Expedition Overview

Expedition Overview

SPECIAL OFFERS

2023 Early Booking Offer

For a limited time, starting on May 23*, save $400 per person on North America itineraries or save $500 per person on international itineraries when you book your space by 8/19/22 on select 2023 National Geographic Signature Land departures**. Take advantage of this special offer by calling 1-888-966-8687 or contacting your Travel Agent, or book online and mention code EARLY_BK_2023.

*Qualifying departures will open for booking to all travelers on May 26, 2022. Starting on May 23, 2022, early booking will be available to select groups. Please refer to the following schedule:

5/23:
Lifelong Explorers, Grosvenor Council Members, and Travelers who are currently on hold with National Geographic Expeditions for a future reservation

5/24:
National Geographic Expeditions or Journeys Past Travelers

5/25:
Disney Vacation Club Members, Disney Castaway Club Gold and Platinum Members, and Golden Oak Residents

5/26:
General Public

If you qualify for early booking, please call 1-888-966-8687 to book your expedition. Our hours are Monday to Friday, 9am-9pm ET.

If you do not qualify for early booking, this departure will open for booking to all travelers on May 26, 2022.
**The per-person savings is taken from the non-discounted prevailing rate for each departure as quoted by National Geographic Expeditions on the date of booking (“Regular Rate’”) and only valid on select National Geographic Expeditions land departures with travel start dates between November 7, 2022 and December 11, 2023, inclusive.

Qualifying land itineraries have a callout on the Special Offers box of the itinerary page on nationalgeographic.com/expeditions, and on the Special Offers page.

The offer designation may not reflect real-time offer availability; accordingly, availability is subject to confirmation at time of booking and payment of the standard deposit. Any courtesy hold, without payment of the standard deposit, will not guarantee availability of the offer for the selected departure date.

Offer availability is limited for each departure. The offer terminates on August 19, 2022 or when the limited spaces eligible for the offer on the applicable departure date have been booked, whichever is earlier.

Valid on new bookings only. Lead guest of the booking party must travel on the land package booked. Not transferable or redeemable for cash in whole or in part. Savings not applicable to deposit. Cannot be combined with any other offers, discounts or promotions. Not valid for group bookings. Offer is subject to change without notice. Offer valid for residents of the U.S. and Canada, except for Quebec. Bookings subject to restrictions and National Geographic Expeditions’ standard terms and conditions. Void where prohibited.
Available Departures
  • Apr 19-28, 2023
  • May 17-26, 2023
  • Jun 14-23, 2023
  • Sep 20-29, 2023
  • Oct 18-27, 2023
  • Enjoy a private, after-hours tour of the stunning Saint Mark's Basilica in Venice
  • Marvel at the works of Italian masters during a visit to the Vatican museums.
  • Learn the secrets of Tuscan cuisine while enjoying meals and excellent Italian wines at local restaurants, wineries, and family homes.
  • Stay two nights in the Tuscan countryside at a family-owned and operated 13th-century castello, and get to know members of the family.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Tap into the rhythms of la dolce vita on an unforgettable journey through Italy. Explore the winding canals and architectural wonders of Venice, walk through the picturesque villages, and settle into a restored medieval castello to savor the cuisine and traditions of Tuscany. Delve into the country’s enduring legacies among Florence’s Renaissance masterpieces and amid the ruins of the Roman Empire.

Day 1: Venice, Italy
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Arrive at Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE) and transfer by motorboat to our hotel in the heart of Venice. Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner at a Venetian restaurant followed by a walking tour of the illuminated city.

Meals Included:Dinner
Accommodations:Splendid Venice
Day 2: Venice
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Set out on foot for a guided tour of this enchanting UNESCO World Heritage site. Stroll through Piazza San Marco and its golden mosaic-filled basilica. Admire the Gothic arches of the Doge’s Palace, and see the 16th-century Sansovinian Library and the iconic Rialto Bridge. Explore Venice's winding paths at your leisure this afternoon. After dinner, enjoy a private, after-hours visit to the breathtaking Saint Mark's Basilica.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations:Splendid Venice
Day 3: Florence
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Hop aboard a high-speed train to Florence, and after lunch set out on a walking tour of its historic center. In Piazza della Repubblica, discover the city’s beginnings as a Roman settlement. Wander through narrow streets past the fortified houses and towers that marked the medieval town, and emerge onto the open Piazza della Signoria, the political center of the city since the Middle Ages. See the Duomo, the Ponte Vecchio, and encounter Michelangelo’s peerless David and the evocative Prisoners at the Galleria dell’Accademia.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Gallery Hotel Art
Day 4: Lucca and Pisa/Florence
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This morning, choose between two options. Venture to medieval Lucca for a bike ride atop the city walls, then visit Pisa to climb its famed leaning tower. Alternatively, explore Florence at your own pace; perhaps take a short walk to the Basicilia di Santa Croce or wander across the river Arno to stroll the lovely Boboli Gardens. This afternoon an art historian will guide us through the iconic Uffizi Gallery. Commissioned in 1560 by Cosimo I de’ Medici and designed by the great architect Giorgio Vasari, the Uffizi has drawn visitors to view the masterpieces within for centuries. Cap off your day with a special dinner in the home of a Florentine family.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations:Gallery Hotel Art
Day 5: Tuscan Countryside
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Travel south into the Chianti region. Visit the renowned Badia a Coltibuono winery and fortified former abbey for a wine tasting and lunch. Then continue to Gargonza, a medieval hamlet superbly situated in the Tuscan countryside. This afternoon, settle into the privately owned 13th-century castello of the Guicciardini family—our home for the next two nights.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Castello di Gargonza
Day 6: Tuscan Countryside
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Venture into the Tuscan countryside on a morning hike through the scenic landscape near Gargonza. During a free afternoon at the castello, stroll the gardens, relax by the pool, or try your hand at a game of bocce. Later, you may join the castello’s chef for a cooking lesson and a tasting of several fine local vintages.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Castello di Gargonza
Day 7: Siena/Rome
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A short drive brings us to the Tuscan gem of Siena. Soak up the medieval flavor of the city on a walking tour that includes the Piazza del Campo; the Palazzo Pubblico; and the colorful, marble-clad cathedral. Stop for lunch on your own in one of Siena's many trattorias before traveling south to eternal Rome.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations:Rose Garden Palace
Day 8: Rome
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Take in the sacred grandeur of Vatican City with an early morning visit to its famed museums. See the stunning Sistine Chapel, then visit St. Peter’s Square and its soaring basilica. After lunch, gather for a walking tour to view the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and the Piazza Navona.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Rose Garden Palace
Day 9: Rome
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Stroll the ruins of the Roman Forum and enjoy a specially arranged visit inside the Chiesa di San Lorenzo in Miranda, formerly the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina erected in A.D. 141. Here, meet archaeologist Dr. Valerie Higgins of the American University in Rome, a top expert in the field of Roman archaeology who recently appeared in the popular National Geographic documentary series The Story of God. Then, venture into the Colosseum, where gladiators prepared for battle. The afternoon is yours to explore on your own then toast our Italian sojourn at a festive farewell dinner tonight.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations:Rose Garden Palace
Day 10: Rome
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After breakfast, transfer to the Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO) in Rome for your flight home.

Meals Included:Breakfast