Flavors of Italy - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

11 days

from $2690 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Oct 2015.

Bolognese in Bologna, Chianti in Tuscany, Prosciutto in Parma, this ‘foodie' trip explores the traditions of Italian cuisine and wine at their origin, providing an in-depth taste of a nation. Going deeper with exclusive Insider Experiences like… choosing fresh local ingredients at a bustling Florence food market with Libero, a charismatic chef we know, who shares the secrets of Italian cooking as you make (and eat) ravioli together.

Trip type:
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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.


    Overnight flight to Rome.

  • 2.


    Welcome to Rome, the capital of Italy! Relax after your journey and meet your Travel Director and companions this evening for a Welcome Reception to hear details about your exciting vacation. Discover the beauty of this city during an evening orientation drive. Pause to enjoy the atmosphere at the buzzing Piazza Navona where you will indulge in a delicious gelato.


    Welcome Reception


    Cardinal St Peter

  • 3.


    View the Colosseum and see the Circus Maximus during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Visit St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City and view Michelangelo's Pieta. Consider an excursion inside the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel to see the breath-taking ceiling or spend the rest of the day seeing the sights of your choice.


    Buffet Breakfast

  • 4.


    Drive through Lazio, and the provinces of Umbria and Tuscany to the charming town of Greve. Visit a wine tasting and olive oil outlet and taste excellent Chianti's and extra virgin olive oils! Greve's main square has some of the finest food shops in Europe - don't forget to try the salami. Later, travel through picturesque scenery to your beautiful historic hotel in a characteristic village near San Gimignano. Tonight enjoy a special Be My Guest dinner with wine in a family-owned vineyard overlooking the rolling Chianti Hills.


    Buffet Breakfast
    Be My Guest Dining


    Relais La Cappuccina Authentic Accommodations

  • 5.


    Your Local Specialist takes you on a walking tour to the Accademia to see Michelangelo's famous statue of David. Visit Piazza della Signoria and later view the colored marble Duomo. This evening, over a glass of wine, enjoy a short talk from your Travel Director on the basic principles of Italian cuisine and learn a few words of Italian in preparation for your shopping and cooking day tomorrow!


    Buffet Breakfast
    Dinner with wine

  • 6.


    Begin your day at a fruit and vegetable market in Florence, meet a Local Specialist and gain an insight into Italian cuisine from a professional chef. Here you will participate in purchases of the fresh produce for your cooking lesson. Take your produce to the restaurant and spend time together preparing your delicious luncheon with a glass of wine! After enjoying a relaxing and memorable Regional Meal return to your Tuscan town for the night. Your evening is free to do as you please.


    Buffet Breakfast
    Regional Meal

  • 7.


    This morning stop in Pisa to view the amazing Leaning Tower and the majestic cathedral and baptistery set in the Square of Miracles. Travel to Parma where a memorable Regional Meal of local specialties awaits you.


    Buffet Breakfast
    Regional Meal


    NH Parma

  • 8.


    A short drive will bring you to Bologna. This city is renowned for its culinary tradition and cured meats such as prosciutto, mortadella and salami. It has also given its name to the well-known meat-based pasta sauce called ragù alla bolognese. Here you will enjoy a walking tour with a Local Specialist who will enlighten you further on local delicacies. Stop to take in views of the famous Kissing Towers. In your free time you could perhaps try a local delicatessen such as Tamburini to taste some regional specialties. This evening is yours to enjoy in Bologna. You may decide to take an optional experience to a hilltop town to sample a delicious local meal.


    Buffet Breakfast


    Una Bologna

  • 9.


    See the Basilica, the Bridge of Sighs and the Doge's Palace during your private cruise to St. Mark's Square. Stop at Giudecca island to visit a traditional glass blowing workshop for a Cultural Insight into this ancient art form. Spend time exploring the labyrinth of streets and canals on your own or join an optional experience.


    Buffet Breakfast


    Boscolo Bellini

  • 10.


    Start your day with a cruise to Rialto Bridge. Your Local Specialist brings the city to life during your walking tour. See how the locals shop for food and find out about some of the regional cuisine. Cross the Rialto and see a range of curious and beautiful architecture including Marco Polo's house. The rest of the day is free to explore, or perhaps consider an excursion to Burano for some delicious local seafood! Celebrate this evening with your Travel Director and companions at a special Farewell Dinner with wine at a local restaurant.


    Buffet Breakfast
    Farewell Dinner

  • 11.


    This morning, say ‘arrivederci' to your fellow travelers at the end of your wonderful Flavors of Italy vacation! Transfers are available. Conditions apply.


    Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Authentic Accommodations

    Relais La Cappuccina in San Gimignano is located in the Tuscan Hills, this Authentic Accommodations centers round Art Nouveau-style Italian villa, built by a local nobleman.
  • Be My Guest

    Dinner and wine in a vineyard setting overlooking the Chianti hills with a local family who also tend an olive grove.
  • Cultural Insight

    Visit Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian Arts. See glassblowing artisans and other craftsmen in action.
  • Hidden Treasure

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

    in Rome, Florence, Bologna and Venice.
  • Local Specialist

    Meet a professional Italian Chef who will tell you about fresh produce and the basic principles of local cuisine.
  • Local Specailist

    Small Group Sightseeing in Venice, enjoy a walking tour with a Local Specialist of ‘Secret Venice' and the Rialto food market with a group size of no more than 25 guests to enhance your experience. Then take a cruise along the Grand Canal.
  • Wine Tasting

    Visit a wine and olive oil outlet in the Chianti wine region for an informative talk and tasting.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Rome, Florence, Bologna and Venice
  • Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice
  • Orientation in Parma
  • View the Roman Forum, Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Kissing Towers in Bologna, the Byzantine St. Mark's Basilica and the Rialto Bridge in Venice
  • Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the town of Greve, the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence and the famous food markets in Venice
  • Walking tour in Venice


  • 9 hot buffet breakfasts.

  • 5 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, Regional Meal, three course dinner with wine and Farewell Dinner).
  • 1 lunch (Regional Meal).

Travel Highlights

  • It's the right hotels

    With our Insider knowledge, we've handpicked quality hotels to complement this trip. Check the daily itinerary for hotel details and tripadvisor.com for reviews.
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Hand-picked 4 or 5 star accommodations
  • 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

Optional Experiences


Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.


  • Backstreets, Piazzas and Fountains of Rome

    Adult Price: €33.00 With our Local Specialist, you'll discover the many delights that Rome has to offer by wandering through the labyrinth of narrow backstreets and beautiful squares. Developed over many centuries, they've created an amazing legacy for us today. The Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain (under restoration) are just two of the fine monuments en route. Later, you'll have free time to eat at the restaurant of your choice in one of the piazzas.
  • Inside The Vatican And The Colosseum

    Adult Price: €78.00 Join us for an extension to your included sightseeing tour, which gives you a chance to see the artistic masterpieces collected and commissioned by the Popes. You’ll visit the Tapestry Gallery, Gallery of Maps and the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo spent 11 years preparing the vault and altar wall, and we give you plenty of time to admire just how much painstaking work went into his creations. Your experience will be rounded off with a visit to Rome's iconic Colosseum.
  • Roman Evening With Dinner

    Adult Price: €60.00 Spend a light-hearted evening with us in Rome. Relax and enjoy typical Italian cuisine with drinks and music. Afterwards, we’ll drive along the Via Veneto, a location made famous by the film 'La Dolce Vita', and which will give you a glimpse into how the Romans enjoy their city.


  • The Uffizi Galleries

    Adult Price: €38.00 Come with us on a tour of the Uffizi Galleries, one of the oldest and most famous art museums in Europe. You'll enjoy works by Michelangelo, Botticelli and Raphael, among other masterpieces. After, you'll return to your hotel via taxi.


  • Venetian Glories

    Adult Price: €38.00 Accompanied by a Local Specialist, you'll visit the magnificent Doge's Palace and its elegant courtyards, which are home to the rulers of the Venetian republic. After, you'll get to explore the Byzantine Basilica of St. Mark the Evangelist, patron saint of Venice.
  • Discover The Magic Of Venice

    Adult Price: €69.00 Join us for a scenic cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal. You’ll admire the magnificent palazzos, as well as catching a glimpse of the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's Square. Later on, you'll glide gracefully on a gondola along Venice’s dreamy, narrow waterways.
  • Lagoon Discovery Cruise With Food And Drinks

    Adult Price: €69.00 Come with us on a private boat trip to the lagoon in Venice and you’ll see the island of Murano, where the renowned glassblowers live. You’ll enjoy lunch or dinner with drinks at the nearby ‘Island of the Fishermen’, Burano, which is famous for its multi-coloured houses and a photographer's paradise.

San Gimignano

  • A Visit to Siena

    Adult Price: €35.00 We drive to this quaint medieval city known as one of the jewels of Tuscany. Siena is renowned for her unique main square, il Campo - where the horse race Il Palio takes place twice a year- our Local Expert will bring to life its picturesque streets.


  • Bologna Culinary Experience

    Adult Price: €61.00 Dine in the heart of Bologna, known as the centre of Italian gastronomy. Located in the wine cellar of a sixteenth-century palace, the restaurant's vaulted rooms are decorated with the many wine bottles it once offered. We enjoy a delicious dinner of local specialties, including the famous tortellini for which the chef has won an award. Wine included.
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