Day 1 :
Depart from North America
- Flight to Rome:
Sit back, relax, and enjoy your flight to Rome!
Day 2 :
Arrive in Rome
Welcome to Italy!
Day 3 :
Vatican City and Ancient Rome
- See Vatican City with a local guide:
Discover the artistic legacy of Catholicism in Vatican City with a local guide. View famous works of religious art and admire the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica, the world's largest Christian church.
- Discover Rome with a local guide:
Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Romans; the Colosseum, Arch of Constantine, the Pantheon, and Trajan's Column.
Day 4 :
- Travel to Florence:
Travel to Florence. Florence is home to some of the most astounding pieces of art in the world.
- See Florence on a walking tour:
Take a walking tour to experience the "Cradle of the Renaissance" up close, including the Duomo, the magnificence of Ghiberti's bronze Baptistry doors, and the Church of Santa Croce. In the Accademia, see Michelangelo's David.
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 :
Siena and San Gimignano
Visit Siena, a town of 17 medieval neighborhoods, each with its own church and symbol.
- San Gimignano:
Then explore San Gimignano, famous for its 14 fortified, crumbling medieval towers.
- Get a taste for Tuscany:
A traditional Tuscan Farm Lunch is included today instead of dinner.
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.
Day 6 :
- Journey to Milan:
Enjoy the ride to Milan!
- Discover Milan on a walking tour:
Italian culture surrounds you on a walking tour that includes La Scala opera house, Sforzesco Castle, and the Gothic Cathedral, a forest of spires and statuary.
- Duomo di Milano:
Taking nearly 6 centuries to complete, be awed by this Gothic cathedral.
- La Scala Opera House:
Take in the grandeur of this 18th century opera house. Most of Italy's greatest operatic artists and many of the finest singers from around the world have performed at La Scala during the past 200 years. Today, the theater is still recognized as one of the leading opera and ballet theaters in the world.
- Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie:
Make your way to the refectory of this Dominican convent, which contains the mural of The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci.
- Board an overnight train to Paris:
Travel to Paris
Day 7 :
- Explore Paris with a local guide:
Explore with your group as a local guide brings you to the Arc de Triomphe, the sweeping Champs-lyses, and the gold-domed Les Invalides. Admire the interior of Notre Dame Cathedral, famous for its flying buttresses and intricately carved gargoyles.
- Visit the Louvre Museum:
In the afternoon, art lovers will welcome a visit to view the art and architecture of the Louvre Museum.
- Add on: Eiffel Tower Visit:
This evening, opt to enjoy breathtaking views from atop the Eiffel Tower.
Day 8 :
LEAP Activity | Cover the Canvas
Live the artist’s life. Explore line, color, perspective, negative space and form, then paint a masterpiece inspired by the beauty of Paris.
Day 9 :
Return Home OR Extend your Stay
- 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. Or, opt to stay longer.
Extend your stay | Extra day in Paris
Don’t end your stay in Paris just yet! Add an extra day to explore this amazing European city. Check out some of the places you loved or explore new locations throughout the city, it’s up to you to decide how to spend your day.