Day 1 :
Fly Overnight to Spain
- Depart from North America:
Sit back, relax, and enjoy your flight!
Day 2 :
Arrive in Madrid
- Welcome to Madrid!:
Begin exploring Spain's vibrant capital city.
Day 3 :
- Explore Madrid with a local guide:
Join a local guide for a view of the city, including the Plaza de España, the Royal Palace, and Don Quixote's statue in the Plaza Colón. See Las Meninas in the Prado Museum.
- Visit the Reina Sofía Museum:
Learn about Picasso's Guernica in the Reina Sofía Museum.
- LEAP Cocina Española:
LEAP Activity | Cocina Española
Create some of Spain’s most popular and iconic dishes and discover firsthand what makes these dishes enduring classics of Spanish cuisine.
Day 4 :
- Board a train to Barcelona:
A train whisks you through the Spanish countryside to Catalonia.
- See Barcelona with a local guide:
See the sights of Spain's second-largest city with a local guide, including Parc Güell, Barri Gotic, and Olympic Stadium.
- Visit Sagrada Familia:
This breathtaking church, said to be the master-work of architect Antoni Gaudí, has been under construction since 1882 and is not expected to be completed until 2026! Despite its unfinished state, the church has 18 spindle-shaped towers that soar above the church itself, making for a striking addition to Barcelona’s skyline and more than worth the visit.
Day 5 :
- Explore Barcelona:
Stroll through the historic Gothic Quarter and visit the Picasso Museum.
- Casa Milà (La Pedrera) visit:
This magnificent building is the epitome of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí’s fantastical style. See how he uses twisted pillars, curved archways, and warped metal balconies to create a totally unique design all his own.
Day 6 :
Fly to Florence
- Walking tour with tour director:
Walking tour with tour director upon arrival in Florence.
Day 7 :
- See Florence with a local guide:
Discover the "Cradle of the Renaissance" and marvel at the Duomo, Ghiberti's Baptistry doors, the Ponte Vecchio, and the Basilica of Santa Croce. Visit the Accademia to see Michelangelo's David before spending free time strolling through the Piazza della Signoria.
- Add on: Pisa:
You may lean toward an optional afternoon visit to Pisa to see the Leaning Tower.
Day 8 :
- Discover Rome with a local guide:
Travel to the Italian capital. Follow in the footsteps of ancient Romans as a local guide shows you the "Eternal City": the Colosseum, the Arch of Constantine, the Pantheon, and Trajan's Column. Later, visit the Piazza Navona, the Spanish Steps, and the Trevi Fountain.
- 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 9 :
- See Vatican City with a local guide:
Discover the artistic legacy of Catholicism at the Vatican. 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 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 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. 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.