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Italian Discovery

10 Days 1 Country 13 Cities

Six of Italy's top cities are explored on this feast of beauty and culture, from wine regions to floating cities.

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About this trip

Landmarks of Italy - the Vatican, marble Duomo and Doge's Palace - are the highlights of this journey through the birthplace of culture. Admire Michelangelo's frescoed ceiling, the idyllic beauty of Lake Como and stop in Verona to see Shakespeare's Juliet balcony and the 2,000-year-old Roman arena. You'll also savour the tastes of Bologna and wander through St. Francis' hometown, Assisi.


Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: ITDI

9 Nights

accommodation

14 Meals
  • 9 hot buffet breakfasts

  • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest)

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Rome, Florence, Milan, Bologna and Assisi

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

    • Orientation of Turin and Venice

    • View the ancient sites of Rome, Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, beautiful Lake Maggiore, the Gothic Cathedral and La Scala Opera House in Milan, the Roman Arena and Juliet's Balcony in Verona, the Byzantine St. Mark's Basilica and the Kissing Towers in Bologna

    • Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, the Roman Colosseum, the medieval city of Ferrara and St. Francis Basilica in Assisi


What's Included

Dining

    • 9 hot buffet breakfasts

    • 5 dinners
      (including Be My Guest)


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • 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


Italian Discovery

Your Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrive Rome (2 Nights)

Day 2

Rome Sightseeing

Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy

Day 3

Rome – Florence

Day 4

Florence – Pisa – Turin

Day 5

Turin – Lake Como – Milan

Day 6

Milan – Verona – Venice (2 Nights)

Day 7

Venice Orientation

The Kissing Towers, Bologna, Italy

Day 8

Venice – Ferrara – Bologna

St Francis Basilica, Assissi, Italy

Day 9

Bologna – Assisi – Rome

Day 10

Depart Rome

Day 1

Arrive Rome (2 Nights) Day 1 - Arrive Rome (2 Nights)

Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City. Relax after your journey or perhaps take a stroll through this historic city. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers later for a Welcome Reception. An evening orientation drive will take you to admire the view of the magnificent St. Peter's Basilica - a perfect start to your Italian Discovery.

Hotel

Cicerone

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Hotel

Cicerone

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Rome Sightseeing Day 2 - Rome Sightseeing

Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist begins at the Vatican Museums. Trafalgar has priority early access as an official partner of the Vatican Museums allowing entry before other Tour Operators and the general public. Admire Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel when it is less crowded and more peaceful. Visit St. Peter's Basilica to see his famous Pietà. Your tour continues with views of ancient Roman sites and see Circus Maximus where chariot races were held. Visit the impressive Colosseum. There's time afterwards to explore the city on your own or simply relax and watch the world go by.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Piazzas and Fountains of Rome

Discover the most charming areas in the city with a Local Specialist. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares of Rome's historic centre, leading to highlights such as the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon, as well as hidden corners of the Eternal City.

Adult Price: €33.00

Roman Evening with Dinner

Spend a light-hearted evening with us in Rome. Relax and enjoy typical Italian cuisine with drinks and music. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy a drive and provide a glimpse into how Romans enjoy their city.

Adult Price: €61.00

Day 2

Day 3

Rome – Florence Day 3 - Rome – Florence

Drive north through picturesque scenery to the Renaissance city of Florence in Tuscany. Your Local Specialist reveals Florence's rich cultural heritage during your walking tour. Visit Piazza della Signoria with its impressive sculptures and imposing palazzi. View the marble Duomo and the famous Baptistery renowned for its bronze doors with relief sculptures. View the ancient Ponte Vecchio, one of the most famous landmarks in Florence. Afterwards explore on your own or shop for high-quality leather and 18-carat gold jewellery. This evening enjoy a memorable Be My Guest dining experience in a castle on a wine and olive oil estate.

Hotel

Grand Hotel Mediterraneo

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Hotel

Grand Hotel Mediterraneo

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Optional Experiences

Michelangelo's 'David' & Accademia

Enjoy an insight into the world of Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. We have fast track entry to the Academy of Fine Arts and its Michelangelo collection, where you’ll learn all about the life and works of this immortal Renaissance genius through the expert commentary of our Local Specialist.

Adult Price: €40.00

Day 3

Day 4

Florence – Pisa – Turin Day 4 - Florence – Pisa – Turin

A short journey brings you to Pisa and the famous Leaning Tower in Piazza del Duomo - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There's time for photos before you continue past the marble quarries of Carrara and the resorts of Portofino, Rapallo and Genoa. In Turin see the Antonelliana building and the Piazza San Carlo during your orientation tour.

Hotel

Concord

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Hotel

Concord

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Italy's Unknown Capital

From its elegant cafes to its royal palaces and baroque churches, Italy's first capital has endless treasures waiting to be discovered. Your Local Specialist will reveal the secrets of its Savoy past on a passeggiata with a special surprise treat.

Adult Price: €31.00

Day 4

Day 5

Turin – Lake Como – Milan Day 5 - Turin – Lake Como – Milan

From Turin via Lake Como you arrive in Milan. Your Local Specialist takes you on a walking tour of the city's spectacular sights including the Galleria, the Gothic Duomo and the renowned La Scala opera house. This evening join your companions for a Regional Meal at a local restaurant.

Hotel

Starhotels Business Palace

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Hotel

Starhotels Business Palace

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Optional Experiences

Discover Lake Como

Enjoy views of elegant villas and gardens as you cruise with your Local Specialist along Lake Como, one of the most beautiful spots in the Italian Lake District.

