below is from 2014. The 2016
route will be announced soon)
Day 1 - Departure from the U.S.
Day 2 -
Welcome to Italy! We
will be met at the airport by our
CHA Tour Director and taken on a
Milan, Italy's thriving art and
fashion metropolis, featuring the
La Scala, the world's most
famous opera house. Overnight in
Day 3 - Milan -
Verona - Venice
Morning tour of Milan fashion
house and then journey to romantic Venice via
the town of
Verona, where you will see the
house and balcony of Shakespeare's tragic
heroine, Juliet. Overnight on the Island of
Day 4 - Venice
Guided sightseeing of
reveals the Bridge of Sighs and 14th-century
Explore bustling Piazza San Marco and visit beautiful St. Mark's Basilica.
A visit to a Murano Glass Factory for a glass-blowing demonstration ends your morning tour. Enjoy a gondola ride through the romantic canals of Venice. Optional visit to the School of San Rocco and see Tintoretto's paintings.
Day 5 - Venice - Bologna - Florence
"the food capital of Italy" for a walking tour and visit
Basilica San Petronio. Proceed to Florence
"The Cradle of the Renaissance," in the heart of Tuscany for the evening.
Day 6 - Florence
Your expert local guide introduces you to Florence's Renaissance treasures on your morning sightseeing tour:
Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistry's bronze doors, the
Piazza della Signoria, and the
Church of Santa Croce where Michelangelo, Machiavelli and Galileo are buried. Visit the Gothic Duomo with its extraordinary dome. Later, you'll observe local craftsmen at work during a visit to a Florentine Leather Factory.
During your free afternoon you can stroll across the Ponte Vecchio for views of the Arno river.
Day 7 - Florence
Guided tour of the
Uffizi Gallery, reveals the museum's incomparable collection of Renaissance masterpieces from Botticelli, Da Vinci and Michelangelo
and the Galleria dell'Accademia to see
Michelangelo's "David." Obviously you can shop and eat to your heart's content but save room for a special dinner out that evening at Falciani's restaurant.
Day 8 - Florence - Siena - Assisi
Journey through the rolling hills to the Middle Ages to the walled
Siena where your sightseeing tour reveals the grand
Piazza del Campo and the
Sienna Cathedral. Travel to the spiritual town of
Assisi. Sightseeing of Assisi includes a visit to the Basilica of St. Francis to see its remarkable collection of frescoes by Giotto depicting 28 scenes in the life of the Saint. Overnight in Assisi.
Day 9 - Assisi - Sorrento
Drive south through the rolling hills of Umbria to cliffside Sorrento overlooking the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius.
Day 10 - Sorrento - Pompeii - Rome
Travel back in time today as you tour the remarkably-preserved ruins of
Pompeii, destroyed by an eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D., for a guided visit of its well-preserved ruins. Later, proceed to Rome, the
"Eternal City," for your overnight stay. Tonight, join your Tour Director on an
evening walking tour.
Day 11 - Rome - Vatican City -
Explore the wonders of
Vatican City on this morning's sightseeing tour. Visit
St. Peter's Basilica, the
world's largest Catholic church, and the
Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo's superbly-painted ceiling and the incomparable Vatican Museum. Later
this afternoon, opt for an excursion to the ancient
the burial chambers of Roman
Day 12 - Rome
Free day to explore and
last minute shopping, eating and art
and culture gazing.
Day 13 - Rome
Eternal City's treasures with your expert guide this morning. Visit
Church of St Peter in Chains
to see Michelangelo's powerful Moses, learn about the Roman civilization as you see the
Arch of Constantine, the
Capitoline Hill, and the sprawling ruins of the
Roman Forum. Included is a visit to the
the world's most glorious surviving Roman
where gladiators and beasts once fought.
Day 14 - Departure for the U.S.