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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).

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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

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

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
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

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

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
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

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
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
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.


Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 317 Reviews

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    Service:

    Service rating : My Tour Guide Marisa Lukovich made the holiday the best. She was informative, excited, and treated the holidaymakers like her family. There is not much more she could have done to make the holiday very enjoyable. If I could I would go on any holiday she was the director

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    Service:

    Service rating : The tour guide (Gordon) was wonderful -- knowledgeable, funny, patient and very attentive to detail!! We learned so much and totally enjoyed the tour.Product : Saw the very best of Italy in a very short time. We were well taken care of and enjoyed ourselves immensely. We

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    Service:

    Service rating : Marina Prudenza was simply the best there is. Her love of Italy and for people came through loud and clear. She made this the experience of a lifetime for my husband and I who were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. Not only did she remember our anniversary, but birthday

  • Trip:

    Service:

    Service rating : Good central hotels. Tour guide was knowledgeable. Nice and clean coach.Product : Good trip, but I did not use all the optional extra trips. That would make the holiday too expensive.

  • Trip:

    Service:

    Service rating : For the most part it was excellent.Product : We saw far more than anticipated. Our guide, Patticia O Brien, was so knowledgeable.She gave us a wealth of information. We would never have enjoyed our trip without her insight.

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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.
    • Special Rate Solo Rooming: Departures 26 November 2016, 21 January, 25 February and 04 March 2017 include 40-100% discount on our standard single supplement.
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