Open Your Heart to Italy With Packages From $469 Offered by Picasso Tours

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 16 /PRNewswire/ — Poet Robert Browning wrote more than a century ago, “Open my heart and you will see graved inside of it, ‘Italy’. Picasso Tours has made it affordable for travelers to have the same heart-warming experience with its variety of packages to the major Italian cities of Venice, Rome, or Florence or a combination of these cities.

Beginning at just $469, per person double occupancy, Picasso Tours is offering a Venice package, for example, which includes three nights at the Hotel Hesperia (a well known, centrally located hotel), daily breakfast, and roundtrip airfare from New York City with other departure cities available.

The travel dates for the assorted Italian packages are Nov. 1-Dec. 15, 2005 and Jan. 3 – March 9, 2006, but depending on the hotel selected, the final date can be extended to March 23.

Picasso Tours offers travelers flexibility with its options of staying three to seven nights, single supplements and reductions on triple occupancies. Some hotels even provide a free night’s stay on longer trips.

Departures from the following cities include an extra air fare fee that must be included in any package price:

* $50 from Boston and Philadelphia
* $100 from Pittsburgh and Washington/Baltimore
* $200 from Atlanta, Chicago, Ft. Lauderdale, Indianapolis, Miami, New
Orleans, Orlando, Raleigh-Durham and Tampa
* $250 from Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles and
Minneapolis/St. Paul, San Francisco
* $350 from Phoenix, Portland and Seattle

Picasso Tours packages must be paid in full at time of booking. The packages are nonrefundable and do not include airport taxes and surcharges. A $10 shipping and handling fee will be added for each booking.

For more information on these Italian and other European packages, contact Picasso Tours at 1-800-995-7997 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. PST) or visit its web site at

Picasso Tours is owned and operated by Picasso Travel, one of the largest air wholesalers in North America in business for more than 25 years. Picasso provides extensive personal travel protection through Travel Guard International. Its staff is knowledgeable about the travel destinations it represents. Picasso Travel is a member of ASTA, IATA, CLIA, USACA, ARC and BTC.

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