We shall focus on Italy and Poland. View Michelangelo's artwork in the Sistine Chapel and participate in a wine tasting in the Chianti Region of Tuscany on an affordable tour of Italy. Italy is a popular country to visit, but it doesn't need to break your budget. Many companies provide specials during certain times of the year and include discounts if traveling in a group.
Established in 1999, Affordable Tours provides low-priced vacations and discounts on all of its 600 Italy tours. View the Sistine Chapel, tour St. Peter's Basilica and walk through the Roman Forum on the five-day Rome Getaway Tour. For a longer adventure, participate in the 14-day Italy's Best Tour that begins and ends in Rome. Highlights on this tour include the Roman Forum in Rome, Square of Miracles in Pisa, Piazza Signoria in Florence and the ruins of Pompeii. Accommodations on both tours are hotels.
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Cosmos provides a variety of travel deals, including 2011 tours for the price of 2010 tours, discounts on fall tours and eight tours under $1,000. The nine-day Magic of the Italian Lakes begins and ends in Milan. Stops on the tour include Lake Como, Bellagio, Sirmione and Verona. Sightseeing highlights include a walk through the Piazza Riforma, shopping in Via Nassa and cruising around the Borromean Islands on a private boat tour. Optional excursions are available on the tour and include a three-course dinner on the island in Lake Maggiore and a walking tour of the Dolomites. Accommodations on the tour are hotels.
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Organizing affordable tours since 1990, G Adventures offers 200 guided tours for less than $1,000. The five-day Cinque Terre Coastal Walk tour travels to the Italian villages of Vernazza, Riomaggiore, Corniglia, Monterosso al Mare and Manarola. Sightseeing highlights on this tour include the Ligurian Sea and shopping in the five Cinque Terre villages. Optional excursions consist of biking, a cooking class and a train ride into Pisa to view the Leaning Tower. The average group size for this tour is 10 guests with a maximum size of 12. Accommodations consist of locally owned hotels.
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When vacationers think of budget-conscious tour options, they may believe that most European countries are out of their price range. However, several tour companies operating throughout Poland have made touring the country more affordable than ever. Vacationers can explore some of Poland's most historic cities, from Warsaw to Kraków to Lódz, as well as its scenic countryside, replete with thousands of freshwater lakes and towering granite mountain ranges, all without spending a fortune.
AffordableTours.com offers its nine-day “Jewels of Poland” tour, operated by locally based Cosmos Tours, which begins and ends in Warsaw, with days in Krakow, Poznan and Wroclaw as well. Included in the tour are single room accommodations, buffet breakfasts each morning, four dinners, and the services of a knowledgeable, English-speaking guide. Highlights of the tour include Kampinoski National Park, Wieliczka Salt Mine, the Black Madonna of Jasna Góra, and Wroclaw’s charming network of canals and bridges. Tourists will also spend time in the town of Zelazowa Wola visiting the manor house where Frédéric Chopin was born. In addition, tourists will have time to explore Krakow on their own, from shopping in the Market Square to making the most of photo opportunities in front of St. Mary's Church. An optional farewell dinner on the last night of the trip rounds out the journey.