Once we selected the tour company (Insight Vacations) I started looking for the best pricing. Insight had a promotion where we would get a 10% discount if full payment was made by mid December.
I found an online agency, Affordable Tours, which offered another 5% discount by booking through them. I then needed to select which departure date.
The Best of Italy tour has many departure dates in May which I learned is the start of the high season. Since I wanted to use frequent flyer miles for our trip I selected a date with a guaranteed departure and would require the least amount of vacations days. That ended up being the May 15th departure.
For us it’s the May 14th departure since we wanted to get there a day early … oh and there weren’t free tickets for the next day!
We’re going to Italy and just have eight months to go!