Best of Italy


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May 13 - 26, 2025

per person, based on double occupancy
per person, based on single occupancy
per person, based on triple occupancy
per person, based on quad occupancy

Hosted by Rod Meldrum

headshot of tour guide Rod Meldrum
walking requirement

14 Day Tour Includes:

  • English Speaking Local Tour Guide
  • Entry Fees To All Sites We Visit
  • Local Guides
  • 3 Star Hotel Accommodations
  • Arrival dinner and Farewell dinner
  • Deluxe Motor-coach transportation
  • Airport Transfers
  • Tips for local guides
  • Listening Receivers
  • Travel Insurance
  • Priority Motorcoach seating option

Not Included:

  • Airfare To Venice And From Rome
  • Airline Baggage Fees
  • Tips For Coach Driver And Tour Manager
  • Meals Other Than Listed
  • Additional Trip Cancellation and Trip Interruption Insurance ($248)


Day 1

geographical map of Italy


Depart USA for Venice.

Day 2

tourist on the Rialto Bridge


The group will arrive in Venice at 11:15 am and be greeted by our local tour manager, David Kershaw, who will help us transfer from the airport to Hotel Riviera Lido. Guests not on the group flight should get their checked bags and meet the tour at 12:15 pm at the Arrival Hall. After checking into our hotel, the remainder of the day guests will be free to rest or explore Venice on their own. You can walk to the beach (10 min) or take a water taxi (voucher included) to St. Mark’s Square. This is would also be a great time to take a gondola ride. Tonight will be our welcome dinner at the hotel. We will enjoy short introductions as well as review basic tour information. 

Day 3 


During a half-day guided tour this morning the group will visit the Saint Marks Basilica and the Doge’s Palace while we will also see some of Venice’s other main sights including the Bridge of Sighs. The remainder of the day guests will be free to shop, explore other sites or return to the hotel.

Day 4

Leonardo Da Vinci's paint of the Last Supper


Today the group will transfer to Milan. En route we will stop at the beautiful Lake Garda for a two-hour lunch break. When we arrive in Milan, we will visit the Santa Maria Dela Grazi to view Milan’s most famous mural, the Last Supper, by Leonardo Da Vinci. 

Day 5

facade of the MIlan Cathedral Italy


This morning we will attend church in Milan. In the afternoon we tour the Milan Duomo as well as see some of the city’s main sights such as Sforza Castle, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and Teatro alla Scala. After the tour, guests will have free time to explore or shop.

Day 6

brightly colored houses along the water of Portofino


Today the group will transfer to Pisa. Along the way we will stop in Portofino to enjoy this beautiful coastal town. We will have time for lunch, shopping and free time. We then travel to Pisa to overnight. 

Day 7

Bell tower of Pisa, Italy


In the morning the group visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa for pictures of the bell tower, Baptistry of St. John and Duomo (entry not included). Next, we travel to Florence. After lunch we will have a walking tour of the main sights of Florence including the Opera, the Academia and the Duomo, including the opportunity to climb inside the dome. We will see the world famous “Gates of Paradise” on the doors of the Baptistry.

Day 8

Skyline of Florence with Duomo


In the morning the group has a half day guided walking tour of Florence. We will see the Ponte Vecchio and Palazzo Vecchio and we will visit Santa Croce. In the afternoon the group will have free time to explore Florence, shop or visit the Ufizzi Gallery (entrance requires a separate ticket).

Day 9

facade of Santa Croce Florence Italy


Today we leave Florence behind, and begin our transfer to Rome. We will stop at the medieval town of Siena for lunch, and have some free time to explore. When we arrive in Rome, guest are free for the remainder of the day to explore the city.

Day 10

street in excavated Pompeii


Today we will travel south to explore the archaeological remains of Pompeii. We return in the evening to Rome. Guests preferring to spend time on their own in Rome may choose this day to separate from the group.

Day 11

Exterior front of Rome Italy Temple


On this day the group will have a half day guided tour of Rome. We will visit famous sights such as the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon. From downtown Rome we travel to the new LDS Rome Temple. Guest will have an opportunity to tour the new visitor’s center, participate in ordinance work. We will arrange for endowment sessions for our group.

Day 12

ancient Roman colonade and arch ruins


Today we have a half day walking tour to visit ancient Roman sites such as the Colosseum and Roman Forum as well as entrance to the Mamertine Prison where the apostles Peter and Paul were likely held as prisoners. Guests will also have free time to explore Rome, shop or relax at the hotel. 

Day 13

Exterior view of St Peter's Basilica entrance Vatican City


This morning the group will have a half-day guided tour of the Vatican. We will visit the Vatican Museums which includes the Sistine Chapel, visit the St. Peters Basilica and see the St. Peter’s Square. Guests will have free time in the afternoon. Tonight, we have a farewell dinner.

Day 14

Sunny day at the Rome Coloseum with lots of tourists


This morning we say goodbye to Italy as we transfer to the airport to depart for home.

Payment Terms:
$300 pp deposit at time of booking
Final payment due 90 days before departure
**This tour is based on a minimum of 20 passengers and max of 48 passengers.

Meet your Guide!

head and shoulders of Rod Meldrum in a suit

Rod L. meldrum

Rod L. Meldrum is a researcher, best-selling LDS author, and international lecturer on the validity of the Book of Mormon with an emphasis on its scriptural and physical evidences. His book titled, “Exploring the Book of Mormon in America’s Heartland” is the #1 LDS Book about Book of Mormon geography with over 40,000 copies printed. He began guiding the Book of Mormon Chronology Tour in 2018.

Rod has also written a book titled “Prophecies and Promises; The Book of Mormon and the USA.” This book outlines the 36 Prophecies and Promises that clearly identify
the United States as the location of the ‘Promised Land’ of the Latter-days. It has been called a “stunning” new insight on geography research and provides historical evidence that documents containing Joseph Smith’s words, writings, and actions were consistent with the prophecies & promises of the Book of Mormon. He also served for seven years as the senior scientific researcher on the book titled, “
Universal Model” by Dean Sessions, a natural sciences textbook. The first volume of over
800 pages was just printed in 2017 and volume two printed in 2018, with volume three to follow. It’s over 2,500 pages of “New Millennial Science.”

He began his study of issues surrounding the controversy over DNA and the Book of Mormon in 2003 which led to a study of the origins of proposed geographical settings of the Book of Mormon. In addition, he has spent years of intensive study of the Book of Mormon itself and the historical background and documents associated with it. He is passionate about sharing his research of the Book of Mormon Chronology with others. 

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*Rate of Exchange and City Taxes

Legacy Tours are priced to ensure our clients get the most economical price for the tour. In doing so we base our  tour price on the value of the US dollar to the Euro when final payment is made. The published price and rate of exchange for the dollar when published is the marker. If the dollar has decreased when the final payment is due, the cost for the tour may be more than the published price. However if the dollar increases in value when your final payment is due, then you will pay less than the price that is published for the tour.

A number of European cities are likely to increase or impose a new tourism tax in the near future. These taxes may be added without warning. These extra taxes may end up being added to the final cost of the tour or it’s possible you will be asked to pay locally on the spot. Barcelona just recently added a city tax that was between 1-3 EU per night.  This is just to let you know of this possibility.  In any advent you will want to bring some extra Euros to have on hand in case that happens on our tour.