Affordable Italy from USTOA Companies

New York, NY – Travelers to Italy can save up to 35 percent on Italy tours over booking on their own, the U.S. Tour Operators Association (USTOA) reports. Two affordable options are cited by USTOA include:

Six night Italy student tour (with optional two night extension), from $1,591 with air, savings to $857

High school students who book by November 30, 2010 can save up to $857, or 35 percent, over do-it-yourself on Explorica’s “Italian Highlights” tour in March. From $1,591 per person, this eight-day, six-night educational tour visits Venice, Florence, and Rome, and offers an optional two-night Sorrento extension. Included are round-trip airfare from New York, six nights hotel accommodations, full European breakfast and dinner daily, full-time tour director, plus guided sightseeing tours and city walks. This low season price reflects savings of 25 percent on average over summer high season. Additional departures are offered with varying prices. For reservations phone 1-888-310-7120 or visit

Eight-night Italy land tour, from $1,849, save up to $719

Explore Italy in November and save 16 percent over high season with a “Reflections of Italy” 10-day, eight-night tour from Collette Vacations. According to Collette, the tour, which is priced from $1,849 per person, saves travelers up to 28 percent -- or $719 – over booking the same arrangements independently. The land only tour offers accommodations for eight nights (including two nights each in Rome, Florence, Venice), all breakfasts, one lunch, and five dinners with wine. Sightseeing, an Academy Gallery visit, a leather making demonstration, services of a professional tour manager, and baggage handling are also included. Other dates and prices are available through April 25, 2011, and travelers can book anytime, based on availability. For reservations phone 1-800-611-3361 or visit

All prices are based on double occupancy. Restrictions and additional security fees, departure and local taxes and fees may apply. Prices may vary based on departure date.

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