Day 1 :
Depart from North America
- Flight to Paris:
Sit back, relax, and enjoy your flight to Paris!
Day 2 :
Arrive in Paris
- Welcome to Paris!:
Arrive in Paris. Begin exploring the bustling capital of France with your Tour Director.
Day 3 :
Paris and the Louvre
- Explore Paris with a local guide:
From the romantic cafes surrounding the Arc de Triomphe to the sweeping Champs-Élysées, the Eiffel Tower, and Les Invalides, join a local guide for a view of the City of Lights. Tour the Tremendous Notre Dame Cathedral, home of the fictional hunchback.
- Visit the Louvre Museum:
Smile at da Vinci’s Mona Lisa in the Louvre Museum.
- Add on: Eiffel Tower Visit:
Tonight, opt to ascend to the top of the Eiffel Tower for a bird’s eye view of the city.
Day 4 :
- Discover the Palace of Versailles:
Picture the flow of royalty through the vast grounds and gardens of Louis XIV’s Palace of Versailles.
- LEAP Seize the Château!:
- Board an overnight train to Milan
Sit back and relax as you speed across the French countryside into Italy.
LEAP Activity | Seize the Château!
A lively role-play puts you in the shoes of the monarchy, clergy, nobility, bourgeoisie, or peasantry to explore the issues underlying the French Revolution.
Day 5 :
- Discover Milan with a local guide:
Italian culture surrounds you as a local guide shows you La Scala Opera House.
Day 6 :
Pisa and Florence
- Explore Pisa:
Explore Pisa and visit Ghiberti’s Baptistry before continuing on to Florence.
- Continue to Florence:
Enjoy the quick ride across the Tuscan landscape to Florence.
Day 7 :
- See Florence with a local guide:
Join a local guide for a tour of the Duomo, Ghiberti’s Baptistry doors, and the church of Santa Croce. Included is a visit to the Accademia to view Michelangelo’s David.
- Add on: Uffizi Gallery:
Opt to visit the Uffizi Gallery.
- LEAP Cucina Fiorentina:
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 8 :
- Travel to Rome:
Take in the Italian landscape as you ride to Rome.
- LEAP Great Renaissance Debate:
- Discover Rome with a local guide:
Join a local guide on a walking tour of ancient Rome. Listen for the roar of the ancient crowds at the Colosseum, then visit the Roman Forum.
- Take a walking tour with your Tour Director:
Let your Tour Director show you some of the marvels of Rome.
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:
Visit the Vatican Museum 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:
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 to the United States
- Flight to US:
Our rewarding and enjoyable tour comes to an end as our Tour Director accompanies us to the airport on our final day.