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June 14th – 27th, 2025

$ 4,500 pp double occupancy
  • $5, 580 Single Occupancy

Guided by Mike Day

tour guide of Apostle Paul: Greece by land and sea, as well as Holy land and petra tour

Tour Includes

Not Included:

Itinerary

Depart from home and begin our journey to Rome, Italy.

Arrival in Italy

The group arrives and is greeted by our local tour manager, David Kershaw, who will help us transfer from the airport to our hotel. 

The earlier in the day that guests arrive, the more time they will have free to explore Rome on their own, and participate in personal bucket-list items.

Not sure what to do with free time? Check out our FAQ section at the top of the page for our video about tips for free time!

Later is our welcome dinner at a local restaurant near the hotel. Expect to enjoy introductions and review some basic tour information as well.

Overnight in Rome.

The morning starts with transfers from Assisi to Rome. Today we have the opportunity to visit and explore the sites of Ancient Rome. Our guide will lead us through each significant site of this ancient complex, including the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Later, the group has entrance to the Mamertine Prison, the traditional site of the imprisonment of apostles Peter and Paul.

Best of Italy Sites~
Colosseum: 

Constructed in 70-80 AD and can accommodate up to 80,000 spectators, making it the largest amphitheater in the Roman Empire. It was primarily used for gladiatorial contests and various public spectacles, including animal hunts, mock sea battles and executions. Over the centuries, the Colosseum has suffered from natural disasters and human activity. However it is undergoing extensive restoration efforts to preserve its structural integrity. 

Roman Forum: 

This vast archaeological site is located in the center of Rome, Italy. It was the center of ancient Rome and served as a bustling public space for political, religious and commercial activities. Within the Forum you can find a range of well-preserved ruins and structures, including the Temple of Saturn, the Arch of Septimus Severus, the Basilica of Mexentius and the Curia, which served as the Senate House.


Overnight in Rome.

This morning the group has a half-day guided tour of the Vatican. We will visit the Vatican Museums which include the Sistine Chapel, visit the St. Peters Basilica and see the St. Peter’s square. Afterwards, guests have free time to explore, shop, or relax.

Best of Italy Sites~
Sistine Chapel: 

Famous for its exquisite art, particularly the stunning frescoes on its ceiling and altar wall, painted by the great Michelangelo. This chapel is the site where papal conclaves are held to elect a new pope. Also it is a place for important religious ceremonies and gatherings. To preserve the artwork, strict rules are enforced in the chapel, including no photography and speaking in a hushed tone.

St. Peter’s Basilica: 

Considered to be the holiest Catholic site and the burial place of Saint Peter. Guests can climb to the top of the dome for breathtaking panoramic views of the Vatican City and Rome. Inside, the basilica houses numerous artistic treasures, including Michelangelo’s “Pieta” and Bernini’s “Cathedra Petri.”

St. Peter’s Square: 

Just outside of St. Peter’s Basilica, this square serves purpose to major papal ceremonies and events. The Pope often delivers blessings and addresses the crowd from the balcony of the Apostolic Palace overlooking the square. In the center of the square stands an ancient Egyptian obelisk brought to Rome by Emperor Caligula in 37 AD. It was placed in the square in 1586.


Overnight in Rome.

Finally, the tour concludes with a guided tour of Rome, Italy. This ancient city holds ties back to BC, and once was the capital of the Roman Empire. Impressively, Christianity helped to shape the architecture and culture of the city as it appears today. Visits today include the Pantheon, Spanish Steps, and Trevi Fountain. 

As an additional bonus, our group has the unique opportunity to attend the Rome Italy LDS Temple. Here, patrons have the chance to participate in an endowment for those who would like to. We arrange for the session with the Temple, so there is no need for individual reservations.

Best of Italy Sites~
Spanish Steps:

This famous staircase in Italy is 135 steps. Located in the Piazza di Spagna, it is one of the most iconic and visited landmarks in the city.

Trevi Fountain: 

One of the most famous and stunning fountains in the world. It is renowned for its grand Baroque design. A popular tradition involves throwing a coin over your left shoulder into the fountain, which is believed to ensure your return to Rome. Throwing a second coin can bring love and relationships, and a third coin can bring marriage. 

Pantheon: 

A remarkable ancient Roman temple, the Pantheon is located in the heart of Rome. This architectural masterpiece is renowned for its well-preserved dome, which remains the largest unreinforced concrete dome in the world. The Pantheon was originally built in 27 BC by Marcus Agrippa as a temple dedicated to all Roman gods. The current structure, with its iconic dome, was built during the reign of Emperor Hadrian around 126 AD. It is one of the best preserved ancient Roman buildings and has been in use for nearly two millennia. It currently serves as a Catholic church.


Overnight in Rome.

Today we leave behind Rome and begin our transfers to Assisi. In Assisi, the group is guided through the main sites, including the Basilica of San Francis.

