WIBA Madison & WISN Milwaukee presents Italy with Vicki McKenna
Embark on a captivating journey through Italy’s cultural tapestry, starting in the “Eternal City” of Rome. Explore the Vatican Museums, wander through the historic charms of Assisi and Perugia, and traverse the graceful hills of Tuscany to reach the Etruscan city of Cortona. Continue to Florence, the “Cradle of the Renaissance,” for cultural treasures and an enchanting evening in Galluzzo. Venture into the heart of the Chianti region for a historic winery visit and chef-led cooking class before heading to Venice. Explore Murano Island’s glass-blowing secrets and immerse yourself in the charm of Venice’s canals and bridges. Conclude your Italian escapade with a ferry ride on glamorous Lake Como, celebrating the journey’s end with a farewell dinner.
Reflect on the beauty and diversity that define Italy, from ancient wonders to Renaissance masterpieces, as you savor local delicacies and bid farewell to the enchanting landscapes and cultural riches that have woven an unforgettable tapestry of experiences.
Per Person Double Occupancy
Single Supplement: $1,199
November 13-22, 2024
10 Days / 9 Nights
Optional 3-Night Taormina, Sicily Pre-Extension: November 10-14, 2024 – 5 Days / 4 Nights
Extension Rates: $1,799 Per Person Double Occupancy, $600 Single Supplement
Depart USA for Italy
Your journey begins with an overnight flight to Rome.
Rome, Italy – Tour Begins
Welcome to Italy, a land rich in history, culture, art, and romance. Begin in Rome, the “Eternal City.” This evening, get to know your fellow travelers during a welcome dinner featuring regional specialties. (D)
Embark on a locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums*** to explore the Papal palace, which houses priceless artifacts from ancient Egypt, along with works by great Renaissance masters such as Perugino, Botticelli, and Ghirlandaio. Marvel at Michelangelo’s frescoed ceiling and the brilliant Last Judgement in the Sistine Chapel. Next, wander through the towering columns of St. Peter’s Basilica—a daring feat of human artistry and engineering. Admire the Baroque spirals of Bernini’s alter canopy and gaze up at Michelangelo’s dome, still the tallest in the world. Later this afternoon, enjoy panoramic views of the River Tiber, the Circus Maximus, and the Colosseum during a scenic drive back to your hotel. The evening is yours to savor. (B)
Rome – Assisi – Perugia
Immerse yourself into the local culture as your Tour Director shares a few key Italian phrases. Travel to Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis, and absorb the old-world atmosphere during a guided walking tour of the Basilica of St. Francis. Next, venture to medieval Perugia, the historic capital of Umbria. Enjoy free time to explore, whether it’s strolling along the Piazza IV Novembre or visiting medieval palaces and elegant cathedrals. (B)
Perugia – Cortona – Florence
Journey through the graceful low-lying hills of Tuscany to reach the Etruscan city of Cortona. Perched on the side of a hill, admire the ornate facades and medieval architecture. Catch a glimpse of the adjacent Lake Trasimeno situated off in the distance. You may recognize the city as the charming setting for the book and film Under the Tuscan Sun. End your day in Florence, known as the “Cradle of the Renaissance,” and visit the world-famous Academy Gallery** to see Michelangelo’s David. (B)
This morning, experience Florence’s cultural treasures on a walking tour, passing by the Duomo, the Baptistery, the Palazzo Vecchio, and the Piazza della Signoria. The rest of the day is yours to explore at your leisure. In the evening, set off on a scenic drive to the nearby historic town of Galluzzo, famous for its Carthusian monastery nestled on one of the beautiful hills surrounding Florence. Before dinner, enjoy an after-hours visit to this 14th-century monastery – La Certosa.* Revel in the beauty within and gain insight into monastic daily life. Your evening of fun continues at one of the area’s most popular dining establishments. Indulge in an authentic and traditional family-style dinner, accompanied by local wines and Tuscan delicacies, all while enjoying the entertainment. (B, D)
Florence – Venice
Start your day with a visit to a historic winery in the heart of the Chianti region. In the shadow of its 12th-century castle, learn about Tuscan wines and enjoy a chef-lead cooking class. Afterward, relax and savor regional delicacies during a delicious lunch. This afternoon, journey through central Italy, crossing the Apennine Mountains toward the Po River Valley. Enchanting Venice awaits with 117 tiny islands, latticework of 150 canals, and 400 bridges. (B, L, D)
Experience Venice from the water as you take a boat**** to Murano Island. Witness a captivating glass-blowing demonstration, where the secrets of this ancient art are revealed up-close, and marvel at the one-of-a-kind designs created. Make your way to the historic center of Venice and explore the Castello district with a local expert. Conclude your day in St. Mark’s Square, where you can admire the basilica and the opulent façade of the Doge’s Palace. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure. (B)
Venice – Lake Como
This morning, you’ll be whisked across the plains of northern Italy to the shores of glamorous Lake Como. During a ferry ride to alluring Bellagio, admire the endless succession of historic villas, lush gardens, and colorful villages reflected in the lake’s blue waters. Enjoy some time at leisure to explore Bellagio’s charms before sailing back to Como, where you check into your hotel in the late afternoon. This evening, celebrate the end of an unforgettable trip with a farewell dinner at your hotel. (B, D)
Lake Como – Depart for Home
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.******
- Economy class roundtrip international airfare from Chicago (ORD)*
- Roundtrip airport transfers from Milwaukee to Chicago (ORD)
- Premium hotel accommodations throughout Italy**
- All ground transportation
- Expert English-speaking guides
- 13 Meals (8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners)
- Gratuities for Tour Director, drivers, & local guides
- Taxes and fees as of 11/8/24
- Complete services of Cruise & Tour including Tour Director
*Other gateways may be available upon request. Additional charges may apply.
**Hotels may be substituted due to unforeseen circumstances.
***All included museum visit dates and times are subject to change based on the availability of reservations. Due to the unpredictable nature of events scheduled at the Vatican, it may be necessary to visit the museum at a different time. Most national museums are closed on Mondays.
****On occasion, due to inclement weather, the boat trip to Murano Island may be replaced with a visit to a local glass factory in Venice.
*****Visit to the monastery may not be possible when weddings are taking place.
******Main Tour: Return air is booked to depart from Milan airport. Included return transfers will depart from Lake Como to Milan airport.
******Extension: Return air is booked to depart from Catania airport. Included return transfers will depart from Taormina to Catania airport.
- Cocktails with your host, Vicki McKenna.
- Get to know Vicki McKenna during a Q&A session.
- Step to the front of the line to see Michelangelo’s famous statue David.
- Enjoy a chef-led cooking class with lunch in a historic castle.
- Set out on a locally guided tour of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica.
- Increases in taxes, fees, or surcharges after 11/8/24
- Travel Insurance
- Air upgrades
- Airline baggage fees
- Items of a personal nature
Activity Level 3
This tour moves at a moderate pace where planned activities are extended and there will be limited leisure time. Days may begin earlier or end later in the evening. You can expect to be standing and walking for longer periods of time, climbing steps, walking uphill, and walking along uneven surfaces. This tour is not suitable for individuals with mobility challenges or those who rely on wheelchairs or walkers on a consistent basis.
Optional 3-Night Taormina, Sicily Pre-Extension
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