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Your Adventure, Day by Day

Day 1 Buon Viaggio
  • Fly to Rome Enjoy your flight to Italy.
Day 2 Rome, the Eternal City
  • Ciao Roma Arrive in Rome, known to many as the "Eternal City" and home to an uninterrupted history spanning 2,500 years.
  • Walk along the Via Appia Antica
  • Tour the Villa Borghese Considered one of the most beautiful museums in the world, this small building hosts a precious collection of Renaissance and Baroque works.
  • Visit the Pantheon The Pantheon is Rome's best-preserved monument and a masterpiece of architecture with its huge hemispherical dome. It also contains the tombs of the kings of Italy and that of the artist, Raphael.
  • Buon Appetito Enjoy a welcome dinner and gelato in the Piazza Navona area.
Day 3 In the Footsteps of Ancient Romans
  • Special Access: The Colosseum See this iconic amphitheater and enjoy a private tour of the underground areas and third tier of the Colosseum.
  • Ancient Roman Walk Walk in the footsteps of Ancient Romans to some of the most important sites of the fallen Empire.
  • Tour the Roman Forum Once the heart of the Empire, explore this center of Roman life.
  • Trajan's Column and Market Completed in 113 A.D. as a monument to the Emperor Trajan, the column is most famous for its spiral bas-relief. It stands in front of the market, the ancient equivalent of a shopping center, which housed no less than 150 shops and offices.
  • Piazza del Campidoglio Climb the sloping steps created by Michelangelo to Piazza del Campidoglio.
  • Visit the Capitoline Museum This museum houses one of the greatest collections of classical sculpture in the world, including the Picture Gallery, containing works from the 16th and 17th centuries by Caravaggio, Rubens, and Titian, among others.
Day 4 The Vatican
  • Guided Tour Experience a specialist-guided tour of Vatican City, including the Museums, home to one of the world's most impressive collections of art. Tour the map tapestry rooms, Raphael Rooms, and the spectacular Sistine Chapel.
  • St. Peter's Square and Basilica Explore St. Peter's Square. Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the largest church in the Western world and the center of Catholicism. Highlights of the visit include Michelangelo's Pieta and Bernini's magnificent Baldacchino di San Pietro. Plus, go under the necropolis searching for St Peter.
  • Note: Groups who book more than six months' in advance with less than 15 total travelers may visit the Scavi excavations.
  • Depart for Florence
Day 5 Renaissance Florence
  • Explore Florence Walk through the history of Florence, so deeply connected to the Renaissance movement in art and literature that it is often called the “Cradle of the Renaissance.”
  • Ponte Vecchio Stroll along the Ponte Vecchio, the oldest of Florence’s six bridges and one of its best-loved sites. Lined with numerous shops, visitors often do not realize they are on a bridge until they reach the center arches that look out over the Arno River.
  • The Duomo Enjoy the Piazza del Duomo, where the cathedral, tower, and Baptistery exhibit the traditions of Florentine art from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. See inside, and then either ascend the Bell Tower, climb the narrow steps to the top of the Dome, or visit the spectacular interior of the Baptistery.
  • Spotlight: Galleria dell’Accademia View Michelangelo’s statuary masterpiece, David, and Botticelli’s Madonna and Child.
  • Special Access: Galleria degli Uffizi With a specialist guide, explore the masterpieces by great Italian artists including Botticelli, Giotto, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and many more.
Day 6 En Route to Venice
  • Special Access: Fortezza da Basso Visit one of Italy’s foremost art restoration laboratories and watch conservators at work on an Uffizi masterpiece. (Wed. or Sat. only)
  • Train to Venice Built on a series of islands connected by bridges and canals, Venice has survived all odds to become the intriguing and iconic city it is today.
Day 7 Through the Canals of Venice
  • St. Mark's Square Stroll through St. Mark’s Square. Bordered by Venice’s greatest historic buildings, St. Mark’s Square is the main focal point of the city and the center of its water transportation system, as well as the most popular place for people watching and picture taking.
  • Spotlight: Basilica di San Marco Take a tour of the Basilica and visit the Pandora, viewing the Horses of Saint Mark. Tour the Doge's Palace, featuring Tintoretto’s Paradise, said to be the world’s largest oil painting, and explore the secret passages of the Basilica on a special tour.
  • Bridge of Sighs Walk across the famous Bridge of Sighs to the cells where Casanova was once imprisoned.
  • Special Access: Mask Making Workshop There’s something magical about Venetian masks—something about that blend of mystery, craftsmanship, and tradition that can captivate you. Learn about the past and present of Venice’s most iconic export with this hands-on activity.
Day 8 Introduction to Athens
  • Head to Greece! Fly from Venice to Athens.
  • Plaka District Explore the Plaka District with a free afternoon.
  • Opa! Enjoy a welcome dinner together, experiencing traditional Greek food and dancing.
Day 9 An Expert's View of the Acropolis
  • Expert Access: Acropolis Explore the Acropolis with an archaeologist from the American School of Classical Studies.
  • Theater and Museum Visit the sites of the Acropolis including the Theater of Dionysus, the Acropolis Museum, and enjoy lunch at the museum café.
  • Visit the Parthenon Venture up the Acropolis to visit the Parthenon, and meander down to the ancient Agora to see the reliefs.
Day 10 The Ancient City of Delphi
  • Special Access: Weaving and Spinning Workshop On the way to explore Delphi, take a scenic drive through the Greek countryside with a stop in Arachova. This quaint village offers shops and restaurants for students to explore as well as the Ethnographic Museum of Arachova where you will see a hands-on weaving and spinning demonstration.
  • Spotlight: Delphi Explore one of the most important sites of classical Greece on a day trip from Athens to magical Delphi. Famous for its theater, Temple of Apollo, and ancient ruins, Delphi was considered the center of the earth and the universe, and it played a central role in the classical Greek world. Start by exploring the rounded temple at the lower part of the site, walk up to the theater, and then continue on to explore Delphi’s museum.
Day 11 Athens' Ancient Rivalry
  • Spotlight: Mycenae and Corinth Learn about the rivalry between Corinth and Athens with stops at the Isthmus of Corinth, the museum at Mycenae, and the Fortress of Acrocorinth.
  • Αντίο Enjoy a farewell dinner as a group.
Day 12 Travel Home
  • Depart Greece Relax on your flight home.