Best of Italy Sites~
Assisi

A charming hilltop town, Assisi is located in the Umbria region of Italy. Renowned for its stunning medieval architecture, rich history, and spiritual significance. Assisi is best known for being the birthplace of Saint Francis of Assisi, one of Italy’s patron saints. Consequently, the most iconic landmark in this town is the Basilica of San Francis. Additionally, the Rocca Maggiore, and Basilica of Santa Chiara are notable sites of Assisi.

Basilica of San Francis

This basilica complex consists of two churches, the Upper Basilica and the Lower Basilica, both adorned with exquisite frescoes by renowned artists such as Giotto and Cimabue. Among these frescoes are the portrayals of the life of Saint Francis.


Overnight in Assisi at BV Gran Hotel Assisi.

We leave behind Ravenna today, in order to continue exploring Italy. Stopping in Siena, we have some lunch and free time to explore before continuing on to Florence. In Florence, we have the opportunity to see the main sites of the city, including: Ponte Vecchio and Palazzo Vecchio, as well as entrance to Santa Croce.


Siena:

Known for its medieval architecture, rich cultural heritage, and famous Palio: a horse race held in the city’s main square twice a year.

Attractions Include:

– Piazza del Camp: shell shaped square is the heart of Siena, surrounded by buildings, cafes and the impressive Palazzo Pubblico.

– Palazzo Pubblico: medieval palace is home to the Civic Museum where you can see the famous frescoes.

– Siena’s Cuisine: offers delicious Tuscan cuisine, including pici pasta and panforte, a traditional desert.


Best of Italy Sites~
Ponte Vecchio: 

This famous and historic bridge in Italy is known for its distinctive design and rows of shops that it houses. The bridge spans the Arno River and is noted for its beautiful views of the river and the city. The Ponte Viccio has a rich history and is a survivor of various floods and wars, making it one of the most iconic and enduring symbols of Florence. 

Palazzo Vecchio: 

Also known as the “Old Palace,” this prominent building in Italy is located in the heart of Florence. It is one of the most significant symbols of the city’s civic and political history. The Palazzo Veccio has served various functions over the centuries, including as the seat of government during the rule of the Medici family, and as the town hall of Florence.

Santa Croce: 

Inside this striking Gothic church you can find an array of impressive artwork, including frescoes and sculptures. As well as the tombs of many prominent figures from Italian history, such as Michelangelo, Galileo Galilei, and Niccolo Machiavelli.


Overnight in Florence.

In the morning the group has a half day guided walking tour of Florence. Seeing the Santa Croce, as well as visit The Academia. In the afternoon the group has free time to explore Florence, shop or visit the Ufizzi Gallery (entrance requires a separate ticket).

The Accademia: 

This art gallery is famous for being the home of Michelangelo’s statue of David. In addition to David, the museum also houses other significant works of art. Including Michelangelo’s unfinished sculptures, as well as an impressive collection of Renaissance paintings and musical instruments. 

Florence Duomo: 

This cathedral is one of the most iconic and recognizable landmarks in the city of Florence. Known for its remarkable dome designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, an architectural marvel of its time. Inside, visitors admire impressive artworks and sculptures, including Giotto’s Campanile and the Baptistry of St. John.


Overnight in Florence.

From Florence we take a short transfer to visit the Tuscany region of Pisa. Here, we visit iconic sites, such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa. In addition, the group visits sites in the Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles). These religious sites give us insights into the early Christian church, as well as cultural significance in Italy. Finally, we visit the Duomo of Pisa before transferring back to Florence where we will overnight.


Best of Italy Sites~
Leaning Tower of Pisa

Or rather, the Tower of Pisa, is a freestanding bell tower that gained worldwide fame due to its noticeable tilt caused by an unstable foundation. Despite its unintended tilt, the tower has become a symbol of architectural ingenuity and attracts millions of tourists a year.

Baptistry of Pisa (St. John)

Arguably one of the most religiously significant monuments in Pisa, this baptistry is located in the Piazza dei Miracoli. Constructed over several centuries, the Pisa Baptistry exhibits a blend of architectural styles, including Romanesque and Gothic elements. The baptismal font is particularly noteworthy for its octagonal shape and exquisite craftsmanship. The space is known for its acoustics, which create a unique auditory experience for visitors. Additionally, the echo is impressive, adding to the atmosphere during religious ceremonies and musical performances.

Duomo of Pisa: Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta

Also located in the Piazza dei Miracoli, this grand cathedral began its construction in 1063 and continued over several centuries. A notable feature of the Duomo is its pulpit, sculpted by Giovanni Pisano in the 14th century. The pulpit is renowned for its intricate carvings and sculptural details, depicting scenes from the life of Christ and the Four Evangelists.


Overnight in Florence at Grand Hotel Tettuccio.

The group makes its way to Ravenna, a medieval city 100 miles away. Upon arrival in Ravenna, the group tours together the main sites of the city. Entrance to the Neonian Bapitstry, as well as the Basilica San Vitale are included.

