CSULB – Communication Studies in the Mediterranean with Mary McPherson – Italy (2024)

June 11 - 28, 2024
Available: 24 seats
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Tour Details


June 11 – 28, 2024


Dr. Mary McPherson

Departure & Return Location

Los Angeles, California

Flights not included


CSULB Students



Subject to change
Day 1

Arrival in Venice and transfer to Padua via private transportation, followed by hotel check-in.

Day 2
A Culinary and Cultural Journey in Padua

Start your day with a delightful breakfast at the hotel, ensuring you have the energy for the day ahead.

Indulge in a warm welcome lunch, where you can savor local flavors and immerse yourself in the culinary delights of the region.

As the evening approaches, embark on a guided exploration of Padua’s city center. Let an experienced guide lead you through the charming streets, uncovering the rich history and cultural treasures that this captivating city has to offer. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Padua and discover its unique landmarks and hidden gems under the guidance of a knowledgeable local expert.

Day 3
Venice Exploration and Return to Padua

Start your day with a delightful breakfast at the hotel, preparing for a day of travel and exploration.

Embark on a swift and scenic journey to Venice aboard a high-speed train, ensuring a comfortable and efficient transition between cities.

Immerse yourself in the enchanting ambiance of Venice with a guided tour of the city center. Explore the iconic landmarks and cultural treasures, including the awe-inspiring St. Mark’s Basilica. Let the history and beauty of Venice unfold as your guide shares insights into the city’s rich heritage.

Enjoy some leisure time to wander through the charming streets of Venice at your own pace. Discover hidden corners, shop for souvenirs, or simply savor the unique atmosphere of this picturesque city.

As the day ends, board a high-speed train for a comfortable and swift return to Padua, reflecting on the memories and experiences gained during your day in Venice.

Day 4
Journey to Ravenna and Cruise Departure

Begin your day with breakfast at the hotel and check-out. Enjoy some free time in the morning to relax or explore the surroundings at your own pace.

Later, embark on a journey to Ravenna via a private bus. Take in the scenic views and anticipate the cultural richness that awaits in this historical city.

Proceed to the cruise check-in and prepare for departure, marking the start of a new adventure on the water. Let the excitement of the cruise set the tone for a day of exploration and relaxation.

Day 5
Exploring Zadar's Charms

Embark on a day of discovery as your cruise docks in Zadar, extending from 8 am to 5 pm. Immerse yourself in the allure of this coastal city with a captivating walking tour, unveiling its ancient treasures, modern art installations, and the lively ambiance of its Adriatic charm.

Relish some free time to independently explore Zadar’s cultural richness wandering through historic streets, engaging with local art, or enjoying the coastal atmosphere, Zadar offers a myriad of cultural experiences.

Later, return to your cruise, continuing the journey with memories of Zadar’s enchantment etched into your travel experience.

Day 6 - 9

Day 10
Discovering Taormina from Messina

As your cruise makes a stop in Sicily (Messina), Italy, from 8 am to 6 pm, seize the opportunity to explore the charming town of Taormina. A scenic 50-minute drive from Messina port brings you to the heart of this captivating city.

Immerse yourself in the allure of Taormina, known for its ancient ruins, stunning views of Mount Etna, and the picturesque charm of its streets. Delight in a leisurely exploration of the city’s attractions.

Later in the evening, return to your cruise, resuming your journey with memories of the Sicilian beauty you’ve experienced in Taormina.

Day 11 - 12

Day 13
Cruise Arrival in La Spezia and Florence Exploration

Arriving in La Spezia via cruise, embark on a scenic drive to Florence by bus.

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Florence with a guided tour of its city center, exploring historical landmarks and cultural treasures.

Afterward, indulge in a satisfying lunch. Enjoy free time to explore the city at your leisure before heading back to La Spezia.

Day 14

Day 15
Arrival in Civitavecchia, Journey to Rome, and City Exploration

Commence your day with the cruise arriving in Civitavecchia. Enjoy the process of checking out, savoring the final moments of your cruise experience.

Embark on a comfortable journey from Civitavecchia to Rome, anticipating the transition from the sea to the captivating streets of the Italian capital.

Upon reaching Rome, smoothly check into your hotel, ensuring a seamless start to your stay in this historically rich city.

Immerse yourself in the timeless beauty of Rome with a guided tour of its city center. Explore iconic landmarks, absorb the vibrant atmosphere, and let the history unfold as your guide provides insights into the city’s illustrious past.

Conclude your day of exploration with a delightful dinner, savoring the flavors of Rome and reflecting on the day’s discoveries in this city of ancient wonders.

Day 16
Rome's Rich Heritage in a Day

Start your day with a satisfying breakfast at the hotel, preparing for a day filled with exploration and awe-inspiring sights.

Embark on a visit to the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel, where art and history come alive in the heart of the Vatican City. Marvel at the masterpieces, including Michelangelo’s renowned frescoes.

Continue your journey to St. Peter’s Basilica, an architectural marvel and a symbol of religious grandeur. Explore its vast interior, appreciating the artistry and spirituality encapsulated within its walls.

After a delightful lunch, proceed to the iconic Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. Immerse yourself in the ancient history of Rome as you stroll through these monumental sites, envisioning the spectacles and daily life of ancient Romans.

Conclude your day with a sumptuous dinner, reflecting on the rich cultural and historical experiences that Rome has bestowed upon you.

Day 17
Pompeii Exploration and Rome Farewell

Commence your day with a hearty breakfast at the hotel, energizing yourself for a day of discovery and adventure.

Embark on a journey to the ancient city of Pompeii, where history unfolds amidst well-preserved ruins. Dive into the captivating past as you explore the archaeological site, gaining insights into the daily life of this once-thriving Roman city.

Uncover more of the city’s secrets as you wander through its streets and marvel at the remnants of ancient civilization.

As the day draws to a close, return to Rome in the evening, bringing your day of exploration to a satisfying end.

Day 18
Fly back home


Price Includes

  • Lodging
  • Meals
  • Translator
  • Museum/Historical Site Admission Fees
  • Transportation
  • Tour Guide(s)

Price Excludes

  • Roundtrip Airfare
  • Private ExpensesSnacks, gifts, shopping, etc.
  • Alcohol not included

Payment must be made in full at time of booking.

Total Price


Due:  April 15, 2024