Great Italian Cities - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

10 days

from R24510 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Apr 2016.
"Trip was magic, scenery stunning"
Tracy , Jun 2014

Floating islands, Papal splendour and Renaissance masters. Italy's greatest cities are in the spotlight on an epic discovery of Venice, Florence and Rome.

It's Insider moments like… meeting the family of Count Fulcis in their 15th century villa, where the love story ‘Room with a View' was filmed, learning about olive oil production and dining with them in their gardens.

Trip type:
At Leisure
Trip code:
IGICB

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    ARRIVE ROME (3 NIGHTS)

    Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! Relax after your journey or explore this fascinating city on your own. Later, meet your companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception. It's the perfect opportunity to get to know everyone! An orientation drive will take you to view St. Peter's Basilica - a great start to your Italian holiday!

    Meal(s)

    Welcome Reception

    Hotel

    Grand Palatino

  • 2.

    ROME SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE

    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. Later, view the Forum, centre of daily life in ancient Rome as well as visiting the impressive Colosseum, the largest in the Roman Empire. See the Circus Maximus where Ben Hur-style chariot racing took place. Spend free time discovering more of the city or relax at a pavement café and watch the world go by.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 3.

    ROME AT LEISURE

    Spend today as you please. Your Travel Director will be able to help you get the most from your day at leisure. Alternatively, consider joining an optional experience to the renowned excavations at Pompeii, close to the Bay of Naples.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 4.

    ROME – ASSISI – FLORENCE (3 NIGHTS)

    Drive north to the mystical town of Assisi on the slopes of Mount Subasio. Your Local Specialist shows you all the sights. Visit St. Francis' Basilica and see Giotto's enchanting frescoes. Arrive later in Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Ambasciatori

  • 5.

    FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE

    Learn about Florence's rich cultural history during your sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist. Visit Piazza della Signoria, with its impressive sculptures and imposing palazzi, and view the multi-coloured marble Duomo and Baptistery, famous for its bronze doors with relief sculptures. View the Ponte Vecchio, one of the city's most famous landmarks. Afterwards, explore on your own or shop for souvenirs in Florence, renowned for high quality leather and 18-carat gold jewellery.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 6.

    FLORENCE – EXCURSION TO PISA

    Cross the Arno Valley to Pisa, a former maritime city on the Ligurian Sea. In the Square of Miracles, home to some of the city's most famous sights, see the incredible Leaning Tower and the beautifully sculpted marble Cathedral. See the Baptistery and the cemetery, built on soil brought from Calvary in the Holy Land. This evening, travel to a Tuscan wine and olive oil estate for a special Be My Guest dinner.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining

  • 7.

    FLORENCE – BOLOGNA – VENICE (3 NIGHTS)

    Travel through the Apennines to Bologna, home to one of the oldest universities in Europe and famous for sausages and salamis! Your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist includes views of the Kissing Towers, which lean towards each other, seemingly poised to embrace. Later, cross the Veneto plains to Venice. This sublime island city, constructed in a lagoon, has an incredibly rich cultural and artistic heritage. This evening, you might like to take a gondola ride along enchanting canals - it's the perfect introduction to this magical city! Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

    Hotel

    Boscolo Bellini

  • 8.

    VENICE – CANAL CRUISE AND SIGHTSEEING

    Savour the unique sights of Venice as you cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square. See the Bridge of Sighs, Palladian Churches, Customs House, St. Mark's Basilica and the ornate Doge's Palace. Enjoy a Cultural Insight into the Venetian tradition of glass making on Giudecca Island. This afternoon you have free time to visit the Fine Arts Academy, relax at a café on St. Mark's Square or consider a boat trip to the Island of Burano for a delicious seafood meal.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 9.

    SECRET VENICE WALKING TOUR AND VISIT TO THE RIALTO FOOD MARKET

    Enjoy a boat trip along the canals to the Rialto Bridge to join your Small Group Sightseeing walking tour with a Local Specialist of the colourful, centuries-old food market and narrow ‘calle' or streets. See the beautiful architecture, including Marco Polo's house. For the rest of the day you are free to visit the sights of your choice. Celebrate this evening with your fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

  • 10.

    DEPART VENICE

    Say ‘arrivederci' to Italy and your newfound friends at the end of your memorable Italian holiday! Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest

    You will be welcomed by the owners of a magnificent villa in the Tuscan hills and visit the mill where the organic olive oil is produced before enjoying a typical Tuscan meal.
  • 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 Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian Arts. See glassblowing artisans and other craftsmen in action.
  • Local Specialists

    in Rome, Assisi, Florence, Bologna and Venice.
    Small Group Sightseeing in Venice, enjoy a walking tour with a Local Specialist of ‘Secret Venice' and the Rialto food market with a group size of no more than 25 guests to enhance your experience. Then take a cruise along the Grand Canal.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Rome, Assisi, Florence, Bologna and Venice
  • Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice
  • Orientations of Pisa.
  • View the Roman Forum, 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 amazing Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, the Roman Colosseum and St. Francis Basilica in Assisi
  • Walking tour in Venice

Dining

  • 9 hot buffet breakfasts
    4 dinners:(including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, three course dinner with wine and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • 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.
  • Discover Pompeii And Naples

    Adult Price: €99.00 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. Later, enjoy a panoramic tour of Naples, before returning to Rome, passing the abbey of Monte Cassino.

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!

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.
  • 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.
  • Venetian Glories

    Adult Price: €38.00 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.
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