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Italy - Basketball 2024

Tour Dates
June 4, 2024
Cost with Airfare
Position FormSteps to Join
Age Group
Travel Dates
June 4, 2024
Number of Games
Possible Cities We'll Visit
  • Milan
  • Como area
  • Venice
  • San Marino
  • Florence
  • Lucca
  • Cinque Terre
  • Rome
Tour Highlights
  • Explore Milan
  • Explore Venice
  • Possible day at Remini Beach
  • Guided tour of Florence
  • Bike tour of Lucca
  • Hiking in Cinque Terre
  • Visit the Coliseum or Vatican (TBA) - Entrance to one will be included, subject to availability
  • Explore Rome - Guided walking tour a free time to visit on your own
  • Exhibition games against clubs from Italy

Cost Overview


Complete Package

(Airfare From Gateway City Included)

Round trip airfare included from USA – Gateway city will be confirmed 4-5 months prior to departure.  For this tour it will most likely be JFK or other New York area airport.


Ground Package Only

(Airfare Not Included)
  • You are responsible for meeting the group at your own expense.
  • Some passengers may want to shorten or lengthen your tour.
  • This may only possible if you purchase your airline ticket separate from the group.
  • Please confirm on your registration that you will be purchasing the ground package.
  • We will need to know 4 - 5 months prior to departure.
  • Do NOT purchase your airline ticket until AIST has confirmed we have a full team for the tour.

Sample Payment Schedule

(per person)

All payments are fully refundable until November 1, 2023.  After this date there will be a minimum cancellation fee of $500.

  • Deposit due once confirmed – $500
  • 6-7 months prior to departure – 30% of total balance
  • 5 months prior to departure – 50% - 70% of total balance
  • 2 months prior to departure – All balances due
Actual payment schedule will depend on when we receive your first payment. Other costs incurred will depend on each individual’s spending habits. Connecting airfare to gateway city, souvenirs, some meals and any personal expenses will not be covered.

Sample Itinerary

This is only a sample Itinerary.  The final itinerary will not be available until 2-3 weeks prior to departure.  Some activities and cities may change based on the game schedule. Included guided visits may be changed based on availability at time of booking for the group.

Day 1 – Tentatively May 25, 2023

  • Departure from your international airport to Rome Fiumicino airport, in Italy.
  • Due to the time difference, arrival in Italy the following day.

Day 2

  • Arrival into the Int. airport of Rome Fiumicino airport and meeting with your bilingual tour manager who will remain with you all time long
  • Get on board on your bus and transfer to Rome downtown for a guided visit of the city with a local bilingual tour guide
  • Lunch will be on your own
  • Final transfer to your selected hotel in Rome area, check-in, dinner included and overnight (2 nights stay)

Day 3

  • Breakfast at hotel and transfer transfer to Vatican City for a guided visit of majestic Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s (ticket admission included) Or Possibility to enter the Colosseum
  • Lunch will be on your own
  • Afternoon free time at disposal for personal exploration of the area.
  • Dinner will be on your own
  • Overnight at hotel

Day 4

  • Breakfast at hotel and check-out
  • Transfer Montecatini with stop for lunch in Siena along the way
  • Lunch on own followed by a walking guided visit of the city with a local bilingual tour guide
  • Mid-afternoon transfer to a local sport center to play  your friendly game #1.
  • Dinner included at the local sport center
  • Finally, you will continue on to Montecatini Terme. Check-in at your selected hotel and overnight (2 nights stay).

Day 5

  • Breakfast at hotel and transfer to Lucca for a Bike’s tour of the city
  • Lunch on your own and leisure time to stroll and shop around
  • Dinner on your own and overnight at hotel in Montecatini Terme.

Day 6

  • Breakfast at hotel and hotel check-out
  • Departure to Cinque Terre (Five Lands),a rugged portion of coast on the West Italian Riviera. Part of its charm is the lack of visible corporate development
  • Once at La Spezia train station, you will take the local train to Levanto. You can stop along the trip for visiting one or two of the most beautiful villages of the Five Lands (train ticket is included)
  • Lunch on own
  • Not later than 2.00 pm departure by your bus from Levanto to Parma/ Collecchio area in time to play friendly game #2. Dinner at the local clubhouse is included for the whole group.
  • Final transfer to your selected hotel in San Marino, the oldest Republic of the world, late arrival and check-in. Overnight (2 nights stay)

Day 7

  • Breakfast at hotel and possibility to  transfer to San Marino historical center leisure time to admire La Rocca and the oldest part of the city (no guided visit). Alternatively, leisure time to spend in Rimini or Riccione at the seaside or to go shopping
  • Lunch on your own
  • Afternoon transfer to play game #3
  • Dinner on your own and overnight at hotel in San Marino

Day 8

  • Breakfast at hotel and check-out
  • Departure to Venice, the romantic Lagoon.
  • Once at Tronchetto parking area, private boat transfer to St. Mark’s Square in Venice and time to have lunch on your own
  • Guided visit with a local professional guide followed by time at one’s leisure
  • Dinner on your own
  • High Speed train Transfer to Milan for pick by your bus and final transfer to hotel

Day 9

  • Breakfast at hotel and transfer to Como for a personal exploration of the medieval city
  • Lunch on your own
  • Afternoon transfer to Milan/ Varese/Saronno area (based on teams availability) to play Possible Game 4. Dinner is included today for the whole group at the local clubhouse
  • Overnight at hotel

Day 10

  • Breakfast at hotel and transfer to Como harbor in time to get your private boat cruise from Como up to Bellagio with a local tour guide on board (5 hours).Enjoy!
  • Lunch will be on your own
  • Free day to enjoy final day
  • Overnight at hotel.

Day 11

  • Box or regular breakfast at your hotel
  • Departure to the Intl. airport of Milan in time to catch your flight back home. End of services. Ciao Italia!  Thanks for the memories!

Tour Inclusions

  • Round trip airfare with complete packages – Ground packages available if you would like to arrive or depart separately from the group
  • Accommodations: 3-star and 4-star on most tours - Double and Triple rooms shared - Exception: UK tours we will use Hostels for part of the tour
  • Breakfast everyday and 3-6 dinners included depending on the tour - other meals will be on your own expense - Exception: DR tours all meals are included
  • 2-5 Exhibition games vs. Local clubs/National teams or tournaments depending on the tour
  • Sightseeing and excursion – As stated on the itinerary - Excursions listed as Optional are not included in the cost
  • All Airport transfers for those booked with the group flight and transportation to scheduled activities on our private executive motor coach bus with driver - Bus service subject to 8/9 hours per day based on local driving laws
  • Professional multi-lingual tour manager to be with your group throughout the tour
  • Uniforms for players on AIST select teams
  • Amazing sightseeing excursions
  • Authentic cultural experience
  • Educational guided tours
  • Free time to explore on your own - We allow you to enjoy the tour as you prefer as long are you with 3-4 other group members in safe areas
  • Travel with the safety of your group and full-time local tour managers
  • Experiences that last a lifetime

Friends And Family Members Of Our AIST Select Team Members

Friends and Family are always welcome to join our select team tours. The inclusions for friends and family members would be the same with exception of the uniforms and playing time of course. They will be on the bus and included in all the activities and meals the athletes are receiving. We can provide a first class tour with the group and you won’t have to worry about where to stay, how to get around or the best places to see. We will have a complete tour set up for you with a full time guide to help you get around. You’ll also have the flexibility to do your own thing if that’s what you prefer. You’ll have the option of rooming with the athlete you are traveling with or private accommodations for yourself (additional fees for private accommodations).

Important Information Regarding Friends And Family Travel:


Most of our tours will be accommodated in 3 Star Superior and 4 star hotels based on European standards. Some tours are accommodated in University or Hostel accommodations (Mostly UK Tours). You will always have a private room with your friends and family with private facilities but the accommodations may be on a lower standard than you may be accustom to. You can enjoy the experience of travel with the team or we can upgrade you on the tours with these types of accommodations for a surcharge of $50 per person, per night.


Most of our tours will have walking tours that require good fitness and mobility. If you require special assistance or do not think you are capable of keeping up with the group, please let us know in advance and we will accommodate you the best we can.


AIST will have seats blocked for a limited number of people. Once those seats are gone we will no longer have the same fare or price guarantee. If you would like to book your trip with the group flight you will need to make a deposit that is non-refundable to reserve your seat. Please confirm with AIST in advance to make sure we still have seats available. You are more than welcome to book your own flights to meet the group abroad.


Can’t make it for the whole tour? No problem, you can book your own flight to meet the team when it’s convenient for you. Please confirm with AIST that the trip is confirmed and where we will be on your arrival. We will quote you a ground package for the length of your stay.

Keep in mind that our tours are catered to the athletes and we will schedule everything around the games and tournaments as needed. We encourage the support and will do our best to make it an exciting trip for everyone involved.

Cost for Family and Friends


  • Single Room = 1 person - 1 Bed
  • Double Room = 2 people (Each person has own bed – or double bed may be requested but is not guaranteed)
  • Triple Room = 3 people (Twin Beds or double bed with one twin may be requested but is not guaranteed)
Cost Per Passenger Joining the AIST Athlete – Group flight included with cost below:

Special arrangements can be made for you to meet the group if you do not want to stay for the entire trip.

If you have 10 or more interested in joining you, please contact us for a special price quote for the entire group.

SAMPLE PAYMENT Schedule for 10-12 day tours including airfare:

  • Initial Deposit Due depends on the timing of your booking: $500 minimum
  • 5-6 Months prior to departure: 30%
  • 3-4 Months prior to departure: 60%
  • 2 Months prior to departure: All balances due

Next Step! - Confirm Space is available

If you are interested in joining our group please email us at to confirm we have availability.

To confirm a place on tour please contact us with the following information:

  • Name of Athlete you are traveling with
  • Number of passengers to join the athlete
  • Airfare included or Ground package only
  • Full tour or partial tour - if partial tour please include your preferred travel dates for a custom price qoute

We look forward to having you on tour!

Steps to Join


Request a Position

Fill out the position form so we can verify your position is still available. This works on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Wait for Confirmation

Within 1-3 days we will contact you from either confirming or denying acceptance on selected tour.


Register and Deposit

Registration and deposit info will be emailed. Once registration and deposit is received, you are on the final roster!

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Benefits of traveling with AIST.

Our program is designed to give athletes the opportunity explore the world and learn about other cultures. Not only do you get to play a sport you love, you get to do it with others who share the same passion. Here are a few reasons to travel with AIST select teams:

  • Cultural Experience of a Lifetime
  • Personal Growth
  • Educational sightseeing excursions
  • Emersion into an unfamiliar atmosphere
  • Develop new techniques and improve skills
  • A better understanding of the world
  • New friends from around the world
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