2023 Splendors of Italy: Venice, Florence and Rome with Michael Phillips

Dates October 14-25, 2023
Destination Venice, Italy; Florence, Italy Rome, Italy; Pompeii, Italy; United States
Duration 12 days 11 nights
Price From 3,399

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Visit three famous Italian cities for one incredible vacation with favorite tour host, Michael Phillips. As a tour director, Michael has taken groups through his most beloved European cities showing them the history, art, and iconic not-to-be-missed experiences all will enjoy.

Visit several famous Italian regions and cities in one incredible vacation.  Ride the canals of Venice and look for hand-blown glass while roaming the narrow sidewalks of this iconic city. While in Florence, encounter great works of art, including the statue of Michelangelo’s David. Our adventure concludes in Rome, the Eternal City.  For those interested, you can be a part of a historic year of celebration with the local LDS community with a visit to the Rome Temple.  Other highlights will be exploring history via the Coliseum, Trevi Fountain, and many more sites that still stand as a reminder of Rome’s tremendous past.

While other companies take 2 and 3 buses on their tours, ours has a 1-bus guarantee that ensures you have an intimate experience at the sites as well as with your educator. It allows your group to bond as a family and makes fast friends with those you traveling with. You will not come home wishing you had more.

*While the physical activity on this tour (walking distances) is not significant, the days are full of touring from breakfast to dinner time with "down-time" only in the evening.

Highlights of the Tour:

  • 1 tour-bus experience for the whole tour!
  • Morris Murdock LDS tour Director for the whole trip along with local guides
  • Licensed, insured, and bonded travel agency with 60 years of experience!! IT MATTERS!

A CASH DISCOUNT of $100.00 applies for all payments made by check or ACH AFTER the deposit

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.

TOUR # 9223J14

To Book This Tour, Contact:

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

Day 1: Saturday, October 14, 2023

Depart U.S.A. to Venice, Italy

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

Meals : In-flight
Day 2: Sunday, October 15, 2023

Venice

Our Italian experience will begin as we arrive at the Venice airport and are greeted by our tour manager. 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 we experience a delightful walking tour of the ‘City of Islands.’ Along the way, we see and enter St. Mark’s Square and Basilica. Next, we see the Bell Tower, the Clock Tower, and the Bridge of Sighs to name some favorite sites. This evening we enjoy a wonderful welcome dinner and have a chance to get to know each other better before making our way back to the hotel for overnight.

Meals : Dinner
Day 3: Monday, October 16, 2023

Murano & Burano Island Tour and Venice city tour

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. Enjoy some time at leisure and transfer back to your hotel on the mainland for dinner and overnight. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4: Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Venice to Florence via Ravenna

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 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: Wednesday, October 18, 2023

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 we will explore the many treasured art works at the Uffizi Gallery. Dinner on own and overnight.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 6:Thursday, October 19, 2023

Carrara 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. Dinner on own and overnight.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7: Friday, October 20, 2023

Florence to Tuscany to Rome

This morning we bid farewell to Florence and head south to Rome. Before leaving the city, we drive up to the overview spot of Piazzale Michelangelo, to enjoy a breathtaking view over the city and its skyline made of famous monuments, churches and buildings. We then drive through the beautiful Tuscan countryside to San Gimignano, beautiful medieval town famous for its unmistakable skyline. The town is known as the city of “hundred towers”. Next we arrive in 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. We end our day in Rome. Dinner is served at hotel tonight. Overnight.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8: Saturday, October 21, 2023

Rome - Optional Visit to Rome Temple - Old Town

After breakfast for those who choose, we board our coach and transfer to the LDS Temple, and enjoy attending a session and touring the grounds. Later in the day we return to the hotel. This afternoon we will start exploring Rome with a guided walking tour in the old town and see famous places as the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, built over 2,000 years ago to honor Caesar Augustus and later converted to a Christian church, Trevi Fountain and Piazza Navona. Dinner on own and overnight.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 9: Sunday, October 22, 2023

Morning optional Church Service - Afternoon tour of Old Town 

Today for those interested, we attend a local LDS Sacrament Meeting or other local church service before our visits to the famous sites of Ancient Rome. 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 marketplace seems to jump to life as we stroll through the ruins. Dinner on own and overnight.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 10: Monday, October 23, 2023

Pompeii

Today we will take a day trip from Rome to Pompeii, the Roman town destroyed and buried under meters of volcanic ash after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. The imposing volcano will be the backdrop to this visit. Today, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Italy. Largely preserved under the ash, the excavated city offers a unique snapshot of Roman life, frozen at the moment it was buried and an extraordinarily detailed insight into the everyday life of its inhabitants. Return to Rome for dinner on own and overnight.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 11: Tuesday, October 24, 2023

The Vatican with free afternoon

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. This afternoon we are free to enjoy the city of Rome on our own. Tonight a farewell dinner is served at a local restaurant including live music entertainment.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12: Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Return to the USA

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


TOUR # 9223J14

To Book This Tour, Contact:

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

Meals : Breakfast

Highlights of the Tour:

  • 1 tour-bus experience for the whole tour
  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, and 4 dinners are included in the price
  • 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
  • A scheduled visit to the Rome Temple

Included:

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

Not Included:

  • International Airfare to Rome home from Venice (Sept 15 to VCE - Sept 26 from FCO)
  • Any private sightseeing not included on the itinerary during free time
  • Tour gratuities for bus drivers guides and Tour Director 
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals not included in tour outline

Optional Pricing:

  • Single /Private room $ 4,399.00 
  • ** Ask about our Single/Share Program **

Payment Terms:

  • $500.00 pp deposit due at time of booking
  • Final Payments are due June 10, 2022

TOUR # 9223J14

To Book This Tour, Contact:

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