Best of Italy Sites~
Ravenna

Religiously, Ravenna played a pivotal role in the spread of Christianity in Italy and Europe. As the seat of Byzantine power in Italy, it became a center for Christian art and theology during the early medieval period. The city’s churches served as important religious and political institutions, fostering the development of Christian doctrine and spirituality. 

Neonian Baptistry

The interior of this baptistry is adorned with intricate mosaics that depict scenes from the life of Jesus Christ, including his baptism. These mosaics are renowned for their vibrant colors and detailed craftsmanship. The baptistry’s octagonal shape is symbolic of Christian belief in the resurrection and eternal life.

Basilica San Vitale

This city holds immense cultural and religious significance. Historically, it was the capital of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century, and later became the capital of the Byzantine Empire in Italy. Ravenna is renowned for its exceptional Byzantine mosaics, which adorn its churches and monuments, such as the Basilica of San Vitale. These mosaics are UNESCO World Heritage sites, depicting scenes from both the Old and New Testaments from floor to ceiling. More intriguing to the LDS community, is these mosaics have many possible connections to modern temple rituals.


Overnight in Ravenna.

Our morning is spent as a group on a guided tour of the main sites of Venice. Together, we view Piazza San Marco and the Bridge of Sighs. Additionally, we gain entrance into Saint Marks Basilica, as well as entrance to the Doge’s Palace. Following our group tour of these wonderful Venice sites, there is time to explore Venice freely. This would be a good time to catch a gondola ride with loved ones or friends, as well as enjoy the other sites that Venice has to offer.

Best of Italy Sites~
Saint Mark’s Basilica: 

This is a magnificent cathedral known for its stunning Byzantine architecture. Often it is referred to as the “Church of Gold.” Receiving this name due to its lavish interior adorned with mosaics and precious materials. The basilica has served as a symbol of Venetian wealth as well as power for centuries. Therefore it is also  a significant religious and cultural landmark in Italy.

Doge’s Palace: 

This historic palace in Italy is adjacent to Saint Mark’s Basilica. Serving as the residence of the Doge, the highest authority in the Venetian Republic. This is a stunning example of Venetian Gothic architecture. Featuring a combination of pink and white marble, intricate detailing, and a series of arched loggias. Similarly, the palace has housed various government offices and was a symbol of the Republic’s political and judicial power. Today, it is a museum that offers a glimpse into Venice’s rich history and opulent artistry.

Bridge of Sighs: 

This famous enclosed bridge, made of white limestone, passes over the Rio di Palazzo in Italy. This bridge connects the Doge’s Palace to the New Prison. Originally, “Bridge of Sighs” comes from the idea that prisoners would sigh at their final view of Venice through the bridge’s windows before being imprisoned. Stemming, rightfully, as they believed they might not see the city again. It is an iconic and romanticized symbol of Venice’s history. 


Overnight in Venice at the Hotel Santa Marina

En route to Milan we will stop at the beautiful Lake Garda for an extended lunch break. Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy, and is a popular vacation destination amongst local Italians. Here, guests can relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery, as well as get to know others in the group. 

When we arrive in Milan, guests will have free time before we explore together the following morning.

Overnight in Milan.

This day we tour the Milan Duomo, as well as see some of the city’s main sights. Including sights such as Sforza Castle, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and Teatro alla Scala. Also today, we visit the Santa Maria Dela Grazi. Consequently, we will view Milan’s most famous mural: The Last Supper, by Leonardo Da Vinici. The afternoon following these sites, is free for guests to explore and shop on their own. To end the day, the group will have a farewell dinner and bid farewell to fellow guests and guides.

Best of Italy Sites ~

Milan Duomo: 

This cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete, and is the largest church in Italy. Visitors admire its stunning interior, which features intricate stained glass windows and impressive vaulted ceilings. Climbing to the rooftop offers panoramic views of Milan and the surrounding area.

Sforza Castle: 

This historic fortress is located in the heart of Milan, Italy. Originally built in the 15th century by the Duke of Milan, Francesco Sforza, it served as a symbol of power and a residence for the ruling Sforza family. Today, it houses several museums and art collections, making it a significant cultural and historical tie of the city. Guests can explore its courtyards, admire its imposing architecture, and view a vast array of art, including works by Michelangelo. 

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II: 

This grand shopping arcade was named after King Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of a united Italy. This historic and ornate mall was designed in the 19th century and is famous for its stunning glass-domed roof, intricate mosaics, and elegant architecture. It’s home to high-end boutiques, restaurants, cafes and is a popular gathering place. The Galleria is often considered one of the world’s oldest shopping malls. 

Teatro alla Scala: 

One of the world’s most renowned and historic opera houses, it was inaugurated in 1778. Since then it has become an iconic venue for opera and classical music performances. La Scala is known for its exceptional acoustics, opulent interior, and a long list of famous composers and artist who have graced its stage. 


We will overnight in Milan for a second night.

This morning we say goodbye to Italy as we transfer to the Milan airport and depart for home.

Payment Terms: $300 pp deposit required at time of booking. Final payment due 90 days before departure. 

**this tour is based on a minimum of 20 passengers and a maximum of 30 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.

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