Loading Page
M-Th 9am-5:30pm EST

11 Day | Jewish Group Tour of Italy

Day By Day
What's Included
The Small Print
Register Now

  • 9 nights' accommodation using selected hotels
  • 5 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned vehicle + 4 days of walking tours with local tour escort and licensed, English-speaking local tour guides as needed
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Da'at tour educator accompanying the group from arrival to departure
  • Meals: daily breakfast & 3 dinners
  • Porterage at the hotels

Day One: Sunday

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Monday

  • Arrive at the Marco Polo International Airport in Venice.
  • Transfer to the hotel on your own. (Transfers can be arranged at additional cost.)
  • 2:00 p.m. Meet your tour educator and other group members in the hotel lobby.
  • Depart the hotel for an orientation tour along the alleys, bridges and canals as an introduction to Italy and the compelling beauty of this unique city, as well an orientation to the Jewish journey - Jewish Memory as History.
  • Ride a gondola through the canals of Venice.
  • LaDa'at Focus The Wonders of Italy: Welcome dinner and orientation with your tour educator.

Overnight: Venice

Day Three: Tuesday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus Venice in the Grand Italian Context: Introduction by your tour educator.
  • Visit the Island of Murano to tour one of its many glass-making workshops.
  • Sail to the colorful Island of Burano, noted for its lacework and colorfully painted houses.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Visit St. Mark's Square to begin a guided walking tour of romantic Venice, followed by a view of the Golden Basilica of San Marco and the Bridge of Sighs.
  • Visit the Doge's Palace, once the residence of the Venetian Republic's supreme authority. Enjoy the beautiful interiors and explore its hidden dungeons.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Venice

Day Four: Wednesday
JEWISH VENICE | walking tour

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus 2,000 Years of Italian Jewry: Introduction by your tour educator.
  • Unchanged Legacy: Tour the Jewish Ghetto, the home and center of Venetian Jewish life, 1515-1848. Visit the Great Synagogue and Jewish Heritage Museum in the Nuovo Ghetto.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Free time to enjoy Venice on your own.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Venice

Day Five: Thursday

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Depart Venice and travel through the beautiful countryside of Tuscany where Jewish life flourished between the 13th and 15th centuries. In the 1940s, the region was a refuge for Jews fleeing persecution.
  • Visit Ferrara, established almost 1,000 years ago. Over the centuries, Jews migrated here from Rome, Spain and Germany. The community eventually numbered 2,000 souls; and with its ten synagogues, became one of the most flourishing and important in Italy. Even though Jews have lived in Ferrara since its founding, it was not until the 13th century that their numbers grew large enough to be granted political status and certain privileges, protected by the Edict of 1275.
  • Continue south towards Florence and check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on own and free time to explore the streets of Florence at night.

Overnight: Florence

Day Six: Friday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus The Jews of Tuscany: Introduction by your tour educator.
  • Begin the tour of Florence with a close look at the Jewish world once centered here. The stories that emanate from the late 14th-century ghetto and the Moorish-style synagogue built in 1882 will be enhanced by a visit to the Museo Ebraica (Jewish Museum).
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Visit the Uffizi Gallery, one of the oldest and most famous art museums in Europe.
  • Walk to the Duomo, celebrated for its magnificent dome designed by Brunelleschi, and view the Baptistery's renowned "Gates of Paradise" by Ghiberti.
  • Continue with an exploration of the open-air art museum of Piazza della Signoria, ending at the Ponte Vecchio, or the "Old Bridge.”
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Optional Kabbalat Shabbat services at a synagogue in Florence.
  • Shabbat dinner at a restaurant.

Overnight: Florence

Day Seven: Saturday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart Florence for Siena, beginning your visit with a city tour.
  • Lunch on own in Siena.
  • Continue to San Gimignano, a small, walled, medieval hill town, famous for its architecture. The town has uniquely preserved about a dozen of its old tower houses. It also boasts some of the best ice cream in Italy.
  • Drive along the Chianti wine route and stop for a wine tasting with local wine specialists.
  • Return to Florence.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Florence

Day Eight: Sunday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel, depart Florence and drive south towards Rome.
  • Stop along the way in Pitigiliano, once known as “La Piccola Gerusalemme” -- Little Jerusalem -- because of its once-thriving Jewish community. Though the community is no longer, one can still walk through the restored synagogue, mikveh and kosher butchery, and even enjoy a glass of kosher wine.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Continue to Rome, and take a panoramic tour of the ‘Eternal City' and its vistas.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Rome

