NEW YORK -- Two U.S. tour operators hope to "peak" interest in
Italian hilltop tours with the addition of various options to their
Visits to the Cinque Terre -- five cliffside fishing villages --
are a highlight of new three-night tours of the Liguria region and
the Italian Riveria from Picasso Travel, based in Los Angeles.
Both packages include first class accommodations with breakfast,
lunch, a full-day tour of the Cinque Terre towns and a half-day
tour of the Riviera.
The independent Italian Riviera and the Cinque Terre tour, with
daily departures, costs $599 to $649 per person, double, land only.
Peak prices apply June 16 through Sept. 15.
The escorted Cinque Terre and Cooking Lesson in Liguria tour
also includes a morning spent learning local cuisine; the tour
costs $1,259 per person, with a two-person minimum.
Picasso pays 10%. For details, call (800) 462-8875 or visit www.splendidaitalia.com on the Web.
Bothell, Wash.-based Europe Express is offering its land-only
six-night Hilltowns of Tuscany walking tour of Florence, San
Gimingnano and Siena, which includes accommodation, daily
breakfast, detailed routes and maps, luggage transfers, and hotel
taxes and service fees.
Self-guided tours depart daily through Oct. 31, priced at $899
per person, double; guided departures, on select dates, cost $1,549
per person, double.
Commission is 10%. Call (800) 927-3876 or visit www.europeexpress.com.