As a pastor taking his first group to the Holy Land, I was so thankful to have the Travel with Friends team helping me every step of the way. They were amazing from the day that we picked the date to the day we returned. We loved the support staff, the guides, the accommodations and the travel arrangements. Highly recommended!
Join Second Baptist in
Rome Florence and Venice
- Airfare from group departure city
- All Transfers
- Baggage Handling
- Breakfast & Dinner Daily
- Entrance Fees to all Sites
- Itinerary as per Description
- Premium Accommodations
- Professional Tour Guides
- Transportation by Deluxe Motor Coach
Day 1 Depart USA
Relax and rest on your flight from the USA.
Day 2 Arrive in Rome, Italy
Meet your Tour Director at the Rome Fiumicino Airport. Transfer by private motor coach and check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore this ancient capital. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Day 3 Rome
Steeped in history, the “Eternal City” is vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Start your guided introduction to Rome from St. Peter’s Square, Basilica and Vatican Museum to discover some unique art masterpieces. Tour of the Vatican Museum to discover some unique art masterpieces. Lunch in a local Restaurant according with the program. In the afternoon see other highlights such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Circus Maximus. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Day 4 Rome - Pisa - Florence
Vistas of rolling hills, cypress trees, terraced vineyards, olive groves, and charming villages form the backdrop as you journey into the heart of Tuscany. Stop in Pisa to enjoy a mini train ride to the Square of Miracles and see the legendary Leaning Tower. Lunch in a local Restaurant according with the program. Then head east to magnificent Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Day 5 Florence
Today is devoted to the wonders of Florence, starting with a guided walking tour featuring some of the city’s greatest attractions. See Piazza Santa Croce; world- famous Signoria Square; 13th century Palazzo Vecchio with its collection of artistic masterpieces and incredible courtyards; Loggia dei Lanzi. Lunch in a local Restaurant according with the program. Continue with the fantastic Duomo with Giotto’s Gothic Bell Tower and the Baptistry’s ornate bronze door known as the “Gate of Paradise.” Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Day 6 Florence - Verona - Venice Area
Travel north and cross the Po River to fabled Verona, setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. See Juliet’s balcony - and be sure to rub the shining breast on her statue for good luck! Also, marvel at the ancient Arena, where gladiators used to fight. Built in the 1st century AD, it is now a popular venue for the world- famous opera festival and other well-known artists’ performances. Lunch in a local Restaurant according with the program. Continue to the Venice area. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Day 7 Venice Area
One of the most unique cities on Earth, Venice is a place of unmatched beauty and a feast of fantastic sites. View the delightful crisscrossing canals, the gondolas, arched bridges, palaces, and piazzas. Your included orientation features a boat ride to St. Mark’s Square. Lunch in a local Restaurant according with the program. Continue a visit to a Venetian glassblowing workshop. You’ll have time to explore at leisure on your own, join one of our optional excursions, or just relax, sipping a cappuccino or the typical Venetian drink called spritz at one of the many bars or cafes. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Day 8 Venice Area - Rome
Late in the morning departure for Rome. During the trip stop for lunch. Arrive in Rome in the late afternoon. Dinner and Overnight in the hotel.
Day 9 Return to USA
Relax and reflect on your flight home.
Pastor Kevin Kelly
$300 Deposit due by 2/21/20 to register for this tour
I had a most wonderful trip, accompanied by 15 new friends from South Dakota led by Pastor Rooney, 4-13 Feb 20. Because I was a VERY late add-on to their trip, I dealt with 4 people from Friends and each was OUTSTANDING. However, the STAR who deserves special note is Kelsie Vail, the Air Specialist: she was able to save me over $1,700.00 on my upgraded seating [disabled Vet with BAD back]. She was incredibly personable, professional, and simply "down-home" friendly, genuine, and nice!! The trip was a true "bucket-list" adventure, walking where Jesus walked, preached, and performed miracles [I was overwhelmed many times and want to visit Israel again!]. The sights were amazing; the bus was quite comfortable; and our Tour Leader ("Charlie") and bus drivers were extremely knowledgeable, experienced, and Safety-conscious. Truly the VERY BEST overseas tour I have ever taken! Thank you, Friends, and especially VP Mitch Jensen and Kelsie Vail for all the pre-trip information, help overcoming flight delay/change, and post-trip timely assistance. They will NOT let you down! Shalom!
The faces of Friends www.TravelWithFriends.com, BTR (Bill), Claudia and Charlie Dajani. An amazing experience that could only be possible with this team! From the first of booking our trip through to seeing us off at the ticket counter for our return trip back to the states. I absolutely recommend going to Israel and doing it with Friends travel. Charlie, you are amazing. Charlie’s extensive knowledge, humor, care of the group and individuals, mapping and juggling of sites to make it seamless and timely was a true treasure. Outstanding job!!!!! You all helped make this an experience to remember, share and HIGHLY recommend! ❤️