Classic Italy

Classic Italy

Classic Italy

8 Days

Italy

Rome (4), Florence (3)

Overview

Experience the essence of Italy on our Rome and Florence tour, a journey designed to immerse you in the rich cultural and historical splendor of these iconic cities. Over eight days, delve into the ancient ruins of Rome, savor the artistic treasures of Florence, and enjoy unique activities that connect you deeply to Italy’s heritage. This itinerary combines educational adventures with free time for personal exploration, ensuring a balanced and enriching experience for both students and teachers. Enjoy guided tours, authentic local cuisine, and rich history for an unforgettable Italian getaway.

Highlights

  • Explore Rome’s Baroque, Imperial, and Christian landmarks with expert guides.
  • Marvel at the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica during your visit to the Vatican.
  • Attend gladiator school and get hands-on historical experience with gladiator training.
  • Visit the well-preserved ancient Roman port city of Ostia Antica.
  • Visit the Accademia and Uffizi Galleries, home to masterpieces by Michelangelo and other Renaissance artists.
  • Learn to make traditional Italian dishes like pizza and focaccia during a cooking class.

Itinerary

Welcome to Italy! Upon arrival at the airport, the group will be greeted by their GEC guide and embark on a tour of Baroque Rome, featuring the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and Piazza Navona. Enjoy a local ice cream tasting before heading to the hotel for dinner and a good night’s rest.
Overnight: Rome

After breakfast at your hotel, spend the day exploring and learning about the Vatican. Visit the Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica, and Saint Paul Outside-the-Walls. Walk along the ancient Appia Antica and view the Catacombs, Circo Massenzio, and Cecilia Metella. This will be a full day adventure with a break midday to find some delicious Roman food for lunch (paid locally). At the end of the day, enjoy dinner and then return to your hotel.
Overnight: Rome

Discover Imperial Rome with a guided tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum. After lunch, participate in a Gladiator school activity, learning about Roman legionnaires and gladiators through hands-on training. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Overnight: Rome

Travel to Ostia Antica for a half-day guided tour of the archaeological site. Enjoy the rest of the day exploring Rome at your leisure or partake in optional activities. Return to the hotel for dinner.
Overnight: Rome

Say goodbye to Rom as you depart early for Tuscany, enjoying lunch and an olive oil tasting at a local agriturismo along the way. Continue with a half-day guided tour of Siena before heading to Florence for dinner and overnight stay.
Overnight: Florence

Explore Florence with a half-day walking tour, including the Accademia Gallery, home to Michelangelo’s David. Enjoy free time for lunch and explore additional sites such as the Scuola del Cuoio, depending on the group’s preference. Return to the hotel for dinner.
Overnight: Florence

After breakfast head to the Uffizi Gallery for a guided tour, followed by free time for lunch. In the afternoon, participate in a cooking class, learning to make pizza, focaccia, and ice cream. Enjoy a final group dinner and look back on your time in Italy.
Overnight: Florence

Head to the airport and start the journey back home. We hope you had an incredible experience here in Italy!

This Trip Includes

  • Round-trip airfare
  • All accommodations on program
  • All transportation in-country
  • All breakfasts and dinners on the program, lunches paid locally
  • All activities as outlined in the itinerary
  • A Tour Director available 24 hours a day from when you arrive until you depart
  • Sightseeing tours and excursions led by local guides as specified
  • Airport transfers and transportation between destination cities
  • Travel insurance for all participants
  • 24-hour worldwide emergency assistance
  • Support from GEC representatives abroad