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Great Italian Cities

10 Days 1 Country 11 Cities

Italy's greatest cities are in the spotlight on an epic discovery of Venice, Florence and the Eternal City, Rome.

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About this trip

Merchant Palaces, Papal splendour and Renaissance masters. Italy's greatest cities are in the spotlight on this epic discovery of Rome, Florence and Venice.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… meeting the family of Count Fulcis in their 15th century villa, where the love story ‘Room with a View' was filmed, learning about olive oil production and sharing warm regional cuisine together.


Trip type: At Leisure i

Trip code: WGIC

9 Nights

accommodation

13 Meals
  • 9 hot buffet breakfasts.

  • 4 dinners (including Be My Guest).

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

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

    • Orientation of Pisa

    • Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the amazing Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum in Rome and St. Francis' Basilica in Assisi

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

    • View Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Byzantine St. Mark's Basilica in Venice

    • See the ancient sites of Rome


What's Included

Dining

    • 9 hot buffet breakfasts.

    • 4 dinners
      (including Be My Guest).


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • Porterage and local charges included

    • 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

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

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


    Airport Transfers

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


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Day 1

Arrive Rome (3 Nights)

Day 2

Rome Sightseeing and At Leisure

Day 3

Rome At Leisure

Florence, Italy

Day 4

Rome – Assisi – Florence (3 Nights)

Santa Maria Cathedral Baptistery, Florence, Italy

Day 5

Florence Sightseeing and At Leisure

Piazza Del Duomo, Florence, Italy

Day 6

Florence – Excursion to Pisa

Day 7

Florence – Bologna – Venice (3 Nights)

Island of Burano, Italy

Day 8

Venice – Canal Cruise and Orientation

Day 9

Secret Venice Walking Tour and visit to The Rialto Food Market

Day 10

Depart Venice

Day 1

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

Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City. Relax after your journey or explore this fascinating city on your own. Later, meet your companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception. It’s the perfect opportunity to get to know everyone. An orientation drive will take you to see St. Peter’s Basilica - a great start to your Italian holiday.

Hotel

Grand Palatino

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Hotel

Grand Palatino

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Rome Sightseeing and At Leisure Day 2 - Rome Sightseeing and At Leisure

Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist begins at the Vatican Museums. Experience a Cultural Insight in the Vatican when you ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante. Admire Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and then visit St. Peter's Basilica and see his famous Pietà. Later visit the impressive Colosseum, the largest amphitheatre in the Roman Empire. See the Circus Maximus where Ben Hur-style chariot racing took place. Spend free time discovering more of the city or relax at a pavement café 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

Delights of Rome with Dinner

Spend an evening getting to know Rome. We’ll take you via coach where you’ll have the chance to see some of the city’s much-loved sights. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a delicious light dinner of Italian specialities, alongside local music and drinks.

Adult Price: €49.00

Day 2

Day 3

Rome At Leisure Day 3 - Rome At Leisure

Spend today as you please. Your Travel Director will be able to help you get the most from your day at leisure. Alternatively consider joining an Optional Experience to the renowned excavations at Pompeii, near the Bay of Naples.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Discover Pompeii And Naples

Join our expert on a tour of the excavations of Pompeii, the perfectly preserved Roman town which was engulfed by Mount Vesuvius' eruption in AD 79. You'll witness the devastating destruction it had at the time, as well as the opportunity to go back in time and get a glimpse of everyday Roman life, frozen for more than 2,000 years. Later, enjoy a panoramic tour of Naples, before returning to Rome, passing the abbey of Monte Cassino.

Adult Price: €100.00

Day 3

Day 4

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

Drive north to the mystical town of Assisi on the slopes of Mount Subasio. Visit St. Francis’ Basilica and see Giotto’s enchanting frescoes, with your Local Specialist. Arrive later in Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance.

Hotel

Ambasciatori

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Hotel

Ambasciatori

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Dinner, Wine And Music In The Tuscan Hills

Join us for a scenic drive through the beautiful Tuscan countryside. We will enjoy a meal at a charming restaurant where a selection of regional favourites is served, accompanied by a selection of the local wines and live music. A truly unforgettable experience, with an atmosphere that is the essence of all things Tuscan.

Adult Price: €64.00

Day 4

Day 5

Florence Sightseeing and At Leisure Day 5 - Florence Sightseeing and At Leisure

Learn about Florence's rich cultural history during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Visit Piazza della Signoria with its impressive sculptures and imposing palazzi. View the multi-coloured marble Duomo and Baptistery, famous for its gilded bronze doors. Enjoy scenic views of the Ponte Vecchio, one of the city's most famous landmarks. Afterwards, explore on your own or shop for souvenirs in Florence, renowned for high quality leather and 18 carat gold jewellery.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

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

Visit To San Gimignano

Join us for a drive to the nearby hilltop town of San Gimignano, known as the ‘medieval Manhattan’ of Tuscany. Surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, this is Italy’s best preserved medieval city and will give you a taste of day-to-day life in Italy during the Middle Ages.

