2024 Splendors of Art in Italy: Venice, Florence and Rome with Howard & Shari Lyon

Dates October 12 - 22, 2024
Destination Venice, Italy; Burano Island, Italy; Florence, Italy; Pisa, Italy Rome, Italy; Ancient Rome, Italy;
Duration 11 days 10 nights
Price From 3,720
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Embark on a captivating journey through the heart of Italy with the celebrated artists, Howard and Shari Lyon

Join us in the enchanting fall of 2024, the very best time to experience the artistry and culture of this remarkable country. Explore the masterpieces of Venice, immerse yourself in the Renaissance wonders of Florence, and wander the ancient streets of Rome, where history and art intertwine in a mesmerizing dance. Discover the essence of Italy through the eyes and talents of Howard and Shari Lyon, and let your own creative spirit soar amidst the beauty of this timeless land. Welcome to a once-in-a-lifetime artistic odyssey.

To Book This Tour, Contact:

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


TOUR # 9224J12

Day 1/2: Saturday & Sunday, October 12-13, 2024
Day 1/2: Saturday & Sunday, October 12-13, 2024

Depart U.S.A. to Venice, Italy

Today we will depart the US and fly overnight to Venice, Italy. Our Italian experience will begin as we arrive at the Venice airport and are greeted by our local tour manager. We will take a short transfer to the mainland boat terminal for a private transfer to St. Mark’s square.  Here we take a delightful walking tour of the ‘City of Islands’. Along the way we will see St. Mark’s Square and Basilica (entrance included), the Bell Tower, the Clock Tower and the Bridge of Sighs to name of few favorite sites. Our tour will conclude at the Doges’ Palace, which you can visit at your leisure. Enjoy a wonderful welcome dinner at a local restaurant before making the way to the hotel for check-in and overnight. 

Meals : Dinner, In-flight
Day 3: Monday, October 14, 2024
Day 3: Monday, October 14, 2024

Murano & Burano Island

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 famous Lido Beach Resort to Murano Island. Known worldwide for its colored glass, we will see mouth-blown glass-making 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 some time at our leisure. Late afternoon we make our way back to the hotel for dinner and overnight. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4: Tuesday, October 15, 2024
Day 4: Tuesday, October 15, 2024

Venice - Florence

This morning we will leave Venice and begin our scenic journey to Florence. Upon arrival, we will stop at Piazzale Michelangelo, a beautiful square on top of a hill, offering the best view over Florence. After check-in, we will go on 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 see Michelangelo’s statue of David hosted by the Galleria dell’Accademia. Dinner on own and overnight. 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 5: Wednesday, October 16, 2024
Day 5: Wednesday, October 16, 2024

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. We will enjoy a jeep ride up the hill to the quarry opening where Michelangelo and 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. Dinner on own and overnight.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6: Thursday, October 17, 2024
Day 6: Thursday, October 17, 2024

Tuscany

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.  On 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”. Today only 13 towers of the fourteenth century still remain. Return to Florence for dinner at hotel and overnight. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: Friday, October 18, 2024
Day 7: Friday, October 18, 2024

Florence to Rome with Assisi

This morning we bid farewell to Florence and head south to Rome. Before arriving to the Eternal City, we will stop in the delightful town of Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis. Here we will have time to visit the St. Francis cathedral and the amazing frescoes by Giotto and the medieval downtown. Our visits in Assisi will include also the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli before continuing our journey to Rome. After check-in, dinner is on own. Overnight. 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 8: Saturday, October 19, 2024
Day 8: Saturday, October 19, 2024

Rome - Optional Visit to Rome Temple 

After breakfast, for those who wish, we will board our coach and transfer to the newly dedicated LDS Temple and enjoy attending a session and touring the grounds (Temple session arranged by Morris Murdock, exact date or schedule to be confirmed).  For those who do not wish to see the LDS Temple, optional alternative activities will be available. Afternoon we will explore the heart of Rome with a walking tour including the Spanish Steps, the iconic Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon which which was built over 2,000 years ago to honor Caesar Augustus and later converted to a Christian church, and the Piazza Navona, one of Rome's most beautiful and popular squares. Dinner on own and overnight.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 9: Sunday, October 20, 2023
Day 9: Sunday, October 20, 2023

Ancient Rome

Today, for those interested, we will attend a local Sacrament Meeting or other local church service before our visits to the famous sites of Ancient Rome. For those who do not wish to join the church service, optional alternative activities will be available. Afternoon, we arrive at the Colosseum grounds and walk underneath the Constantine Arch and then enter the huge arena dating from 79AD.  Next stop will be the Roman Forum, where the ancient market place seems to jump to life as we stroll through the ruins. Dinner on own and overnight.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 10: Monday, October 21, 2024
Day 10: Monday, October 21, 2024

Rome & the Vatican

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. This afternoon we will be free to enjoy the city of Rome on our 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: Tuesday, October 22, 2023
Day 11: Tuesday, October 22, 2023

Return to the USA

Board your private coach to the airport for your homebound flight. Safe travels!

Meals : In-flight

Highlights of the Tour:

  • 1 tour-bus experience for the whole tour
  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, and 4 dinners are included in the price
  • Experienced Tour Directors along with local Tour Manager and guides for in-depth location detail and history
  • Visit to Carrara, where Michelangelo got the marble to carve his masterpiece, the David statue
  • Advance timed entry tickets to attractions included = less time waiting in lines
  • A scheduled visit to the Rome Temple for those interested

Included:

  • Deluxe/Air Conditioned motor coach transportation
  • Local Licensed guides & experienced Tour Directors
  • 10 nights Hotel accommodations in Venice (2), Florence (3), and Rome (4) in Superior Class 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 (for those interested)
  • Audio system headsets throughout the tour
  • Document package
  • Digital travel App

Not Included:

  • International Airfare to Venice home from Rome (Oct 12th to VCE - Oct 22nd from FCO): Group Air with Delta available for $ 1,465.00 pp (Main Cabin)
  • 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 $ 4,660.00 

Payment Terms:

    • $500.00 pp deposit due at time of booking
    • Final Payments are due July 2nd, 2024

To Book This Tour, Contact:

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


TOUR # 9224J12