Italy Spring 2021
We will be having a parent and traveler informational meeting in the library on January 29, 2020 at 6:00PM. Interested travelers are asked to bring a parent. This trip is open to both students and parents.
Kealakehe High School Travel Club has teamed up with high-quality tour operator ACIS. This exceptional tour operator is known for their safety record, high quality meals and centrally located hotels.
Join us March 11-22, 2021 (subject to change +1/2 days) for this exciting 12 day tour of Italy!
Mar 11, 2021: Overnight Flight Depart from the USA.
Mar 12, 2021: Overnight Flight Continue overnight flight to Europe.
Mar 13, 2021: Venice
Arrive in Venice, meet your ACIS Tour Manager and enjoy a fast and fun transfer by private motor launch to your hotel on the Lido. Then start exploring this magnificent city of canals and palaces with your 48-hour vaporetto pass, which allows you to come and go throughout the city as you please. (D)
Mar 14, 2021: Venice
Consisting of an archipelago carved by nearly 150 canals into 118 different islands, the incomparable city of Venice contains a wealth of sights. Arrive in St. Mark’s Square where you can see the Basilica of St. Mark and the Bridge of Sighs, which connected the old prisons of Venice to the interrogation rooms of the neighboring Doge’s Palace. Then learn more about one of Venice’s most famous exports during an authentic glassblowing demonstration before visiting the historic Fondaco dei Tedeschi for breathtaking views of the Grand Canal from its rooftop. Stop for a photo at nearby Rialto Bridge en route to an authentic cicchetteria where you will sample traditional Venetian-style tapas. Then explore more at your own pace with unlimited access to the entire canal network and smaller islands using your vaporetto pass. You’ll feel like a local in no time. (B,D)
Mar 15, 2021: Florence
We leave Venice this morning and travel to Florence, the Cradle of the Renaissance. Once there, you will learn about Italy’s most famous frescoes during a fresco making workshop and test your skills against Michelangelo’s after learning the technique from a master. You will certainly gain a deeper appreciation of what he accomplished with the Sistine Chapel. (B,D)
Mar 16, 2021: Florence
Today’s sightseeing tour with a local guide providing commentary via personal headsets shows you the splendid Duomo, Ghiberti’s famous Baptistry Doors and the Piazza della Signoria—the political center of this Renaissance city. Then breeze by the crowds with your own timed entrance to the Accademia, which houses Michelangelo’s David. As you explore, keep an eye out for that special trattoria you might want to come back to. Tonight you’ll be able to dine like (and with) the locals using our insider tips and restaurant vouchers. (B,D)
Mar 17, 2021: Sorrento
Journey to Orvieto. Once a major center of the Etruscan civilization, the city is perched high on a plateau of volcanic tufa stone and is known for its gothic Duomo, whose dramatic outline is visible for miles around. Visit the Duomo, then begin your scenic drive down to coastal Sorrento, situated in the sheltered Bay of Naples under the shadow of Mount Vesuvius. Fragrant orange and lemon trees abound. (B,D)
Mar 18, 2021: Sorrento
Today’s excursion brings you by high-speed hydrofoil to Capri, the Island of Dreams. Arriving on the island, take the funicular past sub-tropical gardens to the main piazza. There is time to wander through the twisting lanes and shop in the tiny artisan stores that line the square. (Prior to March 15, a scenic excursion down the Amalfi coast to Ravello and Amalfi with a visit to a lemon grove will be substituted). Then return to Sorrento where a dance lesson with local experts will teach you the steps of the Tarantella, a southern Italian folk dance. (B,D)
Mar 19, 2021: Rome
This morning head to Pompeii for sightseeing with a local guide who provides commentary via personal headsets. In 79 AD, nearby Mount Vesuvius erupted and covered the city in 23 feet of ash. You will see a perfect picture of life unearthed as it was nearly 2,000 years ago. Today’s final destination is Rome. (B,D)
Mar 20, 2021: Rome
Rome is called “The Eternal City” because the ancient Romans believed that no matter what empires rose and fell, Rome would endure forever. Today’s panoramic drive of the city is a great introduction to the many phases of Roman history. Our local expert accompanies you through the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica, giving commentary via personal headsets. The best part is that these are timed entrances, meaning you’ll breeze right by the long lines facing other tourists. Then go inside the iconic and historic Colosseum with a local guide (another line-avoiding timed reservation) and learn the many stories of this nearly 2,000-year-old Roman landmark that’s considered one of the architectural wonders of the ancient world. In the evening, we’ll enjoy an authentic, brick-oven Roman pizza dinner and learn the art of the Italian passeggiata romana around Piazza Navona to cap off an exceptional week. (B,D)
Mar 21, 2021: Rome
Today why not visit the tranquil Borghese Gardens or the shops of Via Condotti? Climb each of the seven hills, or visit some of the majestic churches such as Santa Maria Maggiore. Be sure to sample the gelato. One of the best spots for that is Piazza Navona. (B,D)
Mar 22, 2021: Departure Depart for the USA.
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