Treasures of Italy with Danny Clayton and Rose Gray

July 6, 2021 to July 18, 2021

Join Danny Clayton and Rose Gray on an incredible tour of Italy.  You’ll be immersed in Italy’s historic cities, idyllic fishing villages, islands, lakes, and canals, heritage buildings, inspiring art, fabulous food and breathtaking scenery. From the historical and ancient city of Rome to the enchanting villages of Cinque Terre and the diverse scenery of Northern Italy, this will be a vacation you will never forget!

Your journey begins aboard an (optional) motorcoach transfer from select cities to Chicago O’Hare, where you will board your overnight flight to Rome.

On arrival at Rome’s Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport, your group is transferred to the hotel. In this unique city, ancient monuments happily co-exist with some 900 churches, fine palaces, bustling piazzas, green parks and a vast urban sprawl. Tonight, join your fellow guests and Travel Director for a Welcome Dinner, a fun evening of Italian cuisine and wine.

Hotel: Romanico Palace (or similar)
Meal: Dinner

With a local expert, explore the glorious history of the Roman Empire. Enjoying priority reserved entrance ahead of the crowds, we’ll hear tales of deadly gladiatorial combat inside the mighty Colosseum. Then, we’ll walk in the footsteps of Roman soldiers and gaze over the incredible ruins of the forum, once the center of political, religious and social life, while hearing tales of the mighty Roman Empire. Truly an incredible vision as history comes alive!

Hotel: Romanico Palace (or similar)
Meal: Breakfast

In the morning, you will be joined by a Local Expert who will lead you through the priceless art collection of the Vatican Museums culminating beneath Michelangelo’s famous ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. Your VIP visit includes fast-track entry to the museums and a behind-the-scenes look at the Bramante Staircase, a part of the Vatican closed to the general public. More of Michelangelo’s genius is on display next door in St. Peter’s Basilica. Rome is about art, antiquity, piazzas and pizzazz, and our included walking exploration has it in abundance. Toss a coin into the spectacular Trevi Fountain, see the Pantheon, the best-preserved monument from the Roman period, and enjoy free time in Piazza Navona.

Hotel: Romanico Palace (or similar)
Meal: Breakfast

Journey to the ill-fated town of Pompeii, frozen in time when it was engulfed by an eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. Walk with a Local Expert through cobbled streets to learn about Roman life in the first century before enjoying a refreshing lemon granita. Then continue to the Bay of Naples and board your hydrofoil to the Isle of Capri. In brilliant sunshine, enjoy a scenic drive by open-top taxi past orange and lemon groves to your hotel, then appreciate the glorious vistas over the rugged coastline and sparkling sea.

Hotel: La Palma Capri (or similar)
Meal: Breakfast

Wake up refreshed on this delightful island. Visit Capri town, with its whitewashed houses, winding alleyways and small cafes. Tour the luxuriant Caesar Augustus Gardens for views of the Faraglioni rocks. The afternoon is yours to devote to Capri’s fashionable boutiques, craft shops and artisans’ studios. Alternatively, perhaps join an Optional Excursion to the Amalfi Coast and Positano? A boat delivers you to mainland Italy where you are driven along the coastline with its clear blue waters, to reach the artist’s paradise of Positano, clinging to the cliff face. After time to explore, you are then returned to the Isle of Capri by another boat transfer. As the glow of twilight descends and the day-trippers have returned to their mainland hotels, the island is yours to saunter along scenic paths, gather with the locals in the piazzetta or relax with a glass of wine at an al-fresco restaurant.

Hotel: La Palma Capri (or similar)
Meal: Breakfast

Descend to the port by open-top taxi and take the hydrofoil across the Bay to Naples. Follow the Autostrada del Sole, or Motorway of the Sun, north passing Rome and continuing through the Province of Umbria. Journey through idyllic Tuscan landscapes to Florence, center of art and culture, and the heart of the Italian Renaissance. The joys of Florence are varied so today you will be free for your own personal exploration.

Hotel: Adler Cavalieri (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Begin by joining a Local Expert for a walk-through Florence’s historic center. Visit the Accademia Gallery, full of priceless art treasures, to see Michelangelo’s masterpiece statue, David. See the multi-colored marble cathedral, Giotto’s bell tower and the baptistery, adorned by Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise. Visit the Piazza della Signoria - an open-air museum and still the political heart of Florence. Stroll on to Piazza Santa Croce famous for its basilica and the quality of its luxury goods. Tonight, travel into the hills near Florence to the northernmost part of the Chianti, where a local chef will introduce you to the dishes that make Tuscan cuisine famous throughout the world. This wonderful cooking demonstration, with superb food and wine, will provide warm and genuine Tuscan hospitality.

