The Splendors of Italy, Venice, Florence and Rome + Rome LDS Temple with The Lyons

Dates April 27-May 7, 2019
Destination Venice, Italy Florence, Italy Rome, Italy;
Duration 10 days 9 nights
Price From 2,499
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Visit three famous Italian cities for one incredible vacation with renowned artists, Howard and Shari Lyon.

Ride the canals of Venice or roam the narrow sidewalks while looking for hand-blown glass. While in Florence, sample great works of art, including the statue of Michelangelo’s David. Your adventures end in the Eternal City, where historic structures like the Coliseum and Trevi Fountain still stand as a reminder of Rome’s tremendous past. 

Be a part of history with a visit to the LDS Rome Temple while on tour.

To Book This Tour, Contact:

Carol Alegre, Tour Manager
Tel: (801) 483-6165
Email Carol:  calegre@morrismurdock.com


 

Days 1 and 2 - Sat & Sunday April 27-28, 2019

Home City flights - Arrival into Venice

On Saturday, we will depart the States and fly overnight to Venice, Italy.  When you arrive your tour manager will meet the group upon arrival at the Venice airport. Short transfer to the hotel to freshen up and continue to the boat terminal. Private transfer to St. Mark square where you will meet your local guide who will take you on a delightful walking tour of this ‘City of Islands’. On our tour we will see St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, the Bell Tower and the Clock Tower and the Bridge of Sighs. Our tour will conclude at the Doges’ Palace, which you can visit at your leisure.  Enjoy the remaining time before making your way back to the hotel where we will enjoy a wonderful welcome dinner and have a chance to get to know each other better.

Meals : Dinner
Day 3:Monday, April 29, 2019

Murano & Burano Island Tours

After breakfast we will board the coach to the boat terminal and then board a private boat for a cruise past the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, the Public Gardens, the tip of Sant'Elena and the Lido famous beach resort to Murano Island. Known worldwide for its colored glass, you’ll see mouth-blown glassmaking in progress and enjoy a factory tour. Next stop is Burano Island. This picturesque island is famous not only for its lace, but also for the fishermen's houses painted in bright colors.  Enjoy the place before cruising back to the main island for some time at leisure before making your way back to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4:Tue, April 30, 2019

Venice to Florence 

This morning we will leave Venice and begin our scenic journey to Florence, known as the Cradle of Renaissance. Upon arrival we will enjoy a walking tour of Florence, taking in all the amazing out-door art and sculptures. Our guided tour will include the Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiore (Duomo), known for Giotto’s bell tower and Brunelleschi’s famous Dome. We will also have a tour of the Academia featuring Michelangelo’s statue of David. After seeing so many of Florence’s Renaissance attractions, the afternoon is yours to explore her shops, museums, markets and cafes at your leisure.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 5:Wed, May 1st, 2019

Tuscany

Today, we drive through the beautiful Tuscan countryside to Siena. Notice the medieval ramparts where you are greeted with the Latin inscription 'Cor Magis Tibi Sena Pandit' (Siena opens its heart to you). We’ll walk through the maze of narrow streets, see the Piazza Del Campo where the famous 'Palio Horse Race' is held and the 13th century Cathedral. On our way back to Florence we will stop in San Gimignano, another beautiful medieval town famous for its unmistakable skyline. San Gimignano is known as the city of “hundred towers”. Today only still 13 towers remain of the fourteenth century and make the city clearly visible and recognizable from afar.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 6:Thur, May 2nd, 2019

Carrara Marble Quarry and Pisa

Today will surely be one of the highlights of the tour as we make our way out of Florence to the mountains to visit the historic marble quarry in Carrara with our local guide. We will enjoy a jeep ride up the hill to the quarry opening where Michelangelo and the other famous sculptors of their day picked their marble that we still marvel at today. We will get to try our hand at the chisel as well as see many works of art. After a wonderful local lunch we will continue to the city of Pisa and see the iconic “leaning tower” and tour of the city before returning to Florence.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7:Friday, May 3rd, 2019

Florence to Rome via Assisi

After breakfast we will leave Florence and head south to Rome. Through the Umbria region we will arrive in the delightful town of Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis. Here we will have time to visit the cathedral and the amazing frescoes by Giotto and the medieval downtown. After a brief stop by the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli we will continue to Rome.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 8:Sat, May 4th, 2019

LDS Temple Tour  & optional session with free afternoon to explore Rome on your own

After breakfast, board our coach and transfer to the newly dedicated LDS Temple and enjoy attending a session or touring the grounds. Later in the day we visit the famous sites of Ancient Rome. As we arrive at the Colosseum, walk underneath the Constantine Arch then enter the huge arena dating from 79 AD. Next stop is the Roman Forum, where the ancient market place seems to jump to life as we stroll through the ruins. After the visit you will return to the hotel. Remaining time is at your leisure. 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 9: Sunday, May 5th, 2019

LDS Church with free afternoon

This morning after breakfast we will travel by coach to attend a local Sacrament meeting.  The rest of the day will be at leisure to explore the city on your own.

Optional Tour: For those who would like, a local LDS tour director will be offering an optional walking tour to several religious sites in Old Rome that relate to the time of the apostles Peter and Paul (Cost 30 Euros per person for entrance fees).

Meals : Breakfast
Day 10: Monday, May 6th, 2019

Vatican and Ancient Rome Tour

This morning tour the Vatican, the world's smallest independent state. Our guide will start with an overview of the history of the Vatican Museums.  The highlight of the tour will be the Sistine Chapel, where the ceiling is covered with Michelangelo's most famous paintings.  Then we explore St. Peter's Square, with Bernini's 284 columns, before entering St. Peter's Basilica, the largest church in Christendom. In the afternnoon, enjoy a walking tour of the old part of town to see popular and beautiful squares as Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and Piazza Navona.  

Tonight, a farewell dinner is served at a local restaurant including live music entertainment. Return transfers from hotel are included.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11:Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

Return to the USA

Board our private coach to the airport for your home-bound flight. Arrive in the USA on the same day.

 

Meals : Breakfast

TOUR NUMBER TS8N03

Highlights of the Tour:

  • 1 Bus Tour (most tours are 40 max)
  • $75 Discount for cash payments
  • LDS Tour Director on for the whole trip along with local guides for in depth location detail and history
  • Advance timed entry tickets to attractions included = less time waiting in lines
  • We include all tipping for hotels and restaurants where meals provided
  • Planned session at the newly dedicated LDS Rome Temple

Included:

  • Deluxe/Air Conditioned motor coach transportation
  • Local Licensed guides & Historians with you experienced LDS Tour Directors
  • 9 nights Hotel accommodations in Venice(2), Florence (3) and  Rome (4) in a deluxe 4 star hotels
  • Sightseeing tours as outlined on the itinerary
  • Meals as outlined (Breakfast daily & farewell dinner)
  • Entrance fees to all noted locations and museums
  • Transportation to either see the temple site or attend the Open House at the LDS Temple (dates pending)
  • Audio system headsets throughout tour
  • Document package

Not Included:

  • International Airfare to Venice home from Rome
  • Any private sightseeing not included on the itinerary during free time
  • Tour gratuities for bus driver and special LDS Host/Guides 
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance (plans start at $35)
  • Meals not included in tour outline

Optional Pricing:

  • $3220.00 Single/Private room cost
  • ** Ask about our Single/Share Program **

Payment Terms:

  • $500.00 pp deposit will be due at time of booking after dates are announced
  • Final Payment due January 25, 2019