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Join us this March as we visit
Skiing's Capital of "La Dolce Vita"
Cortina, Italy
with a Lenten Season visit to
Rome
March 2-13, 2018

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Cortina d'Ampezzo is a world-famous winter resort that rivals any other in the Alps.  Magnificently situated in a sunny amphitheater, it is ringed by spectacular peaks which rise nearly 2000 meters above the village.  Cortina has offered a complete range of winter sports facilities since hosting the Olympic Games in 1956. In Cortina, life centers around the Corso, a traffic-less, shop-lined street where the late afternoon passeggiata proceeds without fail.  You can browse and see the latest winter fashions, as well as purchase a gift from one of the many antique and craft shops.  At the heart of the Corso is a central piazza, and a church with a towering campanile.  Excursions to Venice, Plan de Coranes/Brunico and Pieve de Cadare are available locally.  At night, enjoy one of Cortina's exclusive night clubs. 

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The elegant structure of the 4-star Hotel Cortina is situated along Corso Italia, in front of the nineteenth century bell tower of Cortina d’Ampezzo, in the center of the shopping area, close to the ski-bus stop bound for the Dolomiti Superski ski slopes and skiing school.  In the pedestrian area are the international high-fashion boutiques, antiques, numerous artisan shops and the most popular locales of Cortina; a little further, skiing enthusiasts can purchase the best equipment at the shops in the center.
The rooms offer a wide range of accommodations: standard single rooms, standard twin rooms, standard doubles rooms, deluxe double rooms, and junior suites.  You can see a more detailed description of these rooms at the following web address: http://www.hotelcortina.com/rooms-suites/  Prices based on the various accommodations are listed below.

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Cortina’s skiing is split into a number of ski areas. The highest and arguably most spectacular is Tofana, whilst the largest is Pomedes, both accessed by a series of ski lifts from town.  Faloria is reached by cable car from the centre of town and links to the Mietres ski area and the imposing crags above Cristallo. Meanwhile, Cinque Torre can be accessed by ski bus and links into Col Gallina and the Lagazuoi ski area and the beautiful ‘Hidden Valley.’ Cortina is a superb introduction to skiing for first timers. The lovely, gently angled runs of the Socrapes area on Pomedes are as good as it gets and there are plenty of good blues to graduate to.  Intermediates will find a fine selection of red and blue runs, threading through glorious alpine scenery. It’s well worth spending a day up high on Cinque Torre and at the same time taking in the stunning Hidden Valley, one of the most enjoyable intermediate runs in Europe.  Experts will find relatively limited groomed terrain although the black Forcella on Tofana and the Staunies on Cristallo are steep and exciting, and when conditions allow the off-piste can be both sensational and untracked for days on end.

The many winter venues are on complete display in this clip from the movie, "For Your Eyes Only," starring the late Roger Moore.  Filmed in 1981 in Cortina, it's still fun to watch 37 years later.

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Throughout much of its long, noble history, Rome was a city-state unto itself, developing and basking in its own grandeur and uniqueness.  Built on seven hills, halfway between the country's fertile, industrial north and balmy Mediterranean south, Rome has been the center of Italy's empire building as well as her inspiring cultural and artistic expressions.  The ancient Romans bequeathed such famous monuments as the Colosseum, Forum, Circus Maximus, Pantheon, Baths of Caracalia and the Catacombs.  When in Rome, we suggest doing as the Romans...strolling the Spanish Steps and along the shops and café culture of the Via Condotti and Via Veneto or simply tossing a coin into the Trevi Fountain.  From a seemingly infinite number of casual city spots, from cafes to street corners, Romans and visitors alike leisurely view the colorful lifestyle of their beloved city, as it plays out on a backdrop layered by centuries.
The Vatican, one of the most sacred places in Christendom, attests to a great history.  A unique collection of artistic and architectural masterpieces lie within the boundaries of this small state.  At its center is St. Peter's Basilica, with its double colonnade and circular piazza. 

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The Hotel Quirinale is a four-star hotel in the very heart of the city.  We'll enjoy a daily buffet breakfast there before setting out daily to explore the city.  We have a 4-hour guided tour scheduled for Sunday morning (March 11) leaving from the hotel. 




