Monday, October 11, 2010

USC 2011 Alumni & Friends Itinerary

This is the updated itinerary for the USC Alumni and Friends 2011 Incantato Tour to Italy. The itinerary is still very much a work in progress. Details are subject to change as this journey becomes more and more your tour and to enhance the overall experience. Enjoy!

DAY 1 Friday, March 4
Overnight flight to Rome
LUFTHANSA flight LH429 leaves CHARLOTTE (CLT) at 5:25PM.

DAY 2 Saturday, March 5
Benvenuti to Italy
Arrive in MUNICH (MUC) at 8:10AM.
Clear customs and immigration, proceed to your connecting flight gate.

LUFTHANSA flight LH1884 leaves MUNICH (MUC) at 9:15AM.

Arrive in FLORENCE (FLR) at 10:35AM.

Collect your luggage and meet your Tour Manager, Petra Fuerchtenicht, at the airport. Board the coach, grab lunch en route, and head to Pisa for leisurely exploration. Continue to Lucca for a guided city tour and dinner at Il Poggio before transferring to Montecatini Terme. The Shadow Tour will stay at the Hotel Montebello from March 4 through 7.

DAY 3 Sunday, March 6
Florence in-depth, Mass & Concert
Visit nearby Florence for a guided city tour and take a close look at the Accademia Museum where Michelangelo's David is displayed. The choir sings Mass at San Lorenzo Church at 6:00PM, followed by a feature performance at Santa Maria Maggiore at 8:15PM. Later transfer back to Montecatini.

DAY 4 Monday, March 7
Tuscany at Leisure
Enjoy a relaxing excursion to the charming coastal towns of Cinque Terre by train. Along your excursion, you will visit Riomaggiore, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Montesorro. En-route, you can see the Carrera Marble Mountains. Return to Montecatini in the evening.

DAY 5 Tuesday, March 8
Via Orvieto to Magliano Sabina
Bid farewell to Tuscany as you travel to Magliano Sabina. Stop for a guided tour in the hilltop town of Orvieto with its amazing Duomo and underground caves, and enjoy a visit to local artisan food producers where you can taste fresh olive oil, goat cheese, etc. The Shadow Tour will stay at Hotel Sabina in Magliano Sabina on March 8 and 9.

DAY 6 Wednesday, March 9
& Concert
Explore the sights of Perugia with a local guide.
Then continue to Labro for a Pizza making workshop and master classes at the Art monastery. The next stop is Rieti where the travelers will have some free time and later enjoy the choir performance at Teatro Rieti at 9:00 PM.

DAY 7 Thursday, March 10
Eternal Rome Tour & Concert
The eternal city of Rome is just a short drive away, and you start with a tour of its ancient highlights: the Coliseum and Roman Forum. Highlight concert at 6:00 PM at Sant'Agnese in Agone followed by dinner at Taverna Parione. The Shadow Tour will stay in Rome's Hotel Oly for the remainder of the tour.

DAY 8 Friday, March 11
La Dolce Vita
Explore Rome at leisure today. Lunch and dinner on your own.

DAY 9 Saturday, March 12
Vatican Visit & Rome at Leisure
Explore the Vatican Museum with your local guide this morning. In the afternoon you enjoy a city tour of the Coliseum and Roman Forum prior to a special wine tasting and farewell reception at Casal Pilozzo in the Frascati region.

DAY 10 Sunday, March 13

High Mass

Enjoy a morning at leisure before the choir performs a special Sunday High Mass at the magnificent St. Peter's Basilica at 5:30 PM followed by dinner on your own.

DAY 11 Monday, March 14
Rome Departure
Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Bid farewell to beautiful Italy and return home with memories to last a lifetime.
LUFTHANSA flight LH1851 leaves ROME (FCO) at 6:35AM. Arrive in MUNICH (MUC) at 8:15AM. LUFTHANSA flight LH428 leaves MUNICH (MUC) at 11:25AM. Arrive in CHARLOTTE (CLT) at 4:35PM.

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