Italy Bellissimo - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

11 days

from $3236 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Oct 2015.
"One of the best trips of my life!"
Kimberley , Jul 2014

The beauty and grace of Italy is a kaleidoscope of colours, fragrances and tastes, explored on a trip that ventures from the interior to the coast, and the sultry, sun-soaked island of Capri.

It's Insider moments like… staying in an old Franciscan convent in the birthplace of St Francis, Assisi. The convent was originally built for pilgrims to this peaceful hillside town, but its stone walls now hold slick modern décor.

Trip type:
Country Explorer
Trip code:
ITBE

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    ARRIVE ROME (2 NIGHTS)

    Welcome to Rome, capital of Italy! Relax after check-in, or take a leisurely stroll through the city's ancient streets. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception. Enjoy an evening orientation drive to see St. Peter's Basilica - the perfect introduction to your holiday.

    Meal(s)

    Welcome Reception

    Hotel

    Grand Tiberio

  • 2.

    ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist begins at the Vatican Museums. Trafalgar has priority early access as an official Partner of the Vatican Museums allowing entry before other Tour Operators and the general public. Admire Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel when it is less crowded and more peaceful. Later visit St. Peter's Basilica to see the famous Pietà. Your tour continues in ancient Rome. Visit inside the impressive Colosseum. View the Forum and see the Circus Maximus, where chariot races were once held. There's time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by! Note: Certain departures will visit the Sistine Chapel when the trip returns to Rome.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 3.

    ROME – POMPEII – ISLE OF CAPRI (2 NIGHTS)

    Visit the Commonwealth Cemetery at Monte Cassino in the valley below the Abbey. Visit the excavations at Pompeii - buried for centuries beneath volcanic ash after Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD - with commentary from your Local Specialist. In Sorrento, enjoy a Cultural Insight into fine local craftsmanship at an inlaid wood demonstration. Cruise across the Bay of Naples to the beautiful Isle of Capri, your home for the next two nights! Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

    Hotel

    Regina Cristina

  • 4.

    CAPRI ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME

    Your walking orientation of Capri town includes views of the Marina Piccola with a Local Specialist. Admire the legendary Piazzetta, the centre of local life! Spend free time shopping at elegant boutiques, or perhaps explore the coast of this pretty island by private motor launch.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 5.

    ISLE OF CAPRI – NAPLES – ASSISI

    Sail back across the Mediterranean to ‘Bella Napoli'. Drive through Naples and north via Latium into the Umbrian hills to the mystical town of Assisi. Your Local Specialist shows you the sights including views of the Church of St. Mary of the Angels, where St. Francis died. Visit the Basilica, featuring frescoes by Giotto. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

    Hotel

    Cenacolo Authentic Accommodation

  • 6.

    ASSISI – VENICE (2 NIGHTS)

    This morning after breakfast, travel through scenic countryside towards Venice, Queen of the Adriatic. Spend two nights on picturesque Lido Island.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Grande Albergo Aussonia & Hungaria Authentic Accommodation/Principe

  • 7.

    VENICE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME

    Venice is a sublime island city with a rich cultural and maritime history, which is evident during your cruise to St. Mark's Square. See the Basilica, Bridge of Sighs and Doge's Palace. Enjoy a Cultural Insight into the Venetian tradition of glass making on Giudecca Island. This afternoon explore on your own, shop for souvenirs or perhaps take a cruise across the lagoon for a delicious seafood meal.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 8.

    VENICE – PISA – MONTECATINI (TUSCAN HILLS) (2 NIGHTS)

    This morning travel to Pisa to view the famous Leaning Tower. Later arrive in the spa-resort of Montecatini in Tuscany, your home for the next two nights.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Minerva Palace

  • 9.

    FLORENCE EXCURSION

    Your day excursion to the Renaissance city of Florence is incredible! Your Local Specialist shows you all the sights including views of the marble Duomo and magnificent Baptistery and visit Piazza della Signoria, with its statues and stunning palazzi. Free time afterwards is an opportunity to explore museums and art galleries. Shop for high quality leather goods and 18-carat gold jewellery in Florentine boutiques. Join your companions later for an authentic Tuscan Be My Guest dining experience at a farmhouse set amid beautiful olive groves in the country.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining

  • 10.

    MONTECATINI (TUSCAN HILLS) – SIENA – ROME

    Discover Siena, a picturesque medieval town in the heart of Tuscany, famous for the annual Palio horse race. Admire the architecture on Piazza del Campo as you sip a cool drink at a pavement café. Shop for unique local pottery before returning to Rome. Join your companions this evening and celebrate the end of your holiday with a Farewell Dinner.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

    Hotel

    Sheraton Golf Parco De Medici

  • 11.

    DEPART ROME

    After breakfast, say farewell to Italy and your newfound friends as you prepare to return home after a memorable Italian journey of discovery! Airport transfers are available to Fiumicino airport. Conditions apply.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Authentc Accommodation

    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

    Visit an ‘Agriturismo' farmhouse in the heart of Tuscany for a delicious Italian meal. After a warm welcome by the family, walk through the olive groves and lemon trees and taste some of the locally produced wines and olive oils.
  • Cultural Insights

    As Trafalgar are official partners with the Vatican Museum, enjoy early access to the Sistine Chapel to admire the frescoed ceilings by Michelangelo before access is given to other travel groups and the general public.
    Visit an inlaid wood factory 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 and Florence.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Rome, Pompeii, Assisi and Florence
  • Cruise to the beautiful Isle of Capri and by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice
  • Orientations in Venice, Montecatini and Siena
  • View the Roman Forum, the Faraglioni Rocks on the Isle of Capri, the Byzantine St Mark's Basilica, Palladian Villas, Santa Croce Basilica, Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Duomo
  • Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the amazing Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and the Roman Colosseum, the Commonwealth Cemetery, the excavations at Pompeii and St. Francis Basilica in Assisi

Dining

  • 10 hot buffet breakfasts.
    5 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, 2 three course dinners with wine and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Return cruise to the Isle of Capri.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • The Highlights Of Capri

    Adult Price: €57.00 Take in amazing views of the 'jet-set' island of Capri. You'll cruise around the island and visit the villa of Swedish author Axel Munthe, whose gardens are rated amongst the finest in Europe. The tour will finish at Anacapri at the top of the island. A light lunch will replace the cruise in the event of bad weather.

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.

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.
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