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Rome Explorer

8 Days 1 Country 2 Cities

Visit the Colosseum and the Vatican on this trip that takes you inside the heart of this great city.

"Most amazing holiday I ever had"


About this trip

Historic giants the Colosseum and the Vatican meet show-stopping fountains in Tivoli's beautiful gardens, taking you inside the heart of this great city and surrounding area.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… rubbing shoulders with the locals as you pick out the freshest ingredients at Campo di Fiori market, sampling focaccia straight from the baker's oven, then learning how to make your very own pasta the Italian way.

Trip type: At Leisure i

Trip code: ROMK

7 Nights


10 Meals
  • 7 hot buffet breakfasts.

  • 1 lunch.

  • 2 dinners.

On-trip Transport

All transport shown. All transfers shown.

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Your Itinerary

1. Arrive Rome (7 Nights)

Welcome to Rome, capital of Italy. Relax after check-in at your centrally located hotel, or take a leisurely stroll through the city's ancient streets. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a traditional pizzeria Welcome Reception.

Welcome Reception
VOI Cicerone

2. Rome City Highlights Walking tour and Catacombs Visit

After a leisurely start enjoy a walking tour with a Local Specialist through some of the oldest streets in Rome. Visit the famous Spanish Steps immortalised in many Italian movies and the Trevi Fountain where you will stop to toss coins over your shoulder and make a wish to return to Rome. Visit inside the breathtaking Pantheon and marvel at the most preserved and influential building of ancient Rome. See some of the impressive squares and admire the many monuments including Bernini's Fountain of Four Rivers. Enjoy free time in Piazza Navona for lunch and a gelato. This afternoon leave the city centre and visit the ancient catacombs with a Local Specialist for a fascinating insight into Christian history in the city.

Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

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

3. Rome Market Visit and Cooking Experience

Today experience life like a local in this bustling and vibrant capital city. Visit a local food market for a Cultural Insight with your insider host and select delicious local ingredients. Take a walk through the Jewish quarter and try focaccias and other delicious specialities in the neighbourhood bakeries. Arrive at Fooxia for a cooking course with a professional chef and learn how to make proper Italian pasta. Enjoy a delicious lunch with typical Italian hospitality. There's time afterwards to explore the city on your own or simply relax and watch the world go by.

Buffet Breakfast

4. Rome At Leisure or Optional Experience to Ostia Antica

A completely free day to explore the city. Your Travel Director will give you some ideas and suggestions on how to spend your day. Alternatively you may wish to take an Optional Experience to visit Ostia Antica with a delicious lunch at the beach.

Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Explore Ostia Antica

Join us on a journey along the Mediterranean coast and visit the excavations of Ancient Ostia, the former harbour of Rome. These ruins offer perhaps a more complete picture of Roman urban life than either Rome or Pompeii. See the remains of the baths, theatre, apartment houses, drinking room, mosaics and wall paintings at this beautiful site, mirrored by cypress trees and umbrella pines.

Adult Price: €42.00

5. Rome Vatican and Sistine Chapel Visit

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. This afternoon return to your hotel or perhaps consider a shopping experience to Via Condotti where you will find many fashionable boutiques.

Buffet Breakfast

6. Ancient Rome Sightseeing

This morning after a leisurely start visit ancient Rome with a Local Specialist. Visit inside the impressive Colosseum and see the Circus Maximus where chariot races were once held. Later travel to Tivoli for a guided visit with a Local Specialist of the UNESCO World Heritage Italian gardens of Villa d'Este. The architectural elements and water features here had an enormous influence on European landscape design.

Buffet Breakfast

7. Rome At Leisure and Roman Farewell Dinner

Your last day in the city is completely yours to explore further or do last minute shopping for souvenirs. Your Travel Director will be able to suggest activities such as museums, shopping or sightseeing in the city. In the early evening meet for a unique Cultural Insight. Enjoy a Roman Farewell Dinner with a local family in their Isola Tiberina apartment. This apartment formerly belonged to film director Michelangelo Antonioni amongst other famous inhabitants. Today it is the home of Fabio and either he or other members of his family will host you for a delicious meal with your fellow travel companions.

Buffet Breakfast
Farewell Dinner

8. Depart Rome

After breakfast, say farewell to Rome and your newfound friends as you prepare to return home after a memorable week in one of the world's greatest cities. Transfers to Rome Fiumicino Airport are available. Conditions apply.

Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Local Specialists
    For included sightseeing in Rome and the Vatican Museums.

  • Cultural Insights
    Meet a professional Italian Chef who will tell you about fresh produce and the basic principles of local cuisine. Visit an apartment which formally belonged to Antonioni and meet a local family and experience typical Italian hospitality.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Rome

    • Visit the Colosseum, Tivoli Gardens at Villa d'Este, St. Peter's Basilica, Sistine Chapel, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona and the Roman Catacombs

    • View the ancient sites of Rome including Circus Maximus, the Spanish Steps and Bernini's Fountain of Four Rivers

What's Included


    • 7 hot buffet breakfasts.

    • 1 lunch.

    • 2 dinners.

What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Hand-picked 4 and 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

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    Airport Transfers

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

Why Trafalgar?

The Trafalgar Experience

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Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 3 Reviews

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    Service rating : The service was great, from the moment the travel representative found me wandering the airport to bring me to the shuttle to my hotel to the shuttle that drove me back to the airport. I also appreciated trafalgers communication prior to the trip regarding registering on their

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    Service rating : excellent tour guidesProduct : Tony Cacasse is a relaxed gentleman with a huge gorgeous smile. Rome explorer was relaxed like the Italians. I would highly recomment Trafalgar tours to my friends and I wish I could go again. This tour grouip was small but lovely as it was like a

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    Service rating : Very goodProduct : While the tour was great perhaps this trip could offer a few more Optional excursions as there was plenty of "free" time. This was our 6th Trafalgar Trip.

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    • Christmas & New Year's Eve Highlights: The 25 December 2016 departure will celebrate Christmas and New Year's Eve in Rome. Each of these specially arranged festive meal celebrations will replace one of the included meals featured in the itinerary.
    • Christmas Day in Rome: Please be advised that on Christmas Day, major sights and shops will be closed. Most churches hold services on Christmas Day. In St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Pope Frances will give his Christmas Day Urbi et Orbi speech, at noon. The Pope appears at the loggia of St. Peter's Basilica and blesses the crowd. (His Holiness only does this one other time each year, at Easter). Tickets are not required but expect large crowds. Your Trafalgar Travel Director will advise further options on your arrival in the city.
    • Shared Rooming: Room Share is not available on this trip.
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