Benvenuto! Welcome to Italy. Upon exiting customs, you will be met by an Adventures by Disney representative who will escort you to your transfer vehicle. Relax as the driver assists with your luggage and transports you to the Gran Meliá Rome Hotel.
Check into the Gran Meliá Rome Hotel
Experience Old World elegance at this stunning hotel that is enveloped in the scenic beauty of ancient Rome, offering spectacular views of St. Peter's Basilica and Castel St. Angelo. Located on the banks of the River Tiber, you'll find yourself in the heart of the cultural and entertainment attractions of the bustling city, just a short walk from the Vatican. With modern amenities, a magnificent pool and lush gardens, your stay at this urban resort will be truly unforgettable.
Welcome Reception and Poolside Dinner at Hotel
Gather together and meet the other families that will share the adventure! After a festive cocktail reception, feast on the first of many mouthwatering Italian meals.
Enjoy a hearty buffet breakfast to start your day.
Special Access at the Colosseum
Take to the streets of this ancient city for a privately guided tour that includes stops at the Roman Forum and a VIP tour of the Colosseum, including access to the 3rd—and highest—level with its spectacular views of the city. Junior Adventurers will get an engaging, interactive tour of the Colosseum that will give them an understanding of ancient Rome.
Lunch at ReCafé
Fuel up with a delicious meal of pizza and salad before continuing your tour.
Sights of Rome Tour
Continue your walking tour of the best sites in Rome with visits to the spectacular destinations of this historic city that you've always dreamed of seeing. You'll explore the city center, home to the famed Spanish Steps, the Piazza Navona, the Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain, where you can, as the legend dictates, ensure your return to Rome by tossing a coin into its waters.
Dinner On Your Own in Rome
When in Rome… the city — and its outstanding restaurants — is yours to explore. Be sure to ask your Adventure Guides to make recommendations for a memorable meal.
Enjoy a full American-style buffet breakfast to start the day.
Private Tour of St. Peter's Basilica
Approach the Basilica via St. Peter's Square and marvel at this renowned example of Renaissance architecture that remains the largest church in the world. The burial place of St. Peter and many popes since, this site was originally constructed in the 4th century. Michelangelo's iconic dome dominates the skyline of Rome.
Private Tour of Castel Sant'Angelo*
Traverse the towering cylindrical building, once the tallest in Rome, initially commissioned by the Roman Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum and later used as a fortress by the popes.
Lunch and Afternoon on Your Own in Rome
Discover the flavors of Italy on your own. And be sure to ask your Adventure Guides to make recommendations for a memorable meal. After lunch, you'll enjoy time on your own to explore the sites of Rome, such as the Baths of Diocletian, Palatine Hill, the home of emperors and aristocrats, or relax at a local café and enjoy some of the marvelous shops this wonderful city.
Private After-Hours Vatican Museum Visit
Experience an amazing visit to the Vatican Museum during an exclusive after-hours tour. The collection spans 25 centuries and is home to masterpieces by the greatest artists in history. Your guide will also escort you into the Sistine Chapel for an intimate look at Michelangelo's magnificent achievement—a truly rare opportunity that is not to be missed.
Dinner on Your Own
Savor the dishes that give Rome its unique flavors that are unlike any other. Your Adventures Guides can recommend a place to eat, or discover one on your own. Either way, it is sure to become a favorite.
*Please note that tours of Castel San' Angelo are subject to short-notice cancellations due to usage by the Vatican for Papal events.
Journey via motor coach to the glorious Umbrian and Tuscan countryside. Along the way, take an illuminating excursion to Orvieto, a medieval settlement crowned with a magnificent cathedral, considered by many as one of Europe's greatest Gothic masterpieces.
Lunch at Relais Gli Ulivi
Revel in the quintessential Italian experience as you visit this family-owned private estate, Relais Gli Ulivi—that translates to "The Olive Orchard"—to feast on an authentic Umbrian repast featuring local food, olive oil and wine. Feel like part of the family as you learn to make a traditional dessert known as Torta Della Nonna—"Grandmother's Cake."
Junior Adventurers – Lawn Games & Swimming*
Fun and frolic is the order of the afternoon for kids as Adventure Guides teach them classic Italian lawn games. Swimming is also available for the kids.
Dinner at Hotel – Borgo di Cortefreda
Sample excellent Tuscan cuisine made with the finest local and regional products. Enjoy a lovely evening dining and wine tasting on the terrace, under a glorious Tuscan sky.
Junior Adventurers – Dinner & Disney Movie
Following an evening of lawn games and an Italian soda tasting activity, Junior Adventurers will enjoy a kids-only dinner, followed by a Disney movie.
*Please note that the pool is only open during the warm summer months.
