2019 ITALY Rome, Florence & Venice

April 7-15, 2019

Your host and guide is MIKE ROSS, travel professional since 1982.

Maximum of only 8-12 participants

Includes superior class hotels with private bath, breakfast and dinner daily, airport transfers in Europe and travel documents.  Featuring St. Peter’s Basilica, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum, the ancient Roman Forum, the glories of Renaissance Florence including Michelangelo’s DAVID, the charm of the canals in Venice, St. Mark’s Cathedral, the Ducal Palace and the famous Rialto Bridge. Participants should enjoy walking as many sights are available only to pedestrians.

Day 1. Board your jet for the flight to Rome.

Day 2. After arrival, we visit one of Rome’s greatest treasures, Santa Maria Maggiore, famous for the “Snow in August” legend.  We’ll walk through the former Baths of Diocletian from AD290, and around the Piazza della Repubblica. 

Day 3. We start the day at the 2500 year old Roman Forum, from which Western Civilization spread.  Later we go inside the magnificent Colosseum. 

Day 4. Today we begin with the 2000 year old Pantheon, the Roman site dedicated to all gods and religions.  Close by is the Piazza Navona and Rome’s most well-known fountain, the Trevi Fountain.  This afternoon stroll the via Cavour where the Romans shop.  

Day 5. The day begins in St. Peter’s Square.  We visit Vatican City, St. Peter’s Basilica, the incomparable Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums.  The ceiling, perhaps the greatest single art treasure in the world, has enchanted visitors for nearly 500 years. 

Day 6. This morning we take the bullet-train to FLORENCE.  After arrival we wander through the lanes and alleys of the birthplace of the Renaissance.  Later, we stroll to the Academia to see Michelangelo’s world famous DAVID. 

Day 7. Spend the early morning at the Florence out door markets and leather stalls and visit the Santa Croce Piazza for a late morning cappuccino.  Later we take the bullet train to VENICE and enjoy a cruise along the Grand Canal.  This afternoon we visit the Byzantine masterpiece of St. Mark’s Cathedral and St. Mark’s Square, what Napoleon called Europe’s grandest living room.  

Day 8. This morning we visit the Doges Palace, residence of the rulers of the Venetian Empire.  This afternoon you may choose to enjoy a gondola ride along the canals or take the ferry to Murano, with its world famed glass-blowers.

Day 9. Transfer to the airport for the flight back to the USA.

LAND PRICE per person sharing a room FROM $3499; with early deposit $3299, for MIKE ROSS TRAVEL returning travelers $3099.  Single supplement is $595.  Airfare and taxes extra.

Payments: $1500 per person deposit with REGISTRATION FORM on the website.  Make check payable and send to ETCS, Inc, 922 Oak Grove Road, Jackson MI 49203.  Balance due 90 days prior to departure.  See TERMS & CONDITIONS on the website.  Call Mike at 517-782-6847, send an email to mike@mikerosstravel.com or visit my site on the web at www.mikerosstravel.com.