February 24 – March 3, 2018
- Round-trip airfare from Springfield, MO
- Explore Venice, one of Italy’s most unique cities, with a local expert.
- Embark on a walking tour featuring Florence’s artistic and architectural gems.
- Join a local guide on your panoramic tour featuring Rome’s treasures.
- Meander through intriguing exhibits during a guided tour of the Vatican Museums.
- Discover the intricate artwork that adorns the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica.
- Zip through the beautiful countryside on your high-speed train to Florence.
- Learn the techniques used in creating Florentine gold jewelry at a local shop.
- Visit the Academy Gallery to view the extraordinary Michelangelo’s David.
- A local expert will lead you on a tour of the Colosseum.
- Dine in True Italian-style with wine at every included dinner!
History, culture, art and romance await to be discovered on this wonderful introduction to a country you are sure to fall in love with. Take in a Venetian adventure that includes St. Mark’s Square. Be whisked by high-speed train from Venice to Florence. Savor an expert led walking tour of Florence. Visit the Academy Gallery to view Michelangelo’s David. Discover Classical Rome and explore the famed Colosseum with a local expert. Enjoy an included tour of Vatican City including the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica. Dine in true Italian-style with wine included at every dinner.
*$100/pp included in above rate. Expires August 18, 2017
Deposit: $250/pp due at time of booking
Final Payment Due: December 26, 2017
Day 1, Saturday, February 24
Join us for a fabulous tour of Italy, exploring the magic of Venice, Florence and Rome. These cities are filled with history, culture, art and romance.
Day 2, Sunday, February 25
Welcome to Venice, referred to as “La Serenissima” (the most serene) of cities. This evening, meet your fellow travelers over dinner at a local restaurant. (D)
Day 3, Monday, February 26
Explore enchanting Venice with 117 tiny islands surrounded by its latticework of 150 canals and 400 bridges. Your Venetian adventure opens in Murano Island* for a glass-blowing demonstration. Then we make our way to St. Mark’s Square, the lively hub of the city’s activity and events. A local expert will guide you on a walking tour through the area highlighting St. Mark’s Basilica and the Clock Tower with its famous Moors. The remainder of the day is yours to explore this enchanting city. Perhaps you will take an optional gondola ride. (B)
Day 4, Tuesday, February 27
Board your high-speed train to Florence and zip through the beautiful Veneto and Emilia Romagna regions. In Florence, meet a local expert for an introduction to this great city. On your leisurely paced walking tour, your guide will highlight the Piazza del Duomo, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and the Baptistry. You also visit the Piazza della Signoria with its impressive Palazzo Vecchio. End your day with an informative explanation of the fascinating techniques used in creating stunning Florentine gold jewelry at a local shop overlooking the Church of Santa Croce. (B,D)
Day 5, Wednesday, February 28
Today you’ll spend time at the Academy Gallery. Explore this amazing museum, home of the most famous sculptures in the world – including Michelangelo’s David – at your own pace. The remainder of the day is yours to continue exploring the city’s cultural riches on your own. (B)
Day 6, Thursday, March 1
Today we journey to Rome. This afternoon, meet a local guide and get to know the history of this fascinating city on a panoramic tour that introduces you to the city’s countless treasures. Conclude at the Colosseum where your guide will take you on a walk through the halls of this previous home of gladiatorial combat and wild animal fights that dates back to the first century A.D. (B)
Day 7, Friday, March 2
The morning is at leisure to explore the city your way. Later, you’ll be treated to a visit to Vatican City. Meander through the various intriguing exhibits on your guided tour of the fascinating Vatican Museums. You’ll be awed by the intricate artwork that adorns the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. The remainder of your day is at leisure to discover all of Rome’s treasures independently. Gather tonight to toast the end of your Italian adventure at your farewell dinner. (B,D)
Day 8, Saturday, March 3
Your tour comes to a close today. You will depart with many fond memories of incredible Italy. (B)