. I’ve been saving for this trip for two years and only have a little over $1000 saved, but I’d have a whole other year to keep saving. And thanks to credit cards, I could purchase both the tour and airline tickets myself and pay them off when I got back. Easy peasy. This is sounding better and better to me all the time.

Here’s where y’all come in: do you see any other options I might be missing? Do you have any advice for this woman with wanderlust?? I’m open to suggestions and ideas.

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