Day 1 :
- Depart from home and take an overnight flight to Venice, Italy:
Day 2 :
- Arrive in Venice:
Once you arrive in Venice, meet your tour director and check into your hotel.
Day 3 :
- Tour Venice:
Take a guided sightseeing tour of Venice and visit the Bridge of Sighs, Doge's Palace, Grand Canal, and St. Mark's Cathedral.
- LEAP Behind the Carnival Mask:
LEAP Activity | Behind the Carnival Mask
Create a Venetian mask inspired by the Italian Carnival, the Commedia dell’Arte—or by your imagination! Learn the meaning of the mask and its historical significance, then decorate yours using professional techniques.
Day 4 :
Travel to Florence via Ravenna and marvel at the early Christian and Byzantine mosaics of Ravenna.
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 :
- Tour Florence:
Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour with whisper headsets of Florence and visit the Accademia, Baptistery Doors, Chiesa di Santa Croce, Duomo, and Ponte Vecchio. 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!
- Optional visit to Uffizi Gallery:
Opt to spend the afternoon exploring the famous Uffizi Gallery, one of the most popular attractions in Florence. With works dating back to the 16th century from artists including da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Botticelli, there are plenty of beautiful artworks to observe and discover.
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 :
- Travel to Rome:
Arrive in Rome and take a guided sightseeing tour of the Colosseum, Arch of Constantine, and Forum Romanum.
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 7 :
- Tour Vatican City:
Enjoy a guided walking sightseeing tour with whisper headsets and visit the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chape,l and St. Peter’s Basilica. 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.
Day 8 :
- Explore Athens:
Fly to Athens and enjoy some free time to explore this beautiful ancient city.
Day 9 :
- Tour Athens:
Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Athens and visit Acropolis, Parthenon, Syntagma Square, Agora, and the Theatre of Dionysus. Join hands for traditional Greek line dancing. Next, head to the taverna and live like a local. Enjoy Greek culture, cuisine—and a show!
- Visit the Acropolis Museum:
Experience an up-close look at the history, art, and culture of ancient Greece from the foot of the Acropolis. Walk through this magnificent museum to see examples of Greek art and culture from the Archaic period all the way through the 7th century AD. Learn more about the world-famous Acropolis, the Parthenon, and the history that surrounds them.
LEAP Activity | Mousaka and Sousta
Join hands for traditional Greek line dancing. Next, head to the taverna and live like a local. Enjoy Greek culture, cuisine—and a show!
Day 10 :
- Depart Athens for home: