Marlton, New Jersey (PRWEB) September 19, 2013
Intrepid Vacations is pleased to unveil its latest travel offerings for small groups – Immersions – a line of highly sophisticated group tours created to take travelers to enjoy in-depth travel experiences to the regions they love most. This travel concept for travel to Italy caps groups at 16 members, with a minimum of two travelers, and promises one-on-one attention along with spectacular add-ons such as gourmet dinners paired with wine tastings and completely customizable features that allow travelers to become absorbed in the culture surrounding them.
Immersions group tours include specialty dining experiences at both farm-to-table and high-end restaurants throughout the region. Scenic escorted tours are broken up by luxurious wine tastings paired with oils, meats and other fine cuisine produced by locals. Travelers enjoy premium hotels and authentic country-living experiences, all based on their personal preferences and customization. Cooking classes, candlelight dinners and more can all be part of the Immersions experience.
“Intrepid Vacations’ Immersions group tours provide a unique experience for travelers to intimately explore new cities and regions. Smaller groups allow for a more private experience and provide greater value,” said Brian John, President and CEO of Intrepid Vacations. “Our professional tour directors can be more flexible to make changes to daily activities along the way to further cater to the wishes and desires of travelers in small groups. We strive to provide the best experience and know our travelers will be thrilled by this new collection of travel programs that takes our ‘Live Like a Local’ concept even further.”
Immersions will be initially available on five of Intrepid Vacations’ Italian tour programs. Here’s a look at those programs:
-- Absolute Italy – 9 days/8 nights – from $2181
(3 nights Rome, 3 nights Florence, 2 nights Venice)
The Absolute Italy package begins in the capital city of Rome where the aroma of authentic Italian recipes fill quaint piazzas surrounded by old world fountains and modern boutiques. Travelers will explore the Roman Forum, Colosseum, Spanish Steps and more before departing for fabulous Florence where they can view the panoramic red-tiled roof city, home to the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. Participants will see the famous “David of Michelangelo” statue and tour Brunelleschi’s Duomo and the Uffizzi Galleries showcasing artistic masterpieces. This Italian adventure continues to the awe-inspiring city of Venice, where gondola rides will take them under magnificent bridges. Travelers will visit St. Mark Square and sample delicious cuisine in the city’s wonderful trattorias, savoring every corner of Venice in style.
-- Heart of Italy – 7 days/6 nights – from $1673
(3 nights Rome, 3 nights Florence)
The Heart of Italy tour commences in the capital city of Rome, where guided tours of the Colosseum, the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and more await. Travelers will dine on authentic Italian cuisine paired with a wine tasting for lunch while exploring Rome’s treasures. Next, participants drive through the magnificent scenery of Tuscany, where rolling hills are covered with vineyards and olive trees, followed by a stop in Siena for a special wine tasting with local cheeses and salami. Travelers continue on to Florence where they will explore the Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, il Duomo -- the Dome with Giotto's Bell Tower, the Ponte Vecchio and Santa Croce. Many additional excursions are available to take the adventuring even further, including an optional tour to the leaning tower of Pisa, before departing for a private wine and olive tasting in Chianti and dinner at a local farm house.
-- Sunny Italy – 8 days/7 nights – from $1785
(3 nights Rome, 4 nights Sorrento)
This Sunny Italy vacation begins in Rome exploring the Eternal City’s treasures – the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Roman Forum, Spanish Steps and more – all while soaking up the glittering Mediterranean sun. Travelers will discover historical sites like the famed city of Pompeii on their way to a delicious lunch in Sorrento at a local trattoria. Revelers will boost their Vitamin D as they bask in the the rays on the beautiful island of Capri. Then travelers will tour the breathtaking Amalfi Coast and pick fragrant lemons to prepare a fresh lemonade or limoncello to enjoy overlooking the sea. Vacationers will relish a farewell dinner in Sorrento overlooking the region’s panoramic hills.
-- Grand Tuscany & Umbria – 8 days/7 nights – from $2669
(1 night Rome, 3 nights Florence, 2 nights Cortona, 1 night Rome)
This Grand Tuscany & Umbria vacation begins with one night in Rome for exploring the historic capital of Italy before departing on a scenic drive through Tuscany, with its hills covered in vineyards and olive trees. In Siena, visitors will savor a private wine tasting with local cheeses and salami before continuing on to Florence, the birthplace of Renaissance art. In Florence, travelers can enjoy optional tours to: Montepucliano and Montalcino, Cortona, Assisi and Perugia and more, and then transfer to Chianti for a luxury wine and olive tasting followed by dinner at a farm house, accompanied by Chianti wine. In Pisa, the famed leaning tower awaits before heading to Cortona, a small town in Southern Tuscany, where travelers will participate in a cooking class, followed by lunch with wine. Outdoor fresh markets and countryside splendors set the stage before returning to Rome for their departure home chock-full of memories to cherish always.
-- Rome, Florence & Italian Riviera – 9 days/8 nights – from $3119
(3 nights Rome, 3 nights Florence, 2 nights Portovenere)
In Rome a phenomenal array of treasures await to be explored -- the Roman Forum, Colosseum, Spanish Steps and more or travelers can delve into religious history touring Vatican City and St. Peter’s Square. Next on this spectacular Italian escapade, travelers will drive through the magnificent scenery of Tuscany, where rolling hills are covered with vineyards and olive trees, followed by a stop in Siena for a special wine tasting with local cheeses and salami. Revelers continue on to Florence to uncover the city’s gems including: the Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, the Dome with Giotto's Bell Tower, Ponte Vecchio and Santa Croce. In Florence, travelers can enjoy optional tours to: Montepucliano and Montalcino, Cortona, Assisi and Perugia and more, and then transfer to Chianti for a luxury wine and olive tasting followed by dinner at a farm house. Further along, visitors continue to Pisa, with its leaning tower. Then it’s on to the Cinque Terre region and a tour by boat before seeing the fishing village of Portofino with its picturesque harbor.
Starting from rates detailed above are per person, land only, based on double occupancy. For more details on the company’s expansive range of Italy tour packages, visit Intrepid-Vacations.com.
About Intrepid Vacations
Intrepid Vacations is dedicated to delivering travel programs that take travelers to truly experience destinations throughout Europe and the Middle East in an authentic and inspired way. Each itinerary is developed to offer travelers an unparalleled experiential, cultural and social travel program. The company offers an expansive array of travel programs including Independent Travel Packages, Escorted Motor Coach Tours, Honeymoons, Fly and Drive Tours, Culinary/ Food & Wine Tours, Group Tours, Nile River Cruises, Aegean Cruises, as well as fully customized trips.
Intrepid Vacations travel programs include centrally located accommodations, deluxe motor coach or private car transfers, breakfast daily, knowledgeable tour escorts or local guides during sightseeing and attractions visits, guaranteed departures on escorted tours with a minimum of two persons for select destinations. For more information or to book travel call 800-505-5497 or visit Intrepid-Vacations.com.
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