The Splendors of Italy, Venice, Florence and Rome

Dates April 28-May 8, 2018
Destination Venice, Italy Florence, Italy Rome, Italy;
Duration 10 days 9 nights
Price From 2,399
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Visit three famous Italian cities for one incredible vacation with renowned LDS Temple author and artist, Chad Hawkins.

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 Open House.

Days 1 and 2 - Sat & Sunday April 28-29, 2018

Home City flights - Arrival into Venice

Today you we'll 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. 

Day 3:Monday, April 30, 2018

Murano & Burano Island Tours

After breakfast we'll 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.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 4:Tue, May 1st, 2018

Venice to Florence via Revenna

This morning we will leave Venice and begin our scenic journey to Florence. We’ll stop in Ravenna to visit this treasure chest of art, history and culture. The richest heritage of mosaics in the world, preserved in the basilicas and baptisteries of the city, is a clear evidence of that extraordinary period. For their universal value and the uniqueness of their mosaics, eight monuments of Ravenna have been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Continuing south we’ll arrive in Florence, known as the Cradle of Renaissance.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 5:Wed, May 2nd, 2018

Florence Tour

After breakfast this morning 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’ll have also 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, Dinner
Day 6:Thur, May 3rd, 2018

Tuscany / Siena Tour

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 7:Friday, May 4th, 2018

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 5th, 2018

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

Transfer by private coach to the new LDS Temple.   If during the Open house period we'll attendance and get to see the inside of this historic temple.  If not, we will tour the area and see the temple site while enjoying the Roman country side.  We'll return to our  hotel in the afternoon and you'll have the rest of the day to explore Rome on your own.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 9:Sunday, May 6th, 2018

Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Tour

This morning tour the Vatican, the world's smallest, yet wealthiest independent state. Your guide will start with an overview of the history of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. See the Hall of Tapestries and the Maps Gallery.  The highlight of the tour will be the Sistine Chapel, where the ceiling is covered with Michelangelo's famous paintings of the 'Creation' and 'Last Judgment.'  Then we explore St. Peter's Square, with Bernini's 284 columns, before entering St. Peter's Basilica, the largest church in Christendom. See the many treasures including the golden mosaics of the apse, Bernini's bronze baldachin and the famed 'Pieta' by Michelangelo.  This afternoon you are free to enjoy the city of Rome.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 10: Monday, May 7th, 2018

Ancient Rome Tour

This morning tour the Vatican, the world's smallest independent state. Your 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. This afternoon you are free to enjoy the city of Rome on your own.

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 8th, 2018

Return to the USA

Board your private coach to the airport for your homebound flight. Arrive in the USA on the same day.

Meals : Breakfast

Highlights of the Tour:

  • 1 Bus Tour (most tours are 40 max)
  • $75 Discounts 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

Included:

  • Round trip airfare from Salt Lake City ** limited availability, book early
  • 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:

  • 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:

  • Single Supplement/Private room
  • ** Ask about our Single/Share Program **

Payment Terms:

  • $500.00 pp deposit will be due at time of booking after dates are announced
  • Final Payments are due 90 days before travel