Best of Italy
Venice, Milan, Florence, Pompeii and Rome, and LDS Temple in Rome
September 16 - 29, 2020
Hosted by Rod Meldrum
$2900* per person double occupancy
14 Day Tour Includes:
English Speaking Local Tour Guide
Entrance Fees to all sites we visit
- 3 Star Hotel Accommodations
- Arrival dinner and Farewell dinner
- Deluxe Motor-coach transportation
- Airport Transfers
- Tips for local guides
- Listening Receivers
- Travel Insurance
- Priority Motorcoach seating option
- Airfare to Venice and from Rome (Approximately $1500 pp - group flight TBA)
- Airline baggage fees
- Meals other than listed
- Tips for coach driver and tour manager.
- Additional trip cancellation and trip interruption insurance ($248)
- $300 pp deposit at time of booking
- Final payment due 90 days before departure
- **This tour is based on a minimum of 30 passengers and max of 48 passengers.
*Rate of Exchange and City Taxes
Legacy Tours are priced to ensure our clients get the most economical price for the tour. In doing so we base our tour price on the value of the US dollar to the Euro when final payment is made. The published price and rate of exchange for the dollar when published is the marker. If the dollar has decreased when the final payment is due, the cost for the tour may be more than the published price. However if the dollar increases in value when your final payment is due, then you will pay less than the price that is published for the tour.
A number of European cities are likely to increase or impose a new tourism tax in the near future. These taxes may be added without warning. These extra taxes may end up being added to the final cost of the tour or it’s possible you will be asked to pay locally on the spot. Barcelona just recently added a city tax that was between 1-3 EU per night. This is just to let you know of this possibility. In any advent you will want to bring some extra Euros to have on hand in case that happens on our tour.
BEST of ITALY ITINERARY
Hosted by Rod Meldrum
Sept 16 - 29, 2020
Day 1 USA – Wednesday, September 16
Depart USA for Venice.
Day 2 VCE – VENICE –Thursday, September 17
The group will arrive in Venice at 11:15 am and be greeted by our local tour manager, David Kershaw, who will help us transfer from the airport to Hotel Riviera Lido. Guests not on the group flight should get their checked bags and meet the tour at 12:15 pm at the Arrival Hall. After checking into our hotel, the remainder of the day guests will be free to rest or explore Venice on their own. You can walk to the beach (10 min) or take a water taxi (voucher included) to St. Mark’s Square. This is would also be a great time to take a gondola ride. Tonight will be our welcome dinner at the hotel. We will enjoy short introductions as well as review basic tour information.
Day 3 VENICE – DOGE’S PALACE– SAINT MARKS BASILICA – Friday, September 18
During a half-day guided tour this morning the group will visit the Saint Marks Basilica and the Doge’s Palace while we will also see some of Venice’s other main sights including the Bridge of Sighs. The remainder of the day guests will be free to shop, explore other sites or return to the hotel.
Day 4 VENICE – LAKE GARDA – MILAN – Saturday, September 19
Today the group will transfer to Milan. En route we will stop at the beautiful Lake Garda for a two-hour lunch break. When we arrive in Milan, we will visit the Santa Maria Dela Grazi to view Milan’s most famous mural, the Last Supper, by Leonardo Da Vinci.
Day 5 MILAN – SFORZA CASTLE – MILAN DUOMO – Sunday, September 20
This morning we will attend church in Milan. In the afternoon we tour the Milan Duomo as well as see some of the city’s main sights such as Sforza Castle, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and Teatro alla Scala. After the tour, guests will have free time to explore or shop.
Day 6 MILAN – PORTOFINO - PISA – Monday, September 21
Today the group will transfer to Pisa. Along the way we will stop in Portofino to enjoy this beautiful coastal town. We will have time for lunch, shopping and free time. We then travel to Pisa to overnight.
Day 7 PISA - FLORENCE – ACADEMIA - OPERA– DUOMO – Tuesday, September 21
In the morning the group visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa for pictures of the bell tower, Baptistry of St. John and Duomo (entry not included). Next, we travel to Florence. After lunch we will have a walking tour of the main sights of Florence including the Opera, the Academia and the Duomo, including the opportunity to climb inside the dome.
Day 8 FLORENCE – PONTE VECCIO – SANTA CROCE– Wednesday, September 23
In the morning the group has a half day guided walking tour of Florence. They will see the Ponte Vecchio and Palazzo Vecchio and they will visit Santa Croce. In the afternoon the group will have free time to explore Florence, shop or visit the Ufizzi Gallery (entrance requires a separate ticket).
Day 9 FLORENCE – SIENA – ROME Thursday, September 24
On this day we leave Florence behind to transfer to Rome. On our way we will stop on in the medieval town of Siena for lunch and free time. When we arrive in Rome guests will be free for the remainder of the day.
Day 10 POMPEII –Friday, September 25
Today we will travel south to explore the archaeological remains of the Pompeii. We return in the evening to Rome. Guests preferring to spend time on their own in Rome may choose this day to separate from the group.
Day 11 ROME: TREVI – PANTHEON– LDS TEMPLE Saturday, September 26
On this day the group will have a half day guided tour of Rome. We will visit famous sights such as the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon. From downtown Rome we travel to the new LDS Rome Temple. Guest will have an opportunity to tour the new visitor’s center, participate in ordinance work. We will arrange for endowment sessions for our group.
Day 12 ROME: COLOSSEUM – ROMAN FORUM Sunday, September 27
Today we have a half day walking tour to visit ancient Roman sites such as the Colosseum and Roman Forum as well as entrance to the Mamertine Prison where the apostles Peter and Paul were likely held as prisoners. Guests will also have free time to explore Rome, shop or relax at the hotel.
Day 13 ROME: VATICAN – ST PETERS Monday, September 28
This morning the group will have a half-day guided tour of the Vatican. We will visit the Vatican Museums which includes the Sistine Chapel, visit the St. Peters Basilica and see the St. Peter’s Square. Guests will have free time in the afternoon. Tonight, we have a farewell dinner.
Day 14 FCO TO USA – Tuesday, September 29
This morning we say goodbye to Italy as we transfer to the airport to depart for home.