Sackville High School Trip

Italy, France & Barcelona ~ March 2010

 

For more information please email Kerry MacQueen: macquekL@staff.ednet.ns.ca

 

 (Dates below are subject to change. Required date flexibility of 4 days on either side of requested departure date)

Day 1

Board your overnight flight to Rome!

Day 2

Arrive in Rome

Arrive in bella Roma, the Eternal City. Here, Charlemagne was crowned emperor by the pope in A.D. 800. Excursion to city center if time permitting

Overnight in Rome

Day 3

Guided sightseeing Vatican City

Tour St. Peter’s Basilica (the world’s largest dome) in the Vatican City, erected on the site where the saint was martyred. Inside, admire Michelangelo’s Pietà along with the numerous features of this masterpiece cathedral—visually stunning and deceptive in equal measure. Passing through the Vatican museums, you will enter the Sistine Chapel, crowned with Michelangelo’s incomparable ceiling depicting the creation.

Guided sightseeing of Rome

Your guided sightseeing of ancient Rome takes you past the ancient Forum Romanum, once the heart of the Roman Empire. You will also visit the Colosseum, where gladiators once battled for their lives in front of 50,000 spectators. During a guided walk, stroll through the Piazza Venezia and view the Pantheon, the temple to "all the gods." End at the Trevi Fountain, a favorite meeting spot for tourists and locals alike.

Overnight in Rome

Day 4

Transfer to Florence via Orvieto

Travel to the small city of Orvieto. Visit the Cathedral. Then arrive in Florence, birthplace of the Italian language, the Renaissance and opera.

Overnight in Florence

Day 5

Guided sightseeing of Florence

Fall under the spell of the powerful Medici family on your guided tour. See Giotto’s Bell Tower and the imposing marble cathedral in the Piazza del Duomo. Stand before Ghiberti’s legendary Gates of Paradise (so dubbed by Michelangelo), and pass the classical statues of the Piazza della Signoria- here you can see where Michelangelo’s David originally stood. Later, watch local artisans at work at a local leather workshop.

Visit the Duomo, which houses major works by Donatello and Nicola Pisano (and his son Giovanni), and walk along medieval streets to the Piazza del Campo. It is in this piazza that Siena’s famed Palio (a thrilling bareback horse race) takes place each summer.

Overnight in Florence

D ay 6 Ju

Transfer to French Riviera via Pisa

Here your guide will lead you to the Field of Miracles, where you can see the six stories of white marble that form the 12th-century Leaning Tower of Pisa, along with the adjacent marble cathedral and the neighboring baptistery. The tower was re-opened to the public in 2001.

Overnight in French Riviera

Day 7

Transfer to Provence

Today you will travel to the Provence region of France--one of the most beautiful and acclaimed parts of the country. In thise region you will discover a land of stunning architecture with heavy Roman influence, varied local produce and strong artistic links, none more famous than Impressionism.

Walking tour of Monaco

Follow your tour director through Monaco, a speck of a principality that packs wealth, royalty, and the world’s most famous casino into just 0.8 square miles. The Grimaldi family has ruled Monaco since 1297, making them the longest-reigning family dynasty in Europe. See the palace and pass by the Cathédrale de Monaco, site of Prince Rainier’s wedding to Grace Kelly in 1956. The cathedral is also the final resting place of both Prince Rainier and Princess Grace, who was killed in a car accident

in the hills of Monaco in 1982. Catch a glimpse of the stately casino as you stroll the streets with your tour director. The aura of mystique that surrounds the Monte-Carlo casino stems in part from Mata Hari, the professional dancer-turned-Dutch-spy who once shot a Russian spy inside the ornate landmark.

Tour Director-led sightseeing of Nice

Acquaint yourself with the palm trees and promenades of this exclusive seaside resort. Walk in the footsteps of the rich and famous as you stroll through the Vieille Ville past white-washed villas, and down the Promenade des Anglais. Nice’s spectacular scenery has inspired such artists as Renoir, Matisse and Toulouse-Lautrec.

Overnight in Provence

Day 8

Transfer to Barcelona via Pont du Gard

Visit the Pont du Gard, the best-preserved portion of an aqueduct built by the Emperor Agrippa in AD 19. This spectacular work of Roman engineering is impressive in both form and function-the water conduit, atop the three levels of arches over the River Gard, brought 2,000 gallons of fresh water to the city each day.

Walking tour of Nimes

Your tour director acquaints you with the ancient Gallic settlement of Nîmes. The town sprouted up around a sacred spring, which was the haunt of the god Nemausus, origin of the city’s name. With the arrival of the Romans in 121 BC, the settlement began to prosper. Today, you will visit an ancient amphitheater built to accommodate 21,000 spectators. Nîmes is also famous as the birthplace of denim, a fabric named for its origins-de Nîmes.

Overnight in Barcelona

Day 9

Guided sightseeing of Barcelona

Your guided tour takes you past the controversial and still unfinished La Sagrada Familia (the Church of the Holy Family). This masterpiece of twisting spires and colorful mosaics was designed by Gaudí, who estimated it would take 200 years to complete. You’ll also stroll the narrow lanes of the 14thcentury Barrio Gótico, the oldest surviving part of the city. Continue on to Gaudi's masterpiece, the fantasyland of Parc Guell, complete with a bright mosaic lizard fountain and the longest bench in the world. Then enjoy a marvelous harbor view from atop Montjuïc Hill, where much of the 1992 Olympics took place.

Tour Director-led walking tour of Barcelona

Absorb the colorful and dynamic atmosphere of Barcelona during your walking tour down Las Ramblas; a mile-long tree-lined pedestrian boulevard which runs from the pulsating Plaza de Catalunya down to the towering monument of Christopher Columbus pointing out to sea. Flower stalls, mime artists, puppeteers, diners and waiters all vie for your attention. You will also see the thrice-burned-down Gran Teatro de Liceu, the nostalgic Café de l’Opera, and still have chance to savor the splendid La Boqueria food market.

Tapas Dinner

Tonight you can enjoy the culinary delights of Spain’s famous tapas. Coming from the verb tapar (to cover) you will sample local finger foods that range from the tame (breads and cheeses) to the adventurous (exotic meats and seafood). Feasting on tapas is the quintessential Spanish experience!

Overnight in Barcelona

Day 10

Transfer to the airport for your return flight

Your tour director assists with your transfer to the airport, where you’ll check in for your return flight home.

 

Itinerary is subject to change