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Contrasts of Italy

10 Days 1 Country 6 Cities

Italy's contrasts become apparent as you journey through Rome, Florence and Venice by train.

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Rolling hills of lush green and gold hues flash by as you travel by high-speed train from the ancient capital of Rome north to Venice, stopping in Florence to admire its historical treasures. Cross the Rialto Bridge in search of Marco Polo, cruise to St. Mark's Square and dine amidst three centuries of art and antiquities in the Vatican.


Trip type: Cruise Rail and Combos i

Trip code: ITGVB

9 Nights

accommodation

12 Meals
  • 9 hot buffet breakfasts

  • 3 dinners

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Rome, Florence and Venice

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

    • In the midst of three centuries of art, history and antiquities at the Vatican's Missionary Ethnological Museum, enjoy a private guided tour and exclusive dinner.

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

    • Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and the Roman Colosseum in Rome and the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence


What's Included

Dining

    • 9 hot buffet breakfasts

    • 3 dinners


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

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

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

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • 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

    • High-speed train from Rome to Florence in standard class

    • High-speed train from Florence to Venice in standard class

    • VIP entry to many sights


    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 – Vatican Experience

Day 3

Rome

Day 4

Rome – High Speed Train – Florence Sightseeing (3 Nights)

Day 5

Florence – Excursion to Pisa

Florence, Italy

Day 6

Florence

Day 7

Florence – High Speed Train – Venice (3 Nights)

Day 8

Venice 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 take a stroll through the city's ancient streets. Join your companions and Travel Director this evening for a Welcome Reception and an orientation drive, which will be the perfect introduction to this magical city.

Hotel

Grand Palatino

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Hotel

Grand Palatino

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Rome Sightseeing – Vatican Experience Day 2 - Rome Sightseeing – Vatican Experience

This morning your included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist begins with a visit to St. Peter's Basilica to see Michelangelo's magnificent Pietà. Your tour continues in ancient Rome with a visit to Circus Maximus, where chariot races were once held, and the impressive Colosseum. This afternoon, gain priority access to the Vatican Museums where a Local Specialist will take you on a guided tour. Admire Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel when it is less crowded and join an official representative of the Vatican Museums for a private guided tour of the Missionary Ethnological Museum, founded by Pope Pius XI in 1926, with its remarkable collection of artworks and historical relics from missions all over the world. You'll also enjoy an exclusive dinner at the museum in the midst of three centuries of art, history and antiquities.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

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

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

Day 2

Day 3

Rome Day 3 - Rome

Your day is free to see the sights of your choice. Consider taking an Optional Experience to Tivoli to see the house and gardens of the Villa d'Este - a marvellous example of Renaissance landscape architecture. This evening why not make a wish and throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain?

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Ancient And Christian Rome

Join us on an exploration of Rome's past. On this trip you will visit the Catacombs, where the early Christians assembled to escape persecution and which were used as underground cemeteries. Continue on to the Pyramid of Cestius and the Baths of Caracalla.

Adult Price: €38.00

Tivoli And Gardens Of The Villa D’Este

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.

Adult Price: €45.00

Day 3

Day 4

Rome – High Speed Train – Florence Sightseeing (3 Nights) Day 4 - Rome – High Speed Train – Florence Sightseeing (3 Nights)

Take the high-speed train on a comfortable journey (1 hour 35 minutes) through scenic countryside to Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Your Local Specialist shows you a wealth of historical treasures during your walking tour including the Ponte Vecchio. Visit the Fine Arts Academy to see one of the most famous works of the Renaissance - Michelangelo's statue of David. Finish at Piazza della Signoria, featuring wonderful sculptures and palazzi.

