Gladiators Gondolas and Gold - 2014

5 out of 5 stars

10 days

"The experience was superb"

Rome's savagery, Venice's decadence and Florence's romance – this family trip introduces the different characters of Italy, with three nights in three diverse cities. It's Insider moments like… feeling the heavy weight of the sword in your hand, as a Gladiator teaches you and your children age-old combat skills at Gladiator training school. And listening to the gruesome history of battles and bloodshed in ancient Rome, almost hearing the roar of the crowd as you and your family enter the ring. And it's imagining the heat of the sun beating down on those who trained before you, as they battled for their lives against tigers, lions and the fearsome weapons of their fellow slaves.

Trip type:
Family Experiences
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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.


    Welcome to Italy! After check-in, take a wander through the city's ancient streets and soak up the amazing atmosphere. This afternoon, meet with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Kick-off Party.


    Kick-Off Party


    Crowne Plaza St Peters

  • 2.


    Your Local Expert takes you on a sightseeing tour, starting with a guided visit of the Vatican Museums featuring Michelangelo's frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. Explore St. Peter's Basilica, one of the holiest sites in the world. Across the Tiber in ancient Rome, tour the Colosseum, former site of gladiatorial combat, and see the Forum.


    Buffet Breakfast

  • 3.


    This morning experience a Unique Insight into the life of a Roman gladiator. After a short introduction to Roman history you will learn the basics of gladiatorial sword fighting - an experience to remember forever. This afternoon explore the city on your own. Rome's rich history is apparent everywhere you look and there is so much to see and do! Perhaps take a trip to the Castel Sant'Angelo, relax in the Villa Borghese or throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain. This evening, learn how to make a Local Speciality during an authentic Italian pizza cooking demonstration and eat it too. Delicious!


    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

  • 4.


    With a Local Expert discover Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis, nestled on the slopes of Mount Subasio. Visit St. Francis' Basilica and the Church of St. Mary of the Angels, where the saint founded the Order of Franciscans. Arrive later in the spectacular city of Florence.


    Buffet Breakfast


    Grand Hotel Mediterraneo

  • 5.


    See the sights of Florence during your walking tour with a Local Expert, including the magnificent Cathedral and the famous Baptistery. Marvel at Michelangelo's statue of David at the Academy of Fine Arts. Afterwards, your Travel Director will take you to indulge in a refreshing gelato, a Local Speciality in the city where it was invented!


    Buffet Breakfast

  • 6.


    View one of the most famous sights in the world – the Leaning Tower of Pisa in the 'Field of Miracles'! Tonight, join your companions for a special Be My Guest dinner at a magnificent Tuscan villa with beautiful views across olive groves and vineyards.


    Buffet Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining

  • 7.


    Cross the dramatic Apennine Mountains and stop in Bologna – the home of 'Spaghetti Bolognese' – for a wonderful sightseeing tour with your Local Expert. Arrive later this afternoon in the magical Byzantine city of Venice – Queen of the Adriatic.


    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine


    Novotel Venezia Mestre

  • 8.


    Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square and view the Bridge of Sighs, where condemned prisoners caught their last glimpse of the city. View the exquisite Doge's Palace, St. Marks Basilica and the Campanile. Experience a Local Speciality first hand during a glass-blowing demonstration and learn about the Venetian tradition of Carnival masks with the chance to make your own! Later, perhaps take a ride on a gondola – it's a great way to see the city in all its glory!


    Buffet Breakfast

  • 9.


    Glide along the canals to Rialto Bridge. Gain a Unique Insight on your visit to an ancient fish market and see the hidden parts of Venice during your walking tour with a Local Expert. Later, join your fellow travellers for a Farewell Lunch at a local restaurant.


    Buffet Breakfast,Farewell Lunch

  • 10.


    Say 'ciao Italia' at the end of your successful Italian adventure as you prepare to return home with fantastic memories of your family holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.


    Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest

    Visit an organic olive oil estate dating back to the 15th century in the Tuscan hills. The villa has been used as a location for many famous films and it is in here that you will be welcomed by the family and have a delicious dinner of local specialities.
  • Hidden Treasure

    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Expert

    in Rome, Assisi, Florence, Bologna and Venice.
  • Local Speciality

    Learn how to make authentic pizza in Rome and then get to eat it too!
    Gelato tasting at a local gelateria in Florence to sample this delicious and refreshing local speciality.
    Learn about the Venetian tradition of Carnival Masks and make your own to take home.
    Visit a glass-blowing workshop on Giudecca Island.
  • Unique Insight

    Experience life as a gladiator with an included visit to a Gladiator School in Rome.
    Enjoy a guided walking tour of 'Secret Venice' to the Rialto Bridge and famous fish market.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City Tours in Rome, Assisi, Florence, Bologna and Venice.
  • Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square.
  • Orientation of Pisa.
  • View Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Byzantine St Mark's Basilica and the Roman Forum.
  • Visit St Francis' Basilica in Assisi, St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, the amazing Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and the Roman Colosseum.


  • 9 hot buffet breakfasts.

  • 4 dinners

    (including Kick-off Party, Be My Guest, three course dinner with wine and Rome cooking demonstration).
  • 1 Farewell lunch.

Travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences


  • The Popes Castle And Pantheon

    Adult Price: €40.00

    Castel Sant' Angelo has passages, stairways, cannon and ramparts that are just waiting to be explored with our Local Guide. This castle has many ancient secrets and wonderful views over the River Tiber. Later we visit the incredible Pantheon which was built by the Emperor Hadrian in 126 AD.

  • Roman Bones And Ghosts With Dinner

    Adult Price: €61.00

    Prepare to be spooked at the sight of thousands of skulls and bones, artfully arranged as decoration on the walls and ceiling of the Capuchin crypt, followed by a walk to the Spanish Steps. Afterwards we will relax and enjoy a typical Roman meal (drinks included), while live musicians entertain us.


  • Introduction To Florence

    Adult Price: €33.00

    We drive to a wonderful point overlooking the city of Florence, then a short drive down to the River Arno to commence our walking tour with our Local Guide. You will walk over the historic Ponte Vecchio, see the new market, admire Piazza della Republica, the Bargello Museum and Dante's House. Then we will finish off with a Carousel Ride for the younger participants (if available).

  • Florentine Dinner With Entertainment

    Adult Price: €68.00

    Sample the flavours of medieval Florence, during an evening of good food and music at a distinctive historic venue. (Subject to availability.)

  • Visit To San Gimignano

    Adult Price: €35.00

    We drive to the nearby hilltop town of San Gimignano, the medieval Manhattan of Tuscany. Surrounded by fields of sunflowers, vineyards and olive groves, this is Italys best preserved medieval city and will give you an excellent idea of daily life in Italy during the Middle Ages.


  • Canals Of Venice

    Adult Price: €69.00

    An unforgettable introduction to this unique and magical city! We cruise along the Grand Canal by private water taxi, admiring the magnificent and elegant palazzos. We see the Rialto Bridge and then reach 'the most beautiful outdoor drawing room in the world', St Mark's Square. Later during your Gondola Ride, you will glide along the picturesque smaller canals while a duo of musicians entertains.

  • Lagoon Cruise With Lunch or Dinner

    Adult Price: €69.00

    Take some time off the beaten track! We are taken by private boat to the nearby islands in the lagoon of Venice. See the island of Murano where the glass blowers live. Lunch or dinner is taken at the picturesque Island of the fishermen, Burano, famous for its multi-coloured houses and a photographer's paradise. Drinks are also included.

  • Venetian Glories

    Adult Price: €38.00

    Accompanied by a local expert we are taken into the magnificent Doges Palace - home to the rulers of the Venetian republic for hundreds of years. We are shown the main highlights of the palace and its elegant courtyards, before entering the Byzantine Basilica of St Mark the Evangelist, patron saint of the city of Venice. Here we admire the stunning golden mosaics and wonderful Byzantine architecture. (N.B: Entrance fees included.)

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