Trip Overview

Encore Experiences - Italy

September 27 - October 10, 2023

Community Chorus of Detroit Optional Rome Extension

  • Community Chorus of Detroit Optional Rome Extension
  • Diane Linn
  • 87560
  • DTW
  • 2 days

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Encore Experiences - Italy

September 27 - October 10, 2023


The itinerary is the starting point to your tour, but it’s not set in stone. Your group leader may make changes leading up to departure.

Day 1, Wednesday September 27: Overnight Flight

IMPORTANT REGISTRATION NOTE: If you are interested in extending this tour to include the 3-night Rome Extension, please register for this main tour first. After registration is complete, simply email to have the Rome Extension added to your account. To register, please visit, click on Register and enter the group ID 87560 Departure from Detroit on your overnight flight to Milan. Please note that group walking on the tour will be no more than two miles daily and in segments.

Day 2, Thursday September 28: Venice

Benvenuti in Italia! Your Encore Experiences Tour Manager will greet you at Milan's airport and begin your journey to Venice. En route, visit the lovely city of Verona, setting of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet." Your walking tour with your Tour Manager brings you to see Juliet's balcony and the wonderful Roman arena still used to this day for summer concerts. Continue to "the Queen of the Adriatic," Venice, where you will check in to the Hotel Le Boulevard. Use your vaporetto pass for visits downtown, then enjoy a delicious welcome dinner together at a local restaurant. (All included lunches and dinners will offer two complimentary alcoholic beverages per person.) (D)

Day 3, Friday September 29: Venice

Today's sightseeing tour has been specially designed for your group to show you the life and work of Antonio Vivaldi, including sights such as the Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa Dei Frari, and Ospedale Della Pietà. Here the famous musician wrote many works for the famed girls' choir and directed many himself. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore Venice at your own pace. During your free time, you may wish to take a gondola ride through the city's beautiful canals or visit the Peggy Guggenheim Museum (under own arrangements). Your Tour Manager is available to assist you throughout the tour with suggestions, reservations and bookings. Meet your group this evening for dinner together at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 4, Saturday September 30: Venice

Board your motor launch this morning and reach Chioggia, a picturesque fishing town. There you meet a local chef who’ll lead you through the wholesale Fish Market, one of the most important in the country. Chioggia’s Fish Market trades in both local as well as imported products which makes it particularly interesting to shopkeepers, even to those coming from distant areas. At the end of the morning, the chef will take you to her restaurant for a lunch-time cooking class that highlights local recipes (vegetarian options available) followed by a delicious lunch together. In the afternoon, meet your bus and return to Venice where a motor launch will take you to Venice downtown. This evening is free for dinner on your own in Venice. Why not sit for drinks in St. Mark's square? (B,L)

Day 5, Sunday October 1: Florence

This morning, say farewell to Venice and travel to Florence. En route, you will visit the idyllic towns of Padua and Bologna. Your walking tours with your Tour Manager will highlight Padua's Basilica of St. Anthony and the Scrovegni Chapel to see Giotto's magnificent frescoes, as well as Bologna's San Petronio and the ancient market. Continue on to Florence and check into the Hotel Adler. Tonight, enjoy dinner together as a group. (B,D)

Day 6, Monday October 2: Florence

Explore Old Tuscany today. First journey to the beautiful hill town of San Gimignano, famous for its stunning skyline of ancient towers and medieval architecture. Next, enjoy a private chianti wine tasting with light refreshments. Continue to Monte Oliveto Maggiore to hear Gregorian chants by the monks at vespers! Dine together at a local restaurant before returning to Florence for your overnight. (B,D)

Day 7, Tuesday October 3: Florence

This morning, enjoy a tour of the Conservatorio di Musica Luigi Cherubini for a private performance (program TBD). Enjoy a delicious lunch together at a Tuscan restaurant before a visit to the Accademia Museum to see Michelangelo's "David" and the incredible collection of sacred artwork. Your Tour Manager is available to take you to a local leather workshop or to suggest other interesting sights in Florence. Enjoy dinner on your own. (B,L)

Day 8, Wednesday October 4: Milan

Enjoy a full-day excursion to the birthplace of the Stradivarius violin, Cremona. Your walking tour with your Tour Manager comes to a grand crescendo with a private tour of the Museo del Violino where you will not only see masterfully crafted stringed instruments that date back to the 16th century, but your group will have a private recital performance on these famous strings! Complement this performance with a visit to a local luthier to see the amazing artform of string making. Continue to Milan, check into the Starhotel Ritz and enjoy a delicious dinner together at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 9, Thursday October 5: Milan

This morning after breakfast at your hotel, see Leonardo DaVinci's famed work "The Last Supper" (pending reservations). Then visit Ansaldo, where you'll have a guided tour of the facility where sets and costumes are designed for the famed opera house La Scala. Tonight, enjoy dinner together at a local restaurant. (B,D) During your stay in Milan, optional La Scala opera tickets will be available at an additional cost. Opera ticket reservations available after July 11.

Day 10, Friday October 6: Milan

Today's excursion brings you to Lake Maggiore for a boat ride and visit to Isola Bella and Isola Maggiore. This afternoon, return to Milan where you will have an afternoon visit to see the world-renowned collection of Italian art at Pinacoteca di Brera. Celebrate your fabulous tour of Italy tonight with a special farewell dinner together. (B,D)

Day 11, Saturday October 7: Rome

Transfer to the airport for the return flight to the United States. Alternatively, you may choose to continue by train to the "Eternal City," Rome, for an optional three-night stay. Note: Registration for the Optional Rome Extension is due by June 15, 2023. (B)

Day 12, Sunday October 8: Rome

Today, enjoy the sights of Baroque Rome on your guided walking tour of the city. This afternoon, enjoy time to explore at your leisure and have dinner on your own. (B)

Day 13, Monday October 9: Rome

This morning, you may opt to have an optional guided visit of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica (supplemental cost, minimum 20 participants). The afternoon is free to explore Rome's fabled seven hills and sample some gelato! Dinner will be on your own this evening. (B)

Day 14, Tuesday October 10: Departure

Transfer to the airport for return flight to the United States. (B)

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