Four hundred years ago Galileo developed a telescope that forever changed our views of the heavens—literally and philosophically. This new special interest tour explores the man and his achievements through the Smithsonian lens of scientific discovery.

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In the Footsteps of Galileo

8 days from $5,395

Four hundred years ago Galileo developed a telescope that forever changed our views of the heavens—literally and philosophically. This new special interest tour explores the man and his achievements through the Smithsonian lens of scientific discovery.

or Call 855-330-1542

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Palazzo Giovanelli

Venice, Italy

Elegant boutique 4-star hotel, overlooking the Grand Canal near the church of San Stae. It is located away from the hustle and bustle of the Rialto and St Mark’s Square but still within convenient access by public waterbus. The 41 guest rooms are furnished with a contemporary style and offer all amenities and enchanting views over Venice. There are a number of artisan shops and typical Venetian inns within easy walking distance.

Number of nights: 2

Plaza Lucchesi Hotel

Florence, Italy

With unique and unforgettable views of the Florence skyline, the Plaza Lucchesi Hotel offers superb luxury and original character. Opened in 1860, each room presents stunning views of either the Arno River or the majestic Santa Croce and both can be seen from the magnificent rooftop bar. Located minutes from the Galileo Museum and the Uffizi, the hotel’s location cannot be beat. With local wine vintages available at the restaurant and bar, and a heated outdoor pool, also located on the roof, guests will be able to relax in style. Rooms feature wood flooring, complimentary water, safe, bathrobe and slippers, tea and coffee making faculties and complimentary wi-fi.

Number of nights: 4