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Best of Italy

13 Days 1 Country 16 Cities

The best of Italy's cities, lakes and coastlines are uncovered during this Country Explorer trip.

"Wonderful taste of Italy"

Maria from Australia

About this trip

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.

You'll enjoy 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 i

Trip code: ITBO

12 Nights

accommodation

19 Meals
  • 12 hot buffet breakfasts.

  • 7 dinners (including Be My Guest).

On-trip Transport

All transport shown. All transfers shown.

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Day 1

Arrive Rome (2 Nights)

Day 2

Rome Sightseeing and Free Time

Day 3

Rome – Cassino – Pompeii – Sorrento (2 Nights)

Capri, Campania, Italy

Day 4

Isle of Capri Excursion

St Francis Basilica, Assissi, Italy

Day 5

Sorrento – Assisi

Day 6

Assisi – Verona – Venice (2 Nights)

Day 7

Venice Orientation and Free Time

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, Milan, Italy

Day 8

Venice – Milan – Lake Maggiore (2 Nights)

Day 9

Lake Como Excursion

Florence, Italy

Day 10

Lake Maggiore – Pisa – Florence (2 Nights)

Piazza Della Signoria, Florence, Italy

Day 11

Florence Sightseeing and Free Time

Day 12

Florence – Siena – Rome

Day 13

Depart Rome

Day 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 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.

Hotel

Una/Il Cantico Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 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. See the Circus Maximus where chariot races were held and visit the impressive Colosseum. There's time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

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 – Cassino – Pompeii – Sorrento (2 Nights)

Visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery and enjoy views of the Montecassino Abbey. 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.

Hotel

Johanna Park/Conca Park

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Optional Experiences

Amalfi Coast and Positano

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.

Adult Price: €43.00

Day 3

Day 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.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Neapolitan Dinner and Dance

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.

Adult Price: €61.00

Experience The Isle Of Capri

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.

Adult Price: €40.00

Sorrento Farmhouse Dinner

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.

Adult Price: €49.00

Capri, Campania, Italy

Day 4

Day 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.

Hotel

Cenacolo Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine
St Francis Basilica, Assissi, Italy

Day 5

Day 6

Assisi – Verona – Venice (2 Nights)

Today enjoy the glorious countryside and historic architecture of the Emilia Romagna region. This area is also renowned for its cuisine such as tortellini, mortadella and parmesan cheese. Travel to Verona, the home of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, to admire the Roman arena and Juliet's balcony. Arrive later in Venice, the Queen of the Adriatic.

Hotel

Grande Albergo Ausonia & Hungaria Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

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 6

Day 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 meal.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Venice's Secrets and St. Mark's Basilica

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.

Adult Price: €36.00

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: €70.00

Day 7

Day 8

Venice – Milan – Lake Maggiore (2 Nights)

Cross the plains of Lombardy to Milan for a walking tour of this fashionable city with your Local Specialist. View the Duomo, La Scala Opera house and the famous Galleria. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Hotel

Simplon

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Optional Experiences

Treasures Of Milan

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.

Adult Price: €45.00

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, Milan, Italy

Day 8

Day 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.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Optional Experiences

Discover The Borromean Islands

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 (this optional is only operated between mid March and the end of October).

Adult Price: €41.00

Discover Lake Como

Enjoy views of elegant villas and gardens as you cruise with your Local Specialist along Lake Como, one of the most beautiful spots in the Italian Lake District.

Adult Price: €38.00

Day 9

Day 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.

Hotel

Grand Hotel Mediterraneo/Adler Cavalieri

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

Florence, Italy

Day 10

Day 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.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Michelangelo's 'David' & Accademia

Enjoy an insight into the world of Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. We have fast track entry to the Academy of Fine Arts and its Michelangelo collection, where you’ll learn all about the life and works of this immortal Renaissance genius through the expert commentary of our Local Specialist.

Adult Price: €40.00

Piazza Della Signoria, Florence, Italy

Day 11

Day 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.

