The Splendors of Italy, Venice, Florence and Rome + Oberammergau Passion Play

Dates May 22-June 4, 2020
Destination Venice, Italy Florence, Italy Rome, Italy; Oberammergau, Germany; Munich, Germany;
Duration 14 days 13 nights
Price From 4,399

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Visit three famous Italian cities plus the historic 42nd performance of the The Passion Play in Oberammergau Germany - all in one incredible vacation.  This tour is escorted by Howard and Shari Lyon who will bring their love for art, sculpture, culture and Italy to enhance your travel experience.

In this special SMALL GROUP departure, you'll ride the canals of Venice, roam the narrow sidewalks while looking for hand-blown glass while exploring the wonders of Venice. 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. 

You will also have an option to be a part of historic 1st year celebration of the new temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Rome and then continue on to enjoy 3 exciting days in the Bavarian country side in Germany.  All our Oberammergau tours include the 2 nights at the play package along with visits to the fairy-tale Neuschwanstein Castle built by King Ludwig and said to be the inspiration for the castle at Disneyland as well as the Linderhof Castle and Munich overnight and touring.

To Book This Tour, Contact:

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

Days 1 and 2 - Friday/Saturday - May 22/23, 2020

Home City flights - Arrival into Venice

On Friday, 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:Sunday, May 24, 2020

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.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 4:Monday, May 25, 2020

Venice to Florence 

This morning we leave Venice and begin our scenic journey to Florence. We stop in Ravenna to find a treasure trove of art, history, and culture waiting for us. Here is one of the richest collections of mosaics in the world, preserved in the basilicas and baptisteries of the city; clear evidence of the extraordinary art that flourished in this area. Eight monuments of Ravenna have been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List for their universal value and unique mosaics. After reveling in these amazing sites, we continue south arriving in Florence, known as the Cradle of Renaissance. 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 5:Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Florence

After breakfast, we enjoy a walking tour of Florence, taking in all the amazing outdoor art and sculptures along the route. Our guided tour includes the Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiore, known as the Duomo, and the home for Giotto’s bell tower and Brunelleschi’s famous Dome. We also tour the Academia featuring Michelangelo’s statue of David. The afternoon is at leisure to explore museums, shops, markets, and cafes on our own.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 6:Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Carrara Marble Quarry and Pisa

Today is unquestionably another tour highlight as we make our way out of Florence to the mountains, visiting the historic Carrara marble quarry. We enjoy a jeep ride up the hill to the quarry opening where Michelangelo, and other famous sculptors of his day, picked their marble that we still marvel at today. We get to try our hand at the chisel and see many works of art. After a wonderful local lunch, we continue to Pisa and its iconic “leaning tower” for a city tour before returning to Florence.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7: Thursday, May 28, 2020

Tuscany -Rome

This morning we bid farewell to Florence and head south to Rome. We drive through the beautiful Tuscan countryside to Siena; notice the medieval ramparts greeting us with the Latin inscription 'Cor Magis Tibi Sena Pandit' (Siena opens its heart to you). We walk through the maze of narrow streets, see the Piazza Del Campo where the famous 'Palio Horse Race' is held, and view the 13th century Cathedral. Continuing on our journey, we stop in San Gimignano - another beautiful medieval town famous for its unmistakable skyline. The town is known as the city of “hundred towers;” today only 13 towers of the 14th century still remain. We end our day in Rome. 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 8: Friday, May 29, 2020

Vatican & The Old City

This morning we tour the Vatican, the world's smallest independent state. Our guide provides an overview of the history of the Vatican Museums, with the highlight of the tour being the Sistine Chapel, where the ceiling is covered with Michelangelo's most famous paintings. As the tour continues, we explore St. Peter's Square, with Bernini's 284 columns, before entering St. Peter's Basilica, the largest church in Christendom.  In the afternoon, we will explore the old historical city highlights with a walking tour to see famous Piazzas and monumental Fountains such as Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and Piazza Navona.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 9: Saturday, May 30, 2020

LDS Rome Temple & Ancient Rome Tour

This morning is one of our highlights of the tour as we transfer to the Rome LDS Temple and enjoy time to serve and explore the visitors' center.  After our LDS activities board our bus to transfer back to the hotel and change our clothes and free time for lunch.

Later, we will visit some of the highlights of this historic city. After we arrive at the Colosseum grounds, we walk underneath the Constantine Arch and then enter the huge arena dating from 79AD. Our next stop is the Roman Forum, where the ancient market place seems to jump to life as we stroll through the ruins. Back on the coach, we drive past Circus Maximus and the Baths of Caracalla on our way to the Pantheon, built over 2,000 years ago to honor Caesar Augustus and later converted to a Christian church.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 10: Sunday, May 31, 2020

Rome

Today for those interested, you can attend a local LDS Sacrament Meeting.  The bus will take you back to the hotel in the city center and enjoy the balance of the day at leisure or join a local LDS Church leader for an **optional Christian themed tour of the old city. 

Tonight, we will say "Arrivederci" to Italy and share memories of the trip during a farewell dinner at a local restaurant with music entertainment. 

**Optional Tour: For those who would like, your 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 20 Euros approximately for entrance fees).

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11:Monday, June 1, 2020

Rome to Munich

Today we end our tour by boarding our private coach to the airport for our onward flight to Munich.  Upon our arrival we will be taken by coach to We will tour the city of Munich, including lunch in the Olympic Tower. We will stay the next two nights in a hotel close to Oberammergau.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 12: Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Oberammergau Passion Play 

Today we will attend the Oberammergau Passion Play. The play, which began in 1634 and is held once every decade, reenacts the Passion of Jesus Christ—from His arrival in Jerusalem to the crucifixion and resurrection. The performance takes place over an afternoon and evening (seven hours), with an included dinner break in between. Over 2,000 performers, musicians, and stage technicians, all of whom are residents of the village, participate in the play. This experience will highlight the life of the Savior.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 13: June 3, 2020

Tyrol/Bavaria • Neuschwanstein Castle

Today we will have a daylong excursion through the alpine region. We will travel to Fussen and visit the fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle built by King Ludwig and said to be the inspiration for the castle at Disneyland. If time allows, we will also visit the Linderhof Castle.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 14: Thursday, June 4, 2020

Munich and flights home to the US

With an early departure from Munich, we will begin our journey home. A lifetime of memories and friendships will be ours to keep!

Meals : Breakfast

TOUR NUMBER 9220E22

Highlights of the Tour:

  • 1 Bus Tour (most tours are 40 max)
  • $100.00 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
  • Cat 1 tickets to the Oberammergau Passion Play with 2 nights in village

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
  • 2 nights in Oberammergau
  • 1 night in Munich
  • Sightseeing tours as outlined on the itinerary
  • Carrara Marble Quarry and Pisa tour
  • Meals as outlined 
  • Entrance fees to all noted locations and museums
  • Transportation to attend the Rome LDS Temple
  • Audio system headsets throughout tour
  • Flight from Rome to Munich
  • Document package

Not Included:

  • International Airfare to Venice home from Munich
  • 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/Private room cost  - Because of the tour size and rooms booked in Oberammergau, single rooms are not permitted on this tour.  Please call for details

Payment Terms:

    • $1000.00 pp NON REFUNDABLE deposit will be due at time of booking 
    • Final Payment due Dec 31, 2019