The Splendors of Italy: Venice, Florence and Rome with Chad Hawkins 2021

Dates April 15 - 26, 2021
Destination Venice, Italy; Florence, Italy Rome, Italy; United States
Duration 12 days 11 nights
Price From 2,799

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Visit three famous Italian cities for one incredible vacation with renowned LDS Temple author and artist, Chad Hawkins. Since 1989, Chad has been one of the premier artists for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has published works of art for over 150 temples. His art career has taken him to six continents and nearly every temple. His art can be found within 16 temple cornerstones and hanging on interior temple walls.

As a tour director, he has taken tour groups to visit temples throughout the world. On these tours, he shares inspiring stories and facts about each of the visited temples along with his personal experiences with those who make latter-day temples a reality. His vast knowledge of every temple makes his travel tours memorable and unique. All those traveling with Chad receive an original work of art created exclusively for each tour. Chad loves spending time with his five children and traveling the world and working side-by-side with his wife and best friend, Nicole Hawkins. 

Your adventures start in the Eternal City, where historic structures like the Coliseum and Trevi Fountain still stand as a reminder of Rome’s tremendous past. While in Florence, sample great works of art, including the statue of Michelangelo’s David. Ride the canals of Venice or roam the narrow sidewalks while looking for hand-blown glass.

To Book This Tour, Contact:

Carol Alegre, Tour Manager
Tel: (801) 483-6165

Day 1: Thursday, April 15, 2021

USA to Venice, Italy

Today we will depart the states and fly overnight to Venice, Italy.  

Meals : In-flight
Day 2: Friday, April 16, 2021

Venice

Our Italian experience will begin as we arrive at the Venice airport and are greeted by our tour manger. We will take a short transfer to the hotel to freshen up and continue to the mainland boat terminal for a private transfer to St. Mark square. Here your Tour Manager will give directions and suggestions to familiarize with this special city. Welcome dinner at a nice local restaurant and transfer back to your hotel on the mainland for overnight.

Meals : Dinner
Day 3: Saturday, April 17, 2021

Murano & Burano Island Tours

After breakfast we will board our coach again to the boat terminal and board our 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, we will 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. We will enjoy this place before cruising back to the main island for lunch break. Afternoon we meet our local guide who will take us on a delightful walking tour of this ‘City of Islands’.Along the way we will see St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, the Bell Tower, the Clock Tower and the Bridge of Sighs to name of few favorite sites.Enjoy some time at leisure and transfer back to your hotel on the mainland for dinner and overnight.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4:Sunday, April 18, 2021

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:Monday, April 19, 2021

Tuscany Tour

This morning we will 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 will 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.  Lunch at a nice typical Tuscan restaurant.

As we make our way back to Florence we will stop in San Gimignano, another beautiful medieval town famous for its unmistakable skyline. The town is known as the city of “hundred towers”.  While today there is only 13 towers still remain of the fourteenth century, you can still see the city clearly visible and even recognizable from afar.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6:Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Florence Tour

After breakfast this morning we will enjoy a walking tour of Florence, taking in all the amazing out-door art and sculptures along the way. Our guided tour will include 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 will also tour the Academia featuring Michelangelo’s statue of David.The afternoon will now be yours to continue to explore the museums, shops, markets, and cafes at your leisure.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 7: Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Carrara Quarry and Pisa

Today will surely be one of the highlights of the tour as we make our way out of Florence to the mountains to visit the historic marble quarry in Carrara with our local guide. We will enjoy a jeep ride up the hill to the quarry opening where Michelangelo and the other famous sculptors of their day picked their marble that we still marvel at today. We will get to try our hand at the chisel as well as see many works of art. After a wonderful local lunch we will continue to the city of Pisa and see the iconic “leaning tower” and tour of the city before returning to Florence.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8:Thursday, April 22, 2021

Transfer 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 9:Friday, April 23, 2021

Vatican with afternoon tour of the Old Town 

This morning we 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. In the afternoon our Rome sightseeing will continue with a pleasant walk in the old town to see famous Piazzas and monumental fountains such as Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and Piazza Navona.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 10: Saturday, April 24, 2021

Rome Temple & Ancient Rome

After breakfast, board your coach and transfer to the newly dedicated LDS Temple and enjoy attending a session or touring the grounds. Return to the hotel to change your clothes and a quick lunch break, before our visit to the famous sites of Ancient Rome. As we arrive at the Colosseum grounds, we will walk underneath the Constantine Arch and then enter the huge arena dating from 79A.Next stop will be the Roman Forum, where the ancient market place seems to jump to life as we stroll through the ruins. Back on the coach, we will drive past Circus Maximus and the Baths of Caracalla on our way to the Pantheon, which was built over 2,000 years ago to honor Caesar Augustus and later converted to a Christian church.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 11: Sunday, April 25, 2021

Rome Church Meeting with Free Afternoon

Today, for those interested, we will attend a local Sacrament Meeting or other local church service. 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 a farewell dinner is served at a local restaurant including live music entertainment. Return transfers from hotel are included.

**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 12: Monday, Apri 26, 2021

Return to the USA

Transfer to the airport for your flight. Arrive in the USA on the same day.

Meals : Breakfast

Highlights of the Tour:

  • 1 tour-bus experience for the whole tour
  • 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
  • Scheduled visit to the newly dedicated Rome Temple

Included:

  • Deluxe/Air Conditioned motor coach transportation
  • Local Licensed guides & experienced LDS Tour Directors
  • 10 nights Hotel accommodations in Rome (4), Florence (4) and Venice (2) in Deluxe 4 star hotels
  • Sightseeing tours as outlined on the itinerary
  • Meals as outlined (Breakfast daily, welcome & farewell dinners)
  • Entrance fees to all noted locations and museums
  • Transportation and scheduled visit to the Rome Temple
  • Audio system headsets throughout tour
  • Document package
  • Digital tour App

Not Included:

  • International Airfare to Rome home from Venice (Apr 15th to VCE - Apr 26th from FCO)
  • Any private sightseeing not included on the itinerary during free time
  • Tour gratuities for bus drivers guides and special LDS Host 
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance (plans start at $35)
  • Meals not included in tour outline

Optional Pricing:

  • Single Supplement/Private room $ $ 660.00
  • ** Ask about our Single/Share Program **
  • Single Occupancy $ 3,459.00 (for those with their own room)

Payment Terms:

  • $500.00 pp deposit due at time of booking
  • Final Payments are due January 15, 2021.