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Italian Discovery

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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

      Admire Michelangelo's frescoed ceiling, the idyllic beauty of Lake Como and Shakespeare's Juliet balcony in Verona. You'll also savour the tastes of Bologna and wander through the home town of St. Francis.


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      Trip code: ITDI

      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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        • VIP ADMISSION to the Vatican Museums

        • CITY TOUR in Rome, Florence, Milan, Bologna and Assisi

        • ORIENTATION of Turin and Venice

        • VISIT St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum in Rome, the medieval city of Ferrara and the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi

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

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


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      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 Trip Highlights

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and a professional 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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      Your Itinerary

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      Day 1

      Arrive Rome (2 Nights)

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      Day 2

      Rome Sightseeing and Free Time

      Florence, Italy

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      Rome – Florence

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      Florence – Pisa – Turin

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      Turin – Lake Como – Milan

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      Milan – Verona – Venice (2 Nights)

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      Venice Orientation and Free Time

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      Venice – Ferrara – Bologna

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      Bologna – Assisi – Rome

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      Depart Rome

      Day 1

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

      Tread in the footsteps of emperors and slaves - your first encounter with intoxicating Italy is the Eternal City and its glorious past which you will have an opportunity to explore on your own before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception. This evening, we enjoy an enchanting antipasto of our Italian Discovery during an orientation drive past some of the city's most famous sights.

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      Cicerone

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

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      Cicerone

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Rome Sightseeing and Free Time Day 2 - Rome Sightseeing and Free Time

      Our exploration of Rome begins at the Vatican Museums where we have priority admission allowing entry to view the masterpieces collected by Popes throughout the centuries. 'Dive Into Culture' during an included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist, admire Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and visit St. Peter's Basilica to see his famous Pietà. Crossing the Tiber, we venture to Ancient Rome to see where hundreds of thousands of spectators would cheer chariot riders to victory at Circus Maximus followed by a visit to the imposing Colosseum. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the magnificent sites of what was once the capital of the world, or kick back in a piazza soaking up the aromas of fine coffee while you 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
      (Price is subject to change)

      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
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 2

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      Rome – Florence Day 3 - Rome – Florence

      Today we drive north through rolling Tuscan landscapes to the Renaissance city of Florence. Beauty and artistry seep through the walls of the city's exquisite palazzi, churches and bridges. Embark on a walking tour with your Local Specialist. Visit the Piazza della Signoria, which once lay at the heart of the flourishing Florentine Republic, then admire the exquisite marble Duomo and famous Baptistery renowned for its bronze doors with relief sculptures. Learn about the quality and workmanship of one of this city's historic industries at a demonstration of Florentine leathercraft. Later, we enjoy some free time on your own before this evening, we 'Connect With Locals' over a Be My Guest dinner set against the backdrop of Tuscan vineyards and olive groves.

      Hotel

      Grand Mediterraneo

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

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      Grand Mediterraneo

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Optional Experiences

      Michelangelo's 'David' & Accademia

      Enjoy an insight into the world of Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. We visit 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.

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

      A short journey brings us to Pisa and its Square of Miracles, home to the famous Leaning Tower, ornate Baptistery and Cathedral. We continue northwards, past the marble quarries of Carrara and the resort hubs of Portofino, Rapallo and Genoa in Liguria before arriving in sophisticated Turin. This afternoon, we venture through the grand boulevards of this aristocratic city during an orientation drive which will reveal the impressive Castello del Valentino and Po River, the longest in Italy.

      Hotel

      Concord

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      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
      (Price is subject to change)

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

      We leave Turin and continue to the Italian lakes for a stop at Lake Como. Then it's on to the economic powerhouse that is Milan, where we'll enjoy a walking tour with a Local Specialist to explore the city's spectacular sights. We view the ornate Duomo, one of the grandest Gothic cathedrals in the world, the ancient Galleria shopping arcade and the celebrated La Scala Opera House. This evening, join your companions for a delicious Regional Meal at a local restaurant.

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      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: €39.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Treasures Of Milan

      You will have the opportunity to visit some of the highlights of Milan, including the famous La Scala Opera House, which is still the World's most famous for performing artists and public alike. Afterwards, you’ll visit another of the city’s highlights with our Local Specialist who will bring to life Milan’s eventful history.

      Adult Price: €45.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 5

      Day 6

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

      Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers feature on our stop in Verona where we'll view Juliet's Balcony and the first-century ancient Roman arena still in use today. Crossing the Veneto Plains, we arrive in what was once the haunt of Casanova and Marco Polo, enchanting Venice.

      Hotel

      Viktoria Palace

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

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      Viktoria Palace

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Optional Experiences

      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 palazzi, 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
      (Price is subject to change)

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      Venice Orientation and Free Time Day 7 - Venice Orientation and Free Time

      'Dive Into Culture' and witness first-hand the exquisite tradition of Venetian glassblowing - a tradition that spans centuries. Board a private launch and cruise to the gateway of Venice, St. Mark's Square - our introduction to such sights as the Doge's Palace and the Byzantine Basilica. Enjoy free time to explore Venice. Wander through the labyrinthine alleys, over its bridges and into quiet squares.

      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.

      Adult Price: €36.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      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: €71.00
      (Price is subject to change)

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

      Visit the Renaissance city of Ferrara, before arriving in Bologna - perhaps more famous for its gourmet achievements than being the site of the oldest university in Europe. Join a Local Specialist to explore the sights, including Neptune's fountain, the Kissing Towers and Piazza Maggiore. Of course, a visit to the home of tortellini, mortadella, tagliatelle and ragù would be incomplete without taking time to sample its delicious cuisine. Buon appetito!

      Hotel

      Flyon

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Flyon

      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: €63.00
      (Price is subject to change)

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

      Today, we cross the dramatic Apennine Mountains to the mystical town of Assisi. Come face-to-face with the legacy of St. Francis, founder of the Franciscan Order, during a walking tour of his home town with a Local Specialist. Visit the Basilica of St. Francis and see his tomb, before returning to Rome past the scenic hill-town of Orte. Tonight, we celebrate a journey of discovery through Italy during a Farewell Dinner with our companions and Travel Director.

      Hotel

      Sheraton Parco de' Medici

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Hotel

      Sheraton Parco de' Medici

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

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      Day 10

      Depart Rome Day 10 - Depart Rome

      Our journey together has come to an end so for now it's a fond arrivederci to your newfound friends at the end of your memorable Italian holiday. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

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      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Connect with Locals
        Eight generations of history with plenty of stories to tell. Enjoy a traditional Be My Guest dinner with the Landi family at their home near Florence, set within a garden of oak trees against the backdrop of Tuscan vineyards and olive groves. (Day 3)

      • Dive into Culture
        Gain early access to the Vatican Museums to marvel at the magnificent work of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel.(Day 2)
        Witness the exquisite craft of glassblowing on Giudecca Island, a delicate tradition that generations of Venetian craftsmen have perfected over the centuries. (Day 7)

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

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        • VIP ADMISSION to the Vatican Museums

        • CITY TOUR in Rome, Florence, Milan, Bologna and Assisi

        • ORIENTATION of Turin and Venice

        • VISIT St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum in Rome, the medieval city of Ferrara and the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi

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

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


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        • 9 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 5 dinners
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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 Trip Highlights

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and a professional Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • VIP entry to many sights


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