Day Nine: Monday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus The Roman Empire and the Jewish People: Introduction by your tour educator.
  • Embark on a tour to some of Rome's most beautiful structures, including the Spanish Steps, Europe's longest and widest staircase, the Trevi Fountain, the largest baroque fountain in the city; Piazza Navona (Navona Square); and more.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Tour ancient Rome, including the Coliseum, the Roman Forum and other monuments that recall Rome's great historic past. View the Arch of Titus, perhaps the best-known symbol of the Roman destruction of Jerusalem in 70 C.E.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Rome

Day Ten: Tuesday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus Michelangelo and the Jews: Introduction by your tour educator.
  • Enjoy a special visit to the Vatican Museum and view some of the seldom-revealed Jewish historic relics preserved there.
  • Continue to the Sistine Chapel, followed by a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, built in the late Renaissance.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Continue to the Great Synagogue, built in 1904, and the Museum of Jewish Heritage housed inside it. 
  • Tour the Jewish Ghetto, established by Pope Paul IV in 1555. Rome's Jews were stripped of their rights and forced to live in the walled-in, overcrowded area. The medieval streets wind their way towards the square from which Jews were deported during the Holocaust.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Farewell dinner and group reflection at a typical Roman restaurant.

Overnight: Rome

Day Eleven: Wednesday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Transfer on your own to the Rome International Airport. (Transfers can be arranged at additional cost.)
  • Departure flight to the U.S.A., arriving the same day.


Need to Know

  • Tour rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 15 full paying participants.
  • Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers and the tour educator are included.
  • Hotels are subject to confirmation. If the hotels listed cannot be confirmed, we will use other hotels on the same level.
  • Hotel Accommodations: The tour price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of the accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort. Two-bed rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are two-bed rooms with a rollaway cot where available and are not recommended when considering the comfort of those in the room. King-size beds are not available in most hotels; what is considered king-size usually consists of two single beds pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard. Some two-bed rooms may have two twin (not full- or queen-size) beds.
  • Meals are included as specified in the itinerary.
  • Tour Educator: All trips are conducted by our tour educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.
  • Gratuities included for restaurant and hotel staff only (for guides and drivers, see below).
  • Baggage: All tour packages / group tours allow one piece of luggage per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to a charge of up to $100 per piece. The Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator, shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of the incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to the insurance company. With regard to airline baggage allowance, different carriers have different regulations for business and coach. Please check with your individual carrier with regard to permitted number of pieces, weights and dimensions. The tour operator is not responsible for fees levied by any air carrier for the transport of personal belongings of any kind.

Not Included

  • Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included. Airfare may be purchased from us for travel originating in the United States. 
  • Supplemental cost for Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony (to be advised upon request).                 
  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls, Wi-Fi usage and postage are not included.
  • Guide and Driver Gratuities (recommended guidelines vary based on number of participants):
      • For a group of 15-19 passengers:
        $10 per participant per day for the Da'at tour educator, $6 per participant per day for the tour escort, $5 per participant per day for the local guide & $3 per participant per day for the driver  
      • For a group of 20 passengers and more:
        $8 per participant per day for the Da'at tour educator, $6 per participant per day for the tour escort, $5 per participant per day for the local guide & $3 per participant per day for the driver

    Additional Information

    • Airline Security Measures: In the U.S., you must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in for travel to international destinations. Your passport name must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.
    • If you are traveling from an airport outside the jurisdiction of the U.S., you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for that particular airport.
    • Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocketknife, cigarette lighter or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website at www.tsa.gov to obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
    • Holidays and Museum Closures: Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays locally observed in the destinations being visited.
    • Photography During Tours: We will occasionally use photographs taken by fellow guests or your trip director for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify us at the start of your tour.

    Three simple ways to book ARZA World tours!

    1. ARZA World customer service center is open Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:30 pm EST. Call 888-811-2812.
    2. Booking with us is easy! Register online by simply finding the right program for you and clicking 'Register now.'
    3. We are proud to work with the Travel Agent community. Simply contact your favored travel agent and ask them to handle your booking; restrictions apply.

    Important to Know
    • Land-only price does not include arrival/departure transfers unless otherwise indicated.
    • By paying a deposit upon registration, you are agreeing to ARZA World terms.
    • We highly recommend carefully reviewing those terms for full details about conditions and penalties.
    land + air
    from $5,760
    land only
    AccommodationsDates & PricesThe AW Added Value AW Flights Reading ListPeace of Mind Photos
    useful links