New York, NY (PRWEB) April 23, 2013
Virgin Vacations is offering two different hotel-car packages for independent travelers who want to spend a week exploring Tuscany or Italy’s Amalfi Coast in depth, at their own pace. Priced from $479 land only (from $1,319 with air from New York), the packages include 6 nights accommodations, a 7-day manual car rental with unlimited miles, and breakfast daily.
Travelers stay at the same hotel each night, using it as a base for day excursions, so there is no need to pack and unpack daily. Depending on individual preferences, travelers can develop their own plans, or choose from Virgin Vacations’ suggested day itineraries. Suggested drives range from 40 – 160 miles, round trip, with estimated driving times ranging from 1 ½ to 4 hours.
Tuscany Fly & Drive: From $479 land, $1,319 air inclusive
Travelers fly to Pisa, an hour’s drive from Montecatini, where home base is the modern Tuscany Inn in the center of town. Known for its spas and its historical significance in World War II, the town is just 30 miles from Florence. Virgin Vacations’ travelers can drive or take the train into Florence, and drive to a number of medieval towns, only 50 miles or 2 hours roundtrip. Or, for a longer itinerary, Siena and San Gimignano are a four-hour drive, or 160 miles.
Per person prices for the 6-night Tuscany Fly & Drive package begin at $479 land only, for departures through June. Prices for 8-days, including air, start at $1,319 from New York, based on May 8 departure date. Prices range up to $639 land only, for September 18 departure, and $3,029 with airfare for July 3, 10, and 17 departure dates. Hotel upgrades are available beginning at $30 per person, while car upgrades begin at $116. Automatic transmissions cost $396 additional.
Round trip add-on air fares are available from cities nationwide. For Washington, D.C., add $41, Miami $39, Chicago $149, San Francisco $410, and Los Angeles $293; Boston departures are $145 less.
Amalfi Coast Fly and Drive: From $589 land, $1,629 air inclusive
Virgin Vacations’ travelers fly into Naples, and then drive 1.5 hours to the four-star Villa Romana, home base for the stay. Located only 2.5 miles from Amalfi, Villa Romana is a two-hour drive, or 50 miles roundtrip, to Pompeii and to Positano; and 3 hours (110 miles) to Ischia, largest island on the Bay of Naples.
Prices for 6-nights begin at $589, land only, for select dates in April and October; or from $1,629, for 8 days with air fare from New York, based on October 22 departure. Prices range up to $809 land only, departing September 18, 2013; and to $2,359 with airfare departing August 28. Hotel upgrades begin at $10, while car upgrades start at $116. Automatic transmission costs an additional $396.
Round trip add-on air fares are available from cities nationwide. For Boston, add $33, Washington, DC $79, Miami $188, Chicago $178, San Francisco $215, and Los Angeles $333.
The Fine Print
Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Air fares include airline taxes and fuel charges. Car rental prices include Third Party Liability Insurance (RCA), Collision Damage Waiver Reduction (C.D.R.), Theft Protection Reduction (T.P.R.), airport charges, and local taxes (VAT).
About Virgin Vacations
Virgin Vacations offers a wide selection of escorted tours, river and sea cruises, and independent packages worldwide, available with or without air fare on Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia and Virgin America, as well as other international airline partners. Virgin Vacations travelers can enroll in Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club or Virgin America’s Elevate frequent flyer programs, and earn points for the land portion.
For information on other worldwide destinations available through Virgin Vacations, visit http://www.virginvacations.com. As a member of the U.S. Tour Operators Association, Virgin Vacations protects travelers’ payments up to $1 Million through the USTOA Travelers Assistance Program.
Editor Note: Information was correct at time of writing. All prices are subject to availability.