R3 The Splendors of Italy, Venice, Florence and Rome with LDS Temple Open House

Dates Anticipated Spring 2018
Destination Venice, Italy Florence, Italy Rome, Italy;
Duration 10 days 9 nights
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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.

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Days 1 and 2:

Home City flights - Arrival into Venice

Today you'll depart your home city bound for a trip of a lifetime.   Our group will take a short transfer to the hotel to freshen up and continue to the boat terminal for our private transfer to St. Mark square.  There we'll meet our local guide who will take us 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 our way back to the hotel

Meals : Dinner
Day 3:

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, Dinner
Day 4:

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, Dinner
Day 5:

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:

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, Dinner
Day 7:

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, Dinner
Day 8:

LDS Temple Tour

Transfer by private coach to the new LDS Temple. After the Open house attendance you will return transfer by private coach to have dinner.  Overnight in Rome.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9:

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, Dinner
Day 10:

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:

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:

  • Small, 1 bus departure (most tours are 40 max)
  • Discounts for cash payments
  • LDS Guest Hosts on whole trip, Hired local guides for in depth location detail and history
  • Advance timed entry tickets to attractions, less time waiting in lines
  • 9 breakfast, 9 dinners included in tour price
  • We include all tipping for hotels and restaurants where meals provided

Included:

  • Deluxe/Air Conditioned motor coach transportation
  • Local Licensed guides & an 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 and Dinner daily)
  • Entrance fees to all noted locations and museums
  • Transportation to either the Open House or sessions at the LDS Rome Temple (dates pending)
  • Audio system headsets throughout tour
  • Document package

Not Included:

  • Airfare from your home city into Venice/home from Rome (Air based on availability call for pricing)
  • Any private sightseeing not included on the itinerary
  • Tour gratuities for bus driver and special LDS Host/Guides 
  • Items of a personal nature (e.g. phone calls, room service, internet, etc.)
  • 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:

  • $200.00 REFUNDABLE down payment NOW confirms a spot on one of our tours
  • $500.00 pp deposit will be due at time of booking after dates are announced
  • Final Payments are due 90 days before travel