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Gladiators Gondolas and Gold

10 Days 1 Country 5 Cities

Rome's savagery, Venice's decadence and Florence's romance merge on this Family Experiences tour of Italy.

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      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
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      About this trip

      Hold on to your helmet for this family expedition marching through the Eternal City of Rome, illustrious Florence and the historic lagoon of Venice. Experience life as a Roman gladiator and learn the basics of sword-fighting, toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain and devour the pizza you've just learnt to make before creating your own Venetian Carnival mask.


      Trip type: Family Experience

      Trip code: FGIC

      9 Nights

      accommodation

      14 Meals
      • 9 hot buffet breakfasts

      • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest) with local wine

      On-trip Transport

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City tour in Rome, Florence, Bologna and Venice

        • Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square

        • Orientation of Pisa

        • View the ancient sites of Rome, Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence, the Leaning Tower of Pisa on Piazza del Duomo and the Byzantine St. Mark's Basilica in Venice

        • Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the amazing Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum in Rome and the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 9 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 5 dinners
          (including Be My Guest) with local wine


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      Travel Highlights

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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


       

      Gladiators Gondolas and Gold

      Your Itinerary

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      Day 1

      Arrive Rome (3 Nights)

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      Rome Sightseeing

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      Day 3

      Rome – Visit a Gladiator School

      Florence, Italy

      Day 4

      Rome – Florence (3 Nights)

      Piazza Del Duomo, Florence, Italy

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      Florence Sightseeing

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      Florence – Excursion to Pisa

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      Florence – Bologna – Venice (3 Nights)

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      Venice – Canal Cruise and Orientation

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      Day 9

      Secret Venice Walking Tour and Visit to the Rialto Food Market

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      Depart Venice

      Day 1

      Arrive Rome (3 Nights) Day 1 - Arrive Rome (3 Nights)

      Ciao Roma! Feast your eyes and your stomach on the Eternal City - the launch pad for an unforgettable adventure with la famiglia. Tread in the footsteps of the ancients before meeting with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Kick-off Party that will rock Rome.

      Hotel

      Crowne Plaza St. Peter's

      Meals

      • Kick-Off Party

      Hotel

      Crowne Plaza St. Peter's

      Meals

      • Kick-Off Party

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Rome Sightseeing Day 2 - Rome Sightseeing

      Join a Local Specialist to delve into centuries of history and culture, including a guided tour of the Vatican Museum. Gaze up at the wonder of Michelangelo's frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and explore the Catholic shrine of St. Peter's Basilica. Venture across the Tiber to the Colosseum imagining a time when brave warriors fought to their death amidst the thunderous roar of thousands.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 2

      Day 3

      Rome – Visit a Gladiator School Day 3 - Rome – Visit a Gladiator School

      Book your spot on the podium. It's time to become a gladiator for the day. You'll learn how to wield a gladiator's sword and gain insights into Roman history with a Local Specialist. This afternoon, the cobblestone streets of Rome are yours to explore. Board the Bioparco Express through Villa Borghese, count the Spanish Steps or toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain to secure your speedy return to Rome. Then it's time for a cheesy family affair as we enjoy a Cultural Insight into authentic Italian pizza making and share a tasty slice or two with our loved ones.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Rome – Florence (3 Nights) Day 4 - Rome – Florence (3 Nights)

      Set your watch to Italian time and embark on a scenic drive north through Tuscany's golden fields to the Renaissance city of Florence, our home for the next three nights.

      Hotel

      Grand Mediterraneo

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Grand Mediterraneo

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Day 5

      Florence Sightseeing Day 5 - Florence Sightseeing

      The exquisite sights of Florence are brought to life on a walking tour in the expert company of a Local Specialist. See the magnificent Gothic Duomo and famous Baptistery before marvelling at Michelangelo's statue of David at the Academy of Fine Arts. Where better to indulge in a refreshing gelato than in the city where it was invented - a tasty treat before a special Be My Guest dinner at a magnificent Tuscan villa that once featured as a famous film location. Join a local family for dinner enjoying delicious specialities against the backdrop of picture-perfect olive groves and vineyards. Saluti!

