We have designed a special winter journey that will take you into the heart of Venice’s world‐famous Carnival. The dramatic costumes and unforgettable masks of the Carnival’s Tiepolo Ball will transport you to a world of lavish colors and symphonic sounds.
Along with the Grand Ball you will also explore key Italian cities and amazing sights including Milano, Pisa, San Gimignano, Florence, Siena and Rome. You will also take in Tuscany’s famous Carnival float parade in Viareggio.
Upon arrival in Milan, you will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel in the center of the city. You’ll have a few hours to relax before joining your fellow travelers for a welcome aperitivo followed by an Italian feast at a quaint local restaurant. Sleep in Milan.
This morning you can choose to explore the highlights of Milano, including the spectacular Gothic Duomo and the monastery which holds the Last Supper, or you can just relax and get ready for the excitement of the Carnival of Venice. This afternoon you will enjoy a scenic drive from the province of Lombardy to Veneto and the famed City of Masks. You will see for yourself during a late afternoon stroll how Venice has blended decadence and charm like no other city on the planet. The magic of the city will be enhanced by all of the people wearing their Carnival masks and costumes. Join us tonight for an unforgettable Vivaldi concert. Sleep in Venice.
Today you will rise early so that you can prepare for the official ball of the Venice Carnival, Grand Ball Tiepolo. If you don’t have your own historic costume, we can help you pick out and rent an unforgettable one. Tonight you will be taken to the splendid Palazzo Pisani Moretta, which overlooks the Grand Canal, where you will enjoy music, dinner and dance at the most glamorous Ball on the planet. This is really a once in a life time experience! Sleep in Venice.
You will more than likely want to sleep in late this morning! Later in the day, you will visit La Fenice Theatre and just enjoy the festive atmosphere of the Carnival. Tonight you will gather for a Venetian feast. Sleep in Venice.
This morning you will say goodbye to Venice and will hit the road for Tuscany and the amazing city of Pisa. You will enjoy the unforgettable Piazza dei Miracoli (Unesco World Heritage since 1987) and Leaning Tower and will get to sample some of the best food in Italy. Sleep in Pisa.
Today you will reach Viareggio where you will behold one of the most important Carnivals in Europe. The tradition goes back to 1873, when a group of wealthy young locals gathered to protest higher taxation. They decided to do so by dressing themselves up and creating one of the first parades. Today hundreds of thousands of people take part in this grand float parade. Sleep in Pisa.
This morning you will say goodbye to Pisa and drive towards Florence. En route you will stop to visit one of the prettiest of all Tuscan villages – famed San Gimignano, known for its many ancient towers. Sleep in Florence.
This morning you will enjoy a visit to the spectacular Uffizi Museum. All of Renaissance Florence will come alive in front of your eyes, thanks to the masterpieces of Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo and other legendary painters. A knowledgeable Art Historian will be your guide through the Uffizi’s most important rooms. It will be a treat to visit the museum in this season as it is much less crowded than during the rest of the year! You will have the rest of the day to wander...visiting other museums, famous churches or just sitting in a café near the Ponte Vecchio people-watching in one of the world's finest cities. Sleep in Florence.
Today you will head off to one of Tuscany's grand jewels: the city of Siena. You will learn from a local about the famous Palio, the horse race all Sienese are crazy about, and you will visit several of Siena's amazing architectural masterpieces such as the grand Cathedral and the Campo square. You will have time on your own to soak in the atmosphere of this unforgettable town, people watching, eating ice-cream and sipping wine at one of the many local great bars. Later in the afternoon you will hit the road toward Rome. Sleep in Rome.
Once called Caput Mundi (capital of the world), Rome has been inhabited for at least 10,000 years and became the center of the civilized world after the fall of ancient Greece. Rome has never changed – it has only grown over itself a thousand times. Enjoy time on your own in this incredible city or join us for a visit to one of the most famous museums in the world. Sleep in Rome.
Early this morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home.