2017 Italy & Germany

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Your tour includes:

21-nights in four star luxury hotels with Wifi and Porterage included
International Breakfast buffet daily
3-course Dinner each evening including non-alcoholic beverages
Vatican Guided Tour, including the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica
Rome City Tour
Colliseum Entrance
Pompeii Ruins
Naples Toy & Doll Museum
Pitti Palace
Uffizi Gallery
Accademia, home of Michelangelo’s David
Farragamo Museum
Gucci Museum
Shopping at the famous Mercado del Porcellino
Visit with Italian Doll Dealers/Room Trading
Visit to Private Doll Museum in Bologna
Unlimited Transportation Pass via Vaporetto
St. Mark’s Square
The Doge’s Palace
The Correr Museum
The Mocenigo Costume & Textile Museum
The Fortuny Institute
Visit to Verona, the setting for Romeo & Juliet
Rocca Borromeo Museum of Dolls & Automaton
Private Boat Transportation on Lago Maggiore
Museum of Marionettes, Isola Madre
Day Trip through the Swiss Alps, with overnight stop in Munich
Coburg Doll Museum
Neustadt Doll Museum
Sonneberg Doll & Toy Museum
3 Doll & Toy Flea Markets
Puppenfestival International Doll Fair
Nurnberg Doll & Toy Museum

The price is €4850 per person, based on double occupancy. (For currency conversion go to: https://www.oanda.com/currency/converter/) See payment schedule below.*

We are not able to offer single occupancy on this trip.

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Monday, May 8th, 2017
3 nights in Rome at Hotel Quirinale 
www.hotelquirinale.it
Arrive in Rome
Meet the group for a welcome dinner at the hotel.

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017
Vatican Guided Tour, including the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. 

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Wednesday, May 10th
Morning City Tour (Hop-on, Hop-off)
Afternoon free for independent site seeing.

Thursday, May 11th
Depart for Pompeii & Naples

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After a day of exploring the ruins of Pompeii, we will spend the evening and overnight in Naples at the NH Ambassador Hotel http://www.nh-hotels.com/hotel/nh-napoli-ambassador


Friday, May 12th

Depart for Tuscany, arriving in Florence in the late afternoon.

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4 nights in Florence at Hotel Boscolo Astoria http://www.B4astoriafirenze.com





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Saturday, May 13th
Visit the Pitti Palace - the Costume Gallery is just one of several museums within this huge complex that encompasses art, porcelain, sculpture and gardens. Tonight we will have room trading and perhaps a surprise guest!

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Sunday, May 14th
Visit Galleria dell’Accademia and the Uffizi Galleria

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Monday, May 15th
Visit Museo Ferragamo, 
Shopping Mercato del Porcellino

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Tuesday, May 16th
Depart for Venice with a stop en route in Bologna.
Visit to a private doll museum.

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3 nights in Venice at Hotel Papadopoli  http://www.hotel-papadopoli-venice.com






Venice

Wednesday, May 17th
With unlimited travel via Vaparetto, we will be able to get to the museums of St.Mark’s Square… The Doge’s Palace and The Museo Correr, where Empress Elizabeth “Sissi” once stayed. You can be sure you will have plenty of time for
independent exploration around this area.
Thursday, May 18th
The Mocenigo Costume & Textile Museum and The Fortuny Institute encompass the history of fashion in Venice from the Middle Ages to modern day. 

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Friday, May 19th
Depart Venice for Stresa, on beautiful Lago Maggiore

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3 nights in Stresa at Hotel Regina Place 

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After the very ambitious itinerary we have had over the past 14-days, now is the time to relax and rest up before the rest of the trip. What better way to relax than a weekend at the Lake visiting beautiful gardens, a palace on a private island and possibly the best doll museum remaining in Europe?

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Saturday, May 20th

On board our private water taxi, we will cruise 20 minutes to Isola Madre to visit the spectacular botanical gardens with their peacocks and the small Palazzo that houses the 18th century marionette collection.

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From Isola Madre we’ll go to Isola Bella, where we can enjoy seeing the
Palazzo Borommeo, with its grand collection of artworks and marionette theatres. This Palazzo is still occupied by the Borommeo family in the summer. The rare white peacocks guard the formal gardens.

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Sunday, May 21st

Today will be a day full of dolls and automaton. We will travel 1-hour by bus around the south end of the lake to Angera, then up the narrow road to the Rocca d’Angera. The fortress stands 200 feet above the water guarding over the fabulous doll collection within.

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Monday, May 22nd
Sit back with a good book and your camera, for today will be a day to rest your feet and feast your eyes on the spectacular scenery of the Swiss  Alps. We will depart Stresa in the morning and with a lunch stop along the way, we’ll arrive in Munich in the afternoon. We’ll stay for the night at the Munich Airport Hilton, so you can either arrange to store excess luggage or mail packages home from the airport if necessary. 
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We will be joined this evening by a few people who will be going to Puppenfestival International with us. 

Tuesday, May 23rd

Depart Munich for Coburg, arriving midday at what has become our home away from home: the Hotel Golden Traube www.goldenetraube.comThe hotel is just steps away from the town square and just two blocks from the Coburger Puppenmuseum. We’ll walk to the square for anyone who is ready to sample the famous bratwurst roasted over pine cones or anyone who still has not had enough Italian gelato. Then we will go to the doll museum. By the time we get back to the hotel, our bags will have been delivered and our rooms will be ready.


