Sat, Nov 3: Depart Indianapolis for your overnight flight to Rome, Italy.
Sun, Nov 4: Arrive in Rome, meet your motorcoach driver and English-speaking assistant and transfer to the NH Leonardo da Vinci, your home for the next six nights, located near Vatican City. Rest of the day is on your own.
Mon, Nov 5: After a hot and cold breakfast buffet at the hotel, meet your driver and guide for a half-day sightseeing tour of Ancient Rome. Stops include the Colosseum, the largest building of its era where gladiators fought before crowds of cheering citizens, and the ruins of the Roman Forum, once the political and religious epicenter of the Western world. Rest of the day is at leisure to explore more of the city. (B)
Tue, Nov 6: Breakfast at the hotel with the day to see more of Rome on your own. This might be a great time to visit museums such as the Galleria Borghese, the Capitoline Museums or the National Gallery of Modern Art. You may wish to take a daytrip to Naples and Pompeii or possibly the Island of Capri. (B)
Wed, Nov 7: In the morning, visit Vatican City and St. Peter’s Basilica. As the spiritual center of the Catholic Church, St. Peter’s is the ultimate destination for Catholic pilgrims but also draws visitors to its masterpieces of art and architecture. Tour the Vatican Museums, nearly two dozen galleries and period rooms with many great works of art that were collected by the Catholic Church. View the Sistine Chapel with its magnificent restored frescoes by Michaelangelo. The rest of the day is at your leisure – perhaps a tour of the early Christian catacombs (cemeteries) below the city? (B)
Thu, Nov 8 – Fri, Nov 9: Visit more of Rome, with time to shop, see museums, churches and ancient monuments or just walk around, experiencing the city. Consider climbing Palatine Hill, once the site of aristocratic residences and private palaces, or to the top of the grand Spanish Steps to admire a panoramic view of the city. Views of Rome from the Pincio Gardens at sunset are especially dramatic; survey the beautifully illuminated Forum at night from the Campidoglio (Capitoline Hill). Don’t miss throwing a coin over your shoulder into the Trevi Fountain to assure your return to the city. (B)
Sat, Nov 10: After breakfast, check out of the hotel and meet your motorcoach driver for the transfer to the airport. Return to Indianapolis the same day. (B)
NH Leonardo da Vinci Hotel
Located in the quiet residential Prati district in the heart of Rome and within walking distance to such famous places as the Piazza di Spagna, Castel Sant’Angelo and Vatican City, this hotel offers contemporary rooms . Highlights: charming guestrooms with private baths and balcony or terrace • in-room mini bars • wireless Internet access (fees apply) • restaurant • bar • room service (limited hours).