Day 1 - Departure from the U.S.A.
Day 2 -
Welcome to Italy! We
will be met at the airport by our
CHA Tour Director and proceed to
Venice for a general walking tour.
We'll overnight in Venice.
Day 3 - Venice
Guided sightseeing of
reveals the Bridge of Sighs and 14th-century
Explore bustling Piazza San Marco,
the heart of the city, 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
in your free time. We'll, again,
overnight in Venice.
Day 4 - 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 and overnight.
Day 5 - 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
and the Galleria dell'Accademia to see
Michelangelo's "David." 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 6 - Florence
Guided tour of the
Uffizi Gallery, reveals the museum's incomparable collection of Renaissance masterpieces from Botticelli, Da Vinci and Michelangelo.
Obviously you can shop and eat to your
heart's content but save room for a special
dinner featuring regional Tuscan cuisine.
Day 7 - Florence - Siena
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
Overnight in Siena.
Day 8 - Siena - Assisi
Travel to the spiritual town of
Assisi. Sightseeing 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 - Pompeii -
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.
Drive south through the rolling hills of
Umbria to cliffside Sorrento overlooking the
Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius for the
Day 10 - Sorrento - Rome
Drive past Naples and Montecassino
to Rome for a get
acquainted walking tour.
Day 11 - Rome: Tivoli, Villa
d'Este or Hadrian's Villa
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.
This afternoon enjoy a ride through the Roman countryside to
Tivoli built on the slopes of the Sabine
Hills. Once there enjoy a visit to
Villa d'Este one of the most enchanting treasures of the late Renaissance period. Its garden, with countless fountains and cascades is considered one of the most spectacular of its kind. If Villa
d'Este is closed a visit to
Hadrian's Villa will be included.
Day 12 - 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
to see Michelangelo's superbly-painted
ceiling and the incomparable Vatican Museum.
Day 13 - Rome
Free day to explore and
last minute shopping, eating and art
and culture gazing.
Day 14 - Departure for the U.S.