Adult Price: €38.00

Day 5

Day 6

Milan – Verona – Venice (2 Nights) Day 6 - Milan – Verona – Venice (2 Nights)

Stop in Verona where Shakespeare based his most famous play, to view Juliet's Balcony and the 2,000 year old Roman arena still in use today. Continue across the Veneto plains to the magical city of Venice.

Hotel

Viktoria Palace

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Hotel

Viktoria Palace

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Optional Experiences

Treasures Of Milan

Join our Local Specialist at the impressive Castello Sforza museum, where you’ll see the 'Pieta of Rondanini' by Michelangelo, among other great works. Your tour finishes with a visit to the world renowned 'La Scala' opera house and museum. When La Scala or the Castello is unavailable, you’ll visit the Museum of Milan.

Adult Price: €45.00

Gondolas and the Grand Canal

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.

Adult Price: €70.00

Day 6

Day 7

Venice Orientation Day 7 - Venice Orientation

View the Doge's Palace and the Byzantine Basilica on your cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square. Stop at Giudecca Island to visit a traditional glassblowing workshop for a Cultural Insight into this ancient art form. Spend free time afterwards as you wish. Relax in a café, shop for souvenirs or take an Optional Experience to one of the islands in the lagoon.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Venice's Secrets and St. Mark's Basilica

Explore the hidden maze of streets which make up this unique city as your Local Specialist gives you a fascinating insight into Venice's past and present. You’ll visit the majestic basilica of St Mark, where you’ll have a chance to view some of the prized trophies looted by the Venetians in their rise to power. Alternatively, we’ll visit the outside terrace for exceptional vistas.

Adult Price: €36.00

Lagoon Cruise to Burano with Food and Drinks

Join us as we discover the Venetian Lagoon by private boat. You will enjoy a delicious meal with a selection of drinks on the fishermen's island of Burano, famous for its multi-coloured houses - a real photographer's paradise.

Adult Price:

Day 7

Day 8

Venice – Ferrara – Bologna Day 8 - Venice – Ferrara – Bologna

Visit Ferrara, a city of artistic importance during the Renaissance. Arrive in Bologna - famous for its university, architecture, fine sausages and hams. Your Local Specialist shows you the sights including Neptune's fountain, the Kissing Towers and Piazza Maggiore. Don't forget to sample the excellent local cuisine.

Hotel

AC by Marriott

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Hotel

AC by Marriott

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Bologna Gourmet Dinner

Drive with us through the Bolognese countryside to reach our restaurant in a popular local winery. We will enjoy a delicious gourmet dinner of seasonal local specialties and a selection of wines from the Emilia-Romagna region, known as the gastronomic centre of Italy.

Adult Price: €62.00

Day 8

Day 9

Bologna – Assisi – Rome Day 9 - Bologna – Assisi – Rome

Cross the dramatic Apennine Mountains to Assisi on the slopes of Mount Subasio. Enjoy a walking tour of St. Francis' hometown with a Local Specialist. Visit the magnificent Basilica and see the tomb of St. Francis who founded the Franciscan Order in Assisi in 1208. Later travel south towards Rome passing the scenic hilltop town of Orte. Tonight join your companions and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner with wine.

Hotel

Sheraton Parco De Medici

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Hotel

Sheraton Parco De Medici

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Day 9

Day 10

Depart Rome Day 10 - Depart Rome

Say 'arrivederci' to your newfound friends at the end of your memorable Italian holiday. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 10

Available Departures

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The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest
    The Pazzi and de Medici feud is brought to light in this visit to the 12th century Castle of Trebbio where you will enjoy a traditional Tuscan buffet, explore the castle dungeons, and indulge in olive oil and wine tasting

  • Cultural Insights
    Gain early access to the Vatican Museums to marvel at the magnificent work of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel. Witness the exquisite craft of glassblowing on Giudecca Island, a delicate tradition that generations of Venetian craftsmen have perfected over the centuries

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

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

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Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Rome, Florence, Milan, Bologna and Assisi

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

    • Orientation of Turin and Venice

    • View the ancient sites of Rome, Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, beautiful Lake Maggiore, the Gothic Cathedral and La Scala Opera House in Milan, the Roman Arena and Juliet's Balcony in Verona, the Byzantine St. Mark's Basilica and the Kissing Towers in Bologna

    • Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, the Roman Colosseum, the medieval city of Ferrara and St. Francis Basilica in Assisi


What's Included

Dining

    • 9 hot buffet breakfasts

    • 5 dinners
      (including Be My Guest)


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • 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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Meet warm-hearted locals and like-minded travellers. Along your journey of discovery, stop to share stories and flavours with local farmers, chefs and winemakers. Pause to admire the handicrafts and rich traditions of amazing artisans. Explore the essence of Europe through captivating accounts shared by expert historians and savvy local guides.


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    Service rating : The tour was done with customers' satisfaction. Our Tour Director was knowledgeable and made our various stops very interesting and exciting!. We all had been looking forward to the next stops and they were more exciting as the tours went further up to our various destinations.

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    Service rating : Overall, I thought the tour was excellent, but the local specialists for the most part was information overload and too micro for me.Product : The itinerary was exactly what we signed up for and the optionals worked well, also.

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    Service rating : Our tour director, Ramero was amazingProduct : The tour guide and driver were amazing

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    Service rating : The trip was very well planned and we learned so much history and info on all the places we went to in Italy. Our Director, Romeo was the best. He really takes care of all the details to ensure his group is comfortable and well taken care of.Product : Everything was perfect with

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    Service rating : Every thing about my 10- day Italian Discovery trip with Trafalgar was awesome.Thanks again for the organized and efficient handling of all our trip detailsProduct : Every thing about my 10- day Italian Discovery trip with Trafalgar was awesome.Thanks again for the organized and

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