Join Rev. Jeff Brinklman on this exciting tour to Italy starting at $3,498* from New York departing on November 7th, 2017! Visit Venice, Pisa and Lucca, Florence, San Gimignano and Siena, Assisi, Ancient Rome, Vatican City and more!
*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount
- All Inclusive Pricing
- Breakfast and Dinner Daily
- Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
- Entrance and Program Fees
- First Class Hotels
- Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
- Guided Tours
- International Airfare from NY
Day 1 Depart USA
Day 2 Arrive in Milan
Our representatives will meet you at the airport in Milan. Begin your time in Italy with a stop overlooking Lake Garda, Italy's largest lake. Continue on to Verona, home to Roman ruins and a courtyard that is reminiscent of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, whose story was set in Verona. Finish the day at your hotel in Verona for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 Venice
Travel by boat to the magical city of Venice. Rising between sea and sky, this fascinating city encompasses 118 islands separated by more than 150 canals. Stand in the Piazza San Marco, bordered on three sides by palatial arcades in two tiers and faced on the other by the Basilica of St. Mark. Tour the Basilica with its treasure of marble and gold-background mosaics. From the square, you can see the famous Bell Tower and the Clock Tower, as well as the charming pink and white Doges' Palace. After seeing the romantic Bridge of Sighs, enjoy free time to explore on your own. You can shop, stroll along the bridges and canals, or even indulge in a gondola ride along the Grand Canal. Dinner and overnight in Venice area.
Day 4 Pisa and Lucca
Travel to Pisa and snap your photo in front of the famous Leaning Tower. Originally designed to stand straight, it began to lean during its construction in 1173 and corrective efforts have failed. Even without its tilt, the building is still one of the most remarkable bell towers in Europe and one of several renowned buildings in the center of Pisa. Wander the medieval walled city of Lucca, the birthplace of Puccini. Each of the walls is lined with a different species of tree. Together they encompass a town full of medieval churches. Check into your Montecatini Terme area hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 5 Florence
The elegant city of Florence is nestled between a line of hills and the banks of the Arno River. During your stay, enjoy the beautiful gardens and a leisurely stroll through the open-air markets. Every street, square and winding alley of Florence is a showcase for Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance grandeur. Among Florence's masterpieces, you'll see the Piazza della Signoria with its Neptune Fountain and Vecchio Palace, the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral which houses Michelangelo's unfinished Pietá, the Baptistry which features Ghiberti's famous Gates of Paradise, and the Academy where you can view some of Michelangelo's finished and unfinished work, including the awe-inspiring David. Overnight in Montecatini Terme.
Day 6 San Gimignano and Siena
This morning, continue on to one of the most charming and picturesque of all the Tuscan hill towns, San Gimignano. Magical medieval towers dominate the town. Beautiful Siena is built across several hills and valleys. The focal point of the city is the shell-shaped town square which is both a meeting place and market place. It is also the venue for the town's famous horse race known as the "Palio." Overnight in Montecatini Terme.
Day 7 Assisi
Your journey continues as you travel to Assisi, the charming medieval town once home to Saint Francis. Just two years after his death, the large Basilica was started in his memory. At one time, the land on which the church stands was an execution ground for condemned criminals. In his humility, Saint Francis asked to be buried there, and it became known as the Hill of Paradise. Overnight in Rome area.
Day 8 Ancient Rome
Explore the many wonders of ancient Rome as you visit the magnificent Colosseum and the Pantheon. From the most sacred hill of ancient Rome, Campidoglio, view the Forum. See the Circus Maximus, Arch of Titus, famous Baths of Caracalla, and Arch of Constantine, as well as, the Victor Emanuel Monument and the Monti Region. In the afternoon, discover why Rome is also known as the "City of Love." Explore the romance of Rome as you climb the graceful Spanish Steps and stop at the famous Trevi Fountain. Legend says those who toss a coin into the fountain will one day return to Rome to toss another into the waters of Trevi. Overnight in Rome area.
Day 9 Vatican City and Christian Rome
Christianity came late in Rome's long history, conquering and changing the city in a way few other invaders have. Experience the glory of Christian Rome today as you visit the Vatican, home to one of the greatest museums in the world. Tour St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo's frescoes, now restored to their full, colorful glory. Overnight in Rome area.
Day 10 Return to the USA
Enhance Your Journey
Amalfi Coast Extension $1398
Day 10 - Castel Gandolfo, Sorrento
Journey to Castel Gandolfo, the Pope’s summer residence, and enjoy stunning vistas as you travel to Sorrento. During your three night stay, you’ll have time to enjoy the view of Mount Vesuvius and discover the colorful ambiance of this delightful town, inspiration for the beloved song, “Return to Sorrento.”
Day 11 - Amalfi Coast, Positano
The Amalfi Coast is considered to be one of Italy’s finest with its sparkling blue green sea, tiny mystical islands and pastel colored cottages gathered round tiny harbors. Enjoy the postcard beauty of Positano that has charmed many generations of travelers with its terraced groves of fragrant lemons, splendid Duomo, and rich medieval history. As a maritime republic from the 9th to 13th centuries, it’s no surprise that the compass was invented here. As time permits, make a stop at the village of Vietri Sul Mar, home of Amalfi Coast ceramic factories which produce the colorful tiles decorating every church tower in the area.
Day 12 - Isle of Capri
Enjoy a boat ride to the lovely Isle of Capri which has captivated visitors from Roman Caesars to modern travelers. Between its breathtaking beauty and rich history, you’ll understand why one visitor came for a day and stayed for fifty years.
Day 13 - Pompeii, Rome
Visit the spectacular ruins in Pompeii which were covered by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. The city remained buried and undiscovered until excavation began in 1748. These excavations continue today, providing insight into life during the Roman Empire. Continue to the Rome area for dinner and overnight.
Day 14 - Return to the USA with wonderful memories to share!