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Gladiators, Gondolas and Gold 2014

  • Duration: 10 Days
  • Rating: Read Reviews
  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
    Family Experiences 2014
  • Style: Family Experiences
  • Description: 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.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 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.

    Meal(s): (Kick-Off Party)

    Hotel: Crowne Plaza St Peters

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 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.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 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!

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 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.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 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!

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 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.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

  • Day 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.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with wine)

    Hotel: Novotel Venezia Mestre

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 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!

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 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.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Lunch)

  • Day 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.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • 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.
  • Local Expert in Rome, Assisi, Florence, Bologna and Venice.
  • Unique Insight Experience life as a gladiator with an included visit to a Gladiator School in Rome.
  • Unique Insight Enjoy a guided walking tour of 'Secret Venice' to the Rialto Bridge and famous fish market.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Speciality Learn how to make authentic pizza in Rome and then get to eat it too!
  • Local Speciality Gelato tasting at a local gelateria in Florence to sample this delicious and refreshing local speciality.
  • Local Speciality Learn about the Venetian tradition of Carnival Masks and make your own to take home.
  • Local Speciality Visit a glass-blowing workshop on Giudecca Island.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City Tours in Rome, Assisi, Florence, Bologna and Venice.
  • Orientation of Pisa.
  • 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.
  • Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square.
  • View Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Byzantine St Mark's Basilica and the Roman Forum.


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

Travel Highlights

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

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  • Hotels are subject to change.
  • * 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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