Embrace a simpler way of life as you travel through this Old World country steeped in rich traditions and glorious history. Immerse yourself in the timelessness of its remarkable culture—and be astonished by the warmth of its people on this unforgettable trip to Italy.
Day 1: Rome
Arrive in Rome Meet an Adventures by Disney representative in the baggage claim area who will escort you to your car. Take in the sights as your driver delivers you to the Hotel Gran Meliá Rome. Check into Gran Meliá Rome Hotel Experience contemporary Italian elegance at this stunning hotel in the heart of the cultural and entertainment attractions of the bustling city, just a short walk from the Vatican. On the banks of the River Tiber, enjoy spectacular views of St. Peter's Basilica and Castel St. Angelo. With modern amenities, a magnificent pool and lush gardens, this urban resort offers a stay that is truly unforgettable. Welcome Reception and Private Dinner at Hotel Meet the other families that will share the adventure in this special gathering! After a festive cocktail reception, feast on the first of many mouthwatering Italian meals in this private room with a pool view. Private After-Hours Tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel* Experience an exclusive after-hours, privately guided tour of the Vatican Museum—home to masterpieces by the greatest artists in history in a collection spanning 4000 years. Also, be guided by a local expert through the Sistine Chapel where you can get an intimate look at Michelangelo's magnificent achievement. * On some departures the private visit to the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel may take place on Day 1 rather than Day 2. Your Adventure Guides will advise you of any changes at today’s Welcome Reception.
Day 2: Rome
Breakfast at Hotel Enjoy a hearty buffet breakfast to start your day. Panoramic Motor Coach Tour of Rome Board a motor coach and enjoy a ride around the city, viewing some of Rome’s most iconic sights. Privately Guided Walking Tour of Rome Take to the streets and ancient byways of Rome—and visit the spectacular destinations you've always dreamed of seeing. Explore the city center, home to the famed Spanish Steps, the Piazza Navona, the Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain. Stop along the way and taste some authentic gelato! Lunch at a Local Restaurant Relish a delicious lunch at one of the delightful local restaurants before continuing your tour. Tour of the Colosseum Enjoy a fantastic tour of the Colosseum that makes you feel part of history! Built by Emperor Vespasian around A.D. 70-72, the Colosseum was a gift to the people of Rome and soon housed spectacles and games as well as wild animal and gladiator combats. Junior Adventurers can participate in an engaging, interactive tour of the Colosseum that gives them an understanding of ancient Rome. Privately Guided Tour of the Roman Forum Visit the plaza that’s surrounded by ruins and was at the heart of public life in Rome for centuries. Located between the Palatine and Capitoline Hills, the Forum is considered one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. This ancient meeting place was where government conducted its business, commerce took place and trials, speeches and celebrations occurred. Dinner On Your Own Explore the city's authentic and molto delizioso restaurants. Be sure to ask your Adventure Guides to make recommendations for a memorable meal that fits your family’s needs. Private After-Hours Tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Experience an exclusive after-hours, privately guided tour of the Vatican Museum—home to masterpieces by the greatest artists in history in a collection spanning 4000 years. Also, be guided by a local expert through the Sistine Chapel where you can get an intimate look at Michelangelo's magnificent achievement. NOTE: Due to official Papal activities within the Vatican, the order of activities as described here may be altered on Day 2 and Day 3. However, the itinerary will still include all elements as outlined even if the sequence is modified. Also, on some departures the private visit to the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel may take place on Day 2 rather than Day 3. Your Adventure Guides will advise you of any changes at the Welcome Reception on Day 1.