STANDARD ROOMS*
$2,809 per person Double or Twin Accommodation
$3,254 Single Accommodation

Deluxe Rooms*
$2,984 per person Double Accommodation
$3,040 per person Junior Suites Double Accommodation
$2697 per person Junior Suites Triple Accommodation

* Standard vs Deluxe Room rates pertain to the Hotel Cortina.  Standard rooms will be assigned to all at the Hotel Quirinale in Rome.  See description of rooms at the Hotel Cortina at http://www.hotelcortina.com/rooms-suites/

Tour price includes the following:

  • Round-Trip flights:  Boston to Venice/Rome & return
  • Motor Coach transfers throughout
  • 7 Nights Hotel Cortina**** Cortina, Italy 
  • 3 Nights Hotel Quirinale**** Rome, Italy
  • Buffet Breakfast throughout
  • 4-Course Dinner nightly in Cortina.  Welcome drink and resort orientation upon arrival
  • Half Day city tour of Rome
  • Taxes and operational expenses for above tour features, excluding daily city taxes paid locally by individuals 
  • Tour escort services provided by Charlie Thompson

For a copy of the trip flyer, click HERE

For a copy of the registration form, click HERE

For a copy of the tour conditions click HERE

For a copy of the trip insurance form click HERE






QUEBEC CITY GETAWAY
February 22-25, 2018


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A visit to the oldest walled city in North America, now just 407 years young, is like a trip back in time to Old Europe.  French is the language spoken here, and French cuisine, rivaling that of Paris itself, temps you in the hundreds of charming restaurants within a short walk of our hotel, the Manoir Victoria.  Citizens of Quebec celebrate the winter with a "Joie de Vivre" (Joy of Life), which is certain to rub off on you as you enjoy the ski areas or explore their vibrant city.  You can tour the city, learn about its proud history, enjoy ice skating or tobogganing, or shop in its many stores and boutiques.  Get on our bus for a trip through time and space for an unforgettable experience!


 
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THE SKI AREAS.......MONT SAINT ANNE (13 lifts, 66 trails) is 2050 vertical feet of the steepest terrain you could desire on the front side.  Long intermediate cruising runs are located on the back.  La Saint Laurent is a great steep run and gives you fine views of the St. Lawrence River when you stop to catch your breath from the many turns needed to maintain control.  A great cruising trail is Le Gros Vallon; it allows you to make some good rounded turns.  If Cross-Country is your thing, St. Anne has 233 km of groomed trails - the most in North America - which start at the base of the mountain.  LE MASSIF (5 lifts, 49 trails) at the top has exceptional views, along with 2,526 vertical feet.  It was named as the training site for the Canadian Alpine teams and has a world cup downhill course.  The trails are wide and cover all abilities, but it is hard to concentrate on your technique due to the views.  Enjoy a relaxing cruising run down La Prairie or La Petite-Riviere where you can enjoy the sightseeing and skiing at the same time.

PASSPORT OR PASSPORT CARD REQUIRED TO TRAVEL TO CANADA
Children 15 & Younger Exempt
Those age 16 & above need a passport or passport card to enter Canada.  Those age 15 & younger, traveling to Canada with parental consent, need to show a valid birth certificate

$379 Double Accommodation (per person)
$349 Triple Accommodation   (per person)
$549 Single Accommodation  (per person)

** Children Stay FREE in room **
Children's Price: $199
(2 children max. allowed)

Tour Features
  • Round-Trip transportation via modern, comfortable motor coach provided by King Ward.  (Restroom, DVD equipped.)
  • Transportation - 2 days - to Mont Sainte Anne and Le Massif Ski Areas.
  • 3 Nights Accommodations - Hotel Manoir Victoria **** in the heart of the old city.  Indoor pool, health club, and sauna included.
  • Baggage handling included.
  • Welcome party at a Quebec City Pub.
  • Taxes and operational expenses for above tour features.
  • Full escort services provided by Charlie Thompson.

For a copy of the trip flyer, click HERE

For a copy of the registration form, click HERE

 

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