Day 1 :
- Depart home for Siracusa, Italy:
Day 2 :
- Arrive in Siracusa:
Meet your tour director, travel to Siracusa, and check into hotel
Day 3 :
- Tour Siracusa:
Sicily’s ancient military capital has grown into one of Italy’s most charming destinations. Its main square, on the connected island of Ortygia, combines the typical Sicilian mix of Greek, Arab, and Baroque -- the 17th-century cathedral facade is woven into the columns of an ancient temple and once served as a mosque. Syracuse’s ancient Greek theater and archaeological museum display the city’s past treasures, while “The Garden of Paradise,” a grove of citrus trees thriving on the site of an ancient quarry, reminds visitors to enjoy the city’s current splendors. But don't get too caught up in your rapture -- the nearby "Ear of Dionysius" cave, once a jail, was probably named for its S-curve shape, but its echoing acoustics led to rumors that the tyrant Dionysius could eavesdrop on anyone imprisoned there.
- Neapolis Archaeological Park visit:
- Optional Taormina half-day excursion:
Discover the charming resort town of Taormina, nestled on the slopes of Mt. Etna. One of its most impressive monuments is the Greek Theater. Constructed of brick and remarkably preserved, the theater looks out over the sea and today is host to concerts and theatrical performances.
Day 4 :
- Tour Agrigento:
Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Agrigento. Legend claims that Daedalus, the creator of the original labyrinth, founded the ancient Greek city of Agrigento. Today it’s a maze of amazing ruins. The Valley of the Temples holds the remains of the largest Doric temple in the world as well as the impressive Temple of Concord, a picture-book example of a perfect Greek temple. (Its conversion to a Christian church in the sixth century helps explain its preservation; anti-Paganism teamed up with several earthquakes to topple most of the surrounding structures.)
- Valley of the Temples visit:
- Overnight ferry to Naples:
Day 5 :
- Naples Archaeological Museum visit:
LEAP Activity | Cucina Napoletana
Prepare traditional Neapolitan foods with direction from local chefs. Feast on your delicious creation with your group.
Day 6 :
- Tour Sorrentine Peninsula :
Enjoy a guided visit to ancient Pompeii and then take an excursion to Capri.
Day 7 :
- Travel to Rome via Cumae:
- Rome City Walk:
Baroque-en hearted? Revive your spirits with a walk past Rome's most beautiful and unusual Baroque fountains. At the foot of the Spanish Steps, elegant cafes once favored by visiting Brits and Americans surround the central fountain. The water pressure here was so low that the artist had to sink the fountain into the ground to get any water going through it, so he went ahead and designed the fountain to look like a sinking ship. There's no shortage of water pressure at the nearby Trevi Fountain, a Baroque extravagance designed by master sculptor Bernini. At the Pantheon, you'll see the largest concrete dome ever constructed. An oculus, or hole, in the dome lets sunlight into the beautiful temple, dedicated to all the gods.
Day 8 :
- Tour Rome:
Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour with whisper headsets of the
Colosseum, Arch of Constantine and Forum Romanum. Then visit the enormous church of St. Paul Outside the Walls, built over the original tomb of the saint, and then descend into the early Christian catacombs, dating from the first to fourth centuries. Thousands of Christians, including Saints Peter and Paul and several popes, were entombed here at one time. There are still signs of early Christianity, including frescoes of fish and doves and inscriptions on the tombs themselves. Overhead runs the Appian Way, the world’s first real highway, which stretched southeast over 350 miles from Rome.
- Gladiator school:
Experience a day in the life of a gladiator in ancient Rome. Through demonstrations and workshops, you'll see how the gladiators lived, what they did, how they trained, and more.
LEAP Activity | Caesar’s Gladiators
Discover the ancient secrets of the Roman gladiator games and master the basics of hand-to-hand combat at gladiator school.
Day 9 :
- Vatican City guided walking sightseeing tour with Whisper headsets:
Tour St. Peter’s Basilica with a licensed local guide and whisper headset so you don't miss a word. Outside the church, four rows of columns radiate out like welcoming arms; inside, the church seems enormous enough to embrace the entire world. The dome, partially designed by Michelangelo, rises 452 feet above the ground. Michelangelo’s mark is everywhere here, from the costumes worn by the Swiss Guards to his exquisite “Pietà” sculpture (the only sculpture he ever signed) to the amazing frescoes of the Sistine Chapel. Because he considered himself a sculptor and not a painter, Michelangelo hated working on these paintings, now considered masterpieces.
Day 10 :