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Rome

Rome, Italy

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 […]

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Colosseum

Rome, Italy

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. […]

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Basilica

Tuscan Hills – Assisi – Rome, Italy

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.

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Florence

Florence – Montecatini Terme, Italy

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 […]

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Pisa tower

Pisa – Montecatini Terme, Italy

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 […]

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Verona

Verona – Montecatini Terme, Italy

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 […]

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Venice

Venice – Bussolengo, Italy

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 […]

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Gotthard Pass – Lugano, Switzerland & Lago di Garda – Bussolengo, Italy

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 […]

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