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!:
Board an overnight flight to Europe. Begin your exciting Italian adventure in one of its most revered cities - Venice.
Day 3 :
- Explore Venice with a local guide:
Sightseeing with a local guide includes St. Mark's Square, the Rialto Bridge, the Bridge of Sighs, and the Doge's Palace, rich in Venetian art and political intrigue.
Day 4 :
Journey south to the capital of Tuscany, Florence.
- LEAP Patron of the Renaissance.:
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 5 :
- See Florence with a local guide:
Join a local guide for a tour of the Duomo, Ghiberti's Baptistry doors, the Ponte Vecchio, and the Church of Santa Croce. See Michelangelo's David in the Accademia.
- LEAP Cucina Fiorentina:
LEAP Activity | Renaissance Restored
A faded and cracked masterpiece needs to be rescued! Professional art restorers show you why painting restoration is an art itself. Discover the secrets of cleaning and retouching, then try your hand at this great tradition!
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 6 :
- Discover Siena:
A leisurely excursion includes Siena, a town of 17 medieval neighborhoods, each with its own church and symbol.
- Explore San Gimignano:
San Gimignano, with 14 fortified towers that give the town its characteristic silhouette.
- Enjoy a Tuscan farm lunch in place of dinner today
A Tuscan farm lunch is served in place of dinner today.
Day 7 :
- Travel by high-speed train to Naples:
Journey south to Pompeii, a bustling city buried by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D.
- Enjoy a guided tour of Pompeii:
A fascinating guided tour reveals a remarkably well-preserved Roman town.
- Continue to Sorrento:
Continue on to the Mediterranean resort town of Sorrento.
Day 8 :
- Visit the island of Capri:
Cross the Bay of Naples to enchanting Capri, summer home of Roman emperors.
- Explore the Blue Grotto:
There's time to visit the captivating Blue Grotto, a cavern lit from underwater by sunlight reflected against submerged limestone.
- Italian feast with live music:
Tonight, dine on an Italian feast complete with live musical entertainment.
Day 9 :
- Journey along the Amalfi Coast:
Travel along the Amalfi coastline, with its ragged cliffs and dramatic seaside views.
- Explore Paestum with a local guide:
Visit the Temple of Neptune, dating from 450 B.C., and the basilica. Admire the imposing Duomo Sant' Andrea and Saracen towers.
Day 10 :
- Discover Naples:
A treasure trove of antiquities awaits you as you travel to the National Archaeological Museum in Naples.
- Continue to Rome:
Continue north to the "Eternal City" of Rome.
Day 11 :
- Discover Rome with a local guide:
A local guide shows you the Colosseum, the Arch of Constantine, Trajan's Column and the Roman Forum.
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 12 :
- See Vatican City with a local guide:
Visit the Vatican, including St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel.
- Add on: Hadrian's Villa and Tivoli - farewell dinner:
This evening, opt to visit Emperor Hadrian's Villa and Tivoli, and to enjoy a farewell dinner in the hills.
Day 13 :
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 spend extra time in Rome.
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.