Day 1 :
Depart from North America
- Flight to Venice:
Relax and enjoy your scheduled flight from North America.
Day 2 :
Arrive in Venice
- Welcome to Italy!:
Buongiorno! Begin exploring the city of canals—Venice.
Day 3 :
- Explore Venice with a Local Guide:
A local guide brings you to St. Mark's Square, the Grand Canal, the Doge's Palace, and the Bridge of Sighs. There's time to wander the narrow streets and perhaps enjoy a gondola ride.
LEAP Activity | Behind the Carnival Mask
Create a Venetian mask inspired by the Italian Carnival, the Commedia dell’Arte—or by your imagination! Learn the meaning of the mask and its historical significance, then decorate yours using professional techniques.
Day 4 :
- Visit Ravenna:
En route to Florence, marvel at the early Christian and Byzantine mosaics of Ravenna.
- LEAP Patron of the Renaissance:
- Continue to Florence:
LEAP Activity | Patron of the Renaissance
Imagine you’re a Medici. Suppose you’re a Sforza. Use this innovative activity to explore the motives of the patrons of the Renaissance.
Day 5 :
- See Florence with a Local Guide:
A local guide shows you the Duomo, the Baptistery doors, the Church of Santa Croce, and the Ponte Vecchio. Enjoy a visit to the Accademia to see Michelangelo's David.
- LEAP Cucina Fiorentina:
- Add on: Uffizi Gallery:
Opt to spend the afternoon exploring the famous Uffizi Gallery, one of the most popular attractions in Florence. With works dating back to the 16th century from artists including da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Botticelli, there are plenty of beautiful artworks to observe and discover.
LEAP Activity | Cucina Fiorentina
Cook up a three-course traditional meal with a local chef using fresh local produce. Get a taste of Tuscan life and zesty flavors! Mangia!
Day 6 :
Assisi and Rome
- Explore Assisi:
Travel through Tuscany to explore Assisi. Visit the beautiful Basilica of St. Francis and study Giotto's 28 stunning frescoes that depict the saint's life.
- Continue to Rome:
- Discover Rome with Your Tour Director:
Continue to Rome to explore the Piazza Navona, the Spanish Steps, and the Trevi Fountain, still fed by water from a first century Roman aqueduct.
- LEAP Great Renaissance Debate:
LEAP Activity | Great Renaissance Debate
Greet six renaissance giants including Giotto, Galileo, and Isabella d’Este, and debate who made the greatest impact on civilization.
Day 7 :
- See Vatican City with a Local Guide:
Visit the Vatican with a local guide to see St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel.
- Explore Rome with a Local Guide:
Recapture the past of the "Eternal City" at the Colosseum.
Day 8 :
- Add on: Guided Tour of Pompeii:
Optional excursion to Pompeii, a bustling Roman city frozen in time by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD.
Day 9 :
Return Home OR Extend your Stay
- Flight to the U.S.:
Our rewarding and enjoyable tour comes to an end as our tour director accompanies us to the airport on our final day. Or, opt to extend your stay.
Extend your stay | Extra days in Rome
Extend your visit to Italy by adding extra days to explore the Eternal City. Travel to Rome to explore and learn about the city’s rich history.