Taste Gelato and sample delicious Italian food prepared by some of the best chefs in Italy. Explore the fairytale villages of Slovenia, attend an outdoor concert in Vienna, visit the medieval castles of Prague – and watch the Brigham Young University Women's Basketball Team compete against some of the best basketball teams in Europe.  Your experience in Italy, Slovenia, Austria, and Czech Republic complete with cultural interactions, athletic adventures, and delicious food.


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Trip Summary:  Italy & Eastern Europe

Group Details: BYU Women's Basketball

Trip Dates:  19 - 30 August 2018

Prices from: $2750 per person 

Note: Price does not include the cost of international airfare


ITINERARY | 12 DAYS

DAY 0 | SAT AUG 18 | AIRPORT

The team will depart from SLC International Airport to catch the flight to Prague.  

DAY 1 | SUN AUG 19 | PRAGUE

Arriving in the early afternoon, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel for check in ( airport transfers included for group flight ).  If you are arriving on your own flight, make your way to the hotel on your own for check in anytime after 2pm.  In the evening enjoy a delicious Welcome Dinner with the team, as you prepare for your adventure through Europe over the next two weeks.  

Accommodation: K&K Central | Meals: D

DAY 2 | MON AUG 20 | PRAGUE

Welcome to Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic - and one of the most architecturally beautiful and culturally interesting cities in all of Europe.  After a delicious breakfast, we will explore the unique architecture and revolutionary history of Prague as we wander its streets looking for local delicacies, exploring Old Town, and visiting the historic Prague Castle, a baroque structure built in the 9th century which houses the Bohemian Crown Jewels. 

Accommodation: K&K Central | Meals: B

DAY 3 | TUE AUG 21 | PRAGUE

This morning enjoy another delicious breakfast before embarking  Discover how the colorful heritage of Bohemia has shaped the fabric and folklore of the country, inspiring it’s food, politics, and art.  Visit Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, Petrin Hill, the Vltava River, and sample traditional foods such as Czech pastries and Clebicky sandwiches.

GAME ONE

 Accommodation: K&K Central | Meals: B, L

DAY 4 | WED AUG 22 | VIENNA

After a delicious breakfast and a relaxing morning, we will check out of our hotel and enjoy a scenic ride from Prague to Vienna ( 4 hours ).  After checking in to your Central Hotel, spend the rest of the day relaxing in Austria’s idyllic capital city.  Our daily excursion will take us past the highlights of the city, including the many promenades, markets, cathedrals, and palaces of this must see European city.

 Accommodation: Am Konzerthaus | Meals: B, D 

DAY 5 | THU AUG 23 | VIENNA

This morning take a walking tour of Vienna stopping by St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the famous Schonbrunn Palace.  Sample traditional Austrian foods as you walk through some of the most beautiful parks and fascinating market areas of the city.

GAME TWO

 Accommodation: Am Konzerthaus | Meals: B 

DAY 6 | FRI AUG 24 | LAKE BLED

Travel to Lake Bled ( 4 hours ).  Bled is often called the "fairytale" capital of Eastern Europe. Visit Lake Bled, home to some of the country's most unique lakes, castles, churches, and caves.  Check into your central hotel and enjoy a relaxing evening exploring the beautiful village by foot.

 Accommodation: Golf Hotel | Meals: B, D

DAY 7 | SAT AUG 25 LAKE BLED

Free Day in Lake Bled.  The activities available in Bled are limitless.  Grab a bicycle, kayak, or paddle boat and make your way across the lake.  Walk through the village markets and shop for traditional artisan handicrafts.  Engage your peers in a round of Golf at one of two nearby courses.

GAME THREE

 Accommodation: Golf Hotel | Meals: B, D

DAY 8 | SUN AUG 26 | VENICE | FLORENCE

This morning journey onwards to Venice, Italy ( 3 hours ). Arrive in the early afternoon and embark on a walking tour of St. Mark’s Square, including a visit to the stunning St. Mark’s Basilica.  Other highlights include visits to the La Fenice Theater, Gondola ride,  and a view over the Grand Canal from the Accademia Bridge.  In the late afternoon continue onwards through the Tuscan countryside to Florence ( 3 hours ).  In the evening have free time to visit Florence’s historic Mercato Centrale District, browse the traditional artisan shops, and taste the various Tuscan street foods. 

 Accommodation: Grand Hotel Baglioni | Meals: B

DAY 9 | MON AUG 27 | FLORENCE | ROME

After another delicious breakfast, depart on a tour of Florence - covering all the highlights of the city.  Wake up early in the morning before the crowds appear to visit Ponte Vecchio, the famed Duomo, and the Accademia Galleria - home of the famous Michelangelo's David.  Have free time in the afternoon at your leisure to explore the myriad of markets, museums, and galleries that make Florence such a unique place to visit ( such as the Uffizi Gallery ). In the early afternoon, continue on to Rome ( 3 hours ) and check into your hotel for a relaxing evening.

 Accommodation: Pulitzer Hotel | Meals: B, D

DAY 10 | MON AUG 28 | ROME

Wake up to savor a traditional Italian breakfast before you set out to explore the world famous Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica. Experience the outstanding highlights of the Vatican, visit the Basilica of St. Peter (the world's largest church), and have the opportunity to gaze and some of the world’s most beautiful Renaissance and Baroque architecture.  

GAME FOUR

 Accommodation:  Pulitzer Hotel | Meals: B

DAY 11 | TUE AUG 29 | ROME

Today you will have the opportunity to explore ancient Rome starting on Capitoline Hill and continuing on to the Palazzo dei Conservatori, Palazzo Nuovo, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, ending at the famous Colosseum.  In the evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner with the team.

 Accommodation: Pulitzer Hotel | Meals: B, D

DAY 12 | WED AUG 30 | RETURN TO USA

Group airport transfer.

*Please note that itinerary details such as activities, game times, meal schedule, and accommodation venues are subject to change

TRAVEL ROUTE

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This Acanela Expedition © is the perfect fusion between comfort & adventure. Embark on this group experience prepared for hands-on cultural experiences, entertaining athletic performances, and lots of delicious food.


PACKAGE INCLUSIONS

  • 4-star Hotel Accommodations
  • Sightseeing tours and excursions
  • Airport transfers
  • Private ground transportation
  • Four basketball games
  • Welcome dinner with team
  • Farewell dinner with team
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Full-time bilingual tour director
  • All taxes and gratuities

4-STAR ACCOMMODATION

  • Prague - K&K Central
  • Vienna - Am Konzerthaus
  • Lake Bled - Golf Hotel
  • Florence - Grand Hotel Baglioni
  • Rome -  Pulitzer Hotel

PACKAGE PRICE

$2,750 per person, double occupancy;  + $900 for single occupancy


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