Day 3: Rome
Breakfast at Hotel Enjoy a full American-style buffet breakfast to start the day. Private Tour of St. Peter's Basilica Marvel at the Basilica via St. Peter's Square—one of the largest churches in the world and a renowned example of Renaissance architecture. Initially constructed by Constantine in the early 4th century, it was rebuilt in the 16th century by Bernini, Bramante and Michelangelo. It stands on the site where the apostle Peter was crucified. Considered the first pope, he is buried under the main altar along with other popes who followed. Michelangelo's iconic dome dominates the skyline of Rome. Travel to Orvieto, Umbria Journey by motor coach to the glorious Umbrian countryside and visit Orvieto, a fortified medieval settlement. Funicular to the Upper Town of Orvieto Arrive at the funicular station in the lower town of Orvieto by motor coach. Then travel up the side of the tufa cliff over 3,280 (1000 meters) to the upper town of Orvieto, enjoying spectacular views of the Umbrian valley along the way. Lunch at a Local Restaurant in Orvieto Revel in a delicious Italian experience featuring local cuisine. On Your Own in the Upper Town of Orvieto Be amazed by this medieval city that’s seemingly untouched by time. Explore the magnificent Duomo di Orvieto—a cathedral famous for its Gothic façade, pillars, grand sculptures, stained glass and frescoes. Stroll through the Palazzi Papali and admire the medieval palaces, museums and devotional art housed there. Explore the Etruscan ruins and the underground tunnels and caves where ancient Italians once lived. Journey to Tavarnelle Val di Pesa Take a motor coach across the countryside abundant in pastoral splendor to Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, Tuscany. Check-In at Hotel Borgo di Cortefreda Enjoy a welcome drink as your Adventure Guides check you into this luxury hotel in Tavarnelle Val di Pesa. In the heart of the Chianti region atop a Tuscan hilltop, Hotel Borgo di Cortefreda offers spectacular views—olive orchards, rows of vineyards and the rolling Chianti Mountains dotted with cypress trees. Savor the luxury and comfort of this grand hotel featuring an outdoor swimming pool, Turkish bath and Finnish sauna, among other impressive amenities. Adult Dinner at Hotel Dine at leisure enjoying excellent Tuscan cuisine made from the finest local and regional products. Begin by tasting an assortment of locally produced and award-winning wines before settling down to dinner on the terrace, under the Tuscan sky. Junior Adventurers – Dinner & Disney Movie Junior Adventurers enjoy an evening of lawn games and an Italian soda tasting activity, followed by a kids-only dinner and a Disney movie.
Day 4: Tuscany
Breakfast at Hotel Start your day with a delicious breakfast and then head by motor coach for half a day on a farm. Fattoria Poggio Alloro – Pasta-Making Activity Travel by coach to Fattoria Poggio Alloro—a working farm with its own winery—located in the heart of the Chianti wine-growing region. Be welcomed by the chef, who will lead you in a fun pasta-making activity. And take in the spectacular views of the medieval towers of San Gimigano, a fortified hilltop town, standing on a nearby hilltop. Adult Wine Tasting in the Fioroni Family's Winery Tour the family winery, and then enjoy wine tasting, sampling several of their recent vintages. Kids Olive Oil Flavoring While adults taste wine, Junior Adventurers pick herbs from the garden and learn how to infuse them into bottles of olive oil—another product of the farm. Private Lunch at Fattoria Poggio Alloro Enjoy a delicious pasta lunch at this picturesque farm. Weather permitting, lunch will be served on the terrazzo, overlooking the beautiful scenery and medieval towers of San Gimigano. Afternoon On Your Own at Hotel Borgo di Cortefreda Return to your charming Tuscan hotel and enjoy a relaxing moment at the pool or sauna. Or stroll through Tavarnelle Val di Pesa to explore the shops and cafés. Tuscan Dinner to Remember in a Castello Indulged yourself at a Medieval-themed banquet set in a 15th-century manorone of the most beautiful villas in picturesque Tuscany. Costumed servers enhance the remarkable atmosphere of this truly unforgettable evening.
