Florence offers endless opportunities to explore Italy's arts, history, and culture, yet it's small enough that you can feel at home in a very short time. Live your Tuscan dream on our new three-week immersion program in Florence - designed with the right balance between scheduled activities and language lessons and independent time to pursue personal interests.
Enjoy independent living in a fully furnished apartment that's within walking distance to historic sites, activities, and markets, and feel confident about getting around on your own by attending language lessons four times a week. Get to know fellow travelers during several scheduled excursions or activities each week that highlight the cultural wealth of the city, such as Michelangelo's work at the Accademia and San Lorenzo Church, masterpieces of the Uffizi, the Boboli gardens and a cooking class. Plus, a planned day trip to Venice, and an optional guided excursion to Siena, take you beyond Florence. Meanwhile, your Tour Manager provides you with support and advice to help tailor your time with optional activities such as wine tastings, hiking, painting, small cooking lessons, and more.Check out our photo slide show to glimpse the excitement of this special program!
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Days 1 & 2 — U.S., Florence, Italy
Depart the U.S. on independent overnight flights. Upon arrival in Florence, transfer to the city center. Settle into your apartment and meet your Travel Director, a Florentine local who will handle all program logistics and will be available daily to assist with sightseeing arrangements, dinner reservations, shopping suggestions, and any other assistance you may require. Gather for a briefing to ensure you are fully informed about the program and all the latest news in Florence, followed by a welcome reception and dinner. (D)Day 3 — Florence and Orientation
Enjoy an orientation tour of Florence this morning, to locate the CET center, shops, pharmacies, and other essential locations. At the CET center begin your language classes.Days 4-6 — Florence: Language Lessons and cultural visits
Continue with your language classes each morning, taking your knowledge out into real live settings to put your Italian to the test. On two afternoons there will be guided cultural visits arranged.Day 7 — Optional Excursion: Siena
Take the public bus from Florence down to Siena. A local expert will introduce you to this picturesque hill-town on a walking tour of the main sites, the ornate duomo, baptistery and the unique shell-shaped campo at the heart of the city. There will be time to wander the medieval streets and alleys on your own before returning to Florence. If you wish to linger in Siena at the end of the day, return at your leisure on a later bus.Days 8-9 — Free week-end
Week-end free for independent exploration. Your Travel Director will be able to offer advice and suggestions of things to see and do in Florence or beyond.Days 10-13 — Florence: Language Lessons and cultural visits
Language lessons continue Monday to Thursday with two afternoon guided visits.Day 14 — Venice
Take the fast train to Venice (two hours). Spend the day in the magical city of Venice. On arrival at the Santa Lucia train station, step out onto the Grand Canal. Take a vaporetto (public waterbus) passing the magnificent palazzi that line the Grand Canal, glide under the Rialto Bridge and admire the domes of the Salute Church. Take a guided tour of the Doge’s Palace and delve into the masters of Venetian Renaissance art. Some time at leisure to escape the crowds and discover your own favorite bridge over a canal in this beautiful city.Day 15-16 — Free week-endDays 17-21 — Florence: Language Lessons and cultural visits
Language lessons continue Monday to Thursday with two afternoon guided visits. Celebrate your Italian adventure with a farewell reception and dinner (D)Day 22 — Florence, U.S.
Transfer to Florence airport for individual flights back to the U.S.