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Grand Italian Experience 2014

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The Papal Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Assisi, ItalyFlorence, ItalyThe Roman Forum in Rome, ItalyVenice, Italy
The Papal Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Assisi, Italy
Florence, Italy
The Roman Forum in Rome, Italy
Venice, Italy
  • Duration: 17 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
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  • Style: Regional
  • Description: Mountains to coast, from the trulli houses of Alberobello to Santa Margherita on the Italian Riviera, this trip reveals the traditions, art and landscapes that define the many faces of Italy. It's Insider moments like… admiring the cool white walls of the Rotolo family farm, built in the classical trulli style unique to Puglia. Welcomed by the couple and their four children you hear farming stories passed down through generations, and learn about the organic produce they grow and make. Trying it for yourself, you enjoy delicious roasted meats and traditional tarali biscuits made from scratch by daughter Mariana, all washed down with the farm's own wine and shared together with the family.
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Optionals

On every itinerary, we offer a range of optional excursions that allow you to further enhance your experience should you so choose. These are purchased when you are on your trip, via your Trafalgar Travel Director. Depending on the region visited these can be paid with cash or credit card.


A reduction of 25% of the cost of the Optional Excursions is offered to all children under the age of 16 years at the time of travel. Please Note: This discount to does not apply to North America optionals, as they are already discounted.

  • ITALIAN LAKES

    • + Borromean Islands - Isola Bella Palace Tour A private launch takes us to the world-renowned islands of Lake Maggiore. We see the Isola Madre, the Isola dei Pescatori, and on the Isola Bella we visit the palace of the Borromean Princes.

  • VENICE

    • + Canals Of Venice 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 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.

    • + Majestic Venice Explore hidden parts of the maze of streets which make up this unique city. Your Local Guide will give you fascinating insights into Venice's past and present, through the eyes of a local. A visit to the majestic basilica of St Mark reveals some of its treasures. Behind closed doors we will view some of the prized trophies looted by the Venetians in their rise to power, or alternatively we will visit the outside terrace for exceptional vistas of this remarkable city on water.

  • SORRENTO

    • + Dinner And Entertainment A variety of Neapolitan specialities will be served in this family-run restaurant, with wine, local live entertainment and a demonstration of the famous Tarantella dance.

    • + Glimpse Of Capri Spectacular cliffs and the famous turquoise coloured waters are best experienced with a relaxing cruise around the island to view the beautiful white grotto and unique coastline. Our cruise ends in Capri town, with picture postcard views. Enjoy a lemon granita, a specialty of the island. (This optional is weather-dependent, and may be replaced with a mini bus tour of the island to Anacapri, and a visit of the Villa of Axel Munthe.)

    • + Positano And The Amalfi Drive Using private mini-buses, we drive along the famous Amalfi Coast in order to visit the exclusive artists' paradise of Positano, magnificently positioned on the Mediterranean coast.

    • + Traditional Neapolitan Evening Our beautiful drive takes us into the Sorrentino countryside to arrive at an 18th century Olive Oil mill where we enjoy a guided visit of the gardens, the mill and an ancient wine cellar. We will be served a simple meal including the famous pizza and wine. Throughout the evening, there will be a demonstration of how Mozzarella cheese and pizza are made.

  • FLORENCE

    • + Dinner Wine And Music In The Tuscan Hills Take a scenic drive through the beautiful Tuscan countryside to a delightful regional restaurant set among the pines and cypress trees. Here a feast of gastronomic specialities awaits, accompanied by song and music.

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

    • + Michelangelos David A guided insight into the world of genius Michelangelo and his masterpiece "David". We enter the Academy of Fine Arts by a preferential reserved entrance and our visit focuses on Michelangelo and his groundbreaking and beautiful sculpture.

    • + Visit To San Gimignano 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.

  • SANTA MARGHERITA

    • + Italian Riviera The Cinqueterre Portovenere And Monterosso Today we drive to the most romantic spot on the Italian Riviera - the Bay of Poets, where Byron and Shelley spent much of their Italian sojourn. We take a ferry to Monterosso, and admire the almost inaccessible 'Cinqueterre' as we sail past. These five villages, which we will see quite clearly, are built on a promontory, for years only accessible by donkey and hence little changed over the centuries. Even today, the villages retain their charm and their reputation for producing one of Italy's most sought-after and exclusive wines!

  • ROME

    • + Magnificent Rome With Free Time For Pizza Cameras at the ready for the magnificent sights awaiting us. With our Local Guide we will discover the many delights that Rome has to offer. These can only be truly appreciated by wandering slowly through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares which have developed over more than 2000 years, creating an amazing legacy for us today. The Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain are just two of the fine monuments en route. Later you will have free time to eat at the Trattoria of your choice in one of the piazzas.

    • + Roman Evening With Dinner A light hearted evening in Rome. We will relax and enjoy a typical Italian meal (drinks included), while live musicians entertain us. To complete our evening, we will drive along the Via Veneto, a location made famous by the film 'La Dolce Vita' and see how the Romans enjoy their city. A wonderful end to our day.

    • + Tivoli And Gardens Of The Villa D este An excursion to the ancient Sabine town of Tivoli situated a few miles outside Rome to enjoy the gardens and fountains of the Villa DEste. You will visit its grottos and pavilions, the Avenue of a Hundred Fountains, and the Dragon Fountain of the Organ.

  • MILAN

    • + Treasures Of Milan With a local city guide we visit some of this bustling citys most famous sights. First we enter the impressive Castello Sforza - today one of the countrys most important museums, where we see the 'Pieta of Rondanini' by Michelangelo among other great works. Then we continue to the world renowned 'La Scala' opera house and museum. (N.B.: Should either La Scala or the Castello be unavailable, there will be a visit to the remarkable Museum of Milan.)

  • CORTINA

    • + Grand Tour Of The Dolomites With an alpine guide, we enjoy a half-day excursion through the Dolomites - the most spectacular part of the Alps. Photo stops enable you to capture the unique rock formations, and superb panoramas. We will also visit an authentic WWI fort, and take a cable car ride to a nearby summit for breathtaking 360-degree vistas. Included is a slice of the local strudel and a drink. (N.B.: Certain early season departures will visit a 'Malga' or local mountain farm house, instead of taking the cable car ride. Euro 49)

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Notes
  • * For single travellers purchasing the twin-share option, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 
  • ^Twin-share option not available for trips to South America., Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey.

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