Best of Italy - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

13 days

from US$2950 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Apr 2016.
"A fabulous way to see Italy"
James , Jul 2014

The essence of ‘la dolce vita' is explored through the cuisine, art and landscapes of Italy, from its iconic cities and turquoise lakes to its balmy southern shores.

It's Insider moments like… taking a private boat to secluded Isola Madre on Lake Maggiore, where Signor Telli takes you for a traditional meal at his restaurant – a place inspired by a young prince who used to play here.

Trip type:
Country Explorer
Trip code:
ITBO

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    ARRIVE ROME (2 NIGHTS)

    Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! Spend the rest of your day relaxing or take a leisurely stroll around the city. Join your companions and your Travel Director later for a Welcome Reception. Enjoy an orientation drive to see St. Peter's Basilica and other sights - a great introduction to this beautiful city.

    Meal(s)

    Welcome Reception

    Hotel

    Una/Il Cantico Authentic Accommodation

  • 2.

    ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    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 to see his famous Pietà. Your tour continues in ancient Rome. View the Forum and see the Circus Maximus, where chariot races were held. Visit 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 – MONTE CASSINO – POMPEII – SORRENTO (2 NIGHTS)

    Visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery near Monte Cassino. Your Local Specialist tells you all about the devastation caused by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79 during your walking tour of Pompeii. Arrive later at your hotel in Sorrento where you dine tonight.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

    Hotel

    Corallo Authentic Accommodation/Majestic Palace/Johanna Park

  • 4.

    ISLE OF CAPRI EXCURSION

    Witness the intricate art of inlaid woodwork, a Cultural Insight for which Sorrento is famous. Later, embark on an included excursion by ferry to the Isle of Capri. Visit Capri Town and other sights during your tour with a Local Specialist. Spend time exploring this lovely island on your own. Perhaps consider visiting the villa of the Swedish doctor, Axel Munthe.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 5.

    SORRENTO – ASSISI

    Assisi is a mystical town perched on the slopes of Mount Subasio overlooking the peaceful Umbrian landscape. Under the protection of St. Francis this city is still enclosed by medieval ramparts. Your Local Specialist takes you on a walking tour, which includes a visit to the Basilica of St. Francis, famous for its frescoes depicting the life of this much-loved saint. Spend time afterwards exploring on your own and shopping for souvenirs. Dine at your hotel this evening.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

    Hotel

    Cenacolo Authentic Accommodation

  • 6.

    ASSISI – VENICE (2 NIGHTS)

    Today, enjoy the glorious countryside and historic architecture of the Emilia Romagna region. The area is also renowned for its cuisine such as Tortellini, Mortadella and Parmesan cheese, which you could sample during your lunch stop. Arrive later in Venice, Queen of the Adriatic.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

    Hotel

    Grande Albergo Ausonia & Hungaria Authentic Accommodation

  • 7.

    VENICE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME

    Your cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square is magical! View the Bridge of Sighs, the beautiful Doge's Palace and the Basilica. Gain a Cultural Insight into the ancient art of glassblowing at a traditional workshop on Giudecca Island. Spend free time seeing the sights of your choice. You might like to cruise across the lagoon to the Island of Burano and enjoy a delicious seafood meal.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 8.

    VENICE – VERONA – MILAN – LAKE MAGGIORE (2 NIGHTS)

    This morning travel to Verona, the home of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, to admire the Roman arena and Juliet's balcony. Cross the plains of Lombardy to Milan for a walking tour of this fashionable city with your Local Specialist. See the Duomo, La Scala Opera house and the famous Galleria. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

    Hotel

    Simplon

  • 9.

    LAKE COMO EXCURSION

    Travel to the beautiful Lake Como with free time to explore or simply soak up the scenery. This evening, take a private boat to an island on Lake Maggiore for a special Be My Guest dinner experience.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining

  • 10.

    LAKE MAGGIORE – PISA – FLORENCE (2 NIGHTS)

    Cross the Plains of Lombardy, the forested Apennine Mountains, and pass by Genoa 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

    Adler Cavalieri/Grand Mediterraneo

  • 11.

    FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your Local Specialist brings the city's rich history to life during your walking tour. View the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio and visit Piazza della Signoria. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo. Spend free time exploring or shop for high quality leather and gold.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 12.

