Italy is like a living museum, where the past meets the future. This grand tour of Italy’s finest, is the perfect Italian holiday – like no other. You’ll thrill to the enchantment of Italy’s magnificent cities and beautiful countryside; marvel at the splendor of the “Eternal City” of Rome; gasp with joy at Florence, the jewel of the Renaissance; and gaze in wonder at the haunting magic of Venice where the first Jewish Ghetto was instituted in 1516. View breathtaking scenery around the northern Italian lakes. Visit Verona where Romeo and Juliet lived. See San Gimignano’s 13 medieval towers and ancient Siena. A special treat is Tivoli’s Villa d’Este and its dazzling water displays.
Evening flight to Rome, a magic city of past and present fame.
Morning arrival to the “Eternal City” of Rome. Our Tour Escort will meet us and take us to our hotel after a short orientation tour. Balance of the day at leisure. Overnight: Rome.
This morning we’ll enjoy a tour of Rome. The city was not built in a day and therefore cannot be seen in a day! Our tour includes the monumental ruins of Rome’s former grandeur: the Roman Forum where the Arch of Titus stands in testimony to the destruction of Jerusalem, the Colosseum, the Circus Maximus, and the Pantheon, Rome’s best preserved ancient building.READ MORE
We’ll see Piazza Venezia dominated by the “wedding cake” – the huge Memorial to King Victor Emmanuel II. From here we’ll walk to the historical Ghetto of Rome to visit the imposing Great Synagogue and the Jewish Museum. In the late afternoon we’ll drive on the Via Tiburtina to the small hill town of Tivoli. Here we’ll admire the dazzling water displays at fantastic 16th century Villa d’Este. Its fountains represent the most intricate gravity water pipe system in the world.
Our night tour of Rome, will reveal to us the well-known piazzas of Rome: Piazza Navona with Bernini’s fountains, Piazza d’Espana with its captivating Spanish Steps – the symbol of romantic Rome and the hallmark of the Roman the “Dolce Vita” – Fontana di Trevi. Overnight: Rome.
The entire day is at our disposal, to do as we please. We may enjoy further browsing the sites; window-shop at the fashionable stores along Via Condotti, perhaps Europe’s most elegant street and have a chance to do as the Romans do: “dolce far niente”!READ MORE
Or take a scenic full day trip to the famous Island of Capri known as the “Pearl of the Mediterranean” and if time permits stop in Pompeii (optional). Overnight: Rome.Close this
Today, we’ll travel through Chianti Hills to Siena, in the heart of Tuscany. Arguable the best preserved medieval city in Italy; Siena still looks much as it did in the Middle Ages.READ MORE
A walking tour within the walled portion of the city gives us the opportunity to simply enjoy the unique atmosphere of this historic but lively town. We’ll stop in Piazza del Campo – an incredibly beautiful shell-shaped square, site of the world-famous biannual Palio (a horse race around the Piazza del Campo. We’ll visit the ancient Jewish quarter with its old synagogue. From Siena we’ll continue to Florence, cradle of the Renaissance, and undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Overnight: Florence.Close this
In no other city did the arts flourish as they did in Florence between the 13th and 16th centuries. Recognizing there is so much to see, we’ll be provided with an in-depth briefing by our tour escort.READ MORE
Our comprehensive sightseeing of Florence begins at Piazzale Michelangelo for a splendid view of the city. During the walking tour of the historic center of the city we’ll see some of the world’s greatest treasures: the sculpture-laden Piazza della Signoria with its Palazzo Vecchio (the historic Town Hall) and Loggia dei Lanzi; Ponte Vecchio, the famous bronze doors of the Baptistery, or “Gates of Paradise” as Michelangelo called them; Giotto’s belfry, the birthplace of Dante Aligheri. Special reservations have been made for us to visit the Galleria dell’Accademia, home of Michelangelo’s David, as well as the Uffizzi Gallery. Our visit will not be complete without seeing Florence’s magnificent Synagogue, a Synagogue “worthy of Florence” and one of the most beautiful in Europe which was dedicated in 1882. Evening services followed by Shabbat dinner. Overnight: Florence.Close this
Following Shabbat Services, kiddush and lunch enjoy a walking tour of the area around the hotel.
Today we’ll depart early to Pisa. Here, in Campo dei Miracoli, we’ll find the most outstanding assemblage of Romanesque architecture in Italy, and – of course – we’ll see the famous Leaning Tower.READ MORE
Although it was designed to be perfectly vertical, it started to lean during construction, at the end of the 12th century.
Joining again the Autostrada del Sol, we’ll drive to the floating city of Venice. For Jews, however, Venice is a place with a dark history; this is where the world’s first ghetto was instituted (1516) and the quality of Jewish life often shifted with the whims of the ruling power. Overnight in the Venice area.