Hotel

Ambasciatori

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Hotel

Ambasciatori

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 4

Day 5

Florence – Excursion to Pisa Day 5 - Florence – Excursion to Pisa

Enjoy views of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo. A short drive along the Arno Valley brings you to Pisa, a former maritime city. Meet your Local Specialist explore the Square of Miracles and see the famous Leaning Tower and the marble cathedral. See the Baptistery - the largest in Italy - and the cemetery, which is reputedly built on soil brought from the Holy Land. Relax this evening in Florence.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 5

Day 6

Florence Day 6 - Florence

Spend the day on your own exploring the delights of this historic and picturesque city. As well as museums and galleries there are beautiful gardens and wonderful palaces to discover such as the Boboli gardens and the Pitti Palace. There are many villages just outside the city where you can buy all manner of local specialities. Or shop for the latest fashions in Florence's elegant and sophisticated boutiques. This evening consider an Optional Experience in Chianti for dinner.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

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

The Uffizi Galleries

Come with us on a tour of the Uffizi Galleries, one of the oldest and most famous art museums in Europe. You'll enjoy works by Michelangelo, Botticelli and Raphael, among other masterpieces.

Adult Price: €39.00

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 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.

Adult Price: €35.00

Day 6

Day 7

Florence – High Speed Train – Venice (3 Nights) Day 7 - Florence – High Speed Train – Venice (3 Nights)

All aboard the express train for Venice. Marvel at the scenery as you pass through the Apennine Mountains and across the Veneto plain. It takes just over two hours to reach Venice, its ornate Gothic and Renaissance palaces beautifully reflected in the Venetian lagoon. Later consider a gondola ride along enchanting canals.

Hotel

Boscolo Bellini

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Hotel

Boscolo Bellini

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

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 Orientation Day 8 - Venice Orientation

Enjoy a Cultural Insight into the Venetian tradition of glass making on Giudecca Island. Savour the sights and sounds of this sublime island city as you cruise to St. Mark's Square by private launch. See the Bridge of Sighs, Palladian Churches, the Customs House, St. Mark's Basilica and Campanile as well as the Doge's Palace on your orientation of the city. Spend free time afterwards exploring on your own. Relax and experience 'la dolce vita' at a pavement cafe. You might like to cruise to an island in the lagoon 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

Your Local Specialist brings the city's rich heritage to life. Cross the Rialto Bridge and visit the ancient food market. Wander through the narrow streets and see the house of Marco Polo and other interesting and beautiful works of art. See the sights of your choice afterwards, then celebrate in the evening with your companions at a Farewell Dinner.

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 fellow travellers as this fascinating holiday comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 10

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    Enjoy a private guided tour and exclusive dinner in the midst of three centuries of art, history and antiquities at the Vatican's Missionary Ethnological Museum. Witness the exquisite craft of glassblowing on Giudecca Island, a delicate tradition that generations of Venetian craftsmen have perfected over the centuries

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

  • Local Specialists
    For included sightseeing in Rome, Florence, Pisa and Venice

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Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Rome, Florence and Venice

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

    • In the midst of three centuries of art, history and antiquities at the Vatican's Missionary Ethnological Museum, enjoy a private guided tour and exclusive dinner.

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

    • Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and the Roman Colosseum in Rome and the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence


What's Included

Dining

    • 9 hot buffet breakfasts

    • 3 dinners


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

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

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

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • 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

    • High-speed train from Rome to Florence in standard class

    • High-speed train from Florence to Venice in standard class

    • VIP entry to many sights


    Airport Transfers

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


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    Service rating : It was everything I imagined it would be: the guide was thorough, thoughtful, patient and most of all helpful in directing me to interesting sights for my personal enjoyment during free time.Product : Loved being in each location for 3 days: 3 days made the entire trip seem more

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    Service rating : We felt we experienced the best that Italy has to offer. The tour guide, Elvira, was personable, knowledgeable and very helpful as were our local guides. We had wonderful excursions and were given wonderful meals. I felt like Trafalgar put together the right mix.Product : We

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    Service rating : Smooth operations, friendly and efficient tour director, great local specialists and special tours.Product : Great mix of included activities and optional choices.

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    Service rating : Our travel director, Elvira Ferrari was exceptional and very informative. The tour itself was great but including the optional experiences made it "excellent".Product : We got to see what we wanted too and more!

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    Service rating : Skillful tour manager, got us past long lines in Rome & Venice.Product : Hit the high points that I wanted to see

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