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Venice, Milan, Florence, Pompeii, Rome, and LDS Temple in Rome

May 4 - 16, 2022

$3,200
per person, based on double occupancy
$3950
per person, based on single occupancy
$3100
per person, based on triple occupancy
N/A
per person, based on quad occupancy

Hosted by Rod Meldrum

headshot of tour guide Rod Meldrum

14 Day Tour Includes:

  • English Speaking Local Tour Guide
  • Entry Fees To All Sites We Visit
  • Local Guides
  • 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

Not Included:

  • Airfare To Venice And From Rome
  • Airline Baggage Fees
  • Tips For Coach Driver And Tour Manager
  • Meals Other Than Listed
  • Additional Trip Cancellation and Trip Interruption Insurance ($248)

Itinerary

Day 1

geographical map of Italy

US - Wednesday

Depart USA for Venice.

Day 2

tourist on the Rialto Bridge

VENICE - Thursday

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 – SAINT MARKS BASILICA – Friday

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

Leonardo Da Vinci's paint of the Last Supper

VENICE - LAKE GARDA - MILAN - Saturday

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

facade of the MIlan Cathedral Italy

MILAN - SFORZA CASTLE - MILAN DUOMO - Sunday

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

brightly colored houses along the water of Portofino

MILAN - PORTOFINO - PISA - Monday

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

Bell tower of Pisa, Italy

PISA - FLORENCE - ACADEMIA - OPERA - DUOMO - Tuesday

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

Skyline of Florence with Duomo

FLORENCE – PONTE VECCIO –  SANTA CROCE – Wednesday

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

facade of Santa Croce Florence Italy

FLORENCE – SIENA – ROME – Thursday

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 10

street in excavated Pompeii

POMPEII – Friday

Today we will travel south to explore the archaeological remains of 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

Exterior front of Rome Italy Temple

 ROME: TREVI – PANTHEON – LDS TEMPLE Saturday

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

ancient Roman colonade and arch ruins

ROME: COLOSSEUM - ROMAN FORUM - Sunday

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

Exterior view of St Peter's Basilica entrance Vatican City

ROME: VATICAN – ST PETERS – Monday

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

Sunny day at the Rome Coloseum with lots of tourists

FCO TO USA - Tuesday

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

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Rod L. Meldrum

 Rod L.
Meldrum is a researcher, best-selling LDS author, and international
lecturer on the validity of the Book of Mormon with an emphasis on its
scriptural and physical evidences. His book titled, “
Exploring the Book of Mormon in America’s Heartland” is the #1 LDS Book about Book of Mormon geography with over 40,000 printed. He began guiding this Book of Mormon Chronology Tour in 2018.

Author

Rod has also written a book titled “Prophecies and Promises; The Book of Mormon and the USA.”
This book outlines the 36 Prophecies and Promises that clearly identify
the United States as the location of the ‘Promised Land’ of the
Latter-days. It has been called a “stunning” new insight on geography
research and provides historical evidence that documents containing
Joseph Smith’s words, writings, and actions were consistent with the
prophecies & promises of the Book of Mormon. He also served for
seven years as the senior scientific researcher on the book titled, “
Universal Model
by Dean Sessions, a natural sciences textbook. The first volume of over
800 pages was just printed in 2017 and volume two will be printed in
2018, with volume three to follow. It’s over 2,500 pages of “New
Millennial Science.”

Researcher

He began his study of issues surrounding the controversy over DNA and
the Book of Mormon in 2003 which led to a study of the origins of
proposed geographical settings of the Book of Mormon. In addition, he
has spent years of intensive study of the Book of Mormon itself and the
historical background and documents associated with it. He is passionate about sharing his research of the Book of Mormon Chronology with others. 

Presenter

Mr. Meldrum has given several hundred presentations across the United
States, Canada and internationally and has shared his research and
findings in support of the Book of Mormon and the gospel of Jesus Christ
with hundreds of thousands of members and non-members alike. Mr.
Meldrum has been conducting tours to the Heartland of America since
2010, educating guests at museums, sacred native American sites, and
other archaeological sites dating to the time period of the Book of
Mormon Chronology.

Founder

He founded his organization, The FIRM Foundation (Foundation for
Indigenous Research and Mormonism), in 2008 which today comprises ten
boards with more than 200 board members and over 40,000 LDS newsletter
recipients. The FIRM Foundation sponsors two International Book of
Mormon Evidence Expos and Conferences annually with additional regional
conferences and events throughout the country and around the world
bringing together dozens of the top LDS speakers for thousands of
Latter-day Saints.

Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Mr. Meldrum’s research has blessed and enhanced the lives of
thousands and increased their faith in the divine authenticity of the
Book of Mormon, the prophetic role of the Prophet Joseph Smith, and a
renewed understanding of the sacred covenants with God on His Promised
Lands. 

Father

He and his wife, Tonya, are the parents of four children. He is a
fifth-generation member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints, served a mission in Milan, Italy, has served faithfully in many
church leadership callings, and currently lives in Provo, Utah.

Payment Terms:
$300 pp deposit at time of booking
Final payment due 90 days before departure
**This tour is based on a minimum of 20 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.

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