Wednesday, May 24th
After a leisurely breakfast, we’ll travel the short distance to Sonneberg, where we will visit an amazing doll shop, a Christmas shop and the first flea market of the week. In the afternoon we’ll see the famous Sonneberg Spielzeugmuseum and make a stop a a second flea market in Sonneberg. Weather permitting we will take a scenic trip up the mountainside to Coburg Veste on our way back to Coburg.


Thursday, May 25th 
Set your alarm clocks for an early wake up call. The coach will leave for Neaustadt at 7:00 AM. The town of Neustadt has been taken over by the huge doll and toy flea market that runs all through the main square and up and down the side streets.We will schedule two pick up times with our coach driver, so those of you who run out of steam can go have cake and coffee at the Neustadt Museum while enjoying the special exhibits set up for the festival. We’ll come back later and pick up the rest of you for the return trip to Coburg. 

Friday, May 26th

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The highlight of Puppenfestival International is the “Gross Sammlerborse” in Neustadt. Many of the dealers who were set up at the flea market will also be set up inside at this two-day show with different merchandise. Dealers come from Germany, France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Italy for this show. 

Saturday, May 27th
Depart Coburg for Munich with a stop in Nurnberg to visit the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, home of the oldest dolls, toys and doll houses that we will see on this trip.

Farewell party at the Munich Airport Hilton.

Sunday, May 28th
Homeward flights.

Passports/Visas:

You are responsible for having the required travel documents for visiting the EU.  At this time American, Australian and Canadian citizens are not required to have visas for visits of less than 90 days. However, we must present a passport that is valid for three months beyond our departure from the EU.

Luggage:

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You are limited to one 24 or 26 inch suitcase with wheels and one small carry-on,  such as a small backpack or a “ Longchamps-type” folding tote bag. Hard-sided roll aboard bags are allowed by the airlines, but unfortunately, they are too large for the bus. You will receive a TLC Doll Tours zippered tote bag, suitable for carrying daily necessities to and from your hotel room and the coach. The general rule of "thumb" is that if you cannot lift your fully packed suitcase with one hand, it is too heavy for the airlines and too heavy to expect our coach driver to handle. Baggage handling has been pre-arranged and paid according to these guidelines. Suitcases larger than 26 inches will not be accepted on the coach.

Walking:


The nature of European cities dictates that the only way to see the sites is by walking. Many of the central old city streets are not accessible by coach and you may be required to walk up to 800 metres to reach a destination.  While every consideration is given to the general age and physical condition of our guests, stairs and uphill walks are sometimes unavoidable. You must be able to walk easily and securely to be comfortable in European cities. TLC Doll Tours is unable to accommodate guests requiring more than a cane for mobility. 

Itinerary:

Every tour itinerary is considered tentative to allow us the opportunity to add an activity or an excursion to something that is announced after our tour information has been published. 

For example, the special exhibits at several museums have not yet been announced.

Itinerary bus departure times are not approximate. Your promptness and consideration for the group is always appreciated.

Airline Tickets:

The 2017 Tour begins in Rome and ends in Munich. You need to select an “ open jaw” ticket to arrive in Rome and leave from Munich.  
The first activity for the group will be the welcome dinner Monday evening.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

The final night of the tour will be spent at the Munich Airport Hilton, allowing you to  book any flight that suits you, without the necessity for taxi or shuttle transportation.

We recommend that you select one of the Star Alliance Airlines to give you more latitude of choice when arriving and departing from the EU. The Star Alliance Airlines group includes United, Air Canada, Lufthansa, Swiss, Singapore airlines and others. http://www.staralliance.com/en/home

Travel Insurance:

We recommend that you arrange for travel insurance at the same time as you book your flight tickets. Most of the best priced air tickets are non-refundable as is the price of the tour. Several insurance providers are listed under the “Travel FAQs” tab on our website.
 

Meals & Beverages: 
All the tour hotels provide a large and varied breakfast buffet each morning. TLC Tours provides snacks, fruit and water on board the coach. Most evenings the group will be served a three-course meal with a choice of a water, coffee or tea.  Wines and spirits are available at your own charge.
We do not include lunch in the tour package because experience has shown us that the amount of food provided at breakfast and dinner is more than most of our tour members are accustomed to or comfortable eating. While we are able to offer diabetic/vegetarian options for those who advise of this need in advance, we are unable to guarantee gluten-free meals in Europe. The menus are selected weeks in advance to offer variety, seasonal fresh foods and traditional local dishes. In the EU you should expect to be served pork and seafood. Meal substitutions from the set menu will create an additional charge to the tour member.

Payment Schedule:
*Payment for the tour will be divided into three payments:
August €1000 
October €2000
January €1850, with adjustment for exchange rate

The Fine Print: 
The tour price is non-refundable. To the fullest extent permitted by law, the tour member agrees to indemnify, and hold harmless TLC Doll Tours, its elected and appointed officials, employees and volunteers and others working on behalf of TLC Doll Tours against any and all claims, demands, suits or loss, including all costs connected therewith, and for any damages which may be asserted, claimed or recovered against or from TLC Doll Tours, its elected and appointed officials, employees, volunteers or others working on behalf of TLC Doll Tours, by reason of personal injury, including bodily injury or death and/or property damage, including loss of use thereof, which arises out of or is in any way connected or associated with this contract. TLC Doll Tours reserves the right to refuse any passenger on the basis of incompatibility with the group, excessive alcohol or drug use, illegal activity, endangerment of the group or non-compliance with the itinerary guidelines and schedules. 

TLC Doll Tours is a registered Canadian company with offices at 17102 Hwy 35, Algonquin Highlands, Ontario K0M 1J1,Canada. We have been in business since 1994. 

Sole proprietor: Lynn Murray
 
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