Domed cathedral Florence Italy at dusk

Day 1 – Milan

Arrive at Milan Malpensa Airport, where you will be transferred to your hotel.

Day 2 – Milan

FEATURED EXCURSION: Marvel at Da Vinci’s masterpiece
Budding young fashion designers and artists will love vibrant Milan, the fashion and design capital of Italy, as well as home to two of the greatest sights in the world—the towering Gothic cathedral and Da Vinci’s astounding The Last Supper. This is the perfect place to start your Italian adventure.

Day 3 – Milan, Verona, transfer to Venice (embark)

FEATURED EXCURSION: Roam Romeo & Juliet’s hometown
Before arriving in Venice, you’ll stop in Verona—literary home to Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. Hear the echoes of Romeo calling out for Juliet at her famous balcony and then visit the Roman amphitheater where gladiators once competed. The perfect setting for lunch is at the Valpolicella wine estate, offering delicious risotto, pasta, gelato and Italy’s favorite kids’ soft drinks, as well as wonderful wine for adults.

Day 4 – Venice

FEATURED EXCURSION: Venice magic
Venice is certain to cast its magical spell on you as you wind through its labyrinthine back lanes and along its glorious canals. Home to wonderful traditions, including glassblowing and mask-making, which you’ll get to try, as well as the world’s best ice cream, which you’ll get to taste. And as the sun begins to set, you’ll be treated to more magic at St. Mark’s Basilica, where the doors of this icon open especially for you, so you can see the glorious church in the evening light—without the crowds.

Day 5 – Venice, Chioggia (Padua), Taglio di Po, Polesella

FEATURED EXCURSION: Biking at the beach
Sail from Venice to the colorful and charming fishing village of Chioggia, which is also known as “Little Venice.” Spend the afternoon bicycling along the beautiful Adriatic Sea—the bike path here is flat and makes for easy pedaling.

Day 6 – Polesella (Bologna or Ferrara)

FEATURED EXCURSION: Make your own pasta!
Bologna, Italy’s culinary capital, is the ideal place to learn the art of making pasta. Create and eat authentic Italian pasta during this hands-on workshop.

Day 7 – Taglio di Po, Chioggia, Venice

FEATURED EXCURSION: Mussel harvesting
Explore this Italian fishing village before hopping on a boat to sail out into the lagoon to a casone (fisherman’s hut on stilts), where you’ll learn how to harvest mussels (and cook and eat them, too).

Day 8 – Venice Island (Burano and Mazzorbo), Venice

FEATURED EXCURSION: Venice’s enchanting outer islands
Meet the residents of Burano, many of whom live in houses brightly painted in eye-popping colors. Tweens and teens will learn the secrets of kayaking and gondola rowing as they get to try it themselves.

Note: Lunch is not included on this day.

Day 9 – Venice

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Venice ghost walk
Take a magical mystery tour of Venice— stopping to learn about local foods and shop for a picnic lunch at the colorful Rialto Market, crossing the Canal Grande in a gondola, and hunting for art treasures in hidden corners of the city— as your expert guide recounts local legends along the way.

Day 10 – Venice, transfer to Florence

FEATURED EXCURSION: On the Tuscan road to Renaissance wonders
Disembark the ship and head by coach into the Tuscan countryside, stopping for lunch at a rustic restaurant. Once in Florence, your tour starts with one of the city’s must-see sights—Michelangelo’s exquisite David at the world-famous Accademia Gallery.

Day 11 – Florence

FEATURED EXCURSION: At home with the Medicis
Enter an ornate Renaissance palace—Palazzo Vecchio—for a glimpse into the lives of the powerful Medici family. Explore richly decorated rooms and search for a secret door leading to the private chambers of Cosimo de’ Medici. Dress up in Renaissance finery and learn curious details about the family’s daily lives, such as their love of high heels!

Day 12 – Florence, transfer to Rome

FEATURED EXCURSION: Lunch in the Tuscan countryside
En route to Rome by coach, enjoy lunch at Castello di Verrazzano, a gorgeous wine estate in Italy’s Chianti region.

Day 13 – Rome

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Pedicab through cobbled streets or become a Roman gladiator
Venture through the cobblestone streets on a pedicab tour to Rome’s top sites. Visit the Colosseum, take an ancient lie detector test, see the view from the Vittorio Emanuele II monument, toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain, pose for a selfie at the Spanish Steps and cool off with gelato near the Pantheon. Or gear up like an ancient warrior and discover the secrets of Imperial Rome’s gladiator games at Roman Gladiator School.

Day 14 – Rome

FEATURED EXCURSION: Marvels & masterpieces
Pope Francis has declared 2016 an Extraordinary Holy Year, making this a historic time to visit Rome and The Vatican. See the highlights of the Vatican Museum on our “espresso tour,” and enter the Sistine Chapel to admire Michelangelo’s stupendous ceiling fresco. Feeling adventurous? Climb up to the cupola of St. Peter’s Basilica— the center of Christianity and one of the world’s largest churches—for a spectacular view overlooking Rome.

Day 15 – Rome

Transfer to Rome Leonardo da Vinci Airport for your flight home.