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Day 5

      Day 6

      Florence – Excursion to Pisa Day 6 - Florence – Excursion to Pisa

      Uno, due, tre... it's off to Pisa today, and a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Piazza del Duomo to snap a selfie in front of the famous Leaning Tower. Before venturing back to beautiful Florence, we'll see the Baptistery and Camposanto, built on sacred soil brought back by the Crusaders from the Holy Land.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Day 7

      Florence – Bologna – Venice (3 Nights) Day 7 - Florence – Bologna – Venice (3 Nights)

      Stop and smell the rich aromas of Bolognese sauce, spending the morning with a Local Specialist exploring the medieval city of Bologna. Then it's just a hop, skip and a jump to the island city of Venice. Enjoy free time to walk along the Grand Canal, feed the greedy pigeons in the piazza and wander through labyrinthine streets in search of hidden treasures and the city's tastiest gelato.

      Hotel

      Novotel Venezia Mestre Castellana

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      Novotel Venezia Mestre Castellana

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Day 7

      Day 8

      Venice – Canal Cruise and Orientation Day 8 - Venice – Canal Cruise and Orientation

      All aboard! We cruise to bustling St. Mark's Square on a private launch, viewing the famous Bridge of Sighs so named for the sound condemned prisoners made at catching their last glimpse of beautiful Venice. We'll view the exquisite Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Basilica and the Campanile before experiencing a creative Cultural Insight into Venice's glassblowing traditions and the art of crafting Carnival masks. Indulge your artistic flair and create your own colourful mask, before enjoying a free evening, perhaps glide through the canals of Venice by gondola or wander through the tiny calle for the cosiest trattoria in town.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 8

      Day 9

      Secret Venice Walking Tour and Visit to the Rialto Food Market Day 9 - Secret Venice Walking Tour and Visit to the Rialto Food Market

      Navigating the bustling canals to the Rialto Bridge, embrace the sights and sounds of Venice from the water, before enjoying a Cultural Insight into the flavours of Italy at an ancient food market. We delve into the hidden highlights of Venice during a Small Group Sightseeing walking tour, working up an appetite for our Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Day 9

      Day 10

      Depart Venice Day 10 - Depart Venice

      Our unforgettable journey together has come to an end. All that's left to say is a hearty arrivederci as you prepared to return home with fantastic shared memories. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Be My Guest
        Enjoy local Tuscan cuisine with Count Miari Fulcis on his 15th century organic olive oil estate in the Tuscan hills, used as a location for many famous films like 'Room with a View' and 'Tea with Mussolini'

      • Cultural Insights
        Experience life as a gladiator with an included visit to a Gladiator School in Rome. Learn how to make authentic pizza in Rome and then savour the taste of your creation. Indulge in an Italian gelato at a local 'gelateria' in Florence. Learn about the Venetian tradition of carnival masks and paint your own to take home and visit a glassblowing workshop on Giudecca Island

      • Hidden Treasures
        Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

      • Local Specialists
        For included sightseeing in Rome, Florence, Bologna and Venice

      • Small Group Sightseeing
        A guided walking tour of 'Secret Venice' to the Rialto food market with a group size of no more than 25 guests to enhance your experience

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      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City tour in Rome, Florence, Bologna and Venice

        • Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square

        • Orientation of Pisa

        • View the ancient sites of Rome, Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence, the Leaning Tower of Pisa on Piazza del Duomo and the Byzantine St. Mark's Basilica in Venice

        • Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the amazing Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum in Rome and the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 9 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 5 dinners
          (including Be My Guest) with local wine


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      What's Included

      Travel Highlights

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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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        Service rating : Gianluca (tour guide) and Rosario (bus driver) were always polite and caring. Gianluca advised us when he thought the walking would be too much for my elderly parents and suggested alternate activities for them.Product : For the length of time we had it was very good. Felt a

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        Service rating : Tour was well organized and our tour director Gianluca was excellent. There were many included activites and meals and the optional ones were very worthwhile.Product : Had enough time to enjoy all the stops and tours.

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        Service rating : I loved our tour guide the most. GionLucca was amazing and accommodating. And we saw so much while in Italy. We really let safe, and our experience was so important to our tour guide and local specialists.Product : It was great!. It was a family trip, and they made sure there

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        Service rating : The Trafalgar trip didn't meet my family's travel needs. The family activities were aimed at families with young children, such as the Gladiator experience. I had two teenage girls, but the experience seemed to be for little children. The same with the Murano mask-making

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        Service rating : Our tour guide was amazingProduct : It was well paced and not too much time spent travelling on the bus. The only thing I thought was troubling was that one of your employees was on the trip with her family. I know it was a tour with children but when your children are disruptive

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