Today we’ll absorb Venice’s unique atmosphere; its canals and streets remain the same as they were hundreds of years ago. Our walking tour starts with the ghetto neighborhood, where the German, Italian and Levantine (Sephardic) communities while independent, nevertheless lived side by side with one another.READ MORE
Our first stop will be at Ghetto Vecchio – the “Old Ghetto” where we’ll visit its outstanding ornate Spanish Synagogue. This synagogue (together with the Old-New Shul in Prague) may be the only one in the world that has held services continuously from its dedication in 1550 until the present day. In Ghetto Nuovo we’ll visit the Jewish Museum. We’ll continue along the Canal Grande to Ponte Rialto, a hallmark of the city, to the heart of Venice: St Mark’s square. We’ll see the soaring Bell Tower, the incredibly rich Basilica of St Mark, the exquisite Palace of the Doges (the powerful and prosperous dukes of Venice) and the nearby legendary Bridge of Sights. Then there will be time for your own Venetian adventures… just as you dreamed it would be. You can visit a traditional glassblowing factory on the island of Murano or enjoy a traditional Gondola ride (optional). In the evening you may wish to go out to enjoy a typical Opera of famous Venetian 18th Century arias, Italian songs and folklore at Palazzo Zeno – one of the most magnificent old palaces of Venice (optional). Overnight, in the Venice area.Close this
Leaving Venice, we’ll drive west to Verona, the town where Romeo and Juliet lived and loved as immortalized in Shakespeare’s tragedy. We’ll see glamorous plazas, medieval market squares and buildings dating back to the 13th century.READ MORE
We’ll stop to admire the Roman Arena and pay homage to Juliet’s balcony. Next, driving across the plains of Lombardy we’ll arrive to the dreamlike, inimitable Sirmione, a spa and resort on Lake Garda, Italy’s largest lake, with beautiful vistas of the Gardone Riviera and the distant Dolomite Mountains. We’ll continue to Milan, by far the largest city in Italy, renowned as one of the world capitals of design and fashion. The afternoon orientation tour will show us Milan’s famous cathedral, the Duomo, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in the Piazza Duomo – reputed to be the world’s oldest shopping mall, and Teatro alla Scala, the world’s most famous opera house. Overnight: Milan.Close this
Before us today, is a delightful excursion to Italy’s Lake District. Driving through charming and colorful small villages of Lombardy, we’ll reach Lago Maggiore.READ MORE
Traveling along the shores we’ll have views of elegant 19th century villas, small ports, exquisite gardens surrounded by majestic mountains. We’ll stop in Stresa for a short relaxing cruise to Isola Bella (The Beautiful Island) for an exclusive visit of the monumental Baroque Borromean Palace and its impressive gardens. We’ll return to Milan late in the afternoon; the remainder of the day is at leisure to enjoy the city. Overnight: Milan.Close this
Transfer to the Airport for your flight home.
Round trip air fare from New York as per itinerary.
First Class hotels.
Kosher Meals daily. (For details see General Conditions).
Transportation by air conditioned coaches.
Sightseeing, transfers and entrance fees as per Itinerary.
Experienced English speaking Tour Escort.
Tips for local service providers.
* Price of tour is subject to change due to change in air fare
Airport and security tax.
Travel Insurance (For details see General Conditions).
Tip for the tour escort (Recommended :$5 per person per day)
Any item not mentioned under “included in price”.
There may be changes to the order of places visited. We will make every effort to visit every place mentioned in the itinerary.
The tour organizers have no control over airline services such as seating, special meal requests, changes in departure times or delays. These remain the sole responsibility of the airline company.
Only strictly kosher food is provided to our travelers on all our tours. On some of our tours we are able to provide glatt meals. Kashrut is of utmost importance to us and we take special measures to ensure that everything served is kosher.
Breakfast is prepared using our utensils. We use local fresh fruits and vegetables, and we use milk products when they are permitted. We use kosher cereals, and bread. We usually serve hard boiled eggs and sometimes scrambled eggs or omelets. At breakfast, we prepare our lunches so that people have their choice as to what they eat for lunch. We bring food from Israel to supplement what is served in the hotel such as cheeses, peanut butter, tuna, etc.
For dinners, we serve either fish or meat (usually chicken) as our main course. In areas where meat is not available nor readily acquired, we will have fish. When possible, we acquire the meat locally from Chabad or other reliable kosher source, and in some cases we fly the meat in from Israel. We try to provide as many meat meals as possible. The main course at dinner is preceded by soup and salad and accompanied by freshly prepared vegetables. Dessert typically consists of fresh fruits.
We do not guarantee Pat Israel and Chalav Israel for all destinations.
In many destinations we have our own dishes and silverware. Where we don’t, we provide disposables at the meals. When we cook in hotel kitchens, we use our own knives, cutting boards, pots and pans, cooking implements and disposable metal trays. All food preparation is done on covered surfaces under the strict supervision of our trained staff/guides who function as our mashgichim.
We make great efforts to assure that our travelers will experience local foods first-hand, while maintaining stringent observance of Kashrut laws on all occasions.
On most of our tours, you will be accompanied by two of our staff members- one a guide for the tour who is knowledgeable about the places you are visiting and will accompany you throughout the day and the second, a person who will deal with the logistics of the tour and provide kashrut supervision in the kitchen.
It is our aim to provide the finest hotel possible in each area we visit. We require our hotels to allow us to work in the kitchen and to supervise the cooking and there are many hotels that are not willing to cooperate. They simply have no desire for us to be “meddling” in their cooking process nor are they happy about our bringing our equipment into their kitchens. We work very hard to find the best hotel in the area that will meet our requirements. Because we are not ready to compromise on kashrut, we may not always be able to use a five star hotel.
A $500 deposit per person must be received at the time of booking in order to confirm the reservation. Payment in full is due 60 days before departure.
A minimum number of participants are required in order to operate a tour date.
If the minimum number has not be reached and the tour is cancelled you will receive a FULL refund.
• 60 working days before departure bookings are refundable less $100 administration fee
• 59- 30 working days prior to departure: 25% cancelation charges per passenger
• 29-15 working days prior to departure: 50% cancelation charges per passenger
• Less than 15 working days prior to departure: 100% cancelation charges – NO REFUND