Join Bishop Carter and the Florida Conference on the 10 day 2018 Italy tour, departing on April 3, 2018 with prices starting at $3,898.
*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount.
- All Inclusive Pricing
- Breakfast and Dinner Daily
- Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
- Domestic Airfare
- Entrance and Program Fees
- First Class Hotels
- Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
- Guided Tours
- International Airfare
Day 1 Depart USA
Your Italian adventure begins as you depart on your international flight.
Day 2 Arrive in Venice
Our representatives will meet you at the airport in Venice. Finish the day at your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 Venice
Travel by boat to the magical city of Venice. Rising between sea and sky, this fascinating city boasts waterways and boats instead of roads and cars, encompassing 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, one of the world’s most magnificent churches. Tour the Basilica, the final resting place of Saint Mark, the evangelist. St. Mark is said to have founded the Church in Alexandria from which the Coptic and Greek Orthodox Churches claim to be descended. After his body was stolen from Alexandria by Venetian merchants, and brought to Venice, he became their patron Saint and his winged Lion symbol can be seen all over the city. From the square, you can see the famous Bell Tower and the Clock Tower, as well as the charming pink and white Doge’s 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 & Lucca
Travel to Pisa and snap your photo in front of the famous Leaning Tower. This 180‐ foot‐tall round tower is over 10 degrees out of perpendicular. Originally designed to stand straight, it began to lean during its construction in 1173 and corrective efforts failed. Even without its tilt, the building would still be 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, and together they encompass a town full of medieval churches. Check into your Florence 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. Return to your Florence hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 6 San Gimignano & 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, once numbering more than 70, but only 14 towers remain today. 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. Visit the Basilica San Domenica and learn about Saint Catherine of Siena, a famous theologian who worked to bring back the papacy of Gregory XI to Rome and to bring peace to the warring Italian city‐states. Saint Catherine is believed to have had miraculous visions and felt herself to be united in marriage to Christ. Check into your hotel in Assisi for dinner and overnight.
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 of Saint Mary of the Angels 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. The basilica contains the Porziuncola, the small chapel that St. Francis restored and where he founded the Friars Minor order that would become the Franciscans. St. Clare also embarked on her monastic life from here. Nearby you will visit the humble cell now known as the Cappella del Transito which St. Francis used as an infirmary for the sick, and where he died in 1226. Check into your hotel in Rome for dinner and overnight.
Day 8 Ancient Rome
History is woven through the streets and neighborhoods of Rome as in no other city. Explore the many wonders of ancient Rome as you visit the magnificent Colosseum and the Pantheon which Emperor Hadrian converted into a church in 609. 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, Rome’s most ancient neighborhood which spreads over three of her seven hills. 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. Return to your hotel in Rome for dinner and overnight.
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. You will tour St. Peter’s Basilica, the final resting place of St. Peter the Apostle and one of the largest churches in the world. The Basilica stands on the traditional site where St. Peter was crucified and martyred for his faith. You will get to see the Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo’s frescoes, now restored to their full, colorful glory. Tour the Catacombs of St. Sebastino. The catacombs contain some of the only surviving examples of early Christian art. In the 1840s, Pope Gregory XVI took steps to preserve the catacombs and their treasures. Return to your hotel in Rome for dinner and overnight.
Day 10 Return Home
Return to USA from Rome or enjoy the Amalfi Coast Extension.
Enhance Your Journey
Amalfi Coast Extension $1398
Day 1 - 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 2 - 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 3 - 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 4 - 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 5 - Return to the USA with wonderful memories to share!