Italian Concerto - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

11 days

from €2093 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Oct 2015.
"Service is above excellent"
Lynette , Jul 2014

This relaxed exploration of Italy takes in the old-world beauty of Venice, Florence and Rome and then journeys on, to the laid-back southern lifestyle of the Amalfi coast.

It's Insider moments like… imagining streets ringing with laughter at the festival of fire in Pompeii, just hours before Mount Vesuvius buried the city, as you explore the ruins and hear tales of its tragic last moments.

Trip type:
At Leisure
Trip code:
ITCO

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    ARRIVE ROME (3 NIGHTS)

    Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! Relax after your journey, then meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers later for a Welcome Reception. This evening, enjoy an orientation drive to see St. Peter's Basilica and the Tiber, a great introduction to this magical city.

    Meal(s)

    Welcome Reception

    Hotel

    Grand Tiberio

  • 2.

    ROME SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE

    This morning join your Local Specialist to visit St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City and view Michelangelo's Pietà. Your sightseeing tour continues in ancient Rome. View the Forum and see Circus Maximus, where chariot races were once held. Visit inside the impressive Colosseum. There's time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by!

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 3.

    ROME – AT LEISURE

    The day is yours to explore this wonderful city. Consider an optional experience to Tivoli, site of the magnificent Villa d'Este. Visit museums and gardens, or simply experience ‘la dolce vita' at a pavement café in one of the city's many piazzas.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 4.

    ROME – MONTE CASSINO – POMPEII – AMALFI COAST (MAIORI) – AT LEISURE (3 NIGHTS)

    Visit the Commonwealth Cemetery at Monte Cassino in the valley below the Abbey. In Pompeii - buried for centuries when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD - your Local Specialist takes you on a fascinating Small Group Sightseeing tour of the excavations. Arrive later at your hotel on the Amalfi Coast where you dine tonight.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

    Hotel

    San Pietro

  • 5.

    AMALFI COAST AT LEISURE

    Your day is free to do as you please. Perhaps visit the splendid Villa Rufolo at Ravello or shop for souvenirs. Spend the evening sipping limoncello while overlooking the glorious Bay of Salerno!

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 6.

    ISLE OF CAPRI EXCURSION

    Sail to the magical island of Capri, a favourite resort among Italians. Ascend to Capri Town by funicular railway for a guided walking tour with a Local Specialist including views of Marina Piccola and the famous Piazzetta. Later, your Travel Director takes you on an orientation tour of Amalfi, featuring medieval streets and the spectacular Romanesque Church. Enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

  • 7.

    AMALFI COAST (MAIORI) – FLORENCE (2 NIGHTS)

    Travel north through Umbria and into scenic Tuscany before arriving in Florence. Tonight why not dine at one of the city's many trattorias.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Ambasciatori

  • 8.

    FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE

    Florence is a beautiful city with a wealth of Renaissance treasures to discover. Your Local Specialist shows you all the main sights including views of the marble Duomo and Baptistery. Visit Piazza della Signoria, with its amazing sculptures. Join your companions this evening for an authentic Be My Guest dinner in a castle on a wine and olive estate.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining

  • 9.

    FLORENCE – FERRARA – VENICE (2 NIGHTS)

    Marvel at the breathtaking scenery on your journey across the Apennines via Bologna. In Ferrara, see the family home of the notorious d'Este family. Arrive later in the sublime island city of Venice, Queen of the Adriatic, where you stay for the next two nights.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Boscolo Bellini

  • 10.

    VENICE ORIENTATION AND AT LEISURE

    See the island of San Giorgio, the elegant Customs House, the Doge's Palace and the Bridge of Sighs as you cruise to St. Mark's Square in your private launch. Stroll across St. Mark's Square to see the Basilica and its campanile. Enjoy a Cultural Insight into the Venetian tradition of glass making on Giudecca Island. This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and newfound friends

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

  • 11.

    DEPART VENICE

    Say ‘arrivederci' to your companions as your memorable Italian holiday comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest

    You will be welcomed by the owners of a magnificent castle in the Tuscan hills and taken on a tour of the castle and the cellars – once used as the dungeons! Enjoy a memorable dinner in the Great Hall or Castle gardens and taste some delicious Chiantis.
  • Cultural Insights

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

    in Rome, Pompeii, Capri and Florence.
    Small Group Sightseeing in Pompeii, enjoy a guided visit to the excavations with a group size of no more than 25 guests to enhance your experience.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Rome, Pompeii, Capri and Florence
  • Cruise to the beautiful Isle of Capri and by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice
  • Orientation of Amalfi Town and Venice
  • See the home of the d'Este family in Ferrara
  • View the Roman Forum, the Duomo in Florence and the Byzantine St. Mark's Basilica
  • Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the Roman Colosseum, the ruins of Pompeii and the Commonwealth War Cemetery

Dining

  • 10 hot buffet breakfasts.
    5 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, 2 three course dinners with wine and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Return cruise to the Isle of Capri.
  • Hand-picked 4 or 5 star accommodation
  • 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

Notes

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.

Rome

  • Inside The Vatican Museums And Sistine Chapel

    Adult Price: €53.00 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.
  • 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.
  • Catacombs and Caracalla Baths

    Adult Price: €34.00 Explore Rome’s past. Visit the Catacombs where the early Christians assembled to escape persecution and which were used as underground cemetaries. See the famous Caracalla Baths where the Three tenors held their initial concert.
  • 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.
  • Tivoli And Gardens Of The Villa D’Este

    Adult Price: €41.00 Visit the ancient Sabine town of Tivoli to enjoy the gardens and fountains of the Villa D’Este. You’ll get to see its grottos and pavilions, the Avenue of a Hundred Fountains, and the Dragon Fountain of the Organ.

Amalfi

  • Explore Ravello

    Adult Price: €39.00 Join us on a trip to the balcony of the Amalfi coast. Ravello is perched high above the terraced groves with breathtaking views. Your Local Specialist will show you the gardens of the Villa Rufolo, which inspired Wagner, and you’ll have free time to visit the 11th century cathedral.
  • Experience The Amalfi Coast

    Adult Price: €45.00 Join us as we take in delightful villages and spectacular scenery along the incredible Amalfi Coast. You’ll visit the celebrated town of Positano, which is also a Unesco World Heritage site. There will be time to shop for local goods or enjoy a drink in a cafe overlooking the beach.
  • Dinner On The Amalfi Coast

    Adult Price: €63.00 Come with us for a short drive to a restaurant we know and love on the Amalfi Coast. You'll get to try some locally-loved dishes and drinks, all served alongside Neapolitan hospitality and beautiful views.
  • The Highlights of Capri

    Adult Price: €57.00 Take in amazing views of the 'jet-set' island of Capri. You'll cruise around the island and visit the villa of Swedish author Axel Munthe, whose gardens are rated amongst the finest in Europe. The tour will finish at Anacapri at the top of the island. A light lunch will replace the cruise in the event of bad weather.

Florence

  • Visit To San Gimignano

    Adult Price: €35.00 Join us for a drive to the nearby hilltop town of San Gimignano, known as the ‘medieval Manhattan’ of Tuscany. Surrounded by fields of sunflowers, 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.
  • Tuscan Hills Dinner At Villa Machiavelli

    Adult Price: €63.00 A scenic drive into the Chianti hills, past vineyards and sunflower fields, brings us to a delightful hamlet overlooked by an imposing castle. Our destination is the ancient stone house of Machiavelli, where the great political theorist wrote his immortal work, ‘The Prince’. After a welcome drink and visit of the villa and its wine-cellars, we enjoy the best of Tuscan cuisine accompanied by great music and drinks, including of course, Chianti from the Villa’s own vines. This is the essence of all great things Tuscan, past and present, condensed into one memorable evening!
  • Dinner, Wine And Music In The Tuscan Hills

    Adult Price: €63.00 Come for a scenic drive through the beautiful Tuscan countryside. We'll stop off at a delightful restaurant set among the pines and cypress trees, where you’ll be served regional favourites alongside local music.

Venice

  • Majestic Venice

    Adult Price: €35.00 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.
  • 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 Dinner 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 dinner with drinks at the nearby ‘Island of the Fishermen’, Burano, which is famous for its multi-coloured houses and a photographer's paradise.
  • Lagoon Cruise to Burano

    Adult Price: €30.00 Come with us on a private boat trip to the lagoon in Venice and you’ll see the island of Burano, which is famous for its multi-coloured houses and a photographer's paradise.
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