Adult Price: €35.00

Day 5

Day 6

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

Cross the Arno Valley to Pisa, a former maritime city on the Ligurian Sea. In the Square of Miracles, home to some of the city's most famous sights, see the incredible Leaning Tower and the beautifully sculpted marble cathedral. See the baptistery and the cemetery, built on soil brought from Calvary in the Holy Land. This evening travel to a Tuscan olive oil estate for a special Be My Guest dinner.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Day 6

Day 7

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

Travel through the Apennines to Bologna, home to one of the oldest universities in Europe and famous for sausages and salami. Your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist includes views of the Kissing Towers which lean towards each other, seemingly poised to embrace. Later cross the Veneto plains to Venice. This sublime island city, constructed in a lagoon, has an incredibly rich cultural and artistic heritage. Later today you might like to take a gondola ride along enchanting canals - it's the perfect introduction to this magical city. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Hotel

Boscolo Bellini

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Hotel

Boscolo Bellini

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 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 7

Day 8

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

This morning enjoy a Cultural Insight into the Venetian tradition of glass making on Giudecca Island. Savour the unique sights of Venice as you cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square. See the Bridge of Sighs, Palladian Churches, Customs House, St. Mark’s Basilica and the ornate Doge’s Palace. This afternoon you have free time to visit the Fine Arts Academy, relax at a café on St. Mark’s Square or consider a boat trip to the Island of Burano for a delicious meal.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

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 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

Enjoy a boat trip along the canals to the Rialto Bridge to join your Small Group Sightseeing walking tour with a Local Specialist who'll reveal a centuries-old food market and narrow ‘calle' or streets. See the beautiful architecture, including Marco Polo's house. For the rest of the day you are free to visit the sights of your choice. Celebrate this evening with your fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Optional Experiences

Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica

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.

Adult Price: €42.00

Day 9

Day 10

Depart Venice Day 10 - Depart Venice

Say ‘arrivederci' to Italy and 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

Please see http://www.trafalgar.com:80/eu/tours/great-italian-cities for the latest discounts & departure information.

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Local Specialists
    For included sightseeing in Rome, Assisi, Florence, Bologna and Venice.
    Secret Venice Small Group Sightseeing with a Local Specialist.

  • Cultural Insights
    Ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by Bramante, in a part of the Vatican not open to the public.
    Visit Giudecca Island for a demonstration in glassblowing.

  • Be My Guest
    You will be welcomed by the owners of a magnificent villa in the Tuscan hills.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

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

    • Orientation of Pisa

    • Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the amazing Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum in Rome and St. Francis' Basilica in Assisi

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

    • View Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Byzantine St. Mark's Basilica in Venice

    • See the ancient sites of Rome


What's Included

Dining

    • 9 hot buffet breakfasts.

    • 4 dinners
      (including Be My Guest).


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • Porterage and local charges included

    • 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

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

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


    Airport Transfers

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


Why Trafalgar?

The Trafalgar Experience

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Enjoy

Enjoy the wonder of travel, crisscrossing the globe through the seasons. On effortless adventures in breathtaking new horizons, forge lifelong friendships and memories. Our lovingly crafted itineraries are a fascinating mosaic of cultures, flavours, festivals and local stories. We’re with you all the way, guiding you and ensuring you experience the real thing: the sheer love of travel, entirely hassle-free.


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Meet

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.


Simply Authentic

Taste

Travelling with your tastebuds, treating them to new flavours, spices and textures along the way. From the very first breakfast to the last nightcap, travelling through Europe indulges your palate, with every meal an opportunity to discover regional fare. Savour each new flavour, try the local tipple and take home fresh culinary inspiration. Let us share our love for food and hospitality with you.


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Unwind

Once you've packed your suitcase, we take care of the rest, removing all your concerns so that you can be secure in the knowledge that an award-winning global company with an impeccable reputation has taken care of every little detail. We arrange everything you'll need along your journey - meals, accommodation and travel logistics, because we are with you all the way. Travel the world with peace of mind, knowing you’re in the hands of Trafalgar.


Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 37 Reviews

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    Service rating : Wonderful trip! I had such a great time in Italy. I like the fact that you could pick and choose which experiences you wanted to do.Product : I'm not into sharing my photos with people I don't share common interests with. I was much more interested in the Catholic Churches and

  • Trip:

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    Service rating : Excellent travel director. Well planned and organized. Excellent driver.Product : Nice varied itinerary. Dietary needs were met.

  • Trip:

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    It was the third time I travelled with Trafalgar and each time I leave, always made me look at planning my next trip with Trafalgar

  • Trip:

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    Service rating : Great experience and value. Hotels were centrally located which minimized time on the coach. Tour director and local specialists were extremely knowledgeable and helpful. The optional excursion to Pompeii was awesome.Product : Nice to have 3 days in each city. Never felt rushed.

  • Trip:

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    Very organized and informative a pleasure to be with friendly people

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    • Christmas & New Year’s Eve Highlights: The 23 December 2016 departure will celebrate Christmas in Rome and New Year’s Eve in Venice. The 28 December 2016 departure will toast New Year’s Eve in Florence. Each of these specially arranged festive meal celebrations will replace one of the included meals featured in the itinerary.
    • Venice: Departures 03 February and 10 February 2017 will be staying in Venice during the Carnival of Venice.
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