Hotel

Sheraton Parco De Medici

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Day 12

Day 13

Depart Rome

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

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 13

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Local Specialists
    For included sightseeing in Rome, Pompeii, Capri, Assisi, Milan and Florence.

  • 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 glassblowing artisans and other craftsmen in action.

  • Be My Guest
    Enjoy a unique experience by taking a boat to an Island on Lake Maggiore for a delicious meal.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Rome, Pompeii, Capri, Assisi, Milan and Florence

    • Orientation of Venice

    • Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museum, the Roman Colosseum, the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Monte Cassino, the excavations at Pompeii, St. Francis Basilica in Assisi, picturesque Lake Como and the medieval city of Siena

    • Cruise to the beautiful Isle of Capri and by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice

    • View the Benedictine Abbey in Monte Cassino, the Byzantine St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, 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

    • See the ancient sites of Rome including Circus Maximus


What's Included

Dining

    • 12 hot buffet breakfasts.

    • 7 dinners
      (including Be My Guest).


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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Enjoy

Enjoy the wonder of travel, crisscrossing the globe through the seasons. On effortless adventures in breathtaking new horizons, forge lifelong friendships and memories. Our lovingly crafted itineraries are a fascinating mosaic of cultures, flavours, festivals and local stories. We’re with you all the way, guiding you and ensuring you experience the real thing: the sheer love of travel, entirely hassle-free.


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Love... Travel

"Is simply the best way to position what our guests love to experience and what we love to deliver" - Gavin Tollman CEO


Meet

Meet warm-hearted locals and like-minded travellers. Along your journey of discovery, stop to share stories and flavours with local farmers, chefs and winemakers. Pause to admire the handicrafts and rich traditions of amazing artisans. Explore the essence of Europe through captivating accounts shared by expert historians and savvy local guides.


Taste

Travelling with your tastebuds, treating them to new flavours, spices and textures along the way. From the very first breakfast to the last nightcap, travelling through Europe indulges your palate, with every meal an opportunity to discover regional fare. Savour each new flavour, try the local tipple and take home fresh culinary inspiration. Let us share our love for food and hospitality with you.


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Once you've packed your suitcase, we take care of the rest, removing all your concerns so that you can be secure in the knowledge that an award-winning global company with an impeccable reputation has taken care of every little detail. We arrange everything you'll need along your journey - meals, accommodation and travel logistics, because we are with you all the way. Travel the world with peace of mind, knowing you’re in the hands of Trafalgar.


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    Service rating : Wonderful tour director...He made the trip.A wealth of information,charming,helpful,funny and very professional,a joy to be with.Our coach driver was great also.Product : An 18 ct gold bracelet and 18ct gold ball earrings,great craftsmanship,great price.

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    Service rating : Excellent travel director who provided interesting information about Italy to better understand what life like in Italy. Everything was well organized with minimal time wasted in traffic and lineups. Useful tips along the way.Product : We visited all the locations I was

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    Service rating : Arrival procedures difficult; too many "optional" experiences. Price of actual trip was $1004 Euros more than anticipatedProduct : Had to pay extra to see the David, should have been included

  • Trip:

    Service:

    Service rating : Maritsa, tour director, was knowledgable and informative in all aspects of tour. She was personable, fun & a good group leader. All accomodation was clean, comfortable & food was generally good. Side trips were good but perhaps we could have known extra costs involved before

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    Service rating : The driver was excellent. He handled the unpredictable behaviour of other drivers with great professionalism.The tour director was fun, informative and helpful in the extreme. She even got me a walk-in ticket to the Uffizi Gallery, which was a real bonus. She tried to provide

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    • Christmas & New Year's Eve Highlights: The 15 December 2016 departure will celebrate Christmas in Florence. The 22 December 2016 departure will celebrate Christmas in Sorrento and New Year's Eve in Florence. The 29 December 2016 departure will toast New Year's Eve in Sorrento. Departure 31 December 2016 will toast 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.
    • Venice: Departures 11 February and 18 February 2017 will be staying in Venice during the Carnival of Venice.
    • Easter: Departures 04 April and 05 April 2017 will be in Rome on Easter Sunday.
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