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Contrasts of Italy

10 Days 1 Country 4 Cities

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

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About this trip

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.

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Trip code: ITGVB

9 Nights


12 Meals
  • 9 hot buffet breakfasts

  • 3 dinners

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Your Itinerary

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.

Welcome Reception
Grand Palatino

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.

Buffet Breakfast
Regional Meal

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?

Buffet Breakfast

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.

Buffet Breakfast

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.

Buffet Breakfast

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.

Buffet Breakfast

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. Enjoy a Cultural Insight into the Venetian tradition of glass making on Giudecca Island. Later consider a gondola ride along enchanting canals.

Buffet Breakfast
Boscolo Bellini

8. Venice Orientation

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.

Buffet Breakfast

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.

Buffet Breakfast
Farewell Dinner

10. Depart Venice

Say 'arrivederci' to Italy and your fellow travellers as this fascinating holiday comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

Buffet Breakfast

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    Service rating : This was our first "guided tour" as we have always arranged things by ourselves in the past. This experience has changed the way we will travel in the future. Our every need and more was taken care of and our Tour Director, Roberto was fabulous. He made arrangements for

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    Service rating : IT was personal. Everything that was promised was delivered an the extras were wonderful. The photo of the Gondola ride was nice. The restaurants selected always had a great meal for Cathy who was Celiac. The handling of the luggage made moving from hotel to hotel a breeze.

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    Service rating : Trafalgar and Tour Director Roberto did a flawless job of delivering the trip of a lifetime for my wife and I . They handled all details of the trip, providing local experts in addition to Roberto's vast knowledge of Italian history and geography. Roberto contacted us by email

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    Service rating : Everything about the service was great! We appreciated the fact that things happened on schedule. Just the right amount of tour vs. free time. Our tour guide, Roberto was excellent and made sure that everyone got the word about what was happening and was extremely friendly to

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    Service rating : Service was excellent. Roberto was an excellent guide and person.Product : We like the places we were taken. We also like the choices we had for optional tours.

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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

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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


    • 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

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