For almost 30 years, TourCrafters, the family-owned Italian tour operator, has been known for good-deal packages to Italy and Europe. But now they’ve outdone themselves. For the winter season — October 26 to March 31 — TourCrafters is offering 5-day/4-night Early Bird Specials starting at US$425 to Rome, US$389 to Florence, and US$432 to Venice. The booking deadline is August 30.
These special prices are less than US$100 a day for packages that include transatlantic air fare from New York, comfortable and convenient hotel accommodations with a private bath (Hotels Brasile in Rome, Meridiana in Florence and Hesperia in Venice), daily breakfast, service charges, and taxes.
Travelers who want an upgraded hotel can choose the 4-star Hotel Michelangelo (US$606) or 5-star Bernini Bristol (US$953) in Rome, the 4-star Grand Hotel Baglioni (US$595) in Florence, and the 4-star Carlton & Grand Canal (US$503), or heavenly 5-star Luna Baglioni (US$1,082) in Venice.
Air fare add-ons from other cities are also available: US$50 from Boston, US$95 from Chicago, and US$120 from Miami to Rome; US$19 from Boston, US$72.50 from Chicago, and US$90 from Miami to Florence and Venice.
All prices quoted are per person, double occupancy, are subject to availability, and do not include airport taxes of US$115 or fuel surcharges of US$260, which are not included in the quoted price because they are subject to change by the airline. Reservations must be paid for within 72 hours of booking.
For more information, visit www.tourcrafters.com. For reservations, call 800-482-5995.