Max Colley Jr. - Biography Max Colley Jr. received his B.A. degree from Calvin College and his M.A. from Grand Valley State University. He taught music at Northview Public Schools ...
The best way to see more of this marvelous city is on foot. Discover the architectural beauty of the Eternal City by walking from the Piazza Venezia to the Trevi Fountain. Or, add a fascinating slice of history to your travel experience by joining the full day optional “Pompeii” excursion to the expertly excavated city [...]
This morning, we explore the wonders of Rome, an energetic, modern metropolis, yet proudly protective of its abundant historical sights, such as the Trajan and Roman Forums, Arch of Constantine, Colosseum and other points of interest. For the afternoon, consider joining the optional “Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel” excursion, including the famous St. Peter’s Basilica. [...]
Motor through the Tuscan Hills via Lake Trasimeno and Perugia– one of Grand Rapids’ Sister Cities – to the picturesque hill town of Assisi, immortalized by Saint Francis. Free time to view the Basilica. Then it’s on to Rome, “La Citta Eterna” (The Eternal City). Time to freshen up before dinner at the hotel.
After breakfast it’s only a 30-minute ride toFlorence, a treasure trove of art and architecture. A guided walking tour includes the Piazza del Duomo, Giotto’s Baptistry with the famous bronze doors by Ghiberti, Michelangelo’s statue of David, and admission to the Accademia. After the walking tour, there’s free time to satisfy your individual interests. Return to Montecatini [...]
This is the perfect place and time to slow down a little with a leisure morning excursion to the intriguing Leaning Tower of Pisa, followed by a relaxing afternoon in the delightful laid-back town of Montecatini-Terme. Enjoy dinner on your own tonight, or if you are a culinary aficionado, consider joining the optional “Tuscan Wine [...]
After breakfast, visit the nearby town of Verona, immortalized by the love story of Romeo and Juliet. Verona’s Roman Arena dates back to 80 A.D., and it is still used for occasional open-air performing arts events. Just south of Verona, we cross the fertile Po River Valley on the way to the Tuscan Spa Resort [...]
Full-day excursion to legendary Venice, where all transportation is done by a variety of watercraft, consisting of gondolas, Speedboats (taxis), freight barges and large passenger boats. Meander through the Grand Canal to the magnificent Piazza San Marco, with the imposing St. Mark’s Cathedral and Campanile. After the walking tour, you will have ample time to further [...]
Church bells break the silence of the night and welcome another glorious day. Travel through William Tell Country, the Swiss Lakes region and the spectacular Gotthard Tunnel to Lugano, oft-referred to as the “Rio de Janeiro of the Old Continent”. After a stop in Lugano, cross the border into Italy and travel past Milan and Bergamo [...]
After a leisure breakfast, enjoy a funicular ride in the surrounding mountains. Upon return to the valley, visit some of Lucerne’s principal sights such as the Old City Wall, the Covered Bridge and the famous Lion Monument in the Glacier Garden. This inspiring stone carving, hewn out of natural rock, commemorates the heroic Swiss soldiers [...]
A mid- morning departure affords a little time for a stroll through the historic old town center of Beaune. Then travel through northeastern France to the formerly fortified city of Belfort, and continue to the Rhine Port city of Basel, strategically located at the point where France, Germany and Switzerland conjoin. Basel is the starting point [...]
Max Colley Jr. - Biography Max Colley Jr. received his B.A. degree from Calvin College and his M.A. from Grand Valley State University. He taught music at Northview Public Schools for 40 years from 1970 until 2010. Mr. Colley has been a saxophone instructor at Grand Rapids Community College and Calvin College and was Associate [...]