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 Venice!:
Begin your Italian adventure by taking a walk through colorful Venice.
Day 3 :
- Explore Venice with a Local Guide:
Discover the real beauty of this unique city as a local guide brings you to St. Mark's, the Grand Canal, the Doge's Palace with its Gothic facades of white Italian stone and pink Verona marble, and the Bridge of Sighs.
- LEAP Behind the Carnival Mask:
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 :
- Journey to Florence:
- See Florence with a local guide:
Join a local guide for a tour of the Duomo, Ghiberti's Baptistery doors, and the Church of Santa Croce. A visit is included to the Accademia to view Michelangelo's David.
- LEAP Patron of the Renaissance:
- LEAP Cucina Fiorentina:
Then, cook a three-course traditional meal with a local chef using fresh local produce during Cucina Fiorentina: Roll up your sleeves and create delicacies tonight in 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!
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.
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 5 :
- Explore San Gimignano:
Explore San Gimignano, famous for its fourteen fortified, crumbling towers.
- Enjoy a Tuscan Farm lunch in place of dinner:
Today, a Tuscan farm lunch is included in place of dinner.
Day 6 :
- Travel by high-speed train to Naples:
Pause en route for a visit to charming Naples.
- Take a guided tour of Pompeii:
Then, a guided tour reveals Pompeii, a mysterious city left remarkably preserved after being buried by a catastrophic volcanic eruption in 79 A.D.
- Continue to Sorrento:
Enjoy the breathtaking vineyards and rolling countryside as you journey south to the Mediterranean resort town of Sorrento.
- 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 :
- Journey to the island of Capri:
Cross the Bay of Naples to the island of Capri, summer home of the Roman Emperor Tiberius.
- LEAP Dance the Tarantella:
LEAP Activity | Dance the Tarantella
Participate in the art of Italian folk dancing as you listen to the strumming of mandolins. Professional dancers in traditional attire will guide you through the Tarantella, one of southern Italy’s most renowned dances.
Day 8 :
- Drive to Rome:
Drive to Rome, the capital of Italy.
- Discover Rome with a local guide:
This afternoon, join a local guide on a walking tour of ancient Rome. Listen for the roar of the ancient crowds at the Colosseum, see the Arch of Constantine, and visit the Roman Forum.
Day 9 :
Vatican & Rome
- See Vatican City:
Visit the Vatican with a local guide and discover the artistic legacy of Catholicism. Marvel at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel before moving up the broad steps of the world's largest Christian church, St. Peter's Basilica.
- LEAP Caesar's Gladiators:
- Walking Tour of Rome:
Enjoy a walking tour of Baroque Rome this afternoon with your Tour Director.
Day 10 :
Return Home OR Extend your Stay
- Flight to the US:
Our rewarding and enjoyable tour comes to an end as our Tour Director accompanies us to the airport on our final day.
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.