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Connections Boutique Group Journeys

Italy: A Family Journey 2017


11 Days from TBA

Limited to 24 guests

Discover la dolce vita and all-ages fun with a Roman gladiator school, a day in the seaside Cinque Terre, a visit with Michelangelo's David and a gelateria in Florence, and a master class in Venetian carnival mask making.

A&K Advantages

Explore glorious iconic cities while diving into kid-friendly fun, connecting the whole family to Italy at its most authentic

Spar like a Roman gladiator in a mock combat training session

Take a pizza-making lesson and enjoy the fruits of your labor with a classic Italian Culinary Connection

Board a train to visit the Cinque Terre villages along the coast

Visit a family-owned balsamic vinegar factory, sampling this local favorite before enjoying a farmhouse lunch

Attend a master class in mask painting, creating your own Venetian carnival mask as part of an Artisan Connection

19 meals, with 10 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 dinners

Itinerary at a Glance

DAYS 1-3
ARRIVE ROME, ITALY
DAYS 4-6
FLORENCE | From Renaissance Art to Gelato
DAY 7
PISA | World-Famous Leaning Tower
DAY 8
CINQUE TERRE | Along the Mediterranean Coast
DAYS 9-11
VENICE | Palaces, Gondolas & Carnival Masks

Extend Your Journey

Pre-Tour Extension: Amalfi Coast 4 Days from $3,495 Learn More
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DAYS 1-3
ARRIVE ROME, ITALY

Arrive in Rome, the Eternal City, where you are met and escorted to your hotel. Tonight, gather with fellow guests for a welcome dinner. The next day, begin your journey through Roman history. Explore the colorful, noisy Campo de Fiori and the Piazza Navona with its over-the-top Fountain of the Four Rivers. Visit the Imperial Roman Forum and the Colosseum, where fierce gladiators once fought wild animals and each other. In the afternoon, complete your Cultural Connection with a visit to a Roman gladiator school, dressing in costume, taking a lesson and then engaging in mock combat. On your third day, tour the Vatican, viewing the Sistine Chapel with its jaw-dropping, frescoed ceiling painted by Michelangelo. Step inside St. Peter’s Basilica, where you marvel at Bernini’s soaring altar canopy. Tonight, experience a Culinary Connection with a lesson in Roman pizza-making and the chance to feast on your creation.

Boscolo Exedra Roma
Meals: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner
DAYS 4-6
FLORENCE | From Renaissance Art to Gelato

Travel to the sprawling landscapes of Tuscany and stop in medieval Siena. Here, your local expert introduces you to the Piazza del Campo, home of the Palio di Siena horse race. Continue to Florence, where you check in to your hotel, housed in a medieval building in the heart of ancient Florence and only steps from the Duomo. The next two days are a fun lesson in Italian art. Explore the Accademia Gallery, home of Michelangelo’s David, and the Uffizi Gallery with its incredible Renaissance works. Stop for Italian ice cream at a gelateria before diving deeper into the city with your family. On the third day, visit Palazzo Vecchio to experience a family tour guided by costumed figures donning Renaissance-era dress. Later, indulge in a chocolate-making workshop in the bustling Mercato Centrale.

Hotel Brunelleschi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast, Breakfast
DAY 7
PISA | World-Famous Leaning Tower

Drive to Pisa, where you explore with a local guide. See the famous Leaning Tower, where children (eight years old and up) can venture inside the 14th-century bell tower. Stop in Lucca to wander its charming cobblestone streets. Continue on to the Italian Riviera, checking in to your 17th-century waterfront hotel in Porto Venere.

Grand Hotel Portovenere
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 8
CINQUE TERRE | Along the Mediterranean Coast

Discover the brightly colored, coastal Cinque Terre (“Five Lands”), five scenic villages set on high cliffs along the Italian Riviera. Take a train to Vernazza with its protected harbor. Enjoy a local lunch in Manarola, a fishing village with high terraced vineyards and a deep history; dating back to 1338, it is considered the oldest village in the Cinque Terre. You also visit Riomaggiore, a secluded medieval village.

Grand Hotel Portovenere
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAYS 9-11
VENICE | Palaces, Gondolas & Carnival Masks

Continue on to Venice, Italy’s canal-laden wonderland. Stop en route to enjoy a private tasting of balsamic vinegar at a family-owned acetaia (vinegar factory). After lunch, travel to Verona, known to the world as the setting for William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Arrive in Venice by the evening. Begin the next day with a visit to St. Mark’s Basilica, with its rich decoration of marbles and golden mosaics, and the Doge’s Palace. By special arrangement, spend time at a workshop famous for crafting Venetian carnival masks, taking part in a class where you create your own to bring home. This evening, gather for a farewell dinner with the new friends you’ve made. Transfer to the airport the next day for your flight home.

Hotel L'Orologio Venice
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast

Pre-Tour Extension: Amalfi Coast

Pre-Tour Extension: Amalfi Coast

4 Days from $3,495

DAY 1:

Arrive in Sorrento, Italy.

Hilton Sorrento Palace
Meals: Dinner
DAY 2:

Take a walking tour of elegant Sorrento before travelling to the breathtaking Amalfi Coast.

Hilton Sorrento Palace
Meals: Breakfast
DAY 3:

Cruise by hydrofoil to the island paradise of Capri. Meet a local mozzarella producer and learn how the cheese is made before enjoying a home-cooked meal at their farm.

Hilton Sorrento Palace
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 4:

Travel to Rome to join your main journey, stopping first in ancient Pompeii, which was buried in volcanic ash when Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD 79.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

Journey Details

Minimum age is 6 years.

First group event: welcome briefing at 6:00 p.m. on Day 1.

Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:15 p.m. on Day 10.

Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

Triple occupancy pricing is available upon request.


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