After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, travel by coach to this working farm—complete with winery—located in the heart of the Chianti wine-growing region. Be welcomed by the chef, who will lead you in a fun pasta-making activity. Be sure to take in the spectacular views of the medieval towers of San Gimigano, a fortified hilltop town, standing on a nearby hilltop.
Adult Wine Tasting in Winery
Tour the family winery and then partake in the local flavors as your participate in a wine-tasting.
Kids Olive Oil Flavoring
Junior Adventurers learn how to flavor their own olive oil—which they may give as a gift to their parents.
Lunch at Fattoria Poggio Alloro
Enjoy a beautiful pasta lunch at this picturesque farm. Weather permitting, lunch will be served on the terrazzo, overlooking the beautiful scenery and medieval towers of San Gimigano.
On Your Own in Cortefreda
Transfer back to the charming hotel and regenerate as you enjoy the many amenities such as the beautiful pool surrounded by the rolling Tuscan landscape. You can also stroll into the nearby town of Tavarnelle Val di Pesa to explore the quaint shops and cafés.
A Tuscan Dinner to Remember in the Castello di Oliveto
Indulge yourself at a Medieval-themed banquet set in a 15th century manor, one of the most beautified fortified villas that stands in one of the most picturesque corners of Tuscany. Costumed servers enhance the remarkable atmosphere of this truly unforgettable evening.
Gli Amici di Chianti
Delight in the simple joys of life as this popular folk group sing, dance and entertain you in the old Florentine tradition.
After breakfast at the hotel, board a motor coach for a picturesque ride to the breathtaking city of Florence.
Share the timeless treasures of the Renaissance on a privately guided exploration designed to enchant travelers of all ages. Enjoy reserved entry and access to Michelangelo's "David" followed by a tour of the city's famed Duomo.
Lunch in Florence
Enjoy a pleasant family lunch at a local trattoria in Florence.
Private Tour of Palazzo Vecchio
Explore the spectacular town hall of Florence with a special VIP tour of this magnificent structure that remains one of the most impressive in Tuscany. You'll climb the famous tower and be rewarded with stunning views over the rooftops of Florence. You will also walk through the secret passages once used by the Medici family, famed patrons of the arts. Be sure to take in the marvelous frescoes, many by Vasari, who also designed much of what is seen in the interior rooms, just as they are today.
Afternoon and Dinner in Florence
Walk through the pages of history and discover the beauty of this magical metropolis. Shop for treasures at a bustling marketplace or marvel at great works of art in magnificent museums. For dinner, discover tantalizing dishes. Indulge your senses tonight with a meal on your own in Florence! Ask your Adventure Guides for recommendations.
After a delightful breakfast at the hotel, bid farewell to the countryside and climb aboard an ITALO high-speed bullet train that features state-of-the-art technology and onboard conveniences. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, snack areas, and food and drink services.
Private Gondola Tour
Upon your arrival in Venice you and your fellow adventurers will explore the City of Canals via gondola, the traditional mode of Venetian transportation. Travel under the Rialto Bridge as you glide along the famed Grand Canal on you private tour of this floating city.
Piazza San Marco and Basilica
Bring history to life on a privately guided, story-filled walking tour that illuminates the city's architectural treasures. Plus, you'll find a few surprises along the way.
Arrive at the Hilton Molino Stucky
This resplendent hotel—once a flourmill but now restored with classic flourish—sits on Laguna Veneta, with breathtaking views of the city and beautifully appointed rooms.
Dinner on Your Own
Tonight, decide how your family would like to share a Venetian dinner on your own. Choose between gourmet restaurants, tempting trattorias or local favorites.
*Please note that food and drink service is not complimentary.
Get a close-up look at this monumental palace built in Venetian Gothic style. Now a museum, this landmark was once the residence of the Doge of Venice, the supreme authority of the Republic of Venice. Junior Adventurers will get to play sleuths as they participate in a special Adventures by Disney art detective game designed by Disney, exclusively for kids.
Venetian Carnevale Mask-Making
After breakfast at the hotel, take a scenic walk through town and head to Tragicomica, a studio where you will get private, hands-on instruction in the art of mask-making—and construct a masquerade masterpiece of your own!
Lunch On Your Own in Venice
Share a Venetian lunch with your fellow adventurers before heading out to Doges Palace!
On Your Own in Venice
Dazzling boutiques and museums await as you continue your on-your-own exploration of Venice.
Farewell Dinner aboard the Jolly Roger
Step aboard this pirate-themed schooner and toast the bountiful adventure you've shared with your family and newfound friends. The Jolly Roger galleon sails the Adriatic coast and Venetian lagoon and is modeled after the ships launched by the Venetian Republic. With delectable Italian dishes, lively entertainment and a few Disney surprises, this party celebrates the adventure of a lifetime!
Enjoy a filling breakfast before departing the hotel.
Transfer to Airport or Train Station
Relax as we handle your luggage and arrange transportation to the airport. Say arrivederci to your fellow travelers until you return again!