    FLORENCE – SIENA – ROME

    Set in scenic Tuscan countryside, visit the medieval town of Siena, famous for its exciting Palio horse race. This evening in Rome, join your Travel Director and new friends for a Farewell Dinner.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

    Hotel

    Sheraton Golf Parco De Medici

  • 13.

    DEPART ROME

    Say ‘arrivederci Roma' at the end of your memorable holiday in Italy. Transfers are available to Rome Fiumicino Airport. Conditions apply.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

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  • Authentic Accommodation

    The Il Cantico is located in close proximity to the Vatican in Rome, owned by the Franciscan order and the theme of St. Francis runs throughout the hotel; Corallo in Sorrento, has a unique past as a ‘patrician house' where intellectuals and artists met in the late 1920s; Cenacolo in Assisi was an old Franciscan convent built for pilgrims visiting Assisi, sensitively restored, the stone walls hold slick modern decor; and Grande Albergo Aussonia & Hungaria is a prestigious icon in Venice and has original period furnishings.
  • Be My Guest

    Enjoy a unique experience by taking a boat to an Island on Lake Maggiore for a delicious meal.
  • Cultural Insights

    Follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and da Vinci when visiting the Vatican Museums. Ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante, in a part of the Vatican not open to the public.
    Visit a traditional inlaid wood workshop in Sorrento.
    Visit Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian Arts. See glass-blowing artisans and other craftsmen in action.
  • Local Specialists

    in Rome, Pompeii, Capri, Assisi, Milan and Florence.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Rome, Pompeii, Capri, Assisi, Milan and Florence
  • Cruise to the beautiful Isle of Capri and by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice
  • Orientation of Venice
  • View the Roman Forum, the Byzantine St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, the Juliet's Balcony in Verona, the Gothic Cathedral and La Scala Opera House in Milan, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Duomo in Florence
  • Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museum, the Roman Colosseum, the Commonwealth War Cemetery, the excavations at Pompeii, St. Francis Basilica in Assisi, picturesque Lake Como and the medieval city of Siena

Dining

  • 12 hot buffet breakfasts.
    7 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, 4 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)
  • 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.

Sorrento

  • Experience The Scenic Amalfi Coast

    Adult Price: €42.00 Come with us for a drive along the famous Amalfi Coast. You’ll have a chance to visit the exclusive artists’ paradise of Positano, which is magnificently positioned on the Mediterranean coast.
  • Traditional Neapolitan Evening

    Adult Price: €48.00 A scenic drive takes you through the Sorrentino countryside to an 18th century Olive Oil mill. You’ll enjoy a guided visit of the gardens, mill and wine cellar, followed by a simple meal of traditional pizza and wine. And there'll also be the chance to see how mozzarella and pizza are made.
  • Experience The Isle Of Capri

    Adult Price: €39.00 Experience Capri's spectacular cliffs, famous turquoise waters and white grotto the best way: by boat. In Capri town, enjoy a lemon granita, a specialty of the island. Or if the weather doesn't allow, we'll take you on a tour of the island to Anacapri, and a visit to Villa San Michele.
  • Neapolitan Dinner And Dance

    Adult Price: €60.00 Join us for an evening of Neapolitan specialities at one of our favourite family-run restaurants. While you’re wined and dined, local artists – including performers who’ll demonstrate the famous Tarantella dance – will take centre stage.

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.
  • Lagoon Discovery Cruise With Food 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 lunch or dinner with drinks at the nearby ‘Island of the Fishermen’, Burano, which is famous for its multi-coloured houses and a photographer's paradise.

Milan

  • Treasures Of Milan

    Adult Price: €44.00 Join our Local Specialist at the impressive Castello Sforza museum, where you’ll see the 'Pieta of Rondanini' by Michelangelo, among other great works. Your tour finishes with a visit to the world renowned 'La Scala' opera house and museum.When La Scala or the Castello is unavailable, you’ll visit the Museum of Milan.

ITALIAN LAKES

  • Discover The Borromean Islands

    Adult Price: €38.00 We've organised a private launch to take you to the beautiful islands of Lake Maggiore. Here you'll see the Isola Madre, the Isola dei Pescatori, and on the Isola Bella we visit the magnificent palace of the Borromean Princes.
  • Villas Of Lake Como And Como Town

    Adult Price: €38.00 Enjoy views of elegant villas and gardens as you cruise along Lake Como, one of the most beautiful spots in the Italian Lake District. Our Local Specialist will show you the sights - and their favourite spots - as you explore the old parts of Como.

Florence

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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