Italian Holiday - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

7 days

from €1297 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Oct 2015.
"One of the best travel companies"
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Roman monuments, Venetian canals and Florentine artistry complement the tranquil beauty of Lake Garda, your base for one night of this perfect introduction to Italy.

It's Insider moments like… bypassing the queues and listening to our expert recount secrets of the Vatican's past and present, as they unfold the story of Michelangelo's greatest work in the Sistine Chapel.

Trip type:
Country Explorer
Trip code:
ITIH

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    ARRIVE ROME (2 NIGHTS)

    Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! Relax after your journey or take a leisurely stroll through the ancient streets. This evening, join your Travel Director and travelling companions for a Welcome Reception and evening orientation drive to see St. Peter's Basilica. This is the perfect introduction to the sights which await you!

    Meal(s)

    Welcome Reception

    Hotel

    Cardinal Hotel St. Peter

  • 2.

    ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    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. Later visit St. Peter's Basilica to see the famous Pietà. Your tour continues in ancient Rome. Visit inside the impressive Colosseum. View the Forum and see the Circus Maximus, where chariot races were once held. 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 – VENICE

    This morning follow the valley of the River Tiber north into Umbria and pass the picturesque hilltop towns of Orte and Orvieto. Travel through Tuscan landscapes with terraced olive groves and over the Apennine hills. Cross the Veneto plains before arriving at your hotel for dinner.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

    Hotel

    Novotel Castellana

  • 4.

    VENICE ORIENTATION – LAKE GARDA

    Savour the sights and sounds of this sublime island city on your included canal cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square. View the Bridge of Sighs and the ornate Doge's Palace. Gain a Cultural Insight into the traditional Venetian glassblowing industry at a local workshop, with free time afterwards to explore on your own. Later, travel to the Italian Lake District where you will enjoy a delicious Be My Guest dining experience with a local family.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining

    Hotel

    Poiano

  • 5.

    LAKE GARDA – PISA – FLORENCE

    Enjoy views of the Lake Garda this morning as you travel to Pisa. View the extraordinary Leaning Tower before arriving in Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Tonight, you might like to sample some local Tuscan cuisine.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Grand Hotel Mediterraneo

  • 6.

    FLORENCE – ROME

    In Florence, the city's rich medieval and Renaissance history is brought to life by your Local Specialist. Visit Piazza della Signoria, with its impressive sculptures and imposing palazzi. View the multi-coloured marble Duomo and the famous Baptistery with its bronze doors. View the Ponte Vecchio, a spectacular feat of engineering dating from the Middle Ages. Later travel through Umbria's shady valleys, with olive and cypress trees until you reach the valley of the Tiber River, which leads you back to Rome. In Rome tonight, celebrate the end of your holiday with your companions at a Farewell Dinner.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

    Hotel

    Sheraton Golf Parco De Medici

  • 7.

    DEPART ROME

    After breakfast say ‘arrivederci' to Rome and your travelling companions as you return home with wonderful memories of Italy. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest

    Visit a 16th century convent located in picturesque vineyards near Lake Garda where you will be welcomed by the Fabiano family and have a delicious dinner of local specialities.
  • Cultural Insights

    As Trafalgar are official partners with the Vatican Museum, enjoy early access to the Sistine Chapel to admire the frescoed ceilings by Michelangelo before access is given to other travel groups and the general public.
    Visit a traditional glassblowing workshop in Venice.
  • Local Specialists

    in Rome and Florence.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Rome and Florence
  • Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice
  • Orientation of Venice
  • View the Roman Forum, the Byzantine St. Mark's Basilica, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence
  • Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and the Roman Colosseum

Dining

  • 6 hot buffet breakfasts.
    4 dinners:(including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, three course dinner 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)
  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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.
  • 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.

Florence

  • Visit Michelangelo's David

    Adult Price: €37.00 Enjoy an insight into the world of artistic genius Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. You'll get VIP entry to the Academy of Fine Arts, where you'll learn all about the artist's life and his world-famous sculpture.
  • 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.
  • 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!
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