Day 5: Tuscany, Florence
Breakfast at the Hotel Enjoy a delicious breakfast and get ready for your trip to Florence. Travel to Florence After breakfast at the hotel, board a motor coach for a picturesque ride to the breathtaking city of Florence. Explore Florence Share the timeless treasures of the Renaissance on a privately guided exploration designed to enchant travelers of all ages. Enjoy reserved entry and access to see Michelangelo's "David" followed by a walking tour of the city's famed Duomo, Baptistry, Plaza della Signoria, Plaza della Republican, Ponte Vecchio and other sights. Lunch at Ristorante Casa Toscana in Florence Enjoy authentic Tuscan cooking using fresh, local ingredients at this fine restaurant. Private VIP Tour of Palazzo Vecchio Explore the spectacular town hall of Florence with a special VIP tour of Palazzo Vecchio, a magnificent structure that remains one of the most impressive in Tuscany. Walk through the hallowed halls, decorated with works by the masters, including Michelangelo, Botticelli and Vasari. Climb the high tower, don medieval period costumes for photo opportunities—and explore secret passages once used by the Medici family, famed patrons of the arts. Afternoon and Dinner On Your Own in Florence Step into the pages of history and discover the beauty of this magical metropolis. Shop for treasures at a bustling marketplace or marvel at great works of art in magnificent museums. Then, indulge your senses with a dinner on your own in Florence! Ask your Adventure Guides for recommendations.
Day 6: Tuscany, Venice
Breakfast at Hotel Enjoy a delightful breakfast at the hotel before you begin your trip to Venice. ITALO Train to Venice – and Lunch Onboard Bid farewell to the countryside and climb aboard the ITALO bullet train that features advanced technology and on-board conveniences including free Wi-Fi. A boxed lunch is provided along the way. Private Gondola Tour Upon your arrival in Venice, be serenaded as you explore the City of Canals by gondola, the traditional mode of Venetian transportation. Travel near the Rialto Bridge as you glide along the famed Grand Canal on a private tour of this floating city. Private Walking Tour to Piazza San Marco See Venice's illustrious history come to life and its architectural treasures illuminated on a privately guided, story-filled walking tour. Private Boat to the Hotel Hilton Molino Stucky Board a boat to reach your luxury hotel. Located on Giudecca Island—and occupying what was once Venice's immense flour mill—the Hotel Hilton Molino Stucky is now a prestigious 5-star hotel. Check-In and Welcome Reception at the Hotel Hilton Molino Stucky As your Adventure Guides check you in and handle your luggage, look around this grand hotel that offers a range of amenities including a unique rooftop swimming pool, a tempting Nutella Bar and distinctive views of Venice. Then join your Adventure Guides for a welcome reception. Dinner On Your Own in Venice Decide where you and your family would like to enjoy a Venetian dinner. Choose between gourmet restaurants, tempting trattorias or local favorites.
Day 7: Venice
Breakfast at the Hotel Start your day off with a tasty breakfast before you explore more of this exciting city. Guided Tour of the Doges Palace & Detective Game Get an up-close look at this monumental palace built in Venetian Gothic style. Now a museum, this landmark was once the residence of the Doge, the supreme authority of the Republic of Venice. Junior Adventurers get to play sleuths as they participate in a special Adventures by Disney art detective game designed by Disney, exclusively for kids. Tragicomica – Venetian Carnevale Mask-Making Take a scenic walk through the heart of Venice and head to Tragicomica—a shop where you can participate in a private, hands-on workshop in the art of mask-making under the guidance of an artisan. And create a masquerade masterpiece of your own! Lunch On Your Own in Venice Enjoy a Venetian lunch with your family at one of the many excellent restaurants. On Your Own in Venice Explore the canals, bridges and footpaths of Venice—and encounter dazzling boutiques and art museums along the way! Farewell Dinner on the Jolly Roger Board the Jolly Roger, the pirate-themed galleon that is modeled after the ships launched by the Venetian Republic. Toast the bountiful adventure you've shared with your family and newfound friends. And enjoy delectable Italian dishes, lively entertainment and a few Disney surprises at this special party that celebrates the adventure of a lifetime!
Day 8: Venice
Breakfast at Hotel Bid farewell to all your fellow Adventurers and enjoy one last meal in Venice. Transfers to Airport or Train Station Relax as we handle your luggage and arrange for transportation to the airport. Say "arrivederci" to beautiful Italy—until you return again!