Splendours of Italy - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

13 days

from US$1993 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Oct 2015.
"Trafalgar far exceeded our expectation"
Michelle , Jul 2014

With many millennia worth of epic history, matchless works of art, and pure blue oceans and lakes, Italy's many splendours bombard the senses. See the iconic structures of ancient Rome, enjoy the view at the Italian Lakes and Bay of Naples and Renaissance Florence.

Trip type:
CostSaver
Trip code:
ITSI

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    ARRIVE ROME (2 NIGHTS)

    Welcome to Rome! After check-in at your hotel, relax and unwind before meeting with your Travel Director in the afternoon. This evening, why not take a stroll around this fascinating city and soak up the amazing atmosphere.

    Hotel

    Ergife Palace

  • 2.

    ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour of the city, starting with a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, one of the largest and most inspiring churches ever built. Your trip continues across the Tiber River with views of the Forum and the iconic Colosseum. Spend free time exploring the wonderful sights on your own. Perhaps take an optional experience to the ancient Catacombs.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 3.

    ROME – BAY OF NAPLES (2 NIGHTS)

    Journey south past the Abbey of Monte Cassino to the Bay of Naples, your home for the next two nights. This afternoon, why not take an optional experience to Positano and the Amalfi Coast.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Grand Moon Valley

  • 4.

    SORRENTO EXCURSION

    Your excursion to the nearby resort of Sorrento starts with a visit to an inlaid wood workshop, for which the area is renowned. Later, consider an optional experience to see the excavations of Pompeii, which lay undiscovered for centuries beneath a layer of volcanic ash after Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD 79.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

  • 5.

    BAY OF NAPLES – ASSISI

    Drive through the rolling hills of Umbria to the mystical town of Assisi on the slopes of Mount Subasio, birthplace of St. Francis. Your Travel Director gives you an orientation tour, which includes St. Francis' Basilica, renowned for its fresco paintings.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Frate Sole

  • 6.

    ASSISI – VENICE (ORIAGO) (2 NIGHTS)

    Enjoy a scenic drive across the dramatic Apennine Mountains to the magical floating city of Venice. Dine at your hotel this evening.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Il Burchiello

  • 7.

    VENICE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME

    You are surrounded by magnificent sights and sounds as you cruise by private launch along shimmering canals to St. Mark's Square. Admire the Bridge of Sighs, the ornate Doge's Palace and the Basilica of St. Mark. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialities at a glassblowing workshop on Giudecca island. Explore the city during your free time or maybe take a trip to Burano Island in the lagoon for a fresh seafood meal.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 8.

    VENICE (ORIAGO) – VERONA – LUGANO – ITALIAN LAKES (2 NIGHTS)

    Journey west to Verona, the setting for Shakespeare's most famous play, and stop to admire the Roman Arena and Juliet's balcony. Continue via Milan to the Swiss border and visit the pretty lakeside resort of Lugano. Arrive at your hotel where you dine tonight.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Capolago

  • 9.

    ITALIAN LAKES FREE DAY

    Today you have a full day to enjoy the magnificent scenery of the Italian Lakes region.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

  • 10.

    ITALIAN LAKES – PISA – FLORENCE (2 NIGHTS)

    Cross the Apennine Mountains past Genoa, Columbus' birthplace. In Pisa, marvel at the famous Leaning Tower in the Field of Miracles. Later arrive at your hotel near the Renaissance city of Florence. Tonight, you may wish to enjoy a wonderful dinner in the Chianti hills!

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Wall Art Hotel

  • 11.

    FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Florence is one of the liveliest and most creative cities in Europe, and home to some of the world's greatest works of art and architecture. Your Local Specialist gives you an excellent account of the city's history during your walking tour of the city, which includes views of the Baptistery, the Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiori, the impressive Giotto's Bell Tower and a visit to Piazza della Signoria. Experience a demonstration of fine leatherwork, and in your free time, visit one of the many museums or simply relax and enjoy the ambience!

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 12.

    FLORENCE – SIENA – ROME

    Admire the beautiful scenery as you drive through the Chianti area of Tuscany to Siena, a medieval city famous for its bi-annual Palio horse race. Marvel at its rich heritage during your orientation tour. This evening in Rome you might like to mark the end of an enjoyable holiday with a meal out!

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Ergife Palace

  • 13.

    DEPART ROME

    This morning, say ‘arrivederci' to Italy, your Travel Director and fellow travellers as you prepare to return home with wonderful memories. Transfers are available to Rome Fiumicino airport. Conditions apply.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Assisi

    Orientation tour includes St. Francis' Basilica
  • Florence

    Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes Piazza della Signoria, Cathedral and Baptistery
  • Italian Lakes

    Enjoy a free day with spectacular views
  • Lugano

    Visit this magnificent lakeside resort
  • Pisa

    View the famous Leaning Tower
  • Rome

    Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes a visit to St. Peter's Basilica and views of the Forum and Colosseum
  • Siena

    Visit the Piazza del Campo famous for the Palio horse race
  • Sorrento

    Visit a traditional inlaid wood workshop
  • Venice

    Cruise by private boat to St. Mark's Square. Visit a traditional glassblowing workshop on Giudecca Island
  • Verona

    View the Roman Arena and Juliet's balcony

Dining

  • 12 buffet breakfasts

  • 6 three course dinners

Travel Highlights

  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply.
  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom
  • Hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your trip
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included

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

  • The Delights Of Rome

    Adult Price: €47.00 Spend an evening getting to know Rome. We’ll take you via coach where you’ll have the chance to see some of the city’s much-loved sights. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a delicious light dinner of Italian specialities, alongside local music and drinks.
  • Experience Magnificent Rome

    Adult Price: €33.00 Join our Local Specialist and discover the many delights of Rome. You'll wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares which have developed over more than 2000 years, creating an amazing legacy. The Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain are just two of the fine monuments en route.
  • Spectacular Rome

    Adult Price: €60.00 Join us on a guided visit inside Rome's most recognised landmark, the Colosseum – scene of gladiatorial combats and spectacles. After this, you’ll continue on to the Via Appia to visit the Catacombs, once used as tombs by the early Christians.
  • 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.
  • Arrivederci Roma

    Adult Price: €49.00 Rome comes alive this last evening of our trip as you savour her unforgettable sights! We then celebrate together with a Farewell Dinner including entertainment in one of our favourite places.

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.
  • Discover The Sorrentino Countryside

    Adult Price: €43.00 Enjoy a beautiful drive into the Sorrentino countryside, where you'll explore the gardens, mill and ancient wine cellar of an 18th-century olive oil mill. During a tour of its lemon, orange and olive groves, your hosts will show you how mozzarella and other cheeses of the region are made. And then you'll get to try cheeses, salamis and marinated vegetables, washed down with local wine and homemade bread.
  • Discover Pompeii

    Adult Price: €39.00 Join our expert on a tour of the excavations of Pompeii, the perfectly preserved Roman town which was engulfed by Mount Vesuvius' eruption in AD 79. You'll witness the devastating destruction it had at the time, as well as the opportunity to go back in time and get a glimpse of everyday Roman life, frozen for more than 2,000 years.

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.

ITALIAN LAKES

  • Discover Lake Como

    Adult Price: €37.00 Enjoy views of elegant villas and gardens as you cruise along Lake Como, one of the most beautiful spots in the Italian Lake District.
  • Marvelous Milan

    Adult Price: €32.00 The bustling fashion and financial capital of Italy is yours to admire as you explore the city with our Local Specialist. You'll get to see the mains sights of La Scala, Sforzesca Castle, the modern-day forum in the Galleries and, of course, the spectacular Duomo.

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 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.
  • 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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