Hotel: Adler Cavalieri (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

The famous Italian Riviera and the Cinque Terre are a highlight of your journey as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Italy’s most beautiful landscapes. With a Local Expert, appreciate the views as you approach one of the picturesque fishing villages by boat. Spend some time exploring the old medieval quarter or the popular sandy beach before continuing along to the elegant seaside village of Portofino, epitome of la dolce vita. Admire the colorful houses, browse the boutiques or stay a while in the cafe bars on the piazzetta, watching the yachts moored in the harbor. Should weather permit, return along the rugged Ligurian coast by boat to the resort of Santa Margherita

Hotel: BW Regina Elena Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

In the morning, journey north to the beautiful Italian Lake District, a favorite retreat of the rich and famous where alpine scenery combines with lush subtropical vegetation. Relax and enjoy an afternoon at leisure at this popular resort and beautiful lake or perhaps take a cruise out to the lovely Borromean Islands? For your dining pleasure, you are invited to choose from a hand-picked selection of local restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening.

Hotel: Hotel Simplon/Dino (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Follow the southern fringes of the European Alps to the vineyards, close to the shores of Lake Iseo. Winemaking traditions run deep here, and you will get to taste the delicious vintages produced with a master vintner at a family-owned estate. Continue to Verona, the setting for one of history’s most romantic love stories. Walk with your Travel Director to Juliet’s balcony in the inner courtyard of the reputed Capulet home and see the well-preserved Roman Arena, still used for open-air opera performances. Continue to the unique city of Venice - a complete step back in time to the 16th century.

Hotel: Hotel Molino Stuckey (or similar)
Meal: Breakfast

Cruise to a traditional arts center on Giudecca Island to admire the skillful art of glassblowing. Visit St. Mark’s Square where the city’s former wealth and power is evidenced by the riches of St. Mark’s Basilica and admire the Doge’s Palace with its adjoining Bridge of Sighs. The waterways of Venice are renowned for gondolas that drift by. Take your seat on a gondola and be serenaded through the myriad of beautiful canals, passing water-lapped doorways and Rococo palaces. In the evening, cruise the islands of the Venetian lagoon to arrive at Burano, famous for its candy colored houses. Sit down to a sumptuous Celebration Dinner with wine, sampling the local specialties.

Hotel: Hotel Molino Stuckey (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today you bid farewell to this enchanting city. After breakfast you’ll transfer from the hotel to the Venice Airport for your flight home. Upon arrival at Chicago O’Hare, your (optional) motorcoach transfer will return you to your original pick-up point.

Meal: Breakfast

Air-Inclusive Package

  • Round-trip air from Chicago O’Hare to Rome, Italy and return from Venice, Italy including current air taxes and fees when purchasing our air and land package
  • Round-trip airport/hotel transfers in Rome and Venice when purchasing our group flights
  • Hotel accommodations for eleven (11) nights in 4-star hotels (Begin with three nights Rome, two nights Isle of Capri, two nights Florence, one night Santa Margherita Ligure, one night Lake Maggiore, two nights Venice) including hotel service charges, taxes and luggage handling for one bag

Hotel Accommodations

  • Hotel accommodations for eleven nights in 4-star hotels
    • Three nights Rome at the Romanico Palace (or similar)*
    • Two nights Isle of Capri at the La Palma Capri (or similar)*
    • Two nights Florence at the Adler Cavalieri (or similar)*
    • One night Santa Margherita Ligure at the BW Regina Elena Hotel (or similar)*
    • One night Lake Maggiore at the Hotel Simplon/Dino (or similar)*
    • Two nights Venice at the Hotel Molino Stuckey (or similar)*

*Includes hotel baggage handling for one bag per person including hotel porter gratuities.

Sightseeing and Services

  • Sightseeing Inclusions:
    • Rome: See the mighty Colosseum and Roman Forum. You will also see other medieval buildings, including Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches, scattered throughout the city.
    • Pompeii: Walk with a Local Expert through the cobbled streets of this ill-fated town.
    • Isle of Capri: Cruise between the island and mainland by hydrofoil and get a flavor of the jet-set lifestyle with two nights on this famous isle. Explore Capri with your Local Expert and see the whitewashed houses, winding alleyways, small cafes, fashionable boutiques and artisans’ studios.
    • Isle of Capri: Discover the luxuriant Caesar Augustus Gardens with a Local Expert and admire views of the Faraglioni rocks.
    • Florence: During your guided walk see the cathedral, bell tower and Gates of Paradise on the baptistery. Visit the political heart of the city, Piazza della Signoria. View the area around Santa Croce Basilica, famous for the quality of its luxury goods and witness a leather-work demonstration.
    • Cinque Terre: These hidden UNESCO World Heritage protected fishing villages, are ingeniously fashioned into impossibly steep hillsides. Join a Local Expert to travel to them on the 19th century railway line through some of the most dramatic coastal scenery on earth.
    • Portofino: Delight in a taste of la dolce vita as you explore this elegant fishing village and cruise to Santa Margherita.
    • Venice: With your Travel Director cruise to St. Mark’s Square and see the Doge’s Palace, Bridge of Sighs and St. Mark’s Basilica. To the tune of accompanying musicians, you will be serenaded through the atmospheric canals by gondola, past water-lapped doorways and Rococo palaces where once the likes of Casanova would have come calling.
    • Scenic Drives: Admire the classic Italian countryside views of Umbria, the rolling hills of Tuscany and the beauty of the Italian Lake District.
  • Luxury air-conditioned 40-seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom for transportation and sightseeing
  • Headset for guided sightseeing visits and walking tours
  • Professional Tour Manager from Fox World Travel*
  • Professional Insight Vacations Tour Director
  • Customized informative travel documents

Included Meals

  • Daily Breakfasts
  • 6 Dinner experiences including wine (see daily itinerary for details)

Not included:  Travel Insurance, gratuities for airport porters, tour guides, motorcoach drivers, meals (other than those included in the package), optional excursions that may be offered, trip cancellation insurance, and any items of a personal nature.

* Minimum group required for the Fox World Travel tour manager to participate. In the unlikely event the minimum number is not reached, the tour will still include a professional local guide in the destination. NOTE: hotels and daily itinerary are subject to change.


Tour Only
Arrange your own airfare
Based on double occupancy


Round-trip airfare from Chicago
Based on double occupancy

Single Supplement: $1,275.00
Initial Deposit: $400.00 per person
Final Payment Due:
June 12, 2021

*Above base pricing is per person based on double occupancy. All air taxes and fees are TBD but included and subject to change.

Danny Clayton

WTMJ and Annex Wealth Management

A Milwaukee native, Danny has worked in radio –in some form—since the day after his sophomore year of high school ended when he was growing up in Escanaba, Michigan, and was hired by a station “who had no problem hiring bad 15-year-old DJ’s”.

Since then, he worked in Stevens Point and Madison before moving to Milwaukee and spending a total of 17 years at the original WKTI radio where he was program director and on-air personality.  From there, he worked at 105.3 The Fish, in Milwaukee, as well at 94.5 The Lake.   Along the way, he joined WTMJ for Saturday mornings where he hosts the Fix-It Show, Money Talk with Annex Wealth Management and The Fox World Travel Show with Rose Gray.

He and his wife, Suzanne, live in Fox Point where they spoil three Golden Retrievers. He enjoys fitness, hiking, and bicycling.

His father, Ole, was 100% Norwegian and his family can trace their family tree back nearly 300 years to the Osteroy area near Bergen.  He is beyond excited to be part of this very special trip.

He’s an active member of Eastbrook Church in Milwaukee.

Rose Gray

Fox World Travel Show Host on WTMJ

Rose Gray is the Manager of Business Development for Vacation Sales at Fox World Travel. She is also the host of the Fox World Travel Show heard on WTMJ on Saturday mornings from 9-10 a.m. Rose has a bachelor’s degree from Lakeland College and has completed the C T C program, a two-year management course offered by the Institute of Certified Travel Consultants. During her 30 years in the travel industry she has traveled as far north as Reykjavik, Iceland, as far south as Porto Montt, Chile, as far west as Vanuatu, and as far east as Singapore. And although she loves traveling the globe, her favorite vacation is Arizona in March for Brewers’ Spring Training. Rose is a blast to travel with and our clients LOVE traveling with her escorted tours and river cruises to new destinations, most recently Alaska, Hawaii, Europe, Egypt, Vietnam and Cambodia . Will you be next to join Rose?

Early Booking Discount: Deposit by September 4, 2020 and receive a $300.00 per person discount

Past Passenger Discount: $170.00 per person (subject to change at any time)

*Must have traveled with Insight Vacations, Uniworld, Brendan Vacations, Trafalgar or Contiki within the last five years to qualify.

Discounts are subject to change at any time

Flights from Chicago are pending

Flights from Chicago are pending: The air-inclusive package includes air that has not yet been assigned, the identity of the carrier, which may include the carrier’s code-share partner, will be assigned and disclosed at a later date.
Flight schedules are subject to change. Fox World Travel has no control over flight or equipment changes, seat assignments, delays or cancellations.  Airline tickets will be non-refundable once issued. Changes will be subject to a fee plus any fare difference.  Additional restrictions may apply. A minimum of 10 passengers is needed for the group air.  Checked baggage fees may apply.  A minimum of 10 passengers is needed for the group air. Checked baggage fees may apply.

Pricing and flight options from other cities available upon request.

Optional Motorcoach Transfer:

Group motorcoach transfer to and from Chicago O’Hare from select pick-up points are $45 per person each way ($90 per person roundtrip).

Optional Insurance:

Cancellation and travel protection is strongly recommended. Fox World Travel offers several plans with Travel Guard Insurance. Details and rates can be obtained from your travel consultant.

Cancellation Penalties:

  • From date of deposit to April 1, 2021: Initial deposit of $400.00 per person
  • April 2, 2021 – April 30, 2021: 50% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • May 1, 2021  – May 28, 2021: 75% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • May 29, 2021 to 0 days prior to travel: No refunds

Airline tickets are non-refundable once ticketed.

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