DAY 1 Saturday
USA - VENICE
Leave tonight on an overnight jet flight for Venice (flight not included).
DAY 2 Sunday
Welcome to Italy! Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Meet your fellow travelers for orientation meeting with the tour director, followed by a welcome dinner.
DAY 3 Monday
Your morning walking tour will include such highlights as the Golden Basilica of St. Mark, pigeon-filled St. Mark’s Square, the bridge of Sighs and visit to the Doge’s Palace. You will also visit a glass blowing factory where you will see the demonstration of a traditional Venetian glass blowing. The remainder of the day is free to explore this fascinating city on your own. Take a gondola ride to the Lido or shop for fine Italian fashions.
DAY 4 Tuesday
VENICE - FLORENCE (Breakfast, Dinner)
This morning leave Venice toward Pisa for a visit. Upon arrival, view the famous Piazza dei Miracoli with its Leaning Tower, the Baptistery and the Duomo. Continue on to Florence for dinner and overnight.
DAY 5 Wednesday
Today our morning tour begins with a visit to the Academy of Fine Arts, which houses Michelangelo’s superb ‘David’ and many of the master’s unfinished works. Walk to the splendid Duomo with its magnificent dome designed by Brunelleschi and see the Baptistery with its renowned "Gates of Paradise”. The tour ends at the Piazzale Michelangelo with the most spectacular view of Florence. The balance of the day is at leisure.
DAY 6 Thursday
FLORENCE - ROME (Breakfast, Dinner)
After breakfast, we depart for Rome, the ‘Eternal City.’ Enroute we stop in the medieval city of Assisi, renowned for its 12th Century Basilica of St. Francis.
DAY 7 Friday
ROME (Breakfast, Lunch)
Morning visit to the Vatican and its breathtaking museum including the Sistine Chapel. Stroll thru St. Peter’s Square, passing Bernini’s famous colonnade. Next visit St. Peter’s Basilica, where you will see Michelangelo’s Pieta, sculpted when he was just 24. Then continue on to visit the Colosseum, ancient Palatine Hill overlooking the Circus Maximus and the Imperial Palace, and the Roman Forum.
DAY 8 Saturday
ROME (Breakfast, Dinner)
A whole day on your own in this fascinating city gives you enough time to visit some of the wonderful shops, galleries and museums. Tonight, a dinner in a local restaurant.
DAY 9 Sunday
ROME - USA (Breakfast)
After breakfast we transfer you to airport for your homebound flight.