June 8 – 27, 1985
Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp
This afternoon you will have your first rehearsal at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (Twin Lake, Michigan).
June 9 – June 12 Blue Lake
Fine Arts Camp
Pre-tour rehearsals continue these days plus a live
radio broadcast concert.
Blue Lake – Detroit
– New York – Rome,
Today you travel from Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp to Detroit Metro
Airport to board your TWA flight to New York
where you will connect with your transatlantic TWA flight to Rome. Meal service during the overnight flight.
Morning arrival in Rome. Clear
customs and board your private motorcoaches for the transfer to your hotel. Remainder
of the day at leisure. Rome, the
Eternal City, is the cradle of Christian and Western Civilization and is richer in masterpieces than any city in the world. After some relaxation, you will want to explore some of the city on your own. Visit charming piazzas (squares), marvel at the fountains and statues and monuments,
or relax in a café on via Beneto or Piazza Navona. Try your Italian –
order your dinner in a small Italian restaurant!
Rome – Foggia
This morning you travel across Italy, over the
Apennines to Foggia,
boasting a 12th century cathedral. This old bishopric was badly
damaged during the Second World War, but modern rebuilding has replaced many of the scars of the war. After hotel check-in, you will want to explore the city. The
Municipal Museum or a visit to the Cathedral
may be of interest; or, take camera in hand and photograph some of the charming areas of this old town. A concert is planned for this evening. Breakfast and dinner
at your hotels.
Morning at leisure for individual pursuits. This afternoon you will visit Manfredonia, a little port city on the
Adriatic Sea. Time for a swim in the Adriatic,
a look around the town, or a visit to the castle of the Angevin period. In
the Middle Ages, the port bustled with pilgrims and knights embarking in Genoese
or Venetian ships for foreign ports. This evening you will have a concert in
Roseto Valfortore, a small village nestled in a valley of the Apennines, and the home town of
Dr. Falcone. Return to Foggia
for overnight. Breakfast and dinner at the hotel.
Foggia – Naples
Taking the main highway across the country, you will pass many villages as you travel into the Campania
area of Italy. After
you cross the Apennines, Mt. Vesuvius
may be seen in the distance. Upon arrival in Naples,
you will check into your hotel and have the remainder of the afternoon at leisure.
Naples is the third largest city in Italy
and a great seaport in a magnificent setting. Spend your leisure time this
afternoon visiting the Piazza del Plebescito, enclosed on one side of the royal palace and on the other side by the
royal palace and on the Church of St. Francis
of Paola. Or visit the Old Spacca Quarter, the heart of old Naples,
or the Port of Santa Lucia with the view
of the bay. Somewhere you will hear a Neopolitan song being sung. A concert is planned for this evening. Breakfast and
dinner at your hotels.
This morning you will make an excursion to Pompeii. Pompeii was founded about the 5th century B.C.
and buried in A.D. 79 when Mt. Vesuvius
erupted. Mt Vesuvius is one of the
few still active volcanoes in Europe. Excavations are
continuing at Pompeii. Return to
Naples for an afternoon at leisure. Breakfast
and dinner at the hotel.
Naples – Rome
This morning you will drive northward to Rome. After hotel check-in, the afternoon is free in Rome for
shopping or individual sightseeing. A concert is planned for this evening. Breakfast at your hotel.
This morning you will have a sightseeing tour of Rome to include Ancient
Rome and Christian Rome. Among the
sights will be the Pantheon, Coliseum, St. Peter’s Square and Cathedral, and numerous other sites too vast to name. The afternoon will be at leisure. Breakfast at your hotel.
Rome – Siena
Morning drive to Siena, founded by the Etruscans and a rival to Florence
in the Middle Ages. Siena
is one of the richest towns in Tuscany as far as works of art are concerned. The town has retained its medieval aspect and
invites a stroll through its narrow Gothic streets lined with palaces and mansions.
The town is encircled by ramparts which extend over three converging red clay hills from which the color burnt
siena is named. A concert is
planned during your brief stay in Siena.
Breakfast and dinner at your hotels.
Siena – Florence
This morning a short drive will take you to Florence, built on the plain
between the hills on either side of the Arno River
Valley. The devastating flood in November
1966 did a great deal of damage to many monuments and works of art, but
immediate restoration was begun (and still continues) and has not greatly reduced the artistic heritage of the town. This afternoon you will have a sightseeing tour to include the Duomo (Cathedral), Bapistry,
the Piazza della Signoria with many antique and Renaissance statues, the unique 16the century Pont Vechhio which spans
the Arno River, and Piazzale Michelangelo. A concert is planned during your stay in Florence. Breakfast and dinner at your hotels.
This full day will be at leisure to explore the city on your own. This
is an excellent town for walking and a city map will lead you to many interesting places
in the city-centre. Breakfast at your hotel.
Florence – Venice
This morning you will drive to Venice, built on 117 islands, and boasting
150 canals and 400 bridges. This afternoon you will have a sightseeing tour
on foot to include St. Marks Square, the Basilica, Doges
Palace, the Bridge of Sighs,
and other noted sights on the main island. A concert is planned during your
stay in Venice. Breakfast and dinner
at your hotels.
This full day will be at leisure to shop and explore the city on your own. You
may wish to visit Burano, a fishing village known for its lace and its painted houses. Or visit Murano, whose main street consists of a canal lined with Renaissance
houses, and a glass-working center since 1292. You will certainly want to
spend some time at St. Mark’s Square having a glass of wine or a cup of coffee.
So much to see! So much to do!
Enjoy this charming city. Breakfast and dinner at your hotel.
Venice – Milan
This morning you will drive to Milan for hotel check-in. This afternoon you will have a sightseeing
tour to include many of the noted sights in the city. Of special interest will be the Duomo in the city-centre made of white marble and bristling with belfries, gables, pinnacles
and statues. Nearby is the famous Teatro alla Scala (Opera House) and the Galleria,
an excellent place for a cup of coffee. A concert is planned in Milan. Breakfast and dinner at your hotel.
Milan – New York –
Breakfast at your hotel and transfer to the airport for check-in and the return flight to New
York. After clearing U.S. Customs you will check in for
your flight on to Detroit, or your selected final destination.
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