Overview

Pack in the sights of the Italian peninsula on this Journey through many of Italy's most remarkable places. Milan, Venice, Florence, Assisi, Pompeii and Rome - these historical, culture-rich cities continue to fascinate and inspire all who visit. Add a cooking lesson and home-hosted dinner and this is a not-to-miss Journey!

Home Hospitality

There is no home hospitality on this Journey, but you will attend a glass-blowing demonstration, a cooking lesson, and a home-hosted meal.

Live With a Local

  • See a glassblowing demonstration to learn about the Venice's most celebrated art
  • Join a local chef for a cooking class where you’ll make pasta by hand, create two kinds of bruschetta, and craft tiramisu for dessert. Savor your creations at dinner with accompanying wines
  • Join a local at their home in Rome to enjoy traditional dishes and dine like a true Italian. During this dinner, you’ll receive an authentic understanding of your host’s day-to-day life, while learning about Italian culture and traditions from a new perspective

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Iconic St. Mark's Square and St. Mark's Basilica
  • The legendary Florence Cathedral, known as the Duomo
  • Tour the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Assisi
  • Guided tour of the famed ruins of Pompeii
  • The Colosseum, the largest amphitheater of the Roman Empire
  • Ruins of the Forum, once the setting of parades, elections, and trials
Italian culture is so deeply soaked in an appreciation of the good things in life. - Mariska Hargitay, American actress

Grand Tour of Italy

15 Days / 14 Nights Program and Itinerary:

April 10, 2021 – April 24, 2021
Coordinator: Helcio Lanzoni, FF Ribeirao Preto
[email protected]

All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.

April 10, 2021 - Overnight Flight

Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Milan today

April 11, 2021 - Lake Como Region

Welcome to Italy!

Arrive in Milan

Transfer to your hotel in the Lake Como region

Enjoy tonight’s welcome dinner

Included meal: welcome dinner

April 12, 2021 - Lake Como Region

Como & Villa Carlotta

Head out on a morning trip to explore Como, a city known for its mix of cultural and natural attractions

Enjoy free time in Como for lunch and shopping, while admiring the lakeside vistas

Transfer to the beautiful Villa Carlotta to soak in spectacular views from the elaborate villa gardens

Included meal: breakfast

April 13, 2021 - Venice

Venice via Verona

En route to Venice, stop in Verona and walk through the city

Stroll through the city’s UNESCO-recognized historic center

Admire the Roman arena, Piazza delle Erbe, and the balcony of Shakespeare’s Juliet

Enjoy free time before continuing on to Venice where you’ll enjoy an included dinner

Included meals: breakfast and dinner

April 14, 2021 - Venice

Sightseeing tour of Venice

Admire historic churches, winding canals, and picture-perfect piazzas on a guided tour of the city known as the Queen of the Adriatic

Step into the iconic St. Mark’s Square and enter St. Mark’s Basilica

View the stately Doge’s Palace, built in the Venetian Gothic style in 1340

Marvel at the Bridge of Sighs, the link between Doge’s Palace and the New Prison

See a glassblowing demonstration to learn about the city’s most celebrated art

Enjoy a free afternoon in Venice

Included meal: breakfast

April 15, 2021 - Florence

Florence via Ferrara

On your way to Florence, stop in Ferrara, where you’ll have free time to eat lunch and explore the city’s historic center, home to beautiful Renaissance architecture including Este Castle and Palazzo dei Diamanti

Continue on to Florence and sit down for an included dinner

Included meals: breakfast and dinner

April 16, 2021 - Florence

Sightseeing tour of Florence

Set off on a guided tour of Florence, the city at the center of the Renaissance

View the legendary Florence Cathedral, known as the Duomo

Pass Giotto’s Campanile, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture

See the medieval Ponte Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria, center of Florentine life

Step inside the Basilica of Santa Croce, burial site of Michelangelo, Machiavelli, and Galileo

Enjoy a free afternoon in Florence

This evening, join a local chef for a cooking class where you’ll make pasta by hand, create two kinds of bruschetta and craft tiramisu for dessert. Savor your creations at dinner with accompanying wines

Included meals: breakfast and dinner

April 17, 2021 - Florence

Free day in Florence

Included meal: breakfast

April 18, 2021 - Assisi

Transfer to Assisi and sightseeing tour

Drive through spectacular Umbria to hillside Assisi, where you’ll enjoy a guided tour of the town’s UNESCO World Heritage sites

Visit Assisi’s lower and upper basilicas

See Giotto’s magnificent frescoes and other late-medieval art

Sit down for an included dinner this evening

Included meals: breakfast and dinner

April 19, 2021 - Assisi

Free day in Assisi

Included meal: breakfast

April 20, 2021 - Sorrento Peninsula

Sorrento Peninsula via Pompeii

En route to the Sorrento peninsula, stop in Pompeii for a guided tour of the city’s famed ruins

Discover how Roman citizens lived before Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D.

View the excavated Roman ruins of theaters, villas, temples, and baths

Continue on to the Sorrento peninsula and sit down for an included dinner

Included meals: breakfast and dinner

April 21, 2021 - Sorrento Peninsula

Free day on the Sorrento Peninsula

Included meal: breakfast

April 22, 2021 - Rome

Transfer to Rome & sightseeing tour

Travel to Rome and follow in the footsteps of the ancient Romans on a guided tour of the Eternal City

Soak up over 2,000 years of history in Imperial Rome, viewing the Arch of Constantine and the Arch of Titus

Enter the Colosseum, the largest amphitheater of the Roman Empire

Stop at the ruins of the Forum, once the setting of parades, elections, and trials

Pass by Palatine Hill to see Circus Maximus, the stadium where ancient Romans raced chariots, and the Baths of Caracalla

Join a local at their home in Rome this evening to enjoy traditional dishes and dine like a true Italian

During this dinner, you’ll receive an authentic understanding of your host’s day-to-day life while learning about Italian culture and traditions from a new perspective

Included meals: breakfast and dinner

April 23, 2021 - Rome

Enjoy a free day in Rome

This evening, enjoy an elegant, four-course farewell dinner

While you dine, you’ll be treated to some of opera’s best-loved arias

Included meals: breakfast and farewell dinner

April 24, 2021 - Departure

Transfer to the airport for your flight home

Included meals: breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Rate:

$4049 USD

Price Includes: FFI fees, 13 nights in handpicked hotels, breakfast daily, 8 dinners with beer or wine, multilingual tour director, private deluxe motor coach, guided sightseeing, and select entrance fees.
Does NOT include: Gratuities for English-speaking guides/drivers, personal items on tour such as phone calls, laundry, etc., or travel insurance (required by FFI)

Availability:

21Spaces Remaining

Moderate

Know before you go

  • Journey number 21327.
  • On this guided tour, you’ll walk for at least 2 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with some hills and stairs.
  • Deposit of $500 is due upon acceptance of application
  • 50% of balance is due October 1, 2020
  • Final payment is due December 1, 2020
  • Refunds will be made for cancellations made until December 15, 2020.
  • Single supplement is $600.
 
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Friendship Force International provides opportunities to explore new countries and cultures from the inside by bringing people together at the personal level. Through the signature program of home hospitality, local hosts welcome international visitors into their culture, sharing with them meals, conversation, and